Daily Archives: September 10, 2020

President Trump Holds a Press Conference With COVID-19 Update – Video… — The Last Refuge

Moments ago President Trump concluded a mid-afternoon press conference prior to departing the White House to fly to Michigan.  [Video Below – Transcript will Follow] The primary topic of the press conference is the ongoing status of COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

UPDATE: Video and Transcript Added

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President Trump Holds a Press Conference With COVID-19 Update – Video… — The Last Refuge

Vindman, Not Whistleblower, Was Driving Force Behind Impeachment — Christian Research Network

“Both Vindman and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who led the impeachment proceedings, strenuously resisted any attempt by investigators to discuss who the other individual was, admitting only that it was a member of the “intelligence community,” the same nebulous descriptor used for the whistleblower”.

(Mollie Hemingway – The Federalist)  The most interesting thing about Byron York’s exhaustively reported and richly detailed new impeachment book, “Obsession: Inside the Washington Establishment’s Never-Ending War on Trump,” is that the whistleblower who filed the official complaint that got impeachment rolling isn’t ever identified.

It turns out that the heated discussion over the whistleblower, who was previously identified by Real Clear Investigations as the CIA’s Eric Ciaramella, was a diversion from allowing the American people to understand who was the actual instigator of the failed effort to oust President Donald Trump from office. View article →

Vindman, Not Whistleblower, Was Driving Force Behind Impeachment — Christian Research Network

Records Show Weissmann Special Counsel Team Erased 15 Phones After IG Requested Review… — The Last Refuge

Newly released records [SEE HERE] from a FOIA show the Weissmann/Mueller special counsel team “accidentally” wiped 15 iPhones of data early in 2018 after the phones were requested by the office of inspector general for review.

Mueller’s lead investigator Andrew Weissmann accidentally wiped two phones himself; through a lengthy process of entering the wrong passcode several times over a period of three hours; removing data to show his activity during the special counsel.  Weissmann claimed to have entered the wrong password (takes ten attempts) and that erased all the data.  Greg Andre, a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s criminal division, made the same claim.

Wiping your phone to hide damaging information only works if the other phone you are communicating with wipes the same data.  Guess what happened?  Yup, exactly that.

James Quarles III who worked with Mueller in private practice at the Washington office of Wilmer-Hale, claimed his iPhone magically erased itself.

Before joining the special counsel team Rush Atkinson worked under Andrew Weissmann in the DOJ’s criminal fraud section where he specialized in financial fraud.  Atkinson claims he too entered the wrong password ten times and accidentally erased all the data.

At least twelve other people assigned to the special counsel investigation had similar “phone wiped/erased” issues which blocked the inspector general from his review.

One “accidental” method used repeatedly was to place the iPhone in airplane mode and then lock it without providing the password.  Retrieval attempts then erased all data, and returned to factory settings after unsuccessful passcode entries.

[PDF Link Available Here]

As we have previously mentioned the two-year Weissmann/Mueller special counsel, May 2017 through April 2019, was a continuum of the corrupt DOJ and FBI efforts that originated prior to the 2016 election.  Many of the internal FBI and DOJ officials just transferred from the Clinton email investigation, into the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, and then into the Weissmann/Mueller special counsel investigation.

The corrupt activity within the special counsel tenure was actually worse than the corrupt activity that preceded it.

To give you an idea how difficult it is to wipe the iPhone, watch this video.

This was not done “accidentally”:

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Records Show Weissmann Special Counsel Team Erased 15 Phones After IG Requested Review… — The Last Refuge

At Least 27 Phones from Special Counsel’s Office Were Wiped before DOJ Inspector General Could Review Them — National Review

More than two dozen phones belonging to members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team were wiped clean of data before the Justice Department’s inspector general could comb them for records.

At Least 27 Phones from Special Counsel’s Office Were Wiped before DOJ Inspector General Could Review Them — National Review

09/10/2020 — Wretched

WR2020-0910•A pastor (who points north) speaks about closing until 2021.
•Why does the local church exist?
•Are we doing church to make our neighbors happy?
•Did Jesus ever claim to be God – ummm yeah.
•The entire Bible points to His deity.
•Survey of American Christianity – courtesy of Ligonier.
•52% of Americans say Jesus was a good teacher but not God.
•30% of Evangelicals say Jesus was a good teacher but not God.
•Modern science disproves the Bible – 17% of Evangelicals believe that.
•46% of Evangelicals believe people sin a little, but are good by nature.
•Gender identity is a matter of choice – 22% of evangelicals agree with that statement.
•Why has this fallen apart?

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09/10/2020 — Wretched

News Round-Up and Comment — VCY America

Date:  September 10, 2020  
Host:  Jim Schneider  
MP3 ​​​| Orderhttps://embed.sermonaudio.com/player/a/9102021855101/

The ‘Round-Up’ came one day early this week but that did not mean a shortage of stories.  Here’s a sample of what Jim presented to listeners:

–President Trump announced that Serbia and Kosovo have normalized economic ties as part of a U.S.-brokered talk that include Belgrade moving its Israeli embassy  to Jerusalem. 

–President Trump publicly added some 20 names to his list of candidates for the Supreme Court. 

–The Atlantic editor has conceded that the central claim of his Trump hit-piece could be wrong.

–Joe Biden’s former White House stenographer said that the former vice president’s public speaking ability has deteriorated significantly since leaving office to the point where he’s not the same Joe Biden.

–During a meeting with Kenosha, Wisconsin, community leaders, Joe Biden said that a black man rather than Thomas Edison invented the light bulb.

–Minnesota Republican nominee Jason Lewis said that even a state with as liberal a track record as Minnesota is shifting ground.

–Former Obama CIA Director John Brennan set up his own secret task force to investigate Donald Trump before the FBI began its Russian collusion probe according to investigative reporter Paul Sperry. 

–Mark Meadows said additional documents spell real trouble for the top FBI officials from the Obama administration probe of Trump-Russian collusion.

–Adam Schiff says he has yet another ‘whistle-blower’ complaint, alleging that officials at the White House and the Department of Homeland Security suppressed intelligence reports of Russian election interference.

–Liberal billionaire George Soros funding a multi-million dollar effort to turn out women voters for Democrats in battleground states. 

–The American Association of Physicians and Surgeons is contending that the FDA cares more about its power over drug stockpiles than the lives of Americans. 

–Sandra Whittington was a resident of Shelby County, Tennessee, and their local health department reported that she tested positive for COVID-19 after taking the test June 20th.  The problem is that she passed away during hospice care on February 16th after a battle with COPD.  Her death certificate said she died from COPD but she received a letter dated August 20th that she died from coronavirus. 

–A rash of false positive coronavirus tests has led the University of Arizona to issue an apology to student athletes who claimed to have COVID-19 but did not.

–A new study concerning the Sturgis motorcycle rally alleges that the event resulted in hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 cases.  South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has labeled the report as science fiction.

–Joe Biden admitted his own COVID-19 national mask mandate proposal is not constitutional.

News Round-Up and Comment — VCY America

Degrading, Vile Agendas to Hyper-Sexualize Children — David Fiorazo

There’s a monument that represents decades of systemic exploitation, adultery, homosexuality, rape, pedophilia, ritual abuse of women and children, Satanism, narcissism, witchcraft, violence, and anti-Christian values. The Hollywood sign. 

This world-famous idol is a sign of pride, celebrating sin, perversion, rebellion, glitz, glamour & godlessness. But there are no movements to tear down this monument. Maybe there should be.

Coming up, a report on the entertainment industry normalizing pornography, rape, sex, abortion, and vulgarity starring Netflix, Cardi B, HBO, and yes, Disney.

First, you may have heard Netflix is releasing a French film called Cuties, that centers around 11-year-olds on a twerking dance team, lying, and stealing. Cuties features a cast of children and an NC-17 rating due to sexual content. Did I mention we’re talking about 11-year-olds?

Was this a PR stunt? Netflix must have predicted the backlash from pro-family organizations and mothers for sexualizing little girls and showing children dressed provocatively and dancing suggestively. It’s offensive.

Remember when we reported on Pepsi Co. pushing the envelope at the NFL Super Bowl Halftime Sex Show in February? At least most performers were adults but it featured plenty of hip thrusting, booty shaking, tongue-wagging, crotch grabbing, and Jennifer Lopez showing young girls how to strip and pole dance.

Don’t you think this degrades women and makes them sex objects? Me Too.

Because Netflix knows that not enough people file complaints, they promoted the new film, Cuties with a very sexualized movie poster featuring pre-teen girls wearing scantily-clad dance uniforms posing in sexually provocative positions. This is the same streaming service that gave us another controversial series which glorified sex, violence, and suicide; 13 Reasons Why.

Now exploiting children, Cuties is being released this week.

Next, Disney has a new series, The Owl House, where the lead character is a 14-year-old girl who not only wants to become a witch – but is a bisexual. The series introduces kids to demons, witches, and sorcery – something the Magic Kingdom has been doing for nearly a century – while inundating their young minds with secular worldviews that reflect the current culture.

The main character, Luz, decides to skip summer camp where her mother sent her, and pursue her dream of becoming a witch. The show makes light of hell and the dangers of the demonic realm. But it’s Disney, so…

Over on HBO, ‘Unpregnant‘ is a new movie that encourages secret abortions for minors. Unpregnant is about a teenage girl on a road trip to get an abortion. I wish I were joking. It’s allegedly a comedy hoping to bring humor to child sacrifice and, in the words of its writer, “make people more comfortable with the subject of abortion.”

Stereotypical of Hollywood, the child avoids going to her “Jesus Freak” Catholic parents for help, and she decides to commit an abortion on her own. The twist is that due to strict abortion laws in her state, a friend goes with her on a thousand-mile journey.

Writing at USA Today, Dave Pivonka and Maureen Ferguson said they were shocked when they saw the trailer for Unpregnant, adding:

Most people have had the moral decency to recognize the seriousness of the decision for the woman, if not for the unborn child; … the makers of this film want us to forget about the human tragedy at the heart of abortion. They want to mask it with laughter… so we don’t see the heartbreak, tears, grief and guilt that plague so many post-abortive women, not to mention the loss of innocent life that accompanies every abortion.

I agree with them, and the pro-abortion movement doesn’t want it to be a morally serious issue. Some have even compared it to going to the dentist.

But human life and human dignity matter and we shouldn’t be surprised by Hollywood trying to undermine the sanctity of life. The writers offer a great reminder: pray for every teenage girl and every woman who feels she has no choice but an abortion.

And speaking of normalizing sin and calling evil good, rapper Cardi B is defending her new song about female genitalia as normal.

To give you an idea of what today’s kids are listening to, Cardi B’s controversial hit, “WAP,” has topped the charts in the last several weeks, but I cannot even tell you the lyrics. That’s how disgusting this song is. Words like vulgar, explicit, depraved, and pornographic might begin to describe it.
In a recent interview, the famous rapper said that to her, this kind of music is normal, and people need to cast off all restraint and follow their urges and desires.

“Everybody gets horny, everybody gets a little tingle down there, you know what I’m saying. Just embrace it. Don’t be scared about it.”

Just do it. Follow your instincts. Millions have watched her vile video in the first two weeks and, wanting to appear hip to the rap world, Joe Biden chose Cardi B as one of the few people to do a softball interview with him.

Cardi B is on the top of the world and she’s deceived to think her warped worldview is normal. She and other pop stars need Jesus but they don’t even know it.

For PluggedIn, Adam Holz writes:

Cardi B isn’t afraid to have conversation about sex with the millions of people watching and listening to her; We need to take a page from Cardi’s playbook and be similarly bold in helping our children understand that sex between a married couple is indeed a good, beautiful and pleasurable bond—as well as articulating the deep and lasting damage that can come from embracing a worldview that confuses self-exploitation with empowerment.

Like J-Lo, Gaga, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, and many female pop stars today, Cardi B’s songs often emphasize a woman’s sexuality as a primary aspect of her identity; it’s a way to derive power. And that’s what’s being sold to young girls.

The Bible says:

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8)

We’ve only covered a few examples of the garbage being produced today and many parents find out too late. The danger is these immoral attitudes and behaviors influence children who want to be like celebrities. Beware of music, media and the mind.

Video courtesy of Freedom Project Media

Degrading, Vile Agendas to Hyper-Sexualize Children — David Fiorazo

BUSTED! Biden Press Secretary Deflects – Won’t Answer if Joe Biden Is Using TelePrompter During Q-and-A Sessions With Reporters (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

They can’t answer because everyone knows it’s true!
Joe Biden is in such a depleted mental state that his campaign is loading questions and answers on his TelePrompter during his interviews with liberal media reporters.

It’s happened over and over and over again.

Bret Baier asked Biden Press Secretary TJ Ducklo to answer if it is true what everyone was seeing with their own eyes. TJ Ducklo ducked and weaved but would not answer the question.

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They can’t deny it.

BUSTED! Biden Press Secretary Deflects – Won’t Answer if Joe Biden Is Using TelePrompter During Q-and-A Sessions With Reporters (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Breaking! Judge rules John MacArthur And Grace Church May NOT hold Indoor Services this Sunday — Protestia

L.A. County officials are celebrating after L.A. County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff sided with the public health officials hell-bent on shutting down Grace Community Church (GCC), giving the adversarial officials a win after a string of losses against the Church.

The judge overseeing the case ruled Thursday that the MacArthur-led megachurch would be barred from having indoor services this coming Sunday, as well as every other Sunday for the foreseeable future, arguing that the church being open is an “immediate threat to public health and safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

With the county obtaining a preliminary injunction, it means that GCC cannot meet indoors until it is resolved, but may still meet outside, so long as they socially distance, wear face masks, and meet in smaller groups. Judge Beckloff wrote in his decision:

While the court is mindful that there is no substitute for indoor worship in the ‘spiritual refuge’ of a sanctuary, the court cannot ignore the County Health Order does not dictate a ban on worship…

[Furthermore] The potential consequences of community spread of COVID-19 and concomitant risk of death to members of the community, associated and unassociated with the church, outweighs the harm that flows from the restriction on indoor worship caused by the county health order.

While both he and Judge James Chalfant had denied four of the county’s previous bids for a temporary restraining order against the church, the county was able to persuade them on the fifth time. He writes:

“The county persuasively argues congregants of the church are not isolated amongst themselves, but circulate within the county outside of their times together in religious worship. All citizens of the community therefore — even those who do not worship at the church — would be at risk of infection through community spread.”

The order also requires that GCC allow public health officials into their church and onto their property to carry out inspections and ensure the church is in compliance. According to court documents, the church has not allowed them to do this up to this point. 

There have been no updates yet or comment from Special Counsel Jenna Ellis of the Thomas More Society, who is representing MacArthur and the Church.

Pray for Grace Community Church and the wisdom of the elder board. 

Breaking! Judge rules John MacArthur And Grace Church May NOT hold Indoor Services this Sunday — Protestia

President Trump Impromptu Remarks at Joint Base Andrews – Video and Transcript… — The Last Refuge

Earlier today President Trump delivered impromptu remarks to the media and took questions as he departed from joint base Andrews. [Video and Transcript Below]

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[Transcript] –  THE PRESIDENT: So, we’re going to Michigan, where we have tremendous economic activity. The governor should open up the state, open up the schools, play Big 10 football; we want them to do that. Big 10 is looking very strongly at opening up their season, but we’re not getting any cooperation from the governor of Michigan.

We have — we need some cooperation also from North Carolina, the governor of North Carolina. Tremendous economic activity; auto plants opening up, auto plants being expanded. Michigan is doing really well. They had the best year in their history last year. And when the plague came in, we had to shut it down and then open it up. But the problem with a few states is governors — Democrat governors all — are not opening up, and they have to open up.

So we look forward to a good time. I hear we have a big crowd, like we had in Pennsylvania, frankly, and North Carolina and everywhere we go — New Hampshire. We’re having very big crowds. And we’re going to have a big crowd. I understand a very big one in Michigan when we land; we’re doing it at the hangars in the airport. So we’ll see you there.

Anybody have any questions?

Q Mr. President, have you seen the whistleblower report? Have you seen the whistleblower report?

THE PRESIDENT: No, I haven’t seen it. Is that another fake whistleblower, like the one we had? I mean, we had one — a whistleblower — who wrote a totally different report than my conversation. So, you know, it sounds like a Schiff. Who’s the whistleblower? Schiff?

Q No, it’s a — it’s an official at DHS who says that intelligence reports were manipulated to make you look better.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I can’t imagine that, but you’ll have to ask the Secretary. I will say this: If it’s anything like the last whistleblower report, which was a joke, which was a fake, and frankly, how he gets away — how he even got away with it is disgusting, if he actually did get away with it. We’ll find out about that.

But these are fake reports. I will tell you, I’m not referring to a new one. You’re just telling me that for the first time. The whistleblower report that we had was totally different than the conversation that it covered. It was a fake report. So this is politics, and it’s a disgrace.

But ask Chad Wolf. He’s the one that would know something about it.

Q On TikTok, can you tell us how much closer you are? Do you have bids to —

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, TikTok is moving along. We’ll see what happens. It’ll either be closed up or they’ll sell it. So we’ll either close up TikTok in this country for security reasons, or it’ll be sold.

Q Will you extend the deadline if there are negotiations?

THE PRESIDENT: I’m not extending deadlines, no. It’s September 15th. There’ll be no extension of the TikTok deadline.

Q Did you share classified information about a nuclear weapons system with Woodward? What were you talking about when you talked about that?

THE PRESIDENT: No, we have great, great weaponry. No, I’m not talking about classified; I’m talking about what we build. We’re building great weaponry. Our military is stronger now than it’s ever been. We spent $2.5 trillion on our military over the last three, three and a half years. And we now have new rockets and missiles. And, frankly, our nuclear — we have to hope to God we never have to use it — but our nuclear now is in the best shape it’s been in decades.

Q But you mentioned a system that nobody knows about during your conversations with him.

THE PRESIDENT: There are systems that nobody knows about, including you, and we have some systems that nobody knows about. And, frankly, I think I’m better off keeping it that way. We have some incredible systems.

Q Mr. President, what did you mean when you said you “saved MBS’s ass” to Woodward? What did you mean when you said you saved him?

THE PRESIDENT: Who are you talking about?

Q Mohammed bin Salman.

THE PRESIDENT: Oh, I don’t know. You’ll have to figure that out yourself.

Yeah, go ahead.

Q Are you going to have to take executive action since Congress has —

THE PRESIDENT: You have to talk louder, really.

Q Congress hasn’t passed a stimulus bill. There’s no stimulus bill.

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t know.

Q It looks like it’s off the table.

THE PRESIDENT: Right now, the Democrats don’t want to pass it. They don’t want to help, really, the workers of our country. They didn’t deserve this. This was given to us by China.

But Nancy Pelosi and Schumer don’t want to pass a stimulus bill because they think that helps me in the election. I don’t think it helps me at all. We are prepared to pass stimulus for people that need it. Again, it wasn’t their fault; it was China’s fault. So we’re prepared to do it, but I have a feeling the Democrats won’t do it.

In the meantime, our economy is very good. We’re in a “super V.” We’re doing numbers that were — are much better than anybody ever thought possible.

We had the best four months of hiring that we’ve ever had — I guess it was 10.4 million people — in the history of our country. Our retail numbers, as you saw, came out. They’re record-setting retail numbers. Our country is doing really well. We’re going to have a great third quarter. And next year will be one of the best economic years we’ve ever had.

And again, I’m going to Michigan, where we have car plants, where we have expansion of plants. They’re going to have a fantastic year, next year. The one problem with Michigan: the governor has to open up the state. Okay?

President Trump Impromptu Remarks at Joint Base Andrews – Video and Transcript… — The Last Refuge

President Trump MAGA Rally, Freeland Michigan – 7:00pm Livestream — The Last Refuge

Tonight President Trump heads to Freeland Michigan for a campaign stop at Avflight Saginaw. The anticipated start time is 7:00pm ET. Livestream Links Below:

Donald Trump Livestream Link – RSBN Livestream Link – Fox News Livestream Link

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President Trump MAGA Rally, Freeland Michigan – 7:00pm Livestream — The Last Refuge

September 10 What, Lord?

 

2 Corinthians 1:7

Our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.

During stormy weather, when the strong winds blow, the roots of plants actually dig down deeper. Then when the calm days return, the new roots provide a deeper foundation for new growth. That is the way it should be with us. What we receive from disruptive moments depends upon how we respond.

The right question is never, “Why, Lord?” It is always, “What, Lord? What do You want to teach me through this disruptive moment? Take me around and through the bend in the road as my Teacher. Don’t let me miss anything that You want me to see and learn.”

Dear friend, if you face a disruptive moment with any other perspective than that, it will just be a bump in the road that bounces you all over the highway. When it is over you will just be sore, and you won’t be any better. Purpose now, before you get to the bends in the road, that you will respond in a way that produces more of God’s will in your life. [1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 265). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

September 10th The D. L. Moody Year Book

 

Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.—Ephesians 4:25.

WE have got nowadays so that we divide lies into white lies and black lies, society lies, business lies, and so on. The Word of God knows no such letting-down of the standard. A lie is a lie, no matter what are the circumstances under which it is uttered, or by whom. I have heard that in Siam they sew up the mouth of a confirmed liar. I am afraid if that was the custom in this land, a good many would suffer.

Parents should begin with their children while they are young and teach them to be strictly truthful at all times. There is a proverb: “A lie has no legs.” It requires other lies to support it. Tell one lie and you are forced to tell others to back it up.[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. 159–160). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

September 10, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

1  Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
2  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ps 51:1–2). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.


1 In desperate need of divine forgiveness, sinners can do nothing but cast themselves on God’s mercy. The verb “have mercy” (ḥonnēnî) occurs frequently in psalms of lament (cf. 4:1; 6:2; 31:9; 41:4, 10; 56:1; 86:3). The same root (ḥnn) is used in the priestly benediction “and be gracious to you” (Nu 6:25). When sin disrupts a sinner’s fellowship with the covenantal Lord, he or she has no right to divine blessings. But the Lord has promised to forgive, and his forgiveness is based solely on his love and compassion (Ex 34:6–7); therefore, the psalmist appeals to the Lord’s “love” (ḥesed) and “great compassion” (cf. 25:6; Isa 63:7; La 3:32; Lk 18:13; 1 Pe 1:3).

2 Forgiveness is an act of divine grace whereby sin is blotted out and sinners are “cleansed” by the washing away of their sins (vv. 2, 7, 9; cf. Ex 32:32; Nu 5:23; Ps 32:2). The OT sacrifices and ritual washing symbolized the removal of sin and renewal of fellowship with the Lord. The sacrifices by themselves could not effect so great a salvation (v. 16), but God is free to give his grace to whomever he wants. The prayer is for forgiveness and cleansing.[1]


1–2 The psalmist begins with a series of pleas in the imperative voice: have mercy, blot out, wash, make clean, introducing language about cleansing that will run throughout the psalm. The psalmist’s imperatival pleas are grounded in the essential character of God’s being: according to your hesed and the greatness of your compassion (raḥamîm) (v. 1). The psalmist seeks cleansing from my transgressions (pešaʿ), my guilt (ʿāwōn), and my sin (ḥaṭṭāʾt̠). The three are the words used most often in the biblical text to describe acts against God and humanity, and they are often found in parallel construction in Hebrew poetry. In Psalm 51, the words occur in vv. 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, and 13. While each word has a basic root meaning—pāšaʿ means “go against, to rebel,” ʿāwâ means “bend, twist,” and ḥāṭāʾ means “miss a mark or goal,” attempting to define each as a particular kind of action or attitude is not productive. Psalm 51 opens, then, with a piling up of pleas for cleansing and of words describing the past action of the psalmist.[2]


David cries for mercy out of the anguish of his heart. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion, blot out my transgressions (v. 1). Realising his own great need, he calls for God’s gracious act of mercy towards him. This is a prayer that David uses on various other occasions at the beginning of psalms (see Pss. 56, 57, and 86). The basis for his cry is God’s unfailing love (Hebrew, chésed). This word carries with it the idea of absolute commitment. God had revealed himself to Moses as: ‘The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness’ (Exod. 34:6). He would not go back on that word, and David accordingly pleads for a fresh visitation of mercy for himself. The second part of verse 1 parallels ‘great compassion’ with ‘unfailing love’, and ‘blot out my transgressions’ with ‘have mercy’. Because he was conscious of his ‘great’ sin, he recognises that he needs ‘great’ compassion. The verb ‘blot out’ has the idea of wiping a dish clean, or removing something completely.

The next verse repeats the call for mercy but uses other terms: Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin (v. 2). The verb ‘wash’ is preceded in Hebrew by a form of the verb ‘to be many’, which some think means that David is praying for repeated cleansings. This goes contrary to the context, which suggests a once-for-all act on God’s part, and the verb ‘wash’ is used elsewhere in the Old Testament for the removal of sin (Isa. 1:16; Jer. 2:22; 4:14). Similarly, the word ‘cleanse’ is used of a declaration that the priest made over the cleansed leper (Lev. 13:6, 34). Only God can declare the sinner clean.

The cluster of words in these first two verses is remarkable. It contains a rich vocabulary of language relating to sin and forgiveness. To describe his (and our) relationship to God, David uses:

transgression: rebellious actions against authority;

iniquity: what is crooked or bent;

sin: missing the mark;

have mercy: a request that speaks of graciousness beyond expectation;

unfailing love: the term of covenantal commitment;

compassion: the word describing the tenderest love;

blot out: complete removal;

wash away: used of scrubbing clothes and removing all stains;

cleanse: a ritual term for pronouncing someone clean.[3]


51:1–2 / The opening petitions draw attention to the immediate need, using several synonyms for sin: transgressions (rebellion against a norm that defines a relationship), iniquity (crookedness or perversion), and sin (missing a mark, illustrated in Judg. 20:16). The attitude sought from God is mercy, and the actions sought are that he should blot out (as in blotting out a name from a book, see 9:5; 69:28; 109:13–14; Exod. 32:32–33; Deut. 29:20; in reference to “transgressions” see Isa. 43:25; 44:22; cf. Neh. 4:5), wash (the Hb. text adds “frequently” or “copiously”), and cleanse (the same verb used for “pronouncing clean” in priestly literature). Special appeal is made to the divine attributes of love (Hb. ḥesed) and compassion.[4]


51:1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love … blot out my transgressions. God’s “unfailing love” (hesed) is the basis of God’s mercy. Note the structure of the verse, which involves a chiasm, the verbal clauses (A and A′) and the adverbial modifiers (B and B′) appearing in crisscross positions:

A    Have mercy on me, O God,

B     according to your unfailing love;

B′    according to your great compassion

A′   blot out my transgressions.

51:2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. The verb translated as “wash away” is used of washing clothing and denotes the “treading” that one would do when washing laundry (cf. Jer. 2:22). More often in the Old Testament it refers to sacramental cleansing (Lev. 15). “Cleanse” refers to a sacramental cleansing that turns something defiled into something pure, usually accomplished by ritual washing and/or sacrifice. The three verbs of forgiveness in verses 1 and 2 (“blot out,” “wash,” and “cleanse”) are repeated in reverse order in verses 7 and 9.[5]


1. It is worthy our closest observation, in the very opening of this Psalm, and the subject connected with it, that at least nine months had passed by, after David’s falling into the foul crimes of adultery and murder before any remorse seems to have taken place in his mind; nay, so far from it, that when Nathan came to him with a message from God, because the man of God veiled his discourse in a parable, David’s heart took no alarm, and though alive to punish the man that had taken his neighbour’s lamb, never thought of himself having taken his neighbour’s wife, and having also caused him to be murdered. Alas! how doth sin harden? 2 Sam. 12:5–7. We have here the devout actings of the soul, when awakened by grace to a sense of sin: all that we meet with, verse by verse, serves but to shew the stirrings of a distressed, conscious, guilty soul, in the recollection of his foul ingratitude to God, and his base dishonesty to man.[6]


Ver. 1.—Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness. It is observable that the whole psalm is addressed to God (Elohim), and not to Jehovah (the “Lord” in ver. 15 is Adonai), as though the psalmist felt himself unworthy to utter the covenant-name, and simply prostrated himself as a guilty man before his offended Maker. It is not correct to say that “loving-kindness implies a covenant” (Cheyne), since God is “good to all, and his tender mercies are over all his works” (Ps. 145:9). According unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. David’s first prayer is for pity; his second, to have his offences “blotted out,” or “wiped out”—entirely removed from God’s book (comp. Exod. 32:32; Isa 43:25; 44:22). He says “my transgressions,” in the plural, because “his great sin did not stand alone—adultery was followed by treachery and murder” (Canon Cook).

Ver. 2.—Wash me throughly from mine iniquity. Wash me, as a fuller washes a fouled garment (πλῦνον, LXX., not υίψον), not as a man washes his skin. And cleanse me from my sin. “Transgressions,” “iniquity,” “sin,” cover every form of moral evil, and, united together, imply the deepest guilt (comp. vers. 3, 5, 9, 14).[7]


1. Have mercy upon me. David begins, as I have already remarked, by praying for pardon; and his sin having been of an aggravated description, he prays with unwonted earnestness. He does not satisfy himself with one petition. Having mentioned the loving-kindness of the Lord, he adds the multitude of his compassions, to intimate that mercy of an ordinary kind would not suffice for so great a sinner. Had he prayed God to be favourable, simply according to his clemency or goodness, even that would have amounted to a confession that his case was a bad one; but when he speaks of his sin as remissible, only through the countless multitude of the compassions of God, he represents it as peculiarly atrocious. There is an implied antithesis between the greatness of the mercies sought for, and the greatness of the transgression which required them. Still more emphatical is the expression which follows, multiply to wash me. Some take הרבה, herebeh, for a noun, but this is too great a departure from the idiom of the language. The sense, on that supposition, would indeed remain the same, That God would wash him abundantly, and with multiplied washing; but I prefer that form of expression which agrees best with the Hebrew idiom. This, at least, is certain from the expression which he employs, that he felt the stain of his sin to be deep, and to require multiplied washings. Not as if God could experience any difficulty in cleansing the worst sinner, but the more aggravated a man’s sin is, the more earnest naturally are his desires to be delivered from the terrors of conscience. The figure itself, as all are aware, is one of frequent occurrence in Scripture. Sin resembles filth or uncleanness, as it pollutes us, and makes us loathsome in the sight of God, and the remission of it is therefore aptly compared to washing. This is a truth which should both commend the grace of God to us, and fill us with detestation of sin. Insensible, indeed, must that heart be which is not affected by it![8]


51:1, 2. Appeal

The opening plea, have mercy, is the language of one who has no claim to the favour he begs. But steadfast love is a covenant word. For all his unworthiness, David knows that he still belongs; cf. the paradox of the prodigal’s words, ‘Father … I am no more worthy to be called thy son.’ Coming closer still, he appeals to God’s tender warmth, in the second word for mercy, an emotional term, used in, e.g., Genesis 43:30 when Joseph’s ‘heart’, or inmost being, yearned for his brother. It is akin to the New Testament’s visceral word for being ‘moved with compassion’.

1b, 2. But there is more to forgiveness than a tender spirit. The accusing record of the sin remains, and the pollution clings. The plea, blot out, means ‘wipe away’, like the writing from a book (cf. Exod. 32:32; Num. 5:23). Only the gospel could reveal at what cost ‘the bond which stood against us’ could be blotted out (cf. Col. 2:14). The companion metaphor, wash me thoroughly, uses a verb normally connected with the laundering of clothes, as if David is comparing himself to a foul garment needing to be washed and washed. The thought is still primarily of the guilt that makes him unfit for God’s presence or God’s people (cf. the potent object-lessons in Lev. 15). He will dwell on the more inward aspect of cleansing in verses 6–12.[9]


51:1–2. Have mercy on me

The psalmist starts by appealing to God for help. The niv represents the chiastic structure (A B B′ A′) of the first verse. The first and last cola (A and A′) make the appeal, while the middle cola (B and B′) state the basis on which the appeal is made. The psalmist begins by asking God to adopt a merciful attitude towards him, and he ends the verse by requesting a specific action emanating from that attitude, that is, to blot out his transgression. Although the title would identify that transgression as David’s adultery with Bathsheba, the psalm does not specify, because this psalm is a template for others to use David’s prayer as their own. The psalmist grounds the appeal not in anything that he has done, but rather in the character of God, who exhibits unfailing love (ḥesed, a word that could also be translated ‘loyalty’) and great compassion. Both of these characteristics are grounded in the covenant that God made with Israel and are cited in God’s great statement of self-definition found in Exodus 34:6 and elsewhere. Verse 2 continues the appeal for God to remove the psalmist’s transgression, this time using the metaphor of washing. Sin has made him dirty, and he wants to be clean.[10]


Verse 1.—“Have mercy upon me, O God.” I tremble and blush to mention my name, for my former familiarities with thee only make me more confounded at being recognised by thee after my guilt. I therefore say not, “Lord, remember David,” as on a happier occasion; nor as propitiating thee, I used to say, to thy “servant,” or, “to the son of thy handmaid.” I suggest nothing that should recall my former relation to thee, and so enhance my wickedness. Ask not, then, Lord, who I am, but only forgive me who confess my sin, condemn my fault, and beseech thy pity. “Have mercy upon me, O God.” I dare not say my God, for that were presumption. I have lost thee by sin, I have alienated myself from thee by following the enemy, and therefore am unclean. I dare not approach thee, but standing afar off and lifting up my voice with great devotion and contrition of heart, I cry and say, “Have mercy upon me, O God.”—FromA Commentary on the Seven Penitential Psalms, chiefly from ancient sources.” By the Right Rev. A. P. Forbes, Bishop of Brechin, 1857.

Verse 1.—“Have mercy.” The Hebrew word here translated have mercy, signifieth without cause or desert; Psalm 35:19; 69:4; Ezekiel 14:23; and freely, without paying any price, Exodus 21:11. And it is made use of in Lev. 6:8, where Noah is said to have found grace in the eyes of the Lord, that is special favour, such as the Lord beareth to his chosen in Christ Jesus.—Charles de Coetlogon, A.M., inThe Portraiture of the Christian Penitent,” 1775.

Verse 1.—“Mercy,” “lovingkindness,” “tender mercies.” I cannot but observe here, the gradation in the sense of the three words made use of, to express the divine compassion, and the propriety of the order in which they are placed, which would be regarded as a real excellence and beauty in any classical writer. The first, חָנֵּנִי, denotes that kind of affection which is expressed by moaning over any object that we love and pity that στοργὴ, natural affection and tenderness, which even brute creatures discover to their young ones, by the several noises which they respectively make over them; and particularly the shrill noise of the camel, by which it testifies its love to its foal. The second, כְּחַסְדֶּךָ, denotes a strong proneness, a ready, large, and liberal disposition to goodness and compassion powerfully prompting to all instances of kindness and bounty; flowing as freely and plentifully as milk into the breasts, or as waters from a perpetual fountain. This denotes a higher degree of goodness than the former. The third, רַחֲמֶיךָ, denotes what the Greeks express by σπλαγχνίζεσθαι; that most tender pity which we signify by the moving of the heart and bowels, which argues the highest degree of compassion of which human nature is susceptible. And how reviving is the belief and consideration of these abundant and tender compassions of God to one in David’s circumstances, whose mind laboured under the burthen of the most heinous complicated guilt, and the fear of the divine displeasure and vengeance!—Samuel Chandler.

Verse 1.—“According to the multitude.” Men are greatly terrified at the multitude of their sins, but here is a comfort—our God hath multitude of mercies. If our sins be in number as the hairs of our head, God’s mercies are as the stars of heaven; and as he is an infinite God, so his mercies are infinite; yea, so far are his mercies above our sins, as he himself is above us poor sinners. By this that the Psalmist seeketh for multitude of mercies, he would show how deeply he was wounded with his manifold sins, that one seemed a hundred. Thus it is with us, so long as we are under Satan’s guiding, a thousand seem but one; but if we betake ourselves to God’s service, one will seem a thousand.—Archibald Symson.

Verse 1.—“Tender mercies,” or, according to Zanchy in his treatise upon the attributes of God, such a kind of affection as parents feel when they see their children in any extremity. 1 Kings 3:26.—Charles de Coetlogon.

Verse 1.—“Blot out my transgressions.” מְתֵה, mecheh, wipe out. There is reference here to an indictment: the Psalmist knows what it contains; he pleads guilty, but begs that the writing may be defaced; that a proper fluid may be applied to the parchment, to discharge the ink, that no record of it may ever appear against him: and this only the mercy, lovingkindness, and tender compassions of the Lord can do.—Adam Clarke.

Verse 1.—“Blot out my transgressions.” What the Psalmist alludes to is not, as Mr. LeClerc imagines, debts entered into a book, and so blotted out of it when forgiven; but the wiping or cleansing of a dish, so as nothing afterwards remains in it. The meaning of the petition is, that God would entirely and absolutely forgive him, so as that no part of the guilt he had contracted might remain, and the punishment of it might be wholly removed.—Samuel Chandler.

Verse 1.—“Blot out,” or, as it is used in Exod. 17:14, utterly extirpate, so as that there shall not be any remembrance of them for ever. Isaiah 43:25; 44:22.—Charles de Coetlogon.

Verse 1.—“My transgressions.” Conscience, when it is healthy, ever speaks thus: “My transgressions.” It was not the guilt of them that tempted you: they have theirs; but each as a separate agent, has his own degree of guilt. Yours is your own: the violation of your own and not another’s sense of duty; solitary, awful, unshared, adhering to you alone of all the spirits of the universe.—Frederick William Robertson.

Verses 1, 2.—“Transgressions” … “iniquity” … “sin.” 1. It is transgression, פֶּשַׁע, pesha, rebellion. 2. It is iniquity, עָוֹן, avon, crooked dealing. 3. It is sin, חַטָּאת, chattath, error and wandering.—Adam Clarke.

Verse 2.—“Wash me.” David prays that the Lord would wash him; therefore sin defiles, and he was made foul and filthy by his sin; and to wash him much, and to rinse and bathe him, to show that sin had exceedingly defiled him and stained him both in soul and body, and made him loathsome, and therefore he desireth to be washed, and cleansed, and purged from the pollution of sin. Hence we may learn what a vile, filthy, and miserable thing sin is in the sight of God: it staineth a man’s body, it staineth a man’s soul, it maketh him more vile than the vilest creature that lives: no toad is so vile and loathsome in the sight of man, as a sinner, stained and defiled with sin, is in the sight of God, till he be cleansed and washed from it in the blood of Christ.—Samuel Smith.

Verse 2.—“Wash me,” etc. כִּבֵס is peculiarly applied to the washing and cleansing of garments as fullers wash and cleanse their cloths. 2 Kings 18:7; Exod. 19:10; Levit. 17:15.—Samuel Chandler.

Verse 2.—“Wash me throughly from mine iniquity.” No other washing will do it but lava tu, wash thou; so foul, as it will need his washing throughly.—Samuel Page, inDavid’s Broken Heart,” 1646.

Verse 2.—“Wash me thoroughly.” Heb. multiply to wash me; by which phrase he implies the greatness of his guilt, and the insufficiency of all legal washings, and the absolute necessity of some other and better thing to wash him, even of God’s grace, and the blood of Christ.—Matthew Pool.

Verse 2.—“Wash me … cleanse me.” But why should David speak so superfluously? use two words when one would serve? For if we be cleansed, what matter is it whether it be by washing or no? Yet David had great reason for using both words; for he requires not that God would cleanse him by miracle, but by the ordinary way of cleansing, and this was washing; he names therefore washing as the means, and cleansing as the end: he names washing as the work a-doing, and cleansing as the work done; he names washing as considering the agent, and cleansing as applying it to the patient; and indeed, as in the figure of the law there was not, so in the verity of the gospel there is not any ordinary means of cleansing, but only by washing; and therefore out of Christ our Saviour’s side there flowed water and blood.—Sir Richard Baker.

Verse 2.—“Cleanse me from my sin.” Observe, it is from the guilt, and not from the punishment, that he thus asks deliverance. That the sword should never depart from his house; that the sin, begun, not only secretly even in its full accomplishment, but far more secretly in the recesses of David’s heart, should be punished before all Israel and before the sun; that the child so dear to David should be made one great punishment of his offence; these things, so far as this Psalm is concerned, might, or might not be. It is of the offence against God; of the defiling, although it were not then so expressly declared, God’s temple by impurity, that David speaks.—Ambrose, in J. M. Neale’s Commentary.

Verse 2.—“Sin.” The original word signifies to miss an aim, as an archer does who shoots short of his mark, beyond, or beside it. It is also used for treading aside, or tripping, in the act of walking. In a spiritual sense it denotes deviation from a rule, whether by omission or commission.—Thomas T. Biddulph, A.M., in Lectures on the Fifty-first Psalm, 1835.

Verse 2.—Sin is filthy to think of, filthy to speak of, filthy to hear or, filthy to do; in a word, there is nothing in it but vileness.—Archibald Symson.[11]


[1] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, p. 434). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] deClaissé-Walford, N., & Tanner, B. (2014). Book Two of the Psalter: Psalms 42–72. In E. J. Young, R. K. Harrison, & R. L. Hubbard Jr. (Eds.), The Book of Psalms (p. 455). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[3] Harman, A. (2011). Psalms: A Mentor Commentary (Vol. 1–2, pp. 398–399). Ross-shire, Great Britain: Mentor.

[4] Hubbard, R. L. J., & Johnston, R. K. (2012). Foreword. In W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston (Eds.), Psalms (p. 227). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[5] Bullock, C. H. (2015). Psalms 1–72. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (Vol. 1, p. 390). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[6] Hawker, R. (2013). Poor Man’s Old Testament Commentary: Job–Psalms (Vol. 4, p. 324). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[7] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Psalms (Vol. 1, p. 394). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[8] Calvin, J., & Anderson, J. (2010). Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Vol. 2, pp. 283–284). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[9] Kidner, D. (1973). Psalms 1–72: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 15, pp. 207–208). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[10] Longman, T., III. (2014). Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary. (D. G. Firth, Ed.) (Vol. 15–16, pp. 219–220). Nottingham, England: Inter-Varsity Press.

[11] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 27-57 (Vol. 2, pp. 408–410). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.

September—10 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

 

Thou hast avouched the Lord this day to be thy God.—And the Lord hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people.—Deut. 26:17, 18.

What a most lovely view doth this scripture hold forth of the solemn transactions between God and his people! What an amazing thought, that the High and Holy One, who inhabiteth eternity, should condescend to propose and confirm such a covenant! and, my soul, dost thou think that, in the charter of grace, sealed as it is in the blood of God’s dear Son, this covenant is less blessed or less sure? Doth not God confirm it in every promise? Is it not read and ratified in every ordinance? And doth not that Holy Spirit of promise set his seal to the whole, “whereby we are sealed unto the day of redemption?” Pause over the blissful subject! Ponder it well, this solemn evening! Surely, every service, every ordinance in the Church of Jesus, becomes a confirmation of the blessed truth. What, indeed, is the gospel itself, but God’s covenant in Christ, avouching himself to be our God, and addressed to the ear? And what is the institution of the Supper, but the same thing addressed to the eye? And when received by faith, both become seals of the covenant, to certify that the Lord this day, by this service, avouches himself that he is, and ever will be our God; and we avouch, by the same, that we are, and ever will be his people. Oh! it is sweet and refreshing at an ordinance, yea, without ordinances, to be looking over, and reviewing continually, those bonds of the covenant. Dost thou not feel an inexpressible joy, and rapture, and delight, to look back on those gracious transactions, which have passed between thee and thy God in Christ? From the first Bethel-visits of the divine love, through the numberless renewals of it, in which thou hast heard his lovely voice speaking to thee again, and saying to thee, as to Jacob of old, “I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me.” (Gen. 31:13.) Yea, Lord! I have done, and still do, and desire everlastingly to be found doing it. It is my daily prayer to avouch thee to be my gracious Lord God in covenant, in the blood and righteousness of Christ! And do thou, my glorious Lord God, avouch me to be among the redeemed of thy people. Surely, Lord, in this charter of grace, thou hast made over thyself, in all thy divine perfections, to be thy people’s. In this royal grant, as the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, “of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,” all thine attributes are pledged for the fulfilment of thy covenant-promises to thy dear Son, and his Church in him. Thy very name, Lord, gives a being to thy engagements, and an assurance of their being fulfilled. Yea, Lord, thou hast given thyself to thy people in Christ, and commanded them to call thee theirs. Begin thy song, my soul, and say, “The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup; he will maintain my lot.” (Psalm 16:5.)[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 265–266). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

September 10 Life-Changing Moments With God

 

I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them.

Lord, You will give me a new heart and put a new spirit within me. Good and upright are You, Lord; therefore You teach sinners in the way. The humble You guide in justice, and the humble You teach Your way. All Your paths, Lord God, are mercy and truth to me if I keep Your covenant and Your testimonies.

Jesus prayed that believers may be one, as You, Father, are in Him, and He in You; that we also may be one in You and Jesus, that the world may believe that You sent Him.

I will walk worthy of the calling with which I was called, with all lowliness and gentleness, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as I was called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in us all.

Lord God, may Your unity, love, and joy characterize Your people. May Your Spirit in us make us Your light in this world.

Jeremiah 32:39; Ezekiel 36:26; Psalm 25:8–10; John 17:21; Ephesians 4:1–6[1]

 

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 273). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

‘Cancel Netflix’ Trends on Twitter After Preteen Twerking Film ‘Cuties’ Debuts

The backlash against streaming giant Netflix continues to escalate around the world over the release of the preteen dance competition film “Cuties,” with the hashtag #CancelNetflix becoming a top trend on Twitter as critics accuse the California company of sexualizing children.

Source: ‘Cancel Netflix’ Trends on Twitter After Preteen Twerking Film ‘Cuties’ Debuts

‘This Is Legitimate Child Porn’: Netflix Under Fire for Explicit ‘Cuties’ Film | Faithwire

The streaming service Netflix is facing a mountain of intense backlash after releasing the controversial film “Cuties.”

Initially, the company was criticized for publishing artwork depicting the French film’s characters — all underage girls — in sexually suggestive poses and revealing outfits. Netflix pulled the poster in late August, claiming at the time its depiction wasn’t representative of the film’s content.

It turns out, Netflix was right: the film is much worse than the poster.

“This is legitimate child porn,” wrote Jason Howerton, a father and conservative media personality, after seeing a brief clip from the film showing the scantily clad, 11-year-old girls performing erotic dance moves. “I am [expletive] raging.”

Unfortunately, Howerton’s description isn’t exaggerated.

According to the IMDb parents guide, the sex and nudity in the movie is “severe.”

“During one of the many highly sexualized [and] erotic dance scenes that purposefully exploit [and] objectify numerous scantily clad under age girls, one of the female child dancers lifts up her cropped top to fully display her bare breast,” reads the database’s parental warning. “This is lawfully defined as pedophilia and can be extremely distressing to many viewers.”

The IMDb guide also includes a “trigger warning,” describing a scene in which one of the prepubescent girls watches a female-led rap video during which “naked women role play through dance both heterosexual [and] lesbian sex acts.” The group of girls then mimic the actions they watched.

Throughout, the film includes “lengthy [and] excessive closeup shots of breasts, bums, and spread crotches of scantily clad 11-year-old girls during numerous sexualized dance routines,” according to the guide.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, while the critic reviews for the film are at an astounding 90% positive, according to Rotten Tomatoes, audience reviews for “Cuties” are only at 6%.

In the hours since the film debuted on Netflix Wednesday, the hashtags #CancelNetflix and #BoycottNetflix have started trending on Twitter.

Here is a sampling of some of the tweets:

Former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grennell asked Thursday whether reporters plan to seek a response to the film from former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, who was appointed to the Netflix board of directors in 2018.

Source: ‘This Is Legitimate Child Porn’: Netflix Under Fire for Explicit ‘Cuties’ Film

Responding To Backlash, Netflix Clarifies Its Content Is ‘Mostly Pedophilia-Free’ — The Babylon Bee

LOS GATOS, CA—Responding to the backlash over the worse-than-you-could-have-ever-imagined film Cuties added to its library this week, Netflix clarified that its content is “mostly not pedophilia.”

“It’s important to remember that our content is mostly pedophilia-free,” the Netflix Twitter account posted in response to the uproar over the movie.

“We assure you, over 93% of the Netflix library is not pedophilia in any way,” a spokesperson said. “Trust us — we just did a thorough review of every movie and show in our catalog, and that’s a pretty good percentage. You can rest easy that over nine out of every ten programs you watch on our program don’t have any pedophilic content.”

The argument persuaded most progressives, who were relieved to find out that most of the content is just fine. Many conservatives were still upset at the service, since they are hateful bigots who are intolerant of things like “sexualizing young girls” and “pedophilia.”

Responding To Backlash, Netflix Clarifies Its Content Is ‘Mostly Pedophilia-Free’ — The Babylon Bee

#CancelNetflix Trends On Twitter After Streaming Service Faces Accusations Of Soft-Core Child Pornography With ‘Cuties’ Movie Of 11-Year Olds Twerking — Now The End Begins

On Thursday, #CancelNetflix trended on Twitter amid a new wave of calls to boycott the streaming service after a scene from the movie Cuties went viral.

Over the past few years, streaming service Netflix has taken a decided left turn with programming featuring a radical left perspective. In 2018, they famously gave Barack and Michelle Obama a $50 million dollar contract to produce agenda-driven propaganda movies. They followed that up with trash like Michelle Wolf doing a ‘celebration of abortion‘ complete with marching band, and the demonic series ‘Messiah‘ which was really promoting Antichrist. I guess the only thing left to do was soft-core child pornography, and they did with ‘Cuties’.

“And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!” Matthew 18:5-7 (KJB)

Obama’s former National Security Advisor Susan Rice sits on the board of Netflix, Barack and Michelle Obama have production deals with Netflix, and yet amazingly not one reporter in the main stream media has thought to ask their opinions on the ‘Cuties’ controversy. Why is that? Why has neither Barack Obama or his wife weighed in on this demonic mess and condemned it? How could such a movie get past the board of directors where Susan Rice sits? Where is the outrage in the media as 11-year old girls are used as sexual objects in a Netflix soft-core porn scene?

Maybe I’m just cynical but it sure looks like all of this is on purpose, that this is the agenda their pushing. I cancelled my Netflix subscription and hope you will do the same. What do you think? Comment below.

‘#CancelNetflix’: Streaming Service Faces New Calls For Boycott After ‘Cuties’ Scene Sexualizing Children Goes Viral

FROM MEDIAITE: The movie, about a group of eleven-year-old girls who form a twerking dance group, previously sparked controversy due to the sexualized poster used by Netflix to promote the movie.

Now, following its Netflix release, a scene from Cuties showing the girls dancing in a sexualized manner for an audience of adults has led to new calls for a boycott. Critics accused Netflix of publishing soft-core child pornography, and said the movie was even worse than previously expected.

  • GRAPHIC WARNING: This Netflix Trailer is graphic. 

Following the previous controversy over the poster, Netflix had apologized in August, declaring, “We’re deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Cuties… It was not OK nor was it representative of this French film which premiered at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description.”

IMDB’s parental advisement guide, however, warns of “severe” sex and nudity in the movie.

“During one of the many highly sexualized & erotic dance scenes that purposefully exploit & objectify numerous scantily clad under age girls, one of the female child dancers lifts up her cropped top to fully display her bare breast. This is lawfully defined as pedophilia and can be extremely distressing to many viewers,” IMDB declares.

The parental advisement guide also warns of eleven-year-old girls mimicking “sexual moves” performed by “naked women” while “the camera zooms in on their sexual body parts as they erotically writher,” and “Female breast nudity of a minor during an erotic dance scene and lengthy & excessive closeup shots of breasts, bums and spread crotches of scantily clad 11 year old girls during numerous sexualized dance routines.” READ MORE

Netflix Movie “Cuties” Criticized As Being Hollywood & Left’s Latest Attempt To Sexualize Girls

The Netflix Movie “Cuties” Is WORSE Than You Think

The Netflix movie “Cuties” which is originally a French movie entitled “Mignonnes” is centered in huge controversy. Eyebrows of people online first raised when Netflix released a promotional poster graphic for the movie back in August. The poster featured girls no older than eleven years old posing provocatively.

#CancelNetflix Trends On Twitter After Streaming Service Faces Accusations Of Soft-Core Child Pornography With ‘Cuties’ Movie Of 11-Year Olds Twerking — Now The End Begins