Daily Archives: September 19, 2019

September 19 The Causes of Uncertainty

Scripture Reading: Psalm 102:1–2

Key Verse: 1 John 5:12

He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

The Scriptures tell us we can be absolutely certain that we are saved, and yet many Christians are plagued by doubts. What causes this uncertainty? Sin can trigger something inside us that gnaws away at our faith. Satan says, “Don’t tell me you’re saved. Look at your past. Look at your life.”

Another cause of doubt is false teachings. Some people claim there is no way to be certain we are saved. But the Bible promises that we can know we have eternal life.

A third reason for doubt is failure to believe God’s Word. The Bible promises that if we have His Son, we have eternal life (1 John 5:12). We can either believe or reject what God promises in His Word.

Another reason is that we focus on emotions, which can quickly change. If salvation were based on feelings, we would never know from one day to the next if we were saved. What’s more, believers sometimes doubt their salvation because they compare themselves to other people. Take your eyes off them, and start looking to Jesus!

Sometimes trials and tragedies make us vulnerable to doubt. When Satan sees a child of God discouraged or hurting physically, he will often launch a vicious attack. Our faith must not be based upon our circumstances, but on the truth of God’s Word.

When you doubt for any reason, go back to Scripture and let the Lord assure you of His love and His provision.

Take away all my doubts, Lord. I confess that You are real, Your Word is true, and my eternal destiny is secure.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 274). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 19 Molded by the Master

Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 18:1–6

Key Verse: Jeremiah 18:4

The vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.

Jeremiah is often called the weeping prophet, for very little within his writings evokes ease and comfort. Israel was in a dark period. The people had turned from God and were beginning to reap the consequences of their sin.

In chapter 18, the prophet used the example of a master potter working a lump of clay into a beautiful vessel to portray God’s desire for His people. Israel’s rebellion, however, had spoiled God’s handiwork.

Jeremiah knew the course of destruction Israel had chosen. “Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel,” declared the Lord. The people answered God by saying, “It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.”

Jeremiah’s age-old cry of alarm could be directed to us today. God, the Master Potter, still seeks to mold us into vessels of purity and holiness. However, many have been drawn aside by the temptations of the world.

Don’t repeat Israel’s mistake. Dedicate yourself to God, for His purpose and glory alone. You will then reap the blessings God freely bestows on those who love and honor Him.

Lord, I dedicate myself to You, Your purpose, and Your glory. Take this lump of clay I call my life and mold it into a beautiful vessel.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 274). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Stocks Pump-n-Dump As Quad-Witch Looms, Liquidity Crisis Continues | Zero Hedge

Billions more in immediate liquidity, a promise of moar to come, but indications are that things are not improving and stocks gave up their early gains… somebody do something!!

First things first, The Fed increased its liquidity provision once again today and EFF-IOER continues to be out of control…

Source: Bloomberg

Since The Fed cut rates, stocks are outperforming, but gave back their hyped up gains considerably today…

Trannies and Small Caps are red post-FOMC…

But the odds of a trade deal tumbled after hawkish comments on tariffs from Washington…

Source: Bloomberg

And this didn’t help from The Global Times: “Both China and the US should cherish the current talks. Many US officials easily misread China’s goodwill, think it shows Beijing’s weakness. China doesn’t like talking tough before the negotiations, but I know China is not as anxious to reach a deal as the US side though.”

Chinese stocks managed gains on the back of The Fed’s promises but remain red on the week…

Source: Bloomberg

European stocks rallied back to unchanged on the week today…

Source: Bloomberg

US equity indices (apart from Trannies) started the day off exuberantly extending yesterday’s Fed-Induced euphoria – but trade comments spoiled the party – Nasdaq managed gains, S&P unch…

NOTE – US equities reversed around the EU close

Source: Bloomberg

S&P 500 algos were all about 3,000 once again…

Banks eased back from their gains yesterday as they reached a key resistance level…

Source: Bloomberg

Momo extended its gains relative to value today…

Source: Bloomberg

Stocks decoupled from bonds, gold, and the dollar early on…

Source: Bloomberg

 

US Treasury yields fell 2bps across the entire curve today…

Source: Bloomberg

30Y Yields continued to slide after peaking last Friday…

Source: Bloomberg

The Dollar erased all of the supposed “hawkish cut” gains from yesterday…

Source: Bloomberg

Offshore yuan tumbled after tagging the fix briefly after The Fed move yesterday…

Source: Bloomberg

Cryptos dumped and pumped in the last 24 hours but Ethereum continues to lead the week… (but the these of Altcoin outperformance continues)

Source: Bloomberg

A quiet day in commodityland for a change with modest gains…

Source: Bloomberg

Gold futures bounce back above $1500…

But Cheese-flation is rife…

Source: Bloomberg

Finally, if you think you had a bad day?

*TRUDEAU: ‘WARY OF BEING DEFINITIVE’ ON NUMBER OF INCIDENTS

Don’t forget, it’s Quad Witch tomorrow – so hold on to your hats – as S&P 500 looks pinned around 3,000…

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/markets/stocks-bonds-bullion-rally-dollar-gives-hawkish-cut-gains

Why the ‘My Pillow’ Guy Says Trump Is ‘the Best President in the History of America’ — CBN News feeds

Michael Lindell, with My Pillow, laughs with President Donald Trump during a "Made in America," roundtable event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, July 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Michael Lindell, with My Pillow, laughs with President Donald Trump during a “Made in America,” roundtable event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, July 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

From crack addict to CEO and meeting with President Trump at the White House, “My Pillow” founder Mike Lindell credits God for his deliverance from drugs and his success, but he says God has yet to tell him if he should run for public office. Right now, he’s got a different mission to fulfill.

If he ever does run, Lindell would follow in the foosteps of other non-politicians in his home state of Minnesota. Former pro-wrestler Jesse Ventura was governor and comedian Al Franken of Saturday Night Live fame served as US senator.

“We’re a mess in Minnesota,” Lindell said jokingly.

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Appearing on the CBN News Channel program The Global Lane, Lindell said a lot of people have asked if he would consider entering politics.

“If God had me run for something, I would do it in a heartbeat. But right now I want to keep backing the greatest president we have ever had in history,” he insisted.

Lindell has come under fire for supporting Donald Trump. Leftwing groups like Moveon.org have launched on-line petition boycotts of My Pillow for supporting what they say are the “racist, sexist and homophobic policies ” of President Trump.

Global Lane host Gary Lane said some people wonder how Lindell could say such a thing about Trump. “Some Americans would say you’re still smoking crack – the best president in the history of America?”

“I can say that because when I came out of crack addiction I had never voted. I didn’t know a liberal from a conservative. I had a clean slate. It’s like a child growing into something going, ‘where are all our values and what’s going on,'” Lindell explained. “When I came out of addiction I saw our country, a president giving away money to evil empires (Iran), I heard of a thing called ISIS, all my friends were unemployed. I was going, ‘What happened here?'”

Lindell first met Donald Trump when he ran for president in 2016. He says when he talked to Trump’s employees, they spoke fondly of their boss.

“Every one of them was like talking to one of my employees. They all had something very good to say about him, that he’s an amazing guy, he’s an amazing boss and he’s so smart,” Lindell recalled. “I’m reading him and I’m going, ‘wow, this guy has absolutely no agenda other than to help our country and he genuinely cares about individuals.'”

Lindell says it’s all about results, arguing that Trump has improved the lives of Americans.

He wants to help the president remain in office so he may continue helping the country. He intends to campaign for Trump in as many Minnesota cities as he can in hopes of turning the “Star of the North” state red. In 2016, Trump lost Lindell’s home state by only 44,600 votes.

“I’ve always said everybody loves our president – some just don’t know it yet…if you shut off the news I tell them look around you, are you better off? And they all say yes.”

Lindell says he will donate proceeds from his soon to be released book, What are the Odds: From Crack Addict to CEO to help drug addicts overcome their addictions.

In the meantime, he urges people suffering from addiction to seek a faith-based treatment center and to seek out former addicts who have overcome their addictions. Lindell says it’s important to give people common hope. His hope comes from faith in God.

“I have listened to God for what I am supposed to do and we just keep getting rewarded and rewarded.”

My Pillow started with only five employees in 2004. Today, the company employs 1,500 workers and has sold more than 40-million pillows.

The “My Pillow Guy” says he’ll keep sharing his success story with people in Minnesota and around the world.

“My story gives people hope, but maybe not a 22-year-old opiate addict, but I might give a lot of 58-year-old crack addicts hope. People say to me, ‘Mike, what’s your best day ever in My Pillow?’ The day we’re sitting in.”

Hear more from My Pillow guy Mike Lindell on this week’s episode of the Global Lane, Thursday night on the CBN News Channel at 9:30 Eastern.

via Why the ‘My Pillow’ Guy Says Trump Is ‘the Best President in the History of America’ — CBN News feeds

HUNDREDS FREED from the Grip of Homosexuality Gather in Orlando to Give Praise to JESUS! — Absolute Truth from the Word of God

HALLELUJAH to the Lord of Lords and King of Kings!!

We certainly do need an article like this one when we are constantly bombarded with evil and horrid news!

You were NOT born that way!

This is proof that the homosexual lifestyle is a choice like any other sin.  And this is proof that Jesus is the ONE to deliver those who wish to follow Him and be free from that immoral lifestyle!

From christianheadlines.com

Hundreds Gather in Orlando to Celebrate Jesus Delivering Them from LGBT Lifestyle

Hundreds of people gathered in Orlando over the weekend for the Freedom March, an event featuring men and women who say Jesus delivered them from the LGBT lifestyle.

According to the Christian Post, the men and women call themselves “overcomers.”

More than 400 people marched at the event, shouting as they walked, “Freedom in Christ. It’s so nice” and “When I say Jesus, you say freedom.”

Churches and local ministries also set up booths and tents at the Lake Eola Park event to support the Freedom March.

The march was organized by Angel Colon and Luis Javier Ruiz, both men who survived the shooting at the Orlando nightclub, Pulse, in 2016. Since the shooting, both men abandoned homosexuality and started a ministry called Fearless Identity.

Fearless Identity helps churches as they try to share God’s word with the LGBT community.

“It’s not a gay to straight thing, it’s a lost to saved thing,” Ruiz said.  (emphasis added)

Many of the event’s leaders had abandoned an LGBT lifestyle. The event’s worship leader, Edward Byrd, shared that he formerly identified as androgynous before he became a Christian. The Freedom March’s founder, Jeffrey Mccall, said he was a former transgender prostitute. The Uprooted Heart founder, MJ Nixon, who baptized people at the event, said she was a former lesbian.

The event also included a moment of silence for the 49 people killed in the June 2016 shooting at the Pulse nightclub.

Speakers told attendees that God “loves gay people,” but to change your lifestyle, you first have to follow Jesus.

“God wants all your heart, not just your sexuality,” Ruiz said. “Remember, don’t make freedom your god. Make Christ Jesus your freedom.”

The first Freedom March took place in May in Washington, D.C. The group will head to Georgia in October for another March and is planning another visit to Washington, D.C. in May 2020. source

Brothers and sisters in Christ, we need to hold those who have made the choice to follow Jesus, and leave their lifestyle behind up in prayer every day!  The devil will surely attack them and tell them that they didn’t need to leave homosexuality!

Pray for them!  Share this article with many people. Most families are impacted by homosexuality in some way; and our society tries to make us seem evil and the gay lifestyle good and right!

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

How Can I Be Saved?

Shalom b’Yeshua

MARANATHA!!

via HUNDREDS FREED from the Grip of Homosexuality Gather in Orlando to Give Praise to JESUS! — Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Is Alcoholics Anonymous Biblical? — Pulpit & Pen

Abstract: As the biblical counseling movement advances, greater apologetic interaction with institutions such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is inevitable. After a concise consideration of the origin and history of AA, this article focuses upon a biblical evaluation and critique of the problems inherit in its method and doctrine. Because AA’s method is rooted in an attempt at theological neutrality, the brain disease model of addiction, and psychology’s mental illness concept, it is incapable of provided a sound means unto recovery from alcohol addiction. Whereas the Christian gospel affords those who struggle with any addiction comprehensive renewal, AA constitutes another religion which affords its adherents an ever-present fear of relapse.

Like Walmart, McDonalds, and the Rotary Club, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is one of those distinctly American institutions that is ubiquitous in most cities, even operating in the basements of many church buildings. It is revealed knowledge in American culture that anyone who struggles with alcohol addiction ought to routinely participate in local AA meetings. Because of AA’s acceptance within our culture, many Christians have accepted the role of AA within their congregation. Perhaps due to their discomfort with AA’s non-Christian spirituality, others have adopted a Christian twelve-step program that is methodologically derived from AA.

This article will provide an evaluation and critique of AA in light of Scripture, comparing its teaching and presuppositions to that of a biblical worldview. Despite its ubiquity and acceptance among many evangelicals, AA is predicated upon doctrines that are completely unbiblical and contrary to the Christian gospel. It will be shown that AA is, in fact, a religion which is in competition with the Christian faith.

via Is Alcoholics Anonymous Biblical? — Pulpit & Pen

David Platt Condemns the Church’s Apathy About Reaching a Lost, Suffering World as ‘Wickedness’ — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

David Platt, pastor of McLean Bible Church near Washington, D.C., and founder of Radical, a resource ministry that serves churches. | Baptist Press/Adam Covington

Pastor and author David Platt issued an urgent call to those in the Church to transform their compassion for a lost world into action and truly live out what they claim to believe. He condemned apathy as “wickedness.”

Platt recently released his latest bookSomething Needs to Change: A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent Need (Multnomah). The book, penned after a trek through impoverished villages in the Himalayan mountains, highlights the plight of those suffering around the world and calls on Christians to do their part to bring physical, emotional and spiritual healing to such individuals.

On Wednesday night, Platt hosted the Something Needs to Change Simulcast at McLean Bible Church, where he stressed that the “entire Christian life begins when we realize something needs to change.”

“It’s impossible to be a Christian without change,” Platt began. “We are continually being changed more and more into the image of Jesus … It’s what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, and it’s what it means to make disciples of Jesus, which is what we’ve all been called to do.”

“This is everybody’s greatest need in the world; the need to change, the need to be changed … by the love of Jesus. Girls need to be rescued from trafficking. People need to be saved from preventable diseases. Men and women need to hear the Gospel before they die. In order for change like that to happen in the world, there’s some change that needs to happen in us.”

Change is not just necessary, Platt contended, but it’s possible, as well.

“Something needs to change, and something can change,” he posited, adding that those who have been changed by God should be the ones most aware that change is possible.

“The problem is, I talk with a lot of people in the Church, and it’s like we don’t believe that,” he said. “A lot of people look at a world of urgent need and think it’s impossible to change the number of people trafficked, in poverty, and those who haven’t heard the Gospel.

“It’s like we settle into a reality where we know there’s a need in the world, but we don’t see a way we can change it. It’s called fatalism and it’s wickedness … it’s evil, it’s sinful, and God has not called any of us to live this way.”

Citing James 4:13-17, the pastor said three words summarize how change can happen: “Urgent, humble action.”

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett

via David Platt Condemns the Church’s Apathy About Reaching a Lost, Suffering World as ‘Wickedness’ — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

How Do I Know If I Am Really Saved? — For the Gospel

This is one of the most common questions a pastor gets asked: How do I know if I am really saved?

Some believe that you just need to say, “I believe!” Others might insist that you hand over a resume of faith plus some good works — including regular church attendance and a giving record to boot.

With the vast majority of opinions being hit or miss, we are compelled to ask, What does the Bible have to say? For those seeking assurance of salvation, that’s all that matters.

Is it a one-time decision or a lifestyle?

The first question needing serious consideration: Is being a true Christian — as in, a “saved individual” — a one-time decision or an ongoing lifestyle? Take, for example, three individuals who make “decisions” to follow Jesus Christ. Now, fast forward ten years and the first of those individuals live in rampant sin but claims, “I am a Christian. I believe. I walked the aisle, prayed the sinner’s prayer, accepted the free gift of grace from God, and punched my ticket to heaven.” Meanwhile, the second individual made a similar decision to follow Jesus, but eventually walked away from their faith and decided not to believe. Finally, the third individual was completely different. Sin was present in their life at times, but not as a rampant lifestyle. They humbly acknowledge shortcomings but could confidently point to the fruit of the Spirit as being present in them (Galatians 5:22-23). Their life is not marked by perfection, but a definite progression in holiness, righteous living, devotion to Jesus, and love for others.

All three made decisions. All three claim to be Christians. Which one is?

Continually believing…

If you take the original meaning of Paul’s words in Romans 1:16 literally, you’ll see that the truly saved will be known by continual belief.  Paul explains that the gospel is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…”

“Believes” here is to have faith or to entrust, and comes from the Greek word pistis that means persuasion or conviction. Grammatically, this word is a present active participle meaning, it is an ongoing repetitious action. This passage could be read as saying, “to everyone who is continually believing” or in broader (but still accurate) terms, “to everyone who continues to walk in deeply persuaded convictions that Jesus Christ is Lord!”

The bottom line is that the truly saved will stay saved. “Backsliding” was the term we used growing up for people who “lost their salvation.” But the fact is, based on the Scriptures, they were never genuinely saved. The parable of the Four Soils (Matthew 13:1-23) reminds us that some will look saved, but in the end, they weren’t. 1 John 2:19 is a sobering expression concerning those who “went out from among us because they were never really one of us.”

If you genuinely believe something, you won’t just say you believe it. Your actions will back up your words. The Bible is clear that you are not saved by good works, but you were saved for good works (Ephesians 2:8-10). Jesus told His disciples, “If you love Me, keep My commands” (John 14:15). James tells us that “faith without works is dead” and that even the demons believe! (James 2:17, 19).

How do I know if I have truly believed and am saved?

You confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and trust in Him by faith (Romans 10:9)

Every true believer must come to Christ declaring, “You are God! Your way is better. My way doesn’t work. I need you. I believe in you. I trust in you by faith for my salvation. I will follow you for the rest of my life!” Have you believed in your heart and confessed with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord?

You confess sin; no longer indifferent towards it (1 John 1:9)

True believers care about sin, not because they like committing it, but because they want to deal with it. Confession is the mark of genuine faith. Those who are following after Jesus bring their sin and shame to His feet claiming, “I repent! I hate this sin that keeps waging war against my soul. Please forgive me. Help me escape it.”

Habitual patterns of sin are decreasing and fading (1 Cor. 6:11; 2 Cor. 5:17)

If you’re a “new creation” you’re not going to look like “old” for long. Genuine faith transforms us! When the Bible lists horrible sins and says things like, “such were some of you,” the genuine believer can joyously say, “Yes, I was!”

You desire to be obedient to Christ (James 1:22)

If you truly desire to follow Jesus and He has won victory in your heart, you’re not just going to want to hear the word of God, you’re going to want to do it!

Your love for others is increasing (1 John 3:14)

Hateful Christian is an oxymoron. Yes, being a follower of Jesus means telling it like it is and speaking truth no matter the cost, but that is always to be done in love (Eph. 4:15). More than that, true believers are marked by a love for others that goes way beyond what they say — it’s about what they do.

You hunger for God’s word (1 Peter 2:2)

A genuine for love for Jesus and a true conversion of your soul is going to result in a passionate hunger to know what He has said and what He has called you to do. True Christians are not indifferent to God’s word.

You are filled with a desire to see others saved (2 Cor. 5:18-20)

People who have been reconciled to God want to see the same happen for others! It’s that simple.

You love to serve the body of Christ with good works (Eph. 2:10; 1 Peter 4:7-11)

There is no such thing as “lone ranger” Christianity or a genuine belief that does not want to genuinely serve! Good works are not required for salvation, they are the result of salvation. Christians are given spiritual gifts to build up the body of Christ.

You experience the discipline of God (Hebrews 12:6-8; Romans 1:18-32; Psalm 11:5)

This may seem crazy, but experiencing the discipline of God means that He loves you! Only a cruel parent lets their child run into harm’s way. God’s correction is done with love. Like a gracious Father, He is not content to let His children continue in sin that harms them. He guides the truly saved as a faithful shepherd guides his, even if that means using the “staff” sometimes to correct their crooked path.

You are bearing the fruit of the Spirit; persevering to the end (Luke 6:43; Galatians 5:22)

Bad trees don’t produce good fruit. Good trees don’t produce bad fruit. So it is for people as well. A fake Christian will be known by false fruit or no fruit at all. A genuine believer will look at the list in Galatians 5:22-23 and by God’s grace rejoice saying, “My life looks like that more than it used to!” In the end, they’ll have witnessed God finishing the work He began in them when their earthly life ends and they meet Christ face to face (Philippians 1:16).

It may be hard to face certain realities in your life, but the wise and prudent Christian finds comfort in Paul’s words to Corinthians when he exhorted them, “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you — unless indeed you fail the test?” (2 Corinthians 13:5).

 

via How Do I Know If I Am Really Saved? — For the Gospel

September 19 Seasons of Relationship

Scripture reading: Galatians 6:1–5

Key verse: Proverbs 27:17

As iron sharpens iron,

So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

In her book Relationships, Pamela Reeve shares insight on giving in the context of a long-term relationship:

Commitment is the bond that keeps relationships intact through every storm that rolls over the horizon. There will be times when your friend isn’t free to do what you want to do … Friends may become preoccupied with new interests or wrestle with heavy, emotionally-draining problems. They may not be functioning well physically. They may not be warm and responsive. Is that the time to abandon the friendship?

Not if you’ve made a commitment! Your friend may need you more than ever before. “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” (Prov. 17:17). Why are you in the friendship to begin with? For what you can receive? For what you can get out of it to meet your own needs and stroke your own ego?

No, following the example of our Lord, we enter into relationships to give and to bless. There are seasons in every relationship when one is called on to give disproportionately to the other.

There may be years with a difficult elderly parent or a lifetime with an indifferent spouse. Here is where commitment is tested, and here is where you will encounter God’s greatest blessings.

Teach me commitment, Lord—to You and to others. Help me not to abandon others when they are in need.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 274). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Liberals sign petition to protect unborn eagles while advocating the killing of unborn humans | Natural News

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(Natural News) In the wonderful world of Los Angeles California, liberals are all about protecting the environment, the animals, and all the cute little creatures that roam the Earth. This is empathy, love and nurture – traits that we all hope to share in the great circle of life.

When PragerU’s Will Witt hit the streets of LA, he learned there is great enthusiasm for protecting unborn eagles; however, when the topic turned to protecting unborn humans, those same liberals reversed their tone and changed their stance. They went from being great defenders of baby eagles and quickly became advocates of human death.

Liberals show empathy for unborn eagles but cold neglect for unborn children

When it comes to consistency of values, liberals are depraved. In one breath they believe they have the moral high ground, protecting baby birds and supporting the well being of animals. But when it comes time to protect human life, it suddenly becomes okay to conscript health care providers to crack skulls, sever organs, and pull out extremities with forceps.

When Witt started asking people to sign a petition to help protect unborn eagles, he got enthusiastic support. “We have a petition to stop the killing of eagles, like eagle eggs, people disturb them or they destroy them. These eagles haven’t been born yet, they have rights, ya know? We don’t think they should be harmed and we think that there should be harsher penalties for those kind of things. Would you guys agree?” Witt asked.

The liberals instantly wanted to protect the unborn eagles and were excited to implement steeper fines on anyone who dares tamper with their eggs. They were appalled that people would want to hurt defenseless animals. They quickly signed the petition and felt a sense of pride for doing so. One of the signers said, “Best of luck, I hope you save the eagles.” Another signer spouted, “Don’t kill eagles…eagles are people, too!”

But when Witt flipped the script and started talking about unborn humans, the liberals changed their tone. “We have one other petition about stopping the killing of humans, too — like, babies,” Witt prodded. “We want to protect their rights, too, even though they’re unborn,” he clarified.

The respondents were terribly inconsistent and lacked human empathy. One baby eagle protector said, “Oh, no, I don’t agree. I fully support abortion.”

Mark Meadows: “James Comey’s Problems Are Just Now Starting”… — The Last Refuge

Representative Mark Meadows discusses the contradictions between James Comey’s testimony to congress and the statements attributed to him by Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

via Mark Meadows: “James Comey’s Problems Are Just Now Starting”… — The Last Refuge

Government That Wants You To Take Climate Change Seriously Invites Foreign High School Kid To Testify Before Congress — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The government wants you to take climate change seriously, like really bad. So bad in fact, that they showed how very serious they are about the “climate crisis” by inviting a foreign high school kid as their star climate witness.

“Climate change is a real, super serious thing,” said Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida at a hearing at which the high schooler had been invited to testify before the legislative body. “And to let you know that this is something that mature adults need to address—mostly by giving me more money and power—here is a 16-year-old girl we are going to exploit for maximum emotional impact.”

The girl then gave her testimony, though she was interrupted multiple times by Democrats breaking into tears and screaming, “THINK OF THE CHILDREN!”

“As you can see, this is obviously an issue of reason and science, and also anyone who would dare disagree with a high school kid on this is a denier,” Rep. Castor said as the student’s testimony concluded.

At publishing time, liberals in Congress had clarified that climate change was serious enough for you to change your lifestyle, but not serious enough for them to change theirs.

 

via Government That Wants You To Take Climate Change Seriously Invites Foreign High School Kid To Testify Before Congress — The Babylon Bee

September 19, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Our Wonderful Mediator

Romans 8:34

Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

Up to this point our study of the last part of Romans 8 has taught the doctrine of eternal security by presenting what God the Father has done on our behalf. This was particularly clear in verses 28–30, where it was a case of God’s working, God’s choosing, God’s predestining, God’s calling, God’s justifying and God’s glorifying. It was also the case in the following three verses in which Paul began to ask his unanswerable questions: (1) “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (2) “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” and (3) “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?”

Even when the death of Jesus was mentioned, as it is in question two, it was mentioned from the viewpoint of God’s giving up his Son.

With the fourth of these five questions, Paul’s approach changes, as the work of Jesus Christ himself is suddenly brought forward. “Who is he that condemns?” Paul asks. Again there is no answer, because “Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”

In other words, having just said that God justified his people, Paul now speaks of the ground of that justification and offers four reasons why those who have been justified can be assured that they are forever free from condemnation. These reasons, all of which have to do with Jesus Christ’s work, both past and present, are: (1) Christ’s death, (2) Christ’s resurrection, (3) Christ enthronement at the right hand of God, and (4) Christ’s continuing intercession for us.

Christ’s Death for Sin

As soon as we reflect on the teaching in this verse we are immediately impressed with how much doctrine Paul has compressed into it. He has done this with an economy of words, and nowhere is this more evident than in the first of his four statements. “Christ Jesus, who died” is all he says.

Why did he not elaborate on this a little bit?

The answer surely is that he has already done so in the earlier parts of the letter. In those earlier chapters we learn that Jesus died for sin, making an atonement for it. By means of his atonement he propitiated or turned aside the wrath of God, which sin deserved. Moreover, since Jesus had no sin of his own for which to atone, we learn that he did this on our behalf, or vicariously. Some years ago the great Swiss theologian Karl Barth was asked what was the most important word in the Bible, the questioner no doubt thinking that Barth would say “love” or some such godly quality. But instead Barth answered, “Hyper.” In Greek, Hyper is a preposition, meaning “on behalf of” or “in place of” another. Barth called this the most important word because it signifies that the death of Jesus was in our place and for us. He died so that we might not have to die spiritually.

I suppose the most common response to this, particularly from a Christian congregation, is that we already know all about it. Indeed, we have known it for a long time. Why do we have to keep saying it again and again? Why repeatedly bring up the death of Jesus Christ?

Well, if you really do know this and really do live by faith in Christ and his atonement, there probably is no need to keep on repeating it, although those who know it best generally are those who love hearing it most often. Katherine Hankey’s hymn says rightly, “I love to tell the story, for those who know it best/Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.”

But I suggest that we do need to hear it (and often), for the very reason Paul is repeating himself in Romans. Remember, he is writing about assurance. And the reason he is writing about assurance and at such length is that we tend to waver on this subject and doubt our salvation. This is particularly true when we fall into sin, whether outright sins of commission or those more subtle sins of the mind or spirit, perhaps even the sin of doubting God’s word about salvation. In such a frame of mind we find ourselves wondering whether we really are saved or are still saved, assuming that we were saved once but have perhaps fallen away.

If you find yourself thinking like this, you need to hear that “old, old story” again. You need to hear what Jesus did for your sin, bearing the punishment of God upon it in your place.

“But suppose I sin?” you ask. Don’t say “suppose.” You have sinned and will continue to sin. That is not the right question. The question is rather, “Did Jesus die for my sin or did he not?” If he did, then the punishment for that sin has been undertaken by Jesus in your place, and there is no one (not even God) who can condemn you for it. Jesus took your condemnation.

“But suppose I question this?”

This questioning of yours—is it a sin or isn’t it? If it is not a sin, if it is only a mere intellectual puzzling over the full meaning of what Jesus Christ has done and why, there is no problem. Christians are free to ask God questions and state what they do not understand. If it is a sin, that is, if it is outright disbelief of God’s Word, even then why should this sin more than any other separate you from God’s love and condemn you—if Jesus has, in fact, died for it?

I do not mean by this that your sin is covered by Christ’s blood if you are among those who reject his atonement and scorn it. That is an unbelief that has never known faith. If you do this, you are not regenerate. I am speaking to those who are born again and love Jesus but who have doubts concerning their salvation. To them I say, as Paul does, “Christ died.” He died for you.

When he hung on the cross, Jesus said of his atoning work, “It is finished” (John 19:30). And it was! It was finished forever. There is nothing that can ever be added to it or be taken away.

Christ’s Resurrection

The second reason why we can be assured of our salvation on the basis of Jesus work for us is his resurrection, which Paul introduces with the words “more than that, who was raised to life.”

That is a strange way of introducing the doctrine of the resurrection, because it is linked to Christ’s death as if it adds something to it. And how can that be, if the atonement is a finished work, as I just said? Once again, this is something Paul explained earlier in Romans when he was dealing with the work of Jesus more extensively. Think back to what the apostle said at the end of chapter four, as he brought the first great section of the book to a close and prepared to move on into the second great section, which we are now studying: “He [Jesus] was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (Rom. 4:25).

What does that mean, “raised to life for our justification”? As the Bible describes them, both the resurrection and justification are works of God. So the verse is saying that God raised Jesus from the dead in some way that relates to his work of justification. Since justification is based on Christ’s propitiation, the connection between resurrection and justification is not one of cause and effect. Rather, it must be one of demonstration. The point of the resurrection is to verify the justification, which is based upon the death. It is God’s way of showing that Jesus’ death was a true atonement and that all who believe on him are indeed justified from all sin.

Let me put it this way. When Jesus was alive on earth he said that he was going to die for sin, becoming a ransom for many. In time he did die and was placed in a tomb where he lay for three days.

Had he died for sin? He said that was what he was going to do, but the words alone do not prove his death was an atonement. Suppose Jesus was deluded? What if he only thought he was the Son of God and the Savior? Or again, suppose he was not sinless? He claimed to have been sinless. He seemed to be. But suppose he had sinned, even a little bit? In that case, he would have been a sinner himself, and his death could not have atoned even for his own sin, let alone for the sin of others. The matter would remain in doubt.

But then the morning of the resurrection comes. The body of Jesus is raised, and the stone is rolled back from the opening of the tomb so the women and later others can see and verify that he has indeed been raised. Now there is no doubt, for it is inconceivable that God the Father should thus verify the claims of Jesus if he was not his unique Son and was not therefore a true and effective Savior of his people.

As the great Bible teacher Reuben A. Torrey said in one of his writings, “I look at the cross of Christ, and I know that atonement has been made for my sins; I look at the open sepulcher and the risen and ascended Lord, and I know that the atonement has been accepted. There no longer remains a single sin on me, no matter how many or how great my sins may have been. My sins may have been as high as the mountains, but in the light of the resurrection the atonement that covers them is as high as heaven. My sins may have been as deep as the ocean, but in the light of the resurrection the atonement that swallows them up is as deep as eternity.”

“Who is he that condemns?”—who could possibly condemn us if Jesus has died for us and has been raised as proof of our justification?

Christ’s Enthronement at God’s Right Hand

We are climbing a grand staircase in studying these four phrases that speak of the saving work of Christ, both past and present. But we are likely to miss a step at this point if we are not very careful, because the third step deals with the ascension and enthronement of the Lord Jesus Christ, and this is not something heard a great deal about in most churches. (In the more liturgical churches there is a special day known as Ascension Day on which the doctrines associated with Jesus’ return to heaven are often noted.)

There are two chief teachings involved. The first is Jesus’ glorification. This was God’s answer to the prayer Jesus uttered just before his arrest and crucifixion, recorded in John 17. He said, “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began” (John 17:4–5). Jesus laid this glory aside in order to become man to accomplish the work of redemption. But now, contemplating the end of his work, he asks for that glory to be restored.

And it has been! According to Acts, at the moment of his martyrdom Stephen saw the glorified Jesus “standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:56), and Paul was stopped and redirected by Jesus’ voice while on the way to Damascus to persecute the early Christians (Acts 9:3–5). The apostle John later had similar visions of Jesus, according to the Book of Revelation.

The other teaching associated with Ascension Day is the one Paul seems chiefly to be concerned with here. It is Christ’s “session,” his being seated at God’s right hand. Since the “right hand” was considered the place of honor, for Jesus to be seated there involves his exultation. That alone is significant in regard to our eternal security, for it means that the One who has achieved it for us by his death has been honored for precisely that achievement.

But there is more to the doctrine than even this. The most important thing about Jesus’ being seated is that sitting implies a finished work. As long as a person is standing, there is still work to do. But once it is finished, the person rests from that work, as God rested from his “work of creating” (Gen. 2:2).

This point is developed carefully in the letter to the Hebrews, where a comparison is made between the work of Israel’s earthly priests, according to the pattern of temple worship that had been given by God, and the work of Jesus, who was the high priest to come. This theme dominates Hebrews, beginning as early as chapter 4 and continuing as far as chapter 10. The point is that Jesus’ priestly work is superior to and replaces the preparatory work done by earthly priests.

Then comes this important statement in chapter 10: “Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest [Jesus Christ] had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy” (Heb. 10:11–14, emphasis added). The Jewish temple had no chairs in it, though there were other articles of furniture. This signified that the work of the priests was never done. Indeed, even the great sacrifice offered on the Day of Atonement had to be repeated year by year. But when Christ offered himself as a sacrifice, that sacrifice was the perfect fulfillment of the prior types and a true and utterly sufficient atonement for sin. It did not have to be repeated. Therefore, when Jesus had offered this sacrifice and it was accepted by God the Father, he showed that the work was completed by sitting down at God’s right hand.

Where is Jesus now? He is seated at God’s right hand. So whenever you doubt your salvation and are becoming disturbed by such thoughts, look to Jesus at the right hand of the Father, realize that he is there because his work of sacrifice is completed, that nothing can ever add to it or take away from it, and that you are therefore completely secure in him.

What would have to happen for you to lose your salvation, once you have been foreknown, predestined, called, justified, and glorified by God? For that to happen, God would have to throw the entire plan of salvation into reverse. Jesus would have to rise from his throne, go backward through the ascension (now a descension), enter the tomb again, be placed upon the cross, and then come down from it. For you to perish, the atonement would have had never to have happened. Only then could you be lost. But it has happened, according to the plan of God. And the fact that Jesus has been raised from the dead, brought to heaven, and been seated on the right hand of God the Father is proof that it has been accomplished. Your security is now as certain as the Lord’s enthronement, which means that it is as unshakable as Jesus himself.

Christ’s Present Intercession

The final reason why the believer in Christ can be assured of his salvation based on the work of Christ is Jesus’ present intercession. Paul says that Jesus “is also interceding for us.”

In light of the ideas of accusation, judgment, and acquittal that have appeared throughout this section, it is natural to see this intercession as Jesus’ pleading the benefits of his death on our behalf in the face of Satan or any other individual’s accusations. Bible teachers have often spoken of the verse that way, and I have done so myself on occasion. But this is probably not quite the right idea. Why? Because Paul has introduced the verse with the question “Who is he that condemns?” and the answer to that is “no one,” as long as Jesus has died, been raised, and is now seated at the right hand of God and making intercession for us. There is no need for that kind of intercession, because in view of Christ’s finished work and God’s judgment no one is able to accuse us.

  1. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says, “There is no need … for our Lord to defend the believer. He has already done so, ‘once and for ever.’ But, in any case, it is God the Father himself who sent his Son to do the work. There can never be any query or question in God’s mind with regard to any of his children.”

In view of that, what does intercession mean here? In this context it must refer to Jesus’ prayers for his people, much like his great prayer of John 17, in which he prays for and receives all possible benefits of his death for them for the living of their Christian lives.

It means that there is no need you can possibly have to which the Lord Jesus Christ is indifferent.

It means that there is no problem to which he will turn a deaf ear or for which he will refuse to entreat his Father on your behalf.

Let me share a paragraph on this subject from the writing of Donald Grey Barnhouse, which has blessed me:

You do not have a problem too great for the power of Christ. You do not have a problem too complicated for the wisdom of Christ. You do not have a problem too small for the love of Christ. You do not have a sin too deep for the atoning blood of Christ. One of the most wonderful phrases ever spoken about Jesus is that which is found on several occasions in the gospels. It is that “Jesus was moved with compassion.” He loved men and women. He loves you. [Do] you have a problem? He can meet it, it does not matter what it is. The moment that the problem comes to you in your life, he knows all about it.… If there is a fear in your heart, it is immediately known to him. If there is a sorrow in your heart, it is immediately a sorrow to his heart. If there is a grief in your heart, it is immediately a grief to his heart. If there is a bereavement in your life or any other emotion that comes to any child of God, the same sorrow, grief or bereavement is immediately written on the heart of Christ. We find written in the Word of God, “In all their afflictions he was afflicted” (Is. 63:9).

Jesus intercedes for us in precisely those things. Moreover, he is heard in his intercession, and he ministers to you out of the inexhaustible treasure house of his glory. That is why Paul was able to write to the Philippians, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19).

Bobby McFerrin, the popular singer and entertainer, has a little song called “Don’t worry; be happy.” It made him famous. I like the song, even though I know it is misleading for anyone whose sin is not atoned for by the blood of Christ. A person in his or her sin should worry. There is no happiness for one who stands under God’s dreadful condemnation. But “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”! That first verse of Romans 8 tells us what the chapter is all about. There can be none because Jesus has died in our place, been raised for our justification, is seated at the right hand of God, and is even now carrying on a work of intercession for us.

Should people with such an intercessor worry? In their case, “don’t worry” is a proper thing to say. And so is “be happy,” though those words are undoubtedly too weak. We should rejoice with joy unspeakable.[1]


34 The second question, “Who is he that condemns?” suggests the futility of such condemnation. Because of Christ no one can condemn the Christian. Christ will never renounce the efficacy of his own work on our behalf. Paul packs four aspects of that work into one great sentence (v. 34b): (1) Christ “died” and thereby secured the removal of sin’s guilt; (2) he was “raised” to life and is able to bestow life on those who trust him for their salvation (cf. Jn 11:25; 14:19); (3) he was exalted to “the right hand of God,” with all power given to him both in heaven, so as to represent us there, and on earth, where he is more than a match for our adversaries; and (4) he “is also interceding for us” at the throne of grace, whatever our need may be (Heb 4:4–16; 7:25).[2]


34  That “who is the one condemning?” is not a fresh, independent question but a “follow-up” on the discussion in v. 33, is suggested by the fact that “condemn” and “justify” are natural contrasts. This question is, then, to be seen as an additional rhetorical response to the statement in v. 33b that it is God who justifies. The sentence beginning “Christ Jesus” consists of four clauses, the first two using participles in a way similar to vv. 33b–34a, the last two being relative clauses describing further aspects of Christ’s work. The sentence as a whole can be construed as a response to the question “who will condemn?”—“no one [implied]; for Christ Jesus …”—or as a preparation for v. 35—Christ Jesus has done these things for us; who, then, will separate us from the love of Christ? The continued use of judicial images in the sentence—especially Christ’s intercession—favors the former alternative. The enumeration of actions accomplished by, and through, Christ occurs in ascending order, with the emphasis falling on the last in the series. Not only has Jesus died to secure our justification—“more than that”36 he has “been raised” and has also ascended to the right hand of God, so that he may intercede for us, ensuring that the justifying verdict for which he died is applied to us in the judgment. The language of Jesus being at “the right hand of God” is taken from Ps. 110:1, one of the most often quoted OT verses in the NT. The language is, of course, metaphorical, indicating that Jesus has been elevated to the position of “vice-regent” in God’s governance of the universe. But it is not with the universe, but with Christians, that Paul is concerned here. Because Christ lives and has ascended, he is able to “intercede” for us, acting as our High Priest in the very presence of God.39[3]


33, 34. Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? (It is) Christ Jesus who died, what is more, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who is also interceding for us.

Verse 33 is probably an intentional echo of words found in Isa. 50:8, 9a:

“He is near who justifies [or vindicates] me. Who is my accuser?… Behold, the Lord Jehovah will help me. Who is he that will condemn me?”

The rhetorical questions—“Who will bring any charge …?” “Who is he that condemns?”—amount to a vigorous denial of the suggestion that there could be any valid charge or condemnation.

Are these people not God’s elect? Is that not what is implied in 8:29: “foreknown … foreordained”? Surely, when, in the dispute between Joshua the highpriest and Satan, God defended Joshua and rebuked Satan, the latter was immediately silenced (Zech. 3:1–5). When God justifies a person, all accusations at once lose their validity.

The logical nature of this answer is brought out even more clearly by the words that follow, namely, “It is Christ Jesus who died … was raised from the dead … is at the right hand of God … is also interceding for us.”

Here note especially the phrase “what is more” inserted between the reference to Christ’s death and his resurrection. It probably expresses the climactic relationship not only between the first two items but between all the items in the series. To be sure, by means of Christ’s death the sins of his people were blotted out. But this fact was established beyond possibility of successful contradiction by the resurrection from the dead. See on Rom. 4:25, p. 161. And the exaltation of God’s Son to the right hand of God—Matt. 26:64; Mark 14:62; Luke 22:69; Acts 2:33; 3:13; 5:31; 7:55, 56; Eph. 1:20; Col. 3:1; Heb. 1:3; 2:9; 8:1; 10:12; 12:2; 1 Peter 1:21; 3:22; Rev. 5:12, symbolizing the honor, power, and authority given to him as a reward for his fully accomplished mediatorial work, strengthens this conclusion even more.

The climax of assurance is reached in the clause, “who is also interceding for us”—Isa. 53:12;  Luke 23:34; John 14:16; 1 John 2:1; Heb. 7:25, for how would it even be conceivable that the Father should deny the intercessory prayers of the Son, who so fully, marvelously, and gloriously accomplished the task assigned to him (John 17:4)? Did not the Son himself say to the Father, “I knew that thou dost always hear me”? (John 11:42a).[4]


8:33–34. Question 3: Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? This question is raised as a defense of what Paul taught in Romans 3:21–5:21 concerning justification—the legal position of believers before God. All have sinned, all fall short of the glory of God, but all (who believe) are justified freely by God’s grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. As the judge, God was perfectly just in paying the penalty for and declaring “free to go” the unjust (Rom. 3:23–26). As a result, no charge can be brought against those whom God has chosen (foreknown, predestined, called, justified, and glorified).

Should a Roman emperor seek to bring a charge against a believer in Rome for worshiping a king other than Caesar, that charge would have no effect in the eyes of God. Should Satan seek to bring a charge against the elect of God in order to discredit their faithfulness, such a charge would go unregistered. God has already brought all the charges which could possibly be brought against the believer to the bar of justice and declared them erased: “Having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Col. 2:14, NASB). Therefore, Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? (for the Old Testament background on God’s defense of his chosen, cf. Isa. 50:8–9; 52:13–53:12; Zech. 3:1–5).

Question 4: Who is he that condemns? If no charge can be brought against the elect of God, then certainly no condemnation can be brought against them either. Again, Paul is summarizing what he has taught previously: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” because of having been set free through Jesus Christ from the law which condemns us from our sin (Rom. 8:1–2). Isaiah spoke prophetically of a day when God’s elect would condemn those who accused them: “ ‘No weapon that is formed against you will prosper, and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from Me,’ declares the Lord” (Isa. 54:17, NASB).

Continuing the legal motif which insures our freedom from charges and condemnation, believers have their own divine advocate who continually defends them before the bar of heavenly justice (1 John 2:1; Heb. 4:14–16).[5]


8:33–34. The next two questions Paul raised and answered are forensic or legal in nature. Who will bring any charge (enkalesei, “make a formal accusation in court; press charges”; cf. Acts 19:40; 23:29; 26:2) against those whom God has chosen? Satan is identified as “the accuser” of God’s people (Rev. 12:10; cf. Zech. 3:1). His accusations are valid, because they are based on the believer’s sinfulness and defilement. But Satan’s accusations will be thrown out of court, because it is God who justifies. The Judge Himself declares the accused person righteous on the basis of his faith in Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:24; 5:1). As a result all accusations are dismissed and no one can bring an accusation that will stand.

The related question is, Who is He that condemns? The Greek participle ho katakrinōn can have a future sense, “will condemn,” which seems preferable here. (Cf. katakrima, “condemnation, punishment” in 8:1.) Jesus Christ is God’s appointed Judge (John 5:22, 27; Acts 17:31), so Paul answered this question by stating, Christ Jesus. But Jesus is the very One whom the believer has trusted for salvation. Furthermore, He is the One who diedmore than that (lit., “but more”) who was raised to life—who is at the right hand of God (cf. Luke 22:69; Acts 2:33; 5:31; Eph. 1:20; Col. 3:1; Heb. 1:3, 13; 8:1; 10:12; 12:2; 1 Peter 3:22) and is also interceding for us. The Lord Jesus Christ is indeed the Judge, but He is also the One with whom each believer is identified by faith. As a result he is a believer’s Sacrifice for sin (cf. Rom. 5:8; 8:32), his new life (a believer shares in Christ’s resurrection life; 6:4, 8, 11; Eph. 2:5–6; Col. 2:13), his Intercessor (cf. Heb. 7:25; also the Holy Spirit intercedes, Rom. 8:26–27) and his Defense (1 John 2:1). Certainly the Judge will not condemn His own who are in Him by faith! (cf. Rom. 8:1)[6]


8:34 Another challenge rings out! Is there anyone here to condemn? No one, because Christ has died for the defendant, has been raised from the dead, is now at the right hand of God interceding for him. If the Lord Jesus, to whom all judgment has been committed, does not pass sentence on the defendant but rather prays for him, then there is no one else who could have a valid reason for condemning him.[7]


8:34 Christ … died … makes intercession: Since Christ had fully justified us and is presently interceding for us, then no one can possibly condemn us. The death of the Lord Jesus on our behalf would avail little apart from His resurrection. It is the living Lord that insures the security of God’s eternal purpose. Consequently, He is now sitting at the right hand of God where He is highly exalted in glory and sovereignty. By the authority which is innate to His deity, the Lord Jesus makes intercession for us to God the Father. By His victorious death, His victorious resurrection, His victorious ascension into heaven, and His victorious intercession for us, the Lord Jesus has sealed the eternal purpose of God. In the whole universe there is nothing which can provide greater assurance than the finished work of Christ.[8]


8:34 condemns. To declare guilty and sentence to punishment. There are 4 reasons the believer can never be found guilty: 1) Christ’s death; 2) His resurrection; 3) His exalted position; and 4) His continual intercession for them. intercedes. Cf. Is 53:12; Heb 7:25.[9]


8:34 Who is to condemn? The question posed in v. 33 is repeated. Christians may rejoice with the certainty that they will never be condemned, for (1) Christ died for them and paid the full penalty for their sin; (2) he was raised, showing that his death was effective; (3) he now is seated triumphantly at God’s right hand (Ps. 110:1); and (4) he intercedes for his people on the basis of his shed blood. Interceding signifies effective intervention.[10]


8:34 at the right hand of God. The position of honor and executive authority (cf. Ps. 110:1). There can be no condemnation for us (in either sense of the term, v. 1 note), if our enthroned sin-bearer intercedes for us in heaven (1 John 2:1) while the Holy Spirit intercedes in our hearts (v. 27).[11]


8:34 The understood answer to the opening question of this verse is “no one.” We can be sure that no one will be able to condemn us on the last day because of three facts listed here in increasing significance. First, Christ died for us. Second, and even more important, he was raised. And finally, he now intercedes for us. According to C. E. B. Cranfield, “the focus-point of faith is the present glory of the one who once was crucified.”[12]


34. Who is he that condemns? &c. As no one by accusing can prevail, when the judge absolves; so there remains no condemnation, when satisfaction is given to the laws, and the penalty is already paid. Now Christ is he, who, having once for all suffered the punishment due to us, thereby declared that he undertook our cause, in order to deliver us: he then who seeks hereafter to condemn us, must bring back Christ himself to death again. But he has not only died, but also came forth, by a resurrection, as the conqueror of death, and triumphed over all its power.

He adds still more,—that he now sits at the right hand of the Father; by which is meant, that he possesses dominion over heaven and earth, and full power and rule over all things, according to what is said in Eph. 1:20. He teaches us also, that he thus sits, that he may be a perpetual advocate and intercessor in securing our salvation. It hence follows, that when any one seeks to condemn us, he not only seeks to render void the death of Christ, but also contends with that unequalled power with which the Father has honoured him, and who with that power conferred on him supreme authority. This so great an assurance, which dares to triumph over the devil, death, sin, and the gates of hell, ought to lodge deep in the hearts of all the godly; for our faith is nothing, except we feel assured that Christ is ours, and that the Father is in him propitious to us. Nothing then can be devised more pestilent and ruinous, than the scholastic dogma respecting the uncertainty of salvation.

Who intercedes, &c. It was necessary expressly to add this, lest the Divine majesty of Christ should terrify us. Though, then, from his elevated throne he holds all things in subjection under his feet, yet Paul represents him as a Mediator; whose presence it would be strange for us to dread, since he not only kindly invites us to himself, but also appears an intercessor for us before the Father. But we must not measure this intercession by our carnal judgment; for we must not suppose that he humbly supplicates the Father with bended knees and expanded hands; but as he appears continually, as one who died and rose again, and as his death and resurrection stand in the place of eternal intercession, and have the efficacy of a powerful prayer for reconciling and rendering the Father propitious to us, he is justly said to intercede for us.[13]


34. yea rather, that is risen again—to make good the purposes of His death. Here, as in some other cases, the apostle delightfully corrects himself (see Ga 4:9; and see on Ro 1:12); not meaning that the resurrection of Christ was of more saving value than His death, but that having “put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself”—which though precious to us was to Him of unmingled bitterness—it was incomparably more delightful to think that He was again alive, and living to see to the efficacy of His death in our behalf.

who is even—“also”

at the right hand of God—The right hand of the king was anciently the seat of honor (compare 1 Sa 20:25; 1 Ki 2:19; Ps 45:9), and denoted participation in the royal power and glory (Mt 20:21). The classical writings contain similar allusions. Accordingly Christ’s sitting at the right hand of God—predicted in Ps 110:1, and historically referred to in Mk 16:19; Ac 2:33; 7:56; Eph 1:20; Col 3:1; 1 Pe 3:22; Rev 3:21—signifies the glory of the exalted Son of man, and the power in the government of the world in which He participates. Hence it is called “sitting on the right hand of Power” (Mt 26:64), and “sitting on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Heb 1:3) [Philippi].

who also maketh intercession for us—using all His boundless interest with God in our behalf. This is the top of the climax. “His Session at God’s right hand denotes His power to save us; His Intercession, His will to do it” [Bengel]. But how are we to conceive of this intercession? Not certainly as of one pleading “on bended knees and with outstretched arms,” to use the expressive language of Calvin. But yet, neither is it merely a figurative intimation that the power of Christ’s redemption is continually operative [Tholuck], or merely to show the fervor and vehemence of His love for us [Chrysostom]. It cannot be taken to mean less than this: that the glorified Redeemer, conscious of His claims, expressly signifies His will that the efficacy of His death should be made good to the uttermost, and signifies it in some such royal style as we find Him employing in that wonderful Intercessory Prayer which He spoke as from within the veil (see on Jn 17:11, 12): “Father, I WILL that they also whom Thou hast given Me be with Me where I am” (see on Jn 17:24). But in what form this will is expressed is as undiscoverable as it is unimportant.[14]


Vers. 33, 34.—The triumphant challenge. He has asked the general question, challenging an answer: “If God be for us, who can be against us?” He now proceeds to two special questions, the first of which has reference to the justification of believers by God. In view of that he asks, “Who shall lay anything to their charge? who shall condemn?” And again, amplifying the fact of their justification, he tells of the death, the resurrection, the ascension, the intercession, of Christ Jesus, as the pledge and declaration of their acquittal. We may consider the possible sources of charge against God’s people, and their triumphant vindication.

  1. The charge. To them that are in Christ Jesus there is now no condemnation, and yet whispers of condemnation may again and again be heard. 1. The transgressions of the past may come to mind with such force as to destroy our joy in God. Past irreparable, and though first consciousness of free forgiveness of God may almost blot it from our memory for the time, yet there are times when it seems to live again, and so vividly that we can hardly detach the thought of overwhelming guilt as still upon us. 2. The imperfections of the present. How far from the perfectness of the ideal! And how the very growth of earnestness and increase of endeavour seem to make the ideal more distant still! So conscience, the Law, the adversary, and accusing men (see Beet, in loc.) may make us feel condemned.
  2. The vindication. But the condemnation is not real; it exists only in the diseased imagination. Let it be brought face to face with the great facts of the gospel, and it must vanish quite away. What are these facts? 1. The great central fact is that we are God’s chosen ones; and who shall dispute God’s choice? Not that he ever can act without reason; but, whether we see the reason or not, we are elect, the elect of God, as being his people, and who shall gainsay it? 2. This great election is declared by his justification of the believer, which has gone abroad in the gospel to all the world: “He that believeth is not condemned.” 3. And even the reasons of the election of believers are graciously made known, and graciously confirmed: Christ’s death, resurrection, exaltation, and intercession. (1) The death of Christ, as the great Propitiation for the sins of the world, utterly does away all guilt to those who sincerely receive it by faith. As the Son of God, he thus sets forth the infinite love of a God who laid down his life for our sake; as Son of man, making reconciliation for the sins of the people, he appeals on our behalf even to the infinite justice for our acquittal. And though we may still be frail, and sin may cleave to us, yet, if we are sincere in our faith, that atonement avails for all things and for ever. (2) The resurrection of Christ, following after the expiation, is God’s sure setting-forth of the value of the expiation, and the effectiveness of the finished sacrifice. “Raised for [i.e. because of] our justification” (ch. 4:25). (3) The exaltation, as the resurrection completed, is the completing of the guarantee that we are accepted in him. And he is our Forerunner. (4) The intercession, as the work of the exalted High Priest, is the continuous application of the atoning work, in itself for ever finished and for ever guaranteed. For returning prodigals, and for us with our frailties who have believed, he “ever liveth to make intercession,” and is therefore “able to save unto the uttermost.”

Oh, then, whether we look to God who has chosen and justified us, or to him whom God hath set forth as a Propitiation, and again declared to be his Son, well-pleasing and beloved, by the raising from the dead; whether we regard God in Christ as the Source of our salvation, as the Effecter of salvation, or as the Manifester of salvation; whether we think of the past, the present, or the future in Christ;—in any case we can take up the triumphant challenge given us by Paul, “It is God that justifieth; who is he that shall condemn? It is Christ Jesus,” etc.—T. F. L.[15]


34 τίς ὁ κατακρινῶν; “who is there to condemn?” This translation helps bring out the ambiguity of the Greek since the verb could be punctuated either as a present or a future; but it is almost certainly eschatological in intent, again referring to the final judgment (Michel; Synofzik, 103). Since it is the judge (= God) who alone can give sentence of condemnation, the question has already been answered in the previous phrase (njb follows an ancient tradition of the Greek Fathers [see Lagrange] in running vv 33b and 34a together: “When God grants saving justice who can condemn?”); however, Paul’s answer serves to underline the degree to which already Christ was seen as having been given share in God’s role as judge (cf. particularly 2:16 and 2 Cor 5:10 with Rom 14:10; and see below).

Χριστὸς (Ἰησοῦς) ὁ ἀποθανών, μᾶλλον δὲ ἐγερθείς, “it is Christ (Jesus) who died, rather was raised.” The “died … was raised” has a formulaic ring (cf. particularly 1 Cor 15:3–4; 2 Cor 5:15; 1 Thess 4:14), but it is the balanced form of the statement which is more established than the particular wording (cf. especially elsewhere in Romans—5:10; 6:4, 9–10; 7:4; 14:9). The μᾶλλον supplements and thereby clarifies or indeed corrects what has preceded (cf. 1 Cor 14:1, 5; Gal 4:9; BGD 3d), and so has the same effect as the πολλῷ μᾶλλον of 5:9–10. It is important for Paul’s soteriology to remember that Jesus’ death was not decisive for salvation on its own. Paul is still thinking in terms of Adam soteriology, of Jesus’ death as an end of Adam (see on 8:3), opening the way for the new Adam to appear in resurrection (1 Cor 15:20–22).

ὃς καί ἐστιν ἐν δεξιᾷ τοῦ θεοῦ, “who also is at the right hand of God.” The echo of Ps 110 [LXX 109]: 1 (εἶπεν ὁ κύριος τῷ κυρίῳ μου, Κάθου ἐκ δεξιῶν μου) is obviously deliberate: the frequency with which the passage is cited in the NT shows clearly that it was a passage much loved and used in earliest Christology (Mark 12:36 pars.; 14:62 pars.; Acts 2:34–35; Heb 1:13; and with ἐν as the preposition, as above—Eph 1:20; Col 3:1; Heb 1:3; 8:1; 10:12; 12:2; 1 Pet 3:22; see also Hay, and on 10:9). “The right hand” denotes power (see, e.g., Exod 15:6, 12; Deut 33:2; Job 40:9; Pss 17:7; 18:35; etc.; BGD fittingly cites Pss. Sol. 13:1; Josephus, War 1.378); hence a seat at the right hand is the seat of special honor (1 Kgs 2:19; Ps 45:9; in the NT particularly Acts 2:33; 5:31; and 7:55–56).

To appreciate the significance of Ps 110:1 being used of Jesus we must note two points. (1) The force of the original psalm would presumably have been a highly honorific way of asserting that Israel’s king was appointed by God as, in effect, God’s vice-regent over his people. (2) In the period around and following Paul there seems to have been a fair degree of speculation regarding heroes of the faith having been exalted to a glorious throne in heaven—a speculation probably stimulated by the plural “thrones” in Dan 7:9; so particularly Adam (T. Abr. 11.4–18), Enoch (Sim. Enoch = 1 Enoch 45.3; 51.3; 55.4; 61.8; 69.27–29; 71.14), Melchizedek (11QMelch), Job (T. Job 33.3), the Messiah (R. Akiba, according to b. Sanh. 38b). The striking feature of the earliest Christian use of Ps 110:1 then is not the claim itself, but the fact that it was made of one whose life was of very recent memory (rather than of a hero from the dim mists of Israel’s ancient past). Those who see here simply a case of “cognitive dissonance” (a failed prophecy being met by its vigorous reassertion as a way of coping with the failure) should ask themselves why the Teacher of Righteousness at Qumran or the failed messianic prophets of the time (Theudas, the Egyptian, etc.; Josephus, Ant. 20.97–98, 169–72) did not come to be spoken of in the same way.

ὃς καὶ ἐντυγχάνει ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν, “who also intercedes on our behalf.” For ἐντυγχάνω see on 8:27. The imagery is of heavenly intercession such as was attributed to angels already within Jewish thought (see on 8:26; cf. Enoch in 1 Enoch 13.4, but 14.4–7). We have here therefore another example of earliest Christology taking over various categories used to describe the reality of heaven and focusing them in an exclusive and exhaustive way on Christ. The thought was very important for Hebrews (particularly 7:25; cf. 1 John 2:1), but here may be as much an outworking of Paul’s Adam Christology (the last Adam interceding for his race, somewhat like T. Abr. 11), as of a latent high-priest Christology. Kleinknecht (345) notes that the theme of intercession can also be tied into that of the suffering righteous (Job 42:8–10; Isa 53:12; T. Benj. 3.6–8). On the relation to the intercession of the Spirit in v 26 see Wilckens.[16]


[1] Boice, J. M. (1991–). Romans: The Reign of Grace (Vol. 2, pp. 975–982). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

[2] Harrison, E. F., & Hagner, D. A. (2008). Romans. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 143). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Moo, D. J. (1996). The Epistle to the Romans (pp. 542–543). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[4] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans (Vol. 12–13, pp. 288–289). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[5] Boa, K., & Kruidenier, W. (2000). Romans (Vol. 6, pp. 262–263). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[6] Witmer, J. A. (1985). Romans. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 475). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[7] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1713). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[8] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1441). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[9] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ro 8:34). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[10] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2172). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[11] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1628). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[12] Patterson, P. (2017). Salvation in the Old Testament. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1795). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[13] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentary on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans (pp. 324–325). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[14] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 2, pp. 243–244). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[15] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). The Pulpit Commentary: Romans (pp. 243–244). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[16] Dunn, J. D. G. (1988). Romans 1–8 (Vol. 38A, pp. 503–504). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

The Babylon Bee Guide To Realistic Parenting Goals | The Babylon Bee

Parenting can be difficult. Many parents blame themselves for any problems, but it’s really the kids’ fault. They’re just bad kids and you’re stuck with them.

Adding to the frustration are all the parenting books with the unrealistic goals of perfect, well-behaved children. You know that’s not going to happen because, once again, your kids are just bad. Totally depraved, really. Also, who wants to read those as they’re boring and you’d rather just read Harry Potter again.

So we at The Babylon Bee are here to help by giving you more realistic parenting goals that you can actually achieve. Now you can work towards these and feel good about yourself and better about your bad bad kids.

  • When your kid takes his shoes off in a random area of a home, car, or business, get him to take them both off in the same location.
  • Teach your child to kinda obey you after the sixth time you say anything.
  • Remember to make your children at least one meal before bedtime.
  • Make sure children have at least 15 minutes of non-screen time per day.
  • As soon as it’s lights out, teach your children to engage in only quiet misbehavior.
  • No more than one meltdown every time they attend Sunday School.
  • Have them play video games about outdoor activities.
  • No matter what you serve your kids for dinner, they have to at least look at it before saying they don’t like it.
  • Get your kids’ names right on the first or second try.
  • Make sure your kids know the words “please” and “thank you” exist.
  • Train your children in at least enough biblical knowledge to know that God is the good one and the devil is the bad one.

There you have it. Go forth and train your children up in the way that they should go, or at least the general direction.

Source: The Babylon Bee Guide To Realistic Parenting Goals

Is the Reformed Christian Movement Splitting over ‘Woke’ Theology? | Christian Research Network

“Always you’re surprised by who all of a sudden defects. And what causes that? Well briefly, ‘Certain persons have crept in unnoticed.’ Persons of influence, teachers in seminaries, writers, theologians, but false teachers. That is they’re inside the Christian wall. They’re part of the church. They’re supposedly representatives of God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

(Enemies Within The Church)  Predictions of a split in the Southern Baptist Convention have intensified since the infamous “Resolution 9,” which endorsed Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality as useful “analytical tools,” was passed during the Convention meeting in June….

However, the first signs of a split within evangelical Christianity are not coming from the Southern Baptist Convention, at least directly.It did not escape notice when John MacArthur was not included in the speaker line up for Together for the Gospel’s 2020 T4G conference. Conversely, T4G speakers and Shepherd’s Conference regulars, Mark Dever, Al Mohler, and Ligon Duncan, were not included in the initial 2020 Shepherd’s Conference line up at MacArthur’s Grace Community Church.

This past Tuesday, while speaking to The Master’s Seminary student body, John MacArthur stated:

“There seems to be less and less willingness to fight these days among many evangelical leaders. They seem to be capitulating to whatever the whims of the culture happen to be. And that is because we now are into about the 4th decade of pragmatism and it has sucked all the masculinity out of so many people who are unwilling to take a strong stand when it may be unpopular.”

He continued:   View article →

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Source: Is the Reformed Christian Movement Splitting over ‘Woke’ Theology?

N.Y. Fed Takes $75 Billion of Treasuries, Securities in Repo Op | Bloomberg

The Federal Reserve added a third dose of liquidity to a vital corner of the funding markets Thursday, helping rates retreat further as investors warn that fresh bouts of stress remain possible in the weeks ahead.

The New York Fed injected another $75 billion through an overnight repo operation. That followed a dose of the same size on Wednesday and $53.2 billion on Tuesday. The operations, commonplace in pre-financial crisis times, temporarily add cash, with the Fed taking government securities as collateral. Wall Street bond dealers submitted about $84 billion of securities for Thursday’s Fed action, the most in the three days.

“Look for another operation tomorrow given rising submissions,” FTN Capital strategist Jim Vogel wrote in a note.

The latest addition of liquidity — with the Fed making clear it’s ready to do more as needed — follows the Federal Open Market Committee’s move Wednesday to reduce the interest rate on excess reserves, or IOER, by more than their main interest rate — all attempts to quell money-market stresses.

The operations have calmed the funding market, with repo rates declining to more normal levels after soaring to 10% Tuesday, four times last week’s levels. Overnight general collateral repurchase agreement rates continued to retreat Thursday, trading around 2.05%, according to ICAP. Still, most investors say more Fed action is needed for a permanent fix, with gauges of dollar funding costs measured through the current swaps market showing pressures building again given disappointment over the steps the central bank took.

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell Holds News Conference Following FOMC Rate Decision

Jerome Powell

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The effective fed funds rate was set at 2.25% as of Wednesday. It was at 2.30% Tuesday, above the top of the Fed’s target range of 2% to 2.25% before policy makers lowered their benchmark rate Wednesday.

“We expect these episodes of funding stresses to become more frequent with demand for funding and U.S. Treasury supply forecast to increase heading into year-end and the Fed’s reserve levels likely to drop further,” Jerome Schneider, head of short-term bond portfolios at Pacific Investment Management Co., wrote in a note Wednesday with his colleagues.

Given the added supply, banks’ holdings of Treasuries have risen and are increasingly being financed by money market funds investing in repo, which leaves “U.S. funding markets more fragile,” Schneider wrote. He said this adds to other reasons why the Fed needs to do more to engineer a long-term fix.

After policy makers wrapped up a two-day meeting Wednesday, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank will keep doing these repo operations if that’s what it takes to get markets back on track. He spoke hours after the effective fed funds rate busted through the central bank’s cap, evidence Powell and his colleagues were losing their grip on one of their most important levers for controlling the financial system.

Powell also said the Fed would provide a sufficient supply of bank reserves so that frequent operations like the ones they’ve done this week aren’t required.

The only way “to permanently alleviate the funding stress is to rebuild the buffer of reserves in the system,“ according to Morgan Stanley strategist Matthew Hornbach.

Relying on repo operations doesn’t resolve the issue of reserves declining as the Treasury rebuilds balances, Hornbach wrote in a note. Having regular operations will also increase market uncertainty as the Fed could halt purchases at any time, while the size of its buying will have to expand over time as reserves drop, he said.

“It is certainly possible that we’ll need to resume the organic growth of the balance sheet sooner than we thought,” Powell said, referring to the central bank potentially buying securities again to permanently increase reserves and ensure liquidity in the banking sector.

Read More: Powell Stresses Solid U.S. Outlook After Fed Cuts Rates Again

Many strategists had predicted the Fed would take even more aggressive measures to reduce the pressures. One idea that’s gotten a fair amount of attention is something called a standing fixed-rate repo facility — a permanent way to ease funding pressures, as opposed to the ad-hoc operations the Fed has used this week. Many analysts even predicted a Wednesday announcement that the Fed would start expanding its balance sheet.

That didn’t happen. However, with the Fed apparently ready to keep injecting liquidity whenever it’s needed, “it’s enough for now,” said Jon Hill of BMO Capital Markets.

“This week’s dramatic moves in the short-term funding markets serve as a case in point for the need to carefully consider liquidity in the financial system,” Rick Rieder, global chief investment officer of fixed income at BlackRock Inc., wrote in a note.

“All of this funding market gyration points to the increasingly obvious fact that the end of Fed reserve draining is insufficient to stabilize these markets,” he said.

(Adds analyst comment anticipating Friday operations.)

Source: N.Y. Fed Takes $75 Billion of Treasuries, Securities in Repo Op

Fed Funds Prints 2.25%, Breaching Target Range, As IOER Spread Explodes | ZeroHedge News

With the Fed’s repo operation oversubscribed for the second day in a row, as $9BN in liquidity requests remained unfulfilled by the $75BN operation, it is perhaps not a surprise that as the funding shortage persists, today’s effective fed funds rate printed at 2.25%, which while down from 2.30% yesterday, was for the second day in a row above the top end of the range, in this case by 25bps above the top of the Fed’s new rate corridor of 1.75% – 2.00% (when accounting for yesterday’s 25bps rate cut).

Furthermore, now that the Fed’s Interest on Excess Reserves was cut by 30bps on Wednesday to 1.80%, it means that the effective Fed Funds rate is now a record 45bps above the IOER.

As a reminder, EFF should trade inside of, or at worst, on top of the IOER rate, confirming once again that the Fed’s attempts to normalize the market plumbing are failing as the market demands a far more aggressive reserve injection, one in the form of POMO (i.e. QE).

Source: Fed Funds Prints 2.25%, Breaching Target Range, As IOER Spread Explodes

The Fed Will Restart QE In November: This Is How It Will Do It | ZeroHedge News

One of the reasons for the sharply hawkish response to yesterday’s FOMC meeting – one which saw both the dollar and yields spike – is that as we pointed out yesterday morning, in the hours ahead of Powell’s press conference, Wall Street consensus quickly shifted with many expecting the Fed to announce some form of permanent repo facility or restart of POMO (or QE for those who call a spade a spade) to push reserves back to a level where the funding market is stable. This, as we showed with the following chart, would require some $400 billion in new reserves for the FF-IOER spread to normalize.

To the disappointment of many, Powell did not do that, and instead, the FOMC realigned both interest on excess reserves (IOER) and the reverse repo (RRP) rate lower by 5bp, resulting in 30bp cuts to both rates. Powell also noted during his press conference that the Fed would use temporary open market operations (OMOs) “for the foreseeable future” to address pressures in funding markets.

However, and the reason why stocks shot up just before 3pm ET, is that that’s when Powell added that “it’s possible that we’ll need to resume the organic growth of the balance sheet, earlier than we thought. … We’ll be looking at this carefully in coming days and taking it up at the next meeting” in late October. Said otherwise, the Fed may not have announcer QE4 yesterday, but it will likely announce it in the very near future.

Sure enough, as Goldman wrote in its FOMC post-mortem, “we took this as a fairly strong hint and now expect the Fed to resume trend growth of its balance sheet in November with permanent OMOs. It is possible that the FOMC will take that opportunity to also reach a final decision on possibly shortening the maturity composition of its purchases, which it discussed at its May meeting.”

So what will the Fed’s restart of QE POMO (some analysts, such as Morgan Stanley’s Matt Hornbach are very sensitive not to call the return of POMO as QE even though both are effectively the monetization of US Treasurys and the US budget deficit) look like?

In the chart below, Goldman summarizes its projections of the Fed’s future gross Treasury purchases. The blue bars show reinvestment of maturing UST, which occur via add-on Treasury auctions. The red bars show reinvestment of maturing MBS, which occur via the secondary market.

The grey bars are where things get fun as they show permanent OMOs to support trend growth of the Fed’s balance sheet, which will occur via intervention of the Fed’s markets desk in the secondary market.

Here, similar to Bank of America, Goldman assumes a roughly $15bn/month rate of permanent OMOs, enough to support trend growth of the balance sheet plus some additional padding over the first two years to increase the size of thebalance sheet by $150bn, restoring the reserve buffer and eliminating the current need for temporary OMOs.

That strategy would result in balance sheet growth of roughly $180bn/year and net UST purchases by the Fed (the sum of the red and grey bars) of roughly $375bn/year over the next couple of years.

And so, in just two months QE… pardon the Fed’s open market purchases of Treasurys, will return after a 5 years hiatus. Just don’t call it QE, whatever you do.

Source: The Fed Will Restart QE In November: This Is How It Will Do It

Revealed: 80 Percent of Central American Women, Girls Raped Crossing into U.S. — Christian Research Network

“Princeton Policy Advisors estimates that 103,000 women will be raped trying to reach the U.S. from Central America in 2019. Though that figure could be much higher, as rape and other crimes against migrants skyrockets in Mexico and after they cross the border.” 

(Jerome Hudson – Breitbart)  For all the political Left’s shrieks about a so-called “War on women” and a systemic “rape culture” pervasive throughout American society, the reality that some 8 in 10 women and girls are sexually assaulted during the dangerous trek from Mexico and South America to the U.S. southern border is met mostly with silence.

The media and Democrats’ refusal to acknowledge this wanton brutality is why I wrote my new book 50 Things They Don’t Want You to Know, in which I highlight a seldom reported investigation into sexual assault of migrants by Splinter News, which is owned by Univision — an anti-Trump and anti-wall outfit. The report revealed the stunning truth that 80 percent of Central American women and girls are raped during their journey, primarily while traveling through Mexico or when they cross the U.S. border.

One woman profiled by the New York Times described being raped in Mexican brothels as well as in McAllen, Texas. She said, “They just told us, ‘You guys don’t have money, so you have to pay with your body.’”  View article →

 

via Revealed: 80 Percent of Central American Women, Girls Raped Crossing into U.S. — Christian Research Network

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

REUTERS

President Donald Trump and the state of California went to war on Wednesday
over who should set the standards in the United States for vehicle
emissions and electric cars, foreshadowing a legal battle over
environmental policy issues that will affect the auto industry and
consumers.

President Trump showed off a section of wall along the U.S. border with
Mexico on Wednesday in a bid to illustrate his commitment to crack down on
illegal border crossings as he raises money in California for his
re-election campaign.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a stopgap
government funding bill on Wednesday that would maintain current spending
levels until Nov. 21 and avoid a government shutdown when funding expires
at the end of this month.

Iran warned U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday against being dragged
into all-out war in the Middle East following an attack on Saudi Arabian
oil facilities which Washington and Riyadh blame on Tehran.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday the United States was
building a coalition to deter Iran after an attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil
facilities but it wanted a peaceful resolution.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released proposed legislation on Thursday
that would allow the federal government to negotiate the prices of hundreds
of prescription drugs for Medicare healthcare beneficiaries as well as
other consumers.

A U.S. drone strike intended to hit an Islamic State (IS) hideout in
Afghanistan killed at least 30 civilians resting after a day’s labor in the
fields, officials said on Thursday.

Oil prices rose sharply to $64.56 on Thursday, supported by supply risks as
the market assesses the fallout from last weekend’s drone attacks on Saudi
oil infrastructure.

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits
increased less than expected last week, pointing to strong labor market
conditions that should continue to support a moderately growing economy.
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 2,000 to a seasonally
adjusted 208,000 for the week ended Sept. 14.

AP Top Stories

China’s National Day is often marked with elaborate fireworks. But that’s
not the case in Hong Kong this year, with the government cancelling the
display – citing concerns over “public safety.” For some of the city’s
residents – it shows the government is “intimidated” by the ongoing
protests.

Donald Trump has announced by tweet that he is increasing sanctions on
Iran, following the weekend attacks on Saudi oil installations. The
president tweeted: “I have just instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to
substantially increase Sanctions on the country of Iran!”

The Pentagon has a plan for destroying the defenses of Russia’s most
heavily-armed European outpost, a top U.S. commander said in September
2019. The Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, which lies between Poland and
Lithuania on the Baltic Sea and is geographically separate from the rest of
Russia, practically bristles with S-300 and S-400 air-defense missiles,
Oniks anti-ship missiles and Iskander surface-to-surface missiles. From
Kaliningrad, Russia can threaten NATO aircraft, ships and ground forces for
hundreds of miles in all directions.

The U.S. Air Force needs as many as 225 bomber aircraft to meet current and
future threats presented by rivals such as Russia and China, according to
Gen. Timothy Ray, Commander of Global Strike Command and Strategic Command.

Amid great uncertainty, the Royal Navy is about to begin its most radical
reorganization in many years. With two new aircraft carriers slated to
begin deploying in two years’ time, the U.K. fleet must figure out how to
deploy, as a cohesive force, large numbers of warships comprising a carrier
strike group.

NATO has stood up a new command whose job it is to speed alliance troops
and tanks around Europe in order to defend against a Russian invasion.

BBC

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz are
jostling over the terms of a unity government, after the country’s second
election in a year ended in deadlock.

An American Airlines mechanic charged with sabotaging an aircraft in July
has possible links to the Islamic State (IS) group, US prosecutors say.

Twenty people have died after a truck packed with explosives was detonated
by Taliban militants outside a hospital in southern Afghanistan.

Every five minutes, someone dies from a snakebite. Now a team in Kenya is
using motorbike ambulances to rush people who have been bitten to a
hospital where they can get treatment.

WND

The tiny Nevada towns that dot the landscape of the high desert areas about
100 miles north of bustling Las Vegas are preparing for a possible influx
of thousands of people over the next several days due to the viral “Storm
Area 51” and the related festivals that have sprung up.

Two Dutch nationals arrested last week in search of Area 51 were sentenced
Monday to just three days in county jail after which, police say, they will
be sent back to the Netherlands.

Following a ban on virtually all semi-automatic firearms, New Zealanders
face 5 years in jail if they refuse to hand them in.

Purdue will stand by its plans to bring a Chick-fil-A fast food franchise
to campus, despite protests from some faculty on the University Senate and
Purdue’s student body president over the company CEO’s record on LGBT
issues.

NBC News is asking Americans to confess their climate change sins, though
at least some people have taken the opportunity to troll the news company.
Many of the responses appear to take the project seriously.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” —John Marshall (1819)

Colbert Advises Warren on Tax Increases

The “Late Show” host aims to correct a glaring vulnerability in Warren’s campaign.


Majority of Americans Believe the Future Is Bright

Most of our countrymen believe positive change begins outside of politics.


Demonizing Those Who Provide Healthcare to Illegals

Leftists are “outing” anyone who contracts with ICE to take care of detained migrants.


What ‘They’ Did to Language

Merriam-Webster joins the Rainbow Mafia iconoclasts in redefining the word “they.”


Alcohol, Guns, and Prohibition

A homicide victim is far more likely to be murdered by an assailant using a knife, blunt object, or fists than by a rifle of any type.


Video: How Would President O’Rourke Take Our Guns?

Let’s imagine that the Texas lawmaker miraculously gets to the White House…


Video: NYT Reporters: ‘It Wasn’t Us’

Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly pass the buck to their editors for Kavanaugh debacle.



Today’s Opinion

Victor Davis Hanson
Trump’s Total Culture War
Rebecca Hagelin
The Spiritual Revival That Swept Through the Colonies
Tony Perkins
Fewer Med Students Immune From the Radical Left
Veronique de Rugy
The Motherhood Pay Gap
Cal Thomas
The Kavanaugh Reboot
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Thursday Top News Executive Summary

Background checks, Trudeau’s hypocrisy, Iran’s “act of war,” immigration-court backlog, climate sins, and more.


Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Matt Walsh, Beto O’Rourke, Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton, and more.



Today’s Meme

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Today’s Cartoon

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Headlines – 9/19/2019

Trump’s outgoing peace envoy heads to Jerusalem; will meet Netanyahu, Gantz

Coalition deadlock persists after 96.5% of total votes counted: Updated tally shows Blue and White increasing its lead over Likud to 33-31

Trump says he hasn’t spoken to Netanyahu: ‘Our relationship is with Israel’

Netanyahu to skip UN gathering, forgo Trump meet, to battle for new coalition

Israel Election Results: If Netanyahu’s Right, Get Ready for a Third General Election

Netanyahu Tells Gantz ‘We Must Form Unity Government, Meet Me Today’

Netanyahu: It’s either my right-wing bloc, or a dangerous Arab-backed government

Raining on Netanyahu plan, Yamina says united right-wing front isn’t a done deal

Likud members said open to unity government, but scared to oppose Netanyahu

As Netanyahu’s position weakens, liberal US Jews root for an end to his reign

Palestinian PM: Difference between Gantz and Netanyahu ‘like Pepsi and Coke’

Abbas says he’s ‘against’ possible new Netanyahu government

New Poll: More than 60% of Palestinians Want Abbas to Quit

Liquidity blockage choking Palestinian economy, World Bank says

Israeli researchers identify biblical kingdom of Edom

Moabite Altar Inscription: Earliest Reference to ‘Hebrews’?

IRGC’s Soleimani visits Baghdad, tells militias to attack U.S. interests

Airstrike on Iran-backed militia near Iraq-Syria border said to kill at least 5

Trump announces he will ‘substantially’ increase sanctions on Iran

Trump orders US Treasury to ‘substantially increase’ sanctions on Iran

Trump says he’d give Iranian leaders visas to attend UN

Iran: Attack on Saudi oil facilities was ‘a warning’

Pompeo inadvertently admitted the Iran crisis is a ‘direct result’ of Trump’s actions

Pompeo says US backs Saudi Arabia’s ‘right to defend itself’

Saudi oil attacks an ‘act of war’ by Iran, not Yemen rebels, Pompeo claims

Saudis couldn’t stop oil attack, even with top US defenses

UK’s Johnson and Trump discuss need for united diplomatic response to Saudi attack

Saudi Arabia joins US-led maritime coalition after attack on its oil industry

Kuwaiti army places some units in a ‘state of combat readiness’

Taliban car bomb kills at least 20 in southern Afghanistan

American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging plane denied bail over possible terrorist ties

Trump taps Latter-day Saint as new national security adviser

Trump names Robert C. O’Brien to replace John Bolton as national security adviser

US Fed’s Powell downplays concerns about cash crunch on financial markets

A crack just emerged in the financial markets: The NY Fed spends $53 billion to rescue the overnight lending market

Fed loses control of its own interest rate as it cut rates – ‘This just doesn’t look good’

The Fed cuts rates for 2nd time since financial crisis – but defies Trump’s calls for ‘big’ stimulus

Canada’s PM Trudeau apologizes after photo emerges of him dressed in ‘brownface’

Smart TVs, smart-home devices found to be leaking sensitive user data, researchers find

The US Navy just confirmed these UFO videos are the real deal

Comet visitor from outside our Solar System will wow scientists for months

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Pendok, Indonesia

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Sumbersari, Indonesia

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Blimbing, Indonesia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Bouvet Island, Bouvet Island

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Kulumadau, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Alotau, Papua New Guinea

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 11,000ft

Six Named Storms at Once in Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Basins Ties Modern Record

Tropical Depression Imelda could dump 2 feet of rain on parts of Texas

Hurricane Humberto Raking Bermuda With Wind and Rain as High Surf and Rip Currents Continue Along Southeast U.S. Coast

New tropical system in West Pacific to trigger flooding in Philippines as Japan, South Korea remain on alert

Bolivia Is Fighting Major Forest Fires Nearly As Large As In Brazil

Doomsdays that didn’t happen: Think tank compiles decades’ worth of dire climate predictions

NBC News Asks Americans To Confess Their Climate Change Sins

World unprepared for global pandemic that could wipe out 80 million people in less than 36 hours, WHO report says

Artificial Intelligence Can Now Gauge Your Risk of Cardiovascular Death

Abortionist Ulrich Klopfer kept thousands of dead babies but inspires little curiosity

Newly passed California resolution blames ‘religious groups’ for LGBT suicides

Oklahoma woman, 18, threatened to ‘shoot 400 people for fun’ at former high school, officials say

Millions may risk jail as Indonesia to outlaw sex outside marriage

Fashion catwalk at cathedral is ‘antithesis of Christian gospel’


Apostasy Watch

Mike Ratliff – Private Interpretation

Dallas Megachurch Puts On Mass Wedding for Dozens of Cohabitating Couples

Scam targeting churches hits Bellevue Washington

NBC News Turns Climate Change Into Real Religion: Offers Site Where You Can Confess Your Sins

Ex-N.J. pastor arrested on child porn charges while working as kindergarten teacher in Massachusetts

Doctor, church youth director among suspects arrested in trafficking, online child sex sting

Wheaton College students sue Chicago after being told they can’t evangelize in park

Good News – Abortion Rate Falls to Lowest Level Since 1973


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