Daily Archives: June 11, 2020

June 11 Dry Spells

 

As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for Thee, O God.
(Psalms 42:1, NASB)

A traveler in Africa hired laborers from a local tribe to help him carry his load. The first day they moved fast and went further than he thought they’d get. But the next day, the tribesmen refused to move an inch. When he asked why, they told him they’d gone too fast the first day; now they were waiting for their souls to catch up with their bodies. Is that how you feel today—exhausted and spiritually drained? We all go through “dry spells.” David said he once led the whole congregation into the presence of God, but now he couldn’t even find God for himself (see Psalms 42:3–4).

Let me share with you some discoveries from my own “dry spells.” First, at such times, God is usually demanding new growth and maturity from me. In that place I’m more honest, I pray harder and reach for Him more. Or perhaps He’s teaching me that I’ve spent too much time in the wrong environment or watching television. The kids call it “vegging out.” Sometimes God’s just moving me from one season of ministry to another, and I feel dislocated. Other times, it’s just plain disobedience to something He has told me to do, and I’m “holding out.” It could be, too, that I’m on the verge of a greater revelation of Him, and He’s creating within me a new hunger; not for what He can give me—but just for who He is.

 

If that’s where you are, there’s only one place to go—back into God’s presence![1]

 

[1] Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 162). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

June 11 The Compassion of God

 

Psalm 71:6

By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb.

We have the theology for prosperity down pat, but sooner or later our prosperity will give way to adversity. If you don’t have your theology finely tuned for that part of your life, you won’t do well. Unexpected, unannounced, uncharted, unplanned—adversity comes to everyone.

Every believer should be able to review the compassion of God. Stop and think about all the paths God has led you down like a shepherd throughout your spiritual life. God has been faithful to you! Is there any reason you have to doubt His faithfulness now? As the psalmist says, from our mother’s womb God took us and He has upheld us from our birth.

Even if we have been a believer for only a matter of days or weeks, the grace of God has brought us life and health and strength. God’s past faithfulness and compassion toward us is a heritage upon which we build our faith in the future.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 170). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

June 11, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

The First Communion

And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. (22:19–20)

It is impossible to overstate the monumental change these few simple phrases introduce. Christ’s words signaled the end of the Old Covenant, with its social, ceremonial, dietary, and Sabbath laws, and installed the New Covenant. With these words, Jesus marked the end of all the rituals and sacrifices, the priesthood, the holy place, and the Holy of Holies, the curtain of which God would soon split from top to bottom, throwing it wide open (Mark 15:38). All that the Old Covenant symbolism pointed toward would be fulfilled in the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus’ taking of the bread and giving thanks took place after the singing of the first part of the Hallel (Pss. 113, 114), followed by the second cup of wine, and the explanation of the meaning of Passover, while they were eating the main meal (Matt. 26:26).

Having taken the bread, Jesus then broke it and gave it to them. The bread was no longer the Passover “bread of affliction” (Deut. 16:3), nor was the breaking of the loaf a figure of Christ’s death, since none of His bones were broken (John 19:36; cf. Ex. 12:46). The disciples’ all partaking of the same loaf symbolized the unity of the body of Christ.

The Roman Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation perverts the intent of Jesus’ reference to the bread as My body. According to that doctrine, during the mass the substance (though not the outward appearance) of the bread and wine are changed into the actual body and blood of Christ. The Lutheran notion of spiritual presence (known as consubstantiation) is also an errant view of our Lord’s words. According to that view

the molecules [of the bread and wine] are not changed into flesh and blood; they remain bread and wine. But the body and blood of Christ are present “in, with, and under” the bread and wine. It is not that the bread and wine have become Christ’s body and blood, but that we now have the body and blood in addition to the bread and wine. (Millard J. Erickson, Christian Theology [Grand Rapids: Baker, 1985], 3:1117)

Christ’s statement is no more to be taken literally than are His references to Himself as a door (John 10:9), vine (John 15:1, 5), and bread (John 6:35, 48). Such language is figurative, symbolically conveying spiritual truth using everyday items. Bread pictures things that are earthly, fragile, and subject to decay, symbolizing the reality that the Son of God took on human form and became subject to death.

The phrase which is given for you introduces the most important truth in the Bible—substitutionary atonement. As noted above, Passover conveyed the twin truths that divine wrath and justice can only be satisfied by death, but that death can be the death of innocent substitutes for the guilty. The millions of lambs that were slain throughout the centuries were all innocent. Animals are incapable of sinning, since they are not persons, and have no morality or self-consciousness. Jesus, however, is both innocent and a person—fully man as well as God. Therefore His substitutionary atonement death was acceptable to God to satisfy His holy condemnation of sin. Isaiah wrote, “He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed” (Isa. 53:5; cf. v. 12). Jesus “bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds [we] were healed” (1 Peter 2:24). God “made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21).

Then in the same way (that is, with thanks; cf. v. 19) Jesus took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.” The cup was the third cup, which came after the meal. That it was poured out for you “for forgiveness of sins” (Matt. 26:28) is another declaration of Christ’s death as a substitute for all who would believe. Sin can only be forgiven when satisfactory payment to God in the form of the death of the perfect sacrifice has been rendered. The Lord Jesus’ death was that payment. As the infinite God incarnate, He was actually able to bear the sins of and suffer God’s wrath for those sins on behalf of all who would ever believe, rescuing them from divine judgment by fully satisfying the demands of God’s justice.

His death inaugurated the new covenant which, like the Old Covenant, was ratified by the shedding of blood (Ex. 24:8; Lev. 17:11; Heb. 9:18–20). The New Covenant (Jer. 31:31–34; cf. Ezek. 36:25–27) is a covenant of forgiveness (Jer. 31:34) and the only saving covenant. As noted above, it was ratified by the blood of Christ, whose death as an innocent substitute satisfied the demands of God’s justice. (For a detailed discussion of the New Covenant, see 2 Corinthians, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary [Chicago: Moody, 2003], chaps. 7 and 8.)

Regular observance of the Lord’s Supper is to be a constant reminder to Christians of the Lamb of God, chosen by God, sacrificed for sinners, whose death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, and whose life was poured out on our behalf so that our sins can be fully and forever forgiven. Paul summarized the significance of the Lord’s Supper when he wrote to the Corinthian believers,

For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. (1 Cor. 11:23–26)[1]


19–20 As stated above, these words of institution may come from a non-Markan source. Similar wording in 1 Corinthians 11:24–25, written before AD 60, shows that it was probably an early source used by both Luke and Paul. This supports the reliability of Luke’s research (1:1–4). The suffering motif is consistent with Jesus’ understanding of his mission as the Suffering Servant.

The “bread” (arton, GK 788, v. 19) was the thin, unleavened bread used in the Passover. “Gave thanks” translates the verb eucharisteō (GK 2373), the source of the beautiful word Eucharist often used to signify the Lord’s Supper. Luke alone has “given for you” (hyper hymōn didomenon [GK 1443]) in the saying over the bread, as well as “poured out for you” (to hyper hymōn ekchynnomenon [GK 1773]) in the cup saying (v. 20). The “pouring out” may be interpreted as a symbolic act that points to Jesus’ own death on the cross (see, however, L. C. Boughton, “ ‘Being Shed for You/Many’: Time-Sense and Consequences in the Synoptic Cup Citations,” TynBul 48 [1997]: 249–70, who points to the possibility of a future reference in this present passive participle).

“In remembrance of me” (v. 19) directs our attention primarily to the person of Christ and not merely to the benefits we receive (of whatever nature we may understand them to be) from partaking of the bread and cup. The final cup, following the sequence of several refillings during the Passover, signifies the “new covenant” (v. 20) in Jesus’ blood. The disciples would have been reminded of the “blood of the covenant” (Ex 24:8), i.e., the blood used ceremonially to confirm the covenant. The new covenant (cf. Jer 31:31–34) carried with it assurance of forgiveness through Jesus’ blood shed on the cross and the inner work of the Holy Spirit in motivating us and enabling us to fulfill our covenantal responsibility.[2]


19–20          Jesus follows generally the order of the Passover celebration, but lingers over the bread and cup in order to charge them with interpretive significance that draws on yet departs from the meaning of Passover. Interestingly, though sacrificial images are present in these verses (see below), Jesus evokes no direct comparison between the Passover lamb and himself, preferring instead to interpret the bread and cup.60 Nor does Luke portray the manner of his death with reference to the breaking of the bread, an act that is merely preparatory to the distribution of the bread and devoid of symbolic significance. If the breaking of the bread bears no metaphorical weight, this is not true of its distribution, however. “Giving one’s body” is potent as an image for giving one’s life (in battle) for the sake of one’s people.62 The sequence Luke describes with reference to the bread—took + gave thanks + broke + gave—is reminiscent of Jesus’ actions in the feeding of the multitudes in 9:16. It is remarkable that the feeding miracle is also set in a co-text in which kingdom proclamation and messianic suffering figure prominently (9:1–27). The Scriptures employ the image of “the cup” both with reference to participation in salvation and, especially, with reference to divine judgment.65 Similarly, “blood poured out” signals violent death. Jesus, then, is not enacting (or teaching his followers how to reenact) his death through his actions;67 rather, he is interpreting through his words the significance of this Passover and, thus, of his death.

Jesus follows up the bread word with instruction to “Do this in remembrance of me.” The notion of “remembrance” is pivotal to the celebration of Passover and cannot be limited, as it often is in English usage, to the idea of cognitive recall of a prior occurrence. In the biblical tradition, cognitive (or affective) recall is often triggered by verbal communication for that purpose, and this provides the impetus for some response or action. In a related sense, “remembrance” is often employed with the sense of “the effect of the recollection of the past for present or future benefit.”69 With the repeated celebration of Passover as precursor, and with this linguistic background for the understanding of remembrance, we may understand Jesus as instructing his followers not only to continue sharing meals together, but to do so in a way that their fellowship meals recalled the significance of his own life and death in obedience to God on behalf of others. This recollection should have the effect of drawing forth responses reminiscent of Jesus’ own table manners—his openness to outsiders, his comportment as a servant, his indifference toward issues of status honor, and the like—so that these features of his life would come to be embodied in the community of those who call him Lord. “A meal in memory of Jesus is one which celebrates and prolongs his lifestyle of justice and of serving the Father’s food to all.”

If “the cup” is a metaphorical referent to divine judgment, the train of thought thus initiated is helped along by the reference to “blood poured out,” which signals violent death and sacrifice. The phraseology of v 20 (“new covenant in my blood”) goes further, alluding to two OT texts that indicate Jesus’ interpretation of his death as an effective, covenantal sacrifice. The language of “new covenant” is drawn from Jer 31:31–34; there, as in the portrayal of the ministry of Jesus in the Third Gospel, the eschatological work of God is developed with reference to the forgiveness of sins. Indeed, throughout Luke-Acts, Jesus is presented as the Savior who grants forgiveness of sins. Setting the cup-word within the larger framework of Luke’s presentation of Jesus’ ministry disallows any notion of a “new covenant” discontinuous with the old, for Luke has emphasized the continuity between the ancient purpose of God and its fulfillment in the coming of Jesus. Similarly, in a number of Qumranic texts, the phrase “new covenant” functions as a cipher for a renewal of the covenant in conjunction with those whom God has called.73 Additionally, in the phrase “covenant in my blood,” one may hear an allusion to Exod 24:8, the covenant sacrifice that, in targumic texts, is interpreted as having been effective as an atoning sacrifice for the people by which they were brought into covenant with Yahweh. By means of this allusion, a typological relationship is drawn between the covenant sacrifice of Exod 24:8 and the death of Jesus, so that Jesus’ death is said to atone for the sins of the people and thus to enable their participation in the renewed, eschatological covenant with God.

“Covenant” is fundamentally a relational term, pointing in this case to the bond of fidelity and love between God and humanity. The “you” with whom Jesus thus renews the divine covenant refers to the apostles who have joined him at the table, but it is precisely here that Luke’s rationale for designating them in this co-text as “apostles” (rather than “disciples”) comes into sharp focus. As “apostles,” they are chosen to represent and to lead Israel (cf. 6:12–16; 22:29–30); hence, this covenant is extended beyond Jesus’ immediate table partners to all who embrace “good news to the poor” (see above on 4:18–19).

It is remarkable that this Lukan text attributes such far-reaching significance to the death of Jesus, since the notion of the cross’s substitutionary role is completely missing in the missionary sermons in Acts and otherwise present only in Paul’s farewell address (Acts 20:28). Elsewhere, Luke emphasizes more pointedly (and pervasively) the salvific role of Jesus’ exaltation.[3]


22:19 took … gave thanks … broke … gave. See comments on the same sequence of verbs used in 9:16 (and in all the other Gospel accounts of that event) and also in 24:30.

This is my body given for you. In the setting of the Passover meal, where foods symbolized historical events, the verb “is” is naturally understood as meaning “represents” rather than suggesting a transformation of the bread into another substance (especially as Jesus was bodily present, holding the bread). The “giving” of his body, together with the “pouring out” of his blood (22:20), points to his sacrificial death; in effect he himself takes the place of the Passover lamb. But exactly how this giving and pouring out are “for you” is not spelled out in Luke’s version; Matthew 26:28 adds that Jesus’s blood is poured out “for the forgiveness of sins,” and compare Mark 10:45, where Jesus says that he gives his life “as a ransom for many.”

Do this in remembrance of me. The Christian celebration of the Lord’s Supper derives from this instruction, repeated also after the cup in the fuller version in 1 Corinthians 11:24–25. Whatever other significance the Lord’s Supper may carry, it remains in essence, like the Passover, a memorial of a historical saving event.[4]


Vers. 19, 20.—And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. Around these words, and the parallel passages in SS. Matthew and Mark, for more than a thousand years fierce theological disputes have raged. Men have gone gladly to prison and to death rather than renounce what they believed to be the true interpretation. Now, a brief exegetical commentary is not the place to enter into these sad controversies. It will be sufficient here to indicate some of the lines of thought which the prayerful earnest reader might wisely follow out so as to attain certain just ideas respecting the blessed rite here instituted—ideas which may suffice for a practical religious life. Now, we possess a Divine commentary on this sacrament instituted by our Lord. It is noticeable that St. John, whose Gospel was the latest or well-nigh the latest of the canonical writings of the New Testament, when at great length he relates the story of the last Passover evening and its teaching, does not allude to the institution of that famous service, which, when he wrote his Gospel, had become part of the settled experience of Church life. He presupposes it; for it had passed then into the ordinary life of the Church. In another and earlier portion of his Gospel, however, St. John (6:32–58) gives us a record of the Lord’s discourse in the synagogue of Capernaum, in which Jesus, while speaking plainly to those who heard him at the time, gave by anticipation a commentary on the sacrament which he afterwards instituted. The truth which was taught in this discourse is presented in a specific act and in a concrete form in the Holy Communion. In the fifty-third verse of that sixth chapter we read, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.” How is this now to be done? We reply that our Lord has clothed these ideas and brought them near to us in this sacrament; while, by his teaching in the sixth chapter of St. John, he guards this sacrament from being regarded on the one hand as an end in itself, or on the other as a mere symbol. Certain truths, great landmarks laid down in this discourse, have to be borne in mind. (1) The separation of the flesh of the Son of man into flesh and blood (John 6:53) presupposes a violent death submitted to for the sake of others (John 6:51). (2) Both these elements, the flesh and the blood, are to be appropriated individually by the believer (John 6:56). (3) How appropriated? St. Bernard well answers the question which he asks: “What is it to eat his flesh and to drink his blood, but to share in his sufferings and to imitate the life he lived when with us in the flesh?” (St. Bernard, on Ps. 3:3). “If ye suffer with him, ye shall also reign with him.” The Holy Eucharist is from one point of view a great truth dramatized, instituted for the purpose of bringing before men in a vivid manner the great truths above alluded to. But it is something more. It brings to the believer, to the faithful communicant, to the one who in humble adoring faith carries out to the best of his ability his Master’s dying charge—it brings a blessing too great for us to measure by earthly language, too deep for us to fathom with human inquiry. For the partaking of this Holy Communion is, first, the Christian’s solemn public confession of his faith in Christ crucified; his solemn private declaration that it is his deliberate wish to suffer with his Lord and for his Lord’s sake; that it is, too, his firm purpose to imitate the earthly life lived by his Lord. The partaking of this Holy Communion, too, is the Christian’s most solemn prayer for strength thus to suffer and to live. It is, too, his fervent expression of belief that this strength will be surely given to him. Further, the partaking of this Holy Communion is, above all, the Christian’s most solemn prayer for living union with Christ—“that Christ may dwell in his heart by faith.” It is, too, his fervent expression of belief that “then we dwell in Christ, and Christ in us; we are one with Christ, and Christ with us.” This confession, declaration, and prayer he constantly renews in obedience to the dying command of his Master. It is difficult to understand how any belief in a physical change in the elements of bread and wine, such as is involved in the theory of transubstantiation held in the Roman Church, or of consubstantiation in the Lutheran community, can be supposed to enhance the reverence of the communicant, or to augment the blessing promised. The words of the Lord, “This is my body … my blood,” cannot surely be pressed, seeing that the same Divine Speaker was in his discourses in the habit of using imagery which could not literally be pressed, such as “I am the Bread of life,” “I am the Door of the sheep,” “I am the true Vine,” etc. Nothing that can be conceived is more solemn than the simple rite, more awful in its grandeur, more Divine and far-reaching in its promises to the faithful believer. Human imaginings add nothing to this Divine mystery, which is connected at once with the Incarnation and the Atonement. They only serve to envelop it in a shroud of earth-born mist and cloud, and thus to dim if not to veil its Divine glory.[5]


Luke 22:19. Which is given for you. The other two Evangelists leave out this clause, which, however, is far from being superfluous; for the reason why the flesh of Christ becomes bread to us is, that by it salvation was once procured for us. And as the crucified flesh itself is of no advantage but to those who eat it by faith, so, on the other hand, the eating of it would be unmeaning, and of hardly any value, were it not in reference to the sacrifice which was once offered. Whoever then desires that the flesh of Christ should afford nourishment to him, let him look at it as having been offered on the cross, that it might be the price of our reconciliation with God. But what Matthew and Mark leave out in reference to the symbol of bread, they express in reference to the cup, saying, that the blood was to be shed for the remission of sins; and this observation must be extended to both clauses. So then, in order that we may feed aright on the flesh of Christ, we must contemplate the sacrifice of it, because it was necessary that it should have been once given for our salvation, that it might every day be given to us.[6]


19. The taking, breaking and distribution of bread were regular features of the Passover observance and would cause no surprise. But as he gave it to his followers Jesus said, This is my body, words which have caused endless controversy in the church. The critical point is the meaning of is. Some argue for a change of the bread into the body of Christ, but the verb can mean very various kinds of identification, as we see from such statements as ‘I am the door’, ‘I am the bread of life’, ‘that rock was Christ’. In this case identity cannot be in mind, for Jesus’ body was physically present at the time. It must be used in some such sense as ‘represents’, ‘signifies’, or, perhaps, ‘conveys’ (cf. Moffatt, ‘This means …’). The statement is a strong one and must not be watered down, but it must not be overpressed either. The addition, which is given for you, looks forward to Calvary (cf. Fitzmyer, ‘The vicarious gift of himself’). It speaks of Jesus’ death for his people. This is not something that springs from the Passover ritual. That spoke of deliverance but not of vicarious sacrifice. Jesus is interpreting his death in a Passover context and making it clear that it has saving significance. Ellis thinks that the words about the body and blood here ‘can be explained only as an implicit reference to the suffering Servant who, as the covenant representative, “poured out his soul to death and … bore the sins of many” (Isa. 53:12).’ The command, Do this in remembrance of me, does not mean, as some claim, that the communion is essentially a pleading of Christ before the Father. It is lest we forget, not lest he forget.[7]


22:19 some bread” Notice that the lamb is not mentioned. This meal has a completely new relevance for the church and is not linked inseparably to an annual Feast of national Israel. It symbolized a new deliverance (exodus) from sin (cf. Jer. 31:31–34).

“ ‘This is My body’ ” There have been four major understandings of this meal in the church: (1) Roman Catholic trans-substantiation, which means that this is in reality the body of Christ; (2) Martin Luther’s con-substantiation, which is slightly less literal than number 1; (3) John Calvin’s spiritual presence, which is slightly less literal than numbers 1 and 2; and finally (4) Zwingli’s symbolic (Baptist) understanding. The interpretation that the elements actually become the body and blood of Christ comes from John 6:43–58 which, in context, is the feeding of the five thousand and the Jews expectation that the Messiah would feed them as Moses did, not the Lord’s Supper.

“ ‘do this in remembrance of Me’ ” This is a PRESENT ACTIVE IMPERATIVE. The phrase is unique to Luke’s Gospel. The word anamnēsis occurs twice in Paul’s account of the Lord’s Supper in 1 Cor. 11:24, 25. Luke may have gotten his terminology from Paul’s churches. This is probably why there are several non-Lukan forms and words in Luke 22:19b–20.[8]


19. And he took bread, and gave thanks (see on Mark 6:41). In Matthew and Mark it is “and blessed it.” The one act includes the other. He “gave thanks,” not so much here for the literal bread, as for that higher food which was couched under it; and He “blessed” it as the ordained channel of spiritual nourishment. and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body, which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. ‘The expression, “This is my body,” ’ says Alexander most truly, ‘which is common to all the accounts, appears so unambiguous and simple an expression, that it is hard to recognize in it the occasion and the subject of the most protracted and exciting controversy that has rent the Church within the last thousand years. That controversy is so purely theological that it has scarcely any basis in the exposition of the text; the only word upon which it could fasten (the verb is) being one which in Aramaic (or Syro-Chaldaic), would not be expressed, and therefore belongs merely to the Greek translation of our Saviour’s language. [But this supposes our Lord now spoke in Aramaic—the contrary of which we believe.] Until the strong unguarded figures of the early Fathers had been petrified into a dogma, at first by popular misapprehension, and at last by theological perversion, these words suggested no idea but the one which they still convey to every plain unbiased reader, that our Saviour calls the bread His body in the same sense that He calls Himself a door (John 10:9), a vine (John 15:1), a root (Rev. 22:16), a star, and is described by many other metaphors in Scripture. The bread was an emblem of His flesh, as wounded for the sins of men, and as administered for their spiritual nourishment and growth in grace.’[9]


19, 20. Then he took (some) bread, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, This is my body given for you. This do in remembrance of me. And in the same way after supper (he took) the cup, saying, This cup (is) the new covenant in my blood, poured out for you. For the authenticity of 19b, 20 see the note on this passage on pp. 968, 969.

A few more hours and the old symbol, being bloody—for it required the slaying of the lamb—will have served its purpose forever, having reached its fulfilment in the blood shed on Calvary. It was time, therefore, that a new and unbloody symbol replace the old. Nevertheless, by historically linking Passover and the Lord’s Supper so closely together Jesus also made clear that what was essential in the first was not lost in the second. Both point to him, the only and all-sufficient sacrifice for the sins of his people. Passover pointed forward to this; the Lord’s Supper points back to it.

Having taken from the table a thin slice or sheet of unleavened bread, Jesus “gave thanks” and then started to break up the slice. The words which the Lord used in this thanksgiving have not been revealed. To try to reconstruct them from Jewish formula prayers would serve no useful purpose. How do we even know that our Lord availed himself of these prayers?

The breaking of the bread, to which reference is made in all four accounts, must be considered as belonging to the very essence of the sacrament. This becomes clear in the light of that which immediately follows, namely, “This is my body given for you.”

To interpret this to mean that Jesus was actually saying that these portions of bread which he handed to the disciples were identical with his physical body, or were at that moment being changed into his body, is to ignore (a) the fact that in his body Jesus was standing there in front of his disciples, for all to see. He was holding in his hand the bread, and giving them the portions as he broke them off. Body and bread were clearly distinct and remained so. Neither changed into the other, or took on the physical properties or characteristics of the other. Besides, such an interpretation also ignores (b) the fact that during his earthly ministry the Master very frequently used symbolical language (Mark 8:15; John 2:19; 3:3; 4:14, 32; 6:51, 53–56; 11:11). It is striking that in all of the instances indicated by these references the symbolical or figurative character of our Lord’s language was disregarded by those who first heard it! In each case also, the context makes clear that those who interpreted Christ’s words literally were mistaken! Is it not high time that the implied lesson be taken to heart? Finally, there is (c): when Jesus spoke of himself as being “the vine” (John 15:1, 5), is it not clear that he meant that what a natural vine is in relation to its branches, which find their unity, life, and fruit-bearing capacity in this plant, that, in a far more exalted sense, Christ is to his people? Is it not clear, therefore, that the vine represents or symbolizes Jesus, the genuine Vine? Thus also he calls himself—or is called—the door, the morning star, the cornerstone, the lamb, the fountain, the rock, etc. He also refers to himself as “the bread of life” (John 6:35, 48), “the bread that came down out of heaven” (John 6:58). So, why should he not be, and be represented and symbolized by, “the broken bread”? Accordingly, the meaning of “the broken bread” and the poured-out wine is correctly indicated in a Communion Form which represents Christ as saying: “Whereas otherwise you should have suffered eternal death, I give my body in death on the tree of the cross and shed my blood for you, and nourish and refresh your hungry and thirsty souls with my crucified body and shed blood to everlasting life, as certainly as this bread is broken before your eyes and this cup is given to you, and you eat and drink with your mouth in remembrance of Me.”

Jesus adds, “This do in remembrance of me.” It was the desire of our Lord that by means of the supper, here instituted, the church should remember his sacrifice and love him, should reflect on that sacrifice and embrace him by faith, and should look forward in living hope to his glorious return. Surely, the proper celebration of communion is a loving remembrance. It is, however, more than that. Jesus Christ is most certainly, and through his Spirit most actively, present at this genuine feast! Cf. Matt. 18:20. His followers “take” and “eat.” They appropriate Christ by means of living faith, and are strengthened in this faith.

With respect to “And in the same way after supper (he took) the cup,” etc., note the following:

Jesus says, “This cup (is) the new covenant in my blood.”

But why does he speak of a new covenant? Do not such passages as Rom. 4:16; Gal. 3:8, 9, 29 clearly teach that the old covenant, the one made with Abraham, “the father of us all,” is still in force? They certainly do. Nevertheless, there has been a tremendous change, a change so significant that even Jeremiah (31:31), looking into the future, could speak of a new covenant. That newness consists in this, (a) that for believers in the new dispensation the law is no longer written on tables of stone but on their hearts, the Holy Spirit having been poured out into these hearts; and (b) that the covenant is no longer almost exclusively between God and Israel but between God and all believers, regardless of race or nationality (Rom. 10:12, 13).

Note also “the new covenant in my blood, poured out for you.”

In all four accounts (Matthew, Mark, Luke, 1 Cor. 11) a relation is established between Christ’s blood and his covenant. As reported by Matthew and Mark, Jesus said, “my blood of the covenant”; here in Luke—with little if any difference in meaning—“the new covenant in my blood.” The expression goes back to such passages as Exod. 24:8; Jer. 31:31–34. See also the significant passage Lev. 17:11. And note: “Apart from the shedding of blood there is no remission” (Heb. 9:22; cf. Eph. 1:7); therefore also no covenant, no special relation of friendship between God and his people. Reconciliation with God always requires blood, an atoning sacrifice. And since man himself is unable to render such a sacrifice, a substitutionary offering, accepted by faith, is required (Isa. 53:6, 8, 10, 12; Matt. 20:28; Mark 10:45; John 3:16; 6:51; Rom. 5:19; 8:32; 2 Cor. 5:20, 21; Gal. 2:20; 3:13; 1 Peter 2:24).

As Luke reports it, Jesus said, “… my blood, poured out for you.” Both Matthew (26:28) and Mark (14:24) read “poured out for many.” There is no conflict. Christ’s true disciples (The Eleven) were included in the “many.”

As was shown in our little summary on p. 960, having briefly indicated what Jesus, during this evening and this night, did for his disciples (while still in the upper room), Luke now describes how they, in turn, reacted to Jesus and his teaching. In this connection the evangelist returns to what happened before the institution of the Lord’s Supper; in other words, to what took place while the Passover meal was still in progress:[10]


22:19. Along with lamb, unleavened bread was also a central part of the Passover meal. The family, having recited the Exodus story through questions and answers and sung parts of the traditional Hallel collection of psalms in Psalms 113–118, would give a prayer of thanks over the bread and eat the Passover meal. Jesus apparently took the role of the father of the family and gave thanks for the bread. As he did so, he replaced the Passover celebration with a new celebration of unleavened bread. This one interpreted the bread not as representing what Israel had to carry out of Egypt but the body of Jesus broken on the cross for his followers.

It is difficult to know how the disciples would have reacted as Jesus spoke of his body given for them. Later they would realize what he had done and why he wanted them to repeat this rite again and again. No longer did they need to celebrate the Passover and look back to the Exodus redemption. Now they could celebrate the Lord’s Supper or Last Supper and look back to what Jesus did for them by dying on the cross. Jesus would no longer drink and eat physically and visibly with them, but each generation of disciples could remember his desire to eat this last meal and the meaning he gave to it.[11]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2014). Luke 18–24 (pp. 282–284). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[2] Liefeld, W. L., & Pao, D. W. (2007). Luke. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 313). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Green, J. B. (1997). The Gospel of Luke (pp. 761–764). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[4] France, R. T. (2013). Luke. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (p. 345). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[5] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). St Luke (Vol. 2, pp. 198–199). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[6] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 3, p. 212). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[7] Morris, L. (1988). Luke: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 3, pp. 324–325). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[8] Utley, R. J. (2004). The Gospel according to Luke (Vol. Volume 3A, Lk 22:19). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[9] Brown, D., Fausset, A. R., & Jamieson, R. (n.d.). A Commentary, Critical, Experimental, and Practical, on the Old and New Testaments: Matthew–John (Vol. V, pp. 325–326). London; Glasgow: William Collins, Sons, & Company, Limited.

[10] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Luke (Vol. 11, pp. 961–964). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[11] Butler, T. C. (2000). Luke (Vol. 3, pp. 368–369). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

June—11 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

 

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night. He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.—Exodus 13:21, 22.

My soul! look back, this evening, to the Church’s history in the wilderness, and behold how Jesus watched over his people then, as he doth now. Surely it is sweet, it is blessed, to mark the same evidences of the Redeemer’s love, and to observe, that in affection to his people (as in person, so in love) he is “the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.” Among many precious testimonies to this effect, that of the pillar of the cloud by day, and of fire by night, in the camp of Israel, is not the least. We are told in this scripture, that the Lord was in this cloud; and another scripture confirms it, saying, that Jehovah “spake unto them out of the cloudy pillar.” It is wonderful to conceive what effect must have been wrought on the minds of the people by this constant display of the Lord’s goodness. Contrary to all other clouds, it was always stationary, always near the tabernacle, and acted as the reverse of all other clouds, in that it shone bright by night, and was dark as a cloud to obscure the sun’s brightness and scorching rays by day. Besides these and other wonderful properties, its movements became the token for the camp of Israel to move, and when it rested, it implied that Israel was to rest also. And thus, not for a short transient march or two, not on any particular emergency, but it became the guide and protection of Israel for forty years together, until all the people of God arrived in the promised land. Pause, my soul, and ponder over the grace of thy covenant God in Christ, in this standing miracle; and when thou hast duly considered the wonderful subject, say, was not Jesus then as much, in type and figure, preached to the Church of old, as he is now in sum and substance? Was the Lord veiled in a cloud then, and hath he not since veiled himself in our flesh? Did he go before the people then, and doth he not the same now? Was he stationary then, that is, ever with them, and is he not with his people “always, even unto the end of the world?” Was the cloud in the wilderness the reverse of all other clouds, shining by night, but becoming a grateful screen by day? And is not Jesus all this, and more; shining most bright upon his people when they are in darkness, and sheltering them when the heat of persecution or distress is at the height? Did the cloud never depart from the people during their forty years’ journey through the wilderness, until they arrived at Canaan? And doth not our Lord go before, and follow his redeemed, all the way of their pilgrimage, until he hath brought them home safe to heaven? O thou glorious, gracious, great I AM! Be thou, dearest Lord, still the light, the way, the truth, and the life, to all thy redeemed. And as now, since thou hast finished redemption-work by thine open presence upon earth, in substance of our flesh, and “washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof, by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning,” do thou, Lord, fulfil that sweet promise, and “create upon every dwelling-place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and a smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for upon all the glory shall be a defence!” (Isaiah 4:4, 5.)[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 179–180). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

June 11, 2020 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

Mid-Day Snapshot · June 11, 2020

THE FOUNDATION

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.“—John Adams (1770)

Manipulating Stats on Police Shootings to Create a Narrative

There are big problems with the Washington Post’s story about its own data.


Seattle’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ Experiment

Radical leftists have taken over six blocks of the city, declaring it autonomous from the U.S.


Appease the Mob, Destroy the Nation

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” —Winston Churchill


‘Gone With the Wind’ Scolded for ‘Racism’

HBO says the Oscar-winning film’s depiction of slavery in the antebellum South is too dangerous.


It’s Time to Move Troops From Germany

President Trump announced some major changes, and there are good reasons for it.


Talking With a Democrat About ‘Systemic Racism’

The cognitive versus emotive interpretation of events creates the race-relations disconnect between Right and Left.


Video: What’s a Better Way to Do Public Safety and Racial Justice?

A veto-proof supermajority of Minneapolis City Council members say they support a move to defund the police.


Video: Democrats Have Lowered Themselves Further

They “are truly just pandering to black folks when they have no idea what they’re even doing,” says David Harris Jr.



TODAY’S OPINION

GARY BAUER
The Left’s Attack on America
LAURA HOLLIS
No One Is Listening to the American People — Still
JACKIE GINGRICH CUSHMAN
Empathy, Not Sympathy
CAL THOMAS
Next Time Call a ‘Pig’
TONY PERKINS
Stuck Between Two Sexes: The Trans Teen Revolution
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Thursday News Executive Summary

Historic debt, police reform delayed, Washington Post deception, and more.


Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Ben Shapiro, Star Parker, Thomas Sowell, and more.



TODAY’S MEME

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TODAY’S CARTOON

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Now A Volcanic Eruption In Ecuador Leaves Several Cities Covered In Ash. Seriously, 2020?
The eruption of a volcano in Ecuador’s Amazon region left several cities covered in ash on Tuesday, fueling concerns of a potential health impact as the South American nation slowly emerges from a brutal coronavirus outbreak. Due to recent change in wind pattern, the ash was pushed towards the coast which affected neighbouring regions including the largest city, Guayaquil.

600 Cops Could Be Leaving NYPD Due to Violent George Floyd Riots
According to people with intimate knowledge of the law enforcement situation in the five boroughs, there could soon be a mass exodus of officers from the New York City Police Department, as city officials have chosen to side against them while the officers try to restore law and order. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday that he would cut the police department’s budget. The decision came at a time when the ongoing chaos seems to indicate police in the city are needed now more than ever.

Uganda braces for major locust invasion
Uganda on Wednesday said it was preparing to take on a looming invasion of desert locusts from neighboring Kenya where they are already causing havoc. The Minister of Agriculture Vincent Ssempijja said that scientists warned that the country would be invaded by billions of the migratory inserts that are hatching in Kenya. The country, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, has already faced three waves of the destructive insects’ invasion since this year started. The swarms have spread to 26 districts in the country.

Dan Bongino Teaches Democrat a Lesson in ‘Black Lives Matter’ Clash
Democrat Hakeem Jeffries probably thought he was putting on a tour de force while questioning conservative commentator Dan Bongino on Wednesday. But all he was really doing was showing how weak the current Democratic Party really is. And it only took a statement of logic and morality for Bongino to make that clear.

Barr Reveals Recognizable Names Are Being Investigated in Durham Probe
Attorney General William Barr told Fox News in an exclusive interview that there are “some” recognizable names being investigated as part of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s probe into the origins of the Russia investigation and surveillance abuses prior to the 2016 election. Barr said that the Department of Justice was investigating some recognizable names, but not at the level of former Vice President Joe Biden or President Barack Obama. “For the first time in American history, police organizations and the national security organizations were used to spy on a campaign, and there was no basis for it,” Barr said.

Fox Segment Devolves Into Chaos After Leftist Calls Black Guest ‘Negro’
“I’ll speak to you, Dr. West, black man to black man,” Terrell said. “There’s looting going on and you’re trying to conflate protesting and police misconduct.” Within 10 seconds, the conversation devolved into a shouting match between the two men that came to a head when West called his opponent “my brother.” “You are not my brother. You are hurting black people by taking this position,” Terrell shot back. “You are taking the wrong position!”

Another locust attack likely in a few weeks: Officials
Authorities are worried that millions of locusts may enter India along with monsoon winds from the Arabian Sea to destroy kharif crops. “The locust swarms may attack in late June and early July. There is every possibility that locust swarms will come towards India from African countries along with monsoon winds rising from the Arabian Sea,” K L Gurjar, Deputy Director of the Faridabad-based Locust Warning Organisation (LWO), told PTI.

NY police union boss slams politicians, media ‘treating cops like animals and thugs’
O’Meara said lawmakers and members of the press were among those trying to “shame” officers into being embarrassed about their professions. “You know what,” O’Meara said, raising his police badge. “This isn’t stained by someone in Minneapolis. It’s still got a shine on it and so do theirs. So do theirs. Stop treating us like animals and thugs. Start treating us with some respect.”

US fighter jets intercept 8 Russian warplanes 30 miles from Alaska
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) confirmed it intercepted the Russian aircraft early Wednesday morning in a series of tweets. “North American Aerospace Defense Command F-22 Raptors, supported by KC-135 Stratotankers and E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System, completed two intercepts of Russian Bomber formations entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone early this morning,” NORAD tweeted.

World War 3: India and China top brass meet in bid to defuse tension at border
The dispute between the world’s two most populous nations has been a source of growing unease in recent weeks, with Frank O’Donnell, a Nonresident Fellow with the Stimson Center South Asia Program, warning Express.co.uk earlier this year there was a “real risk of escalation” if either side – both of which have nuclear weapons – miscalculated. Hundreds of soldiers from either side have been stationed in the remote snow desert of Ladakh since April in one of the most serious border flare-ups for years after Chinese patrols advanced into what India regards as its side of the de facto border.

North Korea TAKEOVER: Kim’s sister astonishes experts with ‘human scum’ statement
Kim Yo Jung has moved to the forefront since her brother’s mysterious disappearance last month. And now she has unleashed a brutal attack on neighbours South Korea, just after the rogue state severed contact with Seoul. Kim Yo-jong’s statement said: “On May 31, I heard a report that so-called ‘defectors from the North’ scattered hundreds of thousands of anti-DPRK leaflets into the areas of our side from the frontline areas. “What matters is that those human scum hardly worth their value as human beings had the temerity of faulting our supreme leadership and citing ‘nuclear issue’.

Senior source to ‘Post’: If Israel annexes, it will annex all settlements
Israel has not proposed to extend sovereignty to part of the settlements or to move forward in stages, a source involved in the matter said on Thursday. The US-Israel mapping committee is still working on outlining all settlements and the Jordan Valley, making up 30% of the West Bank, that would be part of sovereign Israel according to US President Donald Trump’s peace plan.

The Middle East now has three authoritarian alliance systems – analysis
Turkey is increasing its role in Libya while the Iranian-backed Syrian regime of Bashar Assad struggles to deal with a major economic crisis at home. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia continues to face off against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Middle East today is divided along…three alliance systems. These systems are rooted in Tehran, Ankara and Riyadh, and they all seek different authoritarian agendas.

U.S. jets intercept Russian nuclear-capable bombers off Alaska, NORAD says
U.S. fighter jets intercepted Russian bombers twice on Wednesday off the coast of Alaska, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said Wednesday. The intercepts come less than two weeks after U.S. bombers were met by Russian jets over the Black Sea. NORAD said US F-22 Raptors intercepted a Russian bomber formation early Wednesday that came within 20 nautical miles of the Alaskan coast.

Amazon, Facebook and Google turn to deep network of political allies to battle back antitrust probes
David Espinoza appeared unhappy when Arizona joined scores of states investigating Google last year. The Phoenix-based owner of a shoe-and-leather store wrote in a local newspaper he was “amazed and a little dumbfounded” by regulators’ campaign to “change how digital platforms operate.” “The current system is working for small businesses, and as the old saying goes: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” he wrote.

Bracing for the next phase of the coronavirus recession: Bankruptcies
Art Van Furniture, Bar Louie and True Religion all sell different products, but they all have one thing in common: Each has gone bankrupt this year…Recent data show 722 companies sought bankruptcy protection around the U.S. last month, a 48% increase from the year-ago period. Chapter 11 filings also jumped in April and March, as states started imposing business restrictions amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Al-Qaeda tries to exploit US unrest
Al-Qaeda is actively trying to exploit the current unrest in the US by reaching out to both Muslims and non-Muslims to present themselves as “champions of the oppressed”. The latest issue of the jihadist group’s online magazine One Ummah uses the iconic image of George Floyd’s last moments and a painting by the graffiti artist Banksy to help deliver its message of unsolicited support to protesters on US streets.

Confederate and Columbus statues toppled by US protesters
Statues of Confederate leaders and the explorer Christopher Columbus have been torn down in the US, as pressure grows on authorities to remove monuments connected to slavery and colonialism. A statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was toppled in Richmond, Virginia, on Wednesday night.

The ‘new normal’ as cyber-spies navigate pandemic
The Covid crisis has reshaped the cyber-threat landscape around the globe. There may not have been a significant increase in the volume of cyber-attacks, but countries have pursued new targets, pushed boundaries and taken advantage of their adversaries working from home…Understanding the crisis is the highest priority for almost every government – vital to their security, and in some cases their political survival at home.

Islamic Jihad puts on show of force in West Bank
The Islamic Jihad terror organization is increasing its visibility in the West Bank, so far unimpeded by the Palestinian Authority. The PA has long been in conflict with both the Hamas and the Islamic Jihad despite reconciliation efforts including a 2017 agreement to end hostilities, signed with the mediation of Egypt.

BREAKING ALERT: DHS Report Warns Police Officers Personal Info Being Posted Online, Could Lead to Violence
A new report from the Department of Homeland Security is warning police officers and other law enforcement personnel that their personal information is being posted on social media.

Joe Biden Says He Wants a VP Who Is ‘Ready To Be President on Day One’
Former Vice President Joe Biden has done little to dispel the notion many people have that he lacks the mental competency to be president.

Alarming study: U.S. public pensions to run out of money
At a moment a number of US public pension plans have barely recovered – if at all from the 2008 financial crisis – now to be hit with continuing economic fallout from the corona-crisis and domino effect of historic unemployment, an alarming report in FT warns that seven major public pension plans are due to deplete their assets by 2028.

WOKE TALIBAN: As America Falls Under Mob Rule, We Shall Soon Find Out That Giving Into ANTIFA And BLM Terrorist Demands Is Societal Suicide
I am a Yankee, and my ancestors fought for the Union Army, we won fair and square and that’s just fine with me. I have absolutely zero love for the Confederate flag, it’s not only a flag of slavery it’s also the flag of the losers. But to have it now ripped from society and from the pages of history because an angry mob of domestic terrorists demands it, should send a cold chill down the spine of anyone with a functioning brain. A society that allows that will soon find themselves on their knees to that mob, and indeed the kneeling has already begun.

Shootings Surge, Murders up over 100 Percent as Protesters Flood NYC
Shootings surged and murders were up over 100 percent in New York City last week as protesters flooded the streets, along with rioters who shattered windows and destroyed property.

CIVIL WAR: The US on the Brink – ACT 3
Is WHITE a culture?  According to the radicalized youth rioters black is a culture, Mexican is a culture, Native American is a culture, and all are victimized by white Nazi, Trump Deplorables.   According to their high school educated selves, white culture exists and is defined as the evil progenitor of genocide, colonization, fear and hatred. Ah.

Left-wing extremists following Mao’s Cultural Revolution playbook, and it will lead to mass executions in the streets if we don’t stop them
Frank Miele at RealClearPolitics.com has penned an outstanding article describing the historical parallels of today’s radical left-wing Antifa / Black Lives Matter riots. Far from “peaceful protests,” the actions and demands of these cultural Marxists closely resemble the history of Mao’s Cultural Revolution or Hitler’s Kristallnacht, the Night of the Broken Glass.

Chicago Has 18 Murders In 24 Hours Making It The Most Violent Single Day The Liberal City Has Witnessed In Over 60 Years As Race Riots Rage
Chicago is a very Liberal city, a Democrat mayor, a Democrat-run city council, in a state with a Democrat governor, and a place with some of the most-restrictive gun laws in the nation. According to all the Democrats running for president in 2020, those bona fides should amount to a paradise on earth, if you were to take their marketing at face value.

Dreamers Arrested in Protests Helped Those who “Were There to Commit Crime and Damage” 
Illegal immigrants protected by an Obama-era amnesty for adults who came to the U.S. as children are among the rioters arrested and charged with crimes in Arizona. One of them, 30-year-old Mexican illegal alien Maxima Guerrero, is a community organizer with a Phoenix-based grassroots migrant justice organization called Puente Movement.

World on the brink of worst food crisis in 50 years, UN warns
The UN has warned that the world is on the verge of the worst food crisis in at least 50 years as the recession following the COVID-19 pandemic may put basic nutrition beyond impoverished people’s reach. The organization has urged governments to take prompt action to prevent further disaster as 49 million more may fall into extreme poverty due to the outbreak.

Eruption at Sangay volcano produces pyroclastic flows, covers several provinces in ash, Ecuador
A strong eruptive event at Ecuador’s Sangay volcano on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, produced a thick column of ash that rose up to 7 km (23 000 feet) above sea level. Several provinces were covered in ash, flights delayed and some roads closed.

Depopulation globalist Melinda Gates already pushing experimental COVID-19 vaccines on “people of color” as the target group to vaccinate first
A friend texted me a short message this morning. “You called it!” That’s because just a few days after I said the COVID-19 vaccine would be used to target black people with a depopulation “kill switch” injection, Melinda Gates came right out and stated that the new vaccines should be administered with a priority preference for “people of color.


Headlines – 6/11/2020

Gantz to German FM: Trump peace plan a historic opportunity

In Israel, German FM calls annexation illegal, but doesn’t threaten sanctions

As Germany issues warning, Israel vows to act responsibly in sovereignty bid

Netanyahu Tells German FM Israel Must Retain West Bank Security Control in Any Future Peace Deal

Netanyahu to initially annex 3 settlement blocs, not Jordan Valley – officials

Netanyahu to German FM: Israel must control Jordan Valley, keep settlements there under peace deal

Israel likely to apply sovereignty in Judea and Samaria during summer months, officials say, with a deadline sometime in September

Bennett says he’s ‘convinced’ Netanyahu will not go forward with annexation

David Friedman to meet Netanyahu, Gantz, Ashkenazi on annexation

In first, AIPAC gives US lawmakers green light to criticize Israel on annexation

Annexation Violates Oslo Accords, Says Israel’s Former Negotiator

Erekat: No need to declare Palestine a state, it already is one

Some nations said gearing up to recognize Palestine if annexation goes ahead

Report: Some Palestinians Voice Enthusiasm About Potential West Bank Annexation by Israel

Syrian currency collapse throws country into uncertainty

Iran’s Rouhani urges powers to oppose US ‘conspiracy’ to extend arms embargo

EU: US can’t use nuclear deal to push for arms embargo on Iran

Iran’s Rouhani: We broke the knee of America that was on our throat

Freed Taliban prisoners eye return to the battlefield

A massacre in Nigeria’s Borno state left more people dead than months of coronavirus

‘Children and women were not spared’: Boko Haram kills at least 81 in hourslong attack on Nigerian village

Russian nuclear-capable bombers intercepted by US aircraft near Alaska: report

Baltic nations brace for US troop withdrawal as Russia waits and watches

N. Korea warns US to stay out of inter-Korean affairs

U.S. Sends Aircraft Carriers as China Makes Waves in the Pacific

‘America is at a tipping point’: Oprah Winfrey states US ‘can’t move forward without calling out pain of racism’ following George Floyd’s death

Statues come down across the US, Europe as Floyd’s death sparks change

Seattle protesters storm City Hall, demand mayor resign after driving police out of area, declaring autonomous zone

NYC detectives’ union turns the tables, vows to sue George Floyd rioters who attack officers

Dr. Ben Carson Criticizes ‘Defund the Police’ Movement: ‘People Will Realize How Irrational it Is’

Trump opposes efforts to remove Confederate commanders’ names from military bases

Bubba Wallace wants NASCAR to ban Confederate flags, will drive ‘Black Lives Matter’ car

NASCAR Truck Series driver to quit over Confederate flag ban

‘Gone with the Wind’ pulled from HBO Max until it can return with ‘historical context’

More than 1,200 former DOJ officials call for review of AG Barr’s role in clearing protesters near White House

‘Chaos in Georgia’: Is messy primary a November harbinger?

Are You Ready For North America’s ‘Triple Eclipse?’ Countdown Begins To 3 Solar Eclipses In 4 Years

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Jamestown, Saint Helena

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Suva, Fiji

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Jamestown, Saint Helena

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Sungai Penuh, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 23,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 15,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 12,000ft

Sangeang Api volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Developing tropical system threatens Philippines with flooding downpours

More than 600,000 Lose Power as Winds Blow Over Semis, Topple Trees in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania

World on the brink of worst food crisis in 50 years, UN warns

Sydney’s coastal ecosystems suffer ‘once-in-a-generation’ mass mortality event, Australia

EU says China behind ‘huge wave’ of Covid-19 disinformation

UK’s coronavirus ‘sex ban’ will end for some couples this weekend

ACLU lawsuit claims Trump administration policy blocking migrants during COVID-19 is illegal

‘Are you immune?’ The new class system that could shape the Covid-19 world

COVID-19: Bogus ‘contact tracing’ apps deployed to steal data: researchers

Fed warns of uncertain path for post-pandemic US economy

The OECD said coronavirus has triggered the worst global recession in almost 100 years – and laid out 2 scenarios for its impact on the world economy

ECB prepares ‘bad bank’ for wave of toxic debt, says sources

Bracing for the next phase of the coronavirus recession: Bankruptcies

A housing ‘apocalypse’ is coming as coronavirus protections across the country expire

Polish President Vows to Ban LGBTQ Teaching in Schools as Election Nears

West Virginia just elected its first openly transgender official

Trump DOJ to Court: Faith-Based Adoption Agencies Can Refuse Same-Sex Couples

Up to 10-year jail for cow slaughter in India


Thursday 6-11-20

Kenneth Gentry – The Four All’s of the Great Commission

Dozens of People Saved, Healed at Intersection Where Floyd Was Killed

Who are the Groups Baptizing And Having Church Service at Minneapolis Protests?

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

Scholar of biblical Greek exposes The Passion Translation

Southern Baptist Pastors Take on SBC Leaders by Announcing “Resolution on Abolishing Abortion

Massachusetts churches plan to defy restrictions that ‘would prevent even Jesus and the 12 disciples from gathering’

China’s Communists Aim to Rewrite the Bible to ‘Create a New Version of Christianity’


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Throwback Thursday ~ Basic Training: 8 Steps to Finding God’s Will for Your Life

Michelle Lesley

Originally published October 6, 2017

For more in the Basic Training series, click here.

What is God’s will for my life?

I’ve asked this question before. I don’t remember the exact circumstances, but it was probably some time in my late teens to mid-twenties. You know- when you’re making all those big, life-changing decisions: Where should I go to college? What should I major in? What kind of career do I want? Which job should I take? Should I move to another state? Whom should I marry? When should we start having children? How many children should we have?

Maybe you’ve asked the same question yourself. Life as a young adult can be pretty overwhelming, especially when you’re still kind of immature and inexperienced, and you have to make so many big decisions that have such intense and long-lasting impact on your own life and the lives of others. As you…

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Fauci’s Back…With More Coronavirus Scare Stories!

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Just when it seemed we might get a moment without Covid hysteria or riot hysteria, Dr. Fauci is back and telling us that this coronavirus is his “worst nightmare.” But he assured attendees at a vaccine industry conference that there’s a lot of profit to be made when the vaccine comes out. Plus in today’s Liberty Report: A “Texas spike” or just hype? WHO’s new mask guidelines are a farce. And…you might be a psychopath!

The COVID Skeptics Were Right | The American Spectator

When Alex Berenson, the former New York Times reporter, said that people will look back on the coronavirus lockdown as a “colossal mistake,” many scoffed. But with each passing day, as the failures of government at every level become clearer, Berenson and other COVID skeptics look increasingly perceptive. The governmental cure was worse than the disease.

“What I think is that people took a very, very aggressive action a month ago without necessarily thinking through what the economic or societal consequences were going to be,” Berenson said to the press in April. “Now more and more evidence is coming out that we responded too harshly, that maybe we should have taken smaller steps and seen what happened before we went to the place we went. And it seems to me very, very hard, both for politicians and for the public health establishment, to acknowledge this and to walk us back in a reasonable way.”

The predictions about the virus were wildly wrong, said Berenson: “I’ve been watching this like a hawk and I’ve been watching the models, both the Imperial College and now more recently, the major U.S. model, which is the University of Washington model, fail on a daily basis, fail to predict what is happening now, what is going to happen in months or years or even in a week…. I think most scientists agree it is more dangerous than the flu, but it doesn’t seem to be 10 or 20 or 30 times as dangerous as the flu. It’s on the spectrum of the flu. That’s what the data is now suggesting.”

The sheer arbitrariness of the lockdown, during which pols, drunk on their new powers, deemed services essential or nonessential depending on their ideological preferences, has been punctuated by the riots and protests, where all the COVID rules suddenly disappeared. We see nanny-state liberals, formerly so censorious of clustered gatherings, marching arm and arm with Black Lives Matter.

The shutdown revolved around an irrational assessment of risk, one which failed to weigh the consequences of crushing an economy, distorting social life, and suppressing freedom. Other means, short of a total shutdown, could have protected the old and sick, but officious pols, determined to retain as much power as possible, dismissed those plans out of hand. These same pols, who postured about the danger of “losing even one life,” support abortion and euthanasia and kept the abortion clinics open during the shutdown while banning religious services.

The speed with which these pols turned into little dictators was astonishing, and puts one in mind of C. S. Lewis’s observation:

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

It will take some time to assess the appalling damage the COVID tyrants have wrought. “In medical terms, the shutdown was a mass casualty incident,” wrote a group of 600 doctors to President Trump. “Suicide hotline phone calls have increased 600%. We are alarmed at what appears to be the lack of consideration for the future health of our patients. The downstream health effects of deteriorating a level are being massively under-estimated and under-reported. This is an order of magnitude error.” They continued, “The millions of casualties of a continued shutdown will be hiding in plain sight, but they will be called alcoholism, homelessness, suicide, heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure. In youths it will be called financial instability, unemployment, despair, drug addiction, unplanned pregnancies, poverty, and abuse.”

A group of academics — Scott W. Atlas, John R. Birge, Ralph L Keeney, and Alexander Lipton — have argued that the shutdown has ruined far more lives than the virus:

The policies have created the greatest global economic disruption in history, with trillions of dollars of lost economic output. These financial losses have been falsely portrayed as purely economic. To the contrary, using numerous National Institutes of Health Public Access publications, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Bureau of Labor Statistics data, and various actuarial tables, we calculate that these policies will cause devastating non-economic consequences that will total millions of accumulated years of life lost in the United States, far beyond what the virus itself has caused.

They explain:

The lost economic output in the U.S. alone is estimated to be 5 percent of GDP, or $1.1 trillion for every month of the economic shutdown. This lost income results in lost lives as the stresses of unemployment and providing basic needs increase the incidence of suicide, alcohol or drug abuse, and stress-induced illnesses. These effects are particularly severe on the lower-income populace, as they are more likely to lose their jobs, and mortality rates are much higher for lower-income individuals.

Statistically, every $10 million to $24 million lost in U.S. incomes results in one additional death. One portion of this effect is through unemployment, which leads to an average increase in mortality of at least 60 percent. That translates into 7,200 lives lost per month among the 36 million newly unemployed Americans, over 40 percent of whom are not expected to regain their jobs. In addition, many small business owners are near financial collapse, creating lost wealth that results in mortality increases of 50 percent. With an average estimate of one additional lost life per $17 million income loss, that would translate to 65,000 lives lost in the U.S. for each month because of the economic shutdown.

In addition to lives lost because of lost income, lives also are lost due to delayed or foregone health care imposed by the shutdown and the fear it creates among patients. From personal communications with neurosurgery colleagues, about half of their patients have not appeared for treatment of disease which, left untreated, risks brain hemorrhage, paralysis or death.

Epidemiologist Knut Wittkowski has argued that the shutdown only succeeded in prolonging the virus, and that the stated reason for the lockdown proved illusory:

When the whole thing started, there was one reason given for the lockdown and that was to prevent hospitals from becoming overloaded. There is no indication that hospitals could ever have become overloaded, irrespective of what we did. So we could open up again, and forget the whole thing.

I hope the intervention did not have too much of an impact because it most likely made the situation worse. The intervention was to ‘flatten the curve’. That means that there would be the same number of cases but spread out over a longer period of time, because otherwise the hospitals would not have enough capacity.

Now, as we know, children and young adults do not end up in hospitals. It is only those who are both elderly and have comorbidities that do. Therefore you have to protect the elderly and the nursing homes. The ideal approach would be to simply shut the door of the nursing homes and keep the personnel and the elderly locked in for a certain amount of time, and pay the staff overtime to stay there for 24 hours per day.

But no one in the political class, he observes, was willing to defy the groupthink that ruled out a more targeted and balanced approach to the virus:

Governments did not have an open discussion, including economists, biologists and epidemiologists, to hear different voices. In Britain, it was the voice of one person — Neil Ferguson — who has a history of coming up with projections that are a bit odd. The government did not convene a meeting with people who have different ideas, different projections, to discuss his projection. If it had done that, it could have seen where the fundamental flaw was in the so-called models used by Neil Ferguson. His paper was published eventually, in medRxiv. The assumption was that one per cent of all people who became infected would die. There is no justification anywhere for that.

It has taken the riots to expose the full hypocrisy of the pols who so eagerly robbed Americans of their freedom. These opportunistic pols were willing to suspend all their strictures once a politically correct cause arose sacred to them, thereby showing that all their “risk models” had no objectivity to them whatsoever. These are the same pols who suppressed religious freedom, dismissed the maintenance of the Bill of Rights as above their “pay grade,” and condemned utterly peaceful lockdown protests as perilous to the common good.

Berenson was right. Entrusting a decision as momentous as a national shutdown to power-mad pols whose ignorance is only exceeded by their ambition was a “colossal mistake.”

Source: The COVID Skeptics Were Right

Key senator gets authority to subpoena Obama deep state operatives | WND

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in his opening remarks chairing the House Judiciary Committee testimony of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz Dec. 11, 2019 (screenshot)

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday gave its chairman, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the authority to issue subpoenas for testimony from Barack Obama administration officials and evidence in its review of Trump-Russia collusion investigation.

He said earlier this week: “Once we find out that the Mueller investigation was run by people who hated Trump’s guts, dripping with partisanship, nobody seems to care. ‘Well, we can’t figure out if their hatred of Trump had any effect on their actions.’ Well, I don’t think you have to be that smart to put the puzzle together, but we’re going to keep trying.

“And Mr. Horowitz said he didn’t know if the senior top-level officials at the FBI knew about the sub source disavowing the dossier, but that’s something you would want to know. It matters to me whether or not the number two guy at the FBI, Comey himself, knew the document was no longer reliable and kept using it. And you can’t answer that question — none of you can.”

Fox News reported Democrats opposed the subpoena approval, insisting the committee should focus instead on the Department of Justice’s actions under the Trump administration.

In the bull’s-eye for Graham are more than 50 mostly former Obama administration officials, including former FBI Director James Comey, former national security adviser Susan Rice and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

“Their day is coming,” Graham said.

Fox reported: “The subpoena authorization approved Thursday would also cover any documents, communications and testimony ‘related to any aforementioned matter’ from current and former officials, including former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, former FBI officials Lisa Page, Peter Strzok, James Baker and Bill Priestap, as well as former DOJ official Bruce Ohr, among others.”

Also cited were figures associated with the Steele dossier, such as Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson and Nellie Ohr, a former Fusion employee and the wife of top DOJ official Bruce Ohr.

The Washington Examiner explained the Senate investigation is building on the audits of the FBI’s Russia investigation by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

Republicans point out investigators knew early in their probe there was no evidence supporting the Russia collusion claims, charging it was kept live to undermine President Trump.

“Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s lengthy report, which was released late last year, criticized the Justice Department and the FBI for at least 17 ‘significant errors and omissions’ related to the warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act against Trump campaign associate Carter Page in 2016 and 2017 and for the bureau’s reliance on British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s salacious and flawed dossier. Steele put his research together at the behest of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, funded by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Declassified footnotes show that Steele’s dossier may have been compromised by Russian disinformation,” the report said.

Graham said this week that those who knew about the problems with Steele’s work and continued to use it as evidence are “good candidates” for jail. He said special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation was “off the rails.”

The Obama administration operation, Crossfire Hurricane, is the focus of a criminal investigation by U.S. Attorney John Durham.

Source: Key senator gets authority to subpoena Obama deep state operatives

‘No Lockdown’: Doctors Warn Shutdowns Unleashing Massive Health Crises and Upheaval

A growing number of doctors are trying to show why they believe lockdowns and shutdowns are doing more harm than the coronavirus itself. More than 1,200 have banded together in the group A Doctor A Day, and at SecondOpinionProject.com, they are presenting their case for why the lockdowns have been a medical disaster.

Source: ‘No Lockdown’: Doctors Warn Shutdowns Unleashing Massive Health Crises and Upheaval

White Democrat Leaders Take Stand Against White Privilege By Resigning From Congress — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Denouncing the white privilege from which they’ve benefited their entire lives, white Democrat leaders announced today they would be resigning from Congress to allow more diverse voices to be heard.

Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Bernie Sanders, Joe Kennedy III, Eric Swalwell, Richard Blumenthal, Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, and dozens of others formally turned in their resignations today in order to combat the prevalence of white privilege in our country. Elizabeth Warren will remain so as to give Native Americans a voice.

“We must make space for people of color to be heard,” said Senator Chuck Schumer, who had donned a rasta dreadlock wig and beanie. “And the place where white privilege is most prominent is here in Congress, where old, white people make rules for a bunch of oppressed people. No longer. Effective today, we all resign.”

“I bless the rains down in Africa, and Wakanda forever,” he said, solemnly performing the Wakandan salute.

Joe Biden also declared he would be resigning from Congress but aides quickly reminded him he’s not in Congress and he’s running for the presidency and his name is Joe Biden.

via White Democrat Leaders Take Stand Against White Privilege By Resigning From Congress — The Babylon Bee

You Can Be A Christian, You Can Be A Marxist, But You Can’t Be Both — The Federalist

You Can Be A Christian, You Can Be A Marxist, But You Can’t Be Both
Christians are being pressured into repeating the beliefs of a neo-Marxist, collective guilt ideology that’s incompatible with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

It’s unclear how many Christians are going along with the current neo-Marxist collective guilt movement out of fear, a misunderstanding of what they’ve signed onto, or an authentic conversion to the cause. What is clear, however, is that you can’t be a Christian and a Marxist at the same time—not without irresolvable contradictions.

Whereas traditional garden-variety Marxism views history as a struggle between the wealthy and the working class “proletariat,” neo-Marxism cranks up the heat and redefines the fight to incorporate biological sex, race, ethnicity, and a whole gambit of various “identity” badges.

The grand unifying principle for the Marxists behind the Black Lives Matter movement is that everything—and they mean everything—can be reduced to “oppressors” versus the “oppressed.” If you happen to be a member of one of the “oppressor” groups, then expect to see all sorts of punishments heading your way until the neo-Marxists are satisfied. Except they never are.

Too many Christians are falling into a trap of expressing solidarity with an ideology that is completely antithetical to the teachings of Jesus. Right now, they need our prayers. Then, they need to wake up.

Collective Guilt Is Not Biblical

Whether the sins were committed yesterday, last week, or 400 years ago, all Caucasians are now told to bear the guilt for the sins committed by all other Caucasians; if they remain silent, Caucasians are accused of “violence.”

This is the opposite of Christianity as it is revealed in the Bible.

Christianity states you are accountable to God alone for your sins and inequities. You must go to Jesus to atone for the sins that result from your reality as a flawed human being. As for my brother, it is up to him to reconcile his sin with God or any specific individuals that he directly slights, attacks, or transgresses.

While the Old Testament tells of entire peoples or nations found guilty and castigated, they are punished by God, on His direct orders, or through His power, not by the whims of other individual men or women. Scripture does not instruct believers to thrust their guilt, sins, or suffering on to others.

When we read of “group solidarity” in the Old Testament it is important to remember it is always entirely voluntary and covenantal in nature. When God freed the Israelites from Egypt and then gave him His law, he didn’t force it upon them.

The concept of collective guilt is explicitly rejected in Ezekiel 18:20:

The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.

We receive salvation one at a time, through a solitary and sincere prayer to God. Those who take Christ as Lord and Savior are saved personally, not collectively with others. Only Jesus Christ can provide the ultimate forgiveness for the sins of our fellow brothers and sisters. Thankfully, on the cross at Calvary, he did just that.

Christianity Rejects the Materialism of Neo-Marxism

Historical Marxism peddles the materialistic notion that if everyone could just be wealthy enough so that economic status is meaningless, then the earth could be transformed into a utopian fantasy. Neo-Marxism adds the dimension of “identity” to this formula, but the problem of inequality remains.

Yet Christ teaches us not to concern ourselves with questions of wealth, who has it, and how we can “reclaim” more of it for ourselves. To the contrary, in Matthew 6, Jesus says:

That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? … So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

In truth, we can never be satisfied with earthly possessions, or have enough “comfort.” Indeed, too much comfort can breed the circumstances for sin just as easy as hard times. There’s a reason for the maxim “idle hands are the devil’s workshop.”

All this isn’t to say we shouldn’t try to better our conditions on this side of heaven. But this world is never meant to be anything approaching paradise. Courting that goal brings disaster. The millions killed at the hands of Marxist totalitarian dictatorships are all the evidence one should need.

Marxism Fuels Covetousness, Envy, and Resentment

Instead of spreading peace and forgiveness, the neo-Marxists running the Black Lives Matter movement have exacerbated anger and resentment. Instead of preaching thankfulness, the movement has caused many Americans to covet their neighbor’s status.

The Old Testament, however, implores us in Exodus 20:17 not to covet anything our neighbor possesses that we do not. The New Testament renews that sentiment in Philippians 4:11-13, which encourages us to be content “in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.”

Because it is steeped in neo-Marxist ideology, the Black Lives Matter movement sees every disparity as a sign of racism and every inequality as evidence of injustice. But not only is this demonstrably false, even if all inequalities could be eliminated evil and malevolence would still exist in the world. Due to our sinful nature, we would still fight with our family, our friends, and strangers.

Instead of keeping the anger flowing as the neo-Marxists require, the Bible offers a guide on how to combat the fallen nature of the world as well as the evil we’ll inevitably encounter in our lives.

Ultimately, Marxism has no answer for questions of purpose, meaning, and what we’re to do here on earth. For its adherents, everything is a struggle for power; one to be resolved either by redistribution or the sword.

Christianity Seeks to Unify, Neo-Marxism Seeks to Divide

One’s “group identity” is everything in neo-Marxism. The key idea is that “majority” identity groups in any nation have historically oppressed those in the “minority” position. Therefore, a revolution is needed to create the type of society where no majority group holds all the power.

What Christians cajoled into supporting this ideology have temporarily forgotten is that this was accomplished at the cross.

In Christianity, you are seen as an individual. Christ has already done the work of erasing all cultural or ethnic barriers to God. Grace is available to all those who put their faith in Jesus Christ, regardless of status, race, ethnicity, or sex. The only “group” that should matter to Christians is the multi-ethnic world community of believers: the Body of Christ.

As the Apostle Paul writes in Galatians 3:28-29, “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.”

Christians supporting neo-Marxist viewpoints should remember what Karl Marx himself had to say about religion. For Marx, the abolition of religion was “the first requisite for the happiness of the people.” Perhaps most famously, Marx slandered religion by comparing it to opium. Worse, like Satan himself, Marx claimed, “My object in life is to dethrone God.” This is not a man Christians should have anything to do with.

In every nation that adopted Marxism as its ideological model, Christians have been oppressed. But Christians conned into neo-Marxist group-think can be comforted in the reminder that they don’t need a divisive ideology to fulfill Christ’s teachings to be charitable, care for the poor, and love thy neighbor as thyself.

Christians can take up their cross and follow Jesus, or they can pick up a hammer in one hand, a sickle in the other, and seek to create the permanent revolution sought by today’s radical leftists. But to spout neo-Marxist talking points while claiming to walk with Jesus Christ does a gross disservice to the Good News of the Gospel.

via You Can Be A Christian, You Can Be A Marxist, But You Can’t Be Both — The Federalist

The Corporate Media Is Now Controlled By The Radical Left — The Federalist

The Corporate Media Is Now Controlled By The Radical Left
Top editors are rapidly resigning over allegations of racial insensitivity—most of which are correctable or forgivable if they’re accurate—legitimizing the radical left’s inane policing of our politics and culture.

Media moguls are resigning at a head-spinning rate, an irrational reaction that’s setting impossible standards and ceding immense power to an unreasonable group of fringe ideologues. This last week has been ridiculous. It may ultimately prove to be a turning point in our culture, one that will cause much further strife.

Top editors are rapidly resigning over allegations of racial insensitivity—most of which are correctable or forgivable if they’re accurate—legitimizing the radical left’s inane and counterproductive policing of our politics and culture. And it’s their own fault. They’ve used elite media platforms to embolden these irrational actors for years. They are failing to meet the standards they’ve promoted. The power transfer is now officially complete. That’s more than a little unnerving.

New York Times editorial page editor James Bennet resigned last week after employees publicly claimed his decision to publish an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) put black Times staffers “in danger.” The paper blamed him for “a significant breakdown” in its “editing process.” There was nothing dangerous about the op-ed. It calmly articulated an opinion held by the majority of the country. Jim Dao, deputy editorial page editor at the Times, was reassigned following the incident.

Bon Appétit editor in chief Adam Rapoport resigned after several writers publicly accused the outlet of “gaslighting” minority employees and other forms of discriminatory treatment. Rapoport faced even more pressure to resign after a 2013 Instagram post depicting him dressed in “brown face” circulated on Twitter. An editor at The Cut was suspended over a politically incorrect comment she left on Rapoport’s Instagram at that time.

Then there’s Stan Wischnowski, formerly the top editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Wischnowski resigned over fallout from an admittedly bad headline: “Buildings Matter, Too.” The article accurately asserted that damage from riots “will ultimately end up hurting the very people the protests are meant to uplift.” But in the frenzied climate, radical standards rule, and even Wischnowski’s apology failed to save him.

Christene Barberich, the top editor and co-founder of Reinfery29, resigned over allegations the publication has a “toxic company culture.” Claudia Eller, editor in chief of Variety, landed two months on administrative leave for calling a critic “bitter” in a Twitter conflict. Legendary Vogue publisher Anna Wintour is now under fire.

Zack Beauchamp and Matthew Yglesias of Vox both offered mild critiques of the “Abolish Police” movement and excesses of progressivism respectively. They also both deleted those critiques.

Ultra-popular quarterback Drew Brees was pressured into apologizing for his argument in favor of standing for the National Anthem. Academics and reality stars are confronting so-called cancellation as well. HBO Max is removing “Gone with the Wind” from its library until a supplementary discussion on race can be attached to the film. “Cops” was canceled. “Live PD” was cancelled. This is only a sampling of the irrational leftism now governing the corporate media.

The culture of reflexive corporate genuflection is unjust, unproductive, and often insincere, but it’s now the dominant ethos. And it means a fringe minority now controls most of the media, which serves an audience that it will struggle to understand, cover, empathize with, appreciate, and communicate to going forward. You can bet the world feels upside down to a wide swath of Americans right now.

Certainly in the heat of national protests, corporations face heightened pressures, and consequently, are more responsive to critics. But none of these resignations are without precedent. Individual cases like these pop up all the time. This rapid string of reservations is unnerving because it indicates a firm industry-wide unwillingness to challenge the cultural left’s power.

Maybe the tide will turn. It would work out in everyone’s favor, fostering a robust, representative, and challenging cultural discourse, making space for disenfranchised voices, modeling tolerance and debate for younger generations. But the far left’s progressive-or-bigot binary is intimidating, and intimidatingly persuasive, and the media has been easily swayed.

via The Corporate Media Is Now Controlled By The Radical Left — The Federalist

Global update on virus outbreak — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

People wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus walk through the subway, with a portrait of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin in the background, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Moscow residents are no longer required to stay at home or obtain electronic passes for traveling around the city. All restrictions on taking walks, using public transportation or driving have been lifted as well. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

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

— ‘Ticking time bomb:’ Lack of beds slows Delhi’s virus fight

— Resurgence of virus threatens South Korea’s success story

— Homes for disabled hit hard by COVID, faced past violations

— Two Brazilian governors are coming under more fire over allegations of corruption related to COVID-19 spending, with one having his home raided and another set to face an impeachment process. Brazilian federal police raided the government palace of Para state in the Amazon region as well Gov. Helder Barbalho’s home as part of an investigation into alleged fraud in the purchase of ventilators for treating COVID-19.

— Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum says the capital will embark on a large-scale coronavirus testing as the centerpiece of its plan to reopen its economy. That is diverging from the strategy of President Andres Manuel López Obrador’s federal administration, which has shunned widespread testing as a waste of resources.

— A scientist whose modelling helped set Britain’s coronavirus strategy says the country’s death toll could have been cut in half if lockdown had been introduced a week earlier. Britain has the world’s second-highest number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths at more than 41,000.___

HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING TODAY:

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Human Rights Watch has called on the United Arab Emirates to urgently address an outbreak of the coronavirus in at least three prisons.

The rights group said that relatives of prisoners near Abu Dhabi as well as another in Dubai say that prisoners have been denied adequate medical care and that authorities are not providing information to inmates or their families about the outbreaks of the coronavirus inside the detention centers. They reported overcrowding and unsanitary conditions in the prisons.

Family members say prison authorities transferred those exhibiting symptoms to unknown locations without testing or medical care for weeks. Relatives also said Emirati prison authorities did not increase supplies of soap or hand sanitizer and did not distribute gloves or masks to detainees.

The rights group was also told that authorities have denied prisoners with HIV access to the hospital that is in charge of their care since mid-March.

Human Rights Watch said it wrote to the UAE’s Interior Ministry on June 7 and has received no response. It noted that in April, Emirati authorities released over 4,000 detainees, but not political detainees held for peaceful dissent.

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MOSCOW — Russia’s coronavirus caseload surpassed 500,000 on Thursday, after health officials reported 8,779 new infections.

The nation’s total currently stands at 502,436 confirmed cases, including 6,532 deaths.

Experts both in Russia and abroad expressed doubts about the country’s remarkably low pandemic death toll, with some alleging that numbers were manipulated for political reasons. The Russian government repeatedly denied the allegations.

Despite recording almost 9,000 new cases daily for the past month, Russian authorities have started easing lockdown restrictions in many regions — including Moscow, which accounts for about 40% of all virus cases and almost half of officially reported deaths.

This week the Moscow mayor lifted the stay-at-home order in place since late March, allowing residents to travel freely around the city, and gave a green light for a wide range of businesses — such as beauty parlors, restaurants and museums — to reopen in the next two weeks.

Kremlin critics condemn the reopening as premature and link them to the vote on the constitutional reform that would allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036, scheduled for July 1.

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ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey has restarted international flights for the first time since planes were grounded on March 28 to stem the coronavirus pandemic.

A plane belonging to Anadolu Jet, a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines, left Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport for London at 08:40 a.m. Thursday. It was followed by flights to Amsterdam and Dusseldorf, Germany. Meanwhile, a Turkish Airlines flight also departed for Dusseldorf from the city’s other airport, Istanbul Airport.

Only nationals of the destination countries or those with residence permits were allowed on the flights.

Entry into the terminals was also strictly regulated, with officials checking temperatures at the entrance and only allowing passengers with valid tickets to step inside.

Turkey resumed domestic flights on June. 1.

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NEW DELHI: India reported a record of nearly 10,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday with health services in the worst-hit cities of Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai swamped by the rising infections.

India’s tally has reached 286,579 confirmed cases, the fifth highest in the world, with 8,102 deaths, including 357 in the last 24 hours.

The spike comes as the government moved ahead with the reopening of restaurants, shopping malls and places of worship in most of India after lockdown of more than two months. Subways, hotels and schools remain closed.

The actual infection numbers are thought to be higher because of limited testing.

The Health Ministry said it was ramping up the capacity with daily testing of more than 145,000 people. The number of tests in India crossed 5 million on Wednesday.

It also said that the total number of recovered patients has exceeded the active cases for the first time with the recovery rate of nearly 49%.

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SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 45 new cases of COVID-19, all but two of them in the capital region, continuing a weekslong resurgence that health authorities fear could develop into a huge wave.

The figures announced Thursday bring national totals to 11,947 cases and 276 deaths. The capital of Seoul has 21 new infections, while 22 other cases are in nearby Incheon and Gyeonggi.

South Korea has been reporting around 30 to 50 new cases a day since late May, mostly in the densely populated Seoul area where about half of South Korea’s 51 million people live.

Despite expressing concern over the steady rise in infections, government officials are resisting calls to reimpose stronger social distancing measures. They cite concerns over hurting a fragile economy.

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HELSINKI — Finland says it will ease coronavirus travel restrictions and lift internal border controls for passenger traffic with Nordic neighbors Denmark, Iceland and Norway as well the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania effective June 15.

Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo told reporters on Thursday the measure will for the time being exclude close neighbor Sweden, where the coronavirus situation is the worst in the Nordic region and the risk of spreading it through cross-border travel the highest.

She said the Finnish government’s decision to leave Sweden out “wasn’t easy as Sweden is a very important neighbor for us. We hope this won’t affect our relations.”

Ohisalo stressed the government would reassess the situation with Sweden in two weeks.

Finland, a nation of 5.5 million, has reported 7,064 confirmed coronavirus cases with over 325 deaths. Sweden, a country of 10 million, currently has 46,814 confirmed cases and 4,795 deaths.

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BEIJING — China has reported a small spike in imported confirmed cases of the coronavirus to 11. There were no new deaths or cases of local transmission in Thursday’s report.

Chinese officials say just 62 people remain in treatment for COVID-19.

In addition, 130 people are under observation and isolation for showing signs of the illness or testing positive for the virus without showing any symptoms, as a safeguard against them possibly spreading it to others.

China has reported a total of 4,634 deaths from COVID-19 — a figure that hasn’t changed in weeks — among 83,057 cases recorded since the virus was first detected in the central industrial city of Wuhan late last year.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he’s planning to hold his first rally of the COVID-19 era next Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. And he says he’s planning more events in Florida, Texas and Arizona as well.

Trump made the announcement during a roundtable with African American supporters Wednesday afternoon that did not appear on his public schedule.

His signature rallies often draw tens of thousands of people but have been on hiatus since March 2 because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has now killed more than 110,000 people in the U.S.

Trump’s campaign has been planning to resume rallies as it tries to move past the pandemic, even as cases continue to rise in some parts of the country.

A Trump campaign spokesperson tweeted a movie trailer-style video earlier Wednesday that advertised: “This month we’re back.”

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — As Puerto Rico considers lifting pandemic quarantine restrictions, health officials say the U.S. territory passed its peak of coronavirus cases and related deaths more than two months ago. However, independent experts said those numbers are in doubt.

Health Department consultant Miguel Valencia said at a news conference Wednesday that Puerto Rico’s confirmed COVID-19 cases peaked at 84 cases on March 31 and deaths at six on April 6. Overall, Puerto Rico has reported more than 5,300 confirmed cases and at least 143 deaths on the island of 3.2 million people.

Health Secretary Lorenzo González says the data will be taken into account when Gov. Wanda Vázquez decides whether to allow curfew and quarantine restrictions to expire on Monday. Those orders bar everyone except essential workers from being outside from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

But critics complain the island has done too little testing and most of what has been done used the wrong sort of tests.

Roberta Lugo, a Puerto Rico-based epidemiologist and consultant, told The Associated Press that the official statistics are based on a very limited number of reliable molecular tests that look for current infections.

She says most confirmed cases were detected by serological testing, which checks for antibodies and indicate someone was exposed at some undetermined point. She said 80% of detections should come from the tests for a current infection.

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Source: Associated Press

via Global update on virus outbreak — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Trending Searches Over the Past Two Weeks — Bible Gateway Blog

People often turn to the Bible for insights into current events, with aggregated anonymous searches on Bible Gateway statistics reflecting major trends.

The below chart lists the major topics that people have been searching for in the Bible from May 26 through June 9, 2020, graphing the percentage increase over the average for the week of May 17, 2020. The peaks reflect increased interest in specific topics and themes, with most searches peaking on June 2.

Major themes are: end times, equality, race, love and hate, standing up, justice and oppression, leaders, and unity.

The

via Trending Searches Over the Past Two Weeks — Bible Gateway Blog

AG Bill Barr: “Clearly” the Social Media Giants are “Engaged in Censorship” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Attorney General Bill Barr joined Bret Baier on Special Report he “clearly” believes the social media giants are “engaged in censorship” and are acting like “publishers.

FOX News reported:

Attorney General William Barr told “Special Report” in the second part of an exclusive interview that aired Tuesday that he believes social media platforms are “engaged in censorship” and are acting more like “publishers”.

“So you think these [social media] firms are somehow censoring the president and his supporters?” host Bret Baier asked Barr.

“I think there are — clearly these, these entities are now engaged in censorship,” Barr responded. “And they originally held themselves out as open forums where people, where the third parties could come and express their views and they built up a tremendous network of eyeballs.

“They had a lot of market power based on that presentation,” the attorney general added. “And now they are acting much more like publishers because they’re censoring particular viewpoints and putting their own content in there to to diminish the impact of various people’s views.”

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Watch: AG Barr claims social media platforms are “censoring particular viewpoints and putting their own content in there”

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Just two weeks ago President Trump signed an executive order regarding social media and big technology companies.

The order comes on the heels of a illicit fact-check on the president from Twitter, related to President Trump’s sentiment regarding voting by mail.
Twitter’s fact-check was later revealed to be fake news.

President Trump directed the Attorney General to work with states to enforce their laws against deceptive business practices.

President Trump made his announcement from the Oval Office.

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President @realDonaldTrump on the instructions of his Social Media Executive Order

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President Trump told reporters what the social media giants are doing is tantamount to a monopoly.
Via KVIA:

“A small handful of social media monopolies controls a vast portion of all public and private communications in the United States,” he alleged.

“They’ve had unchecked power to censor, restrict, edit, shape, hide, alter, virtually any form of communication between private citizens and large public audiences. ”

UPDATE: Here is the full transcript to the White House executive order:

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FULL TRANSCRIPT: Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship https://publicpool.kinja.com/subject-executive-order-on-preventing-online-censorshi-1843739179?utm_medium=sharefromsite&utm_source=publicpool_twitter 

Subject: Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship

The White House Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 28, 2020

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Facebook has been shutting down traffic to conservative websites since the 2016 election.

Conservatives dominated social media in 2016 when they were able to get the truth out – uncensored. Facebook ended that in 2017 and 2018.

The Gateway Pundit spoke with two of the top conservative publishers in America last year.

Here at The Gateway Pundit our Facebook traffic was decimated after we were ranked as the 4th most influential conservative publisher in the 2016 election.

We were supportive of President Trump so Facebook was forced to act.

The fact that Facebook is targeting conservative publishers should not be a surprise to Gateway Pundit readers.

We have been reporting on this for several months years now.

This influence map below by Columbia Journalism Review shows the top Facebook influencers during the 2016 election.

And here is that same map showing the conservative publishers who have been targeted by Facebook since 2017.

Facebook has eliminated content from a vast majority of top conservative publishers since 2017.

via AG Bill Barr: “Clearly” the Social Media Giants are “Engaged in Censorship” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

June 11th The D. L. Moody Year Book

 

And things which are despised, hath God chosen.—1 Corinthians 1:28.

NOTICE that all the men whom Christ called around Him were weak men in a worldly sense. They were all men without rank, without title, without position, without wealth or culture. Nearly all of them were fishermen and unlettered men; yet Christ chose them to build up His kingdom. When God wanted to bring the children of Israel out of bondage, He did not send an army; He sent one solitary man. So in all ages God has used the weak things of the world to accomplish His purposes.[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. 101). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

Antifa Secret Funding Exposed by Project Veritas… Follow the Trail of Dark Money (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Project Veritas has infiltrated Antifa.

Project Veritas on Thursday revealed the trail of dark money funding Antifa and RefuseFascism.

RefuseFascism uses Antifa-like tactics and the organizer claimed they receive money from George Soros and met with a Tom Steyer advisor.

Tom Steyer is a billionaire hedge fund manager and enviro-fascist activist.

Via Project Veritas:

RefuseFascism Organizer: “…you’ll see, there’s people even in the Hillary campaign worked with RefuseFascism because they see the danger.”

  • Head of the Atlanta Chapter of RefuseFascism, Tee Stern: “We Actually Did
    Get a Grant from Them (Soros) Around – We Started a Thing Called a National Day
    of Appreciation for Abortion Providers.”
  • National Organizer for RefuseFascism, Andy Zee: “…I Believe He
    (Steyer) Has Political Ambitions, and He Might Not Want to Be Directly
    Connected.”
  • National Organizer for RefuseFascism, Andy Zee: “…Steyer might not
    want to be connected” “…Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, this at a certain
    point dominates the national news…it’s a very disruptive force.”
  • National Organizer for RefuseFascism, Andy Zee: “…we’re meeting with his (Tom Steyer) main adviser on impeachment. We’ve been talking to his assistant, he first said he was going to meet, he made the announcement…”

WATCH:

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.

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.

You can support James O’Keefe and Project Veritas by clicking here.

via Antifa Secret Funding Exposed by Project Veritas… Follow the Trail of Dark Money (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit