Daily Archives: June 12, 2020

June 12 Money

 

Just as you excel in everything … see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
(2 Corinthians 8:7, NIV)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “There are three conversations we must all have with God. The first conversation is of the heart, the second is of the mind, and the third is of the purse.” Most of us find the third the most difficult. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21, NIV). Until God has access to your money, He doesn’t have access to your heart. David said, “We have given You only what comes from Your hand” (1 Chronicles 29:14, NIV). You don’t have a thing God didn’t give you!

Never apologize for God’s blessings. Listen, “Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of His servant” (Psalm 35:27). God delights in blessing you, so let no one put you under pressure concerning what He’s given you. And remember, giving proves you’ve conquered insecurity. If God is truly your source, you can stop worrying over the future. When you understand the law of sowing and reaping, you will become a “cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7) for the same reason a farmer rejoices when his seed is in the ground—he’s anticipating his harvest. Paul said God’s plan for you is to “be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion” (2 Corinthians 9:7, NIV). God wants to bless you, so that you can bless others.

 

How’s your sowing? How’s your expectation level? Do you need to talk to God about this today?[1]

 

[1] Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 163). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

Weekly Watchman for 06/12/2020

Navigating COVID, God’s Law, and Social Justice Christians

WE DISCUSS results from recent surveys of Christian pastors and regular church attendees regarding on-line services, the coronavirus, and what church may look like in the coming months. In segments 2 and 3, David tackles what he calls a cancer in the American church: secularism and social justice, identity politics and progressive ideology.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Mike Abendroth: Perspective on God, Government, and ‘Social’ Justice

Today, we discuss some teachings Mike is taking his church through in Hebrews 13, as well how Christians can be more discerning about what’s happening in our culture and country. We talk about Christians being divided, social justice vs. true justice, the Gospel, and God’s ultimate sovereignty over all people, events, and history.

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Alex McFarland: the Battle over Truth, entertainment and ‘soft’ Christianity

We discuss reasons why some Christians fall away from God and leave the faith, shallow theology and soft sermons, discipleship and youth ministry, the battle for truth in a culture of moral relativism, and the political divide due to identity politics and globalism.

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Elijah Abraham: Trials, Tribulation, and Testimonies

We discuss trials and the testing of our faith aside from this bizarre season of church restrictions, coronavirus fears, and now radicals rioting and wreaking havoc in cities across the country. The Supreme Court recently ruled against churches, some governors are discriminating against Christians, the fruit of leftist “education” in the U.S. and the fact 58% of young people see no problem with riots, and talk of “abolishing police departments. How did we get here?

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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June 12 Plug into His Power

 

2 Samuel 22:33

God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect.

I have little power, but God has all power. If it is going to be, it is going to be up to Him. Not only does He have the power to bring things into existence, but to keep them out of existence as well. I have conceived a lot of things in my mind that God, in His wisdom and by His grace, has kept me from having. He has the power to do both.

So every day I need to end my prayer saying, “Lord, I know that, first of all, You are in control. Thank You. My life may seem out of control, but You are not. You are in control.” The throne in heaven is not empty. God is there, seated and in sovereign control. He said a word and the worlds were made. He spoke and the moon and stars were flung out into space. He’s an awesome, almighty, powerful God.

And my prayer links me with Him. I don’t have to get up every morning and psych myself up for the day, because God’s power is always there. All I’ve got to do is plug into Him.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 171). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

Walk by the Spirit — Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

“The Christian life is not a playground; it’s a battlefield.” I still remember the grey-bearded guest preacher who first spoke that sentence in a Bible college chapel service in the late 1980s.

If you think the Christian life is a playground then you’ll never get serious about holiness. You’ll never really push yourself. Instead you will just flit around, here and there. Over time, you might make a little progress toward growing up, but you’ll always find yourself gravitating back to the kiddie jungle gym where life is easy, and there is no real challenge. But every true Christ-follower knows firsthand that there is something more to the Christian life. There’s something more to fighting the good fight of faith.

There’s a struggle—always a struggle—between sin and righteousness. Yes, the struggle between good and evil can exist in an unbeliever, to some extent, unless their conscience has been so seared by repetitive sin that they no longer feel any tinge of guilt or longing to change. But the believer in Jesus, on the other hand, is more aware of the struggle because he has the Holy Spirit living within him. Here’s where remembering the Spirit’s first name is helpful. The Holy Spirit is holy. He is God. He is the third person of the trinity. Therefore, He grieves when we sin, and He empowers us to overcome sin, so that we may be transformed into the image of Christ. Since we are in a war, and the world, the flesh, and the devil are always working against the Spirit’s agenda, we must get serious. We must get serious about sanctification, overcoming sin, and becoming like Christ. But we cannot do it without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

In Galatians 5:16-21, the apostle directs every believer to live under the influence, and by the empowerment, of the Holy Spirit, not the desires of sinful flesh. He then gives two reasons. But, first, he gives a command. He begins with a word of contrast: “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”

Why does verse 16 begin with the word, “But”? In the previous verses, the apostle contrasts the flesh with love; that is, love is a higher principle than liberty. The libertine; that is, the person who uses freedom in Christ as an excuse to keep sinning, does not experience the same inner struggle that the true believer does. Why? Because he just keeps doing what his natural flesh wants him to do. But the Spirit-controlled believer walks differently.

What Does it Mean to “Walk” by the Spirit?

Our “walk” is our pattern of life and conduct. It’s used this way throughout Scripture. William MacDonald describes it this way:

“To walk in (or by) the Spirit is to allow Him to have His way. It is to remain in communion with Him. It is to make decisions in the light of His holiness. It is to be occupied with Christ, because the Spirit’s ministry is to engage the believer with the Lord Jesus. When we thus walk in the Spirit, the flesh, or self-life, is treated as dead. We cannot be occupied at the same time with Christ and with sin.”

I would add this: To walk by the Spirit means to walk according to the ways of God that He revealed in His Word. I get this by interpreting Scripture with Scripture. The command to “be filled with the Spirit,” in Ephesians 5:18, parallels Colossians 3:16. Both of these Scriptures describe the kind of life that flows out of the heart that is filled with the Word of God. As I’ve said before, the Holy Spirit’s ministry is married to the Word of God. This is not “putting God in a box,” as some might accuse, but simply recognizing the Spirit’s own sovereign choice to work alongside Scripture, since it is the Word of the living God.

Two Reasons to Walk by the Spirit

The apostle gives two reasons to live under the governance of the Spirit, not the desires of the flesh.

1. You are a soldier in a spiritual war (vv. 17-18).
2. You are a citizen of God’s kingdom (vv. 19-21).

If living by the desires of the flesh is your pattern of life then you need to check your spiritual birth certificate. Perhaps it’s a counterfeit. Again MacDonald writes, “The passage does not teach that a drunkard cannot be saved, but it does say that those whose lives are characterized by the above catalog of fleshly works are not saved.” In other words, the fruit of your life—how you walk—tells the real story about whose kingdom you belong to, because a person’s verbal claims to know Jesus are sometimes hollow. A former pastor of ours used to say, “Your walk talks, and your talk talks, but your walk talks louder than your talk talks.”

A Warning From Jesus

In Matthew 7:16-23, Jesus warned against false professors:

“You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”

The call of God is clear. We must walk by the Spirit, not the desires of the flesh. In Christ, we are called to walk in a manner that is worthy of our calling. This requires that we get serious about fighting the war against the flesh. We are soldiers. But we are also citizens of a new kingdom.

While writing to the church in Ephesus, the apostle exhorts us:

“…for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”

(Ephesians 5:8-10, 15-16)


This blog was originally posted at Counseling One Another, read the original post here.

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June 12, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

Ver. 7.—He was oppressed. As Israel under the Egyptian taskmasters (Exod. 3:7). The cruel ill usage in the high priest’s house, and before Herod is, perhaps, specially pointed at. He was afflicted; rather, he abased himself (comp. ch. 31:4 and Exod. 10:3). The position of the emphatic pronoun (hu’) between the first participle and the second detaches the second clause from the first and conjoins it with the third. Otherwise the rendering of the Authorized Version might stand. Translate, He was oppressed, but he abased himself and opened not his mouth. The silence of Jesus before his judges (Matt. 26:22, 23; 27:14), when he could so easily have vindicated himself from every charge, was a self-abasement. It seemed like an admission of guilt. He opened not his mouth (comp. Ps. 38:13, 14; 39:2, 9). The contrast of the Servant’s silence and passivity with men’s ordinary vehemence of self-assertion under ill usage is most striking. Who was ever silent but he under such extremity of provocation? (For a contrast, see the account of the Jewish martyrdoms in 2 Macc. 7) He is brought as a lamb; rather, as the lamb. The Paschal lamb is, perhaps, intended, or, at any rate, the lamb of sacrifice. The prophet has often seen the dumb, innocent lamb led in silence to the altar, to be slain there, and thinks of that touching sight. It was probably the use of this imagery here which caused the Baptist to term our Lord “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). As a sheep before her shearers. A second image, a reflex of the first, somewhat weaker, as so often in Isaiah (ch. 1:22, 30; 5:18, 24; 8:14; 10:24, 27, 34; 11:8; 13:14; 24:13; 25:7, etc.).[1]


7. He was punished. Here the Prophet applauds the obedience of Christ in suffering death; for if his death had not been voluntary, he would not have been regarded as having satisfied for our disobedience. “As by one man’s disobedience,” says Paul, “all became sinners, so by one man’s obedience many were made righteous. (Rom. 5:19.) And elsewhere, “He became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philip. 2:8.) This was the reason of his silence at the judgment-seat of Pilate, though he had a just defence to offer; for, having become answerable for our guilt, he wished to submit silently to the sentence, that we might loudly glory in the righteousness of faith obtained through free grace.

As a lamb shall he be led to the slaughter. We are here exhorted to patience and meekness, that, following the example of Christ, we may be ready to endure reproaches and cruel assaults, distress and torture. In this sense Peter quotes this passage, shewing that we ought to become like Christ our Head, that we may imitate his patience and submissiveness. (1 Pet. 2:23.) In the word lamb there is probably an allusion to the sacrifices under the Law; and in this sense he is elsewhere called “the Lamb of God.” (John 1:29, 36.)[2]


7. Oppressed: e.g. Exodus 3:7. Afflicted is the verb used in verse 4d, but what was imposed there is voluntarily accepted here. The verbal form here (reflexive niphal), with an emphatic pronoun, means ‘but he for his part submitted himself’. Did not open … silent … did not open: animals go as uncomprehending to slaughter as to shearing, but the Servant who knew all things beforehand (John 18:4) went to his death with a calm silence that reflected not an uncomprehending but a submitted mind and tongue. Lamb … sheep: the former was used in the sacrifices (Gen. 22:7–8, etc.), though not the latter, but this is of no significance. Verses 4–6 have already established that we are to think of the Servant’s death in terms laid down in the levitical sacrifices. The point here is the contrast between the silence of ignorance and the silence of deliberate self-submission. Yet a great principle of the sacrificial system is involved. Verses 4–6 first established our sinfulness (4–5), and then revealed it as our common folly (6a) and our individual culpable choice (6b). This is to say, sin involves the will. But this is precisely the point at which animals can only picture the substitute we require and cannot actually be that substitute: they have no consciousness of what is afoot nor of any deliberate, personal, self-submissive consent to it. Ultimately only a Person can substitute for people. This is the importance of the stress in verse 7 on the Servant’s voluntariness expressed in the acceptance of humiliation and the deliberately maintained silence.[3]


7, 8. He was oppressed.—Christ’s sufferings and His deportment under them:—

The nature of the sufferings. “He was oppressed, and He was afflicted.”

II. The carriage of Christ under them. “He opened not His mouth,” which is amplified and illustrated by two similitudes, of a lamb going to the slaughter, and a sheep before her shearers.

1. “He opened not His mouth.” This shows two things.

(1) The great patience of Christ.

(2) His great love to man, shown in His wonderful silence, even when He might justly have spoken in His own defence, but would not seem to interrupt the design of God.

2. The particular resemblance.

(1) “He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter.” It is an emblem of innocence, meekness, and patience. It may import weakness and slenderness of appearance in the world. Christ is nothing in show, though mighty in power. It noteth the meekness and sweetness of Christ, willingly yielding to be a sacrifice for us.

(2) “As a sheep before her shearers is dumb.” Christ did not open His mouth, unless to pray, instruct, and reprove. (T. Manton, D.D.)

Christ’s patience in suffering:—

Christ upon the Cross is as a doctor in his chair, where He readeth unto us all a lecture of patience. (J. Trapp.)

The monarch surrenders Himself:—

In vers. 7, 8 there are five specific predictions:—

(1) That the Messiah would be subject to oppression.

(2) That amidst the oppression He would maintain silence.

(3) That from the midst of oppression and judicial procedure He would be hurried off.

(4) That beneath all the outer incidents in which men had a hand, there would be another work going on of which the men of His generation would never dream.

(5) That this work, unthought of by His generation, was, that He was being “stricken for them.” How each of these predictions was fulfilled in the event we know. It win be simplest for us, as we stand this side of the history, to note the several points as history.

  1. 1. The oppression to which Christ was subjected was of no ordinary kind. The first three Gospels indicate to some extent the spirit of hostility which animated the people, though in the fourth Gospel the advancing stages of that hostility are most clearly marked. At the last we find Jesus hurried off to trial. There were two trials: first, the Jewish, and then the Roman one. In the first, so far was the mind of the accusers set against Christ, that neither the fairness nor even the form of proper judicial procedure was observed. In the facts of

(1) the trial being begun, continued, and finished, apparently, in the course of one night,

(2) witnesses against the accused being sought for by the judges,

(3) the evidence of one witness not being sustained by another,

(4) questions being put to the accused which Hebrew law did not sanction,

(5) a demand being made for confession, which Jewish doctors expressly forbade, and

(6) all being followed by a sentence pronounced twenty-four hours too soon—in all these six main features the Jewish “trial” was an outrage on Hebrew law. Nor was the second trial a whit more in accordance with the rules of Roman procedure. In the first trial the point of law was, the claim of Jesus to be the Son of God; and, without any proof, that was pronounced invalid, and therefore blasphemous. In the Roman accusation the question concerned the claim of Christ to be a king; and the point on which the whole matter turned was this, “Did Christ’s Kingdom clash with Cæsar’s rights?” And though the Lord Jesus had expressed Himself with a clearness on this point which ought to have made mistake impossible, yet men came with lies on their lips to charge Him with plotting against the Roman Government. Pilate, the governor, who shows by turns indecision, complaisance, bluster and subserviency, evasion, protest, compromise, superstitious dread, conscientious reluctance, cautious duplicity and sheer moral cowardice—is overcome at last, and decides against his knowledge to please the people, perhaps (as men on the incline of scepticism must sooner or later be) “stricken with inward paralysis from want of a motive and a hope.” It would not be easy to say in which of the two trials the injustice was the more glaring; there was a more striking violation of form in the Hebrew trial; but, perhaps, a grosser violation of conscience in the president at the Roman one.

  1. 2. Amid this oppression there was no defence of Himself. Once He called attention to His rights as a Hebrew; once and again He reaffirmed His claims when challenged on oath. But “when He was reviled, He reviled not again.” Why this silence? He knew His hour was come, and He yielded Himself to the stroke. He knew that His words would not tell rightly on His accusers in the state of mind which they cherished. With the far-distant future before Him, He saw that the sequel would vindicate His honour, and He could wait. He loved, too, to show patience rather than to display power; and He would show us the Divine grandeur of keeping power in reserve.
  2. 3. Underlying all this there was a Divine purpose being wrought out, of which the men of that generation had no conception. Man meant one thing, God was intending another.
  3. 4. This great work, of which the men of that generation never dreamt, was that the Messiah was cut off, “a stroke for them,” for the people who sought His life and crucified Him. Let us, then,

(1) Give the full and loving consent of our hearts to this Divine arrangement.

(2) Learn to see sin in the light in which God views it.

(3) Live a life of faith on Jesus Christ as being ever in His own glorious person our atoning sacrifice.

(4) Be perpetually thankful and devoted to Him who consented to lay down His life for us.

(5) Imitate our Saviour. In its relation to the government of God, the sacrifice of Christ must ever stand absolutely alone. But in that aspect of it which represented fidelity to the truth, and devotion to man, we can imitate it, even though at a far remove. It is precisely in connection with this view of it that Peter tells us, He “left us an example that we should follow His steps.” But how can we follow such steps? By patience under wrong. By being willing to renounce our own ease and comfort, if thereby we may advance the welfare of others. By taking the sorrows of others on ourselves, not only by suffering for them, but by suffering with them. Suffering for others is the divinest form of life in a sinful world. By bearing others on our hearts in prayer, even though they may be our bitterest foes. (C. Clemance, D.D.)

Yet He opened not His mouth.—The silence of Christ (with Matt. 26:63; Matt. 27:14):—

What can be said of the silence of Christ? Much has been said of the words He spake, and too much can never be said of them, for He spake as never man spake. Much has been said of the sacrifice He made. Much has been said of His miracles, etc., but how little of His silence, and yet how full of meaning to every thoughtful and inquiring mind.

  1. I. It was wonderful. Wonderful that Christ should remain silent, especially under false accusations—false witnesses giving testimony against Him, and a wicked judge about to deliver the charge. He who could with one word have made the world tremble, witnesses, judge and jury fall dead before Him, testifying to His innocence as well as His Divinity by their lifeless bodies. The silent years of Christ—how wonderful! He who knew so well how to speak and what to say. But we can understand something of this—it was a time of restraint, of growth, of preparation. But the preparation is over and Christ Jesus has asserted Himself. He has declared Himself by His life and by miracles to be the Son of God. He is falsely and basely accused, declared an impostor, sentenced and condemned to die, scourged mocked and spit upon, arrayed in a gorgeous robe and finally crucified, but silent amid it all. Do you ask why? The wonder is only increased. It was for our sake.
  2. II. His silence was full of suffering, suffering that was vicarious and expiatory. We are not to attribute the justification of sinners to the death of Christ alone. It was the sinless purity of perfect obedience of His whole life.

III. It was ominous; that is full of foreboding, portentous, inauspicious, foreshowing ills. It told of the utter degradation of the men before whom He stood. He had already said and done everything that was necessary to establish His claims to the Messiahship. His silence said, what more can I do unto My vineyard than I have already done unto it, and having done all He could do, He answered now to never a word. It is an appalling sign when Christ ceases to plead with any of us. It shows that we have seared our hearts—that we are bent on ruin.

  1. IV. Christ’s silence was inspired, and therefore full of instruction as well as the words He spake. I refer now to the general silence of Christ. If His words were inspired must not His silence have been also? It is absolutely inconceivable that He who is Himself the Truth could have connived at heresy in any of the great doctrines He taught, or desired that should be taught even through silence.
  2. 1. Take the great doctrine of our Lord’s Deity, and was it not the very question under dispute and for which He had been accused “of making Himself equal with God”? Now this fundamental doctrine is established by a vast and varied mass of evidence, but no stronger proof of it is anywhere to be found, as it seems to me, than that to be drawn from the silence of Christ. We know how Peter checked the homage of Cornelius, and how the angel shrank in alarm from the worship which John offered him. But Christ never acted so; He held His peace; He spake not a word. He never so much as hinted that this devotion should not be paid Him, and when His enemies accused Him of making Himself equal with God, He did not repel the charge with horror. Meek and lowly as He was He accepted all the worship that men offered Him; He welcomed it, and by His silent approval seemed to claim it.
  3. 2. Apply it to the authenticity of the Old Testament Scriptures, and what an argument we find! He held His peace in regard to all these criticisms that are being made. He condemned the unscriptural traditions of the Jews, but He at no time questioned the purity or integrity of the Old Testament Canon.
  4. 3. Apply His silence to the perpetuity of the Sabbath law and with what force it speaks. There are those amongst us who maintain that the Sabbath was only an institution for the Jews, and that its observance is not binding now under the Christian dispensation, but Christ nowhere says so. He often spoke in reference to Sabbath observance. He found the Sabbath a standing ordinance of God, and He left it such, only freshened by the dew of His blessing.
  5. V. Christ’s silence was beautiful, especially during His dread trial. It is difficult to speak aright amid enemies and detractors, but it is even more difficult to be silent right before them. The lip is ever ready to curl unbidden, the light of malice hurries to the eye, in a moment the crimson of anger mounts to the cheek before we are aware, but not so with Christ.
  6. VI. Christ’s silence is exemplary to us all. Self-imposed silence often becomes a duty. There are calumnies good men cannot refute. There are accusations which they must leave unanswered.
  7. 1. Because of the perils of speech. In self-justification we are liable to self-glorification, to irritability, to extravagance.
  8. 2. Because of the blessings of the discipline of silence. If we spend our time in self-vindication, then farewell labour for Christ, for we will have no time for anything else. ( I. Blackburn.)

Silent suffering:—

Is it not always true with those that are called to suffer that they suffer most at times when one hears no sound from their lips? It is considered a relief to cry out in the midst of pain. So long as one can plead his case the excitement of pleading enables him to forget the painfulness of his position. When the tongue is silent then it is that the brain is busy. What must have been the thoughts of Christ when He held His peace? Must they not have been of the most painful nature? The silence of Christ was full of the most awful suffering and that suffering was expiatory and vicarious. Because He was wounded, we are healed; and because He kept silent before this earthly tribunal, we shall hereafter speak. (Ibid.)

Christ’s speechlessness:—

Why this speechlessness? In part it was due to the Saviour’s clear apprehension of the futility of arguing with those who were bent on crucifying Him. It was also due to the quiet rest of His soul on God, as He committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously, and anticipated the hour when the Father would arise to give Him a complete vindication. But it was due also to His consciousness of carrying in His breast a golden secret, another explanation of His sufferings than men were aware of, a Divine solution of the mystery of human guilt. (F. B. Meyer, B.A.)

He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter.—The sufferings of Christ:—

St. Peter makes it almost a description of a Christian, that he loves Him whom he has not seen. Unless we have a true love of Christ, we are not His true disciples; and we cannot love Him unless we have heartfelt gratitude to Him; and we cannot duly feel gratitude, unless we feel keenly what He suffered for us. No one who will but solemnly think over the history of those sufferings, as drawn out for us in the Gospels, but will gradually gain, through God’s grace, a sense of them.

  1. 1. As to these sufferings, our Lord is called a lamb in the text; He was as defenceless, and as innocent as a lamb is. Since then Scripture compares Him to this inoffensive and unprotected animal, we may, without presumption or irreverence, take the image as a means of conveying to our minds those feelings which our Lord’s sufferings should excite within us. Consider how very horrible it is to read the accounts which sometimes meet us of cruelties exercised on brute animals. What is it moves our very hearts, and sickens us so much at cruelty shown to poor brutes? First, that they have done no harm; next, that they have no power whatever of resistance; it is the cowardice and tyranny of which they are the victims which makes their sufferings so especially touching. He who is higher than the angels, deigned to humble Himself even to the state of the brute creation.
  2. 2. Take another example, and you will see the same thing still more strikingly. How overpowered should we be, nay not at the sight only, but at the very hearing of cruelties shown to a little child, and why so? for the same two reasons, because it was so innocent, and because it was so unable to defend itself. You feel the horror of this, and yet you can bear to read of Christ’s sufferings without horror. Our Lord was not only guiltless and defenceless, but He had come among His persecutors in love.
  3. 3. And now, let us suppose that some venerable person whom we have known as long as we could recollect any thing, and loved and reverenced, suppose such a one, who had often done us kindnesses, rudely seized by fierce men, made a laughing-stock, struck, spit on, severely scourged and at last exposed with all his wounds to the gaze of a rude multitude who came and jeered him, what would be our feelings? But what is all this to the suffering of the holy Jesus, which we bear to read of as a matter of course! A spirit of grief and lamentation is expressly mentioned in Scripture as a characteristic of those who turn to Christ. If then we do not sorrow, have we turned to Him? ( H. Newman, B.D.)

Christ the victim and the example:—

  1. 1. There is only One in whom are fulfilled all the prophecies of this wonderful Lesson (Acts 8:34, 35).
  2. 2. It may be noticed how animals are chosen in Holy Scripture as symbols of Divine Persons and mysteries; and Christian art has perpetuated the association. The dove has been the symbol of the Holy Ghost from earliest times. The man, the calf, the lion, and the eagle represent the four Evangelists, and are types of the Incarnation, Passion, Resurrection, and Ascension of Christ. Christ is represented by a lamb, for this was the symbol of our Lord both in the Old Testament and the New. Indeed, it was such a popular symbol in the early ages of the Church, that authority was invoked to check it as a substitute for His human body.
  3. 3. Throughout Holy Scripture, by hints and prophecies, by types and fulfilment, Christ is depicted by the lamb (Gen. 22:8; the Paschal lamb; the daily sacrifice in the temple; St. John’s exclamation, “Behold the Lamb of God!” John 19:36; 1 Cor. 5:7; 1 Pet. 1:19; Rev. 5:6, 12; 6:1; 7:14, etc.). The symbol has two aspects—that of the victim, and that of the example. Let us look at it in both lights.
  4. I. The Victim.
  5. 1. The text expresses the willingness of the Sufferer. “He was ill-treated whilst He bowed Himself,” e. “suffered voluntarily,” as the simile of the unresisting animal explains. It is a prophecy of the self-oblation of Christ John 10:15, 18). The oblation was the result of love. He was led to the slaughter with the full knowledge of all that was before Him. The voluntariness of Christ’s sufferings is a ground of merit and a secret of attractiveness. Sacrifice must “be the blood of the soul,” the offered will, to have value before God; and it must be spontaneous, to touch and win the hearts of men.
  6. 2. “He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter” reminds us of the greatness of Christ’s sufferings. He was “obedient unto death,” a sacrificial death—different from a mere martyr’s death, as the words just before the text show. The Lord had laid on Him the punishment of Israel’s guilt—nay, “the iniquity of us all.” There can be no getting rid of “the pœna vicaria here” (Delitzsch).

This is a great mystery. But it is not one man suffering for another, for “no man can deliver his brother;” but God Himself in man’s nature suffering. Those who think such a mode of redemption unjust, it will be found, have not grasped the dogma of the Incarnation, or the oneness of will in the Divine Persons of the Blessed Trinity. It was an act of love. Death is the test of love, and the worst kind of death, that of the cross, the most convincing test. “He was brought as a lamb to the slaughter” is a sentence which at once would bring up before the mind of the Jew the sacrificial worship in which he had often taken part. In the language of St. Paul, Christ “became sin for us”—a Sin Offering—“who knew no sin.” In the language of St. Peter, we were redeemed “with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish.”

  1. II. The Example.
  2. 1. One of the purposes for which Christ came was to be an Example. The truth is sometimes obscured by dwelling too exclusively upon the mystery of redemption; as, on the other hand, there have not been wanting those who have been too much absorbed in that view of our Lord as the True Light which meets the cravings of the human intellect. To keep the proportion of faith is not always easy, especially as personal needs and experiences are apt to exaggerate some one aspect of a mystery.
  3. 2. Christ’s life throughout has this twofold view—sacrificial and exemplary. We might have expected that the latter view would be associated chiefly with His public ministry, and the former with His Passion. But it is not so. Both culminate on the cross. “Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example” (1 Pet. 2:21); and, as the context shows, the final sufferings are before the apostle’s gaze. A suffering world needs a suffering Example. The Passion brought out to view the virtues which man is ever requiring to exercise, and in a manner which exercises a spell upon all who look upon “that sight.” Even those who are blind to the atoning efficacy of the mystery are touched by its moral loveliness.
  4. 3. “Brought as a lamb to the slaughter;” “dumb before her shearers.” This is a difficult virtue which the words unveil—patience, or meekness. What we read in the prophecy we see in the Passion (Matt. 27:12, 14; John 19:9) and upon the cross. “All three hours His silence cried.” “When He was reviled, He reviled not again.” The lamb, innocent and silent, aptly represents the Lamb of God, meek and patient in the midst of His slaughterers.

III. Lessons.

  1. 1. Let us seek through the sufferings of Christ to realize the enormity and malice of sin. Pardon without any revelation of Divine justice and holiness might have demoralized mankind. We know not “how that satisfaction operated towards God,” and the Church has not attempted to define this. That Christ died “for us men and for our salvation” is all that we are required to believe, and that is the kernel of the doctrine.
  2. 2. Seek to imitate the patience of Jesus—to be silent when “reviled,” and to still within the movements of anger and pride.
  3. 3. To be able to do this we must meditate upon Christ’s sufferings, and see in all things, as they reach us, the will of God, though our sufferings may arise from the faults and sins of others. We must “commit our cause to Him that judgeth righteously,” accepting calmly all that we may have to bear.
  4. 4. We must pray for the help of the Holy Ghost, without which we cannot grow in patience and meekness, which are “fruits” of the Spirit. (The Thinker.)

And as a sheep before her shearers is dumb.—The sheep before the shearers:—

  1. I. Our Saviour’s patience. Our Lord was brought to the shearers that He might be shorn of His comfort, and of His honour, shorn even of His good name, and shorn at last of life itself; but when under the shearers He was as silent as a sheep. How patient He was before Pilate, and Herod, and Caiaphas, and on the cross.
  2. 1. Our Lord was dumb and opened not His mouth against His adversaries, and did not accuse one of them of cruelty or injustice.
  3. 2. As He did not utter a word against His adversaries, so He did not say a word against any one of us. Zipporah said to Moses, “Surely a bloody husband art thou to me,” as she saw her child bleeding; and surely Jesus might have said to His Church, “Thou art a costly spouse to Me, to bring Me all this shame and bloodshedding.” But He giveth liberally, He openeth the very fountain of His heart, and upbraideth not.
  4. 3. There was not a word against His Father, nor a syllable of repining at the severity of the chastisement laid upon Him for our sakes. You and I have murmured when under a comparatively light grief, thinking ourselves hardly done by. But not so the Saviour. Many are the Lamentations of Jeremiah, but few are the lamentations of Jesus. Jesus wept, and Jesus sweat great drops of blood, but He never murmured nor felt rebellion in His heart. I see in this our Lord’s complete submission. There was complete self-conquest too. There was complete absorption in His work.
  5. II. View our own case under the same metaphor as that which is used in reference to our Lord. As He is so are we also in this world. Just as a sheep is taken by the shearer, and its wool is cut off, so doth the Lord take His people and shear them, taking away all their earthly comforts, and leaving them bare.
  6. 1. A sheep rewards its owner for all his care and trouble by being shorn. Some of God’s people can give to Christ a tribute of gratitude by active service, and they should do so gladly every day of their lives; but many others cannot do much in active service, and about the only reward they can give to their Lord is to render up their fleece by suffering when He calls upon them to suffer, submissively yielding to be shorn of their personal comfort when the time comes for patient endurance. The husband, or perhaps the wife, is removed, little children are taken away, property is shorn off, and health is gone. Sometimes the shears cut off the man’s good name; slander follows; comforts vanish. Well, it may be that you are not able to glorify God to any very large extent except by undergoing this process.
  7. 2. The sheep is itself benefited by the operation of shearing. Before they begin to shear the sheep the wool is long and old, and every bush and briar tears off a bit of the wool, until the sheep looks ragged and forlorn. If the wool were left, when the heat of summer came the sheep would not be able to bear itself. So when the Lord shears us, we do not like the operation any more than the sheep do; but first, it is for His glory; and secondly, it is for our benefit, and therefore we are bound most willingly to submit. There are many things which we should like to have kept which, if we had kept them, would not have proved blessings but curses. A stale blessing is a curse.
  8. 3. Before sheep are shorn they are always washed. If the Good Shepherd is going to clip your wool, ask Him to wash it before He takes it off; ask to be cleansed in spirit, soul and body.
  9. 4. After the washing, when the sheep has been dried, it actually loses what was its comfort. You also will have to part with your comforts. The next time you receive a fresh blessing call it a loan. A loan, they say, should go laughing home, and so should we rejoice when the Lord takes back that which He had lent us.
  10. 5. The shearers take care not to hurt the sheep: they clip as close as they can, but they do not cut the skin. When they do make a gash, it is because the sheep does not lie still: but a careful shearer has bloodless shears. The Lord may clip wonderfully close: I have known Him clip some so close that they did not seem to have a bit of wool left, for they were stripped entirely.
  11. 6. The shearers always shear at a suitable time. It would be a very wicked, cruel, and unwise thing to begin sheep-shearing in winter time. Have you ever noticed that whenever the Lord afflicts us He selects the best possible time?
  12. 7. It is with us as with the sheep, there is new wool coming. Whenever the Lord takes away our earthly comforts with one hand, one, two, three, He restores with the other hand, six, a score, a hundred; we are crying and whining about the little loss, and yet it is necessary in order that we may be able to receive the great gain. If the Lord takes away the manna, as He did from His people Israel, it is because they have the old corn of the land of Canaan to live upon. If the water of the rock did not follow the tribes any longer, it was because they drank of the Jordan, and of the brooks.

III. Let us endeavour to imitate the example of our blessed Lord when our turn comes to be shorn. (C. H. Spurgeon.)

Eastern sheep-shearing:—

Those who have seen the noise and roughness of many of our washings and shearings will hardly believe the testimony of that ancient writer Philo-Judæus when he affirms that the sheep came voluntarily to be shorn. He says: “Woolly rams laden with thick fleeces put themselves into the shepherd’s hands to have their wool shorn, being thus accustomed to pay their yearly tribute to man, their king by nature. The sheep stands in a silent inclining posture, unconstrained under the hand of the shearer. These things may appear strange to those who do not know the docility of the sheep, but they are true.” (Ibid.)

Lying still under the Divine hand:—

I went to see a friend, the other day, who has had a great number of sore afflictions, yet I found her singularly cheerful and content; and when I was speaking with her about the matter, she said, “I have for years enjoyed perfect submission to the Divine will, and it was through what I heard you say.” So I asked her, “What did I say?” She replied, “Why, you told us that you had seen a sheep that was in the hands of the shearers, and that, although all the wool was clipped off its back, the shears never cut into its flesh; and you said that the reason was because the sheep was lying perfectly still. You said, ‘Lie still, and the shears will not cut you; but if you kick and struggle, you will not only be shorn, for God has resolved to do that, but you will be wounded into the bargain.’ ” (Ibid.)[4]


7 The opening of the stanza focuses attention on the manner of harsh and unjust treatment given to the servant. His oppression is described by use of the verb that is employed in Exodus 3:7 to denote the harsh treatment measured out to Israel in Egypt (nâgas). It implies the use of physical violence. The next phrase is made emphatic by the use of the personal pronoun ‘he’, while the form of the Hebrew verb (‘ânâh, Nif.) certainly allows for a reflexive meaning: ‘and he allowed himself to be afflicted’ (cf. Jesus’ insistence that he gave his life freely for his sheep, John 10:14–18). The death of the servant is depicted in sacrificial terms, emphasising his silence in comparison to a lamb or adult sheep being slaughtered. The figure of a dumb sheep appears elsewhere in Jeremiah 11:19. The servant unresistingly stands before his persecutors, uttering not a word in his own defence. Peter seems to have this passage in mind when he speaks of the meek endurance of Christ (1 Pet. 2:23). While the servant is depicted as a lamb, it is only in the New Testament that the phrase ‘lamb of God’ appears (John 1:29; see also Acts 8:32–33, 35; 1 Pet. 1:18–19).[5]


[1] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1910). Isaiah (Vol. 2, p. 296). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[2] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Vol. 4, p. 119). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] Motyer, J. A. (1999). Isaiah: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 20, p. 379). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[4] Exell, J. S. (n.d.). Isaiah (Vol. 3, pp. 124–129). New York; Chicago; Toronto; London; Edinburgh: Fleming H. Revell Company.

[5] Harman, A. (2005). Isaiah: A Covenant to Be Kept for the Sake of the Church (p. 366). Scotland: Christian Focus Publications.

The three kinds of glory — The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

God’s glory…it should consume us. We should be eager for wanting to see it, (Exodus 33:18) to give it, (1 Corinthians 10:31) to bask in it. God’s glory is one of the attributes that are indispensable for helping us understand who God is.

Did you know there are three kinds of glory? There is:

1. Ascribed glory. This is the glory we give to God when we praise him or when we obey him. When we say we want to glorify God in our life, this is the kind of glory that is ascribed to Him. It is a glory that he receives.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)

(This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.” (John 21:19).

2. Manifest glory. This is the glory that God shows. It is manifested in the world. It is the revelation to us of who He is.

Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” (Isaiah 6:3)

Yet as surely as I live and as surely as the whole earth is filled with the glory of the LORD (Numbers 14:21),

And blessed be His glorious name forever; may all the earth be filled with His glory. Amen and amen. (Psalm 72:19)

May Your work be shown to Your servants, and Your splendor to their children. (Psalm 90:16)

3. Intrinsic glory. It is the sum and substance of all that God is. It is the glory He possesses, always has had, and always will have. We cannot give God intrinsic glory. We cannot add to this glory. His glory is the sum total of all that God is, even though God’s attributes cannot be divided. (Hard to explain). He is who He is, and that includes the glory of God.

His glory is great-

and they shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD. (Psalm 138:5).

His glory is rich-

that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, (Ephesians 3:16).

His glory is eternal-

May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works,  (Psalm 104:31)

May we give God glory in all we do, all we think, all we pray, all we say. In all.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (Romans 12:1)

RESOURCES

Steve Lawson OnePassion- The Intrinsic Glory of God

Steve Lawson Ligonier – The Centerpiece of God’s Saving Purpose in the Universe

The Master’s Seminary – 6 Ways You Can Put God’s Glory on Display

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5 Questions about Sanctification | Crossway Articles

This article is part of the Questions and Answers series.

Q: What does it mean to be sanctified?

A: To be sanctified is to have your faith simplified, clarified, and deepened. You need God. You know God. You love God. You see life, God, yourself, others more truly. And to grow as a saint is to grow in actually loving people. How other people are doing matters increasingly to you. You care. You help. 

Becoming more holy does not mean that you become ethereal, ghostly, and detached from the storms of life. It means you are becoming a wiser human being. You are learning how to deal well with your money, your sexuality, your job. You are becoming a better friend and family member. When you talk, your words communicate more good sense, more gravitas, more joy, more reality. You are learning to pray honestly, bringing who God really is to the reality of human need. 

And to grow in holiness does not mean you now talk in hushed tones and every third sentence quotes the Bible. It means you live in more clear-minded hope. You know the purpose of your life, roll up your sleeves, and get about doing what needs doing. You are honestly thankful for good things. You honestly face disappointment and pain, illness and dying.

Sanctification, saint, holy, and holiness—they speak of daily life. There is nothing more practical than to live with an ever-growing love, joy, and purposefulness. There is nothing more eyes-open and helpful than to be maturing in wisdom, hope, and faith.

Q: Who and what is involved in the process of sanctification?

A: You often hear people say things like “He should just remember that . . .” Or “If only she would just do . . .” Or “If I could just experience . . .” You’ve probably said things like that yourself. I certainly have. Preachers, teachers, counselors, authors, and friends instinctively gravitate toward naming some truth, some spiritual discipline, some action step, or some experience as the key that will unlock everything. The phrase “Just . . .” is a tip-off. But there are no “Just [do x, y, or z]” solutions to the puzzles of our sanctification.

We need stories and word pictures, both from Scripture and from the testimonies of daily life. We need to understand how Scripture illumines and connects to our current situation. We need practical help to work out the implications and applications for who we are, for where we struggle, for what we face. We need Jesus to be present—the Lord who is my Shepherd, the Lord who watches over my going out and my coming in. Scripture vividly and inductively demonstrates how these truths get traction and get personal. We need to get traction and get personal. We need other people. We need to hear and take to heart other people’s stories. We need God’s creation. We need to understand our times. We need honesty about ourselves. We need fresh object lessons. We need embodied faith and love. We need many different wisdoms to illumine the different parts of life. 

Q: Are we changed by knowing that we are justified by faith alone?

A: Yes and amen. To consciously remember and take to heart that you are fully accepted by God because of what Jesus Christ has done for you makes a big difference in your Christian life. He reached out to take you by the hand and saved you. In friendship, preaching, counseling, and discipleship, this may be exactly the message that needs to be featured. This truth is theologically foundational to being a Christian, to being forgiven, to being made right with God, to having the courage to be candid about our sins (one of the foundational transformations of the sanctification process). It is elementary—not in the modern sense of being as easy as ABC, but in the old sense of being basic, fundamental, essential, constitutive.

To be sanctified is to have your faith simplified, clarified, and deepened.

Q: What is God demonstrating to us in sanctification?

A: Whether you think you are too bad or think you are good enough, it makes a difference to know that we become right with God by faith in Christ and what he has done. Such faith is an empty hand reaching to receive life. Here is one biblical description of how he has done it: 

If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. (Rom. 8:31–34) 

Take this to heart. Don’t ever forget. If you feel unworthy and yet all these things are true, then the door to the Father stands wide open. If you think you are worthy, then because these things are true, this is the only door to the Father. He means it when he says, “Come to me.” So whatever your struggle, take him at his word. So far so good. 

But now notice something significant about the pastoral purpose of Romans 8:18–39. Paul openly states his reasons for mentioning God’s justifying mercies in 8:31–34. He is not even thinking about performance-oriented people. Self-salvation efforts, our sins, and placing personal faith in Christ’s atoning work for forgiveness are not in view. The direct application in this discussion of justification serves people who face hardship, weakness, and hostility. They are tempted to doubt God’s love, to feel abandoned by God, to feel threatened by “the sufferings of this present time” (8:18). 

Romans 8:31–34 mentions that God has already justified us by Christ’s death as one way to give hope and comfort to sufferers, not to remind anxious sinners or obsessive strivers. The original takeaway was not “You can get off that performance treadmill—God does not condemn you for your sins.” The takeaway was “However hard life gets, nothing and no one has power to destroy you and separate you from the love of God.” The second half of Romans 8 sanctifies you when earthly life is a vale of weakness, affliction, groaning, and tears. 

Justification by faith serves as one subpoint in a long chain of subpoints aiming to make a far larger point: God is for you. One way he shows that he is for you is that he justifies sinners. And that is one of a cascade of ways that God demonstrates his essential attitude toward you. 

Q: Is God’s goal in sanctification just make me better than I currently am?

A: Yes, of course, we’re our own worst enemies—prone to a turbulent cocktail of anxieties, complaining, deceptiveness, selfishness, compulsions, irritability, confusion, indifference, immorality, self-righteousness, low self-esteem, judgmentalism, money-loving, laziness, drivenness, “and things like these” (to quote Gal. 5:21). But the Lord’s desired outcome is not simply a better me who has found peace and gotten his act together. The goal of sanctification is not a better, happier, more confident individual—not exactly. Listen to how Scripture puts it:

“The Father of mercies and God of all comfort . . . comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction” (2 Cor. 1:4). 

When you find hope and encouragement in your troubles, the comfort doesn’t land with you just feeling better. You now have riches to bring to others in whatever troubles they experience. Their welfare and yours have joined hands. The well-being of others increasingly matters as you become a participating member of Christ’s body, brothers and sisters in our Father’s family. Sanctification is making you into a person who is connected, wedded, and joined to Jesus Christ and all the other people whose center of gravity is shifting outside themselves.

“He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people” (Heb. 5:2–3). 

Knowing how gently God deals with you in your confusion, short-sightedness, and wanderings, you deal gently with others in their sins and weaknesses. It is wonderful to experience that God is gracious, compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, forgiving your iniquity, transgression, and sin. And as you learn that he is this way with you in your ignorance and waywardness, you develop the same heart for others in their failings. You aren’t simply a “happier person.” This world is too full of woes and woebegone people. You take the pains and confusion of others to heart. You are becoming a person sobered by the human condition and willing to help.

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Eph. 4:32–5:2). 

Forgiven people don’t simply rest in peace because their restless sins, corrosive guilt, and dark shame are now covered. You now have goodness and mercy to bring to others. Knowing that you are a beloved child does not leave you complacent and self-satisfied. You are beloved so that you are able to love, to give your life away for others. You don’t become a “self-confident individual.” Your life might be stressful. You serve the King and Savior who died at age thirty-three—and his service is not always convenient. It puts you out of your comfort zone. It strips away all the illusions that we can control people and events. You are becoming a person whose confidence rests outside yourself in God, a person whose life purpose is Christ’s purpose of redeeming love.

This article is adapted from How Does Sanctification Work? by David Powlison.

David Powlison (1949–2019) was a teacher, a counselor, and the executive director of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation for many years. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and was also the senior editor of the Journal of Biblical Counseling. He wrote a number of books, including How Does Sanctification Work?Making All Things New; and God’s Grace in Your Suffering.

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June—12 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

 

The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty. He will save. He will rejoice over thee with joy. He will rest in his love. He will joy over thee with singing.—Zeph. 3:17.

My soul! look at this Old Testament promise, through the medium of the New Testament dispensation, and behold what a cluster of rich blessings it contains; and which, like all the other promises of the Bible, is “yea and amen in Christ Jesus!” And observe how it opens. The Lord thy God, that is, Jehovah, in his threefold character, in rich covenant engagements, is “in the midst of thee;” hath set up his throne in Zion, and lives, and reigns, and governs in the hearts of his redeemed. So said Jesus, and so that dear Lord explained it in after ages: “If a man love me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” (John 14:23.) “I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth.” (John 14:16, 17.) Mark these blessed, precious-truths, my soul, in the most lively characters, on thine heart; and hence learn, that the Lord thy God, in covenant-engagements, dwelleth in the midst of his people, and in the hearts of his people; that, like the sun at mid-day, in the centre of the heavens, he may enlighten, warm, refresh, and give forth all his blessings to bless thee. Next mark what the prophet saith of this covenant Lord God, who is in the midst of his Church and people: “He is mighty!” Shout aloud at this, my soul; for if he be mighty, then he will support thy weakness, and subdue thy foes. What can bear down or destroy the soul, whom this mighty God upholds? What shall arise to distress a child of God, as long as God is almighty? And if he hath engaged to be for thee, who can dare to be against thee? Sweet consideration! What signifies my weakness, while Christ is strong? Yea, his strength will be made perfect in my weakness. Go on farther, my soul, in looking over the many blessed things spoken of in this verse. “He will save.” Yea, he hath saved, and doth save, and will save. And this is the very cause, the angel said, for which his name should be called Jesus; “for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matt. 1:21.) Think of this, when, at any time, sin or sorrow, trial or temptation, would cast thee down. Jesus is still Jesus; still on his throne: yea thy Saviour. Amidst all thy changeableness, there is no change in him. And observe yet farther, how the prophet chimes on those sweet words: “He will rejoice over thee with joy: he will rest in his love: he will joy over thee with singing.” Pause, my soul, over this most gracious account. Jesus not only saves, not only pardons, but he doth it as God, as Jesus. It is his joy, his delight, his pleasure, to do so. As he saith in another scripture, “Yea, I will rejoice over them, to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly, with my whole heart, and with my whole soul.” (Jerem. 32:41.) And as the poor timid believer, from feeling such coldness and deadness, as at times he doth in himself feel, is but too easily prevailed upon by the enemy, and by his own unbelieving heart, to suppose the same of Jesus, that he might not give way to this temptation, the Lord adds, “he will rest in his love;” will abide in it unmoved, and without change; for, as he saith in another scripture, “the Lord God of Israel hateth putting away.” (Mal. 2:16.) Oh! what a multitude of sweet things are folded up in this verse! Jesus rejoiceth over his people; yea Jesus joys over them with singing. How often have I seen, in some lovely evening like the present, that sweet bird of the air, called the sky-lark, mount aloft from her nest, still looking at her young as she ascends; and when advanced to her height, warbling in the most delightful notes over her brood; until at length, with all the rapidity of love, she darts down to cover, to feed, and to protect them! Thus, but in an infinitely higher degree, doth Jesus joy over his children with singing, resting in his love; and is ever near, ever mighty to defend, to bless, to keep, and to make happy, those who rest in his strength; while he rests in his love, being their God, and they his people.[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 180–181). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

June 12 Thoughts for the quiet hour

 

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth

2 Tim. 2:15

Have thy tools ready; God will find thee work.

Charles Kingsley[1]

 

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

If Only Our Christian Leaders Had The Fiery Devotion Of The Protesters

Christian leaders who were quick to break social distancing guidelines to stand with Black Lives Matter protesters appear loathe to fight back against the ban on church services.

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FBI Knew Steele’s Russia Research Connected To Clinton, Dems From Earliest Interactions

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The information, so far mentioned only glancingly and in footnotes of a Justice Department report, could provide the Senate Judiciary Committee with the most powerful evidence yet to confront witnesses about why the bureau concealed the political origins of Steele’s work from the FISA court.

“So far the bureau is slow-walking this stuff,” a source familiar with senators’ frustrations told Just the News. “We need to see these sort of documents before we question key witnesses.”

Notes and emails that have been kept so far from Senate investigators show the FBI knew from its earliest interactions with Christopher Steele in July 2016 that his Russia research project on Donald Trump was connected to Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.

The information, so far mentioned only glancingly and in footnotes of a Justice Department report, could provide the Senate Judiciary Committee with the most powerful evidence yet to confront witnesses about why the bureau concealed the political origins of Steele’s work from the FISA court.

So far the bureau is slow-walking this stuff,” a source familiar with senators’ frustrations told Just the News. “We need to see these sort of documents before we question key witnesses.”

Bibles Pulled From Shelves For Outdated Idea That All Humans Are Of One Race And Made In The Image Of God — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—Online and brick and mortar booksellers across the country will no longer be selling the Bible due to its “outdated depictions of humanity all being of one race and made in the image of God.”

The Bible has long been controversial when it comes to race, suggesting that Jesus Christ can break down barriers between people groups through the blood of His cross and callously proclaiming that everyone is made in God’s image and has inherent dignity and worth because of God’s infinite worth.

“We’re trying to stoke racial tensions, and the Bible is extremely unhelpful at a time like this,” said one activist. “Pulling the book will go a long way toward progressing the race war. If everyone believed what the Bible said, we’d have no racial divisions to exploit. Can you imagine all the peace and harmony that would break out? We can’t have that — our careers depend on it.”

via Bibles Pulled From Shelves For Outdated Idea That All Humans Are Of One Race And Made In The Image Of God — The Babylon Bee

Rep. Dan Crenshaw Has the Solution to ‘Outrage Culture’ — Faithwire

Rep. Dan Crenshaw has a unique way of engaging in the battle of political ideas without simply pressing the outrage button. He has appeared on countless shows usually hostile to conservatives and has managed to spark spirited conversations without letting it get ugly.

Crenshaw spoke with CBN’s Gordon Robertson about outrage culture and what we can do to help stop it’s spread. In the age of cancel culture, in which anyone who says anything even mildly “controversial” there is a movement to get that person fired, deplatformed, or worse.

His ability to navigate those tricky waters is why many experts predict Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, will one day run for president. In this wide-ranging conversation with CBN, Crenshaw describes the aftermath of losing his right eye in battle and also how faith played a role in his recovery.

Crenshaw was inspired to take on outrage culture after an appearance on SNL in which host Pete Davidson apologized for a joke he made about the Congressman’s eye patch. “I know, I know, he lost his eye in war, or whatever.” Crenshaw had some fun in the appearance, but it ended with a sincere apology from Davidson and Crenshaw shedding light on the fact that Davidson lost his own father in the 9/11 attacks, something most people didn’t know. There’s a recap of the back and forth here.

See part of Crenshaw’s appearance below (LANGUAGE WARNING):

Watch Crenshaw’s FULL appearance on CBN by clicking HERE.

via Rep. Dan Crenshaw Has the Solution to ‘Outrage Culture’ — Faithwire

Wokism’s Cult Following — Christian Research Network

“Cults arise in societies that have lost their way and stumble in the darkness toward any glimmer of sunshine. “When a man stops believing in God he doesn’t then believe in nothing, he believes anything,” Chesterton is paraphrased as saying. “Si Dieu n’existait pas, il faudrait l’inventer,” Voltaire said. Translation: If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him. It’s curious but nevertheless true that people too sophisticated to believe in the teachings of Jesus or Moses have no trouble believing in Xenu or Gaia.”

(Richard Fernandez – PJ Media) When statues are toppled it’s because the topplers are making room for their own monuments. Every revolution is driven not only by the desire to tear down but also to replace the old world with the new….

‘Defunding the police,’ we are now told, does not mean defunding the police, but shifting the money to a new public safety agency, which will almost certainly lead to a politicized if not a political police. Even banning Gone with the Wind is preparatory to more. No political movement ever bans just one book.

That coming new world will be inconceivably different from anything familiar. It has to be in order to be transformative. Reason describes a video of an American woman ripping off posters that Hong Kong protesters posted in the Prince Edward district, saying that “safety is more important than freedom.” That ordering is transformative.  View article →

Research

Cults & Heretical Teaching

via Wokism’s Cult Following — Christian Research Network

June 12, Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

Mid-Day Snapshot · June 12, 2020

THE FOUNDATION

“If individuals be not influenced by moral principles; it is in vain to look for public virtue; it is, therefore, the duty of legislators to enforce, both by precept and example, the utility, as well as the necessity of a strict adherence to the rules of distributive justice.” —James Madison (1789)

Slave-Trader Garb and Juneteenth Flap Reveal Democrat Hypocrisy

Democrats show the wrong kind of “solidarity” pretty much all the way around.


Ignoring Black-on-Black Victimization — Remember When…

The deafening silence from Democrat Party race hustlers and their Leftmedia propagandists about the murder of thousands of black citizens.


Merriam-Webster Tries to Redefine Racism

The old dictionary is playing word games again to placate the leftist mob.


Of Course COVID-19 Cases Will Rise — Chill Out

The pandemic curve has been flattened as intended. It’s time to ride out this virus.


Corporations Have Appropriated ‘Pride Month’

Ironically, socialists don’t mind shaking down capitalists if it suits their cultural agenda.


Kristi Noem: Standing Alone for Her People

South Dakota’s governor resisted calls from the New York-based media to shut down.


BLM Donations Support White Democrats

A leftist PAC is using BLM to fundraise for Democrats, who are using BLM to get votes.


Defunding the Police: The Five Pillars of Authority

The roles of Patriarchy, Pastors, Principals, Politicians, and Police have all changed.


Video: ‘Stop Treating Us Like Animals and Thugs’

New York State Association of PBAs President Mike O’Meara entreats charlatans to “start treating us with some respect.”


Video: Ben Shapiro on Why Conservatives Criticize ‘Black Lives Matter’

The phrase itself is kosher, but the implication that we’re uncaring is a big turnoff.



TODAY’S OPINION

GARY BAUER
The BLM Agenda
TONY PERKINS
Planned Parenthood’s Black Lies Matter Too
ERICK ERICKSON
The Forgotten Ones
DAVID HARSANYI
The Problem With ‘Pick a Knee’
RICH LOWRY
A Presidency Is a Terrible Thing to Waste
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Friday News Executive Summary

RNC choses Jacksonville, subpoenas approved, Juneteenth “racism,” and more.


Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Jackie Gingrich Cushman, Laura Hollis, Joe Biden, and more.



TODAY’S MEME

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

TODAY’S CARTOON

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

“The Patriot Post” (https://patriotpost.us)

UAE: Annexation could destroy Israeli normalization with Arab world
Israeli annexation of portions of the West Bank could destroy its normalization efforts with the Arab world, the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the US, Yousef Al Otaiba said on Friday in an unusual appeal to the Israeli public. In an effort to directly reach out to Israelis, he published an opinion piece in the largest Hebrew daily, Yediot Aharonot.

Balloon units threaten to turn Gaza envelope into ‘hell’
The Descendants of Nasser (Ahfad Al-Nasser) balloon unit in the Gaza Strip threatened Israel with renewed incendiary and explosive balloon launches on Thursday, warning that the coming days would be the “beginning of hell” for Israelis who live near the Strip. The balloon unit published videos and images of a number of balloon launches on Thursday and promised they would be launching 1,300 balloons on Friday.

UN: Arms seized by US, missiles in Saudi Arabia attack ‘of Iranian origin’
Cruise missiles used in several attacks on oil facilities and an international airport in Saudi Arabia last year were of “Iranian origin,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council in a report seen by Reuters on Thursday. Guterres also said several items in US seizures of weapons and related material in November 2019 and February 2020 were “of Iranian origin.”

Quantum ‘fifth state of matter’ observed in space for first time
Scientists have observed the fifth state of matter in space for the first time, offering unprecedented insight that could help solve some of the quantum universe’s most intractable conundrums… Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs)…are formed when atoms of certain elements are cooled to near absolute zero (0 Kelvin, minus 273.15 Celsius).

North Korea questions need to keep ‘holding hands’ with US
North Korea has marked the two-year anniversary of the first summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump by questioning the need to keep “holding hands” with the US. The remarks are a snub to Mr Trump, who has touted his relationship with Pyongyang as one of the key successes of his presidency. Relations between both countries had greatly improved in the lead up to historic talks in Singapore in 2018.

Lebanon protests escalate as currency dives
Hundreds of people have taken to the streets in cities across Lebanon amid escalating protests as the country faces a collapse in its currency. Anger has surged as the Lebanese pound tumbled to record lows, having lost 70% of its value since October when protests began. The prime minister has called an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the economic crisis.

Looming US sanctions shake Syria, hasten economic meltdown
In scenes not witnessed for years in government-controlled parts of Syria, dozens of men and women marched through the streets this week, protesting a sharp increase in prices and collapse of the currency, some even calling for the downfall of President Bashar Assad and his ruling Baath party. “He who starves his people is a traitor,” some of the protesters chanted at the protest in the southern city of Sweida.

China condemns ‘illegal and provocative incident’ as US jet flies over Taiwan
China has condemned the US military for the “provocative” flight of one of its aircraft over Chinese-claimed Taiwan, saying the move infringes upon China’s sovereignty and contravened international law. The East Asian powerhouse considers democratically-ruled Taiwan its own territory and it is one of its most sensitive diplomatic issues.It regularly denounces the United States for its support of the island.

More than 2.6 million affected by deadly floods and mudslides in southern and central China
Widespread floods and mudslides since June 1, 2020, have affected more than 2.6 million people in China’s southern and central regions, resulting in an increasing number of fatalities and damages. As of June 11, at least 13 people have died, two are still missing, and approximately 230 000 have been displaced.

Severe thunderstorms leave a trail of destruction across Midwest and Northeast, more than 600 000 without power, U.S.
Severe thunderstorms and strong winds left a trail of destruction across the U.S.’ Midwest and Northeast on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. More than 600 000 power outages were reported across Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky.

Engineering a Race War: Will This Be the American Police State’s Reichstag Fire?
…The Deep State, the powers-that-be, want us to turn this into a race war, but this is about so much more than systemic racism. This is the oldest con game in the books, the magician’s sleight of hand that keeps you focused on the shell game in front of you while your wallet is being picked clean by ruffians in your midst.
It’s the Reichstag Fire all over again.

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.” (See source below.)

Downtown Seattle now run by an actual WARLORD who is accused of beating women and forcing them into sex acts… clueless Democrats celebrate warlord rule as new UTOPIA
After left-wing terrorists seized six city blocks of downtown Seattle, declaring it an “autonomous zone” that defies all the laws of Washington State and the United States of America, the power vacuum didn’t last very long. Now, an actual warlord has risen to power there — since Democrats hate police, remember? — and according to online comments, he’s, “a man who beats women, forces them into sex work and punishes them if they do not obey.”

CHAZ: Corrupt Liberal Politicians Who Run Seattle Are Allowing ANTIFA Rioters To Remain In Control Of Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone
For many years now, ANTIFA fascists have had areas in Washington and Oregon, states run by far-Left Liberals, who actively worked on the side of ANTIFA to shield and protect them from law enforcement, and allow their riots to have a home base. We have been bringing you those stories for quite awhile, click here for a memory refresh. But what is happening now has gone well past mere riots and attacks on the elderly, and have morphed into armed camps of resistance like CHAZ – the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. Welcome to Hell on earth.

Joe Biden is Barack Obama’s real-life ‘Pajama Boy’
Here’s a thought: If you can campaign for president of the United States from the comfort of your own home, while wearing pajamas — you’re doing it wrong. Joe Biden might want to take a memo on that.

CNN Promotes Black Leaders Saying The Washington And Jefferson Monuments Must Come Down, Removal Of The US Constitution Will Be Next
Communist news network CNN aired a debate back in 2017 promoting the removal of monuments and statues dedicated to Washington and Jefferson, now in 2020 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling for 11 Confederate statues to be removed from the Capitol. A massive rewriting of American history is underway, and when it is finished, the race anarchists will then set their sights on the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution as well. After all, our founding documents were written by slave owners, were they not?

WHO Walks Back Statement That Asymptomatic Coronavirus Transmission Is ‘Very Rare,’ Now Says It Could Be ‘Around 40%’ 
The World Health Organization (WHO) walked back a statement made yesterday that asymptomatic transmission is “very rare,” saying at a press conference Tuesday morning that some estimates show asymptomatic transmission rate could be as high as 40%.

Kim Jong Un Is MIA. His Sister Is on the Attack.
The younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is taking center stage in an escalating, and very nasty, campaign against South Korea. If Kim Jong Un Dies, His Younger Sister Is Primed to Take Over While Numero Uno Kim Jong Un stays out of sight, 32-year-old Kim Yo Jong is putting her name on calls to punish Seoul.


Headlines – 6/12/2020

As Netanyahu moves closer to annexation, pressure builds in DC to stop him

Jordan’s Washington envoy warns that Hashemite Kingdom would rethink peace treaty

Over 100 international law experts sign letter against West Bank annexation

Mapping Netanyahu’s annexation plan: Experts explain a charged, complex process

World Council of Churches wants EU sanctions on Israel if annexation goes ahead

Netanyahu hails Trump for announcing sanctions against ‘corrupt’ ICC

E.U. has ‘serious concern’ about U.S. sanctions against International Criminal Court

Saudi cleric says fighting anti-Semitism ‘a religious and moral obligation’

Hamas outraged after discovering Iran spied on its deputy leader

Gantz speaks to US defense chief Esper on Iranian threat, ‘regional concerns’

Air Force sends F-35s to Middle East to possibly deter Iran

Iran challenges nuclear watchdog report over lack of cooperation

Syria’s Assad fires PM amid worsening economic crisis

Lebanon protesters shut down roadways with fires as currency collapses

Turkey warns Israeli sovereignty bid ‘crosses red line’

India denies visas to US panel on religious freedom

China condemns ‘provocative’ U.S. military flight over Taiwan

Zoom admits Chinese dissidents’ accounts suspended over Tiananmen memorial event

Shuttered Zoom accounts raise China free speech fears

U.S. is ‘trouble maker’ in China-Canada relationship, Chinese envoy to Canada says

Trudeau Says Racism is Entrenched in Canada Law Enforcement

Press secretary claims Juneteenth is a ‘meaningful day’ to Trump but others see racist play

Nike joins the companies making Juneteenth an annual paid holiday

Anarchy in Seattle – Antifa-affiliated activists seize control of a city neighborhood and declare an “autonomous zone.”

Seattle ‘autonomous zone’ has armed guards, local businesses being threatened with extortion, police say

New York Times celebrates Seattle protesters’ ‘Autonomous Zone’: ‘A homeland for racial justice’

Trump threatens to ‘take back the city’ if Seattle, state officials don’t

Congress Heads Toward Clash With Trump Over Removal Of Confederate Symbols

Defying Trump, Republican-led Senate panel backs stripping Confederate names from military bases

‘They Committed Treason’: Pelosi Calls For Removal Of Confederate Statues

Protester severely injured when Confederate monument falls on his head

Trump claims National Guard called Washington DC operation with pepper balls and tear gas ‘a walk in the park’

Top US military general Mark Milley apologizes for Trump church photo-op

Lindsey Graham backs top general’s apology for appearing with Trump after force used on protesters

The commercialisation of George Floyd: US firms look to capitalise on a movement

Barr: Russia may be ‘manipulating’ the International Criminal Court

Senate committee authorizes subpoenas in GOP investigation into origins of Mueller probe

Biden says his main worry is Trump will try to ‘steal this election’

White House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim

North Korea warns US to stay out of its affairs to ensure ‘smooth running’ of presidential election

Snap’s decision to restrict Trump is within its First Amendment rights, CEO says

FBI warns hackers are targeting mobile banking apps

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Georgetown, Saint Helena

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 22,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Tropical Depression Cristobal Makes Rare Landfall on Great Lakes: Hurricane Winds; 300,000 People in the Dark; 10-Foot Waves; Massive Rainbows and Spectacular Iridescent Clouds in Ohio and Michigan

Tropical Depression Butchoy makes multiple landfalls, threatens Philippines with flooding downpours

More than 2.6 million affected by deadly floods and mudslides in southern and central China

Diesel Spill Could Cost Billionaire Potanin $4 Billion – Russia’s Richest Man To ‘Clean Up’ His Own Mess

Venezuela on Brink of Famine With Fuel Too Scarce to Sow Crops

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Cleared For Release In The US

Scientists grow ‘model’ human embryos from stem cells

Mutation-proof: Israeli scientist nears vaccine that’ll cope with COVID changes

GOP Ohio state senator uses racist language in discussing whether African Americans get COVID-19 more

Pence criticized after packed meeting with Trump campaign staff, ignoring social distancing guidelines

EU accuses China of running coronavirus disinformation campaign

Twitter deletes over 170,000 accounts, some of which tried to spin Covid-19 in China’s favor

Second U.S. Virus Wave Emerges as Cases Top 2 Million

Alarming rise in virus cases as states roll back lockdowns

Quarantine fatigue: Governors reject new lockdowns as virus cases spike

Mnuchin says ‘we can’t shut down the economy again,’ even as a 2nd wave of COVID-19 flares

Total U.S. debt surges to $55.9 trillion amid big increases in corporate and government borrowing

Dow loses 1,800 points, almost 7%, as virus cases spike in several states

Oil dives 11% as investors fear a 2nd wave of coronavirus and the US reports surging crude inventories

‘Catastrophic’ one-two punch from coronavirus and Brexit threatens UK

Federal Court Upholds Pro-Life Law Requiring Abortion Clinics to Distribute Booklets Stating, ‘Each Human Being Begins at Conception’

‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling’s trans tweets undermine Potterverse ideals

Internet ‘a lifeline’ for the LGBTQ community: Why the spirit of Pride Month will prevail as events move online


Friday 6-12-20

Mike Ratliff – Deception Begins With Unbelief

Why Only Christianity, Not Identity Politics, Can Solve Racism

Post New Apostolic Reformation Reflections

What’s a Hundred Vatican Curses Between Friends?

Evangelical Pastor in Rome Says Christians Must ‘Gently Challenge’ Roman Catholicism With the Word of God

Trump’s visit put spotlight on Dallas-area megachurch, one of the fastest-growing in the nation

Rioters Destroy Philadelphia Statue of Abolitionist Matthias Baldwin


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

US Deploys Quarter of Its Carrier Strike Force Fleet to Indo-Pacific as China Tensions Soar

Already strained relations between Beijing and Washington over the coronavirus pandemic, Hong Kong and military deployments in the South China Sea were exacerbated this week after Taipei allowed a US military cargo plane to fly across the length of the island of Taiwan, a move which China characterised as “illegal” and “seriously provocative”.

Source: US Deploys Quarter of Its Carrier Strike Force Fleet to Indo-Pacific as China Tensions Soar

Top Black Lives Matter Activist Questions Where the Millions of Dollars in Donations Are Going? – No One Knows! — The Gateway Pundit

Where is the money that is donated to BlackLivesMatter.com going?  No one really seems to know.

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

The Wikipedia website describes Black Lives Matter as:

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

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

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

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

ActBlue has several entities under the overarching name ActBlue. The terms and conditions of the charity arm of the organization mention “Campaign Finance Laws”:

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

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

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

But the question remains where is the money going to that is donated to Black Lives Matter.   If the money goes to ActBlue Charities, then where does it go next?  For example, where are headquarters for Black Lives Matter and what’s the address?

In a list of tips for how to verify a charitable organization: https://www.charitiesnys.com/pdfs/OAG-COVID19-TipsforCharity.pdf – some of the basic questions should have answers that are usually readily available.

What kind of organization is “Black Lives Matter”? (Non-profit, private, etc…) Where is the headquarters? What’s the address & phone number?

Is it a registered non-profit in the US (501-c-3)?  Is the organization on the IRS website? https://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/  the group being donated to today?  There is an entity labeled Black Lives Matter Foundation (EIN: 47-4143254).  This entity last filed in 2017 with an individual by the name of Robert Barnes labeled as the head:

Per our review Mr. Barnes is not listed on the BLM website.  There is little information on this person online. So where does ActBlue send the donations for BLM?  Are payments made and then funds defaulting back to ActBlue per its terms of service?

Black Lives Matter leader Ashley Yates today posted about the missing Black Lives Matter millions.

ashley yates

@brownblaze

Again: please stop giving money to BlackLivesMatter Network.

By their own admission they have no staff and no infrastructure.

in 6 years they’ve not produced a single community program, sponsored a single piece of legislation or financially supported a single chapter. https://twitter.com/brownblaze/status/1031718964009754624 

ashley yates

@brownblaze

Replying to @brownblaze

just gonna drop this email here…

While “focusing on local organizing” sounds cute, there’s a LOT unanswered about the national staff and where all the money went.

Also, notice how the first main objective listed is “aggressive fundraising”. So they can blow more $ on vacays.

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ashley yates

@brownblaze

https://libcom.org/library/why-black-lives-matter-cincinnati-changing-its-name 

Why Black Lives Matter: Cincinnati Is Changing Its Name

Statement from Black Lives Matter (Cincinatti) on their name change to Mass Action for Black Liberation and differences with the national Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Movement for Black Lives Network…

libcom.org

ashley yates

@brownblaze

For people new to the thread, the link above now leads to NSFW content.

Here is a link with the archived statement: https://libcom.org/library/why-black-lives-matter-cincinnati-changing-its-name 

Why Black Lives Matter: Cincinnati Is Changing Its Name

Statement from Black Lives Matter (Cincinatti) on their name change to Mass Action for Black Liberation and differences with the national Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Movement for Black Lives Network…

libcom.org

74 people are talking about this

Looks like everyone, even BLM, would like to know where the money is going?

via Top Black Lives Matter Activist Questions Where the Millions of Dollars in Donations Are Going? – No One Knows! — The Gateway Pundit

Two Religions That Claim to Be Christian

Some religions are “pseudo Christian,” meaning they change biblical truths about Christ and God. For example, Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses claim to be Christian, but there are some problems with their core beliefs.

Can religions that claim to be “Christian” change biblical truths about Christ and God? Or are these religions simply “pseudo Christian”?

One of the things I find interesting about Christian history is how quickly Scripture can be corrupted. The early church, for example, had to fight off gnosticism, which, among other false ideas, taught that salvation was gained through the acquisition of divine “knowledge.”

Today, we find Christian churches practicing some pretty strange stuff—dancing with poisonous snakes during church services, for example—which members say publicly displays their faith in a Bible verse they interpret to guarantee God’s protection. Though participants are often bitten, this doesn’t dissuade them. Neither, apparently, does death. When bites prove fatal, church members view the loss to be “God’s will.”

When the Bible is not just misinterpreted, as in the case above, but intentionally reinterpreted to create new doctrine, we move into the realm of false religion, even if those religions are pseudo Christian. Two groups that we can soundly place in that category—the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society (Jehovah’s Witnesses) and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)—cling to the claim that they are “Christian.” 

Both pseudo Christian groups share some commonalities. Both believe themselves to be God’s “true” church. Both claim their spiritual texts to be more authoritative than the Bible. Both believe they must witness door-to-door to gain new members. And both require members to fully adhere to church doctrine—or face possible expulsion and complete shunning by family and friends.

Note that despite their departure from Bible-based doctrine, both pseudo Christian groups continue to draw members around the globe. In part because of the strong sense of community that members enjoy when in good standing. But these members don’t know they’re being doctrinally misled.

Christian or Pseudo Christian?

Let’s look more closely at the core beliefs of these two pseudo Christian groups, to clearly see where they derail in their teachings about Christ and God.

Read more: Two Religions That Claim to Be Christian