Daily Archives: April 10, 2020

April 10th The D. L. Moody Year Book

For I say unto you, Ye shall not see Me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.—Matthew 23:39.

WHEN Christ returns, He will not be treated as He was before. There will be room for Him at Bethlehem. He will be welcome in Jerusalem. He will reveal Himself as Joseph revealed himself to his brethren. He will say to the Jews, “I am Jesus,” and they will reply: “Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.” And the Jews will then be that nation that shall be born in a day.[1]

 

[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (p. 72). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

April—10 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts; smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.—Zech. 13:7.

That this blessed scripture points to Christ, and to him only, the Lord Jesus himself fully confirms in his discourse with his disciples at the mount of Olives. (Matt. 26:31.) And, indeed, of whom could Jehovah thus speak, as “fellow to the Lord of hosts,” but of him who, “though in the form of God, and thought it not robbery to be equal with God, yet took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men?” But what call is this to the sword? Was it the flaming sword at the gate of Paradise, which was placed there to guard the way to the tree of life? And had the sword been for so many ages sleeping? Could none presume to enter but Jesus? And if he enters, the sword of God’s justice must first awake, and be sheathed in his heart? And is it God the Father himself that thus commands the sword to awake, and smite his only begotten Son? Did God indeed so love the world, that he thus gave his only begotten Son, “to the end that all who believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life?” Pause, my soul, over these solemn but blessed thoughts. And is he God, on whom these things are to be transacted? Yes; for he is “fellow to the Lord of hosts.” And is he man also? Yes; for “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us!” Such is the mystery of godliness; “God manifest in the flesh!” And, what! is he both God and man in one person? Yes; for so only could he be Christ. Well might the prophet exclaim, “Wonder, O heavens, and be astonished, O earth!” My soul! take thy stand this evening at the foot of the cross, and contemplate among the prodigies of that memorable day, that great wonder concerning Him crucified, who was fellow to the Lord of hosts. View both his natures; he was truly and properly man; for it was one express article in the covenant of redemption, that “as by man came death, by man should come also the resurrection of the dead. And as by the disobedience of one, many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one should many be made righteous.” Moreover the first promise of the Bible, which came in with the fall, was express to this purpose: “the seed of the woman should bruise the serpent’s head.” The devil had triumphed over the nature of man in the fall; and the same nature of man was promised to conquer death, hell, and the grave: and as both the law and the justice of God were solemnly concerned that the same nature which had sinned should obey, and the same nature which had sinned should atone, all the divine perfections were concerned, that he who undertook the purposes of redemption should be the man that was fellow to the Lord of hosts, even Christ Jesus. Secondly, as none but man could be suited for a Redeemer, so none but God could be competent to accomplish redemption. Hence he must be fellow to the Lord of hosts. In point of dignity, in point of merit, the glory due to a Redeemer when redemption should be accomplished, the adoration, love, and praise to be ascribed to him, could never be suitable to any less than God. Hence, by the union of both natures, Jesus, and Jesus only, who thus formed one Christ, became the very person here described, and was, and is, and ever must be, “the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts.” Now, my soul, whenever thou lookest up to the cross, (let it be daily hourly, continually, yea, unceasingly,) never lose sight of this glorious union of God and man in thy Jesus. Fix thine eyes, thine heart, thy whole affection upon him; and while thou art resting all thine assurance of pardon, mercy, and peace, the joy of this life, and the glory of that which is to come, wholly upon thy Jesus, oh! let thine ear of faith receive, in transports of delight, the proclamation of God thy Father concerning him, “the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts.”[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 107–108). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

President Trump Prays For the Nation, Participates in Easter Blessing From Oval Office (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump prayed for the nation and participated in an Easter blessing from the Oval Office on this Good Friday.

Trump prayed and cited scripture to offer hope to the American people during these uncertain times.

“On this Good Friday, Christians from all around the world remember the suffering and death upon the Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and Easter Sunday we will celebrate His glorious resurrection,” said Trump.

“I ask all Americans to pray that God will heal our nation to bring comfort to those who are grieving, to give strength to the doctors, nurses and healthcare workers, to restore health to the sick and to renew the hope in every person who is suffering. Our nation will come through like never before,” Trump said.

Bishop Harry Jackson from Maryland offered up a prayer and cited Bible verses from Psalms to give the nation hope.

Bishop Jackson thanked President Trump for his insightful leadership for including churches in the Coronavirus relief effort.

WATCH:

via President Trump Prays For the Nation, Participates in Easter Blessing From Oval Office (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Infographic: Deadliest Disasters Of World History — The Babylon Bee

It’s easy to get caught up in the daily death totals of COVID-19. But we have to keep a proper perspective. It’s important to remember that there were far worse tragedies throughout world history.

To that end, we had our interns search Bing* for “What are the deadliest disasters in world history?” We compiled the results into this handy infographic. So the next time someone starts to fearmonger over the Coronavirus outbreak, just whip out this handy chart and hand it to them — from six feet away, of course. Maybe make a paper airplane and throw it at them, just to be safe.

You are welcome.

*Just because they like Bing, OK? It’s not like you have to be sponsored by Microsoft to like Bing. Sheesh.

via Infographic: Deadliest Disasters Of World History — The Babylon Bee

TRUMP: Death Toll Will Be ‘Substantially’ Lower Than The 100,000 Predicted In An Increasingly Flawed Model Used By The White House — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump on Friday said deaths in the U.S. from SARS-CoV-2 will come in “substantially” below the 100,000 predicted in a model relied upon by the White House — which has proven to have been far off the mark in recent days.

One of the coronavirus model the White House has used, from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, at first projected 100,000 to 240,000 deaths. Last week, the IMHE pulled that way back, projecting 93,531 deaths. On Sunday, the institute lowered its estimated to 81,766 deaths. Then on Wednesday, the projection dropped the estimated total deaths to 60,415.

Trump said he wasn’t pleased with even that number, but said “that’s a lot fewer than we were originally told and thinking.”

The coronavirus to date has infected nearly a half-million people in the U.S. and killed more than 16,000.

“The numbers of death, people that have died — it’s so horrible,” Trump said. “Now, on the other side, you have the number of beds being used are being substantially reduced.”

Alex Berenson, a former New York Times reporter from 1999 to 2010, has also recently questioned the IMHE model.

“Aside from New York, nationally there’s been no health system crisis. In fact, to be truly correct, there has been a health system crisis, but the crisis is that the hospitals are empty,” he said on Fox. “This is true in Florida where the lockdown was late, this is true in southern California where the lockdown was early, it’s true in Oklahoma where there is no statewide lockdown. There doesn’t seem to be any correlation between the lockdown and whether or not the epidemic has spread wide and fast.”

Top experts argue that efforts to stem the spread – shutting down all non-essential businesses, enacting social distancing metrics and urging all Americans to wear face masks – are responsible for the changing models.

“We believe that our health care delivery system in the United States is quite extraordinary,” Dr. Deborah Birx said at a White House press briefing on Wednesday. “I know many of you are watching the Act Now model and the IHME model– and they have consistently decreased the number, the mortality from over almost 90,000 or 86,000, down to 81,000 and now down to 61,000. That is modeled on what America is doing. That’s what’s happening.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the same day that the models show social distancing is working – and changing the data input into the models. “Because remember, what you do with data will always outstrip a model. You redo your models, depending upon your data, and our data is telling us that mitigation is working.”

But Berenson said the steep drop in cases occurred before lockdowns would have had an impact, adding that it would take several weeks for social distancing measures to take effect.

And he said the mainstream media share the blame.

“Look, I get why people were so scared three or four weeks ago. I was too. But now – for the media to ignore the real demographics and scare people with outlier cases – to ignore the mostly empty hospitals all over the country – to pretend that the models weren’t wrong … and to refuse to ask really hard questions about what that means about them and the efficacy or lack thereof of the lockdowns – to refuse to ask for hard metrics we will use to reopen the country … it doesn’t feel like panic is driving this anymore. It feels like people just won’t admit what’s happening,” he wrote on Twitter.

Berenson also pointed out that COVID-19 deaths are on pace to be close to the number of deaths caused by influenza in 2017.

“Nobody says COVID-19 is not real, that it can’t tax hospitals or kill people, esp. if they are over 75 or have comorbidities. But right now the best CURRENT projection is for 61,000 US deaths. That was the 2017 flu season. Why have we shut the country?” he wrote.

via TRUMP: Death Toll Will Be ‘Substantially’ Lower Than The 100,000 Predicted In An Increasingly Flawed Model Used By The White House — The Gateway Pundit

EXCLUSIVE: VP Pence’s Message to Pastors Still Holding Church in Pews: ‘Where Two or More are Gathered, There He is Also’ — Faithwire

By David Brody

In an exclusive interview with CBN News on Good Friday, Vice President Mike Pence says for the small number of pastors who are thinking of holding church services this Easter during the coronavirus pandemic, he has a direct biblical message.

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“I would just remind, as a brother in Christ, that where two or more are gathered, there He is also,” Pence told CBN’s David Brody during a one-on-one interview at the White House.

Pence said he was full of gratitude for the majority of churches that have heeded the COVID-19 guidelines. He also implored people of faith to continue contributing to their local places of worship even during these difficult times.

The vice president revealed what he’ll be doing over the Easter holiday. He and his wife Karen will watch an Easter service online from their home church in Indiana. Afterward, they plan to celebrate with a Skype Easter brunch with their children around the country.

“We’re all making do,” Pence said. “But we can still worship. We can still practice our faith and the really important social distancing that at this time in the life of our nation is just so important.”

Below is the full transcription of one of Brody’s questions and Pence’s full answer. Check CBNNews.com for more of the interview this weekend, plus watch the full report on Monday’s The 700 Club. Check local listings. 

David Brody: “The faith community, they by-in-large have been obeying those guidelines. I do want to address some of those pastors that are still holding services. And I know that’s the minority of pastors, but there are some who claim religious freedom, all of that. What do you say? What’s your message to those that are still holding services in the pews?”

Vice President Mike Pence: “I would have a message to faith communities across the country and first and foremost it would be a word of gratitude. Our churches and synagogues and communities of faith across America have risen to the challenge. I talked to my mom this morning. She had a neighbor who was bringing over some fresh groceries, it would be impossible to fully describe what faith communities, even during a time of social distancing and not even being able to meet, have still been putting hands and feet on their faith. And it’s one of the reasons the President and I have taken efforts to remind every American as I do so again, that even if you’re not in the pew on Sunday, that ministry is still going on.  And so to the extent that you’re able to continue to contribute to your local church, your local synagogue, your ministry, we encourage you to that because those communities of faith are making such an immense difference. And we are also grateful that most communities of faith around the country have heeded the President’s Coronavirus guidelines for America and avoided gatherings of more than 10. And those who would, as we go into this very precious Easter weekend might think otherwise, I would just remind as a brother in Christ that where two or more are gathered, there He is also and this weekend my wife and I will gather in the living room at the Vice President’s residence, we’ll watch our home church, College Park in Indiana, and then after that we’re going to have a Skype Easter brunch with our kid around the country. We’re all making do. But we can still worship, we can still practice our faith and the really important social distancing that at this time, in the life of our nation is just so important.”

via EXCLUSIVE: VP Pence’s Message to Pastors Still Holding Church in Pews: ‘Where Two or More are Gathered, There He is Also’ — Faithwire

April 10 Streams in the Desert

Show me wherefore thou contendest with me.” (Job 10:2)

PERHAPS, O tried soul, the Lord is doing this to develop thy graces. There are some of thy graces which would never have been discovered if it were not for the trials. Dost thou not know that thy faith never looks so grand in summer weather as it does in winter? Love is too oft like a glowworm, showing but little light except it be in the midst of surrounding darkness. Hope itself is like a star—not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity. Afflictions are often the black folds in which God doth set the jewels of His children’s graces, to make them shine the better.

It was but a little while ago that, on thy knees, thou wast saying, “Lord, I fear I have no faith: let me know that I have faith.”

Was not this really, though perhaps unconsciously, praying for trials?—for how canst thou know that thou hast faith until thy faith is exercised? Depend upon it. God often sends us trials that our graces may be discovered, and that we may be certified of their existence. Besides, it is not merely discovery; real growth in grace is the result of sanctified trials.

God trains His soldiers, not in tents of ease and luxury, but by turning them out and using them to forced marches and hard service. He makes them ford through streams, and swim through rivers and climb mountains, and walk many a weary mile with heavy knapsacks on their backs. Well, Christian, may not this account for the troubles through which you are passing? Is not this the reason why He is contending with you?—C. H. Spurgeon.

To be left unmolested by Satan is no evidence of blessing.[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 111–112). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

Pandemic, Meet The Resurrection — Founders Ministries

Pandemic, Meet The Resurrection

He is risen. That is the Christian confession. We worship the triune God. We do so in Spirit and in truth. We do so in resurrection hope. For our God and Father “make[s] springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills; they give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches. From [the Almighty’s] lofty abode [He] water[s] the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of [His] work” (Psalm 104:10-13).

Christians are people of the resurrection. And our resurrection lifestyle shines all the more brightly when everyone around us fears pandemic, tyranny, and death. Why don’t we fear? Because our Father feeds cedar trees with rivers. He gives blue jays a place to nest. He molds the high mountains for the wild goats. He makes the dark so the mice can creep about the forest floor. And He gives resurrection for us, His children.

This resurrection is found in Jesus Christ for He is the resurrection and the life. He is the only Son of the Father. He is the only one yet to have risen never to die again. He is the only righteous man the world has ever known. And so he is the only way to rise from the dead and live in eternal glory—body and soul.

Here we are in Spring again, disease has not stopped God from raising all of nature from winter sleep. Consider the buds, blossoms, and shoots. What causes them to come forth? The same power that brought Lazarus forth from the grave, that power that caused Ezekiel’s dry bones to grow sinews and flesh, that power which dwells in Christians.

God is the one making all things new. He created the world in the beginning and will create a new world one day. He stretched out the present heavens above, and will unfold a new heavens in due time. He formed our first father Adam from the dust, and will raise us from the dust once more. He sent his Son into Mary’s womb. He sent him also to Joseph’s tomb. And we rejoice that he sent our Lord out of that borrowed grave. To God belongs the glory, power, and dominion for he gives and takes away, makes sick and heals, puts down and raises up.

So may the Lord lift up today. As he does we will find ourselves with minds and hearts in the heavenly places, that place where God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. We don’t set our hearts there that we might escape the trouble here. We are not afraid to look danger square in the face. We set our minds and hearts there for that is where we really are. For God has raised us up with Christ Jesus and already set us in the heavenly places with him. So we worship, love, eat, procreate, work, sweat, serve and pray with heart and feet firmly planted in two places. We are in the heavenly place and firmly planted on this God’s earth. We live in resurrection power—a power which Yahweh the death-destroyer is already causing to spring forth.

via Pandemic, Meet The Resurrection — Founders Ministries

IT BEGINS: Apple And Google Announce Partnership On COVID-19 Contact Tracing App And System Software Creating Permanent Surveillance — Now The End Begins

Apple and Google announced a system for tracking the spread of the new coronavirus, allowing users to share data through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) transmissions and approved apps from health organizations.

The nascent partnership between Apple and Google will use contact tracing software, first in an app voluntarily downloaded, but then it will be built into the operating system software of evert iPhone and Android on the face of the earth. Ready yet to all hold hands by the campfire, make some s’mores and sing Kumbaya? You better be. Mark Of The Beast on deck.

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” Revelation 13:16-18 (KJB)

And thus tightens the net around the people of the whole earth, that great and terrible Internet on which the entire world is run. Oh, what’s that? You didn’t know that the WWW is the platform of the coming Mark of the Beast system? What? nobody told you that the numeric value of the letter ‘W’ in the Hebrew alphabet is ‘6’? The letter ‘W’ in Hebrew is ‘Vav’ and it is the 6th letter in the Hebrew alphabet. Mind. Blown.

Wakey-wakey, little ones, your house is on fire, time to fly. Flight #777 on Titus213 Airlines has engines on and doors closing. Webs are made to catch things, don’t let it catch you.

Both Apple and Google are building a coronavirus tracking system into iOS and Android system software using contact tracing

FROM THE VERGE: The new system, which is laid out in a series of documents and white papers, would use short-range Bluetooth communications to establish a voluntary contact-tracing network, keeping extensive data on phones that have been in close proximity with each other. Official apps from public health authorities will get access to this data, and users who download them can report if they’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19. The system will also alert people who download them to whether they were in close contact with an infected person.

Apple and Google will introduce a pair of iOS and Android APIs in mid-May and make sure these health authorities’ apps can implement them. During this phase, users will still have to download an app to participate in contact-tracing, which could limit adoption. But in the months after the API is complete, the companies will work on building tracing functionality into the underlying operating system, as an option immediately available to everyone with an iOS or Android phone.

Apple and Google partner on COVID-19 contact tracing technology

Contact tracing — which involves figuring out who an infected person has been in contact with and trying to prevent them from infecting others — is one of the most promising solutions for containing COVID-19, but using digital surveillance technology to do it raises massive privacy concerns and questions about effectiveness. Earlier this week, the American Civil Liberties Union raised concerns about tracking users with phone data, arguing that any system would need to be limited in scope and avoid compromising user privacy.

John MacArthur from Grace To You ministries is wrong, do not take the Mark of the Beast, or have anything to do with the image, name or number of the Antichrist.. God will not forgive you for doing it.

Unlike some other methods — like, say, using GPS data — this Bluetooth plan wouldn’t track people’s physical location. It would basically pick up the signals of nearby phones at 5-minute intervals and store the connections between them in a database. If one person tests positive for the novel coronavirus, they could tell the app they’ve been infected, and it could notify other people whose phones passed within close range in the preceding days.

The system also takes a number of steps to prevent people from being identified, even after they’ve shared their data. While the app regularly sends information out over Bluetooth, it broadcasts an anonymous key rather than a static identity, and those keys cycle every 15 minutes to preserve privacy. Even once a person shares that they’ve been infected, the app will only share keys from the specific period in which they were contagious.

Crucially, there is no centrally accessible master list of which phones have matched, contagious or otherwise. That’s because the phones themselves are performing the cryptographic calculations required to protect privacy. The central servers only maintain the database of shared keys, rather than the interactions between those keys. READ MORE

Smartphone-Assisted COVID-19 Digital Surveillance Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is something you are going to hear a lot about as our lockdown continues, time for all of us to learn what contact tracing is. Short answer? It’s a digital surveillance system. Surprised?

via IT BEGINS: Apple And Google Announce Partnership On COVID-19 Contact Tracing App And System Software Creating Permanent Surveillance — Now The End Begins

Dr. Anthony Fauci: National Immunity ID Cards May Be Needed… — The Last Refuge

This stuff is nuts.  People are seriously becoming unstable with this stuff.   In the latest batch of insanity apparently there is a movement toward a registration system where people will be designated as “immune” or “vaccinated”; and only with appropriate and verifiable registry ID’s will citizens be permitted to engage in society.

Literally this quote is in the article, yet the irony seems lost:

…”Immunity certificates are already being implemented by researchers in Germany”..

WASHINGTON DC – Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed Friday the federal government is considering issuing Americans certificates of immunity from the coronavirus, as the Trump administration works to better identify those who have been infected and restart the U.S. economy in the coming weeks.

“You know, that’s possible,” Fauci told CNN’s “New Day,” when asked whether he could imagine a time when people across the country carry such forms of identification.

“I mean, it’s one of those things that we talk about when we want to make sure that we know who the vulnerable people are and not,” he said. “This is something that’s being discussed. I think it might actually have some merit, under certain circumstances.”

The proposal is contingent upon the widespread deployment of antibody tests which the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration are in the process of validating in the the U.S., Fauci said. “Within a period of a week or so, we’re going to have a rather large number of tests that are available” to the public, he added. (more)

via Dr. Anthony Fauci: National Immunity ID Cards May Be Needed… — The Last Refuge

April 10 The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible

April 10.—Morning. [Or July 18.]
“Flee youthful lusts.”

THE sad case of Samson reminds us of the warnings of the book of Proverbs, against that treacherous form of sin. Evil company is always dangerous, but association with persons of impure life is deadly. May the young men of the household lay this day’s lesson to heart; it has been hard to write, but a sense of duty forced it upon us.

Proverbs 7:1–18; 21–27

My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. (Treasure up this warning as a precious thing, it may save you from a wretched old age.)

2, 3 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. (Have right principles at your fingers’ ends, and in your heart’s core.)

4, 5 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman: That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words. (As good women are our greatest blessings, so are bad women among the worst curses in the world. Flee from them, listen not to their words. To shew how wicked they are, Solomon tells us a tale of real life, which we will read with earnest prayer, that none of this household may ever imitate the foolish victim.)

6 7 ¶ For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, (Without grace in his heart, or sense in his head,)

Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house, (He had better have gone miles round than pass the spot,)

9, 10 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: (Late hours lead to no good.) And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.

11, 12 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.) (Had she been a fit companion she would have been at home.)

13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,

14 I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows. (O the wickedness of those who mix up religion with their filthiness; but this was a part of the bait with which to entrap the foolish young man.)

15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. (This was another falsehood, she cared no more for him than for anybody else. O beware of these deceivers.)

16, 17, 18 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.

21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. (What a servant of Satan was she! There are many like her, who take fools in their nets.)

22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, (The ox has no idea of what is coming, or he would never enter the slaughter-house: wicked young men little know the terrible results of sin,) or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; (The drunkard smiles when set in the stocks, as if it were rare fun; so do foolish men dream that sin is pleasure.)

23 Till a dart strike through his liver; (His vital parts shall suffer for his folly, pain shall succeed his pleasures;) as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.

The life both of his body and his soul shall be ruined by his vice.

24 ¶ Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.

25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.

26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.

Samson and Solomon to wit.

27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death. (Strong language, but none too strong. If young people knew what follows upon unclean actions, they would sooner burn their flesh with fire, or sleep with venomous reptiles, than have any communion with unchaste persons. Young women should loathe those gay fellows whose actions will not bear to be spoken of; and both young and old, male and female, should abhor any indelicacy of thought, word, or deed, in books or mirthful play.)

April 10.—Evening. [Or July 19.]
“Flee from idolatry.”

Judges 17

AND there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah.

And he said unto his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou cursedst, and spakest of also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it. And his mother said, Blessed be thou of the Lord, my son. (Very little was her blessing worth, since she had been so ready at cursing. Her silver was her god while it was in the form of shekels, quite as much as when it was fashioned into an image, or else she had not cursed because of the loss of it. Her son Micah, who became so ostentatiously religious, was a thief to begin with. A superstitious dread made him restore what his conscience did not forbid him to steal. The man was made of the right material to become a Ritualist.)

And when he had restored the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, I had wholly dedicated the silver unto the Lord from my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it unto thee.

An image was to be made contrary to the divine law, and yet it was to be dedicated unto Jehovah. Good intentions are no excuse for disobedience. Image-makers, now-a-days, tell us that they do not worship them, but worship God through them; if this be accepted as an apology, there remains no idolatry in the world. But God thinketh not so.

Yet he restored the money unto his mother; and his mother took two hundred shekels of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image: and they were in the house of Micah.

And the man Micah had an house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.

Children imitate their parents. The mother makes one image, the son has a house-full of gods, and the grandson becomes a priest. If we once leave the spiritual worship of God, there is no telling how far we shall wander.

In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes. (Which means that every man did what evil he liked.)

7, 8 And there was a young man out of Beth-lehem-judah of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there. And the man departed out of the city from Beth-lehem-judah to sojourn where he could find a place: and he came to mount Ephraim to the house of Micah, as he journeyed.

And Micah said unto him, Whence comest thou? And he said unto him, I am a Levite of Beth-lehem-judah, and I go to sojourn where I may find a place.

10 And Micah said unto him, Dwell with me, and be unto me a father and a priest, and I will give thee ten shekels of silver by the year, and a suit of apparel, and thy victuals. So the Levite went in. (It was but poor pay: two hundred shekels had been spent on an image, and now ten is thought enough for the priest. A rich idol they must have, even though the priest be poor as charity. The pay was worse when we remember that the Levite was selling his soul for the pittance. How degrading for a servant of the living God to be waiting upon dumb idols.)

11 12 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man was unto him as one of his sons. And Micah consecrated the Levite; and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.

13 Then said Micah, Now know I that the Lord will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest. (So superstition always talks. This was an ordained man and one of the regular clergy, therefore a blessing must attend his performances. Though the images and ephods were all forbidden, and the whole worship was a direct opposition to the Lord’s true worship at Jerusalem, yet they looked for a blessing because the priest was in the succession; even as in these days, those who set up crosses, and pictures, and altars—and so insult the Lord Jesus, nevertheless expect peculiar favours because of some imaginary apostolical succession. “God is a spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” Outward formalities and performances not commanded in Scripture, we ought not to sanction by our presence, but avoid them lest we partake in the sin of them.)[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1964). The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible (pp. 207–208). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

“It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’!” | Bob Kelleman

S. M. Lockridge (March 7, 1913 – April 4, 2000) was the Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in San Diego from 1953 to 1993. He was known for his preaching across the United States and around the world. His Easter Meditation—“It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’!”—is part of one of the most powerful sermons I’ve ever heard.

It’s Friday
Jesus is praying
Peter’s a sleeping
Judas is betraying
But Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday
Pilate’s struggling
The council is conspiring
The crowd is vilifying
They don’t even know
That Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday
The disciples are running
Like sheep without a shepherd
Mary’s crying
Peter is denying
But they don’t know
That Sunday’s a comin’!

It’s Friday
The Romans beat my Jesus
They robe him in scarlet
They crown him with thorns
But they don’t know
That Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday
See Jesus walking to Calvary
His blood dripping
His body stumbling
And his spirit’s burdened
But you see, it’s only Friday
Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday
The world’s winning
People are sinning
And evil’s grinning.

It’s Friday
The soldiers nail my Savior’s hands
To the cross
They nail my Savior’s feet
To the cross
And then they raise him up
Next to criminals.

It’s Friday
But let me tell you something
Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday
The disciples are questioning
What has happened to their King
And the Pharisees are celebrating
That their scheming
Has been achieved
But they don’t know
It’s only Friday
Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday
He’s hanging on the cross
Feeling forsaken by his Father
Left alone and dying
Can nobody save him?
Ooooh
It’s Friday
But Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday
The earth trembles
The sky grows dark
My King yields his spirit.

It’s Friday
Hope is lost
Death has won
Sin has conquered
and Satan’s just a laughin’.

It’s Friday
Jesus is buried
A soldier stands guard
And a rock is rolled into place.

But it’s Friday
It is only Friday
Sunday is a comin’!

Source: “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’!”

Did God Die on Good Friday? | Core Christianity

The centerpiece of Good Friday is the cross of Jesus Christ. On the Friday before Easter, Jesus was crucified and died. This creates a dilemma in the mind of some. If Jesus is God, how could he die? After all, God cannot change (Mal. 3:6), so how are we to make sense of Jesus’ death? Was it real?

Believe it or not, some people in church history said it was not! Early on, there was a heretical group that plagued the Christian church called the Gnostics. This group was known for believing that the redemption of our spirits could be gained through the acquisition of secret knowledge.[1]The Gnostics also did not like matter very much, so the idea that Jesus had a body, and that he suffered ,was out of the question.[2]

Some were so determined to safeguard the transcendence of God that they could not fathom the idea of God suffering. One such person who maintained this position was the heretic Nestorius. Nestorius contended that the Divine Person (the Word in John 1:1) could not share in human suffering. This caused him to distinguish sharply between the two natures of Jesus Christ (human and divine). Sometimes it even seemed like Nestorius was splitting Jesus into two persons, where the Divine person would act on some occasions and the assumed human would act on others.[3] This may be a little confusing, but it highlights the fact that this issue was a sticky one for the early church. Nevertheless, early Christian leaders like Ignatius of Antioch seemed to have had no problem talking about God suffering.[4] And in places like Acts 20:28, Paul could say that God obtained the church “with his own blood.” How then are we to make sense God suffering and dying?

The biblical answer the Church Fathers defended against the early heretics was this: the Eternal Word who cannot suffer and die (he’s eternal!) assumed humanity, was born of a virgin, and suffered and died in the flesh which he assumed. Because he assumed humanity, the suffering and death are truly said to be God’s (it’s also for this reason that we can say things like, “God was born of a Virgin”). Thus, in the incarnation, the Eternal Word took to himself flesh that was capable of suffering so that he might die for sinful humanity.[5]

The Godhead does not suffer. Jesus never ceased to be eternal or impassible.[6] This is the mystery and the wonder of Christ’s cross: the impassible God took on flesh so that he might make our suffering his own.[7] Insofar as that is the case, we can say that God the Word died on Good Friday. Let us bow in humble adoration of this God—impassible yet taking our plight, eternal yet murdered. Neither a mere man nor a phantom spirit accomplished our salvation; the crucified Lord of glory did (1 Corinthians 2:8). On this Good Friday, let us not simply meditate upon the cross, but who it was that hung there for the race of mankind.

Notes

  1. ^ Jaroslav Pelikan, The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition, 82.
  2. ^ This was also the view of the Docetic heresy. “Docetism narrowly defined is the view that the founder of Christianity had only an apparent, not a real human body and was subject to the human experience of birth, fatigue, thirst, hunger, suffering, death, and the like in appearance only, in reality being immune from them.” Paul L. Gavrilyuk, The Suffering of the Impassible God, 79.
  3. ^ Donald Fairbairn, Grace and Christology in the Early Church, 54.
  4. ^ Ignatius, Rom. 6.3; Cf. Eph 1.1.
  5. ^ In the words of Pelikan, “He was incapable of suffering but took on a flesh that could suffer, so that the suffering of his flesh could be said to be his own.” Pelikan, The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition, 231. 
  6. ^ To be impassible means the Godhead is immune from suffering. This is why in order to suffer for us, the Word had to take on flesh. He was, “… passible in his flesh, impassible in his Godhead; circumscript in the body, uncirumscript in the Spirit; at once earthly and heavenly, tangible and intangible, comprehensible and incomprehensible; that by one and the same Person, who was perfect man and also God, the entire humanity fallen through sin might be created anew.” Gregory of Nazianzus Letters on the Apollinarian Controversy, Ep. 101.
  7. ^ “And we confess that he who was begotten from God the Father as Son and God only-begotten, though being by his own nature impassible, suffered in the flesh for us, according to the Scriptures, and he was in the crucified flesh impassibly making his own the suffering of his own flesh. So by the grace of God he tasted death for everyone…” The Third Letter of Cyril to Nestorius.

Source: Did God Die on Good Friday?

Schiff, Feinstein, Harris formally propose 9/11-style commission to probe coronavirus response

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris announced legislation Friday that would create a bipartisan 9/11-style commission to probe the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.

Source: Schiff, Feinstein, Harris formally propose 9/11-style commission to probe coronavirus response

Adam Schiff Submits Bill to Create Commission Reviewing Trump’s Coronavirus Response

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) unveiled a bill on Friday to create a commission to review the Trump administration’s response to the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.

Source: Adam Schiff Submits Bill to Create Commission Reviewing Trump’s Coronavirus Response

Chick-fil-A founder’s daughter on how mother’s quiet faith, strength led to company’s success

Trudy Cathy White, the daughter of Chick-fil-A’s founder S. Truett Cathy and his wife Jeannette, shared how the faith and quiet strength of her mother contributed to the massive success of the fast-food restaurant beloved by millions of Americans.

Source: Chick-fil-A founder’s daughter on how mother’s quiet faith, strength led to company’s success

Evangelical Elites love China, pushed policies that aided Communist regime — Capstone Report

Evangelical Elites love China and hate President Donald Trump. Why is that?

Everyone is familiar with the Never Trump Southern Baptist elites who did their best to suppress conservative Christian voter turnout for Trump in the 2016 Election.

But, do you remember when Evangelical Elites connected with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) were promoting China’s interests in the Trump Administration’s trade confrontation with China?

They were.

There was Russell Moore, president of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), and new Lifeway CEO Ben Mandrell lobbying against Trump’s tariffs.

They used more expensive printing costs for Bibles as the excuse to fight Trump.

In other words, squeezing a bit more dollars in margins for Lifeway and keeping printing work in China was more important than helping their American neighbors.

Even ERLC mouthpiece Joe Carter was promoting Free Trade. Carter is a communication’s worker for the ERLC. In a blog at the Acton Institute Carter wrote under a scare headline: “Trump’s tariffs could lead to a Bible shortage.”

Later, as Trump relaxed the tariffs, Carter insisted Trump needed to learn economic lessons.

However, it seems Carter and his ilk need to learn important geopolitical lessons.

Namely, Lifeway’s bottom line Bible printing costs are not as important as the health of the American economy nor our national security.

China is an atheist totalitarian state.

It is at war with the West. It is at war with Christianity.

Donald Trump understands that, but our Evangelical Elites and Southern Baptist leaders don’t.

Instead our Evangelical Elites are panda huggers.

They put China’s interests above America’s interests.

They put Bible profits above American jobs. How is that for loving their neighbors?

Evangelical Elites prefer to love the foreigner over the heartland American. Evangelical Elites promote George Soros backed immigration reform. Many Evangelical Elite organizations rake in millions of federal dollars in the refugee resettlement game.

Evangelical Elites are committed globalists. Many leaders hate nationalism. They put China’s economic interests first in the trade dispute.

And this is how too many American leaders behave. Former Deputy National Security Advisor K.T. McFarland in her book Revolution warned about this very fact.

The problem isn’t that Trump wants to put American interests first or that China puts its own interests first. It’s that for decades American leaders have put China’s interests first,” McFarland said.

This echoes former self-described Panda Hugger and now China Hawk Michael Pillsbury’s warnings about China. Pillsbury in the Hundred-Year Marathon wrote China pursues a mercantilist trade policy and that Americans ignore it.

And our Evangelical Elites are among those who ignore the dangers China’s economic dominance poses to America’s security interests.

Pillsbury quotes a report explaining the connection: “The Right is almost hypersensitive to any perceived relative decline in America’s global lead in military might, but is strangely oblivious to the deleterious impact that America’s declining economic position will have on its security in general and defense capacity in particular.”

America makes the world safer. A stronger America is a safer world.

The Pandemic has changed how the foreign policy establishment sees China. China’s reckless handling of the COVID-19 outbreak and its Machiavellian foreign policy in the aftermath shocked. The totalitarian regime even blamed the US for the outbreak in Wuhan.

In fact, writing in the Council on Foreign Relations’ journal Foreign Affairs Minxin Pei writes, “U.S.-Chinese economic decoupling is almost certain to continue in the coming years regardless of who is in the White House, because reducing the United States’ economic dependence on China and constraining the growth of China’s power are now bipartisan aims.”

That’s good news for making America safer. However, it points out the foolish leadership in our evangelical community.

Evangelical Elites connected to the ERLC, spouted nonsense about free trade with mercantilist China.

Evangelical Elites promoted Lifeway’s bottom line Bible printing prices over global security.

That doesn’t sound like how a Christian should love his neighbor.

Conservative Christians should ask what drives Evangelical Elites to prefer Bible profits over America’s safety and security.

via Evangelical Elites love China, pushed policies that aided Communist regime — Capstone Report

China Quietly Injected A Record 5.2 Trillion In New Credit To Kickstart Its Frozen Economy | ZeroHedge News

With China scrambling to reboot its economy after the record collapse in February as the coronavirus epidemic paralyzed the country, two weeks ago Beijing reported that a remarkable V-shaped recovery had taken place as the country’s official manufacturing and service PMIs  soared in March…

…a jump which prompted a fair bit of cynical smiles about the validity of China’s “data”, especially since real-time indicators of China’s economy (as tracked by Goldman) demonstrates that Chinese output and activity is still far below normal.

So how did China manage such a spectacular recovery in March?

The answer: the same way China recovers every other time too – by flooding the economy with credit.

According to data released overnight by the PBOC, in March China’s total social financing (TSF) rose to a record high 5.15 trillion yuan ($732 billion), compared to just with 855 billion yuan in February, and nearly double the 3.14 trillion consensus. As a reminder, in addition to new loans, TSF includes off-balance-sheet forms of financing that exist outside the conventional bank lending system, such as IPOs, loans from trust companies and other shadow banking conduits, and bond sales.

The surge in new credit was driven mainly on higher-than-expected loan growth and corporate bond issuance. This, according to Goldman, “demonstrates that the government has been quietly loosening policy, and will likely loosen it more in other areas too, especially given weaker external demand, fairly tight virus control measures and the leadership’s desire to maintain growth stability.”

China’s outstanding TSF was 262.24 trillion yuan or a record $37.3 trillion at the end of March, up 11.5% from a year earlier, and growing at double the rate of the overall economy. This is also roughly three times China’s GDP, which suggests that in order to kick start the economy, China is taking on a massive gamble, because if those loans turn bad and the local population is unable to pay them down, then not even the PBOC will be able to prevent the epic financial crisis that will ensue following the coming wave of mass consumer defaults.

Some more details on the latest credit numbers:

  • New CNY loans: RMB 2,850Bn in March vs. consensus: RMB 1,800bn. Outstanding CNY loan growth in March of 12.7% yoy was well above the February annual increase of 12.1% yoy.
  • Total social financing (flow, reported): RMB 5,150bn in March, vs consensus: RMB 3140bn. TSF stock growth was 11.6% yoy in March, higher than 10.8% in February. And this is how China hit the afterburners on credit growth: the implied month-on-month growth of TSF stock accelerated to 17.8% (seasonally adjusted annual rate) from 12.4% in February.
  • M2: 10.1% yoy in March vs Bloomberg consensus: 8.8% yoy, and up sharply from February’s 8.4% yoy. M2 growth accelerated meaningfully to 10.1% yoy in March from 8.8% in February, the fastest since March 2017 as China flooded the economy with new money.

As shown in the chart below, after stagnating for years, both TSF and M@ posted a dramatic rebound in March, one which the PBOC will likely seek to extend, even though the broader economy is growing in the low single digits at this moment.

The March data demonstrated two things: that the V-shaped recovery in China’s economy in March was not the result of some miraculous return of normalcy in record short time, but merely a flood of cheap credit unleashed by the government; it also showed that the government has been quietly loosening policy more than what it may appear by looking at the magnitude of rate and RRR cuts.

According to Goldman, this preference for quantitative tools could be because of the preference for flexibility amid the unusually high level of uncertainty from the pandemic as “this uncertainty requires real time fine-tuning, which is much easier with quantitative controls on TSF. In contrast, it would be very confusing to cut RRR in one month and hike it the next.” Furthermore, quantitative tools are relatively low profile, which fits the preference of the government in terms of the image it wishes to project, especially given the debatable but widespread criticism on the 4 trillion RMB stimulus of 2008.

The relatively high level of CPI inflation recently was also cited by the PBOC as a reason why they hadn’t cut the benchmark deposit rate. But March CPI fell by more than expected and high frequency data consistently indicate April CPI will likely be meaningfully lower still. At the same time PPI fell significantly in March and is most likely to continue to fall in April.

So if April CPI inflation comes in at below 4% and PPI under -2%, then it will be much more difficult to argue against a benchmark rate cut based on inflation concerns. PBOC Monetary Policy Department Director General Sun Guofeng said in the press conference that the benchmark deposit rate will not be abolished. Some banks have already started to lower actual rates even if that hurts them in the process – so low is loan demand right now in China! The PBOC can effectively guide these rates down further without cutting the benchmark, which is a possibility. He also indicated the transmission of monetary policy is more efficient in China than in the US, as the increase in loan extension per unit of liquidity injected is higher, so liquidity glut is not a problem in China.

According to Goldman, Beijing needs to loosen more in other areas too, especially given external demand is weakening rapidly, the virus control measures incrementally got tighter in some areas and the clear desire from the top leadership is to maintain growth stability. The bank also expects exports to show a meaningful rebound in March but this is likely a brief sweet spot between the January-February situation, when there was enough external demand but limited domestic supply, and the April-May situation which would be the opposite. As shown in the chart above, this is likely why some high frequency data such as the coal consumption for electricity has shown limited further recovery since late March.

Meanwhile, President Xi indicated the government is ready to keep the virus control measures for an extended period of time as needed in the most recent Politburo standing committee meeting. Although the previous Politburo meeting stated a special national bond will be issued, there is still a lack of clarity in terms of the amount of issuance. Until then, it will be virtually impossible to have confidence about the expected sequential recovery assumed in various bank forecasts.

One final point: it is doubtful if the PBOC will keep TSF growth at this level on a sustainable basis, since it is literally off the chart. While ample credit growth will be needed, recently the central bank appears to have a tendency to control liquidity supply (i.e., credit growth tumbles) in the month that follows a month with a particularly strong number. This happened in February (very weak) after a very strong January. If this happens again it would pose severe downside risks to Chinese rebound forecasts.

Source: China Quietly Injected A Record 5.2 Trillion In New Credit To Kickstart Its Frozen Economy

Nancy Pelosi Says Congress Will NOT Reopen In April, Warns Trump Not To Restart Economy | The Daily Wire

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told Politico Friday that she is considering keeping the House of Representatives out of session longer than the April 20th return-from-recess date, and may not bring Congress back until well into May — and she’s warned President Donald Trump to keep the country under lockdown even longer.

Pelosi is drafting a fourth coronavirus relief package, to be introduced when Congress returns from recess in the spring, but it now appears that trillion dollar aid bill will be indefinitely delayed while she holds her chamber in recess.

Pelosi “signaled Thursday that the House is unlikely to return to session later this month, her clearest indication yet that Congress — like the rest of the country — could remain shuttered for weeks or even longer as the coronavirus crisis continues,” according to Politico.

She also had harsh words for President Trump who has, reportedly, begun the process of convening a second coronavirus task force, this one charged with plotting a course to reopen the country and restart the economy. Trump has said before that he hopes to roll out a plan to lift coronavirus-related lockdowns as early as May first, subject to the advice of several of his top healthcare experts.

“Hopefully we’re going to be opening up …. very, very, very, very soon, I hope,” Trump said Thursday during his daily coronavirus briefing. “We’re going to open up strong, very successfully and I’d like to say even more successfully than before.”

Pelosi wants the country in economic lockdown much longer, she told Politico.

“Nobody can really tell you that and I would never venture a guess. I certainly don’t think we should do it sooner than we should,” Pelosi said. “This has taken an acceleration from when we started this. Little did we know then that at this point, we’d be further confined.”

She also suggested that Trump’s advisors rein the president in if he moves too quickly to restore economic function: “I would hope that the scientific community would weigh in and say, ‘You can’t do this, it is only going to make matters worse if you go out too soon.’”

That’s an odd statement, given that Pelosi and others were still at work even as states declared full lockdowns to prevent or slow the spread of coronavirus. The $2.2 trillion CARES Act — the third coronavirus relief package — was passed just before Congress left Washington, D.C., for their spring recess.

On Thursday, Pelosi, who now says there will be little more than a skeleton crew of Federal legislators in Washington until at least May, stood in the way of an emergency relief bill that would have added $350 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program, a small business relief fund that is swifly running out of cash.

She implied, in her speeches Thursday afternoon, that she wanted the bill brought before the full House and Senate rather than passed by unanimous consent — something that can’t happen unless Pelosi gets all of her own members on the same page and in the same room. Small business owners may now have to wait for months to see additional relief funds.

Source: Nancy Pelosi Says Congress Will NOT Reopen In April, Warns Trump Not To Restart Economy