Daily Archives: April 27, 2020

BREAKING: California Doctors Go on Ingraham Angle, Challenge Official COVID Policy — YOUTUBE THEN TAKES DOWN THEIR VIDEOS! — The Gateway Pundit

On Saturday two California doctors of Immunology went on with KIRO News 23 in California and made a video disputing the official state coronavirus policy in California.

Doctors Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi said their facilities have tested over 5,200 patients for the coronavirus throughout the county, making up for over half of all testing in Kern County. According to their data, the death rate of the coronavirus is similar in prevalence to the flu. And they believe only the sick and elderly should be quarantined and that businesses should open. They also revealed that the state of California is pressuring doctors to pad the COVID-19 numbers.

The KIRO videos went viral!

We reported on this story on Saturday.

MUST SEE VIDEO: California Doctors of Immunology Say Only Sick and Elderly Should be Quarantined, Businesses Should Open, and State is Pressuring Drs. to Add COVID-19 Numbers

On Monday night the two California doctors went on The Ingraham Angle with Laura Ingraham to discuss their expertise and challenge the official state narrative on the coronavirus.

Following their appearance on the show their videos were removed from Google-YouTube!
They did not pass official WHO policy.

THESE TECH COMPANIES ARE OUT OF CONTROL!

UPDATE — Here is the original video of Dr. Erickson posted at The Scoop.

via BREAKING: California Doctors Go on Ingraham Angle, Challenge Official COVID Policy — YOUTUBE THEN TAKES DOWN THEIR VIDEOS! — The Gateway Pundit

Dossier Author Christopher Steele Had Previously Undisclosed Meetings with Perkins Coie Lawyers, Hillary Clinton’s Campaign — The Gateway Pundit

Christopher Steele

Dossier author Christopher Steele had previously undisclosed meetings with DNC lawyers and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Steele disclosed during a testimony that he met with Perkins Coie partners Michael Sussmann and Marc Elias during the 2016 election.

Steele testified that Michael Sussmann tipped him off to the now-debunked claim that Russian Alfa Bank was secretly communicating with Trump Organization servers.

Steele made the statements during a testimony last month in a defamation lawsuit filed by Russian Alfa Bank.

Via Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller:

A lawyer representing the DNC and Clinton campaign provided Christopher Steele with information in 2016 regarding an alleged secret communications channel between the Trump Organization and a Russian bank, the former spy told a British court last month.

That now-debunked tip, from Perkins Coie lawyer Michael Sussmann, set off a chain of events that led to Steele publishing a Sept. 14, 2016 memo accusing the founders of the bank, Alfa Bank, of having “illicit” ties to Vladimir Putin. A week after Steele wrote that memo, he had another meeting with Sussmann’s colleague, Marc Elias.

Steele disclosed the previously unreported meetings with Sussmann and Elias during testimony in a defamation lawsuit filed against him by the Alfa Bank founders, according to a court transcript obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Steele’s testimony about Sussmann and Elias provides insight into how deeply involved the two lawyers were in the Trump investigation, and suggests they helped shape Steele’s investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election.

[Steele] revealed that Sussmann, a former Justice Department official, told him during a meeting on July 29, 2016 about suspicious network traffic between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank. He also said that the theory about the computer server traffic was the catalyst for the dossier memo he would write six weeks later about Alfa Bank.

Recall, Hillary Clinton tweeted out the now-debunked Slate article on October 31, 2016.

“It’s time for Trump to answer serious questions about his ties to Russia,” Hillary said in a tweet linking to the garbage Slate article about the Russian Alfa Bank.

!)Donald Trump has a secret server. (Yes, Donald Trump)

2) It was set up to communicate privately with a Putin-tied Russian bank called Alfa Bank.

3)When a reporter asked about it, they shut it down.

4)One week later, they created a new server with a different name for the same purpose.

via Dossier Author Christopher Steele Had Previously Undisclosed Meetings with Perkins Coie Lawyers, Hillary Clinton’s Campaign — The Gateway Pundit

Giuliani: ‘Fauci gave $3.7 million to the Wuhan laboratory’ – WND

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force delivers remarks at a coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing Monday, April 6, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House photo by D. Myles Cullen)

Dr. Anthony Fauci is among the onetime members of the Obama administration who must be held accountable for the $3.7 million the U.S. granted to China for coronavirus research in 2014, contends Rudy Giuliani.

Some of the money went to the Wuhan laboratory in which the coronavirus pandemic is believe to have originated.

The former New York City mayor, now personal legal counsel for President Trump, said in an interview Sunday with New York AM 970 radio’s “The Cats Roundtable” that he would open an investivation if he were U.S. attorney.

Giuliani wants to find out what Fauci, who has served as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, knew about what was going on in the Wuhan laboratory when the grant was made.

The U.S. intelligence community believes the current coronavirus strain may have accidentally escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Giuliani suspects China was experimenting with viruses at the lab for the purpose of “weaponizing them.” He said the U.S. was prohibited from giving any money to any laboratory “that was fooling around with these viruses.”

“Despite that, Dr. Fauci gave $3.7 million to the Wuhan laboratory — and then even after the State Department issued reports about how unsafe that laboratory was, and how suspicious they were in the way they were developing a virus that could be transmitted to humans.”

The U.S. never pulled the money, Giuliani emphasized to host John Ca

“So, something here is going on, John. I don’t want to make any accusations,” he said. “But there was more knowledge about what was going on in China with our scientific people than they disclosed to us when this first came out.

“I mean, just think of it, if this laboratory turns out to be the place where the virus came from — we paid for it. We paid for the damn virus that’s killing us,” Giuliani said.

If he were investigating, he said, he would pose a number of questions.

“I’d want to know what did we know? How much did we know about how bad the practices were there? Who knew about it? And who sent them money anyway? And that person would sure as heck be in front of a grand jury trying to explain to me — what are you asleep?”

The Washington Examiner noted it’s unclear what oversight Fauci had in the funding decisions.

However, it was the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases itself that awarded the $3.7 million in grants to EcoHealth Alliance to study the “risk of future coronavirus (CoV) emergence from wildlife using in-depth field investigations across the human-wildlife interface in China” at wet markets.

Not all of the funding went to the lab in Wuhan.

The funding was brought up at a White House press briefing.

President Trump asked, “Who is president then, I wonder?”

The Examiner noted, however, that the funding was approved from 2014 to 2019, including $700,000 that was awarded under the Trump administration.

— Read on www.wnd.com/2020/04/giuliani-fauci-gave-3-7-million-wuhan-laboratory/

Opinion: Oh look, I updated some of Pelosi’s Kavanaugh tweets in light of credible accusations against Biden | Disrn

Tara Reade has accused Joe Biden of penetrative sexual assault she says occurred when she worked as his aide in the 1990s.

  • Then a 1993 clip of “Larry King Live” surfaced featuring Reade’s mother calling into the show (which was about nefariousness in Washington) seeking advice on how her daughter could deal with “problems” she experienced “working for a prominent senator” without “go[ing] to the press” “out of respect for him.”
  • Today a former neighbor of hers — a Biden supporter, Trump hater, and staunch Democrat — came forward to corroborate the story, revealing that Reade told her about the alleged assault in the mid ’90s — and the details add up.

These developments are called “evidence.” They accomplish a thing called “lending credibility” to an accusation.

Yet the media and Democrats are completely ignoring all of it.

Another piece of news that broke today: Speaker Pelosi, despite all this, endorsed Biden for president! She even referred to him as “the personification of values and integrity.”

Whatever happened to the SOTU white-dress-wearing, #BelieveSurvivors champion of all women we’ve known Pelosi to be in recent years? Do you remember how she conducted herself during the Kavanaugh hearings? Do you recall how she took as gospel truth all claims against the man, despite a complete lack of evidence, and called for Kavanaugh’s head on a platter?

Now, do you know what she’s had to say about Tara Reade and her allegations against Joe Biden so far? A Biden spokesperson denied the allegation (not Biden himself) and Pelosi offered this: “I am satisfied with his answer.”

OK.

Let’s take some old (still active) Pelosi tweets about Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, and alter them to be about Biden and his accuser, Tara Reade.

Here’s what intellectual honesty would look like on Nancy Pelosi:

— Read on disrn.com/news/opinion-updated-some-of-pelosis-tweets-in-light-of-accusations-against-biden

Are You Ready For The Great Depression Of The 2020s? — The Most Important News

For those of you that were expecting just a “deep recession”, I am afraid that you are going to be very disappointed.  It took years for the U.S. economy to fully unravel in the 1930s, but now we have witnessed a similar level of economic devastation in just a matter of weeks.  More than 26 million Americans have already lost their jobs, economic activity has come to a standstill, people are lining up for miles at food banks all over the nation, and businesses are being permanently shuttered at a staggering pace.  But the good news is that some states will attempt to “reopen” their economies in the weeks ahead.  In most instances, there will be several stages before all of the restrictions are finally lifted, and that means that economic suffering will be stretched out for an extended period of time.  And of course if cases and deaths start spiking again we could see another wave of strict lockdowns all over the country, and needless to say that would greatly escalate this economic downturn.

At this moment, so many hard working people all over America are deeply hurting.

I personally know people that have lost their jobs, and you probably do too.  And because virtually nobody is hiring right now, it is going to be exceedingly difficult for newly unemployed workers to find other jobs.

Because it has an economy that is so dependent on the entertainment industry, Nevada is being hit particularly hard by this downturn.  The New York Times spoke to one Nevada resident named Valicia Anderson, and she hardly knows anyone that is still actually working

When Valicia Anderson starts to count the people she knows in Las Vegas who have lost their jobs, she runs out of fingers fast.

Her husband, the breadwinner of her family and a restaurant worker in the Rio casino. All 25 of his co-workers. Her grown son, in a temp agency. The technician who does her nails. The barber who cuts her husband’s hair. Her best friend, a waitress. The three servers and a manager at the TGI Friday’s that is her family’s favorite treat.

It has been estimated that the current unemployment rate in the state is “about 25 percent”, and that number is almost certainly going to go higher in the months ahead.

Down in Texas, they are also dealing with an oil crash at the same time that they are wrestling with this coronavirus pandemic, and this has created the worst budget crisis that the city of Houston has ever seen

On the same day that the price for U.S. crude oil fell to about $30 below zero — a mind-bending concept and the first time oil prices had ever turned negative — Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston, the self-proclaimed energy capital of the world, stood before reporters. His words were grim and muffled by the black mask covering his face.

The mayor announced that city employees would soon be furloughed, but he declined to say how many. The Houston Zoo, he said, could expect to see funding deferred under what he called “the worst budget that the city will deal with in its history.”

The high paying energy industry jobs that fueled an incredible real estate boom in Texas are now disappearing by the thousands, and it is being reported that many of those that are being laid off are learning the news “during painful Zoom sessions from home”

Thousands of energy workers, some of whom only lately moved to the region to take advantage of the recent prosperity, have been laid off. Many of them were told the bad news during painful Zoom sessions from home.

Warning letters from energy companies have been flooding the Texas Workforce Commission about layoffs and furloughs: 3,500 at Halliburton, 223 at Tenaris, 184 at Baker Hughes, 102 at Diamond Offshore Drilling, 95 at Energy Transfer.

By the way, when did Zoom become such a big thing?

It seems like so many people are using it now, and I don’t understand why it is so popular.

Perhaps my readers will help me to understand this.

Getting back to the economy, at this point even the Trump administration is admitting that the unemployment rate will soon be approaching levels that “we saw during the Great Depression”

White House senior advisor Kevin Hassett says US economy is in “grave situation” and the unemployment rate could be hitting the same numbers seen during the Great Depression due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We’re going to be looking at an unemployment rate that approaches rates that I think we saw during the Great Depression,” Hassett told ABC’ ‘The Week’ on Sunday.

Let’s put that into perspective for a moment.

During the last recession, we thought that things were really, really bad when the unemployment rate got up to about 10 percent.

But back in 1933 the unemployment rate peaked at 25 percent, and now we are being told that we should expect something similar here in 2020.

Wow.

And of course low income Americans are being hit harder than anyone else.  Just check out these numbers

Most Americans support stay-at-home restrictions to protect public health. And yet the burden of the country’s shutdown is disproportionately falling on those least prepared to handle it: About 52 percent of low-income Americans say they or someone in their household has experienced job upheaval, compared to 43 percent of the broader adult population, the Pew Research Center found. Only 23 percent of low-income Americans say they have enough emergency funds to last them three months.

Hopefully as some states attempt “reopenings” it will help to slow down this enormous tsunami of unemployment.

But as I pointed out the other day, millions of Americans are now making much more money being unemployed than they did when they were working, and so that is going to provide an incentive for millions of Americans to stay unemployed for the foreseeable future.

And even if all of the coronavirus restrictions in the entire country were lifted tomorrow, fear of the coronavirus would cause economic activity to be greatly depressed for many months to come.

As I discussed yesterday, the meat processing industry is a perfect example of this.  Meat processing facilities are being shut down all over the nation, and one expert just told NBC News that we should expect shortages of meat in our grocery stores “around May 1″…

Beef, chicken and pork could be as scarce as toilet paper soon because so many meat processing plants have been temporarily shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic, industry experts are warning.

“We’ve just completed our third week of reduced slaughter and production,” Dennis Smith, a commodity broker/livestock analyst with Archer Financial Services in Chicago, said. “My guess is that about one week out, perhaps around May 1, shortages will begin developing at retail meat counters.”

So many of the things that we have been warning about for a long time are starting to happen, but most Americans still do not grasp the seriousness of this crisis.

All of the economic dominoes are starting to fall, and even if the remainder of this pandemic goes much more smoothly than anticipated, it will not fundamentally alter our current economic trajectory.

The “Everything Bubble” lasted far longer than it should have, but now that it has burst the pain is going to be absolutely immense.

And it is those at the bottom of the economic food chain that are going to be hit the hardest.

via Are You Ready For The Great Depression Of The 2020s? — The Most Important News

Sola Fide

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NASB) 

With a gloriously monotonous regularity Paul pits faith off over against all law-keeping as its diametrical opposite as to referent. Whereas the latter relies on the human effort of the law-keeper looking to himself to render satisfaction before God, the former repudiates and looks entirely away from all human effort to the cross work of Jesus Christ, who alone by his sacrificial death rendered satisfaction before God for men.➀

20 because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.
21 But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed…

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Latest Computer Model Predicts Between 0 And 12.6 Billion New COVID-19 Deaths By Summer — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—After several embarrassing and widely divergent revisions to the coronavirus projections of infection, hospitalization, and death rate used by government officials around the world to justify shutting down the global economy, experts at John Hopkins have now deployed a state-of-the-art super-scientific computer model and have now determined that between 0 and 12.6 billion people will contract the disease and be completely dead by summer.

“The panel of experts came together to give Americans the true picture of what we are looking at,” said Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as he pointed to lots of completely accurate up-to-date charts and graphs from the study. “This is not just the flu. This is going to wipe out between 0 and 12.6 billion people before summer hits.”

As a result of the new predictions, the CDC has revised their guidelines for essential workers to not only continue to wear a face covering and regularly take their temperature, but to also begin praying to whatever higher power they choose as they await the impending death of everyone on June 1.

The CDC website was updated with an infographic informing Americans they had a final 34 days to “slow the spread.”

“We told everyone that there would be no ventilators and that hospitals were going to be overwhelmed across the entire nation by April, even with extensive social distancing recommendations and shutdowns in place,” stated Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the White House’s coronavirus task force. “It didn’t happen quite that way, so we went to get better numbers. Now it looks like in this new expert modeling that everyone will actually die by June 1. We are super serious.”

“It is absolutely vital that no one shake hands ever again. Though after June 1 it won’t matter as much,” he added.

At publishing time, President Trump was telling reporters that his housekeepers recommend bleach to clean surfaces and that maybe that could be injected somehow.

via Latest Computer Model Predicts Between 0 And 12.6 Billion New COVID-19 Deaths By Summer — The Babylon Bee

April 27th The D. L. Moody Year Book

I would thou wert cold or hot.—Revelation 3:15.

WHAT we want is to be red hot all the time. Do not wait until some one hunts you up. People talk about striking while the iron is hot. I believe it was Cromwell who said that he would rather strike the iron and make it hot. So let us keep at our post, and we will soon grow warm in the Lord’s work.[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. 80). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing – 5:00pm ET (Rose Garden) Livestream… — The Last Refuge

Unfortunately, with President Trump effectively communicating the latest information on the federal efforts to mitigate COVID-19, more corporate U.S. resistance media have decided not to carry the live broadcasts from the White House task force briefings.

Today at 5:00pm ET the White House will hold a beating for the media and share the latest mitigation efforts against the coronavirus. The White House is anticipated to deliver new testing guidelines for state and local government. [Livestream Links Below]

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via White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing – 5:00pm ET (Rose Garden) Livestream… — The Last Refuge

Life After COVID: A Look at the New Economy — The Most Important News

(By Daisy Luther) Many Americans have been locked down in their homes for more than a month now, and they’re anxiously awaiting the day when things “get back to normal.” I regret to inform you, as I wrote previously, that we’re never going “back to normal.” The world After COVID will not be like the world Before COVID.

It’s very important to understand what lies ahead so we can prepare for it.

Two reasons that the world After COVID will be so different are problems with the economy and the supply chain. Let’s take a look at both and see where we’re headed.

The After-COVID economy for businesses

The government stepped in fairly quickly after lockdowns began to approve a massive number of small business loans. These loans were to be distributed by the institution with which the small business does their banking.

Unfortunately, the outcome would be laughable if it wasn’t so tragic.

Here’s an example: Chase Bank gaveRuth’s Chris Steak House a $20 million forgivable loan meant for small businesses by dividing it up by locations instead of treating the company like the large corporation that it is. Incidentally, Chase “earned” $100K for processing the loan.  After everyone rightly lost their marbles over this, Ruth’s Chris is returning the 20 mill. Chase and Ruth’s Chris aren’t the only culprits. There were all sorts of shenanigans that meant the fund ran out of money before the legitimate small businesses could even complete their applications. For example, big banks earned ten billion dollars in fees for processing the loans and here’s a list of big companies that played around with this system and drained it of millions.

Another round of small business loans has been approved by Congress but I’m not really holding my breath that any of this will happen in the way we’ve been told it will.

So to summarize, a lot of the small businesses who need the money to survive haven’t gotten it yet and may never get it, but big banks and big businesses are sitting pretty with the help of their cronies in Congress. It isn’t a stretch of the imagination to say that the longer a small business stays closed, paying their expenses and holding inventory while not being able to earn income, the less likely they are to reopen successfully (or at all) once the all-clear is given.

And if they can’t reopen? All those folks they used to employ will be out of a job.

The After-COVID economy for individuals

Despite seemingly generous government offerings of stimulus payments and higher-than-normal unemployment payments, getting by is about to get a whole lot harder. First of all, many people haven’t yet received their stimulus payments. Some states still haven’t rolled out their COVID unemployment registration websites, so we have unemployed folks who still haven’t gotten one thin dime.

It isn’t going to be long before that stimulus money is gone and if unemployment hasn’t yet kicked in, the first week of May is not looking pretty. A lot of folks were unable to make rent or mortgage payments in April, and of the ones who managed to hack together last month’s payments won’t be able to pay rent and mortgages.

It isn’t just a roof over their heads that people are worried about. The use of food banks has soared over the past month. People who were barely making ends meet before are in a hole from which they may never dig out. And this isn’t out of laziness or any other lack of “virtue” – people can’t go to work because their workplace is closed.

And it’s a perfect storm. If people are not allowed to work and the government is not following through with its promises of aid, there will be a response – most likely in the form of civil unrest and crime waves.

At the same time, many of those who have gotten their COVID unemployment are refusing to go back to work. Why would they go back to getting minimum wage when with unemployment and the extra $600 per week, they’re getting close the $3000 a month? Businesses can’t reopen without employees. Unfortunately, when the COVID unemployment is over (it’s currently good for a total of 3-4 months), people may not have jobs to come back to, because, as I mentioned above, the longer a business is closed while still facing expenses, the less likely that business is to survive.

It’s very likely that even once we’re “open” again, unemployment numbers will remain extraordinarily high.

Prices are going up.

Meanwhile, what money people are able to scrape together isn’t going to go nearly as far as it did Before-COVID.

A lot of folks haven’t been to the store in a month or so. When they do go back they’re going to be in for one hell of a surprise. Prices have increased on just about everything. On the products with no price increase, many companies have reverted to the rather deceptive practice of selling a smaller container for the same price as before. (We found this to be true on both peanut butter and coffee, to name two examples.) You’re going to pay more for things like meat, eggs, canned goods, pasta, frozen pizza, and other popular lockdown foods.

As well, food manufacturers are halting promotions – so things won’t be going on sale like they used to. Of course, they’re doing this to “help”  us out by making it more expensive, thus keeping people from being able to buy as much.

“But the tactical dynamic is that we’re in daily discussions with our customers on how to help them meet the needs of their shoppers. And many customers are looking to pull back on promotions as they try to manage the basics of just keeping their shelves stocked.” (source)

In a given month, “22% of food on store shelves is discounted, according to the companies under its coverage, and the average discount is 23%.” According to Market Watch, getting rid of the discounts will lead to a 5% increase in sales. This means, of course, a 5% increase in what consumers are paying will occur. And that’s just for certain items. Eggs have actually tripled in price since early March and many readers have reported seeing the price of their commonly purchased items increase by 25% all the way up to double the Before-COVID price.

Then there are the supply chain issues.

And this isn’t the worst of the news. Shortages are appearing to occur across the country – shortages that stores struggle to hide by spreading out the inventory and filling in gaps with items that are more plentiful.

Some of the things that are missing are products that originate in China – see this list.

Other items, like paper products, are also sparse even though many of these things are made in the USA. It isn’t just because of so-called “hoarders” either, as the media wants us to believe. There have been shortages of TP across the globe and the main reason is the fact that everyone is now at home most of the time now. Previously, a lot of a person’s toilet paper usage was outside the home – so everyone was using those giant janitorial supply rolls. Most households are now using 40% more toilet paper than before. This interesting article goes into detail about why there isn’t a quick and easy fix for this.

Then there are food “shortages.” Interestingly, this problem isn’t necessarily about actual shortages as much as it is processing and distribution.

Processing plants across the country are shutting down as more and more employees become ill. At least ten large meat processing plants have closed due to the virus. Distribution issues have farmers dumping thousands of gallons of milkplowing under vegetables in the fields, and leaving potatoes to rot.

A lot of the food being produced was destined for restaurants, hotels, and cruise ships. Diverting it to grocery stores and the millions of people using food banks right now (because they didn’t get their money from unemployment yet, remember?) is unfortunately not as easy as it should be. This article explains some of the issues with getting food to hungry people.

One of the issues processing. With meat, in particular, this is difficult – most folks aren’t even going to be willing to process their own chickens and it’s wildly unrealistic to imagine a family in the city processing a cow or a pig. With produce, it becomes a little bit easier – anyone can wash fruits and vegetables – but employees are still needed to harvest the food.

A lot of that scarcity could be remedied if we could reallocate things – if janitorial supplies could be sold to the general public, if farmers could sell directly to stores or consumers, and if farmers could donate unpurchased items to food banks.

To summarize, farmers are losing billions of dollars and people are going without food, while the food we have is left to rot. Hopefully, President Trump’s new 19 billion dollar plan will allow the federal government to play matchmaker between frustrated farmers and hungry families.

Introducing another run at UBI

Let’s put all this information together. Here’s the TL;dr version:

Trillions of dollars were created from thin air to “help” us through the crisis. Unfortunately, a lot of that money is now lining the pockets of massive businesses that would survive regardless.  Many small businesses will never reopen. Many jobs will never come back.

People who are getting COVID unemployment would have to take a massive pay cut – for many, more than two thousand dollars a month – to go back to work so they have no interest in returning to their jobs. Why would they when they’re more financially secure sitting at home? But they’re not thinking ahead – these new-found riches are only coming in for 3-4 months.

People who are not getting money are going to run out very soon (if they haven’t already) and this will result in an uptick of crime and civil unrest. Meanwhile, the money that folks have will buy less as the cost of just about everything goes up and scarcity continues.

This all leads nowhere good. I’m not saying that COVID-19 itself was a big conspiracy but more a case of “never let a good crisis go to waste.”

One possible outcome is Universal Basic Income.

We’re being told we’ve got no place to go except giving away a lot of free money – although they’re calling it something different: the Emergency Money for the People Act. (I previously wrote about UBI here but I thought the trigger would be different).

This fund would give everyone 16 and over $2000 per month for at least the next six months.

The bill is called the Emergency Money for the People Act and would provide $2,000 a month for a guaranteed six months or until “employment returns to pre-COVID-19 levels.”

“Pre-COVID-19 levels” mean the employment to population ratio for people ages 16 and older is greater than 60%. The monthly cash payments would not count as income.

You could still apply for income-based federal or state assistance programs, such as assistance with purchasing food.

Who would be eligible for the money?

  • Everyone 16 and older making less than $130,000 annually would receive $2,000 a month;
  • Married couples earning less than $260,000 would receive at $4,000 per month;
  • Qualifying families with children will also receive an additional $500 per child for up to three children.

So a family of four with two children earning income up to $260,000 a year would receive $5,000. A single tax filer would get $2,000.

  • If you are unemployed, you are eligible for the money, as well.
  • College students will be eligible for the money. They were not eligible for the stimulus payment sent out this week if they were claimed on their parent’s income tax as a dependent.
  • Adults with disabilities were also left out of the stimulus payment since they could be claimed as dependents on others’ tax returns. They would be eligible for the Emergency Money for the People Act. (source)

What could possibly go wrong with “free money,” right?

Plenty. Hyperinflation is one major factor nobody’s talking about – this money they want to give away does not exist and is backed by nothing. If you think prices are super-high now, just wait.

And then there’s the other cost.

Trust me when I tell you there will be a high price tag for that “free” money and the cost will be liberty. Maybe it will be your freedom to decide where you work. Maybe it will be your freedom to choose what you buy. Maybe it will be mandatory vaccines or microchips or ID cards but it will cost you something that you’ll never get back.

UBI Emergency Money for the People isn’t a done deal yet. But the government is going to feel that they’re obligated to take some kind of measures to maintain order. (Back to that civil unrest and crime again). And to some degree, they’re right – the current straits Americans are finding themselves in can be chalked up to decisions made by the government. But I can’t imagine that in this direction lies liberty.

The answer, as always, lies in self-reliance. The less you need, the better off you’ll be. I’ll go more in-depth later but below, find some general guidelines.

  1. Produce or acquire food as much as possible. Gardening; sprouting; raising livestock for meat, eggs, and dairy; hunting; and foraging are all ways to put food on the table yourself.
  2. Learn to preserve food. When food is plentiful, putting it back by canning, dehydrating, and freezing.
  3. Localize your supply chain. Find local farmers and purchase directly from them. Visit pick-your-own farms, get CSA shares, or hit up your farmer’s market. Buy in as much quantity as you can for the best prices.
  4. Slash your budget. Get spending down to a bare minimum right now while we wait to see how things pan out.
  5. Mend and repair. Instead of throwing things away and buying new when something breaks or gets damaged, learn how to fix things like clothing and household items.
  6. Make do. There are a lot of things we get that we don’t need: upgraded phones, new clothing, decorative items, updated vehicles, newer tools, and small kitchen appliances. Whenever possible, make do with the things that you already have.
  7. Make things last. Use everything to the last drop. Squeeze out that last little bit of toothpaste. Add some water to your dish soap. Use a little less detergent in the laundry. These are tiny changes that can really add up over time.
  8. Be prepared for a lack of services. At some point, as income tax revenue continues to decrease, we’ll start to see cuts in services like garbage pick-up and first responders. Start thinking now about your solutions should these things happen.
  9. Continue building your stockpile. Even though prices have gone up, continue adding food and supplies to your pantry as you can.
  10. Participate in a barter economy. If you have eggs and your neighbor has honey, see if they’re interested in a trade. Do the same with skills – swap yardwork for haircuts, repair something in return for someone else’s used item that you need, supply manual labor in return for part of someone’s harvest. If you run a small business, be open to barter within your local community.

We’ll talk a lot more about handling these issues in upcoming articles. (Sign up here for the daily newsletter.) A shift in mindset will be essential to survive and thrive in the After-COVID world.

About Daisy

Daisy Luther writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, voluntaryism, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper. She is widely republished across alternative media and she curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, PreppersDailyNews.com. Daisy is the best-selling author of 4 books and runs a small digital publishing company. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter.

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Inspiring: Celebrities Spell Out ‘We’re All In This Together’ With Their Yachts — The Babylon Bee

MALIBU, CA—Many described the scene as breathtaking or awe-inspiring. Others were so touched they couldn’t find the words to communicate how they felt. Most simply wept.

No matter how they expressed their emotions, everyone agreed that the scene off the Malibu coast Monday morning was exactly what America needed to get through this pandemic. Celebrities gathered their multi-million-dollar yachts on the waters of the Pacific Ocean and spelled out “WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.”

“We’re just like you,” said Ellen DeGeneres on her Instagram as her servants sailed her yacht into position to form the apostrophe. “Yes, maybe I have a yacht and you’ve only ever been on the Storybook Canal boats at Disneyland, but still. It’s pretty much the same thing.”

“Stay home, save lives — it’s not that hard,” said Patton Oswalt, whose fleet of yachts made up several of the letters. “Look, poor people, it’s not worth risking your life just to go to Fuddruckers or work a job or whatever it is you peasants do all day.”

After the stunt was over, Oswalt had his chauffeur drive him home in his hot tub limousine as he snorted several million dollars’ worth of powdered caviar.

“All of humanity is fighting this together and we’re all as one,” said Lady Gaga, who was wearing a bathing suit made out of gold bricks. “Though, I mean, don’t try to get on my yacht. My guards will literally shoot you. That’s not a metaphor.”

via Inspiring: Celebrities Spell Out ‘We’re All In This Together’ With Their Yachts — The Babylon Bee

Attorney General Bill Barr Issues DOJ Memo: “The Constitution is Not Suspended in Times of Crisis”… — The Last Refuge

The U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General Bill Barr, has issued a memo (pdf here) citing a needed balance between COVID-19 mitigation efforts and U.S. civil rights under the constitution.  Notably AG Barr identifies both “religious freedom”, and “undue interference with the national economy” within his memo.

[…] “Many policies that would be unthinkable in regular times have become commonplace in recent weeks, and we do not want to unduly interfere with the important efforts of state and local officials to protect the public. But the Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis. We must therefore be vigilant to ensure its protections are preserved, at the same time that the public is protected” (citation)

(DOJ pdf Link)

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6 Ways Atheism Is A Science-Stopper — Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Introduction: Science vs. Christianity?

It is commonly claimed that Christianity is a science-stopper. What is usually put forth to justify this claim is that many Christians are content to look at nature and say, “God did it,” without looking further to discover how God did whatever “it” happens to be. For many Christians, questions about the origin and function of the natural world end with that answer. However, for many others, while they recognize that God did indeed do something, they seek diligently to discover how God did it. Christianity does not stop science, a lack of curiosity or concern (not necessarily a bad thing if those are not a person’s passion or pursuit) is what could stop science if no Christian exists who possesses that curiosity. Individual Christians can choose to stop scientific discovery for themselves, but because scientific discovery will continue for other individual Christians, scientific discovery will continue.

6 Ways Atheism Is A Science-Stopper

On the other hand, atheism actually does stop science. Not because an atheist is content to say “evolution did it” and cease exploratory research, but it is stopped rather for a few other reasons that the atheist cannot escape if their worldview is true. If atheism is true, scientific discovery does not cease just for the atheist whose curiosity and concern are satisfied by the answer “evolution did it,” but it ceases for everyone.

If you are a friend of science and an atheist, I implore you to take your thinking to the next level: think about how you can think about the discovery of the world around you. In today’s blog post, I will present six different ways that atheism mutually excludes science and stops all scientific discovery in its tracks.

Science vs. Atheism

The Laws of Mathematics vs. Atheism

A great deal of scientific research done today necessarily depends upon mathematics in its most advanced forms. It is used to describe chemical reactions, model the formation history of the universe, and even predict the spread of viruses. The reason that mathematics can be used in this way is because the universe is beholden to mathematics. This fact makes the universe describable, discoverable, and predictable (to some extent). If the universe produced mathematics, then there is no reason for the universe to adhere to mathematics, and its describability, discoverability, and predictability would not be possible.

This presents a serious problem for the atheist. For on the atheistic view, mathematics is a product of a feature within the universe (the human brain, to be exact), and the universe is not beholden to something it produced. On the atheistic view, mathematics is not objective, so there is no reason that we should expect the world around us to adhere to or be explainable by using mathematics. The present cannot be described; the past cannot be discovered, and future events cannot be predicted.

On the atheistic view, without a super-natural (outside this universe) foundation for mathematics that constrains this universe to its laws, this universe is nonsensical, and the entire scientific enterprise is ultimately doomed to being nothing more than a guessing game and unable to reveal knowledge about any point in time or space.

The Principle of Uniformity vs. Atheism

Similar to mathematics, the principle of uniformity is key to performing scientific research. This principle states that the past acted very much like the present, and the future will act very much like the present. This principle constrains the universe to a continuous connection across time that scientists can use to describe, discover, and predict. Based upon this principle, scientists understand that it is reasonable to extrapolate observations today into both the past and the future. Through this continuous connection, scientists can discover what happened in the past (historical science) with deductive certainty and make predictions about future events in the natural world (this is how different models of natural phenomena are tested- predictions of future discoveries are made based upon different understandings of the presently-observable data).

But also similar to mathematics, this principle cannot simply have come about with the appearance of human brains on the cosmic scene. If this principle is the product of a feature within the universe, then it necessarily cannot be governed by such a principle. Due to that necessary lack of governance, there is also no reason to think that the universe can be explained using the principle of uniformity.

Thus, if we are to continue scientific discovery using this principle and believe that anything discovered using it is true or meaningful, then it must have a foundation prior to this universe. This means that the principle of uniformity, like mathematics, has a transcendent (super-natural) foundation. Without such a foundation, scientific knowledge of the past and prediction of future events are impossible. On this second count, atheism renders scientific discovery dead on arrival.

For more on this, I highly recommend the book “Origin Science: A Proposal For The Creation/Evolution Controversy.”

The Laws of Logic vs. Atheism

Adding onto mathematics and the principle of uniformity are the laws of logic. It is through the laws of logic that we can connect the present to the past and discover the history of our planet, the solar system, the galaxy, the universe, and even the moments up to the creation event itself. But this level of scientific discovery is only possible if the universe is governed by transcendent laws of logic. Deductive reasoning and deductive certainty (mentioned above) are necessarily dependent upon the laws of logic. If the universe is not governed by laws that transcend its own existence, then there is no reason to act as if it is governed by such laws. These laws must have a foundation that exists outside of the natural universe; this means that they must exist super-naturally.

But according to atheism, nothing exists super-naturally, and laws of logic are no exception. Thus the universe is not required to and cannot be expected to follow any such laws on atheism. If we cannot expect the universe to necessarily follow such laws, then we cannot use such laws to make truth claims about the universe with any level of certainty, including its history or future. Without the laws of logic existing outside the universe, every scientific endeavor that attempts to expand our knowledge of the natural world beyond the present moment of observation in the immediate spacial vicinity is futile. Without a reason to believe that this universe is subject to the laws of logic, scientific discovery is impossible. Because atheism has no room for laws of logic that govern this universe, it has no room for claiming legitimate scientific discovery is part of its worldview.
For more on this, I highly recommend these two books:

Come, Let Us Reason

The Word of God and the Mind of Man

The Laws of Physics vs. Atheism

Atheism, without laws of mathematics and laws of logic, already cannot formulate or describe laws of physics. That is only one of the numerous implications of a worldview devoid of reality beyond this universe. But the problem for atheism regarding the laws of physics goes deeper than merely discovery and articulation. For lack of discovery and/or articulation do not necessarily imply a lack of existence. The lack of existence of laws of physics on the atheistic worldview is established independently, though similarly, to the lack of existence of laws of mathematics and laws of logic.

If there do not exist laws of physics that this universe is governed by, meaning that they are logically prior to or have a foundation outside of this universe, then there is no reason to use said laws of physics in any reasoning (using non-existent laws of logic) from present observations of this universe to the past history (using the non-existent principle of uniformity) of this universe. Again, without foundation outside this universe for laws of physics to govern the universe, this universe is under no constraint to follow any particular description (laws of physics). If atheism is true, science is, for yet another reason, dead on arrival.

Our Sense Organs And The Brain vs. Atheism

Of course, the applicability of the above features of reality does not come into play in scientific discovery until observations are made. While the above features of reality are observer-independent, this last feature is observer-dependent. Not only does atheism have no foundation for the observer-independent features of reality (and necessary features of the scientific enterprise) described above, but its explanation for one observer-dependent necessity of the scientific enterprise undercuts its own reliability.

Atheistic worldviews have only one possible explanation for the appearance of sense organs and the human brain: changes over time that are governed by (non-existent) laws of physics that govern natural selection. This is also known as “unguided evolution” or merely “evolution” in many circles. We must be careful to distinguish here between agent-guided and environment-guided. The “unguided” descriptor here refers to agent-guided. Evolutionists very much believe that evolution was guided, but that guidance was done by the environment and the (non-existent) laws of physics that governed the creation of and behavior of the environment.

With that in mind, this process that is ultimately guided by non-existent laws of physics results in the survival of populations, so features that serve for the survival of populations are what are passed down from generation to generation and remain in existence. In this view, a pragmatic advantage is the determining factor of a feature’s propagation, not truth-discovering abilities. The truth-discovering ability of a feature is purely accidental, and there is no way to independently test the truth-discovering abilities of such features that survived (especially since all the above features of reality, that may be used to independently test, have no foundation in reality if atheism is true). This means that our sense organs and brain have survived, not because of their truth-discovering abilities, but because they helped populations prior survive in their environment. The atheist cannot come around and say that we can independently test our sense organs scientifically via logic, mathematics, the principle of uniformity, or laws of physics because none of those have foundations in reality if atheism is true. If atheism is true, then even those “laws” are the product of our evolved brains, which, again, is the product of a process governed by non-existent laws of mathematics, logic, and physics.

For more on this, I recommend the book “Where The Conflict Really Lies.”

Conclusion

If something does not exist or is not true, it is not a valid launching point for any process of gaining knowledge. If the foundations are compromised, so are the results. If atheism is true…

…science cannot begin with laws of mathematics.

…science cannot begin with the principle of uniformity.

…science cannot begin with laws of logic.

…science cannot begin with laws of physics.

…science cannot begin with our own observations.

…science cannot begin with our own reasoning.

Science necessarily depends upon the reality and truth of these features of reality. If atheism is true, there is no foundation for any of these features of reality. If atheism is true, these are not features of reality, which means that they are neither true nor do they exist. Thus they cannot be launching points of any knowledge discipline, including science. If atheism is true, the scientific enterprise (among other knowledge disciplines) cannot legitimately claim to provide us with the truth about our world. If atheism is true (in whatever form), it is impossible to connect our subjective beliefs to objective reality.

Because atheism mutually excludes science, atheism is no friend of science; and science is no friend of atheism. If you are a friend of science, you know that these six concepts are features of reality and are true. I invite you to abandon the scientifically and philosophically naive worldview of atheism; embrace the reality of the Christian God, the One who provides a firm foundation for every one of these six realities that you already know exist and already depend upon for your scientific discoveries.

Recommended resources related to the topic:

Why Science Needs God by Dr. Frank Turek (DVD and Mp4)

Science Doesn’t Say Anything, Scientists Do by Dr. Frank Turek (DVD, Mp3, andMp4)

Oh, Why Didn’t I Say That? Does Science Disprove God? by Dr. Frank Turek (DVD and Mp4)

Stealing From God by Dr. Frank Turek (Book)


Luke Nix holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and works as a Desktop Support Manager for a local precious metal exchange company in Oklahoma.

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Bill Barr Orders US Attorneys to be on the “Lookout” For Abuses of Power by Government Officials Amid Coronavirus Pandemic — The Gateway Pundit

Bill Barr

US Attorney General Bill Barr on Monday issued a 2-page memo ordering US Attorneys to be on the “lookout” for state and local directives that could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

State and local government officials have issued unconstitutional lockdown orders in response to the Coronavirus outbreak and no matter how much data is released showing the virus has a very low mortality rate, the tyrants are not loosening restrictions.

“As the Department of Justice explained recently in guidance to states and localities taking steps to battle the pandemic, even in times of emergency, when reasonable and temporary restrictions are placed on rights, the First Amendment and federal statutory law prohibit discrimination against religious institutions and religious believers,” Barr wrote.

“For example, the Constitution also forbids, in certain circumstances, discrimination against disfavored speech and undue interference with the national economy,” Barr wrote. “If a state or local ordinance crosses the line from an appropriate exercise of authority to stop the spread of COVID-19 into an overbearing infringement of constitutional and statutory protections, the Department of Justice may have an obligation to address that overreach in federal court.”

Barr previously released a statement of interest and called out the government officials in Mississippi who singled out churchgoers while permitting citizens to attend nearby drive-in restaurants.

Barr said the government “may not impose special restrictions on religious activity that do not also apply to similar non-religious activity.”

Crazed Democrat governors like Gretchen Whitmer (MI) and Gavin Newsom (CA) however appear to be retaliating against citizens who dare exercise their constitutional rights to assemble.

Whitmer recently threatened to extend her authoritarian lockdown order after Michiganders came out to protest against her tyrannical takeover.

On Monday, Newsom retaliated against his constituents after tens of thousands flocked to Orange County beaches amid a heatwave and announced he is increasing enforcement of Coronavirus restrictions.

via Bill Barr Orders US Attorneys to be on the “Lookout” For Abuses of Power by Government Officials Amid Coronavirus Pandemic — The Gateway Pundit

Tucker Carlson: “Five Pages of Flynn Evidence” Could Be Unsealed Tomorrow… — The Last Refuge

Fox News host Tucker Carlson provided some additional insight into the Flynn documents that were filed with the court last Friday noting the potential for the documents to be unsealed tomorrow.  According to an earlier report by Maria Bartiromo the documents relate to notes taken by former FBI legal counsel James Baker; and surround the events that encompassed the FBI interview of General Flynn in January 2017.  WATCH:

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In a supplement to the defense motion to dismiss [pdf here] we discover some of the evidence of prosecutorial misconduct turned over by the DOJ to the Flynn defense. Specifically Lt. General Michael Flynn’s plea was based on: (1) a framing by the FBI; and (2) a threat against Michael Flynn Jr. if his father didn’t sign the plea.

If the reports are accurate it is very likely Judge Sullivan will allow the plea to be removed.  If the documents are as strong as outlined the entire case could be dismissed.

Because the exhibits had to be filed under seal, they are heavily redacted; however, Flynn’s defense counsel, Sidney Powell, has asked the court to release & unseal the full content of the exhibits so the world can see the coercion behind the corrupt plea agreement.

The Mueller prosecution team lead by Brandon Van Grack put the agreement and threat in writing, but they also made a deal with the former defense team to hide the terms in an effort to cover-up their misconduct. Coercion to force a plea is unethical and unlawful.

The full filing is below.

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According to the latest court schedule the deadlines are noted below. Michael Flynn’s new motion to dismiss is filing #181; the documents filed under sealed are item #182:

It is possible for the #182 documents to be unsealed prior to any motions on their content. According to Tucker Carlson these documents may be unsealed tomorrow.

Apparently, the seal documents include notes taken by former FBI chief legal counsel James Baker the FBI meeting where agent Peter Strzok and agent Joseph Pientka interviewed National Security Advisor Michael Flynn at the White House.

According to Bartiromo James Baker’s notes are exculpatory in that they show the intent and purpose of the FBI interview was to frame Lt Gen. Flynn.

James Baker was removed from his position December 21, 2017, approximately three weeks after Flynn signed the plea agreement on November 30, 2017.

Baker’s removal from his position as FBI counsel was around the same time when SSCI Security Director James Wolfe (FISA leaker) was removed from his position at the Senate intelligence committee.  James Baker remained in his position until he resigned from the FBI on May 4, 2018, right in the middle of what we know were FBI cover-up operations.

When James Baker resigned the James Wolfe indictment was hidden & sealed (since March ’18); the Julian Assange indictment was hidden and sealed (since March ’18); and two months later the FBI lied to the FISA court (July 12, 2018). {Go Deep}

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One note of caution… There is another “James Baker” in the mix.

Col James Baker was the handler for CIA/FBI operative Stefan Halper.  Col James Baker is likely the source of the original Flynn-Kislyak leaked transcript to the Washington Post.

Therefore a possibility exists the “Baker” notes or emails might pertain to Col James Baker, and not FBI Counsel James Baker.  We’ll have to wait and see…

via Tucker Carlson: “Five Pages of Flynn Evidence” Could Be Unsealed Tomorrow… — The Last Refuge

False Prophets Exposed: Why Modern-Day Prophets Never Saw This Pandemic Coming — The Midwestern Baptist

“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He created the world.” —Hebrews 1:1-2

Self-proclaimed apostle Chuck Pierce claimed that there would be a “shift” in the pandemic by the end of the Passover season. Self-proclaimed prophet Tracy Cooke also said that by April 16, “the blood of Jesus” would cause the “plague to pass over.” Both of these men qualified their predictions by referencing Amos 3:7, which says, “For the Lord God does nothing without revealing His secret to His servants, the prophets.”

But that verse does not qualify their prediction as legitimate. On the contrary, it exposes them as frauds. If, as they understand Amos 3:7, the Lord God does nothing without revealing it through His prophets first, then why did none of the so-called “prophets” of today know that the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic was about to happen?

That’s the question Dr. Michael L. Brown recently attempted to answer as he’s been running damage control for the charismatic and pentecostal movement. Recently, he published an article entitled Some Practical Thoughts on Contemporary Prophetic Ministry in which he attempted to explain why none of the charismatic “prophets” predicted the pandemic.

What is the reason? Dr. Brown says it’s “because their primary calling is not to be prognosticators or predictors.” Now that’s funny. Dr. Brown thinks he’s helping the charismatic movement. But without realizing it, he just admitted the movement is full of false prophets!

Charismaticism Exposed

Last month, evangelist Justin Peters pointed out that in January, Sid Roth featured 20 of his most revered prophets sharing their predictions for 2020 on his program It’s Supernatural! which airs on TBN and Daystar. What did those prophets claim God was showing them? They said things like America would be blessed with prosperity and that there would be large gatherings of people. Yet the opposite has happened. America is more bankrupt than it has ever been, and who knows if anyone will be allowed to attend even a high school football game this year.

The Wuhan virus pandemic has exposed the pentecostal and charismatic movement as useless—they cannot see the future, they cannot stop an illness, they cannot heal the sick. The pandemic will likely be the biggest event of the year, if not the biggest news story in a lifetime. And not a single one of their “prophets” saw it coming. Not a Ken Copeland nor a Pat Robertson nor a Benny Hinn nor a Joel Osteen nor a Brian Houston nor a Bill Johnson nor a Jim Bakker nor a Joyce Meyer nor a Beth Moore nor a Cindy Jacobs nor a Sarah Young nor a Paula White nor any of these other money-grubbing wahoos who claim to receive special revelation from God.

The level to which these prophets have been embarrassedis irony at its most hilarious. Bethel Church in Redding, CA, which has a school to teach people how to heal diseases and predict the future, shut down their healing rooms and told their faith-healers to stay away from hospitals due to the risk of COVID-19. Hack prophet Shawn Bolz has postponed his prophecy conference. Let me say that again—a prophet has had to postpone his already-scheduled prophecy conference! Shouldn’t he have seen this coming and scheduled his conference for after the pandemic?

Bolz said at the start of March that COVID-19 would not become a pandemic. In response to Bolz, I made the joke on Twitter, “Great, now COVID-19 is going to become a pandemic because Shawn Bolz said it isn’t going to become a pandemic.” Sure enough, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic one week later. I’m a more accurate prophet than Bolz, and I don’t claim to be a prophet!

If this conference resumes and you buy a ticket, you deserve to lose your money.

Surely you’ve seen the video of Ken Copeland blowing away COVID-19, one of the most hilarious displays of charismatic kookiness that ever went mainstream. It doesn’t help that Copeland looks like a movie villain, or as one satire site put it, like he “ate a trustworthy Christian and wore his skin to a Lawrence Welk taping.” As of the writing of this article, it has been 4 weeks since Copeland declared the United States cured of COVID-19. At the time, there were 100,000 cases of the Wuhan virus in the U.S. This week, we will pass 1 million.

I could go on with so many more face-plants by charismatics. So again, why didn’t their “prophets” know this was about to happen? The biblical answer is much simpler and more excoriating than Dr. Brown’s answer. The reason modern-day apostles and prophets didn’t see this coming is because there are no modern-day apostles and prophets. No faith-healer is miraculously clearing out the COVID-19 wards or even daring to set foot in one because there is no such thing as a faith-healer.

Beware of False Prophets

Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness'” (Matthew 7:15, 21-23).

Is there a passage more warning of the charismatic and pentecostal movement with their false prophecy and fake healing than those words of Jesus? This is a critical issue. Eternal souls are at stake—the souls of these false prophets, the souls of those who run cover for them, and the souls of the people whom they continue to fool.

Let’s consider further the lies of the charismatic movement along with what the Bible has to say about prophecy. I’m going to use Dr. Brown’s article as a catalyst for truer understanding. I’ll go through his article word-for-word, which will make this a longer blog than usual. Happy reading! Dr. Brown’s comments will be in bold and I will respond with commentary.

I believe deeply in prophetic ministry today. I believe God still speaks to and through His children. And I believe that some are specially called to serve as “prophetic” voices, both to the Church and to the world.

Where is that in the Bible? Now, I certainly believe in the preaching and teaching of God’s word, which is the Bible. I believe God speaks to His children through the Bible, and God speaks through His children when they teach the Bible. I believe some are called to serve as “prophetic” voices in the sense that they proclaim the message of God’s kingdom to His church and to the world, and they proclaim the coming of Christ, which is prophecy that has yet to be fulfilled.

But I do not believe “in prophetic ministry today” in the sense that God is revealing new truth or speaking through private revelations. If God is still speaking in this way, then whatever is being revealed would have the same authority as Scripture. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a personal prophecy or something for a large group of people. Whatever God says is Scripture. Is that what Dr. Brown means to convey, that private revelations are equal to the Bible?

The Bible is “the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:19-21).

The prophets have spoken the word of God, “carried along by the Holy Spirit,” and the word of God is confirmed. We do not need any new revelation. Jesus Christ, the Word, has come, and His word is sufficient (Hebrews 1:1-2 at the top of this article). To believe in modern-day prophets is to say the Bible, “the prophetic word more fully confirmed,” is not confirmed enough.

Every one of these “prophetic voices” Dr. Brown has put forward over the years has always turned out to be a false prophet—most recently Chuck Pierce and Tracey Cook. But Dr. Brown remains in denial. Though he admits “these prophets” are “so inaccurate and wrong,” he insists many of them are “so accurate and right.” Yet they go on deceiving millions, and Dr. Brown is aiding and abetting their blasphemy. He continues:

How is it, then, that there is such a mixture in contemporary prophetic ministry? How is it that, in some circumstances, these prophets can be so accurate and right while in other circumstances they can be so inaccurate and wrong? In short, I believe it comes down to the importance of staying in our proper lanes and use the prophetic gift properly. What, exactly, do I mean by this?

Now, keep in mind that he’s asked this question. He says that the “prophets” need to stay “in our proper lanes and use the prophetic gift properly,” and then he’s asked, “What, exactly, do I mean by this?” You would think this means he’s going to explain how to “use the prophetic gift properly.” But he never does.

Having been in Pentecostal-Charismatic circles for most of the last 48 years, I have personally witnessed or heard about some amazing prophetic words. In a few cases, they were spoken through me. At other times, they were spoken to me. In many other instances, they were spoken to or through friends of mine.

To include my background, I spent a little over 10 years in Pentecostal-Charismatic circles. From 1999 to 2009, almost every church I attended was charismatic. I also preached and sang in many churches, and most of them were charismatic. All the girls I crushed on were charismatic. All of my friends were charismatic. And very few of them are still walking with the Lord today.

In those 10 years, I never witnessed one single thing to convince me God is performing miracles like we read of in the New Testament, nor did I witness anyone share a genuine prophecy. I certainly thought I did. When my friends were telling me what God told them or did through them, I believed it. Even though God wasn’t doing it through me, I believed He was doing it through them. I didn’t speak in tongues or hear God’s voice or miraculously heal anyone. But I believed my friends were.

Slowly, I came out of it. I wasn’t fully convinced in cessationism—the belief that the miraculous sign-gifts in the New Testament have ceased—until I had been a pastor for about 5 years. When I was first ordained, I was your typical bapticostal, holding a view of continuationism that was similar to David Platt’s, Matt Chandler’s, or John Piper’s. (I wrote four years ago about my transition here.)

So what changed my mind? It wasn’t because I realized I hadn’t seen any miracles or witnessed any genuine prophecy. Remember, I thought I had. John MacArthur’s “Strange Fire” conference had something to do with it, as well as watching Justin Peters’ videos. But mostly it was the result of good personal friendships who were patient with me and walked me through the Scriptures. My mind was changed because I read the Bible.

Hebrews 2:3-4 says that the gospel of Jesus Christ “was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will.” The reason for the miraculous sign-gifts is right there. These signs were given by the Holy Spirit to affirm that a message being spoken was truly a word from God.

An apostle of Jesus Christ was personally appointed to be an apostle by the risen Lord, and their apostleship was further affirmed through miraculous signs and healings. In 1 Corinthians 15:8, the Apostle Paul said that he was the last apostle appointed. New Testament prophets were distinct from the apostles in that they had not personally seen the risen Lord, but the prophecies they received complimented and affirmed apostolic ministry. The kinds of prophecies disclosed today are nothing like what we see the prophets saying in the book of Acts, a point I’ll come back to in a moment.

The apostolic age came to an end with the death of John at the end of the first century. There are no more apostles, no more prophets, no more new revelation, for the Scriptures are written and the canon is closed. Therefore, there is no need for miraculous signs since there is no new revelation from God.

I will defend cessationism as true, as I have been doing. But the burden of proof is less on the cessationist and more on the continuist to demonstrate that the sign-gifts as the apostles had them are still ongoing. Can the charismatic movement give any real, authentic proof of modern-day miracles and prophetic fulfillment? The answer is no, because they are not happening.

Nonetheless, Dr. Brown is going to provide three examples he thinks prove charismatic prophecy. They actually do the opposite. These examples demonstrate what is called “prophecy” today is not at all like prophecy in the Bible. Keep in mind that Dr. Brown is writing an article to defend the charismatic movement against the nay-sayers in a time when charismaticism is at an embarrassing low. Ken Copeland and Paula White have face-planted in front of the whole world. Dr. Brown’s friend Sid Roth is a joke. And where on earth is Benny Hinn? Dr. Brown should be pulling out all the stops. He should be throwing down the gauntlet with the most indisputable, most conclusive proofs of modern prophecy and miracle-working that the charismatic movement has to boast of.

But that’s not what he does. He offers three quaint little anecdotes that are more amusing than convincing. His stories mention no names, no times, no places, and he was not a witness to any of them. Even if these stories did happen, they are not hall-of-fame verifications of God-given revelation. Yet Dr. Brown wants to be thoroughly convinced that these tales are the whamma-jamma of modern-day prophecy.

If I could recall every one of [these amazing prophetic words] today, it would make for a staggering, God-glorifying, Jesus-exalting collection. In fact, the collection of prophetic words would stretch all credulity. Did the Lord really do that?

Let me give you three illustrations.

A pastor had planted a church in his city, and little by little, it was growing. A prophetic brother who was well-known in the community told him one day, “When you hit 180 people, the explosion will come.” The pastor kept that in mind, waiting for that explosion in numerical growth when their congregation reached 180.

Then, one Sunday morning, the pastor noticed that, out of the 182 chairs they had set up, there were only two empty seats. They had hit 180. Later that afternoon, when the building was empty, a gas line ruptured and the building exploded. Yes, when they hit 180, the explosion came! This was not what they were expecting, but it was a very literal fulfillment of the prophecy.

The pastor told me this story himself, with a smile. And, he added, they then moved into a much better, permanent facility, and the church took off from there. Who would dare call this a mere coincidence?

I would call it useless. What is the point of this “prophecy”? If the so-called prophet had told the pastor, “On this day, the building is going to explode. Do not be in the building!” then the “very literal fulfillment of the prophecy” would have saved someone’s life. But this prediction as given has no value to it whatsoever, except to be a tally mark in the community prophet’s prophecy ledger: “Hooray! I got one right!”

There is not one example of prophecy in the book of Acts that looks like the vague word-play Dr. Brown conveyed in this story. Can Dr. Brown produce a single prophet who has never been wrong and is verified with miraculous signs? That’s the real test—not dubious anecdotes. If a so-called prophet gets even one prediction wrong, they are not a prophet of God. Just reason this logically: If a person claiming to have received a revelation from God gave a word that was proven false or a prediction that did not come true, could you ever be sure anything they said was truly from God?

The Scripture is clear on this: “The prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die. And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’ When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him” (Deuteronomy 18:20-22).

Consider just how serious this is. If a person says, “God has told me,” or “God has shown me,” and they make a prediction or speak a word that doesn’t come true, they shall die. It doesn’t matter how genuine his feelings were or how clear the voice was in his head. It doesn’t matter if she claimed to speak from God or she spoke in the name of another god. The penalty for a false prophet is death.

This consequence hasn’t been lifted. The wages for false prophecy is still death. At the end of Revelation, Jesus said, “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book” (Revelation 22:18-19).

False prophecy has always been a deadly serious offense. If we took this as seriously as the Bible does, I guarantee there would be way fewer people claiming to speak from God, even things as vain and as useless as the above story, or this next one.

Here’s another story I heard firsthand.

Yet there will be no names, places, or any other details. This isn’t how prophecy is verified in Scripture.

A powerful woman of prayer was asked to speak at a church banquet, and on the way there, she heard the Spirit say to her heart, “I want you to bring a prophetic word to each person there.” When she arrived, there was a table with about 12 people sitting there, and so she thought to herself, “I can bring a word to each of these 12.”

Then, some doors swung open, and to her surprise, there were about 300 people seated at other tables. She thought to herself, “How can I possibly bring a prophetic word to all these people?” At that moment, she noticed a silver-haired woman seated in that front table and received this message for her: “Keep on truckin’!” What? She is supposed to tell an old woman that the Lord was saying, “Keep on truckin’!”?

But she couldn’t shake the feeling, and she went ahead [and] said to her, “The Lord says, keep on truckin’!” The whole place instantly erupted with shouts and applause. The prophetic word was for all of them. You see, this elderly woman had recently lost her husband, who owned a large trucking company. The widow had asked the church to pray for wisdom in the matter. Should she keep the company going or not?

God answered their prayers directly with a very clear word. Our Father cares enough to do things like this.

Show me one example of this in the Bible. This was not “a very clear word” from God. This was a common idiom falsely equated with being a word from God. This is not how the Holy Spirit spoke in the book of Acts. The person knew clearly the voice of God and what He was communicating. Consider these examples:

  • Philip was specifically told to go witness to the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:29).
  • Ananias was specifically told where Saul was and what happened to him (Acts 9:11-12).
  • Cornelius was specifically told to seek out Simon Peter and where to find him (Acts 10:4-6).
  • Agabus was specifically told there would be a great famine (Acts 11:28).
  • The Spirit specifically told the prophets and teachers to send Barnabas and Saul (Acts 13:2).
  • Paul was specifically told to go to Macedonia and preach the gospel (Acts 16:9).
  • The Lord specifically told Paul to not be afraid but to continue ministering in Corinth, and he would not be harmed (Acts 18:9).

Do either of Dr. Brown’s first two stories look or sound anything like these examples?

On March 30, Dr. Brown said on Twitter, “I believe in prophetic ministry today, recognizing from the [New Testament] that every word must be tested.” Did this woman test her words before she gave them to the silver-haired old lady in the front row in the presence of many witnesses? If she did test them, then how? Did it concern her that she might be taking the Lord’s name in vain and speaking a word that did not come from Him?

As I said, if God is still speaking through personal private prophecy, whatever He’s saying is equally as authoritative as Scripture. The charismatic may not agree with that statement when you say it, but they all apply it practically, as Dr. Brown’s third example story demonstrates.

This last story was told to me by a friend of who witnessed what happened at a small Bible study one night. A prophetic brother was visiting, and he sensed he had a word for a young woman there. He felt to tell her, “God says that He hates mommies and daddies.” But what kind of message was this? Doesn’t the Bible teach us to honor our fathers and mothers? Still, he couldn’t shake the word and finally told the woman what he was sensing.

At that, she began to weep, sharing through tears what the word meant to her. It turns out that, when she was a little girl, her father would get into bed with her and sexually abuse her, leaving her with deep emotional scars. He would tell her, “We’re going to play a little game called Mommies and Daddies.” Now, years later, in a deeply personal way, her heavenly Father was telling her that He knew about this abuse and that He hated what happened to her.

That simple word changed her life.

Because the Bible couldn’t? There is no word more compassionate for those who are wounded than what we have in Scripture. Psalm 147:3 and 6 says, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. The Lord lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked to the ground.”

Of the three stories Dr. Brown shared, this one most exemplifies how the charismatic practice of believing whatever voice is in your head as being the voice of God has no real biblical restrictions. This false prophet claims he heard God say, “God hates mommies and daddies.” Here we have an example of a subjective revelation that seems to be contrary to the Bible. Dr. Brown even acknowledged it: “Doesn’t the Bible teach us to honor our fathers and mothers?”

If this false prophet had subjected his feelings to the authority of Scripture, the thought never would have gone from his brain to his mouth. But “he couldn’t shake the word and finally told the woman what he was sensing.” What he was sensing? Where is that in the New Testament? Show me one prophet who sensed something and followed their senses? Is biblical prophecy like Darth Vader sensing the presence of Obi Wan Kenobi?

“I sense something… a presence I haven’t felt since Pentecost.”

This story demonstrates that in charismaticism, even our senses are equally as authoritative as God’s word. There are no rules in this game: If you have a thought, and you believe it’s from God, then it’s from God. The charismatic Bible is an open canon, subject to human thoughts, feelings, and emotions. My friends, you can believe that Scripture is sufficient, or you can believe in new and private revelation, but you cannot believe both.

Jonathan Edwards asked, “Why can’t we be contented with the divine oracles, that holy, pure Word of God, that we have in such abundance and such clearness now since the canon of Scripture is completed?” Martin Luther has said, “I have covenanted with my Lord that He should not send visions or dreams or even angels! I am content with this gift of the Scriptures, which teaches and supplies all that is necessary, both for this life and that which is to come.”

Again, I could give you endless stories like this, some of which I witnessed myself…

Yet again, not one of these three stories he witnessed himself.

…pointing to the reality and accuracy of prophetic ministry today. Yet few, if any, contemporary prophets predicted the current pandemic in advance (for the possibility that David Wilkerson did in 1987, see here).

There is no evidence that David Wilkerson ever made such a prophecy. Dr. Brown even acknowledged on his radio program that no one close to Wilkerson ever heard him say it, yet he’s continuing to push it as potentially true. No modern-day charismatic prophet saw this pandemic coming. That’s a cold, hard fact.

You can be sure that critics of contemporary prophecy have been quick to point this out.

Here Dr. brown linked to Justin Peters, who is a good brother and has been right on the money. Justin has been far, far more accurate in pointing out these false prophets’ false prophecies than Brown’s buddies have ever been about anything.

Other prophetic leaders have given words that now seem inaccurate, leading to mockery on atheist and left-wing websites. How can this be? How can some of these same people be so accurate with personal and directional words and yet be so inaccurate with these other words?

As demonstrated above, they are “as accurate with personal and directional words” as a fortune cookie, a magic 8-ball, your gut, the Pet Whisperer, or the Long Island Medium.

I believe that it has to do with staying in our proper lanes, since, for the most part, New Testament prophecy is not so much focused on predicting the future as much as on bringing correction and help to the Church. (For my interview with Jeremiah Johnson where we discussed this very subject, see here.)

And in stark contrast with the role of Old Testament prophets, who often stood alone and whose words could lead to revival or apostasy, New Testament prophets are no different than pastors or evangelists or teachers. In other words, they too are part of leadership teams. They too must submit to spiritual authority. And, in keeping with the clear teaching of Paul (see 1 Corinthians 14:29; 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21), their words must be tested.

Even more importantly, all New Testament believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and can potentially hear the voice of God. That’s why Paul encourages all believers to seek the gift of prophecy (see 1 Corinthians 14:39). It is a truly edifying, helpful gift (see 1 Corinthians 14:3).

Here’s a question no continuist has ever been able to answer for me: What does God’s voice sound like? Truly, how can you know the difference between the Spirit speaking to your heart and the subjective thoughts bouncing around in your head? Does the Spirit’s brain-voice sound different than your own brain-voice? How do you test those random thoughts that pop into your head? None of the stories Dr. Brown referenced above were subject to testing. Like a Disney princess, they all followed their heart.

What Dr. Brown is doing with his Bible references is proof-texting. He’s not teaching the Bible. He’s not even quoting these passages or explaining the meaning. He’s ripping some references out of their context to support his bias. Here are the verses he cited but didn’t quote:

“Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is being said.” 1 Corinthians 14:29

In the above examples that Dr. Brown gave, two or three “prophets” didn’t speak. One person said something that was passed off as “prophecy,” but wasn’t.

“Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21

I despise what Dr. Brown calls “prophecy.” Between Dr. Brown and me, which one of us is testing everything? Dr. Brown didn’t include verse 22, which says, “Abstain from every form of evil.” Saying God spoke where He did not speak is evil. Jeremiah 23:16-17 says, “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord. They say continually to those who despise the word of the Lord, ‘It shall be well with you,’ and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, ‘No disaster shall come upon you.'”

“So, my brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.” 1 Corinthians 14:39

“On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their up-building and encouragement and consolation.” 1 Corinthians 14:3

Just like Dr. Brown has a wrong understanding of prophecy, he also doesn’t understand what speaking in tongues is. But I digress. Once again, Dr. Brown is welcome to put forward a single genuine modern-day prophet, who actually speaks a word from God and is 100% correct with every prediction. Or can he produce a modern-day apostle who has restored limbs (Acts 3:7) and raised the dead (Acts 9:41)? He cannot. The offices of apostle and prophet are closed, as the Scripture says.

This is not to say that the Lord will never use New Testament prophets to warn us of major events to come. We have examples of this in the Book of Acts (see especially Acts 11:27-30). And six weeks before the 9-11 terrorist attacks, David Wilkerson shared that “the Holy Spirit forewarned our pastoral staff that a calamity was coming.” So, they cancelled all their coming events, some of which were major, and they “decided to hold prayer meetings four nights a week.”

Wilkerson explained that, “During this visitation from the Lord, the Holy Ghost revealed there was a reason for the weeping in our hearts. We were being so moved because a tragedy was coming. A severe calamity was coming to the nation. And even though we didn’t know what it was, our hearts were stirred to intercede concerning it.”

When the tragedy hit, the church was ready.

Nope. The story isn’t true. The story’s origin comes from a Wilkerson prophecy made in 2009, not 2001, and it was dressed up by World Net Daily, a site that Dr. Brown has often written for. The story goes that prior to the 9/11 attacks, Wilkerson felt God telling him to make sandwiches. So he and his church stayed up all night long on September 10, 2001, and made 2,000 sandwiches. The next day, the terrorist attack on the twin towers happened, and “the church was ready” to feed first responders the sandwiches that the Lord told them to make the night before.

But it’s not true. Wilkerson’s Times Square Church even put forward a statement debunking the story, and World Net Daily had it scrubbed from their site. You can still read the full story here.

During the last elections (as well as before them), there were striking prophecies about Donald Trump becoming president. This was at a time when he was the least likely candidate of them all, especially for evangelical Christians.

Looking back, it seems that God used these words to get our attention. (For a comprehensive listing of every relevant prophetic word and article, see the new book by Prof. James Beverly, God’s Man in the White House: Donald Trump in Modern Christian Prophecy. For our interview on the subject, see here.)

Get our attention for what? To show us that the evangelical right has become so worldly, they would fall all over themselves to raise up a casino and strip-club owning billionaire, who had a reputation as a serial-adulterer, pornographer, and an obscene bully, who said his good works will get him to heaven, boasted no one’s read the Bible more than he has, said he’s never needed to ask God’s forgiveness, and is adored by prosperity preaching health-and-wealth pentecostal false prophets everywhere?

I said to my congregation Donald Trump was going to be the next president—14 months before it happened. Unlike a lot of these false prophets, I have proof that I said it. I’m no prophet, nor am I the son of a prophet (that’s an Amos 7:14 joke). It wasn’t that difficult to see it. Donald Trump looked and sounded just like the mainstream American Big Evangelicalism I’d been rebuking and warning my church not to let in the door. I knew he’d be the hands-down favorite.

I don’t say this to boast in myself. I’m saying this to emphasize the “prophecies” about Donald Trump prove nothing.

Yet in the previous presidential election, some had prophesied that Romney would win. (If you missed the news, he didn’t.) What was the difference between 2012 and 2016? In 2012, with Romney, I believe Christian leaders operated outside of their spiritual gifting, trying to prognosticate, prophesying out their own hearts. In 2016, these prophetic words caught people totally off guard, getting us to think outside of the box. And they were confirmed by several leaders at the same time.

This is absurd. Once again, there are no rules in Dr. Michael Brown’s Imaginary Wonder Emporium. If you predict something that happens, charismaticism is true. If you predict something that doesn’t happen, it doesn’t disprove charismaticism. You were just doing it wrong. The hack healers Dr. Brown so often defends use a similar gag: If you didn’t get your healing, it’s because you didn’t have enough faith. It’s your fault, not the fault of the healer who couldn’t heal you. There are built-in fail-safes to charismaticism so it can never be liable for errors.

Dr. Brown is also being hypocritical. In an article he published on March 30, he rebuffed an unnamed critic of the charismatic movement for being unconvinced by prophecies made about Donald Trump becoming president: “If Trump was not elected, he told me, that would prove the prophecies were false. If Trump was elected, it would prove nothing, since either Trump or Hillary Clinton were going to win the election… So much for responding dispassionately to evidence.”

Yet what is Dr. Brown doing right here regarding his statements about Romney predictions? He wants to hold critics of charismaticism to a standard that he doesn’t have to follow. Double standards are twice as good as regular standards!

Pat Robertson, founder of the 700 Club, told Benny Hinn that God showed him Mitt Romney would become president. In fact, Robertson said, God showed him Mitt Romney would serve two terms as president. Where was Dr. Brown’s rebuke of Pat Robertson as a false prophet? Robertson is a sham and no one should ever give the 700 Club another dime. Yet Dr. Brown has been on the 700 Club several times since. Does he ever call out any of these false prophets?

The reality is that we are not living in Old Testament times, when every major divine action would be revealed in advance to the prophets (see Amos 3:7). We are living in New Testament times when the whole church is called to be prophetic (see Acts 2:17-21). In other words, as a people, we should understand the times. We should know how to live. And we should bring God’s message to the world. (See 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11.)

Again, Dr. Brown is making several references here, but he’s neither quoting Scripture nor walking the reader through the text. His reference to Amos 3:7 is quite funny. He’s saying here that’s not how God speaks through prophets today. Yet he put forward two prophets—Chuck Pierce (who also claims to be an apostle) and Tracy Cooke—who both qualified their “prophecies” by referencing Amos 3:7 (see the opening paragraph to this article). So which is it? Does Amos 3:7 apply anymore or doesn’t it? Again, what are the rules?

Acts 2:17-21 is a reference to a prophecy made in Joel 2:28-32. It’s fulfilled in the book of Acts. As I stated earlier, the regularity of the mirculous sign-gifts ceased at the end of the apostolic era. Of course, if Dr. Brown is going to continue to present guys like Chuck Pierce as a modern-day apostle, he doesn’t believe there’s actually a conclusion to the apostolic era. Therefore, Scripture isn’t closed, and any subjective vision is just as much God’s word as the Bible is. He may not admit that, but those are the practical implications of Dr. Brown’s hermeneutics.

What we read in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 is concerning the coming of the Day of the Lord. I absolutely believe we should bring this message to the world, and I have been for as long as I’ve been a pastor. But that’s not what Dr. Brown is defending. He’s defending the declaration of subjective visions and voices.

To be sure, there is still time to evaluate some of the words that have been spoken regarding COVID-19, including one which I referenced on March 30. According to this prophecy, the virus began in a Chinese lab and would be highly contagious. The word also stated that Democrats would use the virus to bring down Trump, but that on April 15 or 16 (coinciding with the end of Passover), we would enter the second phase of the pandemic. From that time on, the prophecy said, the virus would diminish. There was also a reference to a cure being found.

Well, on April 16, headlines announced that Trump was moving forward with plans to reopen the economy, starting May 1. The strategy was dubbed the “next front in our war.” There was also major news that stocks rose sharply after reports of a successful cure, developed by Gilead Sciences. (Note that the company gets its name from the “balm of Gilead,” mentioned in Jeremiah 8:22.)

There has also been much speculation that the virus did, in fact, begin in a Chinese lab. Even CNN reported that, “U.S. investigates possibility of Covid-19 spread originating in Chinese lab.” Again, time will tell whether this prophetic word was true or not.

Dr. Brown didn’t reference just one “prophecy” on March 30—he referenced two “prophets” (Pierce and Cooke). Pierce actually claims he predicted in September 2019 that the nations would come into turmoil until Passover (April 8-16), and he says that on January 26, he predicted a plague would afflict the world until Passover. That last one is pretty specific. Yet Dr. Brown acknowledges that no one saw this pandemic coming. Where’s the evidence that Pierce ever said such thing? Is Dr. Brown now dismissing that Pierce made this claim?

The second “prophecy” came from Tracy Cooke, and it’s weirder than the way Dr. Brown framed it. Here’s Cooke’s vision word-for-word, as he told it to Sid Roth on Supernatural (he rambles and mumbles a bit, and words I couldn’t understand I put in brackets):

“I saw the Lord [in] Honduras [and] I said, ‘Lord, what do you want me to tell your people as my responsibility?’ Because he’ll reveal nothing unless he reveals it to the prophets first. And I said, ‘Lord, there’s so much fear and panic, how can I see for the world, [and] just one of the prophets. There’s seven thousand more that ain’t bowed their knees to Baal.’ And the Lord gave me a two hour dream and showed me the corruption that’s in the government of China, the government that’s in the United States, [to guh] and, uh, so many, even about Russia and on and on and on. And the Lord took me in this scientific lab, and I saw them creating this virus, and they’re going to use it through vaccine to, um, to, um, uh try to stop life from living. And they gonna, uh, do it through the, uh, some type of machine, I saw in the dream, and it’s shooting into the air and then rubbing on people’s clothing, and it was just spreading. But the good news of it is, uh, we’re going to come to the first stage of this in April 15-16 during the Passover season, that the blood’s gonna be applied, and any time the blood was applied, the plague passed over. So the blood of Jesus, the blood of Yeshua, is gonna cause the [rammit] to come alive.”

Cooke’s “vision” of a virus being created in a lab is not unusual. Dr. James White, who is not a charismatic, said weeks before Cooke that the virus was created in a lab in Wuhan. Cooke’s reference to a cure (if that’s what you want to call it) is also not unusal. Several medical agencies have been working on treatments and vaccines for as long as we’ve known about the virus.

There’s even more to this prophetic vision. Cooke went on to explain to Roth that God showed him Donald Trump is definitely going to win the election in November—as long as he does certain things by a certain time (there’s always a fail-safe built into every prediction). He also said God showed him this was going to be “one of the worst decades ever.” That’s an odd claim, considering he said nothing of the sort when he was on Roth’s program in January.

In one guest appearance, Cooke said God revealed to him that Hillary Clinton was going to be Trump’s opposition for president in 2020. In another appearance, Cooke said that 2020 was going to be the year of “the suddenlies of God” and everything you’ve been praying for would be answered. He said:

“God is going to bring you to that place to your full potential. I see people are going to flow in business, entrepreneurship; I see people going into the markeplaces; God is going to use you prophetically. I see so many miracles and healings. This is going to be the year of the greatest healings, the greatest years of miracles, even created miracles. You are going to start seeing so many tremendous visitations.”

He concluded by saying, “By the end of 2020, you will see every prophecy, every dream of this hour, come to fruition.” There was nothing about God showing him it was going to be one of the worst decades ever. In fact, Cooke prophesied the opposite of that. More people have filed for unemployment than ever since the Great Depression. Many businesses have shut down. And yet Cooke claimed this was going to be the year the marketplaces would thrive!

The guy is clearly talking out of his rear-end. Even if I were to acknowledge that he got one right and he accurately predicted a “shift” in the COVID-19 pandemic by mid-April, all it proves is that a broken clock is right twice a day. That’s the level of accuracy you can expect from charismatic prophets. Yes, they get some things right sometimes—because they’re false prophets, not real ones.

Already, however, it’s clear that some of the other prophecies about the virus were inaccurate or simply false. And it’s clear that, with rare possible exception, contemporary prophets around the world did not receive advance warnings of the pandemic. But that’s not because they are all frauds (although I’m sure there are some frauds and charlatans out there).

Yes, they are all frauds. The COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic has exposed the entire charismatic and pentecoastal movement as a fraud.

Nor is it because they are playing hit or miss. Rather, it’s because their primary calling is not to be prognosticators or predicters. And they are certainly not called to be the Christian equivalent of astrologers or horoscope readers.

That’s all every contemporary charismatic prophet has ever been. They are all the “Christian” equivalent of astrologers and horoscope readers.

Instead, they are primarily called to wake up a sleeping Church, to direct God’s people to Jesus and to holiness, and to bring words of comfort, healing, blessing, and warning. As the Scripture says, “For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus” (Revelation 19:10, NLT).

To reiterate, Dr. Brown thinks he’s helping his movement, but he’s actually testifying that it’s full of false prophets and teachers. If they were truly hearing from God, they would be preaching the gospel, sound in doctrine, “a clear witness for Jesus.” But because Dr. Brown is acknowledging that they’re not doing that, then they cannot possibly be hearing a word from the Lord.

The miraculous sign-gifts—speaking in tongues, interpreting tongues, healing, prophecy—were never for the sake of doing miracles. They were to affirm the gospel. How do I know the Ken Copelands, the Benny Hinns, the Bill Johnsons, the Sid Roths, the Pat Robertsons, the Paula Whites, the Cindy Jacobs, and the Tracey Cookes of the world are all liars? There’s no gospel.

If contemporary prophets would focus on that, their ministries would flourish, many lives would be transformed, Jesus would be glorified, and reproach would be avoided.

If Dr. Brown would start naming names and calling these false prophets down, lives would be saved, Christ would be glorified, and reproach would be avoided.

But he won’t. As long as he continues running cover for these charlatans, he should be regarded as one of them.

via False Prophets Exposed: Why Modern-Day Prophets Never Saw This Pandemic Coming — The Midwestern Baptist

April—27 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

But Mary stood without at the sepulchre, weeping; and as she wept, she stooped down and looked into the sepulchre.—John 20:11.

Behold, my soul! in this woman, a delightful instance of what thy love should be to thy Lord. If at any time thou dost miss thy Jesus, and longest for his return, where wouldst thou expect him? Surely at his ordinances, his word, at his throne of grace, where Jesus “feedeth his kids by the footsteps of the flock, and beside the shepherds’ tents.” How do men of the world pursue the object of their wishes, but where it is to be found? Are they thirsty? they haste to drink. Are they cold? they seek the fire. Follow this plan. If Jesus be away, seek him where he hath directed thee to come. So Mary waited at the sepulchre; and as she waited, she looked in, while she wept to see the place where Jesus had lain. Sweet view of a sincere seeker? The heart and eye are both engaged, and all the affections are going forth in desire. The angels addressed Mary; but the sight of angels could not satisfy her, till Jesus himself came. It is worthy of remark, that the first appearance the Lord Jesus made of himself, after he arose from the dead, was to this woman, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And it is yet farther remarkable, that the first words which Jesus spake after the glorious event of his resurrection, was to Mary Magdalene! He passed by the whole of the apostles to give Mary this distinguished honour. Mary stood at the door of the sepulchre, weeping, but the apostles had returned to their own home; and the Lord Jesus rewarded that waiting. “Woman,” saith Jesus, “why weepest thou?” As if the Son of God had said, “What cause can there be now to weep since all the ruins of the fall are done away, and sin, death, hell, and the grave, with all their tremendous consequences, are destroyed for ever!” I hope I do not mistake, but I think this feature in the character of the Lord Jesus is calculated to dry up every tear from every eye of his redeemed. It seems to speak in the language of that precious scripture: “For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem. Thou shalt weep no more. He will be very gracious unto thee, at the voice of thy cry: when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.” (Isaiah 30:19.) My soul! do not fail to take with thee the many blessed improvements which the waiting of Mary, and the grace of Jesus in thus rewarding that waiting, brings with it. There is no interruption, no pause in Jesus’s love. In reading that sweet volume, there are no stops, no, not a comma, but what we ourselves make. And if at any time we find ourselves come to the bottom of a page, full of the relations of Jesus and his love, it is only to turn over the leaf, and there we find the continuation of the same blessed subject. Now, my soul! learn, from Mary, to take thy stand where she stood; not at the sepulchre of Jesus, for he is risen, as he said, and we are commanded not to seek the living among the dead; but we are to follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth, and to look at Christ upon his throne of glory. Nevertheless, as the angels said to those who sought Christ at the tomb, “Come, see the place where the Lord lay,” so we may by faith often view that memorable sepulchre; and precious will be the meditation, as Mary’s was. And, my soul, do not forget who it was that led Mary thither, and gave her those sympathies, and at length converted her sorrow into the most heartfelt joy. Oh! it is blessed, it is precious, to be kept in the way, “the good old way,” of waiting upon the Lord. He is always near, and though he may for a while seem to conceal himself, yet he will be found of them that seek him. He saith himself, “It shall come to pass before my people call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am!” Blessed Jesus! do thou by me, do thou by all thy children who seek thee sorrowing, as thou didst by Mary, and as thou dost by all thy people: “Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?” And when our souls reply, “It is Jesus alone we seek,” oh! then to hear our own names called upon, as her’s was, Mary! and in such a way as to draw forth every affection of the heart in our answer, “Rabboni! my Lord and my God!”[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 126–128). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

April 27, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

A Disciple Forsakes His Family

Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. (10:34–37)

A fourth hallmark of discipleship is willingness to forsake everything, including one’s own family if necessary, for Christ’s sake. Jesus introduces this point by using the figure of war and peace. As far as many human relationships are concerned, He did not come to bring peace on the earth, … but a sword.

The Jews of Jesus’ day for the most part expected the Messiah to bring political deliverance for Israel and to usher in an eternal kingdom of righteousness and peace. The Old Testament spoke of the Messiah’s peace-making. Isaiah called Him the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6) and spoke of His reign of perfect justice and peace (2:4). Solomon wrote of the Messiah’s worldwide rule of peace and abundance (Ps. 72).

Jesus’ disciples had already experienced inner peace and bliss that they had never known before, and they no doubt expected that experience to grow in intensity and extent the longer they were with Jesus. They may have expected the world to fall at their feet as they preached the good news of the kingdom and offered lost mankind the way of salvation and happiness.

Therefore, lest they misunderstand the true nature of His first coming and of their own ministry, Jesus began early to prepare them for His own rejection and suffering and also theirs. The gospel is indeed a gospel of peace, because it offers the way to bring peace between a holy God and sinful man, and it shows the only way for having truly peaceful relationships between men and other men. But because the world system is evil and man’s fallen nature is sinful, God’s offer of peace continues to be rejected and to be offensive to most of the world’s people. This brings conflict into the most intimate of human relations, so that a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.

Using another figure of destruction, Jesus said, “I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled!… Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two, and two against three” (Luke 12:49, 51–52; cf. v. 53).

The Old Testament also spoke of that aspect of the Messiah’s coming. Micah predicted a time when “son treats father contemptuously, daughter rises up against her mother, daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; [and] a man’s enemies are the men of his own household” (Mic. 7:6)—the passage Jesus here quotes. In the ancient rabbinical writings we find a paraphrase of that passage, which indicates clearly that they recognized the messianic age would involve conflict even within the family: “In the period when the Son of David shall come, daughter will rise up against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. The son despises his father, the daughter rebels against the mother, the daughter-in-law against the mother-in-law, and a man’s enemies are they of his own household.”

Against is from dixazō, which means to cut in two, to rend asunder, and is used only here in the New Testament. It denoted complete and often permanent separation. Sometimes the rift between believers and unbelieving relatives is lifelong and irreconcilable. Yet a true disciple must be willing to pay that price. The gospels report at least two would-be disciples who did not accept Jesus’ call to follow Him because they were unwilling to sacrifice their family ties. One wanted to wait for his inheritance before following the Lord, and the other wanted to delay obedience until he had settled everything with his family. Of such half-hearted, divided commitment Jesus said, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:57–62).

Husbands or wives will sometimes not come to Christ because of fear of separation from their spouses. Children will sometimes not come because of possibly offending their parents, and vice versa. Such fears are often ungrounded, because one member of a family coming to Christ sometimes leads to the whole family being converted. But the conversion of one member often leads instead to bitterness and permanent disruption of family relationships. No one can be sure in advance what other people’s reactions to his conversion will be, not even the reactions of his own family. Jesus’ point is that the concern for saving one’s own soul and yielding to Christ’s absolute lordship must be paramount, whatever the cost in relationships may be. The phrase is not worthy of Me identifies the person who will not come to Christ because of other intimate and meaningful relationships that might be affected.

I once talked to a young girl at a Christian conference who told me she had been raised in a pagan family and that since her conversion her father had refused to speak to her. She said, “I can understand why he objects to my decision, because he knows nothing of the gospel and believes all religion is superstition. But you would think he would at least be happy that I am not an alcoholic, drug addict, prostitute, criminal, or a cripple. I have never had such joy in my life, and I have never loved my father so much; yet he has cut me out of his life.” Like many others, she had experienced the sword and fire the gospel sometimes brings.

In marriages where one partner is a believer and the other is not, Paul says that “the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband.… Yet if the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called us to peace” (1 Cor. 7:14–15). If the sword of division causes an unbeliever to sever a marriage, the separation is to be accepted for the sake of the believer’s peace.

Through Zacharias the Holy Spirit proclaimed John the Baptist as the forerunner of “the Sunrise from on high,” who would “guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:78–79). At Jesus’ birth the angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased” (2:14). Shortly before His crucifixion Jesus assured the twelve, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; … Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (John 14:27); and again, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace” (16:33). But He qualified both of those promises, explaining in the first instance, “not as the world gives, do I give [peace] to you” (14:27b), and in the second, “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world” (16:33b).

At the second coming of Christ a perfect kingdom of peace on earth will be established, ushered in and sovereignly sustained by the Prince of Peace. But for now, during the interval between His two comings, the gospel that brings inner peace to those who believe will also be the cause of their being misunderstood, maligned, and mistreated by those who do not believe—including those nearest and dearest to them. The most heart-rending divisions are always among those who are closest to us. Nowhere can feelings be hurt more deeply than in the home.

Because the intervention in history by the Son of God was going to split and fracture human relationships, Jesus determined that His disciples be prepared for that experience. Martin Luther said, “If our gospel were received in peace, it would not be the true gospel.” Luther’s preaching and teaching produced the greatest rift in the history of religion, challenging the unbiblical teachings and practices of the Catholic Church and shattering its millennium of complacency and political power.

Becoming a Christian requires affirming the lordship of Christ to the point where you are willing to forsake everything else. It is not simply raising a hand, signing a card, or walking down an aisle and declaring love for Jesus. Salvation is by faith alone, apart from any works at all; but faith that is genuine will be manifested in a commitment that cannot be swayed by any influence. The Christian is to love his family with self-sacrificing love. Christian husbands and wives are to love each other and their children with unreserved devotion. Christian children are to love, respect, and care for their parents as unto the Lord. But a believer’s commitment to Christ is so profound and far-reaching that any relationship that endangers that relationship must be sacrificed if necessary.

John Bunyan was told to quit preaching or be thrown in prison. He knew that if he went to prison his wife and children would be left destitute. They had little enough to eat and wear when he was free; but if he were imprisoned they would be totally impoverished. Yet he knew he must preach the gospel God had called him to preach. Because he refused to stop preaching, he was imprisoned; and from his cell he wrote,

The parting with my wife and poor children hath often been to me in this place as the pulling of the flesh from my bones; and that not only because I am somewhat too fond of these great mercies, but also because I would have often brought to my mind the many hardships, miseries, and wants that my poor family was like to meet with, should I be taken from them, especially my poor blind child, who lay nearer my heart than all I have besides. Oh, the thought of the hardship I thought my blind one might go under would break my heart to pieces.… But yet, recalling myself, thought I, I must venture all with God, though it goeth to the quick to leave you. Oh, I saw in this condition, I was a man who was pulling down his house upon the head of his wife and children; yet thought I, I must do it. I must do it.[1]


Recognizing the gospel (10:34–36)

34–36 As many Jews in Jesus’ day thought the coming of Messiah would bring them political peace and material prosperity, so today many in the church think that Jesus’ presence will bring them a kind of tranquility. But Jesus insisted that his mission entailed strife and division. Prince of Peace though he is (see comments at 5:9), the world will so violently reject him and his reign that men and women will divide over him (vv. 35–36; cf. Lk 12:49–53; Neil, “Five Hard Sayings of Jesus,” 157–60). Before the consummation of the kingdom, even the peace Jesus bequeaths his disciples will have its setting in the midst of a hostile world (Jn 14:27; 16:33; cf. Jas 4:4). Blickenstaff (While the Bridegroom, ch. 4) finds these verses so repellant—Jesus did not come to bring peace, but a sword—that she insists we must give them a “resistant reading.”

The repeated statement “I have come” shows Jesus’ christological and eschatological awareness (contra Arens, Ἦλθον-sayings, 63–90, who uses the same evidence to argue that such elements must be church creations). Earlier he warned his disciples of the world’s hatred of his followers, a hatred extending even to close relatives (vv. 21–22); now he ties this perspective to an OT analogy (Mic 7:6; on the text form, see Stendahl, School of St. Matthew, 90–91; Blomberg, “Matthew,” in CNTUOT, 35–37). Micah describes the sinfulness and rebellion in the days of King Ahaz, but insofar as Jesus’ disciples by following him align themselves with the prophets (5:10–12), the situation in Micah’s time points to the greater division at Messiah’s coming. Many critics think these verses apply solely to Christians in Matthew’s day, and doubtless they caused Matthew’s readers to think of their own sufferings. But some older commentators (e.g., Plumptre) wonder whether the Twelve, even during Jesus’ earthly ministry, did not face some opposition from family and friends—as did Jesus himself (13:53–58; Jn 7:3–5). In any case, the context suggests Jesus is focusing on the future. Even today the situation has not greatly eased. In the “liberal” West, people who have become Christians have occasionally been disowned and disinherited by their families and have lost their jobs. And under totalitarian regimes of the right or the left there has been and still is untold suffering for Christ—witness Christians in southern Sudan and in some islands of Indonesia.[2]


34 “Do not suppose that I came to” echoes exactly 5:17, and cf. 9:13; 20:28 for similar statements of the purpose of Jesus’ “coming;” note that the verb “I came” is repeated three times in vv. 34–35. See above p. 184 for the significance of this phrase as a statement of mission, which need not in Matthew carry the claim to pre-existence which it probably implies in John. The “mission statement” here is meant to shock. Not only is peace a basic human aspiration, but it was understood to be the purpose of the Messiah’s coming (e.g. Isa 9:6–7; Zech 9:10) and the defining characteristic of God’s eschatological rule (e.g. Isa 11:6–9). Matthew will draw attention in 21:4–5 to how Jesus presented himself as the messianic king who brings peace, and his non-confrontational style will be commented on in 12:15–21 and demonstrated in chs. 26–27 in the story of his quiet acceptance of unjust accusation and condemnation. His coming was proclaimed as the dawn of “peace on earth” (Luke 2:14), and it is “peace” which the disciples are being sent out to offer (v. 13). Peace-making is an essential part of the good life (5:9). But the way to peace is not the way of avoidance of conflict, and Jesus will be continuously engaged in robust controversy especially in chs. 21–23, while his whole experience will be the opposite of a “peaceful” way of life. His followers can expect no less, and their mission to establish God’s peaceful rule can be accomplished only by sharing his experience of conflict. The “sword” can hardly be understood literally, as the literal use of the sword is explicitly forbidden in 26:51–52; it is a metaphor for conflict and suffering, as in Luke 2:35. Cf. the saying about Jesus coming to “throw fire on the earth” in Luke 12:49, which is followed by a parallel to the present saying in Luke 12:51 but with “division” in place of the metaphor of the “sword.”[3]


The Sword of Division (10:34–37)

‘Do not suppose that I came [Mē nomisēte hoti elthon] to bring peace to the earth. I came not [ouk ēlthon] to bring peace, but [alla] a sword’ (Matt. 10:34). This verse’s language and structure are very close to 5:17; all the Greek words noted here, also occur there and in the same order. This text, like that one, reflects Jesus’ awareness of responses to his work. As some of his contemporaries did indeed believe he had come to abolish the Scriptures (see p. 340), so some supposed he had come to establish peace. They had good reason for thinking so. Did not Jesus bless the peacemakers (5:9)? Has he not just told his missionaries to bestow peace (eirēnē) upon worthy households (10:13)? Is he not the Son of David (1:1), the promised Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6)? Yes indeed, to all those questions.

But Messiah, like David, establishes peace by conquest: in order to end war, he declares war. The fiercest assaults ever on Satanic strongholds begin with Jesus’ arrival (Matt. 12:28). With the same force he confronts those spheres where human beings exercise and recognize authority. His purpose in each case is to test whether the authority in question has exceeded its assigned limits and claimed for itself an ultimacy which is rightfully God’s alone. Jesus elsewhere speaks of those who wield, and who submit to, authorities political and religious. Here he focuses on the domestic sphere.

‘For [gar] I came [ēlthon] to turn [dichasai] a man “against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” And “a man’s enemies will be persons of his own household” ’ (10:35–36). That third conflict was more likely than one between father-in-law and son-in-law, since young couples usually lived with the husband’s family.

Jesus quotes from Micah 7:6., 1. The text in Micah’s day. In Micah 7:1–6, the prophet laments the sins of Judah. Godly and upright persons are not to be found; wickedness pervades the whole society; relationships within the family are marked by mistrust, hostilities and flagrant violations of the fifth commandment. Micah, knowing that God’s judgment is about to fall (7:4) places his hope in God’s salvation (7:7). According to some later Jewish texts, the social disintegration described by Micah would recur during the great tribulation presaging the dawn of God’s kingdom. 2. The text in Jesus’ day. As Jesus uses 7:6, the depicted strife does not presage the kingdom; rather, the dawn of the kingdom and the advent of Messiah arouse the strife. Jesus knows that when God’s rule confronts the family’s rules, conflicts are in many cases inevitable—namely, where the authority that is in fact supreme challenges domestic authority that thinks itself to be supreme (cf. Matt. 10:21). But Jesus not only predicts divisions; he precipitates them. He wields his sword (machaira; 10:34b) in order to divide one member of the family from another.

Yet here, no less than in 15:1–9 and 19:19, Jesus shows himself to be for the family. Whereas the sins deplored in Micah 7:6 threatened to destroy the family, Jesus acts to save the family from itself. For parents and children who are more devoted to each other than to God and Messiah (10:38)—i.e., who honor the fifth commandment above the first—are seriously endangering themselves. So, the sooner these misplaced loyalties are brought to light and directly challenged, the greater the hope for the parties concerned. So deep-seated are these loyalties, and so powerful are their attendant demands, that drastic action is required. Yet like a surgeon using a scalpel to remove a cancer, Jesus severs ties for people’s good. He says in effect: ‘I’ve come to … cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God.’ Better to endure the pain of these divisions, and learn their intended lesson, than to be judged as in Matthew 24:51 (where a person is ‘cut in pieces’).

Jesus now explains why the sword of division must be used. ‘The one who loves [philōn] father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and the one who loves [philōn] son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me’ (Matt. 10:37). The verb phileō, like agapaō, includes the affections but comes to fullest expression in actions—in this instance, deeds of friendship and loyalty towards God and the members of one’s family. According to the parallel in Luke 14:26, one must hate (the verb miseō) his father and mother and children (and others) in order to be Jesus’ disciple. This demand appears to be greater than the other, but it is in fact the same demand stated in starker terms: the disciple is to love Jesus above all others; to whatever extent another person seeks to usurp the place reserved for him, that person must be denied. Who but God himself has the right to claim such devotion? Who, indeed? Nevertheless, some persons thus denied will become yet more virulent in their opposition to Jesus’ claims. What of a son, for example, whose deepest love was once reserved for his father (Matt. 10:37), but is now given to Jesus instead? If the father then seeks to have his son put to death (10:21), the son will surely be appalled but let him not be altogether surprised. But what if both father and son acknowledge Jesus’ supremacy, and both pledge to him their highest loyalty? Then they shall find themselves joined to one another in a new family (12:46–50); and let them not be surprised to discover that their love for each other is deeper than before. One can imagine such a father saying, ‘I would not love you, son, so much, loved I not Jesus more.’ Was it not precisely by preaching the Rule of God (3:2) that John the Baptist would ‘turn the hearts of the fathers to the children’ (Luke 1:17)?[4]


34, 35. Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. We have here a mashal; that is, a paradoxical saying, one that sounds unbelievable! That it is contrary to prevailing opinion is indicated by the opening words, “Do not think that.…” Cf. 3:9; 5:17; John 5:45. What Jesus says here causes the one who hears or reads it to startle in shocked disbelief. The natural reaction to the surprising statement would be: “How can this saying be true? Is not Christ ‘the Prince of Peace’ (Isa. 9:6)? Is he not the One who pronounces a blessing on those who make peace (Matt. 5:9)? If he did not come in order to bring peace how can the following passages be true: Ps. 72:3, 7; Luke 1:79; 2:14; 7:50; 8:48; John 14:27; 16:33; 20:19, 21; Rom. 5:1; 10:15; 14:17; Eph. 2:14; Col. 1:20; Heb. 6:20–7:2? Do not all of them in the strongest terms proclaim Jesus as the Bringer of peace?”

We should remember, however, that it is the characteristic of many a mashal to place emphasis on one aspect of the truth rather than on a proposition that is universally valid. See on Matt. 5:34, “Do not take any oath at all.” The merit of such aphorisms is that they stop a person short and make him think. So here also. A little reflection will soon convince the earnest student of Scripture that there is a sense in which the coming of Christ into this world not only brought division but was even intended to do so. If that had not been its immediate purpose would not all men have been lost (John 3:3, 5; Rom. 3:9–18)? Would they not all have rushed onward toward their doom? Besides, even in the lives of those who are ultimately saved is it not true that through many tribulations they must enter into the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22)? Is not the life of the believer one of Sturm und Drang (storm and stress)? To be sure, in the end all is peace, but the same Paul who exclaims, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord” also complains, “Wretched man that I am!” (Rom. 7:24, 25).

In addition, there will be bitter opponents. Here “on earth,” that is, during this present dispensation, the followers of Christ must expect “the sword.” This word is here used to symbolize the very opposite of peace; hence, “division” (Luke 12:51), resulting in persecution. It is thus that it will become evident who is on the Lord’s side and who is not. It is thus that “the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed” (Josh. 5:13, 14; Matt. 21:44; Luke 2:34, 35; 20:18). The entrance of Christ into this world divides in two, splits apart, cleaves asunder, and in so doing “sets” or “turns” one person against another.

Faith not only creates division between one race and another, one people and another, one church and another; it even brings about division in the family, in fact often the sharpest division of all. In this connection Luke 12:52, 53 mentions “five” family-members all living under the same roof: father, mother, unmarried daughter, married son and his wife (the parents’ daughter-in-law). Because of the relation which these various members assume toward Christ there is intense friction between them. Here in Matthew the best interpretation would seem to be that the mother, because of her faith in Christ, is being opposed by the unmarried daughter and by the daughter-in-law; similarly, the believing father by his son.[5]


Ver. 34.—Parallel passage: Luke 12:51. Think not. Christ here removes another mistaken opinion (ch. 5:17, note). There the mistake was about his relation to the Law; here about the immediate result of his coming. The Prince of Peace did not come to cast in peace as something from outside. It would show itself eventually, but from within outwards. That which he cast from without was fire (Luke 12:49), a sword (infra). Chrysostom (‘Hom.,’ xxxv.) points out, among other illustrations, that the confusion of tongues at the Tower of Babel was better than the peace which preceded it, and itself produced a better peace. That I am come; that I came (Revised Version); cf. further, ch. 5:17, note. To send peace (βαλεῖν εἰρήνην). The verb was probably chosen because in the other form of the utterance Christ had already said πῦρ βαλεῖν, where the figure is of throwing a firebrand (Luke 12:49). By a natural transition, that phrase led to the thought of “throwing” peace or a sword. St. Luke, on the contrary, softened the metaphor to δοῦναι. On (the, Revised Version) earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.[6]


Ver. 34. Think not that I am come to send peace.

  1. Why it might naturally be supposed that Christ did come for the express purpose of sending peace on earth. Consider the way in which His kingdom was ushered into the world—“Glory to God,” &c. The tenor of much of His teaching, and the final result of the preaching of the gospel, would lead us to suppose it.
  2. That notwithstanding our natural thinkings on the subject Christ came, not to send peace, but a sword. Christ’s own life an illustration. Also, the entire history of the Church, and the life of every individual Christian. (R. Abercrombie, M.A.)

Christian conflict:—These words represent the aggressive, combative side of Christianity. 1. Sin is a fixed, unyielding power. 2. There is an overpowering force which can and will conquer sin. It is Christianity. 3. What results from this conflict, heroically maintained? 1. Victory. 2. Moral beauty. (Bishop Hurst.)

Moral beauty derived from victory:—What results from this conflict, heroically maintained? Victory. Moral beauty as well. More keenly, perhaps, than any other American writer, has Hawthorne seen into the human heart, and he somewhere remarks that the human face never is so beautiful as when the soul has passed through some great struggle; when it has triumphed in this unseen battlefield, and there is a divine irradiation of the countenance, such as Jacob’s face must have had, when, after that night of wrestling with the angel, the morning light, breaking over the mountains of Gilead, revealed in his features the celestial halo that crowned them. All moral beauty is secondary. It comes from conflict and victory. Thus was the shepherd David fitted to become the monarch of the nation, and the persecuting Saul the preacher Paul. Linnæus and Humboldt have found, on icebergs, in far-off forests and on Alpine peaks, flowers that had no fragrance; but to which, when care, skill, and patience had been lavished on them, a secondary nature was given, so that to-day, under wintry skies, we have them in our conservatories, sweet, as well as fair. (Ibid.)

Christ’s Mission:

  1. The strangeness of the fact. This appears when you remember—1. The object of Christ’s coming. 2. The law of Christ’s kingdom. 3. The character of the King.
  2. Explanation of the fact. 1. By the position Christ assumed towards sin. 2. By the character of the gospel. 3. By the natural character of man.

III. Practical lessons. 1. The greatness of Jesus Christ. He has set the world on fire. 2. The slowness of the progress of the gospel in the world, and of sanctification in the believer, is accounted for. (C. Lankester, B.A.)[7]


34 The form of the statement not to expect Jesus to bring peace (μὴ νομίσητε, “do not imagine”; cf. 5:17) suggests that this would have been the natural inclination of the disciples. Was not the gospel a message of peace (cf. 5:9; 10:13)? Would not the age of the kingdom of God bring peace (εἰρήνη) with it (cf. Luke 1:79b; Isa 9:6; 11:9)? The answer must clearly be yes in its final realization and even in some sense in the present (cf. John 14:27). But in the peculiar and unexpected interim period of the proclamation of the kingdom, as has already been shown, strange things may be expected by the disciples and later messengers of the kingdom. The hostility now in view—that between otherwise close family members—is described with the metaphor of a “sword” (μάχαιραν; cf. Luke’s διαμερισμόν, “division”). Elsewhere in the Gospels the word is used only in the narrative of the arrest of Jesus (where it is used in its normal sense). Luke 12:49 has a statement similar in structure to the present passage (πῦρ ἦλθον βαλεῖν ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν, “I came to bring fire upon the earth”), but this is probably an allusion to eschatological judgment. For ἦλθον, “I came,” which occurs three times in vv 34–35, see Comment on 5:17. The sense in which Jesus has not brought peace but a sword is made clear in the following two verses.[8]


Jesus’ divisive mission (10:34–36). 34. Anyone who recognized Jesus’ mission as Messianic might properly think that I have come to bring peace on earth, on the basis of Isaiah 9:5–7; Zechariah 9:9–10; etc. That was his mission, as Luke 2:14 declares, and his disciples’ message, as v. 13 has shown. But the peace the Messiah brings is much more than the absence of fighting, which men dignify with the name of ‘peace’, it is a restored relationship with God. And in the bringing of such ‘peace’, paradoxically, conflict is inevitable, as not all will accept it. The sword Jesus brings is not here military conflict, but, as vv. 35–36 show, a sharp social division which even severs the closest family ties. (For this figurative use of sword, cf. Luke 2:35; 22:36 [probably]; the parallel in Luke [12:51] has ‘division’ for ‘sword’.) Jewish Messianic expectation often included a period of conflict before the Messiah’s triumph, but Jesus speaks here, as in the preceding and following verses, more of a division in men’s personal response to him. As long as some men refuse the Lordship of God, to follow the Prince of peace will always be a way of conflict.[9]


10:34 “do not think” Jesus was probably speaking these words against the backdrop of the Jewish expectations concerning the Messiah, who was called the “Prince of Peace” (cf. Isa. 9:6). The Jews expected the Messiah to usher in a military order and a nationalistic peace on the Jews’ behalf (cf. Luke 12:49–53).

“Peace” This term’s etymology was “to bring together that which was broken” (cf. Jn. 14:24).

“I did not come to bring peace, but a sword” Jesus did not come to bring war or strife but the fact that He has come forces humans to make a radical decision between “followship” or rejection (cf. Jn. 3:17; Luke 12:51–53).[10]


10:34 I came not to bring peace, but a sword. The opening verses concern the relationship of Jesus’ Kingdom to peace. The presence of the Kingdom does not mean the absence of hostility. Jesus forbade the disciples from entertaining idealistic thoughts about the immediate results of his mission. His ministry would not bring unconditional serendipity to the world. Peace on earth (cf. Luke 2:14) cannot be attained apart from Jesus’ work of reconciling people to God. Then people have the capacity to be reconciled to each other and are equipped to work for peace themselves (cf. 5:9; 10:13). But for those who refuse to acknowledge Jesus as God’s agent of peace, the message of the Kingdom is another reason for division and alienation, even from one’s own family members (cf. Luke 12:51–53).[11]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1985). Matthew (Vol. 2, pp. 230–233). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Carson, D. A. (2010). Matthew. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Matthew–Mark (Revised Edition) (Vol. 9, pp. 297–298). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] France, R. T. (2007). The Gospel of Matthew (p. 408). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publication Co.

[4] Chamblin, J. K. (2010). Matthew: A Mentor Commentary (pp. 591–595). Ross-shire, Great Britain: Mentor.

[5] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Matthew (Vol. 9, pp. 474–475). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[6] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). St. Matthew (Vol. 1, p. 415). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[7] Exell, J. S. (1952). The Biblical Illustrator: Matthew (pp. 189–190). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

[8] Hagner, D. A. (1993). Matthew 1–13 (Vol. 33A, p. 291). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

[9] France, R. T. (1985). Matthew: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 1, pp. 191–192). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[10] Utley, R. J. (2000). The First Christian Primer: Matthew (Vol. Volume 9, p. 93). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[11] Turner, D., & Bock, D. L. (2005). Cornerstone biblical commentary, Vol 11: Matthew and Mark (p. 156). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

April 27 Streams in the Desert

I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore.” (Rev. 1:18)

FLOWERS! Easter lilies! speak to me this morning the same dear old lesson of immortality which you have been speaking to so many sorrowing souls.

Wise old Book! let me read again in your pages of firm assurance that to die is gain.

Poets! recite to me your verses which repeat in every line the Gospel of eternal life.

Singers! break forth once more into songs of joy; let me hear again the well-known resurrection psalms.

Tree and blossom and bird and sea and sky and wind whisper it, sound it afresh, warble it, echo it, let it throb and pulsate through every atom and particle; let the air be filled with it.

Let it be told and retold and still retold until hope rises to conviction, and conviction to certitude of knowledge; until we, like Paul, even though going to our death, go with triumphant mien, with assured faith, and with serene and shining face.

O sad-faced mourners, who each day are wending

Through churchyard paths of cypress and of yew,

Leave for today the low graves you are tending,

And lift your eyes to God’s eternal blue!

It is no time for bitterness or sadness;

Twine Easter lilies, not pale asphodels;

Let your souls thrill to the caress of gladness,

And answer the sweet chime of Easter bells.

If Christ were still within the grave’s low prison,

A captive of the enemy we dread;

If from that moldering cell He had not risen,

Who then could chide the gloomy tears you shed?

If Christ were dead there would be need to sorrow,

But He has risen and vanquished death for aye;

Hush, then your sighs, if only till the morrow,

At Easter give your grief a holiday.

—May Riley Smith.

A well-known minister was in his study writing an Easter sermon when the thought gripped him that his Lord was living. He jumped up excitedly and paced the floor repeating to himself, “Why Christ is alive, His ashes are warm, He is not the great ‘I was,’ He is the great ‘I am.’ ” He is not only a fact, but a living fact. Glorious truth of Easter Day!

We believe that out of every grave there blooms an Easter lily, and in every tomb there sits an angel. We believe in a risen Lord. Turn not your faces to the past that we may worship only at His grave, but above and within that we may worship the Christ that lives. And because He lives, we shall live also.—Abbott.[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 130–131). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

April 27 The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible

April 27.—Morning. [Or August 21.]
“I will go in the strength of the Lord God.”

1 Samuel 17:38–51

AND Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.

39 And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him. (Carnal weapons suited not the man whose reliance was upon the Lord, neither did they suit our Lord, to whom they were offered, only to be declined. To this day our Lord’s battles are not fought with the weapons of human force, but with those of spiritual energy, his warriors are not clad in martial mail, but in the armour of righteousness.)

40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.

These were suitable weapons for a shepherd, and he was accustomed to their use. They were also humble, practical, commonsense weapons, which had no glitter about them, but very much of appropriateness and hopefulness. Brave and believing men act as cautiously in the choice of weapons as if all depended upon themselves, and then trust wholly in the Lord, knowing that their success depends alone upon him.

What a wonderful picture is the scene before us if we read the typical meaning, and see Jesus, the Shepherd, with the pastoral staff in his hand, going forth to sling the smooth stones of the word at the head of the dread enemy of his people. Glorious hero, we bless thee!

41 And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him.

42–44 And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance. And the Philistine said unto David Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David, by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

Bragging words are little worth.

45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

46, 47 This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands. (Here was no boasting, but faith spoke firmly and bravely.)

48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.

His foot and his hand went with his tongue, he was a doer as well as a speaker. Our Lord was a prophet, mighty in deed as well as word.

49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. (How are the mighty fallen! and that too by the hand of a youth, despised and ridiculed! Thus by the foolishness of preaching, the Lord smites his adversary.)

50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David. (He now needed one, and as faith had led him to come forward empty-handed, it was certain that his God would supply his need. If we will only trust God, everything will be supplied as we need it.)

51 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. (Augustine beautifully says, “Our David has cast down our adversary, and cut off his head with his own sword,” for “by death he destroyed him that had the power of death, that is the devil.” The crucifixion of our Lord was the execution of sin. God’s enemies furnish weapons for their own destruction.) And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.

April 27.—Evening. [Or August 22.]
“My soul hath kept Thy testimonies.”

1 Samuel 17:55–58

AND when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he said unto Abner, the captain of the host, Abner, whose son is this youth? And Abner said, As thy soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell. And the king said, Enquire thou whose son the stripling is. (Yet he ought to have known his former minstrel. Great men have usually bad memories towards those who serve them. David’s appearance had much changed, and the king too was almost insane when he last saw him; and, therefore, was not likely to remember him. To this day the Jews cannot answer that question concerning Christ “Whose son is he?” The blind world, looking for an outward glory, does not recognise the Son of the Highest.)

57, 58 And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand. And Saul said to him, Whose son art thou, thou young man? And David answered I am the son of thy servant Jesse the Beth-lehemite. (Hard is it to be honoured with such a victory, and yet remain humble. David showed his greatness as much after the fight as he did before and in the conflict. Had Saul been a man of truth he would have given the youthful hero his daughter’s hand, and every other possible reward.)

Chapter 18:6–16; 28–30

6, 7 And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick. And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.

When our Lord returned triumphant over death and hell, leading captivity captive, the heavenly ones praised him in their songs. Do not our hearts also exult in the conquests of Immanuel our King?

8, 9 And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom? And Saul eyed David from that day and forward. (Envy, firstborn of hell, whom wilt thou not assail! The modest behaviour of David ought to have protected him from Saul’s bitterness. We need not wonder that the old mania came back to Saul. He who admits an evil temper into his heart, must not marvel if a melancholy spirit enters with it to haunt the chambers of his soul.)

10 ¶ And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand.

11 And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.

12 And Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him, and was departed from Saul.

13 Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.

14 And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the Lord was with him.

15 Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him.

We might have expected to find David afraid of his powerful enemy, but the case was reversed. The wicked flee when no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion.

16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.

The more they saw him, the better they loved him. He was an active leader, and ever at his post. Diligence and perseverance command the esteem of the wise.

28, 29 And Saul saw and knew that the Lord was with David, and that Michal Saul’s daughter loved him. And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David’s enemy continually.

30 Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass, after they went forth, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by. (Good conduct is the great thing in life. The Lord make us followers of him, who was greater than David, of whom it was said, “He hath done all things well.” Holy Spirit, fashion us in the image of our Lord, that he may be glorified in us.)[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1964). The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible (pp. 245–246). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.