Daily Archives: October 24, 2018

OCTOBER 24 POSTPONING OBEDIENCE

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.

Acts 16:31

A notable heresy has come into being throughout our evangelical Christian circles—the widely accepted concept that we humans can choose to accept Christ only because we need Him as Savior, and that we have the right to postpone our obedience to Him as long as we want to!

The truth is that salvation apart from obedience is unknown in the sacred Scriptures. Peter makes it plain that we are “elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience” (1 Peter 1:2).

It seems most important to me that Peter speaks of his fellow Christians as “obedient children” (vs. 14). He knew their spirituality—he was not just giving them an exhortation to be obedient.

The entire Bible teaches that true obedience to God and His Christ is one of the toughest requirements in the Christian life. Actually, salvation without obedience is a self-contradicting impossibility!

Humans do not want to admit it, but the Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans long ago that “by one man’s disobedience” came the downfall of the human race (see Romans 5:19).

Dear Lord, I pray today for all the “nominal” Christians in our churches who are straddling the fence of faith. I pray that Your Spirit will impress upon them the need to become fully devoted followers of Christ who will become actively engaged in the battle for men’s souls.[1]


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

OCTOBER 24 THE PROBLEM WITH SCIENCE

The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

—Psalm 14:2

When God spoke out of heaven to our Lord, self-centered men who heard it explained it by natural causes, saying, “it thundered” (John 12:29). This habit of explaining the Voice by appeals to natural law is at the very root of modern science. In the living, breathing cosmos there is a mysterious Something, too wonderful, too awful for any mind to understand. The believing man does not claim to understand. He falls to his knees and whispers, “God.” The man of earth kneels also, but not to worship. He kneels to examine, to search, to find the cause and the how of things. Just now we happen to be living in a secular age. Our thought habits are those of the scientist, not those of the worshiper. We are more likely to explain than to adore. “It thundered,” we exclaim, and go our earthly way. But still the Voice sounds and searches. The order and life of the world depend upon that Voice, but men are mostly too busy or too stubborn to give attention. POG073-074

Lord, I don’t claim to understand, but I fall to my knees and whisper “God.” Give me increasingly the mind of the worshiper, I pray. Amen. [1]


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

Deep state rolls out staged “bomb” attack on CNN headquarters, just as Mike Adams and Alex Jones publicly predicted on multiple video broadcasts

(Natural News) Exactly as publicly predicted by myself and Alex Jones, the anti-American globalists are now running pipe bombs false flags against CNN. This is not merely similar to what we publicly predicted would take place before the mid-term elections; it is exactly what we publicly predicted would take place. We even named CNN as the most likely target to be selected by the globalist operatives running the operation.

“CNN’s New York Headquarters Evacuated After Suspicious Package Found,” reports Mediaite.com. Similar “pipe bombs” were also reportedly mailed to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and George Soros. “The CNN bureau at Columbus Circle in new York City was evacuated Wednesday morning after mailroom workers found a suspicious device,” reports The Gateway Pundit. “The bomb scare comes on the heels of suspected IEDs mailed to the home  former President Obama in Washington, D.C. and the New York state homes of former President Clinton Clinton and major Democratic Party donor George Soros this morning.”

A coordinated false flag bombing to be blamed on Trump supporters in order to alter the outcome of the mid-term elections

This is precisely what I have publicly predicted would take place right before the mid-term elections: A coordinated false flag bombing of the left-wing media and left-wing political leaders. It’s blatantly obvious that the globalist democrats are sending these packages to themselves, knowing the media will blame Trump supporters, Alex Jones, conservatives and gun owners.

What you are witnessing is the very definition of a media-run false flag event, where the media itself gets targeted so that the same media can hysterically report that it’s under attack because President Trump is whipping up “hate” against the media.

You can see proof of our predictions below:

NaturalNews.com, August 10, 2018: “Censorship PURGE points to imminent false flag violence before mid-term elections… bigger than 9/11?

Counterthink.com, Aug. 10, 2018: “Censorship PURGE points to imminent FALSE FLAG violence

From time to time, I join the Alex Jones Show broadcast, often to chime in on food science, nutrition and liberty issues. In multiple broadcasts this year, Alex and I discussed the coming false flag attacks and predicted how they would be false flag attacks to be blamed on Alex Jones.

Watch the compilation video here:

Brighteon.com/5852933806001

The false flag bombings of the media were EASY to predict

These obvious false flag “pipe bomb” events showcase the stunning desperate of the left-wing media and its globalist controllers. It also reveals that they now believe they are going to lose the mid-term elections, otherwise they would not have invoked this desperate measure.

Importantly, the mailing of these “suspicious packages” is just the very beginning of this false flag rollout. If this narrative gets sufficient traction, the same operatives will likely escalate this to active bombings of CNN or social media tech giants.

In fact, in my Health Ranger Report podcasts, I have repeatedly predicted that false flag attacks would specifically target CNN. Here are just a few links to hear it for yourself:

Censorship a prelude to a massive FALSE FLAG event

It’s FALSE FLAG season in America

Plot to ELIMINATE TRUMP about to be triggered

See more news at FalseFlag.news.

Source: Deep state rolls out staged “bomb” attack on CNN headquarters, just as Mike Adams and Alex Jones publicly predicted on multiple video broadcasts

Over Half Of America Gets More In Welfare Than It Pays In Taxes

Authored by Ryan McMaken via The Mises Institute,

More than half of Americans receive more money in various types of government transfer payments (Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, Social Security) than they pay in federal taxes.

According to a report released this year by the Congressional Budget Office, only the top two income quintiles in the United States pay more in taxes than they receive in government transfers.

Not surprisingly, the lowest income quintiles receive far more in transfers than they pay in taxes:

In the lowest quintile, households pay only $400 in taxes (as of 2014, the most recent data available) while receiving more than $16,000 in various types of tax-funded transfer payments.

The end result is households in the bottom three quintiles have higher incomes after taxes and transfers than they do before taxes and transfers:

The second-to-top quintile is slightly worse off after taxes and transfers, and the highest quintile is sizably worse off. In other words, the top two income quintiles are subsidizing the bottom three, and the advantage, proportionally speaking, gets larger as income goes down.

The Politics of a Majority on the Dole

The political implications of this are considerable. As Ludwig von Mises once noted, once we get to the point that a majority of the voting population receives more in benefits than it pays in taxes, then voters will demand more and more wealth be transferred to them through government programs. It will then become politically necessary to extract larger and larger amounts of wealth from a minority in order to subsidize the majority.

Market economics will become less and less popular because the voters will have realized they can — in the words of James Bovard — “vote for a living” instead of work for a living.

These findings don’t always apply at the level of the individual household, of course. In the middle quintile, especially, we’ll find some households that are indeed worse off after taxes and transfers than before. This will especially be the case for households that do not yet receive old-age benefits such as Medicare and Social Security. Those households are currently being taxed to pay for current recipients of SS and Medicare. Later, however, those households will begin to receive those benefits. And, over a lifetime, they’re likely to receive more in benefits than what they “paid in.” This notion of “paying in,” however, is pure fiction, and there is no “trust fund” for old-age benefits, and all benefits received at any given time are funded via taxation of current wage earners.

As far as politics goes, this latter fact is very important because voters receiving old-age benefits know that any significant cut in government spending and government taxation is likely to necessitate a decline in paid benefits. This is why neither major party ever seriously talks about cutting Medicare or Social Security, and why Donald Trump has even recently declared his own love for Medicare. It’s simply a redistribution of income and wealth from current wage earners to current recipients, and for most elected officials, attempting to cut these benefits would be political suicide.

At the low end, benefits more frequently take the form of “means-tested” benefits such as Medicaid and food stamps. And since these benefits are geared toward low-income earners, we naturally see more benefits going toward the lowest earners. Indeed, in the lowest quintile, market income is less than half of income after taxes and transfers.

But for many voters, the reality is this: any significant cuts in federal spending will mean less government benefits, either now or later.

(And don’t forget that the data here doesn’t even account for government employees whose “market” income is also government funded. In the case of those workers, cuts in government spending will reduce both their market income and their transfer income.)

Since many households at both the lowest end and near the middle receive more in benefits than they pay in taxes, we end up with a situation in which the voters think tax cuts don’t benefit them much — but spending cuts definitely do hurt them.

Thus, the political outcome is one in which there is plenty of political pressure to maintain spending levels — or increase them — while tax cuts aren’t as popular.

Transfer Income Is Growing as a Portion of Market Incomes

Looking at transfer incomes as a percentage of market incomes, by quintile, we find significant growth since the dot-com bust of 2001:

With the lowest quintile, transfer payments declined during the 1990’s economic expansion, and in the wake of the 1996 welfare reform. But government transfer payments grew again following the 2001-2002 recession. Transfers dipped again as the US approached the 2008 bust, and have grown sizably ever since.

Indeed, as of 2014, transfers by this measure were at an all-time high for the second-to-lowest quintile, and were near an all-time hight for the lowest quintile.

But in all quintiles, transfers have increased proportional to market income, whether due to stagnating market income or growing transfer payments. an increasing role for transfer payments can also give a false impression of overall income growth since official income numbers, as provided by federal agencies such as the Census Bureau, usually include transfer payments and other taxpayer-funded sources of income in the income data. Basically, transfer payments are padding the income data — paid for by the top income quintiles.

Perceptions Matter

Like all statistics of this sort, though, we can’t get a complete picture from this alone. This data only tells us about transfer payments — which are easy to track — and doesn’t tell us much about the many other ways that governments transfer wealth and income. For instance, we must also consider how regulations negatively impact the incomes of employees and business owners at all levels. And we must not ignore how money-supply inflation tends to hurt the poor the most, while tending to favor higher-income groups. And then there are government contracts — such as high-tech weapons contracts that tend to benefit higher income groups as well.

Ultimately, though, perceptions often matter more than the details behind the numbers. The CBO report reminds us that a great many voters receive government welfare checks of various types, and the perception is that any true cuts in spending will bring a high cost to those who have become accustomed to their taxpayer funded benefits. Ultimately, the effects on voting patters and public policy will be very real.

Source: Over Half Of America Gets More In Welfare Than It Pays In Taxes

Science Wins – Trump Administration Proposes Transgender Policy Based On Biology

Authored by Nancy Pearcey, op-ed via The Daily Caller,

The Trump administration has proposed the idea of recognizing “sex” as “biological sex” for purposes of Title IX, according to a draft memo leaked to the New York Times.

This seemingly innocuous proposal has sparked a firestorm.

First, a brief background.

Title IX prohibits discrimination “on the basis of sex” in federally funded programs. It was passed in 1972 as part of the Education Amendments Act to ensure that women have access to educational programs equivalent to men’s programs.

In 2016, the Obama administration issued a guidance letter reinterpreting “sex” to include sexual orientation and gender identity. The letter required schools to “‘treat a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for purposes of Title IX.” This drastic reinterpretation was done without an act of Congress or even the normal rule-making process for regulations. It was clearly an act of bureaucratic overreach.

And it spurred a frenzy of disputes over trans students claiming access to spaces restricted to the opposite sex—bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, dormitories, sports teams, and so on.

Then, in 2017, the Trump administration rescinded the Obama guidelines. But it left unclear just what the law does require. Hence the administration’s current effort to provide a clear, uniform definition of the term “sex.”

The memo suggests that “the sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.” In this way, sex will be determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.”

Who could object to science and objectivity? Lots of people, apparently…

The New York Times reported the story with the overheated headline “Trump Administration Eyes Defining Transgender Out of Existence.”

Actually, no. The administration is merely saying that Title IX does not apply to trans people. No one is being defined “out of existence.” There are lots of laws that do not apply to you or me, and that fact does not deny our existence.

Jonathan Weisman, deputy Washington editor of The NYTlikewise indulged in histrionic overstatement, tweeting, “The Trump Admin has a new definition of sex that would render 1.4 million transgendered people legally nonexistent.”

Not exactly. The administration is saying that discrimination “on the basis of sex” means biological sex, not gender identity. Trans people still enjoy all the ordinary protections of other citizens, including the Bill of Rights and all other constitutional rights.

George Takei, the “Star Trek” actor, tweeted, “The Trump administration is trying to make trans people disappear by defining gender as only male and female, determined by genitalia at birth.”

Come back to earth, Mr. Takei. The administration is not trying to make people “disappear.” The fact is that Title IX was originally intended to apply to biological sex — which, by the way, is established not at birth but long before birth. Most parents use ultrasound to discover their babies’ sex before they are born.

Planned Parenthood panicked, tweeting, “This is horrifying. These inhumane, cruel, and discriminatory policies are dangerous.” (Ironic, considering that words like “inhumane” and “cruel” describe what Planned Parenthood itself does — tearing apart tiny babies.)

In reality, the current administration is seeking to correct the Obama administration’s overreach. The lawmakers who passed Title IX in 1972 did not mean sexual orientation and gender identity. They wanted to protect women’s rights. Period.

Ironically, Obama’s reinterpretation had precisely the opposite outcome. It undercut women’s rights by reducing biological sex to a social construct.

Trans ideologues say what counts are not objective facts but subjective feelings. They insist that people with penises and prostate glands are “women” if they feel like women. Or that people with uteruses are “men” if they feel like men. That’s why we see misleading headlines like “Man Gives Birth to Healthy Baby” (in reality, a woman living as a man whose female biology is still intact).

The problem is that if we can no longer define women by objective, scientific criteria, then we can no longer legally protect women as a class. We cannot legally protect a category of people if we cannot identify that category.

Private feelings are important, but public law must be based on scientific facts.

 

Source: Science Wins – Trump Administration Proposes Transgender Policy Based On Biology

Senator Obama Called Undocumented Migrants ‘Illegal Immigrants,’ ‘Illegals’ Disrespectful of U.S. Law

Then-Senator Barack Obama in 2005 (Screenshot)

“We all agree on the need to better secure the borders and to punish employers that choose to hire illegal immigrants,” then-Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) declared back on Dec. 15, 2005.

Obama also repeatedly referred to those who sneak into the country as “illegal” – a term now shunned and condemned by today’s liberal media and politicians – during his Senate speech decrying their “disrespect” and “disregard” for the rule of law:

  • “We all agree on the need to better secure the borders and to punish employers that choose to hire illegal immigrants.”
  • “We need a guest worker program to replace the flood of illegals with a regulated stream of legals who enter the United States after checks and with access to labor rights.”
  • “Those who enter the country illegally, and those who employ them, disrespect the rule of law, and they are showing disregard for those who are following the law.”
  • “We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States, undetected, undocumented, unchecked and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently, lawfully to become immigrants in this country.”
  • “American employers also need to take responsibility. Too often, illegal immigrants are lured here on the promise of a job, only to receive unconscionably low wages.”
  • “We need to start by giving agencies charged with border security new technology, new facilities, and more people to stop, process and deport illegal immigrants.”

In addition to ensuring “strong border protection at the borders,” America needs to institute “a virtual border,” Obama said:

“We need strong border security at the borders, but we also need a virtual border – that is created by employers having to check to see if these people genuinely are legally in this country and should be working.”

https://www.mrctv.org/videos/obama-2005-illegal-aliens-disrespect-rule-law

Source: Senator Obama Called Undocumented Migrants ‘Illegal Immigrants,’ ‘Illegals’ Disrespectful of U.S. Law

October 24 Daily Help

“WHO can lay anything to the charge of God’s Elect?” Most blessed challenge! How unanswerable it is! Every sin of the elect was laid upon the great Champion of our salvation, and by the atonement carried away. There is no sin in God’s book against His people. When the guilt of sin was taken away, the punishment of sin was removed. For the Christian there is no stroke from God’s angry hand—nay, not so much as a single frown of justice. The believer may be chastised by his Father, but God the Judge has nothing to say to the Christian, except “I have absolved thee: thou art acquitted.”[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 301). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

Suspicious Package Mailed To Joel Osteen Found To Contain Bible

HOUSTON, TX—A suspicious package mailed to Joel Osteen and intercepted by Lakewood Church security was found to contain a copy of the Christian Bible, sources confirmed Wednesday.

“We noticed right away the package didn’t feel right,” said Lakewood’s head of security. “It was about the right weight to contain the 66 books of the Bible, and sure enough, there it was.” A special Bible squad was called in to extract the package from the premises and dispose of it, making sure Osteen remained safe from the knowledge of the gospel.

Osteen stated he had a “bad feeling” when he went into the office this morning and began hissing, “It burnss ussss!” about the time the suspicious package was delivered to Lakewood’s mail room. “I usually have a really positive feeling, but hoo boy—I just knew something wasn’t right when I went into work this morning. I’m glad my security team is on top of things.”

Several prosperity gospel preachers decried the attempted terrorism. “This is not how we deal with each other civilly in this country,” said Creflo Dollar. “Mailing one of us Word-Faith teachers a copy of the Bibles is simply beyond the pale.” Benny Hinn agreed, and also claimed to have received a MacArthur Study Bible in the mail several weeks ago. “I still have the singe marks on my hands,” he said.

At publishing time, a coalition of conservative Bible scholars had suggested the Bible-mailing was simply a false flag operation.

Source: Suspicious Package Mailed To Joel Osteen Found To Contain Bible

Alexander: Democrats’ Midterm Platform: Fear, Anger, Hatred, and Division

The Democrats are systematically disuniting America and giving rise to leftist mob rule.

“The influence of your personal character moderates the divisions of political parties…” —George Washington (1789)

In his extraordinarily forward-looking 1796 “Farewell Address,” President George Washington recommended for our “solemn contemplation” and “frequent review, some sentiments which are the result of much reflection” and “which appears to me all important to the permanency of your felicity as a people.”

Among the most notable advice he offered was a warning about the danger of those who would seek to divide the nation in order to empower their own partisan interests. He noted that the “love of power and proneness to abuse it” would result in “cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled” political leaders who would “organize faction; to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put in the place of the delegated will of the nation, the will of a party.”

He warned that their “foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation” would “usurp the applause and confidence of the people to surrender their interests,” and that we should “distrust the patriotism of those who, in any quarter, may endeavor to weaken” our nation’s bonds.

Here, Washington’s advice is as enduring as his legacy. The current partisan political tensions are more troubling than in any period since the 1960s, and his words are applicable.

The unanticipated election of Donald Trump in 2016 resulted in the rapid disintegration of the tenor and tone of discourse between Republicans and Democrats. Given the latter’s rapid transformation from a once-proud political party into an unhinged socialist camp, the systemic assault on Liberty has never been as organized, well-funded, and targeted as it is today. Nor did it ever have the tacit approval of a major political party.

The level of incivility and confrontation has entered very dangerous territory, but the fomenting of fear, anger, hatred, and division is the Left’s only political play to consolidate its identity-politics constituency.

The most recent manifestation of the Democrats’ politics of disunity was the emergence of toxic feminist mobs incited by their Demo-gogue leaders to protest the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. These protests are an indication of how very adept Democrats, in collusion with their Leftmedia machine, have become at fostering deep discontent among many Americans.

To date, the Left’s most successful model for achieving disunity has been to utilize race-bait hustlers who promote “black privilege” but who actually don’t think black lives matter beyond their usefulness as voter constituency pawns.

Democrat strategists are now effectively applying that model to foment discontent among their largest voter constituency, women. And just as they’ve done with black voters, Beltway Democrats are operating on the assumption that female voters are equally susceptible to being duped. Recent polling research bears out the Left’s angry-female-voter strategy. More than 60% of leftists are inclined to protest, versus only 21% of conservatives. However, 43% of women report being interested in taking to the streets versus only 28% of men.

“This is what Democrats do,” said Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. “They try and divide our country. They try and incite anger.” She also referenced Democrat intent with their target constituents: “Let’s make women so angry,” they say.

Even Democrat Party Chairman Tom Perez thinks most of his constituents are idiots.

Beyond the heated rhetoric of feminist protests, there are increasingly violent confrontations by leftists.

The latest manifestation of the Left’s new benchmark for hatred emerged with the so-called “antifa movement” of masked and violent “anti-fascist” fascists. This mob is a malignant new strain from the ranks of Barack Obama’s repugnant 2011 Red October uprising by the “useful idiots” of Occupy Wall Street.

By contrast, it’s notable that the only mass political movement to emerge on the Right in the last two decades was the Tea Party movement, a confederation of grassroots American Patriots who gathered in peace — and always cleaned up after themselves.

Consider the calm and civilized behavior of the Tea Party versus the Trump Derangement Syndrome mobs we’re now witnessing on the Left. This growing epidemic of cognitive dissonance is likely to grow even worse in the coming years.

The Trump administration has already built a considerable record of economic achievements benefiting Americans across the board, and Trump has promised to build on that record if Republicans maintain the House and Senate in the upcoming midterm elections.

Democrats, on the other hand, have come up empty-handed in terms of thoughtful policy proposals. All House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) offer is hate and disunity to hold their constituency together.

The most violent leftist assault to date was in June 2017, when one of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’s socialist sycophants attempted to murder a field of Republicans.

Last week, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), who narrowly survived that assault, warned against the growing intensity of hateful leftist rhetoric, including that from Hillary Clinton, who declared, “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for. … The only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.”

By “strength,” Clinton was clearly advocating confrontation, whenever and wherever possible.

This follows the Demos’ thematic call for public confrontation by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), including Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) encouraging agitators to “get up in [their] face” and former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder questioning the legitimacy of the Supreme Court and telling his minions to “kick” those with whom they disagree politically.

But the fear, hate, and disunity we are witnessing today was seeded by Obama. Recall his presidential edict to “argue with [Republicans] and get in their face.” And it was Obama who asserted, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” Of course, he was a disciple of hate.

Regarding the latest leftist assaults on those with differing views, Rep. Scalise notes: “A healthy, strong democracy is not possible if anyone lives in fear of expressing their views. In America, we win battles at the ballot box, not through mob rule or intimidation. While it’s clear many Democrats refuse to accept the election of President Trump, if they want change, they need to convince people with their ideas and actually win elections, rather than call for violent resistance, harassment, and mob rule.”

But again, “We Hate Trump” is the only platform Democrats have, and fomenting fear, anger, hatred, and division is all they offer.

It’s no coincidence that the title of the new book by The Washington Post’s non compos mentis associate editor Bob Woodward is Fear: Trump in the White House.

Predictably, the Post, which is the plaything of Trump-hating leftist mega-billionaire Jeff Bezos, who’s also a charter member of the “Archenemies of Liberty Club,” offered accolades for Woodward’s book and served as the launchpad for the Left’s “fear crazy Trump” campaign ahead of the midterms.

Not surprisingly, however, WaPo and other Leftmedia outlets have been quick to jump on any Republican remark deemed to advocate violence. Case in point would be Trump’s acknowledgment at a Montana rally last week of a 2017 confrontation between Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte and an obnoxious Guardian reporter. “And by the way,” said Trump, “never wrestle him, you understand that? Never. Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my guy.”

In a New York nanosecond, Trump’s throwaway remark prompted this response from the White House Correspondents’ Association: “All Americans should recoil from the president’s praise for a violent assault on a reporter doing his Constitutionally protected job. This amounts to the celebration of a crime by someone sworn to uphold our laws and an attack on the First Amendment by someone who has solemnly pledged to defend it.”

Meanwhile, their response to all the leftist promotion of violent confrontation: Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Of the Democrats’ hate-filled rhetoric, noted Hoover Institution fellow Shelby Steele concludes: “The Left is still stalked by obsolescence. There is simply not enough menace to service its demands for power. The voices that speak for the left have never been less convincing. It is hard for people to see the menace that drives millionaire football players to kneel before the flag. And then there is the failure of virtually every program the left has ever espoused — welfare, public housing, school busing, affirmative action, diversity programs, and so on. For the American left today, the indulgence in hate is a death rattle.”

Unfortunately, at the current rate of Demo decomposition, the tenor of their awful rhetoric will cause outlier constituents to emerge from their ratholes and take to harassing members of Congress in restaurants and elsewhere. Unfortunately, we’re likely to see more violence, possibly even more targeting of members of Congress and the Judiciary for assassination, before the hate subsides.


Footnote: October surprise? There were packages with materials appearing to be homemade explosive devices delivered to the home of leftist billionaire George Soros and CNN’s headquarters in New York. Additionally, two suspicious packages containing “potential explosive devices,” addressed to the Clintons and Obamas, were intercepted at Secret Service mail-filtering centers. Other Democrats have been targeted with suspicious packages, as well, and more are sure to turn up.

It is noteworthy that the Soros and CNN devices did not detonate, for reasons the FBI and ATF are investigating. This calls into question whether the devices were intended to detonate or merely to make headlines. While the Left does not have exclusive rights to violent anarchists, the timing of these device deliveries is questionable. They could have been sent by a leftist anarchist in an effort to support the election of Democrats in the midterm elections.

Three weeks ago, packages testing positive for a deadly toxin, ricin, were sent to Pentagon officials and the White House. A similar “white powder” envelope was intercepted en route to a Republican senator. A Utah man was arrested in connection with the Pentagon and White House packages.

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776

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Witches Hex Kavanaugh, Trump; Americans Welcome Halloween — David Fiorazo

Last weekend, organizers in New York hosted an event for actual witches to put a hex on Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh; the latest in the Halloween movie series made a killing at theaters, and Americans will spend $9 billion this year on the controversial holiday.

What’s with our fascination with death, the supernatural, witches, zombies, and the occult? What about Halloween? Should we take the history and meaning of the tradition seriously or is it harmless and innocent? And why should we care about the practice of hexes and casting spells?

To some, it’s a game while others are seriously trying to harm people, and today’s witches are getting organized. Their Facebook group is 13,000-strong, and since the 2016 presidential election, witches have apparently been casting spells in attempts to “Bind Trump.” Christianity and Judaism regard the practicing of witchcraft, astrology, and the occult as very real – and very demonic.

The Left has unraveled as some in the #MeToo movement have now joined the radical feminist wing of political activists as we approach Mid-term elections. Since they didn’t get their way in the Kavanaugh ‘Witch Trial’ (Supreme Court nomination hearings) a few weeks ago, a ritual was held to hex the new Supreme Court Justice.

The spell was livestreamed on Facebook and Instagram on Saturday, and organizers at the Catland occult shop in Brooklyn said the hex was an act of resistance.

Their plan was to place:

“a public hex on Brett Kavanaugh, upon all rapists, and the patriarchy at large which emboldens, rewards and protects them,”

A hex on the patriarchy at large? This rebellion against God as Father and Creator denies the natural, divine order of things. The spirituality behind today’s feminism includes the quest for power over men, the goal to overthrow male leadership in society, and a belief that every woman possesses an internal god.

New Age proponents teach that Wicca, paganism, and witchcraft are all centered on a religion involving the mystery and sexuality of the female. To accomplish dominance in society, they must invoke certain spirits to help destroy the Judeo-Christian religions which are led by rabbis, pastors, and priests.

Not surprisingly, the black magic occult ritual aimed at Justice Kavanaugh was also a fundraiser. Organizers said money raised is going to charity, to an LGBTQ youth center, and to Planned Parenthood, America’s richest abortion provider, receiving $545 million in taxpayer funding each year.

There’s even a pagan political organization called WitchTheVote that focuses on feminist causes like child sacrifice – uh, I mean, abortion. Molech would be pleased.

Jesus came to offer us life in Him; Satan came to bring death and destruction. Don’t think the spirit behind the abortion industry is evil? Just look up Margaret Sanger and eugenics, or watch our expose on #Gosnell from last week.

These emboldened witches have built communities online by attracting followers by presenting a glorified, softer female face to the Wiccan movement. They now openly practice the Craft, and there are young people following their example and looking up details on how to gain power and cast spells.

According to Pew Research, the number of Wiccans and pagans in the U.S. has grown to over 1.5 million. From an estimated 8,000 Wiccans in the early 1990s, the number of practitioners then jumped to 340,000 in 2008. It’s hard to ignore the massive influence Harry Potter books and movies had during that time. Today the numbers of [admitted] occult practitioners is five times higher.

In a Newsweek article five years ago called, “Hexing and Texting,” one college professor admits we’re in the middle of an occult revival, and kids are not just wearing black lipstick, nail polish, and dark clothes while merely watching witches hex each other on movie and TV screens; they’re practicing it themselves. Some young women turn to tarot cards and astrology when things get difficult in life. If only they would turn to the Maker of the stars and read the truths in the living Word instead!

Just on Amazon, kids can find nearly 2,000 books on witchcraft, and hundreds of websites are dedicated to selling it specifically to children. Millions of public school kids have heard readings from Harry Potter books, watched the movies during class, and have even discussed details of casting spells. Some schools have Harry Potter curriculum options.

With the help of Hollywood, occult proponents have effectively repackaged witchcraft by promoting not only spiritual power, but ‘free thought’ and ‘understanding of earth and nature.’” Demonic ideas are now presented as glamorous and exciting – kind of like the thrill we seek with certain Halloween celebrations. The bottom line is witchcraft has become one of the fastest-growing religions in the U.S.

You might be thinking, ‘now wait just a minute. Wicca and witchcraft is a religion?’

The Church of the Wicca (Wiccan Interfaith Council International) describes itself as a “nonprofit religious, educational, and charitable organization” holding a 501(c)(3) status with the federal government as a “church or conventions or association of churches.” Yup, they’re tax exempt.

Public schools openly discriminate by allowing anything except biblical Christianity. Given current trends toward godlessness in an increasingly postmodern society, the rejection of Christianity continues to leave a void that must be filled with something. The promotion of the LGBTQ movement as normal and natural has influenced millions of American children; interest in the occult has also filled the gap.

From the Harry Potter and Twilight series, children have learned about demons, werewolves, vampires, magic, spell casting, levitation, animal sacrifices, astral projection, crystal gazing, and communing with dead souls.

For decades now, schools have not allowed truth about Jesus Christ, the only living God, and Christianity to be taught or promoted, even though they openly accept many ideas from and references to:

Atheism, Humanism, evolution, environmental extremism (earth worship), Buddhism, Islam, and of course the religion of Wicca – the practice of witchcraft.

With young and old alike falling for false gods, idols, and religions, it’s no wonder the Christian faith has taken a hit. To add to disturbing findings which should alarm Christian parents, according to Pew, the percentage of people ages 18–29 who “never doubt the existence of God” has fallen to just 67 percent. Ten years ago, it was 81 percent. (Remember, kids today begin doubting God during middle school years!)

I don’t mean to oversimplify part of the explanation, but over the past few decades, it is hard to ignore the glorification of zombies, vampires, death, the occult, and the supernatural. Witchcraft has gone mainstream; casting spells is cool, black magic is exciting, fortune telling is fun, and killing zombies is sport.

But there’s more. According to Market Watch, the psychic services industry is now worth approximately $2 billion.

The apostle John tells us every spirit that does not confess Jesus Christ is not from God (1 John 4:3). And Malachi 3:5 states, “Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely.”

The modern spirits behind the ideas, practices, and products of Hollywood and the gaming industry certainly are not acknowledging Jesus as Lord and God. Witchcraft is satanic, and is a counterfeit of the power available to believers through the Holy Spirit.

There are clear warnings in Scripture about everything from astrology and fortune telling to casting spells and sorcery:

There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord; Deuteronomy 18:10-12

This brings us to Halloween. Does the history behind the holiday matter and is it detestable to God? Is it harmless or, like witchcraft, is it something we should avoid? Christians in America continue to debate the issue.

Halloween is a combination of pagan superstition and traditions associated with witchcraft and the occult. Its roots can be traced back about 2,000 years to the Celts of Europe, who occupied parts of Ireland, the UK, and northern France. It was a pagan festival called “Samhain” during which the dead were honored and sacrifices of animals and crops were made to appease the spirits.

Death is a reality for all mankind and a tragic result of sin and should not be celebrated. But we just love to be entertained and scared. For example, forty years after the original Halloween movie came out, the 2018 version just sliced up the box office with a $77 million dollar opening weekend. The National Retail Federation estimates we’ll spend a whopping $9 billion this Halloween, with $3.2 billion of that being spent on costumes.

The retail industry may love Halloween, but many police officers and insurance companies dread it. Evil acts such as vandalism, fires, destructive pranks, sacrifices, glorification of sensuality, death, and demons are in strong opposition to the Holy Spirit.

There is a living God that exists and is sovereign over all He created. He has authority over all powers in the universe, and He is a personal Being of infinite love, wisdom, and power.

Entertainment can open us up to demonic spirits and move us away from the truth of Jesus Christ. Satan will take every opportunity to fill us with the things of this world as he masquerades as an angel of light, which is why Christians must be discerning and guard our hearts.

The Bible teaches that God is light and in Him, there is no darkness at all. Spiritual warfare is not a game, and we need to guard our hearts. Witchcraft is real, and it’s a sad state of our culture that the godless are now open about demonic practices.

Article and video originally published by Freedom Project Media

Photo image: The Sun, UK

via Witches Hex Kavanaugh, Trump; Americans Welcome Halloween — David Fiorazo

Midweek Apologetics Hit & Misc: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design

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The Article on Which the Church Stands or Falls

If you don’t have justification by faith alone, you don’t have the gospel. In this brief clip, R.C. Sproul looks at the article on which the church stands or falls.

This Reformation Month, watch a short video every day on the history and insights of the Protestant Reformation. And don’t forget that for a donation of any amount this month only, you can also receive a copy of Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer, a documentary featuring interviews with R.C. Sproul and several Ligonier Teaching Fellows, on DVD. Offer ends 10/31/18.

Transcript

The doctrine of justification by faith alone is the article upon which the church stands or falls. The article that is so important that he said, that if we lose it, we lose Christianity. If you don’t have the doctrine of justification by faith alone, you don’t have the gospel, and if you don’t have the gospel, the church has no reason to exist. The church itself ceases to be a church and falls into apostasy because it is the article that answers the question, what must I do to be saved?

Source: The Article on Which the Church Stands or Falls

‘Foreign Invasion’ – Will US Military Confront Migrants At Border? by Ron Paul

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President Trump has threatened to send the US military to confront a reported mass march of migrants from Central America toward the US border. Is it a good idea? What are the origins of the ‘crisis’? Who benefits? Who is at fault?

VIDEO: How Geoge Soros Has “Rented” Russell Moore and His Woke Evangelical Friends — Pulpit & Pen

This is a good breakdown of how George Soros has funded Russell Moore and his “woke” evangelical friends. Notice that George Soros created and funds the National Immigration Table and its off-shoot, the Evangelical Immigration Table. The EIT website says that it “run” by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and on its board sits Russell Moore and Jim Wallis (spoken of in the video below).

It is a proven fact that the organization partially run by Russell Moore – the Evangelical Immigration Table – is a George Soros front organization. When will people start paying attention?

 

via VIDEO: How Geoge Soros Has “Rented” Russell Moore and His Woke Evangelical Friends — Pulpit & Pen

October 24, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart
139 TO THE CHOIRMASTER. A PSALM OF DAVID.

1  O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
2  You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3  You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4  Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.
5  You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.

7  Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8  If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9  If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10  even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11  If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12  even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.

13  For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15  My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16  Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

17  How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18  If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.

19  Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
20  They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain.
21  Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22  I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.

23  Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
24  And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ps 139:title–24). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.


Psalm 139

A Hymn to the All-Knowing God: Part 1

Safe in God’s Thoughts

O Lord, you have searched me

and you know me.

You know when I sit and when I rise;

you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down;

you are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue

you know it completely, O Lord.

You hem me in—behind and before;

you have laid your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?

Where can I flee from your presence?

If I go up to the heavens, you are there;

if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,

if I settle on the far side of the sea,

even there your hand will guide me,

your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me

and the light become night around me,”

even the darkness will not be dark to you;

the night will shine like the day,

for darkness is as light to you.

verses 1–12

Somewhere in J. I. Packer’s writings there is a reference to Puritan theology as theology of that “older, better, wiser and more practical sort.” That applies to the Puritans, but it applies even more to Psalm 139. Here is theology that is even older, even better, even wiser, and even more practical. It is theology of the very best sort.

Sometimes we speak of “doing theology” today, and we often talk about the conflict between the head and the heart, saying that either one alone is inadequate. A theology that is all of the head is cold, dry, barren, and of little practical value. A theology that is all heart may be warm, comforting, and practical, but it will lack substance, and because it does it will be subject to every theological fad that comes along and will not hold up in hard times. Psalm 139 has both head and heart. It is strongly theological, dealing with such important doctrines as God’s omniscience (it is probably the weightiest part of the Bible for discussing God’s omniscience), omnipresence, and omnipotence; but it is also wonderfully personal, because it speaks of these attributes of God in ways that impact the psalmist and ourselves.

Theology for Worship

H. C. Leupold, the Lutheran scholar, observes that the thinking of the psalm “is not formulated in theological abstractions but in terms of personal religious experience.” Leslie C. Allen, a contributor to the Word Biblical Commentary, calls it “applied theology.” Alexander Maclaren, one of the best expositors of the nineteenth century, wrote, “Not mere omniscience, but a knowledge which knows him altogether, not mere omnipresence, but a presence which he can nowhere escape, not mere creative power, but a power which shaped him, fill and thrill the psalmist’s soul.”

The personal theology of Psalm 139 is the very essence of worship, the matter we are dealing with especially in our study of these last psalms (Psalms 135–50). Psalm 139 is specifically dedicated to “the director of music,” obviously for worship uses in the temple.

Although Psalm 139 deals with some of the highest and most important of all theological concepts, the omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence of God, it nevertheless has two practical aims that become clear at its close (vv. 19–24). First, the writer wants to separate himself from all who deliberately practice evil. Second, he wants God to search him out thoroughly and purge him of anything that might be offensive to God so that he might walk in the way everlasting. It is hard to think of any more practical reasons for theology than those.

The psalm’s seven stanzas fall into four easily recognizable parts: praise of God for his omniscience (vv. 1–6); praise to God for his omnipresence (vv. 7–12); praise to God for his omnipotence, especially in the creation of the psalmist himself (vv. 13–18); and a response to what has been said, indicating the two ways a person can relate to the all-knowing God (vv. 19–24). Each of these sections has six verses that fall into two parts each. The first four verses are descriptive; they introduce the main idea of the section. They are followed by two more verses that are reflective. Each stanza of this brilliant composition anticipates and leads into the ideas to be developed in the following verses. We will look at the first two of these sections (vv. 1–12) in this chapter and the last two sections (vv. 13–24) in the following chapter.

Praise to God for His Omniscience

The theme of the first six verses is the omniscience of God, the proper term for the fact that God sees and knows everything. Omniscience is not expressed here as mere doctrine; it is confessed in wonder and adoration, as the other doctrines (omnipresence and omnipotence) will also be. Confession is one way in which we worship God.

The unique quality of the knowledge possessed by God is perfection. God knows all things, and he knows them exhaustively. We also know things, therefore we have some idea of God’s omniscience, but our knowledge is only partial and imperfect. Arthur W. Pink wrote,

Go.… knows everything; everything possible, everything actual; all events, all creatures, of the past, the present, and the future. He is perfectly acquainted with every detail in the life of every being in heaven, in earth, and in hell.… Nothing escapes his notice, nothing can be hidden from him, nothing is forgotten by him.… He never errs, never changes, never overlooks anything.

A. W. Tozer expands this description by adding negatives.

God has never learned from anyone. God cannot learn. Could God at any time or in any manner receive into his mind knowledge that he did not possess and had not possessed from eternity, he would be imperfect and less than himself. To think of a God who must sit at the feet of a teacher, even though that teacher be an archangel or a seraph, is to think of someone other than the Most High God, maker of heaven and earth.…

God knows instantly and effortlessly all matter and all matters, all mind and every mind, all spirit and all spirits, all being and every being, all creaturehood and all creatures, every plurality and all pluralities, all law and every law, all relations, all causes, all thoughts, all mysteries, all enigmas, all feeling, all desires, every unuttered secret, all thrones and dominions, all personalities, all things visible and invisible in heaven and in earth, motion, space, time, life, death, good, evil, heaven, and hell.…

Because God knows all things perfectly, he knows no thing better than any other thing, but all things equally well. He never discovers anything, he is never surprised, never amazed. He never wonders about anything nor (except when drawing men out for their own good) does he seek information or ask questions.

This knowledge is what the psalmist is writing about in the six opening verses of Psalm 139. Verse 1 states the psalm’s theme, God’s perfect knowledge of the psalmist: “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.” The next three verses develop three important aspects of that knowledge: the psalmist’s thoughts (“you perceive my thoughts from afar,” v. 2); his ways (“you are familiar with all my ways,” v. 3); and his words (“Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord,” v. 4). After this, in verse 5, he begins to anticipate the theme of the psalm’s next section, God’s omnipresence, since the ideas overlap. But he breaks off the pursuit of that idea to wrap up his contemplation of God’s knowledge in verse 6:

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too lofty for me to attain.

This is the note the apostle Paul struck in his profound doxology concluding the eleventh chapter of Romans:

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

How unsearchable his judgments,

and his paths beyond tracing out! (Rom. 11:33).

The Threat of Omniscience

The perfection of God’s knowledge is also disturbing, however, which is one reason why people try so hard not to think about God. As long as we only think about God knowing things or other people, the idea of God’s knowledge is only amusing, like our reaction to the report about schoolchildren who were asked whether they thought God understood computers, and the majority thought he did not. We are amused because we know that God does understand computers. The subject is not so amusing when we consider that God also knows about us. What are we to do with a God “before whom all hearts are open, all desires known”? An all-knowing God is immensely threatening, which is why we try to banish him from our minds.

Arthur W. Pink notes that the thought of divine omniscience “fills us with uneasiness.” A. W. Tozer is even stronger: “In the divine omniscience we see set forth against each other the terror and fascination of the Godhead. That God knows each person through and through can be a cause of shaking fear to the man that has something to hide—some unforsaken sin, some secret crime committed against man or God.”7 Roy Clements says that David’s description of God is like some “master-detective who snoop.… into every detail of his existence, armed with x-ray cameras and laser probes.” He is like the oppressive, all-seeing eye of “Big Brother” in George Orwell’s futuristic anti-utopian novel 1984.

For an unsaved person this powerful, pervasive knowledge seems intrusive and frightening, and with good reason. God is the end-time judge with whom we must reckon. Strikingly, the response of the psalmist is not fear. He is not trembling when he thinks of God’s omniscience. On the contrary, he shelters himself in God’s knowledge and marvels at it. For the psalmist, God’s knowledge is not a threat; it is a refuge.

Praise to God for His Omnipresence

Isn’t it a natural reaction to want to escape God’s all-seeing, all-knowing presence, and actually try to? Yes, and that is probably why David’s thoughts turned in verses 7–12 to God’s omnipresence.

Some commentators see in these verses a desire of David to escape God’s gaze. Although that might be a natural response to reflecting on God’s omniscience, as I suggested, it is not at all what David is saying. In a sense, David is still meditating on God’s omniscience, noting that the reason why God sees everything and knows everything is that he is everywhere to see and know it. In fact, since the psalmist is making these points of theology personal, what impresses him is that God will always be wherever he goes. Try as he might, he would never be able to escape him. But he is not fearing that or dreading it; he is comforted by the thought.

H. C. Leupold denies that the psalmist is actually trying to flee from God, and he is right. David is not wanting to flee from God at all. He is thinking about what would be the case if a person should attempt it. Leupold suggests that the right idea would be conveyed more effectively by translating verse 7 as, “Where could I go” from your presence. The New International Version gets close to this meaning when it asks, “Where can I go?”

Well, where? In verses 8–12 David imagines three areas in which escape from God might be thought to be possible, but he dismisses each one.

  1. Up or down. The first thought that might come to us is to climb higher than God so God can’t reach us, or descend so low that we will lie beneath his grasp; but the highest point to which we can rise is heaven and God is obviously there, and the lowest point to which we can descend is hell (the Hebrew word is sheol) and God is there too. He is there in his judicial aspect. In fact, the thing that makes hell so terrible is that it is run by God. It is not ruled by the devil in spite of such popular descriptions of hell as John Milton’s in Paradise Lost.

Amos uses this same language to describe the folly of people who think they can escape God’s judgments.

Though they dig down to the depths of the grave,

from there my hand will take them.

Though they climb up to the heavens,

from there I will bring them down (Amos 9:2).

  1. East or west. Well, if it is impossible to escape God by going up or down, perhaps we can do it by going east or west. This is what David considers next, in verses 9 and 10. Dawn rises in the east, and from David’s perspective in Israel the far side of the sea was west. To “rise on the wings of the dawn” probably means to flash from east to west as fast as the dawn’s early light streaks from horizon to horizon. Would that help? Even if it were possible, it would not enable us to escape God, for when we get to that far distant horizon, we find that God is already there before us.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,

if I settle on the far side of the sea,

even there your hand will guide me,

your right hand will hold me fast.

Jonah tried to do it, fleeing from Joppa in the direction of Tarshish on the coast of Spain, but God was present even on the expansive Mediterranean Sea. God pursued him in the storm and brought him back, inside the great fish.

  1. The darkness. People pursue evil in the dark, thinking, “Surely the darkness will hide me” (v. 11), but even the darkness is light to God. Light is God’s own creation (Gen. 1:3), and he does not need it to know what is going on in the secret places of the earth. These verses, which describe the darkness, lead into the next stanza, which speaks of the formation of man in the womb.

These are the best-known verses of the psalm, and rightly so. They are magnificent verses. “Never has the pen of man more effectively described the omnipresence of God.” These verses are worth the most careful study. Indeed, we should memorize them and thereby hide them in our hearts.

No Escape from God

In the next chapter we will see how David responded to his meditation on God’s omniscience and omnipresence. It is the response of one who learned what it is to be known by God and loved by him anyway, to be always with God and not fear his presence. What about those who are still trying to get away from him? What about you if you have not yet come face-to-face with God in Jesus Christ and surrendered to him? Do you really think you can escape from the omnipresent God or hide from the Omniscient?

Verses 7–12 prompted Francis Thompson’s classic poem “The Hound of Heaven,” a poem in which the poet describes how he tried unsuccessfully to hide from God.

I fled Him, down the nights, and down the days;

I fled Him, down the arches of the years;

I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways

Of my own mind, and in the mist of tears

I hid from Him, and under running laughter.

Up visaed hopes I sped;

And shot, precipitated,

Adown Titanic glooms of chasmed fears,

From those strong Feet that followed, followed after.

Thompson fled from God, but he could not escape the omnipresent One, because God always followed after him, “followed, followed after.”

If you are not yet a Christian, let me remind you that you will have to stand before God one day. How do you suppose you will be able to escape his just judgment on you for your sins? The Bible says, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Heb. 4:13). What will you do on the day when all your sins will be read out? On that day you will be abased, confounded, speechless, and overwhelmed as God unfolds the records of your sinful past life paragraph after paragraph and page after page. “Stop!” you will cry. But God will not stop until every sinful thought, every evil deed, every curse, every theft, every lie, every neglect of what you should have done is read out and justly punished.

Do not wait for that day. Jesus died so that sinners like you and me might be saved from judgment. He is pursuing you so you might be saved.

Psalm 139

A Hymn to the All-Knowing God: Part 2

Safe in God’s Hands

For you created my inmost being;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful,

I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you

when I was made in the secret place.

When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

your eyes saw my unformed body.

All the days ordained for me

were written in your book

before one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!

How vast is the sum of them!

Were I to count them,

they would outnumber the grains of sand.

When I awake,

I am still with you.

If only you would slay the wicked, O God!

Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!

They speak of you with evil intent;

your adversaries misuse your name.

Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord,

and abhor those who rise up against you?

I have nothing but hatred for them;

I count them my enemies.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;

test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me,

and lead me in the way everlasting.

verses 13–24

When I introduced Psalm 139 in the last chapter, one of the things I said about it is that it is made up of four matched parts in which three of God’s greatest attributes are discussed: omniscience (God knows all things), omnipresence (God is everywhere at all times), and omnipotence (God is supremely powerful). The fourth part of the psalm is a response to these attributes.

I also observed that there is a sense in which the only attribute actually being talked about is omniscience, for the only reason David adds a reflection on God’s omnipresence to the psalm is to explain why it is that God knows everything: God sees and knows everything because God is everywhere. Now we will see that the psalmist’s discussion of omnipotence is also linked to omniscience because, according to David, a further reason God knows everything is that he has also made everything and controls it.

John Stott expressed this connection when he wrote, “God’s omniscience, which in the previous section has been attributed to his omnipresence, is now attributed to his omnipotence. God can search man out not only because he sees him, but because he made him.” Derek Kidner says, “The third stanza brings together and carries forward the thought of the first two: God not only sees the invisible and penetrates the inaccessible, but is operative there, the author of every detail of my being.”2 Or as H. C. Leupold says, “What is being demonstrated is the fact that in his very being man [establishes] both the omniscience and the omnipresence of God.”

Praise to God for His Omnipotence

Since Psalm 139 is a worship psalm, we are not going to find abstract reflections on God’s power, though they occur in other places and are proper in their place. These words are personal.

If we do not understand that God is all-powerful, we do not have a right understanding of God at all; we are thinking of some other being. If God is not all-powerful, there must be some power or powers greater than God. If that is the case, God’s power must be thwarted and his proper sovereignty restricted by circumstances, human beings, or Satan. What kind of a God would that be? Arthur W. Pink wrote, “A ‘god’ whose will is resisted, whose designs are frustrated, whose purpose is checkmated, possesses no title to Deity, and so far from being a fit object of worship, merits nought but contempt.” If we want to know God, we need to think in the clearest possible way about God’s might and what it means.

We have already seen that David is writing with his heart as well as with his head in this psalm, and this means that he is not thinking of God’s omnipotence abstractly, but as it applies to him. More particularly, he is thinking of the power of God in forming him while he was still in the womb of his mother. No wonder God knows me, he says. God made me. He formed me from my very first moments, from my beginning.

For you created my inmost being;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful,

I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you

when I was made in the secret place.

When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

your eyes saw my unformed body.

All the days ordained for me

were written in your book

before one of them came to be (vv. 13–16).

A Person Even in the Womb

These verses plainly teach the individuality of a child while it is still in its mother’s womb. David is not writing about abortion, of course. Nothing could be farther from his mind. But no one can read these verses thoughtfully today without considering their obvious bearing on this important contemporary problem.

The chief issue in discussions about abortion concerns the identity of the fetus. People who argue for the right of a woman to have an abortion—“It’s my own body; I can do with it as I please”—usually argue that the fetus is not yet a person, but is only a part of the woman’s body, like a gallbladder or appendix that she can elect to have removed. That is why language describing the unborn child has changed so radically. A generation ago everyone referred to the unborn child as a baby, and pregnant women knew they were carrying a baby. It is hard for anyone to think calmly about killing a baby. So today people talk about the fetus or the embryo or even mere “tissue” instead. To get rid of tissue doesn’t seem so bad. But this is not the way the Bible speaks of the unborn child.

What is more, growing medical knowledge of unborn children undermines that comfortable delusion. The Greek philosopher Aristotle speculated that the fetus becomes human when it quickens in the womb, that is, when the mother feels it move. We know today that the movement of the fetus is only a matter of degree; the baby is moving all the time. Others have argued that the fetus becomes human only when it is old enough to survive outside the womb, but advances in the care of premature babies make it possible for even extremely small infants to survive, certainly infants that are younger and smaller than many being aborted. It is increasingly common today to identify life with brain activity, but we know there is brain activity in the unborn child even before the mother is aware that she is pregnant. For that matter, there is a beating heart and the circulation of the baby’s own blood as well.

The problem with trying to determine a point before which the developing child is fully human is that there isn’t one. There is an uninterrupted development of the child from the very moment in which the sperm of the father joins the ovum of the mother and the cell begins to divide. The father’s seed cannot multiply by itself, nor can the mother’s egg, but as soon as the two sets of chromosomes combine, not only does the development of life continue steadily unless interrupted, either accidentally or deliberately, but the life that is developing is a unique life. There is no other combination of chromosomes exactly like these new ones. The fetus is already a uniquely determined individual.

In the perceptive wording of this psalm David is speaking of his unique individuality from the first moments of his existence in the womb. From that very first moment, God knew him and had ordained what his life was to be.

All the days ordained for me

were written in your book

before one of them came to be (v. 16).

If that is how God views the unborn child, dare we call it only tissue and destroy the unborn, as we are doing in this country at the rate of more than a million-and-a-half babies each year?

No Separation from God

In the next two verses David reflects on the abundance of God’s thoughts toward him, ending with, “When I awake, I am still with you.” These words are a bit puzzling and have been understood in various ways. Some people suppose the writer to have been drowsing, even when he was composing the psalm. They imagine that he woke up at this point. Others suggest that he may be referring to death followed by resurrection. If that is the case, then verses 13–18 would move nicely from the earliest moments of his existence, before his birth, to his continuous conscious existence after death. Womb to tomb, and beyond! Of course, it is more likely that David is only observing that waking or sleeping he is always with God, since God is everywhere. However we interpret the verse, its point is that nothing will be able to separate the child of God from God, the exact point made in the apostle Paul’s powerful ending to Romans 8.

Reflections on All the Above

We can rebel against God’s knowledge and pursue evil instead—David notes this response in verses 19–22 and repudiates it—or we can ask God to search us with the goal of being directed in his way. The writer describes this response as his own in verses 23–24. By repudiating the first and embracing the second option the psalmist articulates a personal twofold response to this teaching.

  1. He wants nothing to do with evil or evil persons. This is another of those passages that seems imprecatory, the psalmist calling down judgment on the wicked, but judgment is not the actual thrust of these verses, though it is of similar passages elsewhere. In keeping with the personal tone of the psalm so far, what David is actually saying is that he wants no part of the evil that evil men devise. We say, “Hate the sin, but love the sinner!” It is nice advice, but it is also hard to do since love of the sinner, if we are not extremely careful, leads first to a love of the sinner’s sinful ways and then to a participation in them. David was not at all sure that he could successfully love one and hate the other. So his decision was to separate from evil persons entirely. This separation does not mean that David never had anything to do with sinful people; he himself was one. It only means that he did not want to be with those who were openly marked by evil or were hatching evil actions. So taken was he with the greatness of God that he wanted nothing to endanger his relationship to God.
  2. He wants to continue walking and growing in God’s way. The last two verses of this psalm are extremely beautiful and are often memorized and quoted.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;

test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me,

and lead me in the way everlasting (vv. 23–24).

The problem David perceives is that although he wants to keep clear of evil people and their ways, he nevertheless has evil in himself. In fact, his avoidance of evil people is not because he is too good for such people, but because he cannot trust himself in evil company. He is too sinful; he is prone to the very same sins. So here he appeals to God to search him out in order to be led in a righteous way, a way everlasting. Actually, he prays for four things: for God to know him and expose his thoughts; for God to try, or perfect, his thoughts; for God to purge away whatever evil remains in him; and for God to lead him in the way everlasting.

Isn’t it interesting that a psalm beginning with an unparalleled declaration that God knows all things should end with the request for God to search and know the psalmist? This is a practical psalm, embracing practical theology, and David is asking that God use this great, perfect, and pervasive knowledge to benefit David personally. He wants God to use the knowledge God has of him to lead him in the right way.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart!” It is a serious thing to pray, because it invites painful exposures and surgery, if we truly mean it. Still it is what every wise believer should desire. Arno Gaebelein wrote,

Happy the Christian who prays thus every day! Who puts himself into the presence of the all-seeing God, who stands in his light, and is willing to have anything and everything which is not right brought to light and judged. This is the true walk “in the light.” Even the thoughts must be so dealt with. In the New Testament it is expressed in this wise, “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5). Then there is the willingness to put away anything which is grievous to God and to his Spirit and to be led in the way everlasting.

A Practical Summing Up

In the course of this study we have been looking at God’s omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence—that God knows everything, is everywhere, and is all-powerful. We have also seen that the overriding theme, the one for which the others are mentioned, is omniscience. Here is what appreciation of the omniscience of God should do for every Christian.

  1. It should humble us. I think here of Job. God allowed Satan to attack Job to demonstrate that a believer is able to love God solely for who he is and not merely for the many blessings he gives. Job didn’t know what God was doing. When his friends came to see him they argued that since God is a just God and this is a moral universe, bad things do not happen without good reasons. Therefore, Job must have sinned in some way and have brought his troubles on himself. Job did not consider himself to be innocent of sin, but he knew that he had done nothing to deserve what was happening to him. Who can explain it?

For thirty-seven chapters God is silent. At last, toward the very end of the book, he speaks. We might expect God to explain things to Job, to tell him about Satan’s accusations and reveal how Job had been singled out as a righteous man who would trust God even in misery, but this is not what we find. Instead, we find God rebuking Job for presuming to think that he could understand God’s ways, even if they were explained to him. This is in the form of a lengthy interrogation having to do with God’s perfect knowledge contrasted with Job’s ignorance. It goes on for four chapters—a total of 129 verses, less five verses that introduce and then sustain the narrative—and at the end Job is completely humbled. He replies to God,

Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,

things too wonderful for me to know.…

Therefore I despise myself

and repent in dust and ashes (Job 42:3, 6).

If we ever begin to appreciate the perfect knowledge of God and by contrast our own pathetic understanding, the first effect this will have on us will be humility, as in Job’s case. We will be embarrassed to think that we ever supposed we could contend with God intellectually.

  1. It should comfort us. God knows the worst about us and loves us anyway. He knows the best about us even when other people do not and blame us for things that are not our fault. Job expressed his comfort in God’s knowledge, saying, “He knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold” (Job 23:10).
  2. It should encourage us to live for God. In Psalm 139 David has been reflecting on the omniscience of God, and it has led him to ask God to help him lead an upright life. He knows that God will do it precisely because God knows him so well.

We know very little. We do not even know ourselves, but God knows us. He knows our weaknesses and our strengths. He knows our sins but also our aspirations toward a godly life. He knows when isolation will help us grow strong but also when we need companionship to stand in righteousness. He knows when we need rebuking and correcting but also when we need teaching and encouragement. If anyone can “lead me in the way everlasting,” it is God. Moreover, since I know he knows me and wants to help me, I can be encouraged to get on with upright living.

  1. It should help us to pray. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus encouraged his followers to pray to God confidently, expecting answers. “When you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matt. 6:7–8). This is then followed by what we call the Lord’s Prayer, a model prayer consisting of just fifty-two words.

God’s knowledge of what we need is so perfect that he often answers even before we pray to him. “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear,” wrote Isaiah (Isa. 65:24). Who can be terrified by a God who knows and answers us like that?[1]


13 Confidence in the Lord’s ability to discern and perceive the nature and needs of his people comes from a belief in God’s purpose. He is the Creator, and his creative concerns include individuals.

In a sense this section continues the emphasis on divine involvement by an emphatic use of “you” (ʾattâ, vv. 2, 13: “you know … you created”) and by the use of the pronominal prefixes and suffixes to the verbs and nouns in Hebrew (translated by “you” and “your”). The Lord has formed the individual as a spiritual (“you created [qānâ, GK 7865; Ge 14:22; Pr 8:22] my inmost being [‘kidneys’],” v. 13) and a physical being (“you knit me together”; cf. Job 8–11; Jer 1:5). All beings owe their existence to the Creator-God. How much more the individual who walks with God, who knows that the Lord has formed him or her for a purpose.[2]


139:13–16 / These verses, with their introductory for you created my inmost being, explain and substantiate the reason for this divine loyalty. God is portrayed as a skilled weaver and the speaker as his handiwork. God’s interest in the speaker from his life’s beginning evidences God’s personal and long-term investment in him. As in the first section, this one also draws attention to the extent of God’s knowledge, spatially (v. 15) and temporally (v. 16). In addition, this section substantiates that God can see equally in light and darkness (as claimed in vv. 11–12). The evidence is that your eyes saw my unformed body, which was in my mother’s womb, in the secret place, in the depths of the earth. Verse 16 does not point to a notion of divine predestination but foreknowledge. In verses 1–12, the speaker reflects a sense of freedom (e.g., “when I sit” and “when I rise,” and “if I go up,” vv. 2, 8). What is divinely determined is God’s inevitable presence and knowledge.[3]


God Is Sovereign in Planning Personal Existence (139:13–16)

139:13–16. One aspect of David’s confidence in the Lord is related to his knowledge that he was created by the Lord from conception to birth: You formed my inward parts … wove me in my mother’s womb. David notes that he is wonderfully (or “divinely”) made. Wonderfully is applied in the Bible to what God is and does (cf. comments on 119:121–128). The phrase in the depths of the earth (v. 15) is a poetic reference to the womb, not to geography. David confirms that not only did the Lord plan his life from the womb, but he knows the precise number of days that he would live, when as yet there was not one of them (v. 16). This verse strongly supports that there is actual human life in the womb, which should be protected.[4]


13–18 God the all-creating: from conception to resurrection. How is it that the Lord knows and surrounds me? Because from conception and gestation through the days of life and on to ‘awaking’ in eternity he is my creator-possessor. 13 Created. The verb means ‘to acquire a possession’—e.g. purchase (Gn. 25:10; Ex. 15:16); and, in the case of the Lord and the created order, ‘to enjoy creative possession’ (Gn. 14:19, 22). Inmost being, ‘kidneys’, the seat of emotion, the sentient being. 15 Frame, the bony structure, the physical being. 16 Unformed body, ‘embryo’. Every embryo is a person, a creative possession of God with days planned ahead, a life ordained in heaven to be lived on earth. 17 Preciousvast, i.e. the whole sweep of thought in vs 1–12 and in particular the awesomeness of the human creation (13–16). But that is not all: there is still eternity! Awake, cf. 17:15.[5]


The omnipotence of the Lord (139:13–18)

The thought that darkness cannot conceal anyone from the Lord (vv. 11–12) brought to David’s mind this meditation in verses 13–18: God knew all about him when He created him in his mother’s womb. Verse 13 begins with “For,” indicating that this strophe (vv. 13–18) explains the preceding two strophes (vv. 1–6, 7–12): since God can create a person, He certainly knows him intimately and is with him everywhere.

139:13–14. The theme of verses 13–18 is announced here: the Lord (You is emphatic in Heb.; cf. v. 2) created him in his mother’s womb. The language is figurative in that creating and knitting describe God’s sovereign superintendence over the natural process of reproduction (on knitting; cf. Job 10:11).

This fact prompted the psalmist to break forth in praise over the thought of how marvelously he had been made. Even David’s rudimentary knowledge of the marvels of the human body led him to be in awe and wonder. The words wonderfully and wonderful are mindful of God’s marvelous knowledge (Ps. 139:6).

139:15–16. Then David stressed certain features of God’s superintendence over him. In the womb he was woven together (lit., “embroidered”; cf. “knit,” v. 13, suggesting his veins and arteries). When he was being formed in the womb he was as remote to the human eye as the lower part of the earth (cf. comments on Job 1:21). But God saw every detail. David’s frame means his skeleton and his unformed body is his embryo. Moreover, God prerecorded all the days of the psalmist before he was even born. This statement may mean that God determined how long he would live, but in view of verses 1–4, it more likely refers to everyday details. God marvelously planned out his life.

139:17–18. This thought led David to conclude that the Lord’s plans (thoughts; cf. v. 2) for His people are most precious and in fact are innumerable. They are also most relevant, for each morning when he awakened, God was still with him, extending His thoughts toward him.[6]


139:13, 14 So much then for the omnipresence of God. David now turns to consider His power and skill. And the particular phase of divine omnipotence he chooses is the marvelous development of a baby in his mother’s womb. In a speck of watery material smaller than the dot over this i, all the future characteristics of the child are programmed—the color of his skin, eyes and hair, the shape of his facial features, the natural abilities he will have. All that the child will be physically and mentally is contained in germ form in that fertilized egg. From it will develop:

… 60 trillion cells, 100 thousand miles of nerve fiber, 60 thousand miles of vessels carrying blood around the body, 250 bones, to say nothing of joints, ligaments and muscles.

David describes the formation of the fetus with exquisite delicacy and beauty. “You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.” Yes, God formed our inward parts; each one a marvel of divine engineering. Think of the brain, for instance, with its capacity for recording facts, sounds, odors, sights, touch, pain; with its ability to recall; with its power to make computations; with its seemingly endless flair for making decisions and solving problems.

And God knit us together in our mother’s womb. This aptly describes the marvelous weaving of the muscles, sinews, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels and bones of the human frame.

David bursts forth in praise to the Lord. As he thinks of man, the crown of God’s creation, he can only confess that he is fearfully and wonderfully made. The more we think of the marvels of the human body, its orderliness, its complexity, its beauty, its instincts and inherited factors—the more we wonder how anyone trained in natural science can fail to be a believer in an infinite Creator.[7]


139:13–16 You formed my inward parts: David affirms that the work of God in his life extended back to his development in his mother’s womb. You covered me may also be translated as “You wove me together,” a description of the work of God creating the person in the mother’s womb. I am fearfully and wonderfully made might be rephrased as “I am an awesome wonder” (Ps. 8). skillfully wrought: The development of the fetus was something quite mysterious to the ancients. To them, it was as though the fetus were being developed in the middle of the earth. The Hebrew word my substance indicates the embryo. in Your book: The idea is that the life of a person, and the structure and meaning of that person’s life, are all established from the beginning by God.[8]


What the Bible Says About

God’s Desire to Communicate with Us

Ps. 139:1–24

How many times have we heard someone say, “Why would God want to speak to me? I am not a preacher or in full-time Christian service. Why in the world would he want to communicate with me?”

The truth is, we are all saved by grace (Eph. 2:8); we are all washed and sanctified (1 Cor. 6:11); we are all saints (1 Cor. 1:2); and we are all children of the living God (John 1:12). Fathers just naturally want to speak to their children.

Unfortunately, we often see ourselves in an unworthy light—and when we do, we wonder why a great, magnificent God would ever want to speak to us. In that case, God could scream into our ears, but we would not hear Him.

We must see ourselves as God sees us: that is, as children who need Him to speak, who need to listen, who need guidance every day of their lives. If we have a pauper-like image of ourselves, wondering why the God who created the heavens and the earth would engage in meaningful conversation with insignificant us, then communication shuts down to minimal levels at best. It all depends on relationship. We are children of God, and our Father eagerly seeks to speak to us!

Psalm 139 provides us with marvelous insight into the Father’s perfect knowledge of us and His abundant love for us, just the way we are. He knows how we are made. He knows our weaknesses. He knows our sinful desires, and our transgressions are not hidden from Him. He knows our innermost hurts, fears, and frustrations—and yet He longs to gain intimacy with us.

Jesus has chosen to put His unmatched presence into these scarred, earthen vessels. He is at home in these tattered earthly tents. We need not be ill at ease, but instead we can relax and enjoy His fellowship, knowing that He died for us while were yet hopeless sinners (Rom. 5:6–8). He has permanently accepted us into His family, with all our undesirable baggage. We are His—lock, stock, and barrel!

See the Life Principles Index for further study:

13. Listening to God is essential to walking with God.

18. As children of a sovereign God, we are never victims of our circumstances.

Fathers just

naturally want

to speak

to their children.[9]


[1] Boice, J. M. (2005). Psalms 107–150: An Expositional Commentary (pp. 1200–1213). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[2] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, p. 962). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Hubbard, R. L. J., & Johnston, R. K. (2012). Foreword. In W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston (Eds.), Psalms (p. 486). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Rydelnik, M., Vanlaningham, M., Barbieri, L. A., Boyle, M., Coakley, J., Dyer, C. H., … Zuber, K. D. (2014). Psalms. In M. A. Rydelnik & M. Vanlaningham (Eds.), The moody bible commentary (p. 873). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[5] Motyer, J. A. (1994). The Psalms. In D. A. Carson, R. T. France, J. A. Motyer, & G. J. Wenham (Eds.), New Bible commentary: 21st century edition (4th ed., pp. 578–579). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press.

[6] Ross, A. P. (1985). Psalms. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 892). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[7] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 770). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[8] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 738). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[9] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ps 139:1–24). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

October 24, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.” —George Washington (1796)


REUTERS

Medical treatment would be more widely available to opioid abusers, while mailing illicit drugs would become more difficult under a rare bipartisan measure aimed at tackling the nation’s addiction crisis expected to be signed into law on Wednesday by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Social media companies Facebook and Twitter have not detected Chinese meddling in the 2018 U.S. elections, Bloomberg reported.

Washington will press ahead with a plan to quit a landmark nuclear arms control pact despite objections from Russia and some European countries, senior U.S. official John Bolton said on Tuesday, after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

President Donald Trump’s planned U.S. Space Command should seek to develop ways for the country’s military to operate in outer space, White House advisers recommended on Tuesday, with the government hoping to secure approval for it by 2020.

Intensive discussions are underway in the German government on how to deal with arms exports to Saudi Arabia that have already been approved but not yet delivered, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Wednesday.

A Japanese journalist held hostage by Islamist militants after being captured in Syria three years ago has been released and would be brought home as soon as possible, Japan’s foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Sales of new U.S. single-family homes fell to a near two-year low in September and data for the prior three months was revised lower, the latest indications that rising mortgage rates and higher prices were undercutting the housing market.

Only one ticket matched all six numbers in the U.S. Mega Millions lottery for a jackpot that was just short of a world record $1.6 billion, an official said early on Wednesday.

AP Top Stories

The U.S. Secret Service said on Wednesday that it had intercepted a pair of suspicious packages addressed to former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

A law enforcement official says the device found outside a New York residential compound owned by George Soros “had the components” of an actual bomb, including explosive powder.

The United Nations aid chief sounded the alarm at the Security Council on Tuesday that half the population of war-torn Yemen – some 14 million people – could soon be on the brink of famine and completely relying on humanitarian aid for survival.

Pakistan said Saudi Arabia agreed to a $6 billion support package to bolster Islamabad’s dwindling finances following a second visit by Prime Minister Imran Khan to Riyadh seeking aid.

The United Nations is concerned about rising sectarian violence in parts of northern Nigeria, its resident coordinator in the West African country said, citing attacks in the past week in which more than 90 people were killed.

The New Jersey Department of Health initially announced that 18 cases of adenovirus, six of them fatal, had been confirmed among pediatric residents at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell.

Palestinian security forces regularly torture prisoners and arrest political opponents “to crush dissent” in both the occupied West Bank and Gaza, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday.

Salty water just below the surface of Mars could hold enough oxygen to support the kind of microbial life that emerged and flourished on Earth billions of years ago, researchers reported Monday.

The top U.S. commander for the Middle East made an unannounced visit to a key military outpost in southern Syria, pressing the need for a continued U.S. presence there to root out remaining Islamic State fighters and serve as leverage against growing Iranian activity in the region.

President Donald Trump has said the Central American migrants traveling via caravan should seek asylum in Mexico – and threatened that they will be turned away if they reach the U.S.

BBC

The European Parliament has voted for a complete ban on a range of single-use plastics across the union in a bid to stop pollution of the oceans. MEPs backed a ban on plastic cutlery and plates, cotton buds, straws, drink-stirrers and balloon sticks.

Nigeria’s parliament has passed a law capping campaign spending for next year’s elections. The following limits have been set: Presidential candidates: $14m, Gubernatorial candidates: $3m, Senate candidates: $700,000, House of Representatives candidates: $280,000.

Nigeria’s finance minister says the government is mulling a plan to limit the number of children a woman can have.

China is accused of locking up hundreds of thousands of Muslims without trial in its western region of Xinjiang. The government denies the claims, saying people willingly attend special “vocational schools” which combat “terrorism and religious extremism”. Now a BBC investigation has found important new evidence of the reality.

WND

The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday defended claims by President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence that violent criminals are a component of the Honduran caravan making its way through Mexico toward the U.S.

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday said Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández told him that the migrant caravan marching toward the U.S.-Mexico border is “financed by Venezuela.”

A group of ex-LGBTQ people are getting ready to take the streets of Los Angeles, California to declare the transforming power and love of Jesus Christ.


News – 10/24/2018

Why Can’t You Be A Christian Witch?
What makes Love’s story even more bizarre is that she was born into a witch’s household — hence, “born a witch” — then was a Jehovah’s Witness from the ages of 4 to 30. So, she now fashions herself a Bible-believer and has recently launched the Covenant of Christian Witches Mystery School with the ultimate goal being “self-realization.” And it appears that Love is not the only “Christian witch.” That helps explain why, last November, Jennifer LeClaire published a “Prophetic Warning: ‘Christian’ Witches Rising Using the Name of Jesus.” Of course, this is absolutely crazy and totally unbiblical and completely heretical.

West Virginia Democratic Candidate Was Pagan Witchcraft Cult Leader
A Democratic candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates was an active leader in pagan witchcraft,…Lissa Lucas rose through the ranks of a Wiccan cult to its third level — the highest stage for most Wiccan cults — and instructed lower-level Wiccans in occult practices, …Lucas’s campaign has raised more than five times as much money as her Republican opponent, thanks in part to national media attention that has left out Lucas’s witchcraft.

Karen Monahan Breaks Silence On Ellison Domestic Violence Allegations
do you think the democratic organization in Minnesota investigated this in a legitimate way? These claims?” Carlson asked. “No, it wasn’t legitimate at all. Any objective review of it would reach the same conclusion.

SOMETHING WICKED-GREEN THIS WAY COMES
A green ball of gas wider than the planet Jupiter is approaching Earth. It’s name is “Comet 46P/Wirtanen.” On Dec. 16th, this hyperactive comet will come within 11.5 million km of Earth–making it one of the 10 closest-approaching comets of the Space Age. Comet 46P/Wirtanen will probably become a naked eye object for several weeks during the holidays, prompting some astronomers to call it “the Comet of the Year.”

Netanyahu reaffirms commitment to demilitarized Palestinian state
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeated his commitment to the idea of Palestinian self-government in the West Bank, provided that Israel preserve total security control of all territory west of the Jordan river. Speaking at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America on Wednesday, Netanyahu said that he believed in a solution where the “Palestinians have all the powers to govern themselves and none of the powers to threaten us.”

Former Jordanian counterterrorism chief killed in Jordan
The former head of counterterrorism in Jordan was murdered on Tuesday in Madaba, a city near Amman. According to local reports, retired Maj.-Gen. Habis al-Hanini was shot by a gunman in front of his house in Madaba. Al-Hanini played a key role in confronting terrorism and extremism in Jordan, which has been a key ally of the US in the war on al-Qaeda and Islamic State.

King Abdullah pressured to support UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem
Religious and political figures in Jerusalem urged Jordan’s king to coordinate with the Palestinian president and the UN to obligate Israel to implement resolutions passed by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) regarding the city. The call came in an open letter to King Abdullah in his capacity as custodian of Jerusalem’s Muslim and Christian holy sites.

Think tank: Iran was closer to nukes than we thought
Iran was closer to developing nuclear weapons than previously thought, according to a think tank report issued late Tuesday. A report by the Institute for Science and International Security said that combining new information produced by the Mossad during its January raid on a Tehran warehouse along with satellite imagery “conclusively shows that the Parchin site did house high explosive chambers capable for use in nuclear weapons research and development.”

Italy budget: European Commission demands changes
The European Commission has told Italy to revise its budget, an unprecedented move with regard to an EU member state. The Commission is worried about the impact of higher spending on already high levels of debt in Italy, the eurozone’s third-biggest economy. Italy’s governing populist parties have vowed to push ahead with campaign promises including a minimum income for the unemployed.

Inside China’s internment camps: tear gas, Tasers and textbooks
On state television, the vocational education centre in China’s far west looked like a modern school where happy students studied Mandarin, brushed up their job skills, and pursued hobbies such as sports and folk dance. But…one of the local government departments in charge of such facilities…made several purchases that had little to do with education: 2,768 police batons, 550 electric cattle prods, 1,367 pairs of handcuffs, and 2,792 cans of pepper spray.

In France, a Push to Teach Arabic in Public Schools, Not Mosques
Every Sunday, parents…just north of Paris bring their children to a small school operated by the local mosque. Half of the three-hour lesson is devoted to learning Arabic, the other half to learning the Quran. Now President Emmanuel Macron’s government is considering…a secular alternative to that intertwining of Arabic and Islam by prodding more of France’s public schools to offer children as young as age 6 Arabic lessons—without religious content.

Advocates push to beef up privacy regulator
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is under pressure after recent privacy scandals as critics question if the agency has the regulatory teeth to oversee the tech industry’s customer data policies. The new scrutiny also comes with Congress mulling federal privacy legislation. Many privacy and consumer watchdogs say beefing up the agency’s powers and resources to handle data privacy should be a top priority.

IAI wins $777 million India contract for missile defense
State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has won an additional $777 million contract to supply LRSAM air and missile defense systems to seven ships in the Indian navy, the company said on Wednesday. The contract is with India’s state-owned Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), which is the main contractor in the project, IAI said.

‘If US doesn’t present peace plan after midterms, France will’
If US President Donald Trump fails to present his peace plan in the weeks following the US November 6 midterm elections, French President Emmanuel Macron intends to present his own peace plan, the Foreign Ministry’s Political Director Alon Ushpiz said Monday in a secret discussion at the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Will Michele Bachmann Be Picked to Continue Nikki Haley’s Legacy of Israel Advocacy at UN?
With Nikki Haley’s resignation, many voices from the conservative movement and the evangelical community are calling for President Trump to appoint former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann to replace her as UN Ambassador. Bachmann, a long-time friend of Israel, would surely continue Haley’s fine legacy but the left-wing is reacting to this possibility as a call to arms.

Anti-aging drug cocktail teases significant lifespan extension in early experiments
The unique drug cocktail almost doubled the mean lifespan in C. elegans, a result that is notably the largest lifespan extension ever reported using a drug intervention in animals. It was also reported that no adverse health effects were seen, and the drug seemed to extend the worm’s healthspan as well.

Hurricane Willa 2018: Category 3 storm makes landfall on Mexico’s Sinaloa coast
Conditions on Mexico’s Pacific coast worsened Tuesday as a Category 3 hurricane began bringing life-threatening storm surges, rain and wind to cities there. The center of Hurricane Willa and the storm’s hurricane-force winds were almost ashore, but first ravaging waves were battering the coast in Nayarit and Sinaloa states, according to the US National Hurricane Center. “Life-threatening storm surge, wind, and rainfall (are) spreading onshore,” the US hurricane center said.

Human Rights Watch: PA, Hamas Crush Palestinian Dissent
According to the report, Palestinian authorities have carried out dozens of arrests for critical posts on social media platforms, “which Palestinians increasingly rely on to share their views, connect with one another, and organize activities.” While the report said that practice of arresting citizens for nonviolent speech is a significant violation of human rights, it added that torturing of detainees by the Palestinians may constitute an actual crime against humanity given its systematic practice over many years.

How The Return of the Jewish People To Israel Is Changing Christianity
Although there have always been Christians who rejected replacement theology, the establishment and success of the State of Israel “upends that whole apple cart,”….it isn’t merely the creation of the State of Israel, but its success in nation-building, that caused many Christians to re-examine some of their fundamental beliefs about Judaism and the Jewish people.

Typhoon Yutu Forecast to Strike Saipan and Tinian in the Mariana Islands at Category 4 or 5 Intensity; Tropical Storm Warning for Guam
Super Typhoon Yutu: 200mph Winds and More Strengthening Expected.

A high-ranking Orthodox priest in Turkey landed a blow against Putin by invoking an obscure and ancient power from 451 AD
A powerful Orthodox priest activated a 1,567-year-old power to elevate the status of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and make it on par with its Russian counterpart. Previously, Russia had power over the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and the move damages its international prestige.

Liberals Outraged As Trump Admin Plans To Scientifically Define Gender According To Biological Condition Present At Birth
For the past 6,000 years, only two types of people have been born, either male or female. Occasionally there will be a mutation…But suffice to say, a third gender has never exited a human mother’s womb in the entire history of humanity. Even the miracle birth of Jesus to Mary…did not produce a third gender. No, it would take Barack Obama to produce more than the 2 genders created by God.

Employees and execs are failing drug tests at shocking rates
New York City employers are squarely blaming a raging drug epidemic for much of the trouble they have filling jobs in one of the tightest labor markets in a generation.

Mysterious ‘polio-like’ illness AFM is likely more widespread than reported, experts say
A “polio-like” condition that has left children in 22 states paralyzed may be more widespread than previously announced due to inadequate testing protocols and voluntary reporting requirements, experts say.

Putin is giving asylum to South Africa’s white farmers, who are being murdered and robbed of their land why the black government of the country
With the South African government intent on giving all of the nation’s farmland to blacks and white farmers being slaughtered in heinous, horrible violence, Russian President Vladimir Putin has opened his nation’s doors to South Africa’s white population. Now, about 15,000 Boers are planning to take advantage of Putin’s offer and take sanctuary in greener—and safer—pasture in an agricultural grassland region of Russia.

IRONY: The Israel-hating United Nations hires Israelis to protect their staff in dangerous countries
According to the United Nations, it is Israel’s aggressive approach to security that is one of the primary obstacles to peace in the Middle East.

West Virginia Democratic Candidate Was Pagan Witchcraft Cult Leader
A Democratic candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates was an active leader in pagan witchcraft, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

‘Evidence’ Americans funding migrant caravan
Millions of taxpayers dollars trafficked through food stamp fraud went to terrorists who funded their activities at home and abroad, according to an explosive report from the Government Accountability Institute

Report: Millions in Food Stamp Dollars Flowed to Terrorists
Millions of taxpayers dollars trafficked through food stamp fraud went to terrorists who funded their activities at home and abroad, according to an explosive report from the Government Accountability Institute.

Woman Declares Herself Pro-Life After Watching The ‘Gosnell’ Movie
The theaters may be dropping “Gosnell” but that doesn’t mean the movie is not fulfilling its mission of teaching people the horrors of abortion. Now, a college student who once considered herself pro-choice claims to have been changed by the film.

Texas Democrat Party Sends Voter Registration Applications to Dead People – One Woman Died 29 Years Ago
The Texas Democrat party is working overtime to reach out to their voter base–dead people and illegal aliens. Last week the Texas Democrat party got caught asking non-citizens to register vote and even went as far as sending them applications with the citizenship box pre-checked.

China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran Set For Electronic Pulse Attacks on U.S.
China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran are preparing nuclear electronic pulse attacks from space in a future conflict to cripple the U.S. military and plunge the United States into darkness, according to a declassified study.

CERN suspends professor after saying men are discriminated against in STEM fields – The College Fix
CERN has suspended Professor Alessandro Strumia for a controversial presentation he recently gave that claimed the field of physics is not sexist toward women, but that the truth does not matter because of a “political battle” from the outside.

Physician: Kids Transitioning Isn’t Worrisome Because De-Transitioning Isn’t Too Bad
Parents shouldn’t worry about letting their kids transition because going back to their biological sex isn’t that bad, a medical expert wrote Monday. “De-transitioning is rare and not as bad as people think,” Jack Turban wrote in a Monday article published by Vox. Turban is a resident physician in child and adolescent psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Peter Schiff Warning Becomes Reality: Global Markets Tumble Again
A potential catastrophe could occur when the current economic bubble bursts and Peter Schiff has been warning of this for a while now. The signs of economic distress are finally showing up as global markets tumbled Tuesday with European stocks touching a two-year low while United States equity futures are deep in the red.

U.S. Warships Transit Taiwan Strait
Two Navy warships transited the Taiwan Strait on Monday in a show of force in Pentagon efforts to push back against China’s expansive claims to control waters near the communist mainland.

The new taboo: More people regret sex change and want to ‘detransition’, surgeon says
Those wishing the reversal, Djordjevic says, have spoken to him about crippling levels of depression following their transition and in some cases even contemplated suicide. “It can be a real disaster to hear these stories,” says the 52-year-old. And yet, in the main part, they are not being heard.

In America, It’s OK to Traffic in Baby Parts—As Long As You Don’t Advertise Too Aggressively
You learn a lot about America when you research abortion. The procedure is legal but it is seen as a sacred right by a large number of very vocal people and so it is surrounded by rules but very often goes virtually unregulated. And it is amazing what some very educated, very liberal people will do when they know people are not looking.

IDF to provide morning-after pills in effort to decrease abortions
The Israel Defense Forces intends to start providing emergency contraceptive pills to female soldiers in an effort to decrease the number of abortions carried out among members of the armed forces.


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Mike Ratliff – But Love Your Enemies

Failed False Prophet Charlie Shamp Takes His Failed Promises and Prophecies to Kenya

MacArthur Out As President of Master’s University

Christian, What Do You Believe? Probably a Heresy About Jesus, Says Survey

These viral videos are using satire to destroy abortion activists’ strongest arguments

9 Cults in Asia You Should Definitely Know About

French priest takes his own life in church after abuse claims

Indian Pastor Beaten, Kidnapped, Arrested and Forced to Stop Evangelizing

Russian Rebels Shutting Down Protestant Churches in Ukraine, Armed Men Raiding Christian Worship


Headlines – 10/24/2018

France to US: Release your peace plan or we’ll release ours

France warns will publish own peace plan if Trump delays

Palestinian Authority PM calls for Chinese role in peace process

Netanyahu: ‘Hamas isn’t a partner for for talks, but understands our messages well’

Gazans scale back border protests as Egypt renews cease-fire efforts

Lieberman decides to renew Qatari oil to Gaza

Ministers believe lightning strike at fault in Gaza rocket that hit Beersheba almost caused major escalation in violenc

Abbas and Hamas use systematic torture to crush dissent – Human Rights Watch

Palestinian teen killed during border clash with Israeli troops, Gaza says

IAI signs $777 million deal with India for Barak-8 systems

Israel Plans to Export Too Much Natural Gas, Leading Geologist Says

Second Temple Period Artifact Found

Five proven Dead Sea Scroll forgeries only the tip of the iceberg, scholars say

Iranian official threatens to raze Tel Aviv and Haifa

Iran intensifies presence west of the Euphrates River in Syria

A Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad review – the making of a murderous tyrant

In Saudi Arabia, Mnuchin announces joint sanctions against terror sponsors with Taliban, Iran ties

Jamal Khashoggi’s Son Meets Saudi King And Crown Prince In Disgraceful Photo Op

Twitter storm after Khashoggi’s son meets Saudi crown prince

After Khashoggi’s killing, Turkey’s leader seeks to weaken Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince

Erdogan Seizes on Saudi Murder as Chance to Upend Middle East

Jamal Khashoggi: Erdogan rejects Saudi account of killing

Turkish President Erdogan: Jamal Khashoggi’s Death Was A ‘Planned Operation’

Trump says Khashoggi killing ‘worst cover-up ever,’ as US revokes Saudi visas

Jamal Khashoggi killing: Trump says Saudi crown prince could have been involved

Pompeo: We will maintain strategic interests with Saudi Arabia

Spain’s Parliament Votes Against Blocking Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Despite Khashoggi Furor

Justin Trudeau says he is unlikely to cancel Saudi armored vehicles sale

Dubai ruler: Saudi Arabia is a driving force for the global economy

Saudi Arabia Offers $6 Billion To Pakistan Amid Economic Crisis

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain designate Revolutionary Guards and Soleimani as terrorists

Iran manufacturing, upgrading missiles in Iraq, Israeli intelligence warns

Iran’s oil minister says U.S. sanctions cannot stop crude exports

Iran Says 15 Militants Arrested Who Planned Attacks on Shi’ite Pilgrims

Yemen minister: Houthis have destroyed 70 percent of Yemen’s sports facilities

UN rights committee slams French burqa ban as a violation of religious rights

Device found on Soros property confirmed by NY police as active bomb

John Bolton meets Putin, rejects calls for US to stay in landmark arms-control treaty

Trump Threatens Nuclear Build Up as Kremlin Blasts Treaty Withdrawal as ‘Dangerous’

U.S. Fears Russia Employing ‘Combat Laser System’ in Space

Pence leaves open the possibility of nuclear weapons in space

White House to press forward with Trump’s Space Command

Pentagon launches first cyber operation to deter Russian interference in midterm elections

Brad Parscale: Big Tech Is Meddling with Free Speech… and Elections

White House issues 72-page report slamming ‘socialism’ as Trump blasts Democrats

Mexican News Outlet: Officials Say 14,000 Honduran Migrants Heading to U.S.

How the migrant caravan became so big and why it’s continuing to grow

2,100 mostly unarmed Guard troops on border as Trump vows to send more to stop migrant caravan

Ecuador no longer to intervene with UK for WikiLeaks Assange – foreign minister

UK’s under fire (Jewish) Speaker of the House could block Brexit, say opponents

Thousands Of Swedes Are Inserting Microchips Under Their Skin

Privacy Expert Resigns From Alphabet-Backed Smart City Project Over Surveillance Concerns

Yahoo to pay $50m, other costs to millions of Israeli and US hacking victims

Amazon will reportedly open another futuristic cashierless convenience store … in New York City

Dow races back from 500-point plunge

Foreign Buying of U.S. Treasurys Softens, Unsettling Financial Markets

Former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker thinks ‘we’re in a hell of a mess’

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Yonakuni, Japan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern East Pacific Rise

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 34,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 28,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 17,000ft

The Atlantic and Pacific Ocean hurricane season is most powerful on record this year

Typhoon Yutu Could Strike Guam as a Category 5 Beast

A Hawaiian Island Has Disappeared After Taking A Hit From Category 5 Hurricane Walaka

Hurricane Willa makes landfall with winds estimated at 120 mph

Hurricane Willa batters Mexico, sparking floods, outages

Hurricane Willa to become nor’easter, hit East Coast this weekend after slamming Mexico

Floods in Qatar as almost a year’s rain falls in one day

Severe storms unload knee-deep hail in Rome

Cocaine Deaths Hit Record in U.S. as Opioid Overdoses Level Off

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs creating deadly risks for hip and knee operations

There’s a Measles Outbreak in Israel and Now It’s Coming to the U.S.

6 kids dead, 12 sick in viral outbreak at New Jersey rehabilitation center

Sketchy genetic engineering practices could spell the end of the world as we know it

FDA Investigates Website That Sells Abortion Pills to American Women Through the Mail

Despite Gosnell Ranking Top Ten in Box-Office, Theaters Drop the Film

Two Weeks Before Midterms, Transgender People Feel Like ‘Pawns’

The Trump administration’s transgender memo isn’t trying to erase anyone

Identical twin girls transition into boys after both come out as transgender

Some Parents Outraged After Drag Queen Speaks At School Career Day

More than 200 named in list of clergy accused of sexual abuse in Bay Area

D.C. attorney general launches investigation into Catholic Church

Issue of married Catholic priests gains traction under pope


Mid-Day Snapshot

No, Obama Didn’t Build This Economic Boom

“So when you hear all this talk about economic miracles right now, remember who started it.”

HHS Memo on Restoring Definition of Sex Enrages Left

Trump considers rolling back a regulatory move made with Obama’s infamous pen.

Warren and the Poison of Identity Politics

When the “Honest Injun” senator has lost even the Leftmedia, you know it’s bad.

Accusation Against Booker Exposes MSM Hypocrisy

The MSM is mum now, but it breathlessly reported salacious allegations against Kavanaugh.

INF Withdrawal the Smart Call

As history shows, arms control is a sucker’s game, and Trump was right to call out Russia.

Humor Video: New Democrat Campaign ‘Ad’

Allie Beth Stuckey sarcastically depicts a new campaign ad for the Democrat Party.

Video: The Pension Bomb

John Stossel warns: one day, no matter what the promise, we simply won’t be able to keep it.

Wednesday Short Cuts

The BIG Lie: “Unlike some I actually try to state facts. I believe in facts.” —Barack Obama

Wednesday Top Headlines

Explosives sent to Obama and Clinton, GOP enthusiasm, punishing Saudi Arabia, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Ben Shapiro
How Democrats Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Federalism
Star Parker
It’s Democrats Who Shred American Values
L. Brent Bozell & Tim Graham
The Media’s Transgender ‘Eradication’ Panic
Michelle Malkin
2018 Midterms: All About Obama
James Shott
The Country’s Election System Needs Dramatic Overhaul and Reform

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon

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October 24 Trial or Temptation?

Do not lead us into temptation.

Matthew 6:13

Temptation is a common experience of every human being, Christian or not. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that temptations are “common to man.” How we deal with the battle of temptation is a mark of the genuineness of our faith or our lack of it.

The trials that the Lord allows into our lives to strengthen us can also become temptations. They can be solicitations to evil rather than a means to spiritual growth. Every difficult thing that comes into my life either strengthens me because I obey God and stay confident in His care and power, or leads me to doubt God and disobey His Word.

Every trial has the potential to become a temptation. The difference is how you respond to it.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 321). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

Here they come! Another illegal immigrant caravan forming in El Salvador

 It is a mystery why enforcing our immigration and border laws would be controversial at all.

NBC News is reporting that another illegal alien caravan is forming in El Salvador and will begin their trek to the US border soon.

As the Trump administration makes preparations to combat the 6,500-member 

The El Salvadoran caravan is still forming, but its members have plans to begin their journey northward toward the U.S. next week, according to the sources.

The internal report indicates that DHS is tracking the communications of caravan members, including a 230-member WhatsApp group that intends to leave on Oct. 31.
— Read on www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/10/here_they_come_another_illegal_immigrant_caravan_forming_in_el_salvador_.html

Mexican News Outlet: 14,000 Honduran Migrants Heading to U.S.

The Mexican El Universal news outlet is reporting that more than 14,000 Hondurans — not counting people from other countries who are marching toward the United States — are leaving that Central American nation to seek asylum here.
— Read on www.breitbart.com/politics/2018/10/23/mexican-news-outlet-officials-say-14000-honduran-migrants-heading-to-u-s/