Daily Archives: March 20, 2019

March 20 Our Greatest Victories

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 55:1–9

Key Verses: Isaiah 55:8–9

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,

Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

So are My ways higher than your ways,

And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

How do you normally respond when the world seems to turn against you? The wrong way to respond, sadly, is what we most often experience. This is marked by bitterness, doubt, depression, and hopelessness. These feelings mount up, causing the pressure of adversity to increase. This pressure is usually released in one of several common ways: we look for someone to blame, develop a deep desire to escape, deny the problem, or fall into depression. These are certainly not the results God wants to see in our lives!

In contrast to these wrong responses, there are a few things we can do to make the best of hardships in our lives:

  • First, we must strive to view everything from God’s perspective. His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8), and He wants us to examine the issue from beyond our normal human point of view.
  • Second, we must pray, “Father, what is Your goal for my life in this adversity?” God can turn any time into a teaching moment.
  • Third, we must surrender to the will of God and then rest in His faithfulness to see us through the ordeal.

Sometimes, our lives require a major disruption in order to realign our thoughts with the Lord’s. Though sometimes painful, these times can become our most life-altering moments and lead to our greatest victories, depending on how we respond.

Lord, in difficult times, help me to turn from bitterness, blame, and depression and seek to discover and surrender to Your perspective.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 83). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Unconditional Election: A Catalyst for Worship, Humility, and Evangelism | The Master’s Seminary

Although election is a challenging doctrine for many, it is a glorious catalyst for worship, humility, and unwavering evangelism. If you want to grow in godliness and strengthen your effectiveness for the Great Commission, the doctrine of unconditional election is worth your meditation.

Whether you are reading or preaching through the Bible, the outcome is inevitable.

Eventually you will encounter the unshakeable truth of unconditional election. This is not an obscure doctrine; it is not tucked away in the ambiguous passages of the minor prophets; it is not a confusing compilation of questionable inferences.

As Charles Spurgeon aptly wrote, “[The doctrine of election] is written in the Word of God as with an iron pen, and there is no getting rid of it.”

Election is everywhere in the Bible.

Unconditional Election, Defined

What is the doctrine of unconditional election? It is the Biblical teaching that in eternity past, God appointed a number from every tribe, tongue, and people to be saved by Jesus Christ. Before time, the Father hand-selected specific souls and entrusted them to His Son. Jesus then willingly went to the cross to purchase the elect with His own blood.

The Gospels make it abundantly clear that Jesus had the elect engraved upon His mind during His earthly ministry. In the Gospel of John, Christ regularly speaks of the souls given to Him in the dawns of time by the Father (cf. John 6:37; 10:29; 17:2, 6, 9). When questioned about coming times, Jesus’ mind went to the purity and preservation of His elect (Matthew 24:22, 24, 31; Mark 13:20, 27).

The doctrine of election should lead to an overpowering realization that life is not your own

The doctrine also fills the preaching and letters of the apostles, as seen in Acts, when Paul preached to the Gentiles and “as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed” (Acts 13:48). The author diligently explains that the Gentiles did not believe and then were appointed to eternal life. Rather, they had already been appointed to eternal life, and then they believed.

Paul also taught this beautiful doctrine in his letter to the Ephesians, explaining that God “chose us in [Christ] before the foundation of the world” (1:4). Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians 2:13, “God chose you from the beginning for salvation and faith in the truth.” And, finally, in the book of Revelation, John writes that before the foundation of the world, the names of all those who would ever be saved were written in “the Lamb’s book of life” (13:8).

While many in the church can articulate the tenets of this doctrine, few understand its far-reaching implications. Sadly, many believe if election was in fact true, it would empty prayer, preaching, and evangelism of purpose.

For this reason, I have compiled nine implications of unconditional election that prove this to be one of the most profoundly practical doctrines of the Bible.

9 Implications of Unconditional Election

1. A Reminder of Ownership

The doctrine of election should lead to an overpowering realization that life is not your own. You exist for the glory of Another—for the majesty of Jesus Christ and His coming kingdom. Election is the most blatant reminder of this.

2. Evidence of God’s Love

The doctrine of election is one of the greatest evidences of God’s love. God did not forfeit salvation to random selection. Salvation is eternally intentional. Election means that He chose you. Not someone like you, but you. He called you by name and gave you to His Son Jesus Christ, who would die to purchase you with His blood. Your salvation has always been deeply personal to God.

3. The Richest Security

The doctrine of election is the richest security that the elect will not only be saved, but will stay saved. The phrase “once saved, always saved” is true, but it halts short of completion. It is not too strong, but too imprecise. It neglects the beautiful in between – the reality that between election and glorification, God secures all the means for the believer to persevere in the faith.

4. The Deepest Root of Humility

The doctrine of election is the deepest root of humility. The believer must humbly confess that he made not the least contribution to his salvation. Salvation then pivots from being man-centered to God-centered.

5. Enjoyment of God Himself

The doctrine of election reminds us that salvation is not a reward for faith in Christ. Salvation is not a commodity to be enjoyed independently of God. Rather, salvation is the everlasting enjoyment of God Himself. Salvation is the Triune God allowing believers to share in the mutual affection that each Person of the Trinity has for the other.

6. A Cataylst for Worship

The doctrine of election is one of the greatest catalysts for heart-felt worship because, had God not initiated redemption, you would reject Him still.

7. A Refuge for Hope

The doctrine of election is one of the safest refuges of hope for despairing sinners who feel that they have fallen too far from grace. God’s eternal choice is not determined by one’s sinfulness or lack thereof. It is not based on man’s actions, thoughts, feelings, or choices.

God alone decides the elect. No man has the right to declare himself beyond God’s election. None of an unbeliever’s filth or stains prove the absence of his election. Rather, the unbeliever must drink deeply from the bidding of Jesus: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

8. A Signature of Guarantee

The doctrine of election has profound implications for global missions. The missionary can have confidence that even in the darkest corners of the earth, God is calling His elect to Himself to build His church. God’s plan will be accomplished, the nations will be reached, the darkness will be penetrated, and the church will be built – the doctrine of election is God’s signature of guarantee.

9. Assurance of Gospel Effectiveness

Rather than diminish the need to pray, preach, and plead with sinners to repent, election assures the effectiveness of the proclamation of the gospel. Mysterious and contradictory as it may seem, election removes not an ounce of the believer’s responsibility to plead with sinners to repent. Instead, it provides the confidence that Gospel-proclamation will not return void. In other words, election doesn’t make evangelism meaningless, rather, election guarantees that our evangelism cannot fail.

Unconditional Election: Worth Your Meditation

Although election is a challenging doctrine for many, it is a glorious catalyst for worship, humility, and unwavering evangelism. If you want to grow in godliness and strengthen your effectiveness for the Great Commission, the doctrine of unconditional election is well worth your meditation.

All too often we have the habit of thinking that the “deep things” of the Bible are beyond our grasp and have no practical value for everyday life. The truth is, it’s just the opposite. The secret to a thriving soul is not to avoid thinking deeply about God, but to push deeper than ever into God and His ways. Because the more we see the sovereign majesty of God over our lives and the world, the more stable, secure, and satisfied our lives become. And when our lives become like that, they become lethal instruments in the hand of the King.

Jerod Gilcher is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary (M.Div. ’09) and the lead pastor at Christ Community Bible Church in Arlington, Texas.

Source: Unconditional Election: A Catalyst for Worship, Humility, and Evangelism

March 20 Chosen by God

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 1:3–12

Key Verse: 1 Peter 1:3

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Can you remember the rejection you felt when you were not chosen for one of these?

• The basketball team

• The promotion at work

 

• The cheerleading squad

• The college of your choice

 

Now, think of the thrill when you

• made the basketball team.

• received the promotion.

 

• were selected for the cheerleading squad.

• were accepted by the college you desired to attend.

 

You experienced great joy and gladness in being chosen.

Did you know that God chose you for salvation before the foundation of the world? Did you know that He was working out the miracle of your new birth in His mind before there was yet one evidence of creation?

Such undeserved love should stagger you, humble you, and drive you to profound adoration for the goodness, mercy, and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God chose you. Think of the value that places on your life. It does not matter where you live, what you look like, what kind of car you drive, or your level of income.

Rejoice. You have been chosen by God and are forever His.

Dear heavenly Father, I often feel rejected by others. Thank You that You selected me for salvation before the foundation of the world. I am accepted. I am chosen. Thank You![1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 83). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

A Response to Some Concerns by Francis Chan — We Are Church

From what I hear from friends and critics (I stay away from social media, etc), there have been a lot of conclusions drawn from my decision to speak at The Send conference as well as other venues. Some people have questioned my willingness to take pictures with anyone who asks for a picture with me. So I thought it might be helpful to explain some of my theological beliefs which have come under scrutiny as of late, as well as some of my practices/decisions. I realize there are many questions, but let me at least clarify a few things.

What do you believe regarding the “Prosperity Gospel”?

My understanding of that term is that it refers to teachings which imply that if you follow Jesus, He will make you healthy and wealthy. It is often used to attract people to make a decision to follow Jesus so that they can spend the rest of their lives in health and prosperity.

I believe this is a dangerous teaching for several reasons. First and foremost (in my opinion) is that it contradicts the teachings and example of Christ and the apostles. Jesus taught His disciples “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matt 16:24). It was not a call to come and prosper but rather the opposite- a call to come and suffer. The New Testament is full of passages explaining the suffering that comes with a decision to follow Christ. I once gave a sermon where I went through every book of the New Testament and showed how suffering was in every book but one. Jesus was clear that following Him meant forsaking things of this earth to find a treasure far greater (Luke 9:58, Matthew 19:21, Matthew 13:44-46). This was exemplified by the martyred apostles who spent their lives joyfully suffering. Paul speaks about this when he compares his lifestyle of suffering in comparison to false teachers living in luxury (1 Corinthians 4:8-13, 2 Corinthians 4, 11). It is dangerous because it is not the gospel.

Jesus is the greatest prize. He is the bread of life. In John 6, as people were coming to Him looking for another miraculous meal, He refused to give it to them. Instead, He asked them if they wanted Him alone. He refused to be their genie, granting every wish they might have. Jesus let great numbers of people walk away in that moment because they wanted Jesus only if He would provide for them materially (prosperity gospel). He was then left with the disciples who treasured Him regardless of if they were homeless and poor because of it. For the Christian, Jesus is the focus of our affections and aspirations. The prosperity gospel distorts this by putting the focus on what Jesus can do for you rather than the beauty and value of who He is. This results in many people coming to Jesus (or so they think), not because they have fallen in love with Him, hate their sin, and would die for Him, but because they believe He will give them the desires of their heart in health, wealth, and prosperity. This is not Christianity, and if this is the motivation of people “coming to Jesus”, they are not truly Christian.

Another reason this teaching is dangerous is that it gives false hope to listeners that can result in confusion and discouragement. Prosperity preachers often promise greater wealth if their listeners will give more to their ministries. This is never promised in Scriptures. We can never hold God to something that He has not promised. In many impoverished nations, this has resulted in listeners giving their resources without anyone becoming rich besides the preacher. This can lead them into questioning the faithfulness of God. People need to be warned against this kind of teaching so that their faith is not damaged.

The New Testament does not teach that everyone should expect riches on earth. Instead, it teaches that we shouldn’t really care about earthly possessions. We have been given something far greater, so we can be content with basic necessities (1 Timothy 6:8). Jesus taught his disciples to pray “give us this day our daily bread”. We are promised provision, but not riches on earth (Matthew 6:31-33). If we are given more, it just means that we’ve been entrusted to use those resources for His Kingdom (2 Corinthians 8:1-15, Luke 16:1-15). Beware of teachers who spend a lot of time talking about becoming wealthy (1 Timothy 6:10).

God is supremely valuable. In an age of exaggeration, there are no words left to describe His worth. Any teaching that places focus on earthly riches gives a diminished picture of His glory.
There is much more I could write, but I think you get the gist.

Why do you sometimes accept speaking engagements in places that tolerate theology that is different from yours?

I speak at events almost every week of the year. Often times, it’s more than one event a week. I don’t really enjoy it—I hate the travel, but try not to complain about it. Despite the toll it can take on myself and the family, it is always an honor to preach the Word. I believe it is my calling. Some question my choice to speak so often, but my best discernment and the discernment of the elders of our church is that it is still a part of my calling in this season.

I am asked to speak at approximately 500 events a year. I decline approximately 90% of the requests. It’s a difficult thing to do. Often times, I decline because other speakers will be at the event who believe almost exactly what I believe. My reasoning is that it may be a waste of Kingdom resources for all of us to be there, speaking largely to people who already agree with us. It seems more effective to speak where there is less Bible teaching. It has not been my practice to ask who will share the platform with me and to research the other speakers. While some may be dear friends, there are many that I know little about. This current experience has caused me to consider exercising more caution and to develop a team to help me research. That being said, I speak in many places where I am not in alignment theologically. I actually believe that is where I can be most effective, as long as they give me freedom to address anything I believe the Lord wants me to address.

I recognize, now more than ever, that sometimes my participation can give the impression that I align with every other speaker at the event. I’m not sure what to do about that other than to tell you that I don’t. Unless the elders of my church direct me differently, I will continue to be found preaching in venues with those I disagree. I will preach in just about any kind of setting if I’m given freedom to preach from any passage of scripture. The elders and I are trying to come up with more safeguards for future events to hopefully prevent misunderstandings. Pray for us.

I realize that many will not agree with my decision to speak at certain events. I hope you will at least consider the burden of trying to weigh potential outcomes good and bad. Over the past few years, I have seen many people come to truly follow Jesus, have a deeper love for the scriptures, and a deeper commitment to the great commission. There are millions of souls that sit under weak or unorthodox teachings. It thrills me to think about what the Spirit might do through His Word in those situations. My personal belief is that there are 2-3 million orthodox American Christians who consume all of the same books, blogs, and podcasts. Meanwhile, there are millions who will never hear strong biblical teaching unless teachers are willing to go. I might be fooling myself, but I feel like the Spirit enables me to lovingly confront difficult issues. And I have seen repentance result from it. 

Why have you not publicly denounced certain preachers?

I believe it is absolutely biblical to call out certain false teachers and beg people to run from their teachings. We see Paul do this in the scriptures. As I was growing in my faith, I was grateful for radio shows where false teachings were exposed. I have always wanted to be a person who did not shy away from controversy, boldly willing to call out false teachers. In my zeal, I often denounced teachers and denominations without having my facts in order. I was sometimes motivated by pride rather than love. I have had to repent before true brothers in the Lord that I one time slandered. As a dad, it’s a terrifying thought to know that I inappropriately slandered one of God’s sons or daughters.

I still strive to boldly call out false teachers, but I have found it hard to collect accurate data. I am willing to do it, but I want to do it with caution. I will be judged for every careless word spoken (Matthew 12:36). Whether it is due to carelessness or a desire for fame, many Christians have fallen into the worldly practice of creating fake news. Exaggerations are made because it makes things interesting, driving more traffic to their sites, leading to greater revenue and attention. Over the years, many things have been said about me that simply are not true. I can’t know the motives, but I am sure it is untrue. In the same way, friends of mine have been misrepresented and their reputations unfairly tarnished. I want to make sure that I am not guilty of the same thing.

We live in a time when it is hard to discover the truth about any one person because there are a slew of voices quick to state their opinions as fact. So I now have a team of people researching to try and differentiate between rumors and truth. As I gather that information, I will seek out the teachers and address the issues in a biblical manner (Matthew 18). I will pray for and seek their repentance in love. If there is not repentance, I believe it is right to warn against false teachers and separate from them.

Having said all of that, I refuse to slow down in my preaching to the lost, caring for the local church, sending missionaries to unreached people groups, collecting and distributing aid to the needy, in order to research false teachers. It is important. I admit that I have not done enough research and will do more without neglecting the other responsibilities I have before the Lord.

Why did it take so long for you to write a response?

Early in my ministry, I had a professor warn “don’t spend your time defending yourself. Let God defend you and those closest to you defend you. You can spend your whole life dispelling rumors.” I have followed that advice for the past 30 years. I hope this response doesn’t sound like a person who is trying to save his reputation just for the sake of saving his reputation. My hope was to bring clarity to those who might trust my life and preaching and assume that my being in a picture or on a stage with someone means that I align with them. In regards to pictures…I live a very strange life. Most people take pictures with their friends and family. I end up taking thousands of pictures with complete strangers who ask to take pictures with me. I have struggled over the years with whether it is wrong to sign books or take pictures with people. I would be perfectly happy to never take another picture or sign another book. It just feels rude and discouraging to say no. My intention was never to show allegiance with those who request selfies.

Another reason I took so long to write this response is because I read Paul’s defense of his ministry. He was able to do it out of love for people and the furtherance of the gospel. I needed a little extra time to make sure I wasn’t responding out of anger, pride, hurt, or cynicism- things that I have been guilty of. I think my heart is in a good place now, and I am writing because I believe I have a calling to proclaim the gospel and preach unpopular truths in a crooked generation. Though some are trying to deter people from my ministry altogether, I believe God has given me a calling to teach His Word. I plan on teaching faithfully until I die. I hope you take this in the spirit in which it was written.

One final thought- We should all be careful to guard against false teaching of any kind. In the process of refuting false teachers, however, we can unintentionally falsely accuse good teachers. That might be equally harmful to His Kingdom.  God desires unity in His body, so it is no small crime to bring division into the church.

“As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him.”  Titus 3:10

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.”  

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Jesus deeply longed for unity amongst His children. This should not come at the expense of truth. There are times when the truth will divide. Let’s all humbly beg for wisdom from the Holy Spirit to know how to love our brothers without compromising truth. As we diligently confront false teaching, let’s show equal fervency in defending those who are truly our brothers and equal zeal in confronting those who unnecessarily divide the body.
— Read on wearechurch.com/blog/2019/3/16/a-response-to-some-concerns-by-francis-chan

March 20 A Matter of the Heart

Scripture reading: Psalm 105:1–4

Key verse: James 4:8

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

The Lord tells us in His Word that when we seek Him, we will find Him (1 Chron. 28:9; Jer. 29:13). But have you ever thought about what is actually involved in seeking God? It is not a matter of just attending church or following a certain religious tradition.

Seeking God is a matter of the heart. This one activity leads you to cross over being a “churchgoer” to becoming a follower of “the way of Christ.” You seek Him, not in a mysterious mythical sense, but through intimate devotion. In your seeking, you thirst after God much like the psalmist who wrote: “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God” (Ps. 42:1). A longing to your seeking ushers you into the presence of God where you experience the fullness of His love and undivided care for your soul.

Jesus was quick to ask those who followed Him, “Why do you seek Me?” Was it the miracles He performed, or was it the closeness of His presence that drew them? Why do you seek the Lord? Is He an emergency switch you push in times of crisis, or do you truly long to experience His presence on an intimate level?

God desires your love and devotion. By itself, memorizing amounts of Scripture will not draw you closer to Him. What grabs God’s heart is the humble, abiding love of someone who seeks Him above everything else.

Give me a heart to seek You above all else, Lord. I want to experience Your presence on an intimate level.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 83). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

United Nations: The Embodiment of the Spirit of Antichrist

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

The typical person views the United Nations as a coming together of the world to bring aid to war-torn, poverty stricken countries.  The U.N. pretends to be a beacon of light upon a hill for this world, when it is actually a hellish vortex of evil,  being used by Satan to ready the world for his man –  Antichrist.

The judgements set forth by the U.N. since Israel became the final homeland for the Jewish people in 1948, have been blatantly antisemitic. They invariably turn a blind eye to rockets raining down upon Israel from Hamas and Hezbollah; but when Israel answers those attacks with retaliation – they are condemned by the U.N.

The Reign of Barack Hussein Obama

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Meadows exposes Obama holdovers’ plot against Trump. Will heads finally begin to roll? | Conservative News Today

A State Department official’s nomination for an ambassadorship was withdrawn recently by President Trump in light of reports she communicated with those allegedly plotting against him.

Recently surfaced emails revealed that former State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen Ann Kavalec had communicated with the former British spy Christopher Steele and she had passed on information to top Justice Department official Bruce Ohr before and after the 2016 presidential election, a senior White House official told investigative reporter Sara Carter.

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Kavalec, a supporter of former President Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, was awaiting confirmation to be a US Ambassador to Albania but the nomination was withdrawn, Carter reported.

“She is a career foreign service officer who was nominated through the career process -the President withdrew her nomination,” the White House official told the reporter, adding that Kavalec “is not pending in the Senate and was never confirmed to the post.”

Carter noted that State Department officials could not discuss Kavalec and the State Department website still shows she is a nominee.

Rep. Mark Meadows had revealed in a bombshell Monday that U.S. ambassadors conspired with the FBI and the Justice Department in an effort to politically damage Trump.

“It’s additional information that is coming out that will show not only was there no collusion, but there was a coordinated effort to take this president down,” the North Carolina Republican said on “Hannity” Monday. “We talk about the ‘Deep State.’ There are players now, even ambassadors, that are sitting ambassadors that were involved in part of this with the FBI-DOJ.”

The coup was a lot bigger than it even appeared. It wasn’t just bureaucrat lawyers at the FBI thinking they got elected. This is a disgrace to everything America stood for since its inception.

Meadows: US ambassadors conspired with DOJ to take down Trump https://t.co/jdDiZCqO5L

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 19, 2019

Meadows reportedly told Carter on Tuesday that “it’s amazing Obama Administration holdovers with strong ties to Hillary Clinton have been undermining the Trump Administration and continue to work covertly to thwart his agenda.”

According to Carter:

Kavalec, as well as her colleague Jonathan Winer, a former assistant to former Secretary of State John Kerry, supplied information they had collected from Steele to Bruce Ohr, said sources familiar with the congressional investigations. Ohr is a senior Department of Justice official who was used as a backchannel for the FBI after Steele was removed from the bureau for shopping his dossier to the media in 2016. His wife, Nellie Ohr, was working in 2016 as a contractor for Fusion GPS, who was hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC to compile the anti-trump dossier.

Carter revealed she had obtained emails from November 2016 reportedly exchanged between Ohr and Kavalec. The Senate confirmation hearing for Kavalec was cancelled in January by the Senate Foreign Relation Committee pending a review of her involvement with Steele and Ohr, Carter reported.

Former DOJ Attorney J. Christian Adams told Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade that many of the ambassadors Meadows alluded to are either “Obama leftovers” or are part of the “foreign service,” which he described as the “swampiest part of the swamp.”

#DeepState @StateDept #ForeignService Ambassadors worked to attack @realDonaldTrump.https://t.co/n8KH09EkcS @FoxNews @foxandfriends @RepMarkMeadows @QuinHillyer

— J. Christian Adams (@ElectionLawCtr) March 20, 2019

“It’s career people who almost think they’re some sort of hereditary elite whose role in the world is to preserve the world order, not to serve the United States,” Adams said on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday. “And these people despise President Trump.

“All of these people used their petty power they have to undermine the presidency,” Adams said on the “Deep State” operatives who went to work against Trump as he took office. “And that’s been the story of the last two years.”

Fox News host Sean Hannity sounded the alarm earlier this week on the coordinated effort to remove Trump from office, promising that indictments are coming “very soon.”

‘Buckle up’: Hannity panel talks bombshell revelations to come with end of Mueller probe & Steele testimony https://t.co/oHV3pDHY9H

— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 19, 2019

“What we now have is the beginning of a cascade of information of materials that will be corroborating everything we have been telling you over the last two years,” he said Monday on “Hannity,” telling viewers to “expect more damning revelations” in the abuse of power by high-ranking federal officials to help win the election for Hillary Clinton and to take down Trump.

Source: Meadows exposes Obama holdovers’ plot against Trump. Will heads finally begin to roll?

Alexander’s Column · Meet Beto-Bernie 2020 – Mar. 20, 2019

Beto-Bernie — The 2020 Version of Obama-Biden

A Beto-Bernie ticket would create a formidable socialist tag team to oppose Trump.

Mark Alexander

“If a nation expects to be ignorant — and free — in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)

At this point, 10 months from the Iowa caucuses, when a mainstream-media story mentions the 2020 presidential campaign, I ignore it. The now-perpetual presidential election campaign cycle, featuring somewhere between 15 and 50 Democrat Party contenders, may be good fodder for media advertising sales, but most of it is just meaningless talkinghead blather.

The current Demo presidential primary strategy is to field a lot of candidates with the objective of rallying each candidate’s constituency into a frenzy, and then folding all those constituencies into one massive voter “amalgamation of dunces,” as I fondly refer to it, amassed behind one nominee in order to defeat Donald Trump. It’s a good strategy, despite the fact that some conservative commentators brush off the number of Demo candidates as humorous political folly.

But take note (if for no other reason than the fact that The Patriot Post takes no advertising) — something noteworthy is happening within this Demo amalgamation. While most Democrat bets are on the mainstream “socialism-lite” 2020 candidates, the interest meters measuring leftist grassroots support for Bernie Sanders and Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke are in the red zone.

A month ago, when Sanders officially announced his presidential campaign, he collected $5.9 million from 223,000 donors in the first 24 hours. Of course, he still has a network of donors from his 2016 primary campaign against Hillary Clinton, which was going well until she and her DNC hacks sandbagged Sanders and his Millennial supporters. But both his donation total and donor total are compelling barometers of his national support.

Enter the latest Demo presidential wannabe, Beto O’Rourke, who in a 9,000-word puff piece, fittingly published in Vanity Fair, declared, “I want to run. … I want to be in it. Man, I’m just born to be in it.”

O’Rourke, after three terms in the U.S. House, raised a record-breaking $80 million from his national network of donors to fund his 2018 Senate campaign — in which he was narrowly defeated by Ted Cruz in Texas, a conservative state. In the first 24 hours after announcing his presidential campaign, O’Rourke used that network to raise $6.1 million, topping Sanders’s initial intake, though his haul came from just 128,000 donors.

As for other Demo candidate returns in their first 24 hours, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) raised just over $1.5  million from 38,000 donors, and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) raised just $300,000 from 8,000 donors (perhaps most from her Cherokee cousins). The early fundraising records of other Demos goes downhill from there.

So what do the first 24 hours tell us? Well, I would argue it’s indicative of enthusiasm, and in the case of both Sanders and O’Rourke, that enthusiasm is considerable.

According to ActBlue, the Democrat Party’s dominant donation-processing platform, a review of their past campaign fundraising indicates that Sanders and O’Rourke have strong small-donor support, which means broad support. This led The New York Times to declare that they are “poised to be a fund-raising phenom.” And indeed, they are.

Of course, as investment disclaimers note, “Past performance is no guarantee of future results.” And there is the question of whether Sanders and O’Rourke can continue to raise enough money to be competitive.

But I believe the big-money paradigm is changing for Democrats, who tend to do a much better job than Republicans of rallying grassroots voters.

A major reason for this shift is that Democrats are increasingly building entire constituencies on identity politics, though there are some fissures in those identities. And they’re now as adept at creating identity constituencies as they are at promising free stuff in return for your vote.

I would argue, given Trump’s very narrow margin of victory in 2016, that had Clinton not alienated Sanders’s voters, she most assuredly would have defeated Trump.

After Sanders announced, I warned that Republicans had better take him “seriously and literally,” and I would issue the same warning in regard to O’Rourke.

So what’s the connection between O’Rourke and Sanders?

Remember back in 2008, when a charismatic young candidate named Barack Obama came out of nowhere to win his party’s nomination and, after putting a much older, much more seasoned Democrat, Joe Biden, on his ticket, won the presidency?

Yes, Obama was a lot “smarter” than O’Rourke, although as Ronald Reagan once observed about leftists, “The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”

A Beto-Bernie ticket would create a formidable socialist 2020 tag team to oppose Trump.

We would likely have never heard of O’Rourke if not for the financial backing of his wealthy wife. Like John Kerry, with whom O’Rourke is compared, Beto married into big bucks. However, Kerry is more a stoic tree Ent while O’Rourke is more a flailing tube-man ad prop.

Beto has lived a “white privilege” life. His family is well connected to the political Left — his father was state chairman of Jesse Jackson’s presidential bids and held elected positions as an El Paso County commissioner and judge. He graduated from exclusive Woodberry Forest School in Virginia and Columbia University, where he apparently majored in skateboarding and shredding covers on the electric guitar.

A quick background check of the 47-year-old candidate uncovers a few notable issues.

When he was 16, he was writing sordid stories about killing children. At 23, he was arrested for burglary, but O’Rourke dismissively says, “That happened while I was in college.”

Ah, he was “in college.” Recall that O’Rourke’s Democrat colleagues attempted to destroy the reputation of a conservative Supreme Court nominee by fabricating lies about things he did in high school.

Regarding his 1998 DWI arrest in El Paso, according to the police report, he hit another vehicle at a high rate of speed and attempted to flee the scene. He was sentenced to attend “DWI school.” He now insists, “I’ve been open about that since the very beginning. … I did not flee. The police report on this count is wrong.”

O’Rourke, the son of a then-El Paso County judge, also blew 0.136 and 0.134 on police breathalyzers but told police that he’d “had two beers and had been on cold medication.” We suppose the police report on those counts is also wrong.

And then there’s that troublesome conviction of his mother in 2010 for “structuring transactions to avoid reporting requirements, a felony.” In effect, the O’Rourkes were attempting to conceal more than $1 million dollars in cash transactions through a family furniture store — $630,000 of it from one “particular customer” in one year. A U.S. district judge fined Mrs. O’Rourke $250,000 for what Mrs. O’Rourke called a “clerical error,” but curiously did not require that she provide the name of the person who gave her the $630,000.

Most worrisome, though, is O’Rourke’s unmitigated disregard for our Constitution and Rule of Law, and his contemptuous view of the viability of that essential document: “I think that’s the question of the moment: Does this still work?”

That question should cause every American grave concern.

All that being said, some esteemed political observers like Conrad Black, who just penned “Stick a Fork in O’Rourke,” believe his probability of a nomination is zero. But where there is smoke, there is fire. Given the Left’s populist voter initiatives to ensure Democrat dominance — allowing illegal aliens, violent felons, and 16-year olds to vote, and then discarding the Electoral College — Caveat Emptor!

The Leftmedia propagandists are in love with Beto and Bernie, and they’ll do everything within their considerable sphere of influence to galvanize his constituents into one massive “amalgamation of dunces” who hate Trump enough to show up at the polls.

If they’re successful, the 2020 version of the Obama-Biden ticket could be the Beto-Bernie ticket.

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Costi Hinn is Giving Royalties From Upcoming ‘Prosperity Gospel’ Book to Advance Theological Education and Help Those ‘Exploited’ by ‘Deceptive’ Preachers

OPINION (FaithWire) – Costi Hinn, the nephew of world-renowned televangelist and ‘prosperity gospel’ preacher Benny Hinn, is releasing a book this summer denouncing and critiquing the message he once believed in.

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God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies will be released by Zondervan in July, and promises to preach a message of hope in real truth, not the doctrine preached by prosperity pastors.

Hinn, who was once a next-generation prosperity preacher, announced his upcoming book in a blog post, in which he explained that he would be giving away all proceeds.

“I am eager to see this book used as a tool for God’s glory — not for sordid gain,” Hinn said. “Here is a sobering thought: In a rat-race effort to sell books, it’s easy to become the very dragon that we’re attempting to slay.”

“A prosperity gospel book should give more than it takes,” Hinn wrote, stating that he plans to “give away thousands of dollars in books and resources to those who pre-order in the coming months as well as pastors around the world.”

Hinn, the pastor of Mission Bible Church in California, said that the book “seeks to charge the prosperity gospel with the grit of a bull while displaying the grace becoming of servants of Christ.”

In an interview with Faithwire, Hinn explained that breaking free from the prosperity gospel transformed his life, and he wants everyone to know the real gospel that he found because of it.

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“After my life was transformed by the true Gospel I began to study and seek out discipleship from mature Christians the Lord had put in my life,” he explained. “Having seen their example, I knew what I was supposed to do as I grew stronger in my proper understanding of faith.”

“We are not transformed by a loving God and helped along by others just to sit around feeling good about our state in life!” he added.

Hinn explained that he left the prosperity gospel after he realized how detrimental it was to his faith, and how that fueled him to warn others of the dangers as well.

“It was never enough for me to be saved from the deceptive lies of the prosperity gospel. I wanted to proclaim the truth and do what I could to rescue others with the power of the true Gospel. I think many Christians think this way.”

Hinn pointed out to Faithwire that he has been asked to write God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel for years, but didn’t until now.

“Many people have been asking about life in the prosperity gospel, and what they can do to help others either avoid it or be rescued from it,” he said. “Of course, only God can change hearts, but we are all called to live on mission by sharing the truth.”

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God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel will detail the lifestyle Hinn lived when following his uncle around the country, give “behind-the-scenes details about some of the shady behaviors, and plenty of teaching about the gospel, healing, money, and reaching people caught up in false gospels like the one I was propagating.”

He hopes that by reading his book, people will realize the dangers of the prosperity gospel and how twisted it makes scripture. The subtitle to the book is “how truth overwhelms a life built on lies,” which Hinn explained is exactly what the Word of God did to reveal to him what was intricately wrong about the prosperity gospel.

“Looking back, it was the truth of God’s word that exploded in my heart and I couldn’t resist it,” he explained. “My mind literally changed in a moment.”

“That’s the power of God through the Gospel,” Hinn added. “Jesus transformed my life and I went from darkness to light. When God wants to change someone, He comes in like a tidal wave. Nothing can stop Him. I experienced that.”

In a blog post where Hinn announced his new book, he explained that in light of the book’s topic, he and his wife would be giving away all royalties from the book to theological education and providing resources to pastors and people who have been exploited by the prosperity gospel.

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When Faithwire asked him what lead him to that decision, he pointed out that he “learned a good lesson about this decision in the publishing world already.”

“I can’t technically say 100% of royalties because there are taxes and fees associated with royalties that I am not in control of,” he explained.

But he pointed out: “we are putting royalties towards theological education and providing resources to pastors and people who have been exploited by the prosperity gospel.”

“Technically, and legally, I can’t say ‘all,’” he said regarding donating his book royalties.

“Either way, our goal is the same,” he emphasized.

Hinn explained that one afternoon, he and his wife were talking about the book when they both reached the same conclusion about the royalties.

“A prosperity gospel book should be used as a tool for the kingdom of God. This book isn’t about getting, it’s about giving. We want to make sure that we are practicing what we’re preaching and one of the best ways we can do that is by putting money towards the root of the disease the book addresses.”

Last year, Hinn released: Defining Deception: Freeing the Church from the Mystical-Miracle Movement, a book also about the prosperity gospel. Hinn encourages readers to read both, in whatever order they please.

He pointed out that it might be better to read God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel first, and then Defining Deception, because “it dives deeper into the history of some of today’s most dangerous movements and addresses teachings that are hurting many younger people in the church.”

Be on the lookout for the release of God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel, which will be released in July.

You can pre-order the book here.

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