Daily Archives: July 18, 2020

July 18 The Time Crunch


There is an appointed time for everything.
(Ecclesiastes 3:1, NASB)

Your life will go nowhere until you learn to value time, protect time, and use time wisely. Time management is not hyperventilating with calendars and stopwatches. It’s learning how precious one hour is. Until you learn that, you’ll waste days, months, and years. Stop agonizing over the time you don’t have and organize the time you do have. If you don’t, your days will endure without purpose, and your life will end without accomplishment. When you die, what will others remember you for—the good times you had or the difference you made? You, and only you, have the power to answer that question.

First, you always have enough time to do all that God wants you to do. If you don’t, you’re involved in things He never gave you to do. Get rid of them! (See John 17:4.) Second, learn to “come apart” before you “fall apart.” Jesus did often. He said, “My yoke is easy” (Matthew 11:30). What kills us is the stuff we allow others to put on us. If your schedule is out of control today, get alone with God to ask Him to show you any problem areas.


Ask Him to tell you what He thinks you should be doing. Now there’s a plan that will work for you.[1]


[1] Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 199). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

July 18 Worship Intelligently


Psalm 138:2–3

I will … praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name. In the day when I cried out, You answered me.

David notes three things for which we are to praise God when we are in trouble. These make a great outline for praying in times of trouble.

  1. Praise Him for His mercy and truth.
    God is perfectly balanced in mercy and in truth. When you come to Him, His truth is tempered by mercy and His mercy is illumined by truth.
  2. Praise Him for His magnified Word.
    When you read God’s Word and read of His lovingkindness and truth, you can know that the integrity of God and His name are behind those words.
  3. Praise Him for His mighty provision.
    Whatever His answer, it gives us strength which makes us bold. And boldness allows us to face troubles without fear. We face trouble with confidence and strength, knowing that God is with us and will see us through. That kind of perspective keeps us from cowering in the corners of life and gives us the confidence to face each day unafraid of what it might bring.[1]


[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 209). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

July 18, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

7 The construction of the opening colon gives the essential point of the verse, which is then enlarged through the metaphor of the sheep. That point is made through the joining of the finite verb he was oppressed with the participle “he was being afflicted” or, better, he was humbling himself. The construction gives a sense of contemporaneous action: he was oppressed, while humbling himself.21 Thus Skinner suggests: “Though he was oppressed, he was submissive.…” oppressed carries with it the idea of harsh physical treatment at the hands of others (Exod. 3:7, “taskmasters”; see also Isa. 3:5, 12; 58:3). But the Servant does not fight against this fate; rather, he gives himself willingly to it. Thus he is not a victim caught in the great gears of a remorseless destiny, but a person of worth and dignity even in the most degrading of circumstances. One thinks of Jesus “setting his face” to go to a Jerusalem where even the densest of his disciples understood that death awaited him (Luke 9:51).

It is difficult to escape the conclusion that it is not accidental that the only extended metaphor in this poem involves sheep, the primary animals of sacrifice. The Servant is to be struck down on account of the rebellions of his people (v. 8), and he will go as a lamb to the slaughter. If the author did not intend his readers to think in terms of sacrifice, he certainly made a major blunder in his choice of metaphors. Many commentators (cf. C. K. Barrett; R. Schnakenburg) agree that this verse is a primary source of John’s ejaculation, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

Interestingly, Jeremiah uses the metaphor of the lamb led to the slaughter to describe himself in 11:19, but there the context shows that the point is one of trusting naïveté in which the animal has no idea of what is about to happen to it. Here the issue being emphasized is not unknowingness, but willing submission to what lies ahead. The sheep that is to be slaughtered, the ewe that is to be shorn, does not protest what is about to take place. Israel has protested that God has forgotten her and is not doing right by her (40:27; 49:14; 63:15); but the Servant, who has much greater cause to protest, does not do so at all. This is entirely consistent with the picture of the Servant already presented (42:2–3; 50:5–7). Even when he is tempted to despair over the apparent failure of his mission (49:4), he takes heart in the certain purpose of God (49:5–9). It is also notably consistent with the demeanor of Christ when he was tried (Matt. 26:63; 27:12–14; Mark 15:5; Luke 23:9; John 19:9).[1]

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

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

As a lamb shall he be led to the slaughter. We are here exhorted to patience and meekness, that, following the example of Christ, we may be ready to endure reproaches and cruel assaults, distress and torture. In this sense Peter quotes this passage, shewing that we ought to become like Christ our Head, that we may imitate his patience and submissiveness. (1 Pet. 2:23.) In the word lamb there is probably an allusion to the sacrifices under the Law; and in this sense he is elsewhere called “the Lamb of God.” (John 1:29, 36.)[3]

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

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

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted. Lowth, after Cyril, translates, ‘It was exacted (niggas), and He was made answerable’ (na’aneh). The former verb means, to have payment of a debt sternly exacted (Deut. 15:2, 3), and so to be oppressed in general; the exaction of the full penalty for our sins in His sufferings is probably alluded to. and he was afflicted, yet he—or, and yet He suffered, or bore Himself submissively and, &c. (Hengstenberg and Maurer.) Lowth’s translation, ‘He was made answerable,’ is hardly admitted by the Hebrew [עָנָה], which is not used elsewhere, of legal responsibility. Symmachus and Vulgate (‘ipse voluit’) support, ‘He suffered submissively:’ ‘He submitted Himself.’ The niphal has the reflective meaning (cf. Phil. 2:8). opened not his mouth—Jeremiah in Jer. 11:19, and David in Ps. 38:13, 14; 39:9, prefiguring Messiah (Matt. 26:63; 27:12, 14; 1 Pet. 2:23). In this verse the one and only point of comparison is to the sheep’s voiceless endurance of shearing; not that Christ’s suffering is from this to be regarded as not penal and sacrificial, because the sheep is not spoken of as being killed. But what the sheep is in being sheared, that Christ was in being killed.[6]

[1] Oswalt, J. N. (1998). The Book of Isaiah, Chapters 40–66 (pp. 391–392). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

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

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

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

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

[6] Fausset, A. R. (n.d.). A Commentary, Critical, Experimental, and Practical, on the Old and New Testaments: Job–Isaiah (Vol. III, p. 731). London; Glasgow: William Collins, Sons, & Company, Limited.

July—18 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion


And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer.—Luke 22:15.

My soul! thy Jesus holds a feast of the ordinance of his supper; that most interesting service, which he hath appointed in his Church as a standing memorial of his death, until his second coming. Surely thou canst need nothing more endearing, to prompt thee to attend it, than what the Lord himself expressed of his own pleasure in it, in these words. There is somewhat uncommonly affectionate in them: they seem to open and unfold the whole heart of the Redeemer upon the occasion. And do not forget, that what Jesus then said to his disciples, he saith now to thee, and to all his redeemed: they were the representatives of his whole body, the Church. Listen to what Jesus here saith, and regard every word in this most tender and affectionate request, as if Jesus in person were now speaking to thee, in prospect of the coming supper: “With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you, now I have suffered, and have accomplished redemption by my blood!” Pause over the blessed view, and trace the wonderful desires of Jesus from everlasting, which he all-along manifested towards his people. His goings forth for the salvation of his people have been from everlasting. He saith himself, that “while as yet Jehovah had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world; that then his delights were with the sons of men!” (Prov. 8:22–31.) And how did the Lord Jesus manifest his desires towards his people, as soon as creation-work took place, in all those appearances he made of himself to them, from the garden of Eden, to his openly tabernacling among them in the substance of our flesh? What were all those manifestations we read of, sometimes in the form of man, and sometimes of an angel, but to tell his Church, his redeemed, that with desire he desired for the fulness of time to arrive, when he would become their Passover, and suffer for them? And is not the desire of Jesus after the conversion of every poor sinner, whom the Father hath given to him, now as earnest, and as affectionate as ever? Doth he not wait to be gracious? Doth he not long for their recovery from sin and Satan, and to bring his prisoners out of the prison-house? And when they are brought by his Holy Spirit, which he puts within them, into the liberty wherewith he makes his people free, doth he not delight in their company, seek to allure them to ordinances, call upon them by his word, by his providences, by all his dispensations, to manifest himself to them otherwise than he doth to the world? Dost thou not know somewhat of those precious things, my soul? And if so, shall Jesus say, as he doth in those blessed words to his disciples, in the evening of his agonies in the garden, “With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you, before I suffer?” and wilt thou not be among the first to attend thy Jesus at his table? O bountiful Lord! I beseech thee, let this view of thy desires quicken mine: and let my whole soul, with all her affections, be earnestly going forth after thee, that I may say with one of old, “O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me, let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles; then will I go unto the New Testament altar of my God, even unto Jesus, my God, my exceeding joy; yea, upon the harp of my warmest affections will I praise thee, O God, my God.” (Psalm 43:3, 4.)[1]


[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 216–217). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

Stop what you are doing for a minute, and listen to some hymns! | Christian Forums

Hi there, Be of one spirit and mind in the Lord: listen to some hymns!

With lyrics, as well! Truly it is sweet to dwell with the Lord.

Truly it is sweet to dwell with the Lord.

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July 18th The D. L. Moody Year Book


God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?—Numbers 23:19.

SUPPOSE a man, in directing me to the post office, gives me ten landmarks, and that in my progress there I find nine of them to be as he told me. I should have good reason to believe that I was coming to the post office.

And if, by believing, I get a new life, and a hope, a peace, a joy, and a rest to my soul that I never had before; if I get self-control, and find that I have a power to resist evil and to do good, I have pretty good proof that I am on the right road to the “city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” And if things have taken place, and are now taking place, as recorded in God’s Word, I have good reason to conclude that what yet remains will be fulfilled. And yet people talk of doubting! Faith is to take God at His word, unconditionally.[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.) (pp. 121–122). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

Rep John Lewis, Congressman Who Led Partisan Boycott of Trump Inauguration, Dies Age 80… — The Last Refuge

Georgia Democrat Congressman John Lewis, 80, the leader of the 2017 Democrat agenda to boycott the inauguration of President Trump, died last night from pancreatic cancer.

On January 13, 2017, representative John Lewis (D-GA) stated President-elect Donald Trump was “not a legitimate president” and led 70 congressional members to boycott the inauguration.

WASHINGTON – Rep. John R. Lewis, the civil rights icon whose fight for racial justice began in the Jim Crow south and ended in the halls of Congress, died Friday night.

The Georgia lawmaker had been suffering from Stage IV pancreatic cancer since December. He was 80.

The son of Alabama sharecroppers, Lewis served in Congress for more than three decades, pushing the causes he championed as an original Freedom Rider challenging segregation, discrimination and injustice in the Deep South – issues reverberating today in the Black Lives Matter movement. (read more)

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China orders Christians to take down crosses, images of Jesus; worship communist leaders not God

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, poor Christian villagers in China have been ordered to renounce their faith and replace displays of Jesus with portraits of Chairman Mao and President Xi Jinping or risk losing their welfare benefits.

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Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 07/18/2020

Seattle Councilwoman Kshama Sawant: We ‘Will Not Stop Until We Overthrow’ Capitalism, ‘Replace It With’ Socialism   Jul 13, 2020 07:08 pm

After passing the “Amazon Tax,” Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant went on this unhinged rant. She threatens to seize control of the Fortune 500 and overthrow the “racist, sexist, violent, utterly bankrupt system of capitalism.” If you oppose her? “We are coming for you.” pic.twitter.com/2L17D6wScp — Christopher F. Rufo (@realchrisrufo) July 7,…

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Bethel’s Bill Johnson and Others Mimic Wizard Gandalf From ‘Lord of the Rings’ in ‘Apostolic Decree’ to ‘End Racism’ in Bizarre Video   Jul 14, 2020 03:11 pm

During a recent event meant to promote “ethnic reconciliation and social justice,” broadcast on Bethel.tv, “Chicago Med” actress Marlyne Barrett, along with Harvest Rock Senior Pastor Che Ahn, Harvest Evangelism’s Ed Silvoso, and Bethel Church’s Bill Johnson, engaged in a bizarre — but what they called a “prophetic”— act to end racism in the Church by…

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Study Finds a Third of Regular Churchgoers Didn’t Watch Services Online During Pandemic   Jul 13, 2020 05:26 pm

Photo Credit: Janos Bencs A study recently released by the Barna Group, led by longtime evangelical pollster George Barna, found that one-third of regular churchgoers questioned said that they did not watch services online and put church completely on pause during the apex of the pandemic. The number was even higher for those who identify as Millenials. Barna…

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Fourth Christian, a Pastor, Killed in Less Than Two Months in India   Jul 13, 2020 11:55 am

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Maoists in Maharashtra state killed a church pastor on Friday (July 10), the fourth death of a Christian for their faith in India since late May, sources said. In Bhatpar village, Gadchiroli District in the western peninsular state, pastor Munshi Devu Tado was leading a worship service on his property for about 15 village…

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Former Orthodox Jew Turned Believer in Jesus as Messiah Banished From Home   Jul 12, 2020 08:22 am

Photo Credit: Daniel Miller/Public Domain Pictures (Voice of the Martyrs) — A former Orthodox Jew who came to faith in Jesus Christ is now homeless and has little hope of finding work. After meeting a Christian worker nine years ago, Noa gradually came to understand and believe the Gospel, and recently, he placed his faith in Jesus as Savior. His decision,…

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At Least 22 Christians Murdered, 2,000 Displaced in Three Days of Fulani Violence   Jul 16, 2020 12:35 pm

Photo Credit: Uwe Dedering/Wikipedia (Barnabas Fund) — At least 22 Christians were killed and more than 2,000 displaced during three days of attacks by Fulani militants on villages in the predominantly-Christian Gora ward of Kaduna state, Nigeria from July 10 to 12. The onslaught escalated in multiple attacks despite the presence of increased security…

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‘The God of Miracles’: NY Doctor Prayed for God to ‘Take Over’ as Hope Faded for Pastor Battling COVID   Jul 16, 2020 06:24 pm

NEW YORK, N.Y. — A doctor, chaplain and pastor are crediting the hand of God in the recovery of a Queens pastor who spent 54 days on a ventilator and six weeks in an induced coma battling COVID-19. “The God of miracles did numerous miracles in my life,” Benjamin Thomas of Queens Church of God said in a video posted online. “I’m very happy to be…

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Stamp and Seal Impression Found in Jerusalem Point to Restoration of City During Times of Ezra, Nehemiah   Jul 15, 2020 05:47 pm

JERUSALEM — An excavation in Jerusalem Walls National Park that yielded a rare stamp and seal impression dating back to the Persian era is stated to provide evidence for the restoration of Jerusalem during the times of Ezra and Nehemiah, as chronicled in the Scriptures. “The finding of the stamp and seal impression in the City of David indicates that despite the…

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Sudanese Christians Rejoice at the Abolition of Country’s Islamic Apostasy Law   Jul 15, 2020 10:27 am

Sudan news(Barnabas Fund) — The abolition of Sudan’s apostasy law, which carried a death penalty for leaving Islam, is now official. This has caused great rejoicing among Sudanese Christians, especially those who are converts from Islam. The Miscellaneous Amendments Act was passed without objection by the Sovereign Council in April. In a press announcement, Sudanese…

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UK Judge Rules Private Christian Foster Agency Can’t Decline to Place Children in Same-Sex Households   Jul 15, 2020 12:32 pm

LONDON — A judge in the United Kingdom has ruled that while a Christian foster and adoption agency may require applicants to be evangelical Christians, it may not decline to place children in households that identify as both “Christian” and homosexual. Justice Julian Knowles ruled that Cornerstone Adoption and Fostering Service “must change its recruitment policy…

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Weekend Snapshot · July 18, 2020 – Top Stories This Week

Ignoring Science, Pelosi Dems Fight Reopening Schools

Many kids need to be in the classroom, and many parents need to get back to work.

School’s Out — Forever?

The cartel of teachers unions is making totally unrelated ideological demands.

Trump’s Outstanding Deregulation Record

The president wants to continue this economic boon. Biden will turn back the clock.

Biden’s $2T ‘Climate Agenda’

Joe continues to be moved to the far left, as his party becomes ever more socialist.

Pinocchi-Joe’s Trouble With Truth

Biden’s manifold problems run far deeper than his own marked cognitive decline.

Redskins Surrender, Change Name

“It made us all so proud to have an Indian on a big-time team.” —Walter Wetzel, 2002

Racism Hits the Smithsonian

If you thought hard work and objectivity were virtues for all humans, think again.

BLM’s Roots Are Tied to Racists

The founders of communism, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, were inveterate racists.

Cuomo’s COVID Calculations

New York’s governor is lecturing others to “look at the numbers.” We do just that.

Federalism Under Fire

Certain states are all about their own autonomy — unless they have to pay for it.

Lincoln Project: Destroy Conservatism to ‘Save’ It

Dem-funded phony Republicans want to defeat Trump and almost every GOP senator.

No, the Parties Didn’t ‘Switch’

It’s time to debunk a popular myth about the Republican and Democrat Parties.

Free and Fair Elections?

It’s no wonder Democrats are so eager to have mail-in ballots, but beware.

Pelosi and Schumer: Say. These. Names. I Dare You…

The only black lives that matter to Democrat race-hustlers are those which can be used as race-bait fodder to advance their socialist agenda.


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“The number one priority of media and Democrats, but I repeat myself, is to ban all children from going to school (even private and religious schools) in order to keep parents at home and prevent the economy from recovering. Not for public health reasons, but to hurt Trump in Nov.” —Sean Davis

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July 18 Life-Changing Moments With God


He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

Lord God, Your solid foundation stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” Many will say to Jesus in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” And then He will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” You, Lord God, know the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Jesus has inscribed me on the palms of His hands; my walls are continually before Him. Set me as a seal upon Your heart, Lord God, as a seal upon Your arm. You, Almighty God, are good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and You know those who trust in You.

Jesus goes to prepare a place for me. And if He goes and prepares a place for me, He will come again and receive me to Himself; that where He is, there I may be also.

What a privilege to know You, Lord God—and to have You know me by name.

John 10:3; 2 Timothy 2:19; Matthew 7:22–23; Psalm 1:6; Isaiah 49:16; Song of Solomon 8:6; Nahum 1:7; John 14:2–3[1]


[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 217). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 18 Thoughts for the quiet hour


Sow beside all waters

Isa 32:20

Never mind whereabouts your work is. Never mind whether it be visible or not. Never mind whether your name is associated with it. You may never see the issues of your toils. You are working for eternity. If you cannot see results here in the hot working day, the cool evening hours are drawing near, when you may rest from your labors and then they will follow you. So do your duty, and trust God to give the seed you sow “a body as it hath pleased Him.”

Alexander Maclaren[1]


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

July 18 Streams in the Desert


The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” (2 Chron. 16:9.)

GOD is looking for a man, or woman, whose heart will be always set on Him, and who will trust Him for all He desires to do. God is eager to work more mightily now than He ever has through any soul. The clock of the centuries points to the eleventh hour.

“The world is waiting yet to see what God can do through a consecrated soul.” Not the world alone, but God Himself is waiting for one, who will be more fully devoted to Him than any who have ever lived; who will be willing to be nothing that Christ may be all; who will grasp God’s own purposes; and taking His humility and His faith, His love and His power, will, without hindering, continue to let God do exploits.—C. H. P.

There is no limit to what God can do with a man, providing he will not touch the glory.

In an address given to ministers and workers after his ninetieth birthday, George Mueller spoke thus of himself: “I was converted in November, 1825, but I only came into the full surrender of the heart four years later, in July, 1829. The love of money was gone, the love of place was gone, the love of position was gone, the love of worldly pleasures and engagements was gone. God, God alone became my portion. I found my all in Him; I wanted nothing else. And by the grace of God this has remained, and has made me a happy man, anexceedingly happy man, and it led me to care only about the things of God. I ask affectionately, my beloved brethren, have you fully surrendered the heart to God, or is there this thing or that thing with which you are taken up irrespective of God? I read a little of the Scriptures before, but preferred other books; but since that time the revelation He has made of Himself has become unspeakably blessed to me, and I can say from my heart, God is an infinitely lovely Being. Oh, be not satisfied until in your own inmost soul you can say, God is an infinitely lovely Being!;”—Selected.

I pray to God this day to make me an extraordinary Christian.—Whitefield.[1]


[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 212–213). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

JPMorgan: “Central Banks Have Created A Collective Hallucination Where Valuations Are Entirely Fabricated” | ZeroHedge News

Over a decade ago we were mocked and ridiculed for saying that the Fed was manipulating and rigging stock markets, pushing risk assets higher (either singlehandedly or via Citadel) and its only mandate was to prop up consumer confidence by preventing a stock market crash when instead all it was doing was creating a record wealth and income divide which has now morphed into “Trump”, populism the likes of which have not been seen since WWII, the BLM movement, and a country so torn apart it is unlikely it can ever be put back together again.

Fast forward to today when things are very different, and everyone from SocGen, to Rabobank, to Bank of America trashes the joke that is the Fed, and whose devastating money-printing fetish – just to keep stocks elevated – has become so conventionally accepted that the only ones who can’t see it are either idiots or those whose paycheck depends on not seeing it.

We can now add JPMorgan to the list of those who do see what was obvious to everyone back in 2009.

In an interview with  Bloomberg TV, Oksana Aronov, head of alternative fixed-income strategy tat JPMorgan Asset Management, said that central bank buying has forced rising credit valuations out of line with deteriorating fundamentals, resulting in a market where everything is broken:

European and U.S. credit investors are “locked in this collective hallucination with the central banks around valuations and what they mean and that there is a lack of desire to acknowledge the fact that market valuations are entirely fabricated – or synthetically generated – by all the central bank liquidity and do not reflect fundamentals of the securities that they represent,” Aronov said in a Friday BTV interview, adding that “Central banks continue to run the show and investors need to be really cautious here.”

And while it is meaningless to try and impute logic or reason to what is clearly a broken, manipulated and centrally-planned market – in fact, one could argue that this manmade “market” is one giant Constanza farce in which whatever does not make sense will continue to work until everything finally collapses – Aronov has several recommendations including:

  • raising liquidity
  • staying in high-quality credit
  • not extending duration profile

Why? Because “we’re going into a much more difficult second half” with the fiscal cliff coming in just two weeks, where a trapdoor may open below the economy and lead to another crash.

Aronov also pours cold water on all the “but a vaccine is coming” cheerleaders, saying that “even if we have a vaccine arrive some time at the end of this year or beginning of next year we will still realize that the damage has been done and particularly small business that’s been without revenue for months and was forced to close, is not going to be able to reopen simply because a vaccine is here now. So the news on the ground will continue to feel pretty dire.”

Meanwhile, while nobody is paying attention, downgrades and defaults are piling up, there’s a record level of fallen angels which isn’t reflected in credit valuations, and the fundamentals are simply getting worse by the day.

Oksana’s ominous conclusion: “Ultimately fundamentals will prevail” which is extremely frightening when one considers that everything is so overvalued that once fundamentals indeed do prevail, the Great Depression will be a mere walk in the park compared to the coming crash.

Her advice to those who nonetheless want to put their money into something: “Investors should look to the things that make sense fundamentally before investing.” Things such as gold, because once fundamentals prevail the current monetary system will no longer exist.

Aronov’s full interview is below


Source: JPMorgan: “Central Banks Have Created A Collective Hallucination Where Valuations Are Entirely Fabricated”

Are there Modern Apostles? — The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

No. There aren’t modern apostles.

Below you will find a 14-minute collage of 3 clips. Speaking are Justin Peters, Paul Washer, and Gabe Hughes of WWUTT. In different ways, all three men explain from the Bible that modern Apostles don’t exist today. The Bible does talk about ‘apostle’, lower case ‘a’, which means “sent”. Anyone who is “sent” is technically an apostle, as in church planter, evangelist, missionary, etc. But the office of Apostle, capital ‘A’, as described in the Bible, is closed to newcomers. When Apostle John died in 90AD, the final Apostle died, closing that office with it.

Below is a graphic from the video below that, by Justin Peters outlining the requirements to be an Apostle.

are there apostles today

Below is the 14-minute video by Peters, Washer, Hughes explaining why no Apostles exist today.

Here is the 90-second WWUTT on Apostles by itself, if you are out of time

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“We’re Going To Hell In A Handbasket” – David Stockman Slams Washington’s “Clown Brigade” | ZeroHedge News

Authored by David Stockman of Contra Corner blog,

The eruption of government red ink literally defies imagination. The deficit figure topped $863 billion during the month of June alone.

Indeed, the number is so massive that it’s hard to put it in context. But consider this: When your author joined the Reagan campaign in the summer of 1980, the public debt was also $863 billion and it had taken 192 years and 39 presidents to get there.

So during the last 30 days, the clown brigade which passes for a government in Washington has actually borrowed nearly two centuries worth of debt!

Indeed, the numbers for June are so bad as to give ugly an entirely new definition:

  • June receipts of $242 billion were down by 28% or-$92 billion from last year;
  • June outlays totaled $1.105 trillion, representing a +$713 billion or 182% increase from last year;
  • Leading the charge was SBA outlays of $511 billion compared to $80 million last year— and, yes, that’s the PPP boondoggle and it amounts to a 4,400% gain;
  • Not far behind was unemployment benefits at $116 billion compared to $2 billion last year;
  • There was also a $70 billion increase in the cost of student loans owing to CARES act repayment deferrals and an adjustment for massively higher student loan defaults in the future than had been previously assumed;
  • And the red ink total for June, which is usually a low deficit month due to estimated tax payments, rose from $8 billion last year to the aforementioned $863 billion.

But the issue is far more than the humongous numbers. There is now at work a trifecta of baleful forces that is literally destroying any semblance of fiscal discipline in Washington.

The first of these, of course, is the Fed. It has so completely and recklessly monetized the ballooning public debt that Washington officialdom and politicians are getting zero honest price signals from the bond market. In any practical sense the Brobdingnagian amounts of money they are borrowing is perceived as free, and rightly so.

After all, as of this morning, 90-day, 2-year and 10-year money costs the Treasury only 0.14%, 0.17% and 0.58%, respectively.

Secondly, there has been what amounts to a highly improbable “doctors plot” to take down the already debt-entombed US economy with an unprecedented regime of quarantines, economic locksdowns and drastic social regimentation in response to a virus that is really only an abnormal medical threat to the old and infirm.

The fact that the lockdowns are so wildly disproportionate to the 5%-of-population threat posed by the Covid is attributable to the rampant Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) among the Dems, the MSM and the permanent Washington ruling class. They are so rabid with TDS that they have mindlessly cheered on the health care apparatchiks, mayors and governors in a blunderbuss attack on the US economy that pales all prior recessions in severity.

And, thirdly, the elected politicians—beginning with the Donald—have stood idly by during this economy-wrecking campaign, deluded by the belief that Washington has the responsibility and means to fund a virtual make-whole for every worker and business in America that has suffered a loss of income and cash flow.

That is to say, America has fallen under the dictatorship of an unaccountable and unconstitutional Virus Patrol. But there has been almost zero political resistance to its insanities such as closing schools, bars, gyms and air travel because the fiscally incontinent policy-makers of Washington have stood up multi-trillion coast-to-coast soup-lines to ameliorate the damage and pain.

But for crying out loud, this jerry-built trifecta of madness cannot possibly be sustained. Your can’t print $3 trillion of fiat credit in just four months as the Fed has done and get away with it. Nor can you spend $7 trillion and collect only $3 trillion as Uncle Sam will do this year and not expect dire repercussions down the road.

And, for that matter, you can’t run-up the NASDAQ to an all-time high in the face of this fiscal, monetary and economic mayhem, and on the strength of just ten stocks, and not expect that a thundering financial collapse lies just around the corner.

Indeed, as David Rosenberg pointed out this AM, the top 10 stocks in the NASDAQ Composite (Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Nvidia, Tesla, Intel, Netflix, Adobe) now make up 48% of the index’s market cap, and an incredible 58% of the NASDAQ 100.

So what you see in the chart below is an accident waiting to happen. The NASDAQ’s all-time high is being propped up by a massive bubble in a few stocks, while what is happening down below is more like a foretaste of things to come. To wit-

  • The equal-weight S&P 500 is at the same level today as December 18th, 2017;
  • The NYSE Composite is at same level as in Sept. 15th, 2017;
  • The Russell 2000 small cap index is where it was on July 14th, 2017;

More crazy still, during the three years in which the index of America’s main street small and mid-cap stocks has gone nowhere, the total return (price plus coupon) on the 30-year UST has been a staggering 43%; and in the case of the zero-coupon 30-year UST, the return has been 56%.

Now that’s just nuts. Given the egregious fiscal breakdown and the near $80 trillion of public and private debt weighing down upon the nation’s faltering economy, owners of long-term bonds should be facing severe capital losses, not insanely massive capital gains on top of essentially non-existent coupons.

Likewise, you have Tesla trading at 288X its pittance of free cash flow and valued more highly than Toyota for the same reason that bond prices are soaring irrationally: Namely, unhinged speculation on Wall Street that is being fueled by grotesque infusions of central bank liquidity.

That’s also why in the face of a quarter in which GDP is slated to plunge by upwards of 40%, the Dow booked its best quarter in 33 years; the S&P 500 posted its best performance since 1998.; and the NASDAQ had its biggest increase since 1999—jumping 39 percent in just three months.

Indeed, the chart below is truly grotesque by any other name. The 4-week moving average of continuing unemployment claims now stands at 19 million or at 6.1X its level at the start of 2013, when the NASDAQ composite stood at just 3,000.

Today it closed at 10,617 or 254% higher and because, why?

  • Netflix is worth $241 billion or 111X net income or an infinite multiple of free cash flow, of which it has generated negative $11 billion during the last 5 years?
  • Amazon is worth $1.600 trillion or 151X net income and 83X free cash flow?
  • Facebook is worth $700 billion or 33X net income and 30X free cash flow—after two years of low single digit growth and in the face of the biggest impending plunge in advertising revenue in modern times?;
  • NVIDIA is worth $258 billion or 108X net income and 60X free cash flow?
  • Microsoft is worth $1.622 trillion or 35X net income–even though its earnings growth rate over the last 8 years has been just 6.5% per annum?
  • Apple is worth $1.664 trillion or 29X net income—even though its earnings have grown by just 4.5% per annum since 2012?
  • Google is worth $1.053 trillion—even though its earnings too have plateaued during the last two years and it is now facing a brutal decline in advertising spending?

In fact, the above chart actually understates the case because—surprise—the financial press doesn’t even report the correct figures for the number of US workers on the unemployment dole at the present time.

In addition to the 18.56 million of continuing claims reported yesterday under the standard state programs, there is another 14.36 million of so-called uncovered employees—-gig workers, free lancers, temp agency contractors etc.—now getting the Federal pandemic unemployment assistance benefit (PUA) . That means at the time we are supposed to be sharply ascending the other side of the “V”, there are actually 32.92 million workers lounging at home and collecting unemployment benefits in lieu of a paycheck.

As Wolf Richter recently demonstrated, there are now nearly 2X more workers getting UI checks than the 17.75 million unemployed workers the BLS reported for June.

That’s right. We have repeatedly reminded that the BLS does not arrive at its jobs and unemployment numbers by counting; it generates them by modeling, and when the economy is at a big inflection point, to say nothing of the unprecedented turmoil of the moment, its models are not worth the digital ink they are printed on.

Stated differently, it do make a difference that 15.2 million workers no longer on the job are not accounted for in the BLS ballyhooed monthly jobs report.

In short, the whole shebang is on a razor’s edge and there is nothing much immediately ahead except opportunities for the whole system to go tilt.

For instance, the SBA payroll protection program (PPP), which has already shelled out an incredible $521 billion to nearly 5 million US businesses will expire next month, while the $600 per week Federal supplement to average state UI checks of $500 per week will expire at the end of July.

What this means is that the whole economy is floating on a massive air mattress of government subsidies and transfer payments which could suddenly evaporate if Washington becomes politically paralyzed; and, in any event, can’t be sustained much longer as a matter of sheer fiscal math.

For want of doubt, here again is the craziest upheaval of income flows to the household sector in all of economic history. To wit, paychecks (brown line) are now running $524 billion below year ago levels, while transfer payments (purple line) are running an incredible $2.13 trillion higher.

Self-evidently, without this massive injection of borrowed money, which in turn was 100% monetized by the Federal Reserve, household spending and confidence would have imploded weeks ago. In fact, it is only the likes of June’s $863 budget deficit that has prevented the outbreak of economic and social chaos.

So what happens next?

We’d say nothing very pleasant. Congress will be in recess until the last week of July, and the two parties have not yet begun to reconcile the Everything Bailout 4.0 passed by the House Dems with a price tag of $3.0 trillion and the GOP/White House position, where the Great Capitulator, Senate Leader McConnell, has drawn a wobbly line in the sand at just another, well, $1.0 trillion (on top of the $3.3 trillion that has already been approved).

But consider just one of the thorny issues that will take until at least Labor Day to solve, if at all. Namely, extension of the greatest incentive for unemployment ever conceived in the form of the $600 per week Federal supplement to regular state UI benefits.

Together, the state plus Federal dole now amounts on average to a $57,000 wage at annualized rates.

Of course, there are 80 million jobs in America or 50% of the total which pay under $45,000 per year—so when we say perverse moral hazard that’s exactly what we mean.

Apparently, Stevie Mnuchin, the Donald’s hapless “watchdog” at the US Treasury has finally sobered-up, recently insisting that the impending Everything Bailout 4.0 must ” limit the UI top up”:

Any extension would ensure that jobless benefits would be “no more than 100%” of what
workers were earning, Mnuchin said.

“We knew there was a problem with enhanced unemployment in that certain cases people
were paid more than they made in their jobs,” he said. “We’ll fix that and we’ll figure
out an extension to it that works for companies and works for those people who will still
be unemployed.”

Well, goodness me, yes.

A National Bureau of Economic Research working paper by researchers at the University of
Chicago found that

  •  68% of unemployed workers who are eligible for unemployment insurance will get
  • benefits exceeding their lost earnings;
  •  One out of five eligible jobless workers will get at least double their lost earnings;
  •  The overall median replacement rate of the enhanced benefits is 134%.

Then you have the collapse of state and local revenues, thank you Lockdown Nation, where the Dems want to toss $1 trillion of money Uncle Sam doesn’t have into the kitty to help tide them over and preserve the mostly higher paying 18 million jobs dependent on state and local payrolls.

The run-rate of state and local receipts was $1.907 trillion during Q1 2020, but is slated to drop by at least 20% or $400 billion during the current quarter, and continue to bleed profusely for many more quarters to follow. Again, the Red State/Blue State mud-wrestling match over the amount of and allocation formula for the proposed Federal bailout will be one for the ages, which also won’t make the finish line by Labor day or even Election day.

And then comes a food fight over extending the rottenest boondoggle ever conceived in Washington—-the PPP programs that has already showered helicopter money on 4.9 million businesses. Notable recipients include:

  • The law firm Boies Schiller Flexner, whose chairman David Boies has represented powerful clients such as former Vice President Al Gore and Harvey Weinstein, among notorious others, received between $5 million and $10 million;
  • Several million went to Kanye West’s clothing brand, Yeezy, and Grover Norquist’s anti- tax group, Americans for Tax Reform.
  • Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s family’s business, Foremost Maritime, got a loan valued at between $350,000 and $1 million. Chao is the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
  • Perdue Inc., a trucking company co-founded by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, was approved for $150,000 to $350,000 in loan money.
  • Restaurant chains P.F. Chang’s China Bistro and Chop’t received aid of between $5 million and $10 million.
  • TGI Fridays, which is backed by private equity firm TriArtisan Capital Advisors, received at least $5 million.
  • The Archdiocese of New York got a loan valued at between $5 million and $10 million, while the Catholic Charities of the Archdioceses of San Francisco, Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Boston, among others, all received assistance valued at more than $2 million.
  • The Ayn Rand Institute, named for the objectivist writer cited as an influence on libertarian thought, was approved for $350,000 to $ 1 million.
  • Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy in New Jersey, which is named after Trump’s son-in- law and advisor Jared Kushner’s grandfather, got a loan in the range of $1 million to $2 million. Jared Kushner’s parents’ family foundation supports the school, NBC News reported.
  • Niche movie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse received a loan of at least $5 million. Theaters have been closed while new film releases have been delayed or pushed to streaming platforms.
  • Numerous news organizations received PPP loans: Forbes Media got at least $5 million; The Washington Times got at least $1 million; The Washingtonian got at least $350,000; The Daily Caller received at least $350,000 and The Daily Caller News Foundation got at least $150,000; The American Prospect received at least $150,000.
  • Political organizations also received loans: The Ohio Democratic Party got at least $150,000 and the Florida Democratic Party Building Fund got at least $350,000, while the Women’s National Republican Club of New York got at least $350,000, the Black Republican Caucus in Florida got at least $150,000.

In short, this thing smells so bad that our Capitol Hill legislators will have to wear oxygen masks to the negotiating table, and not because of the Covid.

And yet, and yet, the robo-machines and boys and girls on Wall Street keep buying the dip because, apparently, all will be well if the Fed just keeps on printing, Washington keeps on borrowing and speculators keep on pretending that the Virus Patrol is actually battling the Covid.

We’ll take the unders. Big Time.

Source: “We’re Going To Hell In A Handbasket” – David Stockman Slams Washington’s “Clown Brigade”

Devin Nunes and John Solomon Discuss Recent Senate Release Outlining FISA Fraud… — The Last Refuge

Devin Nunes and John Solomon appear on Fox News to discuss the latest release from the Senate Judiciary Committee that outlines intentional fraud by various DOJ and FBI officials to manufacture FISA surveillance against the Trump campaign/administration.

As Mr. Nunes outlines, the time for indictments is now here. The evidence is overwhelming.   Information without action is antithetical to its purpose.

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Worldview and Apologetics in the News — Truthbomb Apologetics

Catholic Churches And Statues Burned, Vandalized In String Of Targeted Attacks

Conversion to Christianity No Longer Punishable by Death in Sudan

What’s Wrong With Critical Race Theory?

Awesome Recovery for Atheist Lawrence Krauss

Why Science and Atheism Don’t Mix

Why C. S. Lewis Rejected the “Argument from Undesign”

‘Defund Pornhub’: Christian actor Terry Crews declares as 1.5M demand porn site be shut down

A bestselling evangelical Christian author just came out as gay while announcing his divorce from his wife

J. I. Packer, ‘Knowing God’ Author, Dies at 93

Woke Ideology Is a Psychological Disorder

Courage and Godspeed,
Our last edition is here.

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July 18, 2020 Morning Verse Of The Day

Lordship Salvation

Romans 10:9

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

In the last study I tried to spell out the content of Christian preaching as it is summarized in Romans 10:9. In particular, I tried to show the full meaning of the words that were the first great Christian confession: “Jesus is Lord.” I pointed out that those three words, simple as they seem, are actually overflowing with meaning, for they affirm: (1) that Jesus is fully divine, (2) that he is the Savior, and (3) that he rules over his people and church. I elaborated that last point by showing that if we are Christians, Jesus must be Lord of our minds, morals, careers, churches, relation to the secular world without, and missionary outreach.

But there is a segment of the evangelical church that disagrees with all that. It restricts the confession “Jesus is Lord” to the belief that Jesus is a divine Savior and explicitly eliminates any idea that Jesus must be Lord of our lives for us to be Christians.

Even more. It teaches that a person can be a Christian without being a follower of Jesus Christ. It reduces the gospel to the mere fact of Christ’s having died for sinners, requires of sinners only that they acknowledge this by the barest intellectual assent, quite apart from any repentance or turning from sin, and then assures them of their eternal security when they may very well not be born again. This view bends faith beyond recognition and promises a false peace to thousands who have given verbal assent to this reductionist Christianity, but who are not in God’s family.

Those who take this position call what I have explained as the gospel in the last study “Lordship salvation,” and they dismiss it as heresy.

An Old Error in New Wineskins

Few theological positions, orthodox or not, are without precedent. And in this case, the view I am talking about is that of the eighteenth-century Scottish eccentric Robert Sandeman, who taught that everyone who is persuaded that Jesus actually died for sin as testified by the apostles is justified, regardless of any change in his or her life. The view is known by his name, Sandemanianism. However, this old error has appeared in new form in our day, largely through the influence of professors at Dallas Theological Seminary. I do not know anything to call it except “the Dallas doctrine.”

The contemporary roots of this teaching lie in the works of Lewis Sperry Chafer, one of the founders of that seminary, who believed that Scripture speaks of two classes of Christians: those that are carnal and those that are spiritual. He wrote, “The ‘carnal’ Christian is … characterized by a ‘walk’ that is on the same plane as that of the ‘natural man.’ ”

The idea was a novel one when Chafer first expounded it, but it is well known and widely accepted today. It has even been added to and embellished. If a Christian can behave exactly like a natural or unsaved man, then what is it that makes him a Christian? The answer is “simple assent to the fact that Jesus died to be his or her Savior.” Nothing else is necessary—in particular: no repentance, no discipleship, no change of behavior, not even any true perseverance in faith. In fact, to insist on any of these additional things is to propound a false gospel. Chafer did not say all this, of course, but since it is a logical extension of the idea of the carnal Christian, his followers eventually did.

One who has done so is Charles Caldwell Ryrie, editor of the popular Ryrie Study Bible. The most extreme proponent of this view is professor Zane C. Hodges, who has defended it in three works titled The Gospel Under Siege, Dead Faith: What Is It?, and Absolutely Free!

What has made this a major issue today is that the Dallas view has been challenged by pastor John MacArthur in a book called The Gospel According to Jesus, to which J. I. Packer and myself provided forewords. It is an attempt by a reformed dispensationalist to turn his fellow dispensationalists from their error.

I want to show why the Dallas doctrine is mistaken at this important point, just as I tried to show the error of the “signs and wonders” approach to evangelism. But, as with the “signs and wonders” movement, I want to state what can be said in favor of this view first.

The chief thing is that Charles Ryrie and Zane Hodges, and those who think as they do, want to preserve the purity of the gospel. That is to their credit. In my opinion, they are actually destroying the true gospel by what they teach, but that is not their intention. They are sons of the Reformation in this respect at least: they believe in justification by faith apart from works and want to guard that gospel from anything that might contaminate its purity. The reason they oppose a demand for repentance, discipleship, or a walk that gives evidence of an inward spiritual change is that they regard this demand as adding works to faith, and that, as we all know, is a false gospel. They want none of it.

Again, they want to affirm the doctrine of eternal security, since that, too, is a Reformation distinctive. They argue that if salvation depends in any way on repenting of sin, commitment, following Jesus as Lord, or a behavioral change, then assurance is destroyed, because we all sin. In fact, one of the reasons the Dallas doctrine eliminates obedience from the essence of saving faith is to include as Christians professing believers whose lives are filled with sin. “If only committed people are saved people,” writes Charles Ryrie, “then where is there room for carnal Christians?”

Where indeed?

Clearly there is an error at this point. But seeing the error does not mean that we should miss the rightful concern these men have to uphold and teach the doctrines of grace and eternal security.

Must Jesus Be Lord to Be Savior?

One very lucid statement of the non-lordship position is by Charles Ryrie in the chapter from Balancing the Christian Life to which I have already alluded and from which I quoted. Ryrie asks the question: “Must Christ be Lord to be Savior?” He answers negatively for the following three reasons.

  1. There are many examples of Christians who have not surrendered to Jesus Christ as Lord.

Ryrie cites Peter, who rebuked Jesus on one occasion (“Surely not, Lord!” Acts 10:14); Barnabas and Paul, who quarreled over taking John Mark with them on a second missionary journey (Acts 15:39); and the Ephesian Christians, who did not destroy their magic scrolls and charms until sometime after they had believed on Christ (Acts 19:19). In my opinion, the case of the Ephesians proves the exact opposite of what Ryrie thinks it does. It proves that when the Ephesians believed on Christ, the inevitable outcome was the destruction of all rivals to his lordship. But that is not the main point.

The main answer to Ryrie’s argument is that he is equating commitment with perfection, which is obviously wrong. Christians sin, but that does not mean that they are not committed to Christ. If they lie down in their sin and do nothing about it, they are indeed uncommitted. They are not Christians. But if they are Christians, the way they show it is by getting up out of the sin—“repenting” is the right word for what they must do—and beginning to follow Christ again.

I have said elsewhere in these studies that there is all the difference in the world between falling down on the path and getting up and going on, and not being on the path at all. It is only those who are on the path who are Christians.

  1. “Jesus is Lord” only means “Jesus is God.” Specifically, it does not mean “Jesus is my Master.”

In developing this point, Ryrie rightly states, as I did in the last chapter, that “Lord” means “God” in all the important Christological passages. I said that it is the word used to translate the great name for God, Jehovah, in the Greek Old Testament, so that its application to Jesus by the New Testament writers indicates their belief in Christ’s full deity. But Ryrie goes on from that truth to argue wrongly that because “Lord” means “God” it cannot mean anything else. Amazingly, he fails to see that the reason the word Lord, which on the human level does mean “master,” as he admits, is used of God is that God is the supreme Master over all other masters. It is a case similar to our use of the word Sovereign with a capital S. There are many sovereigns, but God can be called the Sovereign because he is sovereign over all others.

In his zeal to divest “Lord” of all meanings that do not suit his purpose, Ryrie even says, “If the gospel of the Lord Jesus includes lordship over my life, it might as well also include the necessity of believing he is my Creator, Judge, coming King, Example, Teacher, and so forth …” But, of course, that is exactly what it does include. What is the meaning of “Jesus is divine” if the statement does not mean that Jesus is the Creator, Judge, Example, Teacher, and other obvious functions of divinity? What does the word God mean if it does not include these matters?

When you begin to strip away the implications of this word, instead of adding to them and developing them, even the minimum amount you want to affirm becomes meaningless.

  1. To add anything to faith, even commitment, is to turn the gospel of salvation by faith into a gospel of works, which is a false gospel.

Ryrie says, “The message of faith only and the message of faith plus commitment of life cannot both be the gospel; therefore, one of them is a false gospel and comes under the curse of perverting the gospel or preaching another gospel (Gal. 1:6–9).” But this argument fudges on the definition of faith. If true faith includes commitment, as the greatest theologians of the church have always claimed it does, then to insist on commitment is not to add anything to faith but only to insist that faith be true faith.6 And that is an important point, because a false faith, an imitation faith, or a dead faith saves no one.

Four Costly Errors

It is evident from my response to Ryrie’s arguments that I believe the Dallas doctrine goes astray in a number of critical areas. But my remarks have only begun to touch on them. There are four areas in which this faulty understanding of the gospel is mistaken.

  1. The meaning of faith. This is the chief error, and I have already touched on it in my response to Ryrie’s views. According to the Bible, a saving faith is a living faith that inevitably leads to right conduct. It involves substantial content, personal heart response, and commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord. According to the Dallas doctrine, faith is mere intellectual assent to the barest truths of the gospel.
  2. The need for repentance. The Dallas school speaks of the need for repentance, but because it does not want to acknowledge the corresponding need for behavioral change it redefines repentance to mean only “a change of mind” concerning who Jesus Christ is, irrespective of any reference to sin. G. Michael Cocoris, a Dallas product, writes, “The Bible requires repentance for salvation, but repentance does not mean to turn from sin, nor a change in one’s conduct. Those are the fruits of repentance. Biblical repentance is a change of mind or attitude concerning either God, Christ, dead works or sin.”

That is not what the Bible means by repentance. The Bible’s use of this word always implies a change of life direction, specifically a turning from sin. It is the flip side of faith, its corresponding member. In conversion we turn from sin, which is repentance, on the one hand, and on the other, we turn to Jesus, which is faith.

  1. The demand for discipleship. The Dallas doctrine divorces salvation from discipleship, thus preserving the school’s doctrine of the “carnal Christian.” But Jesus defined salvation as discipleship. That is, he did not call people to mere intellectual assent to who he was but rather to become his disciples. His call was, “Follow me.”

Several years ago I wrote a book to explore the meaning of Christ’s call to discipleship, and in it I examined the matter of cost. I found that Jesus always stressed the cost of coming to him. He never said anything to suggest even remotely that a person could come to him as Savior and remain unchanged. That insight changed me. I said in the book that if I had been asked earlier what minimum amount of doctrine a person needed to know in order to become a Christian or what minimum price he would have to pay to follow Jesus, I would probably have replied as many others still do, stressing very little demand. But now I say, “The minimum amount a person must believe to be a Christian is everything, and the minimum amount a person must give is all. You cannot hold back even a fraction of a percentage of yourself. Every sin must be abandoned. Every false thought must be repudiated. You must be the Lord’s entirely.”

Students of the Bible can decide for themselves whether this or the minimal demands of the Dallas school come closest to Christ’s definition of what it means to be a Christian.

  1. The place of regeneration. The fourth costly error of the Dallas doctrine is its failure to see the unbreakable link between justification and regeneration. The exponents of the Dallas view speak as if the only thing involved in the salvation of a sinner is justification. But Jesus also said, “You must be born again” (John 3:7). Clearly, there can be no justification without regeneration, just as there is no regeneration without justification. But regeneration means the creation of a new nature by God. Therefore, if one is justified, he is also regenerated; and if he is regenerated, he will have a new nature and will begin to act differently. Indeed, the first evidences of this new nature are the person’s turning from sin in repentance and turning to Jesus Christ as Savior in faith.

That is why we say that if there is no evidence of the new life, there is no new life. And if there is no new life, the person is not a true Christian regardless of his or her profession.

Even Worse Errors Than These

I have been speaking of the errors that have been linked to the Dallas doctrine, but at this point I need to say something more. Sometimes an error is not very serious, because it does not touch on matters of great importance. Sometimes an error is serious, but the implications are not worked out and so it does little damage. This is not the case here. As the Dallas school has been challenged in this area, the opponents of “Lordship salvation” have dug in their heels and (in the person of Zane Hodges at least) have affirmed in their defense that: (1) a person can be saved and eternally secure even though he or she has a dying (or dead) faith, and (2) the person can be saved even if he or she apostatizes, denying Jesus.

The first of these terrible and nearly unbelievable assertions comes as a result of Zane Hodges’s attempt to deal with James 2:14–16, which distinguishes between a saving faith and a dead one. In Hodges’s handling of this text, the passage is said to have nothing to do with spiritual salvation in the life to come but only with how one can preserve one’s life now, here on earth.

According to Hodges, without works faith will wither. In fact, it can even die. “A body dies when it loses the spirit which keeps it alive. In the same way, a person’s faith dies when it loses the animating factor of good works.” Does that mean that salvation can be lost, then? That we must abandon the doctrine of eternal security? Not at all, according to this writer. The very fact that faith can die means that it was alive once, and on the basis of that once-alive faith we can confidently say, “Once saved, always saved.” Writes Hodges, “The dangers of a dying faith are real. But they do not include hell.”10

That is terrible teaching. But here is a second terrible assertion, based on Hodges’s handling of Hebrews 6:4–6. Hodges says that this is a description of real apostasy experienced by real Christians. That is, it is possible for Christians to “fall away.” But we do not need to worry, since “we should not construe … ‘falling away’ here as though it meant the loss of eternal life.”

The bottom line of this pernicious exegesis is that a person can profess to believe in Christ early in life, live without works and thus see his or her faith wither, and at last die, so that the person no longer professes even the meager intellectual assent possessed at the beginning, and then can even deny Jesus as the divine Savior—that is, be utterly indistinguishable from a pagan, not only in external appearance but in internal conviction as well—and still be a Christian, that is, be saved eternally.

It is inconceivable to me how anyone can seriously regard that as the Bible’s teaching. Yet it is where the Dallas doctrine leads, even though not all who oppose “Lordship salvation” follow it to Hodges’s incredible extremes. That this is the end of the line should be ample warning to anyone that the teaching is unstable at the core.

Historic Christianity

At the end of his critique of these errors in The Gospel According to Jesus, John MacArthur has a substantial appendix in which he shows by many quotations from the preachers and theologians of the past that “Lordship salvation” has always been the teaching of the church. In that section he cites thirty-one writers and offers forty-one quotations.

I cannot reproduce them all here, of course. But here is an important one, a series of comments by W. H. Griffith Thomas, one of the founders of Dallas Seminary before its present doctrinal decline. He wrote, “Our relation to Christ is based on his death and resurrection, and this means his Lordship. Indeed, the Lordship of Christ over the lives of his people was the very purpose for which he died and rose again.… We have to acknowledge Christ as our Lord. Sin is rebellion, and it is only as we surrender to him as Lord that we receive pardon from him as our Savior.”

Here is another. A. W. Tozer wrote:

[Years ago] no one would ever dare to rise in a meeting and say, “I am a Christian” if he had not surrendered his whole being to God and had taken Jesus Christ as his Lord as well as his Savior and had brought himself under obedience to the will of the Lord. It was only then that he could say, “I am saved.” Today we let them say they are saved no matter how imperfect and incomplete the transaction, with the proviso that the deeper Christian life can be tacked on at some time in the future. Can it be that we really think that we do not owe Jesus Christ our obedience?

This is bad teaching brethren.

Indeed it is! But unfortunately, it is all too common in our time.[1]

9  The word that connects v. 9 to v. 8 (hoti) could be translated either “that” or “because.” If we translate it with “that,” v. 9 would specify the content of “the word of faith” that Paul and the other apostles are preaching. If, however, we translate it “because,” v. 9 would explain how it is that “the word is near you.” The latter alternative should probably be adopted because it would be awkward to have two “content” clauses in a row (e.g., “that is the word of faith … ,” “that if you confess …”). Paul is therefore explaining the “nearness” of the word of faith, the gospel, by emphasizing that it demands only a simple response and that, when responded to, it mediates God’s salvation. This simple response, surprisingly in light of Paul’s stress on faith in this context, is a twofold one: “if you confess with55 your mouth” and “if you believe in your heart.” Both the presence of these two conditions and the order in which they occur are due to Paul’s desire to show how his “word of faith” precisely matches the description of the word in Deut. 30:14, as being “in your mouth” and “in your heart.” Paul’s rhetorical purpose at this point should make us cautious about finding great significance in the reference to confession here, as if Paul were making oral confession a second requirement for salvation. Belief in the heart is clearly the crucial requirement, as Paul makes clear even in this context (9:30; 10:4, 11). Confession is the outward manifestation of this critical inner response.

The content of what we are to confess and to believe reflects basic early Christian proclamation. The acclamation of Jesus as Lord is a very early and very central element of Christian confession; as is the conviction that God raised Jesus from the dead.59 Paul’s focus here on Christ’s resurrection is not, of course, intended to detract from his death or from other aspects of his work; as Calvin explains, the resurrection alone is “often set before us as the assurance of our salvation, not to draw away our attention from his death, but because it bears witness to the efficacy and fruit of his death.” Paul may also focus on our belief in the resurrection as a final answer to the question “Who will descend into the abyss? (That is, to bring Christ up)” in v. 7. The gospel, then, is “near” to us because it requires only what our own hearts and mouths can do; and when we respond, it brings near to us God’s salvation.[2]

9. That if thou wilt confess, &c. Here is also an allusion, rather than a proper and strict quotation: for it is very probable that Moses used the word mouth, by taking a part for the whole, instead of the word face, or sight. But it was not unsuitable for the Apostle to allude to the word mouth, in this manner:—“Since the Lord sets his word before our face, no doubt he calls upon us to confess it.” For wherever the word of the Lord is, it ought to bring forth fruit; and the fruit is the confession of the mouth.

By putting confession before faith, he changes the order, which is often the case in Scripture: for the order would have been more regular if the faith of the heart had preceded, and the confession of the mouth, which arises from it, had followed. But he rightly confesses the Lord Jesus, who adorns him with his own power, acknowledging him to be such an one as he is given by the Father, and described in the gospel.

Express mention is made only of Christ’s resurrection; which must not be so taken, as though his death was of no moment, but because Christ, by rising again, completed the whole, work of our salvation: for though redemption and satisfaction were effected by his death, through which we are reconciled to God; yet the victory over sin, death, and Satan was attained by his resurrection; and hence also came righteousness, newness of life, and the hope of a blessed immortality. And thus is resurrection alone often set before us as the assurance of our salvation, not to draw away our attention from his death, but because it bears witness to the efficacy and fruit of his death: in short, his resurrection includes his death. On this subject we have briefly touched in the sixth chapter.

It may be added, that Paul requires not merely an historical faith, but he makes the resurrection itself its end. For we must remember the purpose for which Christ rose again;—it was the Father’s design in raising him, to restore us all to life: for though Christ had power of himself to reassume his soul, yet this work is for the most part ascribed in Scripture to God the Father.[3]

9. If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord. It would be better to express the confession in direct speech: ‘if on your lips is the confession “Jesus is Lord” ’ (neb). (Cf. 1 Cor. 12:3; Phil. 2:11.) Some commentators have thought particularly of the confession of his name before magistrates (cf. Luke 21:12–15; 1 Pet. 3:13–16); but if we are to think of one outstanding occasion for such a confession to be made, we should more probably think of the initial confession made in Christian baptism—‘the pledge of a good conscience towards God’ (1 Pet. 3:21, niv).

And believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead. Saving faith is resurrection faith (cf. 1 Cor. 15:17, ‘if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins’).[4]

[1] Boice, J. M. (1991–). Romans: God and History (Vol. 3, pp. 1197–1204). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

[2] Moo, D. J. (1996). The Epistle to the Romans (pp. 657–658). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[3] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentary on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans (pp. 392–393). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[4] Bruce, F. F. (1985). Romans: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 6, p. 202). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

If God Be for Us… (Part 1 of 2) | Truth For Life Programs

Some of us expect our lives to be easier because we follow Christ—but that’s just not the case. We all face trials. Since we know God is for us, though, we need not fear! That’s our focus on Truth For Life with Alistair Begg.


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