Daily Archives: February 21, 2019

February 21 The Transforming Grace of God

Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 1:8–17

Key Verse: Ephesians 1:7

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

Concerned about her salvation, the woman met with her pastor. “I don’t know how Jesus can accept me,” she cried. “I want to give my life to Him, but I’m not ready. You don’t know what I’ve done. Jesus can’t possibly forgive me.”

Feeling guilty about past wrongs is understandable. Sin is ugly in God’s eyes, but He took care of the problem on the cross. When you agree with God that your sin is wrong and accept Jesus’ payment in your place, you are freed by His blood—clean and righteous in God’s sight. No one is too wicked, too horrible, too unlovable, too vile for Jesus to love.

Paul, the missionary and apostle, said, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. And yet for this reason I found mercy, in order that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience” (1 Tim. 1:15–16 nasb). One of the greatest evangelists of all time was once a vicious persecutor of Christians.

No matter what you have said or done, you can hold fast to this promise: “In Him [Jesus] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:7 nasb).

O God, I claim it! In Christ I have redemption—through His blood—the forgiveness of my trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 54). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

February 21 The Grid of the Word

Scripture reading: Colossians 1:3–13

Key verses: Psalm 119:167–68

My soul keeps Your testimonies,

And I love them exceedingly.

I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies,

For all my ways are before You.

The apostle Paul was in prison when he learned that the church in Colosse was in danger of falling into heresy. Doctrines were being taught that refuted the truth of the gospel message.

A combination of Eastern philosophy, Jewish legalism, and elements of Gnosticism was spreading rapidly. Gnostics, emphasizing knowledge rather than faith, believed they had special knowledge when it came to spiritual matters. The doctrine introduced to the Colossians was based on this man-made philosophy, not on the divine truth of God’s Word.

The heretics in Colosse denounced the person and work of Jesus Christ. They believed God responded only to perfection. In their eyes the human body was evil. Because Jesus came as a man, they were convinced He was only an emanation from God, not the Son of God in the flesh. Anytime we add or take away from the gospel message, we deviate from its foundational truth.

Similar problems face us today through the New Age movement and a number of religious cults. Therefore, it is extremely important that you run everything you hear through God’s grid system—His Word. If something does not bear witness to God’s Word, then it is not of Him, and you need to let it go.

Dear Lord, let me filter everything today through the grid system of Your Word. If it is not of You, then help me let it go.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 54). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

February 21, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump on Thursday called on U.S. telecommunications companies to boost their work to build faster 5G wireless communications networks, saying they were lagging and at risk of being left behind other countries’ efforts.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will fly to Bogota, Colombia on Monday to discuss the Venezuela crisis with leaders of the regional Lima Group of nations, his office said on Thursday.

The U.S. Department of Justice may announce as early as next week that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has given the attorney general his report on the federal Russia investigation, CNN said on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.

The United States and China have started to outline commitments in principle on the stickiest issues in their trade dispute, marking the most significant progress yet toward ending a seven-month trade war, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.

Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Inc, targeted by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders for its high drug prices, said on Thursday that prices of its treatment for a rare neurological disorder were “in line” with similar products in the industry. Sanders had earlier this month written to the Florida-based drug maker asking it to justify its $375,000-per-year price for Firdapse, a medication that for years has been available for free.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to introduce a resolution on Friday to end President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration on border security, according to aides to Representative Joaquin Castro.

A Polish charity helping victims of child abuse committed by Catholic priests accused 24 bishops on Thursday of concealing perpetrators of sexual molestation of minors.

The European Union should spend hundreds of billions of euros combating climate change during the next decade, its chief executive said on Thursday, responding to a Swedish teen who has inspired a global movement of children against global warming.

Two astronauts who survived a midair rocket failure in October said on Thursday they had received counseling following their brush with death and felt ready to fly again next month.

U.S. home sales fell in January to their lowest level in more than three years and house prices rose only modestly, suggesting a further loss of momentum in the housing market.

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits fell last week, but the four-week moving average rose to a more than one-year high, suggesting the labor market was slowing down. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 216,000 for the week ended Feb. 16.

AP Top Stories

Two feet deep, below a plot of farmland outside the Syrian city of Raqa, lies a large and deadly legacy of the Islamic State group: a mass grave holding an estimated 3,500 people.

The head organizer of the Vatican’s sex abuse summit has met with an Irish activist who is seeking to draw attention to another issue the Vatican has long sought to keep quiet: the plight of children of priests.

An international rights group on Thursday accused Congolese police of summarily executing at least 27 people, some of whom were bound, strangled and mutilated in a crackdown on gangs in the capital Kinshasa last year.

Prime Minister Netanyahu forged an election alliance with a far-right party on Wednesday that could give followers of the late anti-Arab rabbi, Meir Kahane, a stronger voice in Israeli politics.

Australia’s first female foreign minister Julie Bishop announced she’ll quit parliament at the next election, joining an exodus of senior lawmakers from the country’s ruling coalition as it battles to retain office.

Venezuelan officials said Tuesday that the country is banning air and sea trips to and from three Dutch Caribbean islands – a region that has been linked to efforts to undermine President Nicolas Maduro by sending emergency aid to the South American nation.


A fast-moving fire swept through a historic district of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, killing at least 78 people, officials said.

The world’s biggest bee has been re-discovered, after decades thought lost to science. The giant bee – which is as long as an adult’s thumb – was found on a little-explored Indonesian island.

A US Coast Guard officer was arrested on suspicion of planning a terror attack. Police found a cache of weapons and ammunition at the Maryland home of Christopher Hasson. The self-proclaimed white nationalist had drawn up a list of targets including Democratic politicians.

The US is rushing to transfer sensitive nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia. A Democratic-led House panel has launched an inquiry over concerns about the White House plan to build nuclear reactors across the kingdom. Whistleblowers told the panel it could destabilize the Middle East by boosting nuclear weapons proliferation.

A German court has handed suspended jail terms to two ex-employees of gun maker Heckler & Koch and fined the firm $4.2m for illegal arms deliveries to Mexico.

Some reports suggest that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could soon be making his way to Vietnam by train, for an upcoming summit with US leader Donald Trump.

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic’s gay partner has given birth in what the PM’s office said was a first for a world leader.


Perfect Day Foods is one company creating a synthetic milk alternative. It’s similar to milk in that it consists of casein and whey, the proteins found in milk. However, a cow was never used to produce their product. Instead, the animal-free dairy product is made in a lab using genetically engineered yeast programmed with DNA to produce the same proteins found in cow’s milk.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Feb. 21, 2019

The Foundation

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction.” —John Witherspoon (1776)

The Ugly Face of White Nationalism Is Identity Politics

Constitutional conservatism has always rejected this ploy in favor of Liberty for all.

Just How Far Left Are Democrats Going?

Gallup finds a stark and staggering leftward shift in the opinions of rank-and-file Democrats.

Amazon Illuminates the Democrat Party Divide

High-tax cronyists on one side, socialist “purists” on the other. Neither is good for business.

Higher Education? More Like Leftist Indoctrination

America’s colleges and universities are producing indoctrinated lemmings, not educated reasoning adults.

Greening of the Earth Enhanced by … India and China?

Over the last two decades, the earth has seen a big increase in area covered by green leaves.

The Coup Co-Conspirators

This conspiracy was a much more significant assault on our Constitution than Richard Nixon’s concealment of the DNC/Watergate burglary.

Powerlifter Lifts 2-Ton SUV Off Man Trapped Underneath

“I just lifted and started pushing the vehicle as hard as I could.”

Video: How Socialism Killed Venezuela

It meets all 10 of Karl Marx’s tenets of socialist government. Such planned economies fail.

Today’s Opinion

Victor Davis Hanson
Changing Reality With Words
Mona Charen
Unwarranted: Elizabeth Warren’s Flawed Idea
Larry Elder
Jussie Smollett Supporters: Rooting for a ‘Modern Lynching’
Edwin J. Feulner
‘Amazon Just Took Their Ball and Went Home’
Hans von Spakovsky
Birthright Citizenship Should End
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Thursday Top Headline Summary

Smollett charged, U.S.-China trade-deal headwinds, surge in illegals, domestic terrorism, Syria withdrawal, and more.

Thursday Short Cuts

Friendly fire: “Overall I am not a supporter of the Green New Deal.” —Rep. Abigail Spanberger

Today’s Meme

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.

Today’s Cartoon

News – 2/21/2019

Russia completes testing of ‘Poseidon’ thermonuclear torpedo
The 24 m long UUV armed with a nuclear warhead is designed to navigate autonomously with a maximum speed of 107 kt and detonate near an enemy coastal city, generating a tsunami wave, Russian state media reported.

Mystic Roots: Why does the U.S. President Trump Eat a Lot of Red Meat and Drink Coca Cola?
“The same people who cheered him on a few years ago are precisely the people who are most against him today. When Trump arose and made clear that he was going to be for Israel, to help the Moshiach come into the world, that caused a huge turmoil in the world specifically among his former friends,” Rabbi Fish explained. “He is, after all, just a president who will be gone in a few years. But people who fear the Moshiach went into a panic. They can tell that the day of reckoning is very near.”

First human gene therapy surgery attempts to halt common form of vision loss
“When the virus opens up inside the retinal cell it releases the DNA of the gene we have cloned, and the cell starts making a protein that we think can modify the disease, correcting the imbalance of the inflammation caused by the complement system.” The therapy involves surgically detaching the retina and directly delivering the viral solution to the back of the eye. This targeted approach ensures the treatment is contained to a single point, while the virus is also engineered to only infect specific retinal cells.

Concerned with Closer Turkish-Russian Ties, Trump Blocks F-35 Sale
U.S. President Donald Trump signed appropriations legislation late last week that blocks the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey. The transfer of these fighter planes to Ankara will not proceed until the U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Secretary of Defense provide an update to Congress related to Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 missile-defense system from Russia. Turkey’s acquisition of the S-400 missile systems from Moscow could enable Turkey’s potential ejection from the F-35 program, in addition to purchasing other weapons such as Lockheed’s F-16 fighter, UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and Boeing’s CH-47F Chinook helicopter. “We will not stand idly by while NATO allies purchase weapons from our adversaries,”

When hypocrisy becomes anti-Semitism
The anti-Semitic tweet by US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar about the Israeli lobby AIPAC buying politicians with money continues to stir up a storm. It is interesting that Israel bothers her more than Somalia, where she was born and whence she fled. A massacre has been going in the African nation for dozens of years, primarily in the name of jihad.

Trump Demands $2.5Bn Back For California’s High-Speed Rail Fail; Pulls $929Mn Grant
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) says it is exploring legal options to claw back $2.5 billion from California in federal funds which have already been spent on the ill-fated statewide high-speed rail system, according to the New York Times. The Trump administration is also canceling a $929 million grant which was allocated to the California High-Speed Rail Authority detailed in a letter from DOT, just one week after California Governor Newsom announced that the project had been derailed by cost overruns and numerous delays.

Utah hit by 5th minor earthquake in 5 days
The fifth minor earthquake in five days rattled Utah just after midnight Wednesday — this one a magnitude 4 about five miles southwest of Kanosh in Millard County. There were no reports on damage in the sparsely populated area.

Iran launches large-scale maritime war games in the Persian Gulf
Velayat-97 will see the participation of submarines, warships, helicopters and surveillance planes as well as missile launches from the naval vessels.
With tensions high between Israel and Iran, the Islamic Republic began an annual week-long naval war games in the Persian Gulf and strategic Strait of Hormuz.

Trump envoy to ‘Post’: Antisemitism at its worst since Holocaust
The Jewish people are facing the worst wave of antisemitism since the Holocaust, Elan Carr, the Trump administration’s new special envoy to combat antisemitism, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. Carr was appointed Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism earlier this month after the post had been vacant for two years since Donald Trump became president in 2016.

Bangladesh fire: Blaze kills dozens in Dhaka historic district
A fast-moving fire swept through a historic district of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, killing at least 78 people, officials say. The blaze broke out at night in a residential building that had flammable material stored on the ground floor. Members of a bridal party are thought to be among the victims. It is not yet clear what started the fire.

Pope Francis: Concrete action needed against child abuse at Church
Pope Francis has said the world expects “concrete measures” to tackle child sexual abuse by priests and not only “simple and obvious condemnations”. At a summit to discuss the scandals that have rocked the Roman Catholic Church, he said “the cry of the little ones seeking justice” had to be heard. Details of sexual abuse have emerged across the world and the Church has been accused of covering up crimes.

Israel elections: Netanyahu challengers Gantz and Lapid join forces
Two of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s strongest challengers in April elections have announced a centrist alliance in a bid to defeat him. Ex-army chief Benny Gantz and centrist politician Yair Lapid agreed to rotate as prime minister if they win. Separately, Mr Netanyahu forged an alliance with several far-right parties to try to shore up votes.

Feds: Coast Guard lieutenant compiled hit list of lawmakers
A Coast Guard lieutenant who was arrested last week is a “domestic terrorist” who drafted an email discussing biological attacks and had what appeared to be a hit list that included prominent Democrats and media figures, prosecutors said in court papers. Christopher Paul Hasson is due to appear Thursday in federal court in Maryland after his arrest on gun and drug offenses, but prosecutors say those charges are the “proverbial tip of the iceberg.”

EU countries back copyright reforms aimed at Google, Facebook
European Union countries on Wednesday endorsed an overhaul of the bloc’s copyright rules which would force Google and Facebook Inc to pay publishers for news snippets and filter out copyright-protected content on YouTube or Instagram. A majority of EU diplomats agreed to the revamp while Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Poland refused to back the deal and two other EU countries abstained.

Putin to U.S.: I’m ready for another Cuban Missile crisis if you want one
President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia is militarily ready for a Cuban Missile-style crisis if the United States is foolish enough to want one and that his country currently has the edge when it comes to a first nuclear strike. The Cuban Missile Crisis erupted in 1962 when Moscow responded to a U.S. missile deployment in Turkey by sending ballistic missiles to Cuba, sparking a standoff that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.

Scientists Release Controversial Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In High-Security Lab
Scientists have launched a major new phase in the testing of a controversial genetically modified organism: a mosquito designed to quickly spread a genetic mutation lethal to its own species, NPR has learned. For the first time, researchers have begun large-scale releases of the engineered insects, into a high-security laboratory in Terni, Italy.

US debt hits record under Trump, Republicans mum
More massive than the US economy, the national debt hit a new record of $22 trillion under President Donald Trump but Republicans who traditionally rail against debt and deficits have remained mum. The sum of borrowing to cover chronic deficits as well as growing interest payments, this mountain of debt already stood at $19.95 trillion when Trump entered the White House, reaching the equivalent of US GDP for the first time since World War II.

‘Xi cult’ app is China’s red hot hit
A propaganda app that puts China’s powerful President Xi Jinping in anyone’s pockets has become a hit in the country — with a helpful nudge from Communist Party officials. Millions have downloaded the app, which tracks the amount of time users spend browsing inspirational quotes from the Chinese leader and watching short videos of his speeches and travels.

Headlines – 2/21/2019

Netanyahu puts off meeting with Putin as he pushes for right-wing unity deal

Likud: Gantz and Lapid will usher in ‘leftist’ government ‘backed by Arabs’

UN envoy says risk of Israeli-Palestinian war looms large

Multiple arson balloons launched from Gaza; IDF hits Hamas post in response

Israel Attacks Hamas Following Airborne Firebomb From Gaza

Hamas claims credit as head of elite IDF unit steps down after Gaza raid

Tires slashed, graffiti daubed in apparent hate crime in Palestinian village

IDF arrests 17 Palestinians, clash with rioters in West Bank raids

France’s Jewish Community Looks to Macron for Answers After Series of anti-Semitic Crimes

Anti-Semitism worst since WWII, Macron tells French Jewish group

President Macron: France To Define Anti-Zionism As A Form Of Anti-Semitism

Netanyahu highlights Israel’s technological prowess at friendly President’s Conference

Israel unveils Rafael’s new advanced bunker buster missile, ‘Rocks’

Europe: Trying to Legitimize Iran’s Regime

German president lauds Iran on revolution that seeks Israel’s destruction

Iran says it cannot rule out possibility of war with Israel

Iran’s Rouhani says U.S. sanctions are ‘terrorist act’

Democratic Party passes resolution calling for US to re-enter Iran nuke deal

Iran’s Zarif Slams U.S. ‘Hypocrisy’ Over Saudi Nuclear Plan

Despite the slaughter in Yemen, Britain is still chasing arms sales

Amid the fallout with Turkey, Trump signs legislation blocking transfer of F-35 fighter jets

Muslim group seeks congressional probe on US terror watchlist

Endgame for the Isis ‘caliphate’ looms in small Syrian town

Islamic State group: Civilians evacuated from last Syria enclave

Blame for mass rapes points to S. Sudan army: UN report

India demands Pakistan take action and ‘stop misleading’ on Kashmir attack

Putin promises Russians better living conditions ‘within this year’

Russia bans soldiers from using smartphones to prevent tracking of military

Putin: US using ‘far-fetched accusations’ to quit arms deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin Threatens to Retaliate if U.S. Deploys New Missiles in Europe

Putin warns new missiles could target ‘decision-making centers’

Possible peace declaration looms large over Trump-Kim summit

China’s social credit system shows its teeth, banning millions from taking flights, trains

EU countries back copyright reforms aimed at Google, Facebook

Arrested Coast Guard Officer Planned Mass Terrorist Attack ‘On A Scale Rarely Seen’

‘I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on earth’: A self-proclaimed white nationalist planned a mass terrorist attack, the government says

Feds: Coast Guard lieutenant compiled hit list of lawmakers

Number of active hate groups in US at record high, civil rights watchdog says

Pelosi urges support for resolution to block border wall emergency

Judge Andrew Napolitano: Trump’s brazen, unconstitutional overreach

Up to 15 British ministers may vote to stop UK from leaving EU on March 29

US and China are said to be outlining deal to end trade war

The Fed just said it contributed to the stock market’s wild ride in December

US debt hits record under Trump, Republicans mum

US says it will deliver aid blocked by Venezuela, setting up confrontation with Maduro regime

Venezuela seeks UN support against ‘military aggression’

Venezuela gets fuel from Russia, Europe but the bill soars

Oil hovers near 2019 highs amid OPEC cuts, but economic slowdown weighs

Scientists Warn Trump’s Space Force Could incentivize Nations To Build Space Weapons: ‘A Profoundly Bad Idea’

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ezine, Turkey

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Haswayn, Yemen

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Peru erupts to 15,000ft

Mt Etna volcano in Italy erupts to 15,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 15,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 12,000ft

New York City Admits Defrauding FEMA Out Of Millions After Superstorm Sandy

Snow falls in Las Vegas for the second time in a week

Climate Change Doubter Is Leading Effort to Advise President Trump on Climate Security

Scientists Release Controversial Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In High-Security Lab

Anti-vaxx propaganda has gone viral on Facebook. Pinterest has a cure

Pinterest Temporarily Blocks All Vaccine Content (Factual and Otherwise)

Measles vaccine opponents take fight to the state capital in wake of new bill

FDA chief says feds might intervene if states continue allowing vaccine exemptions

More than 130 dead in measles outbreak blamed on Philippine anti-vax movement

Stressed out: Anxiety a bigger concern for teens than drugs, poverty

IDF: Women soldiers to have free access to ‘morning after’ pills

Serbian PM’s same-sex partner gives birth to baby boy

Taiwan government to unveil draft same-sex marriage law

Tax service turns away gay couple, citing Indiana’s ‘religious freedom’ law

On YouTube, a network of paedophiles is hiding in plain sight

‘The pope ignored them’: Alleged abuse of deaf children on 2 continents points to Vatican failings

Pope says church’s attackers are linked to devil

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Chicago Police Superintendent Blasts Democrat Politicians, Celebrities and Fake News Pundits For Pushing Smollett Hoax (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Chicago Police held a press conference Thursday morning on the Jussie Smollett hate hoax after the actor’s arrest.

The Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said he’s “offended and angry” over Jussie Smollett’s hate hoax crime while he delivered an emotional press conference.

Mr. Johnson blasted Smollett’s staged attack as “shameful” then ripped into the Democrat politicians, celebrities and fake news pundits who all pushed the Jussie Smollett hoax whilst attacking millions of “racist” Trump supporters — all without any evidence a crime actually occurred.

“This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn and certainly did not deserve,” Mr. Johnson said, adding, “To make things worse, the accusations within this phony attack received national attention for weeks. Celebrities, news commentators and even presidential candidates weighed in on something that was choreographed by an actor.”

“The stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary,” Superintendent Johnson added.


2020 Dem hopefuls Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Kamala Harris both immediately rushed to judgment after Jussie Smollett claimed white racist Trump supporters ambushed him with bleach and a noose.

Cory Booker called Smollett’s hate hoax a “modern-day lynching.”

Celebrities such as Alyssa Milano jumped into the mix and slammed Trump supporters following the hate hoax.

The Democrats and media have fallen for two huge hoaxes this year, Covington and now Smollett —  and it’s only February.

via Chicago Police Superintendent Blasts Democrat Politicians, Celebrities and Fake News Pundits For Pushing Smollett Hoax (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

February 21, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Appeal

So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment. (2:12–13)

Because partiality is such a serious sin, James closes this section with an appeal for believers to fully consider the danger of divine judgment. And the obvious implication is for them to then forsake the sin of partiality, asking the Lord’s forgiveness and cleansing.

The admonition to speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty is tantamount to saying, “Live and act as a true believer who has been saved by God’s grace and who will be judged on the basis of Christ’s imputed righteousness. That righteousness frees the believer from the law of bondage and judges him under the redeeming law of liberty, God’s Word of the gospel, the New Testament in Jesus Christ, which frees the repentant sinner from the bondage of sin (cf. John 8:31–32).

God “will render to each person according to his deeds,” Paul declares,

to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God. (Rom. 2:6–11)

One of James’s major themes is that a person’s real faith will be manifest in and through his works, “for just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead” (2:26). If God looks at our life and sees that we have handled trials and temptations in a godly way, that we received and obeyed His Word, and that we have not lived a life of favoritism, that will be evidence of our salvation. Paul states unequivocally that “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). Good works cannot produce redemption; but genuine redemption produces obedient and holy living that will be characterized by good works. Living faith will be demonstrated by a holy life.

The gospel is the law of liberty because it frees those who place their faith in Jesus Christ from the bondage, judgment, and punishment of sin and brings them ultimately to eternal freedom and glory. It liberates us sinners from falsehood and deception and from the curses of death and hell. Even more marvelously, it frees us to obey and serve God, to live faithfully and righteously according to His Word and by the power of His indwelling Spirit. And it frees us to follow our Lord willingly out of love rather than reluctantly out of fear. In every sense, it is the “royal law” of God (v. 8), the divine and wondrous law of liberty.

As a further word of warning, James says that judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy. In this context, the one who has shown no mercy obviously refers to unbelievers. Their lives are characterized by partiality, hardness, selfishness, and lack of concern for others—in short, lovelessness. They are far from loving others as they love themselves, reflecting nothing of God’s love and care for those in need. They will not be blessed or receive mercy, for they have not been merciful (Matt. 5:7).

When a man lives without mercy to others in God’s world, he simply shows off the fact that he himself has never responded aright to the immeasurable mercy of God. The mercy a man has shown others as fruit of a life touched by God’s saving mercy will triumph over judgment. His own sins, worthy of judgment, are removed by God’s working in his life, dissolving all the charges strict justice might bring against him. Thus his showing of mercy is not a matter of heaping up personal merit to deserve salvation by his own good works. The mercy he shows is itself a work of God for which he can take no credit.

James brings us to the climax of his great argument. Partiality is inconsistent with the Christian faith because the Christian faith is consistent with the nature of God—and God is wholly impartial. Partiality is inconsistent with the purpose and the plan of God in choosing the poor of this world to be spiritually rich. Partiality is inconsistent with loving your neighbor as yourself. Even if it were the only sin a person ever committed, partiality, like all other sins, shatters the entire law of God and makes a person a transgressor, condemned to hell forever. If you come before the judgment seat of God and He sees that you have lived a life that is merciful to others, He will show mercy to you, because your mercy will testify to your saving faith. It will be true in your case that mercy triumphs over judgment. Contrarily, a person who has lived a life devoid of mercy to others will show himself to be without saving faith.[1]

Judgment and Mercy (2:12–13)

James heightens the issue by reminding his readers that they will “be judged by the law that gives freedom.” Further, “judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful.” We should “speak and act” accordingly (James 2:12–13).

The phrase “speak and act” reminds us of the call to be doers of the word (1:22–25). Judgment is certain and will occur on that basis. Judgment is near (5:8) in the sense that it will surely happen.

The law will be our judge. Why? Above all, because God gave the law. To break the law is to contradict God’s will. Moreover, when we break the law we fail to act like his children. We neither walk in his ways nor imitate him.

This is tragic, because the law gives freedom. Many regard the law as a restriction, since it forbids their doing whatever they please. But there is a freedom that enslaves. We may be free to take cocaine, but cocaine enslaves its users by addiction. We may be free to divorce a spouse. But divorce very often binds people to loneliness and poverty. We may be free to experiment sexually, but such freedom enslaves us to a life of lust and shallow, broken relationships.

Beyond these temporal troubles, sin leads to judgment. When James first mentions mercy in 2:13, he hints that he still has in mind sins against the poor, who need mercy. If we favor the rich, we extend no mercy to the poor. Next, James mentions the need to feed and clothe the poor. All who claim to believe must show mercy, or they will face judgment (2:14–17).

This stings. The depth of these demands could drive disciples to despair. Render complete obedience, James declares, or you render nothing. What shall we say? We follow the logic: believers must obey God’s laws because they are God’s laws. But when James says, “Judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful,” the gospel seems to be missing. The Sovereign commands that we show mercy, but where is his mercy? James is ready with his answer: “Mercy triumphs over judgment.” This is a short, undeveloped burst; James will present more of his gospel in chapter 4.

“Mercy triumphs over judgment” has been understood two ways. It may refer to human mercy. That is, disciples will act in mercy after all, so that human mercy will win the day! But this seems unlikely. James hardly seems optimistic about human goodness. Indeed, James 2:1–7 shows that we fail the tests of true religion.

The second explanation of “Mercy triumphs over judgment” asserts that the mercy is God’s. Though James has not been thinking of mercy, it seems that he simply cannot end by declaring judgment “without mercy” (2:13). He does not explain, at this moment, how mercy triumphs over judgment. But he is speaking to believers. We know that mercy triumphs by a simple yet profound process. First, we recognize our sins and repent, grieving over them and intending, by God’s grace, to abandon them. James says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up” (4:10). Second, we turn to Jesus as he is offered in the gospel, knowing that “he was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (Rom. 4:25). Believers fail, yet by their faith in the Redeemer, God’s mercy to his children triumphs over the judgment we deserve. In Christ, mercy triumphs.

When a true believer strives to obey and fails, the final word is still grace. For that reason, a sinning, failing Christian never despairs, never descends into self-recrimination. Through Christ, we are united to the triune God. The one who demands mercy shows mercy. For disciples, God’s mercy is always his last word.

Taking Mercy Home

Of course, Scripture teaches us to ask for mercy. It commands us to pray for forgiveness every day, since, unless we are comatose, we sin every day. But it can be difficult to repent. God’s mercy does not depend on our ability to request it properly. Nonetheless, we will be healthier if we know how correctly to face our sin. Indeed, we can respond to our sin in several ways, and not all of them involve repentance.

  • We can excuse our sin, especially by blaming others. If we get angry, someone provoked us. If we fail, someone tempted us. We even blame God for our sins. James says: “When tempted, no one should say,‘God is tempting me.’ ” For God does not tempt anyone. Rather, our own evil desires entice us (James 1:13–14).
  • We can deny our sin. We redefine our actions so they sound better. You know the scene: Two people are arguing and someone says, “Will you two stop bickering?” The disputants then reply, “We’re not arguing, we’re having an animated discussion.” Unrepentant people never shout, they just make their points emphatically. They don’t steal, they borrow things indefinitely and without permission. If anyone points out their sin, that person is judgmental and her standards are too high.
  • We can succumb to our shame. We can collapse in despair, guilt, and self-recrimination. We can give up and fall deeper into sin, thinking effort is futile.
  • Or we can resolve to try harder. We can stir ourselves with grim resolve and vows of self-reformation. We can redouble our efforts until we collapse in failure and shame again, days or weeks later.
  • Or we can take the sin to God and plead for mercy. The guilt-stricken man asks, “Will God forgive when I commit the same sin yet again?” And Jesus and the gospel say, “Yes.” Remember the Lord’s prayer. If we can ask for bread daily, we can ask for forgiveness daily.

James 2 stings the complacent believer with several sharp warnings about sin. First, even a “small,” common, all-but-invisible sin such as favoritism has large consequences; by it we fail the tests of true religion. Second, we have no right to pick and choose among God’s commands. If we reject a command because it is unpalatable, we have rejected the Lord who gave that law. These are serious matters. Still, God’s grace is greater than our sin. The gospel goes to sinners, to the unworthy, to the poor in spirit. The Lord is pleased when we obey, yet for all who repent and believe, he loves and forgives even when we fail him.[2]

13. For he shall have judgment. This is an application of the last verse to the subject in hand, which confirms altogether the second explanation which I have mentioned: for he shews, that since we stand through God’s mercy alone, we ought to shew that to those whom the Lord himself commends to us.

It is, indeed, a singular commendation of kindness and benevolence, that God promises that he will be merciful to us, if we be so to our brethren: not that our mercy, however great it may be, shewn towards men, merits the mercy of God; but that God would have those whom he has adopted, as he is to them a kind and an indulgent Father, to bear and exhibit his image on the earth, according to the saying of Christ, “Be ye merciful, as your heavenly Father is merciful.” (Matt. 5:7.) We must notice, on the other hand, that he could denounce nothing on them more severe or more dreadful than the judgment of God. It hence follows, that all they are miserable and lost who flee not to the asylum of pardon.

And mercy rejoiceth. As though he had said, “God’s mercy alone is that which delivers us from the dread and terror of judgment.” He takes rejoicing or glorying in the sense of being victorious or triumphant; for the judgment of condemnation is suspended over the whole world, and nothing but mercy can bring relief.

Hard and forced is the explanation of those who regard mercy as put here for the person, for man cannot properly be said to rejoice or glory against the judgment of God; but mercy itself in a manner triumphs, and alone reigns when the severity of judgment gives way; though I do not deny but that hence arises confidence in rejoicing, that is, when the faithful know that the wrath of God in a manner yields to mercy, so that being relieved by the latter, they are not overwhelmed by the former.[3]

So Speak and So Act as One Being Judged by the Law of Liberty (2:12–13)

12–13 James concludes the unit, as he started it, with an exhortation: “Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom.” Yet at the same time, 2:12–13 forms another key transition in the structure of the book and works with the reference to the law and judging at 4:11–12 to bracket the heart of the letter. Here James highlights that the law of love involves both right speaking and right acting. This twin approach to righteous living, speaking and acting, is seen in Leviticus 19:9–18, which, as already noted, has a significant influence on James, as well as on the teaching of Jesus (see, e.g., Mt 5:21–48; 25:31–45). If interpersonal relationships within the community of faith are to be healthy, right speaking and right acting must be embraced. The law of freedom, as noted at 1:25, is the divine ethic of love, taken up and reaffirmed by Jesus, as central to a life lived effectively for God. It is, therefore, God’s law that sets the standard by which the actions of all individuals will be assessed. Therefore, the one who breaks God’s law (such as that delineated in Lev 19:9–18), demonstrating a lack of love and mercy, will be judged mercilessly, perhaps echoing the implication of Jesus’ words, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Mt 5:7). Earlier in the passage James has shown favoritism to be a form of evil judgment (v. 4). Thus the tables are turned, the judges standing before God as Judge! The concluding statement, “mercy triumphs over judgment,” perhaps means that a life of mercy diffuses such a judgment.[4]

Favouritism indicates an unmerciful spirit (v. 13)

No, James was not suggesting for a single minute that we can secure salvation for ourselves by showing mercy to the poor and needy. He was much too good a theologian for that!

We are saved only by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. But those who are truly saved cannot live as if they have never been touched by the mercy and grace of God. Those who know mercy cannot withhold it from others.

Curtis Vaughan offers this good summary of James’s teaching:

James surely does not mean that by showing mercy to man we procure mercy from God. That would make salvation a matter of human merit and would contradict the whole tenor of Scripture.

What James means is that by failing to show compassion on our fellow men we prove ourselves to be utterly devoid of Christian character. Christian people are the children of God. They bear His image; they copy His example. It is therefore impossible for them to fail to share in His compassion, to fail to reflect His spirit of mercy.

Those who have truly been saved will give evidence of the merciful character of the God who saved them. As they give that evidence, they will assure themselves that they truly have been saved and, therefore, have nothing to fear on the Day of Judgement. ‘Mercy triumphs over judgment’ (v. 13).[5]

2:13 / To back up this argument from scripture (i.e., because) and to begin to shift the focus to the next section, James adds a proverbial saying: judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. God is merciful, as any reader of the Old Testament should know. Exodus 34:5–6 states that when God revealed to Moses his nature and pronounced his name he described himself as “the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness” (cf. Deut. 4:31; Ps. 103:8–14, which connects this to his judging “in favor of the oppressed”). If this is God’s personal standard of righteousness, then it follows that his true followers should copy him. “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8, cf. Hos. 4:1; 6:6; 12:6; Prov. 14:21; Dan. 4:27). Or again, “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.’ ” (Zech. 7:9). Not to show mercy is to step outside of God’s covenant and to invite God in return to judge by the same strict standard.

This teaching was made even more explicit in the intertestamental and rabbinic periods. Sirach states, “Does [a person] have no mercy toward a man like himself and yet pray for his own sins?” (Sirach 28:4; cf. 27:30–28:7; Tobit 4:9–11; Testament of Zebulun 8:8), and “Rabbi Barabbi said, ‘To him who is merciful to the created, Heaven is merciful, but to him who is unmerciful to the created, Heaven is also unmerciful’ ” (b. Shabbath 151b).

Jesus taught, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Matt. 5:7). This is underlined in his teaching on forgiveness (Matt. 6:14–15), his response to the Pharisees (Matt. 12:7, quoting Hos. 6:6), his parable on forgiveness (Matt. 18:21–35), and his parable of the sheep and the goats (Matt. 25:31–46). Therefore it is the unified witness of the Gospels that Jesus followed standard Jewish teaching and taught that God would show mercy only to those obeying him and doing likewise.

James’ use of this saying shows that he had learned Jesus’ tradition carefully, for it becomes his clinching argument. Even if the logical and biblical arguments have not convinced the reader that justice and love demand that the poor be treated honorably, then the Christian must still honor the poor person out of mercy and the fear of God’s judgment.

Furthermore, mercy triumphs over judgment! This is the positive side of the proverb. It is—as the parables of Jesus cited above show—mercy, that is, a person’s faithful submission and obedience to God, that conquers judgment. This cuts two ways, for the mercy will destroy both one’s judging of others and God’s judgment of oneself.

Significant in the choice of words here is the fact that mercy in scripture is not simply charitable evaluation of others but caring for the poor, that is, charity. This not only reflects the previous section of honoring the poor but asks why the Christians were not themselves caring for the poor.

James now focuses on charity and its relevance to faith within the overall topic of the care and appreciation of the poor. The structure is parallel to 2:1–13: in each section James opens with a topic verse, then has an example, a logical argument, and a two-part biblical argument.[6]

Mercy and judgment (2:13)

Sadly we fail, over and over again, to live the life of obedience, and we are very blameworthy, for at one and the same time we have to admit that ‘Yes, I did disobey’ and ‘No, I did not have to’. It is good for us that James goes on now to speak of mercy. We are in constant need of the mercy of God, and he shows us on what terms we may have it: judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy (13).

The Lord Jesus taught that it is the merciful who obtain mercy (Mt. 5:7), and amplified his teaching in the story of the unforgiving servant (Mt. 18:21–35). Forgiveness was extended in relation to an impossible debt, but when the merciful king discovered that he was offering mercy to one who had no mercy in his own spirit the offer was withdrawn—and, said Jesus, ‘so also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive’ (35). It is not that our mercy has purchasing power, but that it has evidential value. Neither Jesus nor James would see our merciful deeds as meritorious acts by which we make ourselves worthy of God’s mercy. If we could make ourselves worthy we would not need mercy! Both teach that, if we are not merciful, we can neither credibly seek nor effectively receive the mercy he offers.

The word which links verses 12 and 13 is judged … judgment. Since (12) the law of God is itself a liberating agent, disobedience is without excuse and we have much need of divine mercy. But (13) instead of simply saying that mercy is available, James states the truth about mercy in a way that rounds off his whole argument. The essence of the illustration in verses 2–4 is that a merciful spirit was replaced, on spurious, superficial grounds, by a spirit of partiality, favouring the wealthy. In verse 13 the mercy we need is conditional upon showing mercy, for only the merciful obtain mercy. We need to be careful about the words without mercy (13). James Adamson is quite wrong in saying that a person lacking mercy ‘will come under the old ruthlessness of the “law” ’. Ruthlessness is an inappropriate description of Old Testament law, which had as its basis an insistence on absolute equality between crime and punishment. Without mercy is not the same as what we mean by merciless. If we fail to find shelter under divine mercy, then the law takes its absolutely just and equitable course; we get what we deserve. But the presence of a merciful spirit assures us that we can sue for and shelter under mercy.

rsv tries to help James by smoothing over the abruptness with which he ends his paragraph. We read, yet mercy triumphs over judgment. There is no yet in James’ Greek. niv makes the words an independent exclamation, and this is correct. But what do they mean? The words are not a command or an invitation, but an unqualified statement. We need to ask when and about whom such an assertion can be made, and A. Barnes gives us the lead we need: ‘In the plan of salvation … respect is done to justice, but mercy triumphs. Justice demands, as what is due, that the sinner should be condemned; mercy pleads that he may be saved—and mercy prevails.’ In this way, at the end of a very searching section, James brings us a real word of comfort and assurance. To be sure, if we show ourselves to be merciful, we can reckon on God’s mercy, but there is no way in which anything about ourselves is a sufficient ground of confidence in prospect of the judgment-seat of Christ. In fact, is our capacity for showing mercy worth talking about? Are we always as truly merciful as we ought? Even at its best is our mercy a pure, good, perfect mercy? Is it not a tawdry and inadequate thing, just as much shot through with the taint of our selfishness as is anything else we sinners do? Such questions flood the mind—and we know the answers only too well. Practical and loving James directs us, at the end, away from self-questioning to the one thing that is eternally certain. In the cross of Christ justice was fully done, its claims were fully met and God’s mercy to sinners triumphed in the provision of a complete forgiveness and a full salvation. Maybe the very abruptness of his words as he (so to speak) blurts out this great truth shows how James’ own heart was moved at the thought of Jesus, Calvary and the great, eternal acquittal. Thus even before the judgment-seat mercy wins the day. It ‘crows over judgment’. This is our position before God. Judgment looks at our deserts; mercy at our needs. And God himself looks at the cross of his Son.

But there is another application. In verse 4 James rebuked us for ‘becoming judges’. This is not only wrong in itself, but makes us unlike our God. Should not we too be those in whose every act mercy has the last laugh?[7]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1998). James (pp. 115–117). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Doriani, D. M. (2007). James. (R. D. Phillips, P. G. Ryken, & D. M. Doriani, Eds.) (pp. 75–78). Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing.

[3] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Catholic Epistles (pp. 308–309). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[4] Guthrie, G. H. (2006). James. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, pp. 236–237). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[5] Ellsworth, R. (2009). Opening up James (pp. 86–87). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[6] Davids, P. H. (2011). James (pp. 62–63). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[7] Motyer, J. A. (1985). The message of James: the tests of faith (pp. 102–104). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press.

Embracing a New-Age Charismatic Worship on Sunday Mornings — Reformation Charlotte

There was something peculiar about the old hymns that churches would embrace and sing together on Sunday mornings. For the most part, they were rich in doctrine — they actually communicated something to the congregation. They were exegetical, they told us who God is and about what He has done. It was in response to this rich theology and the knowledge of God that the congregation responded in praise and worship.

It was reverent and orderly — it was not a chaotic mess. That is, until, the charismatic movement began to grow. The charismatic movement has influenced the worship in the vast majority of churches in the world today. Charismatic worship focuses much less on biblical doctrine and much more on garnering an emotional response from the worshiper.

Charismatic worship music draws its foundations from the modern culture — and that culture is a mixture of Western technological advances in music coupled with Eastern mysticism. That is, through modern musical styles, often an emotional trance-like state can be achieved through repetitive beats and choruses. With a lack of concern for the words itself, in a sense, one is “under the influence” of the music, increasing suggestibility.

This is one of the hallmarks of the charismatic movement. Their focus is much more on the Holy Spirit — what they believe to be the Holy Spirit — than it is on sound doctrine. Consider what one of the pioneers of modern charismatic worship, Jack Hayford, states in his book, Worship His Majesty,

There is an unholy propensity in human nature to secure itself in history rather than open itself to simplicity–the simple touch of God, the summoning voice of the Spirit. Just as with the Reformation, ecclesiastical and theological resistance sustains its posturing against the new, the fresh and the childlike. The effort to “keep control” breeds the forging of new instruments of doctrinaire domination over the church…

The idea is that doctrine enslaves people to an inferior form of worship and does not allow one to “experience” the Holy Spirit through their emotions. In the same chapter, Hayford, writing about the effects of the Protestant Reformation says, “the shackles of emotional, intellectual, and spiritual slavery were cast aside and a renaissance of learning and social advancement was realized.” Of course, that isn’t exactly true. It is true that Christians were set free from the spiritual bondage of the Roman Catholic Church, which is a false church filled with false doctrine. However, as the New Testament teaches, being set free from the bondage of corruption actually enslaves us to Christ Himself, which, in turn, enslaves us to good doctrine. Hayford, however, continues, “I believe a new Reformation in worship will accomplish the same thing.”

The “Reformation in worship” to which Hayford points is the watered-down charismatic emotionally-driven worship we see in our churches today. When you walk into any modern Evangelical church, the airwaves are filled with the sounds of electric guitars, drums, and a multitude of instrumental riffs that tickle the ears of hundreds, even thousands of people who stand with their hands in the air swaying back and forth. Sadly, for the most part, it isn’t God that they are worshiping, but the music. Often there is no choir, and often, the music is led by one lead singer. The focus is often on that lead singer and rather than congregational, reverent worship, it’s an entertainment show that is designed to garner an emotional state to prepare one to hear and receive whatever it is the pastor, who follows the worship service, has to say. It’s, for lack of a better way of putting it, hypnosis.

And this is exactly how the Eastern mystics have worked throughout the ages, and now repackaged with a modern snare into the New-Age movement. Entrance your audience, indoctrinate them into your religion through seduction, and keep them through their emotions. The charismatic worship movement is simply New-Age mysticism enveloped with a veneer of Christianity.

Embracing a New-Age Charismatic Worship on Sunday Mornings — Reformation Charlotte

Conditioning the masses to an extreme agenda — Christian Research Network

“None of these policies delivered on their false promises, but that was beside the point. The point was to get the American public habituated to the idea of mammoth redistributionist policies.”

(Monica Crowley – Washington Times)  Socialist revolutionaries are usually in a hurry. They ram through radical political, economic and social change, lest progressivism’s march slows or halts completely.

At the same time, history has taught them that when moving against societies with durable and cherished traditions of liberty and free-market economics, they must first acclimate those publics to statist ideas before they can actualize them as policy. The revolutionaries’ desire for speed exists in constant tension with the need for gradual conditioning of the masses.

This is precisely the blueprint for today’s American socialists, who move with both a predictable urgency and calculated methodology as they try to steer the nation away from limited government, capitalism and individual liberty and toward centralized control, command economics and collectivism.

It was former President Barack Obama — not Sen. Bernie Sanders — who turned the Democratic Party into a vehicle for neo-socialism and made unadulterated leftists like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, possible. Given his unique persona, Mr. Obama was able to cleverly disguise socialism as a hip, virtuous-sounding pragmatism, based on themes of equality and social justice. View article →


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Conditioning the masses to an extreme agenda — Christian Research Network

China Unveils The World’s First Female AI News Anchor As Global Shift Towards Robots And Artificial Intelligence Accelerates — Now The End Begins

China’s state-run news agency, Xinhua, today unveiled ‘the world’s first female AI news anchor’; a gender-balancing counterpart for the existing male AI news presenters.

Go to YouTube and watch some videos on when the automobile was a new technology. You will see mostly people riding in horse-drawn vehicles who look on with amusement at the new “fad” of the automobile. Convinced and secure in the knowledge that the new technology will never last, a whole generation of businesses built around the horse and carriage are about to become extinct overnight. And they did. Dead man walking. And so it is now in our day with AI and the rise of the robots.

“And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” Revelation 13:15 (KJV)

Watching the videos of these new AI news anchors, I will admit having a wry smile on my face as these chinese robots read the news. But guess what? Faster than you can imagine, you’re going to blink your eyes and wake up in a world of robots that will be nearly indistinguishable from human beings. Even now you have been trained to speak to your devices as if they were real. “Hey Siri, please call Andy mobile’, ‘Alexa, play turn the lights down’, ‘Google, I need a good fried chicken recipe’.

If the Lord tarries, this will be the world we will inhabit. Sex with robots? Already happening. Self-driving cars? Nearly perfected. Stores that have no workers and you pay for your items without ever taking out your wallet? Old news, brother. Antichrist has not shown up yet, but the beginning elements of what will be his end times world system are already with us. Want to miss out on the time of Jacob’s trouble? You can click here to find out how.

China has unveiled its ‘first female AI news anchor’

FROM THE NATIONAL: In news that journalists around the world are perhaps loathe to report, China has just unveiled another non-human that is set to steal all our jobs. Dystopian – maybe not, but unsettling for those who are reporting it, perhaps.

Named Xin Xiaomeng, the perfectly-coiffed broadcaster is the newest addition to Xinhua’s team of existing male AI anchors.

Xiaomeng was developed jointly by Xinhuaand search engine company Sogou, and was shown off in a video sent out on social media on Thursday. Aside from a few seemingly stiff facial muscles, Xiaomeng is remarkably life-like, complete with hand adjustments during piece-to-cameras, and just enough on-cue blinking.

The computer-generated journalist was modelled after real-life Xinhua news anchor Qu Meng, whose voice and image provided inspiration for developers.

In a video on Twitter, Xiaomeng addresses the world in Chinese with English subtitles, saying “hello to everybody who’s watching”, and announcing her role as broadcaster for China’s upcoming Two Sessions political conferences in March.

Xiaomeng will join Xinhua’s existing roster of two male AI reporters, who were revealed last November, in covering the conference.

In fact, as Xiaomeng was being unveiled to the world, Xinhua announced that her one of her male counterparts also got an upgrade. In an accompanying tweet, Xinhua extolled the virtues of its new and improved male AI journalist, who now has a name: Xin Xiaohao.

Xiaohao has not only gained a new register of body languages, but he has also been promoted from a seating position to standing during his broadcasts, and he’s pretty pleased about it:

“Henceforth, rather than working behind the desk, I’ll be broadcasting the news in front of the desk. Instead, I’ll be broadcasting from a standing position. I can make more hand gestures and facial expressions, ” he tells the world.

“Now I have my own name, Xin Xiaohao. Thanks to this upgrade, I’ll be able to conduct better broadcasts.” The two carry off their (admittedly short) broadcasts seamlessly, with not a stutter or forgotten cue in sight.

However, in a sign-off line that will be unlikely to win her any friends in the newsroom of the flesh-and-blood variety, Xiaomeng promises to “present you with a better news broadcast”. READ MORE

China Unveils The World’s First Female AI News Anchor As Global Shift Towards Robots And Artificial Intelligence Accelerates — Now The End Begins

Voddie Baucham Warns of Emotionalism and Anti-Intellectualism — Reformation Charlotte

In this video, Voddie Baucham warns about the trends of emotionalism, mysticism, and anti-intellectualism. You can also read my article about embracing an emotionalistic charismatic anti-intellectual worship here.

Voddie Baucham Warns of Emotionalism and Anti-Intellectualism — Reformation Charlotte