Daily Archives: April 29, 2019

April 29 God’s Wisdom Revealed

Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:1–8

Key Verse: Matthew 28:6

He is not here; for He is risen, as He said.

Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

The message of the Cross doesn’t seem to make sense to the world, does it? It is difficult to explain the sheer power of the Cross to an unbeliever simply because that person is on the outside looking in. It is not until we see the issue through the eyes of the Holy Spirit that we begin to fully grasp the wisdom in it.

The apostle Paul explained that the message of the Cross seems like foolishness to the world, but for those of us who are in Christ, it is the very wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:18–25). Essentially, God’s wisdom reveals how backward thinking the world really is!

The world thinks it has a firm grasp of wisdom, and it also regards Christians as wasting their time going to church and talking about “getting saved.” However, these are the very things that can lead the lost into a saving relationship with the heavenly Father.

If it were up to us, we would have done it another way. In fact, every other religion on earth points toward good works as the means of salvation. However, God knew that no amount of good deeds could overcome the debt left by sin. So He acted on our behalf, doing what only He knew was necessary to save our souls.

We may not like to admit it, but God is a lot smarter than we are. He knows what we need before we even ask Him. Therefore, let us thank Him for taking this matter out of our hands and providing that which we could never earn: salvation, forgiveness, and eternal communion with our heavenly Father.

Father, thank You that through the Cross, You provided salvation, forgiveness, and eternal communion with You.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 124). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

April 29 Saved and Sure

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 9:23–28

Key Verse: Hebrews 9:28

Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

Believers who look to obedience or disobedience to secure salvation will rise and fall like the ocean tides. Only when our gaze is fixed on the cross can our doubts and fears dissipate.

At the cross Christ died for all of our sins—past, present, and future. As surely as yesterday, tomorrow is covered by the blood of Christ. Christ’s sacrifice is all-sufficient:

Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. (Heb. 9:26–28 nasb)

At the cross we were justified by God. That means God credited us with right standing before Him, absolving us of all guilt and enabling us to fellowship with Him.

Once we receive Christ by faith, all of the merit of the Cross is enforced by God on our behalf. Nothing we do or do not do can ever bring us under condemnation again. We are saved and sure.

Dear heavenly Father, I fix my gaze upon the cross. I rejoice that yesterday, today, and tomorrow are covered. Thank You that I am saved and sure.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 124). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

April 29 Treasure in Heaven

Scripture reading: Colossians 1:12–17

Key verses: 1 Peter 1:3–4

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, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.

In his book The Weight of Glory, C. S. Lewis noted how believers often underestimate the full riches that God has for His children:

“If we consider … the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures … like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

When you understand the vast riches God has promised you as His child, you are motivated to take hold of all He has available. When you trusted Jesus as your Savior and Lord, you received a priceless inheritance, prepared especially for you, that will never fade or lose its value (1 Peter 1:3–4).

In His tremendous love, Jesus has equipped and fitted you to enjoy many of these treasures right now. Salvation, an abundance of grace, and the gift of righteousness are special blessings for you today.

God also gives you the privilege of laying up treasure in heaven. The more you are faithful with the talents, skills, and opportunities He affords you today, the more rewards He bestows in heaven to enjoy with Him forever.

Father, help me to use my talents, skills, and opportunities to the greatest extent possible. Show me how to lay up treasure in heaven.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 124). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Trump Says DNC ‘Working Its Magic In Quest To Destroy Crazy Bernie Sanders’ — The Gateway Pundit

Saturday was a busy day for President Trump. He jumped up early (as he always does) at hit the links for a round of golf with the Japanese prime minister at his club outside Washington, D.C. He popped back to his house (it’s white) for a quick shower and new wardrobe, then boarded a helicopter at 5 p.m. to fly to Green Bay, Wisc., to deliver a speech. He didn’t get home until after midnight.

But on his flight home, the indefatigable septuagenarian logged on to Twitter to post a few thoughts that haven’t gotten much press.

“The Democratic National Committee, sometimes referred to as the DNC, is again working its magic in its quest to destroy Crazy Bernie Sanders….” Trump wrote.

And it sure did.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) rigged the 2016 nomination battle in favor of Hillary Clinton, at least according to Donna Brazile, the former interim DNC chair, who wrote a book titled “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House.”

“The Democrats were broke and in debt after bankrolling President Obama’s second-term campaign, and he did little to help them  raise the money they needed,” Investors.com wrote in 2017. “Desperate, the Democratic National Committee made a deal with Clinton early in her campaign to jointly raise money together. Using Clinton’s fundraising clout, the DNC was soon out of debt. In exchange, Clinton took control of the DNC, including hiring and firing, and used it as a political weapon against her foes.”

The deal let Clinton raise money outside the limits of the campaign finance law, by in effect laundering campaign donations through the DNC. It may have been illegal.

Bernie didn’t stand a chance. Nor did then-Vice President Joe Biden, who, after showing all the signs of running for president, suddenly bowed out in October of 2015 — months after Hillary took over the DNC.

Emailed posted by Wikileaks suggested much the same thing. The Washington Post reported: “Many of the most damaging emails suggest the committee was actively trying to undermine Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign. Basically, all of these examples came late in the primary — after Hillary Clinton was clearly headed for victory — but they belie the national party committee’s stated neutrality in the race even at that late stage.”

But remember, Clinton didn’t lock down the nomination until June, late in the process. And in the end, her cash advantage proved huge in Sanders’ defeat.

Before the official nominating convention in 2016, then-DNC Chariman Debbie Wasserman Schultz — who was revealed in a leaked email to have said of Sanders “He isn’t going to be president” — resigned. Then the DNC admitted many of the allegations by apologizing to the Vermont socialist senator, saying, “On behalf of everyone at the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to Senator Sanders, his supporters, and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over email.”

So flying back to Washington, still hyped from his big speech on Saturday night, Trump needled Bernie with one more tweet.

“Here we go again Bernie, but this time please show a little more anger and indignation when you get screwed!” he wrote.

via ‘SCREWED’: Trump Says DNC ‘Working Its Magic In Quest To Destroy Crazy Bernie Sanders’ — The Gateway Pundit

Why We Distrust Female Spiritual Leaders — Pulpit & Pen

The nation’s largest Protestant denomination has largely gone theologically liberal, with the vast majority of its leaders far more resembling those thrust out of the denomination by the famous Conservative Resurgence than those who wrestled from them control. It’s not uncommon to hear Baptist preachers today equivocate on female leadership within the church, going so far as to advocate for violations of God’s clear Word on this issue. A recently blog post at SBC Voices demonstrates this dramatic change of trajectory within the denomination.

SBC Voices is operated by Dave Miller, who serves on the Leadership Council of the uber-liberal Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), who recently stated that he didn’t know whether or not homosexual desire was sinful. In a post by William Thornton at the SBC blogging site, the Baptist pastor argues that women should be placed in the highest positions of leadership. He also wonders why whenever complementarian-denying, bleeding-heart theological liberals ask for women to serve in leadership roles it’s always specified that they be “competent and godly,” which he considers an insult.

Thornton writes…

Recent comments by some SBC leaders have acknowledged that “competent” and “godly” women would be acceptable for leadership in some areas. The particular quotes mentioned LifeWay and the SBC presidency…It seems odd that we need to be signalled [sic] that women are acceptable in leadership positions.

He then makes a comparison to Joe Biden (although he does not mention him by name), who during the 2007 Democratic primary season referred to Barrack Obama as a “clean…bright…articulate” African American candidate. Asking for minority leadership on any other grounds than that the individual is a minority seems to Thornton (and those enamored by Critical Race Theory) to be insulting. That they are black, or a woman, should be enough.

He continues wondering aloud why finding a ‘competent and godly’ woman to lead the SBC is a necessary caveat.

Look at it this way. Would some hamhanded SBC leader, and we always seems to have a few, declare that he is perfectly comfortable if a “godly,” “competent” African-American is chosen as an entity head? One hopes not because it would be an insult, a rather desultory and grudging approval for African-Americans so long as they are godly and competent. It’s sort of like calling a particular African-American “articulate” as if that is a rare chacteristic [sic]

And again…

So, why do we always hear “godly woman” and “competent woman” when talking about women and various SBC positions?

Let me explain to Thornton why those seeking female denominational leadership feel the need to add the caveat that they be competent and godly. I’ll do so by providing a list.

Beth Moore.

Christine Caine.

Ann Voskamp.

Sarah Young.

Joyce Meyer.

Christine Caine.

Jan Crouch.

Lisa Terkeurst.

Rachel Held Evans.

Karen Swallow Prior.

Paula White.

Priscilla Shirer.

This is a list of the most prominent evangelical female leaders and they consist of nothing less than a gaggle of morons who are bereft of scholarship, devoid of coherent thoughts, and illustrative of babbling nonsense. If all women had were the teaching of these impastors, they would have the accumulative theological understanding of a third-grade United Methodist Sunday School student.

Read more: Why We Distrust Female Spiritual Leaders — Pulpit & Pen

April 29, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

By the Son: One Way

In these last days [God] has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. (1:2)

God’s full, perfect revelation awaited the coming of His Son. God, who used to speak in many different ways through many different people, has finally spoken in one way, through one Person, His Son Jesus Christ.

The whole New Testament is centered around Christ. The gospels tell His story, the epistles comment on it, and the Revelation tells of its culmination. From beginning to end the New Testament is Christ. No prophet had been given God’s whole truth. The Old Testament was given to many men, in bits and pieces and fragments. Jesus not only brought, but was, God’s full and final Revelation.

Coming in These Last Days

There are several ways to interpret the phrase, in these last days. It could refer to the last days of revelation. It could mean that this is the final revelation in Christ, there being nothing else to add to it. Or it could mean that in the last days of revelation it came through God’s Son. But I think the writer is making a messianic reference. The phrase “the last days” was very familiar to the Jews of that day and had a distinctive meaning. Whenever a Jew saw or heard these words he immediately had messianic thoughts, because the scriptural promise was that in the last days Messiah would come (Jer. 33:14–16; Mic. 5:1–4; Zech. 9:9, 16). Since this letter was written first of all to Jews, we will interpret the phrase in that context.

The woman at the well, though a Samaritan, told Jesus, “I know that the Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us” (John 4:25). She knew that when Messiah arrived, He would unfold the full and final revelation of God, as indeed He did.

The writer, then, is saying, “In these promised Last Days Messiah (Christ) has come and has spoken the final revelation of God.” Jesus came in these last days. Unfortunately, Messiah’s own people rejected Him and His revelation, and so the fulfillment of all of the promises of the last days has yet to be fully realized.

True and Complete

The Old Testament had been given in pieces. To Noah was revealed the quarter of the world from which Messiah would come. To Micah, the town where He would be born. To Daniel, the time of His birth. To Malachi, the forerunner who would come before Him. To Jonah, His resurrection was typified. Every one of those pieces of revelation was true and accurate; and each one related to the others in some way or another. And each one in some way or another pointed to the Messiah, the Christ. But only in Jesus Christ Himself was everything brought together and made whole. In Him the revelation was full and complete.

Since the revelation is complete, to add anything to the New Testament is blasphemous. To add to it The Book of Mormon, or Science and Health, or anything else that claims to be revelation from God is blasphemous. “God has in these last days finalized His revelation in His Son.” It was finished. The end of the book of Revelation warns that if we add anything to it, its plagues will be added to us, and that if we take anything away from it, our part in the tree of life and the holy city will be taken away from us (Rev. 22:18–19).

In the first verse and a half of Hebrews, the Holy Spirit establishes the preeminence of Jesus Christ over all the Old Testament, over its message, its methods, and its messengers. It was just what those Jews, believing and nonbelieving, needed to hear.

And so is established the priority of Jesus Christ. He is greater than the prophets. He is greater than any revelation in the Old Testament, for He is the embodiment of all that truth, and more. God has fully expressed Himself in Christ.[1]


God’s Final Word

Hebrews 1:1–2

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son. (Heb. 1:1–2)

A scene from Jesus’ life and ministry wonderfully depicts what the Book of Hebrews is all about. Matthew 17 tells us that Jesus took his three closest disciples up onto the mount, where they saw him transfigured in glory, speaking with Moses and Elijah. Peter proposed building a tabernacle for the veneration of these three spiritual giants. But just then the Shekinah glory cloud enveloped them in brightness and the voice of God said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him” (Matt. 17:5). When the disciples rose from their terror, they did not see either Moses or Elijah, but they saw Jesus alone. A.W. Pink comments: “The glory associated with Moses and Elijah was so eclipsed by the infinitely greater glory connected with Christ, that they faded from view.”

This is what the Book of Hebrews is about—the supremacy of Christ, along with the sufficiency of his work and the necessity of faith in him for salvation.

Background to the Book of Hebrews

We should begin studying a book with a consideration of its background. Who wrote the Book of Hebrews? To whom was it written and when? What prompted the writing of the letter, what is its literary genre, and on what basis is it included in the biblical canon?

When we consider the authorship of Hebrews, we must first observe that the answer is not stated in the letter itself. There is no opening greeting, nor do the closing remarks identify the writer. There is, however, no shortage of candidates for the honor of authorship.

Throughout church history there has been a strong impulse to name the apostle Paul as the author of Hebrews. There seem to be two main reasons for this, the first of which is that much of the letter’s content sounds Pauline. Hebrews 13:23 refers to Timothy, one of Paul’s protégés, and chapter 10’s theme of joy amidst suffering strongly reminds us of Paul. Therefore, it is argued, the author of Hebrews must at least have been a member of the Pauline circle. The second reason to support Paul has to do with the canonicity of the book. The inclusion of Hebrews in the Bible was not without controversy, and arguments for Paul’s authorship naturally strengthened its case dramatically.

Nonetheless, there are many indications that Paul almost certainly did not write Hebrews. First, in all of Paul’s other letters he identifies himself, blatantly asserting his apostolic authority. The writer of Hebrews does not identify himself, although some speculate that because of Jewish hostility Paul may have wanted to remain anonymous. More telling is the nature of the Greek in Hebrews, which is of a high literary style in striking contrast to Paul’s more common Greek. The structure of Hebrews, with its interspersed exhortations, contrasts with Paul’s tendency to save practical applications for the letter’s end. Most conclusive is the statement of Hebrews 2:3, which says the author’s message “was attested to us by those who heard.” In other words, the writer received his message from those who heard it firsthand from Jesus. This is the very thing Paul always denies in his letters, insisting that he received his revelation directly from the Lord and not from the other apostles (see Gal. 1:12).

With Paul ruled out, other candidates are drawn from his circle and include Luke, Silas, and Priscilla. Most persuasive are the arguments in favor of Barnabas and Apollos. Hebrews 13:22 describes the letter as a “word of exhortation,” and Barnabas’s name means “son of exhortation.” Not only was Barnabas a close associate of Paul, but as a Levite he would likely have had the kind of interest in the Jewish priesthood that shows up in Hebrews. An even more intriguing suggestion was made by Martin Luther in favor of Paul’s sometime associate Apollos. Acts 18:24 identifies him as “an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures,” which qualifies him to write such an extraordinary epistle. Furthermore, Apollos hailed from Alexandria, and Hebrews shows an interest in theological themes known to have been popular there.

So who wrote Hebrews? In the end, we must agree with the ancient scholar Origen, who concluded, “Who wrote the epistle is known to God alone.” All we can say with confidence is that it came from an apostolic figure who was likely a colleague of the apostle Paul. It did not please the Holy Spirit to have us know the human author’s identity, so we must content ourselves with knowing that the letter is the Word of God.

Also important is the identity of the recipients. The title “To the Hebrews” is not in the text, although it is found in all the earliest manuscripts. This, along with the letter’s content, argues persuasively that these were Jewish Christians who were under pressure to renounce the faith and return to Judaism.

As to their location, the two main options are Palestine and Rome. Those who argue for a Palestinian audience point out that Christians are known to have suffered at the hands of their fellow Jews, and also point to the detailed references to the Jewish temple ritual. Since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, some have tried to show similarities to the writings of the Essene community in the Judean desert. Opposing this theory is the fact that all of the Old Testament citations in Hebrews are from the Septuagint, the Greek version common in that time, which was not used in Palestine as much as elsewhere. Also opposing a Palestinian background is the statement that the recipients of the letter had only heard of Jesus secondhand (see Heb. 2:3). Furthermore, Hebrews 12:4 states that earlier persecutions did not involve the shedding of blood, whereas those in Palestine certainly did from the very beginning.

Scholarly consensus has recently shifted in the direction of Rome. Clement of Rome, writing around a.d. 95, shows close familiarity with Hebrews, and the books of Acts and Romans speak of a large Jewish church in Rome from early on. The Jewish Christians there were persecuted in a.d. 49 under the emperor Claudius, and then again in the 60s under Nero. What we know of the former of these persecutions seems to fit the description of 10:32–34 and 12:4 (in that Claudius’s persecution involved loss of property and imprisonment, but not bloodshed), and the anticipation of violence fits the latter, with Nero’s notorious violence against Christians. Finally, there is the statement of Hebrews 13:24, “Those who come from Italy send you greetings.” It could be that a pastor now in Rome was writing to Jewish believers in Palestine. But the more natural reason for Italian Christians to send their greetings is that the readers were themselves from Italy.

If Rome was the location of the audience, then the letter would have been written shortly before a.d. 64, when Nero’s persecution broke out. Under almost all theories, Hebrews was written prior to a.d. 70, when Jerusalem and its temple were destroyed by the Romans. Not only does Hebrews speak of the temple rituals as a present reality, but it is hard to imagine its writer passing up such an opportunity as the fall of Jerusalem to prove the passing away of the old covenant religion.

The purpose of Hebrews is made clear by its content. The writer warns Christians not to fall back from faith in Christ in the midst of trials and exhorts them instead to press on to full maturity. The letter should not be thought of as a theological treatise, but as a sermon written by a pastor to a congregation from which he is separated. The writer describes it as “my word of exhortation” (13:22). His method is to point out the supremacy of Christ over everything to which the readers might be tempted to turn; he is superior to angels, to Moses and the prophets, to Aaron and the Levitical priests, to the blood sacrifices of the old covenant, and to the tabernacle and temple themselves. Since Jesus is the true messenger, the true prophet, the true priest, and the true sacrifice, to renounce him is to lose salvation altogether. Therefore, the readers must hold fast to Jesus Christ. The author’s plea is summed up in Hebrews 10:23: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”

The final matter of background to consider is the place of Hebrews in the New Testament canon. The early church’s basic test of canonicity was proof of apostolicity. This did not mean that a book had to be written by an apostle, as is shown by the ready inclusion of Mark, Luke, Acts, and other books. It was sufficient for the author to be an associate of an apostle, so long as the teaching was apostolic in character. We should not think, however, that it was the church that created the canon, since really it was exactly the opposite. The canon—that is, the apostolic teaching of the New Testament writings—created the church. Hywel Jones aptly summarizes, “The canon was drawn up … by way of response to the effect which sacred literature had on those who heard it. The church’s formal acknowledgement of a piece of literature was an ‘Amen’ to the Holy Spirit’s testimony in it, and not a bestowing of its own imprimatur.”

Any introduction to Hebrews ought to conclude with an appreciation of its outstanding excellence. Here the last word is best given to John Calvin, who wrote in the dedication of his commentary: “Since the Epistle addressed to the Hebrews contains a full discussion of the eternal divinity of Christ, His supreme government, and only priesthood (which are the main points of heavenly wisdom), and as these things are so explained in it, that the whole power and work of Christ are set forth in the most graphic way, it rightly deserves to have the place and honor of an invaluable treasure in the Church.”

God Has Spoken

As soon as we begin the Book of Hebrews, we encounter what is perhaps the single most important statement that could be made in our time: “God spoke” (Heb. 1:1). This is one of the most vital things people today need to know. Ours is a relativistic age; as many as 70 percent of Americans insist that there are no absolutes, whether in matters of truth or morality. Secular society having removed God, there no longer is a heavenly voice to speak with clarity and authority. The price we have paid is the loss of truth, and with truth, hope. Even when it comes to those things we think we know, we now consider them mere constructs of thought amidst the constant flux of uncertain knowledge and belief. Really, we are told, we don’t know anything for sure, nor can we.

All this is especially the case when it comes to our knowledge of God himself. Can we know our Creator, if there is one? Is there a Savior to help us? Unless God has spoken, we cannot even be sure he is there; unless God is there, there is no ultimate hope for us as individuals, and no answer for the ultimate problem of death. Job asks, “Can you find out the deep things of God?” (11:7) and answers No. By definition, God is beyond the realm of our senses, from which all our self-gained knowledge has to come. Therefore, if God is there and wants us to know him—if he has an answer, a plan, or a salvation—he is going to have to speak to us. And he must speak in a way we can understand. Therefore, there is nothing more important, nothing more essential, than what Hebrews says in its very first verse: “God has spoken.”

This is the uniform testimony of the Bible about itself, that it is God’s very Word. The Bible’s books were written by human authors, who spoke and wrote in human language. But the Bible insists that through them God himself spoke and speaks to us still. Peter explained, “Men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). This is what we refer to as the Bible’s inspiration. God has communicated to us through the Holy Spirit’s leading of its human authors. The point is not that these books contain the inspired insights of men; the point is exactly the opposite. Indeed, we might better speak of the Bible not as being inspired but as being expired. It is God’s Word as from his very mouth, given through the Holy Spirit’s work in the lives of human servants. This is what Paul emphasizes in 2 Timothy 3:16, where he says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God.”

The divine authorship of Holy Scripture needs to be emphasized today, especially since contemporary scholarship tends to focus on the human authors. It is right, of course, to realize the human contours God used to give different shape to different Bible books. Moses had his own experience and calling and personality and gifts, and God used them to craft a particular message in the books that Moses wrote. The same is true of Paul and John and all the other biblical writers. But while the Bible itself affirms this, its own emphasis is on divine authorship. Hebrews 1:1 says that God spoke “at many times and in many ways,” and that God employed “the prophets” to do this. But in all of this it was still God who spoke. It is not Moses who spoke in Genesis, nor David who spoke in the Psalms, nor Paul who spoke in Romans. God spoke in the Bible, and we must regard all Scripture as his holy Word.

The Book of Hebrews gives the Bible’s own slant on the process of revelation. Whenever the writer cites Scripture, it is never the human author whom he credits but the divine Author. In Hebrews 2:12 he cites Psalm 22:22 and ascribes it to Jesus Christ speaking in the Old Testament. Hebrews 3:7–11 cites Psalm 95, but prefaces it not by saying “as David said,” but “as the Holy Spirit says.” So it goes all through Hebrews. The point is not to deny the significance of the Bible’s human authors, but to show that our emphasis, following the Bible’s own emphasis, must always be on God speaking in his Word.

This has several important implications. First, if God speaks in the Bible, then the Bible carries divine authority. Today, many want to set aside the Bible’s teachings when they collide with current cultural standards. But just as God commands our obedience, so he also demands that we humbly obey his Word. There is nothing so important for Christians to recover today as the awe and respect that Scripture deserves as God’s own revelation to us.

Second, if God wrote the Bible, then it is enduringly relevant. After all, if God does not change—and by nature he cannot—then his Word does not change either. It is true that some things said in the Bible were intended only for its original recipients. God told Moses, not us, to “Go down to Egypt.” But the teaching given all through the Bible—on God’s character, on sin and on his moral standards, on the good news of salvation and how it comes to us—abides forever for the simple reason that God abides forever. The writer of Hebrews says in chapter 13 that Christian standards of conduct remain the same because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (13:8).

God not only spoke in the Bible to those who first received it, but he speaks as well to those who read it today. This is emphasized in Hebrews. In Hebrews 3:7, for instance, the writer cites Psalm 95, written a thousand years before, and writes, “as the Holy Spirit says.” He uses the present tense. It is not merely what the Holy Spirit said back when David wrote it, but what the Holy Spirit says now as God speaks to those who read it. This is why the Bible is fully relevant to all our needs today.

Third, since God has spoken in the Bible, even though he did so with great diversity—“at many times and in many ways”—we also hold to the unity of the Bible. The Bible consists of sixty-six books written over at least thirteen hundred years by over forty different people. And yet it is one book with one unified message. James Boice explains:

These people were not alike. Some were kings. Others were statesmen, priests, prophets, a tax collector, a physician, a tentmaker, fishermen.… Yet together they produced a volume that is a marvelous unity in its doctrine, historical viewpoints, ethics and expectations. It is, in short, a single story of divine redemption begun in Israel, centered in Jesus Christ and culminating at the end of history.… Behind the efforts of the more than forty human authors is the one perfect, sovereign and guiding mind of God.

This provides us with an important interpretive principle, namely, that Scripture is best interpreted by Scripture itself. Since the Bible is one message spoken by God, we should understand the teaching in one passage in light of the way that teaching is given elsewhere in Scripture. To be sure, the Bible’s message is progressively revealed, so that the gospel appears in bud in the Old Testament and in bloom only in the New Testament. Many doctrines are therefore progressively revealed. Nonetheless, the clear teaching God gives in one place constrains our interpretation of the same subject elsewhere in the Bible. This is most relevant to our study of Hebrews, where the author not only finds numerous Old Testament passages to be relevant to his readers, but under the Holy Spirit’s control also gives us an authoritative guide as to how we should understand them (as well as the whole Old Testament).

The Final Revelation in God’s Son

These opening verses tell us not merely that God has spoken, but that his final and definitive revelation is in and through his Son, Jesus Christ. The writer makes this point through three contrasts in Hebrews 1:1–2. First, there is the when of revelation: “long ago,” in contrast to “in these last days.” Second, there is the to whom of revelation, “to our fathers,” versus “to us.” Third, there is the how of revelation, namely, “at many times and in many ways … by the prophets,” versus “by his Son.”

The author’s point, which is the burden of the entire Book of Hebrews, is to show the superiority of Christianity to the old covenant religion. He wastes no time getting to this point, arguing the supremacy of Christ over the prophets. This supremacy does not in any way malign the Old Testament faith. Unlike pagan religions, it was a legitimate revelation and a true faith. In the Old Testament “God spoke,” and it was God-given religion. Nonetheless, Christ is superior and with his coming there is now no excuse for reverting back to Judaism.

The author describes former revelation as coming “at many times and in many ways.” His point is not merely the diversity of revelation in the Old Testament, but its fragmentary, incomplete, and gradual character. Take any one book of the Old Testament—perhaps Genesis, with its rich scenes of creation, fall, and redemption; or Esther, with her courageous faith in an unseen God; or Psalms, with its heart-lifting poetry—and you will read true divine revelation, even necessary revelation. But each book is fragmentary and incomplete. The Old Testament is unfulfilled. It expectantly longs for the answer that comes in Jesus Christ. By contrast, God’s revelation in Christ is not partial or incomplete. This is why the Christian era is described as “these last days.” The point is not that Jesus is about to come back any minute, as many take this to mean (though other New Testament passages tell us to have this perspective), but that this is the age of fulfillment when God’s revelation has been made complete. This is what makes the when of Christian revelation so much better. Calvin comments, “It was not a part of the Word that Christ brought, but the last closing Word.”

Another reason for the superiority of the Christian faith is the contrast in the channel of its revelation, that is, the how. In the Old Testament, God spoke by the prophets, but in the New he speaks by his own Son. One could hardly find a greater group of spiritual giants than the prophets of the Old Testament. Moses, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah—these were outstanding bearers of divine truth. Yet how they pale compared to the very Son of God come to earth. As Jesus put it, “He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all” (John 3:31).

The revelation in Christ, then, given not merely to our forefathers but preserved for us in Scripture, is superior to that given formerly through the prophets. Martin Luther concludes: “If the word of the prophets is accepted, how much more ought we to seize the gospel of Christ, since it is not a prophet speaking to us but the Lord of the prophets, not a servant but a son, not an angel but God.”

Jesus the Truth

Whenever we think of Jesus as the ultimate, final truth, we may remember the confrontation at his trial before Pontius Pilate. The Roman governor had demanded to know if Jesus really thought himself a king. Jesus replied that his kingdom was not of this world. When Pilate responded doubtfully, Jesus related his kingship to the revelation of God’s truth in the world. He said, “For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth” (John 18:37). Christ reigns through God’s Word, because in Christ God has fully and ultimately revealed himself.

What a confrontation that was! Pilate represented the philosophy and wisdom of the world, with its relativism and cruel utilitarianism. Pilate was not able to accept that there could be truth at all. Looking into the very face of God’s Son, through whom God has revealed the ultimate truth, Pilate replied, “What is truth?” (John 18:38). This not only shows that what we call postmodernity, with its denial of truth, is really nothing new, but it also dramatizes the tragedy of our unbelieving world. Jesus put it this way: “This is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19). There before Pilate stood the very Truth of God, and there was Pilate denying even the possibility of truth.

Pilate thought he was judging Jesus, but with the Truth before him it was the governor who really was on trial. The same is true today. When you read or hear God’s message through his Son Jesus Christ, you stand before the Truth. If you reject him, God’s final Word, you consign yourself to darkness—the darkness of spiritual blindness now and the eternal darkness that comes in God’s final judgment.

But if you look to Jesus Christ, and if in him you see and believe the very Truth of God, then God’s redemptive work of the ages will be fulfilled in you. “At many times and in many ways,” God began preparing the world through the prophets for the coming of his Son. Why? So that in these last days—these days of God’s redemptive fulfillment in Jesus Christ—we might enter into the fullness of salvation. This is what Jesus said to the disciples as they struggled to know the truth on the night of his arrest. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life,” he told them (John 14:6). And so he is for us. When we receive Jesus as the Truth, then he becomes the Way for us to enter into Life everlasting. This is why Jesus is God’s final Word, and why even if all else in this world is lost we must hold fast to him in faith.[2]


2. Whom he hath appointed heir, &c. He honours Christ with high commendations, in order to lead us to shew him reverence; for since the Father has subjected all things to him, we are all under his authority. He also intimates that no good can be found apart from him, as he is the heir of all things. It hence follows that we must be very miserable and destitute of all good things except he supplies us with his treasures. He further adds that this honour of possessing all things belongs by right to the Son, because by him have all things been created. At the same time, these two things are ascribed to Christ for different reasons.

The world was created by him, as he is the eternal wisdom of God, which is said to have been the director of all his works from the beginning; and hence is proved the eternity of Christ, for he must have existed before the world was created by him. If, then, the duration of his time be inquired of, it will be found that it has no beginning. Nor is it any derogation to his power that he is said to have created the world, as though he did not by himself create it. According to the most usual mode of speaking in Scripture, the Father is called the Creator; and it is added in some places that the world was created by wisdom, by the word, by the Son, as though wisdom itself had been the creator, [or the word, or the Son.] But still we must observe that there is a difference of persons between the Father and the Son, not only with regard to men, but with regard to God himself. But the unity of essence requires that whatever is peculiar to Deity should belong to the Son as well as to the Father, and also that whatever is applied to God only should belong to both; and yet there is nothing in this to prevent each from his own peculiar properties.

But the word heir is ascribed to Christ as manifested in the flesh; for being made man, he put on our nature, and as such received this heirship, and that for this purpose, that he might restore to us what we had lost in Adam. For God had at the beginning constituted man, as his Son, the heir of all good things; but through sin the first man became alienated from God, and deprived himself and his posterity of all good things, as well as of the favour of God. We hence only then begin to enjoy by right the good things of God, when Christ, the universal heir, admits us into an union with himself; for he is an heir that he may endow us with his riches. But the Apostle now adorns him with this title, that we may know that without him we are destitute of all good things.

If you take all in the masculine gender, the meaning is, that we ought all to be subject to Christ, because we have been given to him by the Father. But I prefer reading it in the neuter gender; then it means that we are driven from the legitimate possession of all things, both in heaven and on earth, except we be united to Christ.[3]


2 “The universe” at the end of v. 2 renders τοὺς αἰῶνας (tous aiōnas, GK 172), which elsewhere more often means “the ages.” In Jewish thought time was divided into two “ages,” “the present age” and “the age to come” (see 6:5), so that “the ages” taken together represent the totality of time but by transference can also be used of the whole physical creation. See 11:3 for the same use of τοὺς αἰῶνας, tous aiōnas, with reference to the original creation of the universe; cf. the title “King of the Ages” used for God, e.g., in 1 Ti 1:17. Paul speaks of this αἰῶν (aiōn) in parallel with this κόσμος (kosmos, “world,” GK 3180) in 1 Corinthians 1:20 and 3:18–19.[4]


1:2 / In these last days (lit., “at the end of these days”) God has spoken through his Son. The writer uses eschatological language, that is, language of the last or end time, thereby affirming that we have entered the eschatological age. In other words, God’s plan has now come to fruition; we have entered a new age (cf. 9:26). A fundamental turning point has been reached as God speaks climactically, definitively, and finally through his Son. Any further speaking about what remains to happen in the future is but the elaboration of what has already begun. All that God did previously functions in a preparatory manner, pointing as a great arrow to the goal of Christ. This is the argument our author so effectively presents throughout the book. Christ is the telos, the goal and ultimate meaning of all that preceded.

But in what sense was the writer, or any of the writers of the nt for that matter, justified in referring to his time as the last days? The key to understanding this kind of statement (see also 4:3; 6:5; 9:26; 12:22ff.), is found in the theological ultimacy of Christ. There is no way our writer can have recognized the reality of Jesus Christ—who he is and what he has done—and not have confessed this to be the last time. The sense in which it is “last” is not chronological but theological. The cross, the death, and the exaltation of Jesus point automatically to the beginning of the end. Theologically we have reached the turning point in the plan that God has had all through the ages, so by definition we are in the last days. Eschatology is of one theological fabric: when God has spoken through his Son, the eschatological age has begun, and we are necessarily in the last days theologically. These are the last days because of the greatness of what God has done. The surprise is, of course, that this period of eschatological fulfillment is so prolonged that these last days are not necessarily (though for any age it may turn out that they are) the last days chronologically.

This book, this opening passage, and particularly verse 2, point to the centrality of the Son and the superiority of the Son to all that preceded, all that exists now, and anything that might exist in the future. God has now spoken to us climactically by his Son, in whom, as Paul puts it, all of God’s promises are “Yes” (2 Cor. 1:20). The very mention of the Son has strong ot messianic overtones, as is evident immediately in verse 5, which quotes Psalm 2:7, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father,” and 2 Samuel 7:14, “I will be his father, and he will be my son.” Indeed, the remainder of the chapter, with its numerous ot quotations, points to the unique identity of the Son as the Promised One, the Messiah designated by God to bring about the fulfillment of God’s great plan and purpose.

The true nature of the Son is then expounded in seven glorious phrases that portray his incomparable superiority. He is, in the first instance, the one whom he [God] appointed heir of all things. In the Hebrew culture, to be a son means to be an heir, especially when one is the only or unique son. Therefore, the Son of God, by virtue of his sonship, is appointed the one who will finally possess everything. To the messianic Son of Psalm 2:7 (quoted above) are also spoken the words, “Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession” (Ps. 2:8). The Son is thus of central significance at the beginning, in creation, and at the end, in inheritance. Paul’s language is parallel: “all things were created by him and for him” (Col. 1:16).

Second, the Son is described as the one through whom he [God] made the universe. The Son is God’s agent in the creation of the universe of all space and all time—in short, of all that exists. This view of Christ is present also in the Fourth Gospel (John 1:3, “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made”), and in Paul (Col. 1:16, “all things were created by him”; 1 Cor. 8:6 “through whom all things came”). The background of this view possibly lies in the concept of Divine Wisdom, which, personified, is instrumental in creation according to Proverbs 8:27–31 (cf. Wisd. of Sol. 9:1f., 9).[5]


The majestic Christ

1:1–3

We live in a society which recognizes the necessity of good communication. In the world of commerce millions are spent on persuasive advertising; it has become a highly developed technique and one of recognized financial importance. Politicians know how vital it is to communicate effectively. Diplomats recognize the immense dangers that can arise in international affairs when there occurs a serious ‘breakdown in communications’. Stresses in family life frequently arise in situations when the partners in a marriage merely talk to each other but fail to communicate.

The letter to the Hebrews begins by asserting the greatest single fact of the Christian revelation: God has spoken to man through his word in the Bible and through his Son, Jesus. In Christ God has closed the greatest communication gap of all time, that which exists between a holy God and sinful mankind.

In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature, upholding the universe by his word of power. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

Some first-century Jewish Christians had abandoned their faith because they no longer recognized Christ’s deity and equality with God. The author’s first task is to expound and exalt God’s Son. He reminds them of eight things about Jesus.

  1. Jesus is God’s prophetic voice

It is naturally important in these circumstances for the author to emphasize the continuity of the Old and New Testaments. Christ does not break with the great Jewish past. He comes to bring it to fulfilment. Without him the Old Testament revelation is partial, fragmentary, preparatory and incomplete. God spoke at different times by different means. He used many and various ways. But in Christ he spoke fully, decisively, finally and perfectly. The first-century Christians must listen to him, the greatest prophet of all times. Ezekiel portrayed the glory of God, but Christ reflected it (1:3). Isaiah expounded the nature of God as holy, righteous and merciful, but Christ manifested it (1:3). Jeremiah described the power of God, but Christ displayed it (1:3). He far surpassed the best of prophets of earlier times, and these wavering Christians must listen to his voice.

Although we are glad to acknowledge that something essential, new and eternally effective has been accomplished by Christ, we are not to set one Testament against the other, but recognize that ‘all Scripture is God-breathed’. The way in which this letter unites both Testaments is a persuasive reminder of the authority of Scripture, a truth which is just as much exposed to attack now as in previous generations. The early Christian communities found themselves harassed by a number of zealots who wanted to discard the Old Testament revelation, and the problem is certainly not confined to antiquity. In our day, those who take seriously the message of the Old Testament as well as the New, and who are determined to submit themselves to its teaching, are hastily dismissed in some circles as unintelligent obscurantists or unthinking fundamentalists. A commitment to Scripture demands that we grapple honestly with any difficulties our contemporaries have about the biblical narratives, but the teaching of this letter encourages us to reaffirm our confidence in the God who has spoken clearly to mankind in Scripture and in his Son.

‘Attending to the word’ is a key theme in Hebrews, especially in the opening and closing sections of the letter. These Christians cannot hope to press on to mature spiritual experience if they ignore, minimize or despise it. Christ is God’s greatest prophet with a distinctive message for these last days. His coming inaugurated a new era. In him the last days have most certainly begun; the phrase conveys the superiority of the message and the urgency of the times.

  1. Jesus is God’s Son

Those Jewish Christians whose faith in Christ was faltering may have come to regard him merely as a good man, a captivating teacher, or an impressive leader. He was all that, but much more. He is the Son of God. The theme of Sonship is a recurrent one in this letter. We are here reminded of the message of the Son (1:2). Later passages discuss the superiority of the Son, his reign, mission, achievement, obedience, nature and perfection. One interpreter of the letter’s teaching entitles his commentary Sonship and Salvation. It is an excellent reminder of this epistle’s leading ideas. Because these two ideas are inseparably united, apostasy is so serious and disastrous. Without the work of the Son there is no salvation. Those who deliberately and persistently spurn the Son of God (10:29) are inevitably exposed to spiritual atrophy. How can they possibly be brought to repentance when there is no salvation outside Christ? They have refused to walk in the only way ordained by God. They have opposed the truth revealed by God. They have despised the life approved by God. How can man hope to be saved if he rejects the Saviour?

  1. Jesus is God’s appointed heir

Christ was appointed heir of all things. Possibly this idea of the inheritance of Christ is drawn from Psalm 2:8, later to be used in the unfolding argument: ‘I will make the nations your heritage.’ But surely by describing Christ as ‘heir of all things’, he intends to convey to us the idea that the Lord Jesus will inherit not only this earth but the entire universe. The Son obviously comes into a rich inheritance. Moreover, in other contexts the New Testament says that believers share this inheritance. The seventeenth-century commentator John Trapp says, ‘Be married to this heir and have all.’

  1. Jesus is God’s creative agent

The author takes his readers directly from Christ’s destiny in the future to his role in the beginning of creation. He is at pains to emphasize that the Lord we have trusted was no mere Galilean preacher. He shared actively in the creative work of Almighty God. It is all closely linked with the idea of inheritance; in other words, ‘what the Son was to possess he had been instrumental in making’ (Moffatt). Surely a Christ whose hands had shaped the universe and summoned the galaxy of stars into being could hold these Jewish Christians in days of testing and guide their steps through times of adversity. If the chaos before creation could be overcome, surely he could control their destiny and provide their immediate needs.

  1. Jesus is God’s personified glory

For the Hebrew people the glory of God was a visible and outward expression of the majestic presence of God. When the law was given at Sinai ‘the glory of the Lord’ settled on the mountain. Likewise, the glory of God became manifest at ‘the tent of meeting’; it was a visible sign to God’s people of his continuing presence. Later, when the ark of the covenant was captured, the Hebrew people lamented, ‘The glory has departed.’12 Now, says the author of this letter, in these last days this same glory has been seen in the person of Christ who reflects or is ‘the radiance of God’s glory’ (niv). The word used (apaugasma) can mean either ‘radiation out from’ or ‘reflection back’. These early Christians knew only too well that their non-Christian Jewish neighbours refused to acknowledge the deity of Christ. Wistfully, they recalled the great moments of their history when God’s glory had been manifest. Some may even have thought with pride about the Jerusalem temple, doomed to destruction in ad 70; surely the glory of God was manifest there in its ceaseless ritual and sacrificial cultus! But the author of this letter reminds his readers that nowhere has the glory of God been more perfectly manifest than in the person of God’s Son. In Christ all the majesty of God’s splendour is fully revealed.

  1. Jesus is God’s perfect revelation

How can this writer impress upon his readers the message of Christ’s person? He insists that Jesus bears the very stamp of God’s nature. All the attributes of God became visible in him. The stamp vividly presents the picture of an image or superscription on a coin or medal. It exactly and perfectly matches the picture on the die. The verbal form of the word used here (charaktēr) means ‘to engrave’. In other words, if man wants to see God he must look to Christ. How could the first-century Jews, who were opposing these Jewish Christians, hope to know God if they were turning their backs upon Christ in whom God is perfectly revealed? The terms used in this great introductory passage of the letter clearly expound the unity of Christ’s nature with the Father and yet maintain the distinction of his person. The word translated ‘nature’ (hypostasis) here describes the very essence and actual being of God. As Hughes points out, ‘the radiant light of God’s glory’ suggest ‘the oneness of the Son with the Father’ while ‘the perfect copy of his nature’ maintains ‘the distinctness of the Son from the Father’ though, as this commentator observes ‘oneness and distinctiveness are implied in each’.

  1. Jesus is God’s cosmic sustainer

This letter’s introductory exposition of the superiority and adequacy of Christ moves on to its dramatic climax as mention is made of Christ’s present work in the universe. He keeps the planets in orbit by his authoritative and effective word of power. It is the author’s compelling way of emphasizing Christ’s equality with God. Every Jew passionately believed that Almighty God kept the entire universe in the hollow of his hand. He is not only creator but sustainer. Quite deliberately this is described as part of Christ’s present role. The word of authority which has been proclaimed by the Lord as prophet is the same word which holds the universe in order.14 It is important for the writer to emphasize that Christ’s word is powerful and able to do what he determines. He speaks in the universe and what he commands is done. He has spoken in their hearts and what he demands can most certainly be accomplished whatever opposition and persecution they may encounter. In the strong hands of such a Christ they are eternally secure.

Possibly our vision of Christ is limited. We are in danger of confining him to our restricted experience or limited knowledge. We need a vision of Christ with these immense cosmic dimensions, a Christ who transcends all our noblest thoughts about him and all our best experience of him. These first-century readers would be less likely to turn from him in adversity if they had looked to him in adoration. The opening sentences of the letter are designed to bring them and us to our knees; only then can we hope to stand firmly on our feet.

  1. Jesus is God’s unique sacrifice

In presenting this impressive opening exposition of God’s Son, the author rightly emphasizes Christ’s work in redemption as well as creation. This is to become a central theme in his later exposition. At this point our attention is turned from who Christ is to what he did. Philip Hughes reminds us that there is a contrast here which ought not to be missed. Jesus is ceaselessly ‘the radiant light of God’s glory and the perfect copy of his nature’ (jb). He continously upholds ‘the universe by his word of power’. But when he gave himself up on the cross Jesus shed his blood once for all at a single point in time. No repetition of this saving act will ever be necessary, nor can anything that we do serve to procure our own salvation. Christ is God’s unrepeatable sacrificial provision for the greatest problem of mankind—sin. Our author explains that Christ’s saving death on that first Good Friday was a finished work.

This cosmic Christ effected such purification entirely alone. Some manuscripts emphasize this aspect of his sacrificial work with the words ‘by himself’. Whether this reading is original or not, the truth is certainly supported in a host of different contexts through the epistle. In his own person he did for sinful man what man could never achieve for himself. The law said, ‘Do this.’ It demanded man’s work. But Christ came and effected by his saving death man’s purification from sin. His message was, ‘Trust this.’ Man was urged to believe in Christ’s work, not his own. It was not to be achieved by the multiplicity of good works, but by Christ’s work.

When this eternal work of purification was brought to its triumphant conclusion in the death and resurrection of Christ, our Lord sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (1:3). The first readers of this letter were not likely to miss the implication of this statement and, if they did, its author was to press home its meaning in a later passage (10:11–12). The Old Testament priest’s cultic work had constantly to be repeated because it was only temporarily beneficial. But Christ ‘offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins’. The priest stood because his task was never complete. He could never hope to bring it to the moment of final achievement. Only Christ’s sacrifice could be eternally effective. He sat down to indicate that the work was finished. On that day when he bore our sins in his own body, he cried, ‘It is finished.’

This letter’s introductory exposition of the supremacy of Christ has already indicated that he is unique in his teaching (1:2), nature (1:2–3) and work. This chapter goes on to assert that he is unique in his status. He is superior to angels (1:4). He has ascended to the throne of God. The right hand is the place of special honour. This sacrificial, saving work is recognized and authenticated by God. He is given the seat of distinctive privilege. The Son who was humiliated on earth (12:3) is enthroned in heaven.

The first few sentences of Hebrew confront the reader with one of the most important issues in the contemporary theological debate, the doctrine of the person of Christ. It seems that in every generation some different aspect of biblical teaching is exposed to rigorous scrutiny and fresh examination. In the present century people have questioned the doctrine of God, and the ‘God is dead’ theologians have had their say. Man is said to have ‘come of age’ intellectually and no longer to stand in need of his earlier religious props and ecclesiastical supports. In the sixties Honest to God was a distillation of ideas which had been the preoccupation of some theologians for a decade or two, but it took the English-speaking world by storm and, like most storms, caused considerable havoc and damage. More recently, however, possibly in the wake of earlier doctrinal aridity, cynicism, and even unbelief, the biblical doctrine of Christ has been exposed to severely critical treatment and the incarnation declared by some radical theologians as an unacceptable doctrinal idea.

This letter’s lofty teaching about the person and work of Christ, expounded with the aid of arresting titles of Jesus, is a stark challenge to modern humanitarian Christologies, most of which tend to reduce Jesus to an inspired man with a unique sense of religious destiny, or an outstanding example of benevolent concern and altruistic service, or a fervent zealot with a passion for liberation, usually interpreted in political terms. Whilst preserving the important truth of Christ’s essential humanity, this letter presents its readers with a revelation of Jesus in his matchless deity. He is the enthroned Lord, worthy of all our honour and worship.

In contrast to this clear uncompromising teaching, the contributors to The Myth of God Incarnate are generally dismissive about the New Testament assertions concerning the deity of Christ, arguing that, whilst such ideas were perfectly appropriate in their first-century context, there is no reason why twentieth-century believers need accept them. Don Cupitt has written further on the subject, maintaining, for example, that the title ‘Son of God’ does not imply that Christ was divine. He begins by asserting that ‘everything in our historical knowledge is relative and merely probable, and nothing is certain’ and then goes on to ask what possible ‘evidence could there be which could oblige us to admit that a certain historical figure though in every observable respect human was really more than human—was even co-equal with God?’19 But Hebrews introduces us to a Christ whose perfect sinless nature is a unique revelation, whose sacrifice is alone effective for our salvation, and whose authority in heaven and on earth is without rival. As we are about to see in the succeeding verses, the angels worship the exalted Christ because they recognize his deity. We believers hasten to offer our adoration because, in addition, we have personally experienced his salvation. No wonder that, throughout the centuries, Christians have taken upon their lips the confession of a transformed doubter, released from his cynicism: ‘My Lord and my God.’[6]


1:2–3. What God announced through the prophets was important. What he spoke through his Son was climactic, definitive, and superlative. We are living in the last days, not in a chronological sense but in a theological sense. Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension showed that we have entered new territory in God’s plans. In these final days God has spoken through his Son. God wants us to hear him. We had better listen. Anyone neglecting what Jesus says faces the spiritual danger of a driver crashing through road signs announcing, “Bridge out ahead!”

The overwhelming superiority of the Son is described with seven majestic phrases. The first two show the relationship of the Son to creation. Jesus is the heir of all things in that he will ultimately have control over all creation (Heb. 2:8). God worked through his Son to make the universe of time and space (Col. 1:16). The Son was God’s intermediate agent in creation.

The next two phrases show the Son’s relationship to the Father. As the radiance of God’s glory, the Son reflects God’s spotless purity; he shined into human hearts (John 1:9). As the exact representation of God’s being, the Son has the divine substance of the Father. This was a bold proclamation of Jesus’ deity. Jesus is God.

The fifth phrase shows something the Son is now doing in the world. God’s creative word formed the world of time and space (Heb. 11:3). The sustaining word of the Son maintains it. As the sustainer of the world, the Son carries God’s plan to its conclusion. With Jesus in charge we know that the world will not fall into utter chaos. God’s plans will triumph.

The sixth and seventh phrases focus on the redemptive work of Christ. The Son brought us God’s grace because his death removed the stain of sin. Jesus has provided purification for sins as an act of supreme grace without any merit on our part. After dealing with our sins, Jesus ascended the throne. In his resurrection and ascension he assumed a place of honor at God’s right hand. Today we proclaim him as Lord.

The Son is a Prophet through whom God spoke his final word to human beings. The Son is a Priest who has removed the blot of sin from our ledger. He is a King exalted by God to a supreme place of honor.[7]


2a. But in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.

Although the contrast between the times before the coming of Christ and the appearance of Christ as the completion of God’s revelation is striking in verses 1 and 2, the continuity of this revelation is also significant. Both parts of God’s revelation form one unit because there is but one Author. There is but one God who reveals, and there is but one revelation. The Word spoken by God to the forefathers in the past does not differ basically from the Word spoken to us by his Son.

Yet in many ways the contrast between the first and the second verse is obvious. We may show the contrast graphically:

God has spoken

in the

  OLD TESTAMENT ERA

 

NEW TESTAMENT ERA

 

how?

 

at many times

 

 

 

and

 

 

 

in various ways

 

when?

 

in the past

 

in these last days

 

to whom?

 

to our forefathers

 

to us

 

by whom?

 

through the prophets

 

by his Son

 

The figure appears to be incomplete: the “how” on the Old Testament side does not have a New Testament counterpart. The phrase “at many times and in various ways” lacks a parallel. The writer is pointing out that the fullness of revelation is unique, final, and complete. He is not implying that the piecemeal revelation given through the prophets was inferior and that the revelation provided by the Son was without variation. Not at all. The many-sided revelation of God that came repeatedly to the forefathers in the ages before the birth of Christ was inspired by God. It was a progressive revelation that constantly pointed toward the coming of the Messiah. And when Jesus finally came, he brought the very Word of God because he is the Word of God. Therefore, Jesus brought that Word in all its fullness, richness, and multiplicity. He was the final revelation. As F. F. Bruce aptly remarks, “The story of divine revelation is a story of progression up to Christ, but there is no progression beyond Him.”

Jesus himself did not write a single verse of the New Testament; men designated by him and filled with the Spirit wrote God’s revelation. Jesus, the living Word, speaks to us because no one else possesses equal authority; “for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). By his Son, God addresses all believers. In these last days God has spoken to us by his Son. The phrase in these last days is set over against the phrase in the past and refers to the age in which the fulfillment of the messianic prophecies has taken place. This age waits for the liberation “from its bondage to decay” to be “brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God” (Rom. 8:21).

In the first two verses of Hebrews there is a contrast between the prophets, who were a distinct group of people chosen and appointed by God to convey his revelation, and the Son of God, who surpasses all the prophets because he is Son. In fact, all the emphasis in verse 2 falls on the word Son. There is, strictly speaking, only one Son of God; all others are created sons (angels) and adopted sons (believers). As God has spoken by his Son, so the Son has spoken by the apostles who, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote the books of the New Testament. The new revelation that God has given us in his Son is a continuation of the revelation given to the forefathers. God’s revelation, completed in his Son, is a unit, a harmonious totality in which the Old is fulfilled in the New.

2b. Whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.

To express the excellence of the Son of God, the writer of Hebrews describes what God has done.

God appointed his Son heir of all things. An heir rightfully inherits whatever the father has stipulated in his will. As the one and only Son, Jesus thus inherits everything the Father possesses. Incomprehensible! Unfathomable!

The time when God appointed the Son heir of all things cannot be determined. The Son may have been appointed heir in God’s eternal plan. Or Jesus may have been appointed heir when in the fullness of time he entered the world, or when he pronounced the Great Commission: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matt. 28:18).

The writer of Hebrews immediately clarifies the term all things by saying that God made the universe through his Son. The phrase obviously refers to the creation account in the first chapters of Genesis. Many people think that the New Testament, which speaks about redemption, has nothing to say about creation. However, the New Testament is not entirely silent on this subject; both Paul and the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews teach that Jesus was active in the work of creation. In his discussion about the supremacy of Christ, Paul teaches: “For by him all things were created …; all things were created by him and for him” (Col. 1:16). And John in his Gospel confirms the same truth: “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (1:3).

Through his Son, God made the universe. It is impossible for man to understand the full import of this statement, but complete understanding is not the objective at this point. However, it is important to recognize the majesty of the Son of God, who was present at creation and is the sovereign Lord of all created things. He is God.

The word universe signifies primarily the cosmos, the created world in all its fullness, and secondarily all the stars and planets God has created. But the meaning is much more comprehensive than this, because it involves all the events that have happened since the creation of this world. It concerns the earth and its history throughout the ages. The word has been interpreted as “the sum of the ‘periods of time’ including all that is manifested in and through them.” It refers not to the world as a whole but to the entire created order that continued to develop in the course of time.[8]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1983). Hebrews (pp. 5–7). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Phillips, R. D. (2006). Hebrews. (R. D. Phillips, P. G. Ryken, & D. M. Doriani, Eds.) (pp. 5–15). Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing.

[3] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentary on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews (pp. 33–34). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[4] France, R. T. (2006). Hebrews. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, p. 39). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[5] Hagner, D. A. (2011). Hebrews (pp. 22–23). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[6] Brown, R. (1988). The message of Hebrews: Christ above all (pp. 27–35). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[7] Lea, T. D. (1999). Hebrews, James (Vol. 10, p. 9). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[8] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of Hebrews (Vol. 15, pp. 27–29). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

Why mainstream media can’t let go of Mueller report: RT host who provoked Maddow’s rage explains | RT USA News

After MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow flipped out over YouTube algorithms promoting RT content on the Mueller report, the host of that content, Chris Hedges, explains how her anger indicates serious problems with corporate news networks.

Maddow’s reaction came in response to a Washington Post article detailing the ‘shocking’ revelation that RT content was allegedly promoted by YouTube to help understand the Mueller report. To Maddow’s horror, YouTube algorithms could have left thousands exposed to an episode of the RT program On Contact featuring two award winning journalists challenging mainstream narratives on the Russiagate incident.

One of the journalists in question, On Contact host and Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges, says that the incident sheds light on the shortcomings of the mainstream media:

It exposes the bankruptcy of the corporate media and the American press, which spent over two years peddling a fantasy instead of focusing on the real issues.

Hedges, believes Maddow’s motivations for crying foul likely go beyond her anger over people being exposed to alternate viewpoints.

This is about profit. CNN made more money last year than I think they’ve ever made in their history, Rachel Maddow is the top rated show and probably the prime conspiracy theorist,” he pointed out. Despite Maddow’s fear mongering over Russia occasionally “reaching the point of absurdity,” her brand of content certainly helped keep the network bringing in the big bucks… at least until the report was actually released and her ratings plummeted.

Also on rt.com ‘Nobody is panicking!’ Rachel Maddow sheds 500,000 viewers in post-Mueller slump

While the much-peddled report covering allegations of Donald Trump’s collusion with Russia turned out to be a dead end, it seems the many voices among the major corporate news networks are just not ready to put their cash cow out to pasture.

Watch the interview on RT.

Source: Why mainstream media can’t let go of Mueller report: RT host who provoked Maddow’s rage explains

How long do people wait to be treated in a single-payer health care system?

WINTERY KNIGHT

Instead of talking about single payer health care in the abstract (“wouldn’t it be nice if health care were free?”), let’s discuss a concrete case of a single payer health care system. Canada’s health care system is a pure government-funded system.  Canadian residents pay money into the system via taxation. And when they get sick, they go into a government-run hospital and ask for government-run health care. The idea of single payer health care makes a lot of politicians feel good, and it draws applause when they talk about it in the abstract. But forget the abstract. How well does it work in reality?

Here’s an article from a Canadian health care policy expert, Sally C. Pipes.

She writes:

The Canadian single-payer regime subjects thousands of patients to life-threatening delays for treatment.

Our northern neighbors’ wait times grow longer with each passing year. According to the Fraser Institute, a Canadian think tank…

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CARELESS WHISPER: Creepy Joe Biden Needs Your Help In Remembering All The Scandals That Were Generated During His 8 Years In The Obama Administration — Now The End Begins

 

The Obama administration used the 1917 Espionage Act with unprecedented vigor, prosecuting more people under that law for leaking sensitive information to the public than all previous administrations combined.

The presidency of Barack Hussein Obama was filled to overflowing with lies, deceit, deception and scandals. In this article we will endeavor to remind you of the most egregious of them. Why would we do that now in 2019, years after Obama is no longer president? Because Obama’s vice president, Creepy Joe Biden, has launched his campaign on the supposition the the Obama administration, of which he was a part, remained ‘scandal free‘ for the 8 years it existed. His exact words on ‘The View’, as you can see in the video below, was that there was not a ‘whisper of scandal’ at any time in the Obama administration.

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda

This obviously is a lie, but it is a lie that, as you will see, is being repeated not only by Biden but by the fake news Liberal media as well. If Joseph Goebbels could get a 5-minute break from burning in Hell to be able to read this story, I think he would be quite proud of the lie Biden and his people are currently telling. Because that’s what Hitler and the Nazis did, they looked straight into the camera and said things that were 100% not true, repeating them over and over until  you believed it. So with that, let us take a little stroll down memory lane, and see for ourselves if Joe Biden and Barack Obama were without a ‘whisper of scandal’. Careless whisper indeed.

The Top 7 Scandals of the Obama Administration:

  1. OPERATION ‘FAST AND FURIOUS’: A federal operation dubbed Fast and Furious allowed weapons from the U.S. to pass into the hands of suspected gun smugglers so the arms could be traced to the higher echelons of Mexican drug cartels. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which ran the operation, has lost track of hundreds of firearms, many of which have been linked to crimes, including the fatal shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010. source
  2. OBAMA USED THE IRS TO TARGET CONSERVATIVE GROUPS: The U.S. Justice Department has reached a settlement with dozens of conservative groups that claimed the Internal Revenue Service unfairly scrutinized them based on their political leanings when they sought a tax-exempt status, court documents showed. In a pair of lawsuits filed in federal court in 2013, the conservative groups accused the IRS of targeting organizations with such words as “Tea Party” or “patriots” when they applied to the agency for tax-exempt status starting in 2010. “We hope that today’s settlement makes clear that this abuse of power will not be tolerated,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement on Thursday. The IRS admitted it was wrong when it based screenings of the groups’ applications on their names or policy positions, subjected the groups to heightened scrutiny and delays and demanded unnecessary information from the groups, the agreement in the Washington case said. The IRS “expresses its sincere apology,” it said. source
  3. THE 4 DEAD AMERICANS IN BENGHAZI: In a brazen attempt to rewrite history, President Barack Obama in a speech on Friday blamed “the politics of resentment and paranoia,” which he said had found a home in the Republican Party, for “wild conspiracy theories – like those surrounding Benghazi.” What a reprehensible way to frame an event that killed four Americans while they waited for rescue and protection they deserved from people Barack Obama never sent.  Of course, you only heard about Obama’s characterization of Benghazi if you pay attention to conservative media.  By and large the mainstream press excluded references to Benghazi from their reporting of the speech. Barack Obama took us to war with Libya. His State Department refused multiple requests to meet minimum security standards at the Benghazi consulate. President Obama never sent anyone to rescue or protect our ambassador or our own people during the 13 hours they were under attack.  Four brave men died as a result and many other heroes had their lives forever altered. That is not a conspiracy.  That is fact – no matter how inconvenient Democrats may find it.  Four Americans died in the 2012 Benghazi attack: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and two CIA operatives, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, both former Navy SEALs. Stevens is the first U.S. ambassador killed in an attack since Adolph Dubs was killed in 1979. Senior intelligence officials later acknowledged that Woods and Doherty were contracted by the Central Intelligence Agency, not the State Department as previously identified, and were part of Global Response Staff (GRS), a team that provides security to CIA case officers and counter surveillance and surveillance protection. source
  4. THE LIE OF ‘LIKE YOUR DOCTOR, KEEP YOUR DOCTOR’: This was such an egregious lie that even left-wing PolitiFact dubbed it as the “Lie of the Year” in 2013. Just like his broken promise about being able to keep their insurance plans, this was a lie that Obama repeated numerous times. It goes without saying that when people lose their insurance, they likely lose their doctor as well. Even the Obamacare website scrubbed any reference to the lie about being able to keep your doctor. source
  5. OBAMA BROKE LAW BY PAYING $5 BILLION TO GET BACK US ARMY DESERTER: The GAO cited the fact that the Pentagon or Obama did not notify Congress 30 days before they transferred the five prisoners. They also said the DoD “wrongly used $988,400 from a wartime appropriations to facilitate the transfer,” said the report. “Our report finds that the Administration clearly broke the law in not notifying Congress of the transfer,” declared committee chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX). “Leading up to the transfer, DOD officials misled Congress as to the status of negotiations. Pentagon officials best positioned to assess the national security risks were left out of the process, which increases the chances of dangerous consequences from the transfer.” source
  6. OBAMA ALLOWED RUSSIANS TO INTERFERE WITH ELECTION THEN BLAMED IT ON TRUMP: A prominent Democratic strategist said the Obama administration should have been more proactive about curbing Russian influence in the election. Mary Anne Marsh, once a senior adviser for former Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., told Fox News that she did not “believe the Obama team and President Obama did enough,” even though there were clear signs of Russian intent to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. The former Kerry adviser said she believes the Obama administration had a duty to go above the Senate’s objection to issuing a bipartisan joint resolution addressing the Russia concerns. source
  7. OBAMA ILLEGALLY SENT CASH RANSOM TO IRAN: The Obama administration followed up a planeload of $400 million in cash sent to Iran in January with two more such shipments in the next 19 days, totaling another $1.3 billion, according to congressional officials briefed by the U.S. State, Treasury and Justice departments. The cash payments—made in Swiss francs, euros and other currencies—settled a decades-old dispute over a failed arms deal dating back to 1979. U.S. officials have acknowledged the payment of the first $400 million coincided with Iran’s release of American prisoners. source

Now these are just what we feel to be the 7 most important scandals of the Obama administration, but by no means a complete listing of them. For the time would fail us to recount the Solyndra scandal, the DOJ targeting conservative reporters scandal, the Clinton email scandal, and the list literally goes on, and on and on ad infinitum.

Isn’t it great that we can finally do an article on Creepy Joe that doesn’t centered around inappropriate touching of women and molesting young girls?

The Story That Creepy Joe And The Liberal Media Are Pushing

This Is How The Obama Administration Really Happened

via CARELESS WHISPER: Creepy Joe Biden Needs Your Help In Remembering All The Scandals That Were Generated During His 8 Years In The Obama Administration — Now The End Begins

What Is the Relationship between the Holy Spirit’s Work and Our Effort in Sanctification? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

How does sanctification take place? From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson considers how the fruits of the Spirit become evident in our lives.

When you have biblical and theological questions, just Ask.Ligonier.org to get clear and trustworthy answers to your biblical and theological questions.

via What Is the Relationship between the Holy Spirit’s Work and Our Effort in Sanctification? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Pope Francis Funding U.S. Border Invasion — Pulpit & Pen

Religious elitists around the world are doing everything within their power to dismantle national sovereignty and set up a global state. Russell Moore, perhaps the most prominent Southern Baptist in America’s largest protestant denomination, just released a book in partnership with George Soros, advocating amnesty for illegal aliens. And Pope Francis, the Bishop of Rome, just gave a half-million dollars to assist those trying to invade American borders.

Francis, who has repeatedly attacked President Donald J. Trump for defending America’s national sovereign borders, just gave $500k dollars to Central Americans who are trying to enter the United States without the necessary legal paperwork. The donation was disguised as “humanitarian aid.”

The money given by Francis was taken from “Peter’s Pence,” the pope’s own charitable fund. It will be distributed to 27 different organizations and projects, many of whom are responsible for transporting border-jumpers to the U.S. border and recruiting others who wish to come. The funds will ostensibly be used to house and support the invaders while they try to find entry into the United States.

The Vatican said in a press release, “In 2018, six migrant caravans entered Mexico, for a total of 75,000 people … All these people were stranded, unable to enter the United States, without a home or livelihood.”

These people came to Mexico to obtain entry into the United States by funding provided by George Soros. The group bringing up the migrants is called CARA, and its primary funding comes from the Catholic Legal Immigration Network and the American Immigration Council. Both Catholic Legal Immigration Network and the American Immigration Council are funded by…George Soros.

via Pope Francis Funding U.S. Border Invasion — Pulpit & Pen

New York Times Apologizes For Offending ‘Passover Worshipers’ — The Babylon Bee

NEW YORK, NY—The New York Times has issued a heartfelt apology after the international edition of the newspaper published a cartoon that offended many “Passover worshipers.”

“We are so sorry for any offense this cartoon cause to Passover worshipers,” the paper wrote in its third attempted apology. “The tiny hat guys are upset, and we get it. The cartoon contained a lot of racist stereotypes and propaganda-like caricatures of the dreidel people. We should have had a more careful review process, so we wouldn’t cause offense to the fiddlers on the roof.”

“It was a small editorial oversight. We will strive not to offend Passover worshipers going forward,” the apology concluded.

The paper also committed to hiring consultants from among the “tiny hat guys” who could tell them if they were publishing a cartoon that looks like it could have been published in Germany in the 1930s. “The people with the funny 8-candle thing will help us to better understand anti-semitism and what, if any, bad effects it’s had in the past.

The very next day, over 27 racist cartoons were published, forcing dozens more pseudo-apologies, apology retractions, and subsequent more sincere apologies to offended Passover worshipers.

via New York Times Apologizes For Offending ‘Passover Worshipers’ — The Babylon Bee

“Powerful Witches” Formed New Liberal Women’s Group ‘Supermajority’ With Help of “Coven”: Former Hillary Clinton Staffer — The Gateway Pundit

Jess Morales Rocketto, a former Hillary Clinton presidential campaign staffer with the title of Director of Digital Organizing, wrote on Twitter Monday that she is the originator of the new liberal women’s group Supermajority that debuted Monday morning. Rocketto described the women who rallied to her idea and worked to make it a reality as “powerful witches” who came together and called in the “coven”. Rocketto has been joined by other Hillary activists like campaign speechwriter Lauren Peterson and liberal women activists including Cecile Richards, former head of the extremist abortion provider Planned Parenthood. Hillary Clinton is not an apparent participant as of now, just an inspiration.

Hillary Clinton, illustration.

Cecile Richards, screen image.

“When a group of really powerful witches get together, the coven gets called in. Women we roll so hard with are volunteering, leaving big jobs to come build it. We got @taytayES said yes when she should have said no. @elizabethchan did too. We believed. (8/?)”

Supermajority announcement video posted Monday morning:

Rocketto started a Twitter thread about the genesis of Supermajority, stating that it was her idea that others then made a reality.

“Two years ago, I had an idea. What if we women had real political power?There was so much happening — marches, candidates, resistance. As @aijenpoo says, “Women are on fire.” (1/?)”

As with any good idea, you need people who are smarter and more awesome and better organizers to tell you what’s up. @aijenpoo and @aliciagarza saw it, made it better, and said, “Let’s do it.” (2/?)”

We wanted to build something so big, so powerful, so unstoppable, we could win equality for women.Like any good organizers, we knew we needed more people. Who was really good at building powerful, amazing work with women? @CecileRichards!!!!”

So we called up @CecileRichards @DeirdreSchifeli @CarmenBerkley and we said,” What if we built something new? Something big? Something that made women the most powerful political force in the country?” (4/?)”

I was so nervous! If they said no, the idea might die right there. What if these giants of women’s organizing thought it was dumb? or not the right time? or felt turfy? Putting your dreams into the world is hard and scary. (5/?)”

.@CecileRichards and team immediately made the idea even better. And they said, “HELL YES!” We started building, bringing in Kersha Deibel-Trotter and Kelley Robinson. We didn’t know each other, but we believed you can’t stop an idea whose time has come. (6/?)”

Then, the perfection that is @kagrainger joined. She’s brilliant, you want her closet, she’s excellence personified. She added her specialness. We planned listening tours and convening in places like Phoenix and Des Moines. (7/?)”

When a group of really powerful witches get together, the coven gets called in. Women we roll so hard with are volunteering, leaving big jobs to come build it. We got @taytayES said yes when she should have said no. @elizabethchan did too. We believed. (8/?)”

If you’ve every launched a thing, you know, it can feel like the dark times sometimes. Will it ever come to life? Is it taking too long? Will it be the thing you want? I know for a fact that dreams don’t always end the way you want them. (9/?)”

It had been two years since we started. Then, @AmandaK_B came on. When I tell you this thing is STACKED??? She gives a much needed energy boost and the engines are moving. (10/?)”

We have listened to literally thousands of women. We surveyed them. We talked to them face to face. They told us — they are ready to help, they don’t know HOW to help. They told us they are activated like never before around every single thing you can think of. (11/?)”

And they said they were ready to go, to try things we have never tried before, to band together and to win our rights, once and for all. (12/?)”

We will center women of color. We will train women. We build a multiracial democracy. We will work together across generations. And we will fight like hell. (13/?)”

“2 million more women will take action because of @supermajority. And we will change this country TOGETHER. Sign up here: https://supermajority.com/ (/end)”

The Associated Press participated in the rollout of Supermajority with a preview press release disguised as a news article published Sunday that does not report the group is comprised of liberals pushing progressive agenda.

Three of the nation’s most influential activists are launching an organization that aims to harness the political power of women to influence elections and shape local and national policy priorities.

Dubbed Supermajority, the organization is the creation of Cecile Richards, the former head of Planned Parenthood; Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter; and Ai-jen Poo, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. The group, which describes itself as multiracial and intergenerational, has a goal of training and mobilizing 2 million women over the next year to become organizers and political leaders in their communities.

The effort comes at a moment when women have emerged as perhaps the most powerful force in politics.

…The effort will be aided by Libby Chamberlain and Cortney Tunis, co-founders of the Facebook group Pantsuit Nation, which was started in the closing weeks of the 2016 election for supporters of Hillary Clinton. The online community now has more than 3.5 million female members.”

End excerpt. Complete AP article at this link.

via “Powerful Witches” Formed New Liberal Women’s Group ‘Supermajority’ With Help of “Coven”: Former Hillary Clinton Staffer — The Gateway Pundit

Jesuit Priest Rebukes Franklin Graham, Says God Makes People Gay — Pulpit & Pen

Franklin Graham has proven himself infinitely more faithful to speak out on important cultural issues than his father, who was always conscientious of winning the support of the religious establishment, whether liberal or conservative. The younger Graham has made himself a friend of Jesus and an enemy of the world by repeatedly standing up for the Word of God in the public marketplace. Graham recently made the news for informing the South Bend mayor – who called himself a “gay Christian” – that “sin is something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted.” Joining the chorus of the LGBT whiners and complainers is Friar James Martin, who rebuked Graham for his bluntness and sided with the sodomites.

Read more: Jesuit Priest Rebukes Franklin Graham, Says God Makes People Gay — Pulpit & Pen

April 29, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump on Monday accused New York state officials of trying to “take down” the National Rifle Association as the powerful gun rights group faces internal divisions and allegations of financial improprieties.

Michael Avenatti, the combative lawyer known for his battles with U.S. President Donald Trump, was set to appear in a Santa Ana, California, courtroom on Monday to face criminal charges including fraud and identity theft.

Unidentified gunmen killed a pastor and five congregants at a Protestant church in northern Burkina Faso on Sunday, authorities said, the first attack on a church in a country that has seen an upsurge of Islamist violence this year.

Spain’s ruling Socialists were weighing options for forming a new government on Monday after they won a national election but fell short of a majority in a deeply fragmented parliament that could spell prolonged political uncertainty.

Rains grounded aid flights in northern Mozambique for a second day on Monday, hampering efforts to reach survivors of Cyclone Kenneth as the death toll there jumped to 38.

Sri Lankan security officials have warned that Islamist militants behind Easter Sunday’s suicide bombings are planning attacks and could be dressed in uniform, as the archbishop of Colombo complained about insufficient security around churches.

Authorities in Sri Lanka on Monday banned women from wearing face veils under an emergency law put in place after deadly Easter Sunday attacks by Islamist militants.

U.S. negotiators head to China to try to hammer out details to end the two countries’ trade war, including the shape of an enforcement mechanism, the success or failure of which could set the trajectory of ties for years to come.

Facing tough competition from China, the United States and even tiny Luxembourg, Germany is racing to draft new laws and attract private investment to secure a slice of an emerging space market that could be worth $1 trillion a year by the 2040s.

The U.S. military said it sent two Navy warships through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday as the Pentagon increases the frequency of movement through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China.

The S&P 500 hit an all-time high for the first time since late September on Monday, buoyed by upbeat consumer spending data and a largely positive earnings that helped restore investors’ faith in the decade-long bull run.

AP Top Stories

Israel released two Syrian prisoners on Sunday in what it described as a “goodwill gesture” following the repatriation of the remains of an Israeli soldier who went missing over 35 years ago.

One hundred and twenty names of Catholic clergy members accused of child abuse or possession of child pornography were released Friday by the Archdiocese of New York.

President Donald Trump urged Japan to end tariffs on U.S. farm products when he met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who appears to have deflected the most damaging U.S. demands on trade weeks before the pair are likely to meet again during two upcoming Trump visits.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday blasted the U.S. sentencing of self-styled Russian political gadfly and gun-rights activist Maria Butina as an “outrage” and a “travesty of justice.”

A Georgia meat producer is recalling more than 100,000 pounds of ground beef, believed to be contaminated with the same E. coli strain connected to a growing outbreak that has sickened 156 people in 10 states.

Al-Qaida-linked militants launched attacks early Saturday on government forces positions in northern Syria killing and wounding dozens in the latest violation of a seven-month truce in the last major rebel stronghold in the country.

Pope Francis called Sunday for the evacuation of refugees held in detention camps in Libya, particularly women and children, as fighting there escalates.

An expanding list of Canadian farm exports is hitting obstacles at Chinese ports, leaving sellers of soybeans, peas and pork scrambling amid a bitter diplomatic dispute.

Sudan’s protest leaders and army rulers agreed Saturday to establish a joint civilian-military ruling council, a major breakthrough in talks between the two sides over demonstrators’ demands for a handover to civilian rule.

Russian submarines can now launch cruise missiles while docked in port. Thus, Russian subs can fire their weapons more quickly, without the need to sail into open water. But more ominously, because subs abruptly leaving port is considered a warning sign that hostilities are imminent, the ability to launch missiles while dockside makes a surprise attack easier.

BBC

A beluga whale found off Norway’s coast wearing a special Russian harness was probably trained by the Russian navy, a Norwegian expert said.

Pope Francis has donated $500,000 to help migrants stranded in Mexico as they try to reach the US border, the Vatican said.

WND

Twenty students have committed suicide in India this past week after the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) announced their exam scores, which Khaleejtimes reported have been marked in controversy after there were discrepancies in the results. Nearly 1 million students took the exams between February and March, and nearly 350,000 failed, causing widespread protests from parents, student groups and political parties.

President Donald Trump called out Wisconsin Democrat Gov. Tony Evers, who plans to veto a measure that would require immediate medical care to be given to infants who are born alive during an abortion.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Apr. 29, 2019

The Foundation

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” —John Adams (1770)

The Murders That Were NOT Reported — And Why

On average, 46 Americans are murdered every day. Only some murders get attention.


New Study on GND Effects: ‘Barely Distinguishable From Zero’

That’s a whole lot of nothing for a “deal” that will cost the economy $9 trillion annually.


Florida Legislature Votes to End Sanctuary Cities

Naturally, leftists are apoplectic about this effort to actually enforce the law.


Population Math Is Adding Up to a Problem in the U.S.

For the first time in our world’s recorded history, the world has more elderly folks than kids.


Trump Pulls U.S. Signature From UN Arms Trade Treaty

Citing national sovereignty and the Second Amendment, the president reverses another Obama policy.


The Strategic Implications of Sanctions on Iranian Oil

Trump’s move to not renew waivers affects some important allies, but for good reasons.


Victory Over Victimhood

My hope for blacks in America is to unlearn their inherited victimhood mentality.


Video: Three White Guys Leading Democrat Primary

Some on the Left are panicking that such a diverse field is still led by the white guys.


Video: Dallas DA Won’t Prosecute ‘Theft of Necessary Items’

Christiansen says apparently, it’s open season on every grocery store in the county.


Video: Bernie (Not That Bernie) on Socialism

Bernie Marcus, cofounder of The Home Depot, talks about the virtues of capitalism.


Video: Who Wants to Live in America?

If you want to live in America, you have to join the club. It’s a reasonably simple idea.



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News – 4/29/2019

Turkey, Iran, Russia condemn US move on Golan Heights
Turkey, Russia, and Iran on Friday condemned the U.S. decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Syria’s occupied Golan Heights. “In this regard they strongly condemned the decision of the US Administration to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, which constitutes a grave violation of international law, particularly the UN Security Council resolution 497, and threatens peace and security in the Middle East,” read the statement

Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day: Revisiting Islam’s Greatest Slaughter of Christians
…the genocide of Christians—mostly Armenians but also Assyrians and Greeks—that took place under the Islamic Ottoman Empire, throughout World War I. Then, in an attempt to wipe out as many Christians as possible, the Turks massacred approximately 1.5 million Armenians, 300,000 Assyrians, and 750,000 Greeks.

A Lab-Grown Brain Twitched an Isolated Muscle. Here’s Why That’s Amazing
When cultured together with the spinal cord and its supporting muscles isolated from embryonic mice, the mini-brain slices automatically reached out and formed connections called synapses. These human-mice chimeric synapses weren’t just for anatomic show: when stimulated, the highway-like “tracts” of neural connections repeatedly sparked electrical bursts that made the muscles zombie-dance.

A Deceptively Simple Tweak to CRISPR Makes It 50 Times More Accurate
a team from Duke University may have found a universal workaround—a trick to fundamentally boost CRISPR’s accuracy in almost all its forms. The upgrade is deceptively simple: tag a “locking” structure to one end of the guide RNA so that only the targeted DNA can unleash the power of the Cas scissors.

Kissing Bug, Which Causes Chagas Disease, Confirmed In California
The deadly “kissing bug” has been confirmed in dozens of U.S. states, including California, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Chagas disease, as it’s officially known, earned the moniker because the triatomine bugs that transmit it typically bite people in the face.

SWEDISH ARTIST’S JAIL TERM EXTENDED AFTER HE COMMITTED ‘HATE CRIME’ OF SAYING MUSLIM MIGRANTS HAVE NOT INTEGRATED
Street artist and provocateur Dan Park was originally jailed for three months after he tweeted that, “Rape culture is fundamental and OK among MENA [Middle East and North African] people”. In other words, it’s now a hate crime in Sweden to tell the truth – that there are massive problems with integration amongst Muslim migrants.

Hungary donates millions to help foreign persecuted Christians and victims of Muslim Jihad
“The Hungarian government has pledged an initial 9 million forints (roughly $31,000 U.S.) in emergency aid to the survivors of the recent attacks on Christians and Christian churches in Sri Lanka” and Hungary is considering an even larger donation. That’s in addition to millions spent on other aid projects to help persecuted Christians and victims of jihad.

Russia and Iran in ‘hectic race’ for the future of war-torn Syria
While Iran is attempting to improve, and even revive, Syria-Turkey relations, with the aim of forming a regional alliance, Russia, he said, is working to nudge the Assad regime closer to Saudi Arabia and the other Arab countries, with the aim of weakening Iran’s influence on Syria and in the entire region.

Russia open to possible new arms control deals with U.S. – Kremlin aide
Citing administration officials, The Washington Post reported on Thursday that Trump has ordered his administration to prepare a push for a new arms control agreement with Russia and China due to the mounting cost of the 21st-century nuclear arms race. Ushakov, in remarks to Russian state TV released on Sunday, said Moscow was ready to hold talks about the subject.

San Diego Synagogue Shooting: One Killed, Three Wounded as Worshipers Listen to Priestly Blessing
60-year-old Lori Gilbert Kaye was killed and three others were wounded by a 19-year-old shooter who opened fire in the Chabad Poway Synagogue in San Diego at 11:23 am on the Holy Sabbath. One of the wounded was reported to be a eight-year-old girl wounded in the leg and face, and another was Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, the 57-year-old rabbi of the synagogue. The rabbi may lose several fingers in what were described as “defensive injuries.”

IAF jets take to the skies in preparation for Independence Day flyover
Israeli fighter aircraft will be flying over cities and towns across the country over the coming days in preparation for the military’s annual Independence Day flyover… Independence Day will begin the night of May 8 following Memorial Day commemorations. Last year residents of Tel Aviv were shocked to see practice flights over the city without any announcement by the IDF, causing the military to release an official apology “for the panic that was caused.”

Iranians evacuate after unidentified aircraft seen in east Syria
Iran began evacuating headquarters in Deir al-Zor area in eastern Syria on Sunday after unidentified aircraft flew over the area for 30 minutes, local news agency Deir EzZor 24 reported. Local sources told Deir EzZor 24 that the aircraft were not Russian, Iranian or Syrian. A large presence of military vehicles has been reported in the area since the aircraft were spotted.

Sri Lanka bans face veils after Easter day bombing attacks on churches
Authorities in Sri Lanka on Monday banned women from wearing face veils under an emergency law put in place after deadly Easter Sunday attacks by Islamist militants. The measures would help security forces to identify people as a hunt for any remaining attackers and their support network continues across the Indian Ocean island, authorities said.

Spain election: Socialists win amid far-right breakthrough
Spain’s governing Socialists won the country’s third election in four years, but have fallen short of a majority. PM Pedro Sánchez’s party polled 29% and will need the help of either left-wing Podemos and regional parties, or the centre right, to form a government. For the first time since military rule ended in the 1970s, a far-right party, Vox, is set to enter parliament.

Ukraine’s president-elect rejects Russian passport plan
Ukraine’s president-elect has mocked Russia’s offer to give passports to his countrymen, saying the document would provide “the right to be arrested”. In a Facebook post rejecting the idea, Volodymyr Zelensky pledged to give citizenship to “suffering” Russians. Earlier this week, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed a decree offering people in eastern Ukraine’s separatist territories passports.

An algorithm wipes clean the criminal pasts of thousands
This month, a judge in California cleared thousands of criminal records with one stroke of his pen. He did it thanks to a ground-breaking new algorithm that reduces a process that took months to mere minutes. The programmers behind it say: we’re just getting started solving America’s urgent problems…The group [Code For America] had made Clear My Record, a tool that can analyse text in court files, using character recognition to decipher scanned documents.

Manhunt on for gunman who shot one person dead and left seven injured when he opened fire at a cookout near a Baltimore church
A man has died and seven others are wounded after a gunman fired indiscriminately into a crowd that had gathered for Sunday afternoon cookouts along a Baltimore street. Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the gunfire erupted after 5pm on a block in the city’s western district of brick row homes. Harrison said a man approached a crowd on foot and began firing in what he called ‘a very tragic, very cowardly shooting.’

Lebanon ready to determine maritime border with Israel
The speaker of Lebanon’s parliament indicated Lebanon was prepared to set a maritime border with Israel under the supervision of the United Nations. During an April 23 meeting in Beirut with Maj.-Gen. Stefano del Col, commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Nabih Berri said his country was prepared establish a maritime border and special economic zone with Israel…

Security beefed up in Tokyo as emperor prepares to abdicate
Divers scoured moats around the Imperial Palace and police dogs sniffed in bushes on Monday as authorities ramped up security for the start of Japan’s new “Reiwa” imperial era. The new era begins on Wednesday when Crown Prince Naruhito ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne a day after the abdication of his father, Emperor Akihito, brings to an end the 31-year Heisei era.

Canada s Montreal declares emergency over flooding
Montreal: The Canadian city of Montreal on Friday declared a state of emergency over the threat of flooding following a similar decision by the capital Ottawa.

Photos: Unusual spring storm blankets Chicago in snow, more than 700 flights canceled
With only a mere four days until May, north-central United States residents witnessed an unusual sight as more than 2 inches of snow fell in Chicago for the first time in more than a century.

Goldman Sparks Erdogan’s Fury, Predicts Lira Will Crash To All Time Low In 12 Months
“We are rolling our forecasts to show even further depreciation (USD/TRY to 6.25, 6.50 and 7.00 in 3, 6 and 12 months).”

Trump Announces Withdrawal From U.N. Small Arms Treaty — Signs Doc in Front of NRA, Tosses Pen Into Crowd
…“Under my Administration, we will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone. We will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedoms. And that is why my Administration will never ratify the UN Arms Trade Treaty” he announced to the raucous crowd.

College Professor Teaching Future Doctors Compares Unborn Babies to Parasites
A presentation by a University of California San Diego professor shocked students recently by comparing an unborn baby to cancer and parasites.

NEVER Bring An Amazon Alexa Into Your Home
Privacy advocates are sounding alarms about Amazon’s Alexa device. A few weeks ago, the commands users were giving to their “smart devices” were being monitored by humans all in the name of “product empowerment.” But there is even worse news for those who cherish their privacy.

The measles outbreak is a massive false flag; nearly all outbreaks are caused by infected migrants, not American children
“Think about how cold-blooded it is, that the bureaucrats and the UN and the globalists that control our government, opened our borders and told the entire Third World, filled with diseases, to pour into our nation,” reports Alex Jones in a bombshell new video called “The Measles Outbreak is a Giant False Flag and Hoax.”

Undercover Katy human-trafficking sting yields 47 arrests in 10 days
Dozens of people were arrested in an undercover, human-trafficking sting conducted in the Katy area last month, according to local law enforcement officials.

Every Liberal City In America Is Headed Toward Venezuela
Liberal cities across America are collapsing into Third World

Corporate coercion The Human Rights Campaign is dictating LGBT policies to the majority of America’s biggest companies
The nation’s largest LGBT advocacy group released its annual scorecard for businesses last month, a report that increasingly has U.S.-based companies scrambling to meet a growing list of ideological demands.

Iran: Leaving nuclear treaty one of ‘many options’ after US sanctions move
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tells state broadcaster that authorities are considering “numerous” options in response to U.S. ending waivers for import of oil from Iran. Meanwhile, Iran’s chief of staff says U.S. Navy has not changed its protocol regarding the now-blacklisted Revolutionary Guards.


Headlines – 4/29/2019

US shooting renews debate on anti-Semitism and its political response

Doug Schoen: Poway Synagogue shooting calls us to action — Anti-Semitism can’t be a political football

Poway synagogue attack: Police believe shooter acted alone; rabbi says gun ‘miraculously jammed’

Synagogue Shooting Will Change How U.S. Tackles Lone Wolves, ex-Shin Bet Official Says

Israel’s Delek group closing in on $2 billion deal for Chevron’s North Sea oilfields

Netanyahu, Kahlon reportedly plan for possible financial collapse of PA

IDF unveils electro-optic sight to intercept incendiary balloons

Syria: West practicing economic ‘terrorism’ against Damascus

Iranians evacuate after unidentified aircraft seen in east Syria

Iran warns could shut Strait of Hormuz if tensions grow

Kuwait looks at Iran’s threats to block Strait of Hormuz “with concern”

U.S. general says he will ensure necessary resources to counter Iran

Iran’s Khamenei urges crackdown on illegal arms, social media curbs

Pope appeals for evacuation of refugees in Libya camps

Sudan’s military rulers condemn attack on Islamist party

Pakistan: Three security personnel killed in explosion near Afghan border

Burqa ban: Sri Lanka bars Muslim women from wearing face veils after Easter bombing attacks

More than 270 died from overwork-related illnesses in Indonesia elections

Trump wants solo, not multi-party talks with North Korea, says Bolton

Bolton says US stiffed North Korea after promising to pay for Warmbier

Far-right Party Wins Seats in Spanish Parliament for First Time in 40 Years

Spanish PM’s Socialists win snap polls marked by rebirth of far-right

Socialists win, but far-right in parliament with vow to ‘reconquer Spain’

Trump says US is sending immigrants to sanctuary cities: ‘That was my sick idea’

Fox News: President Donald Trump Says Southern Border Is “Like Disneyland Now”

House Democrats Feel Little Pressure From Voters to Impeach Trump

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Maturin, Venezuela

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 13,000ft

Almost 3,500 homes destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique, early reports say

Rare snowstorm hits Chicago, breaking 109-year-old snow record

‘Brady Bunch’ Episode Fuels Campaigns Against Vaccines

Kansas Supreme Court Rules Rights to ‘Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness’ Include ‘Right’ to Abortion

The Human Rights Campaign is dictating LGBT policies to the majority of America’s biggest companies

A Chicago Space for LGBTQ Jews Becomes a ‘Queer Yeshiva for Everybody’

Satanic Temple sues Minnesota city over proposed monument

20 Indian students commit suicide after exam results


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A Mike Bickle explanation for allowing “fake” manifestations of the Holy Spirit

Preaching, Power, and Private Jets in Nigeria

Seminary President Admits She Doesn’t Believe in Heaven, Miracles or Christ’s Resurrection

The Final Countdown: Revisiting Prophet Pringle’s God-Given 2020 Vision Lie (Part 1)

Russell Moore’s George Soros-Funded Group Releases E-Book Calling For Amnesty

Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic is So Bad It’s Called 911 72 Times After Botching Abortions


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April 29 You Can Win over Sin

scripture reading: Acts 2:22–23
key verse: Acts 2:24

[Jesus Christ] whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.

Here is the essence of the crucified life—you can win over sin because you are joined inseparably to the Lord Jesus Christ who has conquered sin. Paul wrote that he wanted to know Christ in “the power of His resurrection” (Phil. 3:10 nasb). He desired to experience the indwelling resurrection power of Jesus Christ day by day.

For you, that possibility is a reality through your indivisible union with the risen Christ. That is precisely why the Christian life is a victorious one. You win not by undying struggle, but by submission to and reliance on the triumphant Spirit of God in you.

Jesus is Lord; His Spirit lives within you. You have been freed from the dominion of sin (not from its temptation or presence) and made a part of the kingdom of God.

Your part is determined obedience. Victory is yours when you rely on the Holy Spirit. It may not come instantly, but it will come if you walk with Christ in His power.

The Christian life can be an abundant one as you shift your focus from self–effort to the all–conquering might of Christ Jesus within whom is your hope and your victory.

Heavenly Father, please change my focus from self–effort to the powerful might of Jesus Christ. I want to live an abundant life. Help me walk in victory today.[1]


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

Russell Moore’s George Soros-Funded Group Releases E-Book Calling For Amnesty — Reformation Charlotte

It is a documented, proven fact — not a conspiracy theory — that the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT), of which Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) is a head — receives funding from George Soros. The ERLC and Russell Moore have never had to answer for this. Literally, no notable leader in the Southern Baptist Convention or any other prominent Evangelical group has called on Russell Moore to answer for this treason.

It has long been known that the Evangelical Immigration Table has been a progressive front group whose sole purpose is to influence Evangelicals to the liberal left on the issue of immigration. Its agenda is open borders and globalism. We have been reporting on this for years. Now, the EIT has released a 42-page E-book calling on Christians to support amnesty for illegal immigrants framing it as “biblical” and “loving your neighbor.”

via Russell Moore’s George Soros-Funded Group Releases E-Book Calling For Amnesty — Reformation Charlotte

29 april (1855) 365 Days with Spurgeon

Christ’s people—imitators of him

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13

suggested further reading: Ephesians 4:11–16

I will ever maintain—that by grace we are saved, and not by ourselves; but equally must I testify, that where the grace of God is, it will produce fitting deeds. To these I am ever bound to exhort you, while you are ever expected to have good works for necessary purposes. Again, I do not, when I say that a believer should be a striking likeness of Jesus, suppose that any one Christian will perfectly exhibit all the features of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; yet my brethren, the fact that perfection is beyond our reach, should not diminish the ardour of our desire after it. The artist, when he paints, knows right well that he shall not be able to excel Apelles; but that does not discourage him; he uses his brush with all the greater pains, that he may at least in some humble measure resemble the great master. So the sculptor; though persuaded that he will not rival Praxiteles, will hew out the marble still, and seek to be as near the model as possible. Just so the Christian man; though he feels he never can mount to the height of complete excellence, and perceives that he never can on earth become the exact image of Christ, still holds it up before him, and measures his own deficiencies by the distance between himself and Jesus. This will he do, forgetting all he has attained, he will press forward, crying, Excelsior! Going upwards still, desiring to be conformed more and more to the image of Christ Jesus.

for meditation: Christians are fellow-pupils in the masterclass of the supreme Master (John 13:12–15).

n.b: Apelles (4th century bc) Court painter to Alexander the Great.

Praxiteles (mid 4th century bc) Athenian sculptor. Regarded as one of the greatest Greek sculptors of his day.

sermon no. 21[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 126). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.