Daily Archives: May 14, 2019

May 14 Ready When Called

Scripture Reading: Psalm 55:1–9

Key Verse: Psalm 55:1

Give ear to my prayer, O God,

And do not hide Yourself from my supplication.

The toddler climbed to the top step of the plastic slide in the backyard and lifted one leg onto the top platform. It left him straddled, one leg on the top of the slide and the other on the top step. His coordination was still undeveloped enough that he was trapped. He couldn’t move either leg.

“Daaaaaddyyyyy!”

The toddler knew exactly what to do next. In his moment of complete helplessness, with fear setting in as he was stranded several feet above the ground, he called for his daddy. Watching nearby, the dad moved in to save the day.

What child wouldn’t immediately cry out to the nearest authority? What father wouldn’t act quickly in such a situation?

When hit with a trial, or when bad news comes our way, our most effective response is to immediately say, “Father.” Not only does this immediately stunt the problem from growing into something that overwhelms us, but it reminds us of our rightful position as children of God. Our Father says He will never leave us or forsake us. Armed with such a promise, we know that God is under His own divine obligation to provide us guidance and direction.

There will be many times when life will leave us stretched into an awkward position. We should always remember that our Father is watching nearby, ready to act when called.

Father, I praise You that You are always there. When life stretches me into awkward positions, You are ready to act when I call.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 141). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 14 Something Worth Thinking About

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:1–7

Key Verse: Matthew 26:41

Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Controlling your thoughts can be difficult, especially if you open the door to thoughts that are not in keeping with the thoughts of Christ. Many people say, “Well, that’s not my problem. I don’t think about sinful material or things that would compromise my relationship with God.” But they overlook their negative thoughts and feelings toward themselves and others.

Hidden within the vast resources of our minds is a tremendous ability to store and retrieve data. The brain is so complex that scientists still do not know all its capabilities. However, one thing is clear: we view ourselves in light of what we believe to be true. If we construct a negative belief system concerning who we are, then we will act negatively. Thus, the old adage, “Winners never lose and losers never win,” is true. Not because winners win and losers lose, but because of how each group views itself.

For the next week refuse to react to any negative thought about yourself or others. If your inner self says you are ugly, look in the mirror and tell yourself, “I am a child of God, and He loves me just the way I am”—end of discussion!

God will never belittle or embarrass you. He leads you to His altar of forgiveness so that you can experience His glorious love and care on a personal basis. It is there that He gives you a totally new beginning. Now that’s worth thinking about!

Father God, I praise You that I am Your child and You love me just the way I am. I am a winner![1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 141). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Jerry Falwell Calls Russell Moore’s Social Justice Movement “Deep State Regime” — Reformation Charlotte

Russell Moore is a progressive Democrat leader who has somehow become the most loved and most hated person in the Southern Baptist Convention. Really, there isn’t much of an in-between with him. People who know him either sycophantically support him or they diametrically oppose him. There is no doubt, however, that he has single-handedly fundamentally changed the Convention from a conservative, gospel-missioned organization to a hotbed of progressive politics.

During Donald Trump’s presidential run, Moore devoted his life to opposing him — even to the point that Donald Trump responded by calling him a “nasty guy” and a “poor representative” of evangelicals. Is he a poor representative of evangelicals? It’s hard to say — he does have a large and vocal fan base. But that really doesn’t prove that he is right.

Russell Moore is subversive and refuses to engage with anyone who dissents. But interestingly, a large portion of his funding comes from progressive billionaires like George Soros. The Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT), of which Russell Moore is a head, is admittedly a front group for the National Immigration Forum (NIF) which receives funding directly from Soros. Soros funds the NIF, the NIF funds the EIT, and Russell Moore promotes amnesty and open borders through the EIT.

That’s how the “deep state” operates.

Read more:  Jerry Falwell Calls Russell Moore’s Social Justice Movement “Deep State Regime” — Reformation Charlotte

US Attorney John Durham Began Investigating Spygate Scandal “Weeks Ago” – Working Directly with IG Horowitz on FISA Abuses — The Gateway Pundit

IG Michael Horowitz; US Attorney John Durham

The media was stunned Monday after it was revealed AG Bill Barr appointed top special prosecutor John Durham to investigate the origins of the Russia probe.

John Durham, a US Attorney in Connecticut was nominated by Trump in 2017 and has a history of investigating wrongdoing among national security officials.

It turns out that Bill Barr assigned John Durham to investigate the Spygate scandal weeks ago.

Fox News Producer Jake Gibson reported Tuesday that John Durham has been working on the investigation into the origins of the FBI’s CI probe into ‘Trump-Russia’ for “weeks.”

It was revealed Tuesday that Barr is working closely with CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats and FBI Director Christopher Wray on surveillance issues related to Trump’s 2016 campaign.

This suggests a broader inter-agency effort is underway.

Fox News also learned that John Durham is working directly with Inspector General Michael Horowitz on looking at the FISA abuses.

IG Horowitz is in the final stages of his investigation into the FISA abuses that took place during the 2016 election and is reportedly close to releasing his final report.

Obama’s corrupt FBI/DOJ used Hillary’s phony Russia dossier to obtain a FISA warrant and three subsequent renewals on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.

The first FISA warrant on Carter Page was granted in October of 2016, just weeks before Election Day and the 4th and final warrant was granted in June of 2017 — then-DAG Rosenstein and FBI Deputy McCabe both signed the June 2017 FISA warrant on Page, one month after Mueller was appointed as special counsel.

It is widely believed that there were also FISA warrants on General Mike Flynn, Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and Trump camp foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos, however that has not been publicly confirmed.

via US Attorney John Durham Began Investigating Spygate Scandal “Weeks Ago” – Working Directly with IG Horowitz on FISA Abuses — The Gateway Pundit

8 Marks of Authentic Worship | The Master’s Seminary

To define biblical worship is to confine it. At best we may try to describe the phenomena. But in simplest terms, worship is the human response to God.

How shall we formulate a biblical definition of worship for our time?

A bewildering array of definitions has already been proposed in the ever-expanding literature on the topic. Neither the First [the Old] nor the New Testament tried to capture the concept with a single word. We may characterize constituent parts of worship as mystery, celebration, life, dialogue, offering, or eschatological fulfillment, but to define biblical worship is to confine it.

At best we may try to describe the phenomena.

Pagan worship focuses on corporate and individual cultic efforts seeking to mollify the gods and secure their blessing. Today many Christians’ understanding of worship differs little from that of pagans, except perhaps that God is singular and the forms of worship come from traditions more or less rooted in the Scriptures. Largely divorced from life, such worship represents a pattern of religious activities driven by a deep-seated sense of obligation to God and a concern to win His favor. But this understanding is unbiblical; it separates worship from daily life and compartmentalizes human existence into the sacred and the secular.

To account for the dimensions of worship reflected in the Scriptures, we need a much more comprehensive explanation. In simplest terms, worship is ‘the human response to God.’ However, to reflect the complexity of the biblical picture, I propose the following:

True worship involves reverential human acts of submission and homage before the divine Sovereign in response to His gracious revelation of Himself and in accord with His will.

This is not so much a definition of worship as a description of the phenomena. Let me lay the groundwork with some brief commentary.

First, the Scriptures call for worship that is true as opposed to false.

Everyone worships. The problem is that not everyone worships truly.

Those who direct their worship to gods other than the God revealed in Scripture or who worship the living God in ways contrary to His revealed will worship falsely. Whether we interpret obedience ‘before YHWH’ in everyday conduct cultically or ethically (Deut. 6:25), to walk before Him in truth and faithfulness with our whole heart, mind, and being (1 Kings 2:4) demands integrity: consistency between confession and practice and consistency between what God seeks and what we present.

Second, true worship involves reverent awe.

Evangelical worship today often lacks gravitas appropriate to the occasion and the divine Auditor who invites us to an audience with Him. In Israelite worship, the concern for reverence was expressed through the design of the tabernacle and temple and by the priests’ attire, which was intended to promote dignity and royal beauty (Exod. 28:2, 40).

True worship need not be humorless, but neither will it be casual or flippant.

Third, true worship is a human response.

The Scriptures inform us that angelic creatures worship God by their words and by their actions as messengers of God and agents of providence (Isa. 6), and that the entire universe is involved in worshipful activity (Pss. 19:1-6; 50:6; 148). However, although Scripture envisions the ultimate restoration of fallen creation, its words are intended for human beings and primarily concern their relationship with God. The concern is not how the rest of the universe glorifies God but how we worship God – how we respond to the Westminster Catechism’s declaration that ‘the chief end of man [humanity] is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.’

Fourth, true worship involves action.

It is not primarily interior, as if God is concerned only about what is in our hearts and disinterested in external ritual and ethical expressions. Although many aspects of God remain a mystery to us, biblical religion is not mystical, nor is it primarily cultic or formulaic. Some challenge us to treat ‘worship’ as a verb, which is fine, so long as we recognize that true worship involves actions that demonstrate covenant commitment to and love for God, and that our daily lives are characterized by reverence and awe before Him. As the prophets declare (1 Sam. 15:22; Mic. 6:8) and Jesus Himself affirms (Matt. 23:23), obedience to the revealed ethical will of God must take priority over cultic ritual expression.

Fifth, true worship expresses the submission and homage of a person of lower rank before a superior.

While the Scriptures speak of covenant arrangements between equals (Gen. 31:44-54), the relationship between God and His people is by definition asymmetrical. By grace, the Creator of the universe and the Redeemer of Israel invites us to covenant relationship, but this covenant is fundamentally monergistic (instituted by one party): God selects the covenant partner, establishes the terms, and determines the consequences of the vassals’ response. True worship lets God be God on His terms, and we submit to Him as Lord with reverent and trusting awe.

Sixth, only the divine Sovereign is worthy of worship.

While human subordinates may express their humility before human superiors by bowing and prostration, only the divine Sovereign is worthy of actual worship – assuming that we understand worship as veneration of the One who is the source and sustainer of all things and on whom we are absolutely dependent.

This God has graciously revealed Himself in the First Testament by name as YHWH and by actions as Creator and Redeemer. In the New Testament He has revealed Himself primarily as the incarnate Son, but also as the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Seventh, true worship involves reactive communication.

We could not worship God acceptably if He had not taken the initiative both to communicate with us and to open our eyes to His communication, whether in creation, history, or Scripture. The universe declares the transcendent qualities and glory of God in a general sense, but only through His specific revelation in deed and word do we learn of His specific character and attributes. True worship involves communication through action – demonstrating covenant commitment to God and our fellow human beings because He first loved us (Exod. 20:2; 1 John 4:19).

Eighth, for worshipers’ acts of homage to be favorably received by God, they must align with His will rather than with the impulses of depraved human imagination.

Forms of worship may vary from culture to culture, but true worship comes from hearts totally devoted to God and determined to please Him. Scripture clearly reveals the forms of ethical worship acceptable to God, and since the New Testament gives minimal attention to corporate worship, true Christian worship should be grounded on theological principles established in the First Testament. Unless the New Testament expressly declares those principles to be obsolete, we should assume continuity.

In part, evangelical Christians quarrel over the nature of true worship, especially its cultic expression, because the New Testament hesitates to prescribe any liturgy when it describes the gathering of Christians. In these assemblies, the emphasis seems to have been on edification and encouragement, serving one another, and challenging one another to faith and good works. While liturgical homage to God appears to be deemphasized, the First and New Testaments agree that all of life should be a service of worship.

This understanding of worship as being wholehearted and full-bodied is not a novel New Testament idea. It runs like a thread from Genesis 4 (the worship of Cain and Abel) through Revelation 19 (the worship of those invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb). Nor is cultic language absent from New Testament references to the gathering of God’s people. Not only are Jesus’ instructions for the Lord’s Supper profoundly cultic, but Hebrews 10:19-31 also calls on Christians to ‘draw near [to God] with a sincere heart’ and admonishes them not to neglect participating in the assembly of God’s people. Hebrews 12:28-29 reinforces the assumption of 10:26-31, that Christians’ relationship to God closely resembles the Israelites’ relationship to YHWH.

Worship is indeed a complex matter, encompassing all of life.


This summer, Dr. Daniel I. Block will teach on Expository Preaching and the Old Testament in the Doctor of Ministry Summer 2019 session. To learn more about the D.Min. program and to apply, visit tms.edu/dmin.


This excerpt is adapted from For the Glory of God by Daniel I. Block, copyright (C) 2014. Used by permission of Baker Academic, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Daniel Block is a Guest Lecturer in the Master’s Seminary Doctor of Ministry Program. He is also Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School.

Source: 8 Marks of Authentic Worship

What churches should know about YWAM Part 1: A sketchy theological heritage — Spirit Of Error

This post is the first in a series on the influential Christian missions organization Youth With a Mission (YWAM), with a focus on its relationship to the controversial New Apostolic Reformation movement. YWAM was founded in 1960 by Loren Cunningham as a way to deploy young people as missionaries throughout the world. It’s now one of the largest Christian missionary organizations in the world, having more than 18,000 staff working in over 180 nations. Many churches financially support YWAM full-time missionaries and young adults who sign up to go on short-term mission trips with YWAM or to attend one of YWAM’s Discipleship Training Schools or other schools. Yet many of these churches would likely be surprised and concerned to learn about some of the unbiblical and spiritually harmful teachings promoted by this organization.

In this first post I’ll outline one significant part of YWAM’s theologically controversial history to set the stage for future posts about YWAM as it currently stands.

Read more: What churches should know about YWAM Part 1: A sketchy theological heritage — Spirit Of Error

May 14 Communion with God

Scripture reading: John 1:1–14

Key verse: Revelation 21:3

I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.”

God’s compelling desire since the creation of the world is to live in communion with man. Think of the grandeur and majesty of a God who yearns to befriend man in such a way that man’s entire life is lived out in the presence of the awesome, loving God.

So great is His desire to fellowship with man that He has made every provision possible for that intimacy. When sin severed man’s union with God and brought spiritual and physical death, God provided a tabernacle. The tabernacle was a place where man could still relate to Him under a divinely imposed order.

When John wrote that “the Word [Christ] became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14), he was referring to the incarnation of Christ. It represents the most passionate means by which God could restore fellowship with man through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.

The zenith of God’s desire to live and dwell among man is found in Revelation 21:3: “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them.”

Salvation does much more than bring you out of darkness and death; it ushers you into the presence of God to experience divine communion in prayer, praise, and worship.

Thank You, Lord, that You made every provision possible for me to experience intimacy with You. I praise You that You dwell in me, I am Yours, and You are my God.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 141). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

RenewAmerica Newsletter for May 14, 2019

May 13, 2019
PETER LEMISKA — ou’ve got to hand it to Jerry Nadler and the Democrats. They know just how to sound righteous, patriotic, and even noble when they want to. For two years, they posed as champions of democracy, railing about treason at the highest levels of government. “America deserves better,” they proclaimed. And today when they’re pontificating about abuse of power, threats to our democracy, the rule of law, and congressional oversight responsibility, why it’s nothing less than inspirational…. (more)

May 13, 2019
REAL CLEAR POLITICS — In his Monday night monologue, FNC’s Tucker Carlson said that when it comes to allegations of Trump-Russia collusion, “the Democratic base has been emotionally incontinent for quite some time.” “But the people who run the Democratic party are not crazy. They are coolly rational; they always have been. They want power,” he continued. “That’s all they want. Whatever it takes. These people don’t throw fits unless it’s to serve some higher political purpose. And this fit does serve a higher purpose. They’re trying to divert attention from a much bigger story.”… (more)


May 13, 2019
NEWSMAX — Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is calling out Joe Biden’s national security and foreign policy credibilility – – and says age would be “problematic” for both Biden and rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt…. (more)


May 13, 2019
BREITBART — Street artist Sabo lampooned Pete Buttigieg with Mad Magazine Cartoon only days after President Donald Trump laughed off the candidacy of “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg by comparing the former Indiana mayor to the cartoon character Alfred E. Neuman of Mad Magazine fame…. (more)

May 13, 2019
State governments are on course to virtually eliminate abortion access in large chunks of Deep South and Midwest
NBC – SAN DIEGO — If a new Mississippi law survives a court challenge, it will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there. Or, potentially, in neighboring Louisiana. Or Alabama. Or Georgia. The Louisiana legislature is halfway toward passing a law – – like the ones enacted in Mississippi and Georgia – – that will ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks into a pregnancy and before many women know they’re pregnant. Alabama is on the cusp of approving an even more restrictive bill…. (more)

May 13, 2019
REUTERS — A Venezuelan general called on the country’s armed forces on Sunday to rise up against President Nicolas Maduro, who has relied on the backing of the military to hold on to power despite an economic collapse…. (more)

May 12, 2019
DAILY WIRE — Google is one of the largest traffic drivers for news websites and, according to the Columbia Journalist Review, its influence is growing as Facebook’s traffic referrals decline…. (more)


May 12, 2019
It’s all that holds the different factions of the party together
MATTHEW CONTINETTI — And you thought that Democrats won the House out of fear Republicans would drop coverage of preexisting conditions. That they wanted to spend this Congress addressing the cost of prescription drugs, building roads and bridges, resolving the legal status of DACA recipients, expanding gun background checks. Don’t be silly! Rashida Tlaib let spill the real Democratic agenda back in January, when she said they were going to “impeach the motherf***er.”… (more)

May 12, 2019
ANDREW MCCARTHY — Russiagate has always been a political narrative masquerading as a federal investigation. Its objective, plain and simple, has been twofold: first, to hamstring Donald Trump’s capacity to press the agenda on which he ran (immigration enforcement, conservative judicial nominees, deregulation, and a military build-up, along with skepticism about military interventions, free trade, and NATO); and ultimately, to render him unelectable come autumn 2020…. (more)

May 12, 2019
WASHINGTON FREE BEACON — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who has been critical of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, previously expressed similar views, saying a barrier at the southern border was needed to stop “tons” of drugs from coming into the United States…. (more)

May 12, 2019
Said law would ‘unduly burden’ women
NEWSMAX — A federal judge on Friday struck down a Kentucky abortion law that would halt a common second-trimester procedure to end pregnancies. The state’s anti-abortion governor immediately vowed to appeal…. (more)

May 12, 2019
NEWSMAX — House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said Friday that he’s working to forgive the man that shot him in 2017 with the advice of a pastor whose church was burned down and forgave the alleged arsonist. Scalise, a Catholic, met the pastor at a reception last week with pastors from three predominantly black churches that were burned down in his district…. (more)

May 12, 2019
New case of ‘blasphemy’ against Muhammad
WORLDNETDAILY — This week, supporters of Asia Bibi celebrated the Christian mother’s exit from Pakistan, where she spent eight years on death row for “blaspheming” Islam’s prophet then went into protective custody amid death threats after the nation’s Supreme Court overturned her sentence…. (more)

May 12, 2019
‘ISIS is doing nothing different than Muhammad and his successors’
WORLDNETDAILY — Since 9/11, when Islamic terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people, Muslim advocacy groups in the United States have had considerable success promoting the notion that Islam is a religion of peace. Al-Qaida, ISIS and other such violent groups have nothing to do with Islam, goes the narrative. But Hamed Abdel-Samad, an Egyptian-born political scientist and author who emigrated to Germany, insists otherwise, arguing one need only examine the sacred texts and the founder of Islam…. (more)

May 10, 2019
3 ABC WEAR TV — At first glance, it looks like an abandoned dump. But this plot of land in Macon County, Alabama is described in an FBI search warrant as a “makeshift military-style obstacle course” belonging to a small group of terrorists led by Siraj Wahhaj who owned the property up a long dirt road but just a few miles from downtown Tuskegee…. (more)


May 9, 2019
WES VERNON — The left seems to get closer and closer to using its ultimate hammer to tame conservatives into obeisance to its commands. Years ago, according to a writer at the time, a group of “intellects” with Ph.D.s – – as reported by another writer at this website – – were casually discussing the possible ultimate need to consign resisters to hard left rule to “re-education camps.” Obviously, even the most anti-freedom leftist would know that such an incursion into a nation whose people still relish their freedoms would put up a fierce resistance…. (more)

May 9, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Mike Pompeo has forged a uniquely tight bond with President Trump during his time as CIA director and then as secretary of state, deploying a direct style appreciated by Trump and seeking to understand the president’s wishes rather than stampede Trump with his own agenda…. (more)

May 9, 2019
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — Democrats have grown infuriated by Attorney General William Barr’s indifference to their hysteria over the Trump-Russia collusion narrative…. (more)

May 9, 2019
NATIONAL REVIEW — As Congressional Democrats prepare to hold attorney general William Barr in contempt over his supposed lack of transparency, it’s worth remembering that he has made available to top Democrats the entirety of volume II of the Mueller report, save for two full and seven partial lines, which were redacted to protect grand jury secrecy in keeping with federal law…. (more)


May 9, 2019
PRNEWSWIRE — In another significant legal win for vaccine risk awareness non-profit Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN), a new Freedom of Information Act disclosure from the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revealed that the MMR vaccine was licensed based on clinical trials which in total had less than 1,000 participants and far more adverse reactions than previously acknowledged…. (more)


May 9, 2019
Ranking Republican Collins: Dems ‘have no plans, no purpose, and no viable legislative agenda beyond attacking this administration’
WORLDNETDAILY — Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., held a committee vote Wednesday to move forward with his plan to cite Attorney General William Barr with contempt even as the White House put the contested Mueller report under executive privilege…. (more)

May 9, 2019
BYRON YORK — At a contentious hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General William Barr dropped a big hint about his investigation into the conduct of the Trump-Russia investigation…. (more)

May 8, 2019
NATIONAL REVIEW — The Pentagon said Wednesday that it has enough funding to build 256 more miles of border wall in the near future, and will start construction at a rate of about a half mile a day over the next six months. “We now have on contract sufficient funds to build about 256 miles of barrier,” Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan said in testimony to the Senate Defense Appropriations subcommittee. “How you will see this materialize in the next six months is that about 63 additional new miles of wall will come online, so about a half a mile a day will be produced.”… (more)

May 8, 2019
MEDIAITE — With rare exception, special counsel Robert Mueller has emerged from the past two years unscathed – – seemingly immune to cable news criticism. But on Monday, one man who previously ran a high-profile independent investigation of a president came after him with a blistering take…. (more)

 

May 14, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his trade war with China as tensions escalated and markets extended their losses, promising a deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping soon, even as fears escalated about a protracted battle.

China on Monday raised tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s decision to increase tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports last week, escalating the trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

Neither the United States nor Iran want war and Iraq is in contact with both, Iraq’s state news agency INA quoted Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi as saying on Tuesday.

India delayed on Tuesday the implementation of higher tariffs on some goods imported from the United States to June 16, according to a government statement.

North Carolina voters on Tuesday will start the process of picking a new Republican candidate for Congress after state officials ordered a rerun of a November 2018 race marred by an absentee-ballot fraud scheme.

Alabama’s state Senate was due to vote on a bill on Tuesday that would outlaw nearly all abortions, but will first consider whether to allow the procedure for women and girls impregnated by rape and incest.

Spain’s Supreme Court has ruled that five Catalan separatist leaders can leave prison to be sworn-in as lawmakers next Tuesday but said it would not halt the trial over their role in Catalonia’s independence bid in 2017.

Huawei is willing to sign no-spy agreements with governments, including Britain, the Chinese telecommunications company’s chairman said on Tuesday as the United States pressures European countries to shun the firm over spying concerns.

North Korea said on Tuesday the seizure of one of its cargo ships by the United States was an illegal act that violated the spirit of a summit between the two countries’ leaders, and demanded the return of the vessel without delay.

AP Top Stories

On the deepest dive ever made by a human inside a submarine, a Texas investor and explorer found something he could have found in the gutter of nearly any street in the world: trash. Victor Vescovo, a retired naval officer, said he made the unsettling discovery as he descended nearly 6.8 miles (35,853 feet) to a point in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench that is the deepest place on Earth. His dive went 52 feet lower than the previous deepest descent in the trench in 1960.

U.S. authorities have seized one of North Korea’s largest cargo ships in connection with a scheme to illicitly export tons of coal in violation of international sanctions, Justice Department said.

The German captain of a migrant rescue ship was fined $11,240 by a Maltese court on Tuesday, after being found guilty of entering national waters 11 months ago without proper registration.

Indians voted Sunday in the next-to-last round of a six-week-long national election marked by a highly acrimonious campaign that has seen Prime Minister Narendra Modi blame opposition party chief Rahul Gandhi’s family for the country’s ills.

Spain has withdrawn a frigate from a U.S.-led naval group in the Gulf because it was now focusing on alleged threats from Iran rather than an agreed objective to mark an historic seafaring anniversary, the Spanish government said on Tuesday.

Syrian troops on Monday captured five small villages and a hill on the edge of the northwestern province of Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in the country, pro-government media said.

Amazon said Monday it was offering employees $10,000 to quit their jobs and become independent package delivery entrepreneurs for the online retail colossus.

Paris authorities have warned operators of the thousands of electric scooters that have inundated the city to keep them off pavements or face a temporary ban amid rising complaints from pedestrians.

Mike Pence has warned Christian graduates of an evangelical university that they should prepare to face “ridicule” for their beliefs. The deeply religious vice president told Liberty University students that “some of the loudest voices for tolerance today have little tolerance for traditional Christian beliefs”.

BBC

Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability in messaging app WhatsApp, it has been confirmed.

Two seaplanes carrying tourists from the same cruise ship have collided in south-eastern Alaska, with at least four people dead and two missing. One plane was carrying 11 people when it hit the other, which had five people aboard, near Ketchikan.

A jury in California has awarded more than $2bn to a couple who said the weed killer Roundup was responsible for their cancer.

The constitutional court of Guatemala has barred Zury Ríos, the daughter of ex-military ruler Efraín Ríos Montt, from running for the presidency. Ms Ríos was one of the frontrunners ahead of elections on 16 June.

An Iranian woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran for spying for the UK.

WND

A new study found that American states and cities with sanctuary policies are blocking the deportation of illegal immigrants from countries designated by the State Department as sponsors of terror.

Ninety-eight percent of the rules issued recently by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration were unconstitutional because the bureaucrats who created them lacked authority, a new study finds.


Mid-Day Snapshot · May 14, 2019

The Foundation

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” —John Adams (1798)

Democrats’ Growing Problem With God

A House Dem omits “so help me God” from an oath — symptomatic of a larger issue.


Pelosi Circles Wagons for Anti-Semitic Caucus

With Tlaib and Omar peddling hatred, the House speaker demands an apology from their critics.


Transgender Transformation

Even some radical feminists are realizing the danger to women posed by transgenderism.


Ocasio-Cortez, the Misunderstood Comedian

“You’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal.”


Profiles of Valor: CWO Jason W. Myers

He is recognized for his bravery in saving the lives of 15 hostages in Afghanistan.


Pence: Easy Christianity Is Gone

“Our nation and our world need that message of grace and love maybe more now than ever before.”


Video: Why Don’t You Support Israel?

For 70 years, it has been one of the freest, most prosperous, most successful nations on earth.


Video: Kamala Harris’s Terrible Interview

The Democrat 2020 candidate fumbles repeatedly with CNN’s Jake Tapper.



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A Sex Strike to Nowhere
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News – 5/14/2019

Iran bans men from looking at women during Ramadan
Iran has ordered its men to stop looking at women during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Along with banning men from looking at women, the Iranian government also announced bans on eating in public, and playing music in cars, as part of a new social crackdown, The Telegraph reported Saturday. “My personal advice to women is to respect the hijab even more than before and gentlemen must avoid looking directly at female passersby,” Gholam- Hossein Esmaili, a judiciary spokesperson said. “Anyone ignoring these instructions during the Ramadan will be committing an offense and should expect some punishment from the law enforcement units.” Those who break the rules will be punished, from fines to arrest and imprisonment, depending on the crime.

Barr Appoints US Attorney To Investigate FBI/DOJ Spying On Trump; Has Investigated FBI Before
Attorney General William Barr has appointed US Attorney John H. Durham of Connecticut to examine the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation to determine if the FBI’s spying on the Trump campaign was “lawful and appropriate,” According to Fox, Barr is “serious” and has assembled a team from the DOJ to participate in the probe, adding that Durham is known as a “hard-charging, bulldog” prosecutor according to their source.

Franklin Graham schools Cory Booker on faith
Franklin Graham, CEO of the Samaritan’s Purse global Christian ministry, apparently has taken on additional responsibilities as a Christian leader during the 2020 presidential election season. He’s schooling the candidates on the Bible. The latest lesson was directed to Democrat Cory Booker, who complained in an interview that the idea of “thoughts and prayers” helping someone is just “bull—-.” “Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker obviously doesn’t know the power of prayer,” Graham wrote on Facebook.

Ilhan Omar in U.S. illegally? Serious lawsuit seeks answer
Former Justice Department prosecutor and Freedom Watch founder Larry Klayman, who previously petitioned the Department of Homeland Security and the House of Representatives to investigate Rep. Ihlan Omar, D-Minn., to determine her eligibility for naturalization, now has gone to court.

Trump praises Orban as ‘tough’ defender of Christians
Orban has been accused of anti-Semitism and expressions of bias against Muslims and other minorities, among other reasons. However, he has admitted to Hungary’s “shameful” role in the Holocaust and his government last year pledged $3.4 million to fight anti-Semitism in Europe. Recently, Hungary opened a diplomatic office in Jerusalem.“You have been great with respect to Christian communities,” Trump told Orban, seemingly alluding to Hungary’s efforts to keep refugees from Syria from entering the European Union. “You have really put a block up, and we appreciate that very much.”

Rabbi: Trump Confronting Iran as ‘Tikkun’ of Esau
As tensions between Iran and the U.S. rise and the first sparks of an actual conflict appear, ancient prophecies concerning pre-messiah politics seem suddenly relevant like never before.

Pence Warns Graduates to Prepare for Persecution for Their Christianity
On Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence spoke to the 2019 graduates of Liberty University. While many commencement speakers wish the graduates a bright and glorious future, Pence issued a dire warning. He told the students that for most of America’s history, there was no problem being a Christian, but times have changed. He continued to tell the graduates that in today’s America to be prepared to be ridiculed and shunned because of their Christian faith. He also said that the loudest voices for tolerance have little tolerance for anything pertaining to Biblical teachings.

Trump to meet with Russia’s Putin, China’s Xi Jinping at G20
President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping next month at the G20 summit in Japan, he told reporters Monday. The summit will take place in late June in Osaka, Japan.

UN envoy says ‘last chance’ to prevent all-out war in Gaza
The UN envoy to the Mideast warned Monday that it was the “last chance” to prevent an all-out conflict between Israel and armed terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip. Mladenov told reporters “the next escalation is going to be probably the last one” before the sides descend into a full-fledged war,…

Obama WH Tied Clinton Email Cover-Up
In late April we announced that E.W. (Bill) Priestap, assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, had admitted in writing and under oath that the agency found Clinton email records in the Obama White House, specifically, the Executive Office of the President. Now we have obtained 44 pages of records from the State Department through court-ordered discovery revealing that the Obama White House was tracking a December 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking records concerning Clinton’s use of an unsecure, non-government email system. Months after the Obama White House involvement, the State Department responded to the FOIA requestor, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), falsely stating that no such records existed.

CHRISLAM UPDATE: Pope Francis Wishes A Very Happy Ramadan To ‘Our Muslim Brothers And Sisters’ As The Vatican Embrace Of Islam Grows Deeper
The endearing use of the phrase “brothers and sisters” invokes a vision of harmony and peace together. This is not the case between Muslims and Christians globally. This is Chrislam. Pope Francis continues his full court press of wooing the Muslims and Islam into the folds of the Roman Catholic tent as he builds the One World Religion that Revelation 13, 17 and 18 tells us the Roman pontiff will do.

TOP OBAMA-ERA FBI LAWYER ‘NERVOUS’ ABOUT DOJ INSPECTOR GENERAL INVESTIGATION
Barr, meanwhile, has launched a wide-ranging investigation into FBI conduct during the 2016 election, making him public enemy #1 to the left. Consequently, Democrats are now working overtime to discredit him less than three months after he ‘sailed through’ his confirmation hearings (on the Kavanaugh scale) due to his distinguished career in Washington.

Yes, CNN actually claims unborn babies “aren’t human”
During a recent segment of “Primetime with Chris Cuomo” on CNN, New York City Democratic politician Christine Quinn angrily defied science by squawking her deranged belief that, “when a woman is pregnant, that is not a human being inside of her.”

Former DHS officials ousted over push back on Trump administration’s plan to arrest thousands of migrants
Former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and a top immigration official challenged a previously secret White House plan to arrest thousands of migrant parents and children in nearly a dozen U.S. cities, Fox News confirmed Monday.

Heavy rains, ‘incredible’ flooding blamed for 2 deaths across Southeast from storm system
Heavy rains from a storm system sparked flash flooding that turned deadly across portions of the Southeast on Sunday and may have also contributed to a freight train derailment.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to break record for longest river flood event since 1927 on May 21
Parts of the south-central United States hammered by severe weather and flash flooding this past week will face long-term river flooding through the rest of May and even into June.

Anti-abortion bills mount as GOP-led states angle for Supreme Court fight over Roe v. Wade
Republican-led states are charging ahead with a spate of restrictive anti-abortion bills designed to trigger a legal battle that lands at the doorstep of the Supreme Court, lawmakers and experts said.

The LGBT Political Campaign Behind Pope Francis’ Election
With theologians and bishops aghast over what some are calling ‘the most terrible schism the world has ever seen,’ it behooves the Catholic hierarchy to take a closer look at the 2013 papal election since it appears to have raised to the Chair of Peter “a man, not canonically elected.”

Facebook Shuts Down Populist Italian Pages Before EU Elections
Facebook has shut down 23 major populist Italian pages with 2.5 million followers just two weeks before the European elections.

Disney’s New Film ’Tolkien’ Erases the Christian Faith and the Western Literary Tradition From the Story of the Author of ‘The Lord of the Rings’
Disney’s new film Tolkien premiers this weekend, and the trailers promise an engrossing biopic, complete with scenes from the First World War.

Phony Baptist Pastor And Jew-Hating False Teacher Steven Anderson Becomes The First Person To Be Banned From The Country Of Ireland
Pastor Steven L Anderson, who founded the Faithful Word Baptist Church in 2005, in Arizona, USA, was set to deliver a sermon in Dublin on May 26 as part of a short tour of Europe.

Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Cuts Bible References and Erases God, Jesus, Christian Artists From L’Engle’s Classic Novel
As Disney adapted the beloved children’s book “A Wrinkle in Time” (1962) into a major motion picture — with no less than Oprah Winfrey on the star-studded cast list — the studio cut out a great deal along the way. Bible quotes, a reference to Jesus, and even Christian historical figures all got the boot. Could the excising of God help explain why the movie is projected to struggle at the box office?

UK: Parents Gender Transition Son, 7, and Foster Son, 3, to Female
A British judge has given his approval to the foster parents of a transgender child who “transitioned” to their new gender at just three-years-old. The two parents, named only as TP and CP, already had a seven-year-old biological child who had changed their gender from boy to girl just months earlier.

Farrakhan: “I’m Here to Separate the Good Jews From the Satanic
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan reacted to Facebook banning him by saying in a speech, “I just know the truth, and I’m here to separate the good Jews from the Satanic Jews.”

Yankees Fans Call for Boycott After Ban of ‘G-d Bless America’
Yankees fans are calling for a boycott in response to the team’s banning of Kate Smith’s version of God Bless America. The team ditched the late singer’s rendition after a they learned Smith had also sung some controversial songs about blacks back in the 1930s.

Transgender Female Athlete Stripped Of 4 Powerlifting Titles Because Sports Board Rules ‘She’ Is Still A Biological Male Despite ‘Identifying’ As A Woman
In this planet, no matter what you do, you cannot increase the amount of water we have available to us. All the water that there ever was is all the water that there is. In much the same way is human gender. There are only two genders in this world, male and female, and nothing you can ever do will change that.

Millions Of Californians Will “Plunge Into Darkness” As PG&E Commits To Cut Power During Wildfire Season
As a result of a new plan to cut power on high wind days during wildfire season, millions of Californians could wind up unprepared and in darkness, according to Bloomberg.

SHOCKING: There Is Absolutely Appalling Anti-Semitism At New York University
Anti-Semitism at New York University (NYU), the large private institution in the city that is home to the nation’s largest Jewish population, is unfortunately hardly new.

Sex With Children Has Become Big Business in America
Children, young girls – some as young as 9 years old – are being bought and sold for sex in America. The average age for a young woman being sold for sex is now 13 years old.

CHRISLAM UPDATE: Pope Francis Wishes A Very Happy Ramadan To ‘Our Muslim Brothers And Sisters’ As The Vatican Embrace Of Islam Grows Deeper
If I call someone who is not my biological sibling my ‘brother or sister’ what exactly am I saying? Well, with the use of that term, I am acknowledging that that person and myself share an overwhelming and fundamental agreement about the major issues in life.

False Teacher And Gospel Pimp Paula White Now Says That God Has ‘Elevated Her To An Apostle’ So That She Can ‘Train Pastors’ For The Ministry
There are your run-of-the-mill, greedy-for-lucre crooked televangelists like Kenneth Copeland and Jesse Duplantis, laughable frauds like Benny Hinn that are so bad you cannot imagine that anyone could take them seriously, and a whole assortment of Laodicean gospel crooks of all shapes, sizes, genders and colors. When you arrive at the bottom of the barrel, you meet gospel pimp Paula White.


Headlines – 5/14/2019

Ex-IDF Chief of Staff Eizenkot warns White House ahead of release of Trump’s peace plan about the danger of escalation in Judea and Samaria

US Embassy in Israel issues alert to American citizens in Israel ahead of anniversary of the US Embassy opening in Jerusalem

For first time in decades, Temple Mount to be closed to Jews on Jerusalem Day

UN envoy says ‘last chance’ to prevent all-out war in Gaza

IDF said to issue troops near Gaza strict open fire orders ahead of Eurovision

President Rivlin grants Netanyahu more time to negotiate new government

Liberman says no more coalition talks, threatens to walk if demands not met

Liberman’s ultimatum: Accept all demands or we go to opposition

Poland cancels Israeli officials’ visit over Holocaust restitution conflict

Trump Slams Congresswoman Tlaib’s Holocaust Comments: ‘She Obviously Has Tremendous Hatred of Israel and the Jewish People’

Pelosi slams Trump, Republicans for trying to ‘smear’ Tlaib, calls for apology

Rashida Tlaib must explain her Holocaust comment, ‘would be better off if she stayed away from these subjects:’ Joe Lieberman

Trump cites Ramadan as time of ‘hope, tolerance and peace’

Trump’s ‘religious freedom’ changes are heartening some Jews and rattling others

US issues security alert on Iraq amid regional tensions

Iraq hunts IS remnants spreading fear in former ‘caliphate’

Erdogan tells Putin: Syria targeting Turkish-Russian ties by ceasefire violations in Idlib

Satellite images reveal heavy construction, expansion of Russian military base in Syria

Strait of Hormuz: UAE ‘Sabotage Attack’ Puts Focus on the World’s Most Important Oil Artery

Iran warns of ‘conspiracy’ over sabotaged vessels near Fujairah port

Two Saudi oil tankers, Norwegian ship apparently attacked near the Persian Gulf amid rising Iran tensions

US military assisting probe into ‘sabotaged vessels’ off UAE coast: Official

Initial US analysis shows Iran likely behind attack on Saudi oil tankers

US Defense Secretary presents updated plan that would send as many as 120,000 troops to Middle East in case of escalation with Iran

Iran-US tensions are reaching new heights – and neither is likely to blink

US-Iran conflict could break out ‘by accident,’ Britain warns

Europe urges Mike Pompeo and US to show restraint towards Iran

Trump: It would be big mistake for Iran to try anything against US

Trump warns Iran, says country will ‘suffer greatly’ if it does ‘anything’ amid tensions

Pompeo shares details on ‘escalating’ Iran threats in Brussels: U.S. State Department

US F-15, F-35, and B-52 bombers take off to patrol Arabian Gulf skies

Sudan’s Bashir charged over ‘killing’ of protesters

Sudan army rulers, protesters resume civil rule talks

Protests in Indian Kashmir over rape of 3-year-old

With this new missile, China could join the ranks of the world’s most dangerous nuclear arsenals

Trump to meet Xi after defiant China slaps U.S. with new tariffs

China’s nasty threat to retaliate against the US in the trade war would backfire catastrophically

Dow drops more than 600 points, posts worst day since January as China trade war escalates

$1.1 trillion in stock market value lost so far from trade war sell-off with more expected

Trump leaves farmers reeling by intensifying trade war with China

A decade after the recession, 40% of U.S. families still struggling

62% of millennials say they’re living paycheck to paycheck

Kavanaugh sides with liberal justices against Apple, deals blow to tech giant in App Store challenge

Barr assigns US attorney in Connecticut to look into government surveillance involving Trump campaign: source

Sen. Lindsey Graham advises Donald Trump Jr. to ignore Senate subpoena

Rosenstein unloads on Comey, says he broke ‘bright lines that should never be crossed’

‘Not looking good’ for Comey, Rosenstein ‘absolutely right to slam’ ex-FBI director, Hannity says

Expert: San Francisco face ID ban would be warning to police

Facebook Shuts Down Pro-Populist Italian Pages Before EU Elections

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Pampas, Peru

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Ohonua, Tonga

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Puquio, Peru

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Izu Islands, Japan region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Pamandzi, Mayotte

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 18,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 10,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 10,000ft

Out-of-season Cyclone Ann to strike northern Australia this week

Indian cyclone death toll rises, anger grows

‘Once in half a century’ torrential rain lashes Okinawa island of Yonaguni

De Blasio mocked by protesters at raucous Green New Deal rally inside Trump Tower

Third US jury finds Roundup weed killer likely caused cancer, awarding couple $2 billion

Gene-modified viruses rescue patient from drug-resistant ‘superbug’

Female film workers in Georgia urge Hollywood not to boycott over abortion law

11-Year-Old ‘Drag Kid’ Among ‘Faces of Pride’ for Converse Homosexual, Transgender Shoe Collection

Target pushes for U.S. government to punish churches and Christian business owners

LDS Church comes out against Equality Act, saying LGBTQ rights bill doesn’t ensure religious freedom


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Popular Taxpayer-Funded PBS Kid’s Cartoon Character Comes Out as Gay — Reformation Charlotte

If there were ever any doubt that the Pagan state is fully devoted to indoctrinating our children, that doubt should be completely removed now. The popular PBS kid’s cartoon, Arthur, that has aired since the mid 1990s is now exposing children as young as toddler’s to homosexual propaganda.

According to their website, CPB, the parent company of PBS is “a private nonprofit corporation created and funded by the federal government and is the steward of federal funding for public media.” That means your tax dollars are paying for this.

TV Line reports,

Here are two things you probably didn’t know: First, the animated children’s series Arthur is still on the air, entering its 22nd season on PBS Kids. Second, Arthur’s teacher — the well-read, well-dressed, well-liked Mr. Ratburn — is gay.

Parents need to be aware that PBS and PBS Kids programming is used in most public schools, therefore, your children are most likely being exposed to this without your knowledge or consent. Not only is this type of propaganda subversive and immoral, in some areas, it may be illegal as it discriminates against parents’ rights to raise their children and teach them according to their own faith and religion.

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REMINDER: EVERY BOGUS 2016 FISA REQUEST to Spy on Trump was Signed by Obama’s AG Loretta Lynch — The Gateway Pundit

Last night on the Laura Ingraham Angle on FOX News, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, John Yoo, noted that Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed off on most all the FISA warrants during Obama’s last couple years in office (emphasis added) –

As somebody who’s worked on FISA applications, I can tell you how high it could go because under the FISA law itself the Attorney General has to approve the FISA application.  So if the Steele dossier, which we now know was completely made up, was used as a basis for the FISA application, then you have somebody that was high up in the FBI that had to approve that.  Somebody high up in the Justice Department had to approve that.  Ultimately the Attorney General [Loretta Lynch] has to approve that.

And then a second thing we haven’t touched on yet is that appears that the FBI attempted to send undercover informants and agents to infiltrate the Trump campaign.  There’s a whole other set of laws that are called the Attorney General guidelines which are supposed to only allow that in very, very rare circumstances.  So I assume the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General and maybe FBI Director Comey all had to sit in on that decision and approve it…

Here’s a reminder of what we reported on February 3rd, 2018, more than a year ago –>>

On March 7th, 2017, the Gateway Pundit reported – Only 1 in 10,000 FISA Requests Was Denied in 6 Years — Obama’s First Request to Wiretap Trump Denied in 2016.

We now know that the FISA requests to spy on Carter Page were based on the discredited and bogus fake Trump dossier created by Fusion GPS and that the dossier’s origin was not reported to the court.

We also know that all of these requests were signed off on by the Obama Administration’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch and that the first request to spy on Trump was denied by the FISA Court.

In March 2017 we reported that President Trump tweeted that former President Obama had petitioned a court [at least] twice in order to wire tap current President Trump when he was running for office.

In his first tweet President Trump tweeted:

Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!

The President next tweeted:

Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!

We also reported that according to ABC News:

More than a thousand applications for electronic surveillance, all signed by the attorney general, are submitted each year, and the vast majority are approved. From 2009 to 2015, for example, more than 10,700 applications for electronic surveillance were submitted, and only one was denied in its entirety, according to annual reports sent to Congress. Another one was denied in part, and 17 were withdrawn by the government.

A very disturbing fact about the wire tapping request of President Trump is that the FISA Court turned down President Obama’s Administration’s first request to wire tap President Trump that was evidently signed off on by Attorney General Lynch. With only two known applications denied out of 10,700 from 2009 through 2015, the fact that the Obama Administration’s application was denied by the FISA Court is very disturbing. The odds of this happening were 0.02%.

Now we know that Carter Page was spied on by the Obama Administration and the information provided to the Court to spy on him was bogus.

We now have additional evidence that the Obama Administration, its AG, FBI and DOJ were all corrupt and doing all they could, including obtaining warrants to spy on President Trump based on bogus information, to take him down before the 2016 election.

The amazing thing is … Trump still won!

via REMINDER: EVERY BOGUS 2016 FISA REQUEST to Spy on Trump was Signed by Obama’s AG Loretta Lynch — The Gateway Pundit

What are men learning from violence against men and false accusations from women?

WINTERY KNIGHT

A massive decline in marriage rate A massive decline in marriage rate (per 1,000 of population in America)

A couple of women who write for the Daily Wire keep posting scary stories of men being mistreated by women. I’m going to link to a few of their stories below, from last week. Then I want to say something about why these sorts of events are happening so frequently, and what message it sends to men who might want to have a committed relationship with a woman.

The two women writers at Daily Wire are Amanda Prestigiacamo and Ashe Schow.

Here is one from May 8th, by Amanda:

Thirty-six-year-old Kenan Basic spent weeks in jail, lost his relationship, and was repeatedly slandered after a woman falsely accused him of sexual misconduct.

According to Australia-based 7NEWS, Basic was accused of “indecently assaulting and stalking” Caitlyn Gray, a 19-year-old woman, after he stopped to help her when her car…

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SATAN and the LIE of Replacement Theology

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Most of us have heard of the false teaching called Replacement Theology. This article is for those who either have never heard of it, or have had this preached to them Sunday after Sunday and just figured that it was Biblical.

I’m here to tell you – It’s a lie from the pit of hell.

Replacement Theology (RT), has been around for centuries. The term used by theologians is supersessionism. The church supersedes Israel. Theologians have cited the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD as proof that God was finished with the Jewish people.

It has always amazed me that churches who teach RT completely ignore some critically important words by the apostle Paul in Romans 11. I would HIGHLY recommend that you read all of Romans 11 (9 and 10 as well) but Romans 11 truly expresses why the Jews did not receive their Savior, and clearly shows…

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Steve Hilton: China Imports Are Less Than 3% of US Economy – We Don’t Need China! (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump is right.  The time is right.  It’s time for China to be held to fair trade standards and accountable for the theft of intellectual property.

On Saturday night on the FOX News Channel’s The Next Revolution, the host Steve Hilton gave an excellent argument for President Trump’s actions to raise tariffs on China.  Hilton shared:

We can easily afford to fight China.  To hear some people talk about it you would think we’re totally dependent on China.  That is absolute rubbish.  Our economy is huge and thanks to President Trump’s pro-enterprise agenda its growing fast.  Imports from China are just 2.7% of its total.  Exports to China a naught point nine (0.9) percent.  Over 96% of our economy is not trade with China.  We could totally disengage with China and we’d be absolutely fine.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich also agrees that the President is doing the right thing with China –

The timing is right.  It’s time for China to play fair!

via Steve Hilton: China Imports Are Less Than 3% of US Economy – We Don’t Need China! (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Bullying OK – if the Bullies are Liberal? — David Fiorazo

Why is there no outcry from the media on the increased bullying of pro-life Christians? Because the bullies are liberal. Godless pro-abortion activists are more emboldened now, and cases of physical attacks are more frequent.

Pro-lifers praying on public sidewalks are cussed out and mocked, displays are vandalized, liberal students joke about aborted fetuses, an 82 year-old woman attacked, Pennsylvania Democrat, Brian Sims bullies women praying outside an abortion clinic… The left is losing it, but don’t stoop to their level of intolerance and lack of civility.

Hollywood, the media, and public schools and universities are making disciples. For decades now, they have indoctrinated and misinformed people to the point they’re now easily triggered by those who have a different view – especially on abortion.

Some of the loudest voices for tolerance have very little tolerance for Christians, and this hypocrisy is practically ignored.

But the good news is Christian and conservative pro-life supporters across the U.S. are not backing down. A big rally was held last Friday in Philadelphia in response to Planned Parenthood advocate, Representative Brian Sims, harassing pro-life women outside a clinic there.

That same Philly clinic, by the way, has failed their last twenty-three patient safety inspections! Sadly, the abortion business is the least-regulated industry in America. Even with this many failures, there is no indication this clinic was ever fined, penalized or forced to closed until the failures have been remedied.

The complicit media and those who claim they care about women’s health just turn the other way.

Sims actually filmed himself berating peaceful pro-life supporters, including teenage girls. The Pennsylvania Democrat actually posted the video where he harassed a woman who was quietly walking the sidewalk outside the abortion business and praying. He called her “shameful,” “disgusting,” “racist,” and an “old white lady.”

Senator Ted Cruz responded:

Hateful, angry Dem state rep videoed himself offering a $100 bounty for the identities of three teenage girls praying outside Planned Parenthood. These young girls showed more maturity than [Sims]. Will Dem Party condemn this abuse?

Let’s consider Sim’s accusation of “racist” for a minute. There are now more black babies aborted than born in New York City, home of the very first Planned Parenthood clinic. We want to save black babies – and all the others – while Democrats want to continue disposing of them. And Philadelphia already has become infamous for its gruesome history involving baby killer, Kermit Gosnell, whose murder spree was so notorious a movie was made to tell the story.

Just like the media ignored the Gosnell murder trial for fear of exposing the truth about abortion practices, they looks the other way to cover for abortion activists. We get it. So all we can do it draw attention to instances of liberals acting out, and encourage you to respond with patience and self-control.

Another disturbing story took place at the University of Texas-San Antonio recently. Planned Parenthood activists showed up to mock a memorial of 911 pink crosses in the grass that Students for Life set up to represent babies who never got to live. Why? Planned Parenthood commits 911 abortions a day, affecting countless families across the country.

The protesters had signs and yelled about how they love abortion; one even pointed to the crosses and said, “Look, there’s mine right there.” One student said that she loves to have sex just to abort fetuses. Later they came and stood in the middle of the pink crosses and a girl proudly yelled, “I’ve had an abortion!” They also chanted, “Hey, stop, what’s that sound, all the fetuses are in the ground.”

Up north, a similar memorial display was created at the University of Michigan, and pro-abortion students were caught on video ripping crosses out of the ground and throwing them in a trash bag. Someone asked a purple-haired feminist, “Is there a reason why you’re doing this?” With no hesitation, she responded, ‘’because we disagree with it.”

She then insisted the crosses were garbage and continued throwing them away!

In Louisville, Kentucky, 82-year-old Donna Durning has been praying outside the Women’s Surgical Center for many years encouraging young women and offering help if they need to talk to someone. She was recently assaulted by a woman leaving the abortion clinic who shoved her to the ground where Durning sustained a broken leg and cut on her forehead.

She was rushed to the hospital where her femur was surgically repaired. Fortunately, the attack was captured by a street surveillance camera. Describing the incident, Durning stated:

“She turned and looked at me, and I gave her a sweet little card. …I said, ‘Honey, this is for you; if you want to talk to somebody, there’s a phone number there.’ She grabbed me by both shoulders and literally threw me to the ground.”

In the heartbreaking video, the assailant simply turns away from her elderly, screaming victim and jumps into a car which speeds away from the scene.

The Left is full of equal opportunity attackers. Ask Ron, an 85-year-old who was recently attacked outside a Planned Parenthood Clinic in San Francisco during in a peaceful protest with 40 Days For Life . A young male tried stealing the sign he was holding, and shoved Ron to ground kicking and threatening him.

Then there’s Austin Beigel, with pro-life organization, Created Equal, attacked at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill by a pro-abortion activist during a campaign called “Road Trip for Life.” Just moments after setting up photos of preborn infants as well as graphic abortion images, a woman who has since been charged with misdemeanor assault, confronted him and punched him.

Because every one of us has a God-given conscience, these people know deep down, they’re wrong. But notice how Beigel responded. After video of the incident was published on line, he went on Facebook to encourage people to pray for the woman who attacked him. Amen.

Beigel said his faith motivates him to give people the grace God has given him, and that faith is an inseparable part of the pro-life message. Though it’s important to know the facts about biology and science, we also need to explain why abortion is morally wrong.

“To actually tell someone why something is wrong, I have to appeal to a standard, and the standard of where I get my morality comes from God himself, which is the ultimate standard,” he said. “So when we’re dealing with these tough issues, I use the Bible as a clarification tool to understand. I use it as my lens, through which I view the world.”

People can deny facts and reality, but always remember: the truth is on our side! So how do we respond to bullying and hate? Love your enemies and forgive them. It’s not easy, but the Apostle Peter reminds us:

But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 1 Peter 2:20-23

God will have the final say, and He promises justice in the end for all who are oppressed.

Last week, Vice President Mike Pence spoke at Liberty University and warned graduates they should be prepared to face discrimination and ridicule because of their religious beliefs. “Throughout most of American history, it’s been pretty easy to call yourself Christian,” Pence said. “It didn’t even occur to people that you might be shunned or ridiculed for defending the teachings of the Bible.”

What we’re seeing is rebellion against the only living God as Christians are facing unrelenting attacks from abortion extremists as well as the LGBTQ mob. In the past I’d get angry, but now I feel really sorry for those whose only hope is in this short life. Their deceived and they need Christ; pray for them.

Just as in the movie, Unplanned, the most committed abortion activists and Planned Parenthood apologists can have a change of heart when God reaches them with the truth about life.

Video courtesy Freedom Project Media

via Bullying OK – if the Bullies are Liberal? — David Fiorazo

Will S&P 500 Peak At Historic Kiss of Resistance In May? — Kimble Charting Solutions

The economic recovery and ensuing bull market off the 2009 financial crisis lows has been one of the longest in history.

And over that stretch of time, the S&P 500 Index has reached technical milestones. While making new all-time highs, the index rallied past big round numbers like 2000 and 2500, and Fibonacci extension 161.8 before reaching its Fibonacci 261.8% level, based upon the 2007 highs and 2009 lows.

In the process of reaching the 261.8 Fibonacci extension, the S&P 500 saw its momentum slow and the S&P 500 broke its long-term uptrend line (1).

Over the past 18 months, the index has carved out 3 peaks (of sorts). And, in doing so, momentum has produced a lower high at each (2).

The latest peak comes at a “kiss” of the underside of that long-term uptrend line. And the recent selloff has the S&P 500 breaking below its short-term rising uptrend line off the December 2018 lows. This isn’t a good look for the market.

Stock market bulls do not want to see selling accelerate here, they want to see a breakout above the 261% level!!! If the S&P breaks above the 261% level, a STRONG bullish message would be sent!

This article was first written for See It Markets.com. To see original post CLICK HERE.

via Will S&P 500 Peak At Historic Kiss of Resistance In May? — Kimble Charting Solutions

President Trump Commends Hungarian PM Orban For Protecting Christian Communities and Championing Christian Values — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

President Donald Trump praised Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in front of reporters Monday at the White House.

Trump said Orban was doing “a tremendous job.”

Orban is “probably like me – a little bit controversial, but that’s okay,” Trump said before a private meeting with him in the Oval Office. “You’ve done a good job and you kept your country safe.”

Orban is somewhat a controversial figure some accuse of using his political power to limit opposition.  But he’s also supported important changes to the Hungarian constitution, protecting Christian values, including the family and the unborn.

“We are proud to stand together with the United States on fighting against illegal migration, on terrorism and to protect and help the Christian communities all around the world,” Orban said.

“You’ve been great with Christian communities,” Trump told the prime minister.  “You’ve really put a block up and we appreciate that very much.”

In 2017, CBN News Senior Reporter Dale Hurd filed the following story from Budapest about a renaissance of Christianity in Eastern Europe. 

BUDAPEST – In a time when most of Europe is in the grips of atheism, there is a nation where Christianity seems to not only be holding its own but some say is thriving.

Imagine a government that is unabashedly Christian, that thinks Christian values are worth defending, that wants to protect and even nourish the family.

Welcome to Hungary.

A Christian Nation

Hungary’s constitution is explicitly Christian and says that marriage is between one man and one woman and that life begins at conception. It even includes the phrase, “God bless the Hungarians.”

Hungary’s Faith Church, with 300 branches, is one of the largest Pentecostal churches in Europe, with 70,000 attendees.

Help for Persecuted Christians

And the Hungarian government has taken on the role of protecting Christianity. It’s even set up an office to help persecuted Christians worldwide.

When CBN News revealed the story of Sweden’s threat to deport Iranian actress Aideen Strandsson back to certain prison and torture in Islamic Iran, only one nation stepped up and offered her asylum: Hungary.

The Hungarian government says, “Taking in persecuted Christians is our moral and constitutional duty.”

Returning to Its Christian Roots

Hungarian policy analyst István Pócza says Hungary has only returned to its roots as a historic bastion of Christianity, dating back over a thousand years.

“Hungary wants to protect the European values, European Christian Jewish values,” he told CBN News.

Christianity in Hungary has survived almost 200 years of Muslim Ottoman rule and Soviet Communist domination.

Secretary of State Zoltán Kovács told us, “You have to stick to your traditions and legacies. Europe’s legacy is a Christian legacy, not necessarily in a religious form but most definitely in a cultural form.”

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Source: CBN

via President Trump Commends Hungarian PM Orban For Protecting Christian Communities and Championing Christian Values — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

IT’S HAPPENING! Barr Expands Probe to Inter-Agency Effort: Durham Working With CIA Chief Haspel, DNI Coats and FBI Boss Wray on Spygate Probe — The Gateway Pundit

Attorney General Bill Barr’s investigation into Spygate is much broader than previously known.

The media was stunned Monday after it was revealed Bill Barr appointed top special prosecutor John Durham to investigate the origins of the Russia probe.

John Durham, a US Attorney in Connecticut was nominated by Trump in 2017 and has a history of investigating wrongdoing among national security officials.

According to a new report by DOJ reporter for CNN Laura Jarrett, Barr is working closely with CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats and FBI Director Christopher Wray on surveillance issues related to Trump’s 2016 campaign.

This suggests a broader inter-agency effort is underway.

This new development should not surprise anyone who has been closely following Russiagate/Spygate (Obamagate) because we know that all hands were on deck to spy on Trump’s 2016 campaign.

CIA Chief John Brennan, DNI Chief James Clapper and FBI Director James Comey were all involved in promoting the phony, Hillary-funded dossier and passed it around the various intel agencies.

Hillary’s phony dossier even ended up in the IC report, contrary to statements made by Clapper under oath.

Laura Jarrett also reported that the US Attorney tapped by Barr to investigate Spygate, John Durham, will be working with Barr on a “360 degree review of the situation.”

So what exactly is John Huber, the special prosecutor tapped by former AG Sessions doing?

Jarrett reported that Huber has “been in a holding pattern as the DOJ IG completes review of the situation surrounding Carter Page surveillance warrant – his work on Clinton wrapping soon.”

This is why the Democrat-media complex is viciously attacking Bill Barr — they no longer have control over the Justice Department because unlike Jeff Sessions, Bill Barr is about the rule of law.

via IT’S HAPPENING! Barr Expands Probe to Inter-Agency Effort: Durham Working With CIA Chief Haspel, DNI Coats and FBI Boss Wray on Spygate Probe — The Gateway Pundit

May 14, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

In this verse David enjoins the godly neither to oppress their neighbours by usury, nor to suffer themselves to be corrupted with bribes to favour unrighteous causes. With respect to the first clause, as David seems to condemn all kinds of usury in general, and without exception, the very name has been every where held in detestation. But crafty men have invented specious names under which to conceal the vice; and thinking by this artifice to escape, they have plundered with greater excess than if they had lent on usury avowedly and openly. God, however, will not be dealt with and imposed upon by sophistry and false pretences. He looks upon the thing as it really is. There is no worse species of usury than an unjust way of making bargains, where equity is disregarded on both sides. Let us then remember that all bargains in which the one party unrighteously strives to make gain by the loss of the other party, whatever name may be given to them, are here condemned. It may be asked, Whether all kinds of usury are to be put into this denunciation, and regarded as alike unlawful? If we condemn all without distinction, there is a danger lest many, seeing themselves brought into such a strait, as to find that sin must be incurred, in whatever way they can turn themselves, may be rendered bolder by despair, and may rush headlong into all kinds of usury, without choice or discrimination. On the other hand, whenever we concede that something may be lawfully done this way, many will give themselves loose reins, thinking that a liberty to exercise usury, without control or moderation, has been granted them. In the first place, therefore, I would, above all things, counsel my readers to beware of ingeniously contriving deceitful pretexts, by which to take advantage of their fellow-men, and let them not imagine that any thing can be lawful to them which is grievous and hurtful to others.

With respect to usury, it is scarcely possible to find in the world a usurer who is not at the same time an extortioner, and addicted to unlawful and dishonourable gain. Accordingly, Cato of old justly placed the practice of usury and the killing of men in the same rank of criminality, for the object of this class of people is to suck the blood of other men. It is also a very strange and shameful thing, that, while all other men obtain the means of their subsistence with much toil, while husbandmen fatigue themselves by their daily occupations, and artisans serve the community by the sweat of their brow, and merchants not only employ themselves in labours, but also expose themselves to many inconveniences and dangers,—that money-mongers should sit at their ease without doing any thing, and receive tribute from the labour of all other people. Besides, we know that generally it is not the rich who are exhausted by their usury,2 but poor men, who ought rather to be relieved. It is not, therefore, without cause that God has, in Lev. 25:35, 36, forbidden usury, adding this reason, “And if thy brother be waxen poor and fallen in decay with thee, then thou shalt relieve him; take thou no usury of him or increase.” We see that the end for which the law was framed was, that men should not cruelly oppress the poor, who ought rather to receive sympathy and compassion. This was, indeed, a part of the judicial law which God appointed for the Jews in particular; but it is a common principle of justice which extends to all nations and to all ages, that we should keep ourselves from plundering and devouring the poor who are in distress and want. Whence it follows, that the gain which he who lends his money upon interest acquires, without doing injury to any one, is not to be included under the head of unlawful usury. The Hebrew word נשך, neshek, which David employs, being derived from another word, which signifies to bite, sufficiently shows that usuries are condemned in so far as they involve in them or lead to a license of robbing and plundering our fellow-men. Ezekiel, indeed, chapters 18:17, and 22:12, seems to condemn the taking of any interest whatever upon money lent; but he doubtless has an eye to the unjust and crafty arts of gaining, by which the rich devoured the poor people. In short, provided we had engraven on our hearts the rule of equity, which Christ prescribes in Matthew 7:12, “Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them,” it would not be necessary to enter into lengthened disputes concerning usury.

What next follows in the text properly applies to judges who, being corrupted by presents and rewards, pervert all law and justice. It may, however, be extended farther, inasmuch as it often happens, that even private individuals are corrupted by bribes to favour and defend bad causes. David, therefore, comprehends, in general, all those corruptions by which we are led away from truth and uprightness. Some think that what is here intended is the rapacity of judges in extorting money from the innocent who are accused, as the price of their deliverance, when they ought rather to have protected and assisted them gratuitously. But it appears from the passages similar to this in Ezekiel, which we have quoted, that the sense is different.

He who doeth these things. This conclusion warns us again, that all who thrust themselves into the sanctuary of God are not permanent citizens of “the holy Jerusalem which is above;” but that hypocrites, and all who falsely assume the title of saints, shall at length be “cast out” with Ishmael whom they resemble. That which is ascribed in Psalm 46 to the whole Church, David here applies to every one of the faithful: He shall not be moved for ever. The reason of this which is there expressed is, because God dwells in the midst of Jerusalem. On the contrary, we know that he is far from the perfidious and the wicked, who approach him only with the mouth, and with feigned lips.[1]


5a When the wise promise, make a vow, or swear to do something, they remain true to their word (cf. Ecc 5:1–7; Mt 5:33–37). They have a deep sense of integrity and must often make material sacrifices to be honest. Their honor is more important than their wallet.

The concern of the wise for people shows up also in their relationship to the poor and those who need justice (v. 5). The poor at times needed a loan to keep from being sold into slavery. The idiom “lends his money” (lit., “his silver he does not give”) refers to the practice of giving silver as an ancient equivalent for money lending.

“Usury” was the practice of charging high interest on business loans. According to the law, the Israelite was not to take advantage of the adversities of a fellow Israelite who had fallen on hard times (Ex 22:25–27; Lev 25:35–36; Dt 23:19). Usury was prohibited because of the need of the poor to not get further into debt and because of the ancient Near Eastern practice of high interest rates—as much as 50 percent (cf. “Interest,” ZPEB 3:295). Israelites were to have regard for their fellow Israelites.

Often the poor were also cast into court and taken advantage of by the well-to-do, who could easily afford to pay a bribe to thwart justice. The law strictly prohibited bribery (cf. Ex 23:8; Dt 16:19). The godly witness or judge should refuse any bribe as being a perversion of justice. Dahood, 1:83–85, goes beyond this in suggesting that “innocent” should be translated “hungry” (based on Am 4:6) and that the word for “bribe” be given the broader meaning “compensation”: “nor accept compensation from the hungry.” Though the law clearly prohibits usury and bribery, it does not prohibit receiving equitable compensation. Moreover, the legal aspect of the regulations of vv. 4b–5a inclines the balance in favor of the usual legal meaning of “innocent” (over against Dahood).

The prophets did not spare words in condemning the practice of bribery (cf. Isa 1:23; 5:23; Am 5:11–15). The godly person does not discriminate against the poor in favor of the rich, powerful, and influential.

The Promise (15:5b)

5b The reward of God ensures that the wise will “dwell” with the Lord (v. 1; cf. 23:6). They may experience adversities, but they will never fall (cf. 37:31), as the wicked will (1:4–6; 9:17; 37:36). They will “never be shaken” (cf. 16:8). This is God’s promise. Clearly the ethics of God’s people are not a system of morality independent of the Lord; rather, they have a theological basis. This is also Jesus’ emphasis in the Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5–7).[2]


5. (Compare Le 25:37; De 23:19, 20).

usury is derived from a verb meaning “to bite.” All gains made by the wrongful loss of others are forbidden.

taketh reward, &c.—The innocent would not otherwise be condemned (compare Ex 23:8; De 16:19). Bribery of all sorts is denounced.

doeth these, &c.—Such persons admitted to God’s presence and favor shall never be moved (Ps 10:6; 13:5).[3]


Ver. 5.—He that putteth not out his money to usury. Usury, when one Israelite borrowed of another, was strictly forbidden by the Law (Exod. 22:25; Lev. 25:36; Deut. 23:19). When the borrower was a foreigner, it was lawful (Deut. 15:3; 33:20); and no discredit can attach to the practice, so long as the rate of interest charged is moderate (comp. Matt. 25:27). Here the writer contemplates only such usury as was forbidden by the Law. Nor taketh reward against the innocent; refuses, i.e., to take a bribe, either as judge or witness, when a charge is made against an innocent person. The contrary conduct was widely practised by the Israelites in later times (see Isa. 1:23; 5:23; Jer. 22:17; Ezek. 22:12; Hos. 4:18; Micah 3:11, etc.), and prevails generally in the East to the present day. He that doeth these things shall never be moved (comp. Ps. 16:8). He shall continue “steadfast, unmovable,” having God “at his right hand,” as his Protector and Sustainer.[4]


5 “He that putteth not out his money to usury.” Usury was and is hateful both to God and man. That a lender should share with the borrower in gains made by his money is most fitting and proper; but that the man of property should eat up the poor wretch who unfortunately obtained a loan of him is abominable. Those who grind poor tradesmen, needy widows, and such like, by charging them interest at intolerable rates, will find that their gold and their silver are cankered. The man who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord must shake off this sin as Paul shook the viper into the fire. “Nor taketh reward against the innocent.” Bribery is a sin both in the giver and the receiver. It was frequently practised in Eastern courts of justice; that form of it is now under our excellent judges almost an unheard-of thing; yet the sin survives in various forms, which the reader needs not that we should mention; and under every shape it is loathsome to the true man of God. He remembers that Jesus instead of taking reward against the innocent died for the guilty.

5 “He that doeth these things shall never be moved.” No storm shall tear him from his foundations, drag him from his anchorage, or uproot him from his place. Like the Lord Jesus, whose dominion is everlasting, the true Christian shall never lose his crown. He shall not only be on Zion, but like Zion, fixed and firm. He shall dwell in the tabernacle of the Most High, and neither death nor judgment shall remove him from his place of privilege and blessedness.

Let us betake ourselves to prayer and self-examination, for this Psalm is as fire for the gold, and as a furnace for silver. Can we endure its testing power?[5]


The Final State of the Truly Faithful (15:5b)

15:5b. The hope of the truly faithful, whatever he may experience in this life, is that he will never be shaken, that is, he will never lose or be separated from his promised inheritance of life in the new creation in the presence of God (cf. Rm 8:38–39). Implicit in this affirmation, as highlighted in the following psalm where the same phraseology is employed, is that the faithful will never be shaken because the Lord Himself is at their right hand (Ps 16:8), referring to the believer’s reliance on God (including His Word and His character), the only unshakable foundation in this corrupt and crumbling world (the same phraseology is used in Pss 21:8; 112:6; 125:1; Pr 10:30; 12:3).[6]


15:5 The friend of God does not put out his money at interest, that is, to another member of God’s family. Under the law of Moses, an Israelite could lend to Gentiles at interest (Deut. 23:19, 20) but was forbidden to do so to a fellow Jew (Ex. 22:25; Lev. 25:35–37).

If Jews living under law were guided by this principle, how much more so should Christians living under grace!

Finally, the righteous man does not take a bribe against the innocent. He hates the perversion of justice, and disproves the old saying that “everybody has his price.”

This then is the type of person who lives for God in time and for eternity. Come to think of it, no one else would be comfortable in God’s presence![7]


[1] Calvin, J., & Anderson, J. (2010). Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Vol. 1, pp. 212–214). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[2] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, pp. 184–185). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 1, p. 350). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[4] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Psalms (Vol. 1, p. 92). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[5] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 1-26 (Vol. 1, p. 178). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.

[6] Rydelnik, M., Vanlaningham, M., Barbieri, L. A., Boyle, M., Coakley, J., Dyer, C. H., … Zuber, K. D. (2014). Psalms. In The moody bible commentary (p. 772). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[7] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 565). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

May 14 Test What You Hear

scripture reading: Isaiah 14:12–14
key verse: 1 John 4:1

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Since his prideful revolt and fall from heaven, Satan has been committed to destruction, deception, and rebellion against God. His tactics have not changed; from the first temptation in the Garden of Eden, his strategy has been the distortion of God’s Word (Isa. 14:12–14).

First John 4:1 warns, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (nasb). Many are led into error by those who make deceptive changes or additions to God’s unerring, eternal truth.

The best line of defense against the twisting of Scripture is knowing exactly what it says. For example, you may hear this often–quoted statement: “The Bible says money is the root of all evil.” But 1 Timothy 6:10 actually says, “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil” (nasb, emphasis mine). What a difference a few words make!

Whenever you hear teaching at church or receive information about the Bible, check it out yourself. Find a good concordance to help you locate pertinent passages quickly, and always compare a verse to other similar verses to verify the context.

Do you test what you hear? Ask God today for a wise and discerning spirit.

O God, help me distinguish Your truth from the spirit of error that pervades this world today. Give me a wise and discerning heart and mind.[1]


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