Daily Archives: June 14, 2019

June 14 Faith Worth Imitating

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 3:1–12

Key Verse: Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding.

When we make the decision to follow Christ, we begin the journey of a lifetime, a journey that is unknown as to what path it will lead us down but certain as to where we will arrive. It is our commitment to follow Christ that reflects to everyone around us exactly where we place our faith.

Although our circumstances might suggest we search for our own course of action, God’s Word tells us that a committed heart results in the best pathway: “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:6).

To pass on our faith, we must have faith. We must realize that when difficult times arise in our lives, running to God—not from Him—results in victory. It is when we experience victory in Christ that our faith swells.

As a result of our victories in Christ, no longer can we contain ourselves when it comes to sharing our faith. We recognize just how much God has done for us and how much He has intervened in our impossible situation when we trusted Him alone. We cannot keep that to ourselves.

Passing on our faith occurs when we demonstrate openly those truths that we clutch in our hearts. To remain dedicated to the cause of Christ, even when it is difficult, shows that our faith is more than just a passing fancy or another religion. It shows it is faith worth imitating.

Lord, help me to remain dedicated to You even when it is difficult. I want to have faith that is worth imitating.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 173). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The Difference Between Knowing and Showing God Exists — THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM

Here is a chart on some of the differences between knowing and showing God exists. Obviously, there is much more to it than what is displayed here.

Remember:

Knowing God exists: There is a difference between knowing our faith is true though personal experience and sometimes what is called intuitive knowledge (i.e., something that is directly apprehended).  Disciples of Jesus are blessed to receive the assurance of the truthfulness of our faith through the work of the Holy Spirit (Rom 8: 16-17; 2 Cor. 2:2). However, people of other faiths claim to have personal revelations/experiences. Thus, people have contradictory religious experiences that seem quite real. For example, Mormons claim that the Holy Spirit confirms their faith as true by a “burning in the bosom”—this is something they consider to be a confirmatory personal experience.

Showing God exists: While religious experience and intuitive knowledge or sometimes what Alvin Plantinga calls “Properly Basic Belief”  is important, all experience must be grounded by truth and knowledge. Knowledge can be the key thing as to what keeps us close to God over the long haul. Plus, Jesus says we should love him with all our being (i.e., mind, emotions and will). Sometimes people think that personal religious experience negates the need for having other good reasons for faith.

Also, see our post called Seven Ways To Approach the Existence of God

via The Difference Between Knowing and Showing God Exists — THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM

06/14/2019 — Wretched

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•Kids don’t want their parents’ heirlooms
•We are affected by our culture more than we know
•How would the Reformers and Puritans judge us?
•What makes slavery sinful?
•Head coverings are not as odd as you may think
•Help; my spouse is jealous of my new affection for Christ
•Don’t trust the labels on CBD oil
•What if we are sinning when Christ returns?

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June 14 Anger Toward God

Scripture Reading: Jonah 3:4–4:11

Key Verse: Job 13:15

Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.

Your daughter died of leukemia after years of painful treatment. You lost your job at the factory after twenty years of employment. These events—or even ones of lesser significance—may have resulted in a common emotion within you: anger.

The problem, however, is not just your anger but the object of your hostility: God. Is the Lord surprised by your outbursts? Is He angry with you? Will He punish you?

God is never threatened by your anger. He is never disappointed with you. He is never upset over your questions.

Yet while we are free to express our feelings toward our heavenly Father, we must be careful not to nurture them. Our anger toward God is never justified.

We may not understand why a daughter died or why we lost a job. We live in a sinful, abnormal world where God still allows evil.

But His love and justice are unquestioned, supremely demonstrated in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is for us, not against us. He is not unfair or undependable.

Holding on to our anger will only hurt us. Venting our feelings within the framework of trust in God is the only acceptable, profitable option.

Precious Lord, there are many things I do not understand, but I give them all to You. I know You are for me and not against me. Take my anger, and help me trust.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 173). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 14 A Path to Forgiveness

Scripture reading: 1 John 2:1–9

Key verse: 1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Just as God has made the way to salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ clear, He also has provided a straight path for forgiveness when you do sin. Forgiveness is not obtained through emotional regret or renewed fervor. It is experienced personally by sincere confession of your sin to the Father.

First, you realize you have sinned against God. While your sin affects you and others, its chief offense is the violation of the Lord’s commands behind which is God Himself. You have grieved Him personally.

Second, you confess your transgressions. As long as you refuse to admit your sin, you are in bondage to it. You must bring it to the Father, agreeing with His view of sin.

Third, you rely on the full provision of your forgiveness from sin in Jesus Christ. He is your Advocate, always pointing to His sufficient work on Calvary as the sole grounds for your redemption. Then you are cleansed, refreshed, and restored by God’s unconditional love. You rejoice in His grace that makes such forgiveness possible, worshiping Him for His indescribable mercy.

Are you refusing to confess a sin to the Lord? Your rebellion and misery can end today if you will admit your sin and receive His forgiveness.

I realize I have sinned against You, God. I confess my transgressions to You. I rely on the full provision of Jesus Christ for forgiveness.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 173). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Russiagate Is No Watergate — Christian Research Network

“If the impeachment hearings come, they will be seen for what they are: An attempted coup to overthrow a president by the losers of 2016 who are fearful they could lose again in 2020 and be out of power for four more years.”

(Patrick J. Buchanan – CNSNews)  “History is repeating itself, and with a vengeance,” John Dean told the Judiciary Committee, drawing a parallel between Watergate, which brought down Richard Nixon, and “Russiagate” which has bedeviled Donald Trump.

But what strikes this veteran of Nixon’s White House is not the similarities but the stark differences.

Watergate began with an actual crime, a midnight break-in at the offices of the DNC in June 1972 to wiretap phones and filch files, followed by a cover-up that spread into the inner circles of the White House.

Three years after FBI Director James Comey began the investigation of Trump, however, the final report of his successor, Robert Mueller, found there had been no conspiracy, no collusion and no underlying crime.  View article →

via Russiagate Is No Watergate — Christian Research Network

POWERFUL VIDEO: For Many, Father’s Day Is a Day of Forgiveness — CBN News feeds

Aaron White is a poet, husband, motivational speaker and father. Truthmark gives White a new platform to share his unique perspective on life through his slam poetry.

This commentary and the Truthmark video below were provided by LightWorkers.com

COMMENTARY

For most, Father’s Day is a celebration of the one man whose love and dedication has meant the most. But for many others, it is a day of hurt over an absent father—a day that often requires a different kind of celebration, forgiveness.

This Father’s Day, we’re taking a different approach to celebrating. Instead of giving dad the latest gift or gadget, we’re digging deep to give the most important gift many of us could ever give, forgiveness.

It is true, no father can or will be perfect. And not all fathers are alike. Some are ever-present, loyal and dedicated to molding and shaping their children into the best versions of themselves. Other fathers, for various reasons, cannot or will not be present for their children’s upbringings. It is there, at times where the greatest adolescent pain and longing hides—the pain of not having a father. The pain of wanting one, needing one.

On holidays like Father’s Day, we frequently remind those with absent fathers to seek their Heavenly Father. We rightfully encourage running into the loving embrace of the Father who never fails. But we are not only called to fall into His arms. We are called to emulate His character. We cannot ignore His forgiveness and His call to do likewise, no matter the pain we have suffered.

That is why this latest episode of our Truthmark series with Aaron White is profoundly needed this Father’s Day. It’s important for each of us to journey with White through his relatable process—through his pain, through his loss and eventually into his victory of forgiveness.

WATCH The Story of a Fatherless Child: When Father’s Day Is a Day of Forgiveness

Our stories might not mirror White’s exactly, but all of our stories can relate in one way or another. Why? Because no father is perfect, and each of us yearns for the one true Father that is.

This Father’s Day, embrace the perfect love of your Heavenly Father, but study Him too. Read His Word and see how He responds to the pain of abandonment and rejection. Pray for His strength to empower you as you seek to share that same forgiveness with an earthly father that fell short of his calling.

via POWERFUL VIDEO: For Many, Father’s Day Is a Day of Forgiveness — CBN News feeds

Trump Tweets Video of Chaffetz Blasting ‘Fake Outrage from Left and Media’ Over ‘Might Want to Listen’ Comment | CNS News

Jason Chaffetz (Screenshot)

“Thank You Jason Chaffetz!” President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday, including video of former Rep. Jason Chavettz (R-Utah) calling out media and Democrats for expressing “fake outrage” over Trump’s comment that he might be willing to listen to opposition research information offered by a foreign government, like Norway.

Asked to react to Trump’s comment, Chaffetz told Fox News that the president’s remarks were being taken out of context as part of an ongoing pattern of contrived, fake outrage:

“Well, you need to listen to what he said first. He said he would do both. He would inform the FBI and he would listen. If that was wrong, he would escalate it to the FBI.

“This fake outrage from the left and the media is just part of a pattern here.”

Thank you Jason Chaffetz! #MAGA pic.twitter.com/sz6LiPXez6

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2019

“Of course, he can listen,” Chaffetz said, citing times media ignored then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton benefitting from foreign relationships as proof that their current outrage is fake:

“Remember, it was Hillary Clinton’s husband, the former president, President Clinton who, I think it was 11 times, took more than five hundred thousand dollars for a speech – 11 times, while Secretary Clinton was the acting secretary of state and, presumably, a candidate for president of the United States.

“There was no outrage on that. They were taking five hundred thousand dollars out of Russia, for instance, and other countries. Come on, they are faking the idea that they’re exasperated by the president’s answer.

“Of course he can listen.”

“Even single campaign that I know of would listen” for foreign-offered information before deciding whether to report it to the FBI, Chaffetz said, adding that Hillary Clinton’s campaign didn’t just accept foreign-provided information – it proactively spent “millions of dollars overseas” to obtain it:

“First, he said he would do both. Then, he said that. I think that’s just fine.

“Remember, that is markedly different than what Hillary Clinton did by proactively spending millions of dollars overseas to engage somebody – a foreign national – to dig up dirt on her opponent. The president isn’t suggesting that he would proactively do that. But, if somebody approached him.

“Every single campaign I know of would listen to that material first. They absolutely would.”

Source: Trump Tweets Video of Chaffetz Blasting ‘Fake Outrage from Left and Media’ Over ‘Might Want to Listen’ Comment

The bond market is sending a ‘clear warning’ that stocks are topping | Business Insider

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  • Numerous yield-curve inversions are a warning sign that equities are in a topping out process, Societe Generale analyst Albert Edwards wrote in a note Thursday. 
  • Edwards also said the bond market is sending a clear signal that recession is looming and the Fed should cut rates, Edwards said. 
  • Other analysts at Societe Generale say that bonds and equities are not sending conflicting signals, and global slowdown is looming in 2020. 
  • View Markets Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The current equity rally could be coming to an end soon, at least according to mounting signals from the bond market.

As 10-year Treasury yields continue to fall to new lows, numerous yield curve inversions are a “clear warning” that a topping out process is underway in equities, Societe Generale analyst Albert Edwards said in a note Thursday. He was citing a study done by Lance Roberts, the chief strategist and economist for RIA Advisors.

According to Roberts’ study, yield curves and topping processes are “close cousins,” as a more regular occurrence of inversions usually precedes downward pressure on stocks. Yield curve inversions have “real world impacts on a variety of areas which affect real economic growth,” he wrote.

That weakened economy then puts pressure on stock prices, which rely on profit growth first and foremost to generate gains. It can also portend a full-blown economic recession, something that an inverted yield curve has also historically signaled.

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Speaking of a possible recession, the bond market flashed a dreaded signal in May, when the spread between 10-year and 3-month Treasury spread inverted, an important warning signal for the economic world. While equity investors have previously ignored the bond market’s hand-wringing over the yield curve inversion, recent escalating tension from the trade war has led even equity investors to expect rate cuts from the Fed in an effort to keep the economy afloat.

“The rumblings of the US bond market have now turned into an ear-piercing scream that a recession is close and the Fed needs to start cutting rates quickly,” wrote Edwards.

But SocGen says overoptimism around a rate cut could lead to stock-market disappointment in the near term. That certainly jibes with the firm’s house view that one reason stock-market performance has stayed strong is that the bond market signal is due to the lack of inflation, and does not necessarily point to an imminent recession.

Even if this is the case, the timing and movement of the Fed is important for equity markets. A separate SocGen team led by Alain Bokobza says that the fluctuations that result from future interest-rate uncertainty and unfulfilled market expectations could lock the S&P 500 in a range between 2,500 and 2,800.

Even though the US economy is “showing resilience” at the present, that’s due to compounding factors driving markets, the analysts say. Global conditions and increased trade tension have pushed investors into bonds, while the equity market has been boosted by Chairman Jerome Powell opening the door for an early rate cut.

As these factors progress, market performance will adjust and stocks could see downward pressure from increased economic weakness.

To that end, equity investors should be cautious and heed the warnings of the bond market, the analysts say. Even if trade talks between the US and China produce better news-flow or a trade deal, it may only be a “temporary reprieve unfortunately from the looming, global cyclical slowdown in 2020.”

Source: The bond market is sending a ‘clear warning’ that stocks are topping

Cui bono? Iran has ‘no reason’ to torpedo oil tankers in Gulf of Oman & ‘go to war’ | RT World News

Despite accusations from Washington, Iran has no motive for instigating the attack on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, analysts told RT, stressing that the suspicious incident has harmed, rather than helped, Tehran.

Iran rescued 44 sailors from two tankers, ‘Front Altair’ and ‘Kokuka Courageous,’ after the vessels came under attack on Thursday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was quick to pin the blame for the incident on Iran, claiming that the Islamic Republic was “lashing out” in frustration over Washington’s draconian sanctions regime.

Analysts who spoke with RT, however, questioned Pompeo’s line of reasoning.

‘Why would Iran do it?’

Tehran has nothing to gain from attacking the oil tankers, defense analyst and retired Lt. General Amjad Shoaib said.

“Why would Iran do it? They have no reason to go to war and they have no reason to escalate the situation,” he stressed.

Tehran has adamantly denied any involvement. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif described the incident as highly suspicious, adding that Washington’s evidence-free accusations are designed to “sabotage” Iran’s diplomatic efforts.

Also on rt.com ‘Iran written all over it’: Trump accuses Tehran of carrying out tanker attacks

Experts noted the strange timing of the attack, which came as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was meeting with Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, marking the first time in 40 years that a Japanese leader had visited Tehran. Coincidentally, one of the oil tankers targeted in the attack was Japanese-owned.

The Japanese firm, Kokuka Sangyo Co, said on Friday that its tanker had been attacked by two “flying objects” but that there was no damage to the ship’s cargo of methanol.

Kourosh Shamlou, an attorney and Middle East specialist, told RT that it would be completely illogical for Iran to quite literally torpedo such a historic summit, especially since doing so would play into the hands of Washington’s anti-Iran hawks.

“I’m an attorney. You have to know for whom a crime is beneficial. We can see the geopolitical situation of Iran and the US in the Persian Gulf. We can say that the Iranians are not going to torpedo a ship that will lead to the Americans attacking them. It’s going to give the Americans an excuse to attack Iran. So it cannot be the Iranians.”

In fact, the incident has already had negative economic consequences for Iran, Hamed Mousavi, professor of political science at the University of Tehran and visiting professor at Carleton University, noted to RT.

“Iran’s currency lost five percent of its value today just because of talk of escalating tensions as well as perhaps the possibility of war. I think right now Iran wants to de-escalate the situation with the United States,” said Mousavi.

‘Mainstream conspiracy theory’

It’s not surprising that media outlets are dutifully relaying Pompeo’s accusations against Iran without questioning his logic – or asking for evidence, observed political analyst Shabbir Razvi.

“As soon as something happens in the Gulf region, particularly over the last few months in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, it’s immediately blamed on Iran,” he said, describing the phenomenon as a “mainstream conspiracy theory” being pushed by Washington and uncritical media.

Also on rt.com Sabotage diplomacy: Zarif says no need to be ‘clairvoyant’ to see US ‘plan B’ for Iran

Razvi stressed that without evidence, it would be irresponsible of Washington – or anyone else – to put forward theories about who was responsible for the attack. However, there’s at least one country that has a documented history of fabricating scenarios to justify military action, Shamlou noted.

“All of a sudden, an accident happens, and [the United States] starts saying ‘it’s the Vietnamese, it’s the Iraqis, it’s the Iranians.’ And then they have a legitimate cause for their people to attack.”

Source: Cui bono? Iran has ‘no reason’ to torpedo oil tankers in Gulf of Oman & ‘go to war’

Elizabeth Warren Promises To Cure Smallpox — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Shortly after Joe Biden promised to cure cancer if he is elected president, presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren attempted to one-up her opponent, promising to cure smallpox as one of her first actions upon taking office.

“We will fend off the smallpox attacks of the white man,” she said while sipping “fire water” in a live video posted to her social media accounts. “If I am elected, I will find a way to end this scourge on our people and send the white devils back across the great sea where they came from.”

Warren also vowed to support housing construction by funding new low-cost wigwams, longhouses, and teepees across the land.

Her policies would also address hunger. “I promise a buffalo over every fire!” she said, before giving off a war cry that she had found on Google and carefully rehearsed ahead of time.

“A vote against me is a vote for the smallpox blankets the white man used to oppress our people!” she concluded.

via Elizabeth Warren Promises To Cure Smallpox — The Babylon Bee

Our Only Comfort in Life and Death — Zwinglius Redivivus

The Heidelberg Catechism states-

Question 1. What is thy only comfort in life and death?

Answer. That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ, who, with his precious blood, hath fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that, without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation: and therefore, by his Holy Spirit, he also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready henceforth to live unto him.

Ursinus offers this exposition:

The question of comfort is placed, and treated first, because it embodies the design and substance of the catechism. The design is, that we may be led to the attainment of sure and solid comfort, both in life and death. On this account, all divine truth has been revealed by God, and is especially to be studied by us. The substance of this comfort consists in this that we are ingrafted into Christ by faith, that through him we are reconciled to, and beloved of God, that thus he may care for and save us eternally.

I don’t know how familiar you are with this Catechism but it is so very good- so very meaningful.  I love it.  So I’m going to share bits of it for a few weeks.  I hope at the very least you’ll be encouraged to read it for yourself.

via Our Only Comfort in Life and Death — Zwinglius Redivivus

Weekly Watchman for 06/14/2019

How to Respond with Truth and Grace During LGBTQ Pride Month

For those who haven’t heard, June is Gay Pride month. The LGBTQ+ community and their allies are out in full force in American culture in the hopes of making converts to moral relativism and justifying unbilical lifestyles. From rainbow flags outside buildings across social media to multicolored decorations adorning your favorite shops and brands, it seems that the majority is celebrating.

But what exactly are they celebrating and how should a Christian respond to Pride month? How can we present truth in love and with grace without offending? That’s a tall order, but we must obey God rather than man. We must prepare Christians to defend the faith and to speak the truth in love because ultimately, we want to build bridges to share the Gospel, not win arguments. When we are both compassionate and rational, our approach tends to be more thoughtful.

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Pro-Life Except in Cases of Rape? Think Again.

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American Church, Apostacy and Evangelism – Part 2

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March 22, 19 Rebroadcast with Elijah Abraham

We had Elijah Abraham in the area back in March for our annual Watchman Conference, tonight on the rebroadcast at 7pm central, we’ll reair that hour’s visit as Eijah discusses the challenges in the American church’s lack of knowledge in the biblical gospel and why it is important if we are going to witness to others, especially muslims.

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June 14, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

10. Say, it shall be well with the righteous. Before quoting the opinions of others, I shall point out the true meaning. As punishments so severe commonly present to pious minds an exceedingly sharp temptation, and especially since hardly any public calamities occur which do not involve good men along with the bad; so the Prophet—at least, in my opinion—reminds them of the providence of God, which never confounds anything, but even, when there is apparent confusion, never ceases to distinguish between good and bad men.

But there are various ways in which this passage is explained; for some render it, “Say to the righteous man, because he is good, therefore he shall eat the fruit of his hands.” From that interpretation this meaning is obtained: “I wish and command the godly to be of good cheer; for with whatever severity I may punish the crimes of the nation, still it shall be well with the godly.” But a more suitable meaning is this: Say; that is, hold it to be a settled point; for in Scripture to say often means to think, and to be convinced; as David writes, I said, I will take heed to my ways, (Ps. 39:1,) and in a thousand instances of the same kind; so that he does not bid them tell the righteous man, but he bids every man be fully convinced, that happy will be the condition of the righteous man, though he may now appear to be unhappy.

Besides, I consider טוב, (tōb,) to mean a happy and prosperous condition; as in the former verse he employed the word רעה, (rāgnāh,) with which טוב is now contrasted; and thus I do not think that רעה, (rāgnāh,) means wickedness, but a miserable condition. Now since it literally runs, Say to the righteous man, כי טוב, (ki tōb,) that it shall be well; either the particle כי, (ki,) has an affirmative sense, as in many other passages, or it appears to be superfluous, though the probability is, that it is intended for confirmation. Surely it shall be well with the righteous man; that is, let every ground of doubt be removed, and let us be fully convinced, that the condition of the righteous man will be most excellent and prosperous. It is difficult to believe this, and therefore it is added, he shall eat the fruit of his doings; that is, he shall not be defrauded of the reward of his good conduct. Others consider to say as meaning to exhort, and render the two words, כי טוב, (ki tōb,) that he will do well; but I reject it as a forced interpretation.[1]


10. The faithlessness of many is no proof that all are faithless. Though nothing but croaking of frogs is heard on the surface of the pool, we are not to infer there are no fish beneath [Bengel]. (See Is 1:19, 20).

fruit of doings—(Pr 1:31) in a good sense (Ga 6:8; Rev 22:14). Not salvation by works, but by fruit-bearing faith (Is 45:24; Je 23:6). Gesenius and Weiss translate, Declare as to the righteous that, &c. Maurer, “Say that the righteous is blessed.”[2]


Ver. 10.—Say ye to the righteous. The mention of the fact that the men of Jerusalem have permanently injured their moral natures by sin, and thus “rewarded evil to themselves,” leads the prophet to declare at this point, parenthetically, the general law, which extends alike to the evil and the good—that men receive in themselves the recompense of their deeds. The righteous raise their moral nature, become better, and, in becoming better, become happier. “It is well with them, for of the fruit of their doings they eat.” The wicked deprave and corrupt themselves, lower their moral nature, become worse than they were, and, in becoming worse, become more miserable. “Woe, unto them! with them it is ill; for the achievement of their hands is given them.”[3]


10 A chorus agrees with YHWH’s statement but hopes for a favorable judgment on the righteous. Only the wicked will be judged.[4]


3:10 — “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.”

God always rewards faithful and obedient behavior. Although God would judge Judah for her sin, He wanted to encourage the few righteous believers who remained to continue living for Him, for He would remember their good deeds.[5]


[1] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Vol. 1, pp. 136–137). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[2] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 1, p. 432). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[3] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1910). Isaiah (Vol. 1, p. 52). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[4] Watts, J. D. W. (2005). Isaiah 1–33 (Revised Edition, Vol. 24, p. 66). Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc.

[5] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Is 3:10). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

New ‘Habitat For Heretics’ Charity Builds Giant Mansions For Needy Prosperity Gospel Preachers — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—A new charity called “Habitat for Heretics” aims to build giant mansions for impoverished prosperity gospel preachers.

Drawing on billions of dollars in donations, the efforts of volunteers, and the generosity of local construction firms, Habitat for Heretics builds brand-new multi-million-dollar homes for preachers who go around the world peddling a false gospel for monetary gain. The houses are customized to the needs of the preacher, whether that pastor needs a giant study to work on their false messages every week or a dojo to practice slaying people in the spirit. Expert construction workers volunteer time, labor, and materials to build custom jet hangars, 24-car garages, and lavish pools and hot tubs for the nation’s most impoverished, oppressed charlatans.

“There are dozens of prosperity gospel preachers who only have one or two sprawling mansions,” said the foundation’s creator, who looked suspiciously like Benny Hinn in a false nose and mustache disguise. “Our organization will provide these poor, needy souls with the giant abode they need to really start living their best life now.”

The organization selects preachers based on need, starting with those who only have three mansions and working their way up.

“Take a look at a guy like Kenneth Copeland: he only owns one airport and was forced to buy a jet from Tyler Perry at a discount price,” said HFH founder. “If that guy is not in need of compassion and charity from a foundation like ours, I don’t know who is.”

If you know a prosperity gospel preacher who doesn’t even own two mansions, contact Habitat for Heretics and let them know.

via New ‘Habitat For Heretics’ Charity Builds Giant Mansions For Needy Prosperity Gospel Preachers — The Babylon Bee

Let Me Explain How the SBC Just Officially Endorsed Marxism — Pulpit & Pen

I wasn’t glued to the Southern Baptist Convention live stream last week, as I usually am each year when the annual meeting rolls around. First, I’m writing from the lobby of the MT GOP Convention, as I’m carrying the proxy vote for my state senator. So, I’m busy. Secondly, as far as the SBC is concerned, “It’s not my circus, so it’s not my monkeys.

My church voted to leave the SBC because of its embrace of Social Justice after the MLK50 Conference, so I’ve little skin left in the game. After I preached, Modern Day Downgrade: A Call for Repentance to Southern Baptists and Other Evangelicals,in 2012, it became very clear that the nation’s largest Protestant denominations was going headlong into heresy. I again warned about the SBC – and in particular, its Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, in a 2015 keynote sermon at Reformation Montana entitled, You Beat Me As With Roses. Again, I warned about this trajectory of the SBC in the sermon on New Calvinism at the 2017 Judge Not Conference. And then when I preached my goodbye sermon to the SBC on how Social Justice is not the Gospel, it got tens of thousands of views in its various publishing formats.

NOT MY CIRCUS, NOT MY MONKEYS, BUT…

I had a virtual screaming match with some Social Justice Contras yesterday, in a closed forum, who were trying to think up ways to save the SBC. As someone who has battled the SBC for more than a decade, as someone who their 2nd VP called “the most dangerous man in the Convention” back in 2012, as someone who has been called “the SBC wrecking ball,” as someone who has more scars than you can count from opposing the corruption in the SBC, and as someone who has verifiably cost the SBC at least 50 million dollars in donations (and proud of every penny), I’m telling you…you are not going to save the SBC.

And if you could, why would you? You don’t save giant piles of trash; you burn them down. You don’t put lipstick on pigs; you roast them. You don’t redecorate Asherah poles; you break them. God needs the SBC like Jesus needs more holes in his hands. I’d submit to you the SBC is something you flush, not fish, from the toilet.

The fact is, the hopes that the SBC proletariat will rise up and overthrow our evangelical overlords is far-fetched. With each Southern Baptist entity independent of one another and, in fact, independent from the Convention, with the trustee selection process so laughably nepotistic, and with the resolutions committee chosen by the President, the entire Convention is designed to withstand a near-total uprising. Every single entity is made to withstand near-told opposition from SBC messengers and be immune to their resolutions.

Entity heads are all universally more progressive than Baptists in the pew, and altogether unaccountable to them. They are only accountable to trustees that they themselves chose through a process of nomination they control. The ERLC, Lifeway, NAMB, the Executive Committee, the IMB, and the seminaries are all woke. We will not overcome that, despite our numbers. They designed it that way.

THE INFAMOUS ‘CRITICAL RACE THEORY’ RESOLUTION THIS WEEK DEMONSTRATES FUTILITY OF OUR RESISTANCE

Anyone vaguely familiar with politico-economic theory knows that what is being promoted by SBC leaders over the last 36 (or so) months is Critical Theory, first developed by the Frankfurt School of Cultural Marxism in Germany (then Columbia University, and ultimately, back at West Berlin). Critical Theory was then tweaked by Richard Delgado, Derick Bell, and Patricia Williams in the late 1980s.

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a bit of a misnomer. CRT doesn’t only apply to race, but to any so-called “identity group,” the most prominent of which is race, but others include sexual orientation, victimization, gender, and students. Critical Race Theory expounds upon the Critical Theory of the Cultural Marxists, and is responsible for the phenomenon known as “identity politics.”

The ties between Critical Race Theory and Marxism are not fanatical. Anyone asserting that we should be donning a tinfoil hat for saying so betray their own illiteracy. The roots of CRT, Cultural Marxism, Liberation Theology, Black Liberation Theology, and Intersectionality back to classical Marxism are not far-fetched. The connections are factual and undeniable, and for a lecture explaining their development from Karl Marx can be found here. Or, you know, read a book. In fact, these developments are not merely connected to Marxism…they are Marxism.

Thousands of us have been warning that what Southern Baptist leaders and Institutions have been promoting has a name…Critical Race Theory. Low and behold, shoved into a stack of Resolutions that were read and passed at a record pace – so quickly, most SBC messengers didn’t even have time to read, let alone research it – was a resolution endorsing the use of Critical Race Theory.

The resolution endorsing CRT included an asterisk meant to appease critics. The “asterisk,” so to speak, were several words of caution about letting CRT supplant or replace Scripture. Instead, the resolution argued, CRT could be used as a “helpful analytical tool.”

For almost two years, the Social Justice Contras – including myself and P&P – have warned ad nauseam that they SBC elite are engaging in CRT. They denied it and called us crazy conspiracy wonks. And now, in the blink of an eye, the SBC messengers passed a resolution embracing CRT. From henceforth and forevermore, whenever we mark an SBC leader using CRT, they will wave this resolution as though it were a permission slip to embrace the ideology.

The devil is a genius.

Southern Baptist messengers, most having no idea what CRT is, had presented them a resolution that says CRT can be used so long as it doesn’t replace Scripture. It was worded in such a way that anyone who is pro-Bible and neutral on CRT (the default position of ignorance) would enthusiastically support it.

Again, this is devilish.

THE REAL STORY ON HOW THIS HAPPENED

The resolution that promotes CRT was designed by its author to reject CRT. I wondered while driving across the Big Sky State to my meetings what kind of pinko leftists Commie was given a brownie by the ERLC to submit such a resolution.

Low and behold, the Capstone Report came across my feed and I saw that the person who submitted it was against CRT and wanted it rejected wholesale. When researching the author of the resolution and finding its original reading, I saw that he explicitly called it Marxist.

What Pastor Stephen Feinstein submitted to the Resolutions Committee can be found here. In particular, he writes…

WHEREAS, critical race theory and intersectionality are founded upon unbiblical presuppositions descended from Marxist theories and categories, and therefore are inherently opposed to the Scriptures as the true center of Christian union; and
WHEREAS, both critical race theory and intersectionality as ideologies have infiltrated some Southern Baptist churches and institutions—institutions funded by the Cooperative Program

The entire resolution properly identified CRT as Marxist and asked it be altogether rejeected.

However, the Resolutions Committee altered the document to remove any reference to Marxism whatsoever, and furthermore, to embrace CRT as a helpful tool to understand race!

Tell me, is that not the dirtiest thing you’ve ever witnessed? It’s grotesque. They took a man’s resolution against CRT, twisted it, gutted it of its explicit implications regarding Marxism, and passed what endorsing CRT by using language lauding Scripture supremracy. The leftists at the top of the SBC actually weaponized our committment to Scripture to rubber-stamp an ideology diamaterically opposed to Scripture.

Don’t try to fix the SBC. It can’t be fixed. Leave the SBC, and rebuke it on your way out. Hand it over to Satan, that it can be taught.

via Let Me Explain How the SBC Just Officially Endorsed Marxism — Pulpit & Pen

Pompeo Falsely Blames Iran for Likely Gulf of Oman False Flag | Stephen Lendman

Pompeo Falsely Blames Iran for Likely Gulf of Oman False Flag

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Cui bono is most important whenever an incident like Thursday attacks on vessels in the Gulf of Oman occurs.

Clearly, Iran had nothing to gain and plenty to lose from the incident. The Trump regime and its anti-Iran imperial partners benefit greatly by blaming the country for an incident no evidence suggests it had anything to do with.

Perception matters, not reality on the ground, especially when propaganda pounds the official narrative into the public mind — establishment media serving as imperial press agents.

It works time and again. No matter how many times the public is fooled by disinformation and Big Lies, they’re easy marks to be duped again.

Polls show Americans view Iran unfavorably. An early 2019 Gallup poll asked respondents: “What is your overall opinion of Iran? Is it very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable or very unfavorable?”

Over 80% of respondents said their view of Iran is mostly unfavorable (46%) or very unfavorable (36%). Only 19% said their opinion of the country is mostly favorable (13%) or very favorable (3%). A scant 3% had no opinion.

Even in the aftermath of the JCPOA nuclear deal (effective January 2016), Gallup found similar results in its early 2016 polling — only 14% of respondents viewing Iran very (3%) or mostly (11%) favorable.

Yet Iran hasn’t attacked another country in centuries. The Islamic Republic is a leading proponent of regional peace, stability, and mutual cooperation with other nations, threatening none, stating only that if attacked it’ll defend itself as permitted by international law.

As expected after yesterday’s Gulf of Oman incident, Mike Pompeo falsely blamed Iran for attacking and damaging the affected tankers. Citing no credible evidence backing his dubious accusation, he said:

“It is the assessment of the (US) government that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred in the Gulf of Oman today” — a bald-faced Big Lie, adding:

“This assessment is based on intelligence (sic), the weapons used (sic), the level of expertise needed to execute the operation (sic), recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping (sic), and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication (sic)” — more bald-faced Big Lies.

Pompeo falsely blamed Iran for “attack(ing) four (UAE, Saudi, Norwegian) commercial ships near the Strait of Hormuz” last months despite no evidence indicating it had anything to do with what happened.

He lied blaming what he called “Iran-backed surrogates (for) strik(ing) two” Saudi pipelines, again presenting no evidence backing the phony claim.

He suggested Iranian responsibility for a May 19 rocket landing harmlessly in Baghdad’s Green Zone, a May 31 car bombing in Afghanistan wounding four US soldiers, and a missile attack on a Saudi airport — again presenting no evidence.

“Taken as a whole,” he said, “these unprovoked attacks present a clear threat to international peace and security, a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation, and an unacceptable campaign of escalating tension by Iran.”

At a Security Council session on the Gulf of Oman incident, acting US envy Jonathan Cohen repeated Pompeo’s Big Lie, saying “the United States assesses that Iran is responsible for these attacks (sic),” adding:

“No proxy group in the area has the resources or skill to act with this level of sophistication. Iran, however, has the weapons, the expertise, and the requisite intelligence information to pull this off.”

Accusations without credible evidence supporting them are baseless. Pompeo and Cohen presented none because nothing suggests Iran’s responsibility for what happened.

Israel and Washington’s military regional presence have plenty of “resources or skill to act with this level of sophistication” — where blame for the incident likely lies with lots to gain, not Iran with much to lose.

Its deputy UN envoy Eshagh Al Habib “categorically reject(ed) the US’ unfounded claim with regard to 13 June oil tanker incidents and condemn(ed) it in the strongest possible terms,” adding:

“Neither fabrications and disinformation campaigns nor shamelessly blaming others can change the realities.”

“The US and its regional allies must stop warmongering and put an end to mischievous plots as well as false flag operations in the region.”

“Warning, once again, about all of the US coercion, intimidation, and malign behavior, Iran expresses concern over suspicious incidents for the oil tankers that occurred today.”

“Definitely, those that accuse Iran have the main role in creating those incidents and it could be the United States itself.”

The incident occurred while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was in Tehran on a diplomatic mission. Was the incident planned to undermine it and sour bilateral relations?

Was its intent also to push Brussels back from taking any steps to circumvent unlawful Trump regime sanctions on Iran?

A dubious CENTCOM video claiming to show an Iranian patrol boat approaching one of the affected Gulf of Oman vessels should be taken with a grain of salt.

Videos are easily fabricated. No flag or other ID was visible on the small boat shown. Trump regime officials said the video showed Iranian personnel removing an unexploded mine attached to the hull of one of the struck vessels, suggesting evidence was removed.

Pompeo saying the US “will defend its forces, interests, and stand with our partners and allies to safeguard global commerce and regional stability” ups the stakes for possible Trump regime premeditate aggression against the Islamic Republic.

The incidents discussed above greatly heightened regional tensions. Not a shred of evidence suggests Iranian responsibility for them.

Based on the history of US false flags since the mid-19th century, 9/11 the mother of them all, the Trump regime was likely to blamed for staging Thursday’s Gulf of Oman incident — perhaps together with Israel.

Longstanding plans by both countries call for replacing Iran’s sovereign independent governance with pro-Western puppet rule.

Provocative incidents like what happened on Thursday advance things toward possible war in a region already boiling from US aggression.

Instead of pushing back against more possible US aggression against Iran based on Big Lies, establishment media failed to debunk the falsified official narrative — supporting the Trump regime’s malign intent against the country.

Source: Pompeo Falsely Blames Iran for Likely Gulf of Oman False Flag

US Army War College Bows to Terror-Tied CAIR – Drops Speech by Terror Expert After CAIR Cites ‘Anti-Muslim Racism’ — The Gateway Pundit

The US Army War College bowed to terror-tied CAIR and disinvited an expert on Islam from giving a speech after CAIR branded him an ‘Islamophobe.’

Ray Ibrahim, an expert on Islamic terrorism and the history of Islam was scheduled to speak on June 19 and his speech was titled, “Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War Between Islam and the West.”

The Philadelphia chapter of CAIR [Council on American Islamic Relations] protested and wrote a letter to the college superintendent Army Maj. Gen. John S. Kem, and provost James G. Breckenridge demanding they cancel the speech.

“It creates anti-Muslim racism. It is a narrow opinion. The very fact that he is going to speak to officers, men and women, who will potentially serve in Muslim countries…We also do not believe that there is any benefit to the U.S. in promulgating the inaccurate thesis that Islam is our enemy, as this stereotype only alienates millions of Muslim-Americans,” the terror front group said in its May 28 letter.

CAIR launched a smear campaign and actually called Ray Ibrahim, who is Egyptian, a “white nationalist.”

The Washington Time reported:

The War College initially informed Mr. Ibrahim that the lecture could proceed despite the opposition. But after CAIR organized a publicity campaign alleging Mr. Ibrahim was a white nationalist, the college buckled to the group’s pressure.

Mr. Ibrahim, an Egyptian by ethnicity, vehemently denied he is a racist. “They are playing the race card,” he said.

After the Army announced it was postponing the speech, Jacob Bender, CAIR-Philadelphia executive director, issued a statement urging full cancellation. “A postponement is not enough — the college should reject hate,” he said.

Robert Martin, a spokesman for the Army War College, said Mr. Ibrahim’s speech was postponed so the Army education unit can “pair Mr. Ibrahim’s military history insights in close proximity with another historical perspective, at a time when [the Army War College] curriculum has addressed historical analysis of influences on conflict.” He did not respond when asked about the pressure from CAIR.

Mr. Ibrahim said the speech was canceled and the college’s claim of a postponement is not correct.

His 352-page book covers nearly 14 centuries in great detail, and CAIR provided no documentation for any research shortcomings in its campaign against him. “The history I present in ‘Sword and Scimitar’ is ironclad, verifiable and beyond well documented, with about a thousand endnotes, it is heavily based on primary sources, many of which are Muslim, and from eyewitnesses,” Mr. Ibrahim said.

So there you have it. CAIR, an undindicted co-conspirator of the largest terror funding case in US history is calling the shots and dictating to the US Army War College what they can and cannot discuss.

Had enough yet, America?

via US Army War College Bows to Terror-Tied CAIR – Drops Speech by Terror Expert After CAIR Cites ‘Anti-Muslim Racism’ — The Gateway Pundit

Facebook’s Secret ‘Hate Agent’ Formula Leaked By Insider | ZeroHedge News

An internal Facebook document reveals that the social media giant monitors its users’ offline behavior as part of how the company determines whether a person should be classified as a “Hate Agent,” according to Breitbarts Allum Bokhari who has reviewed the document.

Titled “Hate Agent Policy Review,” the document reveals that Facebook employs a series of “signals” which include a person’s behavior both on and off the platform. Once determined to be a “hate agent,” a person is banned from the platform.

If you praise the wrong individual, interview them, or appear at events alongside them, Facebook may categorize you as a “hate agent.”

Facebook may also categorize you as a hate agent if you self-identify with or advocate for a “Designated Hateful Ideology,” if you associate with a “Designated Hate Entity” (one of the examples cited by Facebook as a “hate entity” includes Islam critic Tommy Robinson), or if you have “tattoos of hate symbols or hate slogans.” (The document cites no examples of these, but the media and “anti-racism” advocacy groups increasingly label innocuous items as “hate symbols,” including a cartoon frog and the “OK” hand sign.)

Facebook will also categorize you as a hate agent for possession of “hate paraphernalia,” although the document provides no examples of what falls into this category. –Breitbart

Facebook may even brand someone a hate agent for “statements made in private but later made public,” according to the report.

Bokhari also notes from his previous reports that Facebook categorized right-wing pundit Paul Joseph Watson as “hateful” in part because he interviewed British activist Tommy Robinson on his YouTube channel. Similarly, prominent conservatives Candace Owens and Brigitte Gabriel are on the list, along with UK politicians Marie Waters and Carl Benjamin.

The Benjamin addition reveals that Facebook may categorize you as a hate agent merely for speaking neutrally about individuals and organizations that the social network considers hateful. In the document, Facebook tags Benjamin with a “hate agent” signal for “neutral representation of John Kinsman, member of Proud Boys” on October 21 last year.

Facebook also accuses Benjamin, a classical liberal and critic of identity politics, as “representing the ideology of an ethnostate” for a post in which he calls out an actual advocate of an ethnostate. –Breitbart

Facebook divides hate speech into three tiers depending on the severity of the offense;

Tier 1 attacks, which target a person or group of people who share one of the above-listed characteristics or immigration status (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses), where attack is defined as

Any violent speech or support in written or visual form

Dehumanizing speech such as reference or comparison to:

Insects; Animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior; Filth, bacteria, disease and feces, Sexual predator, Subhumanity, Violent and sexual criminals, Other criminals (including but not limited to “thieves,” “bank robbers,” or saying “all [protected characteristic or quasi-protected characteristic] are ‘criminals’”); Mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes even if no real person is depicted in an image.

Tier 2 attacks, which target a person or group of people who share any of the above-listed characteristics, where attack is defined as; Statements of inferiority or an image implying a person’s or a group’s physical, mental, or moral deficiency; Physical (including but not limited to “deformed,” “undeveloped,” “hideous,” “ugly”); Mental (including but not limited to “retarded,” “cretin,” “low IQ,” “stupid,” “idiot”); Moral (including but not limited to “slutty,” “fraud,” “cheap,” “free riders”); Expressions of contempt or their visual equivalent, including (but not limited to) “I hate”, “I don’t like” , “X are the worst” , Expressions of disgust or their visual equivalent, including (but not limited to), “Gross” , “Vile” , “Disgusting” , Cursing at a person or group of people who share protected characteristics

Tier 3 attacks, which are calls to exclude or segregate a person or group of people based on the above-listed characteristics. We do allow criticism of immigration policies and arguments for restricting those policies.

If you have done any of the above over the past two years, Facebook considers it a ‘hate signal.’

Source: Facebook’s Secret ‘Hate Agent’ Formula Leaked By Insider