Daily Archives: March 30, 2019

March 30 Obstacles to Righteousness

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 23:20–21

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 2:14

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

When we set our minds on things of the flesh—sinful attitudes, ideas, and habits in our life—we are decreeing death to the things of God. What makes such desires hard to resist is that they are natural and involve common worldly aspirations like money, sex, prominence, and power.

But 1 Corinthians 2:14 says the natural man does not receive the things of God. Just because something is natural or “only human” does not mean it is right. Notice that there is nothing wrong with eating, but the Scriptures consider gluttony sinful (Proverbs 23:20–21). Nor is there anything immoral about sex when it is practiced within God-given parameters.

As long as our desires and appetites are subdued and brought under subjection to the Holy Spirit, our fellowship with God can continue harmoniously. But when yearnings are unrestrained, our closeness and communication with the Lord are hindered, and we cease to walk in spiritual victory.

To give control of our lives over to the Holy Spirit, we must be persuaded that we cannot live righteously in our own strength. Most of us already realize the attempt to live in a God-pleasing manner is a struggle; to correct the situation, we must surrender our entire being to Him: mind, will, emotion, and conscience. Ask God to reveal areas of weakness, and then give Him each frailty as it comes to light. This needs to be done not once, but every day.

Dear heavenly Father, today I’m totally Yours. I can’t live the Christian life, but You can live through me. Eliminate the obstacles to righteousness from my life.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 93). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

March 30 Your Future Reward

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:1–14

Key Verse: Revelation 22:12

Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.

When the sixteenth-century Polish astronomer Nicolas Copernicus first proposed that the earth revolves around the sun, not vice versa, he was met with scorn and ridicule. It was years later that his theory was found to be entirely accurate. Life often seems that way. Evil men are treated as kings, while good men are ignored.

The psalmist contemplated this seeming discrepancy in Psalm 73: “Behold, these are the wicked; and always at ease, they have increased in wealth. Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure” (vv. 12–13 nasb).

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus indicated that His followers would be persecuted on earth. He went on to say, however, that they should rejoice in such treatment because their “reward in heaven is great” (Matt. 5:12 nasb).

Believers are justly recompensed in heaven for their conduct and works on earth—as they trust the Lord to do His works through them. All inequities and injustices are more than compensated by the rewards that Christ will distribute to His followers.

Whether or not you are now recognized at work or home, whether or not you are treated with due respect, remember that God will honor your obedience for all eternity.

Dear heavenly Father, I rejoice in the knowledge that all inequities and injustices will be compensated in eternity. Until that time, help me continue to do Your work Your way.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 93). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

TGC and The Same-Sex Attracted Christian Apostasy — Reformation Charlotte

Yesterday, the term and theological category “Same-Sex Attracted Christian” didn’t even exist. Now it’s everywhere — seemingly in every pulpit, at every conference, in every book, in every periodical, in every blog, on every podcast. The tsunami alarm has been slow to sound, but it’s now clear that Same-Sex Attracted Christian Apostasy is sweeping through Christ’s Church like a tsunami. Consider A.W. Pink’s Biblical definition of apostasy:

Definition of Apostasy

Evangelicalism’s Same-Sex Attracted Christian A-team

Today, Sam Allberry and Jackie Hill Perry are unarguably The Gospel Coalition (TGC), Together for the Gospel (T4G), and 9Marks’ same-sex attracted Christian A-team! They are the go-to same-sex attracted Christian specialists, teachers, preachers, counselors, and authors we are told we must hear, we must read, and we must get behind. They’re in the lead and we all need to follow. TGC released an article titled, “Christians, It’s Time to Go on the Offensive,” March 18th, 2019, explaining their constant quoting, promoting, showcasing, and deferring to Allberry and Perry’s same-sex attracted Christian instruction, counsel, and writings. Here’s an excerpt:

*Homophobic = an irrational and unbiblical fear of the scorn of a God-hating culture given over to the embrace, celebration, and defense of homosexual perversion.

This article is an open confession of what we’ve been seeing for some time. The leadership of TGC, T4G, and 9Marks are homophobic. When you fear being called a “homophobic bigot” by a homosexual crazed world to the point you’re willing to exchange God’s Biblical moral terms (abomination, vile passion, against nature, shameful, etc.) for the world’s amoral terms (same-sex attracted, gay, LBGBTQI, etc.) you are in fact homophobic. Homophobic men systematically exchange God’s sin condemning terms for the world’s noncondemning terms because they fear homosexuals and our perverse, God-hating, Romans 1:18-32 culture’s wrath — more than they fear God.

By their own confession, the homophobic men behind TGC believe Sam Allberry and Jackie Hill Perry to be the “most credible” evangelical voices to speak our message to the unbelieving “world where Christians are seen as homophobic bigots.” Having forgotten the fear of God, TGC’s homophobic leaders are trembling before homosexual activists and a world gone mad in its embrace and celebration of all the things Romans 1:18-32 condemns with incredibly descriptive terminology.

Their intense fear of being “seen as homophobic bigots” for believing the Bible and using God’s Biblical terms has transformed them into homophobic leaders who are actively, habitually, and dogmatically exchanging the truth of God for the same-sex attracted Christian lies Sam Allberry and Jackie Hill Perry are selling in their books and through their conference speaking fees. In full homophobic panic, TGC and much of Evangelicalism have thrown off God’s Biblical vocabulary terms as unnecessary, distasteful, divisive, unloving — even hateful.

You need only listen to Ligon Duncan’s Ligonier Conference Q&A commentary, do a quick survey of Sam Allberry’s livingout.org website, or read Jackie Hill Perry’s Gay Girl, Good God to see how God’s truth, moral terms, and holy commands are being exchanged for the world’s lies, amoral terms, and perverse counsel. TGC, T4G, and 9Marks’ esteemed leaders need to be warned that homophobia is a form of cowardice and “coward” is another unpopular Biblical term found very near “abominable” in Revelation 21:8.

TGC’s article deceptively assures evangelicals that God has raised up, “biblically faithful, same-sex attracted Christians…to speak for and to his church,” and that “We need to field our A-team in the public square. And the rest of us must follow their lead.”

There are several problems with that statement. Foremost, there are no biblically faithful, same-sex attracted Christians, as TGC, Sam Allberry, and Jackie Hill Perry define them. Bible-believing Christians need to categorically reject and expose TGC, Sam Allberry, and Jackie Hill Perry’s exchange of God’s true Gospel for a Same-Sex Attracted Christian False Gospel that leaves men and women perpetually enslaved to what the Bible calls abominable, unnatural, shameful, vile passions.

They boast the perverse acting out and unholy feeding of their vile passions through supposedly “non-sexual” hand-holding, hugging, cuddling, and kissing within live-in or casual relationships with other men and women who identify as same-sex attracted Christians. That’s right — Sam Allberry’s website encourages sodomy attracted “Christian” men to live with sodomy attracted “Christian” men, to hold hands, to hug, to cuddle, to kiss, and to raise children together (more on that below).

Those of us who still hold fast to the Biblical definition of repentance found in 2 Corinthians 7:11 must reject TGC’s false repentance that leaves men and women perpetually enslaved to vile passions. Those of us who still believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ saves sinners from both the eternal penalty and indwelling power of sin must reject TGC’s false gospel that leaves men and women enslaved to perversion and acting it out under the guise of sanctified same-sex attracted Christian affection.

We must not follow the lead of TGC, T4G, and 9Mark’s A-team but instead, follow the righteous lead of the Apostle Paul and stand firmly against their A-team’s perverse Sodomy Attracted Christian Cuddle Club. We must not follow the lead of Thabiti Anyabwile, Mark Dever, Kevin De Young, Ligon Duncan, Tim Keller, Albert Mohler, Russell Moore, Ray Ortland, John Piper, David Platt, and Sam Storms’ A-team but instead follow the Gospel defending lead of the Apostle Paul in Galatians 1:6-9 and stand firmly against their A-team’s Same-Sex Attracted Christian Apostasy.

Read more: TGC and The Same-Sex Attracted Christian Apostasy — Reformation Charlotte

March 30 The Presence of God

Scripture reading: Acts 17:22–31

Key verse: Matthew 28:20

And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

One of the most debilitating emotions is loneliness. Maybe you’ve felt that way in a hospital or emergency room, in a new city or job, or even in the midst of friends and family. Feeling as if there is no one to care or share with is a terrifying sensation. It can even be deadly.

That is why one of the most comforting names given to our Savior is Immanuel, “God with us.” Because of the indwelling Christ, believers are never separated from His permanent presence. We are in Christ and He is in us. What an encouragement! What a comfort! What an assurance! We always have a shoulder to lean on, the broad shoulders of Immanuel. We always have Someone to listen to our heartache, our constant Companion, Friend Jesus.

The gods of other religions are usually in some far-off, remote corner, stoically seated in a seat of perfection. Not so with our Creator and Redeemer. Once in us, He will never leave us, abandon us, or forget us.

Don’t let our adversary and accuser rob you of the peace and joy that come from experiencing and enjoying the sweet presence of our God. No sin, no deed, no trial can ever diminish the full presence and acceptance of Christ once you have become His child through faith. God is for you. God loves you. Allow His presence to fill any void.

Lord, I am so thankful that I can lean upon You in prayer today. No trial can diminish the sweetness of Your presence in my life.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 93). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Worldview and Apologetics in the News for March 30, 2019 | Truthbomb Apologetics

Mailbag: The Best Progressive Arguments for the Acceptance of Homosexuality and a Traditionalist Response

Atheism Is Inconsistent with the Scientific Method, Prizewinning Physicist Says

The Evil Too Few Have Seen Behind Transgenderism’s Mind Control

Ben Shapiro May Have Done the Best Interview with Stephen Meyer That I’ve Seen

The Exodus: Fact or Fiction?

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION AND GENOCIDE IS WORSE NOW THAN “ANY TIME IN HISTORY,” REPORT SAYS

‘I Can Only Imagine’ team launches faith-based movie studio, announces four new films

Chick-fil-A requests dialogue after city votes to ban restaurant from airport over ‘anti-LGBT behavior’

Joni Eareckson Tada Admitted to Hospital for Observation following Cancer Treatment Complications

Church of Scientology Now Considers Actor Tom Cruise a ‘Deity’

Huge Pro-Life Victory: Dr. James Dobson Defeats Obamacare ‘Assault on Religious Freedom’

University students demand philosophers such as Plato and Kant are removed from syllabus because they are white

Courage and Godspeed,

Chad
Our last edition is here.

Source: Worldview and Apologetics in the News

20 Years of Criminal Wars Neocons Started – Time for An Honest Accounting

Millions of innocents have been killed because of them, 1 million in Iraq alone. Think about that for a minute.

The ‘witch-hunt’ against President Trump over Russian collusion has officially ended, following the submission of the Mueller Report, enabling us to now concentrate on the real problems of America that affect the whole world.

In the hope of a waning of the Russophobia in America, let’s therefore focus on the US’s recent war history by starting with the 20th anniversary this month of the NATO war on Serbia in 1999 which amounted to three months of bombing of historic cities and infrastructure.

Firstly, these problems are, in the main caused by the Neocons, or Deep State, whatever you wish to call them, and the continuing promotion, by the US Military-Security Industrial Complex, of wars and regime change and secondly, Trump’s unreserved support for Israel, regardless of war crimes they may continue to commit against the Palestinians.

Incredibly after that one sided unjust and illegal war that NATO executed, NATO had the audacity to invite Serbia to join it! Something that will never happen. What do they smoke in DC, in the Pentagon and Brussels based NATO?

To compound these overall problems, the US Military and Israeli Defense Forces collaborate on these US regime change policies on all continents evidenced most recently by the arrival of crack Israeli troops last month in Brazil, prepared to support an attack potentially by Brazil and Columbia on Venezuela.

As, has now come to be expected, America pursues its Venezuelan regime change with full main stream media (MSM) cooperation, using well proven sophisticated propaganda techniques along with a variety of pretexts.

From Serbia to Iraq to Libya, where does it end? Observe that Trump is now seeking a ‘NATO alliance’ offering NATO status, to President Bolsonaro of Brazil to back the invasion of Venezuela.

So it is important to remember, as an example, that after a long war of economic and financial destabilization ended with the bombing of Serbia.

Serbia was previously a part of Yugoslavia, a country which had successfully evolved after 1945 to solve the old rivalries of the 19th and early 20th Century Balkan ethnic animosities which was, prior to the advent of power of President Tito, its past history.

The United Nations, instead of supporting, in effect, so called ‘humanitarian wars’ and ‘regime change wars’ by the US, using NATO, helped and relentlessly driven home by MSM outlets like CNN and FOX NEWS into people’s heads, must finally take a stand.

So too, Yugoslavia, once the envy of many in the world, given its then ‘non-aligned’ status under President Tito, was destroyed and broken up; ‘Balkanised’ in the early 1990s.

The Serbian assault began first by a ‘financial war’; by sanctions and finished off by an aggressive unprovoked incessant NATO bombing campaign. That’s what we can expect in Venezuela next.

This ‘Balkanisation’ strategy similarly applies to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria et al. It serves US Neocon interests to dismember States in the world and create smaller more ‘manageable’ countries.

‘Regime change’ runs against the intent, the very words contained in the US Constitution. No one in MSM ever reminds us of that fact. Nevertheless America’s ambition to overthrow other States continues, which they arrogantly now make no secret of. The next States will probably be Nicaragua then Iran to name but two.

A very noteworthy most recent outrageous unilateral declaration was made by President Trump, not yet formally agreed by US institutions, ‘giving’ something he has no authority to give; Syrian territory, the Golan Heights to be precise, to Israel. Something that one day could trigger a full scale Arab-Israeli War.

This is of extreme importance yet no real outcry comes from world leaders; well not so far.

The main reason for that decision given by senior US Administration figures is that “God anointed Trump to save the Jews”.

Not forgetting Trump’s need (which we the people don’t understand exactly why) to support Prime Minister Netanyahu in his difficult upcoming elections in Israel – in part because both countries failed to ‘regime change’ Syria – but more importantly to help the ‘financial terrorists’ who formed a company jointly that has already started drilling for oil in the Golan Heights. You might like to know who owns such oil drilling company which should answer a plethora of questions in one go that you must be asking yourselves.

The shareholder’s names tells us everything; Dick Cheney; Baron Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch. The titular heads of neocons, bankers and media on the planet.

In ending there is no more evidence required for us, the people of the world, to rise up against the globalist dark forces wherever they exist, be it in Brussels, London, France or Washington. We must demand democratic elections or start revolutions, the latter has already begun in France in the form of ‘the yellow vests’. And Brexit, by definition, is a rejection by the British people of globalism and American Hegemony.

The pattern of US destabilization and destruction of States to loot them of their sovereign resources is the unseen history of the last 100 years, not taught in any university, anywhere in the West.

As far as Ukraine is concerned, its government was taken down by the CIA and replaced by an ultra fascist regime that has full backing from America. This is no secret. But the MSM simple don’t report it.

US led NATO is ‘the transnational war machine’ of the world, devouring almost all free countries wealth. It can extort to terrorise all into conformity to the global ‘carcinogenic’ US Neocon imperialistic strategy.

A total estimated 20m people around the world have died since the end of WW11 at the hands of US Forces. Think about that for a moment.

One of the most famous sayings attributed to America’s great President Abraham Lincoln is about deception: “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

Source: 20 Years of Criminal Wars Neocons Started – Time for An Honest Accounting

The End Of The World (For Democrats?) | ZeroHedge News

Via The Zman blog,

Back in the 1990’s, most people knew Bill Clinton was a crook and a degenerate, but people also knew he would never be held to account. An unspoken truth of the age was that a big part of the frustration with the Clinton crime family was really over the unwillingness of the so-called conservatives to get tough. The National Review types carried on like they were too good to get into the outrage over the endless stream of scandals surrounding Team Clinton. They were above that stuff.

As a result, talking about the Clinton shenanigans became a staple of talk radio, mostly because it was amusing, but also as a form of outrage porn. Every time one of them got away with some obvious lie, the phone lines would light up with people ready to talk about how angry they were about it. In other words, a big part of the Clinton hating was over the fact they kept getting away with it, because the political class, particularly the so-called principled conservatives, lacked the stones to do anything about it.

That’s an important thing to keep in mind while watching the Left wrestle with the fact Trump will not be sent to prison for treason. To normal people, the Russian collusion stuff was always a nutty conspiracy theory. It seemed obvious that the point of the Russian collusion narrative was to distract people from the fact the Obama White House was engaged in activity that would have made Nixon blush. If there was a conspiracy, it was the media running cover for the crooks in the Obama administration.

This understanding blinded people to what could be the most important part of the Russian collusion story. The Left really believed it. They really thought there was a secret conspiracy between Trump people and Putin people to work some secret magic to alter the 2016 election. They did not know the nature of this magic. In fact, it was probably supernatural, but the Left was sure it was real. This is something people outside the Progressive hive are just starting to realize. The Left really is that crazy.

The juxtaposition of the Clinton haters and the NeverTrump people is a good way of understanding the vast chasm between the Progressive worldview and that of normal people. The hatred of the Clintons was rooted in a grudging acceptance of the reality of modern politics. It was a lament, more than a set of beliefs. People knew they were crooks, but also knew the so-called conservatives were wimps and liars. Bill Clinton in the White House was the symptom of the disease that had infected the nation’s elite.

The NeverTrump stuff is something different. It’s rooted in a fantasy about how the world is organized and the role the Left plays in it. They really do believe in mysterious forces that operate on the fringes. They not only think there is a man behind the curtain, but that the curtain itself is part of an elaborate conspiracy. Most important, they deeply believe that the arc of history bends toward the Promised Land and that they are on the right side of history, leading the rest of us into the light of salvation. They really do think that.

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It’s why their response to the Mueller report has been like the response to the sudden death of a child. They were not convinced some Trump people had some shady dealings with the Russians. They were sure there was an elaborate conspiracy that altered the election. That was the key part of their coping system for the last two plus years. The conspiracy altered the election. The arc of history was not altered. The bad guys were not able to legitimately defeat those on the right side of history. The devil real!

Cults have ways to deal with disconfirmation, but there must be a way to salvage some of the original core belief from the wreckage. If the aliens were supposed to arrive on Tuesday, but failed to show, the cult can explain this by claiming they got the dates wrong or that they failed to perform the proper ritual. In this case, the Left can’t seem to find a way to salvage the core belief from the wreckage, because the core belief had to be completely true in order to confirm their role in the Great Russian collusion narrative.

What we’re seeing with the Left is a child learning that they have not only been adopted, but they have been in a coma their whole life and everything they believe about themselves is a dream. Rachel Maddow right now is someone sure she was a Jewish TV lesbian, but has learned she is really white guy with two kids and an ex-wife, working at the Home Depot. Everything about who she was in the moral sense is not just false, it never existed. As a result, she never really existed. She was part of the fraud.

That’s why the audience has evaporated for these lefty chat shows. Conservatives will try to explain this in the same dimwitted way they explain everything, by focusing on the fact these shows promoted a fake story. In reality, we’re witnessing the collapse of an identity cult, built around the belief in a sinister conspiracy to snatch away the 2016 election from forces of light. The collapse of the central narrative is also the collapse of the core of this identity cult. These are now people without a reason to exist.

Source: The End Of The World (For Democrats?)

Midwest Apocalypse: Satellite Data Show “At Least 1 Million Acres Of US Farmland” Devastated By Floods | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

We have never seen anything like this before.  According to satellite data that was just released by Reuters, “at least 1 million acres of U.S. farmland” were covered by water for at least seven days this month.  That is an agricultural disaster without equal in modern American history, and yet the mainstream media is treating this like it is some sort of second class story.  It isn’t.  This is the biggest news story of 2019 so far, and people want to know what is going on.  A few days ago, I posted a story entitled ‘“As Many As A Million Calves Lost In Nebraska” – Beef Prices In The U.S. To Escalate Dramatically In The Coming Months’, and it has already been shared on social media more than 145,000 times.  Farming communities all over the central part of the nation now look like war zones as a result of all this flooding, but the media elites on the east and west coasts don’t want to write about it.  And with more flooding on the way for the next two months, this crisis is only going to get worse.

This is the time of year when farmers are gearing up to plant wheat, corn and soybeans, and now a substantial portion of our farmland will not be able to be used at all this year.  According to Reuters, at least a million acres of farmland were covered by floodwaters for at least seven days this month, and that “will likely reduce corn, wheat and soy production this year”…

At least 1 million acres (405,000 hectares) of U.S. farmland were flooded after the “bomb cyclone” storm left wide swaths of nine major grain producing states under water this month, satellite data analyzed by Gro Intelligence for Reuters showed.

Farms from the Dakotas to Missouri and beyond have been under water for a week or more, possibly impeding planting and damaging soil. The floods, which came just weeks before planting season starts in the Midwest, will likely reduce corn, wheat and soy production this year.

And with “as many as a million calves” lost to the flooding, a lot less food than anticipated is going to be produced in the United States for the foreseeable future.

Between March 8th and March 21st, almost 1.1 million acres of cropland and over 84,000 acres of pastureland were covered by water for at least a week.  With more rain on the way, it is essentially going to be impossible for most of those acres to be usable this year.

In Iowa, 474,271 acres were covered by floodwaters for at least seven days in March, and Iowa farmers are facing some very tough deadlines.  Corn must be planted by May 31st and soybeans must be planted by June 15th in order to qualify for flood insurance.  For most Iowa farms that were covered by floodwaters, that is going to be impossible.

Overall, the recent flooding caused “at least $3 billion” in economic damage according to authorities, but many believe that the final number will be far higher.

Thousands upon thousands of farms have been completely destroyed, and thousands upon thousands of farmers will not plant any crops at all this year.

In addition to the vast agricultural devastation that we have witnessed, thousands upon thousands of homes have been destroyed as well, and now the National Ground Water Association is warning that “the safety of more than a million private water wells” could be compromised…

Record flooding in the Midwest is now threatening the safety of more than a million private water wells. The National Ground Water Association estimates that people living in more than 300 counties across 10 states have their groundwater threatened from bacterial and industrial contamination carried by flood waters.

If you live in the middle of the country and there is a chance that your well may have been compromised, please don’t take any unnecessary chances.  Contaminated water can be really, really bad news.

Unfortunately, this is just the beginning.  According to the NOAA, we are entering an “unprecedented flood season” that could potentially “impact an even bigger area of cropland”

Spring floods could yet impact an even bigger area of cropland. The U.S. government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has warned of what could be an “unprecedented flood season” as it forecasts heavy spring rains. Rivers may swell further as a deep snow pack in northern growing areas melts.

In my previous article entitled ‘”200 Million People At Risk: National Weather Service Warns Apocalyptic Midwest Floods Are “A Preview Of What We Expect Throughout The Rest Of The Spring”’, I included a map from the NOAA which shows which areas of the central part of the country are projected to receive unusually high levels of rainfall over the next few months.

Unfortunately, there is a tremendous amount of overlap with areas that have already been devastated by flooding.

On Friday and Saturday, there will be “more heavy rains” in the Midwest, and Nebraska is in “the direct path” of the center of the storm…

From the Central Plains to the Midwest, it has been a disastrous spring for river flooding. A weather system slated to bring more heavy rains Friday into Saturday could aggravate the situation along and near the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

It’s a one-two punch that combines additional rainwater with fresh runoff from snowmelt. Perhaps worst off is Nebraska, in the direct path of Friday’s quick burst of moisture. Barely a week has passed since Gov. Pete Ricketts estimated the cost of ongoing flooding in that state at more than $1 billion.

This is it.  America is being hammered by one storm after another, and I very much encourage you to get prepared for a very rough ride ahead.

There is going to be a lot more flooding.  Prices for beef, dairy, wheat, corn and soy products are going to rise significantly, and just when you think they are way too high they are going to keep on rising.

This is already the worst agricultural disaster in modern American history, and federal authorities are telling us that we should expect things to continue to get worse for at least two more months.

Perhaps the mainstream media will eventually decide to take this story seriously, but until they do those of us in the alternative media will do our best to keep you updated.

Source: Midwest Apocalypse: Satellite Data Show “At Least 1 Million Acres Of US Farmland” Devastated By Floods

TV Networks Refuse Ads For Pro-Life Movie ‘Unplanned’ — Christian Research Network

“John Sullivan, a producer on “Unplanned,” and who also directed “2016: Obama’s America,” told THR that money was there but the networks would not take their business. “We were looking to spend money, but they didn’t want to get involved,” he said.”

(Paul Bois – Daily Wire)   It seems that the same blackballing efforts that plagued “Gosnell” are beginning to plague the anti-Planned Parenthood movie “Unplanned.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, TV networks are now refusing to run ads for the PureFlix movie that received a wide theatrical release on Friday.

Lifetime, Hallmark Channel, HGTV and other cable networks other than Fox News have completely blocked “Unplanned” trailers from their platforms.

“If you haven’t seen a commercial for Unplanned, an anti-abortion movie critical of Planned Parenthood, it isn’t for lack trying on the part of marketers, whose efforts have been consistently rebuffed by TV networks,” reports THR. “Pure Flix, the distributor behind the box office hit God’s Not Dead and other movies aimed at Christians, opens the movie in 1,000 theaters today, but outside of the Fox News Channel, every other mainstream television outlet has declined to air the ad.”

The networks have reportedly given the makers of “Unplanned” ambiguous excuses for the decision. Lifetime, for instance, said they would not run ads due to the “sensitive nature of the film,” an obvious deflection, especially when considering that Lifetime previously promoted “an interview with Scarlett Johansson where she pitches Planned Parenthood,” according to the marketers.  View article →

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via TV Networks Refuse Ads For Pro-Life Movie ‘Unplanned’ — Christian Research Network

Saturday Sampler: March 24 — March 30 — The Outspoken TULIP

Each Sunday, Phil Johnson features a devotional or sermon excerpt by Charles Spurgeon on the Pyromaniacs blog. This week’s quotation tells us How to meet the evils of this age. It always amazes me that things Spurgeon wrote over 100 years ago apply so accurately to 21st Century evangelicals.

Do you know The Early Symptoms of Spiritual Danger? Writing for the Ligonier blog, Sinclair Ferguson discusses apostasy, using a passage in Hebrews 6 to explores how someone becomes an apostate.

In Christians and Coming Out Redux, John Ellis of adayinhiscourt uses personal experience to illustrate the world’s wholesale rejection of Christian values. If you have any doubt that non-Christians lack tolerance for Bible-believing Christians, I urge you to consider this article.

For years, I’ve wondered how progressives would respond when the Muslims they supported refused to support LBGTQIA concerns. Stephen McAlpine sees this unraveling of causes beginning, and writes about it in Secularism’s (Misplaced) Confidence. Maybe I’m not so crazy after all.

Michelle Lesley encourages us, using Scripture as authority, not to be Frightened by Freedom.

I appreciate the candor of Andrea Burke in The One Life Dream That Makes a Girl Blush, featured in For The Church. The post takes me back to my days as a single woman and the guilt I felt for wanting to be married.

Drawing from 1 Samuel 4:1-11, Elizabeth Prata of The End Time shows us that “The more things change, the more they stay the same” rings true. This Old Testament episode should sober us as we consider how we approach life.

It’s a Christian’s greatest fear.  And Mike Ratliff addresses that fear with his article in Possessing the Treasure entitled What is Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? If you genuinely love the Lord, you’ll find this short Bible Study wonderfully reassuring.

Let’s have a second on from Elizabeth Prata, shall we? “God Told Me:” About those whispers to the heart evaluates claims that God speaks to people personally. It distresses me that we still need instruction on this matter. Be sure to watch the videos by Gabe Hughes and Mike Abendroth that Elizabeth includes in her post.

SharaC, the purveyor of Into the Foolishness of God, challenges the popular notion that the Bible is muddy and therefore difficult to understand by writing Deconstructing Faith. While I disagree with her comments about doubt, her overall argument for the clarity of God’s Word makes this article essential reading. I wish more bloggers would stand this resolutely against efforts to dilute the Word!

via Saturday Sampler: March 24 — March 30 — The Outspoken TULIP

BREAKING: Twitter Suspends Account For Pro-Life ‘Unplanned’ Movie On Opening Weekend, Quickly Reinstates It Amid Fierce Backlash — The Gateway Pundit

Twitter suspended the account for the pro-life movie ‘Unplanned’ on the weekend of its theatrical release, but promptly reinstated it amid fierce backlash.

The movie is based on the real story of Abby Johnson, a former clinic director at Planned Parenthood who had a change of heart after learning more about abortion.

“In mere seconds, that fetus’ life ended and the screen only showed a black, empty uterus. The life that was there just a couple minutes ago was gone. In that moment, I saw for myself what I was supporting for the last eight years and it broke me,” Johnson wrote in an op-ed for Fox News.

Just like with Gosnell, television networks have been refusing to air ads for the film. Lifetime, a network known for making movies about famous murders and kidnappings, said their refusal was based on “sensitive nature of the film.”

“The Travel Channel, Cooking Channel, HGTV and Food Network, each of which are owned by Discovery, also refused to sell ad time for ‘Unplanned’ due to the ‘sensitive nature’ of the movie, say those who tried buying air time,” the producers have announced. “Other networks that refused to advertise the movie include the Hallmark Channel and USA Network, the latter of which is owned by NBCUniversal.”

Despite the bias and censorship, Forbes reports that “the $6 million-budgeted flick, about a former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned anti-abortion activist, earned $2.72 million on Friday, setting the stage for a likely $7.25 million debut weekend.”

It is currently unclear why the film’s account was suspended. We have reached out to Twitter for comment and will update this article if one is provided.

via BREAKING: Twitter Suspends Account For Pro-Life ‘Unplanned’ Movie On Opening Weekend, Quickly Reinstates It Amid Fierce Backlash — The Gateway Pundit

Weekend Snapshot — Top Stories This Week · Mar. 30, 2019

The Coup, Phase Two: Obstructing the MAGA Agenda

“Time to investigate the Obama officials who concocted and spread the Russian conspiracy hoax.” –Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham


Executive Summary: Mueller v Trump

“The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”


Senate Demos Duck Green New Deal

McConnell put senators on the record, and the ecofascist proposal failed, 0-57.


Smollett: Two-Tier Justice, Chicago Style

Even Rahm Emanuel says allowing this hate-hoaxer to walk free is a “whitewash of justice.”


Obstructionist Demo Veto Override Fails

The vote to cancel Trump’s emergency declaration was always just for show.


A Sanctuary City Becomes a Sanctuary From Justice

The Ninth Circuit dismissed a lawsuit by Kate Steinle’s parents over her killing by an illegal.


Another Pivot to Health Care

Americans care a lot more about health insurance than Robert Mueller’s report.


The Fight for Our Kids’ Minds Is the Fight for Our Republic

No wonder leftists are fighting Betsy DeVos’s reforms in court every step of the way.


The ‘Oh, the Humanity!’ Generation

America’s young people are plagued with First World “problems” brought by luxury.


Profiles of Valor: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins

Atkins sacrificed his own life to save three others, and received a posthumous Medal of Honor.



Quote Of The Week

“Hands up, don’t shoot. Trump’s a Russian spy. Kavanaugh ran a secret gang rape cartel. Covington kids assaulted a vet. Never forget that these lies — and yes, they were outright lies — were deliberately peddled by all the same people for all the same reasons.” —Sean Davis

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Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 03/30/2019

San Antonio City Council Discriminates Against Chick-fil-A for Christian Beliefs With 6-4 Vote to Ban From Airport   Mar 25, 2019 02:59 pm

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The city council of San Antonio, Texas has voted to exclude the popular fast food chain Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant at the San Antonio International Airport, stating that “we do not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.” According to reports, on Thursday, the city council voted 6-4…

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‘Angelically-Guided Energy Healing’ Leader Claims Planet Overpopulated, ‘It’s Not Okay for Women to Have Babies’   Mar 25, 2019 07:38 pm

OCALA, Fla. — A bizarre video that was posted to YouTube last year but is currently making the rounds on social media features two New Age women stating that the earth is already too populated, and that women should “cut off the baby factories” such as by obtaining an abortion as “we don’t need any more humans.” The video is of mother-daughter duo Lynn and…

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Republican Lawmaker Files Bill to Abolish Abortion in Washington State   Mar 27, 2019 07:20 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Republican lawmaker in Washington has introduced a bill that would outlaw abortion in the state, and asserts the right to do so under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, filed House Bill 2154, also known as the “Abolition of Abortion in Washington Act,” which had its first reading on Thursday. It has…

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NY Police Arrest Man Who Kicked Elderly Woman in Face While Bystanders Recorded With Phones   Mar 24, 2019 08:48 pm

NEW YORK — A man who attacked an elderly woman on a New York subway earlier this month by kicking her in the face has been identified and arrested by police. “The subject wanted for the brutal subway attack of an elderly woman is in custody,” Dermot F. Shea, the chief of detectives for the New York Police Department, announced on Saturday. “The victim was…

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At Least Three UK Children Taken Last Year Because of Parents’ Objections to ‘Gender Transitioning’   Mar 24, 2019 04:11 pm

(The Sun) — At least three children were taken into care last year because their mothers and fathers objected to them changing gender. The cases raise fears that parents are powerless to act if they think their child is making a wrong decision. Social workers at one council, Hillingdon in west London, say they placed two children in foster homes over the…

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UK Mother Takes Legal Action Against Primary School for Not Allowing Son to Opt Out of ‘Gay Pride’ Event   Mar 26, 2019 11:58 am

LONDON — A mother in the United Kingdom has taken formal legal action against her son’s former elementary school after he was not permitted to opt out of an event in celebration of Pride Month last June. According to reports, Heavers Farm Primary School in London held an event on June 29 called “Proud to Be Me,” which was initially planned as a march. Izzy…

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Pa. Lawmaker Criticized for Praying in Name of Jesus Before Muslim Sworn in, Quran Reading Applauded   Mar 29, 2019 07:13 pm

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A lawmaker in Pennsylvania who is also a pastor’s wife is being criticized for repeatedly praying in the name of Jesus prior to the swearing in of an Islamic legislator, while a Quran reading presented the following day by a Muslim lawmaker received applause in the legislative chambers. Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Clinton County, provided the…

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New Jersey Lawmakers Pass Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill, Gov. Phil Murphy Plans to Sign Into Law   Mar 27, 2019 12:52 pm

Photo Credit: Melodi2/FreeImages.com TRENTON, N.J. — Lawmakers in New Jersey have passed legislation that would allow terminally ill patients to request a lethal prescription to hasten their death. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy says that he intends to sign the measure into law. The state Assembly passed S.1072, also known as the “Medical Aid in Dying for the…

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Bible Returns to POW/MIA Table at Veterans Hospital After Initial Removal Due to Complaint   Mar 26, 2019 07:14 pm

Photo Credit: Military Religious Freedom Foundation MANCHESTER, N.H. — A Bible has been returned to a Missing Man table at a veterans hospital in New Hampshire after it was initially removed following a complaint from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF). “s of Monday morning, the 18th, the Bible will be in a plexiglas case that was donated by a…

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Body of Newborn Baby Found Buried Inside Flower Pot at Texas Cemetery   Mar 28, 2019 02:12 pm

Photo Credit: TLH/Find a Grave CARROLLTON, Texas — A caretaker at a cemetery in Texas has discovered the body of a newborn baby buried inside of a flower pot. According to reports, on March 11, a grounds caretaker at the Perry Cemetery in Carrollton noticed the pot being “out of place,” and went to empty it out. Underneath the soil was an infant with her…

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Trump Attorney Rudy Giuliani Warns Deep State: We have an 87 Page Report Ready to Slam Down Their Throats (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

 

President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani joined Sean Hannity on Friday night to discuss the aftermath of the Mueller Report.

Rudy said the Mueller Report was turned over to Rod Rosenstein three weeks ago before its release on Sunday.

Rudy also warned the Mueller team of 13 angry Democrats that if their report is released he will drop an 87 page report on the corrupt and criminal tactics of the Special Counsel. Rudy is no wilting flower.

Rudy Giuliani: This is about as big of an exoneration that I’ve ever seen and I’ve been in the prosecution business since the 1970s. And to try to reverse it, I think they look foolish and look pathetic. I haven’t read the report. I haven’t seen it. They can put out every part of it. It is not going to show, either one, otherwise they couldn’t come to the conclusions they came to. And secondly, if they happen to have a few nasty facts in there I’m ready to slam it down their throat because we have an 87 page report that we will use. And there’s some things the special counsel did that I don’t think they want people to hear. They acted in ways that outrage me as a person who cares about justice.

Then at the end of the interview, as we reported on Friday, Rudy dropped a bomb on the Deep State!
The FISA Warrant investigations will lead to perjury prosecutions. “Guaranteed.”

Sean Hannity: I want to see that. I want to see the FISA applications.

Rudy Giuliani: That one’s going to lead to perjury prosecutions. Guaranteed. They lied their backsides off.

Via Hannity:

via Trump Attorney Rudy Giuliani Warns Deep State: We have an 87 Page Report Ready to Slam Down Their Throats (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Rand Paul Demands Investigation Of Obama Admin Over Russia: ‘Could Be WORSE Than Watergate’ — The Gateway Pundit

Senator Rand Paul is now demanding that Obama and some of his former officials be investigated over the Russia conspiracy. As you’ll see below, he not playing around here.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Rand Paul: Former Obama CIA chief promoted ‘dossier,’ demands investigation of Obama team

Sen. Rand Paul escalated his demand for an investigation into former Obama officials who “concocted” the anti-Trump Russia scandal, revealing that former CIA Director John Brennan was the key figure who legitimized the charges and discredited “dossier” against the president.

In an interview, the Kentucky Republican said the Senate Judiciary Committee should immediately ask Brennan about his involvement in the document that helped to kick off the Russia collusion investigation of President Trump.

“I think we need to find the truth,” he told Washington Secrets. He said the goal would be to stop similar faulty investigations into future administrations, “Democratic or Republican.”

In a tweet, he said that he heard from a high level source that Brennan helped to validate the “dossier” in intelligence reports.

“A high-level source tells me it was Brennan who insisted that the unverified and fake Steele dossier be included in the Intelligence Report … Brennan should be asked to testify under oath in Congress ASAP,” he tweeted.

Here are Rand’s tweets:

It is about time the real criminals are investigated, charged and punished for their crimes.

via Rand Paul Demands Investigation Of Obama Admin Over Russia: ‘Could Be WORSE Than Watergate’ — The Gateway Pundit

March 30, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Sphere of Discipline

I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters; for then you would have to go out of the world. But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he should be an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? But those who are outside, God judges. Remove the wicked man from among yourselves. (5:9–13)

The discipline God commands His church to take against the unrepentant is to be of a certain kind and should be exercised within certain bounds. These verses indicate some types of offenses that require discipline and give further explanation as to how the discipline is to be carried out.

In a previous letter (see Introduction) Paul had commanded the Corinthian Christians not to associate with immoral people. Associate with translates sunanamignumi, which literally means “to mix up with.” In this compound form it is more intense and means “to keep intimate, close company with.”

Faithful believers are not to keep close company with any fellow believers who persistently practice serious sins such as those mentioned here. If the offenders will not listen to the counsel and warning of two or three other believers and not even of the whole church, they are to be put out of the fellowship. They should not be allowed to participate in any activities of the church—worship services, Sunday school, Bible studies, or even social events. Obviously, and most importantly, they should not be allowed to have any leadership role. They should be totally cut off both from individual and corporate fellowship with other Christians, including that of eating together (v. 11; cf. 2 Thess. 3:6–15).

No exceptions are made. Even if the unrepentant person is a close friend or family member, he is to be put out. If he is a true believer he will not lose his salvation because of the sin (v. 5), but he is to lose contact with fellow believers, in order not to corrupt them with his wickedness and to suffer the consequences of his sin. The pain of such isolation may drive the person to repentance.

A church that does not discipline a sinning member is like a person who has good reason to believe he has cancer but who refuses to go to a doctor—because he either does not want to face the problem or does not want to face the treatment. If he waits too long his whole body will be permeated with the disease and it will be too late for treatment to do any good. No church is healthy enough to resist contamination from persistent sin in its midst, any more than the healthiest and most nutritious bushel of apples can withstand contamination from even a single bad one. The only solution in both cases is separation.

The Corinthians had misinterpreted Paul’s previous advice about associating with immoral people. I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters; for then you would have to go out of the world, he explained. Apparently the church had stopped having contact with unbelievers instead of with unrepentant believers. The apostle pointed out that to do so is impossible without leaving the planet. Besides, sin outside the church is not nearly as dangerous to the church as sin within its own membership. Perhaps their wrong response also reflected their wanting to tolerate sin in the church. And their treatment of the unsaved in the world may have indicated their spiritual arrogance.

It is the world to whom we are to witness, to whom we are called to bring the gospel. We are not to conform to the world (Rom. 12:2), but we must be in the world and have contact with unsaved people or we could never evangelize them. In His high priestly prayer, the Lord prayed, “I do not ask Thee to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.… As Thou didst send Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world” (John 17:15, 18). We are to “be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom [we] appear as lights in the world” (Phil. 2:15). God intends us to be in the world so we can be its salt and light (Matt. 5:13–16) and His witnesses to it (Acts 1:8).

It is the so-called [onomazō, “to bear the name of”] brother who is a threat to the spiritual welfare of a church and with whom we are not to associate. We cannot know who is and is not a true believer, but discipline is to be administered to any who professes to be a Christian. Since we cannot tell the difference, tares must be treated like wheat. Anyone who carries the name of Christ is subject to discipline.

Paul makes it clear that excommunication is not limited only to cases of extreme sin such as that of the incestuous brother who was living with his stepmother. It should be applied to any professing believer who is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler.

Although true believers are recipients of a new nature—the divine nature, the life of God in their inner person, a new holy self—the flesh is still present and offers the potential for all kinds of sinning. The believer who refuses to appropriate the resources of his new life and yields to the flesh will fall into habitual patterns of evil such as those mentioned here. The Greek terms used here to identify the sins are substantives, indicating patterns of behavior.

Can believers develop such patterns of sin? The answer is yes. In salvation the penalty of sin is paid and the dominion of sin is broken, so that subjection to it is not necessary, but voluntary. Believers who choose sin will develop sinful patterns unless they repent. In 6:9–11 Paul says such unbelievers do not enter the kingdom (salvation), and he assures the Corinthians that they are not like those people anymore. Yet in 6:8 he says that they are acting like them. The point is that in unbelievers there is an unbroken pattern of sinning that cannot be restrained. In believers that unbroken pattern is broken, the frequency and totality of sin is changed. Righteousness and goodness find a place and the life manifests virtue. Because of our humanness, however, sin will sometimes break the pattern of righteousness. If persisted in, it establishes a sinful pattern, interrupting the manifestations of holiness coming from the new nature. That is why there are so many commands and calls to obedience and to church discipline. The believer will never become totally sinful, but may be sinful enough at certain points in his life to be characterized as an unbeliever.

Paul’s thought, as we combine this text with 6:9–11, is that believers can act like unbelievers, those who are shut out of the kingdom. We cannot always tell wheat from tares, or know whether a so-called brother is genuine. Such acts of sin make a believer indistinguishable from a nonbeliever to the world, to the church, and even to himself. All assurance is forfeited (cf. 2 Pet. 1:5–10; 1 John 2:5). It is essential to realize that in a true believer the flow of sin will not be uninterrupted, as in one who is unredeemed. There will be some fruit of righteousness, for the new nature must be manifest (John 15:1–8).

The Corinthian church had members who practiced all of those sins. An immoral member is the primary subject of 1 Corinthians 5. That some were covetous is implied in 10:24; and some were involved in idolatry (10:21–22). Apparently many of them were revilers, or slanderers, running down members of other parties (3:3–4) and likely to despise Timothy when he came to minister to them (16:11). They had drunkards (11:21) and they had swindlers (6:8). The whole epistle reminds us of the sinning capability of believers. All offenders were to be put out of the congregation unless they repented and changed. The rest of the believers were to withdraw from them in any social setting that implied acceptance, and were not even to eat with such a one.

We have no responsibility for judging outsiders. We are to witness to outsiders, but not judge them. We cannot chasten them, and no remedial steps will alter the sin of the ungodly. Those who are outside, God judges. But we do have a responsibility to judge those who are within the church. We must remove the wicked man from among [our]selves.

Discipline is difficult, painful, and often heartrending. It is not that we should not love the offenders, but that we should love Christ, His church, and His Word even more. Our love to the offenders is not to be sentimental tolerance but correcting love (cf. Prov. 27:6).

It is not that everyone in the church must be perfect, for that is impossible. Everyone falls into sin and has imperfections and shortcomings. The church is in some ways a hospital for those who know they are sick. They have trusted in Christ as Savior and they want to follow Him as Lord—to be what God wants them to be. It is not the ones who recognize their sin and hunger for righteousness who are to be put out of fellowship, but those who persistently and unrepentantly continue in a pattern of sin about which they have been counseled and warned. We should continue to love them and pray for them that they repent and return to a pure life. If they do repent we should gladly and joyfully “forgive and comfort” them and welcome them back into fellowship (2 Cor. 2:7).[1]


12. For what have I to do to judge them that are without? There is nothing to hinder us from judging these also—nay more, even devils themselves are not exempt from the judgment of the word which is committed to us. But Paul is speaking here of the jurisdiction that belongs peculiarly to the Church. “The Lord has furnished us with this power, that we may exercise it upon those who belong to his household. For this chastisement is a part of discipline which is confined to the Church, and does not extend to strangers. We do not therefore pronounce upon them their condemnation, because the Lord has not subjected them to our cognizance and jurisdiction, in so far as that chastisement and censure are concerned. We are, therefore, constrained to leave them to the judgment of God.” It is in this sense that Paul says, that God will judge them, because he allows them to wander about unbridled like wild beasts, because there is no one that can restrain their wantonness.[2]


The Church and the World (5:9–13)

Overview

Paul concludes this section on the Corinthians’ toleration of immorality in their midst with a broader section on the relationship of the church and the world. In doing so, he reflects on an earlier letter he had written to the believers in Corinth that they had apparently inadvertently or even deliberately misunderstood. What precipitated that letter we do not know.

Commentary

9 There is a virtual consensus among scholars that the letter Paul refers to here is an earlier letter written to the Corinthians. This means that egrapsa (translated “I have written” in the NIV) is a true aorist, not an epistolary aorist. Apparently in that earlier letter Paul had instructed them “not to associate with sexually immoral people” (pornos, GK 4521; cf. porneia in 5:1 and the comments there). Whether the situation of the incestuous man is in the background of the earlier letter cannot be determined; the way Paul writes in 5:1 suggests that this is a new situation. Since Corinth was known for its sexual immorality (see Introduction), a generic instruction or reminder to avoid such people would never be out of place.

It seems, then, that when Paul heard about the new situation of the incestuous man—perhaps from the people of Chloe’s household (cf. 1:11)—he asked these visitors how the Corinthians could justify such actions in the light of his earlier letter. The response he received ran something like this: “Well, the Corinthians felt that your instructions were impossible to keep. After all, we live in the city of Corinth, and we rub shoulders every day with immoral people. The only way we can avoid mingling with such people is to move to some island all by ourselves. But that’s impossible.” It is probable that this was not so much a sincere response as it was a rationalization on the part of the Corinthians. Or perhaps it reflects what the “arrogant” in 4:18 were saying, trying to poke holes in Paul’s letter and attempting to make it sound ludicrous.

10 In response, Paul now clarifies what he meant. He says, as it were, that when he instructed them in that earlier letter not to associate with immoral people, he did not mean “the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world” (emphasis added). Paul freely acknowledges that Christians are in the world, though not of the world (cf. Jesus’ comments in Jn 17:6–19). Note that the sins Paul mentions here in addition to sexual immorality are also known to have been prevalent in Corinth (cf. Fee, 223–26).

11 What the apostle really meant in that earlier letter was that believers “must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler” (emphasis added; on these sins, see comments at 6:9–10). Since the Corinthians have taken their mingling with the sexually immoral to the next level—tolerating someone of this nature in their own midst—Paul now needs to make his comments more specific: With such a man they should “not even eat”!

What does the prohibition against eating with an immoral person mean? Does it refer to any and all eating? This cannot be ruled out, especially since eating was a highly social event in the ancient world. Eating with someone was an indication of social acceptance with that person. Note the criticisms against Jesus for eating with tax collectors and “sinners” (e.g., Mk 2:15–17; Lk 15:1–2). But since Paul’s instructions in this section have to do primarily with the community of the church acting as a united body (with Paul’s spirit present! vv. 2–4), perhaps the primary focus of his last instruction in v. 11 has to do with eating together as a church—in the Lord’s Supper and probably in the meal that apparently preceded the Lord’s Supper (see comments at 1 Co 11:17–22).

12–13 Paul is now ready to wrap up this part of the letter with a brief statement about judging (which, incidentally, leads to the next section on lawsuits among Christians, 6:1–11). Paul suggests once again that it is not their responsibility as Christians to judge the outside world and decide who are terrible sinners and who are not. They do not have to draw up a list of untouchables. That sort of judging is God’s business (cf. Ro 12:19–21).

But when it comes to those inside the church, especially when the actions of certain people are shocking even the pagans around them (5:1), then believers had better exercise judgment—the sort of judgment advocated in 1 Corinthians 5:2–5. Thus Paul concludes with his final admonition: “Expel the wicked man from among you.” This verse is a quotation of Deuteronomy 17:7, which instructed the Israelites in what to do if they discovered an idolater in their midst. While the OT’s method of expulsion involved death by stoning after the situation had been certified by two or three witnesses, Paul transforms this method into moral and spiritual expulsion—letting the sinner know in no uncertain terms that he or she can no longer look to the church for fellowship or support.[3]


5:12–13 / Four short statements—two rhetorical questions, a declaration, and a quote from the lxx—summarize and epitomize Paul’s directions to the Corinthians concerning judgment. First, he queries, What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? This question assumes that judging those outside the church is not a task given to Christians, and it implies that the judgment of the world is God’s responsibility. Second, Paul asks, Are you not to judge those inside? The question is put to the congregation as a whole, not to each individual; and although there is a negative cast to this question, the Greek grammar assumes the answer, “Yes, we ourselves are to judge those in the church.”

Following these questions Paul makes a brief declaration that clarifies the anticipated answer to both questions, God will judge those outside. This comment gives the basis for the two previous points. Because God judges those outside the church, Christians should not judge them. Because God judges those outside the church, Christians have the responsibility to judge those who are part of the church. Paul’s declaration looks back to these two points, but in context it anticipates and clarifies the point he makes in the citation of Deuteronomy 17:7, “Expel the wicked man from among you.” The church failed to render responsible judgment, so Paul quotes Scripture to certify his point that the man must be returned to the world, where God alone executes judgment. The sad situation is that the church failed God, itself, and the man who was in error. The only hope in this hopeless situation is the drastic action of returning the man to the context of the world, where God alone is his hope—not the church and not the man’s own sensibilities. The church’s failure to correct the man, not merely the man’s wickedness or Paul’s vindictiveness, necessitated this seemingly harsh course of action.[4]


A Point of Clarification (5:9–13)

Supporting Idea: Paul clarified and reaffirmed a point he had made in an earlier letter: Christians should not associate with grossly sinful people in the church, such as the incestuous man who was the subject of the current controversy, but believers should not disassociate from all sinful people.

5:9–10. Paul clarified one aspect of his instruction that may have been easily misunderstood. He referred to a previous letter in which he had written that believers were not to associate with sexually immoral people. This instruction could easily have been misunderstood (or purposefully twisted) to mean that believers should withdraw entirely from all immoral people. Paul ridiculed this misunderstanding of his earlier words by noting that avoiding all immoral people can only happen if Christians leave this world.

Since Christians must minister to the world, they must not separate themselves from all who are greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. These people are the church’s mission field (see Matt. 9:10–13; Luke 15:1–32).

Possibly, those in Corinth who opposed Paul used this misunderstanding to undermine Paul’s ministry and authority. They may have suggested that Paul called Christians to stay away from all sinners, and on that basis discounted all his teaching. Paul treated the Corinthians harshly for this misunderstanding for three reasons: it stemmed from a wrong reading of his prior letter; it had led to wrongful pride and corruption in the church; and it had allowed the church’s toleration of the incestuous man.

5:11. Lest there be any confusion, Paul explained that he did not have in mind the sexually immoral people of this world (i.e., unbelievers), but anyone who calls himself a brother (people in the church). Such people may not truly be believers, even though they claim to be. If they fail to give evidence of new life in Christ, there may be sufficient reason to doubt their salvation. To protect the church from the corrupting influence of these so-called brothers, followers of Christ must not even eat with anyone in the church who is immoral or greedy, an idolater … slanderer … drunkard or a swindler. As Paul was to write in this same letter, “Bad company corrupts good character” (15:33).

5:12–13. Paul concluded that he and the Corinthians had no right to judge those outside the church. Such people make no pretense of being Christians, and God alone will judge those. Even so, the church must judge those inside the church. Those in the church submit themselves to the authority of the body of Christ. Church discipline is a difficult and troubling process, and many churches try to avoid it. Yet, the church must take action when its members flagrantly violate the ways of Christ. Consequently, as much as the Corinthian church did not want to take action, they had to expel the wicked man.

The phrase expel the wicked man from among you alludes to the legal language of Deuteronomy (Deut. 17:7; 19:19; 24:7). In all these occurrences of the phrase, the wicked are “expelled” or “purged” by being executed (Deut. 21:21). In Old Testament Israel, God ordained execution as the means by which the nation was to purge itself of severe wickedness.

Paul applied these standards of holiness to the church, God’s New Testament people, but he applied the law somewhat differently by recommending excommunication rather than execution. Nevertheless, the fact that he used language typical of death sentences from the Old Testament reflects that he considered excommunication in the New Testament age to be quite serious. This form of church discipline should be reserved for the worst of circumstances.[5]


12. For what right do I have to judge those who are outside [the church]? Do you not judge those who are inside?

  • Paul’s right. Paul comes to the end of his discourse on excommunicating willful sinners. He refers to his misunderstood letter and his subsequent explanation (vv. 9–10): he is not talking about sinners outside the Christian community. When Paul uses the expression those who are outside, he discloses his Jewish background. The Jewish rabbis designated people who belonged to a different religion “outsiders.” The “insiders” were those adhering to the Jewish faith. In this passage, Paul applies these terms respectively to the world and to the church. He openly admits that he does not have a right to judge the world. In the next chapter, Paul asks the Corinthians if they know that the saints will judge the world (6:2). But that particular verse speaks of the last judgment and not about the present time.

This is not to say that Paul condoned the sinful lives of unbelievers. On the contrary, when he walked the streets of ancient Athens, he was agitated because the city was full of idols (Acts 17:16). But Paul lacked authority to judge outside the church.

  • The church’s duty. Within the Christian community, not Paul but the entire church must judge those cases that call for decisive separation between church and world. When a member of the church intentionally persists in sin and refuses to repent, the church must exercise discipline. Then the church regards this person no longer as one of its own but rather as one of the world. Hence, Paul asks the Corinthians a rhetorical question that demands a positive answer: “Do you not judge those who are inside?”

Anyone who claims to be a member of the church must pledge obedience to Jesus Christ. But if he or she chooses to live in disobedience to the Lord, the entire congregation must exclude this person from its ranks. If the church fails to judge, it places itself on the side of the sinner and is equally guilty before God. Not an individual church leader but the entire church is responsible for administering discipline to unruly members. Writes C. K. Barrett, “Responsibility for judgment is in the hands of the whole body of believers, not of a small group of ministerial authorities.”[6]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1984). 1 Corinthians (pp. 130–133). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Calvin, J., & Pringle, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians (Vol. 1, pp. 195–196). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] Verbrugge, V. D. (2008). 1 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, pp. 303–305). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] Soards, M. L. (2011). 1 Corinthians (p. 117). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[5] Pratt, R. L., Jr. (2000). I & II Corinthians (Vol. 7, pp. 77–78). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[6] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the First Epistle to the Corinthians (Vol. 18, p. 172). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

March 30 Your Adversity Is in God’s Hands

scripture reading: Genesis 50:15–20
key verse: Psalm 31:15

My times are in Your hand;
Deliver me from the hand of my enemies,
And from those who persecute me.

Joseph emerged from jail as Pharaoh’s right–hand man and saved millions from starvation by administering God’s wisdom over the nation’s agricultural program.

David came out of the backwoods as Israel’s beloved king. His psalms, many recorded during his exile, comfort and encourage believers in affliction.

Paul’s jail terms were the study halls where he penned the Spirit–inspired books of Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, and Philemon.

Adversity? Yes.

 

Defeat? No.

 

Perplexity? Yes.

 

Futility? No.

 

Discouragement? Yes.

 

Escapism? No.

 

Fear? Yes.

 

Resignation? No.

 

 

Each advanced through his personal adversity in different fashion, but their progress and yours in harsh times are built on the bedrock truth of the sovereignty of God.

Author and theologian Dr. J. I. Packer defines God’s sovereignty or providence as “the unceasing activity of the Creator whereby, in overflowing bounty and good will, He … directs everything to its appointed goal.”

In other words, God is in charge. Your adversity is in His hands. You are never powerless, for His power works on your behalf to accomplish His purpose.

I leave it in Your hands, God—all my suffering, all my unanswered questions, every heartache—knowing You are at work in the midst of my pain.[1]


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

30 march (1856) 365 Days with Spurgeon

Israel at the Red Sea

“He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness.” Psalm 106:9

suggested further reading: Psalm 136

How sweet is providence to a child of God, when he can reflect upon it! He can look out into this world, and say, “However great my troubles, they are not so great as my Father’s power; however difficult may be my circumstances, yet all things around me are working together for good. He who holds up the starry heavens can also support my soul without a single apparent prop; he who guides the stars in their well-ordered courses, even when they seem to move in mazy dances, surely he can overrule my trials in such a way that out of confusion he will bring order; and from seeming evil produce lasting good. He who bridles the storm, and puts the bit in the mouth of the tempest, surely he can restrain my trial, and keep my sorrows in subjection. I need not fear while the lightnings are in his hands, and the thunders sleep within his lips; while the oceans gurgle from his fist, and the clouds are in the hollow of his hands; while the rivers are turned by his foot, and while he digs the channels of the sea. Surely he whose might wings an angel, can furnish a worm with strength; he who guides a cherub will not be overcome by the trials of a worm like myself. He who makes the greatest star roll in dignity, and keeps its predestined orbit, can make a little atom like myself move in my proper course, and conduct me as he pleases.” Christian! There is no sweeter pillow than providence; and when providence seems adverse, believe it still, lay it under your head, for depend upon it there is comfort in its bosom. There is hope for you, child of God!

for meditation: You may find it easy to think like this when all seems to be going well. The Christian is still able to look up spiritually when circumstances would make him look down naturally (Romans 8:28, 31, 35–39).

sermon no. 72[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 96). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

30 MARCH 365 Days with Calvin

Comfort in the Midst of Death

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. Psalm 138:7

suggested further reading: Psalm 23

Here David declares that God chooses to be his preserver, even if that means bringing him back to life in the midst of his troubles.

The passage well deserves our attention, for by nature we are so averse to suffering that we wish we might live safely beyond the shot of its arrows. We shrink from close contact with even the fear of death as something altogether intolerable. At the slightest approach to danger, we are immoderately afraid, as if our emergencies preclude the hope of divine deliverance.

Faith’s true office is to see life in the midst of death. It is to trust the mercy of God, not to procure us universal exemption from evil, but to quicken us in the midst of death every moment of our lives. For God humbles his children under various trials so that his defense of them may be more remarkable and that he may show himself to be their deliverer as well as their preserver. In the world, believers are constantly exposed to danger. David offers the assurance that he will be safe under God’s protection from all of his enemies and their efforts. He declares his hope is in the hand of God, which is stretched out for his help and will be invincible and victorious over every foe.

From this we are taught that God chooses to exercise his children with continual conflict, so that, having one foot as it were in the grave, they may flee with alarm to hide themselves under his wings, where they may abide in peace.

for meditation: Rather than shrinking from enemies or danger, let us place our confidence in the Lord; he alone is willing and able to save us. This ought to give us a sense of peace, even in a world of trouble where enemies abound. What do you think David meant when he said, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies” (Ps. 23:5a)?[1]


[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 108). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

Rand Paul Rages “Officials Must Be Asked Under Oath What Obama Knew, And When?” | Zero Hedge

“A high-level source tells me it was Brennan who insisted that the unverified and fake Steele dossier be included in the Intelligence Report…”

Authored by Kane via CitizenFreePress.com,

Citing a ‘high-level source,’ Rand Paul says former CIA Director John Brennan grew frustrated that no one was giving credence to the Clinton-funded dossier, so he attached it to an intelligence report, ensuring that it would be seen by President Obama and President-elect Trump.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News exclusively on Wednesday that President Donald Trump told senators at the weekly GOP luncheon that he backs his call for an investigation into the origins of the Russia scandal “hoax” that Trump has now been cleared of by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

“The president was at lunch today and he voiced his support for investigating the people who concocted this hoax,” Paul told Breitbart News.

“He didn’t use the word hoax, those are my words, but I think we should get to the bottom of this and he believes we should get to the bottom of this because this should never happen to another president. He feels that it’s damaging to the country, damaging to the ability to lead the country, that we basically—somebody within the Obama administration, within the DOJ and the FBI, basically concocted an investigation, trumped it up to be something that it wasn’t and then we’ve gone through two years of the country being stalled because of this fake investigation.”

Rand exclaimed (at around 3: 02): “Officials must be asked under oath what Obama knew, and when…”

When asked specifically if former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice should be called to testify about their role in the matter – and be subpoenaed to force their testimony if they refuse to voluntarily comply.

Paul said:

“Absolutely. We have John Brennan, who lied to us, who spied on the Senate and tapped into Senate computers,” Paul said.

“We have James Clapper who came before the Intelligence Committee and said they weren’t collecting all of our phone data. So both Brennan and Clapper have been known to lie in official testimony. They should be brought forward and asked what was their part? What was their role in ginning up this dossier? Amazingly, most media outlets wouldn’t even print the dossier because they thought it was so unsubstantiated. And then all of a sudden, the FBI gives it credence. There’s one interesting story out today that says still no one would print it, so then Comey gives it to President Trump and that’s when it’s been leaked and then we have a news story saying that this dossier had been given to the president and that became the hook or the story.

“I think it’s a terrible tragedy,” Paul said of the investigation. “It cost us $30 million, two years to go through all of this, the media has been so consumed by all of this that they have barely had time to report on any of the real news of the day. I think we shouldn’t allow this to happen again to a Republican or a Democrat.”

For now, the full Mueller report is not yet public—and Paul said he intends to object to its full release until such time as all the documents regarding the Obama administration’s abuse of power to start this “hoax” investigation are also released.

“My plan is to object to the release of the Mueller report and/or all of the Mueller information until they also release the complete information from the White House, DOJ, FBI, on why they chose to credit the dossier,” Paul said.

“What were the discussions? And who was it who was promoting that the dossier was real? How did it come about? How were all these judgments made? So, the other side wants to read a million pages of Mueller report. We’re going to want to read a million pages of how this whole Russian hoax got started.”

This is the first part of a lengthy interview with Sen. Paul on Spygate in the wake of the Mueller probe clearing President Trump on all matters. More is forthcoming soon…
— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-03-29/rand-paul-rages-officials-must-be-asked-under-oath-what-obama-knew-and-when