Roger Stone Attorneys Provide Evidence of FBI Leak Ahead Of Conservative Author and Activist’s Arrest Just over a week after his televised arrest was carried exclusively by CNN, attorneys for the longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone have sent a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees detailing how some reporters may have received an…
Scripture Reading: Psalm 25
Key Verse: Isaiah 43:25
I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.
God never ridicules us or makes us feel unworthy. Instead, we read these words of Jesus:
Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. (John 15:9 nasb)
If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:31–32 nasb)
I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15 nasb)
Love and truth. God is love and the source of all truth. The love He has for you is the same love He has for His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He gives you this love through His grace and mercy. It is a pure love, not tainted by guilt or obligation.
Regardless of how deep your past transgression may be, God is near to free you with the truth of His Word. Nothing is stronger than His love. When He forgives, He forgets (Ps. 103:12; Isa. 43:25). Once you have confessed sin, there is no need to beg or plead for His forgiveness. It is a done deal!
You can walk freely in the light of His love because He calls you His child. Your life is inscribed within the palm of His hand.
You are the apple of His eye; all of heaven rejoices at the sight of your name written in the Lamb’s blood.
O God, thank You for freeing me from sin with the power of Your Word. As I journey down life’s road, let me walk freely in the light of Your love. Make me secure in my relationship with You.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell (Screenshot)
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who credits Jesus for saving him from substance abuse, is funding a pro-life film scheduled for nationwide release in March.
In a pinned tweet on his Twitter page, Lindell celebrates the tenth anniversary of his freedom from drugs and alcohol, quoting the Bible:
10-years ago today (Jan. 16th, 2009) I was freed from crack cocaine, alcohol, etc. Thank you Jesus!! “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 #10YearChallenge
Lindell invested one million dollars in “Unplanned,” a six million dollar film billed as “one woman’s journey of transformation” from one of the nation’s youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors into one of the country’s most outspoken pro-life advocates.
The actress portraying the film’s subject, Abby Johnson, was almost a victim of abortion, The Hollywood Reporter explains, noting the movie’s ties to other pro-life films, such as “God’s Not Dead”:
Johnson is played by Ashley Bratcher, who told Fox News last month that her mother, at age 19, nearly aborted her but changed her mind while at the clinic the day the procedure was scheduled. In the trailer, Johnson is warned not to defy Planned Parenthood, “one of the most powerful organizations on the planet.”
Unplanned was written and directed by Cary Soloman and Chuck Konzelman, the writers and co-producers of God’s Not Dead and God’s Not Dead 2, both of which were also distributed theatrically by Pure Flix.
Watch the trailer for “Unplanned” below.
A border wall is the same as voter suppression to Democrats.
House Democrats are pushing hard to revive an Obama-era program that would keep illegal immigrant families out of detention and instead give them housing, transportation, healthcare, and legal aid to help them claim asylum in the U.S.
President Trump ended the Family Case Management Program in June 2017, citing excessive costs and the low rate of enrolled families returning to their home countries.
House Democrats want to bring it back to life in some form as part of an effort to reduce the detention of illegal immigrants and instead release them in the United States with some supervision. And they are hoping to negotiate that change in the ongoing border security talks between the two parties.
Specifically, Democrats want $30.5 million added to the family case management budget within the Department of Homeland Security. They also hope family detentions can be phased out this year.
Democrats are hoping to secure the funding in the ongoing talks between 17 House and Senate lawmakers who are trying to hammer out a broad border security agreement by Feb. 15.
Democrats will face off next week against Republicans on the negotiating team who are vying for money to boost border security and specifically barriers sought by President Trump along the southwest border, which Democrats oppose.
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., a top appropriator and a member of the negotiating team, outlined the Democratic proposal with an emphasis on aid to illegal immigrants rather than barriers to prevent entry in into the United States.
“The only crisis at the border has been a humanitarian one due to DHS’ inability to care for the migrants, families, and unaccompanied children properly,” Roybal-Allard said. “My proposal provides a larger investment in alternatives to detention and family case management.”
The Democratic plan calls for 100,000 illegal immigrants to have access to Alternative To Detention programs, up from 82,000 who are allowed to use those programs currently. Pro-immigration advocates have hailed ATD programs, run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as a far more cost-effective and humanitarian way to handle illegal immigration without detention while still ensuring illegal immigrants show up at a later date for immigration court hearings.
Public records reveal Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, who endorsed infanticide as a form of abortion on Wednesday, received almost $2 million in campaign contributions from Planned Parenthood.
Research reveals nearly $2 million in campaign contributions from the taxpayer funded pro-abortion group Planned Parenthood sent to Northam, who endorsed a bill that would allow new mothers to determine whether they wanted to keep a child after delivery, essentially legalizing infanticide.
Northam received $1.996 million from Planned Parenthood Virginia over the course of five years, with most of the donations coming in during his 2017 election campaign. These include massive cash injections of $338,852, $278,247, $255,641, and other similar amounts in the final days before the election.
I love Dennis Prager.
I know that many of my readers feel the same about this man. My husband and I don’t miss his radio broadcasts and we share his “Five minute videos” whenever we can. The Left can’t stand him, and I’m sure he wears that as a badge of honor.
A breath of fresh air
Dennis speaks with his down to earth, common sense convictions. As a Jewish believer, I love that he quotes from the New Testament. When he speaks of Jesus, his words demonstrate a deep understanding of our Lord.
Dennis of course is Jewish, and I must say that one would seldom (if ever) hear a Jewish person using the words of Christ to drive home a point.
Being raised Jewish and Ultra Liberal
I’m still attempting to figure out why most Jews are so liberal. It was expected of us to register as Democrats…
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Scripture reading: Romans 7:15–8:17
Key verse: Romans 7:22
For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.
Nothing anyone told him made him feel any better. He felt like a failure. He asked Jesus Christ to be his Savior three years ago, and for a while his life seemed to change. Some of his private, bad sin habits went away, and others were diminishing as he began to understand more of God’s Word. But lately, some of those old habits were starting to come back, and even worse, on some days he didn’t even mind.
“Maybe I’m not really a believer,” he worried. “Or maybe God has given up on me. After all, I was pretty poor material to start with.” The more he told himself these lies, the more he believed them, and the more he felt like a failure.
Does this story sound uncomfortably familiar? This man struggles with guilt over the issue of unresolved sin patterns. Listen to what Paul wrote, “For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice … O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Rom. 7:19, 24–25).
That was the apostle Paul talking, the one God used to send His Word to countless people. His “secret” was that he understood Jesus was in the process of rescuing him and would never give up on him. Always remember that you have “the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father’ ” (Rom. 8:15). God’s Word is at work in you today!
Father, thank You for the Spirit of adoption at work in me today. I am so grateful that You will never give up on me!
Fifty million Chinese Christians have experienced persecution in China following the enforcement of new religious affairs regulations in March 2018, according to Open Doors.
The charity for persecuted Christians ranks China at 27 out of the top 50 countries where it is hardest to be a Christian, a jump of 16 places.
The Chinese government is cracking down on Christians and other religious minorities, aiming for the ‘sinicisation’ of religion – making it fit smoothly with the Communist line and increasing loyalty to President Xi Jinping’s ideology. There are plans to ‘contextualise’ the Bible to fit with Chinese culture. Some churches have been told to fly the Chinese flag higher than the cross and to sing the national anthem before services.
Open Doors’ Head of Advocacy, Zoe Smith, said: ‘The increase in persecution of religious groups in China – particularly the Christians and the Uighur Muslims – is seriously concerning. The current climate is so severe that some older Chinese pastors have shared with Open Doors their worry that persecution in China will soon be comparable to that suffered under Chairman Mao.’
Outspoken and influential churches are bearing the brunt of the revised regulations, particularly in Henan and Zhejiang provinces where there are major house church networks, as an example to the rest of the country.
Open Doors has received reports from inside China that landlords are being pressured by local authorities to terminate rental contracts with churches. Some are being fined crippling amounts for petty offences such as inadequate fire safety equipment. There are strict guidelines for crosses displayed on churches. Many local authorities have in the past turned a blind eye to these regulations but are now enforcing them harshly.
Authorities have increased harassment of pastors making once normal activity more difficult. Many are worried about the effect it will have on their congregation. Churches have been raided, their Bibles and Christian material confiscated and pulpits defaced.
In order to stop the growth of a new generation of Christians, children’s church, youth groups and camps are forbidden. Churches have even been ordered to place signs at their entrance forbidding anyone under 18 from entering.
Many churches are defiant in the face of these new regulations, while others are taking precautions. Others are still meeting but have split into multiple smaller gatherings. One group of Christians in a major city left to go back to their respective home villages where they are now starting churches.
Chinese Christians fear that the laws may still be tightened or enforcement may become more severe.
Britain’s foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt named China as a country of concern in launching a review of UK policy on Chrisitan persecution last week.
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The global economy is way past the point of maximum debt saturation, and so the next stop is debt exhaustion.
Just as generals fight the last war, central banks always fight the last financial crisis. The Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008-09 was primarily one of liquidity as markets froze up as a result of the collapse of the highly leveraged subprime mortgage sector that had commoditized fraud (hat tip to Manoj S.) via liar loans and designed-to-implode mortgage backed securities.
The central bank “solution” to institutionalized, commoditized fraud was to lower interest rates to zero and enable tens of trillions in new debt. As a result, total debt in the U.S. has soared to $70 trillion, roughly 3.5 times GDP, and global debt has skyrocketed from $84 trillion to $250 trillion. Debt in China has blasted from $7 trillion 2008 to $40 trillion in 2018.
A funny thing happens when you depend on borrowing from the future (debt) to fund growth today: the new debt no longer boosts growth, as the returns on additional debt are increasingly marginal. This leads to what I term debt exhaustion: lenders can no longer find creditworthy borrowers, borrowers either don’t want more debt or can’t afford more debt, and the cost and risk of the additional debt far outweigh the meager gains. Whatever credit is issued is gambled in speculations that the current bubble du jour will continue indefinitely.
Unfortunately, all central banks know how to do is goose liquidity to inflate asset bubbles and juice the issuance of more debt. If asset bubbles start to deflate, then central banks start buying mortgages, empty flats, stocks and bonds to prop up markets that would otherwise implode.
Equally unfortunately, propping up asset bubbles and stimulating more debt to chase speculative gambles only increases the fragility of the asset bubbles and the economy that has come to rely on them for “growth”. A useful concept here is debt saturation: just as an absorbent material can only hold so much water, a corporation, household or economy can only support so much debt before servicing the debt reduces income and increases the risk of default.
The global economy is way past the point of maximum debt saturation, and so the next stop is debt exhaustion: a sharp increase in defaults, a rapid decline in demand for more debt, a collapse in asset bubbles that depend on debt and a resulting drop in economic activity, a.k.a. a deep and profound recession that cannot be “fixed” by lowering interest rates or juicing the creation of more debt.
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[The Washington Times, Everett Piper] A pastor sent me a message this week.
After spending some time highlighting my limited knowledge of social psychology as well as my ignorance of cognitive and moral development theories, he proceeded to chastise me for what he termed my “confirmation bias.”
How was I guilty of such ideological foreclosure?
It seems my sin was my persistent criticism of the ineffectual and bankrupt thinking of ‘Progressives.’
“Jesus was neither a Republican or a Democrat,” said my clerical coach. “Your focus on partisan politics only distracts from the message of Christ. Surely, if you were more open minded, you could find some examples where Democrats are right and Republicans are wrong?”
Knowing context is always king, I decided to ask a question or two before succumbing to the temptation of venturing an answer: “Aside from the fact that Jesus obviously wasn’t either a Republican or Democrat, because neither party existed at the time, can you tell me what exact political policies are of concern to you? Please be specific,” I said.
Failing to get a response, I decided to double down a bit.
“Please show me,” I asked, “some specific cases where, as you say, ‘Democrats are right and Republicans are wrong.’
“For example, please provide me some evidence as to why politically correct justice is right, and biblically correct justice is wrong?
“Can you tell me why denying the biological fact of the female is right, while defending the empirical reality of a woman is wrong?
“Why is killing our youngest children right, while fighting to protect them from a political party hell-bent on their execution wrong?
“Please tell me where it is ever right to hide the physical consequences of unbiblical sex, while it’s wrong to educate people of its harmful effects.
“Please explain to me why it’s right for the state to presume to define marriage (a sacrament of the church), while fighting to keep the government out of the church’s business is wrong?
“Please help me understand where the confiscation of private property (i.e. stealing it through taxation, debt, and inflation) is right, while defending the right of all citizens to work hard and enjoy the fruits of their labor is wrong?
“Can you provide evidence that ignoring our nation’s sovereignty is right, while defending our country’s borders (as God told Israel to defend its own) is wrong?
“Please share your evidence proving that indoctrinating our children in schools committed to moral nihilism is right, while ‘training up our children in the way they should go’ is wrong.
“Please tell me why you think denying God’s existence and expunging any mention of Him from our courts, our Congress, and our classrooms is right, while honoring Him as the author and giver of our unalienable rights of life and liberty is wrong.
“Please show me where dividing our country by race and color is right, while working to unite it by virtue and character is wrong.
“Please provide evidence showing that the constant emphasis on my identity and my victimization is right, while the focus on my responsibility and my obligations is wrong.
[Editor’s Note: This was written by Everett Piper and originally published at The Washington Times.]
[Editor’s Note: Title changed by P&P.]
I’m so grateful that God is faithful.
I’m 100% sure that if God wasn’t faithful, I wouldn’t still be a Christian.
Life is simply too hard, too complicated, too confusing, and too painful for me to make it on my own.
But God is faithful, and he has sustained me through depression, drew near to me when I was brokenhearted, and lifted my head as I walked through heartbreaking trials. He has proven time and again that his grace is sufficient for me.
But as sweet and precious as my experiences of God’s faithfulness have been, I don’t need them to know that God is faithful.
Again and again, scripture tells me that faithfulness is woven deep into the character of God. It’s simply part of his glorious character. God is holy. God is love. God is justice. And God is faithful.
How exactly is God faithful? Here are 5 glorious ways.
1. God Is Faithful To Fulfill His Promises
The rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold… (Psalm 19:9-10)
Scripture contains thousands of promises from God, and God is faithful to fulfill every single one of those promises. It really is an absolutely staggering thing to think about. Why would God promise to do anything for me? He doesn’t owe me anything. I’ve sinned against him time and time again. I’ve doubted his promises.
And yet Scripture says that God is faithful to bring about every promise he has made. If God wasn’t faithful to his word, I couldn’t have any confidence in him. My faith would be dashed to pieces because I couldn’t rely upon him.
But unlike me, God never makes a promise that he can’t 100% keep. He is absolutely, completely, and totally faithful to his promises.
Speaking of God’s promises, Charles Spurgeon says:
As you read them over, one after the other, you say to yourselves, “This is my checkbook. I can take out the promises as I want them, sign them by faith, present them at the great Bank of Grace, and come away enriched with present help in time of need.” That is the way to use God’s promises.
2. God Is Faithful To Forgive My Sins
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
I’m so incredibly grateful that God is faithful to forgive my sins. He is not petty and he doesn’t hold grudges. When I sin, he doesn’t give me the cold shoulder or make me go through some sort of elaborate ritual in order to be forgiven.
The forgiveness equation is gloriously simple. I confess my sins to God, he forgives them. And because God is faithful, I don’t need to worry that maybe this time he won’t forgive my sins. I don’t need to be stricken with fear that I’ve pushed God too far.
Rather, just like the father in the story of the Prodigal Son, God eagerly waits for me to return to him in repentance. And when I do return, he wraps me in the cloak of forgiveness and celebrates.
3. God Is Faithful To Make Me More Like Jesus Christ
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).
God is the master craftsman, and every day God is faithful to shape me more and more into the image of his Son. He is using every circumstance – every blessing and every backache, every joy and every sorrow – to make me like Jesus Christ.
He began the good work in me when he saved me, and he is determined to finish the work he started. Because God is faithful, nothing can keep him from accomplishing his glorious purposes in my life.
In John 10:28, Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”
That is such a sweet, sweet promise. No one and nothing can take me out of the hands of Jesus. He will hold me fast and continue to transform me more and more into his image. Because God is faithful, I’m confident that he will finish the saving work he began in me.
4. God Is Faithful To Work All Things For My Good
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
God is faithful.
God is good.
God is sovereign.
When you mix all three together, you have a God who works EVERYTHING together for my good. Every blessing, every trial, every heartache, and every sorrow is being used by God for my good.
God has called me according to his purpose, and nothing can thwart his purpose for me. God really does have a good plan for my life, and that plan is absolutely invincible. He has resolved to use everything in my life for my good.
As John Piper says, “If all things work together for my good, then I cannot be ultimately defeated in the cause of Christ.” Isn’t that good news? Nothing, and I mean nothing, falls outside of God’s faithfulness to work all things together for my good. This gives me such confidence in God.
5. God Is Faithful To Meet All My Needs
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
Are you starting to see how God’s faithfulness moves from the big to the small? In other words, if God is faithful to deal with my greatest problem (sin that separates me from him), he’ll also be faithful to me in the smallest of details.
God is faithful to meet all my needs, and I do mean all. Spiritual and emotional needs. Physical needs. Financial needs. There is no need too small for God. He is a good Father who loves to take care of his children.
I get small glimpses of this in the way I relate to my children. It makes me really happy to be able to bless them and provide for them. It brings me such joy to give them good gifts. If that’s how I feel, then how much more must God delight in providing everything I need?
Delighting In A Faithful God
Even though I am fickle, weak, and even faithless at times, God remains faithful to me. He doesn’t desert me, doesn’t throw up his hands in frustration when I fall short. His faithfulness is higher than the heavens.
2 Timothy 2:13 gloriously puts it like this: “…if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself.”
I’m so grateful God is faithful.
PHOENIX, AZ—Private Christian school Grand Canyon University has disinvited Jesus Christ from its campus in order to preserve the school’s mission of unity after uncovering controversial comments made by the Jewish Messiah that might cause division among students.
Material mentioning Jesus’ teachings has been banned, and anyone with Jesus in his heart was asked to vacate the campus immediately.
“We support a lot of the nice things that Jesus says,” school administrators wrote in a statement. “He’s all about Judeo-Christian values, and that’s great. We love that. But here on campus, we want to provide an environment that’s free from controversy and divisiveness, and frankly, Jesus said a lot of stuff that’s likely to tear us apart.”
Administrators pointed to instances like the time Jesus said He was the only way to God, the time He claimed He and the Father are “One,” and the time He said that He came not to bring peace on earth, but “a sword.”
“These statements simply aren’t in line with our values of unity and not ever offending anyone,” the statement concluded.
The Presence of the Truth
“These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” (14:25–26)
Throughout His ministry, Jesus had been the source of truth for the disciples (cf. v. 6). “These things (the Father’s word; v. 24),” He reminded them, “I have spoken to you while abiding with you.” But just as He would not leave them without a source of comfort, so also He would not leave the disciples without a source of truth. He would send the Holy Spirit, the “Spirit of truth” (v. 17), to guide and teach them. Apart from His revelation, there is no way to know spiritual truth. Since “the world through its wisdom did not come to know God” (1 Cor. 1:21), fallen mankind is “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Tim. 3:7). It is only when people are “saved [that they] come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4).
Even the disciples, before Pentecost, found it difficult to understand all that Jesus taught them. According to John 2:22, it was not until after the resurrection that they understood His teaching in verse 19. Nor did they grasp the full significance of the triumphal entry until after Jesus had been glorified (John 12:16). Because of their obtuseness, Jesus told them, “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now” (16:12). They needed instruction, so Jesus promised them, The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name (cf. Acts 2:33) He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you (cf. 16:13). The phrase, in My name, means “on My behalf,” as it also does in verse 13. Just as Jesus came in the Father’s name (5:43), so also will the Spirit come in Jesus’ name. As another Comforter like Jesus, the Spirit will always act in perfect harmony with Christ’s desires, purposes, and will. “He will glorify Me,” Jesus would later tell the disciples, “for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you” (16:14). In the divine plan, the Spirit’s ministry is to testify about Christ (15:26), not draw attention to Himself (cf. 16:13).
The Spirit is the believer’s resident truth teacher (1 John 2:20, 27); by illuminating God’s Word to their understanding, He thus grants Christians the knowledge of God that leads them to spiritual maturity.
But Christ’s promise that the Spirit would bring to their remembrance all that He had said to them was primarily a promise to the apostles of divine inspiration. The Holy Spirit’s supernatural guidance granted them an inerrant understanding of Jesus Christ’s person and teaching. The apostles (and their close associates) recorded that divinely inspired truth in the Gospels and the rest of the New Testament.
Peter described the process of inspiration in 2 Peter 1:20–21: “But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” The apostle Paul declared, “All Scripture is inspired by God” (lit., “God-breathed,” 2 Tim. 3:13). The Holy Spirit inspired the very words of Scripture, not merely the thoughts of the writers (1 Cor. 2:13). The Bible is therefore inerrant and authoritative, and thus the only infallible rule of faith and practice. It alone contains “the sacred writings which are able to give [one] the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:15). For the redeemed, the Bible is “the sword of the Spirit” (Eph. 6:17) and is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16–17).
Armed with the truth and accompanied by the presence of God, the disciples and their contemporaries would soon be those who “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6 kjv). But in this moment of distress, just hours before the cross, the situation looked desperately hopeless. Aware of the disciples’ distress, Jesus pointed them to the ultimate and only sure source of hope—the triune God. In the same way that the promise of God’s presence heartened them two millennia ago, it should still bring confidence and courage to believers today, since it provides comfort both now (2 Cor. 1:3–4; cf. Pss. 23:4; 86:17; Matt. 5:4; Acts 9:31), and forever (Isa. 25:8; 2 Thess. 2:16; Rev. 7:17; 21:4).
The Holy Spirit as Teacher
“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
John 14:26 is the shortest of those sections of the final discourses dealing with the Holy Spirit, yet it is probably true that it gives us the fullest definition. The Holy Spirit is described as the “Counselor.” We have already seen what this means in our discussion of verses 16–18. He is described as being “holy”—the Holy Spirit. Finally, he is described as being a “teacher.” Here are three definitions: the Counselor, Holy One, and Teacher. Yet when the verse is looked at closely, it is undoubtedly the last of these, the fact that the Holy Spirit is a teacher, that is emphasized. The role of the Holy Spirit as Counselor is emphasized in the earlier verses. The matter of holiness is emphasized in 16:7–11. But here (as also at 15:26–27 and 16:12–15) the special ministry of the Spirit as teacher is brought forward.
When the Lord says that the Holy Spirit is to “teach you all things,” the reference is primarily to the apostles. These were those whom Jesus had chosen to be authoritative spokesmen for the truth he had revealed. They were to remember it and then record it in the pages of what has become the New Testament. Moreover, this teaching was to become normative for the church. This same idea is clear in that verse in which the Lord says, “When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all [the] truth.” Jesus did not mean that all that could possibly be known would be revealed to them. All things that can possibly be known are known only to God. But he did mean that the Holy Spirit would reveal to them the full truth of the gospel centered in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. And this he did. This was a unique ministry of the Holy Spirit to the apostles.
At the same time, however, there is a secondary sense in which these words apply to Christians who are living today. The Holy Spirit teaches us as well, and the Holy Spirit is the One who brings these things to our remembrance.
Need for Teaching
We need to look at the disciples first, however. Clearly, here were men who needed to be taught. They had been with the Lord Jesus Christ for three years. One might think that they would have understood the essence of his ministry and the gospel. He had spoken to them about these things. But the truth is that, although he had spoken to them about this, nevertheless they had not understood him. It is significant that verse 25 says, “All this I have spoken while still with you.” He had spoken to them, but that is not quite the same thing as saying that he had taught them. Obviously he had tried to teach the disciples, and had taught them many other things, but they had not yet really learned the great truths of the gospel. Actually, they were confused men who needed the Holy Spirit’s teaching.
They also had a particular problem with learning in this instance, for the Lord had announced his departure to them, and this had so seized upon their minds that they were not really hearing what he was saying. He had spoken about another Counselor, but they were not interested enough in the other Counselor even to learn about him. All they could grasp was that Jesus was to be taken from them.
So the Lord tells the disciples, “You need teaching; you really do. You have heard a lot, but you do not understand it. You need to be taught. I am going. Nevertheless, the Holy Spirit is coming, and one of his roles (a very important role) is to teach you.”
The second interesting thing about the teaching of the Holy Spirit is that God himself earnestly wanted to teach the disciples. We see this in the fact that the entire Trinity is mentioned in this verse: “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you.” In other words, the Father in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ is sending the Holy Spirit to teach the disciples, so much is he interested in having them come to the knowledge of the truth concerning Jesus.
I suppose that if we had been the Lord Jesus Christ, we might have said at this point, “Oh, these dull, dull disciples!” We could even have boasted about the quality of our instruction. We could have said, “It is impossible to imagine a better teacher than they have just had. Furthermore, they have gone through an entire seminary course in three years and have combined formal teaching with on-the-field experience. They have had the advantage of a first-class example. So if they still do not get it, I will flunk them.” We might have said that. But this is not the attitude of God. The God who recognizes, on the one hand, that the disciples needed teaching, is the same God who, on the other hand, sends the Holy Spirit in order that they might be taught.
If we ask at that point, “Were they taught?” the answer is yes; of course they were. The proof of it is our Bible. Furthermore, once the Holy Spirit had come, they began to get it quickly, because on the day of Pentecost, Peter, who on an earlier occasion had said when the Lord announced his crucifixion, “Far be it, Lord, that such a thing should happen to you,” who did not understand Jesus at all, this same Peter stood up and announced with great understanding that what had occurred in Jerusalem six weeks before had been by the foreordination of God. In other words, the crucifixion of Christ had fallen out in accordance with God’s perfect plan and was the heart of redemption. Then Peter preached Christ to the very men who had crucified him, and the Holy Spirit blessed the message so that many came to faith on that occasion. The disciples did learn through the Holy Spirit. Moreover, the Holy Spirit guided them to write these things in the books that became our New Testament.
These books record what the Lord Jesus Christ said and did, explain it, and draw conclusions. In this sense the critics are right when they say that these books are not pure biography, that is, objective historical biography. They are biography with an interpretation attached. But the interpretation, as well as the biography, is that which the Holy Spirit gave.
Our Teacher Too
All this applies primarily to the disciples, but it also comes down to us in a much closer way. For we need to be taught also, and the Holy Spirit, who taught the disciples, is our teacher as well.
Paul writes about it to the Corinthians. He talks first of the fact that in ourselves we are unable to understand spiritual truth, even when it is recorded in the pages of Scripture. But he tells us in addition that the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, who inspired the Bible, speaks from its pages to bring us understanding. “As it is written, ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him’—but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we many understand what God has freely given us. This is why we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spritiual truths in spiritual words” (1 Cor. 2:9–13).
Here the ministry of the Holy Spirit as teacher is explained. It was exercised, in the first instance, when God revealed truth to the apostles and they recorded it in what would later become canonized as the pages of the New Testament. It is then exercised, in the second instance, when this same Holy Spirit teaches us from the truths that they have recorded.
The first part of John 14:26 speaks of the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit, but there is a second part that speaks of remembrance. “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you.” Why, if they were taught all things, does anything need to be brought back to mind? As we begin to reflect on this word, we see that a ministry of the Holy Spirit in helping us remember is necessary because of what we are like and because of the inability of our minds to retain important teachings. It is possible to be well taught, even brilliantly taught, and still forget; or, in the disciples’ case, to be taught the meaning of Christ’s ministry but forget that upon which it is based.
The Lord’s emphasis on remembering teaches us two separate truths. First, it teaches us that the wisdom of God is not a new thing. It is that which God has revealed in the past and that is the same because he is the same. We have a tendency, especially in America and in our age, always to be inventing theology. Churchmen speak about “process theology” today. It means “evolving” theology. But this is not the outlook of the Scriptures. Some of our contemporaries seem always to be searching the Bible in the light of newspapers and popular books in order to come up with something that no one has ever heard before. When they do and when they write a book about it, they get a hearing. This is the nature of The Passover Plot, The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross, and some other popular religious books. People buy them and say, “We never heard that before! Therefore, it must be true!” But it is not true, nor is it a product of the Holy Spirit’s ministry. The Holy Spirit does not give us new doctrines. Rather, he brings old truths to our remembrance.
So what we preach is not new doctrine but the old doctrine once and for all delivered to the saints. It is the doctrine of man’s total inability to help himself spiritually, God’s grace in Jesus Christ, the ministry of the Holy Spirit who takes these truths and brings them home to our hearts and minds so that we understand them, and God’s unfailing perseverance with his people. We preach that God does not abandon us, that God who has begun to save us in such a marvelous way, giving us a new spirit and creating a new soul, will persevere to the end, at which time he will give us a new body and make us like the Lord Jesus Christ forevermore. These are not new doctrines. They are old doctrines. They are the doctrines that the Holy Spirit brings to our remembrance.
The second truth the word “remind” teaches is that we tend to forget these doctrines, even though we have heard them many times. The history of the church is the history of great blessing through the Holy Spirit, a time of reformation and revival, followed by a gradual forgetting of the message. This happens again and again; so one of the jobs of the minister is to remind the congregation of the old truths. One of the jobs of Christian people is to remind each other of them, and one of the jobs of the Christian church is to remind the world of these old doctrines, even though the world may reject them.
He Shall Testify of Me
This verse also says something else, and we do not want to miss that either. It says that the object of the teaching is Christ. This is true in this text: “He will remind you of everything I have said to you.” It is also true in the verses about the Holy Spirit in John 15 and 16: “When the Counselor comes, whom I well send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning” (15:26–27). “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you” (16:12–14).
We have a danger, even as evangelical people, of making the Scriptures an end in themselves. We study the Bible as we would a textbook. We memorize the data. But we are always in danger of forgetting that the purpose of the Scriptures is not to exist as an end in themselves, though they will endure forever—“heaven and earth will pass away, but my word will not pass away”—but to reveal Christ to the seeking heart and mind.
There is a final point that belongs with what we have been saying. The Holy Spirit is also the One who enables us to teach these truths to others. Teaching spiritual truths cannot be done in the power of the flesh. Paul writes about it in 1 Corinthians in the verses that come just before the ones cited earlier. “When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. … My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power” (2:1–2, 4).
Three things are necessary if God’s truth is to be properly communicated. First, there must be the revelation of the truth to the apostles by the Holy Spirit. This has been done. Second, there must be the teaching of the Holy Spirit to our hearts, so that, as we read their words, we come face-to-face with the Lord Jesus Christ about whom they wrote. Third, there must be the continuing work of the Holy Spirit to take our testimony concerning this Word and carry it home to the hearts of those who have not yet heard or understood it. Three stages!
But there can be error in each. There are some who do not begin with the Scriptures. They consider the Bible to contain the words of men rather than the very words that the Holy Ghost taught to the apostles. Having thrown out the base, they have nothing on which to stand, and their theology becomes mere speculation. There are others who accept the Bible as the Word of God but who do not allow the Holy Spirit to teach them. They study the Bible in an academic way. Although they may have a high doctrine of Scripture, they do not strive to see the Lord Jesus Christ in its pages. Then there are those who accept the Bible as the Word of God and who do meet with Jesus Christ, but they testify in their own power in a way that brings glory to themselves, and few are won.
We do a farmer’s work. First, we prepare the soil. Then we take a seed and plant it. We water it, and we wait for it to grow. But we do not give life to the seed. The seed already has life in it. Moreover, we can scratch a furrow and put the seed in it, but the ground must have the nutrients that God has placed there. And even then the work of God is not finished, for the seed will not grow unless the sun shines upon it. The Holy Spirit must be the sun in our witnessing. We must be faithful in scratching the furrows, watering, even pulling out weeds. But we must look to God to give life.
26 The instruction of the disciples, however, will not cease. The Father will send the Holy Spirit to remind them of all that Jesus has said and help them understand the full meaning of his teaching. Apart from this teaching role of the Spirit, there never could have been a reliable gospel or, for that matter, a NT at all. As Peter put it, “Men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pe 1:21).
The Counselor who is to be sent by the Father is the Holy Spirit. (Only here in John is the title in Greek given in its fullest form: to pneuma to hagion, GK 4460, 51). For the early Christians the title would emphasize the holiness of the Spirit rather than his might and power. In his vision of the exalted Lord, Isaiah saw the seraphs as they circled the throne and called out, “Holy, holy, holy [hagios, LXX] is the Lord Almighty” (Isa 6:3). As God is holy so also is his Spirit. Jesus says that the Holy Spirit will be sent by the Father “in [his] name,” i.e., his task will be in accord with the character of Jesus.
If we take the last two clauses of v. 26 as synonymous parallelism (so Brown, 651), the teaching work of the Spirit will be to “remind” the disciples of all that Jesus taught. It will not consist of new revelations. The Spirit will take the words of Jesus and make them known (cf. 16:13–15). He will help the disciples grasp the full meaning of what Jesus was teaching while he was with them in person. It is one thing to understand a statement as being true; it is something quite different to grasp the full meaning and significance of that truth. The Holy Spirit’s teaching ministry belongs in the latter category.
Calvin, 2:88, calls the Spirit “the inward Teacher (interior magister)” and points out that God has two ways of teaching: first, the words that fall on our ears, and second, the inward action of the Spirit. It is still the case that biblical truth may be heard and understood without its more profound meaning laying hold of the mind and heart of the listener. Theology as an academic discipline is not the same as truth about God understood from the heart. Obviously, the “all things” taught by the Spirit does not include matters irrelevant to God’s purpose in sending Jesus to be our Savior.
A revealing teacher who conveys the truth (vv. 25–26)
While most of the promises given to the disciples at this meal are applicable for all followers of Jesus Christ at all times, this particular promise was specific to the disciples who were there in that upper room. You can imagine their concerns—how are we going to remember everything he said to us? How can we tell others what he said? Jesus comforted them by telling them that one of the jobs of the Holy Spirit would be to remind them precisely and accurately of everything he had said. That accounts for the remarkable accuracy and consistency of the New Testament record. It was supernatural that various men could naturally and personally record the life and teaching of Jesus and at the same time be entirely consistent with one another.
14:26 / Will remind you of everything I have said to you: Such language was used especially of warnings about trouble and persecution (cf. 13:18; 16:4; and perhaps 14:29), but memory also played an important part in the interpretation of Jesus’ deeds (cf. 2:17, 22; 12:16). The writer of this Gospel probably saw himself as one to whom the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, had given special insight and perspective, after the fact, on the words and deeds of Jesus as he wrote them down.
14:25, 26. These things I have told you while still remaining with you. Moreover, the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you everything, and will remind you of everything that I myself said to you.
Jesus seems to linger with his disciples as long as possible. Again and again he seems to bid them farewell; nevertheless, again and again he remains a little longer. There is a tone of departure in the words, “These things I have told you while still remaining with you.” Yet, the Master lingers. Cf. 14:31; 15:11; 16:1, 4, 25, 33. These things, in view of while still remaining with you, which is surely very general, cannot be restricted to the words spoken that night, but obviously indicate all his teaching up to this very moment. Now Jesus draws a distinction (notice, he does not present a contrast; δε should here be translated moreover or and or now, not but) between his own teaching during the days of his humiliation, on the one hand, and his own teaching through the Spirit in the glory of his exaltation, on the other. The central idea of verses 25, 26 may be summarized as follows:
“While yet abiding physically with you I have given you certain teachings which after my physical departure from you I, through the Spirit, will make much clearer to you (cf. 1 Cor. 2:13). Moreover, I will then teach you everything which you need to know in order to perform the work of witnessing which is assigned to you.”
Note the names given to the third person of the Trinity: the Helper (παράκλητος); see on 14:16; the Holy Spirit, holy because, he is not only himself completely sinless and in possession of all the moral attributes in an infinite degree—which, of course, is true also with respect to the Father and the Son—, but also because it is he who takes the leading part in the work of making others holy (sanctification). He is also characterized as the One “whom the Father will send in my (Christ’s) name.” Cf. Acts 2:33. The sending of the Holy Spirit and also his work on earth is in complete harmony with Christ’s name, that is, with his self-revelation in the sphere of redemption. A comparison between 14:26, “whom the Father will send in my name,” and 15:26, “whom I will send from the Father,” makes it very clear that the historical sending of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost (see Acts 2) is ascribed to both the Father and the Son. Does not this historical effusion imply that also the eternal, super-historical procession of the Spirit must be viewed as an act in which the Father and the Son cooperate?
Note that the promise contains two elements, and that in all probability the first everything (or all things: (πάντα) is more comprehensive than the second. First, the Spirit will teach you everything that is necessary (not only for your own salvation, but here specifically) for the work of witnessing (cf. Matt. 10:10; 1 John 2:27). This includes certain things which Jesus had not specifically taught during the days of his humiliation, having omitted them for a very wise reason (see on 16:12). Secondly, the Spirit will remind you of everything that I myself said to you. As already indicated, by means of both of these Jesus Christ is fulfilling his prophetic office, first on earth, then from heaven.
The two everythings may be viewed as concentric circles, for also by means of recalling the old (“everything that I myself said to you”), the Spirit would be teaching the new. It must be borne in mind that between the time when Jesus uttered these words and the moment when the Holy Spirit was poured out there occurred the following significant events: Christ’s crucifixion, resurrection, ascension, and coronation. In the light of these great events the work of the Holy Spirit in reminding the disciples of the former teachings of Jesus would naturally imply new teaching, or if one prefers, it would imply the impartation of a deeper understanding of that which when it was first heard had hardly registered. As proof we offer the following passages: 2:22; 12:16. Even then, of course, the special guidance of the Spirit was necessary in order to convey to their minds the exact meaning of Christ’s words in the light of his atonement and glorification.
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Pope Francis recently took a trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), an Islamic State in the Middle East where renouncing your Islamic faith is illegal.
In a video message to the UAE people, Francis expressed solidarity with them as a result of their “faith in God.”
Dear people of the United Arab Emirates, Salam aleikum, peace be upon you. Faith in God unifies, not divides, bringing people closer even with their differences, while keeping them away from hostilities and aversion.
The video can be seen below:
Of course, this is not the first time the pope has declared that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Back in 2015, the pope declared this,
The pope is an empty suit, not only politically, but religiously. He’s a Communist acting on behalf of the socialist elites who involves himself in worldwide politics whoring himself to world leaders when what he should be doing is repenting and believing in Jesus Christ.
With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”
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Source: Branco Cartoon – The Grim Weeper
Acts 8:1–25 records the great persecution of the church by Saul and the consequent spread of the gospel to Samaria through Philip. “Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ” (Acts 8:5), and “there was much joy in that city” (Acts 8:8; cf. 8:6–7).1
Prior to Philip’s coming, “a man named Simon” had wowed Samaria with his magic (8:9–11). “But when they believed Philip” (Acts 8:12), so also “Simon himself believed,” was “baptized,” and even “continued with Philip” (Acts 8:13). Whereas Samaria was once “amazed…with his magic” (Acts 8:11), it was now Simon who was “amazed” at Philip’s “signs and great miracles” (Acts 8:13).
After Simon’s apparent conversion, however, he made a troubling request, indicating that he had never truly become a Christian. Peter and John had come to see the salvation of Samaritans, “laid their hands on them,” and “they received the Holy Spirit” (Acts 8:17; cf. 8:14–17). Simon then “offered them money, saying, ‘Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit’” (Acts 8:20). For the next four verses in Acts 8:20–23, Peter rebuked him in multiple ways:
Simon was condemned: “May your silver perish with you”—Simon himself would perish, and his silver stood as a part for the whole of why he would perish—his hope to use it to purchase the Spirit to benefit himself by being seen as great like the apostles (cf. Acts 8:9–11). It was previously (and obviously inaccurately) said of him as a magician, “This man is the power of God that is called Great” (Acts 8:10). His request, “Give me this power,” seems to betray his desire for a power that shows him as great in the eyes of others (Acts 8:19).
Simon’s theology was corrupt: “you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money”—if ever the NT gives us an example of the prosperity gospel, it is here. Give silver to God, and He will give the Spirit’s power to me, Simon thought. But a gift cannot be purchased. The Spirit comes with faith. And in this unique transitional episode in Acts, faith came first, and the Spirit came with the laying on of the apostles’ hands.
Simon had no share in the Spirit: “You have neither part nor lot in this matter”—these words indicate that the “matter” of the Spirit was something altogether outside Simon’s experience. He was not one who possessed or would receive (or let alone give) the Holy Spirit.
Simon’s heart was in the wrong: “your heart is not right before God”—his intentions were sinful (see below).
Simon had not repented: “Repent”—his request was something to acknowledge as sin and indicated that he had never turned from sin to begin with.
Simon’s request was wicked: “this wickedness of yours”—this is a further description of his view of the Spirit’s work as something to buy as a means to enhance his greatness.
Simon’s desire was sinful: “pray…that…the intent of your heart may be forgiven you”—it was not just the request, but more than that, it was the sinful intention of his heart that needed forgiving.
Simon was idolatrous: “you are in the gall of bitterness”—this description echoes the OT and needs a bit of explanation. Deuteronomy 29:18 uses a metaphor to describe the person who turns from God to follow the stubbornness of his heart, even in the midst of God’s people—he is “a root bearing poisonous and bitter fruit.” Such a description had undertones of the coming judgment of God for the person who was this root (cf. Deut 29:20–21; Heb 12:15 speaks to this effect as well). For Simon, despite his presence among the new believers in Samaria, he was still following the unbelieving stubbornness of his heart. Remembering that gall is a bitter liquid (whether bile or something just as bitter; cf. Matt 27:34), Simon was himself the root bearing the gall of bitterness, so much so that he was “in” it. His idolatrous heart led to the rotten produce of treating the Spirit as something to purchase for him to use for his promoting his own personal greatness.
Simon was in bondage to sin: “you are…in the bond of iniquity”—this self-explained phrase parallels and helps to explain the one before it. Just as Simon was “in the bond of iniquity,” so also he could be said to be “in the gall of bitterness.”
With this litany of indictments, Peter’s rebuke makes one thing certain—Simon was not a true believer. But what is not certain for some is how to understand Simon’s response in Acts 8:24, “And Simon answered, ‘Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.” Did Simon finally become a Christian at this point?
Some conclude that Simon was so humble that he would not pray for himself but asked for Peter to do so now that his sin was exposed. Surely such humility indicated his now-penitent heart. On the other hand, others point out that Simon dodged the personal responsibility of praying himself, disobeying Peter who had commanded him to do so (Acts 8:22, “Repent… and pray to the Lord”). Rather than taking a third and unsatisfying view that the text is indecisive, that Simon sees no conversion in Acts 8 is best for multiple reasons found within the text.
First, despite Simon’s apparent conversion in Acts 8:13, we find out that he never truly believed the first time around. This fact nudges us to understand his otherwise elusive response in Acts 8:24 in the same way.
Second, Simon never did what Peter commanded him to do—pray and repent (Acts 8:22). We are left to assume that Simon was thus never forgiven.
Third, looking more closely at Simon’s request in Acts 8:24, it was for Peter to intercede for the sake of removing judgment. Given Simon’s background and request to purchase the Spirit’s power, it seems that, just as he saw the apostles as vendors who could sell the Spirit, so also he carries on seeing them as talismans to pray for his protection.
Fourth, in the flow of Acts, our last episode in dealing with something like this was Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1–11). Just as they were false worshipers in the midst of God’s people, so also it seems Simon was as well.
In the end, from his own words, Simon neither repented nor prayed and merely wished to escape judgment. As best we know, he never believed and was judged accordingly. Such is the unfortunate and sad case of Simon the magician.
May Simon’s case be a warning to all of us—many profess Christ, are baptized, and continue to be among the true children of God. May God give them a Peter or John to point out their sins in this life, leading to true repentance, something more than a mere desire to escape judgment. Otherwise, the hidden sins of their heart will appear in their day of judgment, leading to an eternally unhappy end.
About David Huffstutler
David pastors First Baptist Church in Rockford, IL, serves as a chaplain for his local police department, and teaches as adjunct faculty at Bob Jones University. David holds a Ph. D. in Applied Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His concentration in Christian Leadership focuses his contributions to pastoral and practical theology.
Russell Moore is indeed a peculiar character in the Evangelical world. Moore, the head of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has made great strides in undoing the Protestant Reformation and deemphasizing the importance of doctrinal clarity resulting in a superficial ecumenical unity among professing Christians who are more joined together around political causes than around Biblical truth.
Russell Moore has a particular affinity for the pope and the Roman Catholic church, even joining with Rick Warren to visit the Vatican to speak at a marriage conference, says he doesn’t want to see any less Rosary beads at the March for Life, and has stated that he’s unsure of the difference between his and the pope’s gospel focus. He’s even referred to himself as a uniter of Protestants and Rome.
Recently, Moore favorably tweeted a well-known Roman Catholic on Twitter who put out a video encouraging parents to take their children to the idolatrous Catholic Mass.
The video referenced can be seen below:
To read more about why the Roman Catholic Mass is idolatrous, see the links below:
- Why The Roman Catholic Mass is Idolatry
- Why The Roman Catholic Mass is Blasphemous
- Catholics are Not Christians: Why We Draw the Line at Justification
- Why We Don’t Assume Sacerdotalists Are Saved