Daily Archives: October 26, 2019

October 26 Experiencing God’s Best

Scripture Reading: Psalm 138:1–8

Key Verse: Psalm 138:8

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;

Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;

Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

As we make decisions every day, our choices determine the quality of our lives. This is why it is very important to seek God’s guidance in order to experience His best. How do we discover God’s best? The answer is two-fold. We must first realize that God’s way is the best way, and then we must learn to listen to His voice.

Realizing that God’s way is better than our way is a difficult process for many of us, because we like to think that we can figure things out on our own. We pridefully tell ourselves that we don’t need help from anyone else as we struggle and toil with burdens and decisions. Yet we must understand that God longs to help and bless us. There is truly no one who knows our needs better than He does.

When we understand these things, our spirits are fertile ground to receive His guidance and instruction. We begin to welcome the promptings of the Holy Spirit and to find practical insight for our daily lives as we read God’s Word.

A true indicator of hearing God’s voice will be a new and complete sense of peace. Jesus said that He gives peace “not as the world gives” (John 14:27), but a peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7). His peace, therefore, must be the governing force of each decision we make.

Choose to let the peace of God guide you in your next important decision, while keeping in mind that God’s best will far exceed any good thing you could create on your own.

All of history tells the story of those who let You guide them, Lord, and those who didn’t. Help me open the pages of my life to Your instruction.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 313). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The Article on Which the Church Stands or Falls — Ligonier Ministries Blog

If you don’t have justification by faith alone, you don’t have the gospel. In this brief clip, R.C. Sproul looks at the article on which the church stands or falls.

This Reformation Month, watch a short video every day on the history and insights of the Protestant Reformation. And don’t forget that for this month only, you can request your free digital download of R.C. Sproul’s video teaching series Luther and the Reformation plus the ebook edition of The Legacy of Luther, edited by R.C. Sproul and Stephen Nichols at ligm.in/Reformation. Offer ends October 31, 2019.

Transcript

The doctrine of justification by faith alone is the article upon which the church stands or falls. The article that is so important that he said, that if we lose it, we lose Christianity. If you don’t have the doctrine of justification by faith alone, you don’t have the gospel, and if you don’t have the gospel, the church has no reason to exist. The church itself ceases to be a church and falls into apostasy because it is the article that answers the question, what must I do to be saved?

via The Article on Which the Church Stands or Falls — Ligonier Ministries Blog

October 26 Are You a Good Listener?

Scripture Reading: James 1:21–25

Key Verse: James 1:22

Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

Are you a good listener? One young man became so perplexed over his inability to remember, he decided to tape much of what was told to him. He even went so far as to keep a tape recorder in the car to record his thoughts and prayers to God. In our fast-paced world, many of us may find ourselves desiring to follow his example.

However, the mind’s ability to remember, process, and code information is amazing. Yet researchers tell us we use very little of the brain’s capacity to think, reason, and recall past events. Even if you feel that you are a poor listener, God can change that.

Your brain is like a muscle; the more you use it, the stronger it becomes. Memorizing Scripture increases your ability to think and reason. Doctors agree that when you force the brain to activity, even if it has been injured, it will seek a way to get the task done. Truly we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

An important part of being a good listener is making sure you have a teachable spirit. If you have a closed mind to God’s Word, or if you are passive in your spiritual outlook, chances are, you will retain very little of what God is saying.

Ask the Lord to make you sensitive to His voice. Plan your spiritual activity to include times spent in prayer and seeking His will for your life. If your greatest desire is to know Him, He will give you the desires of your heart.

Father God, make me a good listener. Give me a teachable spirit that is open to Your Word. Make me sensitive to Your voice. Deliver me from spiritual passivity.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 313). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

October 26 Strength to Obey

Scripture reading: 1 Samuel 3:1–10

Key verse: 1 Samuel 3:10

The Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”

God uses a variety of methods to get our attention. Sometimes He’ll give us a restless spirit. At other times He can get our attention through a word from a fellow believer, through tragedy, through unanswered prayer, through disappointment, and through financial difficulty, among other ways.

Whatever method God chooses to bring you within His will is perfect and is born of His love. He can see not only your present but also your future. He has plans for you and will keep you in precise accordance with those plans if you obey Him.

When you cease traveling on the path He has chosen for you, God has to get your attention. He may use one method today, another next week, another next year. Yet He always acts out of love and never out of whim, anger, or vindication. Your response, then, should be to examine every single area and circumstance of your life and ask the Lord to clarify what He is trying to show you and how He wants you to proceed.

God got Samuel’s attention through someone else, his mentor, Eli. When finally Samuel understood who was calling him, he told God that he was “listening.” This particular Hebrew word means “to hear with a view to obeying.” Samuel answered with clear intentions to obey, though he had no idea what God would say next. May his response be your model.

Lord, when I hear Your voice, give me the strength to obey, even if I have no idea what comes next.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 313). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Never Forget a Rodeo Clown Was Fired Over an Obama Mask but Pics of Trump Being Killed Are Apparently Fine

Do you remember the rodeo clown who got fired for wearing a mask of Barack Obama? Yes, it wasn’t too long ago that showing arrant disrespect to the president of the United States was a fireable offense. Oh, how times have changed.

Source: Never Forget a Rodeo Clown Was Fired Over an Obama Mask but Pics of Trump Being Killed Are Apparently Fine

Celebrities admit ‘hypocrisy’ of lifestyle choices in climate debate | RT

In an open letter more than 100 famous figures, including actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Jude Law, called for ‘systemic change to the fossil-fuel economy’. While admitting there’s no escaping celebrities’ heavy carbon footprint – that hasn’t stopped the rich and famous from calling for action.

McLaughlin poll: 52% say impeachment is a ‘stunt’ | WND

A new poll found 52% of Americans consider the Democrats’ impeachment investigation of President Trump a “political stunt.”

The McLaughlin poll, the Gateway Pundit reported, also indicated 47% believe the president should not cooperate and 59% say it’s just a waste of time and the Democrats “need to work with Republicans to solve the nation’s problems.”

Meanwhile, Breitbart reported, Gallup has admitted that its poll indicating 52% of Americans “now support Trump’s impeachment and removal” may have included illegal aliens or non-citizen legal residents.

Gallup also said it doesn’t know how many of the poll respondents were registered voters.

Breitbart noted establishment media have quoted Gallup widely.

Of the 1,526 respondents, only 462, or 30.2%, were Republicans, and only 6% of them favored impeachment and removal, Breitbart also pointed out.

Gallup counted each GOP response as “85% of a respondent.”

Meanwhile, there were 419 Democratic respondents, and they each were counted as 107% of a respondent.

Source: McLaughlin poll: 52% say impeachment is a ‘stunt’

Now Desperate For Campaign Cash, Hypocrite Joe Biden Drops His Opposition To Super PACs — The Gateway Pundit

Joe Biden used to be opposed to super PACs.

Of course, that was before he needed one. His campaign is dangerously low on funds, so he has conveniently changed his position.

Politico reports:

Biden throws his campaign a lifeline

By reversing course and dropping his opposition to super PACs, Joe Biden has all but admitted he’s getting swamped in fundraising.

But it was a strategic retreat that could end up paying big dividends for his cash-starved campaign.

Calls to a half-dozen maxed-out Biden donors Friday revealed that they would gladly dig deeper for the former vice president and contribute to a super PAC that enables them — and corporations — to give and spend unlimited amounts of money.

“Joe Biden has not raised as much money as the others through his own campaign efforts. But you have to understand, that’s basically how it works. Bernie Sanders had, what, 20,000 people at an event in New York? Suppose each one of those people gave $100,” said Joe Cotchett, a major Bay Area bundler for Biden. “Does Joe have the ability to have 20,000 people at a rally right now? The answer is no. But hopefully for Joe, it will come.”

It gets worse. The people Biden is now cozying up to are corporate interests. That should go over very well with his party’s far left base.

The Intercept reports:

JOE BIDEN’S SUPER PAC IS BEING ORGANIZED BY CORPORATE LOBBYISTS FOR HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY, WEAPONS MAKERS, FINANCE

JOE BIDEN BEGAN the presidential campaign with a commanding lead in the polls, but questions surrounding his ability to power through the primary, along with relatively weak fundraising, has cast new doubt about his campaign.

In an effort to revive Biden’s prospects, prominent supporters of the former vice president are mobilizing to establish a Super PAC, a bid that the Biden campaign appeared to endorse on Thursday, according to a report in Bloomberg. The move represents a reversal from earlier this year, when Biden rejected support from Super PACs, which can receive unlimited donations from corporations or individuals.

Though Biden has pledged not to take contributions from registered lobbyists, the prohibition appears not to apply to big-dollar organizers of his Super PAC. Among the individuals involved with the effort are several lobbyists for leading corporations and foreign governments.

Biden really has no choice here if he wants to be competitive, but this is going to hurt him.

Especially with the voters he needs to win.

It’s a lose-lose situation.

Cross posted from American Lookout.

via Now Desperate For Campaign Cash, Hypocrite Joe Biden Drops His Opposition To Super PACs — The Gateway Pundit

Deep state in total panic as Durham’s investigation confirmed to have transitioned to CRIMINAL .

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https://www.naturalnews.com by Mike Adams

 Those most likely to face criminal indictments are John Brennan and James Clapper, which may lead to evidence implicating James Comey, Robert Mueller, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, among others.

As the New York Times reported:

For more than two years, President Trump has repeatedly attacked the Russia investigation, portraying it as a hoax and illegal even months after the special counsel closed it. Now, Mr. Trump’s own Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into how it all began… Justice Department officials have shifted an administrative review of the Russia investigation closely overseen by Attorney General William P. Barr to a criminal inquiry, according to two people familiar with the matter. The move gives the prosecutor running it, John H. Durham, the power to subpoena for witness testimony and documents, to impanel a grand jury and to file criminal charges.

Ted Malloch: For Whom the Bell Tolls – The Final Chapter in the Attempted Coup d’état Against Trump — The Gateway Pundit

Guest post by Ted Malloch

Do you remember reading Hemingway’s, For Whom the Bell Tolls in high school English class?

The 1930’s Spanish civil war novel actually takes its title from an old English poem by John Donne. It is about the church bells tolling at death.

Well the bells are now about to toll for all the culprits in the attempted coup d’état to overthrow the duly elected American President, Donald Trump.

Attorney General Barr and his prosecutor Durham are going to indict a slew of bad actors who committed unthinkable crimes and conspiracy.

The bell is tolling their names, now…

“I was born in a crossfire hurricane,” a lyric from an old Rolling Stones hit, was an apt prediction of the political storm that has torn the shingles off the entire Establishment.

Ironically, it was also the very name of the coup staged to take down Trump—that has now been fully exposed.

We outlined the whole thing first and we put almost ALL of the pieces together in was has become a gigantic jigsaw puzzle.

Read: The Plot to Destroy Trump in its new, updated paperback version with an Afterword on what comes next.

President Trump needs to go “full animal” and ensure a time of reckoning now that the allegations against him have been put to rest.

The Red November conspiracy was not the Trump-Russia collusion, which as the Mueller Report stated was a fiction but as Trump himself called it, a “collusion delusion.”

It was Intel gate.

Revenge is coming as an act of vindication and a strong statement that the real conspiracy against America, and against its government and values, was formulated and executed by the Deep State.

It is time to bring them all to justice, now.

This means draining the swamp and they will fight back—so be ready.

Well, you ask whom does this include? We tell the whole story in this book and name all the characters.

Let’s name names and start at the very top.

They need to go under the bright light. These persons at minimum need to be brought before the grand jury and then indicted.

Barack Hussein Obama was clued into and orchestrated this coup attempt as is evident from the Lisa Page emails and testimony. He permitted political spying  and weaponized intelligence.

He needs to be investigated and indicted, as do all the following members of his orbit and the gambit to destroy Trump in their treasonous Red November conspiracy.

Of course, we should presume innocence, but the facts speak to the truth. Durham now has all the facts.

John Brennan

He is the kingpin who started and framed this whole plan. His hands are dirty and his vehement attacks on the President underscore his active role. Now he is now caught.

James Comey

He lied, leaked and covered up. He was a signatory of the FISA warrants to spy on Trump and his associates.

Andrew McCabe

Liar and leaker extraordinaire, he was the FBI’s man in this conspiracy.

James Clapper

The DNI lied, leaked and furthered the whole Russia myth. He is the same person who brought us the Iraq WMD falsehoods.

Sally Yates

She was key to the FISA process and was behind the horrible effort to frame General Flynn.

Peter Strzok

He is the ‘operator’ who worked on behalf of Brennan to start the counter Intel operation and his actions and words are utterly despicable.

Lisa Page

The paramour of Strzok was implicated in every move and her anti-Trump emails are the evidence. She outlined the “insurance” policy.

Loretta Lynch

We all know what happened on that tarmac in Phoenix. She got Hillary Clinton excused and ramped up the efforts against Trump.

James Baker

He was the FBI bagman on the FISA warrants and gave the salacious and unverified dossier to Buzz Feed to publish in the first place.

Christopher Steele

This is the foreign MI6 spy who paid Russians to provide fake gossip and dirt for a bogus dossier that is at the very center of the entire conspiracy. He was a Trump hater.

Glenn Simpson

The Fusion GPS opposition research firm was the vehicle the DNC and Clinton used and paid to concoct the whole set of lies. They are the fomenters of the whole lie.

Hillary Clinton

She knew, approved and expanded the conspiracy after she lost badly in the 2016 election.

Nellie and Bruce Ohr

The wife was a CIA agent working with both Brennan and Fusion GPS to research and draft the dossier. Her husband was a top DOJ official who fronted it to the FBI and other outlets.

(The late) John McCain

So opposed to Trump was he that he and his staff took the fake dossier and ran with it.

Susan Rice

Obama’s NSA not only unmasked people illegitimately but had intimate knowledge of the entire operation.

Samantha Powers

Obama’s UN Ambassador was intricately involved in the operation, politicized intelligence, and unmasked many American citizens.

Ben Rhodes

Hillary’s flunky was up to his eyeballs in the operation and implicated in its outputs.

As I have laid out in considerable detail, and everything I said has proven to be correct, this was a Red November conspiracy against the President, not Russia gate.

It was not so much about Russia meddling in US elections.

It is rather the conspiracy by anti-Trump forces — from former MI6 agent, Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS, to the FBI and DOJ to The CIA’s, John Brennan and the Deep State, to subvert the President by inventing a narrative that was falsely fabricated and which they themselves concocted to delegitimize, subvert, and depose President Donald Trump.

Now it has been exposed for what it is.

These criminals and liars must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Justice demands nothing less for the long-term health of our democratic republic.

Read backwards and you will learn how this all started and what a hoax it was.

In fact, it was nothing short of a coup d’état.

via Ted Malloch: For Whom the Bell Tolls – The Final Chapter in the Attempted Coup d’état Against Trump — The Gateway Pundit

JOE BIDEN LIED – Contacted Federal Agencies at Least Twice to Intervene on Behalf of His Son Hunter’s Lobbying Firm (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

It sounds like a crime ring.
Then Senator Joe Biden contacted federal agencies at least twice to intervene on behalf of his drug-addicted son’s lobbying firm.

This is in complete contradiction to what Joe Biden said in August. Biden told Politico, “I’ve never discussed with my son or my brother, or anyone else anything having to do with their businesses, period.”

Biden told FOX News reporter Peter Doocy that he never discussed Ukraine with his son Hunter — before he threatened the Ukrainians to fire the prosecutor investigating his son.

Joe Biden is a dirty liar.
The Washington Examiner reported:

Joe Biden privately contacted the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice when he was a senior and influential U.S. senator to discuss issues that his son Hunter’s firm was being paid to lobby on, according to government records.

On at least two occasions, Biden contacted federal departments to discuss issues related to Hunter’s firm’s lobbying clients, according to records reviewed by the Washington Examiner.

Biden’s behind-the-scenes outreach illustrates how his Senate work overlapped with his son’s business interests. Biden has faced scrutiny for taking actions that were perceived to benefit his son’s work, including calling for the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor and backing policies that helped the Delaware-based credit card industry while Hunter was working for MBNA, which is headquartered in the state.

via JOE BIDEN LIED – Contacted Federal Agencies at Least Twice to Intervene on Behalf of His Son Hunter’s Lobbying Firm (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Durham Investigation Is Criminal: a Disaster for the MSM — Christian Research Network

“Even now, within minutes actually, The New York Times is desperately trying to spin the news as legally biased in some manner, insulting Durham with no knowledge. How pathetic. How reactionary and how conformist. They really are still the paper of Walter Duranty, even though some of their more jejune reporters may never have heard of him.”

(Roger L. Simon – PJ Media)  Winter may be coming but it’s already springtime for lawyers in Washington, D.C. The list of people lawyering up these days would probably fill this page and lap over onto the next. It’s just been announced that the John Durham investigation into the provenance of the Russia probe has turned into a criminal investigation.

Subpoenas and grand juries are coming — real ones, not the Star Chamber counterfeits being orchestrated by the panicked Democrats and their junior-league Southern California Torquemada.

To those of us who have been watching this spectacle from the beginning, this was inevitable. After all, where’d the Mueller/Russia probe come from in the first place? Since there was absolutely no there there, it makes no sense that it wasn’t a fraud from the outset. Who started it? Who are the treasonous/seditious culprits who conspired to overthrow an election? Well, we should soon be finding out, although we can make some educated guesses.

But we do know absolutely who collaborated in the crime, who were the accessories to and in some cases the instigators of this most heinous plot in American history…

… the mainstream media!  View article →

via Durham Investigation Is Criminal: a Disaster for the MSM — Christian Research Network

October 26, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

the purpose of God’s wisdom

That no man should boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1:29–31)

The first and primary purpose of the wisdom of God that produces salvation is that He be glorified. No man will ever have a reason to boast before God. Foolish, weak, base man can do nothing for himself; God has done everything. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. For we are His workmanship” (Eph. 2:8–10).

God also has a purpose for those who are saved. His purpose for His redeemed has many aspects, four of which are mentioned in verse 30. Because they are in Christ Jesus, they receive God’s wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.

First, believers are given God’s wisdom. They not only are saved by God’s wisdom rather than their own but are given God’s wisdom to replace their own. The truly wise of this world are those whose wisdom is not of this world but is from the Lord. Christians can say, without pride or self-boasting, that they have become wise in Jesus Christ. They stand as a testimony for all time that God in His wisdom chose the sinful, the weak, and the unwise in order to make them righteous, strong, and wise. God grants them His wisdom that He might be glorified, that it might be clearly seen that the wisdom Christians have is not their own but is by His power and grace.

Men are saved not by their intelligence, accomplishments, or human wisdom. Those who trust in these will never receive God’s salvation and life and wisdom—because these may be had only by humbly receiving what His Son has done on our behalf on the cross. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6), and, on another occasion, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (8:31–32).

The wisdom received from God through Christ is both instant and progressive. In his next letter to the Corinthians, Paul wrote, “For God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6). The maker and giver of physical light is also the source and giver of spiritual light. The first thing a believer learns is knowledge of God’s glory.

The glory of God signifies His majesty and His greatness. But in its fullest sense it represents all that God is—all of His attributes, His whole nature, the fullness of His divine being. We come to know personally the creator of the universe and the source of all life and all goodness.

Godly wisdom also has a progressive aspect. The God whom we have come to know through Christ we come to know better as we live by His Spirit. Paul prayed for the Ephesian believers to be given “a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him,” that is, of Christ (Eph. 1:17). They already had the initial gift of God’s wisdom, received when they first believed. But the apostle was concerned that they continue to grow in His wisdom and truth (cf. 2 Pet. 3:18).

Wisdom from God also has a future aspect. In this same prayer Paul asks, “that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” (v. 18). Both “hope” and “inheritance” suggest future fulfillment of wisdom and knowledge. God has given us wisdom, He is now giving us wisdom, and He will ultimately give us wisdom.

The person of the world cannot see or receive God’s wisdom, the wisdom that could show him God Himself, His plan for the world and for His people, and the future eternity that He gives through His Son. And so men live only for the moment, for the now, having no idea where they came from, where they are going, or what they are doing here in the first place. Yet the simplest, most uneducated person who humbly places his life in Christ’s hands is given the truth about all of these things. He knows what all the sages and philosophers of all time have never been able to discover or will ever be able to discover. He has God’s wisdom as one of His Savior’s precious gifts.

Second, believers receive God’s righteousness. They are made right with God and they participate in His righteousness, His rightness. Rightness means to be as something or someone should be—right as opposed to wrong, good as opposed to evil, sinless as opposed to sinful. God is totally righteous because He is totally as He should be. He cannot vary from His rightness. When we trust His Son, He shares His Son’s righteousness with us. “To the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness” (Rom. 4:5). God “made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21). When God looks on a Christian He sees His Son and His Son’s righteousness. When a person trusts in Christ, his unrighteousness is exchanged for Christ’s righteousness, “that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith” (Phil. 3:9). Man has never had any righteousness of his own and can never have any righteousness of his own, that is, which originates in him. The only righteousness he can have is that which God gives him through His Son. It is the only righteousness he needs, because it is perfect righteousness.

Third, believers receive God’s sanctification. In Christ we are set apart, made holy. We are declared righteous in Christ and are made holy in Christ. When we receive Christ’s nature we receive His incorruptible seed, the seed which is not, and cannot be, habitually corrupted by sin. With the flesh still present, we can slip into sin, but only intermittently. As we spiritually mature the frequency of sin decreases. The righteousness that is counted to us judicially also becomes ours in actuality—in holiness, in sanctification. We are given life in the Spirit and we begin to walk in the Spirit (Rom. 8:4–11). We begin to bear the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22–23) as we are being transformed into Christ’s image (2 Cor. 3:18). Our new nature is “created in Christ Jesus for good works,” for holiness (Eph. 2:10).

Fourth, believers receive God’s redemption. To redeem means to buy back. God by Christ has purchased us from the power of sin. Christ “is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory” (Eph. 1:14). Peter reminds us that we “were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold … but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ” (1 Pet. 1:18–19).

That, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1:31)

Although in Christ we have received God’s wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, we have no grounds for pride or boasting, because we did not deserve, earn, or produce any of them. Man’s wisdom can produce none of those things. It can only produce pride, misunderstanding, strife, and division. As Jeremiah had written hundreds of years before Paul quoted him, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.” “May it never be,” he wrote the Galatians, “that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Gal. 6:14).

the presentation of god’s wisdom

The party spirit in Corinth was the result of philosophy, of human wisdom. The Corinthians were fragmented in their beliefs and in their loyalties, because those were human beliefs and human loyalties. Paul reminded them that when he first came to Corinth and presented the gospel he did not do so with impressive words of human reasoning.[1]


30 We establish a relationship with Jesus Christ as a free, undeserved gift from God; thus we have no grounds for personal boasting. This is precisely what Paul points out in vv. 30–31. God is the One who has placed us “in Christ Jesus.” This phrase (and its variations) occurs frequently throughout Paul’s letters; it is his favorite expression for a Christian. Nothing significant happens to us as believers except that which happens “in Christ.”

In the context of the discussion in 1:18–27 about true and false wisdom, Paul emphasizes that true wisdom can only be found in Christ: He “has become for us wisdom from God.” The te … kai … kai construction that follows suggests that the next three words are epexegetic, i.e., they define further what this wisdom is: “righteousness, holiness and redemption.” True wisdom is to be found only in God’s plan for the redemption of the world accomplished through the cross, whereby we become right with God (cf. Ro 3:21–26) and receive sanctification as a gift from him.

Hagiasmos (“sanctification,” “holiness,” GK 40) is often seen as a process whereby we as believers become increasingly separated from a life of sin and live more and more like Christ. That we should show constant progress in Christian living is undoubtedly true (note Paul’s prayer in 1 Th 5:23, that God would sanctify those in Thessalonica who are already believers). But there is also a sense in which believers have already received sanctification as a package gift from God, in the same sense as they have received “righteousness” (justification) and “redemption” as a divinely bestowed gift (see the use of the perfect tense of hagiazō, GK 39, in 1 Co 6:11). For this we should thank God, and we should use the power of that reality to live as God wants us to live.[2]


30–31 The opening sentences of this paragraph reminded the Corinthians that their own calling, like the cross itself, expresses the “foolishness” of God that is “wiser than human wisdom.” But all of that was said negatively: God was thereby intent on “shaming” and “bringing to an end” human wisdom, so that no mere creature may have grounds for boasting in his presence. Now, by way of contrast, he addresses the Corinthians directly to express positively what God has done in calling them. The sentence is strictly soteriological and corresponds to vv. 26–29 in the same way that v. 24 does to vv. 22–23.

The contrasts themselves, which stand out in the Greek text, are difficult to transfer into English. Literally, Paul says, “but of him30 you are, in Christ Jesus.” Paul’s point is clear: In contrast to the world, you owe your existence to the prior activity of God, which has been effected in history through Christ Jesus. As in the preceding sentence all the emphasis falls on God’s activity,32 activity expressed most vividly in human history “in Christ Jesus.”

The way Paul expresses this divine activity in Christ has had a long history of misinterpretation in the church, related in part to the translation of the KJV (“who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption”)—as though this were a christological statement—and in part to reading it in light of Col. 2:2–3 and Jas. 1:5. Thus Christ is seen as the source of wisdom for Christians, whereby they either come to know God or are enlightened about his ways, in other words, Christ became wisdom for us so that we might thereby become wise. But that is to miss Paul’s point by a wide margin. In keeping with v. 24, he asserts that God made Christ to become true “wisdom” for us36—which is then immediately interpreted in historical-soteriological terms, “that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” Thus Paul is not suggesting, as the KJV implies, that Christ has been made these four things for believers. Rather, God has made him to become wisdom—but not of the kind with which the Corinthians are now enamored. True wisdom is to be understood in terms of the three illustrative metaphors, which refer to the saving event of Christ.

The metaphors themselves lack what we might ordinarily consider logical sequence (i.e., “redemption” brings about our “righteousness” [= right standing with God], followed by “holiness”). But that misses Paul’s present concern. These are not three different steps in the saving process; they are rather three different metaphors for the same event (our salvation that was effected in Christ), each taken from a different sphere and each emphasizing a different aspect of the one reality (cf. 6:11). The fact that he uses nouns to describe this event, rather than verbs, is dictated by the fact that they stand in apposition to the noun “wisdom.”

This is the first appearance of “righteousness” (= “justification”) in Paul. As a result of the later “Judaizing” controversy in Galatia it becomes the dominant metaphor. But the usage here and in 6:11 suggests two things: (1) It was already a common metaphor for Paul to express the saving work of Christ; and (2) it functioned in this period as one among other metaphors to connote the rich breadth of that work. “Righteousness,” therefore, is not so much an ethical term here as it is forensic, and highlights the believer’s undeserved stance of right standing before God, despite his/her guilt from having broken his law. We have already met the term “holiness” in 1:2. This is a “religious” metaphor, and in this kind of list it moves us into the ethical sphere. It is a recurring motif in 1 and 2 Thessalonians and is picked up again in 6:11. The term “redemption” is a metaphor from slavery, and had a rich history among the Jews to express their own deliverance from the bondage of Egypt. The emphasis is more on the deliverance of captives unto freedom than it is on the concept of “ransom” by payment; in Pauline usage (e.g., Rom. 3:24; Col. 1:14) it usually refers to deliverance from the bondage of sin.

Thus there is “wisdom” with God, to be sure. But it is of another kind from what the Corinthians currently delight in and squabble over. Wisdom does not have to do with “getting smart,” nor with status or rhetoric. God’s wisdom—the real thing—has to do with salvation through Christ Jesus. In a community where “wisdom” was part of a higher spirituality divorced from ethical consequences, Paul says that God has made Christ to become “wisdom” for us all right, but that means he has made him to become for us the one who redeems from sin and leads to holiness—ethical behavior that is consonant with the gospel. All of this is made clear by the final purpose clause of v. 31. Just as the ultimate goal in God’s choosing the “foolish things” of the world was to eradicate human boasting in his presence, so on the positive side the final goal of the work of Christ was to make possible the one true ground for boasting: “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.” With other grounds for confidence now swept aside by the “divine contradiction,” we are left with the ultimate “risk”—to trust God with our lives, and thus to “boast” in him.

The OT citation is from Jer. 9:24, but as usual in Paul it has been adapted to the present context. In place of the “in this” of Jeremiah, which points ahead to the clause that follows (“that he understands and knows me”), Paul has substituted “in the Lord,” which of course is close to Jeremiah’s overall sense, if not his precise intent. “The Lord” in this adaptation refers to Christ, especially to the work of Christ in our behalf spelled out in v. 30. Thus human boasting is eliminated by God himself in favor of boasting in Christ’s redemptive work, wherein alone one has favor with God.

The conclusion of this paragraph, “no human boasting” but rather “boasting in Christ” through whom God has effected salvation for us, continues (rightly) to play a significant role in the church. All of this is quite in keeping with the grand cadences of Romans and Galatians, with which the Protestant tradition is so familiar. Unfortunately, the means (the cross as the divine scandal) and the evidence (God’s choice of the lowly) for this conclusion do not always get the same hearing. It is not that God cannot, or will not, save the affluent. But for Paul the glory of the gospel does not lie there; rather, it lies in his mercy toward the very people whom most of the affluent tend to write off—the foolish, the weak, the despised. Such people do not fit well into the “suburban captivity of the church.” This paragraph must serve as a continual warning against our remaking into our own more comfortable images God’s distinctly revealed priorities of mercy for the helpless—as part of the evidence that his ways are not ours.[3]


1:30 / Here, Paul again addresses the Corinthians directly. This new sentence informs them of what they should already know, but apparently have forgotten—that it is by God’s own work that they have been established in Christ Jesus. The Corinthians have whatever life they now live only as a result of God’s work in and through Christ, not by means of their own efforts. Thus, by God’s own actions Christ Jesus has become wisdom—unlike that of the world—to and for the Corinthians. Jesus Christ informs the Corinthians of who God is and how God relates to humanity. Paul explains Christ as wisdom from God in an explanatory phrase (the niv casts his argument well), that is, [Christ Jesus is] our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. Thus, Paul’s focus is on God’s saving work in Christ; he is not elaborating abstract christology here. As God unsettles the world’s wisdom in Christ and eliminates the possibility of humans laying claims on God’s grace, God demonstrates a peculiar power that sets people (by God’s choice) right with God (righteousness), sets people apart for God’s purposes and service (holiness—as in sanctification, not a status but an identity in terms of devotion to God’s intentions), and delivers people from estrangement from God for devotion to and a relationship with God. The description of salvation that Paul offers here is not strictly sequential; rather, he refers to facets of the gem of grace. At most, Paul’s observations may mean that humans are redeemed as God’s work in Christ Jesus sets them right and sets them apart.[4]


30. But because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who has become wisdom from God for us: righteousness, and holiness, and redemption.

  1. “But because of him.” Paul comes to the heart of the matter by reminding the Corinthians of their salvation in Christ. They are believers, not unbelievers. For this reason, he begins the verse with an adversative particle that is translated “but.” He points to God as the author of salvation. God sent his Son to save his people, to cleanse them from sin, and to bring them into his glorious fellowship. Paul can rightly say “because of him,” for God is the cause of man’s being in Christ Jesus.
  2. “You are in Christ Jesus.” The phrase in Christ Jesus or in Christ appears many times in Paul’s epistles. To be in Christ means to have intimate fellowship with him and with all other believers who are united with him. In other words, union with Christ is a privilege and at the same time an obligation to live a life that is dedicated to him.
  3. “Who has become wisdom from God for us.” Some translators, among whom are many commentators, understand the four nouns wisdom, righteousness, holiness, and redemption to be the sequence that Paul intended. Another translator considers the clause a parenthetical comment, so that the main sentence reads: “From [God] you are through Christ Jesus (who has been made into wisdom for us by God) righteousness and sanctification and redemption.” He places the parenthetical clause in apposition to Christ Jesus.81 Still others assert that the concept wisdom is explained by the nouns righteousness, holiness, and redemption.

A few remarks about these translations are in order. The grammar in the Greek text makes it difficult to coordinate the four words wisdom, righteousness, holiness, and redemption. The text seems to suggest that the word wisdom should be explained by the other three nouns (compare the analogous triad washed, sanctified, and justified in 6:11). Because we are in Christ, all four nouns relate first to him and then to us (see the translation of NEB and REB). This point is evident even when the term wisdom is interpreted in apposition to Christ Jesus. With respect to the four nouns, we conclude that “[wisdom] stands by itself, with the other three attached by way of definition.”

Wisdom has its origin in God, who causes it to dwell in Christ Jesus. In turn, through Christ Jesus we have become recipients of this wisdom. Through our union with Christ, we possess spiritual wisdom to know God and to appropriate his work for our salvation. The clause “who has become wisdom from God for us” reflects the saving work Christ has performed on our behalf: in Christ we have righteousness, holiness, and redemption. Paul writes that Christ is wisdom for us. He begins verse 30 with the pronoun you, which refers to the Corinthians. But when he mentions wisdom in respect to salvation he changes the pronoun to the first person plural us to include himself.

  • “Righteousness, and holiness, and redemption.” In Christ we are made right with God. In another place, Paul teaches that God made Christ the One who bears our sin, so that we might become God’s righteousness in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21; see Rom. 10:4; Phil. 3:9). Righteousness is a single act but holiness is the result or effect of an act; righteousness is an external act by which a person is declared righteous in Christ; holiness is an internal state attained through the indwelling presence of the Spirit in the believer.

Paul uses the word redemption in the list of the three explanatory nouns. These nouns are not presented in a doctrinal sequence, do not appear again as a triad in the same form, and are not explained in the context of the passage. Redemption perhaps appears last in the sequence because it “is the first gift of Christ to be begun in us, and the last to be brought to completion.” Christ Jesus offered himself on Calvary’s cross for our redemption (Rom. 3:24–25).[5]


1:30. To dispel any pride remaining in the Corinthians, Paul reminded them why they believed the gospel. It was not because they were wise or powerful enough to receive salvation. It was because of God that they were in Christ Jesus. God himself is the ultimate force behind the salvation of those who believe. Although salvation is “by grace through faith,” even faith itself is “a gift from God” (Eph. 2:8–9). No credit belongs to the humans who have come to Christ. All credit belongs to God.

Paul described salvation in poignant terms. He said that believers are in Christ. This phrase describes the saving relationship that all believers have with Christ. Believers are joined to him in baptism and become members of his body. For this reason, the judgment that Christ bore on the cross applies to all who are in him. Moreover, believers share in his resurrection life both now and in the final resurrection of their bodies (Rom. 6:3–8). Paul emphasized this unity in Christ to reconcile the divided factions of the Corinthian church.

Because of believers’ union with Christ, Christ has become wisdom from God to them. This union with Christ should make believers value Christ as the greatest wisdom of all. The Corinthians needed to stop following the wisdom of the world and to recognize that Christ embodies divine wisdom.

Finally, the apostle delineated the nature of this wisdom that believers identify with Christ. He is our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Christ bore the sins of his people on the cross so they might receive his right standing before God (Rom. 10:4; Phil. 3:9). In Paul’s vocabulary “holiness” or “sanctification” often describes the purity which should characterize the daily lifestyles of believers (Rom. 6:19, 22; 1 Thess. 4:3–4, 7; 1 Tim. 2:15). The Corinthians had seen their practical lives changed by the power of the gospel of Christ. He had become the source of their holiness.

Christ also purchased believers with the price of his own blood (Rom. 3:24–25). All believers have been “bought at a price” (1 Cor. 6:20). Paul reminded the Corinthians that Christ had become the most important thing in their lives. They owed to him every dimension of their salvation.[6]


1:30 Verse 30 emphasizes even further that all we are and have comes from Him—not from philosophy, and that there is therefore no room for human glory. First of all, Christ became for us wisdom. He is the wisdom of God (v. 24), the One whom God’s wisdom chose as the way of salvation. When we have Him we have a positional wisdom that guarantees our full salvation. Secondly, He is our righteousness. Through faith in Him we are reckoned righteous by a holy God. Thirdly, He is our sanctification. In ourselves we have nothing in the way of personal holiness, but in Him we are positionally sanctified, and by His power we are transformed from one degree of sanctification to another. Finally, He is our redemption, and this doubtless speaks of redemption in its final aspect when the Lord will come and take us home to be with Himself, and when we shall be redeemed—spirit, soul, and body.

Traill delineated the truth sharply:

Wisdom out[side] of Christ is damning folly—righteousness out[side] of Christ is guilt and condemnation—sanctification out[side] of Christ is filth and sin—redemption out[side] of Christ is bondage and slavery.

A. T. Pierson relates verse 30 to the life and ministry of our Lord:

His deeds and His words and His practices, these show Him as the wisdom of God. Then come His death, burial, and resurrection: these have to do with our righteousness. Then His forty days’ walk among men, His ascension up on high, the gift of the Spirit, and His session at the right hand of God, have to do with our sanctification. Then His coming again, which has to do with our redemption.[7]


1:29–30. God chose this method so that no flesh should glory in His presence. God in His wisdom takes away from all of humankind every occasion of boasting, which includes the boasting of the believers in Corinth who were reveling in people and their spiritual gifts. Instead of boasting, Paul reminds the believers that God is the source of their life in Christ, who became for them wisdom from God (Col 2:2–3) as opposed to the wisdom from men. The three terms—righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption—explain what Paul means by wisdom from God. Christ is the source of righteousness. God declares the believer righteous (Gal 3:6; Rom 1:17; 3:21; 4:3). Christ is also the source of sanctification. Much of the book of 1 Corinthians speaks of the need for holiness among the Corinthians (progressive sanctification). However, here sanctification is probably used in a forensic sense much like the term righteousness. The immediate context seems to substantiate this usage (cf. 1 Cor 1:2). Also Christ is the source of redemption for the believer. This particular term (apolutrōsis) means “to be set free” or “ransomed as a slave” (Rom 3:24). All three of these terms define what occurs at salvation.[8]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1984). 1 Corinthians (pp. 52–54). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Verbrugge, V. D. (2008). 1 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, pp. 272–273). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Fee, G. D. (1987). The First Epistle to the Corinthians (pp. 84–88). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[4] Soards, M. L. (2011). 1 Corinthians (pp. 48–49). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[5] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the First Epistle to the Corinthians (Vol. 18, pp. 64–65). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[6] Pratt, R. L., Jr. (2000). I & II Corinthians (Vol. 7, pp. 24–25). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[7] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1751). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[8] Hunt, D. L. (2010). The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (pp. 716–717). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

Lee Smith: Deep State Used ‘Criminal Conspiracy’ to Stop Flynn’s Audit of Intelligence Agencies | Breitbart News

A multifaceted “criminal conspiracy” to destroy former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was launched by persons across the national security state apparatus to prevent audits of intelligence agencies’ operations, said Lee Smith.

Source: Lee Smith: Deep State Used ‘Criminal Conspiracy’ to Stop Flynn’s Audit of Intelligence Agencies

FBI Entrapped Flynn With Manipulated Evidence As Clapper Allegedly Issued ‘Kill Shot’ Order: Court Docs | ZeroHedge News

A bombshell court filing from Michael Flynn’s new legal team alleges that FBI agents altered a ‘302’ form – the official record of the former national security adviser’s interview – that resulted in the DOJ charging him with lying to investigators.

Early last week Flynn attorney Sidney Powell filed a sealed reply to federal prosecutors’ claims that they have satisfied their requirements for turning over evidence in the case. A minimally redacted copy of the reply brief was made public late last week, revealing the plot to destroy Flynn, as reported by The Federalist‘s Margot Cleveland.

According to the 37-page motion, a team of “high-ranking FBI officials orchestrated an ambush-interview of the new president’s National Security Advisor, not for the purpose of discovering any evidence of criminal activity—they already had tapes of all the relevant conversations about which they questioned Mr. Flynn—but for the purpose of trapping him into making statements they could allege as false.”

At the heart of the matter is the 302 form ‘documenting’ an FBI interview in which Flynn was asked about his conversations with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Powell alleges that FBI lawyer Lisa Page edited her lover Peter Strzok’s account of the interview – texting him, “I made your edits.”

The edits explained via The Federalist:

“On February 10, 2017, the news broke—attributed to ‘senior intelligence officials’—that Mr. Flynn had discussed sanctions with Ambassador Kislyak, contrary to what Vice President Pence had said on television previously.” Following this leak, “overnight,” Flynn’s 302 was changed—and substantively so. “Those changes added an unequivocal statement that ‘FLYNN stated he did not’—in response to whether Mr. Flynn had asked Kislyak to vote in a certain manner or slow down the UN vote.”

This is a deceptive manipulation” Powell highlighted, “because, as the notes of the agents show, Mr. Flynn was not even sure he had spoken to Russia/Kislyak on this issue. He had talked to dozens of countries.” The overnight changes to the 302 also included the addition of a line, indicating Flynn had been question on whether “KISLYAK described any Russian response to a request by FLYNN.”

But the agent’s notes do not include that question or answer, Powell stressed, yet it was later made into the criminal offense charges against Flynn. And “the draft also shows that the agents moved a sentence to make it seem to be an answer to a question it was not,” Powell added.

Here’s Powell describing how they know the 302 form was altered:

Notably, Lisa Page lied to the DOJ, saying that she didn’t recall whether she took part in editing Flynn’s 302 form.

Laying the groundwork

Leading up to the interview with Flynn, the text messages reveal that the FBI wanted to capitalize on news of the ‘salacious and unverified’ Steele dossier – and whether they “can use it as a pretext to go interview some people,” Strzok texted Page.

Then, quoting from a sealed statement by Strzok, Powell reveals that over next two weeks, there were “many meetings” between Strzok and [FBI Deputy Director Andrew] McCabe to discuss “whether to interview [] National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and if so, what interview strategies to use.” And “on January 23, the day before the interview, the upper echelon of the FBI met to orchestrate it all. Deputy Director McCabe, General Counsel James Baker, Lisa Page, Strzok, David Bowdich, Trish Anderson, and Jen Boone strategized to talk with Mr. Flynn in such a way as to keep from alerting him from understanding that he was being interviewed in a criminal investigation of which he was the target.”

Next came “Comey’s direction to ‘screw it’ in contravention of longstanding DOJ protocols,” leading McCabe to personally call Flynn to schedule the interview. Yet none of Comey’s notes on the decision to interview Flynn were turned over to defense. Even Obama-holdover “Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates candidly opined that the interview ‘was problematic’ and ‘it was not always clear what the FBI was doing to investigate Flynn,” Powell stressed. Yet again, the prosecution did not turn over Yates’ notes, but only “disclosed a seven-line summary of Ms. Yates statement six months after Mr. Flynn’s plea.” -The Federalist

‘Kill Shot’

Another startling claim in Powell’s filing references a purported conversation between former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Washington Post reporter David Ignatius, which claims Clapper told the reporter “words to the effect of ‘take the kill shot on Flynn,’ after Ignatius reportedly obtained the transcript of Flynn’s phone calls.

Clapper’s spokesman told Fox News that he “absolutely did not say those words to David Ignatius,” adding “It’s absolutely false” and “absurd.”

Powell claims that Ignatius was given the Flynn-Kislyak call transcripts by a Pentagon official who was also Stefan Halper’s “handler.” Halper – who was paid over $1 million by the Obama administration – was one of many spies the FBI sent to infiltrate the Trump campaign.

Halper, in 2016, contacted several members of the Trump campaign including former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos and former aides Carter Page and Sam Clovis.

“The evidence the defense requests will eviscerate any factual basis for the plea and reveal the conduct so outrageous—if there is not enough already—to mandate dismissal of this prosecution for egregious government misconduct,” Powell wrote. –Fox News

Lastly, Powell’s filing also notes that US District Judge Rudolph Contreras, who recused himself after accepting Flynn’s guilty plea, had a personal relationship with Peter Strzok, according to text messages.

“The government knew that well in advance of Mr. Flynn’s plea that Judge Contreras was a friend of Peter Strzok and his recusal was even discussed in an exchange of multiple texts,” writes Powell, referencing Strzok-Page texts discussing Strzok and Contreras speaking “in detail” about anything “meaningful enough to warrant recusal.”

“The government knew that well in advance of Mr. Flynn’s plea that Judge Contreras was a friend of Peter Strzok and his recusal was even discussed in an exchange of multiple texts.”

Meanwhile, Clapper – who is now under criminal investigation – is getting nervous…

Perhaps Obama should be too?

Tyler Durden Sat, 10/26/2019 – 11:30

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What Chick-Fil-A reveals about British intolerance and irrationality — TheWeeFlea.com

This weeks article on Christian Today – you can get the original here….
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Chick-Fil-A’s first UK branch was closed down in the name of tolerance by intolerant LGBT campaigners

It’s a conversation that’s been repeated in a thousand social media feeds – but I suspect not in any real life situations. “Isn’t it wonderful that the hate group Chick-Fil-A have been driven out of the UK” – “What have they done?” – “Oh they hate gays?” “Do you have any evidence of this? ” “Their chairman once spoke out against same-sex marriage and they fund groups who don’t agree with same-sex marriage – like the Salvation Army!”

People share memes and quickly Google ‘evidence’ from their favourite confirmation bias websites – and so the dialogue of the deaf continues.

The satirical site Babylon Bee even had some fun with their article: “Small Island Of Uncultured Savages Rejects America’s Gracious Attempt To Introduce Them To Good Food”.

But although this issue might appear to be a relatively minor importation of America’s culture wars to the UK, it has much more significance than that.

Chick-Fil-A is now America’s third-largest restaurant chain. It had hoped to expand into the UK but when it announced that it’s first permanent site was to be in the Oracle centre in Reading, the militant LGBT groups went into action and, of course, the Oracle Shopping Centre folded and announced it would not be renewing Chick-Fil- A’s lease.

The lessons are clear:

1) We live in an increasingly intolerant society

Firstly the UK has become a profoundly intolerant, politicised society in which a handful of militant groups have the power to ban any who they do not approve of. We are not talking here about boycotting. Everyone has a right to boycott whatever they want.

Personally I have no intention of ever buying Frosties again after Kellogg’s said they were going to create ‘gay’ packets of cereal. But I don’t demand that Kellogg’s be banned or that others don’t have the right to buy what they want.

But the LGBT neo-Puritan militants cannot tolerate the idea that anyone anywhere might be enjoying something they do not approve of. So in the name of toleration, they themselves are not tolerant.

2) We live in a society where there is no forgiveness

It doesn’t matter the good you do; if you do not buy into the ideology and bow down to the new secular gods, you are finished. Chick-Fil-A are a Christian company who pay their workers twice the national average, don’t open on Sundays and have in their mission statement that they want to glorify God. This is too much for those who want to ensure that their ideological view must be imposed upon everyone. Chick-Fil-A must be punished.

3) We live in an inconsistent and hypocritical society

There are many shops in Reading which sell Halal food. Have the Reading LGBT activists been picketing them or suggesting that they close? Or are they unaware of the Islamic teaching on homosexuality and same-sex marriage?

The Chick-Fil-A position on same-sex marriage is the same as that of the Catholic Church, the Orthodox, the Salvation Army, the Church of England and the Evangelicals. Will the Reading LGBT groups be demanding that these groups, or anyone associated with them be banned?

4) We live in a society where the Church has been neutered

When the LGBT activists tell us ‘jump’, our leaders ask, ‘how high’? I find it ironic that in today’s Britain it is gay atheists like Doug Murray who offer a more prophetic critique of the culture, than most church leaders who are either silent, mouth irrelevant truisms, or become the spiritual wing of the secularist militants.

The fact that I, and others, who actually like Chick-Fil-A’s fast food are being prevented from eating it is not the main issue. Nor is the fact that hundreds of well-paid jobs will be prevented from coming to the UK- after all what do middle-class social justice warriors care about real jobs?

And I guess the millions that Chick-Fil-A raise for charity will hardly be missed. But what is most disturbing about all of this is the way that one hard-line minority ideology has so captured the elites of British society, (commerce, media, politics, arts and education), that even a harmless chicken restaurant can be banned to ensure ideological supremacy and purity. You couldn’t make it up. And sadly you don’t need to. In the UK, the lunatics have taken over the asylum.  God help us.

David Robertson is director of Third Space in Sydney and blogs at www.theweeflea.com

via What Chick-Fil-A reveals about British intolerance and irrationality — TheWeeFlea.com

Bethel’s NAR Apostle Blasts John MacArthur, Comes to Beth Moore’s Defense — Christian Research Network

“Bethel Redding is a hotbed of false apparitions, regularly blaspheming the Holy Spirit by attributing the works of men and demons to Him. One such notable occurrence which happens regularly is Bethel’s “glory clouds.” Glory clouds, they claim, are a manifestation of God during their worship, when, in fact, not only is it unbiblical, it has been thoroughly debunked.”

(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte)  If nothing else I’ve written validates John MacArthur’s criticism of Beth Moore, this should. Bethel Church is the worst of the worst when it comes to charismatic cults and false prophets and apostles.

Bethel Church in Redding, CA is pastored by Bill Johnson who claims to be an Apostle — that is, he claims Apostolic authority just like the twelve men during Christ’s time on Earth. Bethel Redding, like all cults, is filled with aberrant, unbiblical teachings and doctrines of demons, including false manifestations of the Holy Spirit, grave sucking, and the Prosperity Gospel.  View article →

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BOOM! President Trump Drops Bomb on Deep State – Promotes Flynn Attorney Sidney Powell’s Shocking Discoveries in General Flynn Case! — The Gateway Pundit

General Michael Flynn’s Attorney Sidney Powell joined Jason Chaffetz on Hannity on Friday night following the release of her court filing in the Flynn case on Thursday.

Sidney Powell released a number of pages of information that are totally damning to Obama’s Deep State actors and villains. We know that the 302 was doctored by Lisa Page per prior notes from Powell and now we know that the 302 was doctored by adding an entire question and answer of the General that was later used to criminally indict him.

In addition, Powell’s filing with the court released tonight shows that Obama’s former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was involved in leaking the General’s discussion with Russian Kislyak before President Trump’s 2017 Inauguration!

On Saturday morning President Trump promoted Powell’s recent findings on the Deep State’s lies and just revealed criminal actions to destroy General Michael Flynn.

President Trump: General Michael Flynn’s attorney is demanding that charges be immediately dropped after they found that FBI Agents manipulated records against him. They say that James Clapper told a reporter to “take a kill shot at Flynn. This has been a complete setup of Michael Flynn. They exonerated him completely of being an agent of Russia (Recently Crooked Hillary charged Tulsi Gabbard & Jill Stein with the same thing-SICK), and yet Mr. Comey still runs to the White House on February 14 and conjures up the Obstruction of Justice narrative against the President when Flynn had been cleared of everything long before that. The DOJ is withholding a lot of evidence & information, as are Clapper & Brennan & all of the people who participated in the complete setup of Michael Flynn.”(Terrible!) Sidney Powell. This is a disgrace! — Thank you @foxandfriends! Hopefully this is just the beginning of a massive story of injustice and treason. You will never learn this from the corrupt LameStream Media who get Pulitzer Prizes for reporting the story totally wrong. The ones who report it right get only RESPECT!

Here again is Sidney Powell from Hannity last night.

via BOOM! President Trump Drops Bomb on Deep State – Promotes Flynn Attorney Sidney Powell’s Shocking Discoveries in General Flynn Case! — The Gateway Pundit