Daily Archives: December 7, 2018

DECEMBER 7 A CONSISTENT STATE OF MIND

I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

—Psalm 34:1

Worship must always come from an inward attitude. It embodies a number of factors, including the mental, spiritual and emotional. You may not at times worship with the same degree of wonder and love that you do at other times, but the attitude and the state of mind are consistent if you are worshiping the Lord.

A husband and father may not appear to love and cherish his family with the same intensity when he is discouraged, when he is tired from long hours in business or when events have made him feel depressed.

He may not outwardly show as much love toward his family, but it is there, nonetheless, for it is not a feeling only. It is an attitude and a state of mind. It is a sustained act, subject to varying degrees of intensity and perfection. WHT083

Whether I feel like it or not, whether I see Your hand in my circumstances or not, whatever enters my life today, “I will bless the LORD at all times” (Psalm 34:1). Amen. [1]


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

From Mueller’s Hubris To Huber’s Mandate: Beware Deep State Distraction In The Week Ahead

Authored by James Howard Kunstler via Kunstler.com,

Capture The Flag

A titanic battle between Mr. Trump and his antagonists looms in the political gloaming of the new year. It may not be resolvable by conventional means since the Intel and Justice agencies have been leading a two-year coup-by-subterfuge against the president, with Robert Mueller as the spearhead, leaving a slime-trail of sedition and prosecutorial misconduct that they are now desperately trying to cover up. How then can the corrupted Department of Justice and its stepchild, the FBI, be relied on to adjudicate these unprecedented crimes against themselves?

The answer may be coming next week when the lame duck session of House Oversight Committee calls John Huber to appear. Huber is the federal prosecutor out of the Salt Lake City district office who was assigned by the erstwhile Attorney General Jeff Sessions to look into the manifold irregularities of the RussiaGate matter. It’s not clear how much Mr. Huber can tell the committee about an ongoing case, but he hasn’t made a peep all year, and if his testimony suggests that he’s twiddling his thumbs in the sagebrush, it will inform you that we are headed into real civil war. Too much incriminating information is already loose in the public domain about Hillary Clinton and the DNC colluding with Russia, and something has to be done about it.

It’s obvious that the Obama White House, along with CIA director John Brennan, and Director of National intel James Clapper, used the FBI and the DOJ (with support from the nation’s two leading newspapers), and help from Britain’s MI6 intel shop, to run illegal operations against Mr. Trump during the 2016 election, and then persisted in acts to delegitimize him after Jan 20, 2017. All this, of course, is apart from whether you like Mr. Trump or approve of his policies.

It’s well documented elsewhere that Robert Mueller’s mission to detect election “collusion” between Russia and Mr. Trump was a bust, and that all he has to show for it is a roll of contrived convictions for lying to federal prosecutors and the FBI. The case of General Flynn lies at the center because he served as Mr. Obama’s Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and he knew too much about US shenanigans around the notorious Iran nuclear deal and other shady doings. They were alarmed when he went over to Mr. Trump’s campaign, and determined to disable him. Once Mr. Trump appointed Gen. Flynn Director of National Security, Mr. Obama engineered an “incident” in late December of 2016 (confiscating Russian properties in Maryland over alleged election meddling and laying down new sanctions), that prompted Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak to phone Gen. Flynn, the incoming DNS. US Intel was prepared for that set-up and recorded the call, which required the illegal “unmasking” of Flynn, a nicety of spycraft. Thus, the FBI had a transcript of the phone call and were easily able to entrap Flynn in mis-remembering the particulars of the call. Where is that transcript?

The predicate for this operation was completely dishonest: that incoming senior government officials are forbidden to speak to foreign ambassadors. In fact it is their duty to consult with foreign officials, especially in Mr. Flynn’s job, and a long-established tradition of every presidential transition. The coup cadres of the Deep State used The New York Times and The Washington Post to persuade the public that Gen. Flynn had done something treasonous, when it was nothing more than routine transition business.

Gen. Flynn’s sentencing paperwork was released a few days ago. The question is: will he be free to speak about the process he was put through? If there was any contingency against him speaking freely in his sentencing guidelines, it hasn’t been publicized. In any case, he deserves to be pardoned, and I believe that Mr. Trump will do exactly that after Mr. Mueller releases his long-awaited report.

Others have made the point that the Mueller Report will be a handbook for the impeachment of Mr. Trump by the House. The house can run hearings on that until the cows come home, but they’re unlikely to get a conviction in the Senate.

The larger question is whether Mr. Mueller himself should be subject to prosecution and there’s plenty of evidence that he has been involved in misconduct himself going back to the shady Uranium One deal when he was the FBI Director. It’s obvious that he was brought onto the RussiaGate case in the Spring of 2017 not to find the truth about “collusion” but to attempt to save the reputation of the FBI and the DOJ using all the considerable power of a special prosecutor to cover the trail of official misdeeds.

There is enough ill-feeling and bad faith about all that activity to suggest that President Trump will have to set in motion some kind of extraordinary adjudication process. There have been rumblings for more than a year that he might accomplish that by declaring an emergency and bringing on military tribunals to sort this mess out. Until now, that has seemed farfetched to me. Not anymore. If, over the weeks turning the corner to 2019, Mr. Huber or Mr. Mueller or any of the House and Senate Committees don’t show any progress in airing out the official criminality among government employees, then we are headed into a titanic conflict between two camps in government. The financial markets may already be signaling the distress coming down the road as these two camps prepare to play capture the flag.

Source: From Mueller’s Hubris To Huber’s Mandate: Beware Deep State Distraction In The Week Ahead

Clintons Resort To Groupon After Speaking Tour Fails To Draw Crowds

 

Bill and Hillary Clinton, who just can’t seem to exit stage-left, have resorted to selling tickets for their 13-city speaking tour on Groupon for nearly 60% off after failing to attract crowds at full price – or any price.

What’s worse, their Groupon deal is for a May 4, 2019 appearance in the liberal stronghold of Los Angeles.

As we noted last week, the supposed-power-couple continue to face-plant, after the Daily Mail reported that just 3,300 tickets were sold in the Scotiabank Arena in very liberal downtown Toronto, which holds 19,800.

And as the New York Times‘s Maureen Dowd noted on Sunday, the Clinton empire is in steady decline. After paying $177 for a ticket to hear the Clintons, journalist Byron York noted that Dowd could have simply waited until the day of the event and paid less than $10.

As Dowd writes in her Op-Ed, “Curtains for the Clintons“:

I can’t fathom why the Clintons would make like aging rock stars and go on a tour of Canada and the U.S. at a moment when Democrats are hoping to break the stranglehold of their cloistered, superannuated leadership and exult in a mosaic of exciting new faces.

What is the point? It’s not inspirational. It’s not for charity. They’re not raising awareness about a cause, like Al Gore with global warming. They’re only raising awareness about the Clintons.

And now they’re raising awareness over Groupon…

(h/t @thebradfordfile)

 

Source: Clintons Resort To Groupon After Speaking Tour Fails To Draw Crowds

12/07/2018 — Wretched

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•Is “Jesus died for your sins” the whole Gospel?
•Why did God wait until Exodus to give the Law?
•What your pastor’s week really looks like
•The theological implications of the man-cave and she-shed
•John MacArthur preaches the Gospel to Ben Shapiro
•How do I explain to my kids that mom is moving in with her boyfriend?
•When does the doctrine of sovereignty become fatalism?

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New FBI Docs Released on Hillary Clinton Email Investigation – Clinton Insiders Questioned by Feds Used Identical Talking Points — The Gateway Pundit

It’s Friday and that means another FBI doc dump.

New FBI docs were released Friday on the Hillary Clinton private server/email investigation.

102 pages were omitted and many of the pages had redactions, however the notes revealed that people connected to Hillary Clinton acted surprised about her private server, claimed they “didn’t recall” anything and used identical talking points when answering questions by the feds.

Shocker.

Page 12 of the doc dump shows the talking points to be identical and coordinated.

102 pages omitted, some per the CIA using b1 classification.

Hillary Clinton still must answer questions under oath about the creation of her private server thanks to the relentless work by Judicial Watch.

Thanks to conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, the American public was made aware of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

On Thursday, a federal court blasted the DOJ and State Department on Hillary Clinton’s emails and ordered a discovery plan in 10 days as to whether Hillary’s private email system was intentionally set up to evade FOIA requests and lawsuits. (we know the answer)

Hillary Clinton conducted official business on a non government server so she could hide her Clinton Foundation pay-to-play while she was head of the Department of State and she continues to get away with her crimes because we have no justice in the ‘Justice Department.’

via New FBI Docs Released on Hillary Clinton Email Investigation – Clinton Insiders Questioned by Feds Used Identical Talking Points — The Gateway Pundit

Clinton Foundation whistleblowers have hundreds of pages of evidence

Hillary, Chelsea and Bill Clinton at a Clinton Foundation event

Allegations of “pay to play” and misappropriation of funds by the Clinton Foundation are documented in hundreds of pages of evidence provided by three witnesses, according to Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.

Meadows, as chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations, will lead the panel’s investigative hearing next week on the status of the Clinton Foundation case, Fox News reported

“Whenever we look at the possibility of ‘pay to play’ by government officials, current or former, it demands answers,” Meadows said, “and anyone who uses public office to sell access for their own financial benefit must be held accountable.”

John Huber, who has been working with the Justice Department and the FBI on the probe, will testify before the committee.

Already, investigative journalist Peter Schweizer has pieced together evidence the Clintons exchanged political favors for donations and pushed favorable policies to receive donations.

The New York Times reported Trump told his White House counsel earlier this year he wanted the DOJ to prosecute Clinton.

In March, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed Huber to investigate the Clinton Foundation. Sessions decided, however, to reject a request by House Republicans to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton regarding allegations the sale of Uranium One to a Russian state-owned company while she was secretary of state was related to donations made to the Clinton Foundation.

Meadows said in a Twitter message at the time that Sessions’ decision not to appoint a special counsel was “disappointing.”

“So the Obama DOJ can open a legally questionable investigation into the Trump campaign — allegedly based on a campaign volunteer mouthing off at a London bar — but this DOJ can’t appoint a second special counsel after all the troubling documents we’ve seen? Disappointing,” he wrote.

Schweizer, the author of “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” was the first to report nine foreign investors in the Uranium One deal gave $145 million to the Clinton Foundation. The New York Times confirmed in an April 2015 story Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation. The Times found that the Clintons, however, did not publicly disclose the contributions, despite an agreement Hillary Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors.

In addition, Bill Clinton received a $500,000 speaking fee from a Russian bank tied to the Kremlin in 2010, when Hillary Clinton opposed sanctions on Moscow. She reversed her position the following year.

The Hill reported Thursday that Huber’s prosecutors recently requested documents from a private investigative firm probing the Clinton Foundation.

A whistleblower submission filed with the FBI and IRS in August 2017, the Hill reported, included internal legal reviews conducted by the Clinton Foundation that raised concerns about Bill Clinton improper mingling of personal and charity business.

Fox News reported last month that newly filed tax documents showed a 58 percent drop in donations to the foundation compared to the previous year.

Meadows told Fox News the donation drop “raises grave concerns their operations were not above board as the American people have been led to believe.”

Source: Clinton Foundation whistleblowers have hundreds of pages of evidence

This ‘n’ That For December 7, 2018 — Do Not Be Surprised…

  • How much do you know about Christmas?
  • I loved Home Improvement when I was younger, and still occasionally find myself tuning in to watch a rerun.
  • Here’s a cold and flu symptom map so you can see how the ickiness is invading your neck of the woods (if you’re in the US, anyway).
  • I don’t normally link to this website, but I thought this post should be highlighted. What also needs to be highlighted is that this isn’t always only happening in “seeker sensitive” or doctrinally weak churches. This stuff happens even within the walls of doctrinally sound (on paper) churches. The sooner we acknowledge that, the better off a lot of people—especially children—will be.
  • Answers in Genesis is generously offering free downloads of their Christmas curriculum.
Infinite, and an infant. Eternal, and yet born of a woman. Almighty, and yet hanging on a woman’s breast. Supporting a universe, and yet needing to be carried in a mother’s arms. King of angels, and yet the reputed son of Joseph. Heir of all things, and yet the carpenter’s despised son. Oh, the wonder of Christmas. —Charles Spurgeon

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Weekly Watchman for 12/07/2018

Questions, Comments, and Biblical Answers

Questions and comments from listeners today include:

Is it wrong that I don’t tithe to my church but instead support Christians organizations and ministries that are spreading the gospel and equipping believers? My pastor said this is wrong, but my church is not making disciples.
Are Word Faith or prosperity preachers crooks for making promises that God will bless people financially if they give money to them?
As believers, can we sanctify ourselves?
I am a former Muslim and appreciate the grace you exhibit in reminding people not all Muslims are terrorists in waiting.
Listening from Alberta Canada, we attend a large church that is biblical and has good leadership. But groups are growing within our church following a lot of Bethel propaganda believing everyone should speak in tongues and prophesy. Some claim those who do not aren’t filled with the Spirit. What can I say to my friends about this?
Regarding the Mark of the Beast, I have friends who claim that when a person allows an electric device to be installed, even a pacemaker or does electronic banking, it’s wrong. Aren’t they overreacting?
Is Hebrews 6 referring to those who were not saved to begin with or those who lost their salvation?
Israel is a free republic like America, but aren’t the two nations spiritually “un-Christian” considering only a small remnant are true, converted believers in Jesus Christ?
Love the show on creation and evolution with Jay Seegert (December 5). Too many debates about creation focus on science rather than Scripture and end up veering away from the fact of a literal six-day creation and the age of the earth being thousands of years old, not millions.

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We Celebrate An Anniversary Today

Eight years ago today we came on the air because of a stand we had to take

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Feelings and Opinions Vs Beliefs and Truth

Feelings, opinions, beliefs and truth are parts of the thought process that leads to our ultimate actions and behaviors. But the order in which they form our complex thought and subsequent action makes all the difference in the world. If we get them in the wrong order we can start down a slippery slope where our beliefs and actions contradict what God says in His Word, and nothing good will come out of that. But if we align them correctly according to the teachings of the Bible, we can lead a life of joy, victory in Christ, and the peace of God.

Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute joins us to discuss how to correctly line up these elements comprising our human thought process, and the dangers of incorrectly prioritizing them.

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Did God Use Evolution as His Process of Creation?

The number of Christians who trust the authority of the Bible and are truly taking a stand for what they believe is rapidly decreasing. Many churches that were once stalwarts for the faith have slowly compromised, moving into obscurity, becoming either irrelevant, or in some cases actually hostile to the Bible. This doesn’t happen overnight, but rather through deception and sometimes subtle teachings that gradually erode their views on the authority and sufficiency of Scripture.

One of these slippery slopes is related to the origins account found in the book of Genesis. There’s a view that has been around for quite a long time, but has recently made a resurgence within evangelical circles. This is the idea that perhaps God didn’t actually do things as literally and simply stated in Genesis 1-2, but used more of a “natural” vs “supernatural” process (tenets of Darwinian evolution). Sadly, this is becoming increasingly popular not only in churches, but also in Christian seminaries, colleges and universities.

Jay Seegert of The Starting Point Project joins the program to discuss some unbiblical ideas being considered in some Christian circles.

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Sexuality and The Church in America

There is no doubt we live in a sexually-charged society. God has given us clear definitions and teachings about sexual relations and gender, but society has brought confusion, and many people – young and old – are suffering the consequences. Homosexuality is practically accepted and promoted and young people especially, are facing depression and emptiness because they have become confused about their God-given gender.

God’s Word gives us all the knowledge and instruction we need to correctly understand sexuality. It provides the answers to everyone’s questions but for some reason, with our culture rapidly deteriorating and even sincere Christians facing sexual challenges, some believe that the church has been generally silent.

Are pastors responding to sexual challenges within the church and society? And if not, why? Daniel Weiss of Brushfires Foundation joins us to share the findings from a comprehensive study about if and how pastors and churches are meeting the challenges of church members and society regarding sexual questions and confusion.

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Social Media Big Guns Silencing Christians

Satan is the perfect liar. He has mastered his art of deception over thousands of years and he can present something to us that looks “good” when in reality it is his instrument for enslaving us once man abuses it. In the final segments today, Mike and David look at how the Internet, presented in the 1990s as man’s gateway to knowledge and communication, is slowly becoming a system of intimidation against anyone who dares to live by or proclaim Christians values. Are we willingly walking into slavery through our obsession with social media?

In the first segment, Mike and David look at how radical leftists twist information and opinions to advance their godless agenda. Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Council joins us to discuss how the radical left is now blaming Christians for the crisis in adoption, when, in reality, we are a solution to the crisis.

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December 7 Distress in the Ministry

Some indeed preach Christ… from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains.

Philippians 1:15–16

I am often asked, “What has been the most discouraging thing in your ministry?” As far as I can remember, my answer has remained consistent over the years.

There are two issues that deeply distress me. One is seeing those who ought to be the most mature in the faith—the ones who know the Word of God well, have experienced the blessings of spiritual growth and fellowship, and have seen God’s power demonstrated time and again—turn their backs on the faith and embrace sin. That’s much more discouraging than when a new, untrained Christian falls into sin through ignorance.

The second is being falsely accused by fellow preachers of the gospel. Some men seem to desire to discredit the ministry of others. As a result, they falsely accuse other ministers, not because they have valid reasons, but simply for the satisfaction of discrediting them.

As you live a godly life, expect that your service to God will be attacked. But don’t let that affect your joy.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 368). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

December 7, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Answer for Unbelief

“No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” (3:13–17)

Only someone who has been to heaven can truly know what it is like. Yet human beings, short of death, do not have the ability to visit heaven since they are confined to time and space. Thus Jesus said that no one has ascended into heaven (cf. Prov. 30:4) because it is humanly impossible to do so. John declared in the prologue to his gospel, “No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him” (1:18). “Not that anyone has seen the Father,” Jesus agreed, “except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father” (6:46). It may be noted that Lazarus was to return from the dead (11:23–24), and after the crucifixion of our Lord, the graves were opened and some saints returned (Matt. 27:52–53). These rare exceptions prove the rule. The other unique event was the visit of the apostle Paul to “the third heaven” (2 Cor. 12:2).

The only one possessing true knowledge of heavenly reality is He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. God “in these last days has spoken to us in His Son” (Heb. 1:2). He is “the bread of God … which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world” (John 6:33; cf. 6:51). “I have come down from heaven,” He declared in John 6:38, “not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” In John 6:62 He asked, “What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before?” In John 8:42 Jesus said to His accusers, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me.” John prefaced his account of Jesus’ washing the disciples’ feet with the statement that Jesus “had come forth from God and was going back to God” (John 13:3). Later that same evening in the Upper Room Jesus told the disciples, “I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; I am leaving the world again and going to the Father” (John 16:28). In His High Priestly Prayer Jesus prayed, “Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was” (John 17:5). To the Corinthians Paul wrote, “The first man [Adam] is from the earth, earthy; [but] the second man [Jesus] is from heaven” (1 Cor. 15:47).

Beginning in verse 14, Jesus appealed to an Old Testament illustration to make His point, further emphasizing that there was no excuse for Nicodemus, an expert in the Scriptures, to be ignorant of the way of salvation. As a type of His sacrificial death on the cross, the Lord referred to an incident recorded in Numbers 21:5–9:

The people spoke against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this miserable food.” The Lord sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. So the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, because we have spoken against the Lord and you; intercede with the Lord, that He may remove the serpents from us.” And Moses interceded for the people. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a standard; and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, he will live.” And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard; and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.

The event took place during Israel’s forty years of wilderness wandering before entering the Promised Land. As a judgment upon the people’s incessant complaining, the Lord sent venomous snakes to infest their camp. In desperation, the Israelites begged Moses to intercede on their behalf. And Moses’ prayerful petition was answered with a display of divine grace, as God showed mercy to His rebellious people. He instructed Moses to make a bronze replica of a snake and raise it above the camp on a pole. Those who were bitten would be healed if they but looked at it, thereby acknowledging their guilt and expressing faith in God’s forgiveness and healing power.

The point of Jesus’ analogy was that just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up (crucified; cf. 8:28; 12:32, 34). The term must emphasizes that Christ’s death was a necessary part of God’s plan of salvation (cf. Matt. 16:21; Mark 8:31; Luke 9:22; 17:25; 24:7, 26; Acts 2:23; 4:27–28; 17:3). He had to die as a substitute for sinners, because “the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23), and “without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Heb. 9:22). Therefore God, “being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us” (Eph. 2:4), “sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:9–10). The stricken Israelites were cured by obediently looking apart from any works or righteousness of their own in hope and dependence on God’s word at the elevated bronze serpent. In the same way whoever looks in faith alone to the crucified Christ will be cured from sin’s deadly bite and will in Him have eternal life.

This is the first of fifteen references in John’s gospel to the important term eternal life. In its essence, eternal life is the believer’s participation in the blessed, everlasting life of Christ (cf. 1:4) through his or her union with Him (Rom. 5:21; 6:4, 11, 23; 1 Cor. 15:22; 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 2:20; Col. 3:3–4; 2 Tim. 1:1, 10; Jude 21). Jesus defined eternal life in His High Priestly Prayer to the Father: “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3). It is the life of the age to come (Eph. 2:6–7), and believers will most fully experience it in the perfect, unending glory and joy of heaven (Rom. 8:19–23, 29; 1 Cor. 15:49; Phil. 3:20–21; 1 John 3:2).

Verse 16 is undoubtedly the most familiar and beloved verse in all of Scripture. Yet its very familiarity can cause the profound truth it contains to be overlooked. God’s motive for giving “His indescribable gift” of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 9:15) was that He loved the evil, sinful world of fallen humanity. As noted earlier in this chapter, all humanity is utterly sinful, completely lost, and unable to save itself by any ceremony or effort. Thus, there was nothing in man that attracted God’s love. Rather He loved because He sovereignly determined to do so. The plan of salvation flowed from “the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind” (Titus 3:4). “God demonstrates His own love toward us,” wrote Paul to the Christians in Rome, “in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). John wrote in his first epistle, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.… We love, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:10, 19). Such love is so vast, wonderful, and incomprehensible that John, shunning all adjectives, could only write that God so loved the world that He gave His own Beloved Son (cf. 1 John 3:1). World is a nonspecific term for humanity in a general sense. The statement in verse 17, “that the world might be saved through Him,” proves that it does not mean everyone who has ever lived, since all will not be saved. Verse 16 clearly cannot be teaching universal salvation, since the context promises that unbelievers will perish in eternal judgment (vv. 16–18). Our Lord is saying that for all in the world there is only one Savior (1 John 2:2), but only those who are regenerated by the Spirit and who believe in His gospel will receive salvation and eternal life through Him. (For a more extensive discussion of this point, see my book The God Who Loves [Nashville: Word, 2001], especially pp. 99ff.)

Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:19 used the term world in a similar way: “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not in the sense of universal salvation, but in the sense that the world has no other reconciler. That not all will believe and be reconciled is clear from the pleading in verse 20: “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (For a further discussion of those verses, see 2 Corinthians, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary [Chicago: Moody, 2003]).

There are no words in human language that can adequately express the magnitude of God’s saving gift to the world. Even the apostle Paul refused to try, declaring that gift to be “indescribable” (2 Cor. 9:15). The Father gave His only begotten (unique; one of a kind; cf. the discussion of 1:14 in chapter 3 of this volume) Son—the One of whom He declared, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased” (Matt. 3:17; cf. 12:18; 17:5; 2 Peter 1:17); the One whom He “loves … and has given all things into His hand” (John 3:35; cf. 5:20; 15:9; 17:23, 26); the One whom He “highly exalted … and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name” (Phil. 2:9); the One with whom He had enjoyed intimate fellowship from all eternity (John 1:1)—to die as a sacrifice on behalf of sinful men. “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf,” wrote Paul, “so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21). In his majestic prophecy of the Suffering Servant Isaiah declared,

He was pierced through for our transgressions,

He was crushed for our iniquities;

The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,

And by His scourging we are healed.

All of us like sheep have gone astray,

Each of us has turned to his own way;

But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all

To fall on Him. (Isa. 53:5–6)

By “sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh” (Rom. 8:3). To the Galatians Paul wrote, “when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (Gal. 4:4–5). Just as the supreme proof of Abraham’s love for God was his willingness to sacrifice his son (cf. Gen. 22:12, 16–18), so also, but on a far grander scale, the Father’s offering of His only begotten Son was the supreme manifestation of His saving love for sinners.

God’s gracious gift of salvation is freely and only available (Rom. 5:15–16; 6:23; 1 John 5:11; cf. Isa. 55:1) to whoever believes in Christ (Luke 8:12; John 1:12; 3:36; 5:24; 6:40, 47; 8:24; 11:25–26; 12:46; 20:31; Acts 2:44; 4:4; 5:14; 9:42; 10:43; 13:39, 48; 16:31; 18:8; Rom. 3:21–22; 4:3–5; 10:4, 9–10; Gal. 2:16; 3:22; Phil. 1:29; 1 John 3:23; 5:1, 13). The free offer of the gospel is broad enough to encompass the vilest sinner (1 Tim. 1:15), yet narrow enough to exclude all who reject Christ (John 3:18). But to those who come to Him on His terms Jesus gave the marvelous promise, “The one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out” (John 6:37).

The guarantee given to those who possess eternal life is that they will never perish. Genuine salvation can never be lost; true believers will be divinely preserved and will faithfully persevere (Matt. 10:22; 24:13; Luke 8:15; 1 Cor. 1:8; Heb. 3:6, 14; 10:39) because they are kept by God’s power (John 5:24; 6:37–40; 10:27–29; Rom. 5:9; 8:29–39; 1 Cor. 1:4–9; Eph. 4:30; Heb. 7:25; 1 Peter 1:4–5; Jude 24).

To perish is to receive God’s final and eternal judgment. It is true that God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world; Jesus Himself declared in John 12:47, “I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.” In Luke 19:10 He said, “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost,” and Jesus made a similar statement in Luke 5:31–32: “It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” God will judge those who reject His Son (cf. the discussion of v. 18 below); that judgment, however, was not the mission of the Son in His first coming, but the consequence of sinners rejecting Him (John 1:10–12; 5:24, 40).

Jesus’ statement in verse 17 also repudiated the popular belief that when Messiah came, he would judge the heathen and the Gentiles—but not the Jews. The prophet Amos had already warned against that foolish misinterpretation of the Day of the Lord:

Alas, you who are longing for the day of the Lord,

For what purpose will the day of the Lord be to you?

It will be darkness and not light;

As when a man flees from a lion

And a bear meets him,

Or goes home, leans his hand against the wall

And a snake bites him.

Will not the day of the Lord be darkness instead of light,

Even gloom with no brightness in it? (Amos 5:18–20)

The point of Jesus’ coming was not to redeem Israel and condemn the Gentiles, but that the world might be saved through Him. God’s gracious offer of salvation extended beyond Israel to all mankind. Once again, Nicodemus (and by extension the Jewish nation he represented) should have known that, for in the Abrahamic covenant God declared, “I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed” (Gen. 12:3; cf. 18:18; 22:18; Acts 3:25). Gentile salvation was always God’s purpose (Isa. 42:6–8; 55:1).[1]


The Serpent in the Wilderness

John 3:14–15

“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

There are many things that separate true Christianity from the other religions of this world, but the most important is that Christianity is not a “works” religion. All the other religions or systems of religion known to us through history or through anthropology have at their base some system of good works by which the follower of the religion earns merit. Christianity insists, on the contrary, that we cannot earn anything, that all that could possibly be done has already been done for us by the Lord Jesus Christ and that salvation is therefore entered, not by doing anything but by receiving God’s gift. Even the Christian life grows out of that initial and complete accomplishment by the Lord Jesus.

This truth is taught many places in Scripture. Paul wrote, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Eph. 2:8–9). To Titus he wrote, “He saved us not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy” (Titus 3:5). It is not surprising, therefore, as we come to the end of Christ’s words to Nicodemus about the new birth, to find another clear and forceful statement of this principle. Nicodemus had not understood about the new birth. He had not even been willing to acknowledge its effects in the lives of God’s children. Christ had chided him for that. Nevertheless, Jesus apparently seemed unwilling to terminate the conversation without pointing in some fashion to the basis of the salvation he was to bring. He therefore spoke of his death and the necessity for belief in himself by saying, “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life” (vv. 14–15).

This is the first instance in John’s Gospel in which Jesus picked up an incident or practice of the Old Testament as foreshadowing some aspect of his earthly work.

Serpents of Death

If we are to understand what Jesus was saying, we need to go back to the strange story in the Old Testament to which he was referring. The story is told in Numbers 21:4–9.

The people of Israel had been traveling in the desert under the leadership of Moses, and they had recently traveled from the neighborhood of Mount Hor near the Red Sea to the borders of Edom. This is the area of the Near East in which Petra is located; it is some of the most inhospitable territory on earth, as I found out during a visit to Edom in 1961. The Bible tells us that “the people became impatient on the way” (Num. 21:4). As a result of their difficulties the people began to murmur against God and Moses, as they had done many times before, claiming that they had been led into the wilderness to die there and complaining of God’s treatment of them. Because of these complaints God sent fiery serpents among them. These bit the people, and many of the people died. The people came to Moses asking him to intercede between them and the Lord. When Moses did this, God commanded him to make a serpent out of bronze and to erect it on a pole in the midst of the Israelite camp. The heart of the story lies in God’s promise that everyone who had been bitten by the fiery serpents needed only to look to the brazen serpent on the pole to be cured.

It goes almost without saying that in itself the remedy proposed by God and enacted faithfully by Moses was absurd. In our day especially, with our knowledge of illness and of the cures effected by the various drugs and antibiotics available to us, we are aware that there was not the least bit of therapeutic value in the bronze serpent. At the best it could have been a warning to avoid the serpents. In such a situation we only begin to understand the story when we see it as a way of pointing the people’s faith back to God. We only understand it fully when we see it as intended to prefigure the raising up of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, by which sacrifice we are saved from sin.

Not of Works

The force of the story lies not merely in the obvious parallel to Christ’s death, as I have stated it, but in the implied comparison between what God commanded the people to do and all other methods that might have been imagined by the people to have had some value.

Think what those methods might have been. First, the people might have imagined that they could have made some medicines to offset the poison. Donald Grey Barnhouse, in God’s Remedy, has written well on this passage. “The brewing of potions and the making of salves would have given them all something to do and would have satisfied every natural instinct of the heart to work on behalf of its own cure. [But] there was nothing of the kind mentioned. They were to cease from human remedies and turn to a divine remedy. The fact that they were not told to make a human remedy is indicative of the greater fact that there is no human remedy for sin. Men have been bitten by the serpent of sin. How are they going to be cured of its bite? There is nothing but death awaiting them as a result of their wound unless God Himself shall furnish a remedy. Men rush around in the fury of human religions seeking a palliative for sin. They perform all sorts of rites, chastising the flesh, humbling the spirit. They undertake fasts and pilgrimages. Like the man in Israel’s camp who refused to look at the brazen serpent, but spent his time brewing concoctions for ameliorating his own conditions, they are carried off to spiritual death through the poison that is in their being. The man who trusts in religion instead of looking to Christ will be eternally lost.”

In the second place, the people who had been bitten by the serpents were not encouraged to follow any path of self-reformation. We might imagine them acknowledging to themselves that they had certainly gotten into a bad area of the country and had been exceptionally foolish in giving the serpents an opportunity to bite them. “Henceforth,” they might have said, “we shall be more careful. We shall see that this will never happen again.” Quite obviously, even if they had been able to do this there would still have been no cure. For the poison was in them, and those who had been bitten, died.

There is a verse in the Book of Ecclesiastes that tells us “God will call the past to account” (Eccl. 3:15). This means that even if you were to turn over a new leaf today and hereafter live in a way that was totally acceptable to God—which is, however, impossible—God would still be forced to require full payment for those violations of his law that you committed before your reformation.

You yourself think that way, you know. Suppose for a minute that you operate a small store. You have a customer who has not been paying his bill for some months and who comes to you saying, “Mr. So-and-So, I realize that I have been making a very grave mistake in the way I have been dealing with you. I have been buying on credit, and I have fallen quite head over heels in debt. I am reforming. Henceforth, I am going to pay cash for everything I buy.”

You are very glad to hear that, of course, and you say so. “I am very glad to hear that you are turning over a new leaf. When will you be able to make full payment on your old bill?”

“Oh, you don’t understand,” your customer answers. “I am going to pay cash from now on. Certainly you won’t hold that old unpaid account against me? I am turning over a new leaf.”

If that happened to you, no doubt you would reply and be correct in saying, “I am sorry, but I am unable to do business that way. If you pay your account, I shall be glad to continue doing business with you. But if you do not, there can be no sales. Business requires me to demand that which is past.” In the same way, God requires what is past. So no one will ever be cured from the effects of sin’s poison by any form of moral reformation.

In the third place, the people who were dying in the desert were not told to band together and fight the deadly serpents. Barnhouse again writes: “If the incident had been met after the fashion of our day, there would have been a rush to incorporate the Society for the Extermination of the Fiery Serpents, popularly known as SEFS; and there would have been badges for the coat lapel, cards for district workers, secretaries for organization branches, pledge cards, and mass rallies. There would have been a publication office and a weekly journal to tell of the progress of the work. There would have been photographs of heaps of serpents that had been killed by the faithful workers. The fact that the serpents had already infected their victims would have been played down, and the membership lists would have been pushed to the utmost.

“Let us accompany one of the zealous workers as he might take a pledge card into the tent of a stricken victim. The man had been bitten and the poison had already affected his limbs. He lies in feverish agony [for the phrase “fiery serpents” refers to the effects produced in the ones bitten, not in the color of the snakes], the glaze of death already coming to his eyes. The zealous member of the Society for the Extermination of Fiery Serpents tells him of all that has been done to combat the serpents, and urges the man to join—as a life member if possible (fee $10,000), a sustaining member (fee $1,000), contributing member (fee $25), or annual member (anything the organizer can get). The dying victim fumbles in his pocketbook for money and then takes a pen in hand. His fingers are held by the worker who helps him form his signature on the pledge and membership card, and the man signs in full—and dies.”

There are some who will think this fanciful and even a possible slander on worthwhile social work projects, but I am convinced that this is an accurate picture of much that passes for so-called humanitarian endeavors. I am not against works of social welfare. Today’s great social work programs sprang from Christian principles and in many cases were launched by committed believers. Nevertheless, the point of the parallel stands. Sin is not cured by social organization. By all means let us mop the fevered brow. Let us comfort the stricken patient. But let us also recognize that the cure of sin’s sting lies only in the death of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the promises of God that accompany it.

Fourth, the people who had been bitten by the deadly serpents were not told to pray to the serpent on the pole. You must not misunderstand me here. Prayer is a good thing, but prayer is for believers only. Man cannot pray for his own salvation. Christ died for sinners. This salvation is to be believed. The Bible says, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved” (Rom. 10:9–10).

Finally, the people who had been bitten were not commanded to buy some relic of the serpent or possess some fragment of the pole upon which the serpent of bronze had been erected. The notion that salvation can come by relics is perhaps the most absurd and totally pagan idea ever associated with Christianity, and yet today there are millions who believe that they can come closer to heaven by adoring a piece of the cross or the bones of a saint. History should illuminate such folly. During the Middle Ages, those who traveled to the Holy Land were asked to bring back souvenirs of Christianity, just as a visitor to Europe or the Far East might be asked to bring back souvenirs today. The Arabs, who were good businessmen, quickly supplied the demand and did so well that it is said that the Middle Ages possessed enough particles of the true cross to build several cathedrals. Unfortunately the possession of such relics eventually gave way to worship and to the belief that a person could be saved by touching or possessing them.

It is interesting to note that the same thing happened with the bronze serpent erected by Moses until God had Hezekiah step in to destroy it. Someone apparently preserved the serpent, and it remained in Israel for hundreds of years, gaining more and more worshipers. At last, when he became king, Hezekiah “broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan.)” (2 Kings 18:4). The last word, as Barnhouse observes, is a sneer; for it might be translated correctly as “merely a piece of brass.” Thus does God speak of the supposed virtues of the relics of a ritualistic religion: piece of bone … dirty linen … rusty metal … stinking candles.

Resting on Christ

By this time, of course, you will have understood that the only thing required of the dying Israelites was that they should have believed God’s word about the serpent and have looked to it as he commanded them. In the same way, we are to look to Christ’s cross. We have been bitten by sin, as they were bitten. We are dying of sin, as they were dying. God sent his Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin that we might believe on him and not perish.

What does it mean to believe? Many years ago now, when John G. Paton first went out as a pioneer missionary to the New Hebrides islands, he found that the natives among whom he began to work had no way of writing their language. He began to learn it and in time began to work on a translation of the Bible for them. Soon he discovered that they had no word for “faith.” This was serious, of course, for a person can hardly translate the Bible without it. One day he went on a hunt with one of the natives. They shot a large deer in the course of the hunt, and tying its legs together and supporting it on a pole, laboriously trekked back down the mountain path to Paton’s home near the seashore. As they reached the veranda both men threw the deer down, and the native immediately flopped into one of the deck chairs that stood on the porch, exclaiming, “My, it is good to stretch yourself out here and rest.” Paton immediately jumped to his feet and recorded the phrase. In his final translation of the New Testament this was the word used to convey the idea of trust, faith, and belief.

“Stretch yourself out on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whosoever stretches himself out on him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of man must be lifted up, that everyone who stretches himself out on him may have eternal life” (John 3:14, 15). Have you done that? Will you do it? If you will do it, turning away from any faith in yourself, your own good works, religion, your efforts at self-reformation, your prayers and relics, looking to the cross of Christ on which God dealt with sin and on the basis of which he promises new life to the sinner, then God will heal you. This is the heart of Christianity. God has provided salvation for you in Jesus Christ. Say, “I believe that, Lord. I trust the work of Jesus Christ for my salvation.”[2]


14 Verses 14–15 draw on the account in Numbers 21 in which Moses at God’s command places a bronze snake on a pole so that the Israelites who were dying from a plague of venomous snakes might look at the bronze snake and live (Nu 21:4–9). “Just as Moses lifted up the snake,” so also must the Son of Man “be lifted up.” The Greek verb hypsoō (GK 5738) is regularly used throughout the NT in the figurative sense “to exalt” (e.g., Mt 23:12), but in all five occurrences in John’s gospel it refers to the lifting up of Jesus on the cross (cf. 8:28; 12:32, 34). Paradoxically, the crucifixion of Jesus is portrayed by John as a vital part of his exaltation. Speaking of his coming death, Jesus on a later occasion said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him” (13:31). What the secular mind would judge a humiliating defeat was from God’s viewpoint a display of divine glory. In God’s redemptive plan it was necessary (“the Son of Man must be lifted up”) that Jesus die as a sacrificial offering for the sins of humanity. On the basis of this one act, believers are privileged to enter into the eternal glory of their heavenly Father. In the account in Numbers, a bronze snake provided physical healing; in the lifting up of the Son of Man, spiritual healing replaces eternal death. As Hendriksen, 1:138, notes, “The Antitype far transcends the type.”

15 Verse 15 states the purpose for which the Son of Man was lifted up—so that all who believe “may have eternal life.” Eternal life is more than endless existence; it is sharing in the life of the Eternal One. In his high priestly prayer, Jesus defines eternal life as knowing the only true God and Jesus Christ whom he sent (17:3). The New Linguistic and Exegetical Key to the Greek New Testament ([Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998], 185) observes that “eternal life is the life of the age to come which is gained by faith, cannot be destroyed, and is a present possession of the one who believes.” John uses the verb pisteuō (“to believe,” GK 4409) ninety-eight times in his gospel, but only here is it followed by the preposition en (“in”) rather than eis (“into”). This suggests that “in him” should follow “eternal life” rather than the verb “believes.” The frequency of the verb corresponds with John’s stated intention in writing his gospel—“that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (20:31). That eternal life is a present possession of the believer (clearly taught elsewhere in the gospel; cf. 3:36; 5:24) is strengthened by the use of the present active subjunctive echē (“may have,” GK 2400).[3]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). John 1–11 (pp. 112–117). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Boice, J. M. (2005). The Gospel of John: an expositional commentary (pp. 220–225). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Mounce, R. H. (2007). John. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 398). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

December 7, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said he would nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, choosing a former TV anchor with little policy experience to lead U.S. diplomacy at the international organization.

President Donald Trump said on Friday he had chosen former U.S. Attorney General William Barr to once again lead the Justice Department, a role that is in charge of the probe into Russian election interference and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

President Donald Trump sounded an optimistic note about negotiations with China on trade issues, but did not offer any details in an early morning tweet, as major companies worried about how the arrest of a top Huawei executive would affect relations between Washington and Beijing.

John Kelly is expected to resign as U.S. President Donald Trump’s chief of staff in the coming days, CNN reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources.

Heavy rains and the threat of mudslides in Southern California forced the closure of a key coastal highway near Malibu on Thursday and prompted authorities to order evacuations of almost 3,000 residents from hillside areas scarred by recent wildfires.

France hunkered down for another wave of potentially violent protests on Saturday as embattled President Emmanuel Macron planned to address the nation next week over public fury at the high cost of living, senior allies said.

French retailers have lost around 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) in revenue since the start of the “yellow vest” protests in the country last month, the French retail federation (FCD) told Reuters.

Suspected militiamen have killed at least 18 civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, near the epicenter of an Ebola outbreak, an army spokesman said on Friday.

Oil prices jumped more than 5 percent on Friday as big Middle East producers in OPEC agreed to reduce output to drain global fuel inventories and support the market.

AP Top Stories

A Tennessee inmate became the second person to die in the state’s electric chair in just over a month Thursday, nearly two decades after Tennessee adopted lethal injection as its preferred method of execution.

America turned into a net oil exporter last week, breaking 75 years of continued dependence on foreign oil and marking a pivotal – even if likely brief – moment toward what U.S. President Donald Trump has branded as “energy independence.”

A U.S. attempt to get the United Nations to condemn violence by Palestinian militant group Hamas for the first time failed on Thursday because the draft resolution fell short of votes needed in the General Assembly.

The United Nations warned in October that at least three million people were in “urgent” need of food due to the dry spell mainly across northern and western Afghanistan, and could face famine if they do not get help. “We had a lot of opium and wheat — we lost them. The land dried up and we didn’t have enough to eat.”

The chairman and largest investor in Sears Holdings is offering to buy the retailer out of bankruptcy – including 500 of its remaining stores – in what may amount to the chain’s last hope to survive its precipitous decline. Sears chairman and hedge fund investor Eddie Lampert, who was also CEO until the retailer’s October bankruptcy filing, disclosed the offer Thursday.

Incoming congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez intends to be one of the few lawmakers on Capitol Hill who pay their interns, the New York Democrat said in a tweet Tuesday.

Denmark says it will send unwelcome migrants to a remote island by 2021. The asylum-seekers who would be sent there would be people with criminal records or those who cannot be returned to their home country.

The latest numbers on student loans were all too familiar: Outstanding debt hit another record and delinquency rates spiked in the third quarter, according to Federal Reserve data. What has changed, however, is who is doing the lending. Five years ago, big banks like JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America were players in the student loan business. Today, the government now makes about 90 percent of all student loans. Financial institutions in the S&P 500 have sliced their loans by $22.5 billion, or 35 percent, in the five years since 2013.

A former South Korean military intelligence chief was found dead on Friday, police said, in a suspected suicide.

BBC

Nearly half of all US adults have had an immediate family member incarcerated at some point in their lives, according to a new study.

At least five hostages, including a child, have died as armed police battled robbers who had tried to raid two banks in north-east Brazil.

Australia has passed controversial laws designed to compel technology companies to grant police and security agencies access to encrypted messages. The government says the laws, a world first, are necessary to help combat terrorism and crime.

Twelve health workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo have died of Ebola, the minister for public health said. They are part of a group of 44 health workers who have been infected with the virus.

China is about to launch the first mission to land robotic craft on the far side of the Moon which never faces Earth.

WND

Residents of Boulder, Colorado who refuse to comply with a state order to “certify” their so-called assault rifles this month could face fines, jail and confiscation of their firearms.

Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., a public liberal arts college in Washington state facing declining enrollment numbers has decided that placing restrictions on free speech is the best approach to growing enrollment numbers at the school.


News – 12/7/2018

Adam and Eve: Genetic Science Confirms Bible Again
Well, the elites better hope their snobbish peers don’t get their hands on the report about the latest in genetic science. The reason: genetic scientists are telling us now that there is powerful and virtually irrefutable scientific evidence that every human being on earth has descended from a single pair of parents. The Bible, of course, goes science one better, and even gives us the names of our original ancestors, “Adam” and “Eve.” “All humans are descended from just TWO people…” (Emphasis theirs.) And it happened virtually yesterday in evolutionary time, somewhere around 100,000 years ago. Their findings are so contrary to current evolutionary thought that they found it almost impossible to believe. “This conclusion is very surprising,” said Thaler, “and I fought against it as hard as I could.”

France Deploys 89,000 Cops Amid Fears Of Yellow Vest Rebellion On Saturday
French authorities will deploy at least 8,000 riot police and gendarmes in Paris on Saturday, and 89,000 forces across the country according to the Prime Minister, as the Elysee prepares for “act four” of the Yellow Vest movement’s violent protests against the Macron government. French intelligence services have reported to the Elysee Palace – the official residence of President Macron, in light of “calls to kill” and “carry arms to attack” government officials, parliamentarians and police, according to Le Figaro. “They are putschists. We are in a coup attempt,” said Le Figaro’s sources.

‘No evil can overcome the spirit of the Jewish people’
Trump reiterated that his administration “will always stand in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters, and we will always stand strong with our our cherished friend and partner, the State of Israel.”

Jerusalem Poised to Become World’s Hottest Travel Destination in 2018
According to a newly released London-based Euromonitor (a strategic market research provider) report, Jerusalem is poised to see a 38-percent spike in inbound tourism by the end of the year. Overall, Israel is on-course to welcome 4.8 million visitors by December 31, which represents a 32-percent increase over a record-breaking 2017. The holy city is benefiting from “relative stability and a strong marketing push,” according to the report.

Israeli-PA security coordination is at risk unless US law is changed
Security coordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is in jeopardy if a US law that was passed two months ago and grants American courts jurisdiction over anti-PA lawsuits is not changed in the coming weeks… The officials fended off reports that the Trump administration was working to block the new law that would make it easier to compensate the families of American victims of Palestinian terrorism…

Trump to replace Nikki Haley at U.N. with Heather Nauert
US President Donald Trump will replace Nikki Haley, who resigned in October as UN envoy, with State Department spokesman Heather Nauert, a political novice, according to a senior administration official. The appointment of Nauert has been anticipated for weeks. Before joining the Trump administration in her inaugural role in public service, Nauert worked as a Fox News anchor, gaining Trump’s attention.

UNGA fails to condemn Hamas terrorism against Israel
A US-sponsored resolution condemning Hamas garnered a 87-57 majority in the UN General Assembly, but fell nine votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to be adopted. Thirty-three states abstained, and another 16 did not vote.

Australia data encryption laws explained
Australia has passed controversial laws designed to compel technology companies to grant police and security agencies access to encrypted messages. The government says the laws, a world first, are necessary to help combat terrorism and crime. However critics have listed wide-ranging concerns, including that the laws could undermine the overall security and privacy of users.

DeepMind’s AlphaZero now showing human-like intuition in historical ‘turning point’ for AI
DeepMind’s artificial intelligence programme AlphaZero is now showing signs of human-like intuition and creativity, in what developers have hailed as ‘turning point’ in history. The computer system amazed the world last year when it mastered the game of chess from scratch within just four hours, despite not being programmed how to win.

U.S. Military Plane Flies Over Ukraine in Warning to Russia
The Pentagon said Thursday that it carried out a rare flight over Ukraine under the international Open Skies Treaty to “reaffirm U.S. commitment to Ukraine” amid heightened Russia-Ukraine tensions. It was the second such U.S. military gesture in two days after Russia last month shot at and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crew members off Crimea.

Ebola spreads to major Congo city as vaccines a concern
The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city in eastern Congo, as health experts worry whether the stock of an experimental vaccine will stand up to the demands of an epidemic with no end in sight. Butembo, with more than 1 million residents, is now reporting cases of the deadly hemorrhagic fever.

Netanyahu: Israel may have to operate in Lebanon
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said…there is “reasonable possibility we will have to operate in Lebanon” as part of the IDF’s Operation Northern Shield to uncover and destroy Hezbollah tunnels that cross the border into Israel. “We are systematically and decisively denying our enemies the tunnels weapon. We are doing this with Hamas, and with Hezbollah; we will do whatever is necessary,”…

Mandatory Implantation of Microchips in Employees? UK Gov’t Says it Would Likely be Illegal
It sounds like the stuff of eschatological literature, but the idea of companies forcibly implanting their employees with microchips is making waves in Britain – although the government says it doubts the practice was be legal.

Santa kneeling before Jesus ‘too violent’ for Facebook
Facebook censored an image of Santa Claus kneeling before the baby Jesus, deeming it “violent or graphic content.”

Eiffel Tower to Close Saturday Due to Yellow Vest Protests
Paris’s Eiffel Tower and a number of other monuments will be closed on Saturday due to the Yellow Vest protests.

The globalist EU is getting desperate and urges all countries to sign the controversial UN Migration Pact, which dumps Islamic refugees around the world
EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos urges all countries to sign the UN Migration Pact. As the agreement is “important” to the world.

DOI Discovers Largest US Oil And Gas Reserve Ever Found In New Mexico
New Mexico and West Texas are sitting on a bonanza of potentially recoverable oil and gas reserves in the Delaware Basin that lies between the two Western states, the Department of the Interior announced Thursday.

Trudeau Refuses To Rule Out Full Ban On Handguns & ‘Assault Weapons’
Justin Trudeau and the Liberals continue to move further towards taking more rights away from law-abiding Canadian gun owners.

COURT DOCS: Democrats Arrested for Voter Fraud and Vote Buying in Mississippi
According to court documents obtained by local blog Jackson Jambalaya, six people in Madison County, Mississippi have been arrested and served indictments for various charges related to voter fraud.

Shopping Mall Pulls Nativity Scene to Avoid Offending Non-Christian People
Shopping mall bosses have decided to pull their traditional Nativity scene display this Christmas in a bid to avoid “offending” non-Christian shoppers.

DNC Chair Tom Perez Complains Voters Are Influenced by the ‘Pulpit on Sunday’
Wednesday at Demand Justice’s “The Court In Crisis,” Summit in Washington, D.C., Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez said Democrats have to adopta a “broader communication strategy” because they are not reaching voters who are influenced by the “pulpit on Sunday.”

The Pope calls on the Jews in Israel to hand over a large part of their country to Muslims, so ‘Palestine’ can be created
Pope Francis on Monday called for the implementation of a “two-state solution” to solve the Israel-Palestinian Arab conflict.

THERE WILL BE BLOOD: Liberal Ireland Votes To Allow Young Girls Under The Age Of 16 To Have An Abortion Without Parental Consent
This story is sad and personal for me today. My mother was a first generation American named Murphy whose family in County Cork, Ireland dates back hundreds of years. The Irish have a long tradition of supporting life and family values. So what could be the reason for their hard Left shift? One reason could be a reaction to the decades of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church in Ireland.

Calls for Mark Zuckerberg’s Removal From Facebook as Mass User Spying Exposed
Facebook executives and shareholders are calling for founder Mark Zuckerberg to be removed as CEO as documents emerge that show the company sold direct access to users’ personal data, allowing brands to spy on private phone calls and texts.

California’s ‘Grand Theft Election’
…In 2016 the California Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown ostensibly “legalized” ballot harvesting, allowing a third party to collect ballots and deliver them to election officials, eliminating the ballot protection law that allowed only a family member to return another voter’s ballot. Assembly Bill 1921 now allows anyone to return an absentee ballot. The law has encouraged campaign operatives to engage in coercive tactics, achieving the perfection of election fraud, Shawn Steele explained.

50 preschoolers rescued by boat in flooded Rehovot as rains lash central Israel
The worst storm system so far this winter struck the coastal plain on Thursday morning, shuttering roads, flooding streets, and forcing the evacuation of a Rehovot preschool by boat.

WORLDWIDE STUDY: Nearly 50% of Muslims Marry Their First Cousin, and it Leads to Devastating Defects
..This uncomfortable truth could be a contributing factor to the mental instability the world is witnessing in Muslim communities worldwide, expressed through violence, persecution, and subjugation; not to mention terror attacks carried out by “mentally ill” jihadis in Europe and the West.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“When Men are employ’d they are best contented. For on the Days they work’d they were good-natur’d and chearful; and with the consciousness of having done a good Days work they spent the Evenings jollily; but on the idle Days they were mutinous and quarrelsome, finding fault with their Pork, the Bread, and in continual ill-humour.” —Benjamin Franklin (1771)

Main Street vs. Wall Street

While the stock market has been increasingly volatile, the overall economy is quite strong.

Immigration Is a Job for the Feds, Not America’s Employers

The NYT hypes the claim that Trump employed illegal aliens, but it’s a more complex issue.

Black Males Twice as Likely to Murder Black Males

A new report on “gun violence” frames the issue as race rather than culture.

More ‘Right-Wing Violence,’ or More Furthering an Agenda?

Recent Leftmedia reports deliberately mislead regarding who exactly is “right wing.”

By the Numbers: Welfare for Illegals

Noncitizens consume far more in welfare benefits and are much less likely to have health insurance.

Checking Social Media Before Firearm Purchases?

The New York legislation threatens citizens’ First and Second Amendment rights.

Apple Watches Us, but Who Watches Apple?

Tim Cook claims it would be “sinful” to allow what it calls hate speech on its platform.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

“December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy.”

Video: George H.W. Bush — Naval Aviator, President, Hero

The U.S. Navy put together a tribute for one of the nation’s few seafaring presidents.

Friday Short Cuts

“To educate a man in mind, and not in morals, is to educate a menace to society.” —Theodore Roosevelt

Friday Top Headlines

Job growth falls short, oil exports, William Barr for AG, Heather Nauert for UN ambassador, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Rich Lowry
Yes, Voter Fraud Is Real
Michael Reagan
Worthy Asylum Seekers — Or Not
David Harsanyi
Climate Change Alarmism Is the World’s Leading Cause of Hot Gas
Joe Bastardi
More Evidence Water Vapor Is Dominate Influence on Temperatures
Mona Charen
Katy Tur, France’s Riots and Panic Mode

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


Headlines – 12/7/2018

US envoy marks one-year anniversary of Jerusalem recognition at Western Wall

One year on, Trump cheered for embassy move at White House Hanukkah party

Trump shames UN for its stand on Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Resolution condemning Hamas fails at UN, despite unprecedented support

Palestinians applaud defeat of US-backed resolution condemning Hamas

Haley at the UN: Is the hatred of Israel so strong?

Danon on UN vote: We achieved a plurality – Hamas was brought to justice despite the fact that the resolution against it did not pass

Outcome aside, UN vote condemning Hamas a ‘win-win’ for Israel – envoy says resolution puts Gaza terror group on global agenda

Ahead of UN vote, Netanyahu says he hasn’t forgotten captives held by Hamas

Greenblatt: Hamas is the root cause of Palestinian suffering

IDF special forces discovered by Hamas had been in Gaza Strip for weeks

Israeli official: Supervision of Qatari money going into Gaza improved

Liberman to IDF leaders: You are like Peace Now

Israel developing new laser missile defense system

Report: Hezbollah mobilizing missiles from Syria to south Lebanon

UN peacekeepers confirm existence of tunnel from Lebanon into Israel

IDF worried Hezbollah tunnels could endanger IDF patrols

IDF: Hezbollah blatantly violates UNSC Resolution 1701, including breaching Israeli sovereignty to harm civilians. ‘It must be stopped.’

Israel calls for international response to Hezbollah tunnels

IDF asks UN, Lebanon to destroy 2nd Hezbollah tunnel identified inside Israel

Netanyahu: Hezbollah aims to send battalions to grab land, kill Israelis, kidnap

Ex-defense minister admits officials lied about Hezbollah tunnels for years

Israel won’t go to war, it knows the consequences, Hezbollah says

PM: There’s a real possibility we will be forced to act inside Lebanon

EU envoy to Israel: ‘Israel has the right to safeguard security of its citizens’

Bahrain backs Israel for Hezbollah tunnel-busting operation

Dahlan: Qatar should be held accountable for destructive role in region

Top official: Due to IDF action, Hezbollah only has few dozen accurate missiles

Israeli Technology Effectively Prevented Attacks at G-20 Summit

28 EU countries endorsed declaration pledging to fight anti-Semitism

Steven Spielberg warns genocide as possible today as during Holocaust

Yemen war: ‘Milestone’ peace talks begin in Sweden

US military carries out ‘extraordinary’ flight over Ukraine in response to Russia’s ‘unprovoked attack’

U.S. ‘Preparing to Sail Warship’ Into Black Sea Amid Ukraine-Russia Tensions

Russia Warns Cyprus Against Allowing U.S. Military to Deploy There

Russian Submarines Could Suddenly Surface Off U.S. Coast to ‘Shock America,’ Analyst Warns

Russia may be handing Venezuela a $6 billion lifeline

Venezuela signs oil, gold investment deals with Russia: Maduro

The U.S. Just Became a Net Oil Exporter for the First Time in 75 Years

Trump to nominate State Department spokesperson Nauert as UN envoy – report

France fears more riots; Museums, Eiffel Tower to close

France to deploy 89,000 security personnel ahead of Saturday protests

In Latin America, Awash in Crime, Citizens Impose Their Own Brutal Justice

81 Migrant Children Separated From Parents Since Trump Signed Order Aimed at Curbing the Policy

Honduran woman, 19, in migrant caravan scales border wall to give birth in US after 2,000-mile trip

Pelosi takes hard line on paying for Trump’s border wall

Martin Armstrong: The 2020 Presidential Election Will Be The Most Violent In American History

Pelosi: House could order new election in North Carolina after allegations of fraud

Trump Claims He Would Have 75% Approval Rating if Trump-Russia Probe Didn’t Exist

Supreme Court double jeopardy case could impact presidential pardon power

Australia passes cyber snooping laws with global implications

Ecuador: Enough UK guarantees for WikiLeaks Assange to leave embassy

Julian Assange rejects UK-Ecuador deal for him to leave the embassy

Rejecting suggestions of delay, PM May’s team says Brexit vote will go ahead

Dow plunges triple digits, turns negative for 2018

Wall Street’s ‘fear index’ surges to 9-month high as Dow drops nearly 800 points

The Dow just slashed a 785-point plunge, marking its most stunning reversal since March

U.S. Stocks Continue to Plummet, Facebook Loses $9.5 Billion

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Tadine, New Caledonia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Tubalan, Philippines

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Vao, New Caledonia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tadine, New Caledonia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 31,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 17,000ft

Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 14,000ft

Tornado in Bogor, Indonesia Destroy Nearly 1,000 Houses

At least four killed in Cyprus flooding

Major storm brings record rain, mudslides, road closures and snow to Southern California

Winter storm expected to slam much of U.S. as it moves from California to the Southeast

Cross miraculously left standing amid rubble of town destroyed by Calif.’s wildfire: ‘God is with us’

Insurance company overwhelmed by cost of California wildfire, goes out of business

Ocasio-Cortez: ‘Inevitable’ Global Warming Governance Will Create ‘Economic, Social, and Racial Justice’

Nine more sickened in E. coli outbreak affecting romaine lettuce, CDC says

Apple Watch can now detect your irregular heart rhythms and other problems: Here’s how it works

Generation Xanax : doubling in children being treated for addiction

American priest facing ‘horrifying’ sex abuse charges during his time as a missionary in Philippines

Islamic Exorcisms Aim to Cast Out LGBT Demons in World’s Largest Muslim Country


Apostasy Watch Daily News

The Death of John Chau – A Missionary’s Attempt to Bring Light Into Darkness

Warning about “The Send” stadium gathering

KC family shocked after mother’s suspicious last will leaves everything to pastor

Megachurch Pastor Fred Herron enters rehab, admits ‘moral failing’ to his wife

Church Hosts Christmas Play That Mixes Islam, Christianity as ‘Love Letter’ to Muslims

How Wearing Makeup Helped Me Recover From a Religious Cult

Transgender Miss Universe Contestant Now Odds-On Favorite To Win, Has Message For Trump, World

Christian Family in Algeria Charged With ‘Inciting a Muslim to Change His Religion’


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Judge orders new review of Clinton email scandal

Hillary Clinton at the American Federation of Teachers Union on July 13, 2018 (Video screenshot)

A federal judge has issued a scathing decision that orders a new review of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal – her use of a private and unsecure email system for classified national secrets while she was secretary of state.

The ruling from Judge Royce Lamberth comes in a case brought by Washington Watchdog Judicial Watch over information regarding the terror attack on an U.S. outpost in Benghazi that left four Americans dead.

The ruling instructs the U.S. Departments of State and Justice to work with Judicial Watch on a proposed schedule for discovery into whether Clinton tried to evade the federal law, the Freedom of Information Act.

It also must be determined whether the State Department acted in “bad faith.”

Calling Clinton’s use of that private email “One of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency,” the judge didn’t label the participants “Deep State,” but the reference to federal bureaucrats was clear.

“His [Barack Obama’s] State and Justice Departments fell far short. So far short that the court questions, even now, whether they are acting in good faith. Did Hillary Clinton use her private email as secretary of state to thwart this lofty goal (Obama’s ‘transparency’]? Was the State Department’s attempt to settle this FOIA case in 2014 an effort to avoid searching – and disclosing the existence of – Clinton’s missing emails? And has State every adequately searched for the records in this case?”

“The historic court ruling raises concerns about the Hillary Clinton email scandal and government corruption that millions of Americans share,” stated Judicial Watch Tom Fitton. “Judicial Watch looks forward to conducting careful discovery into the Clinton email issue and we hope the Justice Department and State Department recognize Judge Lamberth’s criticism and help, rather than obstruct, this court-ordered discovery.”

The judge wondered about those Washington bureaucrats.

“At best, State’s attempt to pass-off its deficient search as legally adequate during settlement negotiations was negligence born out of incompetence. At worse, career employees in the State and Justice Departments colluded to scuttle public scrutiny of Clinton, skirt FOIA, and hoodwink this court.”

The judge said the current Justice Department has made things worse.

“When the government last appeared before the court, counsel claimed, ‘it is not true to say we misled either Judicial Watch or the court,’ When accused of ‘doublespeak,’ counsel denied vehemently, feigned offense, and averred complete candor. When asked why State masked the inadequacy of its initial search, counsel claimed that the officials who initially responded to Judicial Watch’s request didn’t realize Clinton’s emails were missing, and that it took them two months to ‘figure [] out what was going on’ … Counsel’s responses strain credulity.”

Among the many questions that remain is why the Obama administration vehemently claimed that Benghazi was just a protest gone bad when Clinton’s records indicate she knew almost immediately that it was a terrorist attack.

“Did the department merely fear what might be found?” the judge wrote. “Or was State’s bungling just the unfortunate result of bureaucratic redtape and a failure to communicate? To preserve the Department’s integrity, and to reassure the American people their government remains committed to transparency and the rule of law, this suspicion cannot be allowed to fester.”

The order sets the stage for more investigation into apparently partisan actions under Obama that were not fully investigated even though Clinton ran for the presidency in 2016.

Judicial Watch sued over the information in 2014 seeking an explanation for the State Department talking points after thte September 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Libya.

The action came before the 2015 revelations that Clinton exclusively used a private and unsecure email account for official government secrets.

The government initially claimed it had searched adequately for Benghazi details and wanted to close the case brought by Judicial Watch.

Then the agencies admitted further searches were needed, although they didn’t at the time reveal they’d gotten another 30,000 emails from Clinton.

When arguments were held before Lamberth, Judicial Watch explained it wants to put Clinton under oath and ask about, among other issues, the identification of individuals with whom Clinton may have communicated by email, including State Department officials, other government officials or third-parties, such as Sidney Blumenthal.

At that hearing, the judge exhibited displeasure.

Judicial Watch reported then, “He also said he was ‘dumbfounded’ by the Justice Department for granting immunity to Cheryl Mills, a top Clinton aide. Judge Lamberth noted he had found Mills to have committed perjury in another Judicial Watch lawsuit. In an April 28, 2008, ruling relating to Ms. Mills conduct as a White House official in responding to concerns about lost White House email records, Judge Lamberth called Cheryl Mills’ participation in the matter ‘loathsome.’ He further stated Mills was responsible for ‘the most critical error made in this entire fiasco. … Mills’ actions were totally inadequate to address the problem.’”

According to Judicial Watch, the hearing was to seek the judge’s order for depositions from Clinton, Mills and several others.

Source: Judge orders new review of Clinton email scandal

RenewAmerica Newsletter for December 7, 2018

December 6, 2018
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — Former president Barack Obama recently continued his series of public broadsides against his successor, President Donald Trump. Obama’s charges are paradoxical. On one hand, Obama seems to believe that he, rather than Trump, should be credited with the current economic boom and the emergence of the United States as the world’s largest energy producer. But Obama also has charged that Trump’s policies are pernicious and failing. Apparently, Obama believes that all of Trump’s successes are due to Obama, and all of Trump’s setbacks are his own…. (more)


December 6, 2018
NEWSMAX — Rush Limbaugh says the media is treating former President George H.W. Bush nicer in death than it did in life. Limbaugh made his comments on “Fox News @ Night.” “They never treated him this way when he was president,” he said. “They were vicious to him like they are vicious and partisan to every Republican. I think its just a vehicle for them to be able to contrast what they think [President Donald] Trump is versus the way they are telling us Bush was…. (more)

December 6, 2018
MICHELLE MALKIN — Impolite question, but it needs to be asked: Is there a Republican dead body that left-wing partisans won’t use to bash Donald Trump? This week’s partisan corpse abusers callously exploited the passing of George H. W. Bush, America’s 41st president, to get in their digs at the current commander in chief. Their vulgar level of incivility was inversely propositional to their sanctimonious calls for decency…. (more)


December 6, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — Former FBI director James Comey will reportedly testify to Congress in a closed-door hearing on Friday. The news comes after months of back-and-forth between Comey and the House Judiciary Committee, which had issued a subpoena requesting that Comey testify in a private hearing. The former FBI director expressed a wish to testify publicly and initiated a brief legal battle over the subpoena, accusing Committee Republicans of intending “to mislead the public and to undermine public confidence in the FBI and the DOJ,” by selectively leaking bits of testimony from his private testimony…. (more)

December 6, 2018
TV NEWSER — An increasing amount of distrust in the news media is a hot topic these days. While adults and consistent news consumers are usually the focus of such studies, those who are still in school are often left out of this conversation. And they shouldn’t be, especially considering the findings below…. (more)

December 6, 2018
‘Virgin birth story about all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen’
WORLDNETDAILY — A Twitter user who profiles himself as an associate professor of clinical psychology and sexuality studies from Minnesota and lists interests as “cats” and “Poe” tried to apply the contemporary “#MeToo” movement to the New Testament story of the virgin birth…. (more)

December 6, 2018
Social-media giant seeks ‘safe environment’ for its ‘community’
WORLDNETDAILY — Facebook censored an image of Santa Claus kneeling before the baby Jesus, deeming it “violent or graphic content.” The censorship was lifted Wednesday after LifeSiteNews published a report about it. Facebook had obscured the picture, explaining the “photo was automatically covered so you can decide if you want to see it,” LifeSiteNews reported. Users who wanted to see the photo had to click on a button…. (more)

December 6, 2018
Latest vaccine victim facing long road to recovery
WORLDNETDAILY — Controversy over vaccines has been ongoing for years, with critics pointing to many injuries and deaths. In 2013, government watchdog Judicial Watch sued the federal government to obtain data related to injuries caused by a popular HPV vaccine the government has recommended for girls and boys as young as 11 despite thousands of cases of seizures, paralysis, blindness, pancreatitis, speech problems, short-term memory loss, Guillain-Barre syndrome and even death…. (more)


December 5, 2018
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — Robert Mueller’s legal team may write a damning report on Trump’s ethics, based mostly on flipping minor former business associates of Trump’s and transient campaign officials by threatening them with long prison sentences. So far, we know that the U.S. government decided to intervene in a political campaign to help one candidate and to smear the other – – under the pretext of Russian “collusion.”… (more)


December 5, 2018
BYRON YORK — Michael Flynn has been waiting for more than a year to be sentenced. The retired three-star Army general, who spent 24 days as the Trump White House national security adviser, pleaded guilty on Dec. 1, 2017, to lying to the FBI in the Trump-Russia investigation. He agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller…. (more)

December 5, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The turmoil sparked by French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal to boost gas taxes is just the latest example of an emerging political truism. While economists hail them as the best, most effective way to limit greenhouse gas emissions, carbon taxes are proving a tough sell for politicians who have to work and win elections in the real world…. (more)


December 5, 2018
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump claims the fuel-tax riots in France justify his decision to yank the United States out of the “fatally flawed” Paris climate deal. “I am glad that my friend @EmmanuelMacron and the protestors in Paris have agreed with the conclusion I reached two years ago,” Trump tweeted. “The Paris Agreement is fatally flawed because it raises the price of energy for responsible countries while whitewashing some of the worst polluters in the world.”… (more)


December 5, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Liberal Democrats and environmental groups are urging the next Congress to do more to push back against the effects of climate change after watching the issue get sidelined over the first two years of the Trump administration. Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont hosted a town hall Monday where he and other “climate justice” warriors, including Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, warned that the longer President Trump and elected leaders refuse to address the “great crisis,” the more that people, the planet and the economy will be hurt…. (more)


December 5, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze and Mark Levin’s CRTV have merged to form Blaze Media – – a move the conservative media companies said has the potential to reach 165 million people. “Tens of millions of Americans have had it with the biased, ideologically-driven mainstream media outlets that sanctimoniously advance their own agendas under the guise of ‘news’ and ‘journalism,'” Mr. Levin, who founded CRTV in 2014 and serves as its editor-in-chief, said in a statement…. (more)

December 5, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that Russia has 60 days to comply with a 1987 arms-control deal or the U.S. will suspend its obligations under the agreement. “We either bury our head in the sand or we take common-sense action,” Pompeo said…. (more)


December 3, 2018
Alan Keyes decries ‘false evangelism’ that tickles itching ears
ALAN KEYES — There are times when passages from the sacred Scripture speak with startling accuracy about the crisis of our times. It is as if the inspired writer stands in our midst, witnessing the abandonment of truth in word and deed that more and more forcibly strives to darken and pre-empt the “faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” It has tragically become the norm to read accounts of Christ followers in the U.S. and elsewhere – -… (more)

December 3, 2018
LIFESITE NEWS — Catholic actor Jim Caviezel, who famously played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, told university students on Sunday that they must set themselves apart from this “corrupt generation” and “be saints.” “You weren’t made to ‘fit in,’ my brothers and sisters. You were born to stand out. Set yourself apart from this corrupt generation. Be saints,” he said…. (more)


December 3, 2018
‘They have the power, they talk about using the power, they use the power’
ART MOORE — To anyone who insists that the left-leaning, anti-Trump bias reflected in the latest leak of internal Google communications has no bearing on the way the tech giant builds or operates its products, there is hard evidence that proves otherwise, contends a Harvard-trained researcher who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016…. (more)

December 3, 2018
CHARLES HURT — It has been nothing short of miraculous in this new season of Advent to hear all the Hosannas and applause for our recently departed former President George H.W. Bush. In The New York Times, Mr. Bush was heralded for his “uncommon grace.” The Washington Post called him a “giant of a man.”… (more)

December 3, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — There’s been loose talk over America’s ideological divide becoming so bitter that it could lead to armed conflict. A Democratic congressman quipped that if gun owners resisted with force his proposal to confiscate rifles, it would be a “short war” because the government has nuclear weapons. Right. The feds are going to nuke Texas. The congressman (Eric Swalwell of California) has since taken a good amount of flak for his statement, which he said was a joke…. (more)

December 3, 2018
REUTERS — Men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be admitted to the Catholic clergy, and it would be better for priests who are actively gay to leave rather than lead a double life, Pope Francis says in a new book…. (more)

December 3, 2018
NTD — A Democratic congresswoman said that she helped some migrants into the United States over the weekend. The pronouncement came as some of the migrant caravan, which is overwhelmingly composed of fighting age males, was moved out of Tijuana to a city further away from the border…. (more)

December 2, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Illegal immigrants assaulted two more Border Patrol agents in separate incidents in California Thursday, according to court documents filed Friday that add to the rash of violence associated with the current surge of Central American migrants…. (more)


December 2, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump voiced optimism Saturday about closing in on a trade deal as he sat down for a high-stakes dinner meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Hoping to cool down an escalating trade war between the world’s two largest economies, Mr. Trump and Mr. Xi got together for a steak dinner in Buenos Aries, where they attended the G20 summit…. (more)


December 2, 2018
MAUREEN DOWD — The snow is falling lightly. My thoughts are racing darkly. I’m feeling something foreign, something I’ve never felt before. It takes me a moment to identify it. I’m feeling sorry for the Clintons…. (more)

 

For the Earth Shall Be Full of the Knowledge of the Lord as the Waters Cover the Sea — Blog – AlbertMohler.com

Where in the Bible is the Christmas story to be found? Understandably, the instinct of most Christians is to turn to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, where the historical accounts of the birth of Jesus, the coming of the Messiah, are to be found. Matthew grounds the story of the birth of Jesus in the genealogy of the Messiah, the king born as a baby in Bethlehem who would rule on David’s throne forever. Luke tells us of the story before the story, the account of the promise of the angel to Mary and then the birth of Jesus. Matthew tells us of the magi, and Luke tells us of the angelic host appearing and the angel of the Lord announcing to the astonished shepherds, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” [Luke 2:10-11]

Both Matthew and Luke tell us that the Christ child was conceived by the Holy Ghost. In his gospel, John reaches even further back, declaring that Jesus the Christ is the Word become flesh, who was in the beginning with the Father, but who was not only with God, but was and is God, the divine Word through whom the world was made. John will tell the Christmas story in the most climactic prose: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only begotten Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” [John 1:14]

But Matthew, most emphatically, takes us back to the prophets and to the promise of the Messiah, down to minute details, as revealed in the Old Testament. In the truest sense, the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is the Christmas story. Rightly understood, there is no text in all of Holy Scripture that is not related to Christmas as promise, fulfillment, gospel, and future promise.

Consider just nine verses from Isaiah chapter 11:

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins. The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”

In that beautiful prose, almost poetry, the Prophet Isaiah tells of the promise that will come from the stump of Jesse. Israel, like a dead forest, will be saved by a branch from Jesse who will bear much fruit. Isaiah is speaking of Christ, the messianic king, who will reign forever from the throne of Jesse’s son David. No one but God can bring new life, new hope, and salvation.

The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, even as we know of the Holy Spirit descending like a dove, resting on Jesus, and the voice of the Lord declaring: “this is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” [Matthew 3:17] We are told of three dimensions of what it means for the Spirit of the Lord to rest upon him: the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

Do you not hear the refrain of Isaiah 9:6-7? “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”

His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord, the awesome knowledge of the one true God and the reverent worship that such knowledge produces. His delight shall be the delight of his redeemed people, and the fear of the Lord will be made known to all.

He will judge in perfect righteousness. Every human judge is limited to what he sees and hears, but the perfect judge, the messianic king, will judge in perfect righteousness. For the wicked, his judgment will be a terrible swift sword. He shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.

You are not likely to find this messianic promise in a Christmas card: “He shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Merry Christmas.” This text is not sung in Handel’s Messiah, but this promise is central to the promise of the Messiah — perfect judgment, perfect righteousness, and perfect peace. The Messiah Israel was promised will wear righteousness and faithfulness like a belt. Always. Forever.

And what of the peace he will bring? How perfect will it be? How will we know it when it comes?

The wolf will dwell with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the young goat, the calf and the lion are all in the peaceable kingdom. Through the Prophet Hosea, the Lord made a promise to Israel: “And I will make for them a covenant on that day with the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the creeping things of the ground. And I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war from the land, and I will make you lie down in safety.” [Hosea 2:18]

Let that reversal of the curse of sin settle on your minds. God will even make a covenant with the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and even the creeping things of the ground. They are here in Isaiah 11 — even the creeping things of the ground. Indeed, even the creepiest of the creepy things of the ground.

Until the fullness of the Kingdom of Christ comes, the lamb had better not trust the wolf. The young goat had better know that the leopard is not his friend. The fattened calf had better understand that the lion is looking for calories, not companionship.

On the other hand, nothing but the messianic reign can explain the wolf and the lamb, the leopard and the young goat, the lion and the calf in common rest, common peace, common trust. On that day, carnivores will kill no more. The world will no longer be divided between predator and prey, living by the law of eat or be eaten. The bear will graze, just like the cow. The lion will eat hay, just like the ox. Their young shall lie down together.

And what of those creeping things? The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. Please do not try that at home — not until the Lord comes to establish his kingdom in fullness. In this age, keep your babies away from cobras and from the adder’s den. We are not yet in that peaceable kingdom, but one day we will be.

On that day, Jerusalem will be safe. No one will hurt or destroy on the Lord’s holy mountain. All will be well. All will be safe. All will be home.

And a little child shall lead them. Remember the promise of this child? “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” [Isaiah 9:6-7]

But notice how our text ends: “For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”

The absolute climax of the passage is a vision and promise of the earth filled with the knowledge of the Lord. Utterly filled. Totally filled. Awesomely filled. Perfectly filled. The earth filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

Remember a crucial point here. We stand on the other side of the coming of the baby lain in Bethlehem’s manger. We stand on the other side of the birth of Jesus Christ. We look back to the birth of Christ, not forward. But we are still looking forward to the fulness of these promises, to the coming again of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We are truly in the time of “already, but not yet.”

But do not miss that we can already see the kingdom coming. We see the kingdom every time a sinner comes to saving knowledge of God, to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, to know redemption and the assurance of the forgiveness of sins and the gift of life everlasting. We see the kingdom coming. We see the knowledge of the Lord filling the earth.

Today we are gathered for a commencement ceremony, a graduation service. Before us we see the incredible sight of these graduates, arrayed in their academic robes. Most commencement ceremonies are ceremonies in name only. There is a minimum of ceremony and a rush to hand out diplomas, to do a bit of congratulating, and then get on with it, whatever it is.

Not so here . . . but why?

Because we are witnesses to something glorious. We are witnesses to God sending forth preachers, giving pastors to Christ’s church, scattering missionaries to the end of the earth. Let me tell you something that will warm your hearts. Here among us are friends who have come from Croatia, from China, from Korea, from Africa, from Columbia, from Canada, from Germany, and from parts unknown — all here to witness something this glorious. We are even today seeing the promise of what we know will come, when the whole earth is filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

Graduates, we celebrate with you today. Yet, we are even eagerly the witnesses to the promise God is fulfilling through you. Go into the pulpit, go into the nations, go into the highways and byways of life, go into the hospital, go into the homes, go into the graveyards and let the whole earth be filled with the knowledge of the Lord. Preach the Gospel, to everyone, everywhere. Use words.

Christ sends his own out as sheep into wolves. Go anyway. Some of you will never see each other again in this life, so look each other in the eye and take each other by the heart. Go wherever the door is open, so long as it is day. Preach the Word, in season and out of season.

As you go, you leave this campus with the hopes, the prayers, and the love of this faculty and this family. You are always at home here, but here we are never fully home. Run the race set before you, until that day when, by God’s grace, we are finally, fully, truly home.

And this we know: On that day, the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

Go in God’s grace. Go in our hopes. Even so, Lord come quickly.

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This is a commencement message preached today, December 7, 2018, by R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The entire service will be streamed live at http://www.sbts.edu/live at 10:00 a.m. EST.

via For the Earth Shall Be Full of the Knowledge of the Lord as the Waters Cover the Sea — Blog – AlbertMohler.com

Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Rather than making His teaching clearer, Jesus’ parables often left people more confused. In this Q&A video from one of our live Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson examines the deeper purpose of parables.

Ask your biblical and theological questions live online at Ask.Ligonier.org.

via Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Small caps could fall 20% from here, says Joe Friday — Kimble Charting Solutions

This chart looks at the Russell 2000 over the past 30-years, where it has spent the majority of that time, inside of rising channel (A). This chart reflects that the long-term trend in small caps remains higher. Weakness this year has it testing rising support tied to the 2009 lows at (1). Joe Friday Just…

via Small caps could fall 20% from here, says Joe Friday — Kimble Charting Solutions

The War Between God and Satan Manifests In Globalism vs Nationalism-Who Will Win?

We are now living in a world that can be characterized as the Irresistible force vs the Immovable object. Who will win the conflict vs the New World Order or will it be the New World Populism? Globalism vs nationalism? God vs Satan? Which philosophy will prevail?

The famed father of modern sociology, Amatai, Etzioni, once said: “The family can exist without the state, but the state can never exist without the family”. 

Humans value family and are tribal by nature. These relationships are ingrained into our DNA and this represents the way in which were shaped by our creator. However, there are those that will never submit to the will of the creator and attempt to undo all that is good about our collective social nature. However, this satanic approach to modern society is doomed to failure. The globalists (ie satanists) are swimming upstream and will never erase the automatic programming that came with the creator’s version of humanity and unfortunately, for the globalists, this will never change. Transhumanism represents a fatally flawed attempt to undo human nature as it is an open rebellion in response to the will of God. At the heart of humanity, people do not care about globalism. Only the power-hungry globalists care about globalism because it will bring the wealthy despots more power.

If a paradigm was to be constructed which represented the will of God with regard to the dominion over the Earth, it would look like the following:

  1. Man
  2. Animal
  3. Fish
  4. Fowl
  5. Earth

In short, man was bestowed with dominion over the earth by the Almighty.

However, the globalist paradigm as expressed through the mantra of the United Nation’s Agenda 21 (2030), looks like the following:

  1. Earth
  2. Animal
  3. Fish
  4. Fowl
  5. Man

The latter view is most often referred to as GAIA worship by the globalists and this paradigm is used to establish the pecking order of the globalists when it comes to such matters as climate change and environmentalism. It is decidedly anti-Christian, anti-family and flies in opposition to human nature.

There is a further shift in a traditional paradigm related to allegiances. Traditionally, and as Etzioni would state, people are loyal to family, tribe and maybe their country. However, with the new paradigm associated with concepts such climate change, the paradigm, once again, has been inverted. The globalists see loyalty to globalism as the only allegiance worthy of supporting. Concepts such as patriotism, nationalism and devotion to family and community are scorned by the globalists.

Some are probably wondering why I am rendering a philosophy lesson. These two opposing paradigms are coming into play in the French fuel price revolt.

On November 12, Extremist climate change proponent and radical globalist French President Macron stated:

(he) referred to nationalism as a “betrayal of patriotism” in pointed Armistice Day remarks that many consider to have been specifically directed at US President Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ policies, according to several reports.

Macron went on to say that the EU needed to form a European army to defend against the nationalist interests of Russia, China and the US.  Macron is telling the world that the next conflict is about globalism vs nationalism. This is expressed through Macron’s unwavering promotion of a climate change tax (ie globalism) on French fuel.

 

A rioting French activist, in opposition to the globalist climate change taxes on fuel, was interviewed by Sputnik News and the activist made the following statements:

“The anger was triggered by the fact of the fuel’s becoming too expensive, it was the last drop, but the real problem is all the French taxes. You have an income tax, social tax, employers’ contribution, wage cost and many more. And, finally, people do not have the same purchasing power, same liberties. Today people are united for the bigger form of liberty and equality, regardless of their social class, everybody wearing a yellow jacket is standing for the same thing”…

It’s the French politics that stirred this global frustration. It’s a tax pressure and purchasing power that make people take to streets to be heard. Political and economic action in France does not satisfy the majority of the people … Those are fundamental every-day problems for people”…

Macron’s own citizens are violently saying no to his globalist-inspired politics. France is moving towards civil war. This theme is being played out all over the planet. People are saying no and hell no to globalism. This is the theme that is underlying all conflict on this planet. And simultaneously, there is another universal conflict on the planet. As the globalist invert the power structure of dominion of the earth being bestowed to man by God, people are also resisting globalism at is core based upon spiritual principles as well. The latter conflict can be accurately categorized as God vs Satan.

We have a case of the irresistible force vs the immovable object. This is not going to end well for humanity. I believe that the only thing that could unite humanity on a global level would be a global threat, such as Operation Blue Beam which is a fake alien invasion of the earth. This last statement is something now worth contemplating because the globalists are being resisted at every level.

Source: The War Between God and Satan Manifests In Globalism vs Nationalism-Who Will Win?

Viral Video Of French Students Lined Up Execution-Style Sparks Outrage; Protesters Want Macron’s “Scalp”

A viral video of French police detaining protesting high school students “execution style” has sparked outrage, just one day ahead of planned protests across the country which were already anticipated to be particularly violent.

The footage shows the moment dozens of students protesting education reform in Mantes-la-Jolie in north-central France were arrested on Thursday – most of whom were teens from local high schools.

The video, released Thursday night by the Twitter account Violences Policières (Police Violence), has been viewed over 2 million times in less than 24 hours. Many of the replies suggested that it looked like “execution by firing squad” and hostage taking.”

The imagery of unarmed French teens following orders from heavily armed police is not likely to sit well with angry French citizens the day before “Act IV” of “Yellow Vest” protests are scheduled for Paris and elsewhere – leading to the deployment of 89,000 police and gendarmes across the country, according to the Prime Minister. At least 8,000 riot police will be deployed in Paris alone.

One angry Paris taxi driver called for Macron’s “scalp” in a half-hour monologue, according to Bloomberg.

“We’re going out there to fight,” he said, adding: “I want Macron’s scalp, I’m not afraid of anything. I have nothing to lose. You have to risk your life or you don’t get anything from these people.

The self-employed cab driver in his 40s, who declined to provide his name, was one of the thousands of protesters who fought the police on Paris’s landmark Champs-Elysees avenue last weekend. Throwing cobblestones, burning cars, desecrating the Arc de Triomphe monument, breaking store windows and looting, images of the rioters shocked viewers across the globe. The protests forced Macron to suspend the fuel-tax plan, but that hasn’t appeased everyone. –Bloomberg

The cabbie plans to “try to break into to the very tightly guarded Elysee presidential palace, just half a mile away from Paris’s best-known avenue. He is one of the people that Macron’s office has warned want to “riot and kill.””

For people like the taxi driver, there’s no limit when it comes to removing the youngest French leader since Napoleon who, as the country’s economy minister between 2014 and 2016, deregulated the taxi business and was a strong supporter of car-booking apps.

He ruined us, he broke our business,” the taxi driver said. “He wants everything new, digital, the new world, and he did it all without thinking of the cost for us. Replace everyone, have everything young, new? Yeah, well that’s not how you do things. Now it’s payback time.” –Bloomberg

The taxi driver has organized along with friends via social media platforms, using WhatsApp and then Telegram when the WhatsApp chat limited them to “only a few hundred people in a group.”

One of the groups he’s in is called “Combat Taxis” or the Taxi Fight. Another was dubbed “Saturday Fight.” They won’t register their demonstration plans with the police as legally required, nor obey the Interior Ministry’s order not to go to the Champs-Elysees avenue. –Bloomberg

The outrage across France comes after the Macron government announced a new fuel tax aimed at combating Global Warming – right as France has overtaken Denmark as the most heavily taxed nation in the world.

Macron’s popularity, meanwhile is at a record low – slipping to just 23% in a recent poll as left-wing French politicians have agreed to work together across parties to call for a No Confidence vote against the President.

Source: Viral Video Of French Students Lined Up Execution-Style Sparks Outrage; Protesters Want Macron’s “Scalp”

TRUMP Goes Scorched Earth on Crooked Mueller Witch Hunt, Andrew Weissman and the Band of Angry, Corrupt Democrats — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump went scorched earth on the conflicted and corrupt Mueller Witch Hunt in a Friday morning tweetstorm.

The president went off on Mueller, Andrew Weissman, and the 17 angry Democrats Mueller hired for his partisan witch hunt to destroy this administration.

Will the liberal mainstream media report on any of these truths?
How will they lie to the American public about this?

President Trump: Robert Mueller and Leakin’ Lyin’ James Comey are Best Friends, just one of many Mueller Conflicts of Interest. And bye the way, wasn’t the woman in charge of prosecuting Jerome Corsi (who I do not know) in charge of “legal” at the corrupt Clinton Foundation? A total Witch Hunt. Will Robert Mueller’s big time conflicts of interest be listed at the top of his Republicans only Report. Will Andrew Weissman’s horrible and vicious prosecutorial past be listed in the Report. He wrongly destroyed people’s lives, took down great companies, only to be overturned, 9-0, in the United States Supreme Court. Doing same thing to people now. Will all of the substantial & many contributions made by the 17 Angry Democrats to the Campaign of Crooked Hillary be listed in top of Report. Will the people that worked for the Clinton. Foundation be listed at the top of the Report? Will the scathing document written about Lyin’ James Comey, by the man in charge of the case, Rod Rosenstein (who also signed the FISA Warrant), be a big part of the Report? Isn’t Rod therefore totally conflicted? Will all of the lying and leaking by the people doing the Report, & also Bruce Ohr (and his lovely wife Molly), Comey, Brennan, Clapper, & all of the many fired people of the FBI, be listed in the Report? Will the corruption within the DNC & Clinton Campaign be exposed?..And so much more!

via TRUMP Goes Scorched Earth on Crooked Mueller Witch Hunt, Andrew Weissman and the Band of Angry, Corrupt Democrats — The Gateway Pundit