Daily Archives: August 30, 2019

August 30 Bearing Unbearable Burdens

Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 6:16–20

Key Verse: Jeremiah 6:16

Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ ”

When we are overburdened, the world seems a colder place. The sun may be shining, but our heads are bowed low so we don’t notice. The birds sing, but our ears are filled with the cries of our hearts—cries of pain, sorrow, and weariness.

We put distance between others and ourselves as our problems absorb our time and attention. Perhaps we are weighed down by unmet expectations, sudden trauma or death, or simply too much responsibility. Another possibility is that sin is causing our heaviness of heart. Whatever the cause, however, the result is the same: a crushing weight. Only the amount of the weight varies.

Into our bleakness comes the voice of God Almighty inviting us to draw near and find rest in Him. The old prophet Jeremiah spoke for God, telling his listeners to find the good way and walk in it. That’s how we will find rest.

Won’t you look up to your heavenly Father right now? Jesus offers living water. Take time to drink until your soul is strengthened enough for you to ask the way. With the Spirit’s help, take one step, then another, down that path of obedience, and He will give you the promised peace.

Jeremiah 6:16 ends with God pointing out the Israelites’ response: they wouldn’t walk with God. Let us stand and look and ask and walk so that we find the rest the Lord has promised for our souls.

Father, I want to walk in the ancient paths, the good way, Your way. I know that it is there that I will find rest for my soul.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 253). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

August 30 The Focus of Your Faith

Scripture Reading: Psalm 100

Key Verse: Psalm 100:5

The Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.

An imperfection in a piece of cloth or silverware may be unattractive but has few functional implications. However, a flaw in the construction of your home or engineering of your car can have serious consequences.

When it comes to the matter of faith, it is wise to periodically examine the spiritual integrity of your trust in Christ. A defect in this area can impair the quality of your relationship with the Lord and your response to His leadership.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Does God or my personal concerns occupy the center stage of my faith?
  • Am I more interested in knowing what the will of the Father is, or just what the will of the Father is for me?

If you are not careful, your own neediness can crowd out the centrality of who God is in your walk of faith. Perhaps unintentionally, you allow pressing problems to supersede your chief duty to know God and enjoy Him forever.

Certainly God understands your desire to have your needs met (and He is more than willing to do so). However, He wants you to be supremely occupied with Him, to delight yourself in His personhood.

When the focus of your faith lies in the greatness and grandeur of God, you have little trouble believing He is faithfully and lovingly at work for your well-being.

Dear Lord, You are the focus of my faith. Keep me supremely occupied with You. Don’t let my problems and needs crowd out the centrality of who You are.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 253). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Denied Christ Thrice: Words of Comfort for When Your Loved Ones Leave the Faith — Pulpit & Pen

Let me offer words of encouragement for the loved ones of those who have denied Christ. There is hope. There is comfort. There can be peace.

WHAT IS APOSTASY?

Apostasy is the denying, or falling away, of believers. And it certainly seems to be getting more common.

The evangelical world is reeling in recent weeks over ‘Christian’ celebrities who have publicly denounced their faith. These include predictable apostasy from those who discerning believers wouldn’t assume were saved anyway, like Hillsong music leader, Marty Sampson (Contemporary Christian Music artists are notoriously unconverted, and Hillsong is a cult). But this rash of apostasies also include leaders who were once considered sound teachers, like Joshua Harris. In each case, believers have been saddened, even if they weren’t surprised.

But what about those who aren’t celebrities involved in high-profile theological train-wrecks, of which we can sit in the distance, detached and emotionally disconnected from the carnage? What about those who are our friends, our loved ones, our children, our parents, or even our church members or spouses who explicitly deny Christ once they have professed him?

WE HAVE MADE PEACE WITH SOFT-APOSTASY

In so-called Christian cultures, we are used to what one might call “soft apostasy.” We have gotten used to watching people slink away from the church, stop observing the Means of Grace, cease their Bible reading, forsake the Sabbath, and neglect the assembly.

Likewise, we are used to the soft-apostasy of behavioral sins. We all know professing Christians who cohabitate without marriage, as though it weren’t a shameful reproach. We all know professing Christians who engage in riotous living and regular debauchery. We all know professing Christians who live characteristically pagan lives.

For generations, we have made peace with soft-apostasy so long as the one who denies Christ by their lifestyle and consistent willful disobedience still occasionally attends church or can be goaded into offering prayer before family dinner. We have called soft-apostasy being ‘backslidden’ or more recently, ‘unchurched.’

Ultimately, these are also forms of apostasy, but it is one that we are comfortable with. So long as our loved ones ‘identify’ as Christians – no matter how insincerely – we so easily overlook the reality that they probably do not know Christ at all.

APOSTASY IS PROBABLY NOT WORSE IN 2019, IT IS ONLY MORE EXPLICIT

What has kept the soft-apostate over the last few generations still ‘identifying’ as Christian has been little more than societal or family pressure.

Simply put, there has traditionally been only a disadvantage to declaring oneself an atheist, agnostic, or unbeliever. Only a generation ago, it was culturally taboo not to have some religious affiliation. It was unheard of for someone in America not to consider themselves to “have a church,” no matter how infrequently they attended. People would identify as a Baptist, Presbyterian, or Lutheran, no matter whether they understood or appreciated the theology.

In fact, in 1960 almost 90% of American voters said they would not consider an atheist for President of the United States. Today, voters show almost complete indifference to the leading primary candidates being atheists or “non-practicing” Christians. It is no longer a public shame or scandal for someone to ‘come out of the closet’ as an unbeliever. There was a time, not long ago, when open atheism would have made someone a social pariah in their community, and it would even affect their gainful employment, their social standing, or the eligibility to marry many women.

These things have changed.

In fact, there are reward systems now in place for apostasy. Christianity – or religion of any kind – is no longer in vogue. Support systems are in place to celebrate the denunciation of faith, family members signal their ‘open-minded’ virtue by making apostasy a non-issue in the family dynamic, and often times open denunciation of theism is met with congratulations.

People probably aren’t leaving the Christian faith in higher numbers than they were a generation ago. They are only doing it more explicitly. The way that people ‘announce’ their apostasy (like Sampson and Harris) mirror exactly the way that homosexuals announce their sexual orientation. Their ‘coming out of the closet’ is done with bravado and publicity, and often it is done for applause. For celebrities, their apostasy is done in overly-dramatic Instagram posts and magazine interviews. For regular people, it’s done on Facebook or small-group settings or around the dinner table, much like a marriage announcement.

This is just the world we now live in.

WORDS OF COMFORT: APOSTASY IS NOT THE END

So many believers feel a sense of hopelessness when their family members denounce Christ. Indeed, it is tragic. But, the feeling of hopelessness is undeserved because there is, in fact, hope.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (1 Corinthians 13:7)

God can – and does – conquer apostasy.

Apostasy, or denying Christ, is not the unforgivable sin. God regularly brings people back from the brink. He’s done it before, he does it now, and he’ll continue to do it to show his saving power over stubborn souls.

It is true that if someone dies while apostate we are foolish to presume their salvation, for as Solomon wrote, “Where a tree falls, there it lies.” However, while that person yet lives, there is time for God to quicken them, forgive them, and bring them back to Him. In fact, God rejoices to do so, and it glorifies Him greatly.

What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? (Matthew 18:12)

Isn’t explicitly denying Christ a point-of-no-return?

No! Remember that Peter denied Christ thrice.

Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” (Matthew 26:34)

I’ll remind you that Peter was the first disciple to make a profession of faith in Jesus (1 Corinthians 13:7). He also denied Jesus three times in a single night before the rooster crowed in the morning.

However, ultimately, Peter returned to Jesus and Jesus freely forgave him. Jesus embraced him. Jesus took him back. Jesus restored him.

In 64 A.D. this one-time apostate went to his own cross, refusing to recant his belief in Christ. Crucified as was the Lord who bought him, Peter is a testimony to God’s power to save those who first professed him, but then denied him.

If you have a loved one who has said they don’t know Christ, remind yourself of Peter who said on the night of Christ’s betrayal, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.” He was ultimately crucified, in Jesus’ glorious name.

No matter your loved ones’ denunciation of Christ, they are not outside the reach of an Almighty God. The Lord is impassible and without emotions, and does not have his feelings hurt as though spurned by a lover or good friend. Jesus died for apostates. Jesus saves apostates. And Jesus brings them back home again.

Have hope, friends. God helps to the hopeless and achieves the impossible, and no one is beyond his saving grasp.

via Denied Christ Thrice: Words of Comfort for When Your Loved Ones Leave the Faith — Pulpit & Pen

How to Lose Your Freedom in Christ – Ruth Bryan — The Fight of Faith

Eternally freed from sin, as one with Jesus; what a liberty! What a freedom! It is so, and so forever—it cannot be undone. “Wonder, O heavens! be astonished, O earth.” I myself do wonder, with great admiration, at the glorious blast of the jubilee trumpet, which has just reached my ear, and touched my heart. It was the voice of my Beloved, which said, “You are absolutely beautiful, my darling, with no imperfection in you.” Free from sin, being dead with Christ to it, “In that He died, He died unto sin once” (Rom. 6:10), and we died to it in Him—free from sin, in being risen with Him, to live unto God forever.

Paul knew this freedom (Rom. 6:7). Rom. 8:1, 2: “There is therefore no condemnation [then there can be no sin, for where sin is, condemnation is] to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh—but after the Spirit.” John knew it (1 John 3:6): “Whoever abides in Him sins not;” and 4:17: “As He is, so are we in this world”—that is, must be perfect, and without sin; not in our nature-self—but in Christ, and in that which is born of God and sins not (3:9).

Why, then, do I so often feel myself a transgressor? Because I build again, by my legality, what I had destroyed by faith, namely, justification by my own doings; and thus make myself a transgressor (Gal. 2:18). This is not walking after the Spirit—but after the flesh, and it tends to bondage. The Spirit points to Christ–the flesh leans to self. In Christ we have perfection, without spot, in which we can lift up our head with joy; in self we have spots and no perfection, which must needs make us ashamed!

-Ruth Bryan (1805-1860)

via How to Lose Your Freedom in Christ – Ruth Bryan — The Fight of Faith

August 30 God Is Your Strength

Scripture reading: Mark 1:32–35

Key verse: 2 Corinthians 11:3

I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Have you ever wondered why Peter was so quick to write a warning about Satan’s tactics? He was so committed to telling us the straightforward truth because he knew what it felt like to face Satan’s harshest trials.

Peter was the one who was tempted to deny Christ. He also was the one who allowed fear to enter his heart during a storm out on the Sea of Galilee. Both times, Peter underestimated the level of his faith and bypassed the fact that Satan was a powerful foe.

Peter’s word to the early church was to count Satan as their deceiving adversary, one who would stop at nothing to disrupt and, if possible, destroy their faith in Christ. Peter used the word resist to describe the posture we are to assume when facing the enemy. This is a powerful position to take. We resist Satan’s attacks by our belief in Christ.

Never enter into a talking or shouting match with the enemy. He will use that method to draw you away from your central focus—a focus that must be set firmly on Jesus Christ and His strength and ability.

You can do nothing in the spiritual realm apart from God. Therefore, when you battle the evil one, stay on your knees in prayer. Ask God to open your eyes to His faithfulness. Be encouraged. God is your victorious strength!

God, open my eyes to Your faithfulness. Help me recognize that You are my strength in the face of every temptation.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 253). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Weekly Watchman for 08/30/2019

Friendship Over Truth?
Aug 29, 2019 06:29 am | Stand Up For The Truth | Comments

There’s an old saying, “politics makes strange bedfellows,” but these days professing Christianity, government, and worldliness also seem to be aligning more often, developing very strange partnerships.  We’ve seen so-called “Celebrity pastors” often embrace Hollywood stars or elite sports celebrities who claim to be Christians, but they often do so without a modicum of discernment or wisdom, causing more confusion in a a church that is confused enough already.

In our final segment today we look at a resolution passed by the Democratic Party that applauds “non-religious Americans” while disdaining Christian churchgoers. Our guest today is Don Veinot of Midwest Christian Outreach. He joins Mike and David to discuss how friendship seems to be more important than truth to a growing number of Christian leaders, and how heresy is on the rise in the church itself.

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The Battle for Our Hearts and Minds

Jesus taught that the greatest commandment was that we love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind and soul.  In today’s busy, fast-paced world there are many things bombarding us, fighting for our hearts and minds; distractions that take us away from glorifying and enjoying God.  What are some of these distractions? Money, social media, politics, leisure, and entertainment just to name a few.  And every one of these can demand our attention, passion, or loyalty.  Some will go to great lengths to assure that they become the “masters” of our lives.

John Loeffler of Steel on Steel radio joins Mike and David to look at the power behind the institutions that vie for our attention and loyalty these days.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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How Christian Students Handle Argumentative Atheist Teachers

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SHAPIRO: The New Generation Is Young, Woke And Ignorant Of History | Daily Wire

On Thursday’s episode of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” Shapiro dismantles Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s claim that the new generation is more knowledgeable of American history than previous generations. Video and partial transcript below:

Source: SHAPIRO: The New Generation Is Young, Woke And Ignorant Of History

Rep. Pete King Rips Comey’s ‘Abuse of Power’ After IG Report | Newsmax

Rep. Pete King said Friday that an inspector general ruling that former FBI director James Comey violated FBI policies with how he handled memos documenting his private conversations with President Donald Trump showed one of the most “disgraceful examples of abuse of power” he has seen.

“I have known Jim Comey for a number of years,” the New York Republican told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”

“I was on the intelligence committee during the Russian investigation, the Homeland Security Committee, but I actually fell for his act for some time.”

After reading the report, King said, he realized that Comey’s actions weren’t “occasional lapses. This is a systematic effort to go after candidate Trump.”

The resulting investigation, after Comey leaked the memos and spurred a special counsel investigation, was an attempted “coup,” said King, and “to have the most powerful law enforcement organization in the country be used by the director to bring this about is absolutely shameful.”

He also accused Comey of trying to “entrap” Trump, after the report found that Comey had sprung some of the salacious details from the eventually discredited dossier by British spy Christopher Steele on him and then transmitted the president’s reaction to the nation’s law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

“He went out of his way to say he was only doing this for President Trump’s own good, but of course, the FBI was not investigating the president,” said King. “It’s obvious now they were trying to set the president up and trying to trap him … the FBI director trying to entrap the president of the United States based on a salacious document provided by Russian intelligence [and] paid for by the opposing campaign’s committee.”

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Source: Rep. Pete King Rips Comey’s ‘Abuse of Power’ After IG Report

US Fed ‘unable to delay’ recession any longer – investor Peter Schiff | RT – Daily news

There is no question the US economy is heading toward recession, according to Peter Schiff, chief global strategist at Euro Pacific Capital. He says it was a “huge mistake” for the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates last month.

“They never should have taken rates to zero in 2008 and held them there for 7 years,” the veteran broker told RT. “Zero interest rates and quantitative easing have created problems in our economy that will take generations to fix. However, the healing will never get underway if the Fed goes right back to zero (which is where they are headed).”

According to Schiff, it’s impossible to build a viable economy on the back of artificially low interest rates. “All it accomplishes it to push up asset prices, creating bubbles and malinvestments that hurt the economy. Relying on low interest rates for growth makes it certain that recessions will ensue when monetary policy tightens.”

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A sustainable economy can only grow on the foundation of market-set interest rates, says Schiff, who predicted the 2008 financial crash. According to him, “the Fed is not causing the recession; they are just unable to delay it any longer.”

READ MORE: Trump says Fed ‘biggest problem’ for US economy, calls Powell ‘golfer who can’t putt’

For years, the expansion has been fueled by artificially low interest rates, but “the party is finally coming to an end.” Runaway government debt and the Trump tariffs provided the final push to tip us back toward an inevitable recession, Schiff said.

Source: US Fed ‘unable to delay’ recession any longer – investor Peter Schiff

The Democratic Party is Becoming ‘The Godless Party,’ Says Robert Jeffress — Pulpit & Pen

Robert Jeffress, of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, recently claimed on Fox News that the Democratic Party is quickly becoming ‘the Godless Party,” citing a story we wrote about at Pulpit & Pen.

You can watch the video below.

via The Democratic Party is Becoming ‘The Godless Party,’ Says Robert Jeffress — Pulpit & Pen

Trump: Comey’s Attempted ‘Coup’ Concerns Ex-CIA Officer | Newsmax

President Donald Trump Friday, while speaking out on Twitter about the Inspector General’s report on James Comey’s actions, tweeted a compilation of comments from a Democratic former CIA officer who said on Fox News that Comey tried to “kneecap our duly elected president.”

Trump pointed out the former officer, Bryan Dean Wright, had commented on “Fox and Friends” that “‘in 2016 we had a coup. We have to take Comey and others to task. Makes no sense not to prosecute him. Comey got a book deal. I fear for my Country. He tried to kneecap our duly elected president, and there are no consequences.”

Wright said Friday that he’s angry because Comey leaked information to force the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Trump not because the facts depended on it but because “he and his own partisan drive desired it.”

That action wasn’t just “horrifying” for Trump or anyone else who could have been elected in 2016, but for himself as an agency officer.

“We have 35,000 employees in the FBI, and 10,000 CIA officers who have access to some of the most profound powers in this country,” said Wright. “What example does it set for them in 2020 or 2024 to use that information to kneecap however and whoever they want?

He also warned that unless Comey and others, like former CIA Director John Brennan, are taken to task, the same actions could be taken again.

“In 2020, if we have Elizabeth Warren or whoever, on the Democratic side who happens to win, do you think there aren’t going to be conservative or Republican spies out for revenge themselves?” said Wright.

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Source: Trump: Comey’s Attempted ‘Coup’ Concerns Ex-CIA Officer

Conservatives on Comey, IG Report: ‘This Man Needed to be in Prison Stripes’ | CNS News

Former FBI Director James

Comey. (Getty Images)

In reaction to the Justice Department’s Inspector General report on former FBI Director James Comey’s mishandling of sensitive documents, several conservative leaders said the report definitively confirmed that Comey leaked FBI files to the media for partisan reasons and that Comey’s actions were “part of a wider effort within the Obama Justice Department to undermine President Trump.”

They also stressed that the pending IG report on the FBI’s alleged mishandling of warrants to spy on Americans will be “more damning” than the Comey report.

L-R, Former CIA Director John Brennan, former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence

James Clapper, former CIA Director Michael Hayden, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, and

former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice. (DSK/AFP/Getty Images)

“The IG report confirms Mr. Comey improperly kept FBI files on President Trump at his home and that he illicitly leaked these FBI files to the New York Times in order to advance his personal agenda of getting a Special Counsel appointed to target the president,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.  “Comey also misled both the FBI and Congress about his handling of these documents.”

“On top of all of that, in violation of law, he kept and disclosed classified information,” said Fitton.  “It is beyond belief the Justice Department refused to prosecute Comey for his series of crimes, to include a seditious conspiracy targeting President Trump. It is going to be up to, frankly, Judicial Watch to try to obtain full justice and full accountability for this terrible misconduct that goes to the heart of our justice system.”

“You know what’s scary? This dude was an assistant United States attorney, a United States attorney, the deputy attorney general of the United States, and the director of the FBI,” said conservative talk radio host Mark Levin, who served in the Justice Department in the Reagan years.

“He shouldn’t have been anywhere close to a 30-year career in law enforcement,” said Levin on his Aug. 29 radio program.  “He’s unethical.”

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

(YouTube)

Levin continued, “I must say, I am a huge fan of Bill Barr’s and the Department of Justice under Bill Barr, but I strongly disagree with the decision not to charge him. Stealing government property — it’s no different than stealing the wheels off a government vehicle. Although this inspector general report is a scarlet letter, this man needed to be in prison stripes.”

“The idea they can go after Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn the way they did, and others, is incredible to me,” said Levin, an attorney and best selling author.

Conservative talk radio host Mark Levin. (Getty Images)

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, said, “Today’s report is a disappointing reminder that the former FBI Director put partisanship and personal ambition over patriotism and his legal obligations to the American people. By leaking his confidential communications with the president in an attempt to save face in the wake of his firing, Mr. Comey believed he was above the rules of the DOJ.”

“His actions were disgraceful and part of a wider effort within the Obama Justice Department to undermine President Trump,” said Rep. Jordan.  “I am grateful that the Inspector General brought these issues to light and look forward to his and Mr. Durham’s findings related to abuses of the FISA [warrant] process.”

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)   (Getty Images)

“Obviously, today was a bad day for James Comey,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative legislators, on Thursday’s Hannity program.

“Here we are today, with not only the director of the FBI willfully and deliberately breaking protocol, we now understand why Peter Strzok and Andrew McCabe thought what they were doing was OK,” said Meadows.  “The John Durham report coming out [on Russia-gate] will be more damning than this — and this was not a good day for the former FBI director.”

On Twitter, Rep. Meadows further said, “What’s most striking about this IG report on James Comey: his actions weren’t the result of carelessness or an oversight of rules. This was deliberate and intentional. He broke FBI protocol, knowing what he was doing. And it seems he did so for the purpose of targeting Trump.”

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.)  (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Rep. Meadows also tweeted, “Regarding the IG report, what’s perhaps most rich: James Comey constantly described himself as acting in favor of a thorough process and transparency—even as he routinely hid information from President Trump about the dossier’s shoddy credibility and Clinton paid-for origins.”

Attorney and former special prosecutor Joe diGenova said he agreed with Attorney General William Barr’s decision not to prosecute Comey but he did not let Comey off the hook.

“What Comey did — release private memos made in the course of his employment as FBI director to politically damage the president of the United States, who had just fired him for unrelated misconduct — was absolutely outrageous, and totally unbecoming of the leader of this country’s premier criminal investigatory agency,” said diGenova in a column for FoxNews.com.

“It speaks volumes about Comey’s corrupt character and further illustrates why both President Trump and then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded that Comey was no longer fit to serve in that role,” said diGenova.

He continued, “The release of a pending report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz is, by all accounts, imminent. The product of more than 16 months of investigation, that report will cover far more devious schemes than Comey’s leaking — Horowitz is finally going to reveal the truth about the dishonest handling of FISA spy-warrant applications against Trump associates.”

“The investigation of the investigators is only just now coming into focus,” he said.  “We already know there was wrongdoing throughout the Obama DOJ, and that it continued among the holdovers from that era after the 2016 election — and we know that it fueled the most pernicious conspiracy theory in modern American history. Some of that wrongdoing may well be prosecutable.”

On The Laura Ingraham Podcast, diGenova said, “Comey can pretend that he’s been exonerated, but everyone who cares about the FBI will call him what he is: a dirty cop and a liar.”

Source: Conservatives on Comey, IG Report: ‘This Man Needed to be in Prison Stripes’

Here’s What People Who Used To Be Transgender Are Telling The Supreme Court | The Federalist

In an unusual amicus brief, a group of people who used to be transgender say that not only should gender identity not be a protected class, but that it’s an imaginary construct of traumatized minds.

Source: Here’s What People Who Used To Be Transgender Are Telling The Supreme Court

Judicial Watch Vows to Hold Comey Accountable After DOJ Declines Prosecution | Townhall

While the Department of Justice has declined to prosecute fired FBI Director James Comey after a criminal referral from the Inspector General, government watchdog Judicial Watch is vowing to hold him accountable.

“The IG report confirms Mr. Comey improperly kept FBI files on President Trump at his home and that he illicitly leaked these FBI files to the New York Times in order to advance his personal agenda of getting a Special Counsel appointed to target the president. Comey also misled both the FBI and Congress about his handling of these documents,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton released in a statement. “On top of all of that, in violation of law, he kept and disclosed classified information. It is beyond belief the Justice Department refused to prosecute Comey for his series of crimes, to include a seditious conspiracy targeting President Trump. It is going to be up to, frankly, Judicial Watch to try to obtain full justice and full accountability for this terrible misconduct that goes to the heart of our justice system.”

Fitton further discussed Comey’s lack of prosecution on WMAL in Washington D.C.

Over the past two years, Judicial Watch has played a key role in exposing FBI corruption and the attempted coup against President Trump. They’ve issued a number of lawsuits that have produced documentation showing details about the “insurance policy” fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe worked on with FBI Intelligence Agent Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page. Further they’ve found a number of FBI employees have been referred for criminal prosecution after improperly leaking confidential FBI documents and information.

Source: Judicial Watch Vows to Hold Comey Accountable After DOJ Declines Prosecution

Nancy Leigh DeMoss Endorses Jackie Hill Perry’s Affirmation of Word of Faith Heresy — Reformation Charlotte

Yesterday, Reformation Charlotte reported that Jackie Hill Perry, the woke, feminist Gospel Coalition contributor had endorsed Bethel Church and minimized reduced their egregious heresy of Word of Faith to a minor “error.” Hill Perry has been at the forefront of the social justice movement promoted by The Gospel Coalition (TGC), the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), and other progressive Christian outlets.

After announcing that she isn’t “tribalistic” when it comes to yoking up, Hill Perry endorsed Jenn Johnson, daughter-in-law of Bethel’s Bill Johnson and stated “when it comes to the [Word of Faith] movement and the Charismatic Movement, they, to me, move more in the realm of teaching that is uninformed and misinformed and needs correction.”

Word of Faith theology, however, has been denounced by every sane, Bible-believing Christian organization in history — and even by the progressive outfits that she aligns herself with such as TGC and the ERLC.

Read more: Nancy Leigh DeMoss Endorses Jackie Hill Perry’s Affirmation of Word of Faith Heresy — Reformation Charlotte

An Indicator With A 100% Perfect Track Record Of Predicting Recessions Says… | The Economic Collapse

You can believe that we will somehow beat the odds this time if you want, but history is completely against you.  One of the biggest reasons why there is so much anxiety on Wall Street right now is because of how the yield curve is behaving.  We have seen yield curve inversions before each of the last seven U.S. recessions, and now it has happened again.  Perhaps this helps to explain why insiders are dumping stocks right now as if there will be no tomorrow.  If you were looking for a giant waving red flag to tell you that it is time to run for the exits, it doesn’t get much better than this.  This week, we watched the yield curve do something that it hasn’t done in 12 years

The spread between the 10-year Treasury yield and the 2-year rate fell to negative 5 basis points, its lowest level since 2007. This is called a yield curve inversion. Experts fear it because in the past it has preceded recessionary periods. The 3-month Treasury bill rate also traded higher than the 30-year bond yield.

“The primary thing is yields are going down and going down with some acceleration,” said Art Cashin, the director of floor operations at UBS.

In addition, the spread between 3 month Treasury bonds and 10 year Treasury bonds just hit negative 50 basis points.  We haven’t seen that happen since March 2007.

And as David Rosenberg has noted, when the spread between 3 month Treasury bonds and 10 year Treasury bonds goes negative for at least three months, we have a recession 100% of the time…

We now have had three months of a 3-mo/10-yr yield curve inversion. The track record this has had in predicting recessions: 100%.

Yes, it is theoretically possible that this indicator could be proven wrong this time.

But do you really want to bet against an indicator with a track record of 100% accuracy?

Plus, we have a trade war with China to deal with this time around.  Hopeful comments from President Trump briefly bolstered the markets on Monday, but over in China prominent voices continue to pour cold water on the notion that a deal will happen any time soon.  Here is an example from Tuesday

Sentiment was also dampened after Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times in China, tweeted that China is “putting so much emphasis on trade talks,” adding that “it’s more and more difficult for the US to press China to make concessions” as China’s economy becomes increasingly driven by its domestic growth. China announced measures aimed at boosting consumption, including potentially removing car-buying restrictions.

Unless one side chooses to fold like a 20 dollar suit, there isn’t going to be a resolution to this trade war any time in the near future, and that is going to mean a tremendous amount of pain for the U.S., China and the entire global economy.

Another indication that things are about to get bad is the fact that investors are starting to flock to precious metals.

Gold and silver are considered to be “safe haven assets” during a financial crisis, and right now gold and silver are both surging

Gold prices are moderately higher in early U.S. trading, while the silver market is again sharply higher and hit another two-year high overnight. Bullish technical postures in both metals continue to invite the chart-based buyers to climb on board the long side. A weaker U.S. dollar index is also supportive to the precious metals markets today. December gold futures were last up $4.60 an ounce at 1,541.90. December Comex silver prices were last up $0.295 at $18.075 an ounce.

But for most hard working Americans, it is going to be far more important to build up an emergency fund as we head deeper into this new crisis, and this is something that I have written about repeatedly.  The reason why so many Americans lost their homes during the last recession was because they were living right on the edge financially.  It is imperative that you have a financial cushion so that you can pay your basic expenses when things start getting really hard.

Unfortunately, it is often young people that get the hardest during an economic downturn, and this is something that Annie Lowrey discussed in her most recent article

Recessions are never good for anyone. A sputtering economy means miserable financial, emotional, and physical-health consequences for everyone from infants to retirees. But the next one—if it happens, when it starts happening — stands to hit this much-maligned generation particularly hard. For adults between the ages of 22 and 38, after all, the last recession never really ended.

Millennials got bodied in the downturn, have struggled in the recovery, and are now left more vulnerable than other, older age cohorts. As they pitch toward middle age, they are failing to make it to the middle class, and are likely to be the first generation in modern economic history to end up worse off than their parents. The next downturn might make sure of it, stalling their careers and sucking away their wages right as the millennials enter their prime earning years.

I understand that a lot of people may not want to hear this, but every economic indicator is telling us that a U.S. recession is coming, and many experts believe that it will be far worse than the last one.

If you prepare in advance for what is coming, that is going to help to take fear out of the equation.  Because when things get really crazy, it is those that don’t understand what is happening that are going to give in to fear, depression and despair.

We have not seen an economic environment like this in a decade, and there is no reason to believe that a miracle is going to come along and rescue us from the storm that is now looming above us.

The months ahead promise to be quite “interesting”, and not in a good way.

Source: An Indicator With A 100% Perfect Track Record Of Predicting Recessions Says…

Neil Cavuto strikes one for freedom | Washington Times

Neil Cavuto, Fox News host, sent a scathing message President Donald Trump’s way on national television, telling the White House chief that his cable company didn’t work for him — didn’t work for anybody in the administration, in fact.

It was a bold stand for the free press. For freedom for all, in fact.

And it came in response to Trump’s tweeted criticisms that Fox “isn’t working for us anymore” and suggesting his fans and supporters may “have to start looking for a new News Outlet.”

And Trump’s criticisms? Well, those came in response to coverage by Fox of political issues by those who lean left, maybe even far left; those like Juan Williams, Shepard Smith and Donna Brazile.

On that last, Trump in a tweet called Fox “HOPELESS & CLUELESS” for her hiring.



Fox peeps are getting perturbed.

“First of all, Mr. President, we don’t work for you,” Cavuto said, The Hill reported. “I don’t work for you. My job is to cover you, not fawn over you or rip you. Just report on you.”

Cavuto then listed areas of coverage he said Trump didn’t like, and statements or views Trump made that he later flipped.

And he said: “Fake [news] is when it’s wrong Mr. President, not when it’s unpleasant.”

Trump’s relationship with the media has been rocky from his pre-White House days, when pundits and anchors alike — even on Fox — called out his campaign as a circus act, characterized him as a circus show.

“You’re right to say the media isn’t fair to you,” Cavuto said. “That they’re more inclined to report the bad than anything good about you. So it is no surprise that you’re frustrated that more aren’t in line with you. … [But] hard as it is to fathom, Mr. President, just because you’re the leader of the free world, doesn’t entitle you to a free pass, just a free press.”

Good points.

Quite right.

As Thomas Jefferson opined: “The people are the only censors of their governors.” And the way they censor is through a free and vibrant press.

As Jefferson also said: “The only security of all is in a free press.”

Exactly.

Trump is great; Trump is probably the best president this country’s seen since Ronald Reagan — and probably the best president this country will see for years to come. The economy is rocking, the world’s governments are respectful of American once again, U.S.-Israeli relations are warmed — and most importantly, the nation, minus the leftists, is feeling a sense of optimism and hope that had gone lacking for eight long years under the previous administration.

Trump, in a word, is great.

But you know what’s greater?

Freedom. Freedom in all of its glorious, inspiring, messy and uncomfortable forms.

Source: Neil Cavuto strikes one for freedom

Facts, Logic Banned From Next Democratic Debate For Being Tools Of The Alt-Right — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—Now that the ten candidates have been finalized for the next Democratic presidential debate, the ground rules for the debate are being decided. One early rule is to ban all use of facts and logic from the debate, as they’ve increasingly been a tool of far-right extremists and have fallen out of favor with the Democrats’ progressive base.

“This feels like a good decision,” said Elizabeth Warren, who, in the spirit of the new rules, does not plan to think about it very hard. Warren has often called Trump’s labeling her “Pocahontas” racist, a charge that only really works if you don’t use facts and logic to analyze it much.

While facts and logic have not been a favored tool of President Trump, they have been frequently used by violent right-wing extremists like Ben Shapiro and are seen by most of the left as outright hostile acts. Some candidates, like Bernie Sanders, have long railed against logic — especially math, a subset of logic — as it is mainly used to poke holes in their large-scale government plans. “We’re trying to help people, which just seems so right,” Sanders explained at a rally, “and you want to scare people with your logic of why it won’t work? That’s violence.” The attendees at the rally nodded at this logic-free assertion.

With this new rule and the narrower field, viewers can expect a spirited, emotional debate. One topic the candidates are expected to cover is the minimum wage, with the candidates throwing out numbers of what it should be until one just feels right.

via Facts, Logic Banned From Next Democratic Debate For Being Tools Of The Alt-Right — The Babylon Bee

The Curse of Liberalism — Christian Research Network

“The issue before us is clear: we face the deadly flowering of the curse of liberalism in the PCA. If the denomination continues on this trajectory within a few decades we will not be recognizable as a Reformed and Evangelical expression of Christ’s church. This is no time for timidity but, rather, for Luther-like boldness. We are battling for the very soul of our denomination.  We must call upon our denomination to manifest the marks of the church in her courts.”

(David B. McWilliams – The Aquila Report)  In 1988, stalwart Baptist leader W. A. Criswell addressed the Southern Baptist Convention on the theme: “The Curse of Liberalism.” The curse of liberalism is also what the Presbyterian Church in America now faces….

Presently, the virgin birth and bodily resurrection of Jesus are not denied. Nonetheless, the two fundamental characteristics of liberalism are apparent in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). What are the two characteristics that define liberal epistemology? First, the subjective becomes authoritative over the Bible. Second, culture drives the church’s agenda.

When TE Greg Johnson spoke at the PCA 2019 General Assembly to rousing applause, both of those liberal, epistemological commitments manifested themselves. The cultural agenda was apparent.  And, despite the fact that the Bible is clear about homosexuality, Johnson’s emotional autobiographical tale placed his subjective experience over biblical authority.  View article →

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via The Curse of Liberalism — Christian Research Network

Trump Says Comey ‘Got Lucky’ When Attorney General Decided Not To Prosecute Former FBI Director — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump has a way of cutting through the noise and getting to the point.

“The fact that James Comey was not prosecuted for the absolutely horrible things he did just shows how fair and reasonable Attorney General Bill Barr is. So many people and experts that I have watched and read would have taken an entirely different course. Comey got Lucky!” Trump wrote Friday on Twitter.

The report released Thursday by the Department of Justice’s attorney general showed that Comey violated FBI policies at least 25 times by writing, keeping and leaking memos he wrote when he was FBI director of his conversations with Trump, both before and after he took office. Despite the numerous violations, the DOJ decided not bring criminal charges.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz said Comey’s memos were “official FBI records” and thus government property. By leaking them to reporters, he said Comey set a “dangerous example.”

“By not safeguarding information obtained during the course of his FBI employment, and by using it to create public pressure for official action, Comey set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees—and the many thousands more former FBI employees—who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information,” the report said.

Trump on Friday also bashed Comey for creating the Russia collusion probe, which — after two years of investigation — produced nothing.

“The disastrous IG Report on James Comey shows, in the strongest of terms, how unfairly I, and tens of millions of great people who support me, were treated. Our rights and liberties were illegally stripped away by this dishonest fool. We should be given our stolen time back?” Trump wrote on Twitter.

And the story isn’t over. Horowitz has acknowledged that his office is investigating potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by the FBI leading up to the Russia collusion probe. And Attorney General William Barr has assigned U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham to investigate improper government surveillance on the Trump campaign in 2016.

Trump also ripped Comey shortly after the damning report was released.

“Perhaps never in the history of our Country has someone been more thoroughly disgraced and excoriated than James Comey in the just released Inspector General’s Report. He should be ashamed of himself!” Trump said in a tweet.

via Trump Says Comey ‘Got Lucky’ When Attorney General Decided Not To Prosecute Former FBI Director — The Gateway Pundit