Daily Archives: February 6, 2019

February 6 “It Happened in the Spring”

Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 11:1–5

Key Verse: Psalm 28:8

The Lord is their strength, and He is the saving refuge of His anointed.

The following words remind us of the beginning to a beautiful novel: “It happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle …” However, the poetic beauty quickly erodes to tragedy when we read how David yielded to temptation.

The danger that shouts to us is in thinking we are above reproach and could never fall as David did. No one is immune to sin. Only by keeping our spiritual walk before God pure are we given the strength to say no to temptation.

David could have turned and walked the other way. Instead, he stopped and allowed his eyes to gaze at something that would lead to ruin. The very fact that he had remained in Jerusalem when other kings were off at war lets us know that David had become soft and lazy. He sent his field commander into battle in his place, never stopping to think that the enemy was crouched at his side, waiting for a chance to strike.

If you are battling certain temptation, make a note of how David gave himself to sin. Ask God to show you how to avoid becoming lazy in your spiritual walk by taking advantage of the good things He provides—His Word, Christian music, and books written by godly men and women. David had a sincere love for the Lord. Once he realized his sin, he turned from it and God restored him.

Precious Lord, I am not immune to sin. Help me keep my spiritual walk pure before You so that I have the strength to say no to temptation.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 39). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

February 6 Responding to God’s Word

Scripture reading: Nehemiah 9:1–3

Key verses: John 4:13–14

Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

As Nehemiah was rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, the Book of the Law was found and brought out to be read. Those who resided in the city had experienced both war and captivity. God’s Word had been lost to them. Although they understood the significance of being descendants of Israel, they had not lived under the protective spiritual covenant of God.

When Ezra stepped out into the light and began reading God’s Word, the response of the people was overwhelming. They immediately confessed their sins. The Lord has not removed His love from Israel, but He has certainly allowed them to go their own way. Israel’s sin and rebellion against God had led to a spiritual, emotional, and physical wandering.

Not all the trouble that touches your life will occur as a result of sin. Some hardships come as the result of our fallen world. Don’t look at the accidents of life and think God is trying to harm you. His only goal in allowing adversity is to teach you to trust Him.

And while there are consequences to sin, there are also hope and forgiveness for all who return to the Lord and seek His face. Let His Word become a lamp to your path. Set the affections of your heart on Him, and know that whatever burden you are carrying, He will bear it for you the moment you turn to Him.

Dear Lord, help me respond to the truth of Your Word today in the midst of the adversities of my life.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 39). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Instead of Discussing Abortion, “Evangelicals for Life” Event Argued for Lighter Penalties for Criminals, Racial Justice — Pulpit & Pen

Thirteen months ago, Pulpit & Pen warned you that Russell Moore was intentionally changing the definition of what it means to be pro-life. Moore has broadened the term to fit in his entire progressive agenda under that term. Hosting a round-table at the Evangelicals for Life event several weeks ago, the “pro-life” theme was used to discuss criminal justice reform and racial justice instead of abortion.

The ERLC posted the video this morning.

Including race-baiting incendiary, Ron Burns (he goes by the name Thabiti Anyabwile, which he says he chose in order to identify with the Black Nationalist movement), the panel discussed the need for lighter sentences for criminals, a removal of bail bonding (they claim it puts the poor at a disadvantage) and spoke about how blacks are disproportionately affected by tough criminal penalities.

How any of the above deals with the topic of abortion is unknown, but again, Russell Moore has made it so that “pro-life” covers whatever momentary progressive soapbox you might currently want to stand upon.

You can watch the video below.

It seems that whatever talking point seems to be most popular with the left is the topic that the Evangelical Intelligentsia seems to discuss most vocally.

Let us be clear: To be “pro-life” has no implication for criminal justice reform, spaying and neutering dogs, saving dolphins, or recycling. To be “pro-life” means you actively oppose doctors and parents being able to dissect children limb-from-limb in the womb and suck them out with a vacuum cleaner.

Moore has thusfar been totally silent on Donald Trump’s anti-abortion comments during the State of the Union last evening. Perhaps if Trump had advocated that bail be reduced for rapists and murderers Moore would have given some kind of applause.

via Instead of Discussing Abortion, “Evangelicals for Life” Event Argued for Lighter Penalties for Criminals, Racial Justice — Pulpit & Pen

‘Republicans Are Brainwashed,’ Democrats Dutifully Chant While Clad In Identical White Uniforms — The Babylon Bee

‘Republicans Are Brainwashed,’ Democrats Dutifully Chant While Clad In Identical White Uniforms

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In remarks leading up to the State of the Union address Tuesday evening, Democratic lawmakers accused Republicans of being brainwashed and following Trump no matter what he does, all while wearing matching white uniforms and only clapping when their party leaders signaled it was OK to do so.

“Republicans are all brainwashed to agree with whatever Trump says,” one congresswoman said after the address as she stood in solidarity with her fellow Democrats all in matching, identical uniforms. “It’s really sad that half our nation can’t think for themselves and only do whatever the Republican Party tells them to do.”

“When we can’t think for ourselves, we’ve lost what made this nation great,” she added, reading off a script prepared for her by party leaders.

At publishing time, Democrats had revealed they were slightly disappointed that the mothership didn’t come to take them away during the speech, but they’re confident it will be coming to take them back to their home planet any day now.

via ‘Republicans Are Brainwashed,’ Democrats Dutifully Chant While Clad In Identical White Uniforms — The Babylon Bee

Russell Moore Silent on Trump’s Defense of the Unborn — Pulpit & Pen

Russell Moore attacked Donald Trump so vehemently and relentlessly during the presidential primary (Moore had the entire ERLC turned into a shameless Rubio PAC), that Trump referred to him as a “very nasty guy with no heart.” Perhaps Trump knew that Moore, even then, was a financial partner of George Soros. Regardless, it seems that Moore will do whatever it takes not to affirm President Trump, even when he makes the most pro-life comments in any State of the Union speech in history.

Moore, a former Democratic staffer, serves on the Evangelical Immigration Table, which is an organization bought, paid for, and founded by George Soros and is an invention of Soros’ National Immigration Forum. Both are a part of Soros’ Open Societies Foundation, a globalist organization run by the billionaire whose ambition it is to dismantle the American sovereignty and the nation-state.

Moore’s official job, other than leftist provocateur, is being the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention. Since his tenure there, he has had the ERLC sign an animal rights declaration with the Humane Society, signed an amicus brief with Muslims to help get a Mosque built in New Jersey, hosted the MLK50 social justice conference named in honor of the bi-sexual sex trafficker, and spent years attacking the POTUS. Most importantly, Moore has spent his time at the ERLC advocating for open borders, which would erase American national sovereignty and put all of our dearest civil liberties (including the freedom of religion) in great jeopardy.

The SBC needs a whole other ERLC just to protect it from the encroachments of liberty and advance of progressivism caused by the current ERLC.

The POTUS gave comments last night that are among the strongest ever recorded in defense of the unborn, at least from a State of the Union speech. Moore has stood with Nancy Pelosi twice in recent weeks in calling for open borders and an end to the government shutdown, and it seems he stands with her again, unwilling to congratulate the president for his defense of unborn children.

In fact, Russell Moore’s comments about Trump’s defense of the unborn has been captured on camera and is pictured below.

HT Cody Libolt

I jest.

Moore has been uncharacterstically silent. While evangelicals across the country are applauding Trump’s words, Trump has not tweeted, blogged, or made any kind of post in relation to the president’s incredible comments.

Instead, the ERLC took the time to post an article covering a talk at “Evangelicals for Life.” The talk didn’t have anything to do with abortion, however, and included words from Thabiti Anyabwile about criminal justice reform. As we’ve demonstrated in previous posts, Russell Moore is using the term “pro-life” to refer to topics like penal reform and illegal immigration instead of abortion.

If Russel Moore can’t bring himself to speak positive words about the POTUS when he’s able, it should be clear that Moore is an opposition to Trump’s agenda. And Trump’s agenda is very, very good for evangelicalism.

Whose side is Moore on? Apparently it’s not the side of the unborn for this former Democratic staffer.

via Russell Moore Silent on Trump’s Defense of the Unborn — Pulpit & Pen

February 6, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

8. Taste and see that Jehovah is good. In this verse the Psalmist indirectly reproves men for their dulness in not perceiving the goodness of God, which ought to be to them more than matter of simple knowledge. By the word taste he at once shows that they are without taste; and at the same time he assigns the reason of this to be, that they devour the gifts of God without relishing them, or through a vitiated loathing ungratefully conceal them. He, therefore, calls upon them to stir up their senses, and to bring a palate endued with some capacity of tasting, that God’s goodness may become known to them, or rather, be made manifest to them. The words literally rendered are, Taste and see, for the Lord is good; but the particle כי, ki, for, is taken exegetically. David’s meaning, therefore, is, that there is nothing on the part of God to prevent the godly, to whom he particularly speaks in this place, from arriving at the knowledge of his goodness by actual experience. From this it follows, that they also are infected with the common malady of dulness. This doctrine is confirmed by the promise immediately added, Blessed is the man who trusteth in him; for God never disappoints the expectations of those who seek his favour. Our own unbelief is the only impediment which prevents him from satisfying us largely and bountifully with abundance of all good things.[1]


O taste (v. 8)

We associate taste with pleasure and satisfaction. The psalmist here calls for his readers to taste the goodness of God. Matthew Henry says: ‘Let God’s goodness be rolled under the tongue as a sweet morsel.’[2]


34:8 Experiencing God’s goodness anticipates the experience of goodness in Christ (1 Pet. 2:3).[3]


34:8 Taste and see Describes the act of trusting, fearing, and seeking Yahweh (compare note on v. 9).[4]


34:8 taste. The psalmist describes his personal experience of God’s goodness. After tasting God’s goodness in Christ, Peter alludes to this passage (1 Pet. 2:3).[5]


34:8 Taste can mean “judge” in the sense of determine for oneself (Pr 31:18). See most likely carries the same sense in order to reinforce the concept.[6]


[1] Calvin, J., & Anderson, J. (2010). Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Vol. 1, pp. 563–564). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[2] Ellsworth, R. (2006). Opening up Psalms (p. 102). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 978). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 34:8). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[5] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 765). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[6] Warstler, K. R. (2017). Psalms. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 847). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

Half of Evangelical Millennials Say “Evangelism is Wrong” — Pulpit & Pen

Recent polling data demonstrates that half of evangelical millennials claim it is wrong to share the Gospel with others.

An evangelical is someone who wants to share the evangel, or the Good News. The term is a Middle English word transliterated from Latin and French and ultimately the Greek word, εὐαγγέλιον, or Good News. The term was first applied to Lutherans whose opponents thought they talked about the Gospel too much. In the 1960s, George Marsden claimed an evangelical was “anyone who likes Billy Graham.” Sharing the Gospel is always part and parcel of what it means to be an evangelical.

George Barna’s new report, Reviving Evangelism, shows the findings in statistical detail. This study evaluates evangelism encounters between various demographic groups. Among other findings in the study is the discovery that nearly half of millennials who identify as evangelicals believe it’s wrong to share the Gospel.

Nearly half of Millennials – at 47% – it is wrong to share their personal beliefs with someone of a different faith for the purpose of converting them. Only one-quarter of Gen X (27%) believes that and only one in five Boomers (19%) and Elders (20%) believe that.

This probably corresponds to previous research from Barna in Spiritual Conversations in the Digital Age that 3 in 5 Christian Millennials believe that people today are more likely than in the past to take offense if they share their faith. In short, society is more sensitive and each generation seems more and more inclined to find offense in the Gospel.

Essentially, what this seems to indicate is you can take all the polling data that demonstrates the percentage of the American millennial population that claims to be evangelical and roughly cut it in half. Without evangelism, there’s not such thing as evangelicalism.

For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory – Luke 9:26

via Half of Evangelical Millennials Say “Evangelism is Wrong” — Pulpit & Pen

Wednesday Briefing Feb. 6, 2019 – AlbertMohler.com

The pageantry of democracy: As President Trump delivers State of the Union address, drama fills the chamber

“Made in the holy image of God”—The one specific moment in last night’s State of the Union that highlights our culture’s vast worldview divide

One of the most respected scientists in the world won’t stop talking about aliens. What does this tell us about modern science?

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February 6, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump told Americans on Tuesday his administration had accelerated talks for a political settlement in Afghanistan and would be able to reduce U.S. troops there as negotiations advance to end America’s longest war.

Democrats vying to challenge U.S. President Donald Trump in the 2020 election moved quickly to attack his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, saying it lacked substance and did nothing to unite the country.

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would hold his second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on Feb. 27-28, while giving himself credit for averting a major war on the Korean peninsula.

France and Germany will on Wednesday announce a $74 million contract financed equally by both countries over two years as the first act of the joint program to design a next-generation combat jet, a French army source and two other sources familiar with the matter said.

The board of an ancient Hindu hill temple in southern India said on Wednesday it now favored allowing female worshippers of menstruating age to enter, reversing its previous support for a centuries-old ban.

A Russian court on Wednesday found a Danish adherent of the Jehovah’s Witnesses guilty of organizing a banned extremist group and jailed him for six years in a case critics condemn as crushing religious freedom.

AP Top Stories

President Ashraf Ghani is being pushed to the sidelines as the Taliban ignore his overtures for peace and negotiate instead with his friends, and enemies, over the future of Afghanistan.

The Taliban began an extraordinary meeting with high-ranking Afghan politicians — including women — on Tuesday in Moscow, where rivals of President Ashraf Ghani called for an interim government as they negotiated without him.

Pope Francis said on Tuesday he had found “good will” to start peace processes to end the conflict in Yemen, during private meetings with leaders of the United Arab Emirates, which is playing a leading role in a Saudi-led coalition against Houthis in Yemen.

Latvia’s foreign minister called Tuesday for long-term diplomacy to reach a new international agreement on intermediate-range missiles after the collapse of a landmark treaty between Russia and the United States.

Venezuelan military officers blocked a bridge on the border with Colombia ahead of an anticipated humanitarian aid shipment, as opposition leader Juan Guaido stepped up his challenge to President Nicolas Maduro’s authority.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted to require President Donald Trump to impose new sanctions on Syria, in a rebuke delivered just hours before the president is expected to defend his policies during his State of the Union address.

An Arizona nurse pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to raping a severely disabled woman in a crime that only came to light when the victim unexpectedly gave birth in the long-term care facility where she had been a patient for about two decades.

The White House’s closest Persian Gulf allies have been handing out sophisticated American weapons to al Qaeda and dangerous groups in Yemen in violation of US an export rules, an investigation by CNN has revealed.

Iran warned Israel on Tuesday of a “firm and appropriate” response if it continued attacking targets in Syria, where Tehran has backed President Bashar al-Assad and his forces in their nearly eight-year war against rebels and militants.

Japan announced Tuesday it has canceled a port call in South Korea by its main warship during a multilateral naval exercise as relations between the two Asian neighbors fall to their lowest level in recent years.

Russia has approved a 43.27 million loan for Cuba’s defense sector.

BBC

Venezuelan soldiers have blocked a bridge on the border with Colombia ahead of a shipment of humanitarian aid, the opposition says. The aid is being arranged by opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who declared himself interim president last month. But it is not clear how the aid will be distributed. President Nicolás Maduro, who has the support of the army, has rejected letting it into the country.

Pope Francis has admitted that clerics have sexually abused nuns, and in one case they were kept as sex slaves. He said in that case his predecessor, Pope Benedict, was forced to shut down an entire congregation of nuns who were being abused by priests.

Scientists are trying to find out why some 20,000 guillemots have died in recent weeks along the Dutch coast. The birds were all emaciated and there are fears they may have been victims of a spill from the container ship, from which some 345 containers fell in the sea during a storm.

WND

Officials in the Mexican state of Coahuila are helping transport more than 1,700 migrants from Honduras to an unsecured part of the Texas border.

Catholics in China already are perplexed by a secret deal the Vatican has made with Beijing, and now Pope Francis has told Chinese bishops they should show “loyalty” to the communist regime.

North is on the move, and that’s a problem for your smartphone’s maps. Earth’s geographic North Pole is fixed. But the planet’s magnetic North Pole – the north that your compass points toward – wanders in the direction of Siberia at a rate of more than 34 miles per year.

The National Institutes of Health is spending over $200,000 to figure out why obese black lesbians binge eat.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“The ingredients which constitute energy in the Executive are, first, unity…” —Alexander Hamilton in Federalist No. 70

The 2019 SOTU Review: A Trump Administration Triumph

Trump’s remarks strongly contrasted the difference in Republican optimism and Democrat pessimism.


President Donald Trump’s Second State of the Union

Full video and transcript of the address.


Dems SOTU Rebuttal Offers Only Socialism

Stacey Adams speech played more like a campaign ad than a rebuttal to Trump’s record.


Trump Critics Admit Success of Association Health Plans

Despite early warnings that deregulation would lead to disaster, the truth is the opposite.


Warren Attempts to Whitewash Her Not-So-White Lie

Caught red-handed, the Demo presidential hopeful finally apologizes for phony ancestry claims.


New York’s Budget Rendezvous With SALT Deductions

Cuomo revealed that New York has a revenue shortfall of $2.3 billion.


Social ‘Justice’ Is Unforgiving

The Left’s “morality” accepts no apologies, only unending groveling and kowtowing to its agenda.


Humor Video: A Brief History of Socialism

If only we try socialism one more time, they keep telling us…



Today’s Opinion

Star Parker
Response to the State of the Union
Byron York
Can Moderate Dems Talk Pelosi Out of Extreme Border Position?
Tony Perkins
Killer Party: Dems Stand Alone on Infanticide
James Shott
Democrats’ Move Toward Socialism Isn’t Sitting Well With Their Base
Walter E. Williams
Is Reality Optional?
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Wednesday Top Headline Summary

SOTU reviews and reactions, economic investment, border wall progress, and culture hot buttons.


Wednesday Short Cuts

“I guess I’m supposed to well up with tears of pride because a bunch of women were elected to Congress. Sorry, no.” —Matt Walsh



Today’s Meme

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News – 2/6/2019

Oceans Turning Bluer, Indicative of Greater Sense of Godly Revelation
Scientists predict the oceans will grow warmer and turn a deeper blue, which rabbis say more closely resembles the Throne of Glory. According to the research, more than 50 percent of the world’s oceans will shift in color. Open-ocean regions are more barren and have fewer of the phytoplankton and currently appear blue. The researchers predicted that in the future, these regions will become bluer. Colder regions of the ocean, generally those near the poles, currently appear green but will, in the future appear even more vibrantly green.

Is Encouraged Euthanasia the Future of Socialized Medicine?
As the political discussion concerning the future of American healthcare grows more intense, the implicit issue of euthanasia stands in the wings. One rabbi noted that the issues of abortion and euthanasia are two sides of the same coin, both destroying the relationship between parent and child. “The danger of socialized medicine is that everything is under someone else’s control, not necessarily the patient or their family,” the physician, who prefers to remain anonymous, told Breaking Israel News.“The chief motivation is economic and not health. Euthanasia fits into that mindset.”

The Worst Mayors in America are Running for President
Newark is the most dangerous city in New Jersey, Tallahassee is the most dangerous city in Florida, and South Bend is the most dangerous city in Indiana. But instead of fixing their failed cities, the current mayor of South Bend, and the former mayors of Newark and Tallahassee want to run for president.

Earth’s north magnetic pole sprints toward Siberia
According to NOAA, the WMM was scheduled to be updated at the end of 2019 and released as WMM2020, but the magnetic pole has shifted so far in the direction of Siberia so quickly that it reached a speed of over 34 mi (55 km) per year. Therefore, an unusual early update was required to ensure safe navigation – especially in the polar regions where magnetic compasses become unreliable.

Implant brings increased dexterity and sense of touch to hand prosthesis
A collaboration working under the EU-funded DeTOP project has developed a new hand prosthesis that reads signals direct from nerves and muscles via electrodes implanted in the patient’s arm. As well as making more refined hand movements possible, the technique is reported to provide sensory feedback to the patient from the prosthesis itself, in the form of tactile sensations, which should help the user determine how much force to apply when grasping an object – something that’s not easy to do when relying on visual cues only.

Gantz: Israel should not control Palestinians, praises disengagement model
Israel Resilience Party chairman and former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz said Israel must find a solution to the settlement crisis. “We are not looking to control anyone else,” Gantz said in his first interview since announcing his candidacy for prime minister. Speaking with the Hebrew daily Yediot Aharonot in an article published Wednesday, Gantz said, “We must find a way that does not require us to exercise control over other people.”

Brexit risk for UK aid as Swiss cut off from EU funding
Some of the UK’s major aid agencies may be facing a funding shortfall once Britain leaves the European Union. Many had hoped that funding might continue after Brexit, especially if a deal is agreed. Aid agencies in non-EU member Switzerland have regularly received EU funding, based on the strong bilateral ties Switzerland has with the bloc.

Egypt MPs to vote on extending presidential term limits
An Egyptian parliamentary committee has given initial approval to a proposal to amend the constitution in a way that would extend President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi’s time in office, state media say. Mr Sisi is due to stand down in 2022, when his second four-year term ends. But a proposal from the majority bloc in parliament would lengthen future presidential terms to six years and let Mr Sisi stand for another two terms.

Valley Fever cases in California continue to increase
A potentially deadly illness found in the soil and dusty winds of California’s Central Valley is on the rise, state health officials say. Documented cases of Valley Fever rose 11 percent in 2018 — a preliminary total of 7,886 cases compared to 7,090 cases for the same period in 2017, according to the California Department of Public Health. Health officials said final data for 2018 will be available in March.

Loud booms in downtown L.A.? That was a U.S. Army training exercise
A series of loud booms that rocked downtown Los Angeles on Monday night startled some people who complained on social media. But Los Angeles police said there’s no reason to be alarmed. The noises were part of a U.S. Army training exercise involving aircraft and weapon simulations in urban settings. The training is set to run through Saturday in Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Putin taunts Trump: 400 Russian military contractors sent to Venezuela in support of Maduro
Russia is playing a high-stakes game in the mounting crisis in Venezuela, where socialist President Nicolas Maduro has been mortgaging part of the country’s oil resources in exchange for financial and military support from Moscow. Latin America is far from Russia, and Venezuela is impoverished, surrounded by hostile neighbors and squarely in the crosshairs of the Trump administration.

US Senate passes bill censuring supporters of Israel boycott
The US Senate passed a Mideast policy bill on Tuesday including a measure that would allow states to penalize businesses that take part in boycotts of Israel and an amendment that breaks with President Donald Trump by opposing any plans for an abrupt withdrawal of troops from Syria. The Senate backed the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act by a lopsided 77-23 on Tuesday…

Iran’s Rulers Shocked As Israel And The US Successfully Tests Massive Anti-ballistic Missile System
Israel Successfully Tests Arrow 3 Anti-Missile Test, Sending Strong Warning to Iran.

Radical Muslim Democratic Congresswoman actually defends an Islamic terror attack- and it’s not the first time
Video shows lawmaker saying of terror acts, ‘These are byproducts of … our involvement in other people’s affairs’

Is It Beginning? 10 Significant Quakes Rock Cali Coastline As Mount St. Helens Rumbles Back To Life
Could it be possible that we are a lot closer to ‘the big one’ than many had anticipated? 

Nancy Pelosi Tells Adopted Woman: Your Mom Should Have Had the “Choice” to Abort You
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has made some pretty outrageous statements about abortion in the past.

Muslim migrant burglar who broke into funeral and had sex with corpse jailed in the UK, in case that has country reeling
A burglar who had sex with a corpse after breaking into a funeral parlor has been jailed for six years, BBC News reports.

Pope: Nuns sexually abused, forced abortions
Pope Francis on Tuesday disclosed that nuns have been sexually abused by priests and bishops, and even now are being held as sex slaves.

Pentagon: Islamic State Could Resurge in Syria in 6-12 Months
“Battled-hardened” Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) remnants in Syria “could likely” mount a resurgence in “six to 12 months” absent “sustained counterterrorism pressure” by American and local troops, the Pentagon’s inspector general (IG) warned in a report released Monday.

More Than 1,500 Migrants Arrive At Barrierless U.S.-Mexico Border Along Texas
More than 1,500 migrants have recently arrived at a section of the U.S.-Mexico border along Texas that does not have any barriers.

Scientists: ‘No evidence’ climate change causing cold from polar vortex dips
Numerous media outlets cited last week’s polar vortex as an example of extreme weather caused by climate change, but it turns out such cold snaps are actually on the decline.

Congress’s Vote To Keep War In Afghanistan Sells Out American Soldiers
The U.S. Senate cannot agree on anything. They are so mired in partisan gridlock, a resolution declaring the sky to be officially the color blue would fail along party lines. But there is one thing and one thing only they agree on: 17 years of our troops dying in Afghanistan isn’t long enough.

Israeli Gov. Releases Report Alleging Terrorists Have Infiltrated NGOs That Push BDS Movement
Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy released a report Sunday detailing alleged connections between non-governmental organizations that support and call for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanction (BDS) Movement and terrorist organizations.

OPEC Proposes Formal Oil-Production Alliance With Russia
If adopted, the new arrangement would help OPEC and the 10-member bloc led by Russia counter the US’s growing clout in global oil markets.

San Francisco Launches App To Track Homeless People
“We’re trying to build what I think of as an air traffic control system.”


Headlines – 2/6/2019

As it readies peace plan, US says it sees no need to balance pro-Israel slant

Abbas asks Europeans to recognize Palestinian state

West Bank settlers report surge in population growth

Members of the Ultra-Orthodox community hurl stones in Jerusalem, wounding 2 policemen

High stakes Likud vote opens primary season, with Netanyahu’s future in balance

UNHRC set to blast Israel 7 times, but mum on China’s Muslim imprisonment

US Senate passes anti-BDS bills, sending them to House

Senate passes pro-Israel bill, measure also rebukes Trump

Dutch Soccer Fans Arrested for Chanting ‘Jews Burn Best’ on Int’l Holocaust Remembrance Day

Vowing to confront Iran, Trump scolds ‘the vile poison of anti-Semitism’

Iran threatens to ‘teach Israel a lesson’ if strikes on Syria continue

Iran warns Israel of ‘firm response’ if attacks on Iranian facilities in Syria recur

Netanyahu to meet Putin for first formal talks since Syria downed Russian plane

Top US general says Trump didn’t consult him on Syria pullout

On Syria buffer zone, Turkey’s Erdogan slams US over delays

Report: Satellite Images Show Three Russian S-300 Launchers Deployed at Syrian Base

Images show S-300 air defense batteries in Syria likely turning operational

How Russia Hid Death Toll From Disastrous Syria Battle Until After Putin’s Reelection

Heeding U.S. Call, Lebanon’s New Government Says Will Stay Out of Syria

With eye on Afghanistan talks, Trump vows to stop ‘endless wars’

Iran says Trump remarks on Iraq reveal American ‘lies’

U.S. supports ‘dictators, butchers and extremists’ in Middle East, says Iran

Iran criticizes Greece, Italy for not buying its oil despite US waivers

Russia Develops New Weapon to Make Enemy Soldiers Hallucinate and Vomit, Report Says

‘Russia must develop new missiles to counter US before 2021’

Russian media threatens US with 100-megaton nuclear doomsday device after key arms treaty fails

Trump to Meet With North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on February 27, 28

Ousting Maduro from Venezuela without violence appears unlikely, experts say

Putin taunts Trump: 400 Russian military contractors sent to Venezuela in support of Maduro

Donald Trump Promises ‘Human Wall’ of Troops to Block Migrant Caravans

Trump Orders More Troops To U.S.-Mexico Border Amid Fight For Wall During SOTU

New Mexico pulls most national guard troops from border in rebuke to Trump

GOP senators think Trump would win vote on emergency declaration

Trump: “America Will Never Be A Socialist Country”; “We Were Born Free And We Will Stay Free”

Ocasio-Cortez, progressives accuse Trump of using socialism as scare tactic

Trump urges unity in State of the Union address to deeply divided Congress

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Is the Bible True? The Value (and Limits) of the Early Church Fathers — Cold Case Christianity

I had the great pleasure and privilege several years ago to speak to students (and visitors) at Rutgers University. Ratio Christi hosted the three hour event. Julie Miller (RC’s Chapter Director at Rutgers) and her husband Buzz did an amazing job organizing and hosting the event. I was asked to defend the reliability of the New Testament Gospels, and afterward we opened the floor for a one hour question and answer session. As part of my case for the reliable transmission of the key claims of the Gospel authors, I retraced the New Testament Chain of Custody for the audience. This sequence of early believers links the eyewitness authors with their immediate students in an effort to examine the content of the original claims of the Gospels. Early Church Fathers like Ignatius, Polycarp and Clement play an important role in this chain of Gospel stewards; the writings of these students of John and Paul help us verify the content of the 1st Century teaching related to Jesus. The ancient letters of these three Church Fathers have great value for this reason. Is the Bible true? These letters are an important piece of evidence.

During the Q and A session, a young man asked an important question, echoing concerns I’ve addressed on other campuses around the country. Here’s the paraphrase: “The Church Fathers wrote about more than what John or Paul taught them about the historical activities and claims of Jesus; they also wrote about theological issues, and many of their theological positions are rejected by non-Catholics. If we reject the theology of some of these men, how can we trust anything else they said? How do we know where to draw the line, and are we just ‘cherry-picking’ as we use what happens to serve our cause (while rejecting the stuff we don’t like)?”

Once again, the best analogy here is a courtroom analogy. There are many times when a witness is asked to describe what he (or she) saw or heard, but there are important limits. I might ask a witness, “What did the suspect say to you?” This kind of question is appropriate and the witness’ response will be allowed in the trial. But if I step beyond this and ask, “Why do you think the suspect said that?” the defense attorneys will likely object to my question before the witness even gets a chance to respond: “Your honor, that’s an inappropriate question, the witness is being asked to offer an opinion, and it’s irrelevant what the witness thinks in this regard. This witness can’t read the mind of the suspect.” It’s one thing to ask a witness to strictly recall what he or she heard, another to offer an opinion about what this means or what may have motivated the statement in the first place.

When there are multiple eyewitnesses used in a criminal trial, there’s a good chance these witnesses will come from a variety of worldviews and lifestyles. They will probably hold a divergent set of beliefs, attitudes and opinions. In fact, they may even have varying opinions about the guilt of the defendant in the case. None of these varying views will be apparent to the jury, however, because our questions on the stand will be limited to the actions or statements of the defendant. In a similar way, the Early Church Fathers provide us with key information related to the statements of the gospel authors. That’s the limit of their testimony and the evidential boundary for which they have value. They may disagree with each other (or later theologians) about what they think we ought to interpret from the life and teaching of Jesus, but that’s outside the scope of their testimony. We simply want to know what John and Paul said about Jesus so we can make sure the Gospels and New Testament letters we have today contain the same information as the originals. I’m not interested in the political, social or theological inclinations of these men; I simply want to know, “What did John and Paul say about Jesus?”


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The work of the Early Church Fathers has great value for us as we reconstruct the New Testament Chain of Custody. I’ve written about this Chain of Custody in detail in Cold-Case Christianity. Is the Bible true? The content confirmation of the Early Church Fathers is yet another way to verify the trustworthy nature of the New Testament, even if there are important limits we must respect.

J. Warner Wallace is a Dateline featured Cold-Case Detective, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Adj. Professor of Apologetics at Biola University, author of Cold-Case ChristianityGod’s Crime Scene, and Forensic Faith, and creator of the Case Makers Academy for kids.

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What Is Love? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

How many people do you know that have made it to the hall of fame in music, art, literature, or sports because of their love? We elevate people to the status of heroes because of their gifts, their talents, and their power, but not because of their love. Yet, from God’s perspective, love is the chief of all virtues. But what is love?

Love is said to make the world go round, and romantic love certainly makes the culture go round in terms of advertising and entertainment. We never seem to tire of stories that focus on romance. But we’re not referring to romantic love when we speak of the Christian virtue of love. We’re talking about a much deeper dimension of love, a virtue so paramount that it is to distinguish Christians from all other people. Moreover, love is so important to the Bible’s teachings that John tells us, “God is love” (1 John 4:7–8). Whatever else we say about the Christian virtue of love, we must be clear that the love God commands is a love that imitates His own. The love of God is utterly perfect. And we are called to reflect and mirror that love to perfection, to be perfect as He is perfect (Matt. 5:48). Now, of course, none of us loves perfectly, which is why we must be covered with the perfect righteousness of Christ by faith in Him alone. Nevertheless, it’s important for us to return time and again to Scripture to find out what love is supposed to look like, for we’re so easily satisfied with a sentimental, maudlin, romantic, or superficial understanding of love.

First Corinthians 13 plumbs the depths of what love really means. It’s a measuring rod by which we can examine ourselves carefully to see whether this love resides in our hearts and is manifested in our lives. Given that truth, I’m surprised that 1 Corinthians 13 is one of the most popular passages in all of Scripture instead of being one of the most despised. I can’t think of any chapter in Scripture that more quickly reveals our sins than this chapter. It’s popularity may be due to its being one of the most misunderstood and least applied chapters in the Bible. There’s a sense in which we’re ambivalent toward it. We’re drawn to it because of the grandeur of its theme and the eloquence of its language, yet at the same time we’re repulsed by this chapter because it reveals our shortcomings. We want to keep some safe distance from it because it so clearly demonstrates to us our lack of real love.

This chapter is part of an Apostolic admonition to Christians who were torn apart by contentions in the church. They were behaving in an immature, fleshly manner, and at the heart of this ungodly behavior was a manifestation of certain talents, abilities, and gifts without the presence of love in their lives. In the opening verses, Paul speaks of love as the sine qua non of Christian virtue (1 Cor. 13:1–3). He’s speaking with hyperbole, intentionally exaggerating things to make his point. He starts off comparing love to the gift of tongues. Paul says, in effect, “I don’t care if you are fluent in fifty languages or if you have the gift to speak foreign languages miraculously. I don’t care if God has endowed you with the ability to speak the language of the heavenly host. If you don’t have love, the eloquence of your speech becomes noise. It becomes dissonance, an irritating and annoying racket.” He says here that if we speak in the tongues of men and of angels but have not love, we become a sounding brass or a clanging symbol—mere noise. All the beauty of speech is lost when love is absent.

Paul then compares love to the gifts of prophecy and understanding, miraculous endowments that God gave to people during the Apostolic era. These tremendous gifts were nothing compared to love. The Apostle says that you can have a miraculous endowment, you can receive power from God the Holy Spirit, but it is to be used in the context of the grace of love. And without that love, the use of the divine power is a charade. Jesus had to warn even His own disciples about the danger of using a God-given gift without love. Jesus empowered His disciples to participate in His ministry of exorcism, and they went out on their mission and came back clicking their heels. They were so excited at the effectiveness of their ministry that they were rejoicing in the power Christ had given them. But what did Jesus say? Don’t rejoice because you have been given power over Satan, but rejoice that your names have been written in heaven (Luke 10:1–20). The disciples were caught up with the power instead of the grace that was underlying that power. They were intoxicated with the gift, and were forgetting the One who gave it.

The bottom line is that the gifts of God can be used without love. When that happens, their value is destroyed. The essence of love, 1 Corinthians 13 tells us, is to seek the welfare of others. A person who reflects God’s love is driven to give of himself for others, not to wield his power for his own benefit. But we are people who are more interested in power, in doing rather than being. We’re more concerned to seize the supernatural power that God can give rather than the supernatural love that is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 5:5). We have misplaced priorities. Thanks be to God that His love for us is greater than our love for Him. May He strengthen us to pursue love above all else, a love that reflects His love for us in Christ (5:8).

Dr. R.C. Sproul was founder of Ligonier Ministries, founding pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla., and first president of Reformation Bible College. He was author of more than one hundred books, including The Holiness of God. This post was originally published in Tabletalk magazine.

via What Is Love? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

“Made in the holy image of God”—The One Specific Moment in Last Night’s State of the Union That Highlights Our Culture’s Vast Worldview Divide — Blog – AlbertMohler.com

After a week-long delay due to the partial government shutdown, the 2019 State of the Union Address showed up in a big way. When the time arrived for President Donald Trump’s speech, it came with all the requisite drama that surrounds The State of the Union and then some. Indeed, the deep worldview divides represented by the current political climate overshadowed the usual political pageantry associated with this speech. It was an epic drama of democracy.

Long before he became President of the United States, Donald Trump understood television. He understood reality TV, and his expertise was on display last night. The President carefully orchestrated arguments and policy statements on a range of issues like infrastructure, women in the workplace, or the price of pharmaceutical drugs—issues that his partisan opponents could not help applauding. He understood the optics of this event and he crafted a message that would paint himself as a statesman of the republic who could speak to issues that bridged partisan divides. By evoking imagery of Ronald Reagan, the President summoned the divided congress to greatness: to pursue results, live for a grand vision, and promote America’s “destiny” as an example for the world.

At the same time, the President also knew exactly what he was doing when he articulated points that would not garner support from Democrats but remarkable disagreement. That, too, was part of the plan—and one issue, specifically, magnified the vast worldview divide present within the American culture.

During his speech, the President promoted a policy for paid family leave. This policy boasts the support of many Democrats and even some Republicans. The Democrats, along with many in the President’s own party, applauded the policy proposal. The President’s next series of words silenced the bipartisan applause:

“There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days. Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments from birth. These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the change to share their love and dreams with the world. And then, we had the case of the governor of Virginia where he stated that he would ‘execute a baby after birth.’ To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.”

The President struck a contentious, volatile, and crucial chord with these words that not only condemned late-term abortion but called on Congress to completely ban the atrocity now legal in New York and championed in Virginia.

Abortion reigns as the only sacrament that remains amongst the political left. They treat it as a sacrament to cherish and defend at all costs—a worldview that presses them to pass legislation like the new law in New York State.

Indeed, the President’s words highlighted that great worldview divide over something as basic as the dignity and sanctity of human life. When the President condemned late-term abortions, the cameras in the House Chamber panned the faces of the Democrats who exhibited a stone-cold expression—they sat in disgruntled silence. As Donald Trump called for legislation to end the practice, their opposition to his call was painfully and visibly clear. The ideology and worldview of the political left has trapped them within an argument from which they apparently have no intention of escaping. On a nationally televised address with the eyes of the nation watching, lawmakers eagerly embraced a culture of death.

Then, the President did something remarkable, taking his comments in a direction virtually unprecedented in the language of recent presidents. The President said, “Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: all children—born and unborn—are made in the holy image of God.” Right there, one of the most fundament doctrines of Scripture and definitional truths about humanity was affirmed. That ought not to go without our attention. The President made very clear that the grounds for human dignity and the protection of the unborn flows from a biblical worldview—that all humanity is made in the image of God.

The left was unmoved. They sat as stone statuary. The worldview of the left, however, leaves them with no other choice. This has had two horrific consequences. First, the logic of the pro-abortion movement, if honest, must point to the unrestricted access of abortion at any point in the pregnancy for any reason. Second, the pressure of the pro-abortion worldview has made pro-life Democrats an extinct species.

The horror of abortion has dotted the headlines of recent days, and the President’s speech put the issue front and center in the national spotlight. It is my hope that this issue will not be swept under the rug in the coming days, weeks, and months, but that the nation’s leaders will, with zeal and urgency, pass legislation that will protect the lives of the unborn—precious creatures of God made in his holy image.

 

This article draws from the February 6th edition of The Briefing. To listen to the full episode, click here. To subscribe to The Briefing–Dr. Mohler’s daily podcast that serves as an analysis of news and events–click here

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February 6 Praying with Authority

scripture reading: Hebrews 4:14–16
key verse: Hebrews 10:19

Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus.

Your prayers may be weak and vague because you really doubt that God will come through. The writer of Hebrews, however, noted that your approach to God should be characterized by boldness. Your prayers should be like arrows from a steady bow. They can be if you grasp three significant truths that can revolutionize your prayer life.

First, you have complete freedom and access to a holy God through the blood of Christ. You do not have to be afraid; you can confess to Him your problem sins. You can come to the throne of grace to God the Father, who gives you not what you deserve but what His love bestows upon you through His Son.

Second, you come in agreement with God’s Word. If you pray according to the Scriptures, you can be sure that God will honor your prayers. You may not understand the specifics of how He will work, but He will fulfill His promises to you in the Bible.

Third, focus and rest completely on the character of God. Is He strong enough to handle your adversities? Is He wise enough to correct your problems? Is He loving enough to care for your hurts?

Your assurance is in His faithfulness, not yours. Your prayer life can become a cornerstone of confidence as you trust God for all things.

Father, thank You for access to You through the blood of Jesus. I come in total agreement with Your Word. I focus my attention on You alone, O God. My assurance rests in Your faithfulness.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

6 february (1859) 365 Days with Spurgeon

Hypocrisy

“Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” Luke 12:1

suggested further reading: Matthew 23:23–28

Some people I know of are like inns, which have an angel hanging outside for a sign, but they have a devil within for a landlord. There are many men of that kind; they take good care to have an excellent sign hanging out; they must be known by all men to be strictly religious; but within, which is the all-important matter, they are full of wickedness. But I have sometimes heard persons mistake this matter. They say, “Ah! well, poor man, he is a sad drunkard, certainly, but he is a very good-hearted man at bottom.” Now, as Rowland Hill used to say, that is a most astonishing thing for any man to say of another, that he was bad at top and good at bottom. When men take their fruit to market they cannot make their customers believe, if they see rotten apples at the top, that there are good ones at the bottom. A man’s outward conduct is generally a little better than his heart. Very few men sell better goods than they put in the window. Therefore, do not misunderstand me. When I say we must attend more to the inward than the outward, I would not have you leave the outward to itself. “Make clean the outside of the cup and platter”—make it as clean as you can, but take care also that the inward is made clean. Look to that first. Ask yourself such questions as these—“Have I been born again? Am I passed from darkness to light? Have I been brought out of the realms of Satan into the kingdom of God’s dear Son? Do I live by private communion near to the side of Jesus? Can I say that my heart panteth after the Lord, even as the hart does after the water-brooks?”

for meditation: A true work of God both starts on the inside and shows on the outside (Philippians 2:12–13). The Christian is one who is “inside out”; the hypocrite is only “out”.

sermon no. 237[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 44). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

6 FEBRUARY 365 Days with Calvin

Lasting Joy

Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11

suggested further reading: Proverbs 5:1–14

When God is reconciled to us, we have all things necessary for happiness. The phrase thy presence (i.e., the countenance of God) may be understood both as God beholding us or our beholding God. The fatherly favor that God displays in looking upon us with a serene countenance precedes our joy and is the first cause of it. Yet this does not cheer us until, on our part, we behold it shining upon us.

David also uses this clause to distinctly express to whom those pleasures belong. God has in his hands such a full and overflowing abundance of pleasures that these pleasures are sufficient to replenish and satisfy the whole world. So why does a dismal and deadly darkness envelop the greater part of mankind? It can only be because God does not look upon all men equally with his friendly and fatherly countenance. And because he does not open the eyes of all men to seek joy in him and nowhere else.

Fullness of joy stands in contrast to the evanescent allurements of this transitory world. People who divert themselves with the miserable pleasures of the world will eventually find themselves unsatisfied, famished, and disappointed. People may excessively intoxicate and glut themselves with worldly pleasures, but instead of being satisfied, they will in time become wearied of them to the point of loathing.

The pleasures of this world will vanish like dreams. David says the only true and solid joy in which the minds of men may rest cannot be found anywhere else but in God. None but the faithful who are content with God’s grace alone can be truly and perfectly happy.

for meditation: The pleasures of evil evaporate quickly and leave nothing but bitterness. So why are we so often lured by earthly things? Why do we look for happiness in ungodly entertainment? Do not be fooled by the promises of the world. Seek the joy that is pure and eternal.[1]


[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 55). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

Faithful for 50: God’s Glory in the Ministry of John MacArthur — The Cripplegate

This weekend marks a notable milestone in the providence of God. On February 9th, Dr. John MacArthur will hit his fiftieth year as pastor of Grace Community Church. Fifty years. That’s longer than many of us have been alive. And that’s 600 months, 18,250 days, and 2600 Sundays.

Dr. MacArthur has needed the grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ just like the rest of us. He’d be the first one to tell you that. But after half of a century of faithfulness, it’s appropriate to reflect on God’s work through one of his choice servants. In light of that, today’s post will look at a few distinctions of Dr. MacArthur’s five-decade ministry; things that are worthy of emulation by all pastors.

  1. He has not disqualified himself from pastoral ministry.

Titus 1:6–9 namely, if any man is above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion. 7 For the overseer must be above reproach as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain, 8 but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled, 9 holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.

The devil prowls around continually, looking for someone to devour. I remember some of my seasoned mentors telling me that the more effective you are, the more Satan might place a target on your forehead. By the grace of God, Dr. MacArthur has been effective. Certainly, the kingdom of darkness has taken notice. Only God knows the ways in which Satan has attempted to undo him.

And there is more battles than Satan. There are the normal uprisings of the flesh in an unglorified individual. And there is the high standard for pastoral ministry (1 Tim. 3:1-7, Titus 1:6-9, 1 Pet. 5:2-3). And let’s not forget the mass of influential pastors who fall. Taken together, it is remarkable for a man with broad influence to stay qualified as a pastor for the longhaul. It’s one thing to remain qualified for a decade in the storms of pastoral ministry. It’s quite another to do so for half of a century. I thank God that Dr. MacArthur has not disqualified during fifty years of pastoral ministry.

“[The pastor] is concerned with the details of his life that may never be public knowledge. They undergird everything that makes up a quality life… And the difference between a successful preacher and unsuccessful one constitutes what they do in the details of their life which are seen by no one except God.” – John MacArthur

“There’s nothing worse than an unsanctified minister.” – John MacArthur

“The key to an enduring ministry is sanctification.” – John MacArthur

  2. He has not made ministry about himself.

2 Corinthians 4:5 For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.

Dr. MacArthur has written or edited about 150 books, some of which have sold over a million copies. He has served as president of the Master’s Seminary and University. He was a frequent guest on the Larry King show. Millions of his sermons are downloaded each year. And his sermons are being played virtually 24 hours per day around the planet.

With that kind of influence, the temptation to make ministry about you is huge. But there is something remarkable about his ministry: John MacArthur has not made ministry about John MacArthur. Even those who take issue with him understand that he has given himself to the word of God.

When he began his ministry at Grace Church in 1969, it was clear that his ministry was void of self-promotion. And if you listen to his sermons over the past five decades, nothing has changed. Besides his preaching, he shows ministry is not about him in the way he surrounds himself with other gifted men. He’s not threatened by the ministry and giftedness of others. It’s never been about self-aggrandizement. And those closest to him will tell you the same. I praise God that Dr. MacArthur has not made ministry about himself over these fifty years.

3. He has preached the Bible.

“If you are caught up in your own importance, you will crash and burn. If you are swept away by the gospel’s glory, you will endure.” – John MacArthur

2 Timothy 4:1–2 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.

The content of Dr. MacArthur’s ministry has overwhelmingly been the Bible. For fifty years, he has stood in the pulpit, stepped back, stooped down, and held up the glories of God’s word. He has been so committed to biblical preaching, that it’s been somewhat difficult to see him. There has been little him and lots of Bible. He has taken the role of a well-functioning mouthpiece; a faithful messenger; an obedient herald.

Dr. MacArthur has been the example par excellence for the church of 2 Timothy 4:1-2. He has preached the word. He has preached the word. And he has done so in a way that is rare, unfashionable, but faithful; expository preaching. He chose to focus his ministry on expository preaching because such is the way which most ensures that God’s voice is heard over man’s.

For fifty years, he has not deviated from Bible exposition. He has refused to take aberrant detours into schemes of popularity, ministry programs, and church growth. Instead, the focus was on teaching the Bible—deeply, consistently, accurately, and expositionally.

His commitment to Bible exposition has been deliberate. In doing so, Christ exercises his full lordship. When you set out to major on the exposition of Scripture, you set out to not preach yourself. It’s impossible. True biblical exposition requires the submission of the entire man; the whole man must give his time to unpacking the infinite depths of God’s word. When a man commits himself to the exposition of Scripture, he commits himself to never preach himself. A pastor who is truly given to the exposition of Scripture will have no time to preach himself. He’s face to face with the inexhaustible storehouses of God’s word. He could spend a thousand lifetimes expositing the Bible and still not explore all there is to explore. And if Dr. MacArthur had that many more lifetimes, you can be assured he would keep doing the same thing. Wherever he goes; whether Grace Church or a high school conference; whether in a large city church or a rural country church; whether a seminary chapel or summit; whether he was in Kazakhstan or Canada, Dr. MacArthur exposited the Bible.

His preaching is exceptionally clear. God has extraordinarily gifted Dr. MacArthur with the ability to preach with clarity. And it came through his laborious efforts. “You have to study yourself clear,” many have heard him say. And the fruit of his ministry shows. After a while, you hear the same thing from people who sat under his preaching ministry. “Wow, I never understood that before.” “That was so clear.” “It all makes sense now.” “I can’t believe I never saw that before.”

“Therefore, again I say, the greatest service you can render to anyone is to give them an understanding of Scripture.” – John MacArthur

4. He has practiced the sufficiency of the Bible.

Many confess that they believe in the sufficiency of the Bible. It’s another thing to have the sufficiency of Scripture visible in your ministry. For Dr. MacArthur, the greatest evidence of that is, of course, his preaching. When you do the same thing for fifty years, you are practicing the sufficiency of the thing.

Dr. MacArthur has weathered decades of aberrant church fads. He’s witnessed the supposed latest and greatest fashionable ministry trends; things quickly rising to popularity, and falling even quicker. Some of them, he’s seen make multiple laps through Christendom. It’s a fascinating thing: you can track certain fads throughout time and then listen to his sermons during those times. But, you will not hear the gimmicks slithering into his preaching ministry. During each and every fad, he has remained committed to biblical exposition. That’s what a pastor does who believes the sufficiency of Scripture.

The various ministries at Grace Community Church are further evidence. Whatever ministry you find yourself in, the Bible will be both the foundation and governor of it.

And the same holds true for the Master’s University and Seminary. You will not find man-centered techniques and approaches in fields such as counseling or science. The Bible remains the authority in those and more. That’s what it looks like to believe the sufficiency of Scripture.

In all, one of the most distinct features of his ministry is this: John MacArthur has not placed his confidence in John MacArthur. It’s about the sufficient Scripture.

“Stay in one place for a long time. You’ll outlive your critics and you will see the word work over time.” – John MacArthur

5. He has majored on Christ.

The Person and work of Jesus Christ have saturated Dr. MacArthur’s ministry. Take his preaching ministry for example. He spent over seven years preaching through the Gospel of Matthew (January 1978-June 1985), over two years in Mark (Sunday mornings and evenings, March 2009-June 2011), and over ten years in Luke (November 1998-December 2008). He has preached through the Gospel of John twice, spending a few years in it during the early 70’s and over four years in it, four decades later (October 2012-November 2016). That’s roughly 27 years of the glory of Christ. And the majority of the other 23 years centered on the implications of Christ, having preached the remainder of the New Testament.

That’s a lot of Jesus. And there’s a sense in which God would not have it any other way (cf. Luke 9:35).

One thing struck me when I first spent a chunk of time with Dr. MacArthur. I had a few unrushed days picking his brain. As he patiently listened and answered my questions, it became clear: this is a man who not only believes, but practices, the lordship of Christ. Many have falsely accused Dr. MacArthur of being on the hunt for controversy and debate. But it’s not true. Instead, controversy finds him. Why? Because he simply sees himself as a slave of Christ seeking faithfulness to Christ. What that looks like is clearly and correctly explaining every word of God. The biblical controversies that have found Dr. MacArthur over the years have not been about Dr. MacArthur because his ministry has not been about Dr. MacArthur. No, the controversies are about the word of God. Scripture is held up with a clarity, conviction, and courage that has been unmatched. What happens? The flesh reacts. The controversies have been about truth. The more a man exposits the Bible with clarity, conviction, and courage, the more the feathers he’s going to ruffle. Dr. MacArthur has never sought out controversy. He’s only sought faithfulness to Christ.

Dr. MacArthur’s ministry has been about Christ; the prophesies of Christ, the Person of Christ, the life of Christ, the teachings of Christ, the miracles of Christ, the kingship of Christ, the lordship of Christ, the death of Christ, the atonement of Christ, the resurrection of Christ, the exclusivity of Christ, the church of Christ, the coming of Christ, and the glory of Christ.

“A failure to do expository preaching usurps the headship of Christ over His church.” – John MacArthur

“Humility in ministry is a result of an exalted view of Christ and Scripture.” – John MacArthur

6. He has loved the church.

Pastoral ministry in a local church can bruise and beat a man. Even a few years in the mix are enough to prove it. Dr. MacArthur has weathered more ministry storms that just about anyone. It’s safe to say that he’s faced more attacks than most pastors ever will. Most of these stories are not public because he has quietly endured.

And yet, even to this day, there is something remarkable about his demeanor: he still loves the church. After fifty years in the proverbial ministry ring, he loves local church ministry and the people to whom he ministers. In a Genesis-3-world like ours, it’s amazing that a pastor could still smile and not quit after half a century in the trenches.

Dr. MacArthur could have tapped out long ago. He could have thrown in the towel on local church ministry and promoted a writing career instead. But he hasn’t. He loves what Christ loves; the church (cf. Matt. 16:18), and it’s a testimony of God’s grace and an example for us all.

“I love the church. I am inveterate and incurable lover of the church. It thrills me beyond expression to serve the church. Although I am also involved in some parachurch ministries, I wouldn’t trade my ministry in the church for all of them combined. The church takes first place in my ministry priorities, and all the parachurch ministries I serve are subordinate to, and grow out of, my ministry in the church.”  – John MacArthur

7. He does not see himself as having arrived.

Dr. MacArthur has often talked about how he is surprised that God has used him. You’ll hear him say that the only explanation for his ministry is God’s grace. It’s been all God’s doing. “I’m just a guy,” he’s said.

Everyone who has known Dr. MacArthur can tell you that he is often talking about a book he’s reading. He’s either about to read a book, reading a book, or finishing a book, or some combination of the three. And he’s reading things like theology, church history, commentaries, and the like. He always wants to learn.

It’s clear: even at fifty years of ministry, Dr. MacArthur sees himself as a student. This is a word for all of us. Though he has written, edited, and contributed to things like a study Bible, meaty commentaries on every book of the New Testament, a systematic theology, and over 100 books, Dr. MacArthur considers himself a student of God’s word. One reason Dr. MacArthur has had such an effective teaching ministry is because he sees himself as a perpetual student of Scripture.

“Stay in your study until you know that the Lord will gladly accept what you have prepared to preach because it rightly represents His Word.” – John MacArthur

More could be said about Dr. MacArthur’s fifty years of pastoral ministry in the same church. There are countless stories of his personal kindness, his sacrificial love, and his willingness to listen and come alongside struggling Christians locally and across the world. May all the glory and applause rise to our faithful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for the life and ministry of Dr. John MacArthur.

Faithful for 50: God’s Glory in the Ministry of John MacArthur — The Cripplegate

The Lord’s Voice of Authority — Grace to You Blog

I frequently hear pastors say, “You need to learn to listen to the voice of God. You need to be tuned in so you can hear His still, small voice.” Author Sarah Young makes a similar claim in Jesus Calling—her bestselling devotional based on messages she claims to have received from Christ. Presumptuously writing in the Lord’s voice, she dispatches the following instructions.

Wait quietly in My presence while My thoughts form silently in the depths of your being. Do not try to rush this process, because hurry keeps your heart earthbound. I am the Creator of the entire universe, yet I choose to make my humble home in your heart. It is there where you know me most intimately; it is there where I speak to you in holy whispers. Ask My Spirit to quiet your mind so that you can hear My still, small voice within you. [1]Sarah Young MacArthur, Jesus Calling Special and Revised edition (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2004), 276.

I have no idea what that means. God does not mumble. He doesn’t whisper gentle niceties into the ears of His people. When the Lord speaks to His church, it is unmistakable. His voice thunders over the church through the divine authority of Holy Scripture.

That was the sound the apostle John heard on the island of Patmos. He writes, “And His voice was like the sound of many waters” (Revelation 1:15). There are no soft, sandy beaches on the Isle of Patmos, no gentle, soothing tide. During a storm, the waves crash against the rocks with a deafening roar. That violent, arresting sound was how John described the voice of the Lord. It’s an echo of Ezekiel 43:2, affirming that Christ and the Father speak with the same thundering voice of authority over the church.

John had heard this voice before. At Christ’s transfiguration, the voice of God rang out, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!” (Luke 9:35). One of the defining characteristics of believers is that they recognize the authority of Christ and obey His Word: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27).

The reason the sheep follow the Shepherd is because they know His voice. Actual sheep recognize the voice of their own shepherd and will not respond to another. Philip Keller writes:

The relationship that develops between a shepherd and the sheep under his care is to a definite degree dependent on the use of the shepherd’s voice. Sheep quickly become accustomed to their owner’s particular voice. They are acquainted with its unique tone. They know its peculiar sounds and inflections. They can distinguish it from that of any other person. If a stranger should come among them, they would not recognize nor respond to his voice. [2] Philip Keller, A Shepherd Looks at the Good Shepherd and His Sheep (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1979), 39–40.

True believers will heed the Good Shepherd’s voice and reject the overtures of false shepherds. Submitting to the authority of Christ is fundamental to the life of faith: “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15).

(Adapted from Christ’s Call to Reform the Church and The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: John 1–11)

The Lord’s Voice of Authority — Grace to You Blog

February 6, 2019 Morning Verse Of The Day

Faith

Come to Me, (11:28a)

Just as man’s part in salvation is to come humbly, it is also to come in faith. Although finite minds cannot fully comprehend the truth, divine grace and human faith are inseparable in salvation. God sovereignly provides salvation, which includes the fact that man must give himself to the Lord Jesus Christ in commitment before it becomes effective. Jesus said, “All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me,” and then immediately added, “and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out” (John 6:37).

Salvation is not through a creed, a church, a ritual, a pastor, a priest, or any other such human means—but through Jesus Christ, who said, Come to Me. To come is to believe to the point of submitting to His lordship. “I am the bread of life,” Jesus declared; “he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst” (John 6:35). Comes and believes are parallel just as are hunger and thirst. Coming to Christ is believing in Him, which results in no longer hungering and thirsting. Other biblical synonyms for believing in Christ include confessing Him, receiving Him, eating and drinking Him, and hearing Him.

Peter declared, “Of Him [Jesus Christ] all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins” (Acts 10:43). And the Lord Himself said, “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; that whoever believes may in Him have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:14–16).

Repentance and Rest

all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. (11:28b)

All who are indicates a condition that already exists. Those whom Jesus invites to Himself are those who already are weary and heavy-laden. Although this aspect of Jesus’ invitation is mentioned after faith (“Come to Me”), chronologically it precedes faith, referring to the repentance that drives the humble, seeking person to Christ for salvation.

Kopiaō (to grow weary, or “to labor”) carries the idea of working to the point of utter exhaustion. John uses the term to describe Jesus’ fatigue when He and the disciples reached Sychar after a long, hot journey from Jerusalem (John 4:6).

Weary translates a present active participle and refers figuratively to arduous toil in seeking to please God and know the way of salvation. Jesus calls to Himself everyone who is exhausted from trying to find and please God in his own resources. Jesus invites the person who is wearied from his vain search for truth through human wisdom, who is exhausted from trying to earn salvation, and who has despaired of achieving God’s standard of righteousness by his own efforts.

Heavy-laden translates a perfect passive participle, indicating that at some time in the past a great load was dumped on the wearied person. Whereas weary refers to the internal exhaustion caused by seeking divine truth through human wisdom, heavy-laden suggests the external burdens caused by the futile efforts of works righteousness.

In Jesus’ day, the rabbinical teachings had become so massive, demanding, and all-encompassing that they prescribed standards and formulas for virtually every human activity. It was all but impossible even to learn all the traditions, and was completely impossible to keep them all. Jesus spoke of the heavy loads of religious tradition that the scribes and Pharisees laid on the people’s shoulders (Matt. 23:4); and at the Jerusalem Council, Peter noted that the Judaizers were trying to saddle Christianity with the same man-made “yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear” (Acts 15:10).

Although the term itself is not used in the text, Jesus gives a call to repent, to turn away from the self-centered and works-centered life and come to Him. The person who is weary and heavy-laden despairs of his own ability to please God. He comes to the end of his own resources and turns to Christ. Desperation is a part of true salvation, because a person does not come to Christ as long as he has confidence in himself. To repent is to make a 180-degree turn from the burden of the old life to the restfulness of the new

Repentance was the theme of John the Baptist’s preaching (Matt. 3:2) and the starting point of the preaching of Jesus (4:17), Peter (Acts 2:38; 3:19; cf. 5:31), and Paul (17:30; 20:21; cf. 2 Tim. 2:25). The person who humbly receives God’s revelation of Himself and His way of salvation, who turns from the unbearable burden of his sin and self-effort, and who comes to Christ empty-handed is the only person God will save.

Anapauō (to give … rest) means to refresh or revive, as from labor or a long journey. Jesus promises spiritual rest to everyone who comes to Him in repentance and humble faith.

God’s rest is a common Old Testament theme. The Lord warned Israel, “Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as in the day of Massah in the wilderness; when your fathers tested Me, they tried Me, though they had seen My work.… Therefore I swore in My anger, truly they shall not enter into My rest” (Ps. 95:7–9, 11). After quoting that passage, the writer of Hebrews warns those who make a pretense of faith in Christ but have not really trusted Him: “Take care, brethren, lest there should be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart, in falling away from the living God” (Heb. 3:12). To intellectually acknowledge Christ’s deity and lordship is a dangerous thing if it does not lead to true faith, because it gives a person the false confidence of belonging to Christ.

In the time of the early church many Jews were attracted to the gospel and outwardly identified themselves with the church. But for fear of being unsynagogued, ostracized from the worship and ceremonies of Judaism, some of them did not truly receive Christ as saving Lord. They went part way to Him but stopped before full commitment. “As a result” of such superficial allegiance, John says, “many of His disciples withdrew, and were not walking with Him anymore” (John 6:66). Consequently they would not enter God’s rest, that is, His salvation, because they still possessed “an evil, unbelieving heart” (Heb. 3:11–12).

Just as those Israelites who rebelled against Moses in the wilderness were denied entrance into the Promised Land because of unbelief, so those who refuse to fully trust in Christ are denied entrance into God’s kingdom rest of salvation for the same reason (v. 19). “Therefore, let us fear lest, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you should seem to have come short of it. For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, ‘As I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest’ ” (4:1–3).

The dictionary gives several definitions of rest that remarkably parallel the spiritual rest God offers those who trust in His Son. First, the dictionary describes rest as cessation from action, motion, labor, or exertion. In a similar way, to enter God’s rest is to cease from all efforts at self-help in trying to earn salvation. Second, rest is described as freedom from that which wearies or disturbs. Again we see the spiritual parallel of God’s giving His children freedom from the cares and burdens that rob them of peace and joy.

Third, the dictionary defines rest as something that is fixed and settled. Similarly, to be in God’s rest is to have the wonderful assurance that our eternal destiny is secure in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. It is to be freed from the uncertainties of running from philosophy to philosophy, from religion to religion, from guru to guru, hoping somehow and somewhere to discover truth, peace, happiness, and eternal life.

Fourth, rest is defined as being confident and trustful. When we enter God’s rest we are given the assurance that “He who began a good work in [us] will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6). Finally, the dictionary describes rest as leaning, reposing, or depending on. As children of God, we can depend with utter certainty that our heavenly Father will “supply all [our] needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).[1]


28. Come to me all that labour. He now kindly invites to himself those whom he acknowledges to be fit for becoming his disciples. Though he is ready to reveal the Father to all, yet the greater part are careless about coming to him, because they are not affected by a conviction of their necessities. Hypocrites give themselves no concern about Christ, because they are intoxicated with their own righteousness, and neither hunger nor thirst (Matth. 5:6) for his grace. Those who are devoted to the world set no value on a heavenly life. It would be in vain, therefore, for Christ to invite either of these classes, and therefore he turns to the wretched and afflicted. He speaks of them as labouring, or groaning under a burden, and does not mean generally those who are oppressed with grief and vexations, but those who are overwhelmed by their sins, who are filled with alarm at the wrath of God, and are ready to sink under so weighty a burden. There are various methods, indeed, by which God humbles his elect; but as the greater part of those who are loaded with afflictions still remain obstinate and rebellious, Christ means by persons labouring and burdened, those whose consciences are distressed by their exposure to eternal death, and who are inwardly so pressed down by their miseries that they faint; for this very fainting prepares them for receiving his grace. He tells us that the reason why most men despise his grace is, that they are not sensible of their poverty; but that there is no reason why their pride or folly should keep back afflicted souls that long for relief.

Let us therefore bid adieu to all who, entangled by the snares of Satan, either are persuaded that they possess a righteousness out of Christ, or imagine that they are happy in this world. Let our miseries drive us to seek Christ; and as he admits none to the enjoyment of his rest but those who sink under the burden, let us learn, that there is no venom more deadly than that slothfulness which is produced in us, either by earthly happiness, or by a false and deceitful opinion of our own righteousness and virtue. Let each of us labour earnestly to arouse himself, first, by vigorously shaking off the luxuries of the world; and, secondly, by laying aside every false confidence. Now though this preparation for coming to Christ makes them as dead men, yet it ought to be observed, that it is the gift of the Holy Spirit, because it is the commencement of repentance, to which no man aspires in his own strength. Christ did not intend to show what man can do of himself, but only to inform us what must be the feelings of those who come to him.

They who limit the burden and the labour to ceremonies of the Law, take a very narrow view of Christ’s meaning. I do acknowledge, that the Law was intolerably burdensome, and overwhelmed the souls of worshippers; but we must bear in mind what I have said, that Christ stretches out his hand to all the afflicted, and thus lays down a distinction between his disciples and those who despise the Gospel. But we must attend to the universality of the expression; for Christ included all, without exception, who labour and are burdened, that no man may shut the gate against himself by wicked doubts. And yet all such persons are few in number; for, among the innumerable multitude of those that perish, few are aware that they are perishing. The relief which he promises consists in the free pardon of sins, which alone gives us peace.[2]


28 The “me” is grammatically unemphatic but in the wake of v. 27 extremely important. Jesus invites the “weary” (the participle suggests those who have become weary through heavy struggling or toil) and the “burdened” (the passive side of weariness, overloaded like beasts of burden) to come to him; and he (not the Father) will give them rest. There is an echo of Jeremiah 31:25, where Yahweh refreshes his people through the new covenant.

While there is no need to restrict the “burdens,” it is impossible not to be reminded of the “heavy loads” the Pharisees put on men’s shoulders (23:4; cf. 12:1–14; see M. Maher, “ ‘Take my yoke upon you’ [Matt. xi.29],” NTS 22 [1976]: 97–103). The “rest” (cf. use of cognate term in Heb 3–4) is eschatological (cf. Rev 6:11; 14:13) but also a present reality.[3]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1985). Matthew (Vol. 2, pp. 274–276). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 2, pp. 42–44). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] Carson, D. A. (2010). Matthew. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Matthew–Mark (Revised Edition) (Vol. 9, pp. 321–322). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

February 6 For the love of God (Vol. 2)

Genesis 39; Mark 9; Job 5; Romans 9

 

in the second part of his speech (Job 5), Eliphaz presupposes the stance he adopts in the first part (see yesterday’s meditation), yet adds several new wrinkles to his impassioned presentation.

First, he says that Job’s approach to God in this crisis is fundamentally flawed. By all means call on God (5:1)—but why imagine that someone as exalted as God will answer? Meanwhile, Job’s attitude is what is killing him: “Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple” (5:2). Eliphaz speaks out of his own observation: he has seen such fools prospering in the past, but suddenly they are uprooted. The implication is that Job’s former prosperity was the prosperity of a “fool,” and his current loss is nothing but his due. Somewhat inconsistently, Eliphaz adds that human suffering is a function of the human condition: “Man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward” (5:7).

Second, rather self-righteously Eliphaz tells Job what he would do if he were in a similar situation (5:8–16). He would appeal to God and lay his case before him—not with Job’s attitude, which Eliphaz finds insufferable, but with humility and contrition. After all, God reigns providentially and is committed to humbling the arrogant and the crafty and exalting the poor and the needy. So Eliphaz would approach God as a suppliant.

Third, Eliphaz insists that at least one of God’s aims in bringing about loss and disaster is discipline: “Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal” (5:17–18). Those who recognize this point discover that God quickly restores their life and prosperity. They find themselves secure in every trial. Job cannot miss the implication: if he feels he has suffered unjustly, not only is he insufficiently humble, but he fails to recognize the gracious, chastening hand of God Almighty, and therefore he remains under God’s rod instead of finding mercy. “We have examined this,” Eliphaz concludes rather pompously, “and it is true. So hear it and apply it to yourself” (5:27).

What Eliphaz says carries some measure of truth. God does indeed chasten his children (Prov. 3:11–12; Heb. 12:5–6). But this presupposes that they need it; God certainly does not chasten his children when they do not need it. Eliphaz thus presupposes that Job deserves God’s chastening; readers of chapter 1 know he is mistaken. True, God saves the humble and abases those whose eyes are haughty (Ps. 18:27); but Eliphaz mistakenly assumes that Job must be haughty, or he would not be suffering. So here is a lesson: false or improper application of genuine truth may be heartless and cruel—and, as here, it may say false things about God.[1]


[1] Carson, D. A. (1998). For the love of God: a daily companion for discovering the riches of God’s Word. (Vol. 2, p. 25). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Liberals Are Absolutely Stunned As President Trump’s SOTU Speech Gets 76% Approval Rating As He Vows America Will Never Be A Socialist Nation — Now The End Begins

CBS News and CNN released instant polls taken immediately after President Trump’s State of the Union address with both polls finding 76 percent of those who watched approved of the speech.

Donald Trump has been president of the most powerful nation on earth for two full years now, and he has been relentlessly attacked by the entire mainstream fake news media and dozens of agitator groups funded by billionaire George Soros. He has been at the epicenter of a phony and completely partisan investigation that would have long ago destroyed many lesser men. So if you’re a Liberal and were expecting a weakened, scared, Trump on the run you were gravely disappointed tonight.

Tonight America’s president gave the best speech of his entire career and brought both houses down. Immediate polls taken by all the Liberals news outlets showed an off the charts and across the board approval rating for the president’s remarks, including those on his immigration policies. But perhaps the highlight of the evening came when President Trump vowed that America will “never become a Socialist nation”.

Trump: “America Will Never Be A Socialist Country”; “We Were Born Free And We Will Stay Free”

FROM REAL CLEAR POLITICS: President Trump said the United States will never become a socialist country in his 2019 State of the Union address.

“We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom — and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair,” Trump said Tuesday night.

“Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” the president said. “America was founded on liberty and independence – not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country,” Trump declared.

Sen. Bernie Sanders who is a democratic socialist, reacted with this facial expression when Trump announced the U.S. will never be a socialist nation:

POLL STUNNERS: Both CBS and CNN Polls: 76 Percent of Viewers Approve President Trump’s State of the Union Speech; CBS: 72 Percent Approve His Immigration Ideas

FROM GATEWAY PUNDIT: The CBS poll 72 percent approved of Trump’s immigration proposals while the CNN poll showed 76 percent approval with 59 percent “very positive.”

Peggy Noonan, a former speechwriter for President Reagan and no fan of President Trump, praised his speech tonight, saying, “This has been a deeply adept speech in terms of policy. He cut to the muscle on legal and illegal immigration, on abortion and infanticide, on foreign wars. His vow on socialism will be remembered. Great heroes in the balcony, a real American panoply. 1…And good natured with the white jackets, who I see some on twitter are calling the straight jackets. AOC had a rare bad night, looking not spirited, warm and original as usual but sullen, teenaged and at a loss. 2.” READ MORE

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