Daily Archives: June 16, 2020

June 16 New Goals

 

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 3:14, NIV)

Some day you’ll look back and realize how small your goals were. You’ll ask, “Why did I settle for so little?” If you are changing, shouldn’t your goals be changing, too? Remember, your present feelings and opinions are not permanent, so don’t build your future on them. Thank God for His goodness to you in the past, but get ready for what He’s got for you next.

For fourteen years I pastored and loved it. For the next sixteen years I enjoyed traveling and speaking around the world. But today, my greatest joy is staying at home and writing this devotional. What a change! And equally wonderful changes will happen for you, too. Others don’t have to understand your goals or even agree with them. Permit them their individuality. Just make sure they don’t persuade you to move away from your calling. Let yesterday’s dreams die; they were fine for then, but this is now.

Beware of people who don’t respect your goals. Life is too short to permit the carriers of discouragement to get you down. Unclutter your life, get rid of the unnecessary, and reach for the prize.

 

If you do, God will help you to reach it.[1]

 

[1] Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 167). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

June 16 Joy Does Not Depend on Circumstances

 

Philippians 3:1

Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord.

Happiness is the world’s cheap imitation of Christian joy. Happiness is dependent on happenings, on “hap,” which is another word for “luck.” Someone who is hapless is luckless.

When we have “joy,” it can be our constant possession because it does not depend on the circumstances of the day. Paul said, “Rejoice in the Lord!” This philosophy made it possible for him to endure all kinds of problems and still move forward in his walk with Christ. When he wrote his second letter to the church at Corinth, he listed just a few of the things he had endured. Now we know how he endured them. He had the strength of genuine joy in his life.

How could any one man experience all these things and still have the spirit of joy? Paul understood what most modern men do not, that joy and pain are often compatible emotions.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 175). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

June 16, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

Ver. 23.—Have I any pleasure, etc.? Ezekiel’s anticipations of the gospel of Christ take a yet wider range, and we come at last to what had been throughout the suppressed premise of the argument. To him, as afterwards to St. Paul (1 Tim. 2:4) and St. Peter (2 Pet. 3:9), the mind of God was presented as being at once absolutely righteous and absolutely loving. The death of the wicked, the loss, i.e., of true life, for a time, or even for ever, might be the necessary consequence of laws that were righteous in themselves, and were working out the wellbeing of the universe; but that death was not to be thought of as the result of a Divine decree, or contemplated by the Divine mind with any satisfaction. If it were not given to Ezekiel to see, as clearly as Isaiah seems to have seen it, how the Divine philanthropy was to manifest itself, he at least gauged that philanthropy itself, and found it fathomless.[1]


23. He confirms the same sentiment in other words, that God desires nothing more earnestly than that those who were perishing and rushing to destruction should return into the way of safety. And for this reason not only is the Gospel spread abroad in the world, but God wished to bear witness through all ages how inclined he is to pity. For although the heathen were destitute of the law and the prophets, yet they were always endued with some taste of this doctrine. Truly enough they were suffocated by many errors: but we shall always find that they were induced by a secret impulse to seek for pardon, because this sense was in some way born with them, that God is to he appeased by all who seek him. Besides, God bore witness to it more clearly in the law and the prophets. In the Gospel we hear how familiarly he addresses us when he promises us pardon. (Luke 1:78.) And this is the knowledge of salvation, to embrace his mercy which he offers us in Christ. It follows, then, that what the Prophet now says is very true, that God wills not the death of a sinner, because he meets him of his own accord, and is not only prepared to receive all who fly to his pity, but he calls them towards him with a loud voice, when he sees how they are alienated from all hope of safety. But the manner must be noticed in which God wishes all to be saved, namely, when they turn themselves from their ways. God thus does not so wish all men to be saved as to renounce the difference between good and evil; but repentance, as we have said, must precede pardon. How, then, does God wish all men to he saved? By the Spirit’s condemning the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, at this day, by the Gospel, as he did formerly by the law and the prophets. (John 16:8.) God makes manifest to mankind their great misery, that they may betake themselves to him: he wounds that he may cure, and slays that he may give life. We hold, then, that God wills not the death of a sinner, since he calls all equally to repentance, and promises himself prepared to receive them if they only seriously repent. If any one should object—then there is no election of God, by which he has predestinated a fixed number to salvation, the answer is at hand: the Prophet does not here speak of God’s secret counsel, but only recalls miserable men from despair, that they may apprehend the hope of pardon, and repent and embrace the offered salvation. If any one again objects—this is making God act with duplicity, the answer is ready, that God always wishes the same thing, though by different ways, and in a manner inscrutable to us. Although, therefore, God’s will is simple, yet great variety is involved in it, as far as our senses are concerned. Besides, it is not surprising that our eyes should be blinded by intense light, so that we cannot certainly judge how God wishes all to be saved, and yet has devoted all the reprobate to eternal destruction, and wishes them to perish. While we look now through a glass darkly, we should be content with the measure of our own intelligence. (1 Cor. 13:12.) When we shall be like God, and see him face to face, then what is now obscure will then become plain. But since captious men torture this and similar passages, it will be needful to refute them shortly, since it can be done without trouble.

God is said not to wish the death of a sinner. How so? since he wishes all to be converted. Now we must see how God wishes all to be converted; for repentance is surely his peculiar gift: as it is his office to create men, so it is his province to renew them, and restore his image within them. For this reason we are said to be his workmanship, that is, his fashioning. (Eph. 2:10.) Since, therefore, repentance is a kind of second creation, it follows that it is not in man’s power; and if it is equally in God’s power to convert men as well as to create them, it follows that the reprobate are not converted, because God does not wish their conversion; for if he wished it he could do it: and hence it appears that he does not wish it. But again they argue foolishly, since God does not wish all to be converted, he is himself deceptive, and nothing can be certainly stated concerning his paternal benevolence. But this knot is easily untied; for he does not leave us in suspense when he says, that he wishes all to be saved. Why so? for if no one repents without finding God propitious, then this sentence is filled up. But we must remark that God puts on a twofold character: for he here wishes to be taken at his word. As I have already said, the Prophet does not here dispute with subtlety about his incomprehensible plans, but wishes to keep our attention close to God’s word. Now, what are the contents of this word? The law, the prophets, and the gospel. Now all are called to repentance, and the hope of salvation is promised them when they repent: this is true, since God rejects no returning sinner: he pardons all without exception; meanwhile, this will of God which he sets forth in his word does not prevent him from decreeing before the world was created what he would do with every individual: and as I have now said, the Prophet only shows here, that when we have been converted we need not doubt that God immediately meets us and shows himself propitious. The remainder to-morrow.

prayer

Grant, Almighty God, since we are all lost in ourselves, that we may desire to obtain life where it is laid up for us, and where thou dost manifest it, namely, in thy Son: and grant that we may so embrace the grace which has been exhibited to us in the sacrifice of his death, that we may be regenerated by his Spirit; and thus being born again, may we devote ourselves wholly to thee, and so glorify thy name in this world, that we may at length be partakers of that glory which the same, thine only-begotten Son, has acquired for us.—Amen.[2]


Ver. 23. Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?A summons to repentance:

If we spare not our sins, but slay them with the sword of the Spirit, God will spare us. The words are uttered by a figurative interrogation, in which there is more evidence and efficacy, more life and convincing force. For it is as if He had said, Know ye not that I have no such desire? or think ye that I have any desire? or dare it enter into your thoughts that I take any pleasure at all in the death of a sinner? When the interrogation is figurative the rule is, that if the question be affirmative, the answer to it must be negative; but if the question be negative, the answer must be affirmative. For example: Who is like unto the Lord? the meaning is, none is like unto the Lord. Whom have I in heaven but Thee? that is, I have none in heaven but Thee. On the other side, when the question is negative, the answer must be affirmative; as: Are not the angels ministering spirits? that is, the angels are ministering spirits; and, Shall the Son of man find faith? that is, the Son of man shall not find faith. Here, then, apply the rule, and shape a negative answer to the first member being affirmative, thus: I have no desire that a sinner should die; and an affirmative answer to the negative member, thus: I have a desire that the wicked should return and live; and ye have the true meaning and natural exposition of this verse. But here some cast a dark mist, which hath caused many to lose their way. How (say they) do we maintain that God desireth not the death of a sinner, who before all time decreed death for sin, and sin for death? This mist in part is dispelled by distinguishing of three sorts of God’s decrees—

  1. There is an absolute decree and resolute purpose of God, for those things which He determineth shall be.
  2. There is a decree of mandate, or at least a warrant for those things which He desireth should be.
  3. There is a decree of permission for such things, as if He powerfully stop them not, will be. Of the first kind of decree or will of God, we are to understand those words of the Psalmist (Psa. 135:6), and of our Saviour (John 17:24). To the second we are to refer those words of the apostle (Rom. 9:19; Ephes. 1:5; 1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Pet. 3:9; 1 Thess. 4:3; Rom. 12:2). If ye rightly apply these distinctions, ye may without great difficulty loosen the knots above tied: the first whereof was, whether God decreed sin original or actual. Ye may answer according to the former distinctions, that He decreed effectually all the good that is joined with it, or may come by it, or it may occasion; but He decreed permissively only the obliquity or malignity thereof: He neither doth it, nor approveth of it when it is done, but only permitteth it, and taketh advantage of it for the manifestation of His justice. To the second question, which toucheth the apple of the eye of this text, whether God decreeth the death of any? ye may answer briefly, that He doth not decree it any way for itself, as it is the destruction of His creature, or a temporal or eternal torment thereof; but as it is a manifestation of His justice.
  4. Doth God take no pleasure in the death of the wicked that daily transgresseth His law, ungraciously abuse His mercy, and slightly regard His judgments? Doth He use all good means to reclaim them, and save them from wrath to come? Is the life of every man so precious in His eyes? Doth He esteem of it as a rich jewel engraven with His own image? How careful, then, and chary ought we to be, who are put in trust with it (locked up in the casket of our body), that we lose it not.
  5. If judges, and all those who sit upon life and death, did enter into a serious consideration thereof, they would not so easily (as sometimes they do) cast away a thing that is so precious, much less receive the price of blood.
  6. If a malefactor arraigned at the bar of justice should perceive by any speech, gesture, sign, or token, an inclination in the judge to mercy, how would he work upon this advantage?—what suit? what means would he make for his life? how would he importune all his friends to entreat for him? how would he fall down upon his knees and beseech the judge for the mercies of God to be good unto him? Ho, all ye that have guilty consciences, and are privy to yourselves of many capital crimes, though peradventure no other can appeach you! behold, the Judge of all flesh makes an overture of mercy, He bewrayeth more than a propension or inclination, He discovereth a desire to save you! Why do ye not make means unto Him? Why do ye not appeal from the bar of His justice to His throne of grace? Why do ye not fly from Him, as He is a terrible Judge? to Him, as He is a merciful Father? (D. Featly, D.D.)

God and the soul:

One of the masters of Old Testament theology, a student of singular nobility of mind and penetration of judgment, Dr. A. B. Davidson, has said of this and of the kindred 33rd chapter: “Perhaps there are hardly any more important passages in the Old Testament than those two chapters of Ezekiel.” And why? Because, as he says, “there we may say that we see the birth of the individual mind taking place before our eyes.” It was the first, or one of the first, assertions of the truth that man is more than the circumstances of which he is a part; that in God’s sight he stands single and free. We can best understand the force of this particular chapter if we remember the historical circumstances out of which it came. Nebuchadnezzar, the ruthless conqueror, had laid waste Jerusalem. “He carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes, and all the mighty men of valour, and all the craftsmen, and none remained save the poorest of the people of the land.” That band of exiles, among whom was the young Ezekiel, was carried to Babylon, and there the best of them lay astonished at the crushing blow which God had dealt to them. Jerusalem, the inviolable hill of Jehovah, spoiled and degraded, within eleven years laid waste and desolate, abandoned of God. It seemed to them that they were involved in the punishment of the sins of their fathers. There could be no escape, no penitence in the land of their exile could disentangle their souls from the ruin in which the sins of their forefathers had engulfed them. It was natural that their thoughts should run in such a channel. Hebrew religion tended to merge the individual in the state or family. The covenant of God was made not with the individual so much as with the State. The dealings and punishments of God with His people embraced not only the person, but his whole family, to the third and fourth generation; and so it seemed to them that they could not, for all their anguish, escape the consequences of their fathers’ sins. It was the object of Ezekiel to lift the burden of despair from his fellow exiles. He discerned in the very breaking up of the national life a call to the individual to become deeper and more personal in his obedience and faith. He sought to disentangle the person from the nation and the family, to make him realise his own freedom and separate responsibility in the sight of God. God is sovereign over the dispensations of His own laws. He treats every man, at every moment, precisely as that man is by virtue of his own separate and solitary responsibility. Man is free morally, whatever the chain that may bind him to his ancestors. God is free morally, and judges every man by virtue of that freedom. But the prophet carried the truth a stage further. Among these exiles there were doubtless individual men and women who felt that the chain that bound them, bound them to an irreversible destiny, was not the chain of their fathers’ sins, but of the sins they themselves had committed. They remembered the law of Jehovah which they had despised, the worship of their fathers in the temple, which they had ignored or polluted by their idolatry. It seemed to them that their cup was full; they could not escape the punishment of the sins of the past. They were shut up to the impotence of unavailing remorse. To them the prophet’s message was like that which he gave to his community. He reminded each of them that still, in spite of their sins and shortcomings, there was within a separate life, a freedom which could arise from the past impenitence and return, and that matching that freedom there was also the sovereign grace of Almighty God. That was the prophet’s message to his own day. I wonder if any of you have discerned with what singular force it applies to our own? The place which was taken when Ezekiel wrote, by the customary habits and traditions and principles of Hebrew religion, is taken to-day by the characteristic teaching of modern science. The old words of the covenant of God’s punishment of men to the third and fourth generation have given place to the new words of “heredity” and “environment.” But the principle is the same. Science has been teaching us wonderfully, beautifully, terribly, with what a subtlety and closeness of tie we are bound through our brains and bodies to the ancestors from whom we sprang, the circumstances under which we live, the progeny which we leave behind us; we know that our character is the product of a thousand influences of climate, of scenery, of sights and sounds, of food, of tendencies in the blood, of faculties and perversions of the brain, and we accept the truth. It gives a very wonderful and real, as well as a very solemn, aspect to this universe of which we are part. We build upon it. It is the truth that is the main-spring of all our zeal for education, of all our efforts for social reform; to that truth we turn when we wish to measure the fulness of our social responsibility. But is it the last and only word? Is man nothing but the product of these circumstances, the creature of invisible laws? If it be so, then before long we may come to that feeling of despair which lay upon the breast of these exiles of Jerusalem. We must balance that truth with the other which Ezekiel recovered for his contemporaries—the truth that man’s nature, though it is inwoven by the influences of blood and surroundings, yet has within it a personal life higher than, and apart from, that nature. It is free—it is capable, when aroused, of moulding that nature to its own will. God Himself is something more than an union of irreversible and irresistible laws. He is, He remains, a sovereign moral Personality, caring as a Father for the children that He has made, knowing them as individuals, dealing with them man by man in the separateness of their own single freedom and responsibility. I ask you to consider the basis which Ezekiel is teaching us in its reference to our lives as members of a community and as personal beings.

  1. First of all, there is a message to us as members of a community. Sometimes the Hebrew took joy from the thought that he was bound with his fathers and children in the bonds of the covenant of the will of God. And sometimes we take joy in the thought that we are bound together by those subtle and intricate ties to the nature which surrounds us, and to our fellow beings in long distances of the past and future. But when the Hebrew realised God’s punishment in the waste of Jerusalem, he was filled with the chill of despair. No doubt, for a time, the thought that man is the product of his circumstances fills us with the energy of reform. It makes us, perhaps, with even greater zest, turn to every effort to improve the condition of the environment of the people. But when we try, how long the task seems, how thick and obstinate the difficulties, how impossible it seems to compass it within the short generation in which the necessities of life permit us to labour. And meanwhile, what have we to say to the individual men, women, and children who are living under these conditions? Think for a moment of those atoms of social waste whom we call the unemployable. You see them as they pass before your eyes, the product, indeed, of circumstances—the sins of their fathers written in the marks of disease, the sins of their own youth written in the furtive glance of the eyes and the shambling gait, the sins, it may be, of the community which has failed to find a place for them, in the hopelessness and futility of every effect that they may make. And yet, what are we to say to them? Are we to say to them with the mere teaching of determinist science: “Your transgressions and your sins are upon you, and you pine away in them, why should you live?” Yet apart from some vast, at present as it seems, inconceivable change of our industrial conditions, are they not hopeless? If science says the last word, surely they are. Yet when you find yourself placed face to face with an individual man of these multitudes, can you use that language? Can you turn to them and say: “You are the doomed product of a bad environment; there is no hope for you. You must stay as you are”? Nay! rather you make it your one object to disentangle the man from the mesh in which he is placed. You seek to find out somewhere the springs of the real man within him. You desire to create some emotion, some motive, some interest, by which that self of his, that manhood of his, may be aroused, re-created, and go forth and be strong. And you can venture upon that effort because you believe, with an instinct that is stronger than a one-sided theory, that somewhere or other in that poor, broken life there remains dormant and hidden the germ of a freedom of his own that he can arouse and use, if only there is sufficient strength and motive power given to him. You try to reach and touch and find the man within him; and that instinct of yours restores the balance of the truth. Science is true. There is this product of the environment. We must work and labour with unremitting toil to change and improve it. But the one inevitable, indispensable factor of social reform is the individual freedom and responsibility of the man. Even when you change his circumstances, this alone will be powerless unless you have changed the whole man’s will so that he co-operates with the change in his circumstances; and therefore every scheme of charity which neglects this truth, which belittles this factor of the man’s own individual freedom and power and responsibility, is a real danger.
  2. Secondly, the prophet’s message is to the personal life. There were men to whom Ezekiel spoke who felt the burthen upon them, not of the load of their fathers’ sins, but of their own. It may be that among the men to whom I speak there are some who are conscious of the same impotence of remorse. The sins of your body have immeshed your body and mind in the bondage of evil habit. You can think of some mistake that you made, irreversible now, which has spoilt your life. You are tied up in the doom of your destiny. Or, perhaps, there are others, who have not gone so far, but when there comes to them the prompting of some better impulse they meet it with such replies, expressed or unexpressed, as this: “It is no good, it is too late; my nature is made, I cannot change. These heights are for others, I cannot attain unto them. Like Sir Lancelot, the quest is not for me. I am what my life has made me, and it is too late to change.” And so when these better impulses come they are avoided, they are refused. Possibly they gradually die out, and the prison gates begin to close. Now, in this there is a truth which cannot be gainsaid. We cannot escape, not even God Himself can enable us to escape, from the actual consequences of our sins. That is true; we cannot quarrel with the teaching both of science and conscience. But it is not the whole truth. There remains that hidden self, that inner man, and it is free. It has always the power of rising from its past and going forth to a new future. You say it is impossible. With man perhaps it is impossible. But with God all things are possible. For that freedom of mine, however feeble and broken, is not alone; there is another free and sovereign power waiting for it, acknowledging it as His own image, welcoming it, coming down upon it, with His own strength and power. When I use my freedom I meet and touch the freedom of the sovereign grace of God Himself. If only we act upon that impulse which is the sign of the persistence of our better self, we find somehow that that strength comes down upon us. It may be a miracle. Our Lord asks the unanswerable question whether it is easier to say to the sick of the palsy, “Arise and walk,” or to say, “Thy sins be forgiven thee.” I know not what mystery may be behind that truth, but truth it is if only we will act upon it; if only that will, broken and feeble as it may be, will emerge from the ruins of its past, and act for itself in the spirit of return. Then it will find that the freedom of God’s grace is at its hand, and will come to it and strengthen it. We must, it is true, continue to bear our sins, but there is all the difference in the world between that and being borne by them. When we bear them, our recovered spirit is master of them. Even remorse can be a continual reminder of the long-suffering of God. The weakness, baffling and humiliating to the end, can be the occasion for the triumph of the strength of God. You have seen sometimes the coast when the tide is far out. It looks a mere barren tract of sand and stone, but somewhere far out in the deep a movement takes place. The tide turns, and soon the water covers the waste land. So my life, when I look back upon it, may be the barren tract of sand, the grave of lost opportunities, strewn with stones of stumbling and rocks of offence. But if only in the great deep, where the Spirit of God touches the spirit of man, my free self can go out to Him, then there is the turning of the tide, and sooner or later that full tide of God’s refreshing and restoring grace will cover the waste places. I am—in my own personal self; God is—in His own sovereign Personality; and on these two truths we can all base the perpetual hope of a new beginning. (Bishop Lang.)

Sin slays the sinner:

Manton says: “The life of sin and the life of a sinner are like two buckets in a well—if the one goeth up, the other must come down. If sin liveth, the sinner must die.” It is only when sin dies that a man begins truly to live. Yet we cannot persuade our neighbours that it is so, for their hearts are bound up in their sins, and they think themselves most alive when they can give fullest liberty to their desires. They raise up their sins, and so sink themselves. If they could be persuaded of the truth, they would send the bucket of sin to the very bottom that their better selves might rise into eternal salvation. (C. H. Spurgeon.)

God’s solemn inquiry of Gospel hearers:

  1. The evidence in every Christian country of God’s having no pleasure at all in the death of sinners.
  2. A true penitent is readily forgiven. Two striking illustrations suggested here: a rebellious father’s repentant son (ver. 14, &c.), and a man once rebellious who amends (vers. 21, 22). In each instance his soul is saved. None can fairly meditate on the promptness of such pardons without perceiving God’s delight in mercy (Mic. 7:18).
  3. The reason why the righteous God can so promptly pardon (Titus 3:4–7; John 3:16; Rom. 8:32).
  4. God has appointed a class of men to urge on the unworthy His unspeakable gift (2 Cor. 5:20). Did He wish the destruction of the Ninevites when He sent Jonah to them? He has as little pleasure in the death of the wicked now (Rev. 22:17).
  5. The one simple duty of hearers is to return (ver. 32).
  6. With the turning of true repentance, which involves a thorough change of service. Note details of practical love in this chapter (ver. 17), and see conduct of Thess. (1 Thessalonians 1:9).
  7. With the turning of trust (in the appointed Mediator) for all the needed mercy and grace. (See the description in 1 Pet. 2:24, 25)
  8. With the turning quickened by the Holy Spirit (John 16:8), which should be fostered by prayer (Psa. 80:18, 19).
  9. With the turning which issues in life; the life of the acquitted and holy (Rom. 5:1, 2), which is a sure earnest of life everlasting (John 6:40). (D. D. Stewart, M.A.)

And not that he should return from his ways, and live?The best return:

St. Austin, lying on his death-bed, caused divers verses of the penitential psalms to be written on the walls of his chamber, on which he still cast his eyes, and commented upon them with the fluent rhetoric of his tears. But I could wish of all texts of Scripture that this of the prophet Ezekiel were still before all their eyes who mourn for their sins in private. For nothing can raise the dejected soul but the lifting-up of God’s countenance upon her; nothing can bring peace to an affrighted and troubled conscience but a free pardon of all sins, whereby she hath incurred the sentence of death, which the prophet tendereth in the words of the text. I will endeavour to open two springs in my text—the one a higher, the other a lower; the one ariseth from God and His joy, the other from ourselves and our salvation. That the conversion of a sinner is a joy and delight to God, I need not to produce arguments to prove, or similes to illustrate; He that spake as never man spake, hath represented it unto us by many exquisite emblems (Luke 15:4; Luke 15:8; Luke 15:10; Luke 15:32). Scipio (as Livy writeth) never looked so fresh, nor seemed so beautiful in the eyes of his soldiers, as after his recovery from a dangerous sickness which he took in the camp; neither doth the soul ever seem more beautiful than when she is restored to health after some dangerous malady. The Palladium was in highest esteem both with the Trojans and Romans, not so much for the matter or workmanship, as because it was catched out of the fire when Troy was burnt. And certainly no soul is more precious in the eyes of God and His angels than that which is snatched out of the fire of hell and jaws of death. I have opened the first spring, and we have tasted the waters thereof; I am now to open the second, which is this, That as our repentance is joy unto God and His angels, so it is grace and salvation to ourselves. As repentance is called repentance from dead works, so also repentance unto life. For God pawns His life for the life of the penitent: “As I live, saith the Lord, I desire not the death of a sinner, but rather that he should return and live.” Pliny writeth of a fountain in Africa, in which torches that are blown out being dipped are kindled again: such is the fountain of tears in the eyes of a penitent sinner; if the light of his faith be extinguished to his sense and all outward appearance, yet dipped in this fountain it is kindled again, and burns more brightly than ever before. The Scripture furnisheth us not with many examples in this kind, lest any should presume; yet some we find that none might despair. To comfort those that are wounded in conscience, the good Samaritan cured him that was wounded between Jerusalem and Jericho, and left half-dead; to comfort them that are sick in soul, He recovered Peter’s wife’s mother lying sick in her bed; to comfort them that have newly, as it were, given up the ghost, He raised Jairus’s daughter; to comfort them that have been sometimes dead in sins and transgressions, He raised the widow’s son; to comfort them that have been so long dead in sins that they begin to putrify, He raised up Lazarus stinking in His grave. Therefore, if we have grievously provoked God’s justice by presumption, let us not more wrong His mercy by despair; but hope even above hope in Him whose mercy is over all His works. Against the number and weight of all our sins, let us lay the infiniteness of God’s mercy, and Christ’s merits, and the certainty of His promise confirmed by oath: “As I live, I desire not the death of a sinner; if he return, he shall live.” It is a most sovereign water which will fetch a sinner again to the life of grace, though never so far gone. It is not well water springing out of the bowels of the earth, nor rain poured out of the clouds of passion, but rather like a dew falling from heaven, which softeneth and moisteneth the heart, and is dried up by the beams of the Sun of Righteousness. “Turn and live.” Should a prisoner led to execution hear the judge or sheriff call to him, and say, Turn back, put in sureties for thy good behaviour hereafter, and live—would he not suddenly leap out of his fetters, embrace the condition, and thank the judge or sheriff upon his knees? And what think ye if God should send a prophet to preach a sermon of repentance to the devils and damned ghosts in hell, and say, Knock off your bolts, shake off your fetters, and turn to the Lord and live? Would not hell be emptied and rid before the prophet should have made an end of his exhortation? This sermon the prophet Ezekiel now maketh unto us all. (D. Featly, D.D.)[3]


23. Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?—(1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Pet. 3:9). If men perish, it is because they will not come to the Lord for salvation, not that the Lord is not willing to save them (John 5:40). They trample on not merely justice, but mercy: what further hope can there be for them when even mercy is against them? (Heb. 10:26–29.) [4]


[1] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Ezekiel (Vol. 1, p. 324). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[2] Calvin, J., & Myers, T. (2010). Commentary on the First Twenty Chapters of the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel (Vol. 2, pp. 246–249). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] Exell, J. S. (1906). The Biblical Illustrator: Ezekiel (pp. 238–243). London: Francis Griffiths.

[4] Fausset, A. R. (n.d.). A Commentary, Critical, Experimental, and Practical, on the Old and New Testaments: Jeremiah–Malachi (Vol. IV, p. 267). London; Glasgow: William Collins, Sons, & Company, Limited.

June—16 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

 

Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle, and the crane, and the swallow, observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the Lord.—Jeremiah 8:7.

When the Lord would expostulate with his people, what methods he graciously adopts! There are no creatures in nature so dull, so senseless, and stupid, as God’s people are, by reason of the fall. Every animal hath an instinct, prompting to self-preservation. Are they exposed to danger, how speedily do they endeavour to remove! Are they apprehensive of a storm, they flee to some covering to hide them! The birds of passage, when the first symptoms of winter appear, gather together, to depart to a warmer climate! But man, poor, blind improvident man! no winter of death can admonish him; no approach of the departing day of life can prevail upon him to flee from the wrath to come. My soul! look round human life, and mark this, by way of admiring, more and more, distinguishing grace, which enabled thee to estimate thy privileges, and discern that sovereign, bountiful mercy, which maketh thee to differ from another. “What hast thou, which thou didst not receive?” But, dearest Lord, is it not to copy after that gracious feeling of thine, which thou hadst in the days of thy flesh, when thou hadst compassion on the multitude, in beholding them famishing, and was moved in pity towards them, when we behold the great mass of thoughtless sinners, whose concern for self-preservation doth not come up to that of the brute which perisheth? In common life all are interested and earnest in the pursuit of the different objects of the world; the traveller is full of thought, in his way home, to see that his path be right; the mariner would not run contrary to the direction of the compass; the man of trade never acts in opposition to the gain of that trade; neither does the man of pleasure lose sight of what will most likely promote that pleasure. But thy people, blessed Jesus, are everlastingly pursuing what they have proved a thousand times to be vain and unsatisfying; yet they pursue it again, and do not learn to “know the judgment of the Lord.” Blessed Lord! undertake for me; pity, compassionate, direct, guide, keep me! Oh! for grace to learn, and rightly to value, the things of salvation! And, convinced that Christ is all and in all, may I never seek from the creature what only can be found in the Creator! And having discovered the vanity of every thing out of Christ, may I, where Christ is not, from henceforth learn, with the Church, to say, “Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire in comparison of thee; my flesh and my heart faileth: but thou art the strength of my heart and my portion for ever!”[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 184–185). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

Ethnic Gnosticism Leads to Presumption and Prejudice — Christian Blogs – Delivered By Grace

One of the more controversial issues facing our nation, and in many ways our world today, is the issue of racism. It’s the hottest issue on the news—eclipsing the pandemic. Is racism, or ethnic prejudice as I would prefer to call it, really the driving issue of the day? Could it be that the American people are being played by political groups with a devious agenda centered on an insatiable appetite for….power?

A few years ago, Voddie Baucham coined the phrase, ethnic Gnosticism. The term Gnosticism is a word that comes from the Greek term gnosis which means, having secret knowledge. It came to represent a cult with a set of beliefs that twisted the doctrine of man, God, and salvation into a strange story of philosophical dualism that professed salvation through secret knowledge, or gnosis. Voddie Baucham connects the idea of ethnic superiority to Gnosticism to define the idea that black people (and other ethnicities including white people as well) have the ability to possess secret knowledge of motive, intent, and goals in specific situations such as the recent cases involving police officers and black men—without evaluating all of the information and data about the individuals involved.

Was Derek Chauvin a racist? It seems that everyone knows Derek Chauvin really well, because within hours of the video surfacing on YouTube—Derek Chauvin was evaluated, examined, and denounced as a racist cop who murdered George Floyd as motivated by his racist heart. The fact of the matter remains, we still don’t know if Derek Chauvin was a racist with white supremacy motives or if he was merely a white man who murdered a black man on the street without the slightest care of the man’s skin color. It may be determined through the trial that he was certainly a racist, but it could likewise be determined that he was merely a murderer who would have done the exact same thing if George Floyd’s skin was white.

At the memorial service for George Floyd, Al Sharpton read a portion of Scripture from Ephesians 6:10-13 and then made the following statement:

We are not fighting some disconnected incidence. We are fighting an institutional, systemic problem that has been allowed to permeate since we were brought to these shores. And we are fighting wickedness in high places.

It was at that very point that Al Sharpton launched off into a politically motivated rant filled with social justice language that was completely disconnected from the intent and aim of Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus. He called out the “white system,” the President of the United States, the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and continued to lament injustices against the black population while using a biblical text completely out of context at George Floyd’s memorial service.

What about the recent police shooting in Atlanta? Was Garrett Rolfe, the officer who shot Rayshard Brooks, a racist cop? Without any information about the officer involved, he is quickly accused of being a racist cop who “street executed” Rayshard Brooks. On what basis? Because of his skin color. People rush to Twitter and other social media outlets to quickly demonstrate their hatred of racism. Following the tragic event, the Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms in a news interview stated that the officers should have “just let him go”  Is that a proper depiction of justice from the leader of a major city in America? A pastor in Atlanta stated a similar thing on Twitter. Is that a biblical display of justice for a man who was D.U.I. and endangering his community? Is that the proper response to a man who attacked and endangered police officers after resisting arrest? That’s what happens when we replace biblical justice with social justice.

The presumption of ethnic Gnosticism is fueling the fires of many problems in our nation today. People claim to know that white police officers are racist if a black person dies during any traffic stop, confrontation, or incident. Such presumption bypasses the due process of the law and leads to further injustices. We have seen this in recent days through riots and burning of businesses based on the “knowledge” that flows out of ethnic Gnosticism—claiming that the officers involved in these recent cases are indeed acting out of racist motivations.

In the case of George Floyd or Rayshard Brooks, could the officer be racist? Yes. Could it be that he was merely guilty of bad policing from a non-racist heart? Sure. Could it be that he made the right call, albeit not the most popular decision, from a non-racist motivated heart to uphold the law and protect the community? Yes. This is why we have a process that must be properly played out as opposed to quickly and abruptly judging people by hashtag wars on social media and mob rage in the streetsI

Can we see that our civilization is at jeopardy? We are on the precipice of making really uninformed and destructive decisions that will have a lasting and negative impact upon our nation as a whole if we continue to allow the nation to be bullied by the mobs of our day. If the mob rules the culture, he who can possess the greatest rage and threat wins the day.

In the midst of all of this, we have evangelical leaders lecturing local churches—insisting that we must listen to stories and experiences of other people and stop talking about statistics and data. Sure, stories and experiences matter, but we can’t make decisions in life detached from and ignorant of real statistics and data. We live in a nation that has provided the greatest opportunities to all ethnicities—including black people—in recent years. We have black leaders in all spheres of our culture (political, religious, economic, educational, athletic, entertainment). Prior to the pandemic, the black population celebrated the greatest employment rates in the history of our nation. And yet, we are being lectured about a dominate white supremacy culture and white privilege that holds back the black population from advancement. We hear this from political and religious leaders.

What about that data? What about those statistics? What about ethnic Gnosticism? What about political agendas? What about the gospel?

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) organization is using a Marxist ideology with a postmodern deconstructive goal to fuel the flames of ethnic Gnosticism in our culture. The organization exists to disrupt society. The BLM organization promotes  critical race theory and intersectionality (CRT/I) as a means of advancing identity politics which serve to divide rather than unite. An organization that claims to stand for the dignity of black lives supports the murder of hundreds of thousands of black babies every single year. The BLM organization is a perverse and divisive group that seeks to destroy black families, murder black babies, divide ethnicities, fuel ethnic prejudice and superiority, fuel a spirit of anarchy (#DefundThePolice), and point the black population to the democratic politicians for the answers to the problems of human depravity. All of this under the umbrella of change.

Where does ethnic prejudice originate? We inherit it from our forefather, Adam. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they plunged the entire human race into sin. According to Romans 5:12, “just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.” That means that we are born as sinners. The idea that we are born completely innocent and at some point we pass through the “age of accountability” where we determine the difference between right and wrong and actively engage in trespassing God’s law is simply the product of corrupt theology.

According to David, he was a sinner even from his mother’s womb (Psalm 51:5). The only two humans in the history of the human race who lived without any stain of sin and were completely innocent in the eyes of God were Adam and Eve. Not one person has been born completely innocent and without the stain of sin throughout the history of the world since the days of Adam and Eve.

We find ethnic prejudice interwoven throughout the fabric of humanity. The Jews struggled with this problem and had to be rebuked as the New Testament Church was growing and the gospel was bringing together both Jew and Gentile into one covenant family. Jews looked down at Gentiles – often referring to them as “dogs.” Proselytes to the Jewish religion were never fully accepted within the religious circles of the Jews.

The Jews, were known as “the circumcision” which was a sign of their covenant with God.  As a separate people, they took great pride in being the chosen ones of God (see Deuteronomy 7). They looked down upon the Gentiles (non-Jews) as “the uncircumcision.”  They were devalued as the savages, rebels, and unholy people.  Often Jews would avoid passing through Samaria because they viewed them as “half-breeds” and people who had broken their covenant with God. The ethnic prejudice was so bad that Jewish women were not permitted to aid in the birth of a Gentile woman’s child because they would be seen as aiding in bringing another God hater into the world.

Where did such ethnic pride and prejudice come from? It’s a product of human depravity. As David made clear in Psalm 51:5, we are born sinners. We inherit our sin nature from Adam and the variations of sin flow out of that seed of depravity. Regardless of our melanin count, we are all capable of possessing ethnic prejudice in our hearts. To engage in prejudice attitudes and actions against another ethnic group is sinful. It disrupts society and breeds ethnic superiority which is detestable and destructive.

In order to oppose the injustice against George Floyd—many people have engaged in forms of ethnic prejudice behavior. Signs were placed in windows of businesses while cities were being destroyed by mobs during the riots that read, “Black Owned Business.” In order to be consistent, we must see this as a racist message. When black people call for white people to kiss their boots in order to repent of racism, that’s actually an example of ethnic prejudice. When the elites publish statements about “White Fragility” and “White Privilege” requiring white people to “check their privilege” at every given turn—that’s nothing less than a form of ethnic prejudice and discrimination against white people.

How do we get beyond this ethnic division in our culture? It’s only through the message of the cross of Jesus. Black lives matter to Jesus, and therefore, black lives matter to the Church of Jesus. We value all human life as image bearers of God (imago Dei). The very best way to see life through a proper lens is to look at the world through a gospel lens rather than a disruptive Marxist lens. Only in Jesus will we have true unity. That’s a picture we see in the church of Jesus—a foretaste is heaven.

There are no short cuts or bypasses to overcoming ethnic prejudice in the hearts of people. That’s why Paul said the following to the church in Galatia, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). This is why the Church of Jesus Christ has the greatest message of hope to an ethnically divided culture. Political rallies and open riots will not win the war—only in Jesus will this world finally and forever be cleansed of ethnic superiority and we long for that day to come (Revelation 21)!

As we survey the sea of humanity, the creative genius of God is put on display as we look at the multiplicity of ethnicities with variations of facial features and melanin count who populate the human race. One day, when Christ returns and ushers in God’s Kingdom, a people of all tongues, tribes, people, and nations will be gathered together under the banner of King Jesus who will rule and reign and who will receive the praise of his people.

We long for that day when racism is gone. When we gather as one people in unity and harmony without the slightest stain of sin. Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!

Is all of this about real racism or is it about politics and power? Sure, real racism exists in our world, but we need to engage the situations with real knowledge rather than ethnic Gnosticism and ethnic prejudice.

We must replace ethnic Gnosticism with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The church of Jesus Christ must lead the way.

via Ethnic Gnosticism Leads to Presumption and Prejudice — Christian Blogs – Delivered By Grace

June 16th The D. L. Moody Year Book

 

Faith without works is dead.—James 2:20.

YOU may very often see dead fish floating with the stream, but you never saw dead fish swimming against it. Well, that is your false believer. Profession is just floating down the stream, but confession is swimming against it, no matter how strong the tide.[1]

 

[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (p. 103). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

Stella Morabito: Emotional Manipulation Is Baked Into The Revolution — The Heidelblog

So, what’s the secret of creating enough woke conformity to get to such an anti-thought point? How does a well-organized band of power-craving elitists get people to surrender the right to speak their own minds? To open the door to giving collectivist elites the raw power they crave?

I’ll use the terms socialism and Marxism somewhat interchangeably. Marxists tend to refer to themselves as socialists, even if some socialists claim they aren’t Marxists. All are collectivists, though, with the same patterns and tendencies and agendas, some harder than others, depending on their “state of evolution.”

…The threat of ostracism is a primal and universal human terror, and thus an extremely powerful weapon, especially when mobs enforce it. Tyrants have always been in the business of cultivating the terror of social rejection in order to control people and amass power. Sadly, most people are not consciously aware of these dynamics, and are therefore vulnerable to succumbing.

The terror of abandonment is built into our social DNA because human beings cannot survive in isolation. What we see today is a psychological operation that plays on that fear through identity politics, peer-modelling, and social contagion.

First, the propaganda media conjures up images of unanimity with a false BLM narrative. Then, anyone who doesn’t buy in is smeared as a racist, at great risk of losing his or her job, status, livelihood, and now even family. It’s designed to induce everyone to cave in to that primal fear of social isolation and submit to the power elites. Once society reaches a tipping point where everyone blindly succumbs, then the power grab begins, and game over.

…Emotional blackmail seems to be an inherent tactic of Marxist activists as well as today’s cult of wokeness. We can now see how BLM applies that tool to the daily lives of its “allies.”

…Abolishing family and religion are both old socialist rallying cries. A big part of socialism’s history is its war on those primary institutions through which our most intimate relationships and our unique identities are formed. We become isolated and weakened, and more easily controlled, when separated from them. That’s the idea.

Socialist dictators like Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedog, Pol Pot, and Adolf Hitler were dedicated to the destruction of all private life, insisting that loyalty belonged only to them. That’s why the death toll of socialist systems is more than 100 million.

Whatever else socialists say they promote—equality, justice, free stuff—they have one goal: placing too much power in the hands of too few people. To undermine the power of individuals, they undermine their private relationships. That’s exactly what just about every socialist policy has done, including no-fault divorce, welfare dependency, and abortion, which wreak havoc on the family.

The victims of this brokenness naturally feel alienated. Yet they still have a need to belong to something. Socialists feed that appetite with pseudo-communities, such as contrived collectives, mobs, and, yes, its wokeness cult.

Stella Morabito, “How Socialists Like Black Lives Matter Weaponize Our Fears Of Loneliness

via Stella Morabito: Emotional Manipulation Is Baked Into The Revolution — The Heidelblog

June 16, 2020 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

Mid-Day Snapshot · June 16, 2020

THE FOUNDATION

“One single object … [will merit] the endless gratitude of the society: that of restraining the judges from usurping legislation.” —Thomas Jefferson (1825)

Gorsuch’s Judicial Activism

Alito says a fig leaf of textualism doesn’t mean the Court didn’t just legislate from the bench.


SCOTUS Ignores the Second Amendment … Again

The future of American Liberty rests on the composition of the federal courts.


Leftmedia Creates Dubious Victim Narratives While Smearing Cops

The “social justice” narrative of “systemic racism” has no room for genuine justice.


Canceling Our History

It’s no wonder that young people don’t love our country when they’re told to hate it.


Christianity Today Pushes Social Justice, Not the Gospel

The magazine Billy Graham founded is now demanding reparations from churches.


Who Was Most Susceptible to COVID-19?

It’s becoming clearer that lockdowns for everyone may have been overwrought.


Lack of Trust Leads to Lack of Unity Among Americans

Our nation is divided by those who stand to benefit from continued rancorous fighting.


High Schoolers Deliver Groceries to Those Vulnerable to COVID

Two creative teenagers create a service to help the elderly through the pandemic.


Video: The Rayshard Brooks Shooting Was Justified

“Much of the internal workings of this situation are politically motivated,” opines Anthony Brian Logan.


Video: Troops Ready to Evict Trump From White House, Says Biden

Joe Biden says his “single greatest concern” is that President Trump will “steal the election.”


Video: Who’s More Radical: The Left or the Right?

“If the left got everything it wanted, the government would get much bigger,” says PragerU’s Will Witt.



TODAY’S OPINION

TONY PERKINS
Supreme Court Rewrites Civil Rights Act
HANS VON SPAKOVSKY
Gorsuch Helps Transform the Supreme Court Into the Supreme Legislature on LGBT Rights
DENNIS PRAGER
Will Jewish and Christian Schools Teach the Truth About America and Racism?
CAL THOMAS
The Shame Is Ours
GARY BAUER
The Left vs. Law Enforcement
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Tuesday News Executive Summary

American pride withering, Pelosi’s political theater, Gorsuch’s betrayal, and more.


Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Steve Scalise, Thomas Sowell, Tony Perkins, 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)

IDF strikes Gaza after rocket fired into Israel
The IDF struck multiple targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday night after a rocket fired from there landed in an open area in southern Israel earlier in the evening. Airstrikes and tank fire targeted multiple sites in areas near Rafiah and Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. The IDF confirmed that airstrikes had targeted infrastructure used for underground operations by Hamas…

Five rockets attacks in a week target US in Iraq
Almost every day since June 8, there have been rocket attacks in Iraq targeting US forces, the US embassy in the Green Zone or the airport in Baghdad. The constant trickle of rockets is a message to the US during the period of US-Iraq strategic dialogue that is designed to show that pro-Iranian groups control Iraq and can do as they please.

Police Officers All Over America Are Quitting Their Jobs Because Of The George Floyd Protests
Even during the best of times, being a police officer in one of America’s major cities is extremely stressful, and these are definitely not the best of times. In 2020, the entire profession has become the target for a vast nationwide outpouring of anger and hatred. It doesn’t matter if you are a good officer or a bad officer, because everyone is being lumped together.

North Korea bombed inter-Korean liaison office near border amid growing tensions
North Korea admitted Tuesday to bombing an inter-Korean liaison office building just north of the border with South Korea as tensions continue to escalate on the Korean peninsula. South Korea’s Unification Ministry, which handles relations with North Korea, confirmed to NBC News that the liaison office in the North Korean border town of Kaesong was demolished “by bombing” on Tuesday afternoon local time.

Chinese soldiers KILL Indian troops in fighting along disputed border raising fears of war between two nuclear powers
AT least three Indian soldiers including a senior army officer were killed in a confrontation with Chinese troops on a disputed frontier in the Himalayas. The clash came after both countries deployed thousands of troops in a month-long face-off that sparked fears of war breaking out between the two nuclear powers.

Japan Halts Introduction of U.S. Missile-Defense System
Japan suspended plans to introduce a multibillion-dollar American missile-defense system, citing major new costs and delays from modifications needed to ensure rocket debris from the system doesn’t endanger local residents. Two Aegis Ashore batteries were scheduled to be deployed around 2025 in southern and northern Japan that would provide the country with a new layer of defense against ballistic missiles.

UN takes Saudi-led coalition off child rights ‘list of shame’
Human rights groups have criticised the UN for removing the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen from a blacklist of those whose actions harm children. The UN found 222 children were killed or injured last year by the coalition, which is backing Yemen’s government in its war with the rebel Houthi movement. Secretary General António Guterres said that represented a “sustained and significant decrease” in casualties.

Caesar Act: How will new US sanctions on Syria be different?
New US sanctions on Syria coming into force this week intend to pressure the government of President Bashar al-Assad into enacting human rights reforms much more strongly than previous sanctions. Although UN sanctions on Syria are nonexistent because of Russian and Chinese vetoes…US and EU member states – have unilaterally imposed punishing sanctions on the Syrian government since the start of the 2011 uprising.

Hamas urges united ‘resistance’ against West Bank annexation plan
Hamas has called for unity among Palestinians and “resistance” against Israeli plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. Senior Hamas official Salah al-Bardawil said at a news conference in the besieged Gaza Strip on Monday: “Palestinian unity is the bedrock of national strength through which the [planned catastrophic] annexation can be resisted and foiled.”

Alerts raised after significant earthquakes under Makushin volcano in Alaska, U.S.
Two earthquakes with magnitudes larger than 4.0 were registered in the vicinity of Makushin volcano, Alaska over the past 12 hours, representing a significant departure from background earthquake activity. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 2005 (VEI 1). A powerful VEI 5 eruption took place in 6100 BCE ± 50 years.

UN Reveals Latest Plan: ‘New World Order’
“If countries deliver on all that was agreed here and implement the resolutions, we could take a big step towards a new world order where we no longer grow at the expense of nature but instead see people and planet thrive together.” It should be noted that as head of the UN environmental program, Msuya partnered with China’s Belt and Road’s (OBOR) initiative, ostensibly to address the environmental concerns of the initiative. President Trump has been quietly working to oppose the OBOR with a program titled the Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy (FOIP).

De Blasio Welds Parks Shut in Jewish Neighborhoods; Protects Black Lives Matter Protests
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio supported mass protests this weekend on behalf of Black Lives Matter and the transgender cause, but the city is welding shut public parks used by the Orthodox Jewish community.

T-MOBILE, SPRING, AT&T, VERIZON customers reporting widespread cell service outages
According to Downdetector.com, customers from across the U.S. were reporting problems with their service, with a large number of reports coming from major cities including Tampa, Miami, Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles. Hundreds of comments on the website said customers could not place or receive calls.

6.7 Earthquake in Japan
A strong but deep 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of southwest Japan early Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued. Earthquakes in Japan have been many in the last 12 months. 442 earthquakes in the past 365 days.

Supreme Court refuses cases to limit police protections from civil lawsuits
The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Monday that it will not consider a case that challenges the legal threshold by which police officers can be sued in civil courts. The Supreme Court’s decision means that the issue of qualified immunity for law enforcement officers will not be on the docket when the court begins its next term starting in October.

Poll: 79% of truckers say they won’t deliver to cities that defund police
A recent poll of commercial truck drivers indicates nearly eight in 10 drivers would refuse to drive shipments to cities that have either defunded or disbanded their police departments. The commercial trucking industry publication CDL Life News conducted the poll through its internal app. The poll results indicated 79 percent of respondents said they refuse to drive shipments to cities with defunded police. The publication reported its poll was based on answers from 1,283 respondents.

Trump Punishes the Hague After Prosecuting Israel for “War Crimes”
The Trump administration authorized sanctions against International Criminal Court officials who are investigating alleged war crimes against the United States and its allies, including Israel. The administration also authorized visa restrictions on Thursday against ICC officials and their family members.

Turkey Launches Air Strikes Against Kurds in Northern Iraq
Turkish fighter jets launched strikes against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters in northern Iraq on Sunday night in retaliation for attacks against Turkish army bases, according to the Turkish Defense Ministry.

Israel Celebrates Trump’s Birthday by Dedicating 300 New Houses in Village Named After US President
At a cabinet meeting on June 14, President Trump’s 74th birthday, the Israeli government approved plans to invest $2.3 million to develop the town and build 300 new houses in Ramat Trump (Trump Heights). At the meeting. Netanyahu said that Israel would “begin practical steps in establishing the community of Ramat Trump on the Golan Heights, Israel’s sovereignty over which was recognized by President Trump.”

Earthquake in eastern Turkey kills one, injures nine
An earthquake with a 5.7 magnitude shook Bingol province in eastern Turkey on Sunday, killing one person and injuring nine others, officials said. It said two security guards at a Turkish military installation in the region were injured when an observation tower collapsed. One of them later died, the Bingol governor’s office said on Twitter.

Drought Conditions in the West
Droughts have the potential to affect every sector of the economy, but the agricultural sector is particularly vulnerable Certainly, farmers and ranchers do not need another setback right now. USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey says there a significant pocket of extreme drought over much of the West.

Skies darken as locust swarms sweep into Bhopal
The bright blue skies over Bhopal suddenly darkened on Sunday as swarms of locusts invaded the capital city for the first time in decades.

Three NYPD Officers “Intentionally Poisoned” With Bleach At Manhattan Shake Shack
“When NYC police officers cannot even take meal without coming under attack, it is clear that environment in which we work has deteriorated to a critical level…”

Grímsvötn volcano showing strong signs of impending eruption, Iceland
Iceland’s Grímsvötn​ volcano is showing strong signs that an eruption might occur in the weeks or months ahead, the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) reports. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 2011 — it was a large and powerful VEI 4 eruption. Average eruption frequency during the last 1 100 years is 1 eruption per 10 years.

Spectacular, long-lasting green fireball recorded over Pilbara, Western Australia
A spectacular, long-lasting green fireball was recorded over Pilbara, Western Australia at around 16:45 UTC on June 14, 2020 (00:45 LT on June 15).

New York City Makes Unprecedented Move And Eliminates 600+ Plainclothes Police Force, Exposing New Yorkers To Drastic Uptick In Violent CrimeBegins
Remember that movie called ‘Escape From New York’ from the 1980’s where New York City had been turned into a giant maximum security prison, and was a place where lawlessness abounded and the prisoners were actually in charge? The low-thinking Liberals who run New York City just took a giant step towards turning that movie into reality by disbanding a massive 600+ plainclothes police division in order to appease the Black Lives Matter terrorists. Not only that, pusillanimous mayor Bill De Blasio has also agreed to rename a street in each of the 5 boroughs to ‘Black Lives Matter’.

Seattle ANTIFA Rioters Change Name Of Occupied Area From CHAZ To CHOP After What Happened To People During French Revolution
Those who refuse to embrace their movement could face a violent end, a group of ANTIFA protesters in Seattle have declared. The unsettling warning comes after their encampment in the city was renamed to CHOP.

Predictive Programming Is Right Now Telling A Lost World To Prepare To Receive The Mark Of The Beast
As the whole world continues to go through the nightmarish fever dream of the the Great Reset, one message is resounding louder than all the rest and is coming through loud and clear. The global elites who are the evangelists of the New World Order are telling a lost and dying world to prepare themselves to receive the Mark of the Beast which will be presented to all the world at the arrival of Antichrist after the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church. It is happening right now, that’s how close we are.

Stocks Soar On Report Trump Planning Trillion-Dollar Infrastructure Stimulus
…it’s like deja vu all over again!

The antidote to the Marxist poison of Black Lives Matter
…the true reason the Marxist Dem leaders are withdrawing the police is to give the BLM brute squads total power over Black neighborhoods so no one can refute the racist lie that they speak for all blacks.

Lawmaker Trying to Ban ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ Receives Death Threats from Liberals
A Missouri lawmaker who introduced a bill earlier this year to allow parents to block the controversial Drag Queen Story Hour events has faced fierce opposition and even death threats from angry liberals.

54 NIH scientists lose positions during investigation into foreign financial ties
..The leading health agency opened investigations into nearly 200 scientists with unreported foreign ties; 93% of the undisclosed funding came from China. The NIH has, so far, removed 77 grant recipients from its databases.

Far Left Lawyer who Torched NYPD Vehicle During Riots Was Intern for Soros-funded anti-Israel Group
Attorneys Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman were arrested for tossing Molotov cocktails at a police vehicle during the recent leftist rioting in New York City.  We previously provided 98% confirmation that it was Urooj Rahman behind the mask throwing the destructive cocktail.

Woke Mobs Now Destroying Statues Of Leading Anti-Slavery Figures
Monuments to leading abolitionists destroyed simply because they were old white males…


Headlines – 6/16/2020

EU urges US to join new Israeli-Palestinian peace push, rejects Trump plan

New details emerge on how Russia prevented Obama’s anti-Israel resolution from passing

PM says US wants Gantz on board for annexation, vows not to back down – report

Netanyahu: Sovereignty may start small if Gantz insists

Construction begins on ‘American Road’ linking Jerusalem-area settlements

Gaza rocket strikes field in Israel as Hamas urges ‘resistance’ to annexation

Israel Strikes Gaza Targets After First Rocket Launch in More Than a Month

Israel said to let $50 million in Qatari aid into Gaza; balloon attacks to halt

UN nuclear watchdog urges Iran to grant access to flagged sites

Despite U.S. Sanctions, Iran Aims to Keep Offloading Gasoline Glut to Venezuela

Trump’s deployment of US soldiers to Colombia ‘could trigger war with Venezuela’

Russia newspaper editors quit en masse denouncing censorship

In address to American Jews, Pompeo urges Israel to stand with US against China

Robot vs. Robot War? Now China Has Semi-Autonomous Fighting Ground Robots

US embassy in Seoul removes Black Lives Matter banner and Pride flag

Thousands gather for ‘Black Trans Lives Matter’ rally in Brooklyn

UN human rights body to debate ‘systemic racism, police brutality’ in US

Police Officers All Over America Are Quitting Their Jobs Because Of The George Floyd Protests

NYPD reassigns roughly 600 plainclothes officers, closing a chapter on stop-and-frisk

NYC’s contact tracers have been told not to ask people if they’ve attended a protest

Tech Firms Are Spying on You. In a Pandemic, Governments Say That’s OK.

Norway ends virus tracing app over privacy concerns

Political Groups Track Protesters’ Cellphone Data

Trump: Former adviser Bolton faces charges if book released because of classified information

Trump calls Bolton’s memoir ‘highly inappropriate’ as WH readies legal action to stop publication

Spectacular, long-lasting green fireball recorded over Pilbara, Western Australia

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Khorugh, Tajikistan

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Yedisu, Turkey

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Gizo, Solomon Islands

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Gizo, Solomon Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Yonakuni, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Gizo, Solomon Islands

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Popopcateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Grimsvotn Volcano Showing Signs Of Increased Activity, Eruption Possible

Widespread, severe flooding forces over 200,000 from their homes in southern China

Dutch MD Euthanized Dementia Patient Despite Being Told ‘No’

First coronavirus vaccine may protect against disease, but not infection: report

Rush to Disinfect Offices Has Some Environmental Health Experts Worried Over Exposure to Chemicals

U.S. airlines threaten to ban passengers who break no-mask policy

Walmart looks to remove all cashiers from stores due to coronavirus

Trump administration wants to replace $600 unemployment benefit with back-to-work bonus

24 Hour Fitness files for bankruptcy, closes over 130 gyms amid coronavirus pandemic

Grim Blame Game Over Virus Deaths in Besieged Nursing Homes

West Virginia sees coronavirus outbreaks in churches

First Covid-19 lawsuit filed against Chinese government in latest sign of bubbling unrest

Supreme Court Extends LGBT Anti-Discrimination Protections

Conservative SCOTUS Justices Give Transgenders Major Win Over Christians

Alito Warns SCOTUS Decision Is a Threat to Religious Liberty

Next LGBTQ rights legal battle looms over religious-rights exemptions after Supreme Court victory

Horowitz: Conservatives get massacred by fake ‘conservative’ SCOTUS

Key GOP senators have no qualms with Supreme Court’s decision to ban LGBTQ discrimination in the workplace

Supreme Court’s Landmark LGBTQ Employment Decision Is Even Bigger Than Marriage Equality – It’s a game changer

U.S. Jewish Groups Celebrate Supreme Court Ruling Advancing LGBTQ Workers Rights


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Supreme Court ruling protects gay and transgender workers: Questions about religious freedom and three biblical certainties — Denison Forum

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“An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.” This is the conclusion of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch’s majority opinion handed down yesterday. The court ruled that “an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII.”

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it unlawful “for an employer to fail or refuse to hire or discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual . . . because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” The court, by a six-to-three margin, ruled that “sex” applies to homosexual and transgender persons.

When I saw the news, I thought immediately about religious liberty. Does the ruling mean that churches, Christian schools, ministries, and other religious institutions could be forced to violate our biblical convictions regarding gender and sexuality? If your church’s pastor declared that he was transgender, would your congregation be able to end his employment on that basis? Could a ministry refuse to hire a gay person on the basis of their sexual identity?

Let’s discuss what we know so far, then we’ll focus on three biblical responses to this issue.

“Questions for future cases” 

Jesus taught us to “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21). A free church in a free state is the biblical ideal, a conviction protected by the First Amendment to the US Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Yesterday’s ruling notes the objection that “complying with Title VII’s requirements in cases like ours may require some employers to violate their religious convictions.” Justice Gorsuch writes: “We are also deeply concerned with preserving the promise of the free exercise of religion enshrined in our Constitution; that guarantee lies at the heart of our pluralistic society.”

Then he adds: “But worries about how Title VII may intersect with religious liberties are nothing new; they even predate the statute’s passage.” He notes that Title VII includes an exception relating to “the employment of individuals of a particular religion to perform work connected with the carrying on . . . of its activities.” (In other words, Christian churches cannot be forced to hire Muslim ministers, or vice versa.)

He adds that the court has recognized that the First Amendment can protect religious institutions and its ministers from the application of employment discrimination laws. And he cites the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, which “might supersede Title VII’s commands in appropriate cases.”

The court did not rule on this issue yesterday, since the employers whose cases it decided did not claim religious liberty infringement. Rather, Justice Gorsuch concludes that such religious liberty issues are “questions for future cases.”

In his dissent, however, Justice Samuel Alito warns that the ruling could have implications regarding bathroom access, women’s sports, housing, healthcare, employment by religious organizations, and freedom of speech. He believes that the court’s decision “will threaten freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and personal privacy and safety.”

Three biblical certainties 

We do not know the full implications of yesterday’s ruling for religious freedom, but three biblical certainties are worth remembering today.

One: God creates us as male and female (Genesis 1:27; Mark 10:6) and intends sex for the covenant marriage of a man and a woman (Genesis 1:28; 2:18; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26–27; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Timothy 1:10). (For more, see my article, What Does the Bible Say about Homosexuality?)

Two: God loves all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In a biblical passage censuring “men who practice homosexuality,” we also find these other sinners listed: the sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, and swindlers (1 Corinthians 6:9–10). Do you recognize yourself? The good news is that “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). All of us.

Three: We must speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), no matter how unpopular that truth becomes. I expect yesterday’s ruling to escalate public acceptance of LGBTQ lifestyles, which will also escalate public condemnation of those perceived to be “intolerant” on this issue. But as the apostles declared unpopular truth to the religious authorities of their day (cf. Acts 5:27–32), so we must proclaim God’s word “with all boldness” (Acts 28:31) and “with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).

In responding to yesterday’s Supreme Court decision, ethicist Russell Moore notes: “We can be the people who recognize that those who disagree with us are our mission field, to be persuaded, not a sparring partner to denounce. We must have both conviction and kindness, both courage and patience, both truth and grace.”

How to outlove our critics 

The enemy is using our commitment to biblical sexuality against us by inciting our secular culture to condemn Christians and Christian beliefs as bigoted and intolerant. The best way to respond is to outlove our critics.

It is to love LGBTQ persons enough to risk their rejection by sharing God’s best with them in compassion and humility. It is to love our lost friends enough to risk their rejection by sharing God’s saving love with them in the same way.

However, we cannot give what we do not have. Before I can share God’s love with you, I must experience God’s love for myself. Craig Denison notes: “We’re meant to love others out of the overflow of God’s love for us.” He encourages us to make time to meet with our Father today and experience his transforming love. Then we can “ask him for his heart for people around you, and follow through with courage in love.”

Craig concludes: “If you will make it your goal to see God’s heart proclaimed through your life, you will experience more joy and purpose than you can imagine.”

Will you make this goal your passion today?

via Supreme Court ruling protects gay and transgender workers: Questions about religious freedom and three biblical certainties — Denison Forum

Initial Publicized China Coronavirus Mortality Rates Were Garbage and Current Reports of a Second Wave In Progress Are Garbage Too — The Gateway Pundit

We’ve pointed out since March that predictions on mortality rates related to the China Coronavirus were garbage. Based on this alone, we know that current reports of a second wave of the China Coronavirus starting now are garbage too.

We now know that the catastrophic mortality rates sold to the American public by the WHO, Dr. Fauci and later by Dr. Birx were a massively flawed.

We were first to report that the Director General of the WHO on March 3, 2020 set off the global panic with his highly flawed analysis that the coronavirus had a 3.4% mortality rate:

While many people globally have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, COVID-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity. That means more people are susceptible to infection, and some will suffer severe disease.

Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected.

We knew then just by the data he was using to support his fraudulent statement that the coronavirus mortality rates were going to be closer to the flu than to the Spanish flu.

Doctors Fauci and Birx were next to push ridiculous and highly exaggerated mortality numbers related to the coronavirus and taken from Imperial College study that 2.2 million were going to die in the US from the virus.:

** Dr. Tony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx used the Imperial College Model to persuade President Trump to lock down the ENTIRE US ECONOMY.
** The fraudulent model predicted 2.2 million American deaths from the coronavirus pandemic
** The authors of the Imperial College Model shared their findings with the White House Coronavirus task force in early March
** Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx then met with President Trump privately and urged him to shut down the US economy and destroy the record Trump economy based on this model
** A new critique of the Imperial College Model finds the study is “completely unusable for scientific purposes” — The Imperial College study is a complete sham
** Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx pushed a garbage model on the White House and the American public and destroyed the US economy

Now the MSM and the Democrats are attempting to scare the US into more insane pandemic actions by claiming that we are now in a second wave of the coronavirus.

In the media, we saw stories like this from the National Review:

The U.S. surpassed 2 million coronavirus cases on Wednesday, prompting fears of a possible “second wave” of infections as businesses reopen throughout the country and thousands of protesters flock to the street.

This clearly is not so based on today’s data alone.  The number of deaths are decreasing.

Another reason we know that there is currently no second wave is because the China coronavirus reacts like other viruses in the summer months.

An April study from the University of Michigan found that other human coronaviruses behave in a highly seasonal, highly predictable manner.

In addition, the coronavirus reacts like other viruses to the heat:

A team of researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine have complied a map that shows the virus is seasonal and spread only in certain conditions.

Researchers found that areas affected early on in the outbreak were on a similar band of northern latitude, such as Wuhan and Daegu in Asia; Milan and Paris in Europe; and Seattle in the US,” The Daily Mail reported.

Also related among these cities were ranges of cold temperatures and relatively low humidity from January through March. This seems to imply that the virus behaves similarly to seasonal respiratory viruses such as the flu and spread rapidly in the winter and early spring months.”

We also reported on this previously – Below is a picture showing in green those areas most impacted by the China coronavirus.

The areas in green had similar heat and humidity.  Also, of note is that the majority of people live in the Northern Hemisphere.  This is why the virus flourished in the Western nations.  This also provides evidence that the data coming from communist China is garbage as well.

The predictions and reporting on the China coronavirus are so flawed that it almost seems that there was an effort to create panic and not share the truth about the real ramifications of this pandemic.

via Initial Publicized China Coronavirus Mortality Rates Were Garbage and Current Reports of a Second Wave In Progress Are Garbage Too — The Gateway Pundit

After Two Years the NSA Has Refused to Provide Any Documentation on Seth Rich per a Legitimate FOIA Request, Actually They Refuse to Provide Any Response At All — The Gateway Pundit

CIA Involvement in the Creation of the Russia Hack and Seth Rich Cover-up is now the focus of Group requesting the truth behind Trump-Russia collusion sham.

In June 2016, Ellen Nakashima, a Deep State favorite from the Washington Post, released a report that the Democrat National Committee (DNC) had been hacked by Russia. The firm that validated this was Crowdstrike and its President Shawn Henry confirmed the claims. In December 2016, Ms. Nakashima followed up her reporting with the outlandish claim that the CIA had determined that Russia hacked the DNC because Russia wanted Trump to win the election. Nakashima also reported that the the Intel Community had determined that Russia also sent the emails to WikiLeaks. This position was reinforced by the Mueller gang in their efforts to have President Trump removed from office.

WikiLeaks did release DNC emails related to John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Manager, in the months before the 2016 Presidential election which showed massive corruption combined with an elitist attitude from members of the Hillary Clinton team – all willing to do whatever it took to win the election.

The Trump – Russia collusion narrative never really passed the smell test to us and many Americans. It just sounded fraudulent from the start and even preposterous.

On March 8, 2020 and before on June 16, 2019, we presented arguments against the Mueller gang’s assertion that the DNC was hacked by Russians.

Cyber expert Yaacov Apelbaum posted an incredible report with information basically proving that the DNC was not hacked by the Russians.

Then, after years of being hidden by corrupt lying Representative Adam Schiff in Congress, a number of testimonies related to the Russia collusion sham were unveiled after Schiff received pressure from Richard Grenell, the Acting Director of National Intelligence (ADNI) to release the transcripts. One transcript was from Crowdstrike’s Shawn Henry who stated under oath that Crowdstrike had no evidence that Russia even “exfiltrated” the emails from the DNC. The whole ‘Russia stole the DNC emails and sent them to WikiLeaks’ story was a fraud.

Many people suspected that in 2016 a young man working for the DNC by the name of Seth Rich, copied emails from the DNC and shared them with WikiLeaks. Mr. Rich was murdered in Washington D.C. in July 2016 and it was labeled a robbery, but his wallet, phone and watch were found on his person when the police arrived at the scene. We reported numerous oddities surrounding his death.

For years the Seth Rich story has been covered up and labeled a conspiracy. However, we reported numerous incidents and activities within the Deep State related to covering up the Seth Rich story. We recently reported that Judicial Watch released documents obtained in a FOIA request. These emails revealed that corrupt cops Peter Strzok and Jonathan Moffa were copied in an email regarding a report from Daily Mail where ex-Brit Craig Murray claimed he traveled to Washington DC and obtained Clinton emails in an exchange in a wooded area near American University.

(Here is a link to the article that was shared between the dirty cops.)

The Mueller gang never looked into the Seth Rich matter and never interviewed Julian Assange from WikiLeaks to determine who provided him the DNC emails which were reportedly the cause of the Russia collusion sham.

In a prior post related to this subject we detailed the many actions taken over the past few years to determine if Seth Rich was the one who provided emails to WikiLeaks.

Recently, transcripts of a conversation between George Papadopoulos and a confidential informant believed to be Stefan Halper were released by the DOJ. This transcript confirms that Papadopoulos was spied on and recorded, and that they discussed the WikiLeaks emails and likely Seth Rich (his name is redacted).

We know from our previous reporting that a Deep State Anti-Trump former Assistant US Attorney claimed under oath that the FBI did examine Seth Rich’s computer and that she met with an FBI Agent and prosecutor from the Mueller gang. This indicates the meeting should have been recorded but the FBI continues to claim no records related to Seth Rich are available!

We reported in mid-February how Attorney Ty Clevenger, who represents a client who is being sued for his comments about Seth Rich, reported to the courts that despite numerous assurances from the FBI that they had no information related to Seth Rich, emails related to Seth Rich were identified and provided to Judicial Watch. It looked like the FBI was lying to Clevenger all this time.

(There is much, much more in our prior posts that refer to this matter. Please take a look.)

The May Shocker

In early May (as we reported at the time), Attorney Ty Clevenger wrote to Richard Grenell at the DNI and shared the following:

I am reliably informed that the NSA or its partners intercepted at least some of the communications between Mr. Rich and Wikileaks. Before elaborating on that, however, I should first note the extent to which the “deep state” has already tried to cover up information about Mr. Rich. In an October 9, 2018 affidavit submitted in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, FBI section chief David M. Hardy testified that (1) the FBI did not investigate any matters pertaining to Mr. Rich, and (2) the FBI was unable to locate any records about Mr. Rich. Both claims were unequivocally false.

According to Ty, the NSA, knows exactly who sent the records to Wikileaks. So does the FBI.

It was then suspected that the CIA had a more prominent role in the fabrication that Russians hacked the DNC and “fingerprints” were identified in the purported hacking.

Today we can report that Clevenger is back again requesting related information from the NSA on Seth Rich and related parties and on the Awan brothers who worked for the DNC.  To date the NSA has not provided any information to Clevenger.  As a matter of fact, they haven’t even responded to Clevenger who first requested documents two years ago:

After several years of investigative reporting we now know there is no evidence Russia hacked the DNC and sent the hacked emails to WikiLeaks.

Attorney Ty Clevenger asserts the DNI has been covering up for 4 years the fact that they have communications between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks. But no one in government wants Clevenger and the American public to know.

via After Two Years the NSA Has Refused to Provide Any Documentation on Seth Rich per a Legitimate FOIA Request, Actually They Refuse to Provide Any Response At All — The Gateway Pundit

Supreme Court votes 6-3 to outlaw Christian for-profit organizations

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Gay activist vandalizes pro-marriage sign Gay activist vandalizes pro-marriage sign

I was hoping that we could hold off the Equality Act until at least 2021, if Biden won the election. I did not expect that we would get a light version of the Equality Act in 2020 from the Supreme Court. (Although I did something anyway last year to anticipate it). Anyway, let’s get a reaction from the scholars at the pro-marriage Daily Signal, and then see Alito’s dissent.

Excerpt:

In what dissenting Justice Samuel Alito called one of the most “brazen abuse[s]” of the Supreme Court’s authority, a six-member majority of the court led by Justice Neil Gorsuch has rewritten Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual orientation and gender identity in the definition of “sex.”

Why bother trying to pass the proposed Equality Act when you can get the justices to make law for you?

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Washington Times African American Author: “There IS Systematic Racism in America – It’s called the DEMOCRATIC PARTY”

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Being brought up in a Jewish family, I know full well about the expectations of political affiliations within the family. Jews are expected to vote for the Democratic Party – no questions asked.

After I was born-again in 1983, my politics soon changed and I could no longer vote for the Dems.  I could not reconcile their platforms with what I was reading in the Word of God.  I suddenly realized how wicked abortion really was, and I also saw that most of the Dems hated any talk about God or His Word.

Throughout the years, I have watched with much sadness,  the black community in the U.S. being duped over and over again by a party which strives to keep blacks down with a Welfare program which does not offer a way to ever realize the America dream.

Families being on welfare becomes a generational trap. And the Democrats…

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June 16 Thoughts for the quiet hour

 

I know whom I have believed

2 Tim. 1:12

Personal acquaintance with Christ is a living thing. Like a tree that uses every hour for growth, it thrives in sunshine, it is refreshed by rain—even the storm drives it to fasten its grip more firmly in the earth for its support. So, troubled heart, in all experiences, say, “This comes that I may make closer acquaintance with my Lord.”

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

June 16 Life-Changing Moments With God

 

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

My Lord God, I take careful heed, to do the commandment and the law, to love You, to walk in all Your ways, to keep Your commandments, to hold fast to You, and to serve You with all my heart and with all my soul. I walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. I let my speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that I may know how I ought to answer each one. I abstain from every form of evil.

While the bridegroom was delayed, the foolish maids all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: “Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!” I watch therefore, for I know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

I will be even more diligent to make my call and election sure, for if I do these things I will never stumble. Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching.

In these evil days may I serve You with all my heart as I walk in wisdom and watch for Jesus’ return.

Ephesians 5:15–16; Joshua 22:5; Colossians 4:5–6; 1 Thessalonians 5:22; Matthew 25:5–6, 13; 2 Peter 1:10; Luke 12:37[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 183). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 16 Streams in the Desert

 

My expectation is from him.” (Psalm 62:5.)

OUR too general neglect of looking for answers to what we ask, shows how little we are in earnest in our, Petitions. A husbandman is not content without the harvest; a marksman will observe whether the ball hits the target; a physician watches the effect of the medicine which he gives; and shall the Christian be careless about the effect of his labor?

Every prayer of the Christian, made in faith, according to the will of God, for which God has promised, offered up in the name of Jesus Christ, and under the influence of the Spirit, whether for temporal or for spiritual blessings, is, or will be, fully answered.

God always answers the general design and intention of His people’s prayers, in doing that which, all things considered, is most for His own glory and their spiritual and eternal welfare. As we never find that Jesus Christ rejected a single supplicant who came to Him for mercy, so we believe that no prayer made in His name will be in vain.

The answer to prayer may be approaching, though we discern not its coming. The seed that lies under ground in winter is taking root in order to a spring and harvest, though it appears not above ground, but seems dead and lost.

Bickersteth.

Delayed answers to prayer are not only trials of faith, but they give us opportunities of honoring God by our steadfast confidence in Him under apparent repulses.—C. H. Spurgeon.[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 179–180). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

If ‘The Left Controls Every Major Institution,’ Then… – American Thinker

The “major institutions” in America, the “system” if you like, have not in fact been helping to end racism in America. Instead they have been systematically making it worse.