“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
A Pew Research Center poll that’s already a month old (and a lot happened since) concluded that violent crime is a major issue according to 59% of voters (almost as much as coronavirus): 74% of Republicans and 46% of Democrats. But during the DNC, held after the poll was already out, the issue wasn’t addressed at all. Democrats talked about police violence, but not riot violence.
At this week’s RNC, this situation is -of course- very different. The DNC pushes the GOP into the role of the party of law and order, and they’re all too willing to take up that role.But I was wondering about something else, or “bigger”, this morning. That is, Joe Biden et al are very light on policies, because in their view their most important issue is to get people to vote *against* Donald Trump, rather than *for* Biden.
And I’m thinking maybe that’s starting to boomerang, to blow up in their faces, whether perhaps people are beginning to lean towards NOT voting for Joe Biden, instead of NOT voting for Donald Trump, “at any cost”. In that context, it appears telling that according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll,Biden saw no “convention poll bounce”in his numbers after the DNC, while ironically, Trump did.
Whereas according to a Zogby Analytics poll,Trump’s job approval numbers are now at record high levels.And I know polls -and pollsters- can be biased, and so can the press quoting them, but to see three in a row, Reuters/Ipsos, Rasmussen, Zogby, all reporting similar movement, may still be significant.
Buoyed by blacks and independent voters, as well as urban dwellers shocked by the Black Lives Matter protest violence raging in some cities, President Trump’s approval rating has hit a new high, according to a survey heavy with minority voters. The latest Zogby Analytics poll just shared with Secrets had Trump’s approval at 52%. “The president has recorded his best job approval rating on record,” said pollster Jonathan Zogby.
What’s more, his approval rating among minorities was solid and, in the case of African Americans, shockingly high. Zogby said 36% of blacks approve of the president, as do 37% of Hispanics and 35% of Asians. Approval among independent voters is also up, to 44%. And “intriguingly,” said Zogby, 23% of Democrats approve of Trump.
It was the latest to show that Trump’s approval went up during the Democratic National Convention. Rasmussen Reports had it at 51% at the end of the convention. In a shock from past election years, Joe Biden got no convention poll bounce, according to a newly released Reuters/Ipsos poll. [..] Zogby, in his analysis, took a stab at the reasoning. First, he said, his and other polls are confirming that the nation is nearly evenly divided politically and that despite some showing a big Biden lead, the race is extremely close.
He suggested that the battle is for the “10%-20%” who haven’t made their minds up on whom to vote for and who likely won’t make up their minds until Election Day, just like in 2016. “We are as polarized a nation, on a level not seen since the Civil War,” said Zogby. He also said that the violence playing out in cities such as Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Portland, Oregon, are pushing urban voters to Trump.
A fresh Rasmussen poll about Biden’s lead in the polls (which reached double digits not long ago), indicates that there’s not much left of that lead. That, but the way, is similar to a CNN poll a number of weeks ago. Significantly, Rasmussen suggests that: Even if Biden’s now-slim lead in the polls were to remain frozen as of today, Trump would still have a clear path to an electoral college victory.
Just a month and a half ago, Rasmussen Reports had Joe Biden 10-points ahead of President Donald Trump in the polls. Now he’s only ahead by one point, within the margin of error. Even if Biden’s now-slim lead in the polls were to remain frozen as of today, Trump would still have a clear path to an electoral college victory, as Hillary Clinton lead Trump in the popular vote by just over two points in the 2016 election. While it is impossible to know the exact reason (or reasons) for Biden’s polling collapse, it comes as the economy continues to rebound from the coronavirus, riots continue to ravage liberal run cities longer than anyone expected (to no condemnation from Joe Biden and Kamala Harris)..
[..] Rasmussen was among the closest mainstream pollster in approximating the popular vote in the 2016 election. Rasmussen had Hillary Clinton up 1.7 points over Trump on election day 2016, while she ended up winning the popular vote by 2.1 points above him (48.2% vs. 46.1%). The Real Clear Politics average of polls had Hillary up for six points. Unlike the other polls, Rasmussen correctly saw Trump had a path to victory in the electoral college.
Last night@donlemoncalled for the rioting to end, “because it’s showing up in the polling.”
What polling? The media polling after the DNC Convention that was never released over the weekend.
And of course Don Lemon warned yesterday on CNN that Biden has to start addressing the riots, because by remaining silent he’s letting Trump run away with the issue. But it’s not entirely clear how Biden would do that: the Democrats have supported BLM and protesters -as well as rioters- in general for most of the year, and now they would have to turn against them?
The sports boycotts that yesterday came seemingly out of nowhere all at the same time, look like they’re well intentioned but too late.There is too much news, and there are too many videos, out there to keep portraying what’s happening in the streets of Kenosha and Minneapolis and many other cities, as a one-sided problem. There is violence on both, or even many, sides.
Tonight, Thursday August 27, it’s Donald Trump’s turn to address the RNC, and the entire press, the entire nation, will pay attention. Nobody feels they can afford not to. Almost half the country will already have their minds made up about what a terrible person he is, while the other almost half will think he’s doing great. It’s the “10%-20%” who haven’t made their minds up that he must reach, and given how the country feels about violence in the streets, he may well succeed in reaching quite a few.
For which he can thank the DNC.“Orange Man Bad” may have once looked to be a winning strategy, but by now it feels mostly a limiting one.
May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.
The nineteenth century was the period of westward expansion as wagon trains rolled across the great plains toward California. By the 1850s, some of the most sought-after people in America were the fronter scouts. Men like Kit Carson and Jim Bridger, who had spent years exploring the western regions, were hired to lead the pio-neers safely to their destination. They alone knew the dangers and how to avoid them. They couldn’t move the Rocky Mountains, but they knew the way through them.
When the apostle Paul prayed that God would “direct” believers, he was praying that God would go before them and remove the obstacles in their way—the literal meaning of the word “direct.” God doesn’t just point and say, “Go there.” Like a frontier scout, He leads the way and removes the obstacles and dangers that would keep us from growing in maturity in Christ. But be careful if you pray Paul’s prayer! What you count as a possession—a relationship, a material idol, a secret sin—God may see as a problem and remove it.
Life is filled with obstacles to maturity. Only God can remove them, helping us grow up before we grow old.
Republicans are racist! This lying liberal talking point has become tedious and ridiculous. But I wonder how many people actually still believe it.
Dr. Ben Carson, Trump administration Housing and Urban Development Secretary, is one of the many strong patriotic conservatives to speak at the Republican National Convention this week. He’s gone on record saying:
“We, the American people, are not each other’s enemies. The enemies are those behind the curtain jerking everybody’s chains and trying to divide us by age, race, and income.”
Division is a tactic of the left. One way Democrats keep driving a wedge between people is by stoking racial division, and they’re taking full advantage of the global movement, Black Lives Matter as well as riot season to scare people.
But if you look at the facts rather than just emotion, at President Trump’s policies, and at what is unreported by the liberal media, it proves the accusations of racism are baseless. Let’s take a look at some black success stories and some of the featured guests from the Republican National Convention.
One of the most impactful speeches from the RNC was former NFL running back, Hershel Walker who has known Donald Trump for 37 years and said it was a personal insult that people would think he was friends with a racist. He said Trump treated janitors, security guards, and waiters the same as a VIP. Walker added:
Another powerful speech was from a young Republican woman running for Congress in deep blue Baltimore which is a long shot to be sure. But when are people who are living there and suffering going to say they’ve had enough?
That’s the challenge Kim Klacik is putting out there in an effort to save one of the most crime-ridden cities in the U.S. controlled by Democrats for decades. Her infomercial has gone viral as she walks through decimated parts of Baltimore stating the facts.
Democrats still assume that black people will vote for them, no matter how much they let us down and take us for granted. We’re sick of it. We’re not going to take it anymore. The days of blindly supporting the Democrats are coming to an end.”
You can almost hear liberal media heads exploding.
Adding to the impact of the Republican message this week, the RNC featured several Democrats who did not vote for Trump in 2016, but after seeing his effectiveness and policies helping the people, they are now campaigning for him.
Lifelong Democrat, Vernon Jones, a state representative from Georgia said Joe Biden has had 47 years to produce results, but have instead delivered “all talk and no action.” He said:
“But I have news for Joe Biden; We are free; we are free people with free minds,” he continued. “I am part of a large and growing segment of the Black community who are independent thinkers. And we believe that Donald Trump is the President that America needs to lead us forward.”
Vernon Jones went on to say that it’s just the opposite of what the media portrays, that the Democrat Party is the one that has become infected with intolerance, bigotry, socialism, anti-law enforcement bias and “a dangerous tolerance for people who attack others, destroy property and terrorize our communities.” https://www.redstate.com/brandon_morse/2020/08/25/vernon-jones-rnc/
On Tuesday, the RNC featured Kentucky Attorney General, Daniel Cameronwho at one point spoke directly to Joe Biden saying, “I am black and we are not all the same, sir.”
I also think about Joe Biden who says if you aren’t voting for me, you ain’t black; who argued that Republicans would put us back in chains, who says there’s no diversity of thought in the black community.
Share this because it destroys the Democrat media’s narrative that all blacks support Biden and Republicans are racist.
Republican power player, Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley,spoke opening night emphasizing the fact that she’s the daughter of proud Indian immigrants, and that it’s now fashionable to say America is racist. Haley insisted that’s a lie.”
She reminded us of the importance of America supporting Israel and that President Trump moved our embassy to Jerusalem.
Haley said that when the UN tried to condemn the administration for doing so, “I was proud to cast the American veto.”
She reminded us that the Obama Biden policy was to denounce our ally, Israel, and in its final days allowed a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s West Bank settlements.
“Obama and Biden let Iran get away with murder and literally sent them a plane full of cash,” Haley said. “President Trump did the right thing and ripped up the Iran nuclear deal.” Then came a brief comparison:
“This president has a record of strength and success. The former vice president has a record of weakness and failure. Joe Biden is good for Iran and ISIS, great for Communist China, and he’s a godsend to everyone who wants America to apologize, abstain and abandon our values.” https://youtu.be/NwzEeOMl5Gw
She also said what most of us understand, that last time, Joe’s boss was Obama. This time it would be [Nancy] Pelosi, [Bernie] Sanders and the Squad. “Their vision for America is socialism,” Haley claimed.
Just two more quotes. Maximo Alvarez, a Florida businessman who fled communist Cuba warned against the socialist left agenda and the Democrats gaining power here in the U.S.
He said ideas like spreading the wealth, defunding the police, or trusting government were all false promises, what he called familiar “echoes of the former life I never wanted to hear again.”
This man truly supports the president and loves America. He nearly breaks into tears a few times during his speech. Alvarez added:
Finally, I hope you watched the entire speech from RNC keynote speaker, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina. He made so many great points and including the truth that President Trump built what Scott referred to as “the most inclusive economy ever. 7 million jobs created pre-COVID-19, two thirds of which went to women, African-Americans and Hispanics.”
We are not fully where we want to be, but I thank God Almighty we are not where we used to be. We are always striving to be better. When we stumble, and we will, we pick ourselves back up and try again. We don’t give in to cancel culture or the radical and factually baseless belief that things are worse today than in the 1860s or in the 1960s. We have work to do, but I believe in the goodness of America. The promise that all men and all women are created equal…Over the past four years, we have tremendous progress toward that promise. https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/24/politics/tim-scott-rnc-speech/index.html
Even Communist News Network’s Van Jones told a panel on CNN that there’s no denying what the president has done to help the black community. A far-left progressive, Jones even said he gives Trump credit for applauding the fact the Trump administration has helped black colleges, criminal justice reform, and the highest job numbers for the black community in American history.
I want you to watch for something. Democrats in D.C. and their liberal media activist arm are of the Party are now referring to Joe Biden as hope and light, and to President Trump as doom and darkness. But if you’ve been paying attention, the truth is the exact opposite. The Bible refers to this as calling evil good and good evil.
We’re all sinners in need of a Savior, but If you say you’re a Christian, please don’t be hypocritical. You better be living what you say you believe, and that includes what party, platform, and policies you endorse. It’s one or the other.
What does the Bible say about this contrast of darkness and light? Lawlessness is sin and sin is part of the darkness. Righteousness of God and Jesus is the light. The Apostle John writes about Jesus saying:
Now this is the message that we have heard from him and proclaim to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” while we continue to walk in darkness, we lie and do not act in truth. But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:5-7
Let’s be strong in the truth, stay in the light and expose the darkness, friends.
Have you noticed the spirit of fear that has a grip on many in our nation right now? Have you noticed how we rarely hear about how many people tested negative or survived the virus? Instead, newscasts continue to report growing totals of those who test positive for coronavirus along with the total death count. There’s the fear caused by news reports of possible mandatory vaccinations, even before the vaccine is available. Adding fuel to the fear is the mobs, the riots, the fires as well as the destruction of property. All of this is causing some people to be so fearful that they’re afraid to leave their homes.
Dr. Gary Frazier joined Jim to discuss this topic of fear. Dr. Frazier is a respected speaker and writer on the subject of Bible prophecy. He’s the founder and president of Discovery Missions as well as the author of several books including, ‘Miracle of Israel,’ ‘Hell is for Real’ and ‘It Could Happen Tomorrow.’
Dr. Frazier told listeners that he’s reminded of Ephesians 5:18 where we’re told not to ‘…be drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.’ In other words, be filled with/controlled by the Holy Spirit. At the same time, Paul wrote in II Timothy 1:7 that we’ve not been given a spirit of fear.
He went on to note that fear is not an emotion. Fear is an evil spirit. So we have only two choices in our lives. Either we’ll be filled with the Spirit of God (Christ living in us) or filled with the spirit of fear that comes from the enemy.
When filled with the Spirit of God, we then function in the realm of the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, etc.–Galatians 5:22-23), attributes that reflect a relationship with the living Lord Jesus. The other does just the opposite of that, robbing us of those same attributes while steering us toward apprehension and depression.
Is the existence of this fear purposeful? Can we realistically keep everyone safe? These are just two questions that Dr. Frazier answered as he attempted to bring biblical balance to the COVID-19 issue and how we should view the future.
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“I don’t think that there should be any debates,” Nancy Pelosi told reporters. In order for Joe Biden to win, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats need to have mail-in voting, cancel the debates, and keep Joe from opening his mouth as much as possible. Even then it’s a crazy long shot. Donald Trump has pulled even in the polls, the fat lady is warming up. Somebody tell Joe it’s nap time.by Geoffrey Grider August 27, 2020
Nancy Pelosi proposed that the candidates take separate stages and answer questions about their policies in a “conversation with the American people” instead of “an exercise in skulduggery.”
The Democrats have a plan to get Joe Biden elected president, and part of that plan includes preventing any debate between him and Donald Trump, never mind three of them they have scheduled between now and November. They need to cancel the debates because Joe 2020 is not like any previous version, this one can’t finish his sentences on a Teleprompter, needs other people standing close by for when the synapses begin to misfire as they do now on a regular basis. No, Joe Biden will lose all three debates from the moment the first one starts, they Democrats know it, and now they have to prevent it.
Truth is, Joe Biden is being propped up by a vast machine that needs you to think everything is OK, when it is far from it. This is why Joe Biden has been kept hidden in his basement, why he answers no questions from reporters, why he bursts out into maniacal laughter when funny things aren’t being said. Having had years to begin fading slowly, that process is now accelerating on a monthly basis. In order for Joe Biden to win, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats need to have mail-in voting, cancel the debates, and keep Joe from opening his mouth as much as possible. Even then it’s a crazy long shot. Donald Trump has pulled even in the polls, the fat lady is warming up. Somebody tell Joe it’s nap time.
“I don’t think that there should be any debates,” Pelosi told reporters. “I do not think that the president of the United States has comported himself in a way that anybody has any association with truth, evidence, data and facts.”
“I wouldn’t legitimize a conversation with him nor a debate in terms of the presidency of the United States,” she added.
“He does that every day,” she added. “But I think he will also belittle what the debates are supposed to be about.”
“I think that he’ll probably act in a way that is beneath the dignity of the presidency,” she said, citing what she called his “disgraceful” actions during the 2016 debates with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Instead, Pelosi proposed that the candidates take separate stages and answer questions about their policies in a “conversation with the American people” instead of “an exercise in skulduggery.”
But she acknowledged that the Biden campaign “thinks in a different way about this.” The Speaker’s remarks come as some within the Democratic Party have said Biden shouldn’t participate in debates with Trump, pointing to the polling advantage Biden has over the president.
Pelosi had hinted that she didn’t think Biden should debate Trump during an interview last week with David Axelrod on his podcast.
“My view, I wouldn’t even debate Trump because unless you have a lie detector, or a truth teller,” she told “The Axe Files,” adding that Biden “has said he will, and that’s great.” She also alleged the press have “enabled a lot of Trump to happen.”
“Remember when he was stalking Hillary Clinton during the debate,” she said. “Why wouldn’t the press have said go back to your place? Why did they let that happen?”
The Biden campaign has dismissed advice to skip the debates, with a spokesman saying earlier this month that he looked forward to debating the president. Biden on Thursday also addressed the Speaker’s comments on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” confirming that he will debate Trump.
“I’m gonna debate him,” he said. “I’m gonna be a fact-checker on the floor while I’m debating him.” READ MORE
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The Republican National Committee holds the fourth and final night the 2020 convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. [RNC Convention Website Here] For evening #4 the theme is “Land of Greatness.” President Trump will deliver his nomination acceptance speech. Follow the convention via a series of links to multiple media resources.
Segment 1 (00:20) Todd introduces progressive evangelicals, separate from the “love everyone, embrace everyone”. Todd highlights the importance of truth, that Christians should not ignore truth when preaching to unbelievers. The culture is very hate-filled, but Christians shouldn’t err on the opposite side.
Segment 2 (09:54) The world says to be divided. Christians should be united, in truth. Identity politics have infiltrated the church, however, and cause division.
Segment 3 (18:20) Christians should discriminate towards others, including Christians who aren’t pro-life, don’t believe in the union of marriage, etc. – the Bible has one accurate interpretation, we should ascribe to that. Unity is not just love, but loving the truth together.
Wretched Surprise! (25:25) It’s only when the church lives true to the Truth that its witness has power. We should not spew hate online, as the world does.
That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us.—Acts 17:27.
PHILOSOPHERS are agreed that even the most primitive races of mankind reach out beyond the world of matter to a superior Being. It is as natural for man to feel after God as it is for the ivy to feel after support. Hunger and thirst drive him to seek for food, and there is a hunger of the soul that needs satisfying, too. Man does not need to be commanded to worship, as there is not a race so high or so low in the scale of civilization but has some kind of a god. What man needs is to be directed aright in his worship.
18Pride, its consequences. Pride leads inevitably to a downfall. In fact, pride is the first step down. The lines are synonymous. “Pride” (gāʾôn) and the “haughty spirit” (gōbah rûaḥ) are paired; and “destruction” (šeber) and “fall” (kiššālôn, lit., “a tottering, falling”) are matched. Many similar sayings have warned against pride and arrogance. An Arabic proverb says, “The nose is in the heavens, the seat is in the mire.” McKane, 490, sees another implication in the words of this proverb: “ ‘Disintegration’ suggests a contrast with the man who has achieved wholeness [šālôm] by submitting to mûsār and learning wisdom; and ‘stumbling’ a contrast with the safe road along which the teacher directs his attentive and receptive pupils.”
18 The minature prologue now shifts its focus from outward ethical behavior to inner spiritual attitudes. Verses 17 and 18 are probably linked by the metaphors of “way/road” (see v. 17) and “stumbling,” implicitly of the foot walking on a road. The imagery of verse 18, however, depends on the contrast between high in the sense of pride and low in the sense of abased. Instead of looking where they are going, in defiance of the first principle of wisdom (see 15:33), the arrogant raise their eyes above God and humanity (cf. 30:13) and stumble to their perdition (see the variant proverb in 18:12). The juxtaposition of the upright with the proud suggests the two verses are antithetical. Inferentially, the upright are lowly and submissive to God and his teachers (see 15:33, “before honor comes humility”), but the arrogant stray from the moral order and stumble to their eternal perdition in the dark, treacherous, and obstacle-filled way they enter (cf. 22:4). The proverb gives the strong impression of saying the same thing twice. Both verse halves begin with before (15:33) followed by words denoting ruin and containing the /s/ sound (šeber, shattering, see 15:4)/kiššālôn (stumbling, a hapax leg. from kšl, see 4:9, 12, 16). And they contain the similarly sounding synonyms gāʾôn (pride, see 8:13) and gōbah (haughty, see 16:5, whose concrete meaning is “high”) rûaḥ (spirit, see I: 92). In this way its truth is underscored and clarified; the proud are defined more precisely as the haughty in spirit, and the ensuing “shattering” of their body is explained as due to their “stumbling.” The fracturing of their limbs that inflicted evil exemplifies the book’s principle of divine retribution (see I: 73).”
16:18. Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.
This proverb makes its point through synonymous parallelism. Proverbs often warns of the dangers of arrogance (Prov. 6:17; 11:2; 13:10; 18:12; 29:23). Verse 5 has already named it as ‘an abomination to the Lord.’ Such a divine revulsion at all forms of pride comes because it is the exact opposite of the most fundamental element of wisdom: ‘the fear of the Lord.’
The warning of ‘destruction’ for pride should be taken seriously. The word is descriptive of the shattering of a bone. Thus, one’s dreams, indeed, one’s very self, will be shattered. The warning of the second line is of ‘stumbling.’ It is descriptive of a tottering that leads to a fall.24
Thus, whether through sudden, shattering destruction or through a tottering stumble to a fall, God in His providence has so ordered the world that the proud will be defeated (Ps.18:27).
Ver. 18.—Pride goeth before destruction. A maxim continually enforced (see ch. 11:2; 17:19; 18:12). Here is the contrast to the blessing on humility promised (ch. 15:33). A haughty spirit—a lifting up of spirit—goeth before a fall (comp. Dan. 4:29, etc.). Thus, according to Herodotus (vii. 10), Artabanus warned the arrogant Xerxes, “Seest thou how God strikes with the thunder animals which overtop others, and suffers them not to vaunt themselves, but the small irritate him not? And seest thou how he hurls his bolts always against the mightiest buildings and the loftiest trees? For God is wont to cut short whatever is too highly exalted” (comp. Horace, ‘Carm.,’ ii. 10. 9, etc.). Says the Latin adage, “Qui petit alta nimis, retro lapsus ponitur imis.” Cæsar, ‘Bell. Gall.,’ i. 14, “Consuesse Deos immortales, quo gravius homines excommulatione rerum doleant, quos prosceiere eorum ulcisci velint, his secundiores interdum re, et diuturniorem impunitatem concedere.” The Chinese say, “Who flies not high falls not low;” and, “A great tree attracts the wind.” The Basque proverb remarks, “Pride sought flight in heaven, fell to hell.” And an Eastern one, “What is extended will tear; what is long will break” (Lane).
Ver. 18. Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.—Shame and contempt the end of pride:—
Show what pride and haughtiness mean. Pride is thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought to think. It is corruption of self-love, it is self-flattery. A man thinks too highly of himself when he thinks that anything he has is his own; or when he conceives himself to have what he really has not; or when he challenges more respect than is due to him on the score of what he has. Pride is not peculiar to persons of any one rank.
Illustrate the truth of this observation from Scripture and reason. Pride will generally have a fall.
Argue from the reason of the thing itself, and its natural tendency. Some kinds of pride are very expensive. Pride is very contentious, and makes a man enemies. Pride makes men over-confident in their own efficiency. Vanity runs men into error and mistakes.
Argue that God has particularly declared His detestation of pride, and His resolution to punish it. The whole tenor of Scripture intimates how exceeding hateful pride is to Almighty God. The reasons for it are obvious. Pride is improper and unbecoming our condition and circumstances. It is an inlet to all vices. Reflections:
(1) Here is a proper consideration for dissuading men from pride, or curing them of it.
(2) Commend the humility which is spoken so highly of in Scripture. (D. Waterland, D.D.)
The vice of pride:—
This vice is animadverted on with peculiar severity in this Book of Proverbs. For this two reasons may be assigned.
The extensiveness of the sin. Pride is a corruption that seems almost originally ingrafted in our nature; it exerts itself in our first years, and, without continual endeavours to suppress it, influences our last. Other vices tyrannise over particular ages, and triumph in particular countries; but pride is the native of every country, infects every climate, and corrupts every nation. It mingles with all our other vices, and without the most constant and anxious care will mingle also with our virtues.
The circumstances of the preacher. Pride was probably a crime to which Solomon himself was most violently tempted. He was placed in every circumstance that could expose him to it. He had the pride of royalty, prosperity, knowledge, and wealth to suppress.
Consider the nature of pride, with its attendants and consequences. It is an immoderate degree of self-esteem, or an over-value set by a man upon himself. It is founded originally on an intellectual falsehood. In real life pride is always attended with kindred passions, and produces effects equally injurious to others and destructive to itself. He that over-values himself will undervalue others, and he that undervalues others will oppress them. Pride has been able to harden the heart against compassion, and stop the ears against the cry of misery. He that sets too high a value upon his own merits will, of course, think them ill rewarded with his present condition. To pride must be attributed most of the fraud, injustice, violence, and extortion, by which wealth is frequently acquired. Another concomitant of pride is envy, or the desire of debasing others. Another is an insatiable desire of propagating in others the favourable opinion he entertains of himself. No proud man is satisfied with being simply his own admirer.
The usual motives to pride. We grow proud by comparing ourselves with others weaker than ourselves. Another common motive to pride is knowledge. Another, a consciousness of virtue. Spiritual pride is generally accompanied with great uncharitableness and severe censures of others, and may obstruct the great duty of repentance. It may be well to conclude with the amiableness and excellence of humility. “With the lowly there is wisdom.” (S. Johnson, LL.D.)
Knowledge nourishes humility:—
We may arm ourselves against the haughty spirit which Solomon speaks of as precursor of a fall. There is a tendency in knowledge to the producing of humility, so that the more a man knows, the more likely is he to think little of himself. The arrogant and conceited person is ordinarily the superficial and ignorant. The man of real powers and great acquirements is usually a simple and unaffected man. He who knows most is most conscious of how little he knows. There is no truer definition of human knowledge than that it is the knowledge of human ignorance. Oh singular constitution of pride, that its very existence should be our proof of its absurdity! Try the affirmation that knowledge produces humility, in relation to our state by nature, and to our state by grace. Pride proves deficiency of knowledge in both these respects. As to man’s natural condition, how can anybody be proud who knows that condition? There is no such contrast as that which may be drawn between man a fallen creature, and man a redeemed creature. But this does not puff the redeemed man up with pride, seeing redemption is not his work, but emanates from free-grace. Therefore, study ye yourselves; pray God for the aid of His Spirit to discover you to yourselves. Then you may grow up into the stature of the perfect man. (H. Melvill, B.D.)
Pride and humility:—
Pride as the precursor of ruin. Pride and haughtiness are equivalents. What is here predicted of pride—
Agrees with its nature. It is according to the instinct of pride to put its subject in an unnatural, and, therefore, in an unsafe position. The proud man’s foot is on quicksand, not on rock.
Agrees with its history. Destruction always has followed in its march.
Humility is the pledge of good. What are all the spoils of earth’s haughty conquerors to be compared with the blessedness of a genuinely humble soul? “Humility,” says Sir Benjamin Brodie, “leads to the highest distinction, because it leads to self-improvement. Study to know your own character; endeavour to learn, and to supply your own deficiencies; never assume to yourselves qualities which you do not possess.” (Homilist.)
The dangers of pride:—
What is it we are to beware of? Pride and a haughty spirit.
Lofty thoughts of ourselves.
Disdain of others.
Rash and vain actions.
The evils of pride.
It separates us from God (Psa. 138:6; ver. 5).
Makes men hate us.
Brings us to ruin. Examples and illustrations: Pharaoh, Goliath, Absalom, Sennacherib, Belshazzar, Haman, Lucifer, the Pharisees, Herod, Wolsey (“I and the king”), Napoleon Bonaparte, Boulanger. (R. Brewin.)
The downfall of pride:—
A kite having risen to a very great height, moved in the air as stately as a prince, and looked down with much contempt on all below. “What a superior being I am now!” said the kite; “who has ever ascended so high as I have? What a poor grovelling set of beings are all those beneath me! I despise them.” And then he shook his head in derision, and then he wagged his tail; and again he steered along with so much state as if the air were all his own, and as if everything must make way before him; when suddenly the string broke, and down fell the kite with greater haste than he ascended, and was greatly hurt in the fall. Pride often meets with a downfall. (W. Cobbin.)
 Ross, A. P. (2008). Proverbs. In T. Longman III, Garland David E. (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Proverbs–Isaiah (Revised Edition) (Vol. 6, p. 150). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.—Ezek. 36:25.
Was there ever a more precious scripture? And was there ever a poor sinner needed it more than thou, my soul? And what a thousand beauties are contained in it! Who is the great promiser but the Lord Jehovah, the Father of mercies, and the God of all consolation? And what is the clean water here spoken of, but the blood of Christ? Christ, with all his redemption, all his fulness, all his suitableness, and his all-sufficiency. And what doth this sweet promise imply? Every thing in one is folded up in it. It is all of God, all in himself, and all to be wrought by himself. He provides the clean water; he cleanseth the sinners; he sprinkles, he applies, he promiseth the sure efficacy, for they “shall be clean;” and he makes the blessings most comprehensive, and full, and complete; for it shall be a cleansing from all their filthiness, and from all their idols. See, then, my soul, what a portion thou hast here found, in the word of God’s grace, for thine evening’s meditation! Evening, did I say; yea, for the meditation of thy whole life, and to form the foundation of a song of praise to all eternity! Here is every thing in it thou canst possibly need, to encourage thee to come for cleansing, under all thy pollutions, in thy daily walk through life. Here is God the Father fully engaged, and as fully promising. Here is Jesus, in his blood of sprinkling, as the Father’s gift for cleansing in all his divine offices and suited mercy. And here is the purity wrought by the Holy Ghost, in his gracious application of the whole; and which he doth most graciously and most fully testify, when he shows thee thy need, and the suitableness of Jesus, and inclines thee to believe the efficacy of this blood of Christ “to cleanse from all sin.” Now, my soul, muse over the blessedness and fulness of this sweet scripture, and see how suited it is, in every point, to thy wants, and to thy Lord’s glory. And when thou hast gathered from it, like the bee from the flower, all the honey it contains, take it home to thy inmost affections, as the bee doth what he gathers to the hive, and live upon it for thy daily food. The promise is absolute; for God saith, “I will do it.” And the certainty of its effect is as fixed: for God saith, “Ye shall be clean.” And the extent of it is as sure: for God saith, “From all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.” My soul! ask the most daring heart of unbelief, what shall arise to unsay what God hath said, or to counteract what God hath promised?
Lord God, by Your Word, I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer. Uphold my steps in Your paths, that my footsteps may not slip. When I roam, Your commands will lead me; when I sleep, they will keep me; and when I awake, they will speak with me. For Your commandment is a lamp, and Your law a light. My ears shall hear a word behind me, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever I turn to the right hand or whenever I turn to the left.
Jesus is the light of the world. When I follow Him I do not walk in darkness, but have the light of life. I also have the prophetic word confirmed, which I heed as a light that shines in a dark place. Now I see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. In heaven I will need no lamp nor sunlight, for You, Lord God, give light. And I shall reign forever and ever.
Thank You for providing light in this dark and lost world.
Psalm 119:105; Psalm 17:4–5; Proverbs 6:22–23; Isaiah 30:21; John 8:12; 2 Peter 1:19; 1 Corinthians 13:12; Revelation 22:5
“No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings than United America. Wondrously strange, then, and much to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means and to depart from the road which Providence has pointed us to so plainly.” —George Washington (1788)
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 27, 2020 /Christian Newswire/ — A new survey reveals that 52 percent of American adults believe that Jesus was a great teacher and nothing more. If Jesus’ claim to be God is false, then He was either delusional or deceptive, but He could not have been a great teacher.
Ligonier Ministries’ biennial State of Theology survey provides key findings on what Americans think about God, truth, the Bible, worship, and ethical issues. Conducted with LifeWay Research, this survey polled a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults. The full results for the 2020 survey will be available online at TheStateofTheology.com as of September 8.
The Bible and the historic creeds of the Christian church plainly declare that Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man. Throughout history, critics have denied this claim, believing that Jesus was a great teacher and nothing more. The 2020 State of Theology survey reveals that a majority of American adults now hold this false view.
Historically, evangelical Christians have affirmed the authority of the Bible and salvation by Jesus Christ. The Bible testifies often to the deity of Christ; He is God incarnate, the Word made flesh (John 1:1; 8:58; Rom. 9:5; Heb. 1:1–4). It may not be a great surprise that the majority of the general U.S. population rejects the deity of Christ, but now almost a third of evangelicals (30 percent) agree that Jesus was merely a great teacher. And while 66 percent of American evangelicals disagree with the statement, “Jesus was a good teacher, but he was not God,” nearly as many (65 percent) still agree with the statement, “Jesus is the first and greatest being created by God.” The confusion illustrated in these results suggests a dire need for Christians to be taught Christology, the doctrine of the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Dr. Stephen Nichols, chief academic officer of Ligonier Ministries and president of Reformation Bible College, said:
“Statistics like these from the State of Theology survey can give us quite a shock, but they also shed light on the concerns that many American Christians and churches have expressed for decades. As the culture around us increasingly abandons its moral compass, professing evangelicals are sadly drifting away from God’s absolute standard in Scripture. It’s clear that the church does not have the luxury of idly standing by. This is a time for Christians to study Scripture diligently, engage confidently with people in our culture, and witness fearlessly to the identity and saving work of Jesus Christ in the gospel.”
To help Christians articulate the Bible’s teaching on the person and work of Jesus Christ with accuracy and simplicity, Ligonier Ministries has formulated the Ligonier Statement on Christology. Available in twenty written languages, this statement can be read and downloaded at ChristologyStatement.com.
LifeWay Research surveyed a nationally representative sample of 3,002 adults in the United States, including 630 professing evangelicals. The survey was carried out from March 10 to 18, 2020. More information can be found at TheStateofTheology.com on September 8.
Evangelicals were defined by LifeWay Research as people who strongly agreed with the following four statements:
The Bible is the highest authority for what I believe.
It is very important for me personally to encourage non-Christians to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Jesus Christ’s death on the cross is the only sacrifice that could remove the penalty of my sin.
Only those who trust in Jesus Christ alone as their Savior receive God’s free gift of eternal salvation.
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It’s official: as Powell unveiled moments ago, the Fed is now operating under an explicit Average Inflation Targeting platform, with the Fed seeking inflation that averages 2% over time, a step that implies allowing for periods of overshoots, and assures no rate hikes for years to come (according to BofA simulations, a 2% AIT would mean no rate hikes for up to 42 years). At the same time, the Fed’s shift on maximum employment will allow labor-market gains to run more broadly.
Regarding price pressures, the document says the committee will target “inflation that averages 2% over time” and will aim to bring inflation above the 2% target following periods when inflation runs below that level.
“The maximum level of employment is a broad-based and inclusive goal,” Powell said in a speech delivered virtually for the central bank’s annual policy symposium traditionally held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. “This change reflects our appreciation for the benefits of a strong labor market, particularly for many in low- and moderate-income communities.”
In its statement, the Fed also said its decisions would be informed by its assessment of “shortfalls of employment from its maximum level.” The previous version as Bloomberg notes had referred to “deviations from its maximum level.” The change de-emphasizes previous concerns that low unemployment can cause excess inflation.
To be sure, pragmatic Fed watchers will immediately admit that there is nothing new here: after all the Fed’s implicit core PCE inflation target has already been 2% yet even with a record $7 trillion balance sheet, the Fed failed to hit it for years.
In other words, the Fed failed to even sustainable reach its target, but this time will be different. Yeah right.
But there are bigger problems with AIT: as BofA wrote earlier this week, explicit AIT could also cripple the Fed’s already waning credibility, not least of all because “it would also bring up difficult issues around the appropriate time period to calculate averages and the maximum realized inflation rates the Fed would tolerate while the average climbs higher.” Indeed, the Fed’s credibility is already on the line given:
the market’s pricing of inflation expectations well below 2% for the next 30 years, and
its decade-long miss in achieving its inflation mandate
Additionally, as we discussed on Tuesday, the Fed now needs to reveal the specific time period over which PCE inflation is required to average 2% before beginning a policy normalization (hiking) process. This is a problem, because in simulations conducted by the BofA rates team, it found this could in require the Fed to remain on hold for 42 years!
Rabobank’s Michael Every had a more pragmatic criticism:
Does anyone think this will work to generate inflation and jobs in the US economy? No. Is the cost of borrowing really the problem now? No. Is anybody pricing in a rate hike for at least five years? No. If they were to make that ten years would it make a firm any more likely to hire someone right now? No. Has YCC worked to create reflation in Japan? No. Yes, at the margin it’s USD negative in that it implies future yields would not be allowed to rise even if inflation did: but presumably once (IF!) inflation (and WAGES!) rise sustainably, the Fed will just hold another Jackson Hole speech and change its operating framework again.
But the best explanation why AIT could be a disaster comes from none other than the Fed itself which in a January report titled “Raising the Inflation Target: Lessons from Japan”, wrote the following:
… in thinking about whether to raise the inflation target to a certain level, central banks need to take into account whether they are able to raise inflation to the new target level. If a new inflation target is too ambitious, and the central bank fails to attain it, the central bank may lose its credibility, which may render less effective any other policies it pursues. Also, the central bank may face the risk of getting trapped in a never-ending monetary accommodation even when real economic activity is strong or when financial stability risks accumulate.
As events in the past decade have shown, the Fed is already trapped in “never-ending monetary accommodation” – the coronavirus pandemic which boosted the Fed’s balance sheet by $3 trillion only made things worse. As for whether a 2% inflation target is too ambitious, well consider that we saw all of this 7 years ago with Bank of Japan in January 2013, when it adopted a higher inflation target in an effort to end chronic deflation. Nearly a decade later it has been an epic disappointment
California Senator and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) will be delivering the official Democratic counter-speech to President Donald Trump’s acceptance speech on Thursday night, as reported by The Hill.
Nancy Pelosi has just joined the chorus of prominent Democrats trying desperately to avoid placing Joe Biden in front of the proverbial firing squad in a debate with President Trump.
“I don’t think that there should be any debates,” Pelosi said on Thursday, one day after President Trump demanded Biden take a drug test before the two square off.
“I wouldn’t legitimize a conversation with him – nor a debate in terms of the presidency of the United States,” she added.
Pelosi said that Trump was “disgraceful” when he ‘stalked’ Hillary Clinton during the 2016 debate by walking near her, and that he will probably “act in a way that is beneath the dignity of the presidency.”
“I think he will also belittle what the debates are supposed to be about. And they’re not to be about skulduggery on the part of somebody who has no respect for the office he holds, much less the democratic process.
“I don’t think that he should dignify that conversation with Donald Trump.”
Pelosi then suggested that each candidate could hold separate ‘conversations’ with voters, saying: “Let that be a conversation with the American people, not an exercise in skulduggery.”
Pelosi is far from the first Democrat trying to avoid a Trump-Biden debate. AsRick Moran wrote via PJMedia earlier this month:
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Democrats around the country have begun to pressure the Biden campaign to call off all debates with Donald Trump due to the coronavirus pandemic, they say.
In truth, the reason they don’t want Biden to debate Trump is that they don’t think Trump will play by their rules. The president would take over the debate and make it about what he wants, not what Biden wants.
Democrats are also worried about Biden’s mental stamina and his ability to remain engaged for an hour and a half during a debate.
Democratic strategists and supporters of Vice President Joe Biden are urging him not to debate President Donald Trump in the lead-up to Election Day, citing Trump’s publicity stunts and disregard for the rules in 2016. Meanwhile Biden backers, including some conservatives, applauded the University of Notre Dame and the University of Michigan for cancelling their scheduled debates over COVID-19 concerns.
Former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart joined several Democratic Party strategists in bluntly advising Biden, “whatever you do, don’t debate Trump.” Speaking on CNN Saturday, Lockhart said Trump shouldn’t be given another platform which will enable him to “repeat lies,” which he said occurred in the 2016 debates against Hillary Clinton.
Trump has a knack for exaggeration and hyperbole that Democrats don’t like. It’s very effective in debates and Biden would spend most of his time on the defensive.
Politifact is a web site run by some left-wing journalists at the Tampa Bay Times. As you might expect from academic studies of media bias, their content might as well be written by the Democrat Party. But it’s not enough to just declare Politifact a Democrat propaganda operation – I need to actually give you details and examples. And so I will, in the rest of this post.
Let’s start with two recent examples, then I’ll show you the worst example of media bias I have ever seen from Politifact.
On Tuesday, Politifact, which purports to be a neutral fact-checking website but in fact leans heavily to the left, got caught protecting a member of the Democratic Party: Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Politifact took issue with the ad from The Senate Leadership Fund, a pro-Republican super PAC, that…