Daily Archives: January 15, 2020

January—15 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

At evening-time it shall be light.—Zech. 14:7.

Then must it be miraculous; for nothing short of a supernatural work could produce such an effect. Sunrise at eventide is contrary to nature; and the rising of the Sun of Righteousness is a work of grace. Pause then, my soul, over the promise, and see whether such an event hath taken place in thy circumstances. As every thing in Jesus, and his salvation, in respect to his Church and people, is the sole result of grace, not nature; so all the Lord’s dispensations carry with them the same evidences. It is even-time in the soul, yea, midnight darkness, ere first the Lord shines in upon it; it is so in all the after dispensations, when some more than ordinary manifestation is made; it is among the blessed methods of grace, when the Lord surpriseth his people with some rich visits of his love and mercy. “I said, (cried the Church, at a time when the waters of the sanctuary ran low,) my way is hidden from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God.” But it is in creature weakness that Creator strength is manifested; and when we are most weak in ourselves, then is the time to be most strong in the Lord. We have a lovely example of this in the case of the patriarch Jacob. His beloved Joseph was torn in pieces, as the poor patriarch thought, by wild beasts; a famine compelled him to send his sons into Egypt to buy corn, and there Simeon, another son, was detained; and the governor of Egypt declared, that until Benjamin, Jacob’s youngest son, was sent, Simeon should not return. Under these discouraging circumstances, the poor father cried out, “Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and will you take Benjamin also? All these things are against me.” But the sequel proved that all these things were for him, and all working out a deliverance for him and his household, in which the Church of Jesus (which was to be formed from the house of Jacob) should triumph for ever. “At evening-time it shall be light.” The Lord sometimes, and perhaps not unfrequently, induces darkness, that his light may be more striking. He hedges up his people’s way with thorns, that the almighty hand, which removes them, may be more, plainly seen. Oh! it is blessed to be brought low, to be surrounded sometimes with difficulties, to see no way of escape, and all human resources fail, purposely that our extremity may be the Lord’s opportunity, and when we are most low, Jesus may be most exalted. My soul! is it now eventide in the soul, as it is eventide in the day? Art thou stripped, humbled, convinced of thy nothingness? Oh! look to all-precious, all-suitable Jesus. Hear what the Lord saith: When the poor and the needy seek for water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I, the Lord, will hear them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will open rivers in dry places, and fountains in the midst of valleys. “At evening-time it shall be light.”[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 18–19). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

God, My Exceeding Joy — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.”  Psalm 43:4

Have you ever felt misunderstood, alone, harassed by others, even ‘cast off‘ by God Himself?  I certainly have, more times than I care to admit.  My life is so rich compared to a majority of my brothers and sisters in the world.  Why should I ever complain about anything?  And yet, I do.

David faced a much more difficult situation in this psalm than I have ever known, as he was in exile, pursued by Saul.  What was his response?  First, he expressed his grief and feelings of injustice.  Then he asked some hard questions:

Why dost thou cast me off? Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy.”

But to whom does he pour out his complaints?  To his friends or family? No.  He goes straight to God with his pain and doubt.

Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy.”

When his focus turned to God, all else paled by comparison and even seemed irrelevant.  He seemed to say,

Why was I ever so troubled by circumstances or people, when I have such a great God” “my exceeding joy?”  The margin reads “the gladness of my joy,” i.e. the very soul and heart of my joy.

David immediately broke forth into praise to this God of gods, with special emphasis on the personal, “my God.”

The psalm ends with David talking to himself about this wonderful God.  Things came back into perspective again as he realized these trials were only temporary (2 Corinthians 4:17, 18).  He would spend eternity praising Him for Who He is and reveling in the assurance that He is ‘my God..’ Let’s join him right now and

go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy.”

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January 15 Streams in the Desert

And the Lord appeared unto Isaac the same night.” (Gen. 26:24.)

APPEARED the same night,” the night on which he went to Beer-sheba. Do you think this revelation was an accident? Do you think the time of it was an accident? Do you think it could have happened on any other night as well as this? If so, you are grievously mistaken. Why did it come to Isaac in the night on which he reached Beer-sheba? Because that was the night on which he reached rest. In his old locality, he had been tormented. There had been a whole series of petty quarrels about the possession of paltry wells. There are no worries like little worries, particularly if there is an accumulation of them. Isaac felt this. Even after the strife was past, the place retained a disagreeable association. He determined to leave. He sought change of scene. He pitched his tent away from the place of former strife. That very night the revelation came. God spoke when there was no inward storm. He could not speak when the mind was fretted; His voice demands the silence of the soul. Only in the hush of the spirit could Isaac hear the garments of his God sweep by. His still night was his starry night.

My soul, hast thou pondered these words, “Be still, and know”? In the hour of perturbation, thou canst not hear the answer to thy prayers. How often has the answer seemed to come long after! The heart got no response in the moment of its crying—in its thunder, its earthquake, and its fire. But when the crying ceased, when the stillness fell, when thy hand desisted from knocking on the iron gate, when the interest of other lives broke the tragedy of thine own, then appeared the long-delayed reply. Thou must rest, O soul, if thou wouldst have thy heart’s desire. Still the beating of thy pulse of personal care. Hide thy tempest of individual trouble behind the altar of a common tribulation and, that same night, the Lord shall appear to thee. The rainbow shall span the place of the subsiding flood, and in thy stillness thou shalt hear the everlasting music.—George Matheson.

Tread in solitude thy pathway,

Quiet heart and undismayed.

Thou shalt know things strange, mysterious,

Which to thee no voice has said.

While the crowd of petty hustlers

Grasps at vain and paltry things,

Thou wilt see a great world rising

Where soft mystic music rings.

Leave the dusty road to others,

Spotless keep thy soul and bright,

As the radiant ocean’s surface

When the sun is taking flight.

(From the German of V. Schoffel) H. F.[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 17–18). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

January 15, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

A federal judge put on hold a bid by a U.S. House of Representatives
committee to obtain President Trump’s tax returns, saying he would wait for
a much-anticipated appeals court decision relating to congressional
subpoenas before ruling.

The House of Representatives is expected to send impeachment charges
against President Trump to the Senate, to consider whether Trump should be
removed from office.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives said they would include new
evidence when they send formal impeachment charges against President Trump
to the Senate, seeking to expand the scope of a trial that will dominate
for the next several weeks.

Six Democratic U.S. presidential candidates sparred over war and trade,
gender and health care, in a pressure-packed debate in Des Moines, Iowa, on
Tuesday, with the first nominating contest in the state less than three
weeks away.

The U.S.-China trade war is set to enter a new, quieter phase as President
Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He sign an initial trade deal aimed to
vastly increase Chinese purchases of U.S. manufactured products,
agricultural goods, energy and services.

A Wisconsin appeals court intervened on Tuesday to stop as many as 209,000
names from being scrubbed from the state’s voter registration rolls, in a
case voting rights advocates say could impact access to the polls in a key
2020 election state.

Pope Francis named the first woman to hold a high-ranking post in the
Secretariat of State, the male-dominated Vatican’s diplomatic and
administrative nerve center.

Iranians called on social media on Wednesday for fresh demonstrations a
week after the shooting down of a passenger plane, seeking to turn the
aftermath of the crash into a sustained campaign against Iran’s leadership.

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday proposed a nationwide vote on
sweeping constitutional changes that would shift power from the presidency
to parliament and the prime minister, a move that could allow him to extend
his rule after leaving the Kremlin.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that his government was
resigning to give President Putin room to carry out the changes he wants to
make to the constitution.

Rogers Communications said on it has started rolling out the
fifth-generation (5G) telecoms network in Canada’s select cities, becoming
the country’s first cellphone provider to offer the super-fast telecom
services.

AP Top Stories

Populist Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called on Tuesday for a
million Iraqis to march against the U.S. “presence and violations” in Iraq
after Washington’s killing of an Iranian commander in Baghdad.

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos said his company will invest $1 billion to bring
small businesses online in India, reaching out to some of his fiercest
critics in a goodwill visit that saw him donning traditional Indian attire
and fly a kite with children.

The National Security Agency has discovered a major security flaw in
Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system that could let hackers intercept
seemingly secure communications. But rather than exploit the flaw for its
own intelligence needs, the NSA tipped off Microsoft so that it can fix the
system for everyone.

U.S. government officials presented the British government with new
evidence on Monday about the risks of including Huawei equipment in future
5G mobile networks, branding it “madness”, the Guardian newspaper reported.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) wants Defense Secretary
Mark Esper to step in following a swearing-in ceremony for new Space Force
chief Gen. John Raymond. The group took issue with Raymond using a Bible
for his swearing-in ceremony.

BBC

A passenger plane has dumped fuel over several schools as it made an
emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport. At least 60 people,
many of them children, were treated for skin irritation and breathing
problems.

Peru’s top court has ruled that the dissolution of the country’s Congress
on 30 September was legal.

The West Africa coastline recorded a 50% increase in kidnapping of sailors
last year, according to a maritime watchdog, even as overall piracy
incidents declined worldwide.

WND

A new poll finds 47% of young Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents
believe that other countries are better than the United States.

Pro-abortion students at Bowling Green State University who were confronted
with the moral reasoning required to maintain their stance were unable to
condemn Nazism in an exchange with pro-life activists.

After three days of anti-government protests, some analysts believe Iran’s
Islamic regime is more vulnerable than at any time since its founding in
1979.

Rapper Kanye West will be bringing his Sunday Service to Sun Devil Stadium
in Tempe, Arizona, on Saturday as part of a massive day-long event that
many are believing God will use to help spark the next national spiritual
awakening in the United States.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Jan. 15, 2020

The Foundation

“Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.” —Benjamin Franklin (1735)

Demo Debate: Things Left Unsaid Were Loud and Clear

Sanders wasn’t asked about his violent campaign worker, and Soleimani was absent.


Americans More Conservative as Democrats Turn Hard Left

Gallup’s latest survey shows that Americans aren’t quite buying what Dems are selling.


Despite Naysayers, Europe Sides With Trump on Iran

Britain, France, and Germany initiate a dispute mechanism that will trigger sanctions.


Left Claims ‘Russian Meddling’ to Protect Bidens

Russians allegedly hacked into Burisma, which Democrats conveniently blame on Trump.


Civil Rights: Civics Class From the Rearview Mirror

Public schools will never give our kids the full story of American history, but we can.


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Today’s Opinion

Gary Bauer
Pelosi Pushes Impeachment Along
Betsy McCaughey
Dems Smear Trump: ‘Impeached for Life’
Kay C. James
Congress’ Personal Disdain for Trump Impedes National Security
Tony Perkins
Unsettled: The Refugee Question
Ben Shapiro
The Perpetual Intersectional Revolution Eats Its Own
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Wednesday News Executive Summary

Warren-Sanders squabble, Dems’ Iran appeasement, Flynn plea, and more.


Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Jim Jones, Kevin McCarthy, Justin Trudeau, and more.



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Headlines – 1/15/2020

In milestone, Israel starts exporting natural gas to Egypt

Report: Israel to use EU funding to build natural gas pipeline for Gaza

Pompeo: US commitment to Israel’s security is unwavering

Video surfaces of Putin, Assad laughing about Trump at Damascus summit

Syria says Israeli aircraft strike base thought used by Iranian forces

In first, Turkey included as threat in IDF’s annual intel assessment

Netanyahu urges immediate return of international sanctions on Iran

Netanyahu: ‘We know exactly what’s up with Iran’s nuclear program’

Israeli Intel: Iran Will Have Enough Enriched Uranium for Nuke by Year’s End

EU countries launch dispute against Iran over nuclear violations

UK open to broader Iran deal that tackles destabilizing behavior: Raab

Trump agrees with British PM Johnson on a ‘Trump deal’ for Iran

Instagram says it’s removing posts supporting Soleimani to comply with US sanctions

Pompeo: Killing of Soleimani marks beginning of new US policy to deter enemies

Up to 10 GOP senators consider bucking Trump on war powers

Democrats say they have the Senate votes to rein in Trump on Iran

In debate, Democrats attack Trump for escalating tensions with Iran

US-Iran conflict could lead to slower global growth or even recession

Iranians keep up protests against downing of airliner after arrests announced

Ukraine asks Iran to return black boxes from crashed plane

Iranian cleric says UK ambassador better expelled than ‘chopped into pieces’

Turkey arrests priest who gave water and bread to Kurdish fighters: report

Lebanon in ‘week of wrath’ protests over political vacuum, economic crisis

ISIS claims responsibility for Niger army base attack

China’s government poses a ‘global threat to human rights,’ report finds

GOP leadership: There aren’t 51 votes to dismiss Trump articles of impeachment

Pelosi sets Wednesday vote to send Trump impeachment to US Senate

Ted Cruz: ‘Open To The Possibility’ Of Senate Calling Witnesses, Including Whistleblower

Michael Bloomberg: I’m going to spend all of my money to get rid of Trump

Despite Election Security Fears, Iowa Caucuses Will Use New Smartphone App

Fed Adds $82 Billion to Financial Markets

cybersecurity: The FBI Can Unlock Florida Terrorist’s iPhones Without Apple

Stay away from North Korea cryptocurrency conference: UN sanctions experts

Russian spy satellite has broken up in space says harvard astronomer

Magnetic storms originate closer to Earth than previously thought, threatening satellites

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Kupang, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits South of the Fiji Islands

5.2 magntiude earthquake hits near Pinotepa de Don Luis, Mexico

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Taal: Multiple new fissures reported, total evacuation within 14 km (8.6 miles), Philippines

China sinkhole swallows bus, leaves at least 6 dead, several missing

Hit by new natural disasters, Puerto Rico’s woes deepened by corruption

More than 50 killed as heavy snow and floods hit Pakistan and Afghanistan

UK weather: Storm Brendan brings rain and 80mph gusts

Hawaii’s Big Island saw more than 2 1/2 feet of rain over the weekend

Flash flood emergency in Mississippi, dam in ‘imminent danger’ of failing

Rain Is Expected to Fall in Australia This Week, but Fires Will Continue to Rage

It’s finally going to rain in Australia but it could make the situation even worse with the risk of “landslips”

Australia: The sweet relief of rain after bushfires threaten disaster for our rivers

Smoke from Australian wildfires will circle the entire world, NASA says

UN sets 2030 biodiversity deadline to combat possible mass extinction

We have 10 years to save Earth’s biodiversity as mass extinction caused by humans takes hold, UN warns

How climate change may raise the suicide rate, kill 2,000 extra people a year

Scientists use stem cells from frogs to build first living robots

New Survey Shows Increasing Number of Parents With Young Children Don’t Support Vaccination

CDC says there’s a mismatch in the flu shot — and it’s not good news for children

Illinois revamping system to let birth mother identify as father on child’s birth certificate

Parents allegedly left their toddler in a running car as they gambled. Then the car was stolen

‘All The Supplies She Needed To Cause Mass Destruction’, Florida Woman Accused Of Trying To Build Bomb In A Walmart

India: Hindu extremists protest 114 foot tall Jesus statue amid escalating persecution

Robot priests can bless you, advise you, and even perform your funeral


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“A simple layman armed with Scripture is to be believed above a pope or a council without it…” – Martin Luther

Could January Mark a Top for Oil and the Stock Market? — Kimble Charting Solutions

It’s a good idea for investors to be aware of key indicators and inter-market relationships.

Perhaps it’s watching the US Dollar as an indicator for precious metals or emerging markets. Or watching interest rates for the economy. Experience, history, and relationships matter. And it’s good to simply add these to our tool-kit.

Today, we look at another relationship that has signaled several stock market tops and bottoms over the years, and especially the past several months.

When crude oil tops or bottoms, it seems that the stock market follows along. And with Crude oil reversing lower last week, it’s probably a good idea that investors pay attention here.

Looks like an important test for crude oil and stocks could be in play at each trend line (2). Stay tuned!

This article was first written for See It Markets.com. To see original post CLICK HERE

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Video: “As a Man Thinketh — Part One” by Alistair Begg — Truth For Life Blog

Our thoughts don’t always align with our words. We see this truth illustrated in Saul, who showered David with generous invitations even as he eyed him with increasing envy and hostility. Giving the appearance of civility, Saul even offered God’s anointed king his daughter’s hand in marriage while secretly plotting to eliminate him. This attempt to override the Lord’s plan failed, teaches Alistair Begg, because God is sovereign, able to use even man’s evil schemes for His people’s good.

via Video: “As a Man Thinketh — Part One” by Alistair Begg — Truth For Life Blog

Metternich, Discourse & the Southern Baptist Convention’s Balance of Power — Capstone Report

If only every Southern Baptist Elite were as gracious as Dr. Jason K. Allen. Allen’s response to an error this website made is an exemplar of graciousness. He engaged with real problems in the Southern Baptist Convention in a kind, gentle manner. His essay on Southern Baptist discourse cited Prince Metternich, Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) and terrorism—and included advice on how to engage with SBC leaders. It was a tour de force of softhearted openness. Let’s examine Dr. Allen’s wise advice and apply it to the modern problems in Big Evangelicalism.

Dr. Allen advises Southern Baptists to write letters to our entity heads. He writes,

“For inquirers, the best way to express concerns, especially if you don’t personally know the leader, is by writing them a letter. A letter arrives with a certain degree of formality, which prompts a response. A letter has a name associated with it, a return address and, hopefully, a cogent statement of the question or concern.

“If you write a letter to a ministry leader, especially a Southern Baptist leader, I’m confident you’ll receive an answer from them or their office. If not, you’ll have a legitimate complaint, and perhaps legitimate cause to escalate by writing the entity’s chairman of the board or even drawing public attention to the matter.”

If only this were true of every Southern Baptist leader!

In the experience of many Southern Baptist churches, Elite Southern Baptist leaders ignored legitimate requests. For example,

“In September 2016, Cadwell Baptist Church (Cadwell, Georgia) pastor J.T. Taylor penned hand-written letters to the heads of the ERLC, IMB, NAMB, the Georgia Baptist Convention, and both Steve Gaines and J.D. Greear. There were no responses from the ERLC, IMB or NAMB. Dr. J. Robert White, Executive Director and CEO of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board responded by letter and forwarded Taylor’s letter to Southern Baptist seminaries. This prompted a telephone call from Paige Patterson.”

Not every leader would be as forthcoming as Dr. Patterson, or no doubt, Dr. Allen would be. The example of the SBC proves this advice to be gracious naïveté. And just in case you don’t want to believe something from the Capstone Report—here’s the info on Cadwell Baptist Church from Religion News Service.

And lest you think we have only one example of the ERLC’s aloofness. Here’s another:

“Jesse Lott, senior teaching pastor of Highland Park Baptist Church (Hickory, NC) and members of his church penned letters to ERLC trustee chairman Kenneth Barbic. The letters of concern were mailed and so far, the church has only heard silence.

“We have received no type of response,” Lott said of their attempts to reach out to the ERLC trustees.

Accountability and the Southern Baptist Convention Elite

So, how do concerned Southern Baptists hold denominational leaders accountable? Not everyone and not every church can afford a trip to the exotic, big city locations where the Southern Baptist Convention holds its Annual Meeting.

And, it is not like Baptist Press will do anything to hold the SBC Elite to account. In fact, they even publish demonstrably false statements using Planned Parenthood logic to defend the Soros-funded Evangelical Immigration Table.

So, where does a conservative Southern Baptist turn?

The alternative media.

And this is where Dr. Allen graciously recognizes the power of the Internet’s disintermediation of information flow. He writes,

“With terrorism, there often is no state sponsor, thus, no identifiable nation-state against which to retaliate. The loss is imbalanced. A nation, like the United States, has everything to lose while an extremist, in a cave plotting an attack, has next-to-nothing to lose.

With the arrival of the internet and, in particular blogging and social media, a similar scenario has developed in the online world. There’s an imbalance of loss when public accusations are made. The one who leads a public ministry has everything to lose, while an anonymous blogger has nothing to lose.

“This new reality is causing chaos in the Southern Baptist Convention. False accusations are circulated online daily. Ironically, some of these instigators aren’t even Southern Baptist. Nonetheless, they malign SBC ministries and sully the reputations of those who lead them. And, for Southern Baptists, our cooperative work is being threatened.

Blogging is like terrorism in the SBC Elite view. One can only wonder what they think of Twitter and Facebook then.

But, Dr. Allen’s gracious response is instructive. SBC Elites fear alternative media. Why? It threatens the cooperative work.

Translation: It threatens the flow of dollars.

Why does it threaten the flow of dollars? Because people know more about Russell Moore and the political aims he and his ERLC pursue. And, the rank-and-file Southern Baptist doesn’t like it.

But, for the cooperative work to flourish, the dollars must flow.

And online critics threaten that flow. So, they are analogous to terrorists—not legitimate Southern Baptists concerned about the direction of the SBC.

We must assume the worst about anyone online. Error could not be bad information and a mistake. No, it is a Hitler-like lie. Seriously, the essay even cited Hitler’s dictum, “And, as Adolf Hitler famously reflected, ‘If you tell a big enough lie, and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.’”

Fortunately, the SBC Elites are this gracious when dealing with critics. This entire situation shows it, and Dr. Allen models the way forward in SBC discourse. He gives practical advice and we should all give it the consideration it requires.

The Southern Baptist Convention and Realpolitik

Bonus points for any essay that launches into contemporary issues with talk of Prince Metternich—the diplomat who kept a declining Austria as a Great Power for another century. It was a masterwork that kept the multi-ethnic Austria together until it was dismembered into smaller, less stable states by the hands of Wilsonian idealists at Versailles.

Of course, what is perplexing is this paragraph:

“Metternich observed that nation-states are motivated to act in their own best interest. That principle outlasted the man himself and, during the Cold War, it informed the United States’ posture toward the Soviet Union.”

Certainly, Metternich subscribed to raison d’état or what would later be known as realpolitik. However, this contradicts American foreign policy after Woodrow Wilson. Through FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan, America denied it had interests. As Henry Kissinger in his magnum opus, Diplomacy observed,

“In his only inaugural address, Kennedy carried the theme of America’s selflessness and duty to the world even further. Proclaiming his generation to be the linear descendant of the world’s first democratic revolution, he pledged his Administration, in soaring language, ‘Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.’ The sweeping American global commitment was not related to any specific national-security interest and exempted no country or region of the world.”

Or put another way, Kissinger explained: “America, in the pursuit of liberty, had no interests, only friends.” This is a minor point, but an important one. If the US pursued national interest instead of idealism, it would have avoided the Vietnam War and George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq.

From here, Dr. Allen’s essay takes a fascinating turn by pointing to Mutually Assured Destruction as the opposite form of World Order to what we experience in the Age of Terrorism—where threats are asymmetrical.

There is much to commend this analysis. Certainly, the world is different than the Cold War. States, corporations and celebrities (even celebrity pastors and seminary presidents) deal with asymmetrical threats to their image and power.

Of course, it is a strain to analogize online critics to political terrorists—but that’s just one element of the gracious reply. A key point—Dr. Allen recognizes a shift in the balance of power in the SBC.

The elites have lost control of the flow of information. For example, Breitbart or Todd Starnes or The Gateway Pundit or Pulpit & Pen or Reformation Charlotte or Enemies Within the Church or Sovereign Nations have 500x the reach of denominational Pravda. So, when Baptist Press decides to lie about the Evangelical Immigration Table’s relationship with George Soros, these other outlets can expose the truth.

And that’s what really troubles Evangelical Elites. They are losing power.

That’s the most revealing part of Dr. Allen’s gracious and illuminating essay on denominational discourse.

via Metternich, Discourse & the Southern Baptist Convention’s Balance of Power — Capstone Report

The WHORE of BABYLON: Watch the Entrance to HELL

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

I do wish that I could say that this shocked me. As disgusting as it was, having Pope Francis in the middle of it; enjoying the scantily dressed women and even participating at the end – well, brethren, this is just coming attractions for the Whore of Babylon which will be revealed.

I believe that Jesus will have his remnant believers safely with Him in heaven.

Does the reader remember the bizarre and very satanic “show” which was put on for the heads of state in Europe, for the unveiling of the Gotthard Tunnel in Switzerland?  It was certainly hard to forget.  But remember – that production was for heads of state – not the head of the Roman Catholic Church!

Gotthard Tunnel bizarre extravaganza:

We keep on wondering, don’t we?

We can’t help but wonder if Francis might very well be the prophesied “False Prophet.”

Now I am…

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January 15th The D. L. Moody Year Book

And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.—Matthew 11:23.

A MAN said to me some time ago: “Don’t you think David fell as low as Saul?”

Yes, he fell lower, because God had lifted him up higher. The difference is that when Saul fell there was no sign of repentance, but when David fell, a wail went up from his broken bean, there was true repentance.[1]

 

[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (p. 16). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.