Daily Archives: July 29, 2019

July 29 Free to Rejoice

Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:18–19

Key Verse: Psalm 139:13

For You formed my inward parts;

You covered me in my mother’s womb.

How often do you stop to thank God for your freedom? Whether or not you live in a free country—even if you are reading this message from inside a jail cell—if you have trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are the recipient of the greatest kind of freedom. It is freedom from eternal suffering and death.

The Bible tells us that no one is worthy of this gift. We have all sinned and fallen short of God’s likeness (Romans 3:23). But Jesus’ death on the cross removed our collective death penalty once and for all. Therefore, you are now secure in Him.

Why did God give you this great gift? It is because He has something wonderful in mind for your life (Jeremiah 29:11). He wants you to accomplish great things for His kingdom and to share the joy of your faith with others (Matthew 28:18–20). God designed you for a purpose when He formed you in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13).

If you are struggling with feelings of doubt, regret, or depression surrounding something in your past, receive this message of hope today: God sent His Son to die for you so that you may have freedom from the bonds of sin. You are forgiven because of His great love.

Before you end your quiet time today, read John 15:13–15. In it, Jesus explains that He made so great a sacrifice because He loves us so much. No longer are we slaves to sin, but we are instead free to rejoice in the love of our Savior and Friend, Jesus Christ.

Lord, I have been created by design to walk in the way of freedom. I praise You for forgiving me and setting my feet free to follow You.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 220). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 29 Spiritual Compromise

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:1–17

Key Verse: Matthew 6:24

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Although compromise is acceptable in some realms, such as business or political negotiations, it is always a prelude to defeat in the spiritual arena.

Although we may barter with other individuals, there is no give-and-take with God. Spiritual compromise is attempted when we seek to dilute sin. We term it shortcoming, fault, or bad habit. But in God’s eyes our disobedience is nothing less than black sin, which He hates and views as blatant rebellion.

Spiritual compromise is also enacted when we fail to take God’s Word as anything less than divine inspiration, inerrant in every detail and authoritative over all of life. In each instance, we seek to lower God’s standards by inserting our own viewpoint.

Premarital sex is not okay. It is sin. Gossip and slander are not permissible. Both are contemptible to God. Every act of compromise dulls your devotion to Christ and denies His lordship in your life.

Is there an area in which you are trying to rationalize your behavior, compromising God’s unchanging standards? If so, admit your sin and live with full conviction that God’s way is always the right way.

Almighty God, deliver me from spiritual compromise. My sin is not a shortcoming, a fault, or a bad habit—it is sin. Help me confront it for what it is, then forgive me.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 220). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 29 Faith to Wait

Scripture reading: Isaiah 40:28–31

Key verse: Isaiah 5:21

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,

And prudent in their own sight!

Do you have a pride line? Have you inadvertently separated for yourself the facets of life that you feel you can most control?

On one side of the line, you may have bundled areas in which you have insecurity and surrendered them to the Lord. But do you have another side that you are consciously or subconsciously manipulating on your own? You say, “This is my specialty. This is what I am trained to do. I can handle this.”

Can you really handle it? If your specialty is finances, can you really handle it if you lose your job or the stock market collapses? If you’re good at your job, can you really handle it if your company reorganizes? If you’re a good parent to your child, can you really handle it if he ultimately falls into the wrong crowd?

Obviously, nothing is really under your control. God laid the foundations of the heavens and the earth. He knitted you in your mother’s womb. How could you ever presume to know more than He does?

The areas in which you feel most comfortable or most learned are the very areas in which we ultimately will prove most vulnerable. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes.

Part of trusting in the Lord and having faith is waiting (Isa. 40:31). You must pause long enough not only to acknowledge Him and ask His guidance but also to hear His answer.

Lord, don’t let me depend upon my own resources. Give me faith to wait and trust in You.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 220). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

LISTEN: Heaven or Hell: Your Move (Gospel Light Minute X #376) — 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 #376 titled, “Heaven or Hell: Your Move.” 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.

Are you going to Heaven or to Hell? The Bible teaches that many seemingly good people are going to Hell, because the Bible says in Romans 3:23, “…all have sinned…” Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Sin has a price. The Bible states in Ezekiel 18:4, “…the soul that sinneth, it shall die…” Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death…”

You might be wondering what happens to people who die in their sins. The Bible teaches in Hebrews 9:27 that, “…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Revelation 20:15 says, “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Is there any hope? Yes! God sent His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, into the world to pay the penalty for your sins. The Bible states in John 3:16, “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.” Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

The Bible tells us that God desires to save everyone. God is “…not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Jesus said: “…him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” Do you want to be saved? The Bible teaches that there are several things you must do in order to be saved.

First, you must realize there is nothing you can do to make yourself worthy of Heaven. The Bible says in Titus 3:5, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…”

Secondly, you must repent of your sins. The Bible says in Acts 17:30, “God…now commandeth all men every where to repent:” Repentance is a change of heart which causes you to turn toward God and away from your present way of life.

The third thing that you must do is to believe “…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures:”

The last thing that you must do is to receive Christ as your personal Saviour. The Bible states in John 1:12, “But as many as received Him (Jesus), to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name:” Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Salvation is free to all who will place their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “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.” The way to be saved is so simple! Yet many refuse to be saved. They will not accept Jesus Christ alone for salvation from sin and its penalty. They refuse to believe that the Lord Jesus is powerful enough to save them by Himself. Do you?

Heaven or hell — which one will you choose? Jesus Christ awaits your choice. John 3:36 says, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” Will you admit you are a sinner? Do you want to be forgiven and your life changed? Will you humble yourself and pray to God right now, asking Jesus Christ to save you? Romans 10:9 states, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” The Bible says in Hebrews 7:25, “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

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.

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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 published by Fellowship Tract League, 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 FellowshipTractLeague.org.

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WAYNE ALLYN ROOT: The Weissmann Witch Hunt — The Gateway Pundit

Andrew Weissmann

By Wayne Allyn Root

Just when I thought a week couldn’t get much better for President Trump and his 63 million fans, along comes last week. And it all got way better. Break out the champagne.

After Robert Mueller’s Waterloo, and the Democrats worst day ever, Trump just got re-elected.

Before I get to Robert Muller’s Waterloo and “the Weissmann Witch Hunt” a few news updates are necessary. President Trump just keeps winning. At least among real Americans who love this country and believe in American exceptionalism.

*The Trump Department of Justice just announced Thursday morning that it is resuming the federal death penalty, starting with the execution of five death row inmates who have been convicted of murdering children. Glory Hallelujah.

*The Trump administration announced new rules to tighten food stamp eligibility that will remove at least three million Americans from the food stamp rolls. That’s music to the ears of every hard-working taxpayer.

*The Trump administration announced a change to allow DHS to rapidly deport illegal aliens anywhere in the USA, who cannot prove they’ve been in the USA for two years or more. Finally, the rule of law matters.

*A federal judge upheld a Trump administration alternative to Obamacare, providing American consumers with the right to choose much cheaper short-term healthcare plans. Bravo.

*Trump’s DOJ announced a new probe, from its anti-trust division, into Silicon Valley social media companies. Millions of conservative warriors (like me) who have been censored, shadow-banned and silenced are cheering!

Quite a winning week for President Trump. Did you hear or see any of that in the mainstream media? Interesting.

But it happened. The news I deliver is real news, not the fake news you get from ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, PBS. Even book Akers understand that. That’s why bookmakers across the globe now have President Trump as the favorite for re-election.

That was all before Robert Mueller’s Congressional catastrophe. At this point, Trump’s week went stratospheric.

Mueller stumbled, bumbled, stuttered, looked like a confused elderly man and responded to questions with “I’m not going to answer that” 123 times.

Mueller was so dazed and confused, he couldn’t remember what president appointed him to lead the Boston U.S. Attorney’s office.

Worse, he said he wasn’t familiar with Fusion GPS. But the whole “Trump collision” case was based on Fusion GPS. It was the most embarrassing, humiliating performance by anyone in front of Congress ever.

But don’t take my word for it. ABC News senior national correspondent Terry Moran said, “Impeachment is over.” Harvard Law professor and Trump-hater Laurence Tribe called it a “disaster.” NBC’s Chuck Todd said, “On optics, this was a disaster.” CNN’s Oliver Darcey tweeted “Seems pretty clear that Mueller is not the best spokesman for his own report.” Trump-hating filmmaker Michael Moore said, “Frail old man, unable to remember things, stumbling, refusing to answer basic questions…”

I’m going to break this mystery wide open. Mueller was never in charge of this investigation. Ever.

The Deep State frauds looking to spy on Trump and frame him needed a famous, credible name to give them cover. To protect them from charges of “witch hunt” they choose Mueller, a former FBI chief who was a registered Republican.

They chose a feeble elderly man who never oversaw anything. This confused old man was never capable of leading a complex two year probe of the president. This was never his investigation. And that’s precisely what they counted on. Mueller was a shill.

It belonged from day one to liberal, biased Hillary Clinton supporter and donor Andrew Weissmann.

Weissmann hired 19 angry Clinton and Obama donors to frame Trump. Weissmann set out from day one to destroy Trump. Mueller was there in name only. He never supervised. The fix was in and Mueller had no clue what was going on. It became the partisan witch hunt of all-time with no supervision from adults.

We can all stop calling it “The Mueller Report.” It was always from day one the “Weissmann Witch Hunt.”

The fraud has been exposed…Trump is now officially exonerated…impeachment is over…re-election is all but assured.

And Andrew Weissmann is now in the crosshairs of the DOJ.

Wayne Allyn Root is the host of “The Wayne Allyn Root Show” on Newsmax TV, nightly at 8 PM ET, found on DirecTV Ch #349, or Dish TV Ch #216, at http://www.newsmaxtv.com/Shows/The-Wayne-Allyn-Root-Show He is also a nationally syndicated radio host of “WAR Now: The Wayne Allyn Root Show” found at http://usaradio.com/wayne-allyn-root/

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July 29, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Redeemer

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive. (15:20–22)

First Paul reaffirms Christ’s resurrection: But now Christ has been raised from the dead, a truth his readers already acknowledged and believed (vv. 1–2). The words “and become,” found in some translations (e.g., the KJV), do not come first in the original text and are misleading. Christ did not become the first fruits at some time after His resurrection, but at the moment of His resurrection, by the very fact of His resurrection. His being raised made Him the first fruits of all who would be raised.

Before Israelites harvested their crops they were to bring a representative sample, called the first fruits, to the priests as an offering to the Lord (Lev. 23:10). The full harvest could not be made until the first fruits were offered. That is the point of Paul’s figure here. Christ’s own resurrection was the first fruits of the resurrection “harvest” of the believing dead. In His death and resurrection Christ made an offering of Himself to the Father on our behalf.

The significance of the first fruits, however, not only was that they preceded the harvest but that they were a first installment of the harvest. The fact that Christ was the first fruits therefore indicates that something else, namely the harvest of the rest of the crop, is to follow. In other words, Christ’s resurrection could not have been in isolation from ours. His resurrection requires our resurrection, because His resurrection was part of the larger resurrection of God’s redeemed.

The resurrection of which Paul speaks here is permanent resurrection. Both the Old and New Testaments tell of persons who died and were miraculously brought back to life (1 Kings 17:22; 2 Kings 4:34–36; 13:21; Luke 7:15; John 11:44). But all of those persons died again. Even those whom Jesus raised—the son of the widow of Nain, Jairus’s daughter, and Lazarus—eventually died again. Christ Himself, however, was the first to be raised never to die again.

As in 15:6, 18 (cf. Matt. 27:52; Acts 7:60; 2 Pet. 3:4), those who are asleep refers to the dead, in this instance to the righteous dead, whose spirits have gone to be with the Lord (2 Cor. 5:8; cf. Phil. 1:23) but whose remains are in the grave, awaiting recomposition and resurrection.

Through Christ, as a man, came the resurrection of the dead, just as through Adam, the first man, came death. Paul’s point here is that Jesus’ humanness was inextricably involved both in His resurrection and in ours. It was because Jesus died, was buried, and was raised as a man that He could become the first fruits of all other men who would be raised to glory. As already noted, the first fruits and the harvest were from the same crop.

In verse 22 Paul continues to explain how the great truth of the one resurrection of Christ affects believers. The convincing analogy comes from the first man: For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive. Just as Adam was the progenitor of everyone who dies, so Christ is the progenitor of everyone who will be raised to life. In each case, one man doing one act caused the consequences of that act to be applied to every other person identified with him. Those who are identified with Adam—every person who has been born—is subject to death because of Adam’s sinful act. Likewise, those who are identified with Christ—every person who has been born again in Him—is subject to resurrection to eternal life because of Christ’s righteous act. In Adam all have inherited a sin nature and therefore will die. In Christ all who believe in Him have inherited eternal life, and shall be made alive, in body as well as in spirit. “For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous” (Rom. 5:19).

From countless other passages of Scripture we know that the two alls in verse 22, though alike in some respects, cannot be equal. Those who attempt to read universalism into this passage must contradict those other passages that teach reprobation (Matt. 5:29; 10:28; 25:41, 46; Luke 16:23; 2 Thess. 1:9; Rev. 20:15; etc.). The alls are alike in that they both apply to descendants. Every human being is a descendant of Adam, and therefore the first all is universal. With only the exceptions of Enoch and Elijah, whom the Lord took directly to be with Himself, and of those saints who will be raptured, every person born will die.

Only those who trust in Jesus Christ, however, are His descendants (as illustrated in John 8:44), and the second all therefore applies only to the saved. It is only all the fellow sons of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:26, 29; 4:7; Eph. 3:6; cf. Acts 20:32; Titus 3:7) who shall be made alive. In Adam is simply to be human, to have been born once. In Christ is to have eternal life, to be born again. By natural descent from Adam, having inherited his sin, all die. By supernatural descent from Christ, having inherited His righteousness, all shall be made alive.

Though the inheritance in both cases is bodily as well as spiritual, Paul’s major emphasis here is on the bodily. Through Adam’s sin, man died spiritually and became subject to death bodily. Likewise, through Christ believers are given life spiritually and will be raised bodily. But our spirits, because they go to be with the Lord at death, will not wait to be resurrected. Only our bodies will be resurrected, and that is the truth stressed here.[1]


21. Since by man came death. The point to be proved is, that Christ is the first-fruits, and that it was not merely as an individual that he was raised up from the dead. He proves it from contraries, because death is not from nature, but from man’s sin. As, therefore, Adam did not die for himself alone, but for us all, it follows, that Christ in like manner, who is the antitype, did not rise for himself alone; for he came, that he might restore everything that had been ruined in Adam.

We must observe, however, the force of the argument; for he does not contend by similitude, or by example, but has recourse to opposite causes for the purpose of proving opposite effects. The cause of death is Adam, and we die in him: hence Christ, whose office it is to restore to us what we lost in Adam, is the cause of life to us; and his resurrection is the ground-work and pledge of ours. And as the former was the beginning of death, so the latter is of life. In the fifth chapter of the Romans he follows out the same comparison; but there is this difference, that in that passage he reasons respecting a spiritual life and death, while he treats here of the resurrection of the body, which is the fruit of spiritual life.[2]


21–22 Paul now draws into his discussion the entire Adam-Christ typology (cf. Ro 5:12–21; see comments there). Sin entered the world through one man, Adam, when he ate of the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden. As a result of his sin, death entered into the human world in fulfillment of the word of the Lord—“when you eat of it [the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil] you will surely die” (Ge 2:17). Part of the curse of God on sin in Genesis 3 contained these words of judgment: “for dust you are and to dust you will return” (3:19). While Adam did not die physically on that fateful day, he did die spiritually, and his sin set in motion the seeds of corruption and decay that eventually resulted in “and then he died” (5:5). The results of his sin have been passed on to us so that all human beings are now subject to death. In other words, “death came through a man” (1 Co 15:21); “in Adam all die” (v. 22).

But through another man, Jesus, who as the sinless Son of God paid the penalty of sin by his death on the cross, came also “the resurrection of the dead.” Jesus’ resurrection was not simply an event that happened to him as a human being, but an event that set in motion the reversal of the curse of God against Adam. We can now anticipate a time when our bodies, laid in a grave at the time of death, will be raised back to life. In other words, “the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man” (v. 21); “in Christ all will be made alive” (v. 22).

It is important to recognize here the notion of representation. Adam stands as the representative of an entire group of people (all human beings), and what happened to him will happen to all those in that group—all human beings will die. Christ too stands as the representative of an entire group of people, but in this case it is not all human beings, but only those who have believed in him. Thus the “all” of v. 22b is more limited than the “all” of v. 22a. Paul’s emphasis here is that the “all” who will be made alive are all those who are “in Christ.”[3]


21–22 With these two sentences Paul proceeds to explain further the preceding metaphor and its inherent implication of the inevitability of the resurrection of the believing dead. The two sentences are set forth in perfect double parallelism, the first (v. 21) explaining by way of analogy how God’s raising Christ as “firstfruits” makes the resurrection of the believing dead an inevitable concomitant, the second (v. 22) further elaborating the former (v. 21) so that its point cannot be missed. Thus:

for

 

(explaining how Christ’s being firstfruits leads inevitably to the resurrection from the dead)

 

Since

 

through a man,

 

death,

 

also

 

through a man, the resurrection of

 

the dead;

 

for

 

(explaining how so)

 

 

 

Just as in Adam

 

all die

 

 

 

so also in Christ

 

all will be made alive.

 

 

 

It must be noted at the outset that the general resurrection of the dead is not Paul’s concern, neither here nor elsewhere in the argument. Both the context and Paul’s theology as a whole make it clear that in saying “in Christ all will be made alive,” he means “in Christ all who are in Christ will be made alive.” The lack of such a qualifier in the sentence itself is the result of both the balanced style and the fact that he expected it to be read in the context of his argument with them, not as a piece of abstract theology. In the present context these two sentences are still part of his response (to vv. 17–19), begun in the preceding sentence. Paul previously referred to “those who have fallen asleep in Christ” (v. 18), making it certain that even that paragraph was concerned only with the resurrection of believers. He begins his next step in the argument (v. 20) by asserting the inevitability of the Corinthians’ own resurrection, based on that of Christ, whom he now calls the “firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (= those mentioned above [v. 18]). The present Adam-Christ analogy is thus a further attempt to show how Christ’s resurrection makes inevitable the resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ.

This is the first use of the Adam-Christ analogy in Paul’s extant letters. He will pick it up again, but in a different way, a bit later (vv. 45–49), as well as in his letter to the believers in Rome (5:12–21). His varied use of this theme suggests that it is a commonplace with Paul, for whom Christ stands at the beginning of the new humanity in a way analogous to, but not identical with, the way Adam stood at the beginning of the old order, both temporally and causally. Paul’s interest here is twofold: (a) in death and the overthrow of death through resurrection—the motif that will dominate the rest of the argument, and (b) in the human mediation of both death and life, and therefore in the genuine humanity of Christ. Whatever the Corinthians may have believed about Christ’s resurrection, it cannot be argued to be of a different order because he was divine. Rather, just as death, so resurrection is through a man. Thus the analogy begins by stating that “death came through a man.” Paul’s point is that death is inevitable because of our sharing in the humanity and sinfulness of the first man, Adam. But believers’ sharing in the resurrection from the dead through the second Man, Christ, who in his resurrection effected the reversal of the process begun in Adam, is equally inevitable. That this is Paul’s intent is made clear by the second set of clauses, which explain how the first set works out in fact. In saying that “all die in Adam,” Paul means that this common lot of our humanity is the result of our being “in Adam,” that is, being born of his race and thereby involved in the sin and death that proceeded from him (cf. Rom. 5:12–14, 18–19). In saying that “in Christ all will be made alive,” Paul means that those who are “in Christ,” those who have entered the new humanity through grace by means of Christ’s death and resurrection, will just as certainly “be made alive”; they will be raised from the dead into the shared life of the risen One. Thus Christ is the firstfruits; he is God’s pledge that all who belong to God will be raised from the dead. The inevitable process of death begun in Adam will be reversed by the equally inevitable process of “bringing to life” that was begun in Christ. Therefore, it is not possible (= permissible) for the Corinthians to say there is no resurrection of the dead. Such a resurrection is necessitated by Christ’s.[4]


15:21 / No sooner has Paul made his thinking clear through the employment of a precise biblical image than he moves on to complicate his reflections with additional materials. In vague terms this verse prepares for the overt comparison of Adam and Christ that follows in verse 22. Paul anticipates the comparison in a reasonable way. He writes in the form of a conclusion: For … (Gk. epeidē gar; lit. “For since …”); although he is introducing a new line of thought. The declaration falls into two balanced clauses:

through a man, death

and

through a man, resurrection of the dead.

The statements are general, undefined, and apparently universal in their outlook. One man introduced death, and another man introduced the resurrection of the dead. Fortunately, Paul elaborates and interprets his statement in the next verses.

15:22 / Paul signals that he intends to explain by beginning this verse with the words For as (Gk. hōsper) and continuing in mid-sentence, so (Gk. houtos). Paul specifically names Adam and Christ and refers to them so that one sees clearly that they are the two of whom he wrote in verse 21—in Adam all die … in Christ all will be made alive. Paul’s rhetorical contrast is simple and clear, “For as in Adam … so in Christ.” One should notice, however, that all will be made alive in Christ. Resurrection is reality for Christ, but Paul casts the resurrection of others—dead or living—as a future phenomenon.

Commentators debate who the “all” of verse 22 are. The “all who die in Adam” refers to all humanity; but does “all who will be made alive in Christ” indicate all humans or merely all believers? The matter cannot be settled simply from the words in this verse or even from examining these lines in the context of 1 Corinthians 15. Paul’s remarks in 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18; 5:1–11; Philippians 2:5–11; and Romans 9–11 are critical parallels for interpretation, but even when those passages are taken into account, interpreters still debate the sense of this statement in verse 22. Nevertheless, Paul is addressing the church and is speaking about matters pertaining to their understanding of the life of the congregation, although that area of interest nearly always has broader implications for humanity at large. Paul uses the word “all” a total of twelve times in this discussion, with most references occurring in verses 24–28.[5]


21. For since by man came death, also by man came the resurrection of the dead. 22. For as in Adam all die, thus also in Christ all shall be made alive.

We note the following points:

  • Parallels. Paul reveals typical Semitic parallelism in these two verses, in which he connects man and death in the first clause and man and the resurrection of the dead in the second. He compares Adam with Christ and notes that death came through Adam but life comes through Christ. The clauses reinforce one another, and the second one is longer than the first in each verse.
For since

 

also

 

by man came

 

by man came

 

death

 

the resurrection of the dead

 

For as

 

thus also

 

in Adam all

 

in Christ all

 

die

 

shall be made alive

 

  • Allusion. The two words for since express cause; they form the link between the preceding verse (v. 20) and this passage. The words explain the entrance of death into the world.

Paul alludes to the Old Testament Scriptures and in particular to Genesis 3:17–19, which relates that because of sin Adam and Eve and their progeny became subject to death. The Greek has the preposition dia (by) to show that man is the agent responsible for death. As Augustine put it,

Before the fall, Adam was able to sin or not to sin;

after the fall, he was not able not to sin.

This means that in his purity Adam had the ability not to sin and through his obedience to receive immortality. But through his disobedience, he and the human race received the penalty of death (Gen. 2:17; 3:19). Christ lived obediently without sin and conquered death for the benefit of all his people.

In the Greek of verse 21, Paul omits not only the verbs but also all the definite articles to stress the abstract quality of the nouns man, death, resurrection, and dead. He emphasizes that death entered the world because of sin committed by man. And death, having been caused by a human being, can be made ineffective only by a human being (compare Rom. 5:12, 18). The corollary of death is the resurrection from the dead, which has been accomplished by Christ, who triumphed over death. He is able to set free from the grip of death those who belong to him.

  • Meaning. The concept of resurrection centers on Jesus Christ, who as both God and man has conquered death and has risen victoriously from the grave. Although Christ’s resurrection has already taken place, that of his people must wait.

Paul placed the preposition in before the name Adam and the name Christ. Thereby he indicates that Adam is the head of the human race and Christ the head of God’s people. In the Greek text, he placed a definite article before each name to confirm that they represent historical persons. His statement, “as in Adam all die, thus also in Christ all shall be made alive,” has the present tense in the first clause and the future tense in the second. The present tense indicates the recurring reality of death, and the future reveals the definite promise of the resurrection.

The adjective all should not be interpreted to mean that Paul teaches universal salvation. Far from it. The meaning of verse 22 is that as all those who by nature have their origin in Adam die, so all those who by faith are incorporated in Christ shall be made alive. Whereas all people face death because of Adam’s sin, only those who are in Christ receive life because of his resurrection. The New Testament teaches that the verb to give life refers only to believers and not to unbelievers. Paul elucidates the rising from the dead of Christ and his people but not that of pagans.

Will there be a general resurrection? Yes, believers will be raised to everlasting life but unbelievers to shame and everlasting contempt (Dan. 12:2). And Jesus said: “Those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned” (John 5:29).[6]


15:21. Paul next explained in what sense Christ was raised as the firstfruits of all who would be raised, arguing for a symmetry in God’s dealings with the human race (see also Rom. 5:12–19). In the first place, the record of Genesis makes it plain that death came through a man. Adam’s sin was more than a personal transgression; it brought guilt and the divine judgment of death on all humanity. Since it was through Adam that death came, it should not be surprising that the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. In many passages Paul pointed out that God considered Christ’s experience on earth much more than one person’s experience. What happened to him in his death and resurrection happens to all who believe in him.

15:22. Restating his previous explanation, Paul once again relied on the symmetry between Adam and Christ: In Adam all die … in Christ all will be made alive. Paul drew a parallel between Adam and Christ (as in Adam … so in Christ), but we must be careful not to misunderstand this comparison. From the rest of Paul’s writings, we must conclude that the similarity between Adam and Christ is not numerical but functional. That is to say, Paul did not suggest that the number of people who receive salvation equals the number of people who suffer death. In other passages Paul made it very plain that he did not believe in universal salvation (Rom. 2:5–12; Eph. 5:6; 2 Thess. 1:6–10).

Paul’s main concern in this passage was to show that Christ’s resurrection was more than his own resurrection. It foretold the general resurrection of all believers. Paul did this by pointing to the theological beliefs that he and the Corinthians shared. They believed that Adam’s personal life had affected everyone joined to him. In the same way, Paul argued, Christ’s personal life affected everyone joined to him, everyone in Christ.

The expression “in Christ” appears in Paul’s letters to describe the union between believers and Christ. In this verse, Paul used the expression to indicate those united to him by faith. As he put it in 15:23, those who are in Christ and receive resurrection through him are “those who belong to him.” The inevitability of the general resurrection explains why Paul could describe Christ as the firstfruits. His life, death, and resurrection bring countless blessings to those who are in him—including resurrection from the dead.[7]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1984). 1 Corinthians (pp. 416–418). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Calvin, J., & Pringle, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians (Vol. 2, p. 25). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] Verbrugge, V. D. (2008). 1 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 396). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] Fee, G. D. (2014). The First Epistle to the Corinthians. (N. B. Stonehouse, F. F. Bruce, G. D. Fee, & J. B. Green, Eds.) (Revised Edition, pp. 830–833). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[5] Soards, M. L. (2011). 1 Corinthians (pp. 332–333). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[6] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the First Epistle to the Corinthians (Vol. 18, pp. 548–550). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[7] Pratt, R. L., Jr. (2000). I & II Corinthians (Vol. 7, pp. 263–264). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

BOMBSHELL: “Justice Democrats” Founder is THE Organizer of Evangelical Social Justice Movement — Pulpit & Pen

Zack Exley, who is the Soros associate who “game-planned” the Social Justice takeover of Evangelicalism

In this bombshell report by Pulpit & Pen, we will demonstrate how a Democratic financier and organizers, Zack Exley, is behind the successful attempt to change the political ideology of America’s major evangelical institutions, ministries, and seminaries through their propagation of what is known as “Social Justice.”

SUMMARY

We will explain – with a compilation of original sources, some of which have been recovered after they were deleted from the Internet – the driving political force behind the take-over America’s Reformed evangelical community, and demonstrate the money ties between a powerful Democratic financier and evangelical leaders who are steering churches into progressive ideology for the sake of political purposes.

Far from being an organic, Bible-driven movement, the ideas presented at institutions like Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 9 Marks, Together for the Gospel, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and The Gospel Coalition are driven by a gameplan orchestrated by Exley, and the purpose is to keep evangelicals from voting Republican in the upcoming 2020 election cycle.

There is no doubt that Reformed evangelicalism – historically a bastion of conservative Christianity – has been overtaken by ‘woke’ Social Justice ideology over the course of the last several years. Many people have wondered why so many formerly conservative leaders and entities – especially those related to the Southern Baptist Convention and the parachurch ministry, The Gospel Coalition – have converted almost entirely to an ideology that seems sympatico with the talking points of the Democratic Party. Research conducted by Pulpit & Pen now has the answer as to how this coordinated effort to turn Reformed evangelicalism to the political left has been accomplished.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AS IT RELATES TO EVANGELICALISM

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Reminder: Democrats ran the KKK, started the Civil War, celebrated slavery and fought against the Civil Rights Act | National Sentinel

(NationalSentinel) For all of its existence, the American Democrat Party has stood for distinctly anti-American principles and values, but thanks to a fully co-opted “mainstream media” that serves as the party’s propaganda division, far too many citizens don’t know that.

For instance, they don’t know that the Democrat Party, only recently, “embraced” minorities, seemed to embrace true “equality,” and began vocalizing support for civil rights – all positions the party vehemently and consciously opposed for more than 200 years.

As noted by Prof. Carol Swain, who teaches political science at Vanderbilt University, the Democrat Party defended slavery, actually started the Civil War, founded the Ku Klux Klan, and battled against every single major civil rights act in our country’s history.

In a video she narrated for PragerU Swain, who is black, begins:

When you think about racial equality and civil rights, which political party comes to mind – the Republicans or the Democrats? Most people would probably say the Democrats. But this answer is incorrect. Since its founding in 1829, the Democratic Party has fought against every major civil rights initiative and has a long history of discrimination.

Swain’s report is particularly relevant in today’s political environment as the far Left, which is taking over the Democrat Party, seeks to not only hide the party’s history but brand the GOP as the party of racists, bigots, homophobes, and authoritarians – led by POTUS Donald Trump, whose own very public history is one of racial equality and harmony, not of bigotry and hate.

“The Democratic Party defended slavery, started the Civil War, opposed Reconstruction (the post-Civil War period), founded the Ku Klux Klan, imposed segregation, perpetrated lynchings, and fought against the Civil Rights Acts of the 1950s and 1960s,” Swain noted further.

“In contrast, the Republican Party was founded in 1854 as an anti-slavery party. Its mission was to stop the spread of slavery into the new Western territories with the aim of abolishing it entirely,” she said.

Swain noted that early Republican efforts to stop the spread of slavery was actually thwarted by the U.S. Supreme Court via Dred Scott v Sandford. Scott was a slave who had resided in a free state and territory where the institution was prohibited. But the court, in a 7-2 decision, ruled he could not claim his freedom because slaves were property and could never be citizens under current provisions of law. In addition, the court ruled the Missouri Compromise – which declared all territories West of the state and north of latitude 36 degrees, 30’, unconstitutional.

The Vanderbilt professor noted that all seven justices who voted against Scott were Democrats and that the two dissenting justices were Republicans.

The Civil War, at a cost of more than 700,000 American lives, resolved the issue of slavery; the Union commander-in-chief who led the successful war effort was the first GOP president, Abraham Lincoln; he was assassinated shortly after the Confederate surrender by John Wilkes Booth, a Democrat.

His successor, Andrew Johnson, a Democrat, opposed Lincoln’s plan to reintegrate former slaves into the South and the rest of the country. Johnson and his Democrats also opposed the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, which outlawed slavery, gave blacks citizenship, and allowed them to vote.

“All three passed only because of universal Republican support,” Swain noted.

Fast-forward to the 1960s. After keeping blacks enslaved, keeping them from becoming citizens, and keeping them from voting all failed, “Democrats came up with another strategy: If black people are going to vote, they might as well be voting for Democrats,” Swain noted.

Swain went onto note that since then, Democratic policies have essentially re-enslaved a majority of blacks – into government dependency, welfare, and cycles of violence, cramming them into slums and ghettos with poor schools and no hope or opportunities.

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Roman Catholic Pedophile Priests Are Being Harbored And Protected By Covert Vatican-Linked Group ‘Opus Bono Sacerdotii’ To Escape Justice — Now The End Begins

When a serial pedophile Roman Catholic priest was sent to jail for abusing dozens of minors, Opus Bono was there for him, with regular visits and commissary cash.

Just when you thought that the Roman Catholic harlot could not be any more devious, deceptive or demonic, up pops a Catholic ‘rapid-response group’ known as Opus Bono Sacerdotii. What is the mission of Opus Bono Sacerdotii? They provide funds, food and lodging for Roman Catholic peodphile priests who are on the run from justice. When they get caught and put in jail, Opus Bono Sacerdotii steps in with more money and lawyers to try and make the accusations ‘go away’ with the result of the pedophile priest being return to a parish where he gets to abuse more children.

“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” Revelation 17:5,6 (KJV)

Naturally, the Catholic Church has ‘disavowed’ any connection to the group, but a recent investigation by the Associated Press proves otherwise. The Vatican denied all ties with Nazi Germany also, but history shows that not only did the Roman harlot have ties with Nazi Germany, they also helped the Nazis escape justice at the end of WWII.

“Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.” Revelation 18:20-24 (KJV)

Opus Bono Sacerdotii is mad that pedophile priests are being brought to justice, and thier mission is to see that they are released from jail and returned to their parish. They say that brining the pedophile priests to justice is ‘harming the Catholic Church’. Yes, they actually said that. Revelation 18 shows us the day when God Himself will destroy the Vatican harlot and all her daughters in a wonderful, terrible fiery end. That will be a good day. Amen.

Opus Bono Sacerdotii established itself as a counterpoint to the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and other groups that have accused the church of trying to cover up the scandal

FROM THE AP: The visiting priests arrived discreetly, day and night. Stripped of their collars and cassocks, they went unnoticed in this tiny Midwestern town as they were escorted into a dingy warehouse across from an elementary school playground. Neighbors had no idea some of the dressed-down clergymen dining at local restaurants might have been accused sexual predators.

They had been brought to town by a small, nonprofit group called Opus Bono Sacerdotii. For nearly two decades, the group has operated out of a series of unmarked buildings in rural Michigan, providing money, shelter, transport, legal help and other support to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse across the country.

Again and again, Opus Bono has served as a rapid-response team for the accused.

When a serial pedophile was sent to jail for abusing dozens of minors, Opus Bono was there for him, with regular visits and commissary cash. When a priest admitted sexually assaulting boys under 14, Opus Bono raised funds for his defense. When another priest was criminally charged with abusing a teen, Opus Bono later made him a legal adviser.

And while powerful clerics have publicly pledged to hold the church accountable for the crimes of its clergy and help survivors heal, some of them arranged meetings, offered blessings or quietly sent checks to this organization that provided support to alleged abusers, The Associated Press has found.

Though Catholic leaders deny the church has any official relationship with the group, Opus Bono successfully forged networks reaching all the way to the Vatican.

The Associated Press unraveled the continuing story of Opus Bono in dozens of interviews with experts, lawyers, clergy members and former employees, along with hundreds of pages of documents obtained through Freedom of Information requests.

In recent months, two of the group’s founders were forced out after Michigan’s attorney general found that Opus Bono had misused donated funds and misled contributors. A third co-founder, a priest, was abruptly removed from ministry earlier this month after the AP began asking about an allegation that he had sexually abused a child decades ago.

Still, since 2002, Opus Bono Sacerdotii has played a little-known role among conservative Catholic groups that portray the abuse scandal as a media and legal feeding frenzy. These groups contend the scandal maligns the priesthood and harms the Catholic faith.

Opus Bono Sacerdotii established itself as a counterpoint to the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

Opus Bono established itself as a counterpoint to the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and other groups that have accused the church of trying to cover up the scandal and failing to support victims of clergy misconduct. Opus Bono focuses on what it considers the neglected victims: priests, and the church itself.

“All of these people that have made allegations are very well taken care of,” Opus Bono co-founder Joe Maher said in a radio interview, contending that many abuse accusations lodged against priests are false. “The priests are not at all very well taken care of.”

Opus Bono’s roots reach back almost two decades to a sex abuse scandal that convulsed The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, a grand stone structure set amid Detroit’s crumbling brick blight.

For 25 years, the Rev. Eduard Perrone presided there. Inside the church, commonly known as Assumption Grotto, glossy Opus Bono Sacerdotii brochures tout the pastor’s role as the group’s co-founder and spiritual lifeblood. Stern and imposing, the 70-year-old Perrone is a staunch conservative; he refused to marry couples, for example, if he thought the bride’s dress was too revealing.

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Earlier this month, his parishioners were shocked when Perrone was removed from ministry after a church review board decided there was a “semblance of truth” to allegations that he abused a child decades ago. Perrone told the AP that he “never would have done such a thing.”

In the years before Perrone helped start Opus Bono Sacerdotii, he and Assumption Grotto took in at least two priests who had been accused of sexual misconduct at dioceses in other states. One of them later admitted to molesting as many as 50 children in the 1980s and ’90s, according to court documents in Texas.

In 1999, Perrone welcomed the other priest — a West African clergyman named Komlan Dem Houndjame — to come work at Assumption Grotto. Two years later, Detroit Archdiocese officials say, they asked Houndjame to return to his home country, Togo, after learning of accusations of sexual misconduct against him in Detroit and at an earlier posting in Florida.

Instead he went to a treatment facility in St. Louis. In 2002, Detroit police charged him with sexually assaulting a member of Assumption Grotto’s choir. READ MORE

Roman Catholic Priests accused of abuse turned to Michigan group Opus Bono Sacerdotii

A tiny Michigan nonprofit raised millions to support Catholic priests accused of sex abuse. Now, one of its founders has been accused by his own daughter. 

via Roman Catholic Pedophile Priests Are Being Harbored And Protected By Covert Vatican-Linked Group ‘Opus Bono Sacerdotii’ To Escape Justice — Now The End Begins

Priests accused of sex abuse turned to under-the-radar group — Christian Research Network

“Opus Bono established itself as a counterpoint to the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and other groups that have accused the church of trying to cover up the scandal and failing to support victims of clergy misconduct. Opus Bono focuses on what it considers the neglected victims: priests, and the church itself.”

(AP)  The visiting priests arrived discreetly, day and night.

Stripped of their collars and cassocks, they went unnoticed in this tiny Midwestern town as they were escorted into a dingy warehouse across from an elementary school playground. Neighbors had no idea some of the dressed-down clergymen dining at local restaurants might have been accused sexual predators.

They had been brought to town by a small, nonprofit group called Opus Bono Sacerdotii. For nearly two decades, the group has operated out of a series of unmarked buildings in rural Michigan, providing money, shelter, transport, legal help and other support to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse across the country.

Again and again, Opus Bono has served as a rapid-response team for the accused.

When a serial pedophile was sent to jail for abusing dozens of minors, Opus Bono was there for him, with regular visits and commissary cash.  View article →

Research:

Sexual Abuse Scandal 

Roman Catholicism

via Priests accused of sex abuse turned to under-the-radar group — Christian Research Network

WATCH: Senate Bill Could Fine Up To $15,000 For Sharing A Meme You Didn’t Make (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

The Senate just approved the ‘Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019’ for a full vote in the Senate. This Bill creates the Copyright Claims Board which could give you up to $15,000 in fines for sharing a meme you didn’t make.

If Congress has its way you could soon get slapped with a $15,000 fine by copyright trolls – with no chance of appeal – just for doing normal stuff on the internet.

It will be a dream come true to copyright trolls on the internet.

Watch the following video to see how the ‘CASE Act’ could affect meme makers.

via WATCH: Senate Bill Could Fine Up To $15,000 For Sharing A Meme You Didn’t Make (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

‘I Kissed Dating Goodbye’ Author Says He’s No Longer a Christian: Get Ready for a Flood of Christian Defections — Christian Research Network

“Josh Harris is not the first of his generation to walk away from Christianity — and he won’t be the last. In the last few years we’ve watched as celebrity pastors and Christian leaders have denied central teachings of scripture (Rachel Held Evans, Rob Bell); been removed from the pastorate as the result of revelations of immorality (Bill Hybels, Art Azurdia, Tullian Tchividjian); flirted with unbiblical teachings (Mark Driscoll, Beth Moore); and now, in the very sad case of Josh Harris, apostatized — openly denying Christ in the process.”

(Paula Bolyard – PJ Media)  The internet has been buzzing this week upon hearing the news that Joshua Harris — a former pastor and author of the bestselling book I Kissed Dating Goodbye — has not only decided to divorce his wife of 20-plus years, but has also kissed Christianity goodbye, announcing on Instagram that he is no longer a Christian….

“The popular phrase for this is ‘deconstruction,’ the biblical phrase is ‘falling away,’” Harris confessed. “By all the measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian. Many people tell me that there is a different way to practice faith and I want to remain open to this, but I’m not there now.⁣⁣”

Harris went on to “specifically” apologize to the LGBTQ+ community. “I want to say that I am sorry for the views that I taught in my books and as a pastor regarding sexuality,” he explained. “I regret standing against marriage equality, for not affirming you and your place in the church, and for any ways that my writing and speaking contributed to a culture of exclusion and bigotry. I hope you can forgive me.⁣⁣”   View article →

via ‘I Kissed Dating Goodbye’ Author Says He’s No Longer a Christian: Get Ready for a Flood of Christian Defections — Christian Research Network

July 29 Making Your Life Count

scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 2:14–16
key verse: 1 Peter 2:12

Having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

A great deception of our media–saturated age is that a person has to be prominent or visible to be influential. Jesus taught quite the contrary. Standing on a rural hillside with a few thousand farmers, fishermen, carpenters, and other men and women of humble background, He pronounced them as the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world.”

Jesus brings the same message to you. You are valuable and worthy in His eyes, created as His workmanship for a lifetime of good works that will demonstrate the reality of the kingdom of God to a blind and captive world.

Realize your worth in Christ. You were not created or saved by accident but by His design, to be used for His purposes, which will have eternal consequences.

Each day, on the bus, in the office, at the school, over the fence, you influence others for Christ. They see your love or your irritability. They hear your gracious comments or sarcastic remarks. The presence of the risen Christ is reflected or obscured.

Whoever you are, whatever you do, wherever you are, Christ can use you today. Accept your worth to Him and your value to others. Your life is a fragrance of the indwelling Christ.

Dear Lord, make my life count for You. You created me to be used for Your purposes, and I know there are eternal consequences involved. Help me to reflect Your presence.[1]


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

29 july (1860) 365 Days with Spurgeon

Everywhere and yet forgotten

“Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:9, 10

suggested further reading: Deuteronomy 8:11–20

This forgetfulness of God is growing upon this perverse generation. Time was, in the old puritanic days, when every shower of rain was seen to come from heaven, when every ray of sunshine was blessed, and God was thanked for having given fair weather to ingather the fruits of the harvest. Then, men talked of God as doing everything. But in our days where is our God? We have the laws of matter. Alas! Alas! That names with little meaning should have destroyed our memory of the Eternal One. We talk now of phenomena, and of the chain of events, as if all things happened by machinery; as if the world were a huge clock which had been wound up in eternity, and continued to work without a present God. Nay, not only our philosophers, but even our poets rant in the same way. They sing of the works of nature. But who is that fair goddess, Nature? Is she a heathen deity, or what? Do we not act as if we were ashamed of our God, or as if his name had become obsolete? Go abroad wherever you may, you hear little said concerning him who made the heavens, and who formed the earth and the sea; but everything is nature, and the laws of motion and of matter. And do not Christians often use words which would lead you to suppose that they believed in the old goddess, Luck, or rested in that equally false deity, Fortune, or trembled before the demon of Misfortune? Oh for the day when God shall be seen, and little else beside! Better, my brethren, that philosophical discoveries were lost, than that God should be concealed behind them. Better that our poets had ceased to write, and that all their flaming words were buried with their ashes, than that they should serve as a cloud before the face of the eternal Creator.

for meditation: When men replace Father God by mother nature, God leaves them to behave in ways which are unnatural and opposed to their false new deity (Romans 1:21–27).

sermon no. 326[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 217). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

What do Josh Harris and Beth Moore have in common? — The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

Wanted: SBC Church desires a substitute Sunday School Teacher for women. Term: 1-year. Prefer untrained young candidate, motivational speaking a plus. Responsibilities: Teach the word of God eisegetically to women older than yourself. It’s OK if you just think up things to speak about on Saturday night and then match some scriptures to your thoughts. Note: We will let you flounder for 9 months of the 1-year term before stepping in to help. And even then, we will only expect you to take 1 doctrine class. Bonus: Afterward, consider yourself equipped for a 35-year Bible teaching career!!

Don’t you love genesis stories? How things began? I watched the original episode that got Paladin started on his “Have Gun – Will Travel” career. That popular TV show from the 1950s and 1960s where the main character goes around fixing wrongs, featured Richard Boone, the good man in a black hat. Or the pilot episode of Gilligan’s Island (that went missing until 1992?) Did you know John MacArthur started as a youth pastor? Or that Phil Johnson started as a proofreader? Or how the universe began? Fortunately, we can read that genesis story in Genesis, starting with “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth …”

How did Beth Moore get started? The Southern Baptist Convention’s darling and biggest moneymaker Beth Moore started as a motivational speaker completely untrained for handling the word of God and in fact floundered in eisegesis for 9 months and even afterward only took 1 class in doctrine. The job description above is accurate, not a spoof or made up. It’s taken directly from Beth Moore’s own mouth as she related her genesis story to Transformation Church in a sermon to that congregation in May 2019.

Read more: What do Josh Harris and Beth Moore have in common? — The End Time

29 JULY 365 Days with Calvin

Finding Glory in Tribulation

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience. Romans 5:3

suggested further reading: Hebrews 12:1–14

By saying that the saints glory in tribulations, Paul is not saying they did not dread or avoid adversities, or were not distressed with their bitterness when they happened (for there is no patience when there is no feeling of bitterness). Rather, as in their grief and sorrow they were not without great consolation because they regarded that whatever they bore was dispensed to them for good by the hand of a most indulgent Father, they are justly said to glory, for whenever salvation is promoted, a reason for glorying is not wanting.

We are then taught here what the design of our tribulations is, if indeed we would prove ourselves to be the children of God. Tribulations ought to teach us patience. If they do not serve this purpose, the work of the Lord is rendered void and of no effect through our corruption. For how does he prove that adversities do not hinder the glorying of the faithful except than by the patience in enduring them, for is it not in them that they feel the help of God, which nourishes and confirms their hope?

Certainly, those who do not learn patience do not make good progress. Nor can we object to finding glory in suffering by saying that Scripture records some complaints of saints that are full of despondency, for the Lord sometimes so depresses and straitens his people that they can hardly breathe and can hardly remember any source of consolation. Yet in a moment God brings to life those whom he has nearly sunk in the darkness of death. So what Paul says about glory in tribulation is always accomplished: “We are in every way oppressed, but not made anxious; we are in danger, but we are not in despair; we suffer persecution, but we are not forsaken; we are cast down but we are not destroyed” (2 Cor. 4:8).

for meditation: Most people would say that tribulation works exasperation, not patience! Patience amid tribulation can only be the fruit of a supernatural change of heart, brought about by God. Has this change been made in you? If so, how can Hebrews 12:1–14 assist you in continuing to be patient under tribulation?[1]


[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 229). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

Is Calling on the Lord’s Name All It Takes to Be Saved? — Grace to You Blog

In the lead-up to the Truth Matters conference in October, we will be focusing our attention on the sufficiency, authority, and clarity of Scripture. Of our previous blog series, none better embodies that emphasis than Frequently Abused Verses. The following entry from that series originally appeared on February 17, 2016. -ed.

Imagine living your whole life thinking you were saved from the penalty of your sins, only to discover that your assurance was false. It would be a tragic revelation with horrific eternal consequences. And I fear that many professing believers are in for that severe shock when they enter into eternity.

Self-deception is at epidemic levels in the church today. Countless men and women have gone through the motions of “accepting Christ” or “asking Jesus into their hearts”—they’ve walked the aisle, prayed the prayer, and written the date in their Bibles—but they remain lost in their sins. And their false assurance only serves to inoculate them to the gospel and blind them to their need for the Savior.

Weak pastors, church leaders, and evangelists don’t help the situation when they regularly over-simplify the call of the gospel and overlook the importance of true repentance and faith. Their dumbed-down gospel for a dumbed-down culture is only fanning the flames of spiritual ignorance, which is already sweeping through the church like a wildfire.

One of the verses that’s routinely overused—and under-exegeted—in gospel ministry is Romans 10:13, “For whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

That verse has been a go-to text for evangelists like Billy Graham. But excerpted out of its context, it’s a recipe for shallow faith and false assurance. And the rampant, easy abuse of Romans 10:13 and similar verses is the reason for the widespread easy-believism and false assurance that plagues the church today.

To understand Paul’s true intent in Romans 10:13, we need to consider the surrounding verses. In Romans 10, Paul is explaining that the Jews have no spiritual advantage over the Gentiles—they both require salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. But his words in verse 13 aren’t an isolated statement about how to access that salvation. As he had previously explained, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). Paul’s point is clear—salvation is not a birth right, nor is it a momentary decision. True faith is active and ongoing.

That point is further emphasized when you consider that Paul is paraphrasing from Joel 2:32, and that this familiar phrase would have rich meaning for his Jewish readers. In his commentary on the passage, John MacArthur explains:

In the Old Testament, the phrase “call upon the name of the Lord” was especially associated with right worship of the true God. It carried the connotations of worship, adoration, and praise and extolled God’s majesty, power, and holiness. Emphasizing the negative side of that phrase, the imprecatory psalmist cried to God, “How long, O Lord? Wilt Thou be angry forever? Will Thy jealousy burn like fire? Pour out Thy wrath upon the nations which do not know Thee, and upon the kingdoms which do not call upon Thy name” (Psalm 79:5-6, emphasis added). Again the psalmist exulted, “Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples” (Psalm 105:1, emphasis added). Still another time in the Psalms we read that he “called upon the name of the Lord,” praying, “‘O Lord, I beseech Thee, save my life!’ Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yes, our God is compassionate” (Psalm 116:4-5, emphasis added).

In the four references just cited from Joel and the Psalms, the word Lord represents God’s covenant name, Yahweh, or Jehovah. . . . Therefore to “call upon the name of the Lord” was not a desperate cry to just any deity—whoever, whatever, and wherever he or she might be—but a cry to the one true God, the Creator-Lord of all men and all things. As Paul has just stated, it is by the confession of “Jesus as Lord” and belief in one’s “heart that God raised Him from the dead” that any person “shall be saved” (Romans 10:9). He is the one true Lord on whom faithful Jews had always called in penitence, adoration, and worship. To “call upon the name” of Jesus as Lord is to recognize and submit to His deity, His authority, His sovereignty, His power, His majesty, His Word, and His grace. [1] John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Romans 9-16 (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 1994) 82-83.

True, saving faith is not merely a moment of verbal or mental assent to Christ’s deity—as James writes, “the demons also believe, and shudder” (James 2:19). Paul referenced calling on the name of the Lord to depict a lifestyle of faith, not a fleeting moment.

And yet, many in the church today put their faith in—and draw their assurance from—a single moment when they experienced deep conviction or made an emotional decision. Some return to their sinful lifestyles, counting on God’s grace to cover their rebellious indulgences. Others try to live pious lives, but their behavior is more legalism than legitimate righteousness—in fact, it’s of no more value than the hypocrisy of the Pharisees.

Both groups are headed for the harsh spiritual awakening of Matthew 7:21-23.

Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.”

With as much as Christ and His apostles repeatedly warned about the dangers of self-deception and spiritual hypocrisy, it’s shocking that we hear so little about it in the church today. In The Gospel According to Jesus, John MacArthur describes how the church has insulated itself from the kind of careful spiritual self-examination each believer ought to routinely perform.

Contemporary Christians have been conditioned to believe that because they recited a prayer, signed on a dotted line, walked an aisle, or had some other experience, they are saved and should never question their salvation. I have attended evangelism training seminars where counselors were taught to tell “converts” that any doubt about their salvation is satanic and should be dismissed. It is a widely held misconception that anyone who questions whether he is saved is challenging the integrity of God’s Word.

What misguided thinking that is! Scripture encourages us to examine ourselves to determine if we are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). Peter wrote, “Be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you” (2 Peter 1:10). It is right to examine our lives and evaluate the fruit we bear, for “each tree is known by its own fruit” (Luke 6:44).

The Bible teaches clearly that the evidence of God’s work in a life is the inevitable fruit of transformed behavior (1 John 3:10). Faith that does not result in righteous living is dead and cannot save (James 2:14-17). Professing Christians utterly lacking the fruit of true righteousness will find no biblical basis for assurance of salvation (1 John 2:4). . . . Genuine assurance comes from seeing the Holy Spirit’s transforming work in one’s life, not from clinging to the memory of some experience. [2] John MacArthur, The Gospel According to Jesus (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008) 38-39.

The epidemic of self-deception in the church is real. And the legion of unsaved men and women has a corrupting influence on the Body of Christ—the evidence is plentiful. We’ll keep digging into the issues of false faith and assurance, spiritual hypocrisy, true sanctification, and the Lordship of Christ throughout the year—we’re already prepping a series for next month.

But for now, let me remind you that a lot of the self-deception we see begins with the way we carelessly talk about the gospel. Instead of reducing the call of God on the life of a sinner to a few pithy phrases and some verses ripped from their context, let’s be sure to get the message right. Forget the soundbites and buzzwords—let’s focus on being thorough, direct, and clear when it comes to the gospel.

Eternal lives are at stake.

via Is Calling on the Lord’s Name All It Takes to Be Saved? — Grace to You Blog

July 29 – Coming to judge the living and the dead – Reformed Perspective

“…he said, ‘No; but I am the commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come.’ And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped.” – Joshua 5:14a

Scripture reading: Joshua 5:13-15

Who is this man with the sword that Joshua met at Jericho? Joshua worshipped Him. And he said to Joshua what the LORD had said to Moses by the burning bush: Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy. This person isn’t a man, or even an angel. It’s the LORD Himself, the Son of God, coming to judge His enemies and to save His people, hundreds of years before He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.

This scene foreshadows one that we will see, one day. This is how the Lord Jesus shows Himself to us in Revelation 19: Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The One sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems, and He has a name written that no one knows but Himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which He is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Suggestions for prayer

Ask the Holy Spirit to remember and to fix your hope on the promise of Christ’s return to judge the living and the dead, when your faith in Him will be vindicated, and His enemies will be destroyed forever.

This daily devotional is available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional. Rev. Dick Wynia is the pastor of the Vineyard Canadian Reformed Church in Beamsville, Ontario.
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