Daily Archives: January 27, 2019

January 27 Unshakable Faith

Scripture Reading: John 20:24–29

Key Verse: John 20:29

Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

The apostle Thomas felt deserted. The One he had followed closely and served for almost three years was gone. A cold cave of stone held Jesus’ battered, torn body, and no one knew what to do next.

Later that Sabbath when Thomas arrived at the disciples’ meeting, their mood had changed completely. “We have seen the Lord!” they cried. But Thomas couldn’t share their enthusiasm. He had not seen the Lord, and he did not want to be set up for yet another disappointment. His focus was gone, his grand vision of the future shattered, and his faith shaken.

Have you been there? A negative experience left a bad impression, and you are afraid to trust again. One more letdown, and you aren’t sure how you might respond. If you could have a glimpse of God in the dark times, you would have hope.

Jesus met Thomas right where he was in wavering faith. The living Christ stood before him face-to-face and told him to feel His hands and side. Thomas responded with one of the most moving confessions of faith in the Scriptures: “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28 nasb).

Look at Jesus. He is real, and He is there to meet you in the bleakest hour. You will have the same reply when you see Him as He is.

O Lord, sometimes the shadows of the past make me afraid to trust. During these dark times, meet me where I am. Let me see You as You are. Let me touch You with the hand of faith.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 28). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Jeanine Pirro Ruins CNN’s Explanation Why It Caught Roger Stone Arrest

Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro noticed something that not many noticed in the raid on Roger Stone.

The explanation from CNN as to why it had cameras there also stinks.

“They begin banging on Stone’s home yelling, ‘FBI, open the door.’ The only people home were Stone, his wife, and his dog,” Pirro said.

“And lo and behold, CNN is there, cameras in tow. Waiting for the FBI for an hour waiting for to it start,” she said.

“Why would they be there? Especially when the FBI considers this dangerous enough to have S.W.A.T. teams and guns drawn,” the host said.

On Friday the CNN reporter who was present said it was reporter’s “instinct” that led him to Stone’s house.

“It’s reporter’s instinct,” he said. “The whole Russia team thought maybe something was happening.”

“There was some unusual grand jury activity in Washington, D.C., yesterday,” Shortell said.

“Robert Mueller’s grand jury typically meets on Fridays. Yesterday, Thursday, there was grand jury activity,” he said.

“We also had some other signs that maybe something was going on this angle, the Roger Stone angle,” the reporter said.

“So we showed up at his house this morning, we were the only ones there, and lo and behold, the FBI agents did come,” he said.

But Pirro found something telling in that explanation that, to her, proved they were tipped off.

“Unusual grand jury activity? Hey, Grand juries meet in secret,” she said/

“What do you know about the activity of the grand jury. What do you know about when they meet or if their schedules change?” Pirro said.

“Does all unusual grand jury activity suggest indictments are being handed up?” she said.

Good questions. How does CNN know when a grand jury meets in secret?

And why does a grand jury meeting mean that an indictment is coming?

And how do you know who the indictment is coming for if everything is secret?

Source: Jeanine Pirro Ruins CNN’s Explanation Why It Caught Roger Stone Arrest

Pope Francis Declares Mary as God’s “Influencer” — Reformation Charlotte

There has long been a push in the Roman Catholic Church for the Vatican to officially recognize Mary as co-redemptrix, however, the Vatican has yet to make this doctrine Church dogma, even though many, if not most Catholics actually already treat Mary this way.

But in a bizarre tweet by the pope on Saturday, he declared Mary to be the first “influencer” of God.

As the Catholic church has long committed spiritually fornication by idolizing Mary, it should be important to note that this statement is in direct opposition to what the Scriptures teach. Scripture emphatically teaches that God is subject to no other than Himself and receives counsel from none. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5).

For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?

Romans 11:34

Who has measured the Spirit of the LORD, or what man shows him his counsel?

Isaiah 40:13

via Pope Francis Declares Mary as God’s “Influencer” — Reformation Charlotte

Before Making it Legal to Kill Babies in the Womb, NY Democrats Extended Protections to Transgenders — Pulpit & Pen

The state of New York made big news last week when it passed the Reproductive Health Act, effectively decriminalizing the act of abortion up until the point of birth. The state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, celebrated his government’s wicked action by directing the spire of One World Trade Center to be lit up pink. Nearly lost amongst the controversy surrounding these nearly unprecedented acts of American depravity was prior action taken by New York’s legislature to extend non-discrimination protection to “transgender” people. On January 15th, the legislature passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, “making gender identity a protected class in areas of housing, employment, and public accommodation.” It was signed by the governor on Friday, the 25th. With its recent legislative actions, New York now rivals Sodom and Gomorrah in its toleration and promotion of sin.

One World Trade Center was lit pink to celebrate the expanded legalization of murdering babies.

In New York, the state declares that humans at a certain point of development do no have a right to live while simultaneously declaring that other humans have the right to identify themselves as a gender other than that of their birth. In other words, a human adult female can defy both scientific evidence and biblical revelation to declare herself a man while declaring that a developing baby in her womb does not have the right of human life. This shuddering reality gives a whole new meaning to being in a “New York State of Mind”.

Christians familiar with the history recorded in the Bible and in secular textbooks should not be surprised. Depravity like this may be unprecedented in America but it is not new under the sun. We live in a Genesis 3 and Romans 1 world. Only Jesus can save us from the sin which surrounds us on the outside and seeks to dominate us from the inside. Christians would do well to remember this gospel truth when engaging in political discourse regarding the recent developments in New York.

via Before Making it Legal to Kill Babies in the Womb, NY Democrats Extended Protections to Transgenders — Pulpit & Pen

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Marked Amid Revival of Hate, Violence, and Anti-Semitism

Survivors of Auschwitz gather on the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the former Nazi German death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. They wore striped scarves that recalled their uniforms, some with the red letter “P,” the symbol the Germans used to mark them as Poles. The observances come on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

The world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday amid a revival of hate-inspired violence and signs that younger generations know less and less about the genocide of Jews, Roma and others by Nazi Germany during World War II.

As survivors of Auschwitz marked the 74th anniversary of the notorious death camp’s liberation, a far-right activist who served time in prison for burning an effigy of a Jew placed a wreath there with about 50 other Polish nationalists to protest the official observances.

Piotr Rybak said the group opposes the annual ceremony at Auschwitz to mark the camp’s liberation by the Soviet army, the event that gave rise to the international Jan. 27 remembrance. Rybak claimed it glorifies the 1 million Jewish victims killed at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death complex and discounts the 70,000 Poles killed there.

“It’s time to fight against Jewry and free Poland from them!” Rybak said as he marched to the site, according to a report by Polish daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza on its website.

Rybak’s claim is incorrect. The ceremony at the state-run memorial site paid homage Sunday, as it does every year, to all of the camp’s victims, both Jews and gentiles, while Christian and Jewish religious leaders recited a prayer in unison together. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also stressed that the Third Reich targeted Poles as well as Jews.

Since last year’s observances, an 85-year-old French Holocaust survivor, Mireille Knoll, was fatally stabbed in Paris and 11 Jews were gunned down in a Pittsburgh synagogue during Shabbat services, the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.

Human Rights First, a U.S. organization, recalled those killings and warned that “today’s threats do not come solely from the fringe.”

“In places such as Hungary and Poland, once proudly democratic nations, government leaders are traveling the road to authoritarianism,” said Ira Forman, the group’s senior adviser for combating anti-Semitism. “As they do so, they are distorting history to spin a fable about their nations and the Holocaust.”

Former Auschwitz prisoners placed flowers early Sunday at an execution wall at Auschwitz, paying homage before the arrival of the nationalists at the same spot. They wore striped scarves that recalled their uniforms, some with the red letter “P,” the symbol the Germans used to mark them as Poles.

Early in World War II, most prisoners were Poles, rounded up by the occupying German forces. Later, Auschwitz was transformed into a mass killing site for Jews, Roma and others, operating until the liberation by Soviet forces on Jan. 27, 1945.

In Germany, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned in an op-ed in the weekly Welt am Sonntag that across Europe populists are propagating nationalism and “far-right provocateurs are trying to downplay the Holocaust.”

“We shall never forget. We shall never be indifferent. We must stand up for our liberal democracy,” Maas wrote.

Over the past year, Germany has seen a rising number of often violent attacks against Jews carried out by neo-Nazis and Muslims, prompting the government to appoint a commissioner against anti-Semitism and to start funding a national registration office for anti-Semitic hate crimes.

The appearance by nationalists at Auschwitz comes amid a surge of right-wing extremism in Poland and elsewhere in the West. It is fed by a broader grievance many Poles have that their suffering during the war at German hands is little known abroad while there is greater knowledge of the Jewish tragedy.

However recent surveys show that knowledge of the atrocities during World War II is declining generally.

A new study released in recent days by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and the Azrieli Foundation found that 52 percent of millennials in Canada cannot name even one concentration camp or ghetto and 62 percent of millennials did not know that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust.

Its findings were similar to a similar study carried out a year before in the United States.

In Britain, a new poll by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust found that one in 20 adults in Britain do not believe the Holocaust took place.

The poll of more than 2,000 people released Sunday also found that nearly two-thirds of those polled either did not know how many Jews had been murdered or greatly underestimated the number killed during the Holocaust.

“Such widespread ignorance and even denial is shocking,” chief executive Olivia Marks-Woldman said.

Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs said in its Global Antisemitism Report released Sunday that 13 Jews were murdered in fatal attacks in 2018, marking the highest number of Jews murdered since a wave of attacks on Argentinian Jews in the 1990s.

The report found that around 70 percent of anti-Jewish attacks were anti-Israel in nature and that most of the attacks were led by neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

The United Nations recognized Jan. 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2005.


Czarek Sokolowski in Oswiecim, Poland, Kirsten Grieshaber in Berlin, Gregory Katz in London and Aron Heller in Jerusalem contributed reporting.


Source: International Holocaust Remembrance Day Marked Amid Revival of Hate, Violence, and Anti-Semitism

January 27 On the Team

Scripture reading: Colossians 3:1–25

Key verse: Colossians 3:3–4

For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

In Living Free in Christ, Neil Anderson writes:

While I was pastor, my son, Karl, had established quite a reputation as a soccer player … When I accepted an invitation to teach at Talbot School of Theology, it necessitated a move that was very unsettling for Karl. He had to leave behind a team, friends, awards, and recognition.

However, his reputation preceded him to our new location. There, I was called by a soccer club inquiring whether Karl would care to be a part of their team. After the first practice, the coach expressed to me his delight at having Karl as a player, saying what a vital member of the team he was going to be.

Karl practiced with reckless abandonment and afterward approached me with a long look on his face and a profound sense of insecurity that was baffling to me. Finally, he broke the silence: “Well, am I on this team?”

I replied, “Karl, you were already on the team before we came. The coach had already made the necessary provisions, the roster had already been filled out, and your name was on it” …

Dear Christian, you, too, are already on the team. Your name is on the roster: it’s called the Lamb’s Book of Life. “Your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3:3–4).

Dear heavenly Father, I am so glad that my name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and that my life is hidden with Christ in You. I’m on Your team![1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 28). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Confirmed: Kamala Harris Launched Her Political Career in Bedroom As Mistress of Married Mayor Willie Brown — The Gateway Pundit

For the record: We completely expect the tech giants to censor and shadow-ban this report as they have to our previous reports on Kamala Harris.
But this is truthful information the public deserves to read.

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown admitted this week to an extramarital affair with Kamala Harris.
Brown also admitted to giving Harris her first state jobs.

In a short article in the San Francisco Chronicle Brown admitted to the extra-marital affair and to appointing Harris to two state commissions.

Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago. Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker.

And I certainly helped with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco. I have also helped the careers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a host of other politicians.

The San Francisco Weekly reported on Kamala’s affair with Willie Brown in 2003.

If she can just get out from under this damn Willie Brown thing.

Harris routinely tries to distance herself from her ex-squeeze, whom she hates even talking about. The mere mention of their former liaison makes her shoulders tense, her hands clench, and her eyes narrow.

“I refuse,” she says vehemently, “to design my campaign around criticizing Willie Brown for the sake of appearing to be independent when I have no doubt that I am independent of him — and that he would probably right now express some fright about the fact that he cannot control me.

“His career is over; I will be alive and kicking for the next 40 years. I do not owe him a thing.”

She acknowledges that Brown is an “albatross hanging around my neck” and fears that voters who dislike him will ignore her candidacy — even as she dismisses such an act as irrational. “Would it make sense if you are a Martian coming to Earth that the litmus test for public office is where a candidate is in their relationship to Willie Brown?” Harris asks. “Willie Brown is not going to be around. He’s gone — hello people, move on. If there is corruption, it will be prosecuted. It’s a no-brainer, but let’s please move on.”

Would that politics were so simple.

San Francisco voters tend to have long memories, and Brown himself is complicating Harris’ attempts to shed him politically. He personally gave $500 to her campaign, and a political consultant who worked on both of his mayoral runs is raising money for Harris — without her consent — using a pitch letter signed by Brown. Harris denies asking the mayor for fund-raising help and knows it gives her antagonists even more ammunition.

She also knows there’s not much she can do about it, except to keep saying that the affair is ancient history and that she is a good candidate with good ideas. But as Harris well understands, the more she tries to explain away the Willie factor, the bigger a factor he becomes.

via Confirmed: Kamala Harris Launched Her Political Career in Bedroom As Mistress of Married Mayor Willie Brown — The Gateway Pundit

Willie Brown admits it: Kamala Harris slept her way to the top

Brown says that Harris was his ‘girlfriend’ and on multiple occasions helped boost the famous feminist and presidential candidate to the political top.

Kamala Harris, that vaunted self-righteous feminist candidate who’s using her ‘year of the woman’ chops to challenge President Trump in 2020, has a little problem: She slept her way to the top.

You know, the mistress thing, not exactly moving on up based on hard work or merit, that little advantage of good looks (President Obama called her the ‘best-looking‘ state attorney general), employed to their optimal practical use. Her political patron, former lawyer to pimps, Mayor of San Francisco, and State Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, admitted he helped her get her political start, writing in his bloggy San Francisco Chronicle column:

Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago. Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker.

Now you know where we get these people from. Somehow Harris, who was in her late 20s or at most 30 when she dated the 60-year-old married Brown around 1994 did so because he was just so very irresistable. Here’s how the San Francisco Chronicle reported it on Twitter:

WILLIE BROWN: “I’ve been peppered with calls from the national media about my ‘relationship’ with Kamala Harris, particularly since it became obvious that she was going to run for president. Yes, we dated.”https://t.co/xkzR0YhIl0

— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) January 26, 2019

That of course, was in exchange for certain kinds of favors. Her rival, Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren got her start playing fake Indian. Kamala went the old fashioned way, sleeping her way to the top. Democrats have some pool of candidates here in this ‘it’s our turn’ year of the woman and out to Get Trump offerings.

Willie Brown, of course, was California’s most powerful politician, which might have had something to do with why Harris was out ‘dating’ the married man twice her age. And it’s interesting because Brown, a former attorney for pimps in his pre-political days, seems to have a taste for the kind of women often seen in a positive light by pimps, such as this one – who represents Brown’s taste in women. Not that it mattered that he was married, he’s always had a girlfriend in the picture, according to the article. And well, Kamala was one of them.

Other reports say that once Kamala got the office she wanted from Brown, she dumped him. Brown made a cutesy reference to Kamala saying she was going to ticket him for jaywalking, which sounds like overkill, probably the kind of statement someone with a guilty conscience would make, not wanting anyone to know about how she got her office. What’s more, Harris has kept virtually all references to Brown out of her numerous memoirs on the market.

Some feminist she is. She slept her way to the top and now it’s out. It’s actually not the first time it’s been out, but since it’s coming out now so early in the campaign, perhaps it was an inoculation shot, the way that candidate Donald Trump’s team must have released the Melania Trump nude modelling shots to the New York Post to make it ‘old news’ so as to assure it would not become a campaign issue the day before the election.

All the same, it’s disgusting, and while Trump is no angel on the love front, at least he never offered sex for political favors, either to women or from women. He never cheated on someone’s spouse to get himself some political power the way she did. So now that Harris is presented as a role model and antidote-to-Trump these days, is she going to encourage all the little girls out there by saying that getting a politically strong boyfriend is the way to make it big in politics now? One wonders.

Let’s hope she has to answer some questions about it from the Trump camp in what’s sure to be a pious and hectoring political campaign.

Image credit: Twitter screen shot from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Source: Willie Brown admits it: Kamala Harris slept her way to the top

Willie Brown: So What If I Dated Kamala Harris and Gave Her State Jobs?

Former San Francisco mayor and California State Assembly speaker Willie Brown confirmed Saturday that he had dated Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris and appointed her to two state jobs — and dismissed the fuss.

Former San Francisco mayor and California State Assembly speaker Willie Brown confirmed Saturday that he had dated Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris and appointed her to two state jobs — and dismissed the fuss.

As Breitbart News reported earlier this month, “Kamala Harris’s career received a boost from a patronage job in dubious circumstances.” In particular:

In 1994, then-outgoing Speaker of the California State Assembly Willie Brown (D-San Francisco) appointed Harris to a state board with a $72,000 salary. The Los Angeles Times reported: “Harris, a former deputy district attorney in Alameda County, was described by several people at the Capitol as Brown’s girlfriend.” (Brown was married but separated.)

The problem was not that Brown was dating Harris, but the apparent nepotism involved in her appointment.

Brown published a short article in the San Francisco Chronicle this weekend, “Sure, I dated Kamala Harris. So what?” In the article, he acknowledged the facts but not the reasons for the controversy:

Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago. Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker.

And I certainly helped with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco. I have also helped the careers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a host of other politicians.

Brown did not — as far as is known — have intimate relationships with any of the other politicians he named.

He also claimed that Harris told him that she would be particularly harsh on him once she won election to the office of San Francisco District Attorney, though it is not clear why that would be relevant to the questions surrounding her earlier appointments.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

Source: Willie Brown: So What If I Dated Kamala Harris and Gave Her State Jobs?

DP Weekly Wrap: Rising Wedge Breakdown Sets Less Accelerated Rising Trend Line | StockCharts.com

Last week we were focused on the SPY rising wedge formation, the technical expectation for which was that it would break down. Well, on Tuesday it did break down, but there was no follow through afterwards. Instead, it moved sideways for two days, then rallied on Friday, challenging Monday’s highs.  The result is that the wedge has almost transformed into a rising trend channel. I say “almost” because there is still a slight narrowing at the top of the channel. Nevertheless, of more immediate concern is the overhead resistance presented by the declining tops line drawn from the October top, which could force another rising trend line break.

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Next stock market crash: Rebound is fragile, vulnerable to more losses – Business Insider

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  • The stock market is staging a relief rally that should not be seen as part of a sustained move higher, according to Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. 
  • Lisa Shalett, the firm’s chief investment officer, laid out in a recent note three reasons why the S&P 500 is poised to retest its December lows.

If you think stocks bottomed out in December 2018, think again. 

That’s the message from Morgan Stanley Wealth Management is relaying to its clients and anyone who views the market’s recovery as part of a sustained move higher. 

According to chief investment officer Lisa Shalett, stocks are going through a relief rally after a jolting sell-off that was likely overdone. The S&P 500 has rebounded 6.3% year-to-date, buoyed by whiffs of positive news on China, trade, the Federal Reserve, and other topics that raise investors’ heart rates. But Shalett expects a return to the December lows soon.

“While we are encouraged by recent market developments — the stabilization in volatility, a more realistic estimate of 2019 earnings growth and some progress on policy fronts from the Fed and trade – we are not ready to chase the US equity market rebound,” she said in a recent note to clients.

“In our view, its recovery is fragile and vulnerable to negative earnings guidance, the resumption of Fed policy normalization and clumsy policy execution by China.” 

Shalett explained in further detail why she sees these three factors — earnings, the Fed, and China — as catalysts of the next leg lower. 

Starting with earnings guidance, analysts have sharply downgraded their estimates for 2019 S&P 500 profits. They made the steepest cuts to expectations in four years for the first half of 2019, according to FactSet. 

Key companies including Apple have warned that their sales are coming in lower than anticipated. If more companies confirm what Wall Street fears, expect investors to incorporate this information into stock prices, Shalett said. 

Read more: GOLDMAN SACHS: Traders are making huge bets that earnings will be disastrous for these 10 stocks

Lower guidance is not the only earnings-related risk. The reports pouring in over the next few weeks will show the extent to which higher wages and input costs are biting into company margins. 

Shalett further identified some sector-specific earnings risks. In tech, tariffs are disrupting supply chains. And in financials, the flattening yield curve is not a good sign for lenders’ profitability.

The Federal Reserve has helped flatten the yield curve — the gap between short and long-term interest rates commonly viewed as a recession indicator — and Shalett sees its forthcoming decisions as the second big risk to stocks. 

Unlike interest-rate traders who see no odds for a rate hike this year, Shalett thinks that labor-market tightness, higher wage growth, and stable oil prices will pressure the Fed to continue normalizing. 

“The recent rebound in equities and tightening of credit spreads have helped to relieve overall financial conditions, again giving the Fed room to normalize,” she said. 

The third and final risk is of course China, which is propping up its economy with fiscal stimulus while being mired in a trade dispute with the US. 

“Although we believe that stimulus will reignite the economy by the second quarter, the potential for missteps is great,” Shalett said. “What’s more, we don’t rule out China policy shifts as a source of volatility in the coming months.”

In all, these three factors don’t augur well for a stock-market comeback. And a shaky stock market would suggest that the US economy is also approaching a turbulent patch even if economists forecast otherwise, according to Martin Gilbert, the co-CEO of Aberdeen Standard Investments which oversees $736 billion in assets.

“The stock markets are telling us one thing and the economists are telling us another,” Gilbert said in an interview with Business Insider’s Sara Silverstein at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. 

He added: “I think the markets are usually right, but it’s probably a slowdown rather than a recession.”

In these uncertain times, Morgan Stanley advises investors to beef up equity positions in emerging markets, Japan, and Europe, and fund this reallocation with gains from US stocks while their prices are rising.
— Read on www.businessinsider.com/next-stock-market-crash-rebound-is-fragile-expect-plunge-to-december-lows-morgan-stanley-2019-1

Mexican Cartels Paid Off Mexican President with $100 Million – Former Democrat Claims Democrat Party Being Paid Millions by Cartels As Well! — The Gateway Pundit

The Democrats aggressively block the President’s desire to protect Americans and build a border wall on the southern border with Mexico.  Democrat attempts to block the wall in spite of significant evidence that it is needed indicate there is an unknown reason for their defiance.

In May of 2016, US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi visited the President of Mexico along with other Congressmen, including little known Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke.  Pelosi stated about the meetings –

Discussing the delegation’s meetings in Mexico City, Pelosi said [emphasis added]:

“We come here as a bipartisan and large delegation to express our respect for the people of Mexico and the country of Mexico; to acknowledge our shared border and our shared values and to learn more about how we can work together for the bright future for not only our two countries but for our hemisphere.”

Pelosi said the delegation had a busy time in Mexico City.

“When we arrived, we had our country team briefings; we had the privilege – some of us – of going to mass in the cathedral and hearing the sermon on Labor Day on the importance of workers in Mexico, a view we shared. We’ve met with members of the American Chamber of Commerce. We had the privilege of hearing from members of the civil society here in Mexico. We had a very beneficial meeting with Director General Zapata on the subject of the economy and on the subject of TPP especially. And then we had a glorious meeting, a really very thorough exchange of subjects and views – again about our shared values and our shared border – with the President [of Mexico]. Just now we finished a lunch, as you know, with Members of the Federal Deputies – Mexican Federal Deputies – and Senators. And this evening we will have a dinner meeting with the Foreign Minister,” Pelosi said.

Who knows what the discussions all entailed but since this date, the Mexican President has been aligned with Mexican cartels.  As reported earlier this month he’s accused of taking millions from the cartels –

Former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto accepted a $100m (£77m) bribe from drug cartel kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, a witness has testified.

Alex Cifuentes, who says he was a close associate of Guzmán for years, told a New York City courtroom that he had told authorities of the bribe in 2016.

Guzmán is accused of being behind the Sinaloa drug cartel, which prosecutors say was the largest US drug supplier.

Mr Peña Nieto served as the president of Mexico from 2012 to 2018.

Guzmán, 61, has been on trial in Brooklyn since November after he was extradited from Mexico to face charges of trafficking cocaine, heroin and other drugs as leader of what the US has called the world’s largest drug cartel.

The timing of the former Mexican President being connected with Mexican cartels is rather significant.  A former Democrat believes the real reason Democrats don’t want a wall on the US – Mexican border is related to the story above.

VOTE NOW: Should Trump cut foreign aid to countries who send migrants?

Jeffrey Peterson says the real reason the Democrats will never support the border wall – is that they are being paid off by the Mexican cartels.

US Speaker Pelosi claims President Trump is in bed with the Russians despite all evidence to the contrary.  However, it does appear that there is more evidence of Pelosi being in bed with Mexican cartels.  Perhaps this is why she adamantly doesn’t want a wall.

Let’s hope that if it is in fact true, that we find the truth behind the Mexican cartel – Democrat connection sooner rather than later!

 Note above picture from Mexico from provided by El Financiero-Bloomberg Mexico via Rio Grande Guardian.

Hat tip D. Manny

via Mexican Cartels Paid Off Mexican President with $100 Million – Former Democrat Claims Democrat Party Being Paid Millions by Cartels As Well! — The Gateway Pundit

Media, The Enemy of We The People… — The Last Refuge

Michael Isikoff highlighted how media is enmeshed within “Spygate” in February when he admitted his reporting was being used by the DOJ and FBI to advance the political objectives of the intelligence community. Additionally, FBI investigator Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page were shown in their text messages to be leaking stories from the Clinton Investigation, the Trump investigation, and the Mueller investigation to journalists at Politico, The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. –SEE HERE

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was busted by the Inspector General leaking stories to the media and then lying about it to INSD and IG investigators. FBI Director James Comey admitted to leaking stories to the New York Times, hiring his friend Andrew Richman (off-the-books), giving him access to FBI and NSA databases, and then leaking information to Richman along with another friend Benjamin Wittes at Lawfare blog.

Lest we forget, the IG report on how the FBI handled the Clinton investigation revealed that dozens of FBI officials were actually taking bribes from the media for information:

IG REPORT – We identified numerous FBI employees, at all levels of the organization and with no official reason to be in contact with the media, who were nevertheless in frequent contact with reporters. Attached to this report as Attachments E and F are two link charts that reflect the volume of communications that we identified between FBI employees and media representatives in April/May and October 2016. We have profound concerns about the volume and extent of unauthorized media contacts by FBI personnel that we have uncovered during our review.


[…] We do not believe the problem is with the FBI’s policy, which we found to be clear and unambiguous. Rather, we concluded that these leaks highlight the need to change what appears to be a cultural attitude among many in the organization. (link to pdf – page Xii of executive summary)


This is a career inspector general delivering fact-based criticism of the institution of the FBI, not simply a few rogue officials within it.

But wait….


Later it was revealed that Andrew Weissman, Robert Mueller’s #1 special counsel prosecutor, was coordinating investigative efforts with the full support of four AP reporters who were giving Weissmann tips. That is information from journalists, provided to Weissmann, for use in his court filings and submitted search warrants.

Make sure you grasp this: The AP journalists were feeding information to their ideological allies within the special counsel.

Nuts; simply, well, nuts.

And then there’s Devlin Barrett, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok:

(Source Link – pdf Page #5)

Additionally, Christopher Steele has stated in U.K. court records the person in charge of the Clinton Campaign’s opposition research firm, Glenn Simpson from Fusion GPS, arranged and coordinated for Mr. Steele to talk to several journalists (CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Yahoo News and Mother Jones) while Mr. Steele was also the primary source of information for the FBI investigators (including Strzok and Page):

(Source – page #8)

Make sure you read that full response from Christopher Steele above to see the scope of the media engagements he was conducting.

As more evidence surfaces the relationship between journalists, Fusion-GPS, Chris Steele and the media’s DOJ/FBI sources begins blending together. The FBI was using media reports, which were based on Fusion-GPS pitches, to bolster its investigative documents to the FISA court. It is an intelligence laundry operation:

According to the U.K records, Christopher Steele reports this September 2016 meeting with Isikoff was arranged by Glenn Simpson. According to Michael Isikoff on his February podcast, he met Christopher Steele at a Washington, D.C. hotel in Sept. 2016. They were joined by his “old friend” Glenn Simpson, the founder of opposition research firm Fusion GPS, who Isikoff now defines as a “private investigator.”

So Christopher Steele was meeting with journalists, the journalists were writing articles; the FBI was leaking to media and simultaneously citing those same articles as underlying evidence to support their counterintelligence investigations; and all of this was used to validate the investigative documents the FBI was receiving from Christopher Steele; who, along with the leaking FBI officials, was also the source of the media articles.

FUBAR! This is exponentially bonkers.

This is a circle of information, all coming from Glenn Simpson at Fusion GPS, who was the opposition research firm being financed by Hillary Clinton, along with FBI officials who were using their own strategic leaks to validate their own investigation.

Think about the scale of the reporting, and reporting on reporting, of anonymous leaks, false leaks, lies from “people with knowledge of the matter”, “government officials involved in the matter”, “people familiar with the matter”, “government sources” etc. all going in one unified and semi-coordinated direction – against the aggregate Trump administration.

Now, it actually gets even more convoluted.

Christopher Steele has sworn under oath that he met with multiple journalists (at least eight organizations) in September, mid-October, and late-October 2016: “at Fusion’s instruction“. (pdf page #7)

Overlay upon that sworn admission with what Glenn Simpson (Fusion-GPS) told the House Intelligence Committee while also under oath about his involvement in sharing information derived from Christopher Steele:

(Testimony – pdf link, page #147)

…”without my knowledge and against my wishes”?


FBI Director James Comey admits to leaking his ‘memos’ to the New York Times. FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was busted for leaking and lying about it. FBI #2 Counterintelligence Agent Peter Strzok and FBI Attorney Lisa Page are caught in their text messages leaking to Politico, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

…. AND the FBI is caught, in at least one FISA application, using Yahoo media reports provided by them AND their investigative source Christopher Steele to establish a basis for FISA “Title I” surveillance; the most intrusive and wide-open search and surveillance authority possible.

The Clinton Campaign is paying Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research against Donald Trump. In addition to Glenn Simpson pushing that opposition research into the media, Fusion GPS is also providing that opposition research –including information from contacts with media– directly to the FBI:

(pdf link – page #4)

… In addition to using the Fusion-GPS opposition research to underpin their counterintelligence investigation, the FBI then turn around and leak the same opposition research information to the media to create secondary support for their counterintelligence investigation.

Tell me again how the media can possibly write about this now?

The problem is not just corruption with the U.S. Justice System, the DOJ and the FBI; the problem is corruption within the media.

We’re talking about thousands of hours of media TV pundits, thousands more columns written, and almost every scintilla of it based on originating intelligence sources -from the larger intelligence system- that are now being exposed as duplicitous and conspiratorial in the scale of their malicious intent.

This larger story-line has traveled in one direction. The narrative has only traveled in one direction. Each thread converging on codependent trails for collective stories all going in one direction. One big engineered narrative endlessly pushed. Think about how far the collective media have traveled with this story over the past eighteen months?

Hell, twenty-something-year-old “journalists” were so committed to the resistance narrative they were even sleeping with their sources to get any little engineering angle possible.

Now, over a period of two years, it has become increasingly obvious the collective journey, using all that expended effort, was going in the wrong direction.

The media have fully invested themselves in eighteen months of narrative distribution in only one direction. Not a single MSM entity has questioned their travel as a result of false leaks or false sources in the totality of time they have covered the DOJ and FBI story.

Nothing within their collective need to will-an-outcome will change the media’s proximity to facts when the truthful story behind the DOJ and FBI corruption is finally exposed. The media are so far away from the place where this story ends, they have no inherent capability to even begin to travel in the opposite direction, toward the truth.

The only way they could align with the truth is to admit that virtually every scintilla of their reportage over the past two years was inherently false or manipulated by the “sources” distributing the material for their reporting.

There’s not a single media outlet capable of doing that.

Think about a New York Times, CNN, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones, Yahoo News or Washington Post journalist now having to write an article deconstructing a foundation of two-years worth of lies they participated in creating.

Do we really think such a catastrophic level of corrupted journalism could reconstitute into genuine reporting of fact-based information?



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BREAKING: Kim Dotcom Tweets at Hannity:

‘Let’s Talk About Seth Rich … And Put an End to Russiagate’

https://russia-insider.com by Michael Quinn

Kim Dotcom, the infamous entrepreneur and political activist, wants to put an end to Russiagate.  He has been talking about Wikileaks and Clinton since May 2015, which was a month before Donald Trump even announced his presidential campaign:

Kim Dotcom: Julian Assange Will Be Hillary Clinton’s Worst Nightmare in 2016

To put this bluntly, Kim has been talking about Russiagate before Russiagate was even a thing. There’s no doubt he knew something beforehand.

He tweeted just now:

Clintons henchmen indict another Trump ally. Mueller isn’t interested in the truth. The truth is a DNC insider opened the door to DNC data because he witnessed the corruption against Bernie Sanders and wanted to do something. He paid with his life.

NY’s Full Term Abortion Law and Pelosi’s ‘Equality Act’ Have One Goal in Common: DEPOPULATION

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Years ago, I wrote an article about a strange rock formation called the Georgia Guide Stones.  Upon those rocks are engraved the globalist’s “ten commandments.” I actually referred to these commandments as belonging to Antichrist.

I want the reader to understand that laws like the one we saw passed in NY just days ago; which allows doctors to abort unborn children right up to the day of delivery – and now there is a bill in Congress from Pelosi and the Dems which will classify children with so-called “Gender Dysphoria” as a group in need of protection; have one main goal in common:  DEPOPULATION.

That protection will manifest in the removal of these children from homes in which the parents do not wish to enable their children to become transgenders.

I originally wrote an article on the Georgia Guide Stones back in 2015.  I will place excerpts from that piece…

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How do you respond to the conquests and wars in the Old Testament?


Lets take a closer look at a puzzle Lets take a closer look at a puzzle

John Berea has an article about it on his web site.

Here’s his overview:

In the Old Testament are the military campaigns of Israel inconsistent with being led by a just and loving God, and inconsistent with his own commands?  Here, I would like to make the case for consistency and justness.

1. The nations of Canaan were evil, harming others, and needed to be stopped.  They had carried out incest with children/grandchildren and performed child sacrifice by fire. (Lev 18:6-30, Deut 12:31, Deut 18:9-10, Psalm 106:35, 37-38)  They launched unprovoked attacks on Israel (Ex 17:8-9, Num 21:1, Num 21:2-23, 33) and even guerrilla attacks against Israel’s “stragglers in the rear of the march when you were exhausted and tired.” (Deut 25:18)

2. Warfare language was likely rhetorical.  There are five reasons to support the rhetorical nature of language such as “completely destroy” (Hebrew תחרימו, literally “ban”) in Deut 20:17.  It likely meant a destruction…

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The root of Calvinism — Triablogue

Calvinism is often defended or derided. For freewill theists, Calvinism is the standard foil. But usually there’s not much by way of definition beyond TULIP. Here’s a definition by a great Reformed theologian. It’s a useful point of reference whether or not we completely agree with his interpretation.
It begins, it centers, it ends with the vision of God in His glory…
Whoever believes in God; whoever recognizes in the recesses of his soul his utter dependence on God…
Perhaps the simplest statement of it is the best: that it lies in a profound apprehension of God in His majesty, with the inevitably accompanying poignant realization of the exact nature of the relation sustained to Him by the creature as such, and particularly by the sinful creature…Theism comes to its rights only in a teleological conception of the universe, which perceives in the entire course of events the orderly outworking of the plan of God, who is the author, preserver, and governor of all things, whose will is consequently the ultimate cause of all. The religious relation attains its purity only when an attitude of absolute dependence on God is not merely temporarily assumed in the act, say, of prayer, but is sustained through all the activities of life…
The doctrine of predestination is not the formative principle of Calvinism, the root from which it springs. It is one of its logical consequences, one of the branches which it has inevitably thrown out. It has been firmly embraced and consistently proclaimed by Calvinists because it is an implicate of theism, is directly given in the religious consciousness, and is an absolutely essential element in evangelical religion, without which its central truth of complete dependence upon the free mercy of a saving God can not be maintained.
This is the root of Calvinistic soteriology; and it is because this deep sense of human helplessness and this profound consciousness of indebtedness for all that enters into salvation to the free grace of God is the root of its soteriology that to it the doctrine of election becomes the cor cordis of the Gospel. He who knows that it is God who has chosen him and not he who has chosen God, and that he owes his entire salvation in all its processes and in every one of its stages to this choice of God, would be an ingrate indeed if he gave not the glory of his salvation solely to the inexplicable elective love of God. B. B. Warfield, “Calvinism,” The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.

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January 27, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Christ Received All Authority From the Father

“The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand. He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (3:35–36)

This last point explicitly states what the first four imply. Because of His love for the Son (cf. 5:20; 15:9; 17:23, 26; Matt. 3:17), the Father has given Him supreme authority over all things on earth and in heaven (Matt. 11:27; 28:18; 1 Cor. 15:27; Eph. 1:22; Phil. 2:9–11; Heb. 1:2; 1 Peter 3:22). That supremacy is a clear indicator of the Son’s deity.

John’s affirmation of Jesus’ absolute authority demonstrated his humble attitude, even as his heralding ministry faded into the background. Having fulfilled his mission on this earth, John realized that his work would soon be finished. In fact, not long after this, he was arrested and beheaded by Herod Antipas, ruler of Galilee (Matt. 14:3–11).

But before he faded from the scene, John the Baptist gave an invitation and a warning that form a fitting climax, not only to this chapter, but also to his entire ministry. Like Moses (Deut. 11:26–28; 30:15–20), Joshua (Josh. 24:15), Elijah (1 Kings 18:21), and Jesus (John 3:18) before him, he set forth the only two choices available to lost sinners: “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

The blessed truth of salvation is that the one who believes in the Son has eternal life as a present possession, not merely as a future hope. Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life” (5:24; cf. 1:12; 3:15–16; 6:47; 1 John 5:10–13).

But on the other hand, the one who does not obey the Son will not see life. The juxtaposition of belief and disobedience is a reminder that the New Testament portrays belief in the gospel as obedience to God, an essential element of saving faith (cf. Acts 6:7; Rom. 1:5; 15:18; 16:26; 2 Thess. 1:8; Heb. 5:9; 1 Peter 1:2; 4:17). The fearful reality is that the wrath of God (His settled, holy displeasure against sin) continually abides on disobedient sinners who refuse to believe in Jesus Christ. Just as eternal life is the present possession of believers, so also is condemnation the present condition of unbelievers. The idea here is not that God will one day condemn sinners for their disobedient unbelief; they are already in a state of condemnation (3:18; 2 Peter 2:9) from which only saving faith in Jesus Christ can deliver them. The ultimate consequence of refusing to believe will be to experience God’s wrath for eternity in the lake of fire (Rev. 20:10–15). But it was to save helpless, doomed sinners from that terrifying fate that God sent His Son to be the Savior of the world (1:29; 3:17; 4:42; Matt. 1:21; Rom. 5:9; 1 Thess. 1:10; 1 John 4:14).

In this way, John the Baptist clearly declared the sovereignty and supremacy of Jesus Christ, emphasizing that He alone is able to save sinful men from the consequences of their disobedience. And what John proclaimed with his lips, he exemplified with his life, actively promoting Jesus’ ministry even at the expense of his own. Thus, the weight of John’s witness can still be felt today—as a warning to unbelievers, that they must repent and follow Christ, and as an example to believers, that they should seek the Savior’s glory rather than their own.[1]

The Revealer Has Come

John 3:31–36

“The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”

In a small but very excellent book written by A. W. Tozer, there is an illuminating paragraph that refers to the inferential character of the average man’s faith in God. This means that for most people God is the end result of a chain of reasoning rather than a reality. According to such people there may be much to suggest God’s existence. There is the beauty of nature, the immensity of space, the order of matter. “He must be,” they say. “Because these things are, he is.” Other people argue in the same way from the experience of a parent or friend. “God was real to my mother,” they say, “so he must be real. I believe in him because others believe in him.” Still others find their belief in God linked to their belief in such things as truth, goodness, beauty, or ethical ideals.

Quite obviously, each of these chains of reasoning is unique. Still, as Tozer notes, those who hold them have one thing in common. “They do not know God in personal experience. The possibility of intimate acquaintance with Him has not entered their minds. While admitting His existence they do not think of Him as knowable in the sense that we know things or people.”

Unfortunately, although this is primarily true of non-Christians, there is also a sense in which it is at least partially true of some believers. For although they believe in Christ and trust him in one sense, still for them God is unreal and they go through life attempting to love an ideal or be loyal to an abstract doctrine or principle.

If you are at any point of this wide spectrum of those for whom God is unreal, then the verses to which we come now are for you especially. They are about Jesus Christ, and they speak of him as the great witness to God, the great revealer of him. They say, “The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him” (John 3:31–36).

The Perfect Witness

What is it that makes a person a good witness? We know something of the answer to this question because of our knowledge of the procedures in courts of law. The first thing that is required if a man is to be a good witness is that he must have firsthand information. He must have seen or heard that about which he is testifying. For this reason, no judge in the land will accept hearsay evidence.

Second, a good witness must be willing to testify. He must be willing to speak up, to get involved.

Third, the witness must be reliable. That is, his witness must be substantial and possess enough self-consistency to be believed. These three requirements make for a perfect witness. By this standard—and this is John’s point—Jesus Christ is the perfect witness concerning God. Thus, in verse 31 John stresses the fact that Jesus has firsthand information concerning God because of his origins. In verse 32 he points out that Jesus did bear witness to this knowledge. Finally, in verse 34 he shows that the witness is reliable “for God gives the Spirit without limit.”

Firsthand Information

The first point is that Jesus Christ possessed accurate knowledge of God the Father. This is linked to his supremacy over all other teachers and prophets. These may have possessed part of the truth, but even at the best their insights were secondary. They reported only what God had revealed to them. Jesus was God incarnate. His origins were heavenly. Consequently, he has revealed the truth perfectly out of the fullness of his knowledge.

On this point William Barclay writes, “If we want information, we have to go to the person who possesses that information. If we want information about a family, we will only get it at firsthand from a member of that family. If we want information about a town, we will only get it at firsthand from someone who comes from that town. So, then, if we want information about God, we will get it only from the Son of God; and if we want information about heaven and heaven’s life, we will only get it from Him who comes from heaven. When Jesus speaks about God and about the heavenly things, says John, it is no carried story, no secondhand tale, no information from a secondary source. He tells us that which he himself has seen and heard. To put it very simply, because Jesus alone knows God, he alone can give us the facts about God, and these facts are the gospel.”

In his Gospel, John has a special way of emphasizing the fact that Jesus alone possesses such knowledge. It is not present, or at least is not present in the same degree, in the other Gospels. John stresses the fact that Jesus is the perfect witness because he alone has been sent into the world by God.

Here a few statistics will be helpful. In John’s Gospel the phrase “he (or ‘the Father’) who sent me” is found on the lips of Jesus twenty-three times. The Greek verb in that phrase (apostellein) occurs seventeen times in phrases that speak of God’s commissioning of the Son, and there are other phrases that speak from man’s perspective of the fact that Jesus Christ has “come.” Jesus is the One who “came down from heaven.” He “has come into the world.” He “came from the Father,” or God. In the final discourses, as the time of Jesus’ death draws near, the emphasis shifts quite naturally from the fact that Jesus came into the world to the fact that he is now to return to the Father. In John 16:28, the themes of the coming and the return are bound together. “I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” These phrases have little or no reference to the identification of Jesus as the Messiah as similar phrases do in the other Gospels. Instead, they refer to Jesus’ ability both to impart heavenly gifts and to speak the words of God to men. Jesus is the perfect witness because he is able perfectly to reveal God. “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known” (John 1:18).

Moreover, according to the Bible and to the Gospel of John particularly, the sending of Jesus Christ into the world involves much more than the sending of a prophet, as in Old Testament times, or the sending of the apostles into the world as evangelists in the New Testament era. These men were messengers. They were sent by God. But Jesus is not a messenger. He is the messenger. It is true that John the Baptist is also said to have been sent by God (1:6, 33; 3:28) and that the disciples later are sent in their turn into the world (17:18; 20:21). But neither the Baptist nor the disciples exert a claim to any independent revelation. They are only sent to bear witness to Jesus Christ. He alone speaks and acts out of the fullness of his knowledge of his Father.

In John 9 there is a story that illustrates all that I have been saying. It is a story of how a blind man came to know God through Jesus. The man has no knowledge of God at the beginning of the story. His physical blindness is a symbol of his spiritual blindness. Jesus heals him. As he does so he says, “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (v. 5; cf. 8:12). Through this contact the man begins to understand something of who Jesus is, and he increases in spiritual sight until he eventually comes to argue pointedly for the truth of Christ’s heavenly origin. The high point of the story is reached in the contrast between the testimony of the man who had been born blind and the denial of Christ by the Jewish rulers. The Jews argue from the basis of their knowledge of the law and Moses. They say, “We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from” (v. 29 rsv). The man who had been born blind replies, “Why, this is a marvel! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. … If this man were not from God, he could do nothing” (vv. 30, 33 rsv).

The man who was blind had been led by the healing of his eyes to the spiritual perception that Jesus had come from God and therefore spoke and acted out of a true knowledge of God. Thus, while his understanding of Jesus began with the confession that he was merely a “man” (v. 11), it soon progressed to the fact that he was “a prophet” (v. 17) “of God” (v. 33) and then to a worship of him (v. 38). By contrast, the failure of the leaders to recognize the truth of Christ’s coming from God actually intensified their spiritual blindness and led to their rejection of Christ’s testimony entirely.

Where do you stand in this picture? Are you one for whom God is only an inference? Or have you come to “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6)?

A Willing Witness

There is also, as I have indicated, a second requirement for a perfect witness. Not only must a witness have firsthand information about that which is to be testified; the witness must also be willing to testify. Was Jesus willing? Of course, he was. He got involved. Therefore, John writes, “He testifies to what he has seen and heard” (v. 32).

It is interesting to me that John puts the verb “testify” in the present tense here, as indeed he does with all the other verbs that speak of Christ’s witness. We would tend to use the past tense, for we would reason that Jesus came, bore his testimony, and then returned to heaven. This is not what John does. For John, Jesus is still testifying. Well then, we ask, where do we hear his testimony? The answer is: in the Bible. Is the Bible something that is dead, irrelevant, or dated, then? Not for John! And not for any who have come to know Christ and to have experienced the living power of the Bible to speak on his behalf. The Bible is living. Christ is living. Moreover, it is through the Bible that he continues to speak and bear his witness to heavenly things in our days.

Reliable Testimony

Jesus also fulfilled the third requirement for the perfect witness. His witness was consistent. It was complete and therefore totally reliable. John indicates this when he writes, “For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands” (vv. 34–35).

I must admit that because of the way this phrase is written in the Greek, several different interpretations of it are possible. It could mean three things. First, it could mean that Jesus Christ gives the Spirit to believers without measure. The verse has often been taken in that light, but this view is faulty. Certainly Jesus does not withhold the Spirit from his own. But whatever the case, none of us possesses the Spirit in the measure that he is possessed by Jesus; and it is far more true to say of ourselves, as is said elsewhere, that “to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it” (Eph. 4:7).

The verse could also mean that the Spirit does not give by measure; that is, that the Spirit himself gives liberally. That is true in one sense, but it does not seem to fit the context of these verses and is at best only a barely possible reading of the Greek text.

The third view, the one that is to be preferred, is that the Father has not withheld any measure of the Spirit from the Son. This is John’s way of saying that there is perfect communion and communication between the Son and the Father, with the result that the Father guarantees the truth and total reliability of Christ’s words. This is not true of any other religious teacher; in fact, no other teacher (except a madman) would claim it. In all the teaching of all the other religious teachers of this world, truth is always mixed with falsehood. Therefore, those who teach, if they are wise, always point beyond themselves to that which is higher. This was never done by Jesus. Others pointed down the road to a far destination. Jesus claimed that he was that destination. Others taught that they had aspects of the truth. Jesus said that the truth had come in his person. Others offered to show the way to God. Jesus said that he is the way to God. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Are these things true? If they are, Jesus is the only truly reliable witness to who God is and to what he requires. Since he requires your life and total allegiance, you ought (as the man who had been born blind) to worship him.

Running Away

At the end of his book, Runaway World, Michael Green, the principal of London Divinity School, deals with the means men and women use to escape an honest investigation of Christ’s claims. Sex is one obvious means of escape, according to Green. So are drugs, mysticism, conformity to our culture, the rat race, vice, even (for some persons) social involvement. Perhaps you are involved in one or more of these pursuits as a means of escape from the claims of Jesus.

But what of him? Is he the One he says he is? If he is, none of these means of escape will do. In fact, in order that no one might miss this, John ends his whole presentation of Christ’s claims with a forthright statement of the issues, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him” (v. 36).

What will you say when you meet him? What possible excuse can you offer? Green writes: “ ‘I didn’t believe you ever existed?’ What utter nonsense; what culpable ignorance of the evidence! ‘I didn’t think your life was attractive enough, noble enough’? What manifest hypocrisy: it was rather that the standards of the man of Nazareth were too high, too costly, was it not? Or shall the excuse be simply ‘I did not bother’? How do you think that will look to the Son of God, who became man for you, loved and died for you, rose again in order to take over your life and make a new man of you? No, all excuses will wither and wilt before the truth, the love, the self-sacrifice of Jesus. Final truth about the world, mankind and God has been disclosed by the Other who came into our very midst, the one who declared ‘I am the truth.’ By our relation to him we shall be judged.”

It is my profound prayer, as we close our studies of this great third chapter of John’s Gospel, that you will not ignore Christ’s witness but instead will enter into eternal life through believing in and committing yourself to him who died for you and rose again.[2]

The Revealer from Heaven

John 3:31–36

He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all. (John 3:31)

John chapter 3 is widely regarded as one of the great chapters of the Bible. It should be, because it presents concentrated teaching from Jesus himself on God’s way of salvation. There is no greater question than what God plans for our salvation. In this chapter we have the answer provided by none less than God’s own Son, who came into the world to reveal and accomplish that salvation. Therefore, what we make of Jesus’ teaching—accepting it in sincere faith or rejecting it in unbelief—is the decisive issue in our lives.

It is fitting that John 3 concludes with words that most scholars attribute to John the Evangelist, the author of this Gospel. His purpose is to bring together the important themes of this great chapter and to highlight why Jesus is the one person who most deserves to be heard, believed, and followed. Whereas all others are earthly witnesses to God, Jesus Christ is uniquely the Revealer from heaven, whose words truly hold the power of eternal life.

An Able Revealer

We remember that some of John’s followers had complained that people were leaving him to follow Jesus. They did not realize that this was the very thing that John most wanted; it was the purpose of his ministry to see people go to Jesus in faith. John’s was a divinely ordained ministry; he was a true prophet of the Lord. But Jesus is uniquely exalted even above a prophet such as John the Baptist. John explains: “He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all” (John 3:31).

John asserts that Jesus possesses a personal authority that is greater than that of anyone else. Unlike everyone else who has ever taught about God, Jesus actually came into this world from heaven: “He who comes from heaven is above all.” This alludes to Jesus’ identity as the very Son of God—one of the most important truths that the Gospel of John was written to reveal. The opening words of this Gospel inform us that Jesus is one with God and is therefore the true revelation of God: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). John sums up the significance of Jesus’ coming: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (1:14). Because of who he is, Jesus possesses an authority that no one else has.

This was something that people were about to experience as Jesus began his ministry. It was around this time that Jesus preached his famous Sermon on the Mount, after which, Matthew tells us, “crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority” (Matt. 7:28–29). Jesus was not like the scholars of his time—and most other times—who mainly recited the opinions of others. Instead, he revealed truth that he knew and had authority to proclaim as One sent from heaven to earth for that purpose.

Jesus speaks of things he knows firsthand: “He bears witness to what he has seen and heard” (John 3:32). When we read Jesus’ teachings in the Bible, we are not dealing with mere speculation. That is what everyone else has to do, apart from direct inspiration from God. But Jesus, alone even among the true prophets, is an eyewitness of God and heaven. If you want to know about the army, it is best to talk to someone who has served in the ranks. If you want to know about a family, the best source is a member of that family. Likewise, “if we want information about God, we will get it only from the Son of God; and if we want information about heaven and heaven’s life, we will only get it from Him who comes from heaven.… Because Jesus alone knows God, he alone can give us the facts about God, and these facts are the gospel.” This is why there is no better source for truth about God and salvation than Jesus Christ, who came into this world from heaven to reveal such truths to mankind.

This answers a common objection to the Christian faith. Some say, “What makes Jesus so different? Aren’t all religious leaders basically the same: Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad, or some other guru?” The answer is No. Jesus Christ alone is the very Son of God who came into this world with firsthand truth from heaven. No other religion even claims to have such a leader, but the New Testament is explicit in teaching that Jesus is the Son of God who came from heaven with ultimate truth.

Not only is Jesus a different kind of spiritual leader, he also brings a different message. People ask, “Don’t all religions say basically the same thing?” The common opinion is that they do, but only because people have not seriously faced the message of Jesus Christ. This was John’s point in saying, “He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way” (John 3:31). That is why, despite their distinctions, every false religion—be it Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, or Roman Catholicism—teaches that we come to God at least in part by being good. This is what you will find in the writings of Muhammad and Confucius, in the popes and the rabbis. We must somehow merit entry into heaven. But Jesus and his apostles teach something entirely different. Nicodemus thought he was good, but Jesus told him, “You must be born again” (3:7). The only way for anyone to be saved, Jesus revealed, was for “the Son of man [to] be lifted up” (3:14), by which he referred to his own death on the cross. Jesus alone teaches that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (3:16). Jesus taught that salvation is through faith, not by works.

This is not the kind of thing that men imagine; it is not of the earth but of heaven. This produces an absolute antithesis between Christianity and every other religion. If Jesus is who he says he is, then his message is the only true one and must be accepted to the exclusion of every other. If Jesus is not who he says he is, then he is a monstrous fraud who must be utterly rejected. A Christian, therefore, is one who has seen the truth of Jesus in God’s Word and accepts him to the exclusion of every other savior and lord.

John reminds us that we all begin as those who are “of the earth” and therefore earthly in our thinking. When you start studying the Bible, you will find it contradicting many things that you have always assumed. Since Jesus is the one person who is able to reveal truth from heaven, we should hunger for his truth in order to escape the errors in which we have been trained, as willing disciples eager to advance from earthly to heavenly thinking through Christ’s Word.

A Willing Revealer

In order to be an effective witness, one must be not only an able revealer but also one who is willing. Often, the eyewitness in a criminal case is not willing to testify because he or she does not want to get involved. But Jesus was willing to come from heaven to earth to reveal God’s truth to the world. John states this simply: “He bears witness to what he has seen and heard” (John 3:32).

Jesus was highly motivated to teach God’s Word. In Mark’s Gospel, we find Jesus beginning his ministry by going into the synagogues of Galilee to teach. While there, he encountered a demon-possessed man and he delivered him. Then Peter’s mother-in-law had a fever, so Jesus went and healed her. As word of these healings spread, many sick and possessed people were brought, and Jesus ministered to them because he could. As a result, there was great excitement about his ministry. Mark tells us that Jesus went to a quiet place to pray, but Peter came to get him to continue with the miracles. To Peter’s mind, this was the way to build a great religious movement—by drawing attention with spectacular events. But Jesus disagreed. “He said to them, ‘Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came’ ” (Mark 1:38). The purpose of Jesus’ ministry was to preach God’s truth; that must be the focus of our ministry as well. Mark summarizes, “And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues” (1:39).

Jesus is able and willing to reveal God’s Word. The problem is that people are not willing to receive him. John says, “He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony” (John 3:32). John means that comparatively few accept Jesus’ teaching, because he goes on to speak about some who do. The fact is that Jesus’ teaching is generally rejected by the world. People have worldly attitudes and opinions that clash with Jesus’ teaching so that they reject him. A. W. Pink explains that most people refuse Jesus because “the message is too heavenly for them. They have no relish for it. They have hearts only for things below.” This is why so few people are in church. They have other things that interest them. They prefer to watch the ball game rather than learn about God. They are making lists about work, and this seems more important than the state of their immortal souls. They are occupied with trying to hit white balls into holes in the ground, which they find more edifying than worshiping the God of heaven. Man condemns himself by his lack of interest in God and salvation. When worldly society was forced to pay attention to Jesus, it hated him and unjustly put him to death. Jesus said it plainly: “This is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil” (3:19).

Do you see why faith in Christ is so important and valuable? Do you see why it is precious to God when we believe in his Son and receive his Word? John says, “Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true” (John 3:33). In the ancient world, people had signet rings that they used as seals. When they wanted to mark something they owned, or to affirm something as carrying their authority or approval, they set their seal to it in wax. That is what our faith does to God. It glorifies God when we believe in Jesus, for in doing so we affix our seal to his Word. George Hutcheson says, “Faith embracing the doctrine of Christ doth also glorify God by subscribing to the truth of his word, and doth, so far as believers can, ratify the truth of the word, that others may embrace it.”

This answers another objection to Christian faith. People argue that we cannot be sure of what Jesus meant when he taught so long ago, especially since his teaching is preserved only in the writings of the apostles. Our answer is that Jesus’ revelation was a divine act of communication to us. This was not a merely human process, subject to human error. As the very Son of God, sent by the Father to reveal heavenly truth to the world, Jesus had as his purpose to effectively communicate to the world—and that is what he has done. During his trial, Jesus told Pontius Pilate, “For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth” (John 18:37). The Son of God did not fail in that purpose. Our faith is a seal testifying to Jesus’ success in revealing salvation.

It is noteworthy that John 3:32 does not say that Jesus “bore witness” but that he “bears witness.” This is present tense, not past. Jesus did not come into the world, speak the truth, and then leave it to merely human agencies to present it to the world. Instead, by the ministry of the Holy Spirit, he speaks even now through God’s living Word. James Montgomery Boice writes:

Where do we hear his testimony? The answer is: in the Bible. Is the Bible something that is dead, irrelevant, or dated, then? Not for John! And not for any who have come to know Christ and to have experienced the living power of the Bible to speak on his behalf. The Bible is living. Christ is living. Moreover, it is through the Bible that he continues to speak and bear his witness to heavenly things in our days.

A Certified Revealer

Not only is Jesus an able and willing Revealer, he is also certified to reveal God’s truth. When you go to a doctor’s office, you look on the wall to see a proper medical-school diploma. When a police officer shows up at your door, you ask to see proper identification. How much more important is a proper certification for One who claims to bring saving truth from heaven and from God!

Jesus bears two credentials. The first is his full possession of God’s Spirit: “He whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure” (John 3:34). This contrasts Jesus with even the prophets, to whom God gave the Spirit only as their ministry required. But Jesus had every endowment of the Spirit. Isaiah foretold: “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” (Isa. 11:2). Jesus began his ministry in Galilee by reading from the scroll of Isaiah 61, starting with the words: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me” (Luke 4:18). God did not provide his Son with the Spirit in part, but “without measure.”

This full endowment of God’s Spirit is reflected in the perfect accord between Jesus and the Father. He always knew and did the will of the Father perfectly. He was never at a loss for God’s Word. Moreover, through the Spirit, Jesus performed great miracles that certified his teaching. These Spirit-wrought miracles are a remarkable credential that prove his divine authority (see Luke 4:18–19). On one occasion, Jesus was teaching in a crowded house when four men dug a hole in the roof to let down a friend who was paralyzed. Jesus told the man that his sins were forgiven because of his faith. The Pharisees complained: “Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (5:21). Jesus replied, “ ‘Which is easier, to say, “Your sins are forgiven you,” or to say, “Rise and walk”? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’—he said to the man who was paralyzed—‘I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home’ ” (5:23–24). When the man picked up his mat and walked out, Jesus’ authority was proved.

Ultimately, God’s Spirit certified Jesus by raising him from the dead. Paul says that he “was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 1:4). One who has been publicly executed, is buried in a sealed grave for three days, and then comes to life before numerous witnesses has the right to claim authority to speak for God. In all these ways—Jesus’ perfect knowledge of God’s will, his ability to perform true miracles, and his resurrection from the grave—the Holy Spirit marks Jesus as a true Revealer from God.

Jesus’ second credential is his commission from the Father: “The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand” (John 3:35). John was one of those who heard the voice of God speaking from heaven, after he had baptized Jesus: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17). As such, God gave “all things into his hand.” This means that Jesus has the authority to declare God’s Word and to send the Spirit into the hearts of his own so that they receive it in faith. God had told John the Baptist, “He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” John therefore testified, “I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God” (John 1:33–34).

This answers yet another objection to faith in Christ. You might say, “I should believe something this important only on proper authority and with certifiable proof.” But Jesus has that authority, and it is certified by his full possession of God’s Spirit and by his commission from the Father. If you are looking for a “spiritual” teacher, there is none like Jesus: he possesses the fullness of God’s Spirit as the provision of his loving Father. From the lips of any other spiritual leader, such a claim would be preposterous. But Jesus makes that very claim in the New Testament, and his record completely backs it up.

How wonderful it is for believers not only to read of the Father’s blessing on his beloved Son, Jesus, but also to realize that through faith in Christ these same blessings now belong to us. Being joined to Christ in faith, we, too, receive the Spirit of God and are received into the Father’s love. Moreover, we enter into Christ’s mission of bearing witness to the gospel before the world. To be sure, Christians never speak on our own authority. But as Christ’s present disciples in the world, we may speak God’s Word with the authority of those commissioned to declare the gospel and in the joyful knowledge that God’s blessing will attend our ministry just as he previously blessed that of Jesus.

The Great Question

John 3 is one of the great chapters in the Bible because it answers the great question: What has God planned for the salvation of the world? Jesus teaches of our need to be born again, of God’s gift of his only Son to die for our sins, and of eternal life for all who believe. But that answer leads to another question that is now the most important of all for every individual: What do you make of Jesus Christ? Do you respond to him in trusting faith or in hardened unbelief? According to the final verse in this great chapter, the answer determines nothing less than your eternal destiny: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (John 3:36).

According to John, there are only two options. The first is to receive in faith this Savior who reveals truth from heaven. Having sent his Son to reveal God’s way of salvation and to open that way by shedding his own blood in our place, God requires us to believe on him. Notice the present tense of this verse, which says that as soon as we believe, we “have” eternal life. J. C. Ryle explains: “Pardon, peace, and a complete title to heaven, are an immediate possession. They are a believer’s own, from the very moment he puts faith in Christ.”

The other option is to reject Jesus. John warns, “Whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life.” Notice that to reject God’s Word about Jesus is to “not obey”—to commit treason against heaven. God has made faith in Jesus the one way to enter heaven; to deny him faith is to forfeit the life he offers. Moreover, it is to leave your sins unforgiven, so that God’s holy wrath remains on you. Jesus said, “Unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins” (John 8:24).

People become angry at the mention of God’s wrath. But a God without wrath would be a moral monstrosity; a God who is not furious against evil is not a worthy God—and there is no greater evil than to reject God’s holy Son. Christians are sometimes scolded for teaching that people will go to hell simply for holding different views from ours. But that is not what we teach. Unbelievers will suffer the pains of hell for rejecting not our truth but God’s truth, which he sent into this world through his Son, the Revealer from heaven, whom the world once murdered on a cross and whom it crucifies today in prideful unbelief. It is to exhort us to faith that John warns us: “Whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (John 3:36).

If there is one thing for us to take away from our studies in John 3, surely it is that we must treasure God’s Son, Jesus Christ. J. C. Ryle sums up our response to Jesus in words that cannot be improved on: “We can never make too much of Christ.… We can never have too high thoughts about Christ, can never love Him too much, trust Him too implicitly, lay too much weight upon Him, and speak too highly in His praise. He is worthy of all the honour that we can give Him. He will be all in heaven. Let us see to it, that He is all in our hearts on earth.”[3]

36. He who believeth in the Son. This was added, not only to inform us that we ought to ask all good things from Christ, but likewise to make us acquainted with the manner in which they are enjoyed. He shows that enjoyment consists in faith; and not without reason, since by means of it we possess Christ, who brings along with him both righteousness and life, which is the fruit of righteousness. When faith in Christ is declared to be the cause of life, we learn from it that life is to be found in Christ alone, and that in no other way do we become partakers of it than by the grace of Christ himself. But all are not agreed as to the way in which the life of Christ comes to us. Some understand it thus: “as by believing we receive the Spirit, who regenerates us in order to justification, by that very regeneration we obtain salvation.” For my own part, though I acknowledge it to be true, that we are renewed by faith, so that the Spirit of Christ governs us, yet I say that we ought first to take into consideration the free forgiveness of sins, through which we are accepted by God. Again, I say that on this all our confidence of salvation is founded, and in this it consists; because justification before God cannot be reckoned to us in any other way than when he does not impute to us our sins.

But he who believeth not in the Son. As he held out life in Christ, by the sweetness of which he might allure us, so now he adjudges to eternal death all who do not believe in Christ. And, in this way, he magnifies the kindness of God, when he warns us, that there is no other way of escaping death, unless Christ deliver us; for this sentence depends on the fact, that we are all accursed in Adam. Now if it be the office of Christ to save what was lost, they who reject the salvation offered in him are justly suffered to remain in death. We have just now said that this belongs peculiarly to those who reject the gospel which has been revealed to them; for though all mankind are involved in the same destruction, yet a heavier and double vengeance awaits those who refuse to have the Son of God as their deliverer. And, indeed, it cannot be doubted that the Baptist, when he denounced death against unbelievers, intended to excite us, by the dread of it, to the exercise of faith in Christ. It is also manifest that all the righteousness which the world thinks that it has out of Christ is condemned and reduced to nothing. Nor is any one enabled to object that it is unjust that those who are otherwise devout and holy should perish, because they do not believe; for it is folly to imagine that there is any holiness in men, unless it have been given to them by Christ.

To see life is here put for “enjoying life.” But to express more clearly that no hope remains for us, unless we are delivered by Christ, he says that the wrath of God abideth on unbelievers. Though I am not dissatisfied with the view given by Augustine, that John the Baptist used the word abideth, in order to inform us that, from the womb we were appointed to death, because we are all born the children of wrath, (Eph. 2:3.) At least, I willingly admit an allusion of this sort, provided we hold the true and simple meaning to be what I have stated, that death hangs over all unbelievers, and keeps them oppressed and overwhelmed in such a manner that they can never escape. And, indeed, though already the reprobate are naturally condemned, yet by their unbelief they draw down on themselves a new death. And it is for this purpose that the power of binding was given to the ministers of the gospel; for it is a just vengeance on the obstinacy of men, that they who shake off the salutary yoke of God should bind themselves with the chains of death.[4]

36 Verse 36 underscores a major truth that runs throughout the entire chapter. The destiny of every person is determined by his or her personal response to the Son. Those who put their faith in the Son receive eternal life; those who reject the Son will not see life but will endure the wrath of God (cf. 1 Jn 5:12, “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life”). The issue is clearly drawn. Worth noting is the fact that it is disobedience, not disbelief, that John sets in contrast with faith. The Greek apeitheō (GK 578) means “to disobey.” The verb is used regularly in the LXX of disobedience to God. Not to believe is to willfully reject. In Acts 14:2 the NIV translates the same term with “refused to believe.” Saving faith involves obedience as well as believing, a point often overlooked by those for whom correct doctrine tends to eclipse the necessity of a changed life.

Whoever “rejects the Son” (refuses to believe the words he speaks and consequently rejects the obvious implications regarding who he is) “will not see life” (i.e., the eternal life given to those who believe). Instead, God’s wrath remains on him. The wrath of God is not an emotional and vindictive reaction toward individuals. The rejection of divine love carries serious and necessary consequences. As G. Stählin observes, “Where mercy meets with the ungodly will of man rather than faith and gratitude, … love becomes wrath” (TDNT 5:425). That God’s wrath remains on the disobedient indicates that those who have not accepted the Son are already under condemnation (cf. 3:18).[5]

3:36. Before moving on with his narrative of Jesus’ ministry and message, John wanted to state one more time the essence of the gospel—believing people receive eternal life; rejecting people receive God’s wrath. What is the wrath of God? By his very nature which is perfect, God opposes the disobedience and rebellion which come from unbelief.

The word orge, from which we get our English word orgy, describes the anger of disapproval. It can arise gradually and is usually guided by reason and understanding. Hundreds of passages in the Bible refer to God’s wrath. Morris quotes Hodgson: “The wrath of God and divine punishment are essential elements in a doctrine which is to face the facts of evil and retain a fundamental optimism. The belief that God has sworn in His wrath that men who do certain things shall not enter into His rest enables the Church to open its worship each day with the words, ‘Come let us sing unto the Lord. Let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation’ ” (Morris, p. 250).

Any approach to God apart from Jesus Christ is futile. Religions, cults, and civic groups miss the message of the Bible when they talk frequently about God but do not want to disturb the pluralistic harmony of their members by emphasizing Jesus Christ. God allows no approach to himself apart from his Son. Whoever rejects the Son has forfeited eternal life and receives instead the wrath of God. This is what the Bible means when it says life is in the Son.

MAIN IDEA REVIEW: Our response to the Son of God determines our destiny.[6]

36. In verse 36 the testimony of the Baptist reaches its final climax. A kind of climax was also noted in 1:29 and again in 1:34. By combining the three we get the following:

“Look, the Lamb of God who is taking away the sin of the world.”

“And I have seen and I have testified that this one is the Son of God.”

“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; but he who disobeys the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”

Whereas all things are in the hand of the Son (verse 35), everlasting life too is in his hand. Accordingly, we read, He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; but he who disobeys the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

This passage leads us back to the very similar words of Jesus himself in 3:16–18. (See on 3:16–18.) Christ’s climax is also John’s. Everlasting life is given to those who have an abiding faith in the Son. It is not for thrill-seekers (who “believe” in him as a worker of miracles; cf. 2:23) but for trusters.

Over against the destiny of believers Jesus had placed that of unbelievers (cf. 3:16 with 3:18). The Baptist does the same when he closes his remarks by stating that he who disobeys the Son shall not see life, the wrath of God remaining on him. Note that over against abiding faith stands disobedience; i.e., refusal to accept Christ by a true and abiding faith. Such base rejection of the Son of God (for explanation of this term see on 1:14) who confronts sinners with the invitation and the demand to “trust and obey,” results in the punishment described in the final clause: they shall not see life; i.e., they shall not experience its joys and delights. The wrath of God, moreover, abides on them. The Baptist had spoken about this wrath of God in another connection (Matt. 3:7; cf. Luke 3:7). Luke refers to God’s wrath in his Gospel (21:23). Paul speaks of it again and again (Rom. 1:18; 2:5, 8; 3:5; 4:15; 5:9; 9:22; 12:19; 13:4, 5; Eph. 2:3; 5:6; Col. 3:6; 1 Thess. 1:10; 2:16; 5:9). The concept is also found in Hebrews (3:11; 4:3), and in the book of Revelation (19:15; cf. 6:16, 17; 11:18; 14:10; 16:19). Upon one occasion this attitude is ascribed to Christ (Mark 3:5), who in his parabolic teaching does not hesitate to ascribe it to the King, Lord, or Householder in heaven (Matt. 18:34; 22:7; Luke 14:21).

Though in the light of Rom. 1:18 and Eph. 2:3 it is surely erroneous to limit this divine disposition too narrowly by defining it as God’s displeasure with those who reject the Gospel (it also rests on those who have never heard the Gospel!), it is, nevertheless, true that man’s impenitent heart, his obduracy and sinister unwillingness to embrace Christ by a living faith, often furnishes the setting for these wrath-of-God passages. That is true also with respect to the passage which we are now studying (3:36). It is the only instance of the use of this word wrath (ὀργή) in the Fourth Gospel. It indicates settled indignation (sometimes in contrast with anger, θυμός, which is then defined as turbulent commotion, suddenly blazing up and quickly extinguished, like fire in straw, but especially when applied to God it is probably wrong to press the distinction between the two words).88

The mention of man’s disobedience, his base refusal to accept the Gospel, causes the mind to travel back to the story of the fall in Paradise. As a result of this fall Adam and Eve had been refused access to the tree of life (Gen. 3:24), and the wrath of God had been visited upon mankind. John 3:36 now teaches us that this wrath remains on those who disobey the Son. (For further comment see comments on 3:18.)

This conclusion of the Baptist’s testimony is beautiful because of its clear implication: Embrace the Son of God by a living and abiding faith, and have everlasting life. Cf. 3:21.[7]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). John 1–11 (pp. 132–133). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Boice, J. M. (2005). The Gospel of John: an expositional commentary (pp. 264–269). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Phillips, R. D. (2014). John. (R. D. Phillips, P. G. Ryken, & D. M. Doriani, Eds.) (1st ed., Vol. 1, pp. 207–215). Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing.

[4] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Gospel according to John (Vol. 1, pp. 141–142). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[5] Mounce, R. H. (2007). John. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, pp. 405–406). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[6] Gangel, K. O. (2000). John (Vol. 4, pp. 60–61). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[7] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to John (Vol. 1, pp. 150–152). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

Ten Reasons Good Christians Go Bad – Credo House Ministries

One of the most discouraging (and blindsiding) things in life is to be one who has followed the Lord for some time, felt to be on the right track, been involved in the His work somehow, and to feel the definite guidance of the Holy Spirit only to find yourself, after much time, becoming a worse Christian.

Sometimes we feel like we are going through sanctification in reverse. Our latter self seems more depraved and dispassioned than when we first picked up the Cross. Do you feel that way? Do you feel like you are a worse Christian now than you used to be?

Why do good Christians often go bad?
I write this post out of experience. So often I feel as if I am going backwards. So many times I have awoken realizing that I have less hope, faith, and love than I did the day before. It scares me. I know that “he who began a good work in my will perfect it” (Phil. 1:6), but why aren’t I being perfected? When I look back on myself twenty-years ago, I sometimes don’t see a progressive growth from better to worse, but a decline in the virtues that God is supposed to be working within me. I remember John Piper once said “When do I doubt God?

Not in tragedy, but when I see the slowness of my sanctification.” Not only is our sanctification often slow, but it sometimes goes the opposite direction.
Here is a list of ten issues that cause good Christians to go bad that are less obvious than the blatant sins that we often account for such a state.

1. Dried up Passion
When we first begin to follow the Lord, life is new and exciting. We are going to do great things for the Lord. We can’t wait to see what is around the corner. Our passions are high and our commitment is unable to stumble. However, at some point down the road we find ourselves tiring and slowly replacing this passion for what we believe to be the new “reality.” All the answers that we had at the beginning are not so simple. God’s hand is heavy and his movements at a crawl. We started the race sprinting, but now we are not that far down the track taking break after break. Our passion dries up and we begin to consider whether we need to run this race at all. We walk with our hands in our pockets kicking the dust up as we go.

Christ tells us that we can “lose our first love”: “But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place– unless you repent.” (Rev 2:4-5)

2. Entitlement for Sorrow
It is so easy to go through so many trials and troubles that we “cut ourselves some slack.” I feel as if this is something that I have done quite a bit over the last six years. Things have been so hard in my family (most of you know the stories). I held up great at the beginning, but at some point I began to feel sorry for myself. In doing so, I allowed myself to enter into self-destructive self-pity.

Unfortunately, this will often be the advice of others. “You got to start thinking about yourself [insert your name]. After all, not many people have to go through what you have been through.” If we listen to this advice, we will quickly replace our spiritual life for one of paralyzing sorrow. And, even though this sorrow does not help anything, it is addictive and counter-productive to all we know.

The Lord tells us: “If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out, then how can you compete with horses?” (Jer 12:5). There is the ever present reality that our pains and sufferings may very well get worse. We must be weary of the advice that may come our way that we are entitled to sorrow. We are entitled to joyful suffering for the sake of Christ.

3. Wrong Companions
Don’t ever give up your kindness, love, and friendship with those who are in desperate need of life change. But keep in mind that bad company does corrupt your morals (1 Cor. 15:33). The companion of fools suffers harm (Prov. 13:20). If your Christian life has gone in the wrong direction, take a look at those around you. With whom are you surrounding yourself? Are they people who inspire you to greatness or pull you down to the base hopes of this world?

4. Overly Critical
I see this so often with apologists. So many times we seek to defend ourselves as those who are not naive. We want people to see us as those who seek rational justification for everything we do and believe. This gets unhealthy and destructive to the Christian life when we build a methodology which puts the Bible on the witness stand at every point. “I am not going to believe this verse until it is rationally justified on its own merits.” The idea here is that God is guilty of falsehood until proven innocent (although we would never put it that way). In doing so, we think we are doing God a favor.

However, after a while, this will tear our faith apart. We don’t need rational justification for everything we believe. Hang with me. Just think if you did this with your spouse. What if everything Kristie said to me needed to be questioned. “I am going to pick up the kids,” she says to me. “I don’t believe you unless you can prove it,” I respond. “Dinner is ready,” she says. “We will see about that,” I think to myself. At some point in our marriage, Kristie has earned the right to be trusted. I don’t need to critically evaluate everything she says. If I did, our relationship would fall apart.

Some of you have quit believing the Lord and the Scripture. You put everything in a queue of future belief. But there is a point when you decide that God and the Bible are trustworthy and you set aside the critique. It is not a matter of “just believing” for no reason at all. It is a matter of “just believing” because God is trustworthy. Some of you need to get back to reading and believing the Scripture.

5. Not Working Hard
Laziness is a companion of spiritual lethargy. God did not create us to be idle. One of the greatest gifts is that one can have is a job that is labor intensive. I have rediscovered this recently. I spend quite a bit of time everyday doing hard labor in the sun in my backyard. I have three and a half acres of land.

The lack of rain over the years has cause about forty trees to die. I have logged quite a few hours cutting down and burning these trees over the last few months. I don’t know if there has been anything else as spiritually satisfying as this.

Many of us need to fill our idle time with sweat. Don’t underestimate how spiritually invigorating this can be.

6. Other Christians
Other Christians can be such a drain. I often get this on this blog. I can be brought so low as I see how mean Christians can be to one another. It sometimes makes me think “What is it all worth?” Some of you have had your worst experiences with those who profess Christ. Some of you don’t want to live the Christian life any longer because of other Christians.

As easy as it is to sympathize with this, realize that this is a counter-productive dead end. The answer for all of us is simple: Be everything that they are not. Every minute of every day, you surprise people by your kind and gentle spirit. You are a force for good. You are only responsible for yourself. You can inspire and change people with one comment, smile, and act of grace at a time. If other Christians are acting worse than heathens, you be Christ to them and be everything they are not.

7. Misreading God
It is so easy to misread God. We often interpret him one way when he is really going in the other. This can disillusion our spirituality causing us great hopelessness and a derailed Christian life. I have a friend who, a few months ago, was in serious trouble with the law. He had done something wrong and he got caught. He came to me in great sorrow and repentance, fearful of what was going to happen to him and his family if he went to jail. His repentance was sincere and heartfelt. He was broken beyond belief. We all entered into prayer for him. A few weeks later we get the word that no charges were being filed. He came to me and talked about all the blessings this difficulty had brought about in his life. It restored his family and caused him to be closer than ever to God. When he found out that the charges were not being filed, he rejoiced with tears, praising the mercy of God. I have never seen someone so happy. It has been like that for weeks. However, last week the bomb was dropped on him. They suddenly decided to press charges and it does not look good. His joy has been turned to the deepest sorry. And it is not just that he is being punished for a crime, it is that God seemed to, from his perspective, toy with him.

We must be careful about misreading God. We don’t really know which way he is going and he does not guarantee the type of deliverance we so often long for. When we go left and God goes right, it is important for us to quickly submit and adjust course. But the best is simply to wait to turn until we are certain that he has turned.

8. Liberty Leading to License
It is easy for those of us who believe so deeply in grace to fall into license. This can cause our faith to fall apart. We can sometimes keep from falling into serious sin, but it is the little liberties in which we indulge that can slowly erode our spirituality. When we give ourselves too much license, although lawful, they are not profitable (1 Cor. 6:12). One of the liberties I started giving to myself a few years ago was watching series on TV. Why not? There is nothing wrong with relaxing, taking a break to enjoy some entertainment. As well, much of this can be somewhat educational. But liberties are so easy to become addicted to. After a while, we don’t find any enjoyment outside of them.

The same could be said for Christians who enjoy alcohol, relief that comes by prescription meds, food addiction, sexual indulgence (even with one’s spouse), or rest. All of these, in and of themselves, can be good things and are gifts of God. However, it is so easy to give ourselves so much rope in these areas that we eventually find ourselves hung by this rope. Addictions are among the hardest sins to break and can prove to be among the most spiritually draining of all. The danger comes by way of their subtlety.

Heb. 12:1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

9. Not Accepting God’s Grace
Just as dangerous as giving yourself too many allowances due to liberty is not accepting God’s grace every day. There will rarely, if ever, be a day when you don’t sin. Many good Christians struggle with so many issues including pornography, homosexual attraction, food addiction, and the like. Not only is the sin draining, but neglecting to accept our only hope—the unmerited mercy of God—is fatal to our spiritual life. I know how hard it is to accept God’s grace for the thousandth time in a week for the same sin. But if you don’t, not only are you cutting yourself off from your only renewal, but you are saying that Christ’s sacrifice is only for those things that are not too difficult or addicting. Christ died for all your sins no matter how many times you commit them. Learning to be a beggar for grace is learning to be a Christian.

10. Excessive Pampering
I have a little jewel of a book called A Knight’s Own Book of Chivalry written by Geoffroi de Charny in 1356. In it he gives advice, knight to knight, about how to be a knight of virtue. One of his contentions is that a good knight needs to guard against “excessive pampering.” This, according to de Charny, leads to an inability to be effective in life. His advice is to make sure that one does not get used to nice beds and soft pillows. We need to learn to sleep out in the heat and the cold. We need to make sure we don’t become to fond of pampering ourselves or we will find ourselves impotent in many opportunities the Lord may give us.

We can pamper ourselves in so many ways. The basic principle is to never get to the point where you think you must have something to survive. This can be something as small as giving up our morning coffee to something much great like giving up our savings account. The point is that when we structure our lives to take away all the stress that we need to engage, we can find ourselves slipping spiritually. This is why fasting and self-discipline are such important parts of the Christian life

C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo House Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger.

Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminar (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I’m a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. He can be contacted at michaelp@credohouse.org