Daily Archives: July 27, 2019

TRUMP Talks About Going After Obama: Let’s Subpoena Obama Records, Hillary Clinton Records, Clinton Foundation Records, Obama’s Book Deal, — The Gateway Pundit

On Friday President Trump called reporters to the White House to announce he has completed a “safe third country” asylum agreement with Guatemala.
This is a game-changer if it pans out and will significantly diminish the flood of illegal aliens crossing the US southern border.

This is also more than the open border Democrats have done to the secure thee border since President Trump came into office.

President Trump then went after the radical Democrats in the US House who using their office to harass the president, his family and his associates.

Trump suggested maybe he should go after Hillary Clinton and Obama.

President Trump, speaking in the Oval Office during a gathering to announce an agreement with Guatemala, called for a probe into former President Obama’s book deal and to subpoena “all of the records having to do with Hillary Clinton

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BREAKING: President Trump, speaking in the Oval Office during a gathering to announce an agreement with Guatemala, called for a probe into former President Obama’s book deal and to subpoena “all of the records having to do with Hillary Clinton” – The Hill

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Trump just now in the Oval Office:

– Subpoena all of Obama’s records.
– Subpoena all of the records having to do with Hillary Clinton.
– Subpoena the Clinton Foundation.
– Look into the book deal that President Obama made.
– GOP will hold House, Senate & White House.

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via TRUMP Talks About Going After Obama: Let’s Subpoena Obama Records, Hillary Clinton Records, Clinton Foundation Records, Obama’s Book Deal, — The Gateway Pundit

Ilhan Omar Introduces Resolution Condemning Racism, White Men, And The Jews | The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A constant target of remarks from President Trump, including chants of “send her back” from a recent rally, Representative Ilhan Omar has introduced a resolution to the House of Representatives condemning the three things she finds most dangerous to society: racism and white men and “also the Jews.”

“It’s time to take a stand and say there is nothing more un-American than judging people by the color of their skin,” Omar said on the House floor, “except for maybe white men. And Jews. Let’s add the Jews too I guess.”

Omar found especially racist Trump’s remarks about people “going back to where they come from,” and specifically condemns that language in the resolution, saying good people would never use such language, especially against evil white men, since “then they’d just stick around here.” She also pointed out that if Jews went back to where they came from they’d just go back to Israel, which she doesn’t want. “But maybe we could push them into the sea or something.”

Omar recognizes that her resolution, despite having help from “the Squad,” is unlikely to pass, which she blames on discrimination against someone like her and “evil Zionist money.”

— Read on babylonbee.com/news/ilhan-introduces-resolution-to-condemn-racism-and-also-white-men-and-jews

Mueller Reminds Congress Report Doesn’t Exonerate Trump From Assassination Of President Lincoln | The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In his 29-hour-long testimony to Congress earlier this week, former special counsel Robert Mueller was quick to remind lawmakers that his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election did not exonerate Trump from the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

“Now I want to be clear,” he said, “that while this report did not find the president guilty of obstruction of justice or collusion with the Russians, it also does not exonerate him from the assassination of President Lincoln.” 

Confused congresspeople sat in silence, looking at one another awkwardly.

“While we couldn’t place him at Ford’s Theatre on the evening of April 14, 1865, we could not confirm he wasn’t present, either,” Mueller continued. “That is for Congress to decide.”

One congressperson asked Mueller if Trump could be charged with the crime of shooting Lincoln in the head when he leaves the White House.

Mueller thought for a moment. “I don’t want to answer that. But yes.”

— Read on babylonbee.com/news/mueller-reminds-nation-report-doesnt-exonerate-trump-from-assassination-of-abraham-lincoln

Mueller exposes massive systemic corruption – WND

Washington is truly a swamp, a place of murky incestuous conflicts of interest and other dirty deeds. Just look at Meuller’s investigation team for proof.

Robert Mueller’s testimony exposed massive systemic corruption and abuse of power in Washington.

Unfortunately for Democrats, it wasn’t what they hoped – and none of it looks good for them.

In retired (not a moment too soon) Special Counsel Mueller, we saw a frail old man, clearly of diminished capacity and obviously incapable of running a complex multiyear, multimillion dollar investigation.

This raises many questions, the most obvious being: Who was running the show? 

The answer would be, as is often the case in Washington, the staff. The person at the top of the letterhead is merely a figurehead.

To digress for a moment, this is how so much of official Washington works: 

Career bureaucrats run the cabinet agencies. Guidelines written by other bureaucrats (not elected lawmakers) direct their every move and determine the regulations disgorged from the bowels of the government like floodwaters from a broken dam. If these lifetime employees don’t like the policies of a particular (say, Trump) administration, they simply ignore them, slow-walk them or sabotage them.

Over on Capitol Hill, 20-somethings run Congress. These bright young things graduate from top schools at the top of the class and move directly into government without any intervening experience in the real world (aka “the private sector”). Elected representatives, busy raising campaign money, rely on them to frame policy discussions, meet with constituents and lobbyists, write reports, tell them how to vote and even draft legislation. 

Now back to Bob Mueller. We know he wasn’t running the investigation that bears his name – his staff was – and now we know Mueller was oblivious to the fact that his investigators had deep conflicts of interest.

He testified he had no idea when he hired him that disgraced G-man Peter Strzok hated President Trump, and it seems Mueller never vetted any of his investigators. His team of 13 angry Democrats had conflicts of interest so numerous and well documented, there’s no need to repeat them here.

Again, this is business as usual in Washington.

The special counsel’s office is not the only hotbed of investigators infected with conflicts of interest.

Let’s begin with Rep. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and one of the ringleaders of the impeachment lynch mob.

Even as he natters on endlessly to any who will listen about “Russia! Russia! Russia! Interfering in our election!”, Nadler keeps a publicist for Russian state media on his payroll as an adviser.

That’s right – Nadler is paying a propagandist for Russia propagandists. And he’s doing it with campaign money. Talk about Russian involvement in our politics!

Nadler’s long-time campaign aide, Ezra Freidlander, is a lobbyist for a jailed executive of the Russian government’s RIA Novosti news service.

U.S. intelligence services have identified Novosti as an “integral part of Moscow’s American disinformation campaign in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.” Time for Adam Schiff to investigate Jerry Nadler.

While he was on Nadler’s payroll, Freidlander also took money from Qatar, a key ally of Iran.

Coincidentally, Nadler became the only Jewish Democrat from New York to endorse President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal. Obama used Nadler to convince other Jewish members of Congress to get on board the Tehran nuclear Supertrain. 

The conflicts don’t end with Nadler.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the powerful House Oversight committee, is the other loudmouth on the Hill, firing his subpoena cannon in every direction and trying everything to get his hands on President Trump’s tax returns.

Following the disastrous Mueller hearings, Cummings said, “”I’m begging the American people to pay attention to what is going on.” 

Well, here’s something to pay attention to: Cummings is up to his eyeballs in conflict of interest.

Stay with me on this: Cummings, 68, was once heavily in debt, paying hefty child support to three women and owing the IRS $30,000.

But his financial situation improved after marrying Maya Rockeymoore, 48, the chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party, as the Washington Examiner reports. 

Rockeymoore, you see, runs two businesses: a nonprofit group, Center for Global Policy Solutions; and a for-profit consulting firm, Global Policy Solutions, LLC.

Her consulting firm landed a $1 million federal contract in 2017 for a “Leadership for Healthy Communities” project. At the same time, her non-profit was the national program office for the project.

The National Legal and Policy Center watchdog group has filed a complaint with the IRS saying the for-profit and non-profit “appear to operate almost as a single entity, allowing for an illegal private benefit for Maya Rockeymoore Cummings and her husband.”

“The arrangement is ‘self-dealing’ and cannot be ‘arms length’” as required by IRS law, the ethics group says.

Meanwhile, Cummings’ wife pulls in millions from financial backers, including Google, J.P Morgan and Prudential, corporations that have business before her husband’s Oversight Committee. Nice work if you can get it.

In his financial disclosure report, Cummings failed to list his wife’s $152,000 salary from her non-profit or what she earns from her business. Someone ought to get their hands on this couple’s tax returns.

As we see, conflict-of-interest is a disease endemic to the Washington swamplands. 

So here’s another question about Mueller: Who vetted him? Why did they think that man could run anything? 

The answer is obvious: They knew he couldn’t. They wanted the inmates to run this particular asylum. 

It’s more important than ever we investigate the investigators. All of them.

— Read on http://www.wnd.com/2019/07/mueller-exposes-massive-systemic-corruption/

Barr’s Russiagate Origin Probe Pivots To ‘Smoking Gun’ Tapes With Exculpatory Evidence | Zero Hedge

“he always suspected he was being recorded…”

A DOJ internal review of the Russia investigation is now focusing on transcripts of (not-so) covertly recorded conversations between former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos and ‘at least one government source’ during an overseas conversation in 2016. 

In particular, DOJ investigators are focusing on why certain exculpatory (or exonerating) evidence from the transcripts was not included in subsequent FBI surveillance warrant applications, according to Fox News, citing two sources familiar with the review. 

“A source told Fox News that the “exculpatory evidence” included in the transcripts is Papadopoulos denying having any contact with the Russians to obtain the supposed “dirt” on Clinton,” according to the report. 

And while Fox doesn’t name the ‘government source,’ it’s undoubtedly Australian diplomat and Clinton ally Alexander Downer, who was “idiotic enough” to spy on Papadopoulos with his phone, according to the former Trump aide. 

But Papadopoulos did not only meet with Mifsud and Downer while overseas. He met with Cambridge professor and longtime FBI informant Stefan Halper and his female associate, who went under the alias Azra Turk. Papadopoulos told Fox News that he saw Turk three times in London: once over drinks, once over dinner and once with Halper. He also told Fox News back in May that he always suspected he was being recorded. Further, he tweeted during the Mueller testimony about “recordings” of his meeting with Downer. –Fox News

“These recordings have exculpatory evidence,” one source told Fox, adding “It is standard tradecraft to record conversations with someone like Papadopoulos—especially when they are overseas and there are no restrictions.

The recordings in question pertain to conversations between government sources and Papadopoulos, which were memorialized in transcripts. One source told Fox News that Barr and Durham are reviewing why the material was left out of applications to surveil another former Trump campaign aide, Carter Page.

I think it’s the smoking gun,” the source said. –Fox News

Also under review  by AG Barr and US Attorney John Durham of Connecticut is the actual start date of the original FBI investigation into the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the US election. 

Former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) first revealed the existence of transcripts documenting the secretly recorded conversations earlier this year. 

“If the bureau’s going to send in an informant, the informant’s going to be wired, and if the bureau is monitoring telephone calls, there’s going to be a transcript of that,” Gowdy said on Fox News in May. 

“Some of us have been fortunate enough to know whether or not those transcripts exist. But they haven’t been made public, and I think one, in particular … has the potential to actually persuade people,” he continued, adding “Very little in this Russia probe I’m afraid is going to persuade people who hate Trump or love Trump. But there is some information in these transcripts that has the potential to be a game-changer if it’s ever made public.

According to the report, the transcripts are currently classified – however President Trump’s May order to approve declassification at AG Barr’s discretion means they may see the light of day. And even if not, the declassification allowed Barr to barge in on DNI Director Dan Coats’ office and demand the files

A source told Fox News that without the declassification order signed by Trump, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was not going to give anyone access to the files—over concerns for protecting sources and methods. But another source told Fox News in May that Coats, along with CIA Director Gina Haspel and FBI Director Chris Wray, are all working “collaboratively” with Barr and Durham on the review.

Barr and Durham are also trying to pinpoint the actual “start date” of the investigation, according to a source. –Fox News

As passionately laid out by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) during this week’s Mueller testimony, the FBI officially opened the Russia investigation after Papadopoulos told Downer about a rumor (told to him by Clinton Foundation member Joseph Mifsud) that Russia had ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton. 

That said, some have suggested that the FBI probe began long before Downer’s report to intelligence agencies

On Wednesday, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., challenged former Special Counsel Mueller over when the investigation started.

“The FBI claims the counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign began on July 31, 2016, but in fact, it began before that,” Nunes said. “In June 2016, before the investigation was officially opened, Trump campaign associates Carter Page and Stephen Miller were invited to attend a symposium at Cambridge University in July 2016. Your office, however, did not investigate who was responsible for inviting these Trump associates to the symposium.” –Fox News

“Maybe a better course of action is to figure out how the false accusations started,” said Jordan on Wednesday, adding “Here’s the good news—that’s exactly what Bill Barr is doing and thank goodness for that.” 
— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-26/ag-barrs-russiagate-origin-probe-pivots-smoking-gun-tapes-exculpatory-evidence

Epstein’s Not The Only Predatory Sex Offender In The News: Here’s How Shockingly Prevalent This Has Become | Zero Hedge

Reader discretion is advised. This article contains information that may be upsetting for some people.

Authored by Dagny Taggart via The Organic Prepper blog,

Lately, the news has been flooded with horrifying updates about the case of registered sex offender and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

You can read our Epstein coverage at the following links:

An Unbiased Look at What We Know About the Epstein Scandal So Far

More CONFIRMED Information on Jeffrey Epstein, His Homes, and His Powerful Friends

These Prominent People Must Be PANICKING About What the Epstein Case Will Reveal

Singer R. Kelly, 52, is being held without bond in Chicago on charges that include producing child pornography and coercing minors to engage in sex. He faces similar federal charges in New York.

Unfortunately, Epstein and R. Kelly are not the only alleged sexual predators in the news.

Reader discretion is advised. This article contains information that may be upsetting for some people.

Here are various reports of recent sexual abuse cases in the US.


More than three dozen suspected online child sex offenders were arrested in Aurora, Colorado, during Operation Broken Heart. The nationwide operation was led by the US Department of Justice and resulted in nearly 1,700 arrests during April and May. On June 11, 2019, the DOJ announced that its “task forces identified 308 offenders who either produced child pornography or committed child sexual abuse, and 357 children who suffered recent, ongoing or historical sexual abuse or were exploited in the production of child pornography.”

The operation targeted suspects who: (1) produce, distribute, receive and possess child pornography; (2) engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes; (3) engage in the sex trafficking of children; and (4) travel across state lines or to foreign countries and sexually abuse children. (source)

The Colorado Sentinel reports 32-year-old Raymond Fredericks was sentenced to 22 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to a felony sex trafficking charge in May.


Todd Bush, a 42-year-old former teacher, was arrested in an undercover sting on July 18 after agreeing to pay $100 to who he thought was the mother of an 11-year-old girl for sex with her daughter, authorities said. He was charged with human trafficking of a child, obscene communication, and traveling to meet a minor for sex. Bush was already a registered sex offender and was on probation for a 2011 incident when he was busted in the sting last week.


On July 18, a federal jury in Baltimore convicted Ryan Russell Parks, 26, on two counts of sex trafficking a minor and one count of using the internet to promote a prostitution business.

Parks faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison for each of the two counts of sex trafficking a minor, and a maximum of five years in prison for using the Internet to promote a business enterprise involving prostitution.

The case was investigated by the FBI-led Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force (MCETF), created in 2010 to combat child prostitution, with members from 10 state and federal law enforcement agencies. (source)


A two-day undercover operation in Minneapolis–Saint Paul earlier this month resulted in the arrests of 11 people on sex trafficking charges:

Three people were arrested for sex trafficking and promotion of prostitution while eight people were arrested for solicitation of a minor or solicitation of prostitution under 16 years of age.

In the operation, 18 trafficking victims were recovered from trafficking situations and offered help through victim services. (source)


A former first-grade teacher at an Omaha elementary school has been given 50 to 100 years in prison for sexually assaulting students. Douglas County District Court records show that 31-year-old Gregory Sedlacek was sentenced Tuesday. He’d pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault of a child.

New Hampshire

Yesterday, New Hampshire’s attorney general launched an investigation into the state youth detention center after two former counselors were charged with raping a teenage boy 82 times, at least once at gunpoint, in the late 1990s.

New York

Last month, the head of a sex cult was found guilty on multiple charges in New York, reports NPR:

The leader of NXIVM, a group that espoused a philosophy of self-improvement but was accused of recruiting, grooming and even branding an inner circle of female sex slaves, was found guilty Wednesday by a federal jury in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Keith Raniere, who was known as “Vanguard,” was convicted on all charges, including sex trafficking, forced labor conspiracy, human trafficking and multiple counts of racketeering — including sexual exploitation of a child. (source)

North Carolina

The victims of sexual assaults by a former North Carolina teacher are filing a class-action lawsuit against the school district:

News outlets report the victims of Michael Kelly filed the complaint Tuesday against him, the New Hanover County Board of Education and others.

Kelly pleaded guilty last month to child sex charges. Investigators say Kelly abused nearly 20 victims. He’s worked for New Hanover Schools since 1992. (source)


Earlier this month, two concurrent Human Trafficking Task Force operations were conducted in the Cleveland region. A total of 49 arrests were made, and some of the individuals are facing felony charges of Attempted Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Importuning, Possess Criminal Tools, and Attempting Corruption with Drugs, reports Richland Source.

You can read more about recent arrests on the DOJ’s dedicated page: Human Trafficking.

Cases of child sexual abuse by clergy continue to be reported.

Thousands of allegations of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests, nuns, and members of religious orders have been made over the last few decades. Many investigations, trials, and convictions – and revelations about decades of attempts by Church officials to cover up reported incidents – have resulted. These offenses are not limited to clergy in the US – cases have occurred all over the world.

I think it is important to note here that my family is Catholic, so I know how painful this subject can be for some followers.

According to a 2009 report, the founder of a religious order that treats Roman Catholic priests who molest children concluded decades ago that offenders were unlikely to change and should not be returned to ministry:

As early as the mid-1950s, decades before the clergy sexual-abuse crisis broke publicly across the U.S. Catholic landscape, the founder of a religious order that dealt regularly with priest sex abusers was so convinced of their inability to change that he searched for an island to purchase with the intent of using it as a place to isolate such offenders, according to documents recently obtained by NCR.

Fr. Gerald Fitzgerald, founder of the Servants of the Paracletes, an order established in 1947 to deal with problem priests, wrote regularly to bishops in the United States and to Vatican officials, including the pope, of his opinion that many sexual abusers in the priesthood should be laicized immediately. (source)

Yesterday, a Florida minister and registered sex offender was arrested after authorities found child pornography on his home computer, reports the Associated Press:

Sarasota County Sheriff’s officials tell news outlets that 66-year-old Charles Andrews was arrested Tuesday. He’s charged with 500 felony counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of failing to meet sex offender requirements.

Andrews is a pastor at Osprey Church of Christ. Andrews also is a registered sex offender who was convicted in 2006 of second-degree sexual abuse in Alabama. Now he’s in jail, his bond set at more than $5 million. (source)

The Associated Press has a Sexual Abuse by Clergy page that is dedicated to coverage of cases.

Here is a sampling of recent cases they have documented:

  • In Kansas, state authorities have opened more than 70 investigations into alleged sexual abuse by Catholic clergy after receiving over 100 abuse reports in less than six months, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday.

  • Also in Kansas, a priest has been charged with one count of possessing child pornography.

  • St. Norbert Abbey in Wisconsin has released the names of 22 priests who faced “credible” allegations of sexually abusing minors. The abbey says an independent review deemed more than 40 allegations credible.

  • Last week, a former Alabama youth pastor was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing a young girl.

  • The Diocese of Crookston in Minnesota has reached a $5 million settlement with 15 people who were children when they were sexually abused by priests.

  • Texas jury has sentenced a former Roman Catholic priest to 18 years in prison for sexually assaulting an altar server over several years.

  • Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has charged a 57-year-old Detroit-area priest with sexually abusing a minor.

  • Last Monday, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, released a list of clerics, religious order priests and deacons it deems to have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children.

  • In Illinois, a priest was removed from pastoral duties in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse that took place two decades ago.

The Vatican has been in the news this week for a very disturbing reason.

A genetics expert retained by the family of a girl who went missing in 1983 said Saturday that a cavernous underground space near a Vatican cemetery holds thousands of bones that appear to be from dozens of individuals, both “adult and non-adult.”

The expert, Giorgio Portera, said the “enormous” size of the collection under the Teutonic College was revealed when Vatican-appointed experts began cataloguing the remains, which were discovered last week .

“We didn’t expect such an enormous number” of bones and other remains which “had been thrown into a cavity,” Portera said. “We want to know why and how” the bones ended up there. (source)

Victims of abuse by religious and institutional authorities (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns, coaches, teachers, and others) can find support here: SNAPBishopAccountability.org has an Abuse Tracker page that provides links to media coverage of clergy abuse.

How prevalent is child sexual abuse?

While Epstein’s arrest has increased awareness of predatory behavior by the elite, the wealthy and powerful are not the only ones committing such heinous acts.

According to The National Center for Victims of Crime, the prevalence of child sexual abuse (CSA) is difficult to determine because it is often not reported. Experts agree that the incidence is far greater than what is reported to authorities.

Statistics below represent some of the research done on child sexual abuse.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau report Child Maltreatment 2010 found that 9.2% of victimized children were sexually assaulted (page 24).

Studies by David Finkelhor, Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, show that:

  • 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse;

  • Self-report studies show that 20% of adult females and 5-10% of adult males recall a childhood sexual assault or sexual abuse incident;

  • During a one-year period in the U.S., 16% of youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized;

  • Over the course of their lifetime, 28% of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized;

  • Children are most vulnerable to CSA between the ages of 7 and 13.

According to Darkness to Light, a non-profit committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse, only about one-third of child sexual abuse incidents are identified, and even fewer are reported.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children operates the CyberTipline, a national mechanism for the public and electronic service providers to report instances of suspected child sexual exploitation.

In 2018 the CyberTipline received more than 18.4 million reports, most of which related to:

  • Apparent child sexual abuse images.

  • Online enticement, including “sextortion.”

  • Child sex trafficking.

  • Child sexual molestation.

Since its inception, the CyberTipline has received more than 48 million reports.

Those statistics are grim.

Sex trafficking is a serious global issue.

There are various types of sex offenders and sex crimes, and that topic is beyond the scope of this article. Because sex trafficking and the vulnerability of minors are crucial issues, we will focus on them here.

US federal law refers to sex trafficking as any commercial sex act that is “induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age.”

A recent report from Insider sheds light on just how many people are victims of sex trafficking.

The statistics are alarming and heartbreaking:

It’s estimated that there are around 4.5 million victims of sex trafficking across the world. And though it’s difficult to know just how many people are involved in sex trafficking in the US, the Polaris Project, a non-profit dedicated to ending human trafficking, received more than 34,000 reports of sex trafficking on its Human Trafficking Hotline between 2007 and 2017.

End Slavery Now, an anti-human trafficking and slavery organization, estimates many of those trafficked into the US come from countries like Mexico, the Philippines, Thailand, Honduras, Guatemala, India and El Salvador. But experts say that plenty of sex trafficking victims are from the US, too. (source)

The conclusion of the Insider report is chilling:

But the millions sex trafficked around the world don’t look like they do in movies. These people, often minors, can lead normal lives and pass through normal places, jobs, and homes.

The sex trafficking that goes on in the US largely takes place in a criminal underbelly ubiquitous in US cities and communities, which millions of Americans, for whatever reason, turn a blind eye to daily. (source)

There are various factors that motivate sexual predators.

Power, anger, and revenge are common motivators for sex offenders, according to Criminal Justice School Info:

It is mistakenly believed that sexual offenders are solely motivated by sexual gratification when they commit their crimes. Dr. Nicholas Groth developed three typologies to describe the motivations of rapists, two of which suggest sexual gratification is secondary. Anger rapists are fueled by rage towards their victims and rape is their way of seeking violent revenge. According to the Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM), these rapists may actually be extremely discontent with another area in their lives and thus take out their frustration on their victims. “Anger rapists tend to use a significant amount of physical force when they subdue their victims – in most cases, far more force than is necessary to perpetrate the abuse,” adds the CSOM. Verbal abuse is also a common component of these types of violations that are generally impulsive – not planned.

Power rapists on the other hand are less impulsive and rely on psychological manipulation more so than physical violence to subdue and sexually assault their victims. “The power rapist was motivated by his need to control and dominate his victim, and inversely, to avoid being controlled by [the victim],” describes Dr. Lisak. Those who rape their domestic partners are often characterized as power rapists. There are also sadistic rapists who receive sexual or erotic gratification from exerting power and control over the victims they rape. “Because they have an erotic response to power and control, extreme violence and torture often characterize their assaults,” says the CSOM. “In many cases, victims of sadistic rapists are murdered during the assaults”. The CSOM adds that these types of rapes are least common and account for between 2% and 5% of cases in the United States. (source)

Repeat sex offenders do not necessarily target only one category of victim or offend in the same manner, that report explains:

Dr. Lisak explains that a proportion of sexual offenders are ‘non-specialists’. “Multiple studies have now documented that between 33% and 66% of rapists have also sexually attacked children; that up to 82% of child molesters have also sexually attacked adults; and that between 50% and 66% of incest offenders have also sexually attacked children outside their families,” states Dr. Lisak.

Additionally, many of us tend to think a sex offender will keep on offending until he or she is caught. While in reality, recidivism does happen, it may not be as common as we think. According to Arkowitz and Lilienfeld, approximately 14% of sexual offenders reoffend within a five to six year period and 24% within a 15 year period. While this suggests recidivism is less often the case, it does suggest the longer it takes law enforcement to track down a sexual predator or criminal, the more likely he or she will reoffend. (source)

Not everyone who sexually abuses children is a pedophile, as Darkness to Light explains:

Child sexual abuse is perpetrated by a wide range of individuals with diverse motivations. It is impossible to identify specific characteristics that are common to all those who molest children. Situational offenders tend to offend at times of stress and begin offending later than pedophilic offenders. They also have fewer victims (often family), and have a general preference for adult partners.

Pedophilic offenders often start offending at an early age and often have a large number of victims (frequently not family members).

70% of child sex offenders have between one and 9 victims, while 20% have 10 to 40 victims. (source)

Often, sexual predators are people you know and trust.

It is important to understand that there are people who have or will sexually abuse children in churches, schools, and youth sports leagues, as Darkness to Light explains:

Abusers can be neighbors, friends, and family members. People who sexually abuse children can be found in families, schools, churches, recreation centers, youth sports leagues, and any other place children gather.

Significantly, abusers can be and often are other children.

About 90% of children who are victims of abuse know their abuser. Only 10% of sexually abused children are abused by a stranger.

Approximately 30% of children who are sexually abused are abused by family members. The younger the victim, the more likely it is that the abuser is a family member. Of those molesting a child under six, 50% were family members. Family members also accounted for 23% of those abusing children ages 12 to 17.

About 60% of children who are sexually abused are abused by the people the family trusts. (source)

Here’s how to keep your loved ones (and yourself) safe.

Sexual abuse is a challenging topic to discuss. It can be even more difficult when you’re talking about protecting your own children. Families can take steps to keep their children safe and give them the tools to speak up when something isn’t right.

Here is a list of resources that can help you keep your family safe.

Essential Self-Defense Tactics ANY Woman Can Learn

Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane)

The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence

Child Safety resources from Gavin de Becker and Associates

National Resources for Sexual Assault Survivors and their Loved Ones

Darkness to Light – End Child Sexual Abuse

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking
— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-26/epsteins-not-only-predatory-sex-offender-news-heres-how-shockingly-prevalent-has

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LISTEN: How Can You Know for Sure You’re Going to Heaven? (Gospel Light Minute X #373) — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #373 titled, “How Can You Know for Sure You’re Going to Heaven?” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

A recent poll indicated that for every American who believes he or she is going to hell, there are 120 who believe they’re going to Heaven.

This optimism stands in stark contrast to Jesus Christ’s words written in the Bible in Matthew 7:13–14: “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

The truth is that according to the Bible we don’t automatically go to Heaven. In fact, Hell—not Heaven—is our default destination. Unless our sin problem is solved once and for all, we can’t enter Heaven. That’s the bad news.

But once that’s straight in our minds we’re ready to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. Jesus took upon Himself, on the cross, the Hell we deserve so that we could experience for eternity the Heaven we don’t deserve!


There are two possible destinations when we die: Heaven or Hell. Can we really know in advance where we’ll go? John, one of the writers of the Bible, said this in 1 John 5:13: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the Name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the Name of the Son of God.”

We can know for sure that we’ll go to Heaven when we die. Do you?

To sin means to fall short of God’s holy standards. Sin is what ended paradise in the Garden of Eden. And all of us, like Adam and Eve, are sinners. The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”. Sin separates us from a relationship with God and it deceives us and makes us think that wrong is right and right is wrong. Sin has terrible consequences, but God has provided a solution: Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, loved us so much that He left the riches of Heaven to become a man and deliver us from our sin. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. He came to identify with us in our humanity and our weakness, but He did so without being tainted by our sin, self-deception, and moral failings. Jesus died on the cross as the only One worthy to pay the penalty for our sins demanded by the holiness of God: The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For He [God] hath made Him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him”. But in victory over death, God raised Jesus from the grave, defeating the consequences of sin.

When Christ died on the cross for us, He said, “It is finished”. In those times “It is finished” was commonly written across certificates of debt when they were canceled. It meant “Paid in full.” Christ died so that the certificate of debt consisting of all our sins could once and for all be marked “Paid in full.”


Only when our sins are dealt with in Christ can we enter heaven.

We cannot pay our own way. Jesus said in John 14:6, “…No man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”. The Bible says in Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”. Because of Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross on our behalf, God freely offers us forgiveness.

To be forgiven, we must recognize and repent of our sins. Forgiveness is not automatic. It’s conditioned upon confession: 1 John 1:9 states, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. Christ offers to everyone the gifts of forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life. The Bible says in Revelation 22:17, “And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely”. 

There’s no righteous deed we can do that will earn us a place in heaven. We come to Christ empty-handed. We can take no credit for salvation. The Bible states in Ephesians 2:8–9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”. This gift cannot be worked for, earned, or achieved. It’s dependent solely on Christ’s generous sacrifice on our behalf.

Now is the time to make things right with God. Confess your sinfulness and accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on your behalf.

You are made for a person and a place. Jesus is the Person, and Heaven is the place. They are a package— they come together. You cannot get heaven without Jesus or Jesus without heaven. The Bible says in Isaiah 55:6, “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:”. For all eternity you’ll be glad you did.

If you understand what God has done to make forgiveness and eternal life possible for you and if you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.


Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at gls@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.

The tract this podcast is based on is written by Randy Alcorn and published by Crossway, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to spread God’s Word to the world through the printed page and other media. You can order copies of this tract online at Crossway.org.

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SBC and Social Justice: A List of Links To Prove the Agenda is Real — Pulpit & Pen

This post is designed to provide an extensive but not comprehensive list of articles from Pulpit & Pen documenting SBC leaders pushing so-called “Social Justice” upon its membership. It is designed to be simple and straight-forward.

The Problem: Social Justice is a term invented by South American Roman Catholic Priests and the churches affiliated with the World Council of Churches, combining Marxist ideology with Christian theology. It does not simply imply “doing justice.” It is a politically-loaded term with a well-established history and non-conspiratorial and verified founding in deeply unChristian ideas.

The Claim: We assert that Southern Baptists would never have been promoting the type of leftist ideology they are now promoting if it weren’t for a fundamental shift in focus away from the Gospel and toward cultural appeasement. We believe this movement has been lead by SBC entity heads and “influencers” who are enamored with worldliness.

The Solution: The solution is for Southern Baptists to focus on preaching the Gospel, wrapped in a Biblical worldview. Idealogues and the propaganda being pushed by Southern Baptist elites must be rejected by believers in the pew. SBC churches need to leave (or stop cooperating) with the SBC until its leaders come to repentance.

The following links provide the evidence of how far leftward the SBC has gone politically, and how they have fully embraced Social Justice ideas that come from “vain philosophy and empty deceit” that the Apostle Paul warned us about.

Every link goes to a P&P article, and every P&P article contains hyperlinks to original and primary sources that substantiate our claims. Where necessary, screenshots are provided.

Critics might say, “These all go back to Pulpit & Pen. I want a different source.” We cannot emphasize enough to click on the links provided in each article, and they will take you to an outside primary source. All it will take is a few clicks of your mouse. This research is being handed to you on a silver platter. You just need to click.

Titles may be changed for the sake of brevity or clarity.

Also, please keep in mind these links are not comprehensive. There are far, far more in the archives of Pulpit & Pen.

Finally, not all links may be about a Southern Baptist leader. Some may take you to articles about leaders of other organizations, like The Gospel Coalition. Please understand the connection between these organizations. like the mutual boards, contributors, speakers, and writers between TGC and the Southern Baptist Convention’s ERLC. Or, the article might be provided because its content addresses Southern Baptists, even if the title does not.


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The Protestant Reformation vs. the New Apostolic Reformation.

It’s interesting to note that there are still those who continue to deny the existence and dangers of the New Apostolic Reformation – apparently it’s just ‘a contrived conspiracy theory’. The NAR-sayers continue to scoff and mock (while they march blindly on with their ‘dominionist’ agenda) – as those who oversee the NAR-sayers are exposed as some of the most biblically illiterate men (and women) in the history of the church! No wonder their followers are so illiterate themselves. And it’s important to name these false teachers, often easy to spot not only by their biblical illiteracy but by the fact they are constantly found on the same speaking circuits across the globe, and speaking at each other’s conferences. Those most notably deceptive and illiterate? Bill Johnson, Steven Furtick, Brian Houston, Phil Pringle, John Gray, Christine Caine, Jurgen Matthesius – just to name a few.

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The Logic of God with Ravi Zacharias — Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

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Frank interviews the Great Ravi Zacharias who has been bringing grace and truth all over the world for nearly fifty years.   Ravi’s new devotional book is called The Logic of God, and the two apologists discuss many of its insights into this fascinating program.

Here are some of the questions Frank asks Ravi:

  • Why did you write The Logic of God?
  • What does it mean to be a moral law apologist?
  • How do you respond to the objection that Christianity is too exclusive?  It claims to be the only way!
  • You write that Jesus claimed to be the truth and, therefore, to reject Jesus is to govern yourself with a lie. That’s profound.  In my experience taking questions on college campuses, people would rather govern themselves with lies than submit to the truth.   What have you found to be the most effective method of dealing with people who don’t want Christianity to be true?
  •  In the West, you say that pain and suffering isn’t as a big a problem as the problem of pleasure.  What do you mean by that?
  • Young people are struggling with identity, meaning, and purpose.  What is the purpose of life?  Why are we here?
  • You write, “Jesus does not offer to make bad people good but to make dead people alive.”  Unpack that further for us.

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July 27 For the love of God (Vol. 1)

Judges 10; Acts 14; Jeremiah 23; Mark 9


paul had been evangelizing for fifteen years or more, probably largely around the Tarsus area, before this “first” trip is recorded. Doubtless he built up extraordinary experience evangelizing Jews and Gentiles alike, so that by the time he emerges on the scene as a church-planting apostle he is not a young man finding his way, but a mature, seasoned worker.

(1) It has often been said that everywhere Paul went he started either a revival or a riot, and sometimes both. That’s not quite true, of course. Moreover, a riot is not necessarily a mark of authenticity: as much depends on the context and the hearers as on the preacher and his message and style. But there is at least some truth to the observation, and it is tied to the apostle’s sheer boldness.

(2) In the early years of the church, the persecution Christians suffered was almost entirely sponsored by Jews. Later, of course, far worse persecution was generated by the Roman Empire, until at the beginning of the fourth century the Emperor Constantine switched sides. But in the beginning it was not so. It is hard to bring this up in our historical context, living as we do this side of the Holocaust. But facts are persistent things. One can understand why it was this way. At the beginning, all of the Christians were Jews; for quite awhile, the majority were Jews. In both cases, synagogue discipline was possible within reasonably closed communities. Moreover, in at least some cities influential Jews were well-placed to influence pagan authorities to exert pressure on people that many Jews saw as debasing the Jewish heritage and culture.

(3) In Lystra (Acts 14:8–20) there is a spectacular example of the fickleness of a mob. At first the pagans try to honor Paul and Barnabas as, respectively, Hermes (the god of communication) and Zeus (head of the Greek pantheon), owing to the healing they had performed in Jesus’ name. Only with great effort could Paul and Barnabas restrain the crowd—which then shortly turns on them when they are stirred up by Jewish opponents who are beginning to dog their steps. The apostolic response was stunning both ways: they do everything they can to turn aside the acclaim (14:14, 18), and they accept the persecution as something only to be expected by those who enter the kingdom (14:22).

(4) On the swing leg home, not more than a few months later, Paul and Barnabas return through the cities where they have already planted churches and appoint elders in each of them (14:23). Clearly, what is meant by a “mature” elder is entirely relative to the age and maturity of the congregation.

Reflect on the relevance of these points in your own context.[1]

[1] Carson, D. A. (1998). For the love of God: a daily companion for discovering the riches of God’s Word. (Vol. 1, p. 25). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

July 26 The Divine Potter

Scripture reading: Jeremiah 18:1–6

Key verse: Hebrews 13:5

Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

According to Romans 8:29, God predestined believers to become conformed to the image of His Son. The question then is, how do you become conformed to the image of Jesus?

The analogy in Jeremiah is that God is the Potter and we are the clay. God is taking our raw clay and molding us into the servants He wishes us to be. The process takes time. Actually because of the promise that God will never leave us or forsake us, we know that God will never abandon this potter’s wheel.

A potter cannot be precise unless the lump of clay is in the center of the wheel. For us, this means we must be at the center of God’s will. We must surrender to His lordship and trust that whatever He envisions for us is perfect.

Have you ever watched a potter work? To achieve a preconceived shape, the potter will place pressure at different points on the clay, and he’ll speed up or slow down the wheel to get just the right result.

God uses life’s pressures to mold us. He has a perfect shape in mind for us, and He knows how to use each circumstance to derive the greatest benefit for us. That is why so many saints say they cherish certain trials they endured, even if they once felt they were spinning out of control.

They believe Ephesians 2:10. They believe they are His workmanship.

You are the Potter, Lord, and I am the clay. Mold me into a vessel fit for Your purposes.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 217). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 26, 2019 Evening Verse Of The Day

8. It is uncertain whether Jonah had preached for some days in the city before it was known to the king. This is indeed the common opinion; for interpreters so expound the verse, which says that word was brought to the king, as though the king himself knew, that the whole city was in commotion through the preaching of Jonah: but the words admit of a different sense, that is, that the preaching of Jonah immediately reached the king; and I am disposed to take this view, as Jonah seems here to explain how the Ninevites were led to put on sackcloth. He had before spoken briefly on the subject, but he now explains what took place more fully; and we know that it was commonly the manner of the Hebrews—to relate the chief points in few words, and then to add an explanation. As then Jonah had said in the last verse that the Ninevites had put on sackcloth, and proclaimed a fast, so he now seems to express more distinctly how this happened, that is, through the royal edict. And it is by no means probable that a fast was proclaimed in the royal city by the mere consent of the people, as the king and his counsellors were there present. Inasmuch then as it appears more reasonable that the edict respecting the fast had proceeded from the king, I am therefore inclined so to connect the two verses, as that the first briefly mentions the fruit which followed the preaching of Jonah, and that the second is added as an explanation, for it gives a fuller account of what took place.

Jonah then now says, that a fast was proclaimed by the Ninevites, for the king and his council had so appointed: and I regard the verb ויגץ, uigo, as being in the pluperfect tense, When word had come to the king; for Jonah now states the reason why the Ninevites proclaimed a fast; it was because the king had been apprised of the preaching of Jonah, and had called together his counsellors. It was then a public edict, and not any movement among the people, capriciously made, as it sometimes happens. He says, that it was an edict published by the authority of the king and his council, or his nobles. At the same time, some take טעם, thom, as meaning reason or approbation. טעם, thom, means to taste, and Jonah afterwards uses the verb in this sense; but it is to be taken here in a metaphorical sense for counsel; and I think this meaning is more suitable to this passage. I come now to the subject.

It is worthy of being noticed, that the king of so splendid a city, nay, at that time the greatest monarch, should have rendered himself so submissive to the exhortation of Jonah: for we see how proud kings are; as they think themselves exempt from the common lot of men, so they carry themselves above all laws. Hence it comes, that they will have all things to be lawful for them; and while they give loose reins to their lusts they cannot bear to be admonished, even by their equals. But Jonah was a stranger and of a humble condition: that he therefore so touched the heart of the king, must be ascribed to the hidden power of God, which he puts forth through his word whenever he pleases. God does not indeed work alike by the preaching of his word, he does not always keep to the same course; but, when he pleases, he so efficaciously touches the hearts of men, that the success of his word exceeds all expectation, as in the memorable example presented to us here. Who could have said that a heathen king, who had ever lived according to his own will, who had no feeling as to true and genuine religion, would have been thus in an instant subdued? For he put aside his royal dress, laid himself in the dust, and clothed himself in sackcloth. We hence see that God not only spoke by the mouth of Jonah, but added power to his word.

We must also bear in mind what Christ says, that the men of Nineveh would rise up in judgment against that generation, as they had repented at the preaching of Jonah; and “Behold,” he said, “a greater than Jonah is here,” (Matth. 12:41.) Christ, at this day, proclaims the voice of his Gospel; for though he is not here in a visible form among us, he yet speaks by his ministers. If we despise his doctrine, how can our obstinacy and hardness be excused, since the Ninevites, who had no knowledge of the true doctrine of religion, who were imbued with no religious principles, were so suddenly converted by the preaching of Jonah? And that their repentance was sincere we may conclude from this circumstance—that the preaching of Jonah was severe, for he denounced destruction on a most powerful city; this might have instantly inflamed the king’s mind with rage and fury; and that he was calmly humbled, was certainly a proof of no common change. We have then here a remarkable instance of penitence,—that the king should have so forgotten himself and his dignity, as to throw aside his splendid dress, to put on sackcloth, and to lie down on ashes.

But as to fasting and sackcloth, it is very true, as we have observed in our remarks on Joel, that repentance consists not in these external things: for God cares not for outward rites, and all those things which are resplendent in the sight of men are worthless before him; what, indeed, he requires, is sincerity of heart. Hence what Jonah here says of fasting, and other outward performances, ought to be referred to their legitimate end,—that the Ninevites intended thus to show that they were justly summoned as guilty before God’s tribunal, and also, that they humbly deprecated the wrath of their judge. Fasting then and sackcloth were only an external profession of repentance. Were any one to fast all his life, and to put on sackcloth, and to scatter dust on himself, and not to connect with all this a sincerity of heart, he would do nothing but mock God. Hence these outward performances are, in themselves, of small or of no value, except when preceded by an interior feeling of heart, and men be on this account led to manifest such outward evidences. Whenever then Scripture mentions fasting, and ashes, and sackcloth, we must bear in mind that these things are set before us as the outward signs of repentance, which, when not genuine, do nothing else but provoke the wrath of God; but when true, they are approved of God on account of the end in view, and not that they avail, of themselves, to pacify his wrath, or to expiate sins.

If now any one asks whether penitence is always to be accompanied with fasting, ashes, and sackcloth, the answer is at hand,—that the faithful ought through their whole life to repent: for except every one of us continually strives to renounce himself and his former life, he has not yet learned what it is to serve God; for we must ever contend with the flesh. But though there is a continual exercise of repentance, yet fasting is not required of us always. It then follows that fasting is a public and solemn testimony of repentance, when there appears to be some extraordinary evidence of God’s wrath. Thus have we seen that the Jews were by Joel called to lie in ashes, and to put on sackcloth, because God had come forth, as it were, armed against them; and all the Prophets had declared that destruction was nigh the people. In the same manner the Ninevites, when terrified by this dreadful edict, put on sackcloth, proclaimed a fast, because this was usually done in extremities. We now then perceive why the king, having himself put on sackcloth, enjoined on the whole people both fasting and other tokens of repentance.

But it seems strange, and even ridiculous, that the king should bid animals, as well as men, to make a confession of repentance; for penitence is a change in man, when he returns to God after having been alienated from him: this cannot comport with the character of brute animals. Then the king of Nineveh acted foolishly and contrary to all reason in connecting animals with men when he spoke of repentance. But, in answer to this, we must bear in mind what I have before said—that destruction had been denounced, not only on men, but also on the whole city, even on the buildings: for as God created the whole world for the sake of men, so also his wrath, when excited against men, includes the beasts, and trees, and every thing in heaven and on earth. But the question is not yet solved; for though God may punish animals on account of men’s sins, yet neither oxen nor sheep can pacify the wrath of God. To this I answer—that this was done for the sake of men: for it would have been ridiculous in the king to prohibit food and drink to animals, except he had a regard to men themselves. But his object was to set before the Ninevites, as in a mirror or picture, what they deserved. The same was done under the law; for, whenever they slew victims, they were reminded of their own sins; for it ought to have come to their minds, that the sheep or any other animal sacrificed was innocent, and that it stood at the altar in his stead who had sinned. They therefore saw in the ox, or the lamb, or the goat, a striking emblem of their own condemnation. So also the Ninevites, when they constrained the oxen, the asses, and other animals, to fast, were reminded of what grievous and severe punishment they were worthy: inasmuch as innocent animals suffered punishment together with them. We hence see that no expiation was sought for by the king, when he enjoined a fast on brute animals, but that, on the contrary, men were roused by such means seriously to acknowledge the wrath of God, and to entertain greater fear, that they might be more truly humbled before him, and be displeased with themselves, and be thus more disposed and better prepared and moulded to seek pardon.

We now then see that this must be considered as intended to terrify the consciences of men, that they, who had long flattered themselves, might by such a remedy be roused from their insensibility. The same was the intention of different washings under the law, the cleansing of garments and of vessels; it was, that the people might know that every thing they touched was polluted by their filth. And this ought to be especially observed; for the Papists, wedded as they are to external rites, lay hold on anything said in Scripture about fasting, and ashes, and sackcloth, and think that the whole of religion consists in these outward observances: but bodily exercise, as Paul says, profiteth but little, (1 Tim. 4:8.) Therefore this rule ought ever to be our guide—that fasting and such things are in themselves of no value, but must be estimated only by the end in view. So then, when the animals were constrained by the Ninevites to suffer want, the men themselves, being reminded of their guilt, learned what it was to dread God’s wrath; and on this account it was that fasting was approved by God.

Now, if any one objects and says, that nothing ought to be done in the worship of God beyond what his word warrants, the answer is—that the king of Nineveh had not appointed any kind of expiation, neither did he intend that they should thus worship God, but regarded only the end which I have mentioned; and that end fully harmonises with the word of God and his command. Hence the king of Nineveh attempted nothing that was inconsistent with the word of God, since he had in every thing this in view—that he and his people might go humbly before God’s tribunal, and with real penitential feelings solicit his forgiveness. This then is an answer sufficiently plain.

When therefore Jonah afterwards subjoins, that the king commanded both the people and the beasts to put on sackcloth, let us know, that if any one now were to take this as an example, he would be nothing else but a mountebank; for this reason ought ever to be remembered,—that the king sought aids by which he might lead himself and his people to true repentance. But the disposition of man is prone to imitate what is evil: for we are all very like apes; we ought therefore always to consider by what spirit those were actuated whom we wish to imitate, lest we should be contented with the outward form and neglect the main thing.

Jonah afterwards adds, And they cried mightily to God. This must be confined to men; for it could not have been applied to brute animals. Men then, as well as the beasts, abstained from meat and drink, and they cried to God. This crying could not have proceeded except from fear and a religious feeling: hence, as I have said, this cannot be applied indiscriminately to the beasts as well as to men. But it deserves to be noticed, that the king of Nineveh commanded the people to cry mightily to God; for we hence learn that they were really frightened, inasmuch as he speaks not here of ordinary crying, but he adds mightily, as when we say, with all our power, or as we say in French, A force, or, fort et ferme. Jonah then expresses something uncommon and extraordinary, when he tells us that it was contained in the king’s edict, that men should cry mightily to God; for it was the same as though he said, “Let all men now awake and shake off their indifference; for every one of us have hitherto greatly indulged ourselves in our vices: it is now time that fear should possess our minds, and also constrain us to deprecate the wrath of God.” And it is also worthy of being observed, that the king proposes no other remedy, but that the people should have recourse to prayer. It might indeed have been, that Jonah exhorted the Ninevites to resort to this duty of religion, &c. We may, however, undeniably conclude that it is a feeling implanted in us by nature, that when we are pressed by adversities, we implore the favour of God. This then is the only remedy in afflictions and distresses, to pray to God. But when we, taught by the Law and by the Gospel, use not this remedy, whenever God warns us and exhorts us to repentance, what shadow of excuse can we have, since heathens, even those who understood not a syllable of true religion, yet prayed to God, and the king himself commanded this with the consent of his nobles? Hence this edict of the king ought to fill us with more shame than if one adduced the same doctrine only from the word of God: for though the authority of that king is not the same with that of God, yet when that miserable and blind prince acknowledged through the dictates of nature, that God is to be pacified by prayer, what excuse, as I have said, can remain for us?

But Jonah shows more clearly afterwards, that it was no feigned repentance when the Ninevites put on sackcloth, and abstained also from meat and drink; for it follows in the king’s edict, And let every one turn from his own wicked way, and from the plunder which is in their hands. Here the heathen king shows for what purpose and with what design he had given orders respecting fasting and other things; it was done that the Ninevites might thus more effectually stimulate themselves to fear God; for he here exhorts them to turn from their evil way. By way the Scripture usually means the whole course or manner of man’s life; it was as though he said, “Let every one of you change his disposition and his conduct; let us all become new creatures.” And this is true penitence, the conversion of man to God; and this the heathen king meant. The more shameful then is their dulness who seek to pacify God by frivolous devices, as the Papists do; for while they obtrude on God trifles, I know not what, they think that these are so many expiations, and they tenaciously contend for them. They need no other judge than this heathen king, who shows that true penitence is wholly different, that it then only takes place when men become changed in mind and heart, and wholly turn to a better course of life.

Let every one then turn, he says, from his evil way, and from the plunder which is in their hand. One kind of evil is here subjoined, a part being stated for the whole; for plunders were not the only things which stood in need of amendment among the Ninevites, as it is probable that they were polluted by other vices and corruptions. In a city so large, drunkenness probably prevailed, as well as luxury, and pride, and ambition, and also lusts. It cannot indeed be doubted, but that Nineveh was filled with innumerable vices: but the king, by mentioning a part for the whole, points out here the principal vice, when he says, Let every one turn from his evil way, and from his rapacity. It was the same as though he had said that the principal virtue is equity or justice, that is, when men deal with one another without doing any hurt or injury: and well would it be were this doctrine to prevail at this day among all those who falsely assume the Christian name. For the Papists, though they accumulate expiations, pass by charity; and in the whole course of life equity has hardly any place. Let them then learn, from the mouth of a heathen king, what God principally requires from men, and approves of in their life, even to abstain from plunder and from the doing of any injury. We now then perceive why rapacity was especially mentioned. But we must bear in mind that the king, as yet a novice, and hardly in a slight degree imbued with the elements of religion, through hearing what Jonah preached, gave orders to his people according to the measure of his faith and knowledge: but if he made such progress in so short a time, what excuse can we pretend, whose ears have been stunned by continual preaching for twenty or thirty years, if we yet come short of the noviciate of this king? These circumstances ought then to be carefully observed by us.[1]

8 Like the captain of the ship in ch. 1, who exhorted Jonah to call to his God, the king of Nineveh exhorts his people to call out to God, thus continuing the thematic emphasis on this activity. It has been considered strange that the animals are included in the order to don sackcloth. The nearest parallel to Jonah in ancient literature occurs in the apocryphal book of Judith (4:10–14), in which animals were dressed in sackcloth as part of a day of repentance. It is possible, however, that this example derived from imitation of the book of Jonah. That even beasts should be adorned with the signs of repentance is not outlandish. Even today funeral directors use black hearses to transport the dead, and horses in funeral processions are outfitted with black accessories.[2]

Involvement of the animals (v. 8a)

By the king’s decree, cattle and sheep were also to be deprived of food and water. They, of course, did not share in the guilt that invited God’s judgement, but man and beast were bound together within the life of the community. The animals shared in the good times; they would suffer if harm came to their city and benefit if she was spared. It was therefore appropriate that the bellowing and bleating of distressed animals should mingle with the cries of the people as they sought God—one united voice ascending to the Lord, just as their wickedness had done (1:2).

Call urgently on God (v. 8b)

The king directed the people to plead with the Lord. He was right to do so. After all, the people had something to say to the Lord. It was far more important that they express the inner turmoil of their hearts in words than merely demonstrate the emotion of grief through the external signs of fasting and wearing sackcloth. Although God sees us, he particularly wants to hear us.

The sin of Nineveh was something in which the entire community shared. It was therefore appropriate that the entire community come together in repentance over it. Yet, sin is committed by individuals and each must carry the burden of his own sin. Knowing this, the king tells them that every one of them should personally turn from his own evil and violent ways. Again he is right. Man’s sinfulness has an individual as well as a corporate dimension to it.

And so as the city wept for its sin, individuals also sought the Lord personally. Each person carried two burdensome weights to the Lord. One was in a package marked ‘our sin’; the other in a package marked ‘my sin’.[3]

8. cry … turn—Prayer without reformation is a mockery of God (Ps 66:18; Is 58:6). Prayer, on the other hand, must precede true reformation, as we cannot turn to God from our evil way unless God first turns us (Je 31:18, 19).[4]

Ver. 8—Let man and beast be covered with sackcloth. As we put trappings on horses in funerals. The LXX. wrongly makes this verse give an account of the execution of the edict instead of being part of the edict itself; thus: “And men and beasts were clothed with sackcloth,” etc. Cry mightily; i.e. let man cry mightily; Septuagint, ἐκτενῶς. “with intensity;” Vulgate, in fortitudine. Let them turn every one from his evil way (Jer. 25:5; 36:3, 7). The edict recognizes the truth that outward acts of penitence are worthless without moral reformation—a truth which the Jews themselves had been very loth to admit (see Isa. 58.). And from the violence that is in their hands. The acts of violence that their hands have committed (Job 16:17; Ps. 7:3). This is the special sin of the Assyrians, always grasping after empire, oppressing other nations, and guilty of rapine and avarice at home (see Isa. 10:13, 14; 37:24, etc.; Nah. 2:11, 12; 3:1).[5]

[1] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Twelve Minor Prophets (Vol. 3, pp. 101–110). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[2] Walton, J. H. (2008). Jonah. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Daniel–Malachi (Revised Edition) (Vol. 8, p. 484). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Mackrell, P. (2007). Opening up Jonah (pp. 80–81). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[4] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 1, p. 686). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[5] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Jonah (p. 60). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.