Daily Archives: March 17, 2019

March 17 Victory in a Pig Pen

Scripture Reading: Luke 6:1–20

Key Verse: Luke 15:18

I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.”

Imagine the prodigal son looking at the pigs he was feeding. As he dropped pods into their sty, his stomach growled, and he realized that the swine were eating better than he was. He was at such a low point that he was actually envying the hogs! The only alternative he could imagine was to return to his father in humility (Luke 15:18).

When the prodigal son considered his options, he chose the last place he had experienced grace. Even though he was determined to offer himself to his father as a hired hand, he must have known in his heart that his father’s arms would be open to him. No matter how far you are from God, His arms are open to you. God’s grace is always available to you to lift you from sin and defeat back to victorious living.

Catherine of Genoa writes, “I clearly recognize that all good is in God alone, and that in me, without Divine Grace, there is nothing but deficiency.… The one sole thing in myself in which I glory, is that I see in myself nothing in which I can glory.”

You have not slipped too far away from Him, because the only good in you was from Him in the first place. Do not envy the pigs, but run back to the Father. He desires to restore you by His grace and fill you with all of His goodness.

Lord, show me the areas where I have been prodigal and call me back to the safety of Your love.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 80). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

March 17 Your True Identity

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:17–24

Key Verse: Ephesians 4:24

You put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

Determining identity is a lifelong struggle for many people.

Teenagers look to peers and parents trying to discover their unique identity. Possessions and status are the criteria for the majority of their conclusions.

Adults tend to define their identity by their vocation, financial bracket, or social strata. Determining our identity greatly affects our behavior. We act like who we think we are.

One of the greatest assets of the Christian is that his identity is rooted in the person of Jesus Christ. Because he is a child of God—an heir of God, a citizen of heaven as well as earth, a saint, and God’s workmanship—he can act accordingly.

Do you know who you are in Christ?

Your marriage, career, relationships, and ambitions all hinge upon your new relationship with God’s Son, Christ Jesus.

Your values, priorities, and perspectives are determined by this new relationship with Jesus. You are secure in Him. You are complete in Him. Your past, present, and future are bound up in the person of Jesus Christ.

Father, I am thankful that I am complete in Your Son, Jesus Christ. My past, present, and future are bound up in Him. Let my values, priorities, and perspectives always reflect this divine relationship.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 80). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Ready or Not . . . . Here I Come! (The Rapture) – Video

This is a major update to a previously posted video. The Rapture is sooner than most people think. Be ready! Stay ready! It is the Event of a lifetime that you do not want to miss. Do not miss this Event for the world. Our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed – Romans 13:11. The time is short – please don’t get left behind.

March 17 The Fabric of Your Life

Scripture reading: Psalm 119:69–76

Key verse: Hebrews 4:12

The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Amy Carmichael made a habit of collecting short prayers written throughout the Bible. When a need arose, she would pray God’s Word to Him. One of her favorites is found in Psalm 119:175: “Let my soul live, and it shall praise You; and let Your judgments help me.”

Two things immediately happen when you use God’s Word as a prayer source. First, you are strengthened within your soul. God’s Word is powerful (Heb. 4:12). It reveals the message of His heart written just for you. If you are weary from the battles of life, the Word of God is a minister of hope and truth. It is God breathed; therefore, it has the ability to refresh and renew the downtrodden.

Second, you experience intimate fellowship with the Lord by reading His Word. In picking it up, you are telling Him that you want to know more about Him, your life, and the situation at hand. He honors your devotion just as He honors the promises in His Word.

Too many people wait until desperation hits before they turn to God for guidance. But you don’t have to wait until the alarm sounds. God’s Word is a standard of truth. When you weave it into the fabric of your life through prayer, your trust level rises, and you can see clearly the hope that is given to you by a faithful, loving God.

Lord, help me weave the fabric of my life with prayer. Lift the level of my trust so I can see clearly the hope that You have given me.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 80). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Tim Keller’s Subversive Social Justice Takeover of the Evangelical Church — Reformation Charlotte

Well, you know that there is never really anything new under the sun right? Be sure of it; nothing is, not even the concepts fronted by the TGC. The Gospel Coalition banded together as a fellowship of evangelical churches in around 2005. The main idea behind it was to center their resources, communities and influence around gospel-centered ministry. The concerns that brought the evangelical proponents together to form the New Calvinism philosophy together were both social and denominational. Fortunately for themselves and unfortunately for the gospel mission, they became pretty much like the evangelicals of post-World War II. Basically, they set themselves a secular agenda for a gospel-centered movement and erroneously diluted their principal cause. That is just how the devil works; he separates us from our cause with all things that seem attractive here on earth. This time, he may have used Tim Keller to corrupt the Church with social justice.
The Temptation of Power via Social Justice
Just like journalists are naturally predisposed to cynicism and politicians to lying, Christians are predisposed to the social justice agenda. However, in the predisposition to social justice, they separate themselves from the Gospel and delve into secular matters that contravene some of their God’s commandments. For example, even though the bible explicitly forbids homosexuality, these evangelical movements are deeply engrossed in the emancipation of oppressed minorities that they speak for gay rights along with other oppressed groups like black Americans, Hispanics and minority religious groupings. These devout Christians find themselves so engrossed in the social justice agenda that they begin to pursue the political might that can assist them in effecting their opinions. They always end up contravening some of their core Christian values in pursuit of such power. Aren’t the social justice debate and the Trump promises what got him elected into Presidency massively by conservative churches?
That is the folly of it all. Some Christians are allowing strong leftist principles to deride their Christian values. Others have allowed feminist and Marxist theories to form their spiritual agenda at the expense of their biblical teachings. Some of these affected Christian evangelicals that seem to pass Marxist agenda as the gospel truth include Tim Keller, Russell Moore, Al Mohler and Thabiti Anyabwile of The Gospel Coalition. While these men teach their following to adhere to some the teachings of the Reformed Protestant Movement, they also couple that with the fight for social justice and make contrived mercy efforts. How holy can they really get? Well, it gets worse; these false shepherds also have the gall to declare that Christianity should be culturally neutral. How then do they justify their calls for Christianity to engage culture rather than separating from it if it is neutral? Isn’t that a bit confusing to the flock?
It’s a tad bit unconvincing how The Gospel Coalition is masquerading the social justice movement in Evangelicalism, which is historically unorthodox and unbiblical, as the gospel truth. A careful process of critical thinking can tell that it is rooted in secular ideology, namely Marxism, rather than solid biblical standards.
A little bit of introduction to the UN.
The Episcopal Church launched its new millennium goals seven years later after we hit the year 2000. The goals were astoundingly political rather than gospel, and they included:
  • Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger,
  • Achieving universal education,
  • Promoting gender equality,
  • Combating HIV and AIDs as well as Malaria,
  • Ensuring Environmental Stability.
Did you know that these are the same millennium goals that the UN set out to achieve on the onset of the millennium? Do you also know that the church would have to be as powerful, politically, as the European church after its bloody crusades? It would have to set up proxies, in the current world order, in the head of state offices such as presidencies. How come the Church just couldn’t set spiritual and biblical goals and instead set out to copy and paste the plans of secular institution with nothing but pure politics forming its basis? How inspired, right?
And this is right where the Evangelical Church in America is heading today.
Final Thoughts
We should all be very careful and wary about the secret agenda of the Gospel Coalition. It isn’t very straight forward with its spiritual and biblical teachings; it is using the good word as a front for some Democratic Party agenda that takes away from the traditional and righteous teachings of the traditional Christian church. Marxism and feminism may have some genuine social concerns, but so do other cultures and other secular movements participating actively in politics. However, we should not allow wolves in sheep’s skins to lead the good flock astray. We should learn to separate secular affairs from the gospel and hat is the good word.
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via Tim Keller’s Subversive Social Justice Takeover of the Evangelical Church — Reformation Charlotte

Economic recovery talk is smoke & mirrors as corporate debt bubble ready to bust – Richard Wolff

Low interest rates allowed companies to borrow money at no cost. But instead of increasing productivity, the financing was used to drive up the cost of shares, setting the stage for imminent collapse, Prof. Richard Wolff told RT.

US private corporate debt stands at a whopping $9 trillion, and that spells major trouble for the overheated economy as soon as recession sets in, Professor Wolff, economist and co-founder of ‘Democracy at Work’, told RT America’s Rick Sanchez.

Wolff said that unprecedentedly low interest rates are a scourge, not a blessing, for the US economy, as they only create the appearance of recovery, rather than contributing to growth in productivity.

“It’s a very dangerous place we’ve come to and that’s why all this talk of ‘recovery, recovery’ hides the fact that the things we did to look like we were recovering created the greater vulnerability than what we had in the first place.”

Also on rt.com Boom Bust asks if the bubble is bursting as record number of Americans fall behind on car payments

He said that many companies prefer to use the “free money” to load up on debt and buy their own shares or buy each other’s since “many of the corporate executives doing that have pay packages linked to the price of the shares in the market.”

This “manipulation” has “buried us in a corporate debt problem,” and “we’ve never had this before at this scale,” Wolff argued.

“And if an economic downturn comes, as most economists expect over the next 12 to 24 months, nobody can guess what will happen when the companies that go down can’t pay back the debts they’ve taken out.”

Wolff said that the looming economic problems will have fairly similar causes to the 2008 financial crisis, the worst since the Great Depression.

“And let’s not forget, what led to the crisis of 2008 was the inability of people who couldn’t afford it to pay back the mortgages they had taken out, and then the system fell apart based on that failure of the debt to be repayable.”

Watch Wolffs’ full interview below:

Source: Economic recovery talk is smoke & mirrors as corporate debt bubble ready to bust – Richard Wolff

Trump Rips Steele For Using “Low Ratings” CNN ‘Citizen Journalist’ Article As Dossier Source | ZeroHedge News

President Trump ripped Christopher Steele after it was revealed that the former British spy used a ‘citizen journalist’ article from CNN’s now-defunct ‘iReports’ website as part of his research.

“Christopher Steele backed up his Democrat & Crooked Hillary paid for Fake & Unverified Dossier with information he got from “send in watchers” of low ratings CNN. This is the info that got us the Witch Hunt!”

Of note, it was actually Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos telling Australian diplomat Alexander Downer that Russia had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton which reportedly launched the “Witch Hunt.” That said, let’s also remember that it was Maltese professor and self-professed member of the Clinton Foundation, Joseph Mifsud, who told Papadopoulos of the supposed Russian intel in the first place. Some have referred to it as an entrapment scheme.

CNN iReport?

Steele made the awkward revelation during a deposition last year in a case involving Russian entrepreneur Aleksej Gubarev, who claims his companies Webzilla and XBT Holdings were defamed by Steele after the dossier was published by BuzzFeed.

Steele was asked during the deposition how he verified allegations about Gubarev’s companies and whether he found “anything of relevance concerning Webzilla,” according to the newly released transcripts of the deposition.

“We did. It was an article I have got here which was posted on July 28, 2009, on something called CNN iReport,” Steele said. –Fox News

CNN iReport, which is long gone, was clearly disclaimed as a “user-generated site,” warning that “the stories submitted by users are not edited, fact-checked or screened before they post.”

As Fox notes, even the site’s banner included the slogan “Unedited. Unfiltered. News.” and made clear that users who submit content do not work for CNN.

Except super-spy Steele apparently missed that fact, or didn’t care, as part of his ‘extensive’ research…

“Do you understand that CNN iReports are or were nothing more than any random individuals’ assertions on the internet?” an examiner asked Steele.

“No, I obviously presume that if it is on a CNN site that it may has [sic] some kind of CNN status. Albeit that it may be an independent person posting on the site,” Steele replied.

Trump rips McCain

Trump also ripped the late Arizona Senator John McCain (R) on Sunday, tweeting that it was “just proven in court papers” that “last in his class” McCain sent Steele’s dossier to media outlets in the hopes that they would print it prior to the 2016 US election.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted: “Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier “is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.” Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel. He had far worse “stains” than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!”

In response Meghan McCain fired back with her own Tweet, saying “no one will ever love you the way they loved my father.”

Which is interesting, because it seems that McCain was generally disliked – particularly by Democrats – until he came out against Trump.

After Trump’s Sunday tweet, McCain replied “My father lives rent free in your head.”

Source: Trump Rips Steele For Using “Low Ratings” CNN ‘Citizen Journalist’ Article As Dossier Source

‘Master spy’ Christopher Steele admits he used unverified internet post to create Trump dossier | RT

Donald Trump has once again lashed out at his political opponents after the ex-spy responsible for the infamous ‘Steele dossier’ admitted that he used an unverified internet post as a source while compiling the dubious document.

Christopher Steele, the ex-British spy who fueled Russiagate hysteria with his DNC-commissioned opposition research on Donald Trump, admitted during a lawsuit deposition that he relied on unverified information contained in a report published by CNN iReport – a now-defunct “user-generated” news site. Stories featured on iReport were submitted by citizen journalists and were not edited, fact-checked, or screened before being published.

Also on rt.com Steele dossier’s main claims ‘likely false,’ admits journalist who helped launch Russiagate

Steele acknowledged under questioning that he had used a July 28, 2009 report published on iReport to substantiate claims he made about internet hosting company Webzilla and its alleged Kremlin ties. However, the former British intel officer insisted that he thought iReport boasted the same thorough journalistic standards as CNN.

When asked if he understood that content on the site was not generated by CNN reporters, he said, “I do not.” He was then asked: “Do you understand that they have no connection to any CNN reporters?” Steele replied, “I do not.”

He was pressed further: “Do you understand that CNN iReports are or were nothing more than any random individuals’ assertions on the Internet?” Steele replied: “No, I, obviously, presume that if it is on a CNN site that it has some kind of CNN status. Albeit that it may be an independent person posting on the site.”

Webzilla is among the list of plaintiffs suing Buzzfeed for defamation, after the media outlet published Steele’s findings in full in January 2017, with a disclaimer that they hadn’t verified it.

The president, who has long denied the salacious allegations contained in Steele’s report, mocked the former MI6 spy and his Democratic sponsors in a tweet.
“Report: Christopher Steele backed up his Democrat & Crooked Hillary paid for Fake & Unverified Dossier with information he got from ‘send in watchers’ of low ratings CNN. This is the info that got us the Witch Hunt!” Trump wrote.

Report: Christopher Steele backed up his Democrat & Crooked Hillary paid for Fake & Unverified Dossier with information he got from “send in watchers” of low ratings CNN. This is the info that got us the Witch Hunt!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2019

While devout Russiagate disciples insist that the revelation changes nothing, many on social media expressed disbelief that anything in Steele’s dossier could still be taken seriously.

“Turns out Master Spy Christopher Steele was every bit as careful, conscientious, and meticulous as we thought he was,” Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner, joked.

Turns out Master Spy Christopher Steele was every bit as careful, conscientious, and meticulous as we thought he was. From @JerryDunleavy: ‘Christopher Steele admitted using posts by ‘random individuals’ on CNN website to back up Trump dossier.’ https://t.co/jpA30IZ9ot

— Byron York (@ByronYork) March 16, 2019

Definitely sounds like the kind of intelligence gathering you want to rely on for your FBI investigation/FISA warrant application/media reporting/Congressional inquiry: https://t.co/7vDiVmEca7

— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) March 17, 2019

Steele’s admission comes amid growing skepticism over the dossier’s key allegations. In December, Michael Isikoff, one of the first journalists to report on the document, conceded that Steele’s central claims were “likely false.”

Coincidentally, Isikoff’s explosive report on alleged Trump-Russia links was cited extensively by the FBI to secure a warrant to spy on Trump adviser Carter Page.

Source: ‘Master spy’ Christopher Steele admits he used unverified internet post to create Trump dossier

HUGE! New Information Ties the Phony Anti-Trump-Russia Dossier to DNC Billionaire and Far Left Donor George Soros — The Gateway Pundit

The secrets to the deep state coup to prevent Donald Trump from winning the 2016 election and then to overthrow his government are slowly being revealed. 

To no one’s surprise the plot leads back to DNC billionaire donor and anti-American activist George Soros. 

George Soros was interviewed years ago on CBS’s 60 Minutes where he admitted helping Nazi’s during World War II steal from Jews during the war. Soros is Jewish.  He was not apologetic.

Soros was also reportedly behind the airport protests in the US shortly after President Trump’s inauguration. A week before that Soros was reportedly behind 50 Groups involved in the ‘Women’s March the day after the inauguration. Before that, Soros was connected to the groups demanding election recounts after the November 8th election and Soros money was funding more protests during these efforts.

And DCLeaks released information that revealed Soros funded Black Lives Matter protests across the country.

George Soros was connected to every major protest after the election and many, if not all leading up to the election, including Black Lives Matter.

And now we know that the beginnings of the fake Anti-Trump Russia dossier leads back to George Soros.

Yesterday OANN released video on the formation of the phony Anti-Trump Russia dossier.  They start with George Soros.

In the video, OAN discusses Andrii Telizhenko who worked as a political officer in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington DC in 2015-2016.  

As we reported in December 2018 and was confirmed in the OAN video, in early 2016 Telizhenko was approached by DNC operative Alexandra Chalupa. She is still working at the DNC. She wanted dirt on Trump and his campaign manager Paul Manafort.

The Ukrainian embassy in Washington DC worked CLOSELY with DNC operative and Hillary supporter Alexandra Chalupa. 

Chalupa told Andrii she wanted Russian “dirt” on the Trump campaign.

The Gateway Pundit spoke with Telizhenko on the DNC Russia-gate Scandal.

Andrii Teslizhenko worked in Washington DC at the Ukraine Embassy in 2016.  Now Andrii is a political consultant. Andrii was approached by a DNC operative during the 2016 election (March-April 2016).

Alexandra Chalupa was first brought to our attention by the excellent journalistic skills of both Sharyl Attkisson,  Dan Bongino and TGP ssources. She was apparently hired by the DNC going as far back as 2013.  According to Politico, shortly before the election:

A daughter of Ukrainian immigrants who maintains strong ties to the Ukrainian-American diaspora and the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, Chalupa, a lawyer by training, in 2014 was doing pro bono work for another client interested in the Ukrainian crisis and began researching Manafort’s role in Yanukovych’s rise, as well as his ties to the pro-Russian oligarchs who funded Yanukovych’s political party.”

According to Politico, Chalupa claimed that in October of 2015 she began investigating Trump’s ties to Russia. Why she began this investigation is completely unknown.  The only thing of significance that had happened at this point was that Trump announced he was running for office. There was no apparent triggering event. Candidate Trump had very limited contact with Russia or Russia businessmen.

Also, according to Politico, in January of 2016, Chalupa suddenly and out of the blue warned the DNC about Paul Manafort.  Manafort’s name hadn’t even been mentioned at this point in time. Chalupa made a prediction that if Team Trump hired Paul Manafort that it would be clear and convincing evidence that Trump had ties to Russia.

Manafort worked with Hillary’s Campaign Manager John Podesta and his brother Tony in the Ukraine.  They worked to bring in US politicians to meet with Ukranian politicians.  Hillary was one guest:

Even former FBI Head Robert Mueller got in on the act:

It’s unknown how much money these individuals received for their visit to the Ukraine.

Politico continued stating that the DNC had performed Trump – Russia research long before Chalupa came along (i.e. January 2016) –

A DNC official stressed that Chalupa was a consultant paid to do outreach for the party’s political department, not a researcher. She undertook her investigations into Trump, Manafort and Russia on her own, and the party did not incorporate her findings in its dossiers on the subjects, the official said, stressing that the DNC had been building robust research books on Trump and his ties to Russia long before Chalupa began sounding alarms.”

OANN recently reported that another Ukrainian is involved in the dossier.  Vasili Filipchuk, who ran the organization labeled ICPS is the latest Ukrainian official pinned to the junk dossier.  ICPS stands for the International Center for Policy Studies and it was founded by Open Society.  Filipchuk helped write the phony Trump-Russia dossier.

Open Society is a well known George Soros funded organization that fronts as an entity that works “to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.”  In reality it is a far-left organization that works against freedoms embedded in the US Constitution and across Europe.

Open Society and George Soros are behind the Trump-Russia sham.

They illegally gathered lies made up by foreign nationals to take down candidate and then President Trump.  They are directly linked to the ongoing coup against the President of the United States.

This comes as no surprise to anyone who knows the real George Soros or has followed his work.

Hat tip D. Manny

via HUGE! New Information Ties the Phony Anti-Trump-Russia Dossier to DNC Billionaire and Far Left Donor George Soros — The Gateway Pundit

We Cannot Bury Our Heads in the Sand about Ilhan Omar | American Thinker

She cannot be seen as simply a highly motivated immigrant. She has revealed her agenda.

Rep. Ilhan Omar from Minnesota poses an interesting case study in American cultural or civilizational consciousness.  She is the first congressional representative to wear a scarf around her head, and that scarf is for some a symbol of the breadth and depth of our acceptance of others.  For others, it is a symbol of alienation and rejection of the America she claims — simply by holding office — to represent.  To those who see her this way, the hijab or head covering is seen as a hostile schmata (rag) whereby she is not merely carrying on one of her subculture’s customs, but, in essence, giving the finger to the country she now would participate in governing.

To those who admire her motivation and political know-how, the headscarf adds to the attraction of her looking frail and vulnerable.  Looking frail and vulnerable, yet being a political high achiever, she seems to fit the rags-to-riches mythology of our culture.  Those who are attracted by this transition into the halls of power may not see her hijab as a mere headscarf or as a rag.  To them, this headgear is a crown dignifying her claim to power.  Is she a stinking terrorist in sheep’s clothing?  Or is she just a little know-nothing from a nowhere country elected by a bizarre and backward district in Minnesota?  Or does she express the promise of America to give leadership and success to those for whom it has been blocked, sometimes, for centuries?

Anyone from anywhere can make his home here.  Even more than make a home, all persons can participate in the governance of this country.  Was that not true of the Germans, the Scandinavians, the Irish, the Italians, the West Indians, the Greeks, the Eastern Europeans?  So, rather than being seen as a threat, many see Rep. Omar as a victory of American culture over the inherent divisiveness of a hate-filled world.

However, her many anti-Semitic comments since she has taken office intensify the debate. She talks about the Jewish power through “Benjamins” ($100 bill pictures of Ben Franklin), about AIPAC buying illegitimate influence, and about Jewish dual loyalty to Israel as well as the USA (with no mention of her possible triple loyalty to the USA; Somalia; and Islam, which is as much a political as a religious system).  Her defenders, like Speaker Nancy Pelosi, say these comments are reflections of mere rhetorical inexperience, and not of deep-seated anti-Semitism.  Does she not know that the USA was the first country to recognize the existence of Israel as a nation-state?  Does she not know that when Jews were disparaged and worse in Europe, they found a haven in these United States going back to the 17th century because freedom of conscience was so valued?  Acceptance of Jewish people is not just a matter of current events, but part of the foundation of liberty in this country.

In effect, then, her comments blew her cover.  She cannot simply be seen as a highly motivated immigrant who has made her way to one of the higher offices in the land, someone who is simply living out the Horatio Alger ideal of rags to riches in America.  She has revealed herself as someone with an agenda, an agenda where she is willing to attack the community most in favor of Islamic immigration and the diversity she seems to represent.

Not only is she filled with intolerable hatred, but she is a kind of Trojan horse.  The appearance of vulnerability belies monstrous problems.  Is she just a poor, misguided foreign-born child?  No way.  Rather, her presence as a welcome dispossessed minority runs parallel to a story by that great writer, Isaac Bashevis Singer, “The Gentleman From Cracow.”

One day, a young Jewish doctor moved from Cracow to the impoverished Jewish village of Frampol.  He is welcomed and perceived as a special asset to the town.  Not only is he wealthy and generous, but at one point in time, surrounded by his opulence, he declares to the villagers, “The Ruler of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel knows of your miseries, and he has sent me to be your benefactor.  But there is one condition.  Tonight, every virgin must marry.  I will provide a dowry of ten thousand ducats for each maiden, as well as a string of pearls down to her knees.”  The people are amazed by this offer and scurry to meet his demands.  The rich man agrees even to marry Hodle, the degraded town slut.  One old man, seeing how degraded the process was becoming, with the now betrothed young virgins lifting their skirts to catch his gold coins, called out, “Woe to us, woe to us, Jews!  A fire is upon us, burning, Jews, Satan’s fire.  Save your souls, Jews.  Flee, before it is too late!”  But the townspeople, thrilled by the sudden dispensation of wealth, gagged the old man.  The rich young doctor revealed his true identity: “He was none other than Ketev Mriri, Chief of the Devils.”  At that point, the entire underworld seemed to burst forth, as Singer narrates: “[w]itches, werewolves, imps, demons, and hobgoblins plummeted from the sky, some on brooms, others on hoops, still others on spiders.  Osnath, the daughter of Machlath, her fiery hair loosened in the wind, her breasts bare and thighs exposed, leaped from chimney to chimney, and skated along the eaves.”  The gagged old man, clutching his head, died.

Omar, along with Rashida Tlaib, and some other Dem fellow travelers who are delighted to see “diversity” in Congress, are human doors leadings to untold diabolical strategies.  We must remain vigilant as the danger of further militant Islamic encroachment in our government grows.  We cannot forget that there have already been multiple murderous attacks on innocents in our beloved USA by militant Islamists, who, like Omar, hate Jews and Israel.  In other words, the voices against her are not sufficiently condemnatory, whether those congressional voices be Jewish or non-Jewish.  Excluding her from the House would be an optimal response, but research into this option indicates to this writer that this is not feasible.  Thus, while removing her from the House Foreign Relations Committee would be a weak and insufficient action, it is the strongest possible action that can be taken to demonstrate that as a country, we are resolute against the thinking and speech she has exhibited.

Additionally, major Jewish organizations should do what the Left would do if it were belittled in the same way as Omar has denigrated Jews.  They should picket the offices of Nancy Pelosi and Ilhan Omar.  Signs should read “Jew-haters resign” or “America is not a land of hate.”  At the same time, the picketers should be chanting, “It’s not too late to stop the hate!”  Let’s start seeing this on the evening news.

Image: Leopaltik1242 via Flickr.

Source: We Cannot Bury Our Heads in the Sand about Ilhan Omar

Twitter erupts after Fox News host Jeanine Pirro kicked off the air after attacking Ilhan Omar | RT

Social media users have responded with joy, anger, and mandatory memes after Fox News host Jeanine Pirro was booted from the airwaves on Saturday, one week after she hinted Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s Muslim faith was un-American.

Pirro’s weekly program, ‘Justice’, was replaced by a rerun of a documentary series, sparking a flurry of speculation that Fox News had pulled the plug on the conservative firebrand. In a rare move, the network condemned Pirro, a former New York prosecutor, after she questioned the patriotism of left-leaning Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

“Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which is antithetical to the US Constitution?” Pirro asked during the broadcast.

Also on rt.com Blackface only for liberals? NBC cancels Megyn Kelly’s show amid uproar about double standards

Fox said the comments “do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly,” while several advertisers have reportedly cut ties with the show. Curiously, Pirro hasn’t tweeted since last Saturday.

The network has refused to comment about whether the host is facing a suspension or even termination. A spokesperson told CNN that Fox won’t comment on “internal scheduling matters.”

The schedule change was met with a colorful mix of applause, disappointment, and of course, meme-dipped snark.

“Let’s all say a prayer for the poor bartender that Jeanine Pirro is berating right now,” joked former theater agent Roland Scahill.

Let’s all say a prayer for the poor bartender that Jeanine Pirro is berating right now

— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) March 17, 2019

Others found creative ways to say that they wouldn’t miss Pirro’s voice on television.

“Jeanine Pirro always sounds like she’s dictating a one star yelp review for a plastic surgeon into her phone while driving to divorce court,” quipped another blue checkmarked pundit.

Jeanine Pirro always sounds like she’s dictating a one star yelp review for a plastic surgeon into her phone while driving to divorce court. What an Awful.. awful.. woman. https://t.co/vq4s7sSj0S

— Hal Sparks (@HalSparks) March 17, 2019

Still, others took the news more seriously.

“@JudgeJeanine wasn’t merely Islamophobic, she insinuated that wearing a hijab is Unconstitutional/illegal in the USA – and this woman is meant to be Judge in US Courts? She should be fired on basis of her lack of understanding of US law and rights,” wrote journalist Patrick Henningsen.

@JudgeJeanine wasn’t merely Islamophobic, she insinuated that wearing a hijab is Unconstitutional/illegal in the USA – and this woman is meant to be Judge in US Courts? She should be fired on basis of her lack of understanding of US law and rights… https://t.co/59flWvSy2E

— Patrick Henningsen (@21WIRE) March 17, 2019

Not everyone was celebrating Pirro’s removal from the airwaves, however.

Infowars reporter and proud MAGA hat-wearer Millie Weaver argued that the television host had said nothing wrong.

“Judge Jeanine Pirro was correct that the US Constitution & Sharia Law are incompatible,” Weaver tweeted.

Judge Jeanine Pirro was correct that the US Constitution & Sharia Law are incompatible. It has to do with the West’s legal system using legal fictions which are NOT recognized in Sharia law. https://t.co/4nWIMXjwFZ

— Millie Weaver (@Millie__Weaver) March 17, 2019

Pirro’s conservative fan base was also up-in-arms.

“We stand with @JudgeJeanine !! @FoxNews do not give in to leftists’ hate,” wrote conservative author Janie Johnson.

Even Donald Trump weighed in on the scandal, with the US president claiming that the “radical left Democrats” were trying to “silence” the “majority of our country.”

Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro. The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well. Fox …..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2019

The Fox News host is far from the first talking head to face blowback for purportedly uncouth remarks. Fox News alum Megyn Kelly was shown the door by NBC after getting grilled for comments she made about blackface Halloween costumes. She still received $30 million as part of her exit deal, so everyone lived happily ever after.

Source: Twitter erupts after Fox News host Jeanine Pirro kicked off the air after attacking Ilhan Omar

Boom! President Trump Defends Judge Jeanine Pirro – Tells FOX News to Bring Her Back! — The Gateway Pundit

Following the controversy over her remarks about Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), the Fox News Channel has abruptly canceled Saturday night’s scheduled airing of the Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro show that regularly airs at 9 p.m. on Saturday, according to a report by Variety.

The sudden cancellation came a day after a terror attack on two New Zealand mosques by a white eco-nationalist killed 50 Muslims and wounded dozens more.

On Sunday morning President Trump weighed in on the controversy and urge FOX News to bring back Judge Jeanine.

President Trump: Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro. The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well. Fox must stay strong and fight back with vigor. Stop working soooo hard on being politically correct, which will only bring you down, and continue to fight for our Country. The losers all want what you have, don’t give it to them. Be strong & prosper, be weak & die! Stay true to the people that got you there. Keep fighting for Tucker, and fight hard for @JudgeJeanine. Your competitors are jealous – they all want what you’ve got – NUMBER ONE. Don’t hand it to them on a silver platter. They can’t beat you, you can only beat yourselves!

via Boom! President Trump Defends Judge Jeanine Pirro – Tells FOX News to Bring Her Back! — The Gateway Pundit

Fox News pulls Judge Jeanine Pirro off the air – for now, at least | American Thinker

The outrage industry has claimed a temporary victory at Fox News, or so it seems. With no explanation, the suits at the nation’s leading cable news outlet pulled Saturday night’s episode of Justice with Judge Jeanine off the air with no explanation. However, as Stephen Battaglio of the Los Angeles Times infers, it is pretty obvious what this must be all about:

…the switch appears to be related to Pirro’s March 9 comment about Rep. Ilhan Omar ( D-Minn.), who wears a hijab, a traditional head covering worn by Muslim women.

“Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?” Pirro said in the scripted opening of her March 9 program that dealt with Omar, a popular target of conservative pundits since she entered Congress.  (snip)

Fox News, which typically stands by its hosts when they make controversial statements, issued a public rebuke of Pirro over the comments about Omar.

“We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar,” Fox News said in a statement. “They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”

At least four advertisers — personal finance company NerdWallet, online marketplace Letgo and drugmakers Allergan and NovoNordisk — have said they have suspended their sponsorship of Pirro’s program due to her remarks about Omar.

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

This move seems to confirm Richard Baehr’s grim assessment that the slaughter of Muslims in New Zealand has changed the momentum of American politics, putting concerns about Jew-hatred in the back seat (or maybe the trunk), while “Islamophobia” acrtivists sit in the driver’s seat, turning us left.

I certainly hope that Fox News will not be bullied into cancelling Judge Pirro’s show entirely, though I fear that massive pressure is being brought upon them, via threats of advertiser boycotts, to do just that. She brings a unique brand of exuberant frankness to her reviews of the week and her interviews.

The outrage industry has claimed a temporary victory at Fox News, or so it seems. With no explanation, the suits at the nation’s leading cable news outlet pulled Saturday night’s episode of Justice with Judge Jeanine off the air with no explanation. However, as Stephen Battaglio of the Los Angeles Times infers, it is pretty obvious what this must be all about:

…the switch appears to be related to Pirro’s March 9 comment about Rep. Ilhan Omar ( D-Minn.), who wears a hijab, a traditional head covering worn by Muslim women.

“Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?” Pirro said in the scripted opening of her March 9 program that dealt with Omar, a popular target of conservative pundits since she entered Congress.  (snip)

Fox News, which typically stands by its hosts when they make controversial statements, issued a public rebuke of Pirro over the comments about Omar.

“We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar,” Fox News said in a statement. “They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”

At least four advertisers — personal finance company NerdWallet, online marketplace Letgo and drugmakers Allergan and NovoNordisk — have said they have suspended their sponsorship of Pirro’s program due to her remarks about Omar.

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

This move seems to confirm Richard Baehr’s grim assessment that the slaughter of Muslims in New Zealand has changed the momentum of American politics, putting concerns about Jew-hatred in the back seat (or maybe the trunk), while “Islamophobia” acrtivists sit in the driver’s seat, turning us left.

I certainly hope that Fox News will not be bullied into cancelling Judge Pirro’s show entirely, though I fear that massive pressure is being brought upon them, via threats of advertiser boycotts, to do just that. She brings a unique brand of exuberant frankness to her reviews of the week and her interviews.

Source: Fox News pulls Judge Jeanine Pirro off the air – for now, at least

Was Judge Jeanine Pirro’s question about Ilhan Omar all that outrageous? | American Thinker

Judge Jeanine Pirro got her Fox News show pulled from the air, presumably suspended, maybe cancelled, after she made a remark about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s wearing of the hijab that was condemned, first by the left and then by politically correct FNC officials as unacceptable. According to Deadline Hollywood:

Referring to Omar, who is a practicing Muslim, Pirro said: “Think about it — Omar wears a hijab. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”

It was clumsy and dumb — sharia law has a lot of interpretations, not all of them involving stone-aged head- and hand-chopping, and to wear the hijab is just an indicator of one’s professed faith – a well-known faith that stretches over a large part of the globe, and if you come from one of those places, it’s very likely that that’s your faith. I have many of Muslim friends who wear hijabs in places like India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the U.S. and none of those people hold any of the crazy views of Ilhan Omar, let alone hold any stone-aged interpretation of sharia law.

Having a hijab doesn’t signal that. Heck, I am a Catholic, and I own a hijab, too, so the question kind of made me laugh. I bought it in Brooklyn, and once in awhile I’ll wear it to Latin mass, because nobody’s ever going to be the wiser — it’s the same look, worn differently.

All the same, it was not an utterly bad question to ask. Other Americans might be wondering the same. It was only a question, and the fact that it was enough to take Pirro’s show off the air does raise questions about censorship, as Thomas Lifson points out here.

But there’s one thing that stands out in Omar’s biography that suggests a less than positive reason for Omar’s wearing of the hijab.

It can be found in this laudatory profile of Omar in the New York Times, published shortly after her election to Congress:

Her arrival in this country was the first time, Ms. Omar has said, that she had confronted “my otherness” as both a black person and a Muslim. She became a citizen in 2000, when she was 17. After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, she decided to wear the hijab, as an open declaration of her identity. But from “the first day we arrived in America,” she said, she concluded that it was not the golden land that she had heard about.

So she put on the hijab after 9/11? Back most Americans were draping themselves in the American flag, flags flying like crazy, flag pins, flag boxes, flag everything, and back when Palestinians were dancing in the streets about it? Yes, that happened, there were horrible people in hijabs dancing with glee when that terrible event happened. How strange she chose that moment to put on the hijab. For her, it wasn’t even a religious motivation, it was, as she said, all about her identity, who she identified with.

It goes against the response normally seen at such times. Normally, people tend to want to assimilate with the injured party or with the nation itself when it’s had war declared upon it.

My German ancestors certainly did – they changed their German-sounding names to more English-looking versions during World War I to avoid association with “the Hun.” Many German-Americans did, it was the natural response, because they wanted to unify as Americans.

Even more dramatically, the Japanese-Americans responded to their nationality under fire after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor by volunteering in vast numbers to join the U.S. military to fight the Axis, becoming some of the most valiant and ferocious fighting heros of that conflict. They didn’t protest internment, and not one, to my knowledge, put a rising sun in their windows as some identity thing. One of the Japanese-American batallions of troops fighting for the U.S. – the 442nd Regiment — was the most decorated unit in the entire war. And they were hardly the only unit of distinction, according to this history here, there were many.

It’s natural to want to assimilate and pull together, not just in wartime, but also in crisis.

What was the natural response from New Zealand’s prime minister  to this past week’s terrible massace of 50 Muslims in their place of worship? She put on a hijab, to show solidarity with the injured party. It’s a natural reaction to such an atrocity — she wanted to connect and get closer. To many, it was a beautiful gesture.

Omar? Not so much. She hadn’t been wearing a veil, until 9/11 motivated her to do it, joining the dancers. You could argue she’s missing some sympathy to the U.S. under fire with a decision like that, or maybe its laws, as Judge Jeanine focused on with her question. Omar’s reaction makes you wonder what she is loyal to. What could motivate someone to want to choose that moment to embrace the hijab? I don’t think it’s any version of sharia law, given her strange marriage history. It looks more like petty-intellectual, anti-American, garden-variety, resentful, elitist, socialism. The kind V.S. Naipaul wrote about in his non-fiction books. The kind that reflexively takes the side of America’s opponents.

Clumsy or not, Judge Jeanine had a right to ask the question she asked, because some clarification would be useful. Putting her back on the air to have her hash it out might be useful, too.

Image credit: Gage Skidmore, via Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

Source: Was Judge Jeanine Pirro’s question about Ilhan Omar all that outrageous?

COMPARE: Media Reaction To Fusion Nightclub Terror Attack Vs Christchurch Terror Attack — The Gateway Pundit

Guest post by Bright Start News

Watching the media and establishment reaction to the Christchurch New Zealand has been a sight to behold.

When a Muslim called 911 to publicly pledge allegiance to ISIS moments before slaughtering 49 gay people in the Pulse Nightclub massacre, the media reaction was one of caution. We mustn’t jump to any conclusions about the motives. We mustn’t blame a whole community for the actions of an individual. We mustn’t draw any conclusions about the object of the shooters religious obsessions.

In the case of Omar Mateen, his motive wasn’t radical Islam even though he pledged allegiance to ISIS. No, his motive was big bad evil America killing too many civilians. Just ask Huffington Post:

The gunman who slaughtered 49 people in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub told a police negotiator the attack was a protest against U.S. bombings of Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria.

”You have to tell the U.S. government to stop bombing. They are killing too many children. They are killing too many women, okay,” gunman Omar Mateen told a police negotiator by phone during the June attack, hours before the killer died in a shootout with police.

In his conversations with the police negotiator, Mateen repeatedly complained about civilians killed by U.S. airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. “What am I to do when my people are getting killed over there,” he said.

When the negotiator asked him to identify himself, Mateen answered, “My name is Islamic soldier,” and, “Call me Mujahideen. Call me the solider of God.” He said he’d pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and expressed admiration for one of the brothers who carried out the deadly Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.

Investigators concluded later that there was no direct link between ISIS and the assault on Pulse, a gay nightclub. 

“Investigators concluded later that there was no direct link between ISIS and the assault on Pulse, a gay nightclub.”

The jihadi literally spells it out for them:

The attack occurred during the holy month of Ramadan. Mateen told the negotiator that he was adhering to religious tradition.

So…despite the fact that he openly declared his motives and allegiance, that’s not what it was at all. There was no connection to ISIS. Nothing to see here. Move along.

But when a white man walks into a mosque in Christchurch New Zealand and slaughters 50 muslims, his motives are immediately known, interpreted, and extrapolated onto a larger community.

Huffpo has thrown all caution out the window for the Christchurch, NZ terror attack.

The New Zealand Shooter’s Rhetoric Sounds Like Something You Might Hear In Congress

That’s pretty rich considering the intolerance coming from Congress has all been radical Muslims attacking Jews. But apparently it’s Republican rhetoric that’s in need of examination according to HuffPo.

Mass Shooters Have Exploited The Internet For Years. New Zealand Took It To A New Level.

Omar Mateen didn’t take Jihad’s hate-filled, angry ideology and make it viral?

This is just Huffington Post. You can do this comparison and receive similar results at almost any news organization in the country.

And when a Muslim slaughters innocent people, the community is immediately warned not to incite a backlash.

Orlando Muslims Grapple With Backlash Tied To Pulse Nightclub Gunman

US Muslim groups condemn Orlando nightclub shooting amid fears of backlash

In the case of the Christchurch terror attack, there are no warnings of caution against a backlash. On the contrary, the media and institutional left seem hell bent on fostering one.

Also, after a muslim commits an act of terror on American soil, like the one on 9/11, Americans are immediately warned that to sacrifice any freedom for security is a betrayal of the American dream.

Here’s the ACLU on not sacrificing freedom when a Muslim slaughters innocent people:

America faces a crucial test.  That test is whether we – the political descendents of Jefferson and Madison, and citizens of the world’s oldest democracy – have the confidence, ingenuity and commitment to secure our safety without sacrificing our liberty.

Today, the left is demanding the shuttering of any chat board the Christchurch terrorist might’ve hung out. They don’t even want to debate freedom vs security. They just want to punish everyone who might identify with a community this terrorist identified with.

If anyone demanded the closing of a mosque frequented by the Boston Marathon bombers, or Omar Mateen, there’d be hell to pay from the ACLU.

Why are atrocities committed by a Muslim given the narrowest, velvet glove treatment while terrorism committed by a white guy is instantly interpreted against a wider community?

via COMPARE: Media Reaction To Fusion Nightclub Terror Attack Vs Christchurch Terror Attack — The Gateway Pundit

On Friday, American politics took a grim turn

Double trouble.

Friday was a horrid day not just for those killed, and their families (and for them it was unimaginably awful) but also for the direction of politics here and abroad.   Suddenly, anti-Semitism is now a non-issue.  Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are no longer victimizers but victims.  Islamophobia and the threat of white nationalism and its violent perpetrators — in Norway, New Zealand, Charleston, Pittsburgh and Charlottesville — is now the only story.

See also: Fox News pulls Judge Jeanine Pirro off the air – for now, at least

Also on Friday, children brainwashed on climate change were exploited in marches all over the world, suggesting an entire generation is gone to the left, and it will probably not come back.

Friday was a horrid day not just for those killed, and their families (and for them it was unimaginably awful) but also for the direction of politics here and abroad.   Suddenly, anti-Semitism is now a non-issue.  Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are no longer victimizers but victims.  Islamophobia and the threat of white nationalism and its violent perpetrators — in Norway, New Zealand, Charleston, Pittsburgh and Charlottesville — is now the only story.

See also: Fox News pulls Judge Jeanine Pirro off the air – for now, at least

Also on Friday, children brainwashed on climate change were exploited in marches all over the world, suggesting an entire generation is gone to the left, and it will probably not come back.

When it is reinforced everywhere, brainwashing wins.

Photo credit: Newtown Grafitti

Source: On Friday, American politics took a grim turn

A SECRET STRATEGY: How the DC Leak Culture Was Made Powerless to Thwart Spygate Investigations — These Christian Times

 

The D.C. Leak Culture is specifically formulated and designed to protect the swamp that is Washington. It has defeated every single challenger to this point because anyone attempting reforms can’t get anywhere, when every move they attempt gets leaked in advance. This allows the forces of the swamp to marshal their resources and create an active resistance. When Trump and his strategy team sat down to discuss how they were going to root out the massive corruption across the breadth of federal government agencies they were about to assume control of, that was an incredibly daunting task. The No. 1 weapon these corrupt political partisans inside these agencies planned to use to both protect themselves and attack the Trump White House were strategic leaks to the news media. But these leaks seem to be drying up…

via A SECRET STRATEGY: How the DC Leak Culture Was Made Powerless to Thwart Spygate Investigations — These Christian Times

March 17, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

God’s Pardon

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (6:12)

Opheilēma (debts) is one of five New Testament Greek terms for sin. Hamartia is the most common and carries the root idea of missing the mark. Sin misses the mark of God’s standard of righteousness. Paraptōma, often rendered “trespass,” is the sin of slipping or falling, and results more from carelessness than from intentional disobedience. Parabasis refers to stepping across the line, going beyond the limits prescribed by God, and is often translated “transgression.” This sin is more conscious and intentional than hamartia and paraptoma. Anomia means lawlessness, and is a still more intentional and flagrant sin. It is direct and open rebellion against God and His ways.

The noun opheilēma is used only a few times in the New Testament, but its verb form is found often. Of the some thirty times it is used in its verb form, twenty-five times it refers to moral or spiritual debts. Sin is a moral and spiritual debt to God that must be paid. In his account of this prayer, Luke uses hamartia (“sins”; Luke 11:4), clearly indicating that the reference is to sin, not to a financial debt. Matthew probably used debts because it corresponded to the most common Aramaic term (hôbā) for sin used by Jews of that day, which also represented moral or spiritual debt to God.

the problem

Sin is that which separates man from God, and is therefore man’s greatest enemy and greatest problem. Sin dominates the mind and heart of man. It has contaminated every human being and is the degenerative power that makes man susceptible to disease, illness, and every conceivable form of evil and unhappiness, temporal and eternal. The ultimate effects of sin are death and damnation, and the present effects are misery, dissatisfaction, and guilt. Sin is the common denominator of every crime, every theft, lie, murder, immorality, sickness, pain, and sorrow of mankind. It is also the moral and spiritual disease for which man has no cure. “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then you also can do good who are accustomed to do evil” (Jer. 13:23). The natural man does not want his sin cured, because he loves darkness rather than light (John 3:19).

Those who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ have received God’s pardon for sin and are saved from eternal hell. And since, as we have seen, this prayer is given to believers, the debts referred to here are those incurred by Christians when they sin. Immeasurably more important than our need for daily bread is our need for continual forgiveness of sin.

Arthur Pink writes in An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1974), pp. 163–64:

As it is contrary to the holiness of God, sin is a defilement, a dishonor, and a reproach to us as it is a violation of His law. It is a crime, and as to the guilt which we contact thereby, it is a debt. As creatures we owe a debt of obedience unto our maker and governor, and through failure to render the same on account of our rank disobedience, we have incurred a debt of punishment; and it is for this that we implore a divine pardon.

the provision

Because man’s greatest problem is sin, his greatest need is forgiveness—and that is what God provides. Though we have been forgiven the ultimate penalty of sin, as Christians we need God’s constant forgiveness for the sins we continue to commit. We are to pray, therefore, forgive us. Forgiveness is the central theme of this entire passage (vv. 9–15), being mentioned six times in eight verses. Everything leads to or issues from forgiveness.

Believers have experienced once-for-all God’s judicial forgiveness, which they received the moment Christ was trusted as Savior. We are no longer condemned, no longer under judgment, no longer destined for hell (Rom. 8:1). The eternal Judge has declared us pardoned, justified, righteous. No one, human or satanic, can condemn or bring any “charge against God’s elect” (Rom. 8:33–34).

But because we still fall into sin, we frequently require God’s gracious forgiveness, His forgiveness not now as Judge but as Father. “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us,” John warns believers. But, he goes on to assure us, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8–9).

During the Last Supper, Jesus began washing the disciples’ feet as a demonstration of the humble, serving spirit they should have as His followers. At first Peter refused, but when Jesus said, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me,” Peter went to the other extreme, wanting to be bathed all over. Jesus replied, “ ‘He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.’ For He knew the one who was betraying Him; for this reason He said, ‘Not all of you are clean’ ” (John 13:5–11).

Jesus’ act of footwashing was therefore more than an example of humility; it was also a picture of the forgiveness God gives in His repeated cleansing of those who are already saved. Dirt on the feet symbolizes the daily surface contamination from sin that we experience as we walk through life. It does not, and cannot, make us entirely dirty, because we have been permanently cleansed from that. The positional purging of salvation that occurs at regeneration needs no repetition, but the practical purging is needed every day, because every day we fall short of God’s perfect holiness.

As Judge, God is eager to forgive sinners, and as Father He is even more eager to keep on forgiving His children. Hundreds of years before Christ, Nehemiah wrote, “Thou art a God of forgiveness, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness” (Neh. 9:17). As vast and pervasive as the sin of man is, God forgiveness is more vast and greater. Where sin abounds, God’s grace abounds even more (Rom. 5:20).

the plea

Asking forgiveness implies confession. Feet that are not presented to Christ cannot be washed by Him. Sin that is not confessed cannot be forgiven. That is the condition John makes plain in the text just quoted above: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). To confess means basically to agree with, and when we confess our sins we agree with God about them that they are wicked, evil, defiling, and have no part in those who belong to Him.

It is difficult to confess sins, and both Satan and our prideful nature fight against it. But it is the only way to the free and joyful life. “He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion” (Prov. 28:13). John Stott says, “One of the surest antidotes to the process of moral hardening is the disciplined practice of uncovering our sins of thought and outlook, as well as of word and of deed, and the repentant forsaking of them” (Confess Your Sins [Waco, Tex.: Word, 1974], p. 19).

The true Christian does not see God’s promise of forgiveness as a license to sin, a way to abuse His love and presume on His grace. Rather he sees God’s gracious forgiveness as the means of spiritual growth and sanctification and continually gives thanks to God for His great love and willingness to forgive and forgive and forgive. It is also important to realize that confessing sin gives God the glory when He chastens the disobedient Christian because it removes any complaint that God is unfair when He disciplines.

A Puritan saint of many generations ago prayed, “Grant me never to lose sight of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, the exceeding righteousness of salvation, the exceeding glory of Christ, the exceeding beauty of holiness, and the exceeding wonder of grace.” At another time he prayed, “I am guilty but pardoned. I am lost but saved. I am wandering but found. I am sinning but cleansed. Give me perpetual broken-heartedness. Keep me always clinging to Thy cross” (Arthur Bennett, ed., The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions [Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1975], pp. 76, 83).

the prerequisite

Jesus gives the prerequisite for receiving forgiveness in the words, as we also have forgiven our debtors. The principle is simple but sobering: if we have forgiven, we will be forgiven; if we have not forgiven, we will not be forgiven.

We are to forgive because it is the character of righteousness, and therefore of the faithful Christian life, to forgive. Citizens of God’s kingdom are blessed and receive mercy because they themselves are merciful (Matt. 5:7). They love even their enemies because they have the nature of the loving heavenly Father within them (5:44–45, 48). Forgiveness is the mark of a truly regenerate heart. Still we fail to be consistent with that mark and need constant exhortation because of the strength of sinful flesh (Rom. 7:14–25).

We are also to be motivated to forgive because of Christ’s example. “Be kind to one another,” Paul says, “tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (Eph. 4:32). John tells us, “The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked” (1 John 2:6).

Because it reflects God’s own gracious forgiveness, the forgiving of another person’s sin expresses the highest virtue of man. “A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression” (Prov. 19:11).

Forgiving others also frees the conscience of guilt. Unforgiveness not only stands as a barrier to God’s forgiveness but also interferes with peace of mind, happiness, satisfaction, and even the proper functioning of the body.

Forgiving others is of great benefit to the whole congregation of believers. Probably few things have so short-circuited the power of the church as unresolved conflicts among its members. “If I regard wickedness in my heart,” the psalmist warns himself and every believer, “the Lord will not hear” (Ps. 66:18). The Holy Spirit cannot work freely among those who carry grudges and harbor resentment (see Matt. 5:23–24; 1 Cor. 1:10–13; 3:1–9).

Forgiving others also delivers us from God’s discipline. Where there is an unforgiving spirit, there is sin; and where there is sin, there will be chastening (Heb. 12:5–13). Unrepented sins in the church at Corinth caused many believers to be weak, sick, and even to die (1 Cor. 11:30).

But the most important reason for being forgiving is that it brings God’s forgiveness to the believer. That truth is so important that Jesus reinforces it after the close of the prayer (vv. 14–15). Nothing in the Christian life is more important than forgiveness—our forgiveness of others and God’s forgiveness of us.

In the matter of forgiveness, God deals with us as we deal with others. We are to forgive others as freely and graciously as God forgives us. The Puritan writer Thomas Manton said, “There is none so tender to others as they which have received mercy themselves, for they know how gently God hath dealt with them.”[1]


12. And forgive us our debts. Here it may be proper that we should be reminded of what I said a little before, that Christ, in arranging the prayers of his people, did not consider which was first or second in order. It is written, that our prayers are as it were a wall which hinders our approach to God, (Isa. 59:2,) or a cloud which prevents him from beholding us, (Isa. 44:22,) and that “he hath covered himself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through,” (Lam. 3:44.) We ought always, therefore, to begin with the forgiveness of sins: for the first hope of being heard by God beams upon us, when we obtain his favour; and there is no way in which he is “pacified toward us,” (Ezek. 16:63,) but by freely pardoning our sins. Christ has included in two petitions all that related to the eternal salvation of the soul, and to the spiritual life: for these are the two leading points of the divine covenant, in which all our salvation consists. He offers to us a free reconciliation by “not imputing our sins,” (2 Cor. 5:19,) and promises the Spirit, to engrave the righteousness of the law on our hearts. We are commanded to ask both, and the prayer for obtaining the forgiveness of sins is placed first.

In Matthew, sins are called debts, because they expose us to condemnation at the tribunal of God, and make us debtors; nay more, they alienate us entirely from God, so that there is no hope of obtaining peace and favour except by pardon. And so is fulfilled what Paul tells us, that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” (Rom. 3:23,) “that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God,” (Rom. 3:19.) For, though the righteousness of God shines, to some extent, in the saints, yet, so long as they are surrounded by the flesh, they lie under the burden of sins. None will be found so pure as not to need the mercy of God, and if we wish to partake of it, we must feel our wretchedness. Those who dream of attaining such perfection in this world, as to be free from every spot and blemish, not only renounce their sins, but renounce Christ himself, from whose Church they banish themselves. For, when he commands all his disciples to betake themselves to him daily for the forgiveness of sins, every one, who thinks that he has no need of such a remedy, is struck out of the number of the disciples.

Now, the forgiveness, which we here ask to be bestowed on us, is inconsistent with satisfaction, by which the world endeavours to purchase its own deliverance. For that creditor is not said to forgive, who has received payment and asks nothing more,—but he who willingly and generously departs from his just claim, and frees the debtor. The ordinary distinction between crime and punishment has no place here: for debts unquestionably mean liability to punishment. If they are freely forgiven us, all compensations must disappear. And there is no other meaning than this in the passage of Luke, though he calls them sins: for in no other way does God grant the pardon of them, than by removing the condemnation which they deserve.

As we forgive our debtors. This condition is added, that no one may presume to approach God and ask forgiveness, who is not pure and free from all resentment. And yet the forgiveness, which we ask that God would give us, does not depend on the forgiveness which we grant to others: but the design of Christ was, to exhort us, in this manner, to forgive the offences which have been committed against us, and at the same time, to give, as it were, the impression of his seal, to ratify the confidence in our own forgiveness. Nor is any thing inconsistent with this in the phrase used by Luke, καὶ γὰρ, for we also. Christ did not intend to point out the cause, but only to remind us of the feelings which we ought to cherish towards brethren, when we desire to be reconciled to God. And certainly, if the Spirit of God reigns in our hearts, every description of ill-will and revenge ought to be banished. The Spirit is the witness of our adoption, (Rom. 8:16,) and therefore this is put down simply as a mark, to distinguish the children of God from strangers. The name debtors is here given, not to those who owe us money, or any other service, but to those who are indebted to us on account of offences which they have committed.[2]


12 The first three petitions stand independently from one another. The last three, however, are linked in Greek by “ands,” almost as if to say that life sustained by food is not enough. We also need forgiveness of sin and deliverance from temptation.

In Matthew, what we ask to be forgiven for is ta opheilēmata hēmōn (“our debts,” GK 4052); in Luke, it is our “sins.” Hill notes that the crucial word to opheilēma (“debt”) “means a literal ‘debt’ in the LXX and NT, except at this point.” And on this basis, S. T. Lachs (“On Matthew 6.12,” NovT 17 [1975]: 6–8) argues that in Matthew this petition of the Lord’s Prayer is not really dealing with sins but with loans in the sixth year, one year before the Jubilee. But the linguistic evidence can be read differently. The word opheilēma is rather rare in biblical Greek. It occurs only four times in the LXX (Dt 24:10 [2x]; 1 Esd 3:20; 1 Macc 15:8); and in Deuteronomy 24:10, where it occurs twice, it renders two different Hebrew words. In the NT, it appears only here and in Romans 4:4. On this basis it would be as accurate to say the word always means “sin” in the NT except at Romans 4:4 as to say it always means “debt” except at Matthew 6:12.

More important, the Aramaic word ḥôbā (“debt”) is often used (e.g., in the Targums) to mean “sin” or “transgression.” Deissmann (Bible Studies, 225) notes an instance of the cognate verb hamartian opheilō (lit., “I owe sin”). Probably Matthew has provided a literal rendering of the Aramaic Jesus most commonly used in preaching; and even Luke (Lk 11:4) uses the cognate participle in the second line, panti opheilonti hēmin (“everyone who sins against us”). There is therefore no reason to take “debts” to mean anything other than “sins,” here conceived as something owed God (whether sins of commission or omission).

Some have taken the second clause to mean that our forgiveness is the real cause of God’s forgiveness, i.e., that God’s forgiveness must be earned by our own. The problem is often judged more serious in Matthew than Luke, because the latter has the present “we forgive,” the former the aorist (not perfect, as many commentators assume) aphēkamen (“we have forgiven”; GK 918). Many follow the suggestion of Jeremias (Prayers of Jesus, 92–93), who says that Matthew has awkwardly rendered an Aramaic perfectum praesens (a “present perfect”): he renders the clause “as we also herewith forgive our debtors.”

The real solution is best expounded by C. F. D. Moule (“ ‘… As we forgive …’: a Note on the Distinction between Deserts and Capacity in the Understanding of Forgiveness,” in Donum Gentilicium [ed. E. Bammel et al.; Oxford: Clarendon 1978], 68–77), who, in addition to detailing the most important relevant Jewish literature, rightly insists on distinguishing “between, on the one hand, earning or meriting forgiveness, and, on the other hand, adopting an attitude which makes forgiveness possible—the distinction, that is, between deserts and capacity.… Real repentance, as contrasted with a merely self-regarding remorse, is certainly a sine qua non of receiving forgiveness—an indispensable condition” (pp. 71–72). “Once our eyes have been opened to see the enormity of our offense against God, the injuries which others have done to us appear by comparison extremely trifling. If, on the other hand, we have an exaggerated view of the offenses of others, it proves that we have minimized our own” (Stott, Message of the Sermon on the Mount, 149–50; see comments at 5:5, 7; 18:23–35).[3]

12. And forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors. In connection with this petition, which sounds so simple, a few questions are in order:

  • What is the difference between “debts” (verse 12) and “trespasses” (verses 14, 15)?

Answer: see on verse 14.

  1. Why should we pray for forgiveness, since we no longer sin?

Answer: We do, indeed, sin daily. See p. 317.

  1. Granted that we sin, why must we still daily pray for forgiveness, since through Christ’s atonement we are already cleansed (justified) from every sin?

Answer: It is true that the basis of our daily forgiveness has been established once for all by means of Christ’s atonement. Nothing need be and nothing can be added to that. But this total, objective cleansing needs daily application for the simple reason that we sin every day. A father may have bequeathed a large inheritance to his son. It now very definitely belongs to the son. Nevertheless, this does not mean that the latter is immediately allowed to withdraw the entire huge amount from the bank and spend it all within one week. Very wisely the father included a stipulation limiting the withdrawal privilege to a certain generous amount each month. So also when a person receives the grace of regeneration, this does not mean that all of that which Christ merited for him is immediately experienced by him. If it were, would it not overwhelm and crush his capacities? Rather, “He [God] giveth and giveth and giveth again.” See also John 13:10.

The prayer for forgiveness implies that the supplicant recognizes that there is no other method by which his debt can be wiped out. It is, therefore, a plea for grace.

However, a totally different difficulty arises in connection with “Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors.” This certainly cannot mean that our forgiving disposition earns God’s pardon. The forgiveness of our debts is based not on our merits—how could we have any?—but on Christ’s, applied to us. Consequently, from our point of view, forgiveness is based on God’s unmerited (not merited by us) favor, that is, on divine grace (Eph. 1:7), compassion (Matt. 18:27), and mercy (Luke 18:13). Nevertheless, our own forgiving disposition is very important. In fact, without it we ourselves cannot be forgiven. For us it is the indispensable condition of receiving the forgiveness of sins. That fact is stated clearly in verses 14 and 15, which, together with 18:21–35, is the best and simplest explanation of 6:12 one could ask for. It is with this as it is with salvation in general. We are not saved on the basis of our faith, as if faith had earning power. We are saved by grace (Eph. 2:8). Yet faith must be present if we are to be saved (hence, “by grace through faith”). Faith and one of its manifestations, namely, the disposition to forgive, are conditions that must be met and exercised if salvation and its component, pardon, are to be received. We must believe, we must forgive. God does not do these things for us. Nevertheless, it is God who plants in our hearts the seed of faith and of the forgiving disposition. Moreover, the power to believe and the power to forgive are from God. At every step—beginning, middle, and end, all along the way—God is both present and active. “With fear and trembling continue to work out your own salvation; for it is God who is working in you both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:12, 13). See also N.T.C. on Eph. 2:8 and on Phil. 2:12, 13. It is exactly as Greijdanus observes, in commenting on the parallel passage, Luke 11:4 (“And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive every one indebted to us”). He writes, “In spite of for, this clause does not indicate the ground upon which God bestows forgiveness, but that which must be complied with for us to enjoy God’s forgiveness of our own sins.”

To be genuine, this forgiveness that we ourselves bestow upon our fellow men must be given gladly, generously, and with finality; not in the spirit of, “I’ll forgive, but I’m telling you that I’ll never forget.” Lord’s Day 51 of the Heidelberg Catechism gives a correct, succinct, and beautiful explanation of the fifth petition: “Be pleased, for the sake of Christ’s blood, not to impute to us, miserable sinners, any of our transgressions, nor the evil which always cleaves to us; as we also find this witness of thy grace in us that it is our full purpose heartily to forgive our neighbor.”

A possible objection to the explanation given must be briefly answered: “Does not this mean, then, that our act of kindness toward the one who has injured us precedes Christ’s act of kindness toward us?”

Answer. In the circle of salvation the beginning is always with God, never with us. See 1 John 4:19; cf. John 13:15; Eph. 4:32; and 1 Peter 2:21. Nevertheless, the forgiving love of Christ not only precedes but also accompanies and even follows the love with which we love him and the neighbor.

Our sincere purpose to forgive those who have injured us, and thus also our experience of the pardoning love and grace of God in Christ, can be enhanced by the following considerations:

Extend forgiveness to others, for

  1. God so commands. Vengeance belongs to him, not to us (Deut. 32:35; Rom. 12:19).
  2. We should follow the example Christ himself has given us (Luke 23:34; John 13:12–15; Eph. 4:32; 5:1, 2; Col. 3:13).
  3. We cannot be forgiven unless we forgive, as has been shown.
  4. The man who injured us needs our sympathy and love. We owe him this love (Rom. 13:8).
  5. Harboring a grudge and planning revenge is not only wicked but also foolish, for it deprives us of the strength we need to do effective work. We should have the forward look (Phil. 2:13).
  6. Forgiving others will impart peace of heart and mind to us, the peace that passes all understanding (Phil. 4:7, 9).
  7. Thus, thus alone, will God be glorified, which should be our aim in all we do (1 Cor. 10:31).

The fourth petition is linked to the fifth, and the fifth to the sixth, by the conjunction and. All three represent human needs, and are closely connected. The connection between the fourth and fifth has already been indicated. Very close is also the relation between the fifth and the sixth, and this in at least the following respect: we are in need not only of forgiveness of past sins, but also of God’s protecting care so that in the future we may not fall into the clutches of Satan.

Between “And lead us not into temptation” and “deliver us from the evil one” there is no conjunction and. On the contrary, the conjunction but shows that the petition simply continues, the negative request being balanced by the positive in one petition. These two are, as it were, the two sides of the same coin. Accordingly, I am in agreement with all those who accept six, not seven, petitions.[4]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1985). Matthew (Vol. 1, pp. 391–395). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 1, pp. 325–327). 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. 206–207). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Matthew (Vol. 9, pp. 334–336). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

Servants of Christ First – Conservatives Second — The Ignorant Fishermen Blog

There is a massive power shift underway in Washington D.C. today, which has abandoned our Judeo/ Christian heritage and founding principles. Many evangelical Christians are seeing this exponential change in our country toward a secular, socialist state – especially in the last ten years – which is, quite frankly, scaring them to death!

This concern is noteworthy and quite merited in light of the significant changes that are now happening, but many Evangelicals are IGNORANT of the Scriptural prophecies (predictions) describing these very events. They are stumbling over and wondering what Almighty God has been allowing to transpire here in the U.S.A. This rapidly shifting social/ political environment combined with a lack of understanding of what Almighty God’s Word clearly teaches about the day we live in HAS MADE for great confusion.

Many Evangelicals today are doubting and becoming offended in Almighty God’s providential management of the current status of the United States. It has also unified political evangelicals with other apostate “Christian” conservative groups under the “Name” of Jesus Christ bringing together both groups relative beliefs of who Jesus Christ is. This apostasy and ecumenicalism is bringing to the fore front the realities that many DO NOT truly have a saving relationship to the Christ of Holy Scripture. There is absolutely nothing wrong in working with other apostate “Christian” conservatives for the here and now but when they UNIFY under the Name of Jesus in a relativistic way there can only be confusion and the horrific ETERNAL ramifications that will follow (Matt. 7:21-23, 2 Tim. 3:7, 2 Peter 3:16, Rev. 20:11-15, 22:15). In light of our day, the Holy Scripture explains quite clearly what the Last Days would be like, and Almighty God expects His dear children NOT to be ignorant and foolish but wise and understanding about our day in which we are living in (Matthew 24; 1, 1 Thess. 4:13-18, 2 Thess. 2:3, Timothy 4:1-3).

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (2 Tim. 3:1-7).”

We as Evangelicals and Conservatives here in America should do all we possibly can to slow the decaying process of this “dying corpse” of a once great nation by being the salt of the earth and light of the world, as Christ taught (Matt. 5:13-14). However our faith and hope should NEVER rest in Washington D.C., or the Constitution, or even in practicing our Judeo/ Christian conservative ideology (Jer. 17:5-9). Our faith and hope needs to be ANCHORED and ROOTED in Almighty God and His precious ETERNAL promises. The days of seeking to restore America to its former glory are well over. Wake up my Beloved! Our nation – and the entire world – has been decimated from the ongoing transgressions against the spiritual and natural laws of Almighty God (Isaiah 24:5). We are at the point of no return, the bottom of the vortex like it or not. This is a hard pill of reality for many Evangelicals and Conservatives to swallow, but it must!
These days in which we are living in are the catalyst leading to the soon approaching Day of the Lord, the Battle of Armageddon and Lord Jesus Christ’s glorious second coming to earth to establish His 1000 Year Kingdom!
Praying (petitioning) for our nation (1 Timothy 2:1-4), having Tea Parties, calling our representatives and elected officials, being up to date on the issues, living out our Judeo/ Christian ideals, etc… is all fine and dandy, but DO NOT deceive yourselves into thinking that all of this effort and wishful thinking will re-establish a “Christian” conservative America or a “Christian” conservative utopia here on earth, with the gullible imagination that we will all live happily ever after. Again my friend, we have passed the point of no return in this regard. The steak has been left out in the sun too long and is totally spoiled.

This delusional reasoning is the Satanic Kool-Aid of the day that is being peddled by “religious” conservatives (Rom. 10:2-4, 2 Cor. 11:13-15) who do not honor or know not Almighty God in Spirit and Truth (Matt. 7:21-23; John 4:24; Jude 1:3-4). Many Evangelicals at present are drinking this poison and passing the jug around. Many are departing the faith and sound doctrine and apostatizing into many subtle isms. (1 Tim. 4:1-3; 2 Peter 2:1). Warning, Be not deceived!

Sadly, many Evangelicals today are oblivious to this Biblical reality. These have submersed themselves into the current events of the day and the restoration of Washington and it has absolutely consumed all of their time and energy. They have constructed a wall of worry, ignorance and temporal foresight so high that they cannot see and comprehend the hour and day in which we are living in. These days in which we are living in are the catalyst leading to the soon approaching Day of the Lord, the Battle of Armageddon and Lord Jesus Christ’s glorious second coming to earth to establish His 1000 Year Kingdom! (2 Thess. 2:2-3, Rev 16:13-16, 19:11-21).

My friend, there is a Big Bad Tribulation headed our way and nothing is going to stop that event from transpiring.
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My friend, there is a Big Bad Tribulation headed our way and nothing is going to stop that event from transpiring. These have set their “tent pegs” deep in the world reasoning and system, and their affections are on the things of temporal time. These have given a distant second status to their position in Christ and the Gospel proclamation to all the world (Matt. 28:19-20; Rom 1:16). They have lost their ETERNAL vision and focus, and the Heavenly calling given them by Almighty God, which is needed so drastically for today for our nation and world (1 Cor. 2:5; 2 Cor. 5:17-21; Eph. 1:3; Col. 3:1).

Our Hope and future expectations are not to be found in this passing world but only in Almighty God and His eternal promises (1 John 2:15-17).

Our Holy admonition from Almighty God is that we are to be Christ’s servants (slave) first, and conservative patriots second. This is the proper order for the child of God (John 1:12) today.
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Remember my Evangelical Conservative friends, The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand and a big bad tribulation (Matt 24) is at our door step called “The Day of the Lord”. May the Lord Jesus Christ have first place in our lives and may His glorious Gospel message be proclaimed in these Last Days (1 Cor. 10:31, 2 Cor. 5:17-21).

To God be the glory!

DJP I. F.

Edited by BEL I.F

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What are we supposed to think about the Roman Catholic Church? — Triablogue

I haven’t commented much about Roman Catholicism lately, although that has always been the primary thing that I have written about. There is a saying attributed to Napoleon that I find useful at times like these: “never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake”.

The official Roman Catholic Church has been making a number of them … the “official” “Church” being heavily constituted by that hierarchy which, according to Vatican II, is integral to “the Church that Christ Founded”:

Christ, the one Mediator, established and continually sustains here on earth His holy Church, the community of faith, hope and charity, as an entity with visible delineation through which He communicated truth and grace to all. But, the society structured with hierarchical organs and the Mystical Body of Christ, are not to be considered as two realities, nor are the visible assembly and the spiritual community, nor the earthly Church and the Church enriched with heavenly things; rather they form one complex reality which coalesces from a divine and a human element. For this reason, by no weak analogy, it is compared to the mystery of the incarnate Word. As the assumed nature inseparably united to Him, serves the divine Word as a living organ of salvation, so, in a similar way, does the visible social structure of the Church serve the Spirit of Christ, who vivifies it, in the building up of the body [emphasis added].

In other words, “the ”visible hierarchy” is to the Roman Catholic Church what Christ’s flesh was to the person of Christ”: a strong analogy to the flesh, the “assumed nature”, of “the divine Word”. In the same way, this “visible hierarchy” is (IS!) “vivified” by the Spirit of Christ.

There is no way any Protestant apologist could do more damage to Rome, than Rome is inflicting on itself these days.

This is something to mention to the Roman Catholics who poo-poo the notion the bad popes (and in our era, if media accounts have any basis at all in fact, perhaps 30% to 50% of the ordained clergy) can still be tolerated because “the Church” itself, as the “Bride of Christ” is always “holy”. This “holiness” is to be found, of course, in some unverified and unverifiable “Tradition” – “Tradition” coming in whatever wax-nosed form the Roman Catholic apologist-du-jour needs it to be.

Given the widespread homosexuality (where the sex abuse scandal is merely the visible tip of the iceberg), it is evident that almost no part of this “visible” “hierarchical organ” is unaffected.

So as Pope Bergoglio continues to implement his policies, while at the same time finding himself having to deal with sex abuse and homosexual scandals (I was going to provide some links, but these are all front-page news), it is clear that it is not “the Spirit of Christ” who is vivifying this hierarchy.

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All of that crossed my mind when I read this account of a disillusioned Jesuit in the Sandro Magister account of an updated book on various “testimonies” of Jesuits. The Jesuits, according to WSCal professor Scott Clark, “proved to be a genuine difficulty for the Reformation”. “They began to make more sophisticated appeals to tradition and to Scripture that required increased sophistication from the Reformed”. They did more than this, of course.

While they have had a long and varied (and sometimes sordid) history, during the post-Reformation era, especially, the founders of the Jesuits labored with “unrelenting persistence in the face of seemingly insuperable odds and an unquenchable belief in ultimate success under God’s guidance”.

Whatever you think of the notion of “God’s guidance” of that Roman sect, the example set by their belief and persistence is a good example for Van Tillians and in fact, all Reformed believers in our day. In the process, the early Jesuits controlled the message (theirs was not the Gospel, to be sure, and it was full of skepticism about the Scriptures). But they took with them the kind of missionary zeal needed to work tirelessly in the pursuit of missionary activities, the formation of schools, universities, and seminaries.

The Jesuits’ reputation for academic excellence, which continues today, began almost as soon as the order was founded. As part of their determined efforts to reclaim Protestant Europe for the Catholic Church, they built schools and colleges in nearly every important city by the mid-eighteenth century, they had established more than 650 educational institutions (from the back cover, Jonathan Wright, “God’s Soldiers: Adventure, Politics, Intrigue and Power – A History of the Jesuits”, Doubleday, 2004).

However, in the meantime, the Jesuits have taken a turn for the worse. Even though the most celebrated Jesuit of today is now pope (“Pope Francis”), the Society of Jesus (their official title) has seen a sharp decline.

This decline is captured vividly in Magister’s account on the recently updated work, “Confesiones de jesuitas” (not available in English at this point). Although the Jesuits are not officially “clergy”, many of them are ordained to the priesthood (many do not become ordained), the weight of the organization sees its pinnacle in the clergy now, in the person of “Pope Francis”. Other names recognizable to a US Protestant audience, named in this book, would include Avery Dulles, Carlo Maria Martini, Henri de Lubac, and Jean Daniélou.

In all, the “Confessiones” of 31 different Jesuits are included. Magister provided the account of one highly “representative” Jesuit, “Xavier Tilliette, a life-long Jesuit from France, who died at the age of almost one hundred on December 10 of 2018 and was hailed the next day in ‘L’Osservatore Romano’ as ‘not only a thoroughbred philosopher and theologian, but a true Jesuit.’”

Magister says of him:

Tilliette had no rival as a scholar of the German philosopher Schelling, to whom he dedicated a monumental book that is still unsurpassed. But his research ranged farther, on the border between faith and reason, gaining him the admiration and friendship of giants of Catholic thought of the 20th century like Gaston Fessard, Henri de Lubac, Jean Daniélou, Hans Urs von Balthasar, the first three also Jesuits.

And here follow some selections from Tilliette’s own account:

“My religious vocation in the Society of Jesus was precocious, and practically never wavered. Only in the last decades, in the face of changes that made its original traits unrecognizable, it was put to a hard test and questions arose for me: on the exercise of the vows, on poverty and obedience, on the function of the superiors, on the future of the Society.”

In what follows, Magister says “This is how Tilliette describes this ‘crumbling,’ in a Society of Jesus [that has, in his lifetime], become unrecognizable to him and to many of his confreres”:

“In parallel with the sudden tumult of 1968 [it is not referenced in this article, but I would guess that he means the uproar following the publication of ‘Humane Vitae’ – JB] and without relation to it, there took place the methodical transformation of the Church following the Council. But the increase of freedom that stemmed from this had disastrous consequences for the scholasticates of the Society.

“On that occasion I also had a very bad experience of the evolution or transformation of our way of life. The rebellion of the scholasticates seemed absurd to me. I remained convinced that the Society had steadier nerves and an inner strength capable of overcoming the crisis without giving in on anything essential. But the result was not what I hoped.

“Thanks to God, the spirit was saved, but the body of the spirit, the letter, suffered in a lasting form. It is a hard trial, that which was inflicted on the Jesuits of my generation, of the previous generation, and of the following one. It may be a lack of flexibility, a lack of adaptation, but these no longer recognize themselves in the relaxed lifestyle that was established, they no longer recognize themselves in the order that in previous times welcomed them.

“The general congregations took note of the changes that were produced in behaviors, of the desire for independence among their members, of the permissiveness that comes from civil society and has spread among us. They set aside the treasure of the rules, the priority of priorities is no longer the communal religious life, which ended up in pieces, but the preoccupation with justice and the predilection for the poor. Wonderful ideas, that however run the risk of deteriorating into mere words and being unrealizable for the most part.”

The entire progression described here is one that we have seen in the movements of the mainline denominations into theological liberalism and then into a utopian form of secular liberalism. From a personal point of view, when I was much younger, I looked into “becoming a priest” and also becoming a Franciscan. It was precisely the “relaxed lifestyle” that I looked into and liked. The life of being in a Religious Order, of the measure of independence, of intellectual prestige. All of those are vapors, gone in the space of a breath.

“I spent my existence as a Jesuit in the traditional positions of college director and professor, of magazine editor and writer, of university professor. I took on these austere tasks convinced that Jesuit humanism is primordial and that intellectuals are the apples of the Society’s eye. Instead it seems that today it is no longer so and that the preference is given to directly apostolic ministries. https://www.gradschools.com/graduate-schools-in-united-states/massachusetts/weston-jesuit-school-theology-cambridge

“I think that a virtue is being made of necessity: the scanty recruitment does not permit the maintenance of a high level of studies and superiors do not have subjects available to fill openings as little by little these become open. From this point of view, the future of the Society is rather dark. Houses are being closed and the elderly are being placed in residences staffed with medical personnel. Without a doubt there is no other solution. But we would like it if this inevitable retreat would not be accompanied by customary euphoric discourses, which are reminiscent of wartime proclamations of defeat.”

So the once-mighty Jesuits are being shuttered.

That aside, Tilliette still held to the “old” doctrine of “The Church”, and he (like many current Roman Catholics) is holding onto that doctrine as a way of remaining a faithful Roman Catholic:

“Our age, one of the darkest in history, nonetheless sees the blossoming of sublime sacrifices, heroism, examples of holiness. There comes the desire to repeat with Gertrud von le Fort after the first world war: only in disaster and in universal ruin does the Church stand firm. The holy Catholic Church, like a lighthouse on the hill. Which remains intact in its divine essence even when our sins have stained its noble face.

“My early education instilled in me love and respect for the Church, its sacraments, its liturgy, the refuge of mercy, of prayer and of knowledge that it offers to the people of the world. The life of the saints, the example of Fr. de Lubac, the assiduous reading of Claudel taught me to venerate the Church, to subordinate membership in the Society to the service of the Church and of the pope, for which it was created and which remains its reason for being…”

There is that “divine essence” again. But what we are seeing, from the “the visible social structure of the Church”, is not any indication that it is guided by any divine essence. It seems to be led more by its homosexual libido and its accompanying desire to keep that libido a secret.

There is no reason to think that “the Church” is not following along the same path that we’ve seen here with the Jesuits, where there is no ability to maintain “intellectual excellence”, where churches are being shuttered across the country, and where the few “faithful” clerics now deceased or in “residences staffed with medical personnel”.

No doubt there are anecdotal cases of “the faithful” being faithful. Salvation is promised to all who “turn” (Acts 28:27). But the institution itself has run off the rails, and the hopes that you see among conservative Roman Catholic writers and YouTubers, for a “faithful” pope after “Pope Francis”, are not going to have anything at all to draw from.

via What are we supposed to think about the Roman Catholic Church? — Triablogue