Daily Archives: July 19, 2019

July 19 Free to Enjoy God

Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 6:1–8

Key Verse: 1 Timothy 6:1

Let as many bondservants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and His doctrine may not be blasphemed.

Paul understood being imprisoned. He knew what it was like to be under someone else’s command and subject to another person’s will: demoralizing and laborious. However, in 1 Timothy 6:1, Paul admonished all slaves to honor their masters in order to honor God.

This may be a difficult principle for you, especially if there is an authority in your life who is treating you unfairly, dishonestly, or cruelly. Though you wish to obey God, your adverse feelings toward the party in question get in the way.

Paul understood this, but he also realized that the only true freedom is through Christ. It is exercised by representing Christ’s love to others. Whittaker Chambers explains, “Freedom is a need of the soul, and nothing else. It is in striving toward God that the soul strives continually after a condition of freedom. God alone is the inciter and guarantor of freedom.”

Being free of the authority over you will not make you free, because your inherent need for freedom is that which only God can meet. Trust Him to make you free no matter what your circumstances. You represent Christ best when you show His love to all, regardless of how they treat you.

Father, there are times when I cannot abide the unkindness of people in authority over me. Thank You that I am not owned by earthly circumstances. You have set my spirit free.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 210). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 19 Anger

Scripture Reading: Psalm 37:5–8

Key Verse: Ephesians 4:26

“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath.

For most people, anger is not premeditated. We usually find our emotions erupting over unexpected incidents. The emotion of anger is not a sin; but left unchecked, it can mushroom quickly into sinful behavior. You can “be angry [and] not sin” (Eph. 4:26) when you follow these guidelines:

Do not be quick to become angry (James 1:19). If your anger triggers instantly, you have a sin problem. The Lord instructs us to be patient when wronged and long-suffering when abused (1 Cor. 13:4–5).

Do not hold on to your angry feelings. When you secretly nourish anger, you have sinned. Quickly put angry episodes behind you as you trust Christ to replace your anger with His love. Leave the results of your circumstances with sovereign God who can accomplish far more than your fury.

Do not justify your anger. Although there are occasions when anger is justified (a thug beating an elderly man on the sidewalk in front of your home), they do not occur often.

Are you handling your anger by biblical standards, or is anger handling you? If the latter is true, admit it as sin and trust the Lord Jesus Christ to remove your anger by loving through you.

Master, take control of my anger. Do not let me be quick to become angry. Help me release angry feelings and refuse to justify my anger. Let me learn to be angry and not sin.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 210). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 19, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump tried to distance himself on Thursday from supporters’ chants of “send her back” at a rally where he blasted Somalia-born U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, as Republicans worry the incendiary mantra could set the tone for the 2020 campaign.

Massive and at times violent protests in Puerto Rico showed no sign of stopping as labor unions on Thursday organized a Friday march to keep up pressure on the governor to resign, while dozens of guns were stolen in a raid on police firearms center.

Benjamin Netanyahu makes history this weekend by becoming the longest-serving Israeli prime minister, surpassing a record held by the country’s founding father David Ben-Gurion.

Germany’s Angela Merkel threw her weight behind her embattled new defense minister and heir-apparent on Friday, while insisting she herself was fit to carry on serving as chancellor through to the end of her term in 2021.

An unmanned aircraft dropped explosives on a base belonging to Iran-linked Shi’ite paramilitary groups in northern Iraq on Friday, killing at least one person, the army and paramilitary sources said.

A man suspected of torching an animation studio and killing 33 people in Japan’s worst mass killing in two decades had been convicted of robbery and carried out the attack because he believed his novel had been plagiarized, media said on Friday.

Gibraltar was granted the power on Friday to detain Iran’s Grace 1 oil tanker for another month, keeping the vessel at the center of a big-power quarrel between Iran and the United States and its allies.

AP Top Stories

Ukraine’s president on Friday outlined the details of an impending prisoner swap with Russia, saying that Kiev is willing to release a jailed Russian journalist in exchange for a Ukrainian film director.

Italian police said Thursday they had arrested 19 suspected members of a Nigerian mob, including the leaders of a clan which forged alliances with other mafias and violently punished anyone who rebelled.

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit Friday near the Greek capital of Athens, causing residents to run into the streets in fear and firefighters to check for people trapped in elevators.

38 percent of Democrats say they do not believe they will achieve the American dream in their lifetimes, compared to just 11 percent of Republicans, according to a new Gallup poll.

In 114 pages, over 70 groups recently laid out a legislative agenda in their “Blueprint for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice” that is, in a few words, focused on one goal: abortion anywhere, anytime, for anyone – at any cost.

A Philadelphia man more than 25 years into a life sentence has been freed after prosecutors admitted they had evidence at the time that showed the man was “likely innocent” for a murder.

The Navy is currently analyzing air frames, targeting systems, AI-enabled sensors, new weapons and engine technologies to engineer a new 6th-Generation fighter to fly alongside the F-35 and ultimately replace the F/A-18.

Israeli archaeologists said Thursday they had unearthed the remains of a rare ancient rural mosque from the seventh and eighth centuries AD in the country’s south.

Russia has said it may join a European Union payment system aimed at salvaging the Iran nuclear deal if it is expanded to include oil purchases. The system, called Instex, is designed to facilitate payments to Iran despite the US trade sanctions reimposed on the country after Donald Trump pulled out of the landmark agreement in 2018.

The United States is preparing to send hundreds of troops to Saudi Arabia where satellite images appear to show a buildup of American forces on the ground.

The agency that manages the Great Barrier Reef broke ranks with Australia’s conservative government to call for the “strongest and fastest possible action” against climate change to save the world heritage marine wonder.

Germany is marking the 75th anniversary of the most famous plot to kill Adolf Hitler, honoring those who resisted the Nazis – who were stigmatized for decades as traitors – as pillars of the country’s modern democracy amid growing concerns about the resurgence of the far-right.

Three Cambodian women have been charged with violating surrogacy and human trafficking laws after they gave birth to babies they delivered to Chinese nationals in Vietnam, a court official said Friday.

BBC

Large areas of central and southern Russia have seen a major decline in their bee populations in recent months. The head of the Russian beekeepers’ union, Arnold Butov, said 20 regions had reported mass bee deaths.

Dozens of dead beached pilot whales have been spotted by sightseers during a helicopter flight over western Iceland.

One of the world’s earliest known mosques, built around 1,200 years ago, has been discovered by archaeologists in Israel’s Negev Desert.

WND

Florida’s new requirement will require students to take courses aimed at helping them to identify the signs and symptoms of mental illness, find resources if they are battling with depression or other issues, and teach them how to help peers who are struggling with a mental health disorder.

President Trump’s administration hammered China over the repression of Uighur Muslims and other religious minorities for the second day in a row, at a forum that has Beijing’s communist rulers fuming.


The Foundation

“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue.” —John Adams (1756)

Pride in America, Then and Now — Apollo 11

The 50th anniversary of the first step on our moon and the decade of danger and failures it took to get there.


That Time FDR Told Republicans to Leave America

Democrats have a long history of not only issuing invitations to leave but of demonizing their opponents.


American Leadership in Religious Freedom

Trump’s second annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom was important.


Mulvaney’s White House

President Trump’s acting chief of staff has had a positive influence on executing policy.


Berkeley’s Double Shot of Regulatory ‘Wokeness’

From banning natural gas to the word “manhole,” science is definitely not part of the equation.


Border Crisis Brings More Drugs Into U.S.

As Border Patrol is overwhelmed with migrants entering illegally, drug cartels have taken advantage.


U.S. Downs Iranian Drone, Iran Denies It

Meanwhile, Trump plans to send Sen. Rand Paul as emissary to Iran.


‘You Can’t Handle the Truth!’

Apparently, much of our mainstream media feel the need to protect us from the truth.


Video: ‘Squad’ Star’s Brazenly Bigoted Remark

Ayanna Pressley made one of the most bigoted statements from an American politician in decades.


Video: Exposing the Truth About Republicans

Which party founded the KKK, supported slavery, and opposed civil rights? Not the GOP.



Today’s Opinion

Erick Erickson
A Blood Accounting
Michael Reagan
Watching the Democrats Shoot Themselves
David Harsanyi
Why Media’s Normalizing of White Nationalists Matters
Tony Perkins
Out of the Mountain of Despair, Hope
Gary Bauer
Pence Defends Religious Liberty
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Friday Top News Executive Summary

“Send her back” repudiated, Labor nominee, minimum-wage legislation, Iran drone, and more.


Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Victor Davis Hanson, AOC, Cory Booker, Ilhan Omar, and more.



Today’s Meme

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.

Today’s Cartoon

For more of today’s cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.

News – 7/19/2019

IRGC deputy commander: U.S. forces entering Persian Gulf are entering ‘hell’
When the American forces enter the Persian Gulf they enter “hell,” said Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi on Thursday, according to Tasnim news agency. “Whenever they [Americans] enter the Persian Gulf, they say among themselves that ‘We entered hell.’ Also, whenever they leave the Persian Gulf, they say ‘we got out of the hell,’” he said. “They are under tough mental and psychological conditions.”

Iran state TV: Iranian forces seize foreign oil tanker, crew
Iran said Thursday its Revolutionary Guard seized a foreign oil tanker and its crew of 12 for smuggling fuel out of the country, and hours later released video showing the vessel to be a United Arab Emirates-based ship that had vanished in Iranian waters over the weekend. The announcement solved one mystery — the fate of the missing ship — but raised a host of other questions and heightened worries about the free flow of traffic in the Strait of Hormuz…

Violent confrontations rock Puerto Rico protests demanding the governor step down
One of the largest protests in Puerto Rico’s history erupted into violent clashes late Wednesday night between demonstrators who said they will keep coming back to demand the governor’s resignation and officers in riot gear who shot tear gas and rubber bullets into the packed crowds…hundreds of protesters gathered and blocked the narrow streets surrounding Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s Fortaleza mansion, clamoring for him to resign.

Firefighters battling blaze at entrance to Jerusalem
Firefighters were battling Thursday to control a fire that broke out in the afternoon in the area of the Lifta nature reserve at the entrance to Jerusalem. A dozen firefighting and rescue teams and four firefighting planes were deployed to the scene. Israel Railways suspended the train line from Jerusalem to Ben-Gurion Airport as the fire spread near the tunnels, providing buses instead for travelers.

House Chaplain Casts Out Demons During Morning Prayer In Capitol Building
Reverend Patrick Conroy serves as the House of Representatives Chaplain in Washington, D.C. and regularly starts the day off for lawmakers with prayer. Thursday’s invocation was a little more serious than most days for Rev. Conroy. The Roman Catholic Priest prayed specifically to cast out the demons inside Capitol Hill.

Trump Says American Warship Destroyed Iranian Drone as Tensions Escalate
A U.S. warship on Thursday destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the ship, President Donald Trump said. The incident marked a new escalation of tensions between the countries less than one month after Iran downed an American drone and Trump came close to retaliating with a military strike.

Christchurch explosion: Rescuer reveals scene horror
One of the first people on the scene of today’s gas explosion in Christchurch has spoken of the horror that they encountered.

Rivers at highest levels since records began, 60 000 homes destroyed or damaged, Bangladesh
At least 60 000 homes were washed away or damaged in 13 districts across Bangladesh after a heavy monsoon rains hit Bangladesh and neighboring countries over the past week. At least 26 people have been killed and 3 million marooned. Over the past couple of days, rivers overflowed in 122 upazilas, flooding thousands of villages.

Moving Moments in the Oval Office as Trump Extends Session to Hear from More Religious Persecution Victims
It was an extraordinary and moving scene in the Oval Office as President Trump took the time to listen to the stories from people around the world who have been targeted for their faith.

Canadian PM urged to speak out on Quebec religious symbols bill
B’nai Brith Canada on Thursday called on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to speak out against Quebec’s religious symbols bill, after a legal effort to block it temporarily came up short.

WHO declares Ebola in Congo to be emergency of ‘international concern’
The World Health Organization took the rare step Wednesday of classifying an ongoing Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo as a “public health emergency of international concern,” just days after a first case of the virus was confirmed in the major city of Goma on the border with Rwanda.

Normalcy Bias Will Keep One From Seeing the Modern Day FEMA Camps (CMU’s) Operating In Full View (Part 3)
This is the third part of a series on  the psychological processes which are leading to the literal enslavement of the American people by Leftist tyrants.

Facebook says posting about dietary supplements is a “violation,” but issuing death threats against conservatives is a-okay By Ethan Huff
Just when we thought that Big Tech couldn’t get any more blatantly hypocritical with its “community standards,” Facebook comes along and issues a new policy stating that it’s now okay to issue death threats against people you don’t like online, just so long as they’re conservatives.

Manholes in Berkeley will now be called ‘maintenance holes’
At a Tuesday night city council meeting, Berkeley became the first city in America to ban the use of natural gas piping in new construction. But that was not the only utility-related issue they saw fit to attend to. No, there was another matter on deck: Eliminating the gendered connotations of words like “manhole” in the city municipal code.

Thousands Attend Opening Dedication Ceremony Of $134 Million Dollar New Age Catholic Church On Site Of Robert Schuller’s Old Crystal Cathedral
The Catholic Church has just opened a glittering, dazzle New Age temple in California that will undoubtedly serve as the western headquarters of Antichrist during the time of Jacob’s trouble. It is the old Crystal Cathedral created by Prosperity preacher and false teacher Robert Schuller. I find it funny that the Catholic Church is always saying how poor they are, but have no problem spending $134 million for a church building ($57M) and renovations ($77M) while hundreds of thousands of homeless in California are eating garbage out of the dumpster. But that’s a story for another day. Many thanks to eagle-eyed NTEB reader Josie for making us aware of this.

Pentagon Fears Turkey To Retaliate Against US Troops In Syria Over New Sanctions
As expected, Turkey blasted the White House’s prior day announcement that it has killed Turkey’s involvement in the F-35 joint strike fighter program after Ankara received a first batch of S-400 Russian-made air defense components starting last week. Turkey’s foreign ministry called on the US to rectify its “mistake”.

As Iran Forces Seize Foreign Oil Tanker, United States Preparing To Deploy 500 Troops To Expanding Saudi Arabian Air Base In Event Of Iranian Attack
First the United States got involved with growing Iranian aggression, then the UK, sent three warships to the Gulf, and now we see Saudi Arabia also preparing for what more and more is looking like unavoidable conflict with Iran. President Trump has shown great restraint thru far, calling off a strike at the last minute, but his patience with the terror state is wearing thin.

Omar: End ‘Capitalist System.’ Guarantee Jobs, Housing, Medicare and Abortion for All
In the new nation that Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota seeks to create, the “capitalist system” will be left behind in pursuit of a “fair and just economy” where the federal government guarantees everybody jobs, housing, health care and free abortions.

Headlines – 7/19/2019

‘This is the Deed to Our Land’: Israel’s Ambassador Takes Out Bible at UN to Prove Jewish People’s Claim to Israel

Marking 25 years since Jewish center bombing, Argentina blacklists Hezbollah

US senators push resolution to help Argentina probe 1994 Jewish center bombing

Jay Sekulow and Mark Goldfeder: Ilhan Omar’s outrageous anti-Israel resolution should be defeated in House

Former Democratic chair Howard Dean: ‘Israel’s government has lost its soul’

Israeli demolition order on Jerusalem outskirts stokes Palestinian fears

Poll: Alarming Number of Arabs Living in The Middle East Deny the Holocaust

Bahrain applauds Argentina for blacklisting Hezbollah as terror organization

Netanyahu: Israel Will Deliver ‘Crushing Blow’ in Any Future War With Hezbollah

Report: Syria benefits from Israeli drone technology sold to Russia

End Syria hospital attacks, Russia told at UN

Israel, Bahrain foreign ministers talk Iran in groundbreaking public meet

US warship shoots down Iranian drone in strategic Strait of Hormuz

Iran denies Donald Trump claim that US destroyed drone in Strait of Hormuz

Iran’s deputy foreign minister says Tehran has not lost any drones

Iran deputy FM: US downed ‘own’ drone ‘by mistake’

Iran seizes ‘fuel-smuggling’ tanker in Gulf

US sanctions five people, seven entities over Iran nuclear program: Treasury

US sets tight travel limitations for Iran’s UN diplomats

Iran foreign minister reported to make nuclear offer; US skeptical

Iran makes ‘substantial’ nuclear offer in return for US lifting sanctions

In US, Zarif offers permanent scrutiny of nuclear sites for sanctions relief

Rouhani urges Europe to ‘accelerate’ efforts to preserve nuclear deal

Zarif: We can shut down Strait of Hormuz, but won’t do it – US “shot itself in the foot” by leaving nuclear deal

Iran’s Zarif says Saudi Arabia, not Iran, is to blame for Middle East instability

Turkey Appears Poised to Retaliate Against the U.S., Prompting Pentagon Warning

ISIS claims suicide bombing that killed 2 in Egypt’s Sinai

Libya’s Mitiga airport halts air traffic after missile strike: Airport statement

Moroccan court orders death penalty for jihadists who beheaded tourists

Explosion outside Kabul University kills 6, wounds 27

Gas explosion in New Zealand’s Christchurch injures several people

Merkel: Britain will remain partner even if it is no longer EU member

Unrest in Puerto Rico enters 2nd week as protesters demand resignation of embattled governor

Man self-immolates near Japan Embassy amid Seoul-Tokyo spat

Man shouting ‘You die’ kills 33 at Japan anime studio

Suspect at the center of Japan’s worst mass killing in decades identified

More than 50 companies reportedly pull production out of China due to trade war

Expect a War Between Russia and China in the 2020s

Times Investigation: Trump administration has gutted programs aimed at detecting weapons of mass destruction

Democrats call for increased security after ‘send her back’ chants

Trump Disavows ‘Send Her Back’ Chant as G.O.P. Frets Over Ugly Phrase

FaceApp under fire as lawmakers ask FBI to review viral app

Area 51 Facebook Prankster Comes Forward For TV Interview, Claims It Was A Joke

Dueling Superpowers, Rival Billionaires. Inside the New Race to the Moon

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Bomdila, India

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Kota Ternate, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Kuril Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Frontera Hidalgo, Mexico

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 32,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 18,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 12,000ft

Mt Etna in Italy erupts to 12,000ft

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

Tropical Storm Danas to unleash heavy rain on South Korea, Japan into early next week

Widespread flooding in India leaving residents in despair and hungry

Rivers at highest levels since records began, 60 000 homes destroyed or damaged, Bangladesh

Northeast, Midwest to blister in the sun as hottest weather in years grips region

The heat goes on: June toastiest on record, July may follow

Buzz off: breakthrough technique eradicates mosquitoes

Westminster pushes ahead with changes to Northern Ireland’s abortion laws

Transgender man who had baby wants to be ‘father’ on birth certificate. Official rules ‘he could only be registered as…mother.’ Now it’s on.

U.S. Women’s Soccer Goalie: People Who Are Not Accepting of Homosexuality ‘Don’t Belong’ on Team

California city will remove gender terms, including ‘manhole’ and ‘manmade,’ from municipal code

Judge denies Jeffrey Epstein bail in child sex trafficking case, citing ‘danger’ to public

Facebook and Google track what porn you’re watching, even when you’re in incognito

Things have gotten so bad in Congress that a priest prayed to ‘cast out all spirits of darkness’ on the House floor

China’s Schools Teaching Children to ‘Hate God’ and Distrust Christian Parents, Report Says

US declares China’s religious persecution ‘the stain of the century’ as Beijing fumes


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Mike Ratliff – The desire of the false teacher is to deceive

David Dombrowski – My Journey Out of Catholicism

Ben Kinchlow, long time CBN co-host is dead at 83

Beth Moore Has Departed The Faith to Embrace Homosexuality

Occultist Swedenborg’s influence on A.A.’s co-founder Bill Wilson

Judge angrily denies bail for megachurch leader after hearing on alleged sex videos involving minors

Christian Teen Home Relocating to S.C. Mountains Punishes Student on the Woodpile

House Chaplain (RCC) Casts Out Demons During Morning Prayer In Capitol Building

Moon landing: Buzz Aldrin took Holy Communion, read this Bible verse on lunar surface

Judge Upholds David Daleiden’s 1st Amendment Right to Expose Planned Parenthood Aborted Baby Part Sales

Russia Offers Sanctuary for 15000 Christian White South African Farmers

Court in Germany Grants Russian Baptists Right to Asylum


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RenewAmerica Newsletter for July 19, 2019


July 19, 2019
Trump announced situation was ‘latest of many provocative and hostile actions’
WORLDNETDAILY — President Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. Navy shot down a threatening Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz. The defensive action, he said, came after drone operators refused to “stand down.” The aircraft then was “immediately destroyed,” the president said…. (more)


July 18, 2019
Likens Jewish state to Nazis, Imperialist Japan, USSR
ART MOORE — Seeking to counter a House resolution to condemn the global boycott, divest and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., are co-sponsoring a resolution that would assert a right to boycott the Jewish state…. (more)

July 18, 2019
CONRAD BLACK — As we settle into high summer and the period of maximum difficulty in finding anything to fill in hours of television news, especially 24/7 news television, two well-established political trends are emerging in this pre-electoral period: The president’s opponents continue to dig themselves into foxholes that they will not be able to escape, and the president’s tactical victories continue to be compromised by his verbal sloppiness. In completely nonpartisan terms, both phenomena are disappointing. The process of the president’s leaving verbal lapses for his enemies to exploit, and of the Democrats and national media doing so excessively, is more complicated than it seems…. (more)


July 18, 2019
‘A concentration of wealth in a small handful of elites’
WORLDNETDAILY — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, and her colleagues in the “squad” of four far-left freshman House members have captured attention of late by emphasizing the fact they are “women of color.” But the real issue for the Trump administration and the nation is that the powerful lawmakers are espousing a radical transformation of the nation’s economy and system of government…. (more)

July 18, 2019
President’s re-election strategy exposed with attack on 4 Dem women in Congress
WORLDNETDAILY — President Trump has been formally condemned by the U.S. House for his Twitter confrontation with four socialist newcomers to Congress, and some Democrats want to impeach him. Consequently, the party is rallying around the most extreme, divisive and radical members that Congress ever has had…. (more)

July 18, 2019
JACK CASHILL — According to a 2016 study by the by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute, self-identified liberals are three times more likely than conservatives to “unfriend” someone on social media for political reasons…. (more)

July 18, 2019
WORLDNETDAILY — Facebook has labeled a quote by St. Augustine as hate speech, according to the director of a pro-life group. “Facebook has repeatedly banned a quote from St. Augustine every time I’ve posted it. And it’s not some fire and brimstone ‘Sinners are going to hell!’ quote, but in fact, quite the opposite,” wrote Domenico Bettinelli, director of community engagement for Massachusetts Citizens for Life, in a blog post…. (more)


July 18, 2019
‘It’s idiotic what they’re saying’ about Trump
WORLDNETDAILY — In a stunning moment of clarity on CNN, the Cable News Network tried and failed Tuesday to convince eight Republican women that President Trump is racist, based on his recent tweets against four minority Democratic women in Congress…. (more)

July 18, 2019
THE EPOCH TIMES — President Donald Trump continued to defend his remarks during a cabinet meeting on July 16, saying that the progressive congresswomen he has been publicly feuding with can “go wherever they want” or “stay” but “should love our country.”… (more)

July 18, 2019
NEWSWEEK — The last few days of the American “news cycle” have been consumed by the heated back and forth between President Donald Trump and the Marxist-leaning “Gang of Four” Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. I use quotes because we really don’t have news cycles in America anymore. We have rounds of orchestrated Trump-bashing by media and activists…. (more)

July 18, 2019
Assailant yelled ‘Allahu Akbar,’ but ‘cannabis’ to blame
WORLDNETDAILY — A Muslim man with a history of anti-Semitism allegedly recited verses from the Quran as he beat a Jewish woman and yelled “Allahu Akbar” as he threw her to her death from a third-story window in Paris…. (more)

July 18, 2019
DAILY CALLER — Louisiana Republican Senator John Kennedy defended President Donald Trump from accusations of racism stemming from a series of tweets, then blasted the four members of the “so-called ‘Squad'” as “whack jobs” who are “destroying the Democratic Party.”… (more)


July 17, 2019
WASHINGTON TIMES — he four far-left congresswomen known as “The Squad” have repeatedly raised eyebrows since bursting onto the political scene with descriptions of America as “garbage,” anti-Semitic tweets and odd musings on the “calming” effect of the Holocaust…. (more)

July 15, 2019
FOX NEWS — Escalating tensions on Capitol Hill erupted into a floor fight in the House of Representatives on Tuesday afternoon, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke in favor of a resolution condemning “racist” comments by President Trump – – and Pelosi’s words were eventually ruled out of order, as House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Democrat, announced the decision from the House parliamentarian…. (more)


July 15, 2019
We’re back – and we need your support
CLIFF KINCAID — We are finally back online at www.usasurvival.org. The slide show at our new site has the advertisements we ran in 2007 opposing Senate ratification of the U.N.’s Law of the Sea Treaty. We defeated this treaty even though then-Senator Joe Biden of the Foreign Relations Committee denied ASI the opportunity to testify against it. Take a minute to revisit this interesting piece of history. Biden has always been a globalist and one-worlder…. (more)

July 15, 2019
WASHINGTON TIMES — He once said his chances of becoming prime minister were “as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars,” but rumpled Boris Johnson, a former mayor of London, a former foreign secretary and an unapologetic supporter of Britain’s exit from the European Union, is now the odds-on favorite to succeed Theresa May when the votes of Conservative Party members are counted next week…. (more)

July 15, 2019
‘Nation may never recover’ if it becomes law
BOB UNRUH — Billy Graham Evangelical Association CEO Franklin Graham says that if Congress adopts the Democrats’ Equality Act, which would nullify constitutional protections for religious rights, the “nation may never recover.”… (more)

July 15, 2019
FOX NEWS — Figures in government and media are trying to secularize American culture, which will lead the country away from its founding Judeo-Christian principles, according to Pastor John Hagee. When the Pilgrims landed in today’s New England, they made a promise to God that what became the United States would be a righteous nation based on morality, Hagee said in an interview airing Sunday on “Life, Liberty and Levin.”… (more)


July 15, 2019
NEWSMAX — The very framework of our freedom in the United States is dependent on the Christian nature of the country, because every freedom that we hold dear as Americans originated as a Christian idea, David Horowitz said on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Friday…. (more)


July 15, 2019
YOUTUBE — Is the Green New Deal about tackling climate change or a hostile takeover of the U.S. economy? Tucker takes on Robert Hockett, who advised Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the Green New Deal…. (more)

July 15, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — In Europe, you will often hear politically savvy people refer to Green Party politicians as “watermelons.” The reason is that although they might be environmentalist “green” on the outside, these leftists are secretly communist red if you look beneath the surface…. (more)


July 14, 2019
FOX NEWS — House Democrats and their aides are quickly losing patience with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over her office’s nonstop sparring with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other long-serving members, suggesting the speaker’s dismissive comments toward her may represent the view of a growing section of the caucus…. (more)


July 14, 2019
STUART VARNEY — It’s getting really bad at CNN. Viewers are fleeing in droves. I’m a founder of that network, and I’m not happy. This spring, CNN’s ratings fell off a cliff. They’re getting fewer than half the viewers who tune into Fox News, and in prime time – – that’s 8 to 11 p.m. – – they get less than a third…. (more)

July 14, 2019
Radio host: ‘It’s outrageous that the desire to know who here is a citizen is controversial’
WASHINGTON TIMES — Rush Limbaugh says President Trump’s census fight with Democrats exposes the one thing guiding the latter side’s agenda: “They don’t like this country.” The radio host told “Fox & Friends” on Friday that most media outlets are ignoring the real story as it pertains to adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census…. (more)

 

Weekly Watchman for 07/19/2019

Listener Questions and Comments: No Topic Off Limits!

What are the topics on the hearts and minds of Christians today? Here are some of the important issues we tackle today:

The Old Testament Law and works vs. grace – the law is good but cannot save us
So-called “progressive Christianity,” a cancer to the church
God is patient with us so we should be patient with other Christians with faulty doctrine

The importance of youth pastors teaching God’s Word to kids and not just entertaining them
What do the Democrat presidential debates and Communist China have in common?

Should Christians fight or resist the coming persecution of the church in America?

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Is Christian Persecution in America Just Around the Corner?

Today we take another look at the state of Christianity in America and discuss the real hostility and discrimination against believers in Christ, as well as the possibility the gospel may soon be banned in our nation.  We discuss the so-called Equality Act and its threat to Bible-believing Christians, and explain how the church itself has practically opened the door to welcome discrimination against God’s truth and the gospel. Why? Because we want to be loved by a world that hates Jesus and His Word.

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Dismantling the Lies of the Enemy

The only way to dismantle lies is to respectfully confront them with truth. We try doing this on our radio program when it comes to lies not only in our culture but sadly, within churches in America. Our guest is a professional ‘lie-debunker’ and travels around the world sharing the hope of Jesus Christ with people deceived by the clever deception of the enemy.

Today’s guest is Carl Kerby of Reasons for Hope Ministry! He’s back to talk about their video series titled “debunked” and the impact it is having in spreading the truth, love and grace of the gospel.

“…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15

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The Epidemic of Loneliness

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What Will the Church in America Look like in Ten Years?

Pastor Carl Gallups joins Mike and David to discuss an article from the Christian Post speculating on what healthy American Churches will look like ten years from now. We start our discussion on this topic assuming we will not yet face open persecution for our Christian beliefs ten years from now.  What kind of changes will we see in strong Christian churches in America?

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July 19 Going Against the Flow

Scripture reading: Matthew 7:24–29

Key verse: Luke 21:33

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

If you have witnessed the launching of a space shuttle from Cape Canaveral, Florida, you know that it is truly a spectacular sight. When not very high into the air, the shuttle begins a slight roll that positions it for later orbit.

Until the craft is out of the earth’s atmosphere, the shuttle is under the control of computers. The astronauts are powerless to aid or assist its climb. Once in orbit, they man the controls, check the performance of onboard computers, and assist in vital experiments. When the mission is completed, the craft reenters the earth’s gravitational pull and heads home. However, during reentry, NASA’s computers stand silent. They trace the ship; but for a brief moment in time, the shuttle is an unpowered craft that relies on its gliding ability to make a safe landing.

Often we place our trust in things that are finite, fallible, and destructible. Yet we find it difficult to place our trust in God. The Bible tells us there is one thing that will never pass away, and that is the Word of God. Men and their ideas come and go, but Jesus Christ remains the same forever.

The same God who parted the Red Sea, spoke to the prophets, and came to us in the form of a baby invites you to come into His presence. Why not go against the flow of the world by placing your trust in something that never changes and will last for an eternity?

Father, I place my trust in what is infinite, infallible, and indestructible. I place my confidence in You, Your Word, and Your Son, Jesus Christ.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 210). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 19, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Supreme Reality of the New Heaven and the New Earth

And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, (21:3)

The supreme glory and joy of heaven is the Person of God (cf. Ps. 73:25). Here, as twenty times previously in Revelation, a loud voice heralds an announcement of great importance. The source of the voice is not revealed. It is not God (who speaks in v. 5), but is probably an angel (cf. 5:2; 7:2; 14:9, 15, 18; 19:17). The portentous announcement he makes is “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men.” Skenē (tabernacle) can also mean “tent,” or “dwelling place.” God will pitch His tent among His people; no longer will He be far off, distant, transcendent. No more will His presence be veiled in the human form of Jesus Christ, even in His millennial majesty, or in the cloud and pillar of fire, or inside the Holy of Holies. The amazing reality that “the pure in heart … shall see God” (Matt. 5:8) will come to pass. Christ’s prayer, recorded in John 17:24, will be answered: “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me” (cf. John 14:1–3; 1 Thess. 4:13–17). There will be “no temple in [heaven], for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple” (21:22). Their presence will permeate heaven and will not be confined to one place of manifestation.

So staggering is this truth that the heavenly voice repeats it several ways. To the mind-boggling reality that the tabernacle of God is among men he adds the statement that God will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them (cf. 22:3–4). This will be a manifestation of God’s glorious presence to His people like no other in redemptive history and the culmination of all divine promise and human hope (Lev. 26:11–12; Jer. 24:7; 30:22; 31:1, 33; 32:38; Ezek. 37:27; 48:35; Zech. 2:10; 8:8; 2 Cor. 6:16).

What will it be like to live in God’s glorious presence in heaven? First, believers will enjoy fellowship with Him. The imperfect, sin-hindered fellowship that believers have with God in this life (1 John 1:3) will become full, complete, and unlimited. In his classic book on heaven entitled The Saints’ Everlasting Rest, seventeenth-century Puritan Richard Baxter describes the intimate communion with God that believers will enjoy in heaven:

Doubtless as God advanceth our senses, and enlargeth our capacity, so will he advance the happiness of those senses and fill up with himself all that capacity.… We shall then have light without a candle, and perpetual day without the sun.… We shall then have enlightened understandings without Scripture, and be governed without a written law; for the Lord will perfect his law in our hearts, and we shall be all perfectly taught of God. We shall have joy, which we drew not from the promises, nor fetched home by faith or hope. We shall have communion without sacraments, without this fruit of the vine, when Christ shall drink it new with us in his Father’s kingdom and refresh us with the comforting wine of immediate enjoyment. To have necessities, but no supply, is the case of them in hell. To have necessity supplied by means of the creatures, is the case of us on earth. To have necessity supplied immediately from God, is the case of the saints in heaven. To have no necessity at all, is the prerogative of God himself. (The Practical Works of Richard Baxter [reprint; Grand Rapids: Baker, 1981], 7, 16)

Second, believers will see God as He is. In 1 John 3:2 the apostle John writes, “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.” Such an unveiled view of God is impossible for mortal men. No living person has ever seen God in the fullness of His glory (John 1:18; 6:46; 1 John 4:12); He is invisible (Col. 1:15; 1 Tim. 1:17) and “dwells in unapproachable light” (1 Tim. 6:16; cf. Ps. 104:2), exposure to which would mean instant death for any living person (Ex. 33:20). But in heaven, “the pure in heart … shall see God” (Matt. 5:8), since they will be perfectly holy. They will be given an eternal and expanded vision of God manifest in His shining glory (21:11, 23; 22:5). Even the saints in heavenly glory will not be able to comprehend all the infinite majesty of God’s wondrous being. But they will see all that glorified beings are able to comprehend. Is it any wonder that Paul, thinking of the glory of heaven, had “the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better” (Phil. 1:23)?

In her marvelous but seldom sung hymn, “My Savior First of All,” Fanny Crosby echoed Paul’s sentiments:

When my life work is ended and I cross the swelling tide,

When the bright and glorious morning I shall see,

I shall know my Redeemer when I reach the other side,

And His smile will be the first to welcome me.

Thru the gates to the city, in a robe of spotless white,

He will lead me where no tears will ever fall,

In the glad song of ages I shall mingle with delight—

But I long to meet my Savior first of all.

Third, believers will worship God. Every glimpse of heaven in Revelation reveals the redeemed and the angels in worship (4:10; 5:14; 7:11; 11:1, 16; 19:4). That is not surprising, since Jesus said in John 4:23 that “true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.” In heaven, the glorified, perfected saints will offer God perfect worship.

Fourth, believers will serve God (22:3). It is said of the saints in heaven pictured in 7:15 that “they serve [God] day and night in His temple.” Believers’ capacity for heavenly service will reflect their faithfulness in this life. All believers will be rewarded with capacities for heavenly service, but those capacities will differ (1 Cor. 3:12–15; 4:5).

Finally, and most astounding of all, the Lord will serve believers. Jesus told a parable reflecting that truth in Luke 12:35–40:

Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit. Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them. Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.

But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into. You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect.

Jesus pictures Himself as a wealthy nobleman, who returns to His estate after a long trip. Finding that his servants ministered faithfully in His absence, He rewards them by taking the role of a servant and preparing a feast for them. So will it be for believers in heaven, forever to be served a heavenly feast of joy by their Lord.[1]


3 A loud voice is heard from the throne, announcing the fulfillment of a basic theme that runs throughout the OT. It is clearly stated in the Holiness Code of Leviticus 26, “I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will … be your God, and you will be my people” (Lev 26:11–12; cf. Jer 31:33; Ezek 37:27; Zech 8:8). The voice from heaven declares that the dwelling place of God is with people, and that he will live with them. The Greek word for tabernacle (skēnē) is closely related to the Hebrew Shekinah, which was used to denote the presence and glory of God. In the wilderness wanderings the tabernacle or tent was a symbol of the abiding presence of God in the midst of his people. In the Fourth Gospel, John writes that the Word became flesh and tabernacled (eskēnōsen) among people so that they saw his glory, the glory of the One and Only (John 1:14). When the Seer writes that the tabernacle of God is with us, he is saying that God in his glorious presence has come to dwell with us. The metaphor does not suggest a temporary dwelling. From this point on God remains with his people throughout eternity.

It is interesting that most recent translations have the plural, peoples (e.g., NRSV, “they will be his peoples”), rather than the singular, people.17 Apparently, John modified the traditional concept (Jer 7:23; 30:22; Hos 2:23) and substituted a reference to the many peoples of redeemed humanity. Jesus had spoken of “other sheep that are not of this sheep pen” that must become part of the one flock (John 10:16). It is with the redeemed peoples of all races and nationalities that God will dwell in glory. God himself will be with them, and he will be their God. It is the presence of God, and the fellowship with him of all believers, that constitutes the principal characteristic of the coming age.[2]


3. out of heaven—so Andreas. But A and Vulgate read, “out of the throne.”

the tabernacle—alluding to the tabernacle of God in the wilderness (wherein many signs of His presence were given): of which this is the antitype, having previously been in heaven: Rev 11:19–15:5, “the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven”; also Rev 13:6. Compare the contrast in Heb 9:23, 14, between “the patterns” and “the heavenly things themselves,” between “the figures” and “the true.” The earnest of the true and heavenly tabernacle was afforded in the Jerusalem temple described in Ez 40:1–42:20, as about to be, namely, during the millennium.

dwell with them—literally, “tabernacle with them”; the same Greek word as is used of the divine Son “tabernacling among us.” Then He was in the weakness of the flesh: but at the new creation of heaven and earth He shall tabernacle among us in the glory of His manifested Godhead (Rev 22:4).

they—in Greek emphatic, “they” (in particular).

his peopleGreek, “His peoples”: “the nations of the saved” being all peculiarly His, as Israel was designed to be. So A reads. But B, Vulgate, Syriac, and Coptic read, “His people”: singular.

God himself … with them—realizing fully His name Immanuel.[3]


Ver. 3.—And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying. Out of the throne is read in א, A, and others; out of heaven is the reading of B, P, etc. As usual, the voice is described as a great voice (cf. ch. 19:17, etc.). It is not stated from whom the voice proceeds, but comp. ch. 20:1. Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them; literally, he shall tabernacle with them. Still the seer is influenced by the language of Ezekiel: “And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore” (37:28). Thus God makes his abode in his glorified Church—the New Jerusalem, among his spiritual Israel (cf. ch. 7:15, where this vision has been already anticipated). And they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God; and they shall be his peoples, and himself shall be God with them, their God. The balance of authority is in favour of retaining the two last words, though they are omitted in א, B, and others. Evidently the same words as Ezek. 37:27. (see above), “My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Cf. “God with them” with “Emmanuel” (Matt. 1:23; Isa. 7:14). Now, the promise is redeemed in all its fulness. The plural “peoples” seems to point to the catholic nature of the New Jerusalem, which embraces many nations (cf. ver. 24; also ch. 7:9).[4]


3. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look, the tabernacle of God is with people, and he will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.”

The expression a loud voice occurs frequently in Revelation and implies that everyone is able to hear the message coming from God’s throne (16:17 and 19:5). John fails to identify this voice, which may be that of God. If we assume that he tries to avoid the use of the divine name, we see further evidence in verse 5 where John circumscribes the name of God with the words “the one seated on the throne.” Even so, the emphasis is not on the speaker but on the joyful message. The voice calls attention to the unity of God and his people expressed in the image of the Old Testament tabernacle. John alludes to a well-known passage, in which God, speaking about an everlasting covenant with his people, says: “I will put my sanctuary among them forever. My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God and they will be my people” (Ezek. 37:26–27). This text is a golden thread woven into the fabric of Scripture from beginning to end (Gen. 17:7; Exod. 6:7; Lev. 26:12; Ezek. 11:20; Zech. 2:10–11; 2 Cor. 6:16; Rev. 21:3, 7).It is the thread of God’s abiding love toward his covenant people.

In an earlier passage (13:6), John had used the illustration of the scene of God dwelling in his heavenly tent (Greek skēnē) surrounded by his people. The tabernacle in the desert had the holy of Holies where God dwelled. The temple in Jerusalem likewise had the sacred place behind the curtain as God’s dwelling. But neither in the desert nor in Jerusalem did God and his people live under one roof. Now notice that when Jesus came, he dwelled among his people; literally, “he pitched his tent” among them (John 1:14). This is also the case in the new Jerusalem, where God and his people live together in perfect peace and harmony. The people will fully know him, love and serve him, and forever taste his goodness. The symbolic tent in which God and his people dwell is not a picture of their dwelling in a temporary shelter. The symbolism points to the privilege his people have in contrast to the Old Testament saints. From them only the high priest once a year might enter the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement. Now his people are always in his presence. The emphasis in this verse is on God, for he has made it possible for human beings to dwell with him, he is their God, and he is forever with them.

The literal translation of the Greek text is “and they will be his peoples,” but in most translations it is given in the singular as “people.” The text, however, intimates that they come from “every tribe, tongue, people, and nation.” All of them are accommodated as priests in the presence of God. “Therefore, this is the first hint that there is no literal temple in the new Jerusalem” (v. 22).

One last remark. The phrase and God himself will be with them is reminiscent of the name given to Jesus, Immanuel, which means, “God with us” (Matt. 1:23; Isa. 7:14).[5]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2000). Revelation 12–22 (pp. 266–268). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Mounce, R. H. (1997). The Book of Revelation (pp. 382–383). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[3] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 2, p. 601). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[4] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Revelation (p. 510). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[5] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Book of Revelation (Vol. 20, pp. 556–557). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

July 19 Your Passing Opportunity

scripture reading: Mark 10:46–52
key verse: Matthew 10:32

Whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.

Today, as you shop at the grocery store, work in the office, volunteer at school, or do any other routine activity, you will encounter many different people. Each one is a unique individual with an astounding array of personal needs—love, money, friendship, wisdom, courage, among others.

But every human being has one need in common: a personal relationship with Jesus Christ—Savior, Lord, and Friend of all who believe in Him. The joyous truth is that every believer possesses the Person who can meet that universal need.

You may not be able to help people financially. You may not live in close proximity to establish friendships. You may not have the material resources to supply their practical needs. But you can introduce them to Jesus Christ, the only One who can provide for every need, meet every demand, care for every hurt.

Jesus is the Answer. If you know Him, you can tell others about Him in a variety of ways: over a cup of coffee, through a tract, a suggestion to attend church or listen to a religious broadcast.

Everybody needs the Lord. Share Him as His Spirit leads you, and He will meet their needs as no other can.

Lord, I want to start today. Give me the opportunity to share You with others—then help me take it![1]


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

19 july (1857) 365 Days with Spurgeon

Substitution

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

suggested further reading: 1 Peter 2:18–25

Of this God in Christ, our text says that he knew no sin. It does not say that he did not sin; that we know: but it says more than that; he did not know sin; he knew not what sin was. He saw it in others, but he did not know it by experience. He was a perfect stranger to it. It is not barely said, that he did not take sin into his heart, but he did not know it. It was no acquantance of his. He was the acquaintance of grief; but he was not the acquaintance of sin. He knew no sin of any kind,—no sin of thought, no sin of birth, no original, no actual transgression; no sin of lip, or of hand, did ever Christ commit. He was pure, perfect, spotless; like his own divinity, without spot or blemish, or any such thing. This gracious person, is he who is spoken of in the text. He was a person utterly incapable of committing anything that was wrong. It has been asserted lately, by some ill-judged one, that Christ was capable of sin. I think it was Irving who started some such idea, that if Christ was not capable of sinning, he could not have been capable of virtue. “For,” say they, “if a man must necessarily be good, there is no virtue in his goodness.” Away with their ridiculous nonsense! Is not God necessarily good? And who dares deny that God is virtuous? Are not the glorified spirits in heaven necessarily pure? And yet are they not holy because of that very necessity? Are not the angels, now that they are confirmed, necessarily faultless? And shall any one dare to deny angelic virtue! The thing is not true; it needs no freedom in order to create virtue. Freedom and virtue generally go together; but necessity and virtue are as much brother and sister as freedom and virtue. Jesus Christ was not capable of sin.

for meditation: It would have been awful for the sinless Christ to suffer just for one sin of one man. But for him to suffer for all the sins of a countless multitude past, present and future must have been appalling beyond all imagination. How God must hate sin! How he must love poor sinners! Did Christ die for you (Galatians 2:20)?

sermon nos. 141–142[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 207). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.