Daily Archives: October 25, 2018

OCTOBER 25 HUMANS JUDGE THE LORD?

But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Matthew 15:9

It is a fact that God made us to worship Him, and if we had not fallen with Adam and Eve, worship would have been the most natural thing for us.

Sinning was not the natural thing for Adam and Eve, but they disobeyed and fell, losing their privilege of perfect fellowship with God, the Creator. Sin is the unnatural thing; it was never intended by God to be our nature.

Men and women who are out of fellowship with God, the Creator, still have an instinct towards some practice of worship. In most of our “civilized” circles, the practice of picking out what we like to worship and rejecting what we do not like is widespread.

This has opened up an entire new field for applied psychology and humanism under a variety of religious disguises. Thus, men and women set themselves as judges of what the Lord has said—and so they stand with pride and judge the Lord.

In the Bible, God takes the matter of worship out of the hands of men and puts it in the hands of the Holy Spirit. It is impossible to worship God without the impartation of the Holy Spirit!

I worship You this morning, Lord, for Your uncontainable power and love. Let my life be a constant song of praise dedicated to You today and always.[1]


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

Is it OK to have a woman pastor your church? Sarah Stewart thinks so

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

Women have made many contributions to Christianity. Women believers are an incredible resource, and not incidentally, made in God’s likeness and full participants in His faith.

However, it is also a fact that God made an order to things. Men are to lead in holy matters, women are to follow. Women are not to preach the word or be a shepherd. Women are wives, mothers, teachers of children, home-keepers, teachers of other women, missionaries, evangelists, supports to husbands and pastors, song writers, painters, discerners, and many other things. But we are not to be pastors.

Yet, in this millennium, women are. People think it’s about time. People think that’s normal. But it is not.

Sarah Stewart. Source Baptist Global News

In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, formerly a solid church whose pastor was a two-time Southern Baptist Convention president and professorial theologian, they called a woman to lead them

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OCTOBER 25 NATURE WORSHIP

The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

—Psalm 24:1

Then there is nature worship. That is the worship of the natural man, only on a very poetic and philosophical level. It is an appreciation for the poetry of religion. It’s a high enjoyment of the contemplation of the sublime….

Such are the poets; they like to look at trees and write sonnets. Well, there’s a good deal of religion and supposed worship that is no higher than that. It’s simply the enjoyment of nature. People may mistake the rapt feeling they have in the presence of trees and rivers for worship. Ralph Waldo Emerson said that he had at times—on a moonlit night walking across a meadow after a rain and smelling the freshness of the ground and seeing the broken clouds with the moon struggling through—he said he had often been glad to the point of fear. Yet Emerson was not a regenerated man. He did not claim to be.

I want to warn you against the religion that is no more than love, music and poetry. I happen to be somewhat of a fan of good music. I think Beethoven’s nine symphonies constitute the greatest body of music ever composed by mortal man. Yet I realize I’m listening to music; I’m not worshiping God necessarily. There’s a difference between beautiful sound beautifully put together and worship. Worship is another matter. WMJ013-014

Lord, help me remember that everything of beauty is from the Creator, who alone is worthy of my worship. Amen. [1]


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

The gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

12 “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:12-14 (NASB)

Our Lord Jesus Christ set before us the way of Righteousness. Yes, He lived a perfect life and died on a cruel cross to pay the penalty and price for the sins of those whom He came to save. However, He also taught us both in word and deed how the truly Righteous should live. Those whom God has saved are regenerated so that they can believe and repent and receive salvation…

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Hollywood Blames Trump for Suspicious Packages Sent to Political Figures

Many leftist celebrities already know whom to blame for the suspicious packages that were meant for various political figures: President Donald Trump and his supporters.

“Donald Trump tells his cult followers protesters are paid for by Soros. Hillary Clinton should be locked up. John Brennan should lose his clearance. CNN is the enemy of the people. And blames Obama for everything. They’re lives were all threatened. You do the math. VOTE!!!” tweeted “Stand by Me” and “Misery” director Rob Reiner (pictured above center).

George Soros, a major Democrat donor, was reportedly sent an explosive device at his home in Katonah, New York, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former CIA Director John Brennan were also targeted with packages.

One of Hollywood’s own, the very outspoken Robert De Niro, was also reportedly targeted with an explosive device.

It was sent to his New York production offices.

“A recap: Yes, the caravan is definitely full of MS-13 and Middle-Eastern terrorists. No, the bombs sent to Clinton, Obama, CNN that are physically in the possession of the Secret Service are not real. I miss facts,” tweeted “Big Sick” actor Kumail Nanjiani.

“Star Trek” actor George Takei also added his voice to the herd: “Call me crazy, but that bomb intended for John Brennan — he only appears now and then on CNN. He’s actually signed as a contributor at MSNBC. Guess this gives an indication of the bomber’s intelligence.”

Actress Alyssa Milano (pictured above on the left) seemed to blame the president’s rhetoric for the packages that have been sent out.

“Words matter,” she said in response to the news.

“John Wick” actor John Leguizamo also blamed Trump’s rhetoric for the attacks.

“The WH [White House] must stop inciting violence and dividing and must start uniting!” he tweeted.

“Sons of Anarchy” actor Ron Perlman attacked both the president and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders with his response.

“This morning bombs were sent to Obama, the Clintons, George Sauros [sic], and CNN. Coincidence? Or a blatant pattern. While the press secretary intones through here crooked mouth how abhorrent this act is. While her boss is between Nationalist Rallies,” he said.

Jim Carrey (pictured above right), who currently stars on the Showtime series “Kidding,” said those who sent out the suspicious packages were “emboldened” by the president.

“Today they tried to murder two presidents as well as public servants and journalists,” the actor tweeted. “Make no mistake, these terrorists were encouraged and emboldened by the hate speech of Donald Trump. If you can’t see the clear menace of this man’s influence by now then you are a part of it.”

The words were accompanied by a painting by Carrey showing the president with what appears to be a bomb in his mouth.

Late-night comedians have also predictably gone after the president in the wake of the attacks.

Both Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers went after Trump for agreeing on Twitter with a condemnation of the attacks by Vice President Mike Pence.

“We condemn the attempted attacks against fmr Pres Obama, the Clintons, @CNN & others. These cowardly actions are despicable & have no place in this Country. Grateful for swift response of @SecretService, @FBI & local law enforcement. Those responsible will be brought to justice,” Pence tweeted.

Trump responded by saying, “I agree wholeheartedly!”

“First of all, we fact-checked that one and it doesn’t work out. You have no whole heart,” said Colbert on his show.

“Second, you’re the president. There’s been an attempted attack on two previous presidents today. This is the one time you can’t think of your own tweet?”

Meyers responded by saying, “Hey, man, you’re the president, you can’t just add your name to somebody else’s statement like your signing a get well soon card for a co-worker. Trump is like a kid who tries to cheat off a classmate but instead of actually copying he just writes, ‘See Mike’s test for answers.’”

Check out Meyers’ full response below:

Source: Hollywood Blames Trump for Suspicious Packages Sent to Political Figures

CNN Reaches Peak Alinsky – Media Outlet Apoplectic Attempts to Blame President Trump for Suspicious Packages… — The Last Refuge

No-one yet really knows what the motives are behind mailing packages containing fake pipe-bombs to high-profile members of the Trump ‘resistance‘.  Hopefully the FBI will identify the perpetrators quickly.  However, given the history of left-wing political activity and their use of fake hate crime as a tool to advance victim politics, the strongest origination likelihood is a person or group connected to left-wing activism.

Toward that suspicion there is growing Alinsky-motive visible amid media.  CNN is desperate to pin the blame on President Trump.  Check out the Alinsky model narrative engineering on display today.  It starts out by labeling the recipients as “Trump’s targets”:

The transparent narrative engineering goes even further.  CNN openly starts blaming President Trump for not taking “personal responsibility” for mailing the packages:

Yesterday it looked like a 50/50 proposition the entire event was manufactured for political narrative building of the far left.  Given the aggressive demands of CNN’s blame-casting today, that likelihood has increased to an almost certainty.

This is typical of the Saul Alinsky mindset that permeates the left-wing media apparatus writ large.  As David Mamet famously outlined: …‘in order for democrats, liberals, progressives et al to continue their illogical belief systems they have to pretend not to know a lot of things’… By pretending ‘not to know’ there is no guilt, no actual connection to conscience.  Denial of truth allows easier trespass.

In this example the progressive media need to pretend they don’t know the likely origin of the suspicious packages in order to continue advancing their illogical belief, an engineered narrative, that President Trump is behind it.

Ridiculous.  All of it….

via CNN Reaches Peak Alinsky – Media Outlet Apoplectic Attempts to Blame President Trump for Suspicious Packages… — The Last Refuge

Former 9/11 NYPD boss walks off CNN panel, says network ‘politicizing’ pipe bomb story

Bernard Kerik, who led the New York Police Department during the 9/11 attacks, walked off a CNN set and accused the network of using a series of attempted pipe bomb attacks to push its own anti-Trump agenda.

Source: Former 9/11 NYPD boss walks off CNN panel, says network ‘politicizing’ pipe bomb story

BREAKING: Grassley Refers Creepy Porn Lawyer Avenatti and His Client Julie Swetnick For Criminal Investigation — The Gateway Pundit

On Thursday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) criminally referred creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick to the DOJ.

Last month, Michael Avenatti revealed Brett Kavanaugh’s 3rd accuser shortly before the confirmation vote–A woman named Julie Swetnick who brought forth allegations of gang rape.

Ms. Swetnick, in a sworn statement says she was a victim of one of these “gang” or “train” rapes where Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge were present. Swetnick also claims she was drugged with Qualuudes or “something similar.”

Now Grassley is calling for a criminal investigation into Avenatti and Swetnick, specifically for false statements and deliberate obstruction of a congressional investigation (violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 1001 and 1505)

Via Sean Davis of the Federalist:

In a 12-page letter containing 7 different exhibits, Sen. Chuck Grassley just formally referred Michael Avenatti and Julie Swetnick to DOJ for criminal charges, specifically false statements and deliberate obstruction of a congressional investigation.

Grassley’s criminal referral of Avenatti and Swetnick also contains new evidence that Swetnick has a history of making false rape charges. Under penalty of perjury, an ex-boyfriend says she explicitly threatened to falsely accuse him of rape and have him deported.

Chuck Grassley had this to say about his criminal referral of Avenatti and Swetnick to the Department of Justice:

“When a well-meaning citizen comes forward with information relevant to the committee’s work, I take it seriously. It takes courage to come forward, especially with allegations of sexual misconduct or personal trauma. I’m grateful for those who find that courage.”

“But in the heat of partisan moments, some do try to knowingly mislead the committee. That’s unfair to my colleagues, the nominees and others providing information who are seeking the truth. It stifles our ability to work on legitimate lines of inquiry.”

“It also wastes time and resources for destructive reasons. Thankfully, the law prohibits such false statements to Congress and obstruction of congressional committee investigations. For the law to work, we can’t just brush aside potential violations.”

“I don’t take lightly making a referral of this nature, but ignoring this behavior will just invite more of it in the future.”

Julie Swetnick’s sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh began to fall apart immediately after she came forward with her outrageous claims.

Swetnick graduated high school in 1980, which was three years before Brett Kavanaugh. This means she would have been a college-aged woman attending parties with minor teenage boys in 1982-83.

Furthermore, in an appearance on NBC News, Swetnick walked back some of her previously sworn statements.

The Senate Judiciary Chairman noted this in his criminal referral.

“Swetnick made her allegations in a sworn statement to the committee on September 26. In an October 1 interview with NBC News, however, Swetnick specifically and explicitly back-tracked or contradicted key parts of her sworn statement on these and other allegations.”

“In subsequent interviews, Avenatti likewise cast serious doubt on or contradicted the allegations while insisting that he had thoroughly vetted his client.”

via BREAKING: Grassley Refers Creepy Porn Lawyer Avenatti and His Client Julie Swetnick For Criminal Investigation — The Gateway Pundit

Senator Chuck Grassley Sends Criminal Referral of Avenatti and Swetnick to DOJ/FBI For Investigation…. — The Last Refuge

Today Senator Chuck Grassley has sent Attorney General Jeff Sessions an extensive 29-page criminal referral (full pdf below) requesting an investigation of sketchy Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick and her Creepy Porn Lawyer, Michael  Avenatti.

Chairman Grassley outlines three potential violations: (1) Providing False Statements; (2) Obstructing Congressional Investigations; and (3) Mueller and Rosenstein’s favorite DOJ charge: “Conspiracy”.

WASHINGTON Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley today referred Julie Swetnick and her attorney Michael Avenatti to the Justice Department for criminal investigation relating toa potential conspiracy to provide materially false statements to Congress and obstruct a congressional committee investigation, three separate crimes, in the course of considering Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States.

While the Committee was in the middle of its extensive investigation of the late-breaking sexual-assault allegations made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Avenatti publicized his client’s allegations of drug- and alcohol-fueled gang rapes in the 1980s. The obvious, subsequent contradictions along with the suspicious timing of the allegations necessitate a criminal investigation by the Justice Department.

Grassley referred Swetnick and Avenatti for investigation in a letter sent today to the Attorney General of the United States and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The letter notes potential violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 1001 and 1505, which respectively define the federal criminal offenses of conspiracy, false statements and obstruction of Congress. The referral seeks further investigation only, and is not intended to be an allegation of a crime.

The referral methodically details the issues with Swetnick’s allegations as relayed by Avenatti, the immediate diversion of committee resources to investigate those allegations, the subsequent contradictions by both Swetnick and Avenatti, the lack of substantiating or corroborating evidence, and the overarching and serious credibility problems pervading the presentation of these allegations.  (read more)

Press Release from Senate Judiciary – Available Here

Letter to DOJ/FBI – Available Here and pdf below

https://www.scribd.com/embeds/391606733/content?start_page=1&view_mode=&access_key=key-aX9mXNGznuiH8LhiAjCZ

via Senator Chuck Grassley Sends Criminal Referral of Avenatti and Swetnick to DOJ/FBI For Investigation…. — The Last Refuge

Creepy Porn Lawyer Avenatti Lashes Out at Grassley After Criminal Referral — The Gateway Pundit

Creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti is having a bad week.

Earlier this week he was hit with a $4.85 million personal judgement and then evicted from his Newport Beach, CA office for nonpayment of four months of rent.

Now Grassley is calling for a criminal investigation into Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick, specifically for false statements and deliberate obstruction of a congressional investigation (violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 1001 and 1505)

On Thursday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) criminally referred creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick to the DOJ.

Last month, Michael Avenatti revealed Brett Kavanaugh’s 3rd accuser shortly before the confirmation vote–A woman named Julie Swetnick who brought forth allegations of gang rape.

Julie Swetnick’s allegations immediately began to fall apart.

In an appearance on NBC News, Swetnick walked back some of her previously sworn statements.

The Senate Judiciary Chairman noted this in his criminal referral and hit Avenatti for also contradicting Swetnick’s allegations whilst claiming he thoroughly vetted his client.

“In subsequent interviews, Avenatti likewise cast serious doubt on or contradicted the allegations while insisting that he had thoroughly vetted his client,” Grassley said.

Avenatti lashed out at Grassley Thursday afternoon saying he “welcomes the investigation.”

CPL: It is ironic that Senator Grassley now is interested in investigations. He didn’t care when it came to putting a man on the SCOTUS for life. We welcome the investigation as now we can finally get to the bottom of Judge Kavanaugh’s lies and conduct. Let the truth be known.

Then Avenatti said “it is Christmas in October!” adding Grassley opened up “Pandora’s box.”

CPL: Maybe if Grassley was actually a lawyer that knew something about the law, he would realize what he has done. He just opened up Pandora’s box as it relates to Justice Kavanaugh’s conduct. It is Christmas in October!

Last week a judge dismissed Michael Avenatti’s client Stormy Daniels’ defamation suit against President Trump.

Even more delicious, the judge then ordered Stormy Daniels to pay President Trump’s legal fees.

Avenatti takes another L–WOMP WOMP

via Creepy Porn Lawyer Avenatti Lashes Out at Grassley After Criminal Referral — The Gateway Pundit

Democrat Hero And Potential 2020 Candidate ‘Creepy Porn Lawyer’ Michael Avenatti Now Subject Of Criminal Investigation For False Statements — Now The End Begins

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley on Thursday referred Julie Swetnick and her lawyer Michael Avenatti to the Department of Justice for a possible criminal investigation over allegations they made false statements to Congress about now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Just a few months ago, ‘creepy porn lawyer’ Michael Avenatti was on top of the world. He was representing porn star Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against Donald Trump, he was representing Julie Swetnick in accusations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh of orchestrating ‘serial gang rape parties‘ in high school, and had become a fixture over on fake news CNN.

His frenetic roller coaster of activity and never ending media media coverage had made him the new darling of the Democrat Party, so much so that he began appearing across the country giving speeches in advance of announcing his candidacy for the 2020 presidential election. Then just like that, Avenatti’s 15 minutes of fame expired with a crashing thud.

On October 16, a judge ruled against Stormy Daniel and her lawsuit against Trump, ordering her and Avenatti to pay President Trump’s legal fees. Ouch. On October 22, Michael Avenatti was ordered by a different judge to pay $4.8 million to former law partner. At the same time, Avenatti’s law firm Eagan Avenatti was ordered to be evicted from their oceanfront offices for not paying the rent for the past 4 months.

Today we read that Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has ordered an FBI investigation into whether or not Michael Avenatti and client Julie Swetnick made intentional false and misleading statements under oath during the Kavanaugh Hearings. I would say, Mr. Avenatti, that your 15 minutes of fame has come to an end.

FROM CNN: “I am writing to refer Mr. Michael Avenatti and Ms. Julie Swetnick for investigation,” Grassley wrote in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, for potential “materially false statements they made to the Committee during the course of the Committee’s investigation. ”

Senator Chuck Grassley Refers Swetnick & Avenatti To DOJ For Investigation

In a statement, Grassley said, “When a well-meaning citizen comes forward with information relevant to the committee’s work, I take it seriously. It takes courage to come forward, especially with allegations of sexual misconduct or personal trauma. I’m grateful for those who find that courage.” Grassley continued, “But in the heat of partisan moments, some do try to knowingly mislead the committee. That’s unfair to my colleagues, the nominees and others providing information who are seeking the truth.”

Michael Avenatti, a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, told CNN that the referral is “completely baseless and political.”

Swetnick’s statement, which was submitted to the committee last month, alleges that Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge were present at a party where Swetnick was drugged and “gang raped.” In the statement, Swetnick did not identify either man as her attacker in the incident. Both men categorically denied the allegations.

In the 12-page letter, Grassley said that Swetnick’s allegations “materially affected” the committee’s investigation and that Kavanaugh “under penalty of a felony” categorically denied the allegations.

Grassley said that Swetnick had contradicted her own allegations in an interview with NBC, and that the committee spoke with “45 individuals, obtained 25 written statements and reviewed numerous other materials” but could not find “any information to corroborate Ms. Swetnick’s claims.”

“I ask that the FBI investigate whether Mr. Avenatti criminally conspired with Ms. Swetnick to make materially false statements to the Committee,” Grassley wrote. READ MORE

via Democrat Hero And Potential 2020 Candidate ‘Creepy Porn Lawyer’ Michael Avenatti Now Subject Of Criminal Investigation For False Statements — Now The End Begins

Caravan Of Liberal Americans Makes Way Toward Socialist Paradise Of Venezuela

MEXICO—A migrant caravan full of leftists desiring to enter the socialist paradise of Venezuela departed the United States Thursday and began marching toward through Mexico, stating they will demand asylum so they might experience the far better life that socialism offers.

The migrants claim they are leaving America because of its high standards of living, strong economy, and record unemployment, and hope to find a better life in Venezuela’s much more equitable system.

“Everyone there has the same quantity of possessions and food,” said one marcher. “Everyone makes millions of dollars, and very few people work. It’s a real paradise.” The refugees have complex motivations, but the vast majority simply want to see everything socialism has to offer after suffering the amazing benefits of capitalism for too long.

Caravan organizers dispelled rumors that they were funded by Bernie Sanders, claiming the caravan was an organic grassroots movement.

At its current pace, the caravan is expected to arrive just in time for Venezuela to run out of food entirely.

Source: Caravan Of Liberal Americans Makes Way Toward Socialist Paradise Of Venezuela

200 Liberal Hack Journalists Sign Letter Condemning Trump for Violence against the Press — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump has broken more economic records in his first two years than any president in history. And his foreign policy successes are just as impressive. Despite this the liberal mainstream media has found a way to publish anti-Trump screeds 92% of the time.

Then they all sit back and bitch when Trump fires back at their bias and lies.

On Thursday 200 hack journalists signed a letter condemning Trump for what they say is violence against the press.

These are the same asshats who have ignored over 600 beatings and violent acts against Trump supporters for the past two years.


These hack reporters were meeting secretly with the Hillary Clinton campaign before the 2016 election.

The Hill reported:

At least 200 journalists, most of them retired or semi-retired, have signed on to a letter condemning President Trump’s attacks on the media and accusing him of inciting violence against the press.

“Trump’s condoning of political violence is part of a sustained pattern of attack on a free press — which includes labeling any reportage he doesn’t like as ‘fake news’ and barring reporters and news organizations whom he wishes to punish from press briefings and events,” the open letter reads.

The journalists, many from ABC News, criticize Trump for his recent comments praising Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) as “my guy” while discussing Gianforte’s body-slam of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs last year.

Former ABC News producer Meredith Wheeler told The Washington Post that she organized the effort, adding that the letter is still gathering signatures.

The retired journalists accuse Trump of “utterly failing” to uphold his oath of office, which includes a vow to protect the Constitution.

Here’s a list of the hack journalists who signed this letter.

via 200 Liberal Hack Journalists Sign Letter Condemning Trump for Violence against the Press — The Gateway Pundit

October 25 Daily Help

And the evening and the morning were the first day.”—Genesis 1:5.

THE evening was “darkness” and the morning was “light,” and yet the two together are called by the name that is given to the light alone! In every believer there is darkness and light, and yet he is not a sinner because there is sin in him, but he is a saint because he possesses some degree of holiness. This will be a most comforting thought to those who ask, “Can I be a child of God while there is so much darkness in me?” Yes; for you, like the day, take not your name from the evening, but from the morning; and you are spoken of in the word of God as if you were even now perfectly holy.[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 302). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

October 25, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Believer’s Joy in God

And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (5:11)

A sixth and final link in the unbreakable chain that eternally binds believers to Christ is their joy, their great exultation, in God. This may not be the most important or the most profound evidence of our security in Christ, but it is perhaps the most beautiful. And although this divine evidence is subjective, it is none the less real. Why do we exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ who gave us access to Him? Because from Him we received the reconciliation. He gave it as a gift to us.

The abundant joy that God gives His children through the Lord Jesus Christ includes grateful joy in their salvation and simply in who God is.

Surely one of the reasons David was a man after God’s own heart was his rejoicing in the Lord for the Lord’s own sake. “O magnify the Lord with me,” he declared, “and let us exalt His name together” (Ps. 34:3). Other psalmists echoed that same joy. One wrote, “For our heart rejoices in Him, because we trust in His holy name” (Ps. 33:21), and another, “Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and upon the lyre I shall praise Thee, O God, my God” (Ps. 43:4).

Perhaps nowhere outside of Scripture has this deepest level of Christian joy been expressed more beautifully than in the following stanzas from Charles Wesley’s magnificent hymn “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing.”

O for a thousand tongues to sing

My great Redeemer’s praise,

The glories of my God and King,

The triumphs of His grace!

Hear Him ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb,

Your loosened tongues employ;

Ye blind, behold your Savior come;

And leap ye lame for joy!

Where these six links bind the believer to the Lord, there is true eternal salvation and every reason for full assurance of it.[1]


Full Salvation

Romans 5:9–11

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved by his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

I have been expounding Romans 5:1–11 for five studies now—this is the sixth—and in every one of these studies I have said that the point of these verses is to assure Christians of their salvation. They are to know that they are eternally secure in Christ so that they might be able to rejoice in God fully. In this study we find the same idea. I might be inclined to apologize for this repetition were it not for the fact that this is clearly the emphasis of the chapter—and that it is going to continue in one form or another until the end of chapter 8.

This has not been mere repetition, however, since the thesis (which is repeated) has been supported by a variety of arguments:

  1. We can be assured of salvation because God has made peace with us through the atoning work of Jesus Christ.
  2. We can be assured of salvation because, through that same work of Christ, we have been brought into a new relationship with God in which we continue to stand.
  3. We can be assured of salvation because of the sure and certain hope that we shall see God.
  4. We can be assured of salvation because of the way we are able to react to sufferings in this life. We see God’s purposes in them and therefore rejoice in them, which unbelievers cannot do.
  5. We can be assured of salvation because God sent Jesus Christ to die for us, not when we were saved people, as we are now, but when we were God’s sworn enemies.

In this last section, Paul provides yet another argument or, what is probably more accurate to say, draws his previous arguments together: “Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved by his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”

Sound Logic

In the sayings that have come down to us from the great Rabbi Hillel there are some principles for Bible interpretation that Paul, as a Jewish thinker, frequently used in his writings. One is called qal wʾchomer, from the Hebrew words for “light” and “heavy.” It refers to a form of arguing in which, if a lesser thing is true, a greater thing must clearly be true also. Here is an example from the teaching of Jesus: “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matt. 7:11). Obviously, if we who are evil know how to do good to those who are close to us (this is the “light” part of the comparison), God, who is utterly good (this is the “heavy” part), will do good to his children.

A second principle related to the light/heavy argument is the opposite, an argument from the “heavy” to the “light.” It argues that if something great is true, then something lesser in the same category will obviously be true also. Paul uses this principle twice in these verses:

  1. “Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!” (v. 9), and
  2. “For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved by his life!” (v. 10).

Each of these arguments is based upon things God has already done for us through the death of Christ. They are great works: justification on the one hand, and reconciliation on the other. They are so great that they are used by God to commend his love to us, as Paul stated earlier. But if God has already done such great works on our behalf, justifying us in Christ when we were ungodly and reconciling us to himself when we were his enemies, God will obviously continue his work in the lesser task of seeing us through life and through the final judgment.

Saved from God’s Wrath

When we look at verse 9, we have a tendency to think that we have already heard everything this verse has to teach. After all, “wrath” is the term we began with back in Romans 1:18, and the doctrine of “justification” was developed fully and compellingly in Romans 3. Besides, Romans 5:9 seems to be almost an identical repeat of verse 1 of this chapter. It is true, of course, that this is the first time we have encountered the word saved in the letter. But what have we been talking about all this time if it has not been salvation?

To understand what is happening we have to realize that “saved” is used in at least three different ways in the Bible, in three different tenses. Sometimes it refers to something past, at other times to something present, sometimes to things yet to come.

Let me illustrate. Suppose you are a Christian and that someone asks you, “Are you saved?”

How do you respond? I suppose you would most likely just say, “Yes, I am.” But it would be possible for you to answer in three different ways, the answer you gave (“Yes, I am”) being only one of them. If you are thinking of what Jesus accomplished on your behalf by dying for you on the cross, it would be correct to have answered as you did, for Jesus did save you by his substitutionary death.

But if you are thinking of the present and of what God is accomplishing in you day by day, it would also be correct to say, “I am being saved.” Paul himself uses the word this second way in 1 Corinthians 1:18: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” This verse means that God works through the power of the cross to save us from sin now.

Third, you could think in future terms and answer the question by saying, “No, I am not saved yet, but I will be when Jesus returns.” In this case you would be looking forward to your future glorification when the work begun in the past by Jesus and continued into the present by the power of the Holy Spirit, who works in us, will be perfected. In that day we will be delivered even from the presence of sin and made like Jesus forever.

I mention these three tenses of the word, because it is important to see that it is in the third sense, the future sense of salvation, that Paul speaks here. He is not denying the other tenses, particularly not the first. But he is thinking of the judgment to come and is saying that because we have already been justified by God on the basis of the death of Christ, we can be certain of being saved from the outpouring of God’s wrath in the final day. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says, “The apostle’s argument is that this method, this way of salvation that God has planned, is a complete whole, and therefore, if we have been justified by Christ’s blood we are joined to Christ, we are in Christ, and we shall therefore be saved by him completely and perfectly.”

Or we could put it like this: If God has already justified us on the basis of Jesus’ atoning death, if he has already pronounced his verdict, any verdict rendered at the final judgment will be only a confirming formality.

Reconciled

Arguing from the “heavy” to the “light” is, if anything, even more apparent in verse 10, where Paul speaks of reconciliation. I begin with the “heavy” part. What is this “heavy” thing God has done for us?

It is the very work we were looking at in detail in the last study. There we were dealing with the love of God, and we saw that the basis upon which God commends his love to us is that it caused him to send his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to die for us while we were yet sinners. Our sinfulness was spelled out in three powerful terms, and these (as we saw) are followed by a fourth term in verse 10. Paul describes us as powerless, ungodly, sinners, and enemies. Let us review those terms:

  1. Powerless” means that we are unable to help ourselves. It is what theologians mean by total depravity, not that we are all as bad as we could possibly be, but that we are all equally and totally incapable of doing anything to save ourselves. We are not able to seek out and eventually come even to understand the way of salvation.
  2. Ungodly” means that we are opposed to God in his godly nature. We do not like him for being who he is.
  3. Sinners” means that we are violators of God’s moral law, particularly that second table of the law meant to govern our conduct toward other persons.
  4. Enemies,” the word used in the verses we are studying now, is the worst term of all. It means not only that we dislike God in his godly nature, but that we are so opposed to God in that nature that we would destroy him if we could. Like a soldier approaching his counterpart in an enemy army in wartime, we consider it a matter of “kill or be killed.” We think of God’s law as suffocatingly oppressive and destructive of who we want to be. So we are set on destroying God or at least destroying his influence so far as the living of our lives is concerned.

But, says Paul, it is while we were like this that God reconciled us to himself through Jesus’ death. “Reconcile” means to remove the grounds of hostility and transform the relationship, changing it from one of enmity to one of friendship. In our case, as Paul has shown earlier, it meant taking us out of the category of enemies and bringing us into God’s family as privileged sons and daughters. If God did that for us while we were enemies, Paul reasons, he is certainly going to save us from the final outpouring of his wrath on the day of judgment, now that we are family members.

If God has done the greater thing, he will do the lesser. If he has saved us while we were enemies, he will certainly save us as friends.

Rejoice in God

The last verse of our text, which also marks the end of the first half of Romans 5, says that now, having been reconciled to God, “we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. …”

There is a sense in which this idea returns us to where we started out, since the first sentence of Romans 5 speaks of just such a rejoicing: “we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” But careful reading will show that the object of our rejoicing is not the same in both cases. In verse 2, our rejoicing is in “hope of the glory of God.” That is, it is in our glorification. Knowing that we are going to be glorified is a cause of great joy for us. However, in verse 11, the object of our rejoicing is not our glorification, important as that is, but God himself who will accomplish it. And, of course, of the two ideas the second is obviously the greater. To rejoice in God is the greatest of all human activities.

We affirm this in the response to the first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism.

Question: “What is the chief end of man?”

Answer: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.”

Up to this point I have not marked the number of ways and times Paul has referred to God in the first half of Romans 5, but this is the place to do it. In the first paragraph, he has referred to each person of the Trinity: “… we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. … And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. … And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit …” (vv. 1–2, 5, emphasis added). In the passage as a whole, the Holy Spirit is referred to once, God the Father seven times, and the Lord Jesus Christ five times, plus four more times in which Jesus is referred to by a personal pronoun.

What exactly shall we rejoice in, if we are to “rejoice in God”? We can rejoice in any one or all of his attributes. Our passage suggests these:

  1. God’s wisdom. Several chapters further on in Romans, after Paul has traced the marvels of God’s great and gradually unfolding salvation work in history, he will cry out: “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). But even at this point in our study we can marvel at a wisdom so great as to be able to save powerless, ungodly, sinful enemies.

The question is: How can God save sinners without ignoring or otherwise condoning their sin? How can he save those who are filthy without dirtying himself? How can he be both just and the justifier of the ungodly? The answer is: through Christ, through his death for us. But we would not have known this or even have been able to suggest it by ourselves. It took the wisdom of the all-wise God to devise such a plan of salvation.

There is also a special display of God’s wisdom in the way suffering works for our good, as Paul has shown in verses 3 and 4.

  1. God’s grace. Grace is usually defined as God’s favor to the undeserving. But we rejoice in God’s grace because, in our case, grace is favor not merely to the undeserving but to those who actually deserve the opposite. What do “enemies” deserve, after all? They deserve defeat and destruction. God did not treat us that way, however. Rather, he saved us through the work of Christ.
  2. God’s power. We often forget God’s power when we think about salvation, reserving this theme for when we contemplate creation. But the Scripture speaks of God’s power being displayed preeminently at the cross. In fact, the earliest reference to the cross in the Bible does this: Genesis 3:15. In this verse God is speaking to Satan, describing what will happen when the Mediator comes: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” In this verse the cross is portrayed as a battlefield on which Satan and his hosts will be defeated. And so it was! The power of God was revealed at the cross when Satan’s power over us was broken. We rejoice in God’s power when we think of the cross, as well as in his other attributes.
  3. God’s love. There are a number of attributes of God that may be learned from nature, chiefly his power and wisdom, and perhaps his grace. But the only place we can learn of God’s love is at the cross. Perhaps that is why this attribute is the only one explicitly developed in our passage: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (v. 8). It is when we look to the cross that we begin to understand what love is and how much God has loved us.
  4. God’s immutability. Several times in these studies I have referred to immutability as something for which unregenerate men and women hate God, because he does not change in any of his other attributes. But it is important to say that, although in our unregenerate state we may hate God for his unchanging nature, in our regenerate state we find this something to rejoice in, since it means that God will not waver in his love and favor toward us. Having loved us and having sent the Lord Jesus Christ to save us from our sin, God will not now somehow suddenly change his mind and cast us off. His love, grace, wisdom, and other attributes will always remain as they have been, because he is immutable.

Arthur W. Pink wrote of God’s immutability: “Herein is solid comfort. Human nature cannot be relied upon; but God can! However unstable I may be, however fickle my friends may prove, God changes not. If he varied as we do, if he willed one thing today and another tomorrow, if he were controlled by caprice, who could confide in him? But, all praise to his glorious name, he is ever the same.”

Do We Rejoice?

The last verse of this section says, “Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. …” This is a positive statement: “We rejoice!” It has led one commentator to say, “The one clear mark of a true Christian is that he always rejoices.”5 But do we rejoice? Have we actually come as far as Paul assumes we have in verse 11?

Honesty compels us to admit that often we do not rejoice in God.

Why is that? D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones gives a number of reasons, which I list for the sake of our self-examination:

  1. A failure to grasp the truth of justification by faith only.
  2. A failure to meditate as we ought, that is, a failure to think about what we do know.
  3. A failure to draw the necessary conclusions from the Scriptures.

I do not know if these are your failures (if you have failed to rejoice in God) or whether there is some other hindrance in your case, as there may be. But whatever the cause, anything that keeps us from rejoicing in God is inappropriate and should be overcome by us. I challenge you to overcome it. I challenge you to think about these great truths, meditate upon them, learn how great the love, power, wisdom, and grace of God toward you are. Then glory in God, as those who have known God throughout the long ages of human history have done before you. It will make a profound difference in your life, and you will be a blessing to others.[2]


11 As Bruce, 125, has pointed out, “where reconciliation is mentioned in the New Testament, God or Christ is always the Reconciler, and man is the object (or among the objects) of reconciliation.… God’s abhorrence of sin does not make him the enemy of sinners or seek their ill.”[3]


5:9–11 / Paul’s magisterial exposition of the transforming love of God reaches its apogee in verses 9–11. Paul utilizes a rabbinic comparison from lesser to greater, or from light to heavy, known in Hebrew as qal wāḥômer, the object of which is to inspire confidence that God is utterly trustworthy to complete the work of salvation, for if God’s love delivered Christ to death for sinners, how much more will it save them from his wrath! God has already done the really difficult thing in justifying rebellious sinners; how much more may those who are justified take confidence that God will preserve them in the state of reconciliation. If God delivered Jesus from death, the same God will also deliver believers from sin and death to life, a point Paul reemphasizes in 8:11. Chapter 5 began with the present state of righteousness, but it now shifts boldly to the future: the cross not only forgives past sins, it assures the justified of their future hope and glory.

Paul continues his decisive contrast between God’s will and human resistance, describing unjustified sinners as God’s enemies (v. 10). The story is told that as Henry David Thoreau lay dying he was asked by his sister if he had made peace with God. Thoreau reportedly answered, “I did not know we had argued.” It was a witty reply, but wide of the gospel. Thoreau evidently believed that human nature is basically good, and that apart from a fault here and there God finds little objectionable in the human race. Paul disagrees. Humanity cannot reconcile itself to God. If there is to be reconciliation it must be effected from God’s side, not ours. On our own and apart from grace we are entrenched in rebellion. We are not distant relatives of God; we are insurrectionists against a worthy king (Mark 12:1–12). It took nothing short of the death of God’s Son to persuade humanity to lay down its arms and accept the gift of reconciliation.

The verb tenses in verses 9–11 encompass the entire life of the believer in God’s love: we were God’s enemies, we have been justified, we shall be saved. God’s redeeming love is past, present, and future. In theological terminology Paul is speaking of justification, the act whereby we were made right with God; sanctification, the process by which God renews us according to his purpose; and eschatology, the completion of salvation in the future and the fulfillment of hope. For the present, the believer lives between two worlds, a theme which Paul will develop in chapter 6. Paul refers to the renewed life variously as a race (Phil. 3:12; 1 Cor. 9:24), dying and rising (2 Cor. 4:16), a fight (1 Tim. 1:18; 6:12), a struggle (Rom. 5:3–5), and a battle (Eph. 6:10–20). But in one thing the believer takes confidence: the cross stands as an irrevocable demonstration of God’s faithfulness in the past, and hence believers can trust God for all things in the future. His love is our hope. St. Chrysostom put it thus, “If God gave a great gift to enemies, will he give anything less to his friends?”

The passage concludes with a new term in verses 10–11, reconciliation. Reconciliation is the act whereby God makes the sinner right with himself, thus ushering the justified sinner into real participation in the life of the risen Christ, which is characterized by peace (v. 1) and hope (v. 2). The concept of reconciliation builds a bridge into chapters 6 and 7. Katalassein, “to reconcile,” was rare, if not unknown, in Hellenistic usage, and consequently no more familiar to Paul’s first readers than it may be to us. In writing to the Corinthians Paul used the term with reference to being a “new creation,” meaning first to be reconciled to God, and second, the surrendering of self as an “ambassador of reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5:16–21). Reconciliation thus carries the double significance of God’s doing something for us and with us.

The parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11–32 wonderfully illustrates reconciling love. Willful and defiant, the younger son demanded his share of the father’s blessing, later to be rudely awakened in the outside world. Returning to his father and expecting what he deserved—censure, humiliation, and (if lucky) probation—the boy received what he did not deserve—shoes, ring, robe, banquet, and most of all, his father’s delight in the infinite worth of one who was lost and now found. Reconciliation is being found by—and surrendering to—the love of God.[4]


We also rejoice in God (11)

What is extraordinary about this sixth and last affirmation is that, verbally speaking, it is identical with the Jewish attitude which Paul has condemned in 2:17, which niv paraphrases, ‘You … brag about your relationship to God.’ Literally, however, 2:17 reads ‘you boast in God’, and 5:11 reads ‘we boast in God’. The verb, the noun and the preposition are all the same. Yet by a true instinct most translators have rendered the verbs differently, ‘boasting’ or ‘bragging’ there, ‘rejoicing’ or ‘exulting’ here. For Christian exulting in God, according to Paul, is quite different from Jewish bragging about him. The latter was a boast in God as if he were their exclusive property and they had a monopoly interest in him, whereas the former is the opposite. Christian exultation in God begins with the shamefaced recognition that we have no claim on him at all, continues with wondering worship that while we were still sinners and enemies Christ died for us, and ends with the humble confidence that he will complete the work he has begun. So to exult in God is to rejoice not in our privileges but in his mercies, not in our possession of him but in his of us.

In spite of our knowledge that for Christian people all boasting is excluded (3:27), we nevertheless boast or rejoice in our hope of sharing God’s glory (2), in our tribulations (3) and above all in God himself (11). This exulting is through our Lord Jesus Christ, because it is through him that we have now received (‘the’ or ‘our’) reconciliation (11).

It seems clear from this paragraph, then, that the major mark of justified believers is joy, especially joy in God himself. We should be the most positive people in the world. For the new community of Jesus Christ is characterized not by a self-centred triumphalism but by a God-centred worship.[5]


5:9–11. To complete the enumeration of the benefits of peace with God, Paul declares that we are saved—now and forever. A number of contrasts in verses 9–10 make his point:

Saved Now (v. 9)

Saved Forever (v. 10)

Justified: declared free of guilt and righteous in God’s sight, once and for all.

Reconciled: put an end to the hostilities between warring parties, allowing for ongoing relationship.

Justified by his blood.

Reconciled through the death of his Son.

Saved from wrath.

Saved through his life.

Here, salvation has both a “now” and a “not yet” aspect. For the one who has placed faith in Christ, justification, based on Christ’s shed blood as a substitutionary sacrifice, guarantees that he or she will never experience the wrath of God. Jesus Christ experienced that wrath in the believer’s place. Paul is primarily speaking eschatologically regarding wrath (shall we be saved; future tense); the wrath of eternal judgment that will be poured out upon all those who reject his free offer of the gift of grace. The believer is here and now saved from God’s wrath through him.

While justification is a forensic term, establishing the legal basis upon which the believer is freed from sin, reconciliation is a relational term. When two parties are reconciled, it means they are no longer hostile toward one another. Whatever had been a matter of difference between them has been removed. They have reconciled their differences and are prepared to move into the future together. Both justification and reconciliation are accomplished through the death of Christ, but the former focuses on death while the latter focuses on life. It is for that reason that Paul says in verse 10 that having been reconciled, we shall be saved through his life!

Christ’s death as a sacrifice was different from the Old Testament sacrifices for many reasons, not the least of which is that he did not remain dead. It is through his resurrected life that we are saved today, tomorrow, and forever. Not only did he come back to life after being our sacrifice; he came back to life in order to be our high priest: “Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them” (Heb. 7:24–25). Jesus serves (present tense) as a high priest in the true tabernacle in heaven (Heb. 8:1–2) so that “if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One” (1 John 2:1).

Justification did not bring about perfection in our lives; only a status, a standing, of perfection in God’s sight. Those justified still sin, and the reason we will be saved in spite of our sins (the reason our sins do not become an offense to the Father and create a condition of “irreconciliation”) is because Jesus Christ continually intercedes for us with the Father, applying the benefits of his death in the heavenly tabernacle. Is it any wonder that Paul says we also rejoice in God? Through the death and the life of Jesus Christ, we have received, and we maintain, reconciliation with God. His death is the basis of our justification and reconciliation; his life is the basis of our sanctification and our ultimate salvation. Being justified, reconciled, sanctified, and glorified is better than living a long life anticipating the wrath of God. Every believer has cause to rejoice in what God has done through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Such are the benefits of peace with God. It now seems that Paul was ready to conclude this portion of his letter to the Romans with a brief summary statement about how death and sin were overcome by the justification “that brings life for all men” (Rom. 5:12, 18). Instead, he appears to interrupt himself and pen one of the most profound theological treatises in the history of the church. He sets forth in great detail the basis for justification by faith—how sin entered the world and destroyed the peace man had with God, and how sin was removed (paid for) so that peace with God (and life for man) might be restored.

Before looking at Paul’s treatise in detail, let us examine the bigger picture of the second half of Romans 5. In essence, verses 12–19 form one long conditional sentence interrupted in the middle by a lengthy explanation of both the subordinate clause and the main clause. Here is how it works:

Subordinate clause: Just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned (v. 12). It is the hosper (just as) at the beginning of verse 12 that makes this a conditional clause. It begs for a main clause to complete its thought! But the main clause does not come until six verses later in verse 18.

Main clause: So also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men (v. 18). The houtos kai (so also) picks up the thought begun with just as in verse 12 and completes it in verse 18. Therefore, the heart of Romans 5:12–21 is a conditional scenario: Just as … so also. There is obviously more to it than that, but that is the structure of Paul’s argument.

The next step is to ask and answer, Just as “what”? and so also “what”? To continue our use of the peace of God as Paul’s overall thought in this chapter, here is what he will say in ever-expanding levels of detail:

  1. Just as Adam … so also Jesus Christ.
  2. Just as Adam disobeyed God … so also Jesus Christ obeyed God.
  3. Just as Adam disobeyed God and lost peace with God … so also Jesus Christ obeyed God and restored peace with God.
  4. Just as Adam disobeyed God and lost peace with God for all who are physically related to him … so also Jesus Christ obeyed God and restored peace with God for all who are spiritually related to him.

That is where Paul is headed in this last section of chapter 5. It is essentially a contrast between Adam (the first Adam) and Jesus Christ (the second Adam). One final note: structurally, it helps to note where Paul broke off his conditional clause (the protasis) and where he picked up again with the main clause (the apodosis). Here is how the section works:

Verse 12: just as … (the protasis).

Verses 13–17: Paul interrupts his conditional sentence to contrast Adam and Christ.[6]


11. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now already received our reconciliation.

The structure of this sentence reminds one of verse 3 (“And not only this, but …”). In view of the context the meaning is probably, “Not only shall we be saved (verse 10b), but even now we exult.” See 5:2, 3. Rejoicing in God because of blessings both present and future reminds one of the words, “In this you greatly rejoice … with joy inexpressible and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:6, 8).

Not all glorying or boasting can be recommended, however. As Rom. 2:17, 23 had indicated, Jews were boasting or bragging about the fact that they, in distinction from all other nations, possessed God’s holy law. In the church at Corinth there were people who bragged about Christian leaders (1 Cor. 3:21), and about special gifts or attainments (2 Cor. 11:18). And in his letter to the Galatians Paul refers to men who bragged about the number of Gentiles they had “converted” (caused to be circumcised, Gal. 6:13). Does that sound up-to-date?

Over against all such sinful leaping for joy Paul informs the Romans, “We exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” And indeed, if, in speaking about the blessed results of Christian labor, one constantly keeps his attention focused on Jesus Christ, God’s Chosen Servant, who was the very opposite of a boaster (Matt. 12:18–21; Phil. 2:5–8), and derives all his power from him, all will be well.

This is the One, says Paul, “through whom we have now already received our reconciliation.” For those who, in faith and humility leap for joy when they consider the blessings they have already received there are even more glorious blessings in store in the hereafter.

No wonder that, in connection with blessings received through Jesus Christ, Paul is able to say, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord” (1 Cor. 1:31; 2 Cor. 10:17).[7]


5:11. Believers boast not only in the “hope of the glory of God” (v. 2) and in tribulations (v. 3), but in God Himself.[8]


5:9–11. The participle translated have … been justified (“declared righteous”) ties these verses to the argument at the beginning of the chapter (cf. v. 1). The immediate connection, however, is with what preceded (vv. 6–8). God gave proof of His love by having Christ die in the place of humans “while we were still sinners.” Because of the sinner’s response by faith (v. 1) to Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, God has declared him righteous. Certainly that now-declared-righteous person will not be forsaken by God’s love, which has been poured out effusively in his heart. Since the divine dilemma of justification (3:26) has been solved on the basis of Jesus’ shed blood (cf. 3:25), certainly Jesus Christ will see that justified sinners will be saved from God’s wrath. Believers will never be condemned to hell (John 5:24; Rom. 8:1) nor will they be the objects of God’s coming Tribulation wrath (1 Thes. 1:10; 5:9).

Here this same truth is repeated in different words (Rom. 5:10). Reconciliation, the third great achievement of Jesus’ sacrificial death on Calvary, is presented (also v. 11). This great triumvirate—redemption (3:24; 1 Cor. 1:30; Gal. 3:13; Eph. 1:7); propitiation (Rom. 3:25 [niv: “sacrifice of atonement”]; 1 John 2:2; 4:10 [niv: “atoning sacrifice”]); reconciliation (Rom. 5:10–11; 2 Cor. 5:18–20; Col. 1:22)—is totally the work of God, accomplished through the death of Jesus Christ. Redemption pertains to sin (Rom. 3:24), propitiation (or satisfaction) pertains to God (3:25), and reconciliation is for people (cf. we were reconciled). Reconciliation is the removal of enmity that stands between people and God (cf. “enemies” in 5:10; Col. 1:21). Reconciliation is the basis of restored fellowship between people and God (cf. 2 Cor. 5:20–21).

If (Rom. 5:10) may be rendered “since”; it assumes that the reconciliation through the death of His Son is true. In addition, reconciliation was done when we were God’s enemies (lit., “being enemies”). Since reconciliation was accomplished by Jesus’ death, certainly His life is able to insure the complete and final salvation of believers. “His life” is His present life (not His life on earth) in which He intercedes (Heb. 7:25) for believers. He died for His enemies; surely He will save those, His former enemies, who are now fellowshiping in Him. Because Christians, God’s reconciled ones, share in Christ’s life, they will be saved. Not only is future salvation assured, but we also rejoice in God (“but also boasting [kauchōmenoi] in God”) here and now. This is what Paul already exhorted believers to do (Rom. 5:1–3). The assurance and guarantee of it all is the fact that through … Christ … we have now received reconciliation (lit., “the reconciliation”). Since God has reconciled godless enemies to Himself, they should enjoy that peace with Him.[9]


5:11 And now we come to the sixth benefit of justification: we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We not only rejoice in His gifts but in the Giver Himself. Before we were saved we found our joys elsewhere. Now we exult whenever we remember Him, and are sad only when we forget Him. What has produced this marvelous change, so that we can now be glad in God? It is the work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Like all our other blessings, this joy comes to us through Him.

The seventh benefit enjoyed by the justified is found in the words We have now received the reconciliation. Reconciliation refers to the establishment of harmony between God and man through the sacrificial work of the Savior. The entrance of sin had brought estrangement, alienation, and enmity between man and God. By putting away sin, which had caused the alienation, the Lord Jesus restored those who believe on Him to a state of harmony with God. We should note, in passing, that God did not need to be reconciled. It was man who needed it, because he was at enmity with God.[10]


5:11 Not only shall the justified person escape the wrath of God by the death of Christ, but also he or she shall obtain joy in God because of Christ’s life. The word translated rejoice is the same as is translated glory in v. 3. The blessings which justification brings to its recipients terminate in joy through our Lord Jesus Christ. This last expression is identical to that found in v. 1 of this chapter. All that we have we owe to Him, the Lord Jesus Christ.[11]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1991). Romans (Vol. 1, pp. 287–288). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Boice, J. M. (1991–). Romans: The Reign of Grace (Vol. 2, pp. 543–550). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

[3] Harrison, E. F., & Hagner, D. A. (2008). Romans. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 94). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] Edwards, J. R. (2011). Romans (pp. 141–142). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[5] Stott, J. R. W. (2001). The message of Romans: God’s good news for the world (pp. 147–148). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[6] Boa, K., & Kruidenier, W. (2000). Romans (Vol. 6, pp. 163–165). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[7] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans (Vol. 12–13, pp. 175–176). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

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[9] Witmer, J. A. (1985). Romans. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 457). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[10] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1697). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

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

“If a nation expects to be ignorant — and free — in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)

REUTERS

U.S. President Donald Trump blamed news media outlets on Thursday for stirring up anger and hateful political rhetoric as two more suspicious packages were discovered, addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden and actor Robert De Niro.

President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was “bringing out the military” to protect the U.S. border as a caravan of Central American migrants continued to trek through Mexico to the United States, but gave no other details.

The record numbers of women running for office in the United States this year are mostly Democrats, and their party is banking on their candidacies and a widening gender gap on key issues to achieve big wins in the Nov. 6 elections.

Medical treatment will be more widely available to opioid abusers while mailing illicit drugs will be more difficult under a measure to fight drug addiction that was signed into law on Wednesday by U.S. President Donald Trump.

A former French ambassador is one of two frontrunners to become the next president of Georgia in an election on Sunday, despite critics questioning her patriotism and language skills.

Pakistan has released one of the co-founders of the Afghan Taliban along with another high-ranking militant commander, senior members of the Taliban said on Thursday, with the freed fighters allowed to reunite with their families.

New orders for key U.S.-made capital goods fell for a second straight month in September and the goods trade deficit increased further amid rising imports, suggesting economic growth moderated in the third quarter.

Hungary’s Central European University, a graduate school founded by U.S. financier George Soros, said it was being forced out of the country by the nationalist government and would switch to enrolling new students in Vienna if it did not get guarantees of academic freedom by Dec. 1.

AP Top Stories

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) suggested that President Donald Trump might have to declare martial law along the southern border of the United States to prevent a large group of Central American refugees and migrants from entering the country.

There are signs the caravan of Central American migrants heading for the U.S. border might be losing steam. The Mexican government said around 1,700 people asked for asylum and nearly 500 requested to be sent back to Honduras.

Pope Francis has forcibly removed the bishop of Memphis, Tennessee, Monsignor Martin Holley, following a Vatican investigation into the diocese. The Vatican didn’t say why Holley was removed.

Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader, on Sunday warned Donald Trump against leaving a Cold War-era weapons treaty, saying the move could have unintended consequences.

A Japanese journalist returned to Tokyo on Thursday after being freed from more than three years of captivity in Syria.

China’s defense minister warned that any effort to challenge its authority over Taiwan was “extremely dangerous,” following recent U.S. moves that signaled greater support for the democratically run island.

The Saudi-led coalition has sent reinforcements to Yemen’s west coast ahead of a fresh assault on the rebel-held port city of Hodeida, Yemeni officials said Wednesday.

Israeli warplanes hit Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early on Thursday in response to rocket fire from the territory into southern Israel, the army said.

Iraq will increase oil output and work with other OPEC nations to assure “fair” prices for buyers and producers, according to the nation’s new Oil Minister Thamir Ghadhban.

France is to repatriate the children of Islamic State fighters held in Syria, it has emerged, in a move which could put pressure on Britain to do the same.

In a desert camp along Syria’s border with Jordan, nearly 50,000 displaced people struggle to eke out a living. There are no clinics, no nappies and little food — welcome to Rukban. “We’ve nicknamed it the camp of death.”

About 100 members of a U.S. Army training brigade scheduled to leave Afghanistan next month will take the unusual step of returning in February to help the next unit of advisers coming in.

BBC

Ethiopian members of parliament have elected Sahle-Work Zewde as the country’s first female president. Ms Sahle-Work is an experienced diplomat who has now become Africa’s only female head of state.

Liberia’s President George Weah has announced the dropping of tuition fees for undergraduate students at state universities and colleges. The students will, however, have to pay other fees associated with their studies.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has apologized to people who were wrongly forced to take DNA tests to prove they were entitled to settle in the UK.

WND

Bartow, Fla. – Police say two middle school girls, who worship Satan, armed themselves with knives in a foiled plot to violently kill classmates and drink their blood at school on Tuesday.

Hagatna, Guam – With sustained winds of 178 mph as its eye passed directly over the island of Tinian, Super Typhoon Yutu was the strongest storm on record to ever hit U.S. soil and tied for the most powerful storm on earth in 2018, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Couples who choose to live together before they are married are at greater risk of getting a divorce, according to a new study.


News – 10/25/2018

Trump Shocks Dems by Declaring He’s a Nationalist, NOT a Globalist
In a statement this week, President Donald Trump sent Democrats running and shrieking in terror over the fact that he was a nationalist, who believed in America, and not a globalist.

Rush Limbaugh reveals protect-Democrats strategy
Radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh expressed concern Wednesday about the safety of Democrats in the United States in light of the bombs mailed to several prominent party leaders, including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. He believes the country should do something – right away – to ensure they are removed from such dangers. By voting them out of office.

NATO’s biggest peacetime drill kicks off, angering Moscow
NATO’s biggest military maneuvers since the Cold War kicked off Thursday in Norway in a hypothetical scenario that involves restoring the Scandinavian country’s sovereignty after an attack by a “fictitious aggressor.” Russia, which shares a border with Norway, was briefed by NATO on the Trident Juncture 2018 drill and invited to monitor it, but Moscow is still angered by the exercise. Russia’s defense minister had warned that Moscow could be forced to respond to increased NATO activity close to its western border.

Florida middle school girls plotted to kill up to 15 students, drink their blood, police say
The girls — aged 11 and 12 years old — “wanted to kill at least 15 people,” Bartown Police Chief Joe Hall said at a news conference Wednesday. The two “were waiting in the bathroom for (an) opportunity to find smaller kids that they could overpower to be their victims.” Both girls were searched in a Bartow Middle School office, where a butcher knife was located on one of the students. Knives, scissors and a pizza cutter were also found, according to Fox 13. The girls admitted to investigators that they were “Satan-worshippers.” The girls, Hall claimed, said “they were willing to drink blood, and possibly eat flesh.”

House Majority Leader accuses Soros and others of ‘buying’ election
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy accused George Soros, Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg of trying to “buy” the upcoming elections for Democrats. The Republican congressman from California tweeted a video of himself making the comments on Tuesday and temporarily pinned it to the top of his feed before deleting the Twitter post entirely. “The three individuals who are funding the Democratic Party: one is Soros, one is Tom Steyer — his main goal is trying to impeach President Trump — and then Bloomberg who re-registered as a Democrat,” McCarthy said on Oct. 14 on Maria Bartiromo’s Fox News show.

The PLO-Hamas Divorce is Final
So if all the Palestinians want reunification and the Americans agree, where does the problem lie? Why don’t the Palestinians agree to this part of the peace plan, at the very least? The answer is found in a very important aspect of Middle Eastern culture, one which has no counterpart in Western culture – the varied nuances of speech. Western culture takes what is said at face value, In the Middle East, however, everything anyone say has three layers: The upper and visible layer is the content of what has been said, the middle one is what the person speaking really means and the lowest is what he is hiding.

Netanyahu pushes for free trade with China
Israel wants to finalize a free trade agreement with Beijing within the next year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan when the two met on Wednesday in Jerusalem. “China is Israel’s second largest trade partner reaching $10 billion in 2017 and it is already up 30% in 2018. I know for China this isn’t the biggest trading partner. But for us it is very important,” Netanyahu said.

Stocks plunge in Asia after Wall Street sell-off
Asia stocks have joined a sell-off after a bruising session on Wall Street which saw two of the three main indexes erase their gains for the year. Tokyo stocks slumped more than 3%, while losses pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 into negative territory for the year. But the falls have been less severe in Europe, however, with London’s FTSE 100 down 0.9%.

INF treaty: Russia ‘will respond’ to new US missiles in Europe
President Vladimir Putin has warned Russia will respond “in kind” if new US nuclear missiles are placed in Europe. Mr Putin said any European countries hosting US missiles would be at risk of Russian strikes. Nato has said it is unlikely to deploy more nuclear weapons to Europe should an arms control treaty between Washington and Moscow collapse.

NATO shows Russia its military might in giant exercises
Norway hosts NATO’s biggest exercises since the end of the Cold War from Thursday, to remind Russia the Alliance stands united despite seeds of doubt planted by US President Donald Trump. Some 50,000 soldiers, 10,000 vehicles, 65 ships and 250 aircraft from 31 countries are taking part in Trident Juncture 18, which is aimed at training the Atlantic Alliance to defend a member state after an aggression.

Scuffle at Jerusalem holy site angers Egypt, churches
A scuffle between police forces and Coptic priests at a major Christian holy site in Jerusalem on Wednesday drew condemnation from Egypt and churches in the Holy Land. Police and Coptic priests wrangled outside a contested chapel at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.

IAF strikes Hamas targets in response to rocket attack
Israeli Air Force (IAF) aircrafts attacked overnight Thursday eight Hamas sites in Gaza in response to a rocket fired from the strip, which landed in the Eshkol Regional Council. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit issued an official statement following the strikes, clarifying that among the areas targeted were a military compound, a training camp and a weapons storage facility belonging to the terror group.

China, Japan seek warmer ties against backdrop of U.S. trade friction
Japan’s prime minister arrived in Beijing on Thursday for his first formal bilateral summit with Chinese leaders in seven years as the Asian rivals seek to build on a thaw in ties against a backdrop of trade friction with the United States. Near Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, flags of both countries lined Changan Avenue, a thoroughfare that cuts through the heart of the capital.

Iran flew advanced precision-guided missiles to Hezbollah for the sole purpose of destroying the State of Israel
Iran sent Hezbollah advanced weapons tech to turn unguided rockets into precision missiles in order to attack Israel, data obtained by Fox News indicates.

Venezuela Declares Its Military ‘Fully Prepared’ for War with U.S.
Cabello, the leader of the regime’s illegal lawmaking body and a close ally of dictator Nicolás Maduro, claimed that the country’s Bolivarian National Armed Forces would remain loyal to Hugo Chávez’s socialist revolution should the U.S. or any other power try to topple the regime.

Saudi crown prince says Israelis have right to their own land
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said in a published interview that Israelis are entitled to live peacefully on their own land, another public sign of an apparent thawing in ties between the two countries.

Hurricane Willa on track to become Nor’easter this weekend, threaten East Coast after slamming Mexico
As Hurricane Willa moves onshore as a major hurricane today in Mexico, its next move is already planned. The storm is on track to become the East Coast’s first major nor’easter of the season, bringing damaging winds, pounding surf and even some heavy, wet inland snow this weekend.

A Hawaiian Island Has Disappeared Beneath The Pacific Ocean
You’ve probably never been to East Island in the French Frigate Shoals, far to the northwest of the main Hawaiian Islands, but now it’s not clear if anyone will ever set foot on the low-lying, 11-acre spit of sand and gravel ever again.

Severe storms unload knee-deep hail in Rome
Hail bombarded Rome on Sunday night, wreaking havoc in parts of the city. Photos and video showed the hail piling up knee-deep, making some roads impassable. Torrential rain accompanied the hail, and some roads resembled ice-jammed rivers:

7th child dies, 11 sick in viral outbreak at New Jersey rehabilitation center
A seventh child has died from a viral outbreak at a rehabilitation center in New Jersey, health officials confirmed Wednesday, and 11 others remain ill.

There’s a Measles Outbreak in Israel and Now It’s Coming to the U.S.
…There are now over 679 confirmed cases in Israel as of October 14 — with the majority in Jerusalem, and the majority of the patients under 9 years of age. Measles is considered one of the world’s most highly contagious diseases, and Israel’s ministry of health is having a hard time isolating and containing it.

Some Parents Outraged After Drag Queen Speaks At School Career Day
A school district has apologized to parents after hosting a drag queen as part of a career day. A spokesperson for Adams 12 Five Star schools said Rocky Top Middle School staff should have notified parents a drag queen would be speaking to their children before allowing the speech to happen.

Facebook Finally Censors Baby Photos
Facebook removed two ads telling the stories of babies who survived premature births.

Horror: Report Exposes Democrats’ Disgusting Plans For The Military If They Win
In July, as lawmakers were putting the final touches on a $716 billion defense authorization bill for fiscal 2019, members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus unveiled their own plans to severely slash Pentagon spending.

Why Implanted Microchips in Humans Could Go Mainstream Sooner than Later
Experts admit that, so far, getting humans to adopt microchip implants has been a tough sell. Many Christians reject them because of concern they could be a prelude to “the mark of the Beast” which Revelation chapter 13 says will be “a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads.”

Pro-Life Leaders Condemn Use of Aborted Baby Parts to Make ‘Humanized’ Mice
Pro-life leaders reacted strongly to the Oct. 17 story by CNSNews.com that exposed a multi-year federal contract between the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) to obtain aborted baby parts to make “humanized” mice for research purposes.

Oklahoma Police Find $4.4 Million of Liquid Meth in Semi Truck’s Gas Tank
Police in Norman, Oklahoma, reported finding $4.4 million in liquid methamphetamine hidden in a semi truck’s diesel fuel tank, according to reports.

Who Is Behind Explosive Devices That Have Been Delivered To George Soros, Barack Obama And Hillary Clinton Over The Past 24 Hours?
Could there be some nutjob Republican behind the recent spate of explosive devices being sent to high-profile Democrat operatives over the past 24 hours? Sure, that could be true. NTEB categorically condemns any and all such actions as being vile, repugnant, un-American and totally un-Christian

Satan-Worshiping Girls Planned To Kill Classmates, Drink Their Blood
Florida law enforcement officials said on Wednesday that they foiled a plot by two Satan-worshipping middle school girls this week who planned to kill over a dozen smaller children, eat their flesh, and then drink their blood.


Apostasy Watch Daily News

T. Austin Sparks – We Must Conclude That The Lord Can Do His Own Work

Bad to the Bone Church

Former United Church of Christ Pastor Says Abortions are “Godly Decisions”

Netflix Series ‘Big Mouth’ Promotes Abortion to Teens

This Abortionist Killed a 31-Year-Old Woman in a Botched Second-Trimester Abortion

Two unborn babies’ spines repaired in womb in UK surgery first


Headlines – 10/25/2018

Rocket fired from Gaza after week of relative calm

Israeli Army Strikes Eight Hamas Targets After Iron Dome Fails to Intercept Rocket Launched From Gaza

IDF: Iron Dome wasn’t meant to intercept Gaza rocket heading for open field

IDF strikes Hamas post in Gaza over fire balloon launches

Netanyahu: If not for Israel, Hamas would topple Abbas

Abbas spokesman: There will be no peace without ‘Palestine’

Netanyahu says he supports a Palestinian ‘state-minus’ controlled by Israeli security

Israel’s Netanyahu vows to maintain military force in West Bank

Netanyahu lambastes ex-Likud minister for alleged plot to oust him

European parties urged to agree Israel boycott tactics are antisemitic

Why is Jordan Nixing Peace Deal?

Report: Russia Seeking to Limit Israeli Military’s Freedom of Action in Syria

Russia said demanding more notice before Israeli strikes in Syria

Putin says Russia will target nations hosting US missiles

Turkey says Russian S-400 systems installation to begin October 2019

Famine in Yemen could become one of worst in living memory, UN says

Airstrike kills at least 19 civilians at vegetable market in Yemen’s Hodeidah, official says

Egyptian officials: Roadside bomb kills three workers in Sinai

Iran: Saudi Arabia Would Not Have Murdered Khashoggi Without U.S. Protection

Saudi Crown Prince discusses steps on Khashoggi with Turkey’s Erdogan

Mohammed bin Salman calls Khashoggi murder a ‘heinous crime’

Khashoggi murder: Crown prince vows to punish ‘culprits’

Khashoggi death ‘a terrible tragedy’ but should ‘separate’ from Saudi Arabia’s potential, Russian wealth fund chief says

Saudi prince vows ‘totally different’ country in five years

Saudi ambassador to US: Kingdom aims to be model in ‘prosperity, development’

Genocide Continues in Myanmar, Says U.N. Investigator

North Korean general says country seeking ‘stable peace’

Inside China’s internment camps: tear gas, Tasers and textbooks

China says army will act ‘at any cost’ to prevent Taiwan split

Donald Trump’s unconventional diplomacy is pushing China and Japan closer together

US war with China is likely in 15 years, retired general says

Dems ask about China’s role in 2016 race after Trump alleges election meddling without evidence

When Trump Phones Friends, the Chinese and the Russians Listen and Learn

Putin warns of a new ‘arms race’

NATO shows Russia its military might in giant exercises

Suicides Surge in a Hopeless Venezuela

Crime, extreme poverty in El Salvador driving migration

Trump warns illegal immigration onslaught threatens repeat of Europe’s refugee crisis

Members of ‘combat-ready’ white supremacy group charged with violence at political rallies

Pipe bombs sent to Obama, Clintons, CNN and Soros believed to be linked

Explosive device sent to CNN featured parody ISIS flag, ‘Get Er Done’ inscription

New York mayor: pipe bomb sent to CNN ‘clearly an act of terror’

Trump promises thorough investigation into suspicious packages

Trump, at Wisconsin rally, decries threats of violence as ‘attack on democracy itself’ after explosive devices sent to Dems

Trump calls on media to end ‘hostility’ after thwarted bombs

Anderson Cooper Slams Trump’s Hypocritical Call For Unity

Pelosi, Schumer claim Trump’s words ‘ring hollow’ as he calls for unity over explosive devices

After bomb scares, George Soros’s son says Trump is fueling demonization

George Soros’ son says Trump fostered the vitriol, including anti-Semitism, that led to bomb attacks

House Majority Leader McCarthy deletes tweet saying Soros buying elections

Dutch public broadcaster calls George Soros a Jew who has tentacles in politics

Who is George Soros and why is he blamed in every right-wing conspiracy theory?

U.K. Conservative Causes Uproar in EU Parliament for Comparing Socialists to Nazis

Is digital technology leading us into a new dark age? Are technology and democracy compatible?

Apple boss takes aim at ‘weaponization’ of customer data

Tim Cook wants a federal privacy law – but so do Facebook and Google

‘Twisted’ fibre optic light breakthrough could make internet 100 times faster

Dow Plunges 608 Points…and Just Like That, All Its 2018 Gains Are Gone

Dow erases gains for the year, tumbles more than 600 points as stocks extend October swoon

Mt. Hood fault lines could trigger quake that could knock some off their feet, researchers say

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Lautoka, Fiji

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 31,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 21,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 12,000ft

Super Typhoon Yutu, ‘Strongest Storm Of 2018,’ Slams U.S. Pacific Territory

Super Typhoon Yutu, The Most Powerful Storm Of The Year, Slams Islands With 200 MPH Winds, Flooding

Hurricane Willa: Evacuations continue in Mexico, with towns cut off

Remnants of Hurricane Willa to help fuel powerful East Coast nor’easter

Pythons Invading Florida Are Evolving Unexpectedly Fast… Offering Hope for Surviving Climate Change

An oil spill you’ve never heard of could become one of the biggest environmental disasters in the US

Global preferences for who to save in self-driving car crashes revealed

Trump enacts anti-opioid abuse package in rare bipartisan step

China could solve population problem with millions of IVF babies

Pastors to Hold “Blessing” of Ohio Planned Parenthood Facility

Apple’s Tim Cook: Being gay is ‘God’s greatest gift to me’

Tim Cook says he came out as gay to inspire kids

Justice Department says businesses can discriminate against transgender employees

#MeToo in Egypt: Women speak out about harassment

Facebook removes 8.7 million sexual photos of kids in last three months

2 Satan-worshiping Florida middle school girls plotted to kill up to 15 students, drink their blood, police say


Mid-Day Snapshot

Bombing the Midterm Election?

The fact that none of the devices detonated calls into question whether they were intended to detonate or hoax devices intended only to make headlines.

Disintegrating Families, Disintegrating Culture

The root of our cultural rot can be traced back to one place: the shift away from nuclear families.

College Millennials ‘Traumatized’ by Trump’s Election?

When a narrow-minded, coddled generation doesn’t get what it wants, it feels traumatized.

Video: Sweden Is Not a Socialist Success

Many people think Sweden is socialist, but its success comes from free markets.

Humor Video: Ultimate Social Justice Warrior and Claire McCaskill

A hilarious parody campaign ad mocking leftist violence and intolerance.

Delivery Driver Travels 225 Miles to Deliver Pizza to Dying Man

A Michigan pizza shop made its first and only delivery for a cancer patient in Indiana.

The Democrat Platform: Foment Fear, Anger, Hatred, and Division

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

Thursday Short Cuts

“Pundits and politicians should keep their mouths closed and their minds open. Let the investigators do their job.” —Ari Fleischer

Thursday Top Headlines

Civility update, sanctuary cities, a third caravan, stocks plummet, Saudi story, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Tony Perkins
Divided We Fall
Rebecca Hagelin
Our Failing Prisons and Faulty War on Drugs
Cornwall Alliance
Strange Agreements and Stranger Taxes: The United Nations’ Climate Drama
Cal Thomas
Invasion of the Country Snatchers
George Will
Hate Crime Law Is Both Unwise and Unconstitutional

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


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October 25 God Is Not to Blame

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone.

James 1:13

Although some believe in the ancient idea that God is responsible for our temptation and sin, James forbids such a thought in today’s verse.

James warns against rationalizing our sin and blaming God in the midst of our battle against temptation. When you are fighting temptation and near to yielding, don’t make the excuse that God is tempting you.

Assuming that no one would accuse God of directly causing him to sin, James is saying that we should not even think of God as the ultimate cause of our sins. Most people don’t go as far as to see God as the direct tempter, but they do believe God is indirectly to blame by having permitted the situation and the possibility of failure. But God is not the near agency of temptation, nor is He even its remote cause. Don’t ever look at yourself as a victim of God’s providence.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 322). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

New York Times condemns Trump for ‘toxic environment’ right after publishing a fantasy of assassinating him

If there were a Pulitzer Prize for hypocrisy, the New York Times would be a lock on winning it this year.  The discovery of pipe bombs sent to prominent critics of President Trump was irresistible to op-ed columnist Charles Blow:

There is no way to consider the explosive devices sent to prominent Democrats and the CNN offices and not recall that Donald Trump himself has created a toxic environment by openly targeting many of these very people and entities in his overheated, overwrought rhetoric.

“Targeting” here is being used a synonym for “criticizing” – but connoting the identification of objects for bombs. If President Trump has ever called for violence against his critics, Blow shoud present evidence of his scoop and win a second Pulitzer.  

Apparently Blow doesn’t bother reading his own paper, because only the day before, the Times published a fantasy about assassinating the president. In an

The president didn’t seem to notice. He waved, in his desultory fashion. The Secret Service agents clustered around him, ushered him toward the armored limo idling outside at the curb.

The Russian waited until they were a few steps past before he drew the gun. He sighted on the center of the president’s back, and squeezed the trigger.

The Makarov misfired.

The Secret Service agent at the president’s shoulder heard the click, spun into a crouch. He registered the scene instantly, drawing his own weapon with razor-edge reflexes.

The Russian tasted failure. He closed his eyes and waited to pay the cost.

It did not come.

He opened his eyes. The Secret Service agent stood before him, presenting his Glock, butt first.

“Here,” the agent said politely. “Use mine. …”

Does Blow believe that this is not “toxic”? Is this a plea for a Deep State operative – the federal employees that are working against the policies of their boss – to provide a firearm to an assassin?

And speaking of a toxic environment, how about a comedienne posing with pictures of what looks like the severed head of the president hanging from her outstretched arm? Or a high ranking Congresswoman – the prospective chair of the House Finance and Banking Committee – calling on people to harass Trump supporters?

President Trump States the Obvious: “The Anger We See Today in Our Society is Caused by the Purposely False and Inaccurate Reporting of the Mainstream Media” — The Gateway Pundit

 

Guest post by Joe Hoft


President Trump tweeted the obvious this morning about the recent bombs being uncovered near far left politicians, CNN and a movie star: “A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media”.

At a presentation yesterday the President also addressed this issue and condemned the despicable acts and called for unity after bomb packages were sent to the Clintons and Obamas-

It’s time for the Fake News to stop inciting violence and begin to accept that President Trump is their President too!

President Trump States the Obvious: “The Anger We See Today in Our Society is Caused by the Purposely False and Inaccurate Reporting of the Mainstream Media” — The Gateway Pundit

Who’s REALLY Responsible For Political Violence in America

The cartoon below shows exactly who’s responsible for the increase in political violence in America this election season.

This is 100% accurate:

Does that abut sum it up?

The blame for the increase in political violence lies squarely with Democrats, who have REFUSED to renounce attacks on Republicans by their supporters.

Here’s proof:

New RNC Ad Highlights Disturbing Violence by Democrats

The RNC has dropped a new ad that rightly frames the Democratic party as the party of mob violence:

Framing the Democratic Party as the party of violent attacks on anyone with whom it disagrees, the Republican National Committee has unveiled a new campaign ad that focuses on Democratic willingness to break boundaries and rules in the name of politics.

And it’s straight from recent headlines.

The ad opens with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dismissing what she termed “collateral damage” to anyone who does not walk in lockstep with Democratic ideology.

The clip used in the ad came from remarks Pelosi made last weekend, which were reproduced in context by The Daily Wire.

“I think that we owe the American people to be there for them, for their financial security, respecting the dignity and worth of every person in our country, and if there’s some collateral damage for some others who do not share our view, well, so be it, but it shouldn’t be our original purpose,” she said.

The ad then touches on instances in which Republicans are facing intimidation, including a ricin scare at the home of Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who faced severe attacks from liberals for her support for the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The ad also touches on violence that has not always grabbed mainstream media attention.

Watch the whole thing:

https://youtu.be/Gy9kZ-eISIU

— Read on thefederalistpapers.org/opinion/democrats-political-violence-america