For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Without worship we go about miserable; that’s why we have all the troubles we have. You wonder why young people act like such idiots. Some young people have a lot of energy and don’t know what to do with it, so they go out and act like idiots; and that’s why gangsters and communists and sinners of all kinds do what they do. They are endowed by God Almighty with brilliant intelligence and an amazing store of energy, and because they don’t know what to do with it they do the wrong thing. That’s why I’m not angry with people when I see them go off the deep end, because I know that they have fallen from their first estate along with Adam’s brood and all of us together. They haven’t been redeemed and so they have energy they don’t know what to do with; they have capacity they don’t know how to use. They have skills and don’t know where to put them, and so they go wild and police have to arrest sixteen-year-olds and put them in jail. If they had been taught that they came into the world in the first place to worship God and to enjoy Him forever and that when they fell Jesus Christ came to redeem them, to make worshipers out of them, they could by the Holy Ghost and the washing of the blood be made into worshiping saints and things would be so different. WMJ008-009
Lord, it’s so easy to condemn people who “act like such idiots.” Thank You that in Your grace You don’t condemn, but reach out to save! Amen. 
•Bethlehemian Rhapsody; another trite Christmas song
•Every knee will bow before Christ, but not willingly
•Getting ready to hear Ben Shapiro and John MacArthur
•Life expectancy is going down due to suicide
•Todd’s new booklet about rotten fish
•Pope Francis gets so much wrong about gay priests
•Does the ring of Pontius Pilate prove the Bible is true?
•Lauren Daigle equivocates on homosexuality
It appears that special counsel Robert Mueller withheld key information in its plea deal with Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, which would exonerate Trump and undermine the entire purpose of the special counsel, according to Paul Sperry of RealClearInvestigations.
Cohen pleaded guilty last week to lying to the Senate intelligence committee in 2017 about the Trump Organization’s plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow – telling them under oath that negotiations he was conducting ended five months sooner than they actually did.
Mueller, however, in his nine-page charging document filed with the court seen by Capitol Hill sources, failed to include the fact that Cohen had no direct contacts at the Kremlin – which undercuts any notion that the Trump campaign had a “backchannel” to Putin.
On page 7 of the statement of criminal information filed against Cohen, which is separate from but related to the plea agreement, Mueller mentions that Cohen tried to email Russian President Vladimir Putin’s office on Jan. 14, 2016, and again on Jan. 16, 2016. But Mueller, who personally signed the document, omitted the fact that Cohen did not have any direct points of contact at the Kremlin, and had resorted to sending the emails to a general press mailbox. Sources who have seen these additional emails point out that this omitted information undercuts the idea of a “back channel” and thus the special counsel’s collusion case. –RCI
Page 2 of the same charging document offers further evidence that there was no connection between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin; an August 2017 letter from Cohn to the Senate intelligence committee states that Trump “was never in contact with anyone about this [Moscow Project] proposal other than me,” an assertion which Mueller does not contest as false – which means that “prosecutors have tested its veracity through corroborating sources” and found it to be truthful, according to Sperry’s sources. Also unchallenged by Mueller is Cohen’s statement that he “ultimately determined that the proposal was not feasible and never agreed to make a trip to Russia.”
“Though Cohen may have lied to Congress about the dates,” one Hill investigator said, “it’s clear from personal messages he sent in 2015 and 2016 that the Trump Organization did not have formal lines of communication set up with Putin’s office or the Kremlin during the campaign. There was no secret ‘back channel.’”
“So as far as collusion goes,” the source added, “the project is actually more exculpatory than incriminating for Trump and his campaign.” –RCI
The Trump Tower Moscow meeting – spearheaded by New York real estate developer and longtime FBI and CIA asset, Felix Sater, bears a passing resemblance to the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between members of the Trump campaign and a Russian attorney (who hated Trump), and which was set up by a British concert promotor tied to Fusion GPS – the firm Hillary Clinton’s campaign paid to write the salacious and unverified “Trump-Russia Dossier.”
“Specifically, we have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with Fusion GPS, a firm which according to public reports, was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the president and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier” –Washington Post
In both the Trump Tower meeting and the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations, it is clear that nobody in the Trump campaign had any sort of special access to the Kremlin, while Cohen’s emails and text messages reveal that he failed to establish contact with Putin’s spokesman. He did, however, reach a desk secretary in the spokesman’s office.
What’s more, it was Sater – a Russian immigrant with a dubious past who was representing the Bayrock Group (and not the Trump Organization), who cooked up the Moscow Trump Tower project in 2015 – suggesting that Trump would license his name to the project and share in the profits, but not actually commit capital or build the project.
Sater went from a “Wall Street wunderkind” working at Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers, to getting barred from the securities industry over a barroom brawl which led to a year in prison, to facilitating a $40 million pump-and-dump stock scheme for the New York mafia, to working telecom deals in Russia – where the FBI and CIA tapped him as an undercover intelligence asset who was told by his handler “I want you to understand: If you’re caught, the USA is going to disavow you and, at best, you get a bullet in the head.”
The Moscow project, meanwhile, fizzled because Sater didn’t have the pull within the Russian government he said he had. At best, Sater had a third-hand connection to Putin which never panned out.
Sources say Sater, whom Cohen described as a “salesman,” testified to the House intelligence panel in late 2017 that his communications with Cohen about putting Trump and Putin on a stage for a “ribbon-cutting” for a Trump Tower in Moscow were “mere puffery” to try to promote the project and get it off the ground.
Also according to his still-undisclosed testimony, Sater swore none of those communications involved taking any action to influence the 2016 presidential election. None of the emails and texts between Sater and Cohen mention Russian plans or efforts to hack Democrats’ campaign emails or influence the election. –RCI
As Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch noted of Mueller’s strategy: “”Mueller seems desperate to confuse Americans by conflating the cancelled and legitimate Russia business venture with the Russia collusion theory he was actually hired to investigate,” said Fitton. “This is a transparent attempt to try to embarrass the president.”
The MSM took the ball and ran with it anyway
CNN, meanwhile, said that Cohen’s charging documents suggest Trump had a working relationship with Putin, who “had leverage over Trump” due to the project.
“Well into the 2016 campaign, one of the president’s closest associates was in touch with the Kremlin on this project, as we now know, and Michael Cohen says he was lying about it to protect the president,” said CNN‘s Wolf Blitzer.
Jeffrey Toobin – CNN‘s legal analyst, said the Cohen revelations were so “enormous” that Trump “might not finish his term,” while MSNBC pundits said that the court papers prove “Trump secretly interacted with Putin’s own office.”
“Now we have evidence that there was direct communication between the Trump Organization and Putin’s office on this. I mean, this is collusion,” said Mother Jones‘s David Corn.
Adam Schiff, the incoming Democratic chairman of the House intelligence committee, said Trump was dealing directly with Putin on real estate ventures, and Democrats will investigate whether Russians laundered money through the Trump Organization. –RCI
As Sperry of RealClearInvestigations points out, however, “former federal prosecutors said Mueller’s filing does not remotely incriminate the president in purported Russia collusion. It doesn’t even imply he directed Cohen to lie to Congress.”
“It doesn’t implicate President Trump in any way,” said former independent counsel Solomon L. Wisenberg. “The reality is, this is a nothing-burger.”
John MacArthur, a wildly popular evangelical preacher, recently appeared on Ben Shapiro’s program, a wildly popular podcast host and conservative pundit. I am fans of both. When I heard Shapiro was going to host JMAC on his weekend special show, I almost had a coronary from the excitement. The following is my review.
I admit it. I have fantasies.
I’m a grown man. I’m a pastor, and I can’t help having fantasies. They go something like this:
I’m traveling down the road, and I see a black Lincoln Towncar (do they still make those?) on the side of the highway and I stop to help. When I do, the driver – now outside the car, looking at a flat tire -seems exasperated at his inability to figure out how to service the vehicle and get moving again. As I approach the car with a tire tool in hand from my pickup, the back tinted window of the Towncar rolls down and I see a little man with a Yamaka. It’s Ben Shapiro. I reach out and shake his hand and tell him I love the program.
After I successfully change his tire (this is my fantasy, I can do whatever I want), we have time to talk.
From there I say something like, “Say, Mr. Shapiro, would you consider yourself a good person?” And then, basically, my inner Ray Comfort takes over. I throw in some line from Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22 and other Messianic passages from the Old Testament. I explain to Shapiro how Jesus has Tabernacled among men, how he is the manna of life, how he’s the light of the world and living water, and other things from the Jewish cultic religion that Shapiro would recognize. I would explain the justification of faith belonging to Abraham and that Jesus was – and is – the best Jew who has ever lived. I would explain that Jesus is the Passover Lamb. I would explain that God basically took all hope away from Judaism when the Temple was destroyed, and now their bloodless, priestless, temple-less religion is just meaningless types and shadows and that Jesus is the real faith of Abraham. I explain that Jesus spoke to Moses out of the burning bush, how it was Jesus who led Israel through the wilderness as a cloud by day and pillar of fire by night. I explain that Abraham paid tithes to Jesus. I explain that Jacob wrestled with Jesus. I explain that Jesus stood in the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
And then, in my fantasy, we make fun of liberals and call some Democrat (as Shapiro likes to say) a “garbage human” and then I baptize him in the Yellowstone River.
Usually, this daydream and imaginary conversation with Shapiro takes place during or after listening to his daily podcast, that is when he’s not on Sabbath for any one of the 139 (I’m rounding up) Jewish holidays that seem to come up and postpone the show. At this point, I’ve listened to Shapiro so much that I’m reaching the point I’m about to stop listening. I know where Shapiro stands on almost everything, and I’m already in agreement. The man is brilliant, cutting, and his attempts at humor are genuinely humorous. Shapiro is the kid who got wedgies and swirlies in High School, who told the bullies that he’d own all their world one day and who, low and behold, goes out and actually does it. The conservative political world is Shapiro’s oyster, and he deserves it. Those swirlies have to count for something.
Ben Shapiro is the nerdy kid who’s the smartest guy in the room. I’d give a nickel to be that little man’s bodyguard for a day, just to hang out with him.
My MacArthur fantasies are mostly gone at this point. I’ve met the man, stood in his office, and spoke with him. I really don’t like talking much more about that experience, because it’s too special to just blab about on a website. But, I’ve been able to have my conversation with the elder statesman. And although I know where MacArthur stands on almost everything, I probably will never get to the point I stop listening to him. He’s not givng his political opinions each week, but the words of life. That never gets old.
Shapiro started bringing on weekend guests to discuss topics at large (like Joe Rogan does, but without the profanity marathon) several months ago and I’ve listened to most of them. MacArthur joined him on Sunday’s podcast.
Here’s the review, in the form of five things that stood out to me (in no particular order).
As Shapiro regularly says, “The Ben Shapiro Show is the largest and fastest-growing conservative podcast in America.” Fans of MacArthur already view him as a giant. Who doesn’t know John MacArthur, after all? He’s epic. He’s a legend in his own time. He’s Johnny Mac, JMAC, J MAC DADDY, the Fourteenth Apostle, the Sultan of Soteriology, the…okay, the last few I just made up. The point is, MacArthur is yuuuge.
But then we must stop to consider that the conservative evangelical world is really small. Mainstream evangelical figures like Greg Laurie, Ravi Zacharias, and Rick Warren (none of whom will be known one-hundred years from now; but future generations will know John MacArthur) no doubt have a bigger media footprint than MacArthur. By this, I mean by virtue of their self-promotion, publicity and appearances. Over the course of a lifetime, MacArthur still puts these men to shame, but my point is that the “typical” American either has a copy of The Purpose Driven Life or seen it on the shelf at Walmart. That’s not necessarily the case with MacArthur’s latest books.
But truth-be-told, MacArthur is not a household name among your typical Trumpkins, your average politicos, your regular owners of the Leftist Tears Tumbler. It is absolutely awesome that MacArthur got on the program to discuss the substance of the Gospel.
This is as commendable to Shapiro as it is MacArthur. While Steven Furtick titled his book, Unqualified, as a “dig” toward John MacArthur, let’s face it… Nobody is going to call up Steven Furtick to have a serious conversation about Christianity and Judaism. Shapiro is known for his intellectualism, and there’s a reason he didn’t turn to any number of fancy-pants, skinny-jeans, steroid-ripped hipster pastors out there to discuss the issue. Could you imagine Shapiro trying to have a conversation on the Bible with Carl Lentz? That’s hilarious (I am actually laughing so hard right now, just thinking about Shapiro trying to have an intelligent conservation with Carl Lentz, I had to pause typing for about 5 minutes). I mean, to think of Shapiro trying to sit across from Andy “Unhitch the Old Testament from Christian Faith” Stanley like some kind of intellectual equal or cognitive peer is (hold on, laughter break…). Okay, I’m back.
The thought of Shapiro even attempting a rational discourse with someone from the Passion Conference is hilarious.
No, when Shapiro and his staffers wanted to have an interesting, compelling conversation about faith and the Bible they knew where to go. It was straight to our elder statesman, who is considered far too serious-minded by the latte mafia, but who fit well with Shapiro’s giant brain.
Furthermore, could you imagine Ben Shapiro trying to have a conversation about such things with Tim Keller? Keller would be like nailing Jello to the wall on any given subject, speak in riddles, say some nonsensical rubbish that sounds like one of Jack Handy’s Deep Thoughts but without the humor and Shapiro would just shout, “Cut!” and walk off the stage disgusted.
No, JMAC was the man for this.
Yeah. Shapiro, silent. Who knew that was possible? I presume the reason for that is that MacArthur carries himself with gravitas. I mean, if John MacArthur is talking, why would anybody talk over him? That would seem dumb, and Shapiro’s not dumb.
Also, it’s likely that Shapiro was just trying to be a good podcast host. But my hope is that Shapiro found MacArthur’s commentary to be compelling, meaningful and thoughtful. I don’t just hope Shapiro was silent. I hope Shapiro was listening. May God give him ears to hear.
2. MacArthur clearly articulated the difference between Judaism and Christianity.
I didn’t really have “fear,” so to speak, but my first trepidation about MacArthur going on Shapiro’s program was that MacArthur wouldn’t spend time clarifying to Shapiro that Jews need Jesus too, or (more likely) it would be edited out of the final production. Instead, MacArthur spoke extensively about Shapiro’s (and everybody else’s) need for Jesus. MacArthur made some of the same points from the Old Testament that I’ve made in my one-sided fantasy conversations with Shapiro.
Furthermore, there wasn’t a hint of hesitation in MacArthur’s voice to confront Shapiro or the listening/viewing audience with their sin. There was absolutely no wishy-washiness with MacArthur whatsoever. And that, frankly, shouldn’t surprise any of us.
My favorite line of the night, by the way, was from MacArthur: “It’s my goal to offend everybody.” Classic. And you could hear Shapiro chuckling at that in the background. Double classic.
I think virtually all of us thought that MacArthur would speak more about Social Justice and political conservatism. Shapiro certainly tried to steer it there. But every time the conversation drifted away from the Gospel, MacArthur would politely lend his opinion on the subject (from ungodly political leaders to the Enlightenment) and then **BAM** back to the Gospel again. Gospel. Gospel. Gospel.
MacArthur was absolutely relentless in turning it back to the Good News. And man, that’s why we love him.
Finally, what stood out to me is that Shapiro expressed genuine surprise and was impressed that so many people (ostensibly, his staffers) were waiting outside to meet him and shake his hand. Really? These are politicos. Here’s John MacArthur who wrote, Politics Can’t Save You, and has never been overtly political. And yet, these mostly young people had so much respect they wanted to shake his hand and meet him, even though they regularly see political celebrities come through those doors.
It kind of makes you wonder how much influence a pastor-preacher can have politically just by sticking to the Bible.
[Editor’s Note: Contributed by JD Hall]
A lengthy interview (recently released) between Greta Van Susteren and President Donald Trump at the G20 summit in Argentina. The topics include: the USMCA trade agreement; the conflict between Russia and Ukraine; overall global trade; issues within the global climate change economy; Brexit, China, the U.S. economy and immigration.
As most CTH readers are aware MAGAnomic policy, economic nationalism, is the largest focus of President Trump. Beyond all other issues, this is the POTUS priority. Within this interview the president walks through the geopolitical issues and interests for the U.S. economy. Well worth watching:
(The Christian Post) – Notable progressive ministers are now embracing polyamory, approving of dating apps like Grindr and Tinder, calling chastity “unhealthy,” and declining to warn people about the consequences of hookup culture. Earlier this week HuffPost Life interviewed Brandan Robertson of Mission Gathering Christian Church in San Diego, California; Chalice Overy of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North
Carolina; and “Michael,” a San Antonio man whose last name was not given and is currently working as a “clergyperson” in a church. Michael considers himself “polyamorous.” The publication explored questions about dating life and sexual ethics with the liberal church leaders as part of a larger series on at relationships in America “from the perspective of different ethnicities, sexual identities, life experiences and circumstances.” READ MORE
A portrait of the American past: When a boy could be raised to be president
The call of duty and the Greatest Generation: The teenage Naval aviator who became president
President George H.W. Bush and the transformation of American politics in the 20th century
— Read on albertmohler.com/2018/12/03/briefing-12-3-18/
“Own stocks, but it ends next year.”
That quote, from Savita Subramanian at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, neatly sums up the outlook for next year from most top equity strategists on Wall Street.
After a year that saw the return of volatility, an ever-escalating trade war between the world’s two largest economies, a massive dose of fiscal stimulus, and an extension of the near-record bull run, the consensus is gradually turning bearish.
Given these factors, investors are being advised to carve out positions in assets that have not been stars of the nearly 10-year bull market, such as cash and value stocks. Moreover, these assets will come in handy if volatility remains high and economic growth slows down next year, as is widely expected.
We’ve rounded up these recommendations and other investing tips for navigating the stock market in 2019 from the chief equity strategists at top Wall Street firms. We’ve also included each person’s year-end S&P 500 and earnings-per-share targets.
S&P 500 price target: 3,000
EPS target: $173
Forecast: “A higher US equity market, a lower recommended allocation to stocks, and a shift to higher quality companies summarizes our forecast for 2019,” David Kostin, the firm’s chief US equity strategist, said in a note.
“We forecast S&P 500 will generate a modest single-digit absolute return in 2019. The risk-adjusted return will be less than half the long-term average. Cash will represent a competitive asset class to stocks for the first time in many years.”
Investing recommendations: “Increase portfolio defensiveness. Overweight Info Tech, Communication Services, and Utilities. Underweight Cyclicals. Focus on ‘high quality’ stocks using five metrics: strong balance sheets, stable sales growth, low EBIT deviation, high ROE, and low drawdown experience.”
S&P 500 price target: 2,900
EPS target: $170
Forecast: “Still-supportive fundamentals, still-tepid equity sentiment and more reasonable valuations keep us positive,” Subramanian, the head of US equity and quant strategy, said.
“But in 2019, we see elevated likelihood of a peak in the S&P 500. Our rates team is calling for an inverted yield curve during the year, homebuilders peaked about one year ago and typically lead equities by about two years and our credit team is forecasting rising spreads in 2019.
Assuming the market peaks somewhere at or above 3000, our forecast is for modest downside in 2019.”
Investing recommendations: “We are overweight health care, technology, utilities, financials and industrials. Our underweights are consumer discretionary, communication services, and real estate.
For most of this cycle, stocks enjoyed a lack of compelling asset class alternatives (bonds had elevated price risk, cash yields hit rock bottom). But cash is now competitive and will likely grow more so. Cash yields today are higher than dividend yields for 60% of the S&P 500 today, and our Fed call puts short rates close to 3.5% by the end of 2019, well above the S&P 500’s 1.9% dividend yield.”
S&P 500 price target: 2,750
EPS target: $171
Forecast: “After a roller coaster ride in 2018 driven by tighter financial conditions and peaking growth, we expect another range-bound year driven by disappointing earnings and a Fed that pauses,” Michael Wilson, the chief US equity strategist, said.
“Bottom-up S&P 500 consensus EPS growth for 2019 is likely to come down as economic growth decelerates sharply and cost pressures rise. We think there is a greater than 50% chance we experience a modest earnings recession in 2019 defined as two quarters of negative y/y growth for S&P 500 EPS. This growth disappointment is likely to be offset somewhat by a Fed that pauses its rate hike campaign by June.”
Investing recommendations: “We upgrade consumer staples to overweight and REITs to equal-weight while downgrading industrials to equal-weight. We also maintain a modest preference for large over small caps.”
I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you.
What motivates you? What takes all your energy, dominates your time, and makes you tick? For the apostle Paul, it was the progress of the gospel. What might happen to his own body or career was of little consequence to him. In Acts 20:24 he said, “Nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus.” He yielded up his life, possessions, clothes, recognition, reputation, and prestige to one goal: “to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God” (v. 24).
To the church in Rome Paul wrote, “I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also” (Rom. 1:15). And in 1 Corinthians 9:16 he testifies to what compelled him, “Necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel.”
Paul was driven to see the gospel move forward—he is a model for every Christian. Is your life like Paul’s?
The number one enemy of the Jews and Israel is not the mythical Palestinian people who are really Jordanians. No, the eternal enemy of Israel is who it has always been, the Roman Catholic Church in general, with the pope in particular.
“And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” Revelation 11:8 (KJV)
In the time of Jacob’s trouble, when the Antichrist and the Catholic Church will finally control Jerusalem, God likens His holy city of Jerusalem to both Sodom and Egypt. That’s how depraved and defiled Jerusalem will become in that time. It is then that the pope will reign supreme, albeit briefly, and the Palestinians will finally have control of east and west Jerusalem.
So when Abbas today told Pope Francis, in a meeting about Jerusalem, we are ‘counting on you’, he knew exactly what he was saying and the pope knew exactly what he meant. Ye are of your father the devil, indeed.
FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: The two embraced and kissed on the cheek as the pontiff welcomed Abbas to a library in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace for a private, 20-minute meeting.
“Particular attention was reserved for the status of Jerusalem, underlining the importance of recognizing and preserving its identity and the universal value of the holy City for the three Abrahamic religions,” a Vatican statement said, referring to Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
U.S. President Donald Trump outraged the Arab world last year when he reversed decades of policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and put Washington’s embassy there. It was opened in May.
Palestinians, with broad international backing, want east Jerusalem as the capital of a future independent state, while Israel views the whole city its “united and eternal” capital.
The Vatican expressed concern last year at Trump’s move, saying the city’s “status quo” should be respected. Francis has called for all to honor U.N. resolutions on the city.
The official Palestinian news agency WAFA said Abbas briefed the pope on “the implications of the U.S. decision.”
As Abbas was leaving the library, he told the pope: “We are counting on you.” It was not clear what he was referring to.
The Vatican backs a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, with both sides agreeing on the status of Jerusalem as part of the peace process.
The statement said Abbas and the pope also discussed efforts to reactivate the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and hoped for “a renewed commitment on the part of the international community to meet the legitimate aspirations of both peoples.”
They also urged an end to “extremism and fundamentalism” in the Middle East, and called for reconciliation among Palestinian factions. Abbas’ Fatah party is dominant in the West Bank, while the Islamist group Hamas controls Gaza. READ MORE
8:13 / Contrary to the form in the rest of this poem (two lines), there are three lines. Although fear of the Lord is a genuine and frequent wisdom theme, it hardly belongs here with the first person discourse of Woman Wisdom. It is in the third person and has two words, hate and evil, that appear at the end of lines b and c. It looks like a gloss.
Ver. 13. The fear of Jehovah is to hate evil. Only thus far is the 1st member of this ver. to be carried; the following expressions, “pride,” “arrogance,” and “an evil way” (literally, “way of evil”) are, in spite of the present accentuation, to be regarded as prefixed objects to the verb “I hate,” so that the meaning of the entire verse is substantially this; “Inasmuch as the fear of God, this beginning of all wisdom (see 1:7; 9:10) comprises within itself as a distinguishing characteristic the hatred of evil, I, wisdom, accordingly hate everything proud, wicked and crafty.” (Comp. Hitzig on this passage). The general proposition forming the first member of the ver., which naturally gives us no exhaustive definition of the fear of God, but only a description of it by one of its chief characteristics (comp. Heb. 11:1), is therefore, as it were, the major premise, from which the conclusion is drawn that forms the 2d and 3d members. The minor premise, however, which might have had some such form as the first clause of chap. 9:10, is omitted; the reasoning, as it here stands, taking the form of a lemma. In opposition to the diverse methods of punctuating and interpreting, such as are found in Umbreit, Bertheau, and most of the earlier commentators, comp. Hitzig and Elster on this passage.—For the expression “mouth of deceit” or “crafty mouth” comp. 2:12; 10:31.
8:13 — The fear of the Lord is to hate evil .…
As we grow spiritually, we gradually change from trying to stop doing the evil thing that we really want to do, to actually hating the evil thing so that we no longer want to do it.
8:13 The fear of the Lord. See note on 1:7. arrogance … hate. Wisdom hates what God hates (cf. 6:16–19; Ps 5:5). The highest virtue is humility (submission to God), and thus wisdom hates pride and self-exaltation above all.
8:13 One of the main purposes of the fear of the Lord in Proverbs is to align a person’s heart with what the Lord loves. Describing what wisdom hates (and therefore what the Lord hates) calls a person to examine his or her heart, to guard it from such things, to walk in accord with what the Lord loves, and to seek wisdom for all relationships and interactions (cf. the similar function of 6:12–19). Whether a person’s heart and path are aligned with wisdom is a recurring theme of this chapter (see 8:17, 21, 36).
8:13 The fear of Yahweh Wisdom does not stand alone. It is closely connected with fearing Yahweh, which means having a proper attitude of respect for Him and obedience to Him. See note on 1:7.
pride, and arrogance Pride is a characteristic of the fool (12:15) and scoffer (21:24).
an evil way Refers to a disposition; wisdom rejects evil dispositions or behaviors. The wise do not exhibit an evil disposition. See v. 20.
perversity The Hebrew phrase used here describes speech that is dishonest or wicked.
8:13 The fear of the Lord. See 1:7; 2:5; 3:7; 9:10 and notes. Wisdom reminds us that the search for an ethic based solely on experience is futile. Education and experience must build on the basis of the faithfulness and hope provided by God’s covenant promises. Ethical systems without the absolute standard of right, goodness, and truth revealed in the Scriptures cannot survive (Ps. 36:9).
Pride … I hate. Wisdom echoes the hatred that God has for evil (6:16; Deut. 12:31; 16:22; Ps. 5:5; Is. 61:8; Jer. 44:4).
 Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Pr 8:13). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.
 MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Pr 8:13). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
 Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 884). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.
A former Justice Department prosecutor, Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch founder Larry Klayman, filed a complaint Monday on behalf of investigative reporter Jerome Corsi against special counsel Robert Mueller, charging “gross prosecutorial misconduct and criminal acts.”
The complaint alleges Mueller and his team attempted to coerce Corsi, the author of multiple New York Times best-sellers, to commit perjury in their pursuit of statements that would harm President Trump.
“In filing this complaint, my client is not only standing up for his own legal and constitutional rights, but also those of the American people,” Klayma said. “This rogue government tyranny perpetrated by a special counsel and his prosecutorial staff, which is designed to effectively overthrow a duly elected president by coercing and extorting false testimony from Dr. Corsi and others, cannot be permitted in a civilized society.
Klayman said Corsi “is an American hero, not a felon as depicted falsely by special counsel Mueller and his prosecutorial staff.”
“To the contrary, it is Mueller and his comrades who must now be held to account under the rule of law and professional ethics.”
The special counsel’s office declined to respond to WND’s request for comment.
The complaint was submitted to acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, Washington U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, Hamilton Fox of the Washington Bar Association and Robin Ashton of the DOJ office of professional responsibility.
It seeks to have Mueller disciplined and removed as special counsel, “along with his partisan staff.”
It asks that Mueller and his staff be referred to state and local authorities for criminal prosecution and be barred from ever practicing law again.
Klayman said the complaint documents a pattern and practice of coercing and extorting Corsi to either lie in his testimony before the Mueller grand jury and at any eventual trials of other subjects and targets, or be indicted himself.
Mueller was assigned by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to investigate allegations of Trump campaign collusion with Russia that arose in part from an unsubstantiated Hillary Clinton-funded opposition research document based on unnamed Russian sources.
DOJ and FBI officials under President Obama submitted the document to a secret court as evidence to obtain permission to spy on the Trump campaign.
Mueller, in nearly two years of investigation, has not released any evidence of collusion, although several figures related to the Trump campaign have either been charged or pleaded guilty to lying to investigators.
“This complaint concerns the politically motivated criminal investigation of Dr. Corsi, an investigative journalist, whose activities are protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” the complaint said. “Dr. Corsi has been threatened with immediate indictment by Mueller’s prosecutorial staff unless he testifies falsely against Roger Stone and/or President Donald Trump and his presidential campaign.”
The complaint charges that Mueller is directly responsible for the “no-win scenario” facing Corsi.
“If he were to lie under oath to testify as the special prosecutor and his prosecutorial staff demand, some later prosecutor could accuse Dr. Corsi of perjury and/or violation any plea deal. The special prosecutor and his prosecutorial staff have already accused Dr. Corsi of lying when Dr. Corsi is in fact telling the truth and told the truth.”
The complaint states Corsi “is being investigated for the ‘crime’ of doing his job as a foreign policy and national security journalist.”
The complaint notes Hillary Clinton admitted in March 2015 she had conducted U.S. government business through a non-government, private email server. And while she had turned over 30,490 emails, she deleted nearly 32,000 others from her time as secretary of state.
“People experienced in foreign affairs and national security instantly recognized to a virtual certainty that Clinton’s emails had already been acquired by the espionage services of every major nation and perhaps passed on to terrorist organizations because (a) the server was not secure and (b) communications of the U.S. Secretary of State should be a high priority for spy agencies,” the complaint says.
Corsi was among the many journalists investigating the scandal.
“Ultimately, this story led to further, but different, revelations that Wikileaks was releasing emails from the computer servers of the Democratic National Committee,” the filing states.
The complaint points out that 1,976 megabytes of data took only 87 seconds to download from the server, which a speed that no Internet service provider could achieve.
There then were multiple reports in July, including in The New York Times, that the DNC documents would be released, “the same foreknowledge from mid to late July of which the special counsel’s office now accuses Dr. Corsi and Roger Stone of supposedly acquiring in August 2016.”
Corsi noticed emails between Hillary Clinton and campaign manager John Podesta were conspicuously missing and concluded that they would be coming later, the filing states.
“Mueller and his prosecutorial staff, however, have misrepresented the investigative research of hundreds of journalists into a false narrative that Dr. Corsi and/or Roger Stone ‘colluded’ with Russian intelligence services. Mr. Mueller interprets a reporter trying to reach out to a news source into conspiracy.”
Klayman alleges Mueller’s staff violated the Rules of Professional Responsibility of the District of Columbia Bar.
Former clients? The Clintons
It was Mueller associate Jeannie Rhee, who once was the lead attorney representing the Clinton Foundation in a related lawsuit, who demanded the false testimony from Corsi, the complaint states.
She was assisted by Andrew Goldstein, Aaron Zelinsky and L. Rush Atkinson.
“Thus, the special counsel and his prosecutorial staff threatened to indict Dr. Corsi, who is now 72 years old, and effectively put him in jail for the rest of his life, unless Dr. Corsi would provide the false testimony that they demanded, even after being informed that the testimony desired would be false.
“This is criminal,” the complaint charges.
The complaint charges Mueller and his team tried to “falsely ‘prove’” that Corsi was a liaison between Roger Stone and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on the one hand and the Trump presidential campaign on the other hand concerning the public release of emails.
The claim is that Mueller engaged in a standard trick, demanding answers from Corsi about old emails he was not allowed to review until after answering questions. Then when he reviewed the emails and amended his answers, as Mueller’s team had agreed was permissible, he was threatened.
It also charges Mueller with improperly releasing information to the media, contending he and his team are guilty of tampering.
“Mueller and his prosecutorial staff, particularly Rhee, Goldstein, Zelinksy, and Atkinson, have threatened a witness and tampered with a witness, Dr. Coris, to criminally coerce him into providing false testimony.”
In essence, the complaint states, Mueller wanted Corsi to falsely testify that he and Roger Stone were go-betweens between the Trump campaign and the Russian government through Assange.
That amounts to suborning perjury, the complaint charges, besides exhibiting bias.
“More than half of Mr. Mueller’s massive team of lawyers are influential donors to the Democrat party investigating the presidential campaign of a Republican President, Donald Trump,” Klayman said. “Rhee’s previous work for the Clinton Foundation and the Clintons would prevent her from exploring evidence or explanations that might point to criminal or even unethical actions of the President Trump’s adversary in the 2016 campaign, including alternative explanations of allegations, the $12 million that Hillary Clinton’s campaign trolled through the Russian intelligence community through the law firm of Perkins Coie and former British spy Christopher Steele.”
Some of the special counsel prosecutors investigating the Trump campaign even donated directly to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Keep it secret
“Furthermore, the special counsel staff demanded that Dr. Corsi enter into a plea agreement accepting conviction for a felony count of perjury, yet keep the entire arrangement secret,” the complaint charges.
However, that itself would be illegal under the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, because Corsi holds a securities license.
“These prosecutors are discriminating against Dr. Corsi – as they have made explicitly clear during interviews – and others because they disagree with his political views and activities, threatened to file in court a charge or charges that they know are not supported by probable cause or any accurate facts, prosecute a charge or charges that they know are not supported by evidence sufficient to establish a prima face showing of guilty, intentionally avoid discovering and exploring the actual truth of the events they are charged with investigating in order to allege guilty of the innocent and to excuse the guilty.”
The complaint argues that when Corsi offered “testimony to the special counsel and his prosecutorial staff on other relevant issues, such as the uncontroverted collusion between the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and the DNC … they did not want to hear it.”
Guest post by Joe Hoft
The Washington Examiner reported in July 2018 that [emphasis added] –
Tony Podesta, founder of the now-shuttered Podesta Group and brother to former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, has been offered immunity by special counsel Robert Mueller to testify against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, according to a report.
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson announced on his show Thursday evening that two separate sources confirmed the offer.
“In other words, for a near identical crime, Bill and Hillary’s friend could escape and emerge completely unscathed while Paul Manafort may rot in jail. Only one of them made the mistake of chairing Donald Trump’s presidential campaign,” Carlson said.
The Examiner continued –
Manafort and Podesta’s firms worked together in a public relations campaign for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine nonprofit, which was believed to be backed by the pro-Russian and oligarch-funded Ukrainian political group Party of Regions. Sources who spoke with NBC News in October said the Podesta Group became of significant interest because it may have violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act. FARA states Americans who lobby for foreign governments, leaders, or political parties must disclose their activities with the Justice Department.
However, someone tipped off the creepy Podesta brothers, because just before the Mueller arrested Manafort, the Podesta Group filed a number of forms retroactively.
Manafort was not so lucky, as he was arrested and charged by Mueller for not filing the exact same forms.
In May of 2018, Judicial Watch released new documents from the U.S. Department of State showing the Podesta Group worked on behalf of the pro-Russia Ukrainian political group “Party of Regions.” The documents also showed longtime Obama and Clinton counselor John Podesta lobbied on behalf of his brother’s firm.
But creepy John Podesta held a ‘get out of jail free’ card because he was Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager. To date the Podesta’s, even though they worked with Manafort in the Ukraine, have received no indictments or arrests and have remained relatively out of sight and probably are on an extended vacation.
USA Today reported that –
An internal investigation in Ukraine concluded that Manafort earned larger sums than he previously reported as a political consultant in the Eastern European country.
Manafort was paid at least $28.5 million, far more than the $12.5 million reported last year, from “black money” funds run by the Party of the Regions, according to a source with knowledge about the investigation. The Party of the Regions served as the pro-Kremlin political base for Ukraine’s former President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russia in 2014.
It’s unknown how the above information was obtained or who provided it to the ‘Ukrainian investigation’ or to USA Today.
What is known is that the Party of Regions served as the pro-Kremlin political base for Ukraine’s former President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russia in 2014. Before he fled, and in an effort to improve his image in the Ukraine after jailing his contender, Yaukovych hired Manafort who hired the Podesta’s.
The Podesta’s and Manafort had a number of individuals in the US come to the Ukraine during their time there and hold photo ops with the Ukrainian President. Their job was to make Yanukovytch seem like a really likable guy to the Ukrainian public, so Podesta gets Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry’s State Department to do photo ops with Yanukovytch. Obama even went so far as to declare the Ukrainian election to be free and fair.
But guess who else did photo ops with Yanukovytch? Bob Mueller, the same Mueller that’s now prosecuting Manafort.
As we noted in August, did Bob Mueller allow these photos to be taken out of the goodness of his heart, or did he monetarily benefit from them? If Mueller was paid for these photo ops, did he declare these monies? Surely Mueller would not have paid for his own airfare to the Ukraine. If somebody else paid for his airfare, did Mueller declare that too? Did Mueller fill out a FARA form? Same questions for all of the others involved, like, Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry’s people. But isn’t it the most interesting of all that all these people who monetarily benefited from this situation are now the very same ones who are behind the prosecution of Paul Manafort?
Maybe Mueller filed a FARA form a month before Manafort was indicted like the Podesta’s did? Did the others who met with the Ukrainian leader also report any earnings from their meetings?
A few people in my office listen to NPR and they think that it’s an unbiased news source. So I think it is important to analyze how NPR lies about the news, and how they respond when other journalists from conservative sources catch them in a lie. The story in question is about Donald Trump Jr.’s Senate testimony.
Molly Hemingway, who writes for the The Federalist, was the first to notice NPR’s deception. The title of her article at The Federalist us “NPR Blatantly Lies About Donald Trump Jr.’s 2017 Senate Testimony“.
NPR falsely claimed that Donald Trump Jr.’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2017 conflicted with an account given by a former attorney for President Donald Trump.
Here is NPR’s false write-up of that testimony:
Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2017 that although there had been negotiations surrounding a…
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Rep. Pramila Jayapal — A Typical Democrat
Rep. Pramila Jayapal traveled to Mexico this past weekend to show her support for the illegal alien caravan members in Tijuana.
Pramila blamed Trump for the illegal alien crisis.
I met with asylum-seekers who were fleeing violence and persecution. We need to find a better way to protect and process our asylum-seekers. This is a humanitarian crisis of Donald Trump’s making. pic.twitter.com/GX3xJqoa05
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) December 1, 2018
Pramila defended the illegal migrants from Central America.
Meanwhile, back in Seattle, Washington there are homeless camps set up under bridges.
And homeless Americans are living on the street.
Those poor immigrants who finally made it to the us-mexican border have been camping out in tents like neglected homeless people!
— Hollian On The Daily (@Hollian1) November 24, 2018
Rep Pramila Jayapal has gallivanted off to Tijuana to chat with migrant caravan. These are the people she is SUPPOSED TO represent in Seattle. Stepping over the homeless at your feet to prioritize folks far away IS NOT compassion. It’s cheap labor for corporations pic.twitter.com/MZZiMd7GER
— Inner Strumpf (@InnerStrumpf) December 2, 2018
A new report by journalist Paul Sperry says conflicted Robert Mueller withheld evidence from the court that would exonerate President Trump from the latest accusations of Russian collusion during the 2016 election.
2. Cohen pleaded guilty to making false Statements to the Senate as discussions about the so-called Moscow Project continued 5 months longer in 2016 than Cohen had initially stated under oath….
— BNL NEWS (@BreakingNLive) December 3, 2018
On page 7 of the statement of criminal information filed against Cohen, Mueller mentions that Cohen tried to email Putin’s office two times in 2016. But Mueller omitted the fact that Cohen did not have any direct points of contact at the Kremlin….
— BNL NEWS (@BreakingNLive) December 3, 2018
Page 2 holds additional exculpatory evidence for Trump, sources say. It quotes an August 2017 letter from Cohen to the Senate intelligence committee in which he states that Trump “was never in contact with anyone about this [Moscow Project] proposal other than me.”
— BNL NEWS (@BreakingNLive) December 3, 2018
Mueller did also not challenge Cohen’s statement that he “ultimately determined that the proposal was not feasible and never agreed to make a trip to Russia.”
— BNL NEWS (@BreakingNLive) December 3, 2018
Contrary to media speculation that Robert Mueller is closing in on President Trump, the special prosecutor’s plea deal with Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen offers further evidence that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russians during the 2016 election, according to congressional investigators and former prosecutors.
Cohen pleaded guilty last week to making false statements in 2017 to the Senate intelligence committee about the Trump Organization’s failed efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Discussions about the so-called Moscow Project continued five months longer in 2016 than Cohen had initially stated under oath.
The nine-page charging document filed with the plea deal suggests that the special counsel is using the Moscow tower talks to connect Trump to Russia. But congressional investigators with House and Senate committees leading inquiries on the Russia question told RealClearInvestigations that it looks like Mueller withheld from the court details that would exonerate the president. They made this assessment in light of the charging document, known as a statement of “criminal information” (filed in lieu of an indictment when a defendant agrees to plead guilty); a fuller accounting of Cohen’s emails and text messages that Capitol Hill sources have seen; and the still-secret transcripts of closed-door testimony provided by a business associate of Cohen.
On page 7 of the statement of criminal information filed against Cohen, which is separate from but related to the plea agreement, Mueller mentions that Cohen tried to email Russian President Vladimir Putin’s office on Jan. 14, 2016, and again on Jan. 16, 2016. But Mueller, who personally signed the document, omitted the fact that Cohen did not have any direct points of contact at the Kremlin, and had resorted to sending the emails to a general press mailbox. Sources who have seen these additional emails point out that this omitted information undercuts the idea of a “back channel” and thus the special counsel’s collusion case.
Read the rest here.