Daily Archives: February 12, 2020

February 12 Life-Changing Moments With God

“They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “on the day that I make them My jewels.”

Jesus, You have manifested God’s name to all whom He has given You out of the world. We were His, He gave us to You, and we have kept His word. You pray for us … not for the world but for us whom God has given You. All Yours are God’s, all God’s are Yours; to glorify You. You desire that we also whom God gave You may be with You where You are, that we may behold Your glory which God has given You; for He loved You before the foundation of the world.

You will come again and receive me to Yourself. You will come, in that Day, to be glorified in Your saints and admired among all of us who believe. Then those of us who are alive and remain shall be caught up in the clouds to meet You in the air. And thus we shall always be with You, Lord. I shall also be a crown of glory and a royal diadem in Your hand, my God.

I am Yours—and always will be! What amazing love and hope and joy! Thank You for choosing me and loving me.

Malachi 3:17; John 17:6, 9–10, 24; John 14:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; Isaiah 62:3[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 53). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

February 12, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

96:4 For great is the Lord … he is to be feared above all gods. The Hebrew verse begins with “that,” which represents the content of the declaration anticipated by verse 3, “Declare his glory …, his marvelous deeds among all peoples, that great is the Lord and most worthy of praise” (v. 4, author’s translation). Yahweh’s superiority over the gods is lauded here, as it is in 95:3.[1]


Ver. 4. For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised.God’s praise:

The greatness or majesty of God is the prominent thing dwelt on in this psalm; but it may be dealt with in a larger and more comprehensive way.

  1. The duty of praise. The psalmist calls upon us to sing. It honours God not only that we should speak to others about Him, and preach to others His truth, but that we should sing His praise, finding thus expression for our joyous and loving thoughts of Him who is worthy to receive glory and honour for ever and ever. Impress that joining in the songs and praises of the great congregation is still our way of honouring God. “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth Him.”
  2. Where should we praise? (ver. 6). “In His sanctuary.” The place of worship, the consecrated place, rich with the associations of years of worship. Show how strongly urged is the duty of joining in public services; and how important the duty of forming, in this respect, good early habits.

III. What should we praise? We may praise God for what He has done; in creation, providence, and grace; and for what He has done directly for us. The psalmist rises to a nobler height, and sets us the example of praising God for what He is, for the greatness, and majesty, and strength, and honour that belong to Him.

  1. Before whom should we praise? Before those who do not know God, or who sadly neglect Him. Our praise is to be a witness to them; an example for them; and a persuasion of them. Our acts of worship and our godly habits are to say to them, “Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.”
  2. Who should join us in praise? Note the poetic sentiment of vers. 11–13; all nature joins man in praise. But man should be the leader of the choir. (Robert Tuck, B.A.)[2]

4. “For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised.” He is no petty deity, presiding, as the heathen imagined their gods to do, over some one nation, or one department of nature. Jehovah is great in power and dominion, great in mind and act; nothing mean or narrow can be found in him or his acts, in all things he is infinite. Praise should be proportionate to its object, therefore let it be infinite when rendered unto the Lord. We cannot praise him too much, too often, too zealously, too carefully, too joyfully. He deserves that nothing in his worship should be little, but all the honour rendered unto him should be given in largeness of heart, with the utmost zeal for his glory. “He is to be feared above all gods. Other gods have been worshipped at great cost, and with much fervour, by their blinded votaries, but Jehovah should be adored with far greater reverence. Even if the graven images had been gods they could not have borne comparison for an instant with the God of Israel, and therefore his worship should be far more zealous than any which has been rendered to them. He is to be feared, for there is cause to fear. Dread of other gods is mere superstition, awe of the Lord is pure religion. Holy fear is the beginning of the graces, and yet it is the accompaniment of their highest range. Fear of God is the blush upon the face of holiness enhancing its beauty.[3]


[1] Bullock, C. H. (2017). Psalms 73–150. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (Vol. 2, p. 179). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books: A Division of Baker Publishing Group.

[2] Exell, J. S. (1909). The Biblical Illustrator: The Psalms (Vol. 4, p. 166). New York; Chicago; Toronto; London; Edinburgh: Fleming H. Revell Company; Francis Griffiths.

[3] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 88-110 (Vol. 4, p. 182). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.

February—12 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

And he was sore athirst, and called on the Lord, and said, Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?—Judges 15:18.

Here is a sweet thought, my soul, suggested in these words of Samson, and wilt thou not hope that the Holy Ghost may make it blessed to thy evening meditation? The Lord had wrought a great deliverance for Samson, in the discomfiture of his enemies; and now, on a renewed pressing occasion, he makes this the plea of looking up for being again delivered: “Thou hast given,” saith he, “this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant, and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?” As if he had said, “Shall my God cease to be God; or shall I now want his help, who hath always helped me in what has passed? Hath he begun to deliver; and will he now cease to do so?” Pause, my soul! and when thou hast duly made thine observations upon the blessedness of faith, which, when in lively exercise, always finds unanswerable arguments for future blessings, in the recollection of those that are past, take the same plea to thy Jesus for every event which thou meetest with, in thine exercises. Hath one like the Son of man redeemed thee, bought thee out of the hands of infinite justice; given thee this great deliverance, from both the guilt and dominion of sin; taken thee into covenant relations with himself; opened a new and living way for thee in his blood; and doth he ever live to keep it open by his intercession? Hath Jesus indeed saved thee, loved thee, blessed thee, given himself for thee, and treasured up for thee a fulness of all needed supplies of grace for thy sojourning here; and is he gone before, to prepare an everlasting fulness of glory for thy enjoyment of himself to all eternity hereafter? And shall any circumstance now befal thee in the way, to cast down thy hopes, and to lessen thy faith in such a Saviour? Shall any thing arise to frustrate his designs, or ruin thy cause? Is it possible that any new evil, for which Jesus hath made no provision, can happen? or any unthought of, unexpected calamity arise, which shall counteract the covenant of redemption, ordered in all things and sure? Precious Lord Jesus! help me ever to keep thee in view, and then all the springs of dependence on thee will be sure to flow.[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 48–49). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

February 12 Streams in the Desert

Your heavenly Father knoweth.” (Matt. 6:32.)

AVISITOR at a school for the deaf and dumb was writing questions on the blackboard for the children. By and by he wrote this sentence: “Why has God made me to hear and speak, and made you deaf and dumb?”

The awful sentence fell upon the little ones like a fierce blow in the face. They sat palsied before that dreadful “Why?” And then a little girl arose.

Her lip was trembling. Her eyes were swimming with tears. Straight to the board she walked, and, picking up the crayon, wrote with firm hand these precious words: “Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight!” What a reply! It reaches up and lays hold of an eternal truth upon which the maturest believer as well as the youngest child of God may alike securely rest—the truth that God is your Father.

Do you mean that? Do you really and fully believe that? When you do, then your dove of faith will no longer wander in weary unrest, but will settle down forever in its eternal resting place of peace. “Your Father!”

I can still believe that a day comes for all of us, however far off it may be, when we shall understand; when these tragedies, that now blacken and darken the very air of heaven for us, will sink into their places in a scheme so august, so magnificent, so joyful, that we shall laugh for wonder and delight.

Arthur Christopher Bacon.

No chance hath brought this ill to me;

’Tis God’s own hand, so let it be,

He seeth what I cannot see.

There is a need-be for each pain,

And He one day will make it plain

That earthly loss is heavenly gain.

Like as a piece of tapestry

Viewed from the back appears to be

Naught but threads tangled hopelessly;

But in the front a picture fair

Rewards the worker for his care,

Proving his skill and patience rare.

Thou art the Workman, I the frame.

Lord, for the glory of Thy Name,

Perfect Thine image on the same.

Selected.[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 48–49). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

Nigerian Brothers Say They Are Prepared to Testify at Jussie Smollett Trial but Won’t Feel Vindicated Unless He’s Convicted – After ‘Empire’ Actor Was Hit With 6 New ‘Hate-Crime Hoax’ Charges — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Brothers Abel (right) and Ola (left) Osundairo told police Smollett paid them to stage the attack. They were later accused by the star’s attorneys of lying. Now, they will testify for either side at Smollett’s trial (Image: Reuters)

The lawyer for the Nigerian brothers at the center of the Jussie Smollett ‘hoax’ attack scandal say they are prepared to testify at his trial but that they will not feel vindicated unless the Empire actor is found guilty of lying to police.

Smollett was charged on Tuesday with lying to police in a six-count, grand jury indictment which revived the case against him. Last year, he was arrested after claiming to have been the victim of a racist, homophobic attack in Chicago.

Brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo, who knew Smollett, say he paid them to stage the attack against him and that they went along with it for $3,500, not knowing the media storm it would create. Smollett’s attorneys, over the last year, have accused the brothers of lying.

The 37-year-old star was charged but the case was dropped by State’s Attorney Kim Foxx in a decision that shocked and outraged the local police department.

On Wednesday, a day after Smollett was charged by a special prosecutor who was assigned to take over the messy case last August, the Osundairo brothers’ attorney Gloria Schmidt Rodriguez told DailyMail.com neither she nor they were surprised by the indictment.

She said they had been cooperating with special prosecutor Dan Webb’s office and that the brothers would testify for either side if the case goes to trial.

Remarkably, they do not hold ‘any ill-will’ against Smollett himself but, she said, they ‘hope he can be honest’.

‘They have no ill will towards Mr Smollett. They really feel like their role in this now is to be honest about what they know.

‘They hope he can be honest about what he knows,’ she said.

Schmidt Rodriguez said they do not yet feel vindicated of accusations by Smollett’s attorneys that they had made up the ‘plot’ that he paid them, and said they want to see it play out in court.

‘They don’t feel vindicated. A real vindication would be when a court of law says, ‘OK Mr Smollett – you were guilty of lying.’ At that point they would,’ she said.

The brothers last year filed a lawsuit against Smollett’s attorney, Tina Glandian, after she went on Good Morning America and a podcast to accuse them of lying.

Glandina also suggested that they trafficked Nigerian steroids and that Abel, the younger brother, spent the night at Smollett’s apartment.

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Source: Daily Mail Online

via Nigerian Brothers Say They Are Prepared to Testify at Jussie Smollett Trial but Won’t Feel Vindicated Unless He’s Convicted – After ‘Empire’ Actor Was Hit With 6 New ‘Hate-Crime Hoax’ Charges — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Why Clinton Foundation Whistleblowers’ Case Against IRS May Cause US Political Dynasties to Shiver

While the mainstream media in the US was preoccupied with Donald Trump’s impeachment another legal drama has been unfolding since March 2019, namely Lawrence W. Doyle and John F. Moynihan v Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel has explained why the case matters more than the impeachment saga.

Source: Why Clinton Foundation Whistleblowers’ Case Against IRS May Cause US Political Dynasties to Shiver

February 12th The D. L. Moody Year Book

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.—Acts 16:25.

AN old gentleman got up once in a meeting and said he had lived nearly all his life on Grumble street, but not long ago he had moved over on Thanksgiving street. His face showed it. Paul and Silas in jail at Philippi, when they had received stripes on the back and had their feet in the stocks, still sang praises to God. If some of us were in jail, with our feet in the stocks, I don’t think we would sing much. We want a cheerful Christianity.[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.) (pp. 34–35). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

RenewAmerica Newsletter for February 11, 2020

February 11, 2020
DENNIS M. HOWARD — “And all things, whatsoever you shall ask for in prayer, believing, you shall receive.” Matthew 21:22 The 2020 March for Life was a powerful witness for the cause of life reinforced by the first personal appearance by a sitting President in the history of the March. It was also by far the largest turnout in that event’s 47-year history, swelled no doubt by the amazing showing of young people from high schools and colleges across the country…. (more)

February 11, 2020
TABITHA KOROL AND KEVIN O’NEIL — We can all fight for a cause, but “The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil. – – Marcus Tullius Cicero They began as idealists, working to save the French-Jewish army captain Alfred Dreyfus who’d been falsely accused of conspiring with the Prussian army. The Dreyfus Affair of the mid-1890s and early 1900s was the impulsion for people to unite in support of the rights of the individual before a military authority that was rightly seen to be draconian and dismissive…. (more)

February 11, 2020
FOX NEWS — House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., reacted on Monday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leaving the door open for more investigations into President Trump despite his acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial last week, saying “I’m not sure that they [Democrats] actually know how to do anything else.”… (more)


February 11, 2020
AXIOS — This was the worst week for Democrats since Donald Trump’s election-night shocker of 2016. Why it matters: In less than 200 hours, Democrats botched Iowa, watched Trump hit an all-time popularity high, debated ousting the DNC chair, and watched a socialist soar and an ideological civil war intensify…. (more)

February 11, 2020
THE HILL — Alan Dershowitz, an associate of President Trump who served on his impeachment defense team, said Democrats need new leadership in Congress and that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) “have to go.”… (more)

February 10, 2020
Biden comes in fourth
NEWSMAX — Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg narrowly beat rival Bernie Sanders in Iowa in the race for delegates, according to projected national delegate allocations released by the Iowa Democratic Party on Sunday…. (more)


February 10, 2020
NEWSMAX — Joe Biden stepped up his criticism of Pete Buttigieg, refuting comparisons the former small town mayor has drawn to the last Democratic president, declaring: “This guy’s not a Barack Obama.”… (more)


February 10, 2020
NEWSMAX — The painting of Pete Buttigieg as a “moderate” on abortion was rejected by the Republican National Committee after Friday night’s debate in Manchester, New Hampshire. “Pete Buttigieg is falsely referred to as a moderate sometimes; as [Friday] night’s debate showed, that’s a total myth,” an RNC research email argued, pointing to Buttigieg’s past comments on abortion…. (more)

February 10, 2020
NEWSMAX — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking heat from the Sergeants Benevolent Association, a union of about 13,000 active and retired sergeants of the NYPD, following attacks on two police officers in the Bronx in a 12-hour span…. (more)


February 10, 2020
BBC — The United States has killed the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), President Donald Trump said. Qasim al-Raymi, who has led the jihadist group since 2015, was killed in a US operation in Yemen, the White House said. The jihadist leader had been linked to a series of attacks on Western interests in the 2000s…. (more)

February 8, 2020
NEWSMAX — Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro unloaded on Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, in an epic rant on Saturday’s Fox News’ “Justice.” “The first United States senator in American history to vote to convict the president of his own party, Mitt Romney,” her open began. “The sole and only Republican to vote to convict President Trump. How dare he?! How could he?! And why would he?!”… (more)

February 7, 2020

February 7, 2020
Takes jab at ‘Pierre Delecto’ Mitt
YOUTUBE — President Trump acquitted by Senate vote. We always knew how this story would end…. (more)

February 6, 2020

February 6, 2020
WASHINGTON TIMES — Impeachment has now failed for the second time in two decades, leaving constitutional scholars and Congress members alike wondering whether the founders’ political death penalty for presidents has been permanently defanged…. (more)


February 6, 2020
NEWSMAX — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., engaged in State of the Union theatrics that will go “down as a day of infamy” and should disqualify her from Democratic leadership, according to constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley…. (more)


February 6, 2020
NEWSMAX — The impeachment of President Donald Trump was based on assumptions and presumptions, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., owe Americans an apology for what they did, House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said Wednesday…. (more)


February 6, 2020
Claims ‘evidence was sufficient,’ despite unprecedented lack of fair process by House
WORLDNETDAILY — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who viciously attacked Donald Trump during the 2016 election, announced Wednesday he is joining Democrats to vote to convict him in his Senate impeachment trial…. (more)


February 6, 2020
Reflects a surge in support from Republicans
WORLDNETDAILY — As he prepares to deliver the State of the Union address Tuesday on the eve of expected acquittal in the Senate, President Trump’s approval rating is at 49% in a new Gallup poll, his highest in that poll since he took office…. (more)


February 5, 2020
WORLDNETDAILY — The Virginia Senate voted to block one of Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam’s top gun control bills on Monday, and other legislation faces an uncertain future…. (more)


February 5, 2020

February 5, 2020
YOUTUBE — Despite Democrats’ unyielding hate and rage, President Trump delivered a powerful, optimistic and patriotic speech…. (more)

February 4, 2020
THE HILL — The White House and congressional Republicans condemned Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for tearing up her copy of President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. “Speaker Pelosi just ripped up: One of our last surviving Tuskegee Airmen. The survival of a child born at 21 weeks. The mourning families of Rocky Jones and Kayla Mueller. A service member’s reunion with his family. That’s her legacy,” the White House’s official account tweeted Tuesday evening…. (more)

February 4, 2020
REUTERS — Republican Senator Rand Paul gave the purported name of the anonymous whistleblower at the center of President Donald Trump’s impeachment in a speech in the Senate on Tuesday, after earlier being blocked from doing so during Trump’s trial. Paul uttered the name in a question that U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts had earlier declined to read as the presiding officer of the trial. The Senate was not holding impeachment proceedings when Paul spoke on Tuesday…. (more)

 

February 12, 2020 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

Republican lawmakers on Wednesday will propose legislation setting a goal
for the United States to plant a trillion trees by 2050 to fight global
warming, a plan intended to address climate change by sucking carbon out of
the air instead of by cutting emissions.

Bernie Sanders narrowly won New Hampshire’s Democratic presidential primary
on Tuesday, solidifying his front-runner status in the race to take on
Donald Trump and dealing a setback to moderate rival Joe Biden, who
finished a disappointing fifth.

China reported on Wednesday its lowest number of new coronavirus cases in
nearly two weeks, lending weight to a forecast by its foremost medical
adviser for the outbreak to end by April – but a global expert warned it
was only beginning elsewhere.

The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants said its troops
opened fire on Wednesday at a checkpoint in northeast Syria after they came
under small arms fire.

Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti and cabinet ministers will accept a
halving of their salaries in an attempt to demonstrate that the new
government plans to tackle wage inequality.

Air China will cancel flights to Athens, Greece, from Feb. 17 to March 18
as a precaution to stem the coronavirus outbreak, an Air China company
official in Greece said on Wednesday.

Pope Francis on Wednesday dismissed a proposal to allow some married men to
be ordained in remote areas, reaffirming the Roman Catholic Church’s
centuries-old commitment to celibacy among priests.

AP Top Stories

Texas filed a lawsuit on Monday against the state of California over its
ban on official employee travel to states with laws it considers anti-LGBTQ
– including Texas.

Texas claims California has “targeted” the state because “Texas protects
the religious freedom of faith-based child welfare providers,” adding that
California’s ban on state-sponsored travel amounts to “economic sanctions”
against Texas.

The FBI is expanding its focus on domestic terrorism, and that includes
pro-choice violence-even though such violence is so vanishingly rare, it’s
all but nonexistent. FBI Director Christopher Wray disclosed that the
bureau has recently “changed our terminology as part of a broader
reorganization of the way in which we categorize our domestic terrorism
efforts.” But Wray wasn’t only talking about the pro-life extremism that
murders abortion providers in their churches, he hastened to add, but
“people on either side of that issue who commit violence on behalf of
different views on that topic.”

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will strike Syrian regime forces
in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib and elsewhere in the country
should there be any other aggression against Turkish soldiers.

Chinese health officials said Wednesday the death toll from the novel
coronavirus has reached 1,113. It stood at 1,016 on Tuesday.

In what’s sure to be a politically charged ceremony, more than 2,400
fetuses found last year at the suburban Chicago home of one of the
Midwest’s most prolific abortion doctors will be buried Wednesday in
Indiana, a state with some of the nation’s toughest anti-abortion laws.

China is pulling ahead of Russia, especially in terms of sophisticated
radars and sensors, according to a British expert. “I’d say we should have
been paying more attention to Chinese systems alongside the Russian ones,”
Justin Bronk, a researcher at Britain’s Royal United Services Institute,
told the National Interest. “Not because the latter aren’t still superior,
but because of the threat trajectory of the former. China will eventually
catch up to and then surpass Russian missile and sensor technologies; and
with a much more capable air force and economy than Russia.”

Nikola announced the launch of its Badger electric pickup truck, a model
said to generate over 900hp and have a range of 600 miles on a single
charge. Joining the ranks of Rivian, Tesla, and now GMC with the revival of
the Hummer, Nikola will be launching its own rendition of the electric
pickup truck.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told an audience at Georgetown
Law School on Monday night that the deadline to ratify the 34th amendment
(Equal Rights Amendment) had passed, and that it was time “to start over”
the efforts.

The Philippine military on Wednesday stood by the president’s decision to
scrap a security agreement with the United States, saying the country could
now develop its own defense capabilities and alliances, and would do fine
without it.

Venezuelan prosecutors on Tuesday indicted a man on charges that he
sexually enslaved a woman whom he held captive for 31 years in an apartment
building, a case that has shocked residents of the city of Maracay near the
capital of Caracas.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Wednesday that the number
of migrants awaiting the outcome of their U.S. immigration cases in Mexico
has fallen from 50,000 to about 2,500.

BBC

Australia has identified 113 animal species which will need “urgent help”
after their numbers and habitats were devastated by recent bushfires. In a
welcome finding, there appeared to be no extinctions, said the government.

A firing squad has executed two men in north-eastern Somalia for raping and
killing a 12-year-old girl.

A crisis within the world’s greatest humanitarian emergency could be
reaching breaking point over the control of lifesaving aid millions of
Yemenis need to survive.

WND

The state of California doesn’t like Republicans. With plenty of problems
to solve — what with a mass demographic exodus and a huge homelessness
problem — the Golden State nevertheless decided to take some time out in
2016 to prohibit official state travel to states that have laws it deems to
be anti-LGBT.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Feb. 12, 2020

The Foundation

“The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” —George Washington (1789)

Sanders Takes NH but Dems No Closer to Consensus Candidate

Sanders, Buttigieg, and Klobuchar have strong showings, while Warren and Biden continue to fade.


Is Klobuchar’s Momentum Real?

The Minnesota senator finished an impressive third in New Hampshire. Where to now?


Evangelical Support for Trump Still Baffles Media

The real issue is less about character qualities than about widely divergent political worldviews.


Can Trump Win 20% of the Black Vote in 2020?

Democrats should be afraid because there are cracks in the Democrats’ facade.


Virginia’s Model for Both Sides of Gun Debate

As Democrats advance anti-Second Amendment measures, Patriots fight back.


Video: The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Donald Trump

Many people despise Trump. Others say he’s the best president in history. What’s the truth?


Video: Man Runs Van Into Group of Trump Supporters

Think it made the mainstream news? You’d be wrong.


Video: Bergdahl, Manning, and Vindman —The Left’s Heroes

Allen West scrutinizes the Left’s tawdry view of military “heroes.”


Video: Why the Left Can’t Meme

Democrats confuse artful meaning with randomness because they can’t articulate conservative viewpoints.



Today’s Opinion

Kay C. James
President Trump Keeps Promises to the ‘Forgotten Americans’
Star Parker
President Trump Is Paving the Way. Republicans Must Follow Up With Black Voters.
Gary Bauer
Barr’s Big Day
Terence Jeffrey
Democratic Icon: Liberty Is Rooted in Religious Principles
Betsy McCaughey
Trump Right to Restrict Travel to Fight Coronavirus
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Wednesday News Executive Summary

New Hampshire results, Roger Stone case, border crossings plummet, and more.


Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Ryan Saavedra, Matt Walsh, Ben Shapiro, and more.



Today’s Meme

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.

Today’s Cartoon

For more of today’s cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.

Rapture Ready News

Hong Kong Coronavirus Expert Warns Outbreak Could Infect “Between 60%-80%” Of Humanity, Causing 51 Million Deaths
Though Beijing has been touting a ‘slowdown’ in the number of newly diagnosed cases, few believe that the outbreak has actually crested,… If the virus continues to spread at this pace, even a relatively low fatality rate of 1% – which Leung believes is possible once milder, undetected cases are accounted for – could still lead to a massive death toll. Rough calculations indicate that, if two-thirds of the 7.7 billion people living on earth are infected, a 1% mortality rate would still lead to nearly 51 million deaths.

PM threatens Hamas with dire ‘surprise’; Gaza answers with fresh rocket attack
“I’m telling you as prime minister, I don’t rush to war,” Netanyahu said in an interview with Channel 20 on Tuesday night. “I don’t puff out my chest, bang drums and blow trumpets. But we’re preparing for Hamas the surprise of their lives. I won’t say what it is, but it will be different from anything that came before.”

200 Georgia residents being monitored for possible deadly China coronavirus
‘Under the supervision of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), about 200 individuals who have recently returned from China are self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). These travelers arrived in the U.S. from mainland China outside Hubei Province with no known high-risk exposure. These individuals are asymptomatic (no symptoms) and are self-isolating at home.’

Roman Catholic Priest In Rhode Island Defiantly Says ‘Pedophilia Never Killed Anyone’ And That People Should Focus Instead On Stopping Abortion
One main reason why the Roman Catholic Church is unable to resolve the ongoing priest pedophilia scandals is because when you get right down to it, they really don’t think they did anything wrong. Allow me to explain. For decades now, when Roman Catholic priests have been caught engaging in pedophilia, they are not disciplined or punished, they are simply sent to another parish where they are not known and allowed to keep abusing little kids. All popes including Pope Francis have been covering up for this for many years now.

Sanders Pushes Pro-Life Voters to Trump: Supporting Abortion Is ‘Essential’ To Being a Dem
During a candidate forum Saturday in Concord, New Hampshire, the Vermont senator was asked, “Is there such a thing as a pro-life Democrat in your vision of the party?” Sanders’ response: “I think being pro-choice is an absolutely essential part of being a Democrat, if you’re asking me.”

Barr Announces Multiple Lawsuits as Part of DOJ Crackdown on Sanctuary Cities
Attorney General William Barr announced Monday the Justice Department is filing three lawsuits against California, New Jersey and a Washington county over their so-called “sanctuary city” policies relating to illegal immigrants.

US official to Arutz Sheva: ‘Old way of doing things is over’
“For the first time on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, the Council was willing to think outside the conventional box, and not reflexively fall back on the calcified Palestinian position, which has only allowed the failed status quo to continue.”

Egypt makes surprise move against Hamas and Iran
Egypt reportedly issues warning to Hamas against backing militia groups seeking to destabilize the region or joining Iran in any military escalation.

Bennett vows to ‘suffocate the head of the Iranian octopus’
Defense Minister Naftali Bennett warned Iran that Israel will make sure to exact a heavy price over its meddling in the region, vowing to go beyond Tehran’s proxies. Now we are changing the paradigm, we are now engaged in a continued effort to weaken the Iranian octopus through economic, diplomatic and intelligence measures, as well as with military means and various other approaches.”

‘God Will Triumph Over Evil’: Clergy Bless New Space Force Bible at Washington National Cathedral
A number of religious leaders gathered together at the Washington National Cathedral on Sunday for the blessing of a very special Bible. The text, a King James Version, is set to be used exclusively by the newly-formed United States Space Force. “Accept this Bible which we dedicate here today for the United States Space Force,” Hollerith, said during the blessing, according to NPR. “That all may so diligently search your holy word and find in it the wisdom that leads to peace and salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord, amen.”

Proof CoronaVirus and Its Cause was Prophesized in Bible: And how it Relates to End-of-Days
orah blogger Yeranen Yaakov noted that in the Torah portion of Beshalach (Exodus 13:17–17:16) read by Jews around the world last Shabbat, there is a clear reference to the coronavirus. The Bible tells of the Children of Israel “arriving at the wilderness of Sin.” In modern Hebrew, Sin (סין: pronounced ‘seen’) is China.

Pope Pushes One World Religion on Israel’s Independence Day
Historically, the Vatican was no friend to the Jews but its new initiative aligns the Catholic Church with Islam in a one-world religion that may be the biggest threat ever to the Jewish People. A major event to advance the project will take place on the anniversary of the birth of the State of Israel which, according to one rabbi, is fitting since Judaism is the last bastion, entirely incompatible with a New World Order.

Adviser to Iran’s Khamenei is looking to ‘raze Tel Aviv to the ground’
Ahead of the governments of France and Germany congratulating Iran’s regime on its Islamic revolution this week, an Iranian politician who advises the Supreme Leader said his nation was looking for an excuse to obliterate Tel Aviv. Mohsen Rezaee said “We would raze Tel Aviv to the ground for sure. We have been looking for such a pretext,” according to a translation from the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Syria war: Government will pay ‘heavy price’ for attacking Turkish troops
Turkey’s president has warned the Syrian government that it will “pay a very, very heavy price” for attacks on Turkish soldiers in north-west Syria. Five troops were killed in opposition-held Idlib province on Monday, as the Syrian army continued an offensive. Turkish forces struck dozens of targets in response, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “It will continue.”

Ex-Qatari PM: Israel, Gulf states set to sign non-aggression pact
Israel and the Gulf states and Israel will soon sign a non-aggression pact that could also include Morocco, the former prime minister of Qatar says…The former politician noted that he was “not against” such an agreement with Israel, and believed the unanimous decision taken by the Arab League last week to reject the U.S. deal was not in the best interest of the region.

China’s Fatal Dilemma
Ending the limited quarantine and falsely proclaiming China safe for visitors and business travelers will only re-introduce the virus to workplaces and infect foreigners…

Rare snowfall blankets Baghdad for the second time in more than 100 years, Iraq
Residents of Baghdad, Iraq woke up to the city blanketed in rare snow on Tuesday, February 11, 2020– a sight last seen in 2008 and the second time in more than a century. According to the Iraqi Meteorological Organization, the country is exposed to a cold polar air mass which peaked on the same day.

DOJ Indicts Chinese Military Officers in Massive Data Breach. So Why Isn’t China Facing a Visa Ban?
On Monday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr, surrounded by a phalanx of top Justice Department (DOJ) lawyers, announced the indictment of four Chinese military officers for their role in the massive 2017 breach of sensitive personal data stored in the computers of the credit reporting company, Equifax. If you have a mortgage, or have taken out any kind of bank loan, you are probably one of the approximately 150 million Americans whose data was compromised.

Nationalists (AfD) Surge to 2nd Place (23%) in German Regional Election after Being Called ‘Nazis’
Germany’s Christian Democrats, the ruling party of Angela Merkel, are in fresh crisis after members in the state of Thuringia defied party instruction to avoid working with the anti-migrant AfD party.

First China evacuee with coronavirus is mistakenly released from hospital
The first US evacuee from China confirmed to have the coronavirus was mistakenly released from a San Diego hospital as a result of a botched test result that showed he was not infected, according to reports.

Soros Starts $1 Billion Anti-American University
Radical anti-American financier George Soros recently unveiled a scheme to sink $1 billion into a new global university to fight nationalism and climate change, twin phantoms he emotes are “threatening the survival of our civilization.” Why is this a bad thing?

On New Year for trees, Jews and pagans go forest bathing to honor earthly roots
In a state park outside of San Francisco, 200 Jews and pagans gathered on Sunday in honor of the Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat, standing beneath a forest of towering eucalyptus to celebrate trees and the practices indigenous peoples utilized to take care of them.

Switzerland extends ban against public discrimination to include sexual orientation
Switzerland voted in a Sunday referendum in favor of an amendment adding sexual orientation to the list of characteristics protected under its anti-discrimination laws.

Catholic Priest Says ‘Pedophilia Doesn’t Kill Anyone’ After Barring Abortion-Rights Lawmakers From Communion
A priest in Rhode Island has defended his decision to ban all lawmakers who voted in favor enshrining abortion protections under state law from receiving communion at his parish.

Bernie Sanders: ‘We have to codify Roe and expand funding for Planned Parenthood’
Seven of the Democratic presidential candidates met for a debate Friday night in preparation for the New Hampshire primary, where Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders discussed his views on abortion, his plans for the Supreme Court, and his support for taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.

HIV-positive airmen fighting to stay in the Air Force in first-of-its kind case
LGBTQ advocates are preparing to go to trial against the U.S. government over its policies on HIV-positive service members.

Hubei Reports Another 94 Deaths, Bringing Global Total To 1,112
China’s trying to show that the outbreak is waning, even as the number of seriously ill cases continues to climb…


Headlines – 2/12/2020

Abbas attacks Israel at the UN, says situation could ‘implode’

Abbas rejects US peace plan at Security Council: ‘It legalized what is illegal’

Abbas: Palestinian state in Trump’s plan is ‘like Swiss cheese’

Olmert and Abbas meet in New York, urge direct talks as Trump plan rejected

Ex-Israeli PM Olmert: Abbas Is the Only Partner for Peace

Danny Danon: Mahmoud Abbas is not committed to peace

Israeli UN envoy: No progress toward peace as long as Abbas in office

US celebrates withdrawal of UN Security Council resolution against peace plan

Poll: 94% percent of Palestinians oppose US peace plan

Top EU diplomat urges Israel not to annex Jordan Valley, warns of violence

Gantz: Joint List won’t be part of my coalition, which will implement Trump plan

Arab party head: No support for Gantz unless he objects to parts of Trump plan

Arab Israeli Leader Says Party Won’t Back Gantz for PM if He Supports Annexation

Voter fatigue has set in ahead of third round of elections

Twenty Days Until Israel Election III, the Campaign Is Comatose and Voters Apathetic

Twelve Palestinians Injured in West Bank Clashes With Israeli Forces

Gaza groups said to call halt to incendiary balloon attacks on Israel

PM threatens Hamas with dire ‘surprise’; Gaza answers with fresh rocket attack

Egyptian forces kill 17 jihadists in north Sinai

Syria Displacement Is Worst Since Conflict Began, UN Says

Syria war: Government will pay ‘heavy price’ for attacking Turkish troops

Erdogan threatens to hit Syrian forces ‘anywhere’ if troops hurt

NATO to boost Iraq mission after Trump urges bigger Mideast role

Tehran-backed Hezbollah steps in to guide Iraqi militias in Soleimani’s wake

Israeli Defense Minister Bennett vows to ‘suffocate the head of the Iranian octopus’

US accuses Iran of developing missiles through satellite bid

Five Americans accused of scheming to sell Iranian oil to China

Britain and United States asked to investigate UAE crimes in Yemen: sources

U.S. ready to sign peace deal if Taliban abide by promise to reduce violence

Modi suffers New Delhi election defeat in first test following citizenship law

In the heart of Mexico’s violence, disillusion grows

New Hampshire primary gives Klobuchar major boost, puts Biden and Warren on 2020 life support

London police deploy face scan tech, stirring privacy fears

‘Maybe it’s a real paradise’: Mother reunited with dead seven-year-old daughter in virtual reality

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Taltal, Chile

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits South of the Fiji Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Namie, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits Southwest of Africa

Five earthquakes in 4 hours rattle Tennessee-North Carolina border, geologists say

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 22,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 21,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

UN warns of ‘major shock’ as Africa locust outbreak spreads

Africa locust invasion spreading, may become ‘most devastating plague’ in living memory, UN warns

Food fears grow as swarms of locusts reach Uganda and Tanzania

World must consider coronavirus ‘public enemy number one’: WHO

Coronavirus ‘could infect 60% of global population if unchecked’

200 people in Atlanta being monitored for coronavirus

WHO gives coronavirus official name, says vaccine is 18 months away

A Chinese Drugmaker Has Started Mass-Producing an Experimental Drug for COVID-19

China’s online censors tighten grip after brief coronavirus respite

China’s ‘people’s war’ against coronavirus seen by many as unorganized propaganda

Virus storytellers challenge China’s official narrative

Asians worldwide share examples of coronavirus-related xenophobia on social media

Japan cruise ship coronavirus cases climb to 175, including quarantine officer

Turned away on virus fear, cruise ship risks running low on food

Scientists Discover Mysterious Virus in Brazil With No Known Genes They Can Identify

Move Over, Pot: Psychedelic Companies Are About to Go Public

Thousands of fetuses found in Illinois home to be buried in Indiana, officials say

R.I. Priest Bans Legislators Who Support Abortion from Taking Communion

Anti-LGBT incidents in Israel increase by 36% in 2019

Officer told to ‘tone down’ gayness settles suit for $10.25M

Northern Ireland Celebrates First Same-Sex Marriage: ‘Our Love Is Just the Same’

Polygamists may not face jail time under Utah bill

Sarah Lawrence College dad arrested for running sex cult out of daughter’s dorm room, police say

Brazil’s President Declares Faith in Jesus at Huge Christian Missions Event: ‘Brazil Belongs to God’


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

Richard Dawkins’ Warnings Of A Godless Society — Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Introduction

It was brought to my attention a few weeks ago that the notorious atheist Richard Dawkins may be changing his tune regarding the necessity of belief in God in human society (click or tap text to see the article). I do recall hearing winds of this change a couple of years ago when he seemed to make a distinction between the religions of Islam (threatening) and Christianity (benign). It seems that Dawkins recognizes that without the belief that people will be held responsible to a higher power, those people who are in power (the State) will push society further and further into harmful and devastating behaviors, but he recognizes the dangers of certain theistic religions. Dawkins seems concerned that without the (false on his view) belief that the Christian God exists, then society will crumble, yet with the (also false on his view) belief that the Islamic god exists, then society will be destroyed. Dawkins seems to be now telling people to not be concerned with what is true, but be concerned with what is pragmatic. Unfortunately, this is nothing new and seems to have been the strategy of many States for quite some time. Allow me to explain.

Richard Dawkins' Warnings Of A Godless Society

Theism vs. The State

If God is the source of all moral duties and obligations, then the State can not be. Thus if a State wishes to legislate moral obligations (such as that people who offer a service are morally obligated to act against their moral conscience) or freedoms (such as pedophilia), then State must eradicate God from the conscience of those it governs. With God still in the cultural picture, there is an Authority to which the government is subject and is obligated to align laws with. However, if no God exists (or a State’s citizens do not recognize that God exists), then the State has no one and nothing to challenge its authority or the laws it legislates. Without any external source (God) for the citizens to hold the State accountable to, the State’s authority and legal commands will be understood as absolute.

Such a view is encouraged by the State through the promises of the legalization of many people’s sinful desires. Everything from autonomous sexual freedom to drug use is dangled in front of the populace to entice them to rid their worldview of a God that is a “party pooper.” For the State knows that with the eviction of God from the cultural mindset to allow people to explore their wildest and most debauched fantasies also goes the God that would place limitations on the State to control the masses.

No God, No Legitimate Reformations

While many atheists would have no problem with (even a belief in) God having no part in government (“separation of Church and State” and all), there are some serious consequences that some atheists (including Dawkins) have detected and are warning against. For instance, the reformer has nothing to appeal to in order to demand change in the government. Great reformers, such as those who challenged the government’s permitting the owning of slaves, would ironically be standing in the wrong and would have no objective grounding on which to stand against the government. In such a world, the State is a god; no one has any grounds to challenge it; it maintains absolute authority. If there is no external source for morality to hold the government accountable to, then no reformation should ever take place. If such a world truly existed (one without God), then Africans could still be enslaved in America today.

No God, No Legitimate Changes at All

If the State already legislates, executes, and adjudicates according to an individual atheist’s ideas of “right” and “wrong,” then things are okay with that particular atheist. However, if the State does not align with the atheist’s ideas of “right” and “wrong” 100%, it would be wrong (on the view that there is not God- that government is the absolute moral authority) for the atheist to attempt to change the State’s position on anything, for submitting to the absolute authority of the State is legally (not “morally” since morality is not objective on this view) obligatory. If the State is the absolute authority for how its citizens should act, then if the State is Christianized (or becomes a theocracy), then the atheist is legally obligated to act according to the laws and not attempt reform government. Again, to attempt to reform would be a violation of the legal obligation to submit to the absolute moral authority of the State.

Ironically, when a naturalist stands against the State today, they are in violation of this legal obligation. If the State were to criminalize abortion, the atheist would be legally obligated to comply. In a socialist country, the capitalist would be the criminal for standing against socialism, and in a capitalist country, the socialist would be the criminal for standing against capitalism.

A Godless Society

Yet Changes and Reformations Abound And More Are Attempted

This type of world is quite scary for both atheist and theist alike. Neither truly believes that the State is the ultimate authority of morality. This is evidenced by both sides’ reservation of the right to attempt to reform the State should a law be legislated that does not align with their idea of right or wrong. Ironically for the atheist (but consistent with the theist), God (as the objective standard of morality) must exist for the reservation of that right to be legitimately justified. I’m not saying that the atheist cannot exercise this right, but they have no foundation for it in their own worldview; they must borrow from the theistic worldview to justify any governmental change or reformation.

Politicians Are Already Steps Ahead of Us

We see almost daily how politicians throughout our government are working diligently to remove God from the culture. When they accomplish this, their citizens will have no choice but to submit and never attempt to change or reform the government.

This is nothing new. Politicians have been working at the grassroots level with our education system for decades. By trying to eradicate God, they not only take away any moral authority over the State, they also eliminate any ability to ground reasoning or to have knowledge. So, even if someone decided to challenge the State, they could never use reasoning or claim to have knowledge that the State’s position was objectively wrong. I go into more details of this in my post, “Is Education Overrated?

An Even More Dangerous Game

With the destruction of reasoning and knowledge, we will see another devastating and logical implication of eliminating God- the destruction of the academy. Without knowledge even being possible, all knowledge disciplines are ultimately useless. If a would-be reformer were to use the knowledge disciplines to evidentially challenge the State, it would be pointless, for the reformer could not lay claim to having knowledge from any discipline. Further, without a grounding for logic, they could not even reason from the evidence to the guilt of the State and the need for change or reformation.

When I see politicians trying to remove God from America, I see them setting up their dictatorship in my back yard. This should not just concern theists, but it should (and does) concern atheists alike. We have to remember that there is no single “atheistic” ethic or belief, so the chances that the views of the one who is in charge aligning with that of any other atheist in this country are slim. Most atheists will desire reform, but they not only have a legal obligation not to challenge the State, they would not have any moral, evidential or logical grounds on which to do so.

Conclusion

With atheists such as Richard Dawkins now telling us that while theism is false, we cannot remove it from society, there is a great deal of irony and even absurdity. They recognize that atheism is not a livable worldview for society, and they recognize that in order to survive, we must believe something that is false (theism, on their view). If, in order to survive, we must believe what is false about the world we live in, then how can they claim that what they have come to believe, in order to survive, is true? If atheism is true, then knowledge is an absurd concept, and no one can claim to know anything true about our world, and worse off, we have reason to doubt everything that someone else tells us is true!
Ironically, Richard Dawkins, by his own recognition that God is not just a “useful fiction” but a “necessary fiction” for the very survival of society, has given us every reason to toss his entire life’s work (everything from his scientific research to his philosophy of atheism) into the garbage can! At this point, if Richard Dawkins wants to salvage any portion of his life’s work, he needs to recognize the existence of God (and not just any god but the Christian God) and do what he can to reconcile God’s existence with his work in biology and biochemistry (maybe recognize that nature appears and measures to be designed because it is designed); but his atheism is a failed hypothesis no matter which way he goes. Interestingly enough, Richard Dawkins is making the case against his own atheism using the immorality of modern culture. To understand this argument better, check out this video from Reasonable Faith and the links to books below:

Recommended resources related to the topic:

Answering Stephen Hawking & Other Atheists MP3 and DVD by Dr. Frank Turek

Reaching Atheists for Christ by Greg Koukl (Mp3)

Macro Evolution? I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be a Darwinist (DVD Set), (MP3 Set) and (mp4 Download Set) by Dr. Frank Turek

Counter Culture Christian: Is There Truth in Religion? (DVD) by Frank Turek

Defending Absolutes in a Relativistic World (Mp3) by Frank Turek

Stealing From God by Dr. Frank Turek (Book)

Defending Creation vs. Evolution (mp3) by  Richard Howe

Exposing Naturalistic Presuppositions of Evolution (mp3) by Phillip Johnson

Inroad into the Scientific Academic Community (mp3) by Phillip Johnson


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Lenin would be rolling in his grave, if he had one: Russian Communists back plan to put ‘God’ in constitution | RT – Daily news

It’s not so long ago that they were known as the “Godless Communists.” Which means it still comes as a surprise that the party has no objection to the idea of including a reference to the man upstairs in Russia’s constitution.

A century on from the Bolshevik revolution, things have come a long way. Russian and other Soviet Communist officials once reveled in their promotion of state atheism, so present leader Gennady Zyuganov’s reasoning has also raised a few eyebrows.

Far from being the ‘Opium of the People,’ Zyuganov said that Communism is actually derived from Christianity. Leaving no doubt that party founder Vladimir Lenin would be to rolling in his grave – if he had one.

“When I studied the Bible, in the gospel of the Apostle Paul … there was the main slogan of Communism. He who does not work does not eat.” he explained. Actually, in many ways, the moral code of a builder of Communism is built on the Bible.”

While Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and the rest of his church surely welcome the sentiment, they may also dwell on the fact that the Soviet-era Communist party brutally suppressed Christians and murdered thousands of clergy.

Although Zyuganov’s beliefs are very far from Marxism and traditional communist doctrine, his colleagues in the State Duma weren’t hugely surprised by his views. This isn’t the party leader’s first flirtation with religion – he once called Jesus Christ the first communist on earth.

Before the establishment of the Soviet Union, Russia was a profoundly religious country. The integration of the Orthodox Church into the government meant that Lenin considered them an organ of the bourgeoisie. Thus, the revolutionary leaders adopted an official atheist policy and, after decades of propaganda, religion in the Soviet Union was absent from mainstream thought.

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‘He’s in our anthem, why not in constitution?’ Russian Patriarch wants GOD mentioned in state charter

The break-up of the USSR led to faith being thrust back into the limelight within Russia, and many former staunchly Communist Russians began to turn to Christianity. With over 80 percent of the modern Russian population believing in a God, it’s not a shock to see products of the Soviet system simultaneously promoting God and Communism.

There is no confirmation yet if God will be included in the new Constitution. A working group is currently designing all the proposals, and a confirmatory national vote is due to be held on April 22, 2020 – Lenin’s 150th birthday.

Source: Lenin would be rolling in his grave, if he had one: Russian Communists back plan to put ‘God’ in constitution

When Intimacy With God Is Absent — For The Church Recently Added Resources

Once in a sermon, the great Baptist preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, spoke strongly against owning slaves. In that sermon, he said about the emancipator William Wilberforce:

Not so very long ago our nation tolerated slavery in our colonies. Philanthropists endeavored to destroy slavery; but when was it utterly abolished? It was when Wilberforce roused the church of God, and when the church of God addressed herself to the conflict, then she tore the evil thing to pieces. I have been amused with what Wilberforce said the day after they passed the Act of Emancipation. He merrily said to a friend when it was all done, ‘Is there not something else we can abolish?’ That was said playfully, but it shows the spirit of the church of God. She lives in conflict and victory; her mission is to destroy everything that is bad in the land. (The Best Warcry, March 4, 1883)

Another great British thinker, CS Lewis, said that Christianity, too, is a fighting religion. Just as Jesus loved the world by combatting evil in the world, his followers will do the same. Advancing the good includes “picking fights” with everything that threatens and diminishes the good.

But before we are ready to fight the wrong out there…

The Fault in Ourselves

In Julius Caesar, Shakespeare’s Cassius says, “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” It is easy to look around and identify things that are wrong with the world and with others. But Jesus directs us to look first at ourselves. Before we can effectively address the fault in our stars, we must face the fault in ourselves.

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:3-5)

Both of these Scriptures highlight a universal truth about the human condition: None of us is what we should be. Whether a short temper, a lustful eye, a haughty heart, a lying tongue, or some combination of these and other issues, each of us lives with a sickness of the soul – a sickness that keeps us from loving God as we are meant to love him.

When the body is sick, we who desire health will attack the sickness in multiple ways. We take our medicine, do our exercises, get plenty of rest, eat healthy, and whatever else the medical professionals tell us we must do. Similarly, sickness of the soul requires focus, energy, and action. It also requires honesty about the seriousness of our condition. The soul that is not carefully attended to—the soul whose health is not consistently fought for—will erode spiritually, emotionally, relationally, and in every other way. This is why the fight against the wrong in us is a most important and necessary fight. Emotionally intelligent and spiritually healthy people answer the question, “What’s wrong with the world?” in the same way that Chesterton is said to have answered the same:

“I am.”

Our love for God is diminished wherever we are willing to dismiss or disobey him. And when we dismiss or disobey God, we don’t merely go against him; we also go against ourselves…because our enjoyment of his love – of that love we can never lose because no one, not even ourselves, is able to snatch us out of his hands (John 10:28) – is intimately connected to our enjoyment of his law.

To see the law of Christ fulfilled,
to hear his pardoning voice
turns a slave into a child
and duty into choice.

Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments…I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you…And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him…If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words…Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you…Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:15-27)

The Health of Boundaries > Dysfunction

Jesus has not left us as orphans. He has come to us, he has come for us…and his love can never be taken from us once we have received it through faith in Jesus. As my long-time friend and gospel mentor Scotty Smith likes to say, “God cannot love us more, and he will not love us less.” But as in any romantic relationship, the enjoyment and full manifestation of God’s love will happen in a setting of mutual surrender. In Jesus, God has fully surrendered himself to our deepest need – the need to be forgiven, loved, restored, and made new. And when our heart’s cry becomes, “LORD, your wish is our command,” these truths about his love become more than truths – they also become experiential.

Imagine a loving wife who, after discovering that her husband is seeing another woman, begins to withhold intimacy from him. She simply cannot live with an arrangement in which she shares her husband’s affections with another.

The husband, not wanting to lose the benefits of having her as his wife—for he still enjoys her company, thinks that she is easy on the eyes, and enjoys having access to her trust fund—begs her to reconsider. He reminds her of the flowers he has given to her, of the weekly date night that he has never missed, and of how often he affirms her with his words. Every now and again, he will even pull out a guitar and sing a love song to her.

The husband reasons with her, “The other woman only gets 10% of me and you get 90%. Doesn’t that count for something? Isn’t 90% enough for you? Why would you withhold the experience of your warmth, affection and smile from me when I’m 90% committed to you?”

Because she is a healthy wife and not dysfunctional, she calmly responds, “When you give 90% to me and 10% to her, do you know what that makes you? It makes you 100% unfaithful. If you’re not going to give me all of you—if you are bent on keeping a girl on the side, and have no intention to fight against that urge—then I have no choice but to withhold intimacy, to withhold the invitation, ‘This is my body, given for you…’ from you. Integrity to our covenant demands that I not share my bed or warm affection with you under these conditions. When your lips are close to me but your heart is far from me, when you share a bed with a mistress with no intent to turn from her and toward me, I have to keep my distance. This is for your sake as well as mine.”

“It’s Not You…It’s Me”

In times when God seems distant, when I struggle to connect with him, when I find my heart wanting to avoid him – it is sometimes helpful to ask myself (and also the people around me), “Am I actually chasing a mistress? Is there something or someone – other than Jesus – that has me around the neck, that has become my true north and my controlling center, my deeper desire and passion, the functional love of my life? Is there a ‘must have,’ an obsession or an addiction – whether physiological or emotional – the applause of others…the urge to eat, or shop, or monitor social media, or make money, or control things excessively…the urge to gossip and complain and tear down instead of building up…might there be a cause / effect relationship between one or more of these things and my spiritual malaise? Might it be because I remain unmoved by, passive about, and are unwilling to fight against, a known fault that is in myself? Sometimes it’s a question worth considering. Because like it says in Proverbs 7, all forms of adultery – physical, emotional and spiritual – rob God of the affection owed solely to him, and rob me of surrender’s joy.

Be attentive to the words of my mouth. Let not your heart turn aside to her ways; do not stray into her paths, for many a victim has she laid low, and all her slain are a mighty throng. Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death. (Proverbs 7:24-27)

Conversely, falling into the arms of God is the path of life and fullness:

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)

Because God put Jesus away on the cross, he will never put us away. Isn’t this enough reason to set our hearts on “forsaking all others” – to the end that his wish becomes our command, and his face becomes more compelling to us than his hand? This fight against the fault in ourselves…it’s a fight well worth engaging.

At his right hand are pleasures forevermore.

This being true, is there not something else we can abolish?

Editor’s Note: This originally published at ScottSauls.com

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7 reasons you need church history — Southern Equip

We know what “history” is. And we know what “theology” is. But what is “historical theology?”

I think of it as wisdom from the past: right interpretation of Scripture, and sound doctrine, that is handed down to us from wise Christians throughout the history of the church.

One example is the interpretation of the simple biblical phrase, “Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8). It means that by his crucifixion, Jesus paid the penalty we deserved to pay by becoming our substitute and dying in our place. Wise Christians have historically affirmed this understanding of Jesus’ work.

Another example is the doctrine of the Trinity, which can be summarized in three affirmations: God eternally exists as three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each of the three persons is distinct from the others and is fully God. There is only one God. Wise Christians have historically affirmed this formulation of the doctrine of the Trinity.
This wisdom about Christ’s death as our substitute and about the identity of the Trinity comes down to us from the past and helps us know what Jesus has done for us to bring us into a personal relationship with God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

So historical theology is very valuable to us today. Specifically, here are seven truths you can trust from historical theology.

1. The creeds can guide you.

The early church creeds are excellent summaries of what Christians today should believe as sound doctrine based on Scripture. From early on, the church has confessed the Apostles’ Creed:

I believe in God the Father, almighty, maker of heaven and earth;  and in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord;  who was conceived by the Holy Spirit; born of the Virgin Mary;  suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit.

I believe in the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

These statements of belief summarize what the Bible teaches, and they present those biblical truths in an easy-to-remember way.

I know that Baptists are traditionally suspicious of these early creeds. Indeed, many Baptists exclaim, “No creed but the Bible!” But if Baptists bind themselves by a creed about no creeds, what’s wrong with creeds expressing sound doctrine based on Scripture? And such a posture towards the early creeds can be naïve, as all Baptists have beliefs about God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, the church, and the future hope — beliefs that are expressed in the creeds!

So we can trust the truths as found in the early creeds.

2. The creeds can guard you.

The early church creeds contain sobering warnings about doctrines that Christians today should not believe — heresies that contradict or misunderstand Scripture. From early on, the church has condemned the following errors about the incarnation of the Son of God:

  • The Son did not — indeed, could not — take on a human nature, so Jesus only appeared to be a real and fully human being: Jesus was an apparition, not a man at all.
  • The Son only took on part of a human nature — a human body — and thus was not truly and fully human as we are: Jesus was more God than man.
  • The Son incarnate joined up with a human person, so the incarnation was about the divine Son collaborating with the man Jesus.
  • The Son with his divine nature absorbed the human nature of Jesus: Jesus was a DIVINE human being.
  • The Son with his divine nature fused together with Jesus and his human nature: Jesus was a dhiuvmianne being.
  • The Son gave up some of his divine characteristics — for example, he stopped being present everywhere, knowing all things, and being all powerful — so that he could become a real and fully human being: Jesus was more man than God.
  • Each of these errors, as exposed by the early creeds, contradicts the sound doctrine expressed by those same creeds. The truth is that the incarnation was about the Son, who is fully God, uniting himself with a real and fully human nature, to become Jesus Christ, fully God and fully human.

So we can trust the warnings about untruths as found in the early creeds.

3. The church recognized the canon of Scripture.

The early church gradually recognized the canon of Scripture, and this canon did not include the apocryphal writings.

By “canon” I mean the list of writings that properly belong in the Bible, because they are the God-breathed and authoritative truth for Christians. By “apocryphal writings” (“Apocrypha,” for short), I refer to the extra writings that are found in the Roman Catholic Old Testament and not in our Protestant Old Testament: Tobit, Judith, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, 1 and 2 Maccabees, and additions to both Daniel and Esther.

An important development in the early church was its discernment of the writings that should be properly included in the church’s Old Testament and New Testament. Key Christians — for example, Origen, Athanasius, John of Damascus, and Jerome — provide us with lists of the books that the church gradually recognized to belong in Scripture. These leaders specifically denied that the apocryphal writings belong in the Bible. Eventually, the Catholic Church deviated from the position of these leaders, following Augustine’s view instead and including the Apocrypha in its Old Testament.

About a thousand years later, the Reformers like Martin Luther and John Calvin insisted that Protestant churches return to the early church’s view and exclude these apocryphal writings. So Roman Catholic Bibles and Protestant Bibles are different when it comes to these books. But Protestant Bibles without the Apocrypha have a solid historical precedent.

So we can trust the truth that the Old Testament does not include the apocryphal writings as found in the Roman Catholic Bible.

4. Protestantism embraces sola Scriptura and justification by grace through faith.

Protestantism, which arose 500 years ago during the Reformation, embraces two principles: sola Scriptura and justification by grace through faith.

Luther and Calvin established Protestant churches on a completely different basis from Roman Catholicism. Specifically, the Reformers developed the two foundational principles of Protestantism.

The first (and formal, or structural) principle is sola Scriptura, or Scripture alone.

The Roman Catholic view was that God’s revelation comes through two closely connected, yet distinct, sources: (1) Scripture, the written Word of God, and (2) Tradition, the oral teachings of Jesus that are kept alive and transmitted by the Catholic Church. This source of revelation contains alleged truths about, for example, Mary: That she was conceived without sin (the Immaculate Conception) and that when she died her body was immediately taken up into heaven (the Bodily Assumption).

Against this view of Scripture and Tradition, the Reformers offered the principle that only Scripture (sola Scriptura), and not Scripture plus Tradition, is God’s revelation of truth for Christians to obey and believe.

The second (and material, or key content) principle of Protestantism is the doctrine of justification by grace through faith.

The Roman Catholic view was that justification is not only the forgiveness of sins, but also being born again (the new birth, or regeneration) and progressing in sanctification (becoming more holy like Jesus). A corollary of this view is that justification is a life-long process, with some Catholics being more advanced and other Catholics lagging behind. Additionally, whether advancing or maintaining or regressing, Catholics can never know if they have made sufficient progress to please God. Thus, they cannot have assurance of salvation.

The Protestant view, based on the Bible, is that justification is God’s twofold declaration that sinful people are not guilty (Rom 3:25; 5:9) but righteous instead (Rom 5:18–19). Justification as God’s pronouncement is based on Christ’s death in our place, resulting in forgiveness, and Christ’s obedience, which is imputed (or credited) to us when we hear the gospel and believe in Jesus to save us. Thus, justification is accomplished by Christ alone, granted through God’s grace alone, and received through faith alone. And those who so believe may enjoy assurance of salvation (Rom 8:1, 31–39).

The Reformers underscored this truth of justification because it is affirmed in Scripture, which is the only source of God’s revelation.

So we can trust the truth of the two principles of Protestantism.

5. Protestantism also embraces two (or, in some cases, three) marks of the true church.

When Martin Luther and his little band of followers started the first Protestant churches of the Reformation, they were surrounded by the massive, historical, and powerful Roman Catholic Church. Moreover, this Church claimed to be the only true church of Jesus Christ.

Yet, these Protestants had the audacity to call the Roman Catholic Church a false church and claim that their little, novel, and persecuted churches were true churches! On what basis?

Protestant churches are characterized by two or three marks: “The church is the congregation of the saints in which the gospel is rightly taught and the sacraments rightly administered. And unto the true unity of the church, it is sufficient to agree concerning the doctrine of the gospel and the administration of the sacraments” (Augsburg Confession, 7:1–2; cf. John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 4.1.8). Historically, then, Protestant churches are known for their preaching of the Word of God and their celebration of the two ordinances (not the seven sacraments, as found in the Roman Catholic Church) of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. These are the two marks of a true church. Some Protestant churches include a third mark, the exercise of church discipline (e.g., Belgic Confession).

These marks have solid biblical foundations. For preaching the gospel, Jesus’ Great Commission (Matt 28:18–20), Paul’s challenge to engage in the ministry of reconciliation through teaching the Word of God (2 Cor 5:17–21; 2 Tim 4:1–5; Col 1:28–29), and the many examples of proclamation of the good news in Acts (e.g., Acts 2) are just some of the biblical support.

For the administration of the two ordinances, Jesus commands the church to baptize new believers (Matt 28:19; exemplified by Philip and the eunuch, Acts 8:26–40) and instructs the church to celebrate the Lord’s Supper (Matt 26:26–29; and Paul’s teaching, 1 Cor 11:17–34). For church discipline, Jesus gives the keys of the kingdom to his church (Matt 16:13–20) and establishes a four-step process (Matt 18:15–20) for its exercise.

So we can trust the marks of the true church.

6. Protestantism holds to five solas: Scripture, Christ, grace, faith, the glory of God.

Protestantism also embraces five solas (“onlys”):  sola Scriptura, Christ alone, grace alone, faith alone, and the glory of God alone.

Another development at the time of the Reformation was the formulation of five solas over against the Roman Catholic view that integrates mutually exclusive positions (for example, faith plus works).

As we’ve already seen, sola Scriptura emphasizes that only Scripture, and not Scripture plus tradition, is authoritative, divinely inspired truth.

Christ alone underscores that it is only Jesus, and not Jesus plus the Roman Catholic Church (which self-identifies as the whole Christ), that is the necessary ground of salvation from sin.

Grace alone highlights that it is only God’s favor, and not his grace plus human cooperation, that operates/produces salvation from sin.

Faith alone emphasizes that it is only trust in Jesus, and not faith plus good works done to merit eternal life, that embraces salvation from sin.

The glory of God alone underscores that it is only God’s fame, and not his fame plus special honor, for example, to Mary, that is magnified in salvation from sin through Christ alone, grace alone, and faith alone.

These five solas are firmly grounded on Scripture. For example, Paul affirms, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph 2:8-9).

So we can trust the truth of the five solas of Protestantism.

7. Baptists are Protestants with biblical convictions.

Baptist distinctives express our firm convictions, based on Scripture, that distinguish us from other Protestants, yet without separating us from them in an exclusionary way.

One of the important developments that flowed out of the Reformation was the formation of Baptist churches. To the two principles of Protestantism — the marks of a true church — and the five solas, Baptists added unique elements such as regenerate church membership, believer’s baptism, congregational church polity, and local church autonomy (and the correlative rejection of the state-church culture).

Regenerate church membership signifies that only people who have heard the gospel, repented of their sins, and believed in Jesus Christ for salvation are permitted to become members of a Baptist church. This position is in contrast with, for example, Reformed churches, which include the children of believing parents in their covenant community.

Believer’s baptism means that only people who can offer a credible profession of faith (described above) are permitted to be baptized. This practice is in contrast with, for example, Methodist churches that baptize the infants of church members.

Congregational church polity maintains that ultimate human authority in Baptist churches resides in their members. This structure is in contrast with, for example, the Roman Catholic Church that locates ultimate authority in its bishops, in particular its pope, who are at the top of its hierarchy, above priests, deacons, and church members.

Local church autonomy means that each Baptist church is an independent entity that is responsible for establishing its own leaders (pastors, elders, deacons), managing its own finances, developing its own ministries, establishing its own membership, and the like. This position is in contrast with, for example, Presbyterian churches, which have several authoritative structures — presbytery, synod, and general assembly — above the local church level. This distinctive is at the heart of why Baptists churches broke away from the centuries-old church-state structure. Historically, Baptists have denied any possible role for the state (for example, the English monarch) in church matters.

Baptists offer a strong biblical and theological case for each of their distinctives. They also acknowledge that other Protestants can offer a case for their opposing positions (for example, infant baptism). Thus, while Baptists distinguish themselves from these other believers, Baptists do not deny they are indeed Christians and do not consider them to hold heretical views.

So we can trust the truth of Baptist distinctives. But we don’t take the further step of separating from other Christians in an exclusionary way.

In conclusion, historical theology is a treasure trove of right biblical interpretation and sound doctrine. As wisdom from the past, it should be warmly embraced by Christians today. It will help us avoid what, in Surprised by Joy, C. S. Lewis called “chronological snobbery,” or “the uncritical acceptance of the intellectual climate common to our own age and the assumption that whatever has gone out of date is on that account discredited.”

via 7 reasons you need church history — Southern Equip

UPDATE: Snowflake Baptists double down on Woke Pastor’s Conference — Capstone Report

Controversy rocks Southern Baptist Convention Pastor’s Conference.

Beth Moore speaks, defends invite for fellow woman pastor.

Pastor’s Conference chief David Uth alleges online critics could ‘Endanger’ woman pastor. The Southern Baptist Convention is now the Snowflake Baptist Convention.

The Southern Baptist Convention Pastor’s Conference defended its lineup in a weird story published by Pravda, err, Baptist Press, where the Pastor’s Conference head insinuated Baptist critics of a woman teaching pastor who will “perform” at the conference might endanger her.

Endanger?

According to BP, Pastor David “Uth’s staff is monitoring social media to determine whether sentiments are voiced that would endanger Wong for participating, he told BP.”

Endanger.

“If we sense that it is going to be an environment that’s not going to be helpful to her,” Uth was quoted as saying by BP, “or it’s going to be in some way hurtful, I would not risk that for anything. She is a precious lady. She and her husband do a great work in San Francisco.”

Endanger.

Good grief.

In the snowflake world of the Southern Baptist Convention, criticism on social media could now “endanger” someone.

These are the “leaders” of the Southern Baptist Convention.

You can’t take these people seriously.

Fortunately, there are brave Southern Baptist leaders willing to speak out on social media on controversial issues like this.

Unfortunately, it was Beth Moore.

This Pastor’s Conference fiasco has become such a scandal that renowned Southern Baptist Pastor, err, Bible teacher Beth Moore commented. She tweeted her disgust that men would insist on biblical fidelity regarding platforming women preachers. Moore tweeted,

“And then there’s what goes on away from the official table after they whistle for the attack dogs, which, of course, they are doing: relentless social media harassment, bullying, lying about & slandering the woman. It’s so sinful. And all in the name of Scripture.

“I want nothing more to do with it. But I am going to have a dang hard time staying silent if they look like they are going to put Hosanna through anything similar to what others of us have endured over these people. She’s not preaching at it, for crying out loud.”

It is unsurprising that Moore defends another female preacher.

Yet, this is the bitter fruit of the SBC’s decline.

Now for a bit more of the bitter fruit. Not only are there issues with a Pastor’s Conference inviting a woman teaching pastor, but there are concerns about other invitees.

Pastor David Hughes drew fire from conservative Southern Baptists over sexually charged church performances. From Game of Thrones to dancing Storm Troopers:

Pastor Tom Buck pointed out the SBC’s latest action and dismissal of any concerns about this illustrate the serious problems in the Southern Baptist Convention. Buck said, “Last week on @FoundersMin Sword & Trowel podcast, @tomascol and I were called crazy for saying that in some ways the current SBC crisis is worse than the days of the Conservative Resurgence. I would like to personally thank the SBC for vindicating us today and proving our point.”

Yes. The SBC’s reckless and cavalier actions regularly prove there is a real problem stirring. Since conservatives are ignored and attacked (seriously, can you call BP’s story anything other than an attack on critics?), it is time for conservatives to make one final stand for truth in Orlando.

How? By rejecting the status quo of Albert Mohler and electing an actual conservative for SBC President.

via UPDATE: Snowflake Baptists double down on Woke Pastor’s Conference — Capstone Report

Wong is Wong: Why a Female Pastor Speaking at SBC Meeting is Not Okay — Pulpit & Pen

Hosanna Wong, a female pastor who regularly preaches to men and who gallivants around with her Hillsong and prosperity pals on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, is set to perform her “Spoken Word” at the SBC Pastors Conference, which is full of men. We are being told by SBC leaders that concerns about the denomination’s leftward drift are “much ado about nothing,” but this is a tipping point for the Convention by anyone’s estimation.

Listening to excuses for Wong’s invitation is like listening to a teenage girl’s list of things that she can do with her boyfriend that aren’t technically sex. It’s like that kid in True Love Waits who raised their hand and asked how far they can go without crossing the line. Even posing the question demonstrates they don’t get the concept and their heart isn’t right.

Wong isn’t speaking, she’s only doing something called Spoken Word.

It’s not preaching, it’s worship…because…because…the words rhyme. Doesn’t count.

Wong preaches to men all the time, but she’s not technically doing that at the 2020 SBC meeting. Sure, she would preach to the SBC pastors if you asked, but…she’s not.

These aren’t dissimilar from the other “how far can we go” technicalities imposed by leftward-drifting Southern Baptists.

It’s okay for a woman to be a pastor, so long as it isn’t a lead pastor.

It’s okay for a woman to preach to men, so long as a lead pastor is on stage.

A lead pastor doesn’t have to be on stage, so long as it’s clear the woman is preaching with his permission.

It’s okay for a woman to preach so long as it’s on something women are experts on like Mother’s Day or abuse or something.

The principle set in Scripture in places like 1 Timothy 2 and Ephesians 5 is that women and men have different gender roles and leadership is not one the two share. Men are to be pastors and logic would dictate, do the things pastors do (like preaching). Although leftward-drifting Southern Baptists are content to let a woman do virtually everything pastors do so long as they are forbidden from having the title pastor, the Scripture clearly cares more about the principle than the superficial title.

After all, of the 12 Patriarchs of Israel, none were women (as the term suggests). Of all the prophets of the Old Testament, none were women. Of all the authors of the Bible, none were women. Of 70 witnesses sent out by Christ, none were women. Of the twelve apostles sent out by Christ, none were women. Of all the elders appointed by the apostles, none were women.

Obviously, history demonstrates that there is a principle of male leadership that transcends semantics of the word “pastor” and speaks to the function of the pastorate.

Those defending Wong’s invitation on social media include scornful and rebellious woman extraordinaire Beth Moore, and the professional victim and sympathy-hustling social crusader Rachael Denhollander. Add to that the usual bow-tie wearing beta males like Chris Bolt and other members of the latte mafia, and it’s not hard to see what side Jesus is on.

Listen, right is right and Wong is Wong. There’s simply no excuse for a female pastor to be brought before the SBC and told to open her mouth.

via Wong is Wong: Why a Female Pastor Speaking at SBC Meeting is Not Okay — Pulpit & Pen

This Year’s SBC Pastors’ Conference to Be a Literal Circus With the Speaker Line-Up — Christian Research Network

“Of course, this is just part and parcel for this church and it regularly practices this kind of nonsense as part of its routine worship service. One can only imagine the joy on God’s face as he looks down upon this performance taking place in what is supposed to be holy ground. That someone with this kind of perspective on the Church has been chosen to teach, lead, and encourage thousands of Southern Baptist pastors is astonishing.”

(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte)  David Uth is the lead pastor of FBC Orlando and was chosen to head up this year’s Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference….

That means Uth is responsible for the line-up of speakers who are set to address thousands of Southern Baptist pastors, lead them in worship, and preach to them in the two days prior to the denomination’s annual meeting.

David Uth is best known for affirming homosexuals, allowing them to take the pulpit at his church in the aftermath of the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando in 2016, and even allowed another pastor to refer to the LGBTQ community as the “head cornerstone” — a title reserved for Jesus himself. That David Uth would be chosen to lead an ostensibly “conservative” denomination is baffling, at best. View article →

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via This Year’s SBC Pastors’ Conference to Be a Literal Circus With the Speaker Line-Up — Christian Research Network

February 12, 2020 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Praise of God’s Righteousness (7:17)

17 The psalm that began with a prayer (vv. 1–2), an oath of innocence (vv. 3–5), and an expression of confidence in the Lord’s righteous rule (vv. 6–13) ends with the conviction that the guilty will be judged (vv. 14–16) and the righteous will be secured under the protective shield of God (vv. 9–10); therefore, the righteous rejoice in the righteousness (ṣedeq) of God. God’s righteous judgment affects both the wicked and the righteous. The wicked fall, whereas the righteous experience deliverance in God’s acts of judgment. The attribute of God’s righteousness is what he does or will do in behalf of his own. He is a victorious God, who triumphs over evil and will avenge his children. Despair is thus transformed into hope, and hope is expressed in the singing of praise to the Lord. Bellinger, 50–53, concludes that the certainty of the psalmist arises from a prophetic insight.

The praise of God is usually accompanied with musical instruments (cf. 71:22). The name of the God of Israel is Yahweh (see Reflections, p. 135, The Name of Yahweh). He alone is El Elyon (“God Most High”; see Reflections, p. 152, Yahweh Is El Elyon). “Most High” is an epithet of deity and first occurs in the interaction between Melchizedek and Abraham, where El Elyon is the “Creator of heaven and earth” (cf. Ge 14:18–20, 22). It occurs with Yahweh in the book of Psalms (9:2; 18:13 [= 2 Sa 22:14]; 21:7; 77:10). Here, as in Genesis 14:19–22, the “Most High” is descriptive of the universal rule of God, to whom his subjects sing praise (cf. 9:2; 50:14; 92:1; cf. NIDOTTE 1:400–401). The hope of the godly is in the final removal of evil. In the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, the church has received great assurance of the realization of the new era (Mt 25:31–46); therefore, the praise of God’s people must include affirmations of God’s righteousness and the victory of our Lord Jesus, in the spirit of Revelation 11:15–18; 12:10–12; 16:5–7; 18:1–20; 19:1–8.

Reflections: The Name of Yahweh

The psalms celebrate or “remember” (cf. Ex 3:15) “the name” of the Lord as the object of thanksgiving, confidence, and prayer. The “name” Yahweh is the revelation of the glory of God in his acts of creation and redemption and in the revelation of his person. The faithful love and rejoice in the name: “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you” (5:11; cf. 9:2; 18:49).

The name of God is the name of the Creator-Redeemer-King. He is not the Redeemer of Israel only because Yahweh is the Creator: “O Lord [YHWH, Yahweh], our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens” (8:1; cf. v. 9; 124:8). He is not a national deity but the King of the world. He freely revealed to Israel his “name” when he graciously chose them out of all the nations (Ex 19:5–6). In this unique relationship, Israel was privileged to pray to their covenantal God; Zimmerli, 152, notes that the OT saints know only one God and pray only in his name: “the Old Testament believer … may—indeed must—call upon him without hesitation.”

God’s name is reliable, as he promises that all who seek him and call on his name will be saved: “Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you” (9:10; cf. 33:21). The name guarantees Yahweh’s blessing and protection. Blessing extends all the benefits flowing from God’s gracious relationship to his people: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless you” (118:26; cf. 115:1). Protection extends to all the members of the covenantal community, i.e., all who have found refuge in the Lord as the only God: “May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.… We trust in the name of the Lord our God” (20:1, 7b; cf. 44:5, 20; 91:14).

The name of the Lord is the solemn guarantee by covenant that he will fulfill all of his promises. The phrase “for his name’s sake” is equivalent to the use of “in Jesus’ name,” as it applies all the promises and assurances given to the saints. He guides (31:3), refreshes, restores, and supplies the needs of his people (23:3); forgives their sins (25:11; 79:9); has compassion (119:132); delivers them from adversity (54:1; 79:9; 106:8; 109:21); and preserves their lives (143:11).

Worship of the “name” consists of remembrance of all God’s perfections and mighty acts in creation and redemption. To this end, the psalms refer back to what God has done—to his attributes; to his promises to Abraham, Moses (111:2–9), and David (89:24); and to recent acts—and they project forward to the eschatological hope (69:34–36) of the establishment of his kingdom and of his Messiah in fullness:

May his name endure forever;

may it continue as long as the sun.

All nations will be blessed through him,

and they will call him blessed.…

Praise be to his glorious name forever;

may the whole earth be filled with his glory.

Amen and Amen.

Psalm 72:17, 19

The psalmist believes that God’s kingdom will be established when all nations will praise the name of Yahweh: “All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name” (86:9; cf. Pss 67; 102:15). Gerhard von Rad, 1:185, correctly observes that “Israel did not hide this name of God from the Gentiles in fear, but rather felt herself in duty bound to make it known to them.” The symbol of this covenant is the temple, where the Lord made his name to “dwell” (šākan, GK 8905; see Mettinger, Dethronement of Sabaoth, 38–79).

The act of praise is the harmonious response of the people of God to the revelation of God in word and in act: “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness” (29:2; cf. 30:4; 34:3; 44:8; 48:10; 52:9; 54:6; 61:8; 63:4, 11; 66:2, 4; 68:4; 69:30; 75:1; 86:12; 89:12, 16; 92:1; 96:2, 8; 97:12; 99:3; 100:4; 102:21; 103:1; 105:1, 3; 106:47; 113:1–3; 115:13; 116:17; 135:1, 3, 13; 138:2; 140:13; 145:1–2, 21; 149:3). Praise unites all creation together in a sublime act of submission, love, and adoration of the Creator-King-Redeemer, whose name is Yahweh:

Let them praise the name of the Lord,

for he commanded and they were created.…

Let them praise the name of the Lord,

for his name alone is exalted;

his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.

Psalm 148:5, 13

For Israel “the name” had a place both within and outside of their corporate worship. That is to say, they used the sacred name in sacrifice, praise, and blessing but also in court, writing, and war (cf. von Rad, 1:183). Yahweh is the name above all names; and his name is revealed in the name of Jesus, to whom all power and authority belong (Mt 28:18). Even as Yahweh’s name is not to be taken in vain (Ex 20:7), the name of Jesus our Lord is holy.

Related psalms with “the name of the Lord” (Yahweh): 7:17; 20:7; 102:15, 21; 113:1–3; 116:4, 13, 17; 118:10–12, 26; 122:4; 124:8; 129:8; 135:1; 148:5, 13.

Other names in the Psalms: Reflections, p. 106, Yahweh Is My God; p. 119, Yahweh Is King; p. 152, Yahweh Is El Elyon; p. 250, Yahweh Is El; p. 263, Lord Sabaoth; p. 544, Yahweh Is My Redeemer; p. 733, Yahweh Is the Divine Warrior.

See TDOT 3:534–54; TWOT 2:934–35.[1]


17 The closing peal of praise is a word of both trust and witness. It is trust, because the psalmist voices his praise in the presence of the enemy threat, while tangible evidence of the Lord’s righteousness is not visible. It is thus also witness, because the trust builds up the faith of others, calling the community and perhaps even the wicked and unrighteous to trust. The key word in the last verse is his righteousness (keṣiḏqô). Earlier, the psalmist pleaded with God to judge me according to my righteousness. The psalmist also prayed, may you establish the righteous and confessed trust that God is a righteous judge. The psalmist thus ends his poem on the same note, expressing trust in the Lord’s character. For the psalmist, it is the Lord’s righteousness—not her own—that is the final basis of this prayer for help. Even as she insists upon her own innocence and invites investigation of her righteousness in this specific case, she trusts not in herself but in the Lord, the righteous judge and deliverer.[2]


God—Worthy of Praise (v. 17)

I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High. No mention is made of the ultimate outcome of the distress. While the psalmist wanted immediate action to free him from his troubles (see vv. 6–9), yet he may have been disappointed that the answer did not come speedily. But what was most important (and we need to learn the lesson as well) is that he was given a new perspective on the problem by taking it to God in prayer. He could rest in the confidence that God would deal justly and would vindicate him. No wonder that he can sing a doxology to the Lord! That praise was in honour of God’s righteousness. Here, the additional name for God is the ‘Most High’ (ʿelyôn). This title for God occurs thirty-one times in the Old Testament, of which eighteen are in the Psalter. It emphasises the majesty of God, and it mainly appears in contexts in which universal claims are made in connection with Israel’s God. It was clearly an early title for God (see its use in Gen. 14:18, 19, 20, 22). In confidence David sings praise to the name of his God. That does not mean simple repetition of God’s name, but praise for the revelation that God has made of his nature. He is indeed a saviour and a righteous judge.[3]


7:17 because of his righteousness; … of the Lord Most High. Calvin says God’s righteousness “is to be understood of his faithfulness, which he makes good to his servants in defending and preserving their lives.” See the comments on 7:8 above regarding the “Most High.”[4]


Thank the Lord Regardless of His Answer (7:17)

7:17. Again David ended his petition by giving thanks to the Lord. He is expressing gratitude and praise for whatever God chooses to do; no matter what it is, it will be consistent with God’s perfect righteousness. God chose not to resolve David’s persecution by Saul for several years. Nevertheless, God kept His promises to David and vindicated him before his opponents and made him the king of Israel.[5]


17. Sweet and blessed conclusion to a Psalm of trials and persecutions! Such was it in the instance of Jesus, and such will it be among all the followers of Jesus: as the glorious Head, so the members all join in the praises of God’s salvation; and this, which is now the song of grace, will be the everlasting hallelujah of heaven, when Jesus and his church will be crowned in glory, and every enemy put under their feet.[6]


7:17. Thankful praise

On this change of theme, see the final comment on Psalm 6. The Most High (‘elyôn) is a title seldom found outside the Psalms, but first encountered in the story of Melchizedek and Abram (Gen. 14:18ff.). Canaanite religion gave a similar title to Baal, but Abram, as David does here, claimed it explicitly and only for the Lord. It is specially appropriate as the last word in this psalm, announcing in faith, as an ever-present fact, the exaltation which verses 6f. long to see proclaimed in power.[7]


7:17. Worship

The psalm concludes with the psalmist’s determination to praise God with song. The motivation is God’s righteousness which the psalmist has highlighted in the psalm. God vindicates the innocent and judges the wicked, and this deserves praise.

Meaning

The Old Testament testifies to God’s activity as a Warrior who fought for Israel against their flesh-and-blood enemies when they were obedient (Deut. 28:1–2, 7). This psalm thus calls on God in such a situation to put down the violent attacks of the wicked.

With Jesus’ advent, the time of physical warfare has come to an end, but not the relevance of this prayer for the Christian. The Christian too is engaged in a battle, not against flesh and blood, but ‘against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms’ (Eph. 6:12). The Christian now prays Psalm 7 with this battle in mind, knowing that Jesus contends on their behalf. The Christian also knows that Jesus will come again for a final battle, and thus the psalm can take on an eschatological dimension as his people await his return as a Warrior to render final judgment against all human and spiritual enemies (Rev. 19:11–21).[8]


17 I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.

We conclude with the joyful contrast. In this all these Psalms are agreed; they all exhibit the blessedness of the righteous, and make its colours the more glowing by contrast with the miseries of the wicked. The bright jewel sparkles in a black foil. Praise is the occupation of the godly, their eternal work, and their present pleasure. Singing is the fitting embodiment for praise, and therefore do the saints make melody before the Lord Most High. The slandered one is now a singer: his harp was unstrung for a very little season, and now we leave him sweeping its harmonious chords, and flying on their music to the third heaven of adoring praise.[9]


[1] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, pp. 134–136). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Jacobson, R. A., & Tanner, B. (2014). Book One of the Psalter: Psalms 1–41. In E. J. Young, R. K. Harrison, & R. L. Hubbard Jr. (Eds.), The Book of Psalms (p. 117). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[3] Harman, A. (2011). Psalms: A Mentor Commentary (Vol. 1–2, pp. 129–130). Ross-shire, Great Britain: Mentor.

[4] Bullock, C. H. (2015). Psalms 1–72. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (Vol. 1, p. 54). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[5] Rydelnik, M. A., & Vanlaningham, M. (Eds.). (2014). Psalms. In The moody bible commentary (p. 766). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[6] Hawker, R. (2013). Poor Man’s Old Testament Commentary: Job–Psalms (Vol. 4, p. 183). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[7] Kidner, D. (1973). Psalms 1–72: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 15, p. 82). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[8] Longman, T., III. (2014). Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary. (D. G. Firth, Ed.) (Vol. 15–16, pp. 78–79). Nottingham, England: Inter-Varsity Press.

[9] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 1-26 (Vol. 1, p. 71). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.

Joe Biden Falls To 5th Place Behind Gay Mayor Pete And Communist Bernie Sanders In A Field Of Democrats Who Have No Chance Of Beating Trump — Now The End Begins

He was once the presumptive Democratic nominee, but on Tuesday, Joe Biden fled New Hampshire with his tail between his legs — and headed to South Carolina, where he watched his dismal results come in.

The once fireproof Democratic front-runner Joe Biden  came in 5th place last night behind white woman Elizabeth Warren who claimed to be a Native American, gay mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Communist Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire last night. That’s how much America does not want Joe Biden, let that thought sink in.

“And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.” Daniel 5:25,26 (KJB)

The Democratic Party has the weakest field of candidates since Jimmy Carter ran for office back in the 1970’s, worse than that they have no message other than free stuff and stop Trump. Picking any one of them is very much like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, no matter how you configure it, there is zero chance of not sinking in the General Election in November. Granted, we have only seen results in Iowa and New Hampshire, and have a long way to go, but the writing certainly seems to be on the wall. #MAGA2020Landslide

The spectacular collapse of Joe Biden as the Democrats’ front-runner

FROM THE NY POST: Sensing a humiliating defeat in the Granite State, Biden’s team announced the former vice president was throwing in the towel before the polls had even closed, spending Tuesday evening at a campaign launch party in Columbia, SC, about 1,000 miles away.

Bernie Sanders Endorses the ‘Squad’ as Democrats Angle to Keep House Majority

Joe Biden ended up placing fifth in New Hampshire, capturing less than 9 percent of the vote and none of the state’s pledged delegates. Despite the potentially disastrous showing, Biden rallied with supporters in South Carolina, insisting the first two states in the primary season are not bellwethers.

“Tonight, though, we just heard from the first two of 50 states. Just two,” Biden said. “It ain’t over, man. We’re just getting started.”

Political experts, however, saw a campaign with little to offer new voters. “It’s never a good sign when you leave a primary before the results are in,” said University of Southern California political scientist Robert Shrum, who managed Democrats Al Gore’s and John Kerry’s White House campaigns.

“It’s probably not a good message to people who might be inclined to vote for him, but on the other hand, [Biden’s team is] anticipating a mediocre result.”

Joe Biden started out as the untouchable front-runner when he entered the presidential race in April 2019, but 10 months later, he is engaged in a battle for his political survival after a devastating fourth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses.

Pete Buttigieg’s Husband Will Call Himself ‘First Gentleman’ if Buttigieg Becomes President

Political experts said the 77-year-old Biden’s campaign has been dealt repeated blows by poor debate performances, his family’s ties to the Ukraine scandal, cringe-worthy gaffes, low-energy events and a lackluster ground game in early states.

University of Iowa political science professor Timothy Hagle said that at least one of his colleagues was turned off by Biden because of the “whole Hunter thing” — referring to Hunter Biden’s controversial and lucrative stint on the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma while his then-veep dad was in charge of US policy on Kiev.

“A lot of Democrats, their main issue is they want someone who can beat Trump,” Hagle told The Post.

“They thought it was a weakness in the general election that Trump could go after,” the professor added, referring to the Hunter debacle, which was amplified during the House impeachment hearings and Senate acquittal of President Trump. READ MORE

CNN’s Camerota: Voters “Could Not Wait” To Cast Their Vote For Trump In NH

The story you are not hearing, Trump had a record-setting win at the polls yesterday. 

New Hampshire 2020 Democratic Debate

This parody from SNL is frighteningly close to how it really is, in fact, it’s kinda exactly how it is. 

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