Daily Archives: December 10, 2018


O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.

—Psalm 108:1

I will refer to one of God’s great souls of the past and his book, The Cloud of Unknowing. We do not know the name of the devoted saint who more than 600 years ago wrote in his pre-Elizabethan English for the purpose, as he declares it, “that God’s children might go on to be ‘oned’ with God.”

At the beginning of his book, he breathed a brief prayer of longing and devotion, and I come back to it often for the good of my own spirit.

He said, “Oh God, under whom all hearts be open, and unto whom all will speaketh, and unto whom no privy thing is hid, I beseech Thee, so for to cleanse the intent of my heart with the unspeakable gift of Thy grace, that I may perfectly love Thee and worthily praise Thee!” …

I can discern no trace of theological fault or error in this prayer of devotion and desire breathed long ago by this saint of God.

“Oh God, fix my heart so I may perfectly love Thee and worthily praise Thee!” Nothing extreme and fanatical there. The true child of God will say “Amen” to this desire within the being to perfectly love God and worthily praise Him. ITB033-034

Father, may I love You and praise You with the same devotion; may I be one with You. Amen. [1]

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

Trump Paid Stormy Himself. Congress Paid Its Victims $17 Million out of Treasury. Who’re the Real Criminals?

The one person who seemed to sum up the Democrats’ reaction to Michael Cohen’s guilty plea — and subsequent allegations against President Donald Trump — was Rep. Jerry Nadler.

There’s long been speculation that the New York Democrat is considering impeachment hearings against Trump and anyone around him regardless of what the evidence might entail. A report from the day after the midterms had the powerful ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee ranting on a train about impeaching Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. He also talked about going “all in” on Russia.

Well, Russia might not work out, but how about Cohen? On TV this weekend, Nadler talked in grave terms about Cohen’s claim that Trump directed him to pay Stormy Daniels as part of a non-disclosure agreement and paid him back. This would, according to Nadler, be a sufficient reason to remove Trump from office.

“They would be impeachable offenses. Whether they’re important enough to justify an impeachment is a different question,” Nadler said in an appearance on CNN.

“Certainly, they’re impeachable offenses, because, even though they were committed before the president became president, they were committed in the service of fraudulently obtaining the office.”

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This is hardly a surprise; from Day One, Nadler has called Trump “not legitimate” as a president. But the media is lapping it up.

They seem to forget two things. One, campaign finance issues — and it’s questionable as to whether this falls under the aegis of campaign finance — are generally settled without impeachment proceedings, mostly because they aren’t important enough to justify an impeachment.

The second is, well, how does Congress have any room to talk?

Is Congress going to release the names of everyone in Congress who has been implicated in a sexual harassment claim which was kept silent by a taxpayer funded shush fund–before or after they try to impeach President Trump for using his own money for something perfectly legal?

— thebradfordfile™ (@thebradfordfile) December 10, 2018

Do you think that Donald Trump will be impeached?

Yes, $17 million of taxpayer money has been spent on settling, among other things, sexual harassment claims in Congress, and we pretty much don’t know anything about the cases. As CNN noted, the names of those involved are withheld not only from the public but also from party leadership.

“A source in House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office told CNN that Ryan is not made aware of the details of harassment settlements. That source also said that the top Democrat and Republican on the House administration committee review proposed settlements and both must approve the payments,” the network  reported in November 2017.

“Similarly, a source in Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office told CNN that Pelosi also is not made aware of those details, and that they are confined to the parties of the settlement and the leaders of the administration committee.”

This is essentially the cozy system that the establishment has set up so that it doesn’t have to face repercussions from sexual harassment lawsuits, discrimination suits and the like. There are also other rebarbative elements of how the system is set up, too long to detail here but enraging in their own right.

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But this is perfectly legal.

Trump, meanwhile, paid a much smaller sum to women who allege he had consensual sex with him in order to obtain an NDA. Because of the methodology of obtaining it and the question of whether or not it should have been included in campaign finance reports, we’re now talking impeachment.

Apparently, Nadler isn’t going all-in on Russia, he’s going all-in on Stormy. I guess it’s easier.

So, yes, Nadler can continue to claim that “the president was at the center of a massive fraud — several massive frauds against the American people.” That doesn’t actually mean anything. If we scrutinized the campaign ledgers of everyone in high office for any sort of problem, we’d probably have to extirpate at least half of them from their position.

Now, here’s the thing: I haven’t seen the Mueller report. Neither has Nadler. For all I know, Trump is implicated in a panoply of heinous crimes and his ties with Russia were way more extensive than we thought. Or it could be a very big nothingburger, albeit a nothingburger dressed up like a very appetizing somethingburger and advertised incessantly in the media like it was the Arch Deluxe circa 1992.

I still have my money on the latter, and I think Nadler does too. He heavily qualified whether the alleged campaign finance violations rose to the level of impeachability.

“You don’t necessarily launch an impeachment against the president because he committed an impeachable offense,” he said. “There are several things you have to look at.”

“One, were impeachable offenses committed, how many, et cetera. Secondly, how important were they? Do they rise to the gravity where you should undertake an impeachment? An impeachment is an attempt to effect or overturn the result of the last election and should do it only for very serious situations. That’s the question.”

My guess is that Nadler finds they were very important, committed with great frequency and rise to the gravity where one should undertake an impeachment — an impeachment which would overturn the result of the last election, which elected a president Nadler has already declared as “not legitimate.”

The rest of us might look at the report and realize this has nothing on what Congress has been doing for years. Whether that makes it right is an entirely different question, but the contrast will still make a huge difference in terms of how Americans view any attempts at impeachment.

After all, Trump used his own money to pay for an NDA through a liaison, which would generally garner a minor fine at most if you even concede it was a campaign-related expense. Congress used $17 million of your money to pay for its mistakes, some of which involved sexual harassment. They took every possible step to make sure you didn’t know about it.

And they made it all perfectly legal.

Source: Trump Paid Stormy Himself. Congress Paid Its Victims $17 Million out of Treasury. Who’re the Real Criminals?

Desperate times: Clinton tour tickets slashed by 90%

Hillary and Bill Clinton

Ticket prices for Bill and Hillary Clinton’s 13-stop paid speaking tour that kicked off in Canada last week have been cut in half, with some going for less than 10 percent or their original price.

As twice-failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton eyes another run for the White House in 2020, she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, are finding that they are becoming as increasingly unpopular in Canada as they are in the United States.

Anyone coming?

Failing to draw the crowds they anticipated in America’s liberal neighbor north of the border, the former first lady and her husband’s “An Evening with the Clintons” have seen the going rate for their tickets plummet on Groupon from $70 to $35.

In fact, huge vacated sections of arenas hosting the Clinton tour throughout Canada resembled empty patches in NFL stadiums after football fans got fed up with the league’s tolerance of players’ anti-American grandstanding of kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police.

The fall from popularity of the once-magnetic couple — especially since Hillary’s lackluster 2016 presidential campaign –has been witnessed not only through dirt cheap prices, but through gaping holes in seats, as half-filled stadiums became the norm – rather than the exception – in Canada’s largest cities.

“There were empty seats both in upper level seats and on the ground floor – where tickets were pricier,” the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail reported. “One ticket was going for $6.55 in the final minutes before the Toronto event.”

Desperate times call for desperate measures

To keep their events from looking like private meetings, the Clintons have had to resort to letting ticket prices drop to clearance prices so that at least some seats are filled.

“Ticket prices were plummeting shortly before the event, with the cheapest seats selling on Stubhub for single-digits –  $6.55 Canadian dollars, or less than $5 (U.S.),” the Daily Mail announced. “Now, the couple are taking drastic action to avoid another embarrassment on the next stop on their ‘An Evening With the Clintons’ tour. They have slashed tickets by up to 60 percent – and even offered them on Groupon to try and entice more fans to come and listen to them speak.”

Even after using high-pressure sales strategies to get rid of the tickets – including trying to scare Clinton fans that seats will be gone if they don’t immediately purchase them – the Clintons still found it extremely difficult to fill seats.

“They were struggling to get people to their shows, so they were selling tickets for as low as $6.55 before the show began,” Townhall informed. “Their new marketing plow – more like last ditch effort – at getting people to attend their event is by selling tickets on Groupon. Tickets on the Clintons’ website go between $89 and $399, but, if you’re looking for a real steal, Groupon has them for $35.”

The first Clinton event that was held at a Canadian hockey area – which houses nearly 20,000 seats – saw a mere 3,300 tickets sold, and more seat backs than Clinton fans were visible when the lights dimmed and the couple started talking.

As unpopular in the U.S. as in Canada?

With the tour currently taking a break for the holidays before it picks up again in New York City, New York, next year on April 11, other major U.S. cities will host the Clintons’ road show, including Los Angeles, California; Washington, D.C.; Las Vegas, Nevada and; Boston, Massachusetts, but it appears that their cold Canadian reception will follow them to liberal strongholds in their home country – where one would expect them to have huge followings.

“For their May 19 show at The Forum in Inglewood, California, – which seats more than 17,000 – tickets usually priced at $77 are now going for $35, with $120 tickets discounted to $50, and $175 seats down to $72,” the U.K. daily informed. “Despite the site telling customers that ‘tickets are selling fast!’ with ‘limited time remaining,’ it appears that less than 450 discounted tickets have actually been sold.”

Feeling sorry for the Clintons …

Even liberal columnists believe that the dismal sales signify an early end for once-popular couple.

“My thoughts are racing darkly … I’m feeling something foreign – something I’ve never felt before – [and] it takes me a moment to identify it … I’m feeling sorry for the Clintons,” New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote in her piece titled “Curtains for the Clintons.” “In the 27 years I’ve covered Bill and Hillary, I’ve experienced a range of emotions – they’ve dazzled me, and they’ve disgusted me, [b]ut now, they’re mystifying me.”

She noticed that a venue of the National Hockey League (NHL) could not mask the Clinton’s unpopularity north of the border.

“I’m looking around Scotiabank Arena – the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs – and it’s a depressing sight,” Dowd expressed. “It’s two-for-the-price-of-one in half the arena. The hockey rink is half curtained off, but even with that, organizers are scrambling at the last minute to cordon off more sections behind thick black curtains, they say due to a lack of sales. I paid $177 weeks in advance – I passed on the pricey meet-and-greet option. On the day of the event, some unsold tickets are slashed to single digits.”

Efforts to hide Toronto’s cold reception of the Clintons were witnessed by organizers attempting to make the event more snug and cozy by snipping seats here and closing off sections there.

“In Toronto, organizers blocked off the upper deck of seats,” the Daily Mail noted. “Officials said the Clintons sold about 3,300 seats in a venue that can hold about 19,000 for a big hockey game when the Maple Leafs play. About 1,000 people bought closer seats on the floor. There were empty seats in lower level seats and on the ground floor, where tickets were pricier. An entire bank of seats on the floor – where tickets that were being sold for $111 on an official ticketing site – remained empty during the event.”

Dowd shared her embarrassment for the couple’s fall from fame and glory.

“I’m still looking at large swaths of empty seats – and I cringe at the thought that the Clintons will look out and see that, too,” Dowd continued. “It was only four years ago, after all, that Canadians were clamoring to buy tickets to see the woman who seemed headed for history.”

The Clintons’ lack of ingenuity in putting together their latest tour was also noted.

“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,” she continued. “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.”

This fall from fame and lack of funds from the tour – also evidenced through the modest stage setup – contrasted from the millions of dollars the couple took in between the turn of the century and last presidential election.

“The Clinton’s took heat during Hillary’s 2016 campaign for their $153 million in paid speeches dating back to 2001 –drawing fire from Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and in media reports,” the Daily Mail recounted. “But those events were bankrolled by major corporations – not individual donors who are ponying up to see the famous pair together on stage.”

Source: Desperate times: Clinton tour tickets slashed by 90%

Kavanaugh sides with liberals in Planned Parenthood case

Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee Sept. 27, 2018

Newly seated Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined Chief Justice John Roberts and the court’s progressive wing on Monday in declining to review three cases centered on Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood at the state level.

In dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas accused the majority of “abdicating” its duty for political reasons.

“So what explains the Court’s refusal to do its job here?” Thomas wrote. “I suspect it has something to do with the fact that some respondents in these cases are named ‘Planned Parenthood.’”

Thomas asserted that a “tenuous connection to a politically fraught issue does not justify abdicating our judicial duty.”

“If anything, neutrally applying the law is all the more important when political issues are in the background,” he wrote.

Associate Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch joined the Thomas dissent.

The fierce opposition from the left to Kavanaugh’s nomination by President Trump was fueled in part by the prospect of him becoming the deciding vote in a case that would overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

The Supreme Court was considering an appeal of a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that sided with Planned Parenthood after Republican state leaders in Louisiana and Kansas stripped the abortion provider of state Medicaid funds.

A pro-life advocacy group had presented evidence that Planned Parenthood was harvesting and selling fetal materials.

In response, Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of several clients. The 5th circuit ruled that Medicaid recipients can challenge the disqualification of a provider under the Medicaid law.

Source: Kavanaugh sides with liberals in Planned Parenthood case

December 10 A Servant’s Attitude

Whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.

Luke 14:33

Few in today’s church are as committed to Jesus Christ as the apostle Paul was. Paul exemplifies what Christ was talking about when He said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). Paul was so given over to our Lord that he didn’t care whether he lived or died. That’s an attitude practically unheard of in our materialistic, self–centered, selfish day. Most people today live for everything except what Paul was focused on.

Paul remained joyful as long as his Lord was glorified, even when he was threatened with death. All that mattered to him was that the gospel was advanced, Christ was preached, and the Lord was magnified. The source of his joy was entirely related to the kingdom of God.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 371). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

Ken Starr on his faith, the Mueller investigation, the Clintons and refugees

(RNS) — Growing up the son of a minister in Texas, Ken Starr learned two principles for how to live his life.

Do the right thing.

Always do it the right way.

“You’ve got to turn square corners,” said Starr. “You can’t lie, cheat and steal.”

Those principles, said Starr, guided his law career and later his work as independent counsel from 1994 to 1999, heading the controversial investigation that led to the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.

Starr, who later would become a law professor and dean at Pepperdine University and then president of Baylor University, has said he tried to live by one of his “life verses” from the Bible, Micah 6:8: “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

That call for mercy has shaped how Starr sees U.S. immigration law, which he says should make it easier for people to seek asylum. He considers it a failure that he could not convince former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to share that view.

Last month, Starr spoke with freelance reporter Maina Mwaura for Religion News Service about his faith, his new book on the Clinton investigation, his advice for his independent counsel Robert Mueller, his departure from Baylor and his views on U.S. immigration policy.


Source: Ken Starr on his faith, the Mueller investigation, the Clintons and refugees

‘Evangelicals’ Sold Their Souls to Satan to Elect a President Who Would Appoint Anti-Abortion Justices… — Zwinglius Redivivus

And they got Brett Kavanaugh- a man of questionable morals who doesn’t have any intention of overturning Roe v. Wade.

‘Evangelicals’, you’re idiots.

via ‘Evangelicals’ Sold Their Souls to Satan to Elect a President Who Would Appoint Anti-Abortion Justices… — Zwinglius Redivivus

The Devilish Ministry of Joel Osteen

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Author of “Your Best Life Now” Joel Osteen is well known as a motivational speaker.  But I had no idea of how Satan is using this man to completely mislead his congregation.

I don’t watch Osteen because I don’t need to be “motivated.”  But a reader of my articles wrote to me yesterday about Osteen and was very angry at what she witnessed.  She listens to him occasionally – just to see what he is up to.

I asked if she would send me a link to the sermon.  She did, and after watching as much as I could stand, I realized that this man is truly a WOLF and is taking so many to hell with him.

I was enraged.

Here is part of the email sent to me:

“As I listened today, I was horrified to hear what sounded like him calling all who follow him to come…

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We Don’t Need Relevant Churches — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

Today, there is so much talk about how to make our church services more culturally relevant, especially to the unconverted. However effective this might be in drawing “seekers,” it was not so in the early church. Their services equipped the saints to be witnesses wherever they found themselves. The church meeting collectively on Sunday will not win the world, nor will more seminars on church growth; rather, what we need are more equipped individuals who share their faith in hospitals, banks, factories, warehouses, office buildings, and neighborhoods.
Erwin W. Lutzer, The Church in Babylon: Heeding the Call to Be a Light in the Darkness, pg.272

via We Don’t Need Relevant Churches — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

AI Researchers Closing In On Being Able To Read Your Thoughts Through Something Called ‘Brain Transparency’ — Now The End Begins

Reading someone’s mind is not possible, or is it? Recent advances in AI technology have made the living human brain transparent and is already now able to link patterns of brain activity to thoughts.

The futurist sci-fi movie ‘Minority Report‘ is on the verge of becoming a documentary as advances in science and AI take a screaming leap forward. We have Freedom of Speech here in America at the moment, but do we need to be more worried about freedom of thought?

People are convicted and put in jail all the time for attempted crimes even if the actual crime was never even attempted. Remember ‘To Catch A Predator‘ with Chris Hanson? Go watch a few episodes of that and see people go to jail for chatting online with an adult decoy pretending to be an under age teenager. The men show up at the decoy house, get arrested and do time where no crime was actually committed, and no teenager was ever involved. So why are they found guilty then? Because they thought about it.

Now take that same idea, and apply it to you. Maybe you’re a Liberal reading this, and you are filled with rage and fury over your intense hatred of President Trump. In your mind, you concieve all sorts of ways to kill him. Then someone invites you to a Trump rally and you go, your head filled with thoughts about killing Trump. As you pass the AI security station, your thoughts are read which show you as someone planning to kill the president. The fact that you showed up at a rally is conclusive ‘proof ‘ you intended to act on your thoughts. Just like the men on ‘To Catch A Predator’ you have been caught even though you didn’t actually do anything. Workers in China, right now, are being forced to have their brains wired and monitored as part of their daily job requirements. When the EEG shows unfavorable brain activity they are sent home. Just imagine what will be done to them when actual thoughts can be read!

That’s the future that is coming for all of us if the Lord tarries much longer, a scary, frightening world controlled by algorithm and outcome predictability scenarios. Go back and rewatch ‘Minority Report’ and refresh your brain about the message being sent there. Nearly all of those things are now part of our society.

‘Brain TRANSPARENCY’ AI expert warns against LOSING JOBS over THOUGHTS

FROM THE EXPRESS UK: Professor Nita Farahany has detailed her fears artificial intelligence in the workplace could lead to the loss of jobs over employees thoughts. She revealed how more and more companies are looking into the idea of making electroencephalography (EEG) devices a compulsory part of their uniform. The wearable headset, which can be used to monitor alertness, productivity and mental state, is already being used in China.

Train drivers on the Beijing – Shanghai high-speed rail are required to wear the technology, and, according to some reports, in government-run factories in China, the employees are required to wear EEG sensors to monitor their productivity too.

Workers are even sent home if their brains show less-than-stellar concentration on their jobs or emotional agitation.

Professor Farahany fears the increasing number of worldwide interest in the technology could lead to people being fired just for their thoughts. She asked at a recent TedTalks event: “In a world of total brain transparency, who would dare have a political dissident or creative thought?

“I worry that people will self-censor in fear of being ostracised by society, or that people will lose their jobs because of their waning attention or emotional instability, or because they’re contemplating collective action against their employers.

“That coming out will no longer be an option, because people’s brains will long ago have revealed their sexual orientation, their political ideology or their religious preferences, well before they were ready to consciously share that information with other people.

“I worry about the ability of our laws to keep up with technological change. Take the First Amendment of the US Constitution, which protects freedom of speech. Does it also protect freedom of thought?”

Ms Farahany, who is a professor in law and philosophy, was speaking at a TedTalks event in November 2018. READ MORE

Cognitive Liberty – Nita Farahany

Nita Farahany M.A.’04, J.D.’04, Ph.D.’06, Director of Duke Science & Society and professor of law and philosophy, explains the impact of emerging technologies on society and the law.

Transparent Brain: Visible Thoughts

So you thought nobody could know what you’re thinking? Well, you’re right. For now. But fMRI brain research, identifying patterns linked to thoughts, is moving forward at a pace that’s surprising even experts. Host Brooke Gladstone joins leading neuroscientists for a state-of-the-art tour through research that’s closing in on an ability to make our thoughts visible. The program will also explore related research on brain controlled prostheses and the newly emerging field of neuro-ethics.

via AI Researchers Closing In On Being Able To Read Your Thoughts Through Something Called ‘Brain Transparency’ — Now The End Begins

SCOTUS Sides with Planned Parenthood — Lib Media Says Undercover Baby Parts Videos Were Discredited(?) — The Gateway Pundit

In September 2016 the Center for Medical Progress released a shocking video – the 9th in its series of videos exposing Planned Parenthood of selling aborted babies and their body parts.

The video caught a Planned Parenthood medical director discussing how the abortion company sells fully intact aborted babies.

The liberal media worked overtime to hide these gruesome practices from the American public. They had to. The selling of baby body parts is so utterly grotesque and barbaric.

When conservatives compared what Planned Parenthood is doing to Nazi laboratory experiments, they were not exaggerating. Planned Parenthood was caught butchering babies for body parts. It is like watching a horror movie in real life.

Following the release of this very troubling video series a number of states took action against Planned Parenthood. The states banned Medicaid patients from using the group’s services. That’s when liberal activists took action and sued the states. The patients wanted the right to use Planned Parenthood’s services.

Planned Parenthood receives millions of dollars a year from the US government and uses their money to campaign for Democrats.

On Monday the Supreme Court left lower court victories intact for Planned Parenthood.

Justices Kavanagh and Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal judges.

The liberal hacks then at NBC came out in their report to say the Planned Parenthood baby parts video were discredited.
This is a lie – More fake news from the liberal media.

NBC News reported:

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left lower court victories intact for Planned Parenthood in a legal battle with states over access by Medicaid patients to the group’s services.

The dispute did not involve abortion, but the action by the justices keeps a hot-button political issue off the docket. Three of the court’s conservatives said the court should have taken the case.

After an anti-abortion group released videos in 2015 that purported to show officials from Planned Parenthood talking about selling fetal tissue, several states immediately terminated Medicaid provider agreements with the group’s affiliates. The videos were largely discredited, but the states involved said they found the allegations troubling.

Medicaid patients in Kansas and Louisiana, two of the states that took action against Planned Parenthood, claimed the states violated Medicaid’s requirement that patients must be free to seek their health care from any qualified and willing provider. They sued, and lower federal courts found in their favor, entering injunctions that ordered those states to lift their bans.

In declining to take up the states’ appeals, the Supreme Court’s action on Monday leaves those lower court victories for the Medicaid patients in place.

via SCOTUS Sides with Planned Parenthood — Lib Media Says Undercover Baby Parts Videos Were Discredited(?) — The Gateway Pundit

December 10, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Salvation Is by Love

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, (2:4)

Salvation is from sin and by love. God’s mercy is plousios, rich, overabounding, without measure, unlimited. The problem with reconciliation is not on the Lord’s side. The two words but God show where the initiative was in providing the power of salvation. His great desire is to be rejoined with the creatures He made in His own image and for His own glory. The rebellion and rejection is on man’s side. Because He was rich in mercy toward us and had great love for us, He provided a way for us to return to Him. In Romans 11:32 the apostle Paul focuses on this same issue in saying, “God has shut up all in disobedience that He might show mercy to all.” His purpose in so doing is given in verse 36: “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen” (emphasis added).

Salvation for God’s glory is by the motivation and power of God’s great love. God is intrinsically kind, merciful, and loving. And in His love He reaches out to vile, sinful, rebellious, depraved, destitute, and condemned human beings and offers them salvation and all the eternal blessings it brings. Man’s rebellion is therefore not only against God’s lordship and law but against His love.

If a person were driving down the street and carelessly ran down and killed a child, he probably would be arrested, tried, fined, and imprisoned for involuntary manslaughter. But after he paid the fine and served the sentence he would be free and guiltless before the law in regard to that crime. But paying his penalty before the law would do nothing to restore the life of the child or alleviate the grief of the parents. The offense against them was on an immeasurably deeper level. The only way a relationship between the parents and the man who killed their child could be established or restored would be for the parents to offer forgiveness. No matter how much the man might want to do so, he could not produce reconciliation from his side. Only the one offended can offer forgiveness, and only forgiveness can bring reconciliation.

Though greatly offended and sinned against (as depicted in the parable of Matt. 18:23–35), because of God’s rich … mercy and His great love He offered forgiveness and reconciliation to us as He does to every repentant sinner. Though in their sin and rebellion all men participated in the wickedness of Jesus’ crucifixion, God’s mercy and love provide a way for them to participate in the righteousness of His crucifixion. “I know what you are and what you have done,” He says; “but because of My great love for you, your penalty has been paid, My law’s judgment against you has been satisfied, through the work of My Son on your behalf. For His sake I offer you forgiveness. To come to Me you need only to come to Him.” Not only did He love enough to forgive but also enough to die for the very ones who had offended Him. “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Compassionate love for those who do not deserve it makes salvation possible.

Salvation Is into Life

even when we were dead in our transgressions, [God] made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), (2:5)

Above all else, a dead person needs to be made alive. That is what salvation gives—spiritual life. To encourage believers who doubt the power of Christ in their lives, Paul reminds them that if God was powerful and loving enough to give them spiritual life together with Christ, He is certainly able to sustain that life. The power that raised us out of sin and death and made us alive (aorist tense) together with Christ (cf. Rom. 6:1–7) is the same power that continues to energize every part of our Christian living (Rom. 6:11–13). The we may emphasize the linking of the Jew with the Gentile “you” in verse 1. Both are in sin and may receive mercy to be made alive in Christ.

When we became Christians we were no longer alienated from the life of God. We became spiritually alive through union with the death and resurrection of Christ and thereby for the first time became sensitive to God. Paul calls it walking in “newness of life” (Rom. 6:4). For the first time we could understand spiritual truth and desire spiritual things. Because we now have God’s nature, we now can seek godly things, “the things above” rather than “the things that are on earth” (Col. 3:2). That is what results from being alive together with Christ. “We shall also live with Him” (Rom. 6:8) says the apostle, and our new life is indistinguishable from His life lived in us (Gal. 2:20). In Christ we cannot help but be pleasing to God.[1]

But God

Ephesians 2:4–5

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

It is customary in preparing English translations of the New Testament to rearrange the Greek phrases. This is appropriate, because English syntax is different from Greek syntax and the rearrangements present better for the English mind what the Greek is saying. Still, I wish the translators of the New International Version had not rearranged the phrases of Ephesians 2:4. For in the Greek text this classical statement of the gospel begins with the two words “but God,” and that dramatic beginning is weakened when the words “because of his great love for us” are interposed.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones rightly says in his commentary, “These two words, in and of themselves, in a sense contain the whole of the gospel.” They tell what God has done, how God has intervened in what otherwise was an utterly hopeless situation. Before God’s intervention we were as Ephesians 2:1–3 describes us: “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.”

This is a deplorable, desperate, heinous condition. “But God!” The intervention of those words and what they represent make all the difference.

I want to ask four questions as I seek to expound these words: (1) Who is this God? (2) What has he done? (3) Why has he done it? and (4) What must I then do?

Who is This God?

It is important that we begin by discussing the nature of the God about whom Paul writes, for there are different ideas of God and not all ideas of who he is fill the bill. Many people think of God as a benevolent but nevertheless basically weak being. He would like to help us (and does somewhat), but he cannot do much. He is limited by evil and controlled by circumstances. Others think of God as powerful, but as distant and austere. He could help, but he does not care. People have thousands of conflicting and inadequate ideas about God. But the God about whom Paul is writing is not the God of this type of human imagining. He is the God of the Bible, the God of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the God Paul has already presented gloriously in the first chapter.

What do we know about this God? We know a number of things.

  1. God is sovereign. The most important thing that can be said about the God of the Bible is that God is sovereign. In fact if God is not sovereign, God is not God. Sovereignty means rule, so to say that God is sovereign is to say that God rules his creation. He made it, and he is in control of it. Nothing occurs without his permission. Nothing ever rises up to surprise him. What God has ordained from the beginning comes to pass. Because he knows this, Paul can speak as he does in the first chapter. For here he is not merely talking about what God has done in the past. That might be established merely by observation. He is also talking about the future, showing that God is at work to exalt Jesus as head of all things and subject everything to him. Paul speaks positively and certainly about the future because God is in control of it just as he has controlled the past. The future is certain because the all-powerful, sovereign God determines it.
  2. God is holy. Nothing is more apparent in Paul’s opening description of God’s great plan of salvation, unfolding over the ages, than that God is a moral God. He is not indifferent to issues of right and wrong, justice and injustice, righteousness and sin. On the contrary, it is because of his opposition to everything sinful that his great plan of salvation was devised and is being executed. Sin will be punished; righteousness will be exalted in his universe.
  3. God is full of wrath against sin. This point flows from God’s holiness. It is the outworking of his holiness against all that is opposed to it. This is why our condition is so frightful. Paul describes us as being “dead in [our] transgressions and sins” (Eph. 2:1). That is bad, of course. But it would not be frightful apart from God’s wrath against those transgressions. Apart from wrath we might simply conclude that this is just the way things are. God is God; we are people. He is holy; we are not holy. Let God go his way, and we will go ours. Ah, but it does not work like that. God does not simply take his own path. This is his universe. He is the holy God, and our sin has introduced a foul blemish into it. He is opposed to sin and is determined to stamp it out.

This is the God of the Bible and of the Lord Jesus Christ, the God about whom Paul is writing. This God is what we need, though we do not know it in our sinful state. Instead of coming to him to find new life and righteousness, we run from him to wickedness and spiritual death.

What Has God Done?

But God! It is wonderful to discover that although we run from God, preferring wickedness and death to righteousness and life, God has not run from us. Instead, he has come to us, and has done for us precisely what needed to be done. In a word, he has saved us. He has rescued us from the desperate, deplorable condition described at the beginning of the chapter.

When we were discussing the state of men and women before God intervenes to save them, I pointed out that our position as sinners (apart from God) is hopeless for three reasons. First, we are “dead in [our] transgressions and sins.” This means that we are no more able to help ourselves spiritually than a corpse is able to improve its condition. Even when the gospel is preached we are no more able to respond to it than a corpse can respond to a command to get up—unless God speaks the command. Dead means hopeless. When a person dies, the struggle is over. Second, we are enslaved by sin. This spiritual death is a strange thing. Although we are dead in sin so far as our ability to respond to God is concerned, we are nevertheless alive enough to be quite active in the practice of wickedness. In fact, we are enslaved to wicked practices. We are enslaved to sin. Third, we are under God’s just sentence for our transgressions so that, as Paul says, we are “by nature objects of wrath” (v. 3).

But God! Here is where the beauty and wonder of the Christian gospel comes in. We were hopelessly lost in wickedness. But God has intervened to save us, and he has saved us by intervening sovereignly and righteously in each of these areas.

Notice how this works out. We were dead in sins, but God “made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions” (v. 5). As I suggested at the close of the last chapter, our experience as Christians is like that of Jesus’ friend Lazarus. We were dead to any godly influence. But God can awaken the dead, and that is what he has done for us. Like Lazarus, we have heard the Lord calling us to “come out” (John 11:43); his voice brought forth life in us, and we have responded, emerging wonderfully from our spiritual tomb. Now life is no longer as it was. Life is itself new, and in addition we have a new Master and a new standard of righteous living to pursue.

Again, not only were we dead in our sins; we were also enslaved by them. Even though we might have desired to do better, we could not. Instead our struggles to escape only drew us down, plunging us deeper and deeper into sin’s quicksand. But God! God has not only called us back to life; he has also, Paul writes, “raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” (v. 6). There are no slaves in heaven. So if we have been raised up with Christ and been made to sit in the heavenly realms in him, it is as free men and women. Sin’s shackles have been broken, and we are freed to act righteously and serve God effectively in this world.

Third, God has dealt with the wrath question. In our sins we are indeed “objects of wrath” (v. 3). But since Jesus has suffered in our place for our sin and we have been delivered from it, we are no longer under wrath. Instead we are objects of “the incomparable riches of [God’s] grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus” (v. 7).

John R. W. Stott puts it like this: “These two monosyllables [‘but God’] set against the desperate condition of fallen mankind the gracious initiative and sovereign action of God. We were the objects of his wrath, but God out of the great love with which he loved us had mercy upon us. We were dead, and dead men do not rise, but God made us alive with Christ. We were slaves, in a situation of dishonour and powerlessness, but God has raised us with Christ and set us at his own right hand, in a position of honour and power. Thus God has taken action to reverse our condition in sin.”

The words “but God” show what God has done. Besides, they draw our thoughts to God and encourage us to trust him in all things.

Am I ignorant of God? Indeed, I am. “ ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him’—but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit” (1 Cor. 2:9–10).

Am I tempted to sin? Indeed, I am. “Temptation … is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Cor. 10:13, kjv).

Am I foolish, weak, ignoble? Yes, that too. “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him” (1 Cor. 1:27–29).

Have I been the victim of other people’s sin and ill will? Probably, or at least I will be sooner or later. Still I will be able to say, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done” (Gen. 50:20).

May I put it quite simply? If you understand those two words—“but God”—they will save your soul. If you recall them daily and live by them, they will transform your life completely.

Why Did God Do It?

The third question I want to ask is: Why? Why did God do all that Paul and these other passages tell us he has done? There is only one answer: grace. He has done this because it has pleased him to do it. I say “one answer.” Yet, strictly speaking, Paul expresses the thought not with one but with four words.

  1. Love (v. 4). God has done this, Paul says, “because of his great love for us.” C. S. Lewis described this love by saying, “God, who needs nothing, loves into existence wholly superfluous creations in order that he may love and perfect them. He creates the universe, already foreseeing—or should we say ‘seeing’? there are no tenses in God—the buzzing cloud of flies about the cross, the flayed back pressed against the uneven stake, the nails driven through the mesial nerves, the repeated torture of back and arms as it is time after time, for breath’s sake, hitched up. … Herein is love. This is the diagram of Love Himself, the inventor of all loves.”
  2. Mercy (v. 4). Mercy is related to love; it flows from it. But mercy has the sense of favor being shown to those who deserve the precise opposite. If nothing but a proper code of rewards and retribution were followed, sinners would receive God’s wrath. That they do not is because God is merciful. Instead of condemning them, as he had every right to do, he reached out and saved them through the death of Jesus Christ.
  3. Grace (v. 5). This is the word that seems chiefly to have been on Paul’s mind, for he repeats it in an almost identical sentence in the latter half of this same paragraph. Verse 5 says, “It is by grace you have been saved.” Verses 8 and 9 say similarly, “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.” Grace means that there is no cause in us why God should have acted as he did. We think the opposite. We think God owes us something. Even after we become Christians we often find ourselves thinking in these terms. “Certainly God owes everyone at least a chance,” we say. Or when God fails to do something we think he should do, we say, “It just isn’t fair.” So long as we think that way we do not understand grace. Grace is God’s favor to the utterly undeserving.
  4. Kindness (v. 7). Compared to the others this word seems a bit weak, but it is not. It flows from the character of God, who is not weak. Kindness means much in our daily living as believers. In the course of our lives we often sin grievously and foolishly. But God does not strike us down when we do. He does not turn on us. Instead he is astonishingly kind. He protects us from the worst of sin’s consequences, and he speaks softly to draw us back onto the path of obedience and virtue.

Why has God acted thus? Paul’s answer is that God is love, mercy, grace, and kindness. God acts this way because that is what he is. We can only marvel that he is love, mercy, grace, and kindness in addition to being sovereign, holy, and full of wrath against sin. We praise him for it.

What Must I Do?

We are saved by God’s grace alone, but once we are saved, we inevitably want to serve the one who has been so loving to us. Are you still unsaved? If so, let this utterly unmerited love of God in Jesus Christ move and woo you. In Romans we read, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). Are you already a believer? If so, let this great love of God move you to the heights of consecration and activity. The hymn writer said,

Love so amazing, so divine,

Demands my soul, my life, my all.

This is what John Calvin had in mind as he drew to the close of his exposition of these verses. He summarized wisely, “Now let us cast ourselves down before the majesty of our good God with acknowledgment of our faults, praying him to make us so to feel them that it makes us not only confess three or four of them, but also go back even to our birth and acknowledge that there is nothing but sin in us, and that there is no way for us to be reconciled to our God, but by the blood, death and passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“And therefore as often as we feel any regrets to turn aside from the grace of God, and to cite us before his judgment seat, let us have no other refuge than the sacrifice by which our Lord Jesus Christ has made atonement between God and us. And whenever we are weak, let us desire him to remedy it by his Holy Spirit, which is the means that he has ordained to make us partakers of all his gracious gifts. And let us so continue in the same that we may be an example to others and labour to draw them with us to the faith and unity of the doctrine, and by our life and good conversation show that we have not in vain gone to so good a school as that of the Son of God.”[2]

His Merciful Love: His Motive (2:4–5)

Paul first describes God’s reason for saving his people even though they are originally dead and are by nature objects of his wrath. Why does God make us spiritually alive? Paul answers, “Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive …” (Eph. 2:4–5). This love is not toward the innocent. God expresses his love to those who were disobedient, who by nature followed the ways of the world and of Satan. “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8).

John Van Tholen was a Christian Reformed Church pastor in Rochester, New York, who was diagnosed with a very dangerous cancer. Invoking the truths of God’s sovereign mercy from Paul’s letters, Pastor Van Tholen reflected on what this struggle with cancer meant in the process of making him more aware of the glory of God’s provision:

Paul writes that “while we were still weak Christ died for the ungodly.” He wants us to marvel at the Christ of the Gospel, who comes to us in our weakness and need. Making sure we get the point, Paul uses the word (“still”) twice … in a repetitious and ungrammatical piling up of his meaning. “Still while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.…”

I’m physically weak, but that is not my main weakness.…

While we were still weak … still sinners, still enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son. I find it unfathomable that God’s love propelled him to reach into our world with such scandalous grace, such a way out, such hope.

No doubt God has done it, because there is no hope to be found anywhere else.

This beautiful truth of God’s unconditional love is the heart of the gospel that becomes most dear to us when by God’s grace we see our own weakness so clearly that we know that there is nothing in us that warrants God’s love. Time and again I have heard words of consternation from those whose sin is so plain to them that they believe God should not love them; the high school student whose dating life has become promiscuous; the churchman whose marriage is falling apart due to his own hardness; the seminarian who, despite his aspirations and location, is still caught in a cyclic web of addiction and guilt; the young mother who doubts that she can treat her children better than her mother treated her. Over and over, in these situations, I have heard desperate souls saying, “Because of what I have done, because of who I am, God should not love me.” And these words are true. On the basis of justice alone, a holy God should not love the sinful. Yet, having dispensed his justice in the judgment of his Son, our God not only delights to extend us his mercy, but by his power he enables us to respond to his love.[3]

4 Swiftly Paul adds the good news: “But” (de) God has acted to remedy human hopelessness, for God is rich in mercy. “Mercy” (eleos, GK 1799), also translated as “compassion” or “pity,” occurs seventy-eight times in the NT, twenty-six of those in Paul’s letters. In the LXX it dominantly translated the Hebrew ḥesed (GK 2876)—God’s covenantal faithfulness to his undeserving people. In the Gospels the sick appeal to Jesus for mercy—that he show kindness by healing (e.g., Mk 10:47–48 par.). This unmerited, compassionate commitment motivates God’s rescue effort for his disobedient, wayward creatures (cf. Tit 3:5). God has decided to have mercy on all people, Jews and Gentiles (cf. Ro 11:32). In the next verses here, Paul characterizes this divine motivation as “grace” (vv. 5, 7–8).

God’s “great love” forms the second basis for his rescue of humanity. Paul commonly situates God’s actions for his people in his great love (Ro 5:5, 8; 8:39; Eph 5:2, 25). In 1:4 we saw that love was the motivation for God’s pretemporal determination to adopt his people. Here we find a kind of Semitic redundancy, where Paul uses the verb and noun together: “on account of the great love [with] which he loved us” (Paul uses both the noun agapē, GK 27, and the verb agapaō, GK 26). Not elegant in a literal translation, but the point emerges forcefully.

5 Now we discover what God’s mercy and love motivated him to do: he raised to life with Christ us who were dead in transgressions (cf. v. 1). Paul does not assert that all the dead ones will live—only “us.” In 1:20 Paul rehearsed God’s great power in bringing Jesus back to physical life. Jesus had been physically dead, and God raised him from among the dead and installed him on his heavenly throne at God’s right hand. Now we learn here that much more was riding on Jesus’ resurrection than simply the restoration of his own physical life. We who were spiritually dead were “made alive with” Christ, a composite verb prefixed with the preposition “with” (syn), which occurs only here and at Colossians 2:13 and later Christian writings dependent on these verses. In other words, those “with Christ” were raised with Christ (this redundancy being Paul’s). To relieve the redundancy, some aver that the verb might indicate “with each other,” anticipating vv. 11–22 (so Barth, 1:222). “In Christ” we were raised to a life together with other believers. Though attractive, this is unlikely: the parallel to Colossians 2:13, the essential meaning of the verb, and the pervasive concept of corporate solidarity probably point only to union “with Christ.” We participated in Christ’s resurrection from the dead, and it means we too live now. Though our physical resurrection awaits the end of the age, again Paul has brought eschatology into the present. What will happen physically has already happened spiritually, since we are “in Christ.” Formerly “dead,” we now live. Formerly dominated by the power center of the world system, we now live through the power of the Holy Spirit (1:13, 18–19).

In a brief parenthesis (repeated in v. 8) that switches back to second person “you,” Paul appends a third motivation for God’s action and then describes the event with an extremely loaded term. “Grace,” along with mercy and love, moved God to “save.” The dative case chariti (GK 5921) points to cause; grace is the basis and reason God saved. Paul pinpointed God’s grace in 1:2, 6–7, already identifying it as the motivation behind God’s decision to grant redemption and to forgive sins. This connecting of salvation and grace reflects a rare combination for Paul (see 2 Ti 1:9; Tit 2:11).

Because of God’s grace, “you have been saved” (here Paul uses the verbal form sōzō, GK 5392, the cognate of the noun for salvation he used in 1:13). Though the salvation word group can convey the physical sense of “rescue,” “deliver,” or “preserve,” the theological meaning most interests readers of Paul, who uses it to convey the grand sense of God’s rescue of his people from their sinful condition. Jesus received his very name—which means “Yahweh saves”—“because he will save his people from their sins” (Mt 1:21). Paul’s apostolic mission was to use all available means to “save some” (1 Co 9:22), because “God was pleased … to save those who believe” (1 Co 1:21). Paul assured his readers in Ephesians 1:13 that, because they believed the good news of salvation, God rescued them—he saved them. The good news shouts out that God saves through Jesus’ resurrection from the dead those dead in sin. Here and in v. 8 Paul employs the perfect tense of “save,” the most heavily marked Greek tense (and rarely used for “save” elsewhere and never by Paul; see Mk 5:34 par.; 10:52 par.; Lk 7:50). In so doing, he emphasizes the ongoing consequences in the present of God’s action to save. Not only did God save them, but believers enjoy the ongoing results of that salvation. They live in a saved condition.[4]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1986). Ephesians (pp. 58–59). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Boice, J. M. (1988). Ephesians: an expositional commentary (pp. 51–56). Grand Rapids, MI: Ministry Resources Library.

[3] Chapell, B. (2009). Ephesians. (R. D. Phillips, P. G. Ryken, & D. M. Doriani, Eds.) (pp. 81–83). Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing.

[4] Klein, W. W. (2006). Ephesians. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, pp. 67–68). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

DEEP STATE COUP: DOJ Arrested Chinese Business Owner Wahzhou Meng at Most Opportune Time to Hurt US Economy the Most — The Gateway Pundit

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce released a statement last week on the Trump-Xi dinner business meeting in Buenos Aires.

The Chinese Government released a very positive statement on progress made during the meeting.

But then news broke on Wednesday that Canadian authorities arrested the chief financial officer of Huawei at the request of the United States. Meng Wanzhou is the CfO of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, the largest communications company in the world.

The US Department of Justice had Wangzhou arrested while President Trump and his top administration officials were meeting with Chinese officials after the G-20 meetings in Buenos Aires.

Last Thursday Peter Navarro, assistant to the president on trade policy, spoke with Trish Regan on her new show Primetime.

Navarro told Trish Regan that President Trump and his administration WERE NOT NOTIFIED that the DOJ was arresting Chinese business leader

The DOJ arrested the Chinese business leader knowing it could disrupt President Trump’s trade talks.

On Friday morning, Larry Kudlow, the White House Director of the National Economic Council under President Donald Trump, joined Stuart Varney to discuss the latest unemployment rate and the ongoing Chinese trade talks.

Kudlow echoed Peter Navarro and said Trump White House officials were not notified of the arrest of Meng Wanzhou while they were meeting with China for the critical trade talks.

The DOJ went rogue in what appears to be an attempt to derail the trade talks with China(?)
This would cause chaos in the markets and possibly an international political crisis.

The Deep State DOJ is playing with fire in their attempt to destroy President Trump.

On Monday the Chinese government summoned US Ambassador Terry Branstad over the arrest of Meng Wangzhou.

The Department of Justice could have waited to arrest Wangzhou Weng until after the trade talks were completed. Instead they chose to arrest the prominent business leader during the Trump-Xi talks.

The Deep State knew this would cause the maximum damage.
The Deep State does not care that Americans will be hurt as they continue their open coup against the American president.

via DEEP STATE COUP: DOJ Arrested Chinese Business Owner Wahzhou Meng at Most Opportune Time to Hurt US Economy the Most — The Gateway Pundit

Ron Paul: Arrest of Huawei exec will leave US powerless & broke

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The US sparked an international incident when they ordered the arrest of Meng Wangzhou, CFO of Chinese telecom giant Huawei. By most indications, Huawei is being punished for selling communications equipment to Iran. Former US congressman Dr. Ron Paul (R-Texas) tells Rick Sanchez about the consequences of Meng’s arrest and problems in US foreign policy vis-à-vis Iran.

Gallup: More Than 750 Million People Globally Now Wanting to Migrate

More than 750 million people want to migrate to another country permanently, according to Gallup research published Monday, as 150 world leaders signed up to the controversial UN global compact which critics say makes migration a human right.

Source: Gallup: More Than 750 Million People Globally Now Wanting to Migrate

McCarthy on Russia Investigation: ‘I See Nothing’ — ‘There’s Nothing There’

Monday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) commented on the ongoing Russia investigation. McCarthy said he does not see anything resembling President Donald Trump colluding with Russia in the 2016 election. “There is nothing there that is impeachable,” McCarthy argued. “I see nothing,” he added. “Everything they’ve laid out, I think, builds the case that there is nothing there.

Source: McCarthy on Russia Investigation: ‘I See Nothing’ — ‘There’s Nothing There’

Brennan Posts Ominous Warning to Trump: “You’ll Never Have the Opportunity to Run For Public Office Again” — The Gateway Pundit

John Brennan

Former CIA Chief John Brennan once again lashed out at Trump on Monday morning, posting an ominous warning to the President from his Twitter account.

Monday morning, Trump went off on James Comey and defended himself against the New York prosecutors who are now investigating him over a ‘campaign finance violation’ for hush payments he made to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, two women Trump is alleged to have had affairs with several years ago.

New York prosecutors weren’t just gunning for Michael Cohen, they linked his crimes to President Trump, referring to the President as “individual-1” in a legal filing Friday.

The President defended himself and pointed out Barack Hussein Obama also had campaign finance violations yet was never prosecuted and threatened with jail.

John Brennan posted a bizarre tweet in response to the President saying it is impossible for Trump to escape American justice and that he will “never have the opportunity to run for public office again.”

What did Brennan mean by this threatening tweet?

BRENNAN: “Whenever you send out such inane tweets, I take great solace in knowing that you realize how much trouble you are in & how impossible it will be for you to escape American justice. Mostly, I am relieved that you will never have the opportunity to run for public office again.”

John Brennan regularly attacks President Trump from his Twitter account and previously warned him about Mueller’s investigation telling him to “Stay tuned.”

President Trump revoked John Brennan’s security clearance in August.

via Brennan Posts Ominous Warning to Trump: “You’ll Never Have the Opportunity to Run For Public Office Again” — The Gateway Pundit