Daily Archives: June 9, 2020

The Radical Left and the War on Police — CultureWatch

Straight thinking on the calls to disband the police:

OK, I confess: back in my wild youth you would often hear me shouting, “Off the pigs!” I and my radical-left counter-culture friends hated all forms of authority, and the police were on the top of the list. Of course I have since then had a change of heart and mind. But we know that radical leftist groups still detest the police.

With the recent George Floyd episode, the calls are escalating for the police to be disbanded, or at least heavily defunded. The left is using this as their latest excuse to continue their war on the police. Anyone even remotely familiar with the left knows what a long-standing battle this is.

And it must be pointed out once again that yes, police sometimes go bad. No one I know has said there is no misuse or abuse of police powers. But in a fallen world, there are those who abuse their power in every single institution, be it the media, the courts, education, the churches, health care, and so on. Yet I am not hearing calls for all those institutions to be disbanded or shut down.

I have already written on this matter before, covering both political and social aspects, as well as biblical and theological matters: billmuehlenberg.com/2020/06/05/on-eliminating-the-police/

But more needs to be said. What are these calls really all about? The radical left has regularly made it clear just what they mean when they talk about scaling back the police or cutting back their funding. While some hardcore anarchists want no state and no police at all, most on the left do NOT envisage this. They do not intend that there be no powers in place.

The left is always about power and control. So they will have their own authorities in place, be they secret police, thought police, militias, or various forms of Statist forces who will enforce their hard left ideology. They love power, but they want it on their own terms.

They do not want neutral police forces respecting the rule of law that applies to everyone. They want ideological police forces that are enforcers of their coercive utopianism. The history of the left makes this clear. The Bolsheviks for example attacked existing police forces just prior to the revolution in Russia. And once in power they established their own secret police.

The Cheka was formed in 1917 and given powers to arrest suspects, conduct summary trials, lock up political prisoners, and execute ‘enemies of the State’. Although disbanded in 1922, it of course morphed into the OGPU, the NKVD, and the KGB.

Make no mistake: the radical leftists calling for an end to police or their defunding are not seeking a police-less State. They just want their police in power, to push their hard-left PC agendas, and keep all recalcitrants in check. That is their goal.

Indeed, we simply need to ask ourselves who is pushing all this. Al Perrotta has just penned an important piece looking at this in detail. He writes, in part:

So What is Behind the “Defund the Police” Movement?

So if defunding the police makes crime rise and police more likely to use excessive force, why be for it? It’s certainly not about valuing black lives. “Defund the Police” is history repeating itself. (Just like Antifa is a repeat of Hitler’s Brown Shirts.) The Marxist revolutionaries behind the Weather Underground similarly called for an end to police. Except for certain Black Lives Matter members in unscripted moments, we’re not hearing the police called “pigs,” but the idea is the same.

Former FBI deputy counterterror director Terry Turchie told Laura Ingraham Friday night that Antifa and the “Defund the Police” crowd are running the old radical playbook, the Weather Underground’s Prairie Fire. Prairie Fire listed six main points to bring down the U.S. government. One point was to push “police racism.” Said Turchie, “It is the issue that communist societies use to literally tear apart Americans and to be divisive.”

Counter-terrorism expert John Guandolo echoed this on The Kyle Olson Show.He exposed the “coordinated effort” behind the riots and the “Marxist-communist” origins of Black Lives Matter, Inc. But don’t believe them. Project Veritas has just released another Antifa undercover video. Straight from a soldier’s mouth: “We believe in the complete abolition of the system itself, including police.” stream.org/defund-the-police-or-destablize-america/

Less police, more crime

The simple truth is this: even if the regular police were allowed to stay, the cutbacks in funding and police powers would mean only one thing: crime would increase as the police decrease. This is empirically verifiable, as well as the stuff of common sense. Consider just one study on this: a 70-page Princeton University study from 2018 offered this clear conclusion: “More Cops, Less Crime.” http://www.princeton.edu/~smello/papers/cops.pdf

And we can look to other places to see how flawed this policy is. Mexico is in all sorts of strife after it disbanded police in many areas and replaced them with local self-defence militias. Crime and corruption certainly did not end. As John Daniel Davidson reports:

Despite the insistence of the protesters, getting rid of law enforcement won’t usher in a more just or equitable order. But it will invite new arrangements for security, as it did in Mexico. These arrangements, however well-intentioned, will fall prey to the same corruption and unaccountability as the forces they replace, especially if the underlying causes of societal decay are left to fester. thefederalist.com/2020/06/09/if-you-want-to-know-what-disbanding-the-police-looks-like-look-at-mexico/

Or consider the situation in New York, where we now have Muslims forming their own ‘community patrol’ groups throughout some areas. Hmm, what could possibly go wrong? Indeed, many are quite worried about all this: http://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/03/nyregion/muslim-community-patrol-brooklyn.html?smid=tw-share

Anyone with brains not turned to mush by leftist propaganda knows that this will not end well. Consider a meme currently making the rounds on the social media. A picture of a defunded police dispatch call centre is shown, with a distraught caller ringing the emergency number 911 to report a home invasion. The police at the other end of the line reply, “Stay calm, we are sending our thoughts and prayers.”

Or as the satire site Babylon Bee puts it:

Congressional Democrats have announced a proposal to abolish the police and replace them all with traveling bands of hippies singing John Lennon’s classic song “Imagine.” The police forces will arrive at the scene of a crime, pull out their djembes and guitars, and start singing beautiful lines like, “Imagine there’s no heaven / It’s easy if you try.”

Criminals are expected to begin weeping as soon as they see the peace, love, and tolerance displayed by the hippies. “Our early research has been very promising,” said Rayne Windflower, head of hippy research in the city of Minneapolis. “The science seems to indicate that as soon as you approach someone who is breaking the law and start singing ‘Imagine all the people living for today’ they drop their deadly weapon, return all the goods they have stolen, and join us in a dancing circle to smoke some weed.” babylonbee.com/news/democrats-propose-replacing-all-police-with-traveling-bands-of-hippies-singing-imagine

But in the meantime, all the celebs and politicians and elites calling for the end to, or reduction of, the police all happen to have their own small private security armies in place. Yes, they have armed guards, armed security, armed forces keeping them safe and secure inside their walled compounds. But they want you – the ordinary citizen – to have no such protections and no such safety.

As one American sheriff has put it:

Defunding police is yet another proposed solution based on a false narrative that will only make life worse for blacks in America, contends the former, four-time elected sheriff of multi-racial Milwaukee County. “The biggest losers in all this will be poor black people in crime-ridden ghettos. The police are the only thing standing between them and violent criminal predators,” said David Clarke in an interview Monday with WND.

“You’d have to loathe black people to do that to them.” Clarke, 63, said the proposal advocated by the Black Lives Matter movement, which has quickly gained traction among Democratic leaders in cities such as Los Angeles, New York and Minneapolis, “isn’t a serious public policy proposal, it’s buffoonery.” http://www.wnd.com/2020/06/sheriff-david-clarke-loathe-black-people-defund-police/

Or as Herman Cain has written:

In an op-ed for the Washington Post last week, writer Alyssa Rosenberg proposed that all TV cop shows be canceled. This is how far we’ve gone culturally toward the idea that police officers – by their very nature – are the enemy of civilized society.

Of course, police officers are essential to the preservation of civilized society. It’s astonishing that the same people who have been saying for years that the public doesn’t need guns, because the police will protect them from crime, now wants the police done away with. Anyone who doesn’t understand this should check out the 2013 film The Purge, which depicts a 24-hour period in which all crime – including murder – is legal. This is essentially what the disband-the-police people are asking for. hermancain.com/stop-affirming-idea-police-officers-enemy/

No thinking person, and certainly no biblical Christian, can go along with any of this madness. Should there be regular reviews of the police and their policies and practices, reforms where needed, and changes prudently brought about? Of course. All institutions need to be routinely assessed and monitored, in the hopes of continuous improvement.

But disbanding the police, or radically defunding the police, is a recipe for disaster. Yes, I know, that is just what the left wants. But most of us do not.

via The Radical Left and the War on Police — CultureWatch

June 9 Compassion

 

The LORD is gracious and compassionate.
(Psalms 111:4, NIV)

Dr. Karl Menninger, the famous psychiatrist, was once asked by someone in his audience, “What would you advise me to do if I felt a nervous breakdown coming on?” To their surprise, he replied, “Lock up your house, go across the railroad tracks, find someone in need, and do something to help them.” That’s great advice! The Pharisees spent their lives being good, but Jesus spent His doing good and Peter said, “You should follow in His steps” (1 Peter 2:21).

A good way to discern a person’s character is to watch how they treat someone who can do them absolutely no good! Compassion doesn’t give in order to “score points” or put others in debt to you. Instead of magnifying the bad, compassion looks for the good in others and builds on it. It warms but never burns and always knows how to disagree without being disagreeable.

There are people all around you who need the compassion of Jesus. Don’t miss one of the opportunities God gives you today to show it. Mother Teresa said, “To be unloved and forgotten is a greater hunger and a greater poverty than to have nothing to eat. May God give us the compassion to find and care for each other.”

 

Ask God to give you a heart of compassion.[1]

 

[1] Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 160). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

John MacArthur Predicted Christians’ ‘Newfound Obsession’ with Social Justice — Faithwire

There’s no denying the fact that California pastor and author John MacArthur hasn’t always called it right, but his warnings in 2018 about Christians’ “newfound obsession” with social justice was all too prescient.

At the beginning of a series entitled “Social Injustice and the Gospel,” the 80-year-old pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley warned against the divisive nature of the swelling “social justice” movement, much of which is now championed by Black Lives Matter, a far-left ideological faction.

In the introductory blog post about the issue, MacArthur wrote:

The evangelicals who are saying the most and talking the loudest these days about what’s referred to as “social justice” seem to have a very different perspective. Their rhetoric certainly points a different direction, demanding repentance and reparations from one ethnic group for the sins of its ancestors against another. It’s the language of law, not gospel—and worse, it mirrors the jargon of worldly politics, not the message of Christ. It is a startling irony that believers from different ethnic groups, now one in Christ, have chosen to divide over ethnicity. They have a true spiritual unity in Christ, which they seem to disdain in favor of fleshly factions.

Evangelicalism’s newfound obsession with the notion of “social justice” is a significant shift—and I’m convinced it’s a shift that is moving many people (including some key evangelical leaders) off message, and onto a trajectory that many other movements and denominations have taken before, always with spiritually disastrous results.

Before sharing that observation, which is all too descriptive of Christendom in 2020, MacArthur recounted his own experiences in the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

MacArthur wrote that he spent “a lot of time” traveling through rural Mississippi with John M. Perkins, a well-known black evangelical leader, with whom he often preached in segregated black high schools.

He also recalled his experience the night Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated:

I was again ministering in Mississippi with John Perkins and a group of black church leaders in April 1968 when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. One of the men leading our group was Charles Evers, head of the Mississippi NAACP. (His brother Medgar had been killed in 1963 by the KKK.) When news of Dr. King’s murder broke, we drove to Memphis—and literally within hours after Dr. King was assassinated, we were at the Lorraine Motel, standing on the balcony where he was shot. We were also shown the place where James Earl Ray stood on a toilet to fire the fatal shot.

Evers, for his part, has refuted MacArthur’s recollection of events.

MacArthur is, nevertheless, absolutely right about the division “social justice” movements sow.

“I deplore racism and all the cruelty and strife it breeds,” he explained. “I am convinced the only long-term solution to every brand of ethnic animus is the gospel of Jesus Christ. In Christ alone are the barriers and dividing walls between people groups broken down, the enmity abolished, and differing cultures and ethnic groups bound together in one new people (Ephesians 2:14–15). The black leaders with whom I ministered during the civil rights movement shared that conviction.”

The octogenarian preacher addressed the Black Lives Matter specifically during a 2018 interview at The Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles, an affiliate of his church, Grace Community.

He made one point with which I deeply disagree: he suggested issues like racial injustice “disappear” once people become Christians as the Gospel takes over their perspectives. His larger point, though, was valid.

To the believer, the Gospel is preeminent and becomes the defining factor of his or her life.

“My responsibility is to realize that, in Christ, there is neither male nor female, Jew nor Greek, bond nor free; we’re all one in Christ,” MacArthur said. “And the Lord has chosen His church and that my responsibility is to preach the Gospel, throw my arms open to receive the ones the Lord has chosen, and embrace that with complete and full joy.”

“The object of life is no longer to fix past injustices,” he continued. “The object of life now is to proclaim Christ to whomever, and I just will not give that up for another agenda.”

Injustice absolutely exists within our society, and it is the church’s job to play a role in righting those wrongs. As I wrote in a previous article, there is a reason Jesus taught us to pray this way: “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earthjust as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9-13). We are called to pursue Kingdom principles even in this temporary world.

But that doesn’t mean we follow the systems and solutions set up by this world. Instead, we follow the Gospel, which promises a perfect justice. We are already compelled to value justice and mercy, because those are near to the heart of God and are mandated by the Gospel.

via John MacArthur Predicted Christians’ ‘Newfound Obsession’ with Social Justice — Faithwire

AG Bill Barr: “For the First Time in American History, Police and National Security Investigations Were Used to Spy on a Political Campaign”… — The Last Refuge

Fox News with Bret Baier broadcasts the second segment of their interview with U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr.  The interview begins with a discussion of recent rioting and the activist groups who participated in looting, arson and attacks against police.

AG Barr notes the ‘spygate’ investigation into DOJ and FBI conduct so far indicates that for the first time in American history, the police and national security apparatus was used to spy on the Trump campaign.  Additionally, the AG cautions people not to read into the lack of indictments as the investigation remains ongoing.

via AG Bill Barr: “For the First Time in American History, Police and National Security Investigations Were Used to Spy on a Political Campaign”… — The Last Refuge

June 9 A Parent’s Impact

 

Luke 15:20

And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.

One writer I read said that the way parents treat their children in daily living has more impact on their children’s spiritual development than the family’s religious practices, including having a family altar, reading the Bible together, and attending church services regularly.

Parenting is a difficult job. But we need to remember that when the rebellious son in Luke 15 came to himself, he found a loving father waiting for him at home. That father had probably made mistakes in his parenting, but he did not stop loving either of his two sons—and the younger son, at least, knew it.

Sometimes the stress of parenting makes us want to stop loving and leave. But if we remain, and continue to love, we do more to negate the chances of rebellion in our children than anything we could ever do. May God help us to love our children as He loves us. [1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 168). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

June 9, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

42 This is the only call to “keep awake” in Matthew’s version of the discourse (except for its inappropriate insertion at 25:13; see comments there), as compared with its insistent repetition in Mark 13:33–37 (together with the related charge to avoid sleep in the verb agrypneō). The following parables, with their message about being prepared in advance and living a continuously good life, suggest that Matthew had a less frenetic approach to “readiness” than Mark (and Paul; see 1 Thes 5:1–7), and the acceptance in 25:5 that it is alright to sleep suggests a different perspective. But the call to be ready at any time is nonetheless appropriately symbolized by staying awake, as the simile in the next verse will show.

The event for which they must be ready is described as the day when “your lord comes.” The language anticipates the following parable (vv. 46, 50) where the kyrios is the returning master of the slaves; so also in 25:19. Indeed in the parallel at Mark 13:35 this kyrios is explicitly the “master of the house” (referring back to a different mini-parable in Mark 13:34 which Matthew does not include). But the Christian reader will naturally identify the “Lord” as Jesus, and so will think of the “day” (cf. v. 36) of the parousia of the Son of Man, even though the term parousia will not be used again. In its place here is the ordinary verb erchomai, “come,” but not now with the accompanying terms “the Son of Man” and “on the clouds of heaven” which in v. 30 indicated a primary allusion to the enthronement scene in Dan 7:13–14. In v. 44 the same verb will be used with the Son of Man as subject and clearly also with reference to the parousia as here, and it may be that in these uses of erchomai we have an allusive hint that the parousia may be viewed as a further and final fulfillment of that enthronement vision. That would tally with the use of Dan 7:13–14 language in 19:28 and 25:31–34 with reference to the “new age” and the final judgment (see comments on 10:23): the heavenly authority of the Son of Man which is to be demonstrated through the events of the Roman war according to v. 30 will be finally consummated in his parousia at the end of the age. But that may be to read too much into so everyday a word as erchomai here, especially when the following parable gives it a sense quite appropriate to the story line without demanding also an OT allusion.[1]


Ver. 42.—Watch therefore. The end will be sudden, the final separation will be then completed; be ye therefore always prepared. Few exhortations are more frequently and impressively given than this of the duty and necessity of watchfulness. Of course, the Christian has to watch against many things—his own evil heart, temptation, the world, but most of all he must watch and be always looking for the coming of his Lord; for whether he be regarded as Redeemer, Deliverer, or Judge, he will come as a thief in the night. What hour. Very many good manuscripts and some late editors read “on what day.” This is probably the genuine reading, “hour” being an alteration derived from ver. 44. What (ποίᾳ) means of what kind or quality—whether sudden, immediate, or remote.[2]


42. Watch therefore. In Luke the exhortation is more pointed, or, at least, more special, Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and the cares of this life. And certainly he who, by living in intemperance, has his senses overloaded with food and wine, will never elevate his mind to meditation on the heavenly life. But as there is no desire of the flesh that does not intoxicate a man, they ought to take care, in all these respects, not to satiate themselves with the world, if they wish to advance with speed to the kingdom of Christ. The single word watch—which we find in Matthew—denotes that uninterrupted attention which keeps our minds in full activity, and makes us pass through the world like pilgrims.

In the account given by Mark, the disciples are first enjoined to take heed lest, through carelessness or indolence, ruin overtake them; and next are commanded to watch, because various allurements of the flesh are continually creeping upon us, and lulling our minds to sleep. Next follows an exhortation to prayer, because it is necessary to seek elsewhere the supplies that are necessary for supporting our weakness. Luke dictates the very form of prayer; first, that God may be pleased to rescue us from so deep and intricate a labyrinth; and next, that he may present us safe and sound in presence of his Son; for we shall never be able to reach it but by miraculously escaping innumerable deaths. And as it was not enough to pass through the course of the present life by rising superior to all dangers, Christ places this as the most important, that we may be permitted to stand before his tribunal.

For you know not at what hour your Lord will come. It ought to be observed, that the uncertainty as to the time of Christ’s coming—which almost all treat as an encouragement to sloth—ought to be felt by us to be an excitement to attention and watchfulness. God intended that it should be hidden from us, for the express purpose that we may keep diligent watch without the relaxation of a single hour. For what would be the trial of faith and patience, if believers, after spending their whole life in ease, and indolence, and pleasure, were to prepare themselves within the space of three days for meeting Christ?[3]


42. The practical conclusion to be drawn from vv. 36–41 is that of constant readiness, which will also be the focus of the rest of the chapter and of 25:1–13. The parallel verse in Mark (13:35) is the conclusion to a short parable about a door-keeper, which Matthew omits (no doubt because it makes the same point as Matthew’s longer parable in vv. 45–51). Your Lord (kyrios) is in the Marcan version ‘the master (kyrios) of the house’, referring back to the parable; Matthew has drawn out the latent Christological overtones of the word (cf. on 7:21).[4]


42. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

The coming of the Son of Man:

  1. The warning. Christ’s coming is compared to that of a thief in the night. Seems disparaging, but is remarkably apt (1 Thess. 5:2–4). The dispensation under which we live is emphatically that of night, in comparison with the dispensation which is to be introduced at the day of the Lord, &c. The plans of the housebreaker are all laid beforehand, and yet studiously concealed. So the coming of the Lord and the day of His appearing are fixed with infinite wisdom, but kept secret with a profound reserve. That mystery wears a pleasing or repulsive aspect, according to the preparedness of those to whom the Master comes.
  2. The caution. It is remarkable that the Evangelist Luke, while omitting the parable, gives us the most lucid account of its application (Luke 21:34).

III. The precept. A personal preparation for the coming of our Lord is to be regarded as a matter of imminent motive with us all. You may be deceived as to the signs; but you are not to be negligent of the event. “Watch and pray.” Watchfulness is the habit of keeping the eye constantly alive to events; prayer is the habit of keeping the heart constantly lifted up to God. Taking into account the conditions under which we are admonished to watch and pray, the intent becomes palpable that things we are not permitted to know beforehand will be gradually unfolded to us as the events are about to transpire. But the chief motive defies analysis. The holy instinct of loving hearts prompts that ardent expectancy with which “hope” anticipates the appearing of the Lord. (B. W. Carr.)

Watchfulness:

  1. The unexpected arrival. 1. Of what person? 2. In what manner? 3. For what purpose? 4. At what time? Date unknown (ver. 36), knowledge might induce carelessness, &c.
  2. The unforeseen disclosure. 1. To many, of the character of others. It will be a day of great surprises. We only judge by appearances. God knows thought, intention, character. 2. To many, of their own destiny. Judge not. Leave the judgment with God.

III. The needful watching. 1. With increasing prayer. 2. With unfaltering diligence. 3. With unfailing patience. Biding the Lord’s time submissively. He will not always tarry. (J. C. Gray.)

Temptations demand watchfulness:

  1. Temptations may enter the senses without sin, for to behold the object, to touch, or taste, is not to commit sin, because God Himself hath thus ordered and framed the senses by their several instruments and organs. He hath kindled up light in the eyes, He hath digged the hollow of the ear, for hearing, and hath shut up the taste in the mouth or palate, and hath given man his senses very fit for the trial and reward of virtue. Therefore, we may make a covenant with our eye, bridle our taste, bind our touch, purge our ears, and so sanctify and consecrate every sense unto the Lord, which is indeed to watch.
  2. They may enter the thoughts, and be received into the imagination, and yet, if we set our watch, not overcome us; for as yet they are but, as it were, in their march, bringing up their forces; but have made no battery or breach into the soul. III. The sense and fancy may receive the object with some delight and natural complacency, and yet without sin; if we stand upon our guard, and then oppose it most, when it most pleads for admittance. (Anthony Farindon.)[5]

The lesson is clear: 42. Be on the alert, therefore, because you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. To be (constantly) on the alert or watchful—a Greek word from which the proper name Gregory (the watchful or vigilant one) is derived—means to live a sanctified life, in the consciousness of the coming judgment day. Spiritual and moral circumspection and forethought are required; preparedness is necessary. The watchful person has his loins girded and his lamps burning (Luke 12:35). It is in that condition that he looks forward to the coming of the Bridegroom. For more on this subject of watchfulness and its implications see N.T.C. on I and II Thessalonians, pp. 124, 125. Note that Jesus refers to himself as “your Lord.” So glorious, powerful, and clothed with authority and majesty is he; also, so condescending, so closely united with those whom he is pleased to call his own, and who are loyal to him. Cf. Isa. 57:15. Let them therefore persevere in being vigilant.[6]


24:42. Therefore means, “because the time of my return will be sudden and unpredictable.” This is the central turning point in the discourse. As Noah spent time and energy preparing for the Flood, so people living prior to Christ’s return must spend themselves in being alert and ready for his coming.

The command is, Keep watch (cf. 1 Cor. 16:13; 1 Thess. 5:6; 1 Pet. 5:8; Rev 3:2–3; 16:15). The reason for this exhortation to continual diligence was in the preceding teaching (24:36–41), which Jesus summarized in the next clause, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. “Your Lord” is significant, drawing attention to the fact that we do not belong to ourselves. Rather it is our master and creator who will return. He will call us to account.[7]


42 The main purpose of this section of the discourse, from the present pericope (i.e., v. 37) down to 25:13, which is a repetition of the exhortation of this verse, is to impress upon the disciples and the church the importance of being ready for the parousia when it occurs. Because the time of the event must remain unknown (cf. vv 36, 44, 50; 25:13), the followers of Christ are to remain in a state of constant readiness. γρηγορεῖτε, “watch,” connotes not simply looking for but being prepared for the coming of the Son of Man. Thus the watching involves an active dimension, namely, the faithful, righteous conduct of the disciples (cf. v. 46) that becomes the focus of the end of the discourse (cf. 25:14–46). For this sense of spiritual vigilance, cf. the use of γρηγορεῖν in 1 Cor 16:13; 1 Thess 5:6; 1 Peter 5:8; Rev 3:2–3; 16:15 (see esp. Lövestam). Reference to uncertainty concerning the ἡμέρα, “day,” is made also in vv 36, 50; 25:13. In the present passage the second element, the “hour,” is mentioned in v. 44. This is the only place in Matthew where the expression κύριος ὑμῶν, “your Lord,” is used.[8]


[1] France, R. T. (2007). The Gospel of Matthew (pp. 941–942). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publication Co.

[2] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). St. Matthew (Vol. 2, p. 443). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[3] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 3, pp. 160–161). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[4] France, R. T. (1985). Matthew: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 1, pp. 351–352). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[5] Exell, J. S. (1952). The Biblical Illustrator: Matthew (pp. 553–554). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

[6] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Matthew (Vol. 9, pp. 870–871). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[7] Weber, S. K. (2000). Matthew (Vol. 1, p. 407). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[8] Hagner, D. A. (1995). Matthew 14–28 (Vol. 33B, p. 720). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

Loss and the Christian Life — The Master’s Seminary Blog

In the business world, it goes without saying, profits are important. Leadership guru, Max De Pree said, “Profit, like breathing, is indispensable.” To speak of profit is to speak of gain. It’s to speak about the benefits that a person or company receives for work. The nature of business makes profit essential. With profit as a goal, businessmen seek to use profit to expand their businesses, which leads to more profit. Profit begets growth, and growth begets profit, and profit begets . . . well, you get the idea.

If the nature of business makes profit indispensable, what about our faith? If gain is vital to organizations built by men and women, then what about an organization built by God? Jesus gives us a clue in Matthew 16:26–27:

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.

This verse reveals that Jesus is interested in the profits. And, he’s interested in teaching us how profits are gained. Jesus is interested in profits because he aims to “repay” us based on what we have done. He wants to give us a profit for our work. He does this by teaching us what we are working for. If working to gain the world means we forfeit our souls, then what are we working to gain? Here’s where the nature of business and the nature of our faith part ways. Jesus teaches us how to make a profit in Matthew 16:25, “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” There is no antithesis between profit and loss to the Christian, only synthesis.


Loss is the measurement by which Christ rewards us


Consider how the New Testament calls us to measure our profit by loss.

By seeking the advantage of the many

As Paul ends his discussion on food sacrificed to idols in 1 Corinthians 10, he sums up his argument with the words, “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). Paul is challenging the Corinthians to please God and not themselves.


The highest aim of the Christian life is not liberty, but loss


We are to surrender when our actions prick the conscience of another. Thus, we “give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God” (1 Cor. 10:32). The subject of profit and loss comes in verse 33, “Just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved” (1 Cor. 10:33). Profit for Paul is found in seeking the advantage of the many. The word translated as “advantage” (σύμφορον) by the ESV has “profit” in mind (cf, NASB, CSB). So, the profit of the many is measured by Paul’s loss. Laying aside our own profit means others will gain. Paul is teaching us to measure our profit by loss. What profit is found in suppressing our liberties? Paul says, “that they may be saved.” When we forgo our freedoms for the sake of others we clear the path for God to save sinners. Now there’s a profit worth losing for!

By being killed all day long

In Romans chapter 8 we find Paul finishing yet another argument. Paul is declaring the results of justification by faith, and he ends his argument with an exhortation of hope in suffering:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” (Rom. 8:35–36)

Paul is making it clear that suffering is part of the Christian life. We are being killed all day long. How does loss amount to gain in this passage? Verse 37 says, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” In the things of tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, or sword—while being killed all day long—we are more than conquerors. Suffering is an investment in the Christian’s portfolio. We are not promised relief in suffering, but rather we profit from it. We are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

What does Paul mean when he says we are “more than conquerors?” He means that suffering makes us spiritual heroes. Recall, Paul’s words just a few verses earlier, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (8:28).


When we lose our lives for Jesus, when we suffer for our Savior,
we find overwhelming victory


By counting everything as loss

Paul had an impressive resume. He was a Hebrew of Hebrews. He even goes as far as to say, “as to righteousness under the law, blameless” (Phil. 3:6). I’m not sure exactly what Paul would have gained with such a resume. I can image it would have garnered a lot of respect from his peers. People might have gathered to hear him teach in public. Others may have been interested in his travel schedule, hoping to catch a glimpse of him. I assume he might have taken comfort in his deeds. He met every requirement the law had. He could stand blameless before the law of Moses.

Yet, Paul says in Philippians 3:7, “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.” Paul is willing to dump his inherited and earned achievements for Christ. He takes it further, “For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ. . .” (3:9). He is eager to give them up and count them as garbage. And, what of the profit? “That I may gain Christ!” Paul saw what he could gain only when he considered the loss. It was counting as loss, suffering the loss of all things, and counting all things as rubbish that equated to gain. Paul’s profits were measured by the extent of his losses.

An Upside-Down System

Measuring profit by loss doesn’t come natural to me. I want to champion my freedom, flee from persecution, and keep records of my achievements. Sure, I need to be reminded that earning a profit is important. But, what I need to be reminded of most is that Christian profit has little to do with what I want, what I want to encounter, and what I have done. We are not called to measure our profits by liberty, ease, or achievement. Rather, our profits are found when we lose them for Christ.

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June—9 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

 

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate day and night.—Psalm 1:1, 2.

It is blessed to read every portion of scripture which speaketh of perfection in our nature, as referring to the person of the God-man Christ Jesus; and then, from our union with him, and interest in him, to mark our connection as his people, and our concern in all that is said or written of him. In the book of Psalms, particularly, there are numberless passages, which say that of holiness, which can be said of none among the fallen sons of men with the smallest shadow of truth. Who is the man, and where to be found, that hath never walked in the counsel of the ungodly; nor yet, which is more than walking, hath stood, as one not distressed at it, in the way of sinners; nor yet sat down, which is worse than all, in the scorner’s chair? None of the children of men could ever lay claim to the blessedness of such a conduct from his own personal holiness in it. But if we read the words with reference to the ever-blessed and ever-holy Jesus, all this, and infinitely more, is true; for such was the spotless purity of the Redeemer, that his whole nature was altogether clean; yea, the law of Jehovah was in his very bowels. (See the margin of the Bible, Psalm 40:8.) My soul! behold, in this account, the true character of thy Lord; and in it behold the holiness and purity of that nature, in whose holiness and purity alone thou canst ever see the face of God, in grace here by faith, and in glory hereafter by sight in open fruition. Thus read, and thus accepted, the passage in this Psalm becomes blessed indeed. In his righteousness, his people are made righteous; and by virtue of an union with him, and interest in him, and in all that concerns him, being joined to the Lord by one spirit, the souls of the redeemed walk as he walked, avoid the society of the profane, and sit not in the counsel of the ungodly. Precious Spirit of all truth! do thou thus glorify the Lord Jesus to my view; take of the things of Christ, and show them to me; and grant me daily fellowship and communion with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ![1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 177–178). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

Are There Different Degrees of Punishment in Hell? — Cold Case Christianity

Are all sins the same in the eyes of God? Is lying just as bad as murder? The answer is not as simple as it may seem. In one sense our moral failings are exactly the same: Our sins (regardless of severity) expose our imperfection and separate us from the perfect God who created us. Even the smallest moral failing disqualifies us from the perfection of God. But God recognizes some sins are more heinous than others. Jesus affirmed this as He was standing in front of Pontius Pilate:

John 19:11-12
Jesus answered, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above; for this reason he who delivered Me up to you has the greater sin.”

Even Jesus acknowledged some sins are greater than others, and this is consistent with what God has revealed about sin from the earliest of times.

There Degrees of Punishment on Earth
When God gave the Law to Moses, He prescribed different levels of punishment for different kinds of sins, based on the offensive or heinous nature of the sin under consideration. The Mosaic Law is filled with measured responses to sin. God’s Word prescribes punishments matching the crimes in question:

Exodus 21:23-25
But if there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.

In fact, the Mosaic Law required each offender be punished “according to his guilt” and no more:

Deuteronomy 25:2-3
…then it shall be if the wicked man deserves to be beaten, the judge shall then make him lie down and be beaten in his presence with the number of stripes according to his guilt. He may beat him forty times but no more, lest he beat him with many more stripes than these, and your brother be degraded in your eyes.

The Mosaic Law is evidence of two important truths: First, while any sin may separate you from the perfection of God, some sins are clearly more offensive than others. Second, God prescribes different punishments for different crimes based on the severity of each crime.

There Are Degrees of Punishment in Hell
God applies this principle in the next life as well. God prescribes a variety of punishments in the next life corresponding to the crimes committed in this one:

Revelation 20:12-13
And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.

Jesus affirmed this truth in the Parable of the Wicked Servant:

Luke 12:42-48
And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. Truly I say to you, that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But if that slave says in his heart, ‘My master will be a long time in coming,’ and begins to beat the slaves, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk; the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him, and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers. And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, shall receive many lashes, but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. And from everyone who has been given much shall much be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.

In the next life, some will be punished more than others. There are clearly degrees of punishment. In a straight forward interpretation of this parable, those who reject the teaching and calling of God will be harshly punished, while those who have less clarity on what can be known about God (“the one who did not know it”), will be punished with less severity.

Are Those Who Should Know Better Judged More Harshly?
Those who know more are held in a higher degree of accountability and responsibility. If you know the truth about God and reject it, you will be punished more than someone who doesn’t yet know better. Look at these three statements made by Jesus, all in the Gospel of John:

John 9:41
Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”

John 15:22
“If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.”

John 15:24
“If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well.”

Over and over again, Jesus said knowledge of the truth is important, and upon this knowledge sin is judged. The more you know, the more you should know better. Jesus said those with greater knowledge of God’s moral nature and plan for Salvation (based on their exposure to the teaching of Jesus and his followers) will be held more accountable and, as a result, their rejection of this truth will receive a greater punishment than those who simply don’t know better:

Matthew 11:20-24
“Woe to you, Chorazin. Woe to you, Bethsaida. For if the miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. Nevertheless I say to you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment, than for you. And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You shall descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day. Nevertheless I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you.”

Once again Jesus affirms there are different degrees of punishment in the next life. But even more importantly, our level of knowledge and understanding is the basis for this punishment. These Jewish cities had been exposed to Jesus’ teaching and they had seen the miracles. They had more opportunities than nearly anyone else to comprehend and accept the truth, yet they failed to do so. As a result, they were to be punished more than others. Once again, the more you know, the more you should know better:

Hebrews 10:28-29
How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?

2 Peter 2:20-22
For if after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment delivered to them.

James 3:1-2
Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment.

Those who know more are held to a higher standard.

Would It Be Better Then, To Leave People In Ignorance?
Since we have Biblical examples of punishment being dispersed based on degrees of understanding and knowledge of the truth, would it be better, then, for us to say nothing about Jesus? Are we simply setting them up for judgment by telling them the truth in the first place? No. All of us have enough knowledge of the truth to be culpable for our sins:

Romans 1:18-20
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

Romans 2:14-15
For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them…

Even those who haven’t heard the Gospel have enough knowledge to know better. The created world demonstrates the existence of the Creator, and their own consciences acknowledge God’s moral law. Given this reality, how innocent are any of us, really? While knowledge of the truth is definitely a factor God considers, none of us are without some level of knowledge. There’s one thing we know for certain, however. God’s nature will prevail when He decides what to do with us.

The Good News
In the midst of all this talk about punishment in Hell, there is some good news. First, we can have confidence in knowing God is both just and loving:

Psalm 25:8
Good and upright is the LORD; Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.

Psalm 100:5
For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting, and His faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 89:14
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Thy throne; lovingkindness and truth go before Thee

We would expect a God who is both loving and just to demand justice, but do it in an equitable way. And this is exactly what the Bible teaches about the nature of Hell. It is a place where justice is served, but also a place where justice is measured out fairly. So, when someone says, “Hey, it’s not fair that my Grandma who doesn’t know much about Jesus and has ‘minor’ sin in her life should be punished the same as a guy like Hitler (who rejected the truth of Christianity and had ‘major’ sin in his life),” be prepared to tell them this is not the claim of Christianity. These two people will both be separated from God, but Hitler will face an experience in Hell very different than someone like grandma.

But there’s even better news: God’s offer of Salvation is a free gift for anyone who is willing to accept Jesus as LordNo one has to go to Hell. Jesus paid the price for our sin and made it possible for us to be forgiven and righteous in the eyes of God, not because of anything “good” we may have done, but based on what Jesus did on the cross. The truth about Hell should make this offer all the more appealing. Without the free gift of God (the gift of His Son), all of us would find ourselves in a place of judgment. But today, as Christians freed from the grip of sin by Jesus’ work on the cross, we can anticipate the rewards of Heaven rather than the punishments of Hell.


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June 9th The D. L. Moody Year Book

 

Arise, shine.—Isaiah 60:1.

LOVE must be active, as light must shine. As some one has said: “A man may hoard up his money; he may bury his talents in a napkin; but there is one thing he cannot hoard up, and that is love.” You cannot bury it. It must flow out. It cannot feed upon itself; it must have an object.[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. 100). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

June 9, 2020 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

Mid-Day Snapshot · June 9, 2020

THE FOUNDATION

“Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.” —James Wilson (1790)

Policing Ends, Minorities Hardest Hit

Grandstanding Democrats introduce a plan to “fundamentally transform” the police.


Black Lives, Businesses, Neighborhoods, and Monuments Matter

From defaced monuments for black soldiers to murdered blacks, “protests” are out of control.


Playing Favorites Is How Science Loses Credibility

Don’t gather in large groups, say the “experts.” Unless you’re protesting “systemic racism.”


The Silly Science of COVID-19 ‘Experts’

Appealing to the authority of “science” has arguably never been more political.


Was the Shutdown Worth It?

A new German report has folks questioning the prevailing wisdom in our own country.


Dear General James Mattis

A letter to Mattis from attorney and former Marine JAG officer John M. Dowd.


Video: Who Is Booker T. Washington?

While his ideas were never fully embraced in his time, today, more than a century later, they remain strikingly relevant.


Video: America’s Failed Social Experiment

Are you on Team Red or Team Blue?



TODAY’S OPINION

DENNIS PRAGER
The Four Horsemen of America’s Apocalypse
TONY PERKINS
From Riots to Repentance
RICH LOWRY
Law and Order Isn’t Fascist
STEPHEN MOORE
The Clear Differences Between the Left and the Right
CAL THOMAS
A Contract With Black America
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Tuesday News Executive Summary

Dems’ political theater, economy in recession, CBS’s deceptive edits, and more.


Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Gary Bauer, Allie Beth Stuckey, AOC, and more.



TODAY’S MEME

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TODAY’S CARTOON

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Vatican Archbishop to Trump: ‘Children of Darkness’ Oppose You
In a June 7 letter addressed to President Trump and obtained by Newsmax, Viganò writes that the President’s enemy is “the children of darkness – whom we may easily identify with the deep state which you wisely oppose and which is fiercely waging war against you in these days . . .” The Archbishop indicated that the “Covid emergency” will likely be viewed in the future as a “colossal operation of social engineering.” “We will also discover that the riots in these days were provoked by those who, …

WHO: It’s ‘Very Rare’ for People Without Symptoms To Spread COVID-19
Monday in Geneva, a top World Health Organization official said the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 from individuals who aren’t showing symptoms of illness is now considered “very rare.” “From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual,” Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, told reporters in Geneva, according to CNBC.

Here’s a List of the Police Killed or Injured During the Last Week’s Violence
Police have been shot, stabbed, run over, and hit with objects across the country since the death of George Floyd during the custody of Minneapolis Police. These injuries and deaths have been unreported by the national media.

Drought persists in northern New Mexico
As New Mexico prepares to enter monsoon season, much of the state is experiencing drought. The latest map released by the National Drought Mitigation Center with input from local experts shows about two-thirds of New Mexico in some stage of drought.

Drought expansion resumes in Colorado
Drought expansion resumed in west central and southeast Colorado this week according the latest report from the National Drought Mitigation Center. Extreme drought increased to the south and now encompasses most of Baca County.

‘Rolling emergency’ of locust swarms decimating Africa, Asia and Middle East
Locust swarms threaten a “rolling emergency” that could endanger harvests and food security across parts of Africa and Asia for the rest of the year, experts warn. An initial infestation of locusts in December was expected to die out during the current dry season. But unseasonal rains have allowed several generations of locust to breed, resulting in new swarms forming. Huge swarms of locusts have been causing devastation across swathes of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Erratic weather conditions and storms have aided their path. As a result, countries have been battling the pests for months to avoid a hunger crisis.

Former Marine, Trump attorney Dowd slams Mattis – here’s his letter
Dowd wrote in his letter, which was shared by the president, that he had “slept on” Mattis’ remarks criticizing Trump and “woke up appalled and upset.” Dowd, addressing Mattis, said “[I] Never dreamed you would let a bunch of hack politicians use your good name and reputation—earned with the blood and guts of young Marines.”

Violent Protesters Follow Cops Home, Start Fires: Report
Three suspects were arrested last week in Gwinnett County, Georgia, after police cars were vandalized. Police say the individuals charged actually “tracked” the officers home, according to WSB. Ebuka Chike-Morah, 21, Alvin Joseph, 21, and Lakaila Mack, 20, all face multiple charges.

Paraná State Experiences Worst Drought in 30 Years
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A study by the Department of Rural Economy (DERAL), under the Secretariat of Agriculture and Supply of Paraná, shows that the state is facing the worst drought in 30 years. Bean and corn crops are expected to be the most affected by the historic drought.

WEIRD UK NEWS: River almost runs dry due to drought
THESE unbelievable aerial images show how sweltering temperatures have reduced a once brimming reservoir into a small stream of water. Dramatic snaps of Howden Reservoir in Derbyshire taken on June 2 capture its large basin dried out under the continuous baking sun.

Massive drought strikes north China’s Inner Mongolia
About 45 percent of north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has been affected by an increasing drought, local authorities said on Sunday. …the drought area in the region has reached 44.36 million hectares.

Has Antichrist’s Father Spoken? Lightning Strike Energizes Washington Obelisk For Prophetic Task
influential Catholic television network director Jose Galat to publicly exclaim that Pope Francis is the “false prophet” who, he says, is “paving the way for the Antichrist.” Galat also argues the “real pope” is Benedict XVI, who was somehow forced to resign. Francis “was elected by a mafia of cardinals,” he said, agreeing with other Catholics already mentioned who see a conspiracy behind this first ever Jesuit pope.[ix] And then there is Benedict himself who has said the Catholic Church is “on the verge of capsizing.”[x] Perhaps strangest of all was an inquiry in which the Vatican launched an investigation into a Catholic group of exorcists (the Heralds) who, after having discussions with Satan, have determined that Pope Francis “is the Devil’s man.”[xi]

Kochavi: Cutting defense budget would be ‘grave mistake’
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi warned against a false sense of security from the relative calm in the region, saying on Monday that cutting the military’s budget would be a “grave mistake.” “This is the ‘security paradox’: So long as there is quiet and stability on security, we are inclined to forget how complicated it is to achieve,” Kohavi said at a ceremony marking the IDF’s role in the fight against the coronavirus.

ICC Prosecutor: Israel war crimes probe can go on despite Oslo Accords
International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has told the ICC’s Pretrial Chamber that a war crimes probe against Israelis can proceed despite the continued application of the Oslo Accords. Israel and its allies have claimed that the Oslo Accords prevent the PA from seeking ICC involvement in a potential criminal issue and from seeking statehood absent a deal between the parties.

A Crash in the Dollar Is Coming
The era of the U.S. dollar’s “exorbitant privilege” as the world’s primary reserve currency is coming to an end. Then French Finance Minister Valery Giscard d’Estaing coined that phrase in the 1960s largely out of frustration, bemoaning a U.S. that drew freely on the rest of the world to support its over-extended standard of living. For almost 60 years, the world complained but did nothing about it. Those days are over.

Gov. Beshear announces plans to provide 100-percent health coverage for black residents
Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday announced the state will begin working toward correcting inequalities in health care coverage across the state. During his daily updates in Frankfort the last three months, Beshear has given a breakdown of the racial makeup of the state’s COVID-19 cases. Throughout the crisis, cases involving black patients have outpaced the state’s black population.

China-US rivalry in Africa fuelled by coronavirus
As Africa braces itself for a surge of coronavirus infections, both China and the US are claiming to be Africa’s greatest supporter, but there is more at stake in this escalating rivalry than simply tackling the virus, writes BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was adamant that “no country will rival what the US is doing” in terms of supporting the fight against Covid-19 in Africa.

It’s official: U.S. economy entered recession in February
The U.S. economy ended its longest expansion in history in February and entered recession as a result of the coronavirus pandemic… The Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research said…its members “concluded that the unprecedented magnitude of the decline in employment and production, and its broad reach across the entire economy, warrants the designation of this episode as a recession…”

North Korea says it will sever hotlines with South Korea: KCNA
North Korea said on Tuesday it will sever hotlines with South Korea as the first step toward shutting down all contact with Seoul, state news agency KCNA reported.

Rocket hits Baghdad airport in another attack on US forces
A rocket has struck within the grounds of Baghdad International Airport – where US forces are deployed – in yet another attack against American interests in Iraq. Security officials said the rocket caused no casualties or damage. While a wave of similar attacks that began in October has since eased, the latest comes three days before US-Iraqi talks as part of a “strategic dialogue” including on future military cooperation.

Black Lives Matter Militants Declare War On Police, Begins Training Fully-Armed Militia-Style ‘Peace Officers’ To Take Over Black Communities
Remember how I told you last week that these race riots were not going away anytime soon? Now you can add to that the creation of a militia commando force by Black Lives Matter forces who will patrol the inner city black neighborhoods and fight the police for control. Sounds like Mad Max, right? It will be worse than that, much worse.

‘Steadily Being Transformed into Killing Fields’: 10 Killed in Horrendous Attack on Christian Village in Northwest Nigeria
Islamic militants in Nigeria are continuing their murderous attacks against Christian villages. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reports 10 people, including a three-year-old girl, were killed in an attack by Fulani militants last week in on the Tudun Agwalla community in Kajuru, Kaduna state located in northwest Nigeria.

Horror as child abuse dungeon where ‘unimaginable’ acts filmed found in Germany
Police have arrested 11 people after uncovering a child abuse ring in Germany. Investigators found footage of two boys, aged 10 and five, being ‘brutally’ raped by four men during a search of a summer house in Munster, Germany. Investigators found footage of two boys, aged 10 and five, being ‘brutally’ raped by four men during a search of a summer house in Munster, Germany.

Nunes: More criminal referrals on Obamagate to be given to DOJ
Another round of criminal referrals stemming from the Obama administration’s Russia-collusion investigation will be delivered to the Department of Justice as soon as this week, according to U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

MUST SEE! Media Is HIDING This: Look at Mass Destruction in Chicago, NYC, Minneapolis and St. Louis After Just One Week of Leftist “Peaceful Protest” (SHOCKING VIDEO)
The mainstream media is not just biases, it is not just lying to the American public. The mainstream media is the ENEMY of the American people.

Poll reveals how many Americans actually want to defund the police
Just 16% of Americans support cutting funding for police departments, according to a YouGov poll.

18 murders in 24 hours: Inside Chicago’s deadliest day in 60 years
NYPost reports eighteen people were killed in Chicago in a 24-hour span last month — the deadliest day in the Windy City in roughly six decades, according to a report.

Watch Liberal David Rubin Forced To Change His Position As Conservative Black Radio Host Larry Elder Proves No Such Thing As Systemic Racism
Everywhere you turn right now, and for the past two weeks, we have been verbally and at times physically attacked by the radical Left, ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter telling us they are going to ‘defund the police’ and bring an end to systemic racism in America. This is their rallying cry night and day, but is it true? Does the fundamental societal structure of America really contain systemic racism of whites towards blacks? Liberal podcaster David Rubin thought so, right up to the moment that Conservative black radio guy Larry Elder showed him otherwise.

The World Economic Forum Shows You Plainly That Everything Happening Now Is The Great Reset
Think about COVID-19, the lockdowns, the economic crashes, the mandatory mask wearing, the race riots, ANTIFA, ID2020, Bill Gates, Black Lives Matter, the Declaration Of Human Fraternity, Chrislam, ponder for a moment on all of it. When you have wrapped your head around all those things, now wrap your head around this. Everything we have been experiencing, it is all part of the Great Reset, and it is all driving towards the same outcome. That is, the resetting of the entire world to prepare the people for the arrival of Antichrist. That’s how close we are to seeing him step out of the shadows and onto the world stage.

Chicago weekend shootings: 85 shot, 24 fatally, in city’s most violent weekend of 2020
Twenty-four people were killed and at least 61 others were wounded by gun violence in Chicago’s most violent weekend of the year so far, which also saw widespread protests, riots and looting throughout the city in the wake of the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd

Elmer Fudd & Yosemite Sam Stripped of Guns for New ‘Woke’ Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes has announced it is stripping guns from their popular cartoon characters Yosemite Sam and Elmer Fudd as producers vow to tackle violence in America.

FALSE FLAG ALERT: Obama Foundation tweeted about George Floyd on May 17th, a week before his supposed murder 
We have now confirmed that the Obama Foundation was tweeting about George Floyd on May 17th, more than a week before the day Floyd was reportedly killed by police in an act of violence that sparked the worldwide riots we’re all witnessing.

Sanctuary State of New York Freed Accused Illegal Alien Murderer Three Times
The most dangerous job in all of New York state is quickly becoming a law-abiding citizen. You can begin with the New York law that sets criminals free without ail. As a result, some criminals are arrested and freed up to three times in one day.

Tropical Storm “Cristobal” makes landfall in Louisiana, U.S.
The center of Tropical Storm “Cristobal” made landfall in southeast Louisiana at 22:00 UTC (17:00 CDT) on June 7, 2020, between the mouth of the Mississippi River and Grand Isle with maximum sustained winds near 85 km/h (50 mph) and minimum central pressure of 992 hPa. Since that time, the storm has turned north-northwestward with the center passing very near New Orleans. Cristobal is forecast to weaken into tropical depression in the hours ahead, with its remnants tracking north through the Mississippi Valley all the way to Canada by Wednesday, June 10.


Headlines – 6/9/2020

US anti-Semitism czar says only an Israeli decision would delay annexation

US envoy Friedman said to join annexation clambake

US wants Gantz and Ashkenazi on board with any unilateral annexation move

‘Netanyahu promised clusters, not isolated communities’

In show of support for PM, settler leaders give sovereignty bid green light

PA cabinet leader: If Israel annexes areas of Judea and Samaria, the PLO may cancel its recognition of Israel

Israeli sovereignty bid has Palestinians in a bind

Germany won’t sanction Israel over annexation – Jerusalem official

Despite Israeli strikes, Iranian forces massing on Syrian border

US Announces Return of Sanctions on Iran Regime’s National Maritime Carrier

Rocket Hit Near Baghdad International Airport, No Casualties

Rivals Russia and Turkey Both Support a Libya Peace Process, Moscow Says

U.S., Russia agree on June nuclear arms talks, invite China: U.S. envoy

North Korea cuts communication with South Korea

UK’s Johnson slams protest ‘thuggery’ after cops hurt, Churchill statue defaced

To support US protesters, Iranian lawmakers chant ‘Death to America’

NFL On Kneeling Players’ Protests: ‘We Were Wrong,’ Commissioner Says

NFL Will Likely Allow Players To Protest During National Anthem

Georgia state trooper tells protesters in viral video: ‘I only kneel for … God’

Democrats kneel at Capitol in tribute to George Floyd

Biden breaks with Black Lives Matter to oppose defunding police

Why ‘defund the police’ is deadly for Democrats

WH says Trump ‘appalled’ by movement to defund police, slams proponents

Barr, in FNC interview, confirms ‘focused investigations’ of Antifa, hammers ‘dangerous’ push to defund police

George Floyd’s Lawyer Asks United Nations to Intervene in Case, Make Police Reform Recommendations

Former NYPD commissioner claims 600 officers considering exit from the force amid George Floyd protests

Flyer at “Peaceful Protest” Calls for Murder of all Republicans

NYPD finds concrete disguised as ice cream at George Floyd protests

85 shot, 24 fatally, over Chicago’s most violent weekend of 2020

Arbp. Vigano to Trump: ‘I Bless You’ in ‘Biblical’ Battle Against the ‘Deep State,’ the ‘Children of Darkness’

Swarms of autonomous insect robots could prove key to future planetary exploration

Eight earthquakes rattle Oklahoma in less than 24 hours, geologists say

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Tropical Depression Cristobal moves inland, but the flooding threat is far from over

Tropical Storm Cristobal could regain strength by combining with new storm system after drenching South

‘Rolling emergency’ of locust swarms decimating Africa, Asia and Middle East

U.S. supply of remdesivir could run out within weeks, top official warns

Mexican cartels stockpile drugs and money amid COVID-19 pandemic

Pandemic driving broadest economic collapse in 150 years, World Bank says

World Bank says the global economy will shrink by 5.2% this year

The US economy is officially in recession

Survey: Business economists expect worst slump since 1940s

Satellite data suggests coronavirus may have hit China earlier

Schools Turn to Surveillance Tech to Prevent Covid-19 Spread

Trump to restart MAGA rallies this month despite coronavirus

U.S. Authorities Seek to Question Prince Andrew in Epstein Investigation, Source Says


Tuesday 6-9-20

Mark Loughridge – Worshipping by faith, not by sight

Mike Oppenheimer – Apostles of the Apostasy

Pastors, watch out. John Roberts is wrong and it matters

Tim Keller diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

Kenneth Copeland Says Christians Who Vote Correctly Will Be ‘Blessed Financially’

Son of Famous Christian Apologist Has Become the Tool of the Radical Left

Babylon Bee Threatened With Lawsuit By Awana For Posting ‘Beyond Satire’ Trump Piece

Interview with the Guy who Gave Todd White ‘American Gospel DVD’ and Costi Hinn Letter

Facebook Shuts Down Group for Speaking Out Against Drag Queen Story Hour

David Platt promotes Social Justice march, still not holding church

Survey: Many Americans Look to Themselves, Others Rather Than Bible When Making Moral Decisions

Muslim father in Uganda burns daughter for reportedly converting to Christianity: watchdog group

Christianity Rapidly Growing in Oppressive Iran


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

Favorite Finds: June 9, 2020

Michelle Lesley

Here are a few of my favorite online finds…

“Behind the storyline of Scripture is the story of how God, in his providence, gave his words to us. When God spoke, he ensured that it would be preserved through a process of writing, collecting, copying, translating, and printing. After thousands of years, the Scripture that began with the breath of God now comes to us in the Book that is worthy of our supreme trust.” Check out this fascinating article from Dirk Jongkind, How We Got the Bible: The Great Story of Sacred Scripture.

Here’s an informative and helpful infographic from Crossway, How do you read the Bible?“When do you read the Bible? How often? What portions of Scripture do you tend to gravitate toward, and are there particular extra-biblical resources you use alongside your Bible to help you process and study it? We surveyed over 6,000 people…

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Banks Peaking As They Kiss 7-Year Resistance? — Kimble Charting Solutions

If Banks peak here would they send a caution message to the stock rally over the past couple of months? Yes!

This chart looks at the Bank Index (BKX) on a weekly basis since the summer of 2012. Since the lows in July of 2012, the index has spent the majority of the time inside of bullish rising channel (1).

The Bank index has been weaker than the broad market since January of 2018, where it attempted a breakout of its rising channel. Earlier this year banks broke below rising channel (1), which sent the first bearish message from banks in 7-years.

Banks hit 2016 support in March and a strong counter-trend rally has taken place. The recent rally has the index kissing the underside of the rising channel at (2). 

At the same time, the index is testing old support as new resistance for the first time in years, it is also testing its 61% Fibonacci retracement level of the large decline this year at (2).

The 91 level at this time comes into play as resistance for the bank index. If banks would start turning lower and experience selling pressure at this resistance zone, they would send a concerning price message to the broad market.

Stock bulls would receive a quality bullish message from banks if the index succeeds in breaking above the resistance zone at 93.

Keep a close eye on what the bank index does here friends, as it could send a very important message to the broad markets.

via Banks Peaking As They Kiss 7-Year Resistance? — Kimble Charting Solutions

Global update on virus outbreak, and other news of interest — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

A man waves at the doctors, part the first Cuban medical brigade of the Henry Reeve Contingent, after it arrived in Havana, Cuba, Monday, June 8, 2020. The Cuban doctors had gone to Italy on March 22 to help with the COVID-19 emergency in the Lombardy region. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— In poorer regions of the world, easing virus restrictions brings new risks

— The pandemic marks the debut of Chinese companies as global humanitarian donors

— Yemen’s rebels crack down as COVID-19 and rumors spread

— Indian American surgeon and his daughter lost to virus were part of a New Jersey family of 5 doctors

— Where do the Tokyo Olympics stand, 2 1/2 months after cancellation?

— Major League Baseball talking about as many as 16 teams in the playoffs if season is able to start after virus delay

HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING TODAY:

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The capital of the United Arab Emirates has extended an emirate-wide lockdown for another week over the coronavirus pandemic.

Government officials announced late Monday the extension of the lockdown, that has prevented people from leaving their area in Abu Dhabi.

Movement also has been restricted into Abu Dhabi from the rest of the UAE, a federation of seven U.S.-allied sheikhdoms also home to Dubai.

The lockdown comes as the rest of the UAE is trying to reopen its non-oil economy after the pandemic devastated its tourism and airline industry.

There have been nearly 40,000 cases and 280 deaths from COVID-19 in the UAE, with 22,000 of those infected now recovered.

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ADELAIDE, Australia — South Australia state’s government says it will allow 2,000 fans to attend an Australian rules football match but won’t allow a Black Lives Matter rally on the same day.

South Australia is the first state or territory to allow a crowd to return to professional sport.

State Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said a crowd will be allowed at Adelaide Oval on Saturday for a match between local teams Port Adelaide and the Adelaide Crows.

But police would not allow a second exemption for a protest against George Floyd’s death, saying those that had been allowed in Adelaide last week despite social distancing rules were due to unique circumstances.

“To continually allow people to disregard the restrictions we have in place would make a mockery of the good efforts of everybody else who are doing their best to abide by those restrictions,” Stevens added.

South Australia has no COVID-19 patient in any hospital. Australia has 559 cases that are still active among more than 7,000 total.

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BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Slovakia is easing its border restrictions, allowing travel to 16 more European countries.

Prime Minister Igor Matovic said Tuesday that the countries are Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland.

Matovic said the countries are considered safe for Slovak travelers and their citizens don’t pose a threat for Slovakia.

Last week, Slovakia reopened its borders with neighboring Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary.

Slovakia has not been hit as hard by the pandemic as some other European countries. It says 1,531 people have tested positive for the coronavirus and 28 have died.

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The official opening of the Dutch parliamentary year will take place in a church in The Hague in September because the usual venue is not big enough to accommodate all 225 lawmakers with social distancing.

The chair of the lower house of the Dutch parliament, Khadija Arib, informed lawmakers of the change on Tuesday.

Traditionally, the Dutch monarch delivers a speech to lawmakers from the upper and lower houses of parliament at the historic Knights Hall on the third Tuesday in September.

Arib said a new venue was chosen because Knights Hall cannot accommodate all lawmakers if they adhere to the government’s social distancing guidelines.

She said parliamentarians will not be able to bring guests to this year’s event on Sept. 15.

The pageant-filled event features King Willem-Alexander being driven in a horse-drawn carriage through the tree-lined streets of The Hague.

Following the monarch’s speech outlining the government’s policy goals for the coming year, the country’s finance minister unveils his budget plans in the lower house of parliament.

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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s health minister has replaced the spokesman of the ministry who in March described China’s early reporting on the new coronavirus outbreak as a “bitter joke.”

Chinese authorities have been heavily criticized for secrecy and delays in responding to the virus that emerged in central China in December.

Iran’s official IRNA news agency said Health Minister Saeed Namaki issued an order replacing the ministry’s spokesman, Kianoush Jahanpour, with Sima Sadat Lari.

Following criticism by Iranian hard-liners, Jahanpour — who has been the public face of the authorities’ struggle against the pandemic — removed his “bitter joke” tweet and instead praised China’s support for Iran in fighting COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

Namaki urged Sadat to run her statements by the minister before issuing them since all remarks by the ministry’s spokesperson are considered the official position of the minister.

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ISLAMABAD — Pakistan recorded more than 100 deaths in a single day from COVID-19 for the first time since keeping statistics in mid-March, when the country imposed a partial lockdown.

As of Tuesday, Pakistan recorded 108,316 coronavirus infections, with 4,646 new cases and a death toll that has climbed to 2,172 amid warnings from Prime Minister Imran Khan that Pakistan is not likely to see a peak in infections before August.

Despite criticism from medical professionals and opposition politicians, Khan has continued to ease lockdown restrictions saying the country’s ailing economy would collapse and the poorest would suffer most.

Pakistan’s poverty level hovers around 30%. Pakistanis have not taken precautions like wearing masks and social distancing even as Khan went on television late to reprimand the population and plead with them to wear masks.

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LONDON — Britain’s government is backing away from plans to have all children return to primary school before the summer, even as the country moves to ease restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson is expected to acknowledge on Tuesday that not all students will return after schools argued they were constrained by classroom sizes, the need for social distancing and inadequate staff numbers.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said he isn’t surprised by the decision and that the “ambition” to bring back all primary students for a month before the end of the term was “a case of the government over-promising something that wasn’t deliverable.”

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ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s prime minister met with health and civil protection officials to discuss a sharp spike in coronavirus cases over the past few days, his office said Tuesday.

During the meeting, officials stressed “the need for the strict implementation of the measures that have been decided upon in view of the gradual return to the new normality,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement. It said checks would be intensified and the health ministry would make new announcements in coming days.

On Monday, Greece announced 97 new confirmed infections, including 30 people who entered the country from abroad and 29 in a northeastern town where there were previous outbreaks. Total confirmed cases now number 3,049 with 182 deaths.

Greece imposed a lockdown early in its outbreak, a move which has been credited with keeping the death toll and number of infections low. The country has been gradually lifting restrictions over the past several weeks, and nearly all businesses are now open.

But health authorities are warning that the virus still exists in the country and are urging people to continue social distancing.

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MANILA, Philippines — A Philippine peace award has been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, marking only the third disruption in six decades for the annual prize regarded as an Asian Nobel.

The Manila-based foundation that hands out the Ramon Magsaysay awards said Tuesday it has no choice “with the COVID-19 pandemic practically immobilizing the world.”

The awards were also cancelled due to a financial crisis in 1970 and a disastrous earthquake in 1990. They are named after a popular Philippine president who died in a 1957 plane crash and honor “greatness of spirit in selfless service to the peoples of Asia.”

The five recipients last year included a South Korean who helped fight suicide and bullying; a woman who became a human rights defender after losing her husband to violence in southern Thailand; journalists from India and Myanmar; and a musician credited with helping to shape modern Philippine musical culture.

The Philippines has confirmed about 22,400 infections, including more than 1,000 deaths. It has eased lockdowns for millions of people in a tightrope move to bolster its economy, which contracted in the first quarter.

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Source: Associated Press

via Global update on virus outbreak, and other news of interest — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

What is the necessary thing? Plus, The Storm has Gathered…and Burst

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

Sisters, let Christ instruct your soul.

We all know the story or Mary and Martha. Mary was at Jesus’ feet, listening and learning. Martha was scuttling around the house preparing food and serving the guests. She complained to Jesus that Mary was not helping. Jesus responded that Mary was doing what was necessary, and for that, her part will never be taken away. (Luke 10:38-42). Which indicates that Martha’s part will be taken away.

Not that serving is bad. We are instructed to put doctrine into action. Being busy for the Lord is a good thing. But too busy? To the exclusion of all else? No. The things that Martha did to serve that day are not remembered. But what Christ said on that day is remembered. It’s the spiritual things that are eternal.

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Project Veritas Releases Part 3 of #ExposeAntifa: Deadly Weapons Training: “We Believe in a Complete Abolition of the System Itself, Including Police” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Project Veritas has infiltrated Antifa.

Project Veritas released part 3 of its “Expose Antifa” series on Tuesday.

Veritas went undercover and exposed the militia wing of Antifa.

The militia wing, “Redneck Revolt,” believes in a complete abolition of the system, including police.

The Democrats are in line with Antifa as they are currently pushing to defund and disband the police.

Via Project Veritas:

  • Undercover Journalist: “And they believe in total abolition of everything, including the police, you know, Charlottesville was comprised of your typical Antifa black block measures…There were multiple chapters of Redneck Revolt that went to Charlottesville and acted as the militia wing of the anti-fascist movement.”
  • Redneck Revolt Members at Gun Range: “…While You’re Aiming, Don’t Touch the Trigger Until You’re Ready to Pull the Trigger”
  • Paul Ditz, Former Leader of Redneck Revolt: “I Hate the NRA. The NRA is a White Supremacist Terrorist Organization, Absolutely.”
  • Undercover Journalist: “They see them themselves as armed revolutionaries…”
  • Clyde, Redneck Revolt Member: “…if an Officer of the State Came to the Door and Asked You Questions About Your Political Ideology and People You Associate With, How Would You Respond?”

WATCH:

“Redneck Revolt is a heavily armed fringe organization, and the Department of Justice should consider looking into their activities,” said O’Keefe.

Last Thursday, PV’s undercover report revealed how the leftist terror group Antifa practice eye gouging, beating their opponents and create an environment of fear and terror.

Last Friday, Project Veritas journalists infiltrated New York City Antifa and caught them on video fight training.

via Project Veritas Releases Part 3 of #ExposeAntifa: Deadly Weapons Training: “We Believe in a Complete Abolition of the System Itself, Including Police” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

EXCLUSIVE: Donations, Including International Funding, to BlackLivesMatter.com Go Directly to the DNC – This Is Money Laundering — The Gateway Pundit

BlackLivesMatter.com appears to be an international money laundering scheme used by the Democrats to raise money from an international audience.

Black Lives Matter describes itself on its “BlackLivesMatter.com” website as a global organization:

The Wikipedia website describes Black Lives Matter as:

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an international human rights movement, originating from within the African-American community, which campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people. BLM regularly holds protests speaking out against police brutality and police killings of black people, and broader issues such as racial profiling, and racial inequality in the United States criminal justice system.[1]

So we know for sure that BLM is a “global” / “international” network because they admit this.

When you click on the “Donate” button on blacklivesmatter.com you are sent to an “ActBlue” donations page:

You can even read that the donations are being made to ActBlue in the fine print.

ActBlue claims to be tax exempt organization and all donations to it are tax-deductable.  The terms and conditions also link to ActBlue and mention “Campaign Finance Laws”:

https://secure.actblue.com/content/fineprint

When you research the expenditures of ActBlue, all of their contributions are directly going to top DNC campaigns:

https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/expenditures.php?cmte=C00401224&cycle=2020

Act Blue is not a charity. 

It appears more accurately to be an illegal funding arm of the DNC. 

(Do all the individuals around the world know that when they donate to Black Lives Matter, they are really donating to the Democrat Party?)

It is against the law to funnel international money into US elections. 

It is a violation of campaign contribution laws and is not legal.

This is just another corrupt wing of the Democrat Party.

(Hat tip SaveMyspeech at theDonald.win)

via EXCLUSIVE: Donations, Including International Funding, to BlackLivesMatter.com Go Directly to the DNC – This Is Money Laundering — The Gateway Pundit

Rachel Hollis, author of ‘Girl, Wash Your Face’, announces divorce

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

Yesterday Rachel Hollis posted the following on her Instagram-

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Guys, I have some hard news to share and the honest truth is, I have no idea how someone announces something like this, so I’m just going to say it. Dave and I have made the incredibly difficult decision to end our marriage.

We started out as best friends 18 years ago and the truth is, that core friendship and the parts of us that work so well, have become a band-aid for the parts of us that don’t. We have worked endlessly over the last three years to make this work and have come to the conclusion that it is healthier and more respectful for us to choose this as the end of our journey as a married couple. We remain dear friends as we raise our family as co-parents and run our company as partners. We…

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Cartoons and Memes · June 8, 2020

Pharisee’s Prayer

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Expendable

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Thomas Sowell

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‘White Silence’

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June 9 Thoughts for the quiet hour

 

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee

Ps 55:22

He that taketh his own cares upon himself loads himself with an uneasy burden. The fear of what may come, expectation of what will come, desire of what will not come, and the inability to redress all these, must needs bring him continual torment. I will cast my cares upon God. He hath bidden me. They cannot hurt Him: He can redress them.

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[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.