Daily Archives: September 9, 2019

September 9 Blessed Assurance

Scripture Reading: Acts 16:25–34

Key Verse: Acts 16:31

So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

In terms of salvation, all of us fall into one of four categories:

  • We are saved and we know it.
  • We think we are saved, but we’re not.
  • We don’t claim to be saved.
  • We are not saved but would like to be.

In which category do you find yourself?

Salvation is God’s deliverance of the believer, through Jesus Christ, from all the effects of sin. It is God’s work in the human heart, and it is accompanied by all the benefits He bestows on us now and forever.

We need to know beyond a shadow of a doubt where we are going to spend eternity. That certainty is available to every one of us. Do you have that kind of assurance? If you are not confident that you have eternal salvation, I urge you to settle this most important decision of your life right now.

First, realize that God desires to save everyone (1 Timothy 2:4). Not only does He want to save everyone, but He also provided the way to salvation through His Son (John 3:16). He has told us we must believe in Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31), and we must confess Him before men (Romans 10:10).

Our heavenly Father is faithful to keep His promises. If you trust in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, He will save you from your sin and welcome you into His family without regard to merit or worth on your part (John 1:12). Eternal life will be yours. He offers this gift freely to all who believe in His Son. Will you receive it?

Lord, I accept the gift of eternal life. I receive salvation through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank You for the assurance of my salvation.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 264). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 9 Unlimited Vision

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 6:1–8

Key Verse: Jeremiah 29:11

I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Illness destroyed Helen Keller’s sight and hearing when she was not yet two years old, leaving her cut off from the world,” writes William Bennett in The Book of Virtues.

For nearly five years she grew up, as she later described it, wild and unruly …

Anne Sullivan’s arrival at the Kellers’ Alabama home from the Perkins Institution for the Blind in Boston changed Helen’s life … Through the sense of touch she was able to make contact with the young girl’s mind, and within three years she had taught Helen to read and write Braille. By sixteen, Helen could speak well enough to go to preparatory school and college. She graduated cum laude from Radcliffe in 1904, and devoted the rest of her life to helping the blind and deaf-blind, as her teacher had done.

In recalling the first day she spent with Anne Sullivan, Helen wrote, “It would have been difficult to find a happier child than I was as I lay in my crib at the close of that eventful day and lived over the joys it brought me, and for the first time longed for a new day to come.”

Anne Sullivan had a vision without boundaries, and she shared it with American author and speaker Helen Keller.

Are your goals limited by fear or doubt? God has a plan for your life that is broad and full of hope. Even now He waits to reveal it to you.

Almighty God, I repent of the fear and doubt that limit my vision. Your plan for me is greater than I can imagine. Even now, You wait to reveal it to me. Lord, I am ready to receive it.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 264). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 9 Unconditional Forgiveness

Scripture reading: Matthew 6:1–15

Key verse: Matthew 6:14

If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

In The Weight of Glory, C. S. Lewis writes,

To forgive the incessant provocations of daily life—to keep on forgiving the bossy mother-in-law, the bullying husband, the nagging wife, the selfish daughter, the deceitful son—how can we do it?

Only, I think, by remembering where we stand, by meaning our words when we say in our prayers each night “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us.” We are offered forgiveness on no other terms. To refuse it is to refuse God’s mercy for ourselves. There is no hint of exceptions and God means what He says.

Failing to forgive someone who offends you doesn’t mean that you lose your own salvation, but your refusal to forgive discolors your experience of His grace. By not weeding out the roots of bitterness as they spring up, you will soon be controlled by the full-blown fruits of unforgiveness.

Have you ever seen a kudzu vine? One little tendril that takes root grows at an astonishing pace. If left to grow unchecked, the vines engulf trees and choke them off from the sunlight. Efforts to clean up the vines must be absolutely thorough because the tiniest piece of root left in the ground will start the process all over again.

Don’t let the smallest grudge or insult have room to grow. Take it to the Lord immediately.

Father, I don’t want to give any grudge or insult space to grow in my life. Teach me how to forgive others unconditionally.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 264). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

North Korean Man Shares Story of Pastor Killed Because of the Gospel — ChurchLeaders

voice of the martyrs

A new video from Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) dramatizes the true story of a North Korean man named Sang-chul whose life was changed when he met a pastor in China. This pastor ultimately sacrificed his life to bring the gospel to people living in what is arguably the most oppressive country in the world.

via North Korean Man Shares Story of Pastor Killed Because of the Gospel — ChurchLeaders

Jim Jordan: Americans want to know who’s ‘going to jail’ | WND

Americans want to know “when someone’s going to jail” over the Democrats’ Trump-Russia and Hillary Clinton email scandals, says a key Republican member of the U.S. House.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who previously charged that majority House Democrats are abusing their power to attack President Trump, appeared on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” Monday.

He asserted Democrats are obsessed with taking out the president and says they should shift their focus to two scandals that have been at the center of American politics in recent years.

“When you’re solely focused on going after the president you can’t do what’s best for the country. And that’s been the problem with the Democrats,” he said.

Fired FBI director James Comey and two-time failed presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton need to be investigated, he said.

“Jim Comey … is the guy solely responsible for putting the country through three years of this saga that we have now lived through,” Jordan explained.

The congressman said the Democrats unsuccessful broadsides against the president have included hearings with former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and historic Watergate personality John Dean, and a two-year investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

“The Michael Cohen hearing didn’t work out the way they wanted. The John Dean hearing didn’t work out the way they wanted and of course, the Bob Mueller hearing and that investigation didn’t work out the way they wanted,” Jordan told “Fox & Friends.”

“But that doesn’t stop them. They’re going to continue to push this ridiculous impeachment narrative,” he added. “When they’re focused on this warrantless impeachment inquiry, you’re not getting done the things we need to be doing, like fixing the border situation — dealing with … the intellectual property theft of China. Things we’re supposed to deal with on the Judiciary Committee.”

The Justice Department’s inspector general in August found Comey violated FBI policy by leaking sensitive government information. And he was criticized by both Democrats and Republicans for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email case.

Earlier this year, Jordan charged top Democrats in the House were “obsessed” with the president.

In a letter, he accused Democratic House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings of executing a secret Memorandum of Understanding with other House Democratic chairmen to target President Trump.

Jordan, the ranking member on the Oversight Committee, said Cummings kept Republicans in the dark as he coordinated the MOU with House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.

“You did not consult with Republican Members of the Committee or allow Members to consider and debate the terms of your MOU before executing the MOU with Chairwoman Waters,” Jordan wrote.

Jordan also accused Cummings of a “grave abuse” of congressional authority, calling on the Democrat to use it “responsibly.”

He said Americans can see that the Democrats’ actions are “clouded by their obsession with attacking the president and the first family.”

Source: Jim Jordan: Americans want to know who’s ‘going to jail’

Michael Flynn Tells House Intel Democrats To Pound Sand Over Testimony And Documents | ZeroHedge News

Michael Flynn Tells House Intel Democrats To Pound Sand Over Testimony And Documents

Former National Security adviser Michael Flynn is refusing to cooperate with the Democrat-controlled House Intelligence Committee’s demand for testimony and documents, according to Politico, citing a Monday letter by Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA).

Moreover, Flynn’s new legal counsel, Sidney Powell, has been giving House Democrats the business.

“Notwithstanding repeated efforts by committee staff to engage with your counsel and accommodate your adjournment requests, you have, to date, failed to comply with the committee’s subpoena or cooperate with the committee’s efforts to secure your compliance,” Schiff wrote to Flynn – demanding an appearance for testimony on September 25.

Of Powell, Schiff wrote that she “exhibit[ed] a troubling degree of unprofessionalism” during communications with committee staffers, which were outlined in the letter.

According to Schiff, Powell “refused to accept service” of the subpoena issued by the panel in June. Schiff indicated that Powell repeatedly sought deadline extensions for Flynn’s cooperation before ultimately ignoring phone calls attempting to arrange Flynn’s testimony for late July, just ahead of Congress’ six-week summer recess.

Schiff also said Powell told the committee that Flynn would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights and would not answer any questions other than confirming his name. –Politico

“The Fifth Amendment privilege must be invoked in response to specific questions or topics that might tend to incriminate you if answered truthfully,” wrote Schiff. “Your counsel’s blanket invocation of the Fifth Amendment … is, therefore, inadequate.”

Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to laying about his interactions with Russia’s ambassador prior to Trump taking office – denying a discussion of sanctions imposed by the Obama administration in retaliation for alleged election meddling in 2016.

Interestingly, Powell urged Flynn to withdraw his guilty plea – writing in a Daily Caller Op-Ed; “Extraordinary manipulation by powerful people led to the creation of Robert Mueller’s continuing investigation and prosecution of General Michael Flynn,” adding “Notably, the recent postponement of General Flynn’s sentencing provides an opportunity for more evidence to be revealed that will provide massive ammunition for a motion to withdraw Flynn’s guilty plea and dismiss the charges against him.”

Powell also claimed that Flynn’s Constitutional rights were violated by his former legal team, arguing in March 2018: “[General] Flynn should be fully exonerated,” adding “All charges against him should be dismissed for [egregious government misconduct] that infected the setup and prosecution of him from the beginning.”

“There are also serious 4th Amendment violations,” said Powell. “Did his legal team pursue a vigorous defense?”

As Politico notes, Powell has also been “intensely critical of Schiff and Mueller,” while filing a brief last week with the court that spelled out a “litany of allegations of prosecutorial misconduct — much of which aligned with Trump’s unsupported allegations against Mueller and his team — and suggested that the government had withheld evidence from Flynn.”

Prosecutors are aiming to sentence Flynn this fall.

Source: Michael Flynn Tells House Intel Democrats To Pound Sand Over Testimony And Documents

How Deep Is The Rot In America’s Institutions? | ZeroHedge News

How Deep Is The Rot In America’s Institutions?

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

Either we root out every last source of rot by investigating, indicting and jailing every wrong-doer and everyone who conspired to protect the guilty in the Epstein case, or America will have sealed its final fall.

When you discover rot in an apparently sound structure, the first question is: how far has the rot penetrated? If the rot has reached the foundation and turned it to mush, the structure is one wind-storm from collapse.

How deep has the rot of corruption, fraud, abuse of power, betrayal of the public trust, blatant criminality and insiders protecting the guilty penetrated America’s key public and private institutions? It’s difficult to tell, as the law-enforcement and security agencies are themselves hopelessly compromised.

If you doubt this, then please explain how 1) the NSA, CIA and FBI didn’t know what Jeffrey Epstein was up to, and with whom; 2) Epstein was free to pursue his sexual exploitation of minors for years prior to his wrist-slap conviction and for years afterward; 3) Epstein, the highest profile and most at-risk prisoner in the nation, was left alone and the security cameras recording his cell and surroundings were “broken.”

If this all strikes you as evidence that America’s security and law-enforcement institutions are functioning at a level that’s above reproach, then 1) you’re a well-paid shill who’s protecting the guilty lest your own misdeeds come to light or 2) your consumption of mind-bending meds is off the charts.

How deep has the rot gone in America’s ruling elite? One way to measure the depth of the rot is to ask how whistleblowers who’ve exposed the ugly realities of insider dealing, malfeasance, tax evasion, cover-ups, etc. have fared.

America’s ruling class has crucified whistleblowers, especially those uncovering fraud in the defense (military-industrial-security) and financial (tax evasion) sectors and blatant violations of public trust, civil liberties and privacy.

Needless to say, a factual accounting of corruption, cronyism, incompetence, self-serving exploitation of the many by the few, etc. is not welcome in America. Look at the dearth of investigative resources America’s corporate media is devoting to digging down to the deepest levels of rot in the Epstein case.

The closer wrong-doing and wrong-doers are to protected power-elites, the less attention the mass media devotes to them.

As for Corporate America’s fraud and corruption: No Wrongdoing Here, Just 6,300 Corporate Fines and Settlements (May 2015). Prosecutors no longer indict bankers, CEOs or top executives. Wrist-slap fines are deemed adequate punishment, even when corporate managers have reaped billions of dollars in profits selling highly addictive and dangerous drugs while claiming they’re safe and non-addictive.

The tens of thousands of Americans who’ve died from these drugs suggest this was never true.

All this rot–corruption, fraud, abuse of power, betrayal of the public trust, tax evasion, blatant criminality and insiders protecting the guilty–has consequences. As I explained in Crony Capitalism Is Kryptonite to Democracy and the Real Economy (October 6, 2014), When the machinery of governance is ruled by the highest bidders, democracy is dead. (Hmm, why is Facebook suddenly spending $100 million on lobbying?)

Or as correspondent Simons C. recently put it: “The ethical dimension underpinning the whole system is this: what’s moral is what’s legal and what’s legal is for sale.”

Here are America’s media, law enforcement/security agencies and “leadership” class: they speak no evil, see no evil and hear no evil, in the misguided belief that their misdirection, self-service and protection of the guilty will make us buy the narrative that America’s ruling elite and all the core institutions they manage aren’t rotten to the foundations.

Either we root out every last source of rot by investigating, indicting and jailing every wrong-doer and everyone who conspired to protect the guilty in the Epstein case, or America will have sealed its final fall.

Source: How Deep Is The Rot In America’s Institutions?

Democrats’ 2018 Party Advantage COMPLETELY Disappears — NY Times Hack Very Worried — The Gateway Pundit

In 2018 in the midst of the Trump-Russia collusion hoax the Democrat Party held a ten point favorability average over the Republican party — 53-43.

This was due to the constant drumbeat of the liberal fake news media smearing Trump on a daily basis on his non-existent connections to Vladimir Putin and the Russian regime.

It worked!
Democrats won the midterm elections, with the help of the media and tech giants, and retook the House of representatives.

But now after eight months of liberal insanity with promises to take your guns and cheeseburgers, an unhealty mix of anti-Semitism and annihilation of the economy Democrats have lost their party advantage.
New York Times writer David Leonhardt appears a bit panicked.

via Democrats’ 2018 Party Advantage COMPLETELY Disappears — NY Times Hack Very Worried — The Gateway Pundit

September 9, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump on Saturday said he canceled peace talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders after the insurgent group claimed responsibility last week for an attack in Kabul that killed an American soldier and 11 other people.

President Trump is going all-out to try to keep a district of North Carolina in the Republican column in a special congressional election on Tuesday that may serve as a bellwether for his own fortunes in 2020.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday that the Trump administration was considering imposing sanctions on related to Turkey’s purchase of the Russian-made S-400 air defense missile system, but no decisions had been made.

The United Nations human rights chief said on Monday that extrajudicial killings appeared to be continuing in Venezuela and the Special Action Forces (FAES) presumed to be responsible had received support from the highest levels of government.

Portugal has broken up a counterfeit money ring that used dark websites to sell fake banknotes in exchange for virtual currency, arresting five people including the suspected kingpin who was extradited from Colombia, police said on Monday.

Hundreds of uniformed school students, many wearing masks, formed human chains in districts across Hong Kong on Monday in support of anti-government protesters after another weekend of clashes in the Chinese-ruled city.

Bunge Ltd, one the world’s biggest grain traders, recently disclosed the 1.6% stake it had purchased in the fast-growing fake-meat startup Beyond Meat.

Dozens of cities in liberal-leaning states such as California, Washington, and Massachusetts are studying proposals to ban or limit the use of natural gas in commercial and residential buildings.

Saudi Arabia wants to enrich uranium for its nuclear power program, its energy minister said, and potentially complicating talks with Washington on an atomic pact and the role of U.S. companies.

The United States is “very concerned” about China’s purchases of Iranian oil, Dan Brouillette, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, said on Monday.

Samples taken by the U.N. nuclear watchdog at what Israel’s prime minister called a “secret atomic warehouse” in Tehran showed traces of uranium that Iran has yet to explain, two diplomats who follow the agency’s inspections work closely say.

AP Top Stories

A cargo vessel carrying 4,200 new cars capsized on Sunday off the coast of Georgia, and four crew members are missing.

Hezbollah said Monday it had shot down an “Israeli drone” as it crossed the border into Lebanon, a week after a flash confrontation between the arch-foes.

More than two thousand people turned out in Sarajevo Sunday for the city’s first Gay Pride march to protest hate crimes suffered by the LGBT community in Bosnia.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines took 1,550 Hurricane Dorian evacuees on its Grand Celebration Humanitarian Cruise ship Saturday.

The state of Washington was rattled by an estimated 2,200 lightning strikes during a thunderstorm that triggered widespread power outages Saturday night.

The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for an explosion at a public market in the southern Philippines that wounded at least seven people early on Saturday.

The unanimous election of a neo-Nazi politician in Germany as the head of a town council has sparked outrage among senior political figures and calls to have the decision reversed.

British Airways has told its passengers not to turn up at airports as the biggest strike action in the airline’s 100 year history begins on Monday. More than 1,500 flights have been cancelled as the company was accused of bullying its own staff by union bosses, who warned they could continue the action until the end of the year.

Air strikes hit positions of pro-Iranian forces and allied militias in eastern Syria overnight, killing 18 fighters, a war monitor said Monday.


Russia’s ruling United Russia party has suffered major losses in Sunday’s election to the Moscow city parliament, nearly complete results show. The party lost nearly a third of the seats in the 45-member parliament, but remains on course to retain its majority with about 26 seats.

Brazil’s Supreme Court has ruled that a Marvel comic showing two men kissing can be sold despite attempts to ban it by the mayor of Rio de Janeiro.

Mexico says it has successfully curbed the number of undocumented migrants crossing into the United States by 56% since May.

More than 100 bushfires across two Australian states are raging in hot and windy conditions that officials warn are unprecedented this early in spring. An official said the conditions were an “omen” for what may come in the summer.

More than 900,000 homes have been left without power after Typhoon Faxai made landfall near Tokyo.

Record heatwaves in June and July caused the deaths of 1,435 people in France this year, according to the country’s health minister.

Iran says it has begun using new advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium – the latest step in reducing its commitment to a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.


According to the survey of 1,896 seniors over 65 in the United Kingdom, more than one in five (22%) will have a conversation with no more than just three people over the span of an entire week!

Mid-Day Snapshot · Sept. 9, 2019

The Foundation

“It is a principle incorporated into the settled policy of America, that as peace is better than war, war is better than tribute.” —James Madison (1816)

Trump Tells Taliban Negotiators to Rethink It

The president struggles to find an acceptable avenue to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan.

It’s Time to Re-Segregate College Sports?

Jemele Hill shames black athletes who choose big schools instead of historically black colleges.

Democrats Haven’t Really Changed in 160 Years

In fact, you might say today’s Democrats are exactly what Abraham Lincoln faced.

Beware Universal Healthcare Requirements

Patients may be forced to abide certain requirements to keep the system more “efficient.”

Trump Plans to Pardon Fannie and Freddie

The president aims for more deregulation, this time of the mortgage-lending industry.

The Leftist ‘Alright for Me Except for Thee’ Mentality

Black communities desperately need access to guns and ammunition despite the push for gun control.

Video: Your Social-Credit Score Just Went Negative

China expands its system of tracking a citizen’s behavior and limiting his freedoms.

Video: Antifa Is Anything but Anti-Fascist

Andy Ngo has been exposing antifa for what they really are — radical, violent extremists.

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William Federer
Fall of Rome & Lessons to Be Learned
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Monday Top News Executive Summary

Congress reconvenes, Taliban peace talks, Iran infractions, SEAL leaders dismissed, and more.

Monday Short Cuts

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Headlines – 9/9/2019

Egyptian delegation hastens to Gaza to mediate as tensions increase with Israel

Rocket fired at southern Israel from Gaza as Egypt seeks to calm tensions

Gaza Projectile Falls Short, Lands in Strip, Israeli Army Says

Foreign Minister: ‘In next campaign, top Gaza terror leaders will be eliminated’

Hamas threatens terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria

The new terrorist threat on Israel’s northern and southern fronts

Hezbollah says it has downed Israeli drone over Lebanon

Islamic Jihad operative indicted for helping dig terror tunnels

‘Jason Greenblatt changed the face of the Middle East’

Knesset legal adviser joins AG in opposing ‘unconstitutional’ Camera Bill

Israeli students attacked by Arab tourists in Poland

After ouster of longtime dictator, Sudan calls on Jewish emigres to return

IDF kicks off large exercise simulating war against Hezbollah

Hezbollah setting up precision missile site in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley

Explosions hit Iraqi militia sites inside Syrian border town

Several said killed in strikes on Iran-backed militia base on Syria-Iraq border

Turkish military enters Syria to begin joint U.S. ‘safe zone’ patrol

Uranium traces found in Iran warehouse flagged by Netanyahu

IAEA: Iran needs to explain uranium traces at ‘secret atomic warehouse’

Iran blames Europe as it rolls back nuclear commitments

British-Iranian relations strained as oil tanker is seen off Syria

Iran hints it could release UK-flagged tanker ‘within days’

US Treasury warns shipping industry against doing business with Iran and ‘oil-for-terror’ networks

Peace talks with Afghans, Taliban called off after Trump cancels secret meeting

Taliban says US lives will be lost because of Trump’s decision to cancel meeting

North Korea testing ‘creative’ weapons that could threaten US, experts say

The North Korean-Israeli Shadow War: Whenever nuclear weapons technology appears in the hands of Israel’s enemies, Pyongyang is usually involved

Hong Kong protesters sing Star Spangled Banner in appeal to Trump for help

Chinese Dissident Insists Trump’s Tough Handling of China is the Only Way to Go

Tunisia’s presidential election to put young democracy to the test

Stockpiles of tomatoes? UK retailers bristle at demands of no-deal Brexit

Rep. Collins points out problems with Dems defining impeachment probe: ‘This is really pathetic’

Tulsi Gabbard says Trump impeachment would ‘tear our country apart’

GOP senator urges Trump to set guidelines for gun legislation

A cyborg magician explains why she implanted 26 microchips and magnets in her body

Jupiter’s magnetic field simulated on Earth using CERN high-energy electron beam

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Mpanda, Tanzania

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Amatignak Island, Alaska

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Suyan, Philippines

Magnitude 4.2 earthquake in Bardarbunga volcano

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 24,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Typhoon Faxai targets Tokyo as more than 100,000 told to evacuate ahead of ‘very powerful’ storm

Typhoon blows across Tokyo area, killing one, halting travel

Typhoon kills 5 in North Korea, 3 in South Korea

‘One beast of a storm’ : Dorian knocks out power to record number of Nova Scotians

Morocco floods kill 11 in bus accident: Local officials

Summer heat killed nearly 1,500 in France, officials say

Strong Winds Fuel Bushfires Along Australia’s Drought-Ridden East Coast

Sydney’s water supply falling at fastest rate on record due to drought

Killer slime that can ‘kill you in seconds’ taking over France’s beaches

Philippines confirms African swine fever, culls 7,000 pigs

Is a Dark Ages disease the new American plague threat?

British vapers are safe, claim health experts after deaths in US

‘Trans Women’ Now Entitled to ‘Womb Implants’ from Organ Donors So They Can Experience Childbirth

Drag show features performers with Down syndrome; critics call it exploitive

Bosnians march in first Gay Pride under tight police protection

Brazilian mayor orders Avengers comic removed from book festival over gay kiss: ‘We need to protect our children’

Rio’s mayor tried to ban book featuring kiss between two male superheroes. Now it’s sold out

Polygamy debate returns to Utah capital, as lawmaker looks to reduce penalties

Finnish politician under ‘hate crime investigation’ for sharing Bible verse on Facebook

Chinese pastor shared Gospel with 1,000 North Koreans before being assassinated for his faith

Christians Massacred, Media Look the Other Way

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Gary DeMar – Two Big Errors That Are Neutralizing the Church

Rick Joyner Comes Alongside the Scooby-Doo Investigation into Todd Bentley

Southern Baptist Pastor Wants Foreign Governments to Hack 2020 Election to Defeat Donald Trump

‘Someone’s Gotta Tell the Freakin’ Truth’: Jerry Falwell’s Aides Break Their Silence

Man whose cancer was ‘cured by holy water at Lourdes’ to have claims tested by doctors

Greg Laurie Says God Loves to Hear Prayers From People of All Faiths, Not Just Christians

‘Star Wars’ character placed on Latter-day Saint church program

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General Mattis: Obama covered up Iran terrorist attack on U.S. soil to save Iran deal — WINTERY KNIGHT

How far did Obama go to give Iran nuclear weapons?

Everywhere I turn in the mainstream media, I’m told how the Obama administration was the most scandal-free administration in history. There wasn’t even a hint of corruption, according to the mainstream media. I’m beginning to think that it’s a good test of intelligence to ask a person how many Obama scandals they can name. In this post, I want to look at an Obama scandal that the media ignored.

First, let’s start with a list of Obama scandals:

  • 1. Operation Fast and Furious
  • 2. Benghazi.
  • 3. The IRS targeted conservative organizations.
  • 4. The DOJ seized Associated Press phone records as well as phone and email records from Fox News reporter James Rosen.
  • 5. The NSA conducted mass surveillance against American citizens without a warrant.
  • 6. The Obama administration paid ransom to Iran for hostages, and lied to the American people about it.
  • 7. Hillary’s email scandal.
  • 8. The Environmental Protection Agency poisoned a Colorado river.
  • 9. The EPA also broke federal law in promoting a regulation.
  • 10. The GSA scandal.
  • 11. The Secret Service scandal.

This list doesn’t even include many of the foreign policy scandals of the administration, like leaking classified information, trading a deserter for 5 senior Taliban commanders, releasing the traitor Bradley/Chelsea Manning early, etc. I mean, the list could be twice that length. But you would never know about any of these if you relied on the mainstream media, or their “fact checkers”, because they are Democrats and they lie to cover up for their party.

Here is the latest scandal, reported by the Washington Examiner:

Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he predicted years ago that Iran would escalate its provocations against the United States — and he partly blames the Obama administration’s anemic reaction to an Iranian plot to bomb a restaurant in Washington, D.C.

[…]Mattis says Washington didn’t even inform him when Iran committed an “act of war” on American soil.

[…]As Mattis writes, “Attorney General Eric Holder said the bombing plot was ‘directed and approved by elements of the Iranian government and, specifically, senior members of the Qods Force.’ The Qods were the Special Operations Force of the Revolutionary Guards, reporting to the top of the Iranian government.”

[…]“In my view, we had to hold Iran to account and strike back when attacked. But there was a reason for the administration’s restraint. The administration was secretly negotiating with Iran, although I was not privy to the details at the time.”

Those negotiations would lead to the Iran nuclear deal, signed in 2015. Mattis is critical of the agreement, which President Trump withdrew from last year. “In my military judgment, America had undertaken a poorly calculated, long-shot gamble. At the same time, the administration was lecturing our Arab friends that they had to accommodate Iran as if it were a moderate neighbor in the region and not an enemy committed to their destruction,” Mattis writes. “As long as its leaders consider Iran less a nation-state than a revolutionary cause, Iran will remain a terrorist threat potentially more dangerous than Al Qaeda or ISIS.”

So, Obama covered for a terrorist attack attempted by Iran against a U.S. ally on U.S. soil.But that’s not the only time that Obama covered for Iran in order to save his Iran deal.

Here is another one, reported by the far-left New York Post:

The Obama administration stymied a sprawling investigation into the terror group Hezbollah — and its highly lucrative drug- trafficking networks — to protect the Iran nuclear deal, according to a bombshell report.

A team at the Drug Enforcement Administration had been working for almost a decade to bring down the Iran-backed militant organization’s sophisticated $1 billion-a-year drug ring, which laundered money and smuggled cocaine into the United States, Politico reported.

But the departments of Justice and Treasury repeatedly undermined agents’ efforts to arrest and prosecute key members of the criminal network — because the Obama White House feared upsetting Tehran ahead of the nuclear agreement, according to Politico.

Former Treasury official Katherine Bauer even admitted in little-noticed testimony to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs last February that “under the Obama administration . . . these [Hezbollah-related] investigations were tamped down for fear of rocking the boat with Iran and jeopardizing the nuclear deal.”

In my opinion, Obama made the Iran deal happen because he wanted to send $1.7 billion in cash to Iran to help them to develop nuclear weapons that they could then use against their enemy Israel. And that’s the foreign policy that every single Democrat voter voted for when they voted for him in 2008 and again in 2012. They believed in destroying Israel and they paid a terrorist-sponsoring, drug-smuggling nation to do their dirty work for them. Hitler would have been proud.

via General Mattis: Obama covered up Iran terrorist attack on U.S. soil to save Iran deal — WINTERY KNIGHT

JUST IN: Nadler Accuses Trump of ‘Crimes and Corruption’ – Schedules Vote on Procedures For Impeachment Investigation Against Trump — The Gateway Pundit

Jerrold Nadler

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) announced on Monday that his committee will vote this Thursday to officially formalize procedures to set up hearings to determine whether the Dem-controlled House will introduce articles of impeachment against President Trump.

Nadler said in a statement on Monday that President Trump’s “crimes and corruption extend beyond what is detailed in the Mueller report.”

The Hill reported:

Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said the committee will vote Thursday on a resolution that would solidify several key policies, including that the panel’s staff be allowed to question witnesses for an additional hour — split equally between the majority and minority — after each committee member goes through their five-minute line of questioning.

Judiciary’s subcommittees would also be able hold hearings as part of the probe, paving a way for Nadler to punt less-important witnesses down the line and save time.

The Democrats would also allow Trump’s legal counsel to respond in writing to evidence and testimony presented to the committee.

“The adoption of these additional procedures is the next step in that process and will help ensure our impeachment hearings are informative to Congress and the public, while providing the President with the ability to respond to evidence presented against him,” Nadler said in a statement. “We will not allow Trump’s continued obstruction to stop us from delivering the truth to the American people.”

“Trump’s crimes and corruption extend beyond what is detailed in the Mueller report,” Nadler said. “The President is in violation of the emoluments clauses of the Constitution as he works to enrich himself, putting the safety and security of our Nation at risk. He has dangled pardons, been involved in campaign finance violations and stonewalled Congress across the board, noting that he will defy all subpoenas.”

Chairman Nadler is currently running an ‘impeachment investigation’ stemming from Mueller’s probe and he keeps roving to new areas.

It was recently reported that Nadler is investigating Trump’s role in the ‘hush payments’ made to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal during the 2016 election.

Nadler also said that his committee will be holding hearings this Fall related to the issue of pardons over a joke Trump made about pardoning DHS officials, according to Politico.

The Democrats no longer legislate. All they do is use time and resources to harass Trump with Soviet-style show trials.

via JUST IN: Nadler Accuses Trump of ‘Crimes and Corruption’ – Schedules Vote on Procedures For Impeachment Investigation Against Trump — The Gateway Pundit

Reps Collins and Jordan Discuss “Pitiful” House Impeachment Effort… — The Last Refuge

Apparently Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler is planning to return the focus of the House toward the democrats ongoing effort to impeach President Trump.

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced the House Judiciary Committee will consider procedures on Thursday for future hearings related to its investigation to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment with respect to President Donald Trump. (more)

Representative Doug Collins weighs in:

Additionally, Jim Jordan gave his opinion on the process:


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via Reps Collins and Jordan Discuss “Pitiful” House Impeachment Effort… — The Last Refuge

September 9, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

23–24 The rejection of evil arises from the psalmist’s spirit of commitment to the Lord and not from pride. This is clear from his prayer, asking for God to discern his motives and actions. This prayer arose from a situation in which evil people had accused him. Instead of directing himself to his adversaries, he raises up his voice in lament to God, who alone as the righteous Judge can discern his “heart” and “thoughts” (cf. vv. 1–4; 26:2).

The psalmist desires nothing less than conformity to God’s will; therefore he prays for God’s examination of his spiritual condition. He contrasts the two ways—the way of the world (“offensive way,” v. 24) and the way of God (“the way everlasting”). The one way leads to destruction and the other to life and fellowship with God (cf. 1:6; 16:11; Pr 12:28).[1]

Petitions to God (vv. 23–24)

After his long, sustained prayer of thanksgiving, David turns to make some requests of God. But his requests are not what we might expect—health, riches, peace, possessions, etc.

These things, some of which are legitimate, do not enter his mind. One cannot contemplate the glory and greatness of God without being painfully aware of one’s own shortcomings. It was when Isaiah saw the Lord ‘high and lifted up’ that he cried, ‘Woe is me, for I am undone’ (Isa. 6). We have something very similar to that in these verses.

David first asks the Lord to ‘search’ him for any wicked way. Sin is such a pervasive thing that we cannot even see it all. It clings to every thought, word, and deed.

Then he asks God to know his thoughts (v. 23). The word translated ‘thoughts’ in some Bible versions carries the idea of anxious thoughts. We can easily see why David mentions this. He has been praising the God who is unlimited in knowledge and power, the one who is present everywhere. Such a God is worthy of our complete trust and devotion. But how often we fail to trust him! How often we let anxious thoughts control us rather than childlike trust in this mighty, wise God!

Finally, David asks to be led in the everlasting way (v. 24). This is the way of righteousness. It and it alone finally leads to everlasting life. The child of God has received the imputed righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ, and, out of gratitude, seeks to live a righteous life.[2]

139:23–24 / We now realize that the speaker’s invitation for God to search him at the psalm’s close is not a spontaneous response of piety but a reasoned surrender to God’s inescapable, all-searching presence. Earlier the speaker’s initial response was to escape; now he chooses to draw near to the God who pursues him. But why does the speaker petition God to do the very things he would do or has done in any case (note search and know in vv. 23 and 1, see in vv. 24 and 16, and lead in vv. 24 and 10 [niv “guide”])? (Note how these closing verses pick up a key verb from each of the first three strophes.) Apparently the goal is not merely to increase God’s knowledge but also to further the relationship between the speaker and his God. God has the prerogative to search the speaker, and he is now welcomed to do so. Although the speaker clearly disavows association with the wicked, he does not thereby presume to be without fault: he knows he may have anxious thoughts and offensive way[s]. The Hebrew term for the latter (ʿōṣeb) is a noun meaning either “hardship” or “idol.” The ambiguity may be intentional.

After a close reading of this psalm, we see that verses 1–6 concern not just divine omniscience but also divine searching (vv. 1–6). Verses 7–12 concern not just God’s omnipresence but also his pursuit (esp. v. 10). And verses 13–16 concern not just his omnipotence but also his personal craftsmanship and investment (vv. 13–16). The psalm expresses divine attributes in themselves and also divine loyalty to the speaker. They embody relational theology. The psalm is not a tranquil meditation on God; rather, it reflects the temptation to flee from him and is resolved by a reasoned surrender to God’s pursuit. It is an argument and confession for engaging in a relationship with God.[3]

23. Search me, O God! He insists upon this as being the only cause why he opposed the despisers of God, that he himself was a genuine worshipper of God, and desired others to possess the same character. It indicates no common confidence that he should submit himself so boldly to the judgment of God. But being fully conscious of sincerity in his religion, it was not without due consideration that he placed himself so confidently before God’s bar; neither must we think that he claims to be free from all sin, for he groaned under the felt burden of his transgressions. The saints in all that they say of their integrity still depend only upon free grace. Yet persuaded as they are that their godliness is approved before God, notwithstanding their falls and infirmities, we need not wonder that they feel themselves at freedom to draw a distinction between themselves and the wicked. While he denies that his heart was double or insincere, he does not profess exemption from all sin, but only that he was not devoted to wickedness; for עצב, otseb, does not mean any sin whatever, but grief, trouble, or pravity—and sometimes metaphorically an idol. But the last of these meanings will not apply here, for David asserts his freedom not from superstition merely, but unrighteousness, as elsewhere it is said, (Isaiah 59:7,) that in the ways of such men there is “trouble and destruction,” because they carry everything by violence and wickedness. Others think the allusion is to a bad conscience, which afflicts the wicked with inward torments, but this is a forced interpretation. Whatever sense we attach to the word, David’s meaning simply is, that though he was a man subject to sin, he was not devotedly bent upon the practice of it.

24. And lead me, &c. I see no foundation for the opinion of some that this is an imprecation, and that David adjudges himself over to punishment. It is true, that “the way of all the earth” is an expression used sometimes to denote death, which is common to all, but the verb here translated to lead is more commonly taken in a good than a bad sense, and I question if the phrase way of this life ever means death. It seems evidently to denote the full continuous term of human life, and David prays God to guide him even to the end of his course. I am aware some understand it to refer to eternal life, nor is it denied that the world to come is comprehended under the full term of life to which the Psalmist alludes, but it seems enough to hold by the plain sense of the words, That God would watch over his servant to whom he had already shown kindness to the end, and not forsake him in the midst of his days.[4]

Ver. 23.—Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts. Examine me, and see if I have not represented my feelings as they really are. Keep on always searching me out (comp. ver. 1), and “trying my reins and my heart” (Ps. 26:2). My desire is to be proved and tested.

Ver. 24.—And see if there be any wicked way in me; literally, any way of grief. “Ways of grief” are ways which lead to grief, which involve either bitter repentance or severe chastisement. And lead me in the way everlasting; i.e. either “the way that leadeth to everlasting life,” or “the good old way, the way that endures—the way of righteousness.” David, with all his faults, is one of those who “hunger and thirst after righteousness” (Matt. 5:6).[5]

139:23–24. The psalm ends as it began with an acknowledgement of God searching and knowing him. Although David was determined to hold to God’s holy standard, at the same time, he knew his motives and obedience were imperfect. So, David concluded by asking that God see if there be any hurtful way in him (cf. 17:3–5) and, if so, lead him in the everlasting way—i.e., the “upright” way of God (cf. 27:11).[6]

23. “Search me, O God, and know my heart.” David is no accomplice with traitors. He has disowned them in set form, and now he appeals to God that he does not harbour a trace of fellowship with them. He will have God himself search him, and search him thoroughly, till every point of his being is known, and read, and understood; for he is sure that even by such an investigation there will be found in him no complicity with wicked men. He challenges the fullest investigation, the innermost search: he had need be a true man who can put himself deliberately into such a crucible. Yet we may each one desire such searching; for it would be a terrible calamity to us for sin to remain in our hearts unknown and undiscovered. “Try me, and know my thoughts.” Exercise any and every test upon me. By fire and by water let me be examined. Read not alone the desires of my heart, but the fugitive thoughts of my head. Know with all-penetrating knowledge all that is or has been in the chambers of my mind. What a mercy that there is one being who can know us to perfection! He is intimately at home with us. He is graciously inclined towards us, and is willing to bend his omniscience to serve the end of our sanctification. Let us pray as David did, and let us be as honest as he. We cannot hide our sin: salvation lies the other way, in a plain discovery of evil, and an effectual severance from it.

24. “And see if there be any wicked way in me.” See whether there be in my heart, or in my life, any evil habit unknown to myself. If there be such an evil way, take me from it, take it from me. No matter how dear the wrong may have become, nor how deeply prejudiced I may have been in its favour, be pleased to deliver me therefrom altogether, effectually, and at once, that I may tolerate nothing which is contrary to thy mind. As I hate the wicked in their way, so would I hate every wicked way in myself. “And lead me in the way everlasting.” If thou hast introduced me already to the good old way, be pleased to keep me in it, and conduct me further and further along it. It is a way which thou hast set up of old, if is based upon everlasting principles, and it is the way in which immortal spirits will gladly run for ever and ever. There will be no end to it world without end. It lasts for ever, and they who are in it last for ever. Conduct me into it, O Lord, and conduct me throughout the whole length of it. By thy providence, by thy word, by thy grace, and by thy Spirit, lead me evermore.[7]

139:23–24. David concluded this psalm with a prayer for God to search and test him (cf. 26:2) in order to prove his loyalty, thus showing that he was not like the wicked mentioned in 139:19–22. The verb “to search,” is also used in verse 1 in a statement about God. David asked God to test him as a refiner tests metal. Since God knows everything (cf. vv. 1–6) He would also know David’s anxious thoughts (the same Heb. word is rendered “anxiety” in 94:19). God would also know if the psalmist had any offensive way (lit., “way of pain,” i.e., pain caused by being afflicted for wrongdoing). Such an examination David was convinced, would yield evidence of his loyalty. The Lord in His leading would then preserve his life (everlasting, ‘ôlām, probably means prolonged life) here as he followed the Lord.

All believers who come to understand the attributes of God discussed in this psalm find them a great source of comfort, and a great prompting to obey Him.[8]

139:23, 24 The Psalm closes with a prayer that has perennial suitability for all God’s people, a prayer that will never die as long as there are sinning saints on earth. It asks the Mighty God to thoroughly search and know the heart, to carefully test and know the thoughts or anxieties. It asks Him to expose every wicked way in order that it might be confessed and forsaken. And finally it asks Him to lead him in the way everlasting.

It is not the challenge of a person protesting his innocence or righteousness. Rather it is the confession of one who has been in the presence of the Lord and is convicted of his own sinfulness. He realizes that he is not cognizant of all his iniquities and wants the Lord to point them out so they can be dealt with effectively.[9]

[1] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, p. 964). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Ellsworth, R. (2006). Opening up Psalms (pp. 127–128). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[3] Hubbard, R. L. J., & Johnston, R. K. (2012). Foreword. In W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston (Eds.), Psalms (p. 487). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Calvin, J., & Anderson, J. (2010). Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Vol. 5, pp. 223–224). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[5] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Psalms (Vol. 3, p. 315). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[6] Rydelnik, M., Vanlaningham, M., Barbieri, L. A., Boyle, M., Coakley, J., Dyer, C. H., … Zuber, K. D. (2014). Psalms. In The moody bible commentary (p. 873). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[7] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 120-150 (Vol. 6, pp. 265–266). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.

[8] Ross, A. P. (1985). Psalms. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, pp. 892–893). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[9] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 772). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

The Taliban Shouldn’t Get within 5,000 Miles of Camp David  — National Review

The best thing to be said for the planned Camp David meeting with the Taliban is that it didn’t happen.

Taliban chief negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar leaves after peace talks with Afghan senior politicians in Moscow, Russia, May 30, 2019. (Evgenia Novozhenina/Reuters)

The best thing to be said for the planned Camp David meeting with the Taliban is that it didn’t happen.

President Trump has a weakness for the grand gesture. Hosting the leadership of a vicious, terrorist insurgency that aided and abetted September 11 and is trying to kill Americans as we speak certainly would have been . . . memorable.

The invitation was part of the effort to bring to a conclusion negotiations that were close to a deal, although not one favorable to the interests of the United States.

The deal envisioned the U.S. reducing its current troop presence of roughly 15,000 down to zero about 16 months from now, at which point any commitments the Taliban had made would be worthless. We understand the frustration with a war that has lasted 18 years, but it would be foolish to end the “endless war,” or our part of it, with the Taliban once again in position to threaten Kabul and harbor international terrorists who mean us harm. We’ve had recent experience with a president following through on campaign pledge to end a war no matter what — and, of course, Barack Obama had to order troops back to Iraq when ISIS took over a swathe of the country.

If and when the Afghan civil war ends, it will involve a settlement with the Taliban and the Afghan government. This was not even close to that. The Taliban agreed to begin talking only to the Afghan government, and the deal didn’t even entail a ceasefire. There were reportedly conditions in an annex that the Taliban would be very unlikely to meet, giving us the leeway to put the brakes on our withdrawal. But if we don’t want to get out — and we shouldn’t — why ink a deal that creates even more doubt about our staying power and legitimizes the Taliban?

Indeed, the negotiations had only emboldened the Taliban. President Trump cited a Taliban suicide car-bomb attack that had killed a U.S. soldier as the reason for pulling the plug on the Camp David meeting. As in his Hanoi summit with Kim Jong-il, Trump at least is willing to short-circuit his own theatrical diplomacy when it clearly makes no sense.

Now we should put aside the negotiations and work on a sustainable strategy for preserving a presence in Afghanistan. We should be looking to minimize our troop commitment within reason (the number the administration has talked about of 8,600 is probably workable), although what will likely be a renewed Taliban offensive should forestall any immediate drawdown. Unlike other terrorist hot spots, land-locked Afghanistan is not accessible to us from surrounding countries. A presence there doesn’t just stabilize the Afghan government, it gives us the option of launching operations into Pakistan (we never would have killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan if we hadn’t been in Afghanistan).

The fear that the Afghan war will be “endless” shouldn’t push us into ending it badly.

via The Taliban Shouldn’t Get within 5,000 Miles of Camp David  — National Review

ANTIFA Has Become Indistinguishable From The Neo-Nazis And It’s Time We Demand That Congress Condemns Them As A Domestic Hate Group — Now The End Begins

Antifa members are the violent advocates of a murderous ideology that, according to “The Black Book of Communism,” killed between 85 million and 100 million people last century.

Antifa combines the red flag of Communism with the black flag of Nazism to create the flag and banner that they march under as they riot in the streets and beat over the head anyone who will not comply with their terroristic threats and demands. Their actions over the past few years have rendered them virtually indistinguishable from the neo-nazis they claim to be fighting against. In word and in deed, Antifa has become more nazi-like than the Neo-Nazis. It is time we pulled the plug on this cowardly group of black-hood wearing cowards.

So why, you might ask, is there no outcry on the Liberal Left against Antifa? They are lightning-quick to condemn the KKK, the Proud Boys, and all manner of White Supremacist groups, but when it comes to Antifa they are virtually silent. Hmmm. 🤔 What is that slogan the Liberals are so fond of? Silence Equals Consent? Yeah, that’s it.

Yes, Antifa is the moral equivalent of neo-Nazis

FROM THE WASH POST: Last weekend in Berkeley, Calif., a group of neo-communist Antifa — “anti-fascist” — thugs attacked peaceful protesters at a “No to Marxism in America” rally, wielding sticks and pepper spray, and beating people with homemade shields that read (I kid you not) “No Hate.” The Post reports how one peaceful protester “was attacked by five black-clad antifa members, each windmilling kicks and punches into a man desperately trying to protect himself.” Members of the Berkeley College Republicans were then stalked by Antifa goons who followed them to a gas station and demanded they “get the [expletive] out” of their car, warning, “We are real hungry for supremacists and there is more of us.”

The organizer of the anti-Marxism protest is not a white supremacist. Amber Cummings is a self-described “transsexual female who embraces diversity” and had announced on Facebook that “any racist groups like the KKK and Neo Nazis . . . are not welcome.” The protest was needed, Cummings said, because “Berkeley is a ground zero for the Marxist Movement.”

As if to prove Cummings’s point, the antifa movement responded with jackboots and clubs — because their definition of “fascist” includes not just neo-Nazis but also anyone who opposes their totalitarian worldview.

And let’s be clear: Totalitarian is precisely what they are. Mark Bray, a Dartmouth lecturer who has defended Antifa’s violent tactics, recently explained in The Post, “Its adherents are predominantly communists, socialists and anarchists” who believe that physical violence “is both ethically justifiable and strategically effective.” In other words, they are no different from neo-Nazis. Neo-Nazis are the violent advocates of a murderous ideology that killed 25 million people last century. Antifa members are the violent advocates of a murderous ideology that, according to “The Black Book of Communism,” killed between 85 million and 100 million people last century. Both practice violence and preach hate. They are morally indistinguishable. There is no difference between those who beat innocent people in the name of the ideology that gave us Hitler and Himmler and those who beat innocent people in the name of the ideology that gave us Stalin and Dzerzhinsky.

The United States defeated two murderous ideologies in the 20th century. So we should all be repulsed by the sight of our fellow Americans carrying the banners of either movement, whether they are waving the red flags of communism or black flags of Nazism. Yet we are not. Communism is not viewed as an evil comparable to Nazism today. As Alex Griswold recently pointed out, the New York Times has published no fewer than six opinion pieces this year defending communism, including essays praising Lenin as a conservationist, explaining why Stalinism inspired Americans, and arguing that the Bolsheviks were romantics at heart and that women had better sex under communism. Can one imagine the Times running similar pieces about the Nazis?

My mother and grandfather fought the Nazis in Poland during World War II, and her family then endured the Stalinist terror that followed, when Nazi occupation was replaced by Soviet domination. So forgive me if I see little moral distinction between the swastika and the hammer and sickle. Both are evil, and their modern adherents need to be condemned — especially when they dare to commit acts of violence in our midst to advance their hateful visions.

Both the left and the right have a responsibility to police their own movements. In the 1960s, William F. Buckley excommunicated the John Birch Society, widely believed then to be anti-Semitic and a proponent of nutty conspiracy theories, from the respectable right, and today, conservatives have a responsibility to do the same with the white nationalists of the alt-right.

The Ku Klux Klan is slowly rising again

Those on the left have responsibilities as well — responsibilities few are meeting. On Monday I asked the office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for her statement of condemnation. To her credit, Pelosi issued a strong statement Tuesday, declaring, “The violent actions of people calling themselves antifa in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted. In California, as across all of our great nation, we have deep reverence for the Constitutional right to peaceful dissent and free speech. Non-violence is fundamental to that right.”

Good for her. So why haven’t more leading Democrats done the same? After Charlottesville, the media rightly demanded that President Trump and all Republicans condemn the neo-Nazis and the KKK. So where are the calls for Democrats to condemn antifa — and the brutal public condemnation for those who fail to do so? If black-clad neo-Nazis had attacked peaceful protesters at a “No to Racism in America” march in Berkeley, politicians in Washington would be falling over themselves to express their disgust — and any who failed to do so would be vilified. But when neo-communists commit this kind of violence, they get a pass from the left.

That cannot be allowed to stand. READ MORE

Berkeley Mayor: Classify Antifa As A Gang

Mayor of Berkeley Jesse Arreguin on Monday said it is time to confront the violent extremism on the left by treating black-clad Antifa protesters as a gang.

via ANTIFA Has Become Indistinguishable From The Neo-Nazis And It’s Time We Demand That Congress Condemns Them As A Domestic Hate Group — Now The End Begins

September 9 Embracing God’s Truth

scripture reading: Romans 1:18–25
key verse: Ephesians 5:8

You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.

Satan is always at work, seeking to blind the minds of men and women. His darkest work is to obscure our lost condition due to our sin and our need for Jesus Christ as our Savior, Lord, and Life.

When the devil fails in this endeavor, he does not retire. Rather, he is operating constantly to cause us to exchange “the truth of God for a lie” (Rom. 1:25 nasb). We do so when we allow the wrong thoughts of our childhood years to influence us.

Perhaps you could never please your father. Now you have a difficult time understanding how you can please your heavenly Father.

You exchange the truth of God for a lie when you adopt the distorted cultural views of society rather than the authority of the Scriptures. The world endorses the concept of rights; God talks about responsibility. The world sees sex as a mere physiological function without moral implications; God created sex for pleasure and procreation within the context of marital fidelity.

Is there any area of your past or present life in which you have accepted the lies of others about yourself instead of agreeing with God’s standard of truth about you once you are His child? If so, embrace God’s truth.

I reject every deception of the world around me. I embrace Your truth gladly, dear Lord, for it is the only thing that will set me free.[1]

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

9 september (1855) 365 Days with Spurgeon

The death of the Christian

“Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in his season.” Job 5:26

suggested further reading: 2 Corinthians 5:1–8

Wait a little, beloved. In a few more years you and I shall be carried through the heavens on the wings of angels. When I die, the angels approach. I am on the wings of cherubs. Oh, how they bear me up—how swiftly and yet how softly. I have left mortality with all its pains. Oh, how rapid is my flight! Just now I passed the morning star. Far behind me now the planets shine. Oh, how swiftly do I fly, and how sweetly! Cherubs! What sweet flight is yours, and what kind arms are these I lean upon. And on my way you kiss me with the kisses of love and affection. You call me brother. Cherubs; am I your brother? I who just now was captive in a tenement of clay—am I your brother? “Yes!” they say. Oh, hark, I hear music strangely harmonious! What sweet sounds come to my ears! I am nearing Paradise. Do not spirits approach with songs of joy? “Yes!” they say. And before they can answer, behold they come—a glorious convoy! I catch a sight of them as they are holding a great review at the gates of Paradise. And there is the golden gate. I enter in; and I see my blessed Lord. I can tell you no more. All else were things unlawful for flesh to utter. My Lord! I am with thee—plunged into thee—lost in thee just as a drop is swallowed in the ocean—as one single tint is lost in the glorious rainbow! Am I lost in thee, thou glorious Jesus? And is my bliss consummated? Is the wedding-day come at last? Have I really put on the marriage garments? And am I thine? Yes! I am.

for meditation: Are you looking forward to this time (Philippians 1:23)? You can if you are a Christian. The unbeliever has another prospect ahead (Hebrews 10:27). See the contrast in Luke 16:22, 23.

sermon no. 43[1]

[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 259). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

9 SEPTEMBER 365 Days with Calvin

Esteeming Others before Self

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Philippians 2:3

suggested further reading: Matthew 7:1–5

Paul here defines true humility, which is to esteem others more than self. Now, if anything in life is difficult, it is humility. Hence it is not surprising that humility is a rare virtue.

It is said, “Everyone has the mind of a king by claiming everything for himself.” This is pride. From such foolish admiration of ourselves rises contempt of others. We are far from what Paul teaches here, for we can hardly endure others to be on a level with ourselves, much less allow them to have superiority.

But how is it possible that one who truly is distinguished above others can reckon those to be superior to him whom he knows are greatly beneath him? I answer that this altogether depends on a right estimate of God’s gifts and our own infirmities. For however anyone is distinguished by illustrious gifts, he ought to consider that they have not been conferred upon him that he might be self-complacent, that he might exalt himself, or even that he might hold himself in esteem. Instead, let him be active in correcting and detecting his faults, and he will have abundant occasion for humility.

On the other hand, he will regard with honor those in whom there is excellence and will in love bury their faults. The man who observes this rule will not find it difficult to prefer others before self. This, too, Paul meant when he added that they ought not to have everyone a regard to themselves but to their neighbors, or that they ought not to be devoted to themselves. Hence it is quite possible that a pious man, even though aware that he is superior, may nevertheless hold others in greater esteem.

for meditation: Considering others before self is so contrary to our nature that only the grace of God can bring it about. Yet what glorious release from pride and selfishness it offers! To focus on the good in others and keep ourselves from glossing over our own faults is necessary if we are to remain humble.[1]

[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 271). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.