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The ‘Gender-Feminist/New-Left/Marxist’ Axis Attacks All Civil Society | Zero Hedge

The dynamics established by concepts like intersectionality are a direct threat to any person who lacks a high score on the FLM axis of oppression…

Authored by Wendy McElroy via The Mises Institute,

Gender feminism, the New Left, and Marxism (FLM) are often said to be politically aligned, and, certainly, there is significant overlap. But does a political FLM axis exist?

The answer is important. A surreal dynamic has politicized every crevice of society and decent people now need to defend themselves against groundless accusations of racism, misogyny, and other “hate” crimes in order to keep their jobs, their reputations, and their futures.

An understanding of where the dynamic originates gives them more of a fighting chance. The answer begins with defining FLM and describing their interconnection.

(Of necessity, the ensuing analysis is highly simplified.)

Gender feminism became prominent in the 1970s and ’80s. It is called “gender” feminism because this form of feminism explains the world by dividing men and women into antagonistic classes. Also known as third wave feminism, its ideological successor is sometimes called fourth wave feminism; it focuses on equity for women and minorities, the use of social media as a political weapon, and on intersectionality.

The New Left was a broad coalition of liberals, radicals, and unorthodox Marxists in the 1960s. The word “New” distanced it from pure Marxism and the Old Left which focused on labor. By contrast, the New Left championed cultural causes such as feminism and gay rights. This is a Maoist approach to revolution—a cultural revolution to change “the system” by upending the traditions and institutions upon which everything else rests. That’s why the New Left was sometimes called the counterculture. Social justice emerged in its wake.

Marxism is the theory and practice of communism; it advocates class warfare as a path to a society in which there is no private property and goods are available based on need. The different schools of communism are united by some core beliefs. Two of them: capitalism is exploitation, and people are defined by their class affiliation.

All three movements condemn capitalism and believe that people are their “identity”—their race, for example. “Identity” is now the word preferred over “class” but the words mean basically the same thing. Because class is a fundamental concept to FLM and their successors, examining how it is handled can test how closely they are aligned politically.

A class is a group of people who share a common characteristic that serves the purpose of whoever is doing the grouping. A cancer researcher may group subjects according to types of cancer, for example. FLM all approach class for the purpose of forging ideology and political revolution. They all use relational class analysis, in which a class is defined by its relationship to an institution. Marx used the relationship to ownership of production to divide people into capitalists and workers.

The influential gender feminist Catharine MacKinnon called herself a “post-Marxist feminist.” The word “Marxist” indicated the movement’s embrace of anticapitalism, class warfare, and the redistribution of wealth and power. The “post” means they stumbled over Marx’s class theory of capitalists and workers.

Gender feminists rebelled against this division because men and women were to be found in both categories; this made gender irrelevant to class analysis. And so, while accepting the other basics of Marxism, they used a different dividing line: Are you male or female? In her book Of Woman Born (1976), Adrienne Rich argued that women’s class nemesis is the “social, ideological, political system” through which men control women. Today, this is called “the patriarchy” or male capitalism. Thus feminist class analysis fused with Marxism, giving it an ideological twist as it did so.

The New Left also deviated from Marxist class theory and spoke instead of the “power elite” or the military-industrial state—that is, state capitalism, which they viewed as capitalism itself. The power elite consisted of leaders in the military, business, and politics who manipulated average people into oblivious compliance; this middle class might include many workers, but they had been subsumed by the power elite. The true revolutionary class consisted of radical intellectuals who led marginalized groups, such as minorities or gays, into political battle. Thus the New Left fused with Marxism but put its own spin on class theory.

How do FLM’s successors view class?

Gender feminism’s successor relies heavily on intersectionality, which is a complex form of class analysis. It is the way in which a person’s different identities interconnect to define that person’s level of oppression. For example, a woman is said to be subjugated by men. A black woman is doubly subjugated, by both men and whites, and has a louder voice. A transgendered black woman…and so on. In calculating a person’s total oppression, different aspects of her or his identities are added together. A black male gains points because of his race. A white feminist loses points because her race. But the enemy of them all remains the same—white male capitalism.

The New Left’s successor is social justice, which wants to redistribute wealth, opportunities, and privileges in order to enrich those who are viewed as oppressed. Raising the subjugated, however, requires grinding down white male capitalists, who are responsible for the oppression. One class must lose for the other to gain. This means that the real goal is not equality, but what is known as “equity”—a form of political, social, and economic egalitarianism—which is enforced through the state and by law.

In short, the conclusions of these movements align well with Marxism. It is their methodologies that differ.

Theory is a wonderful thing but—assuming the theory is sound—does it translate into practice? This is akin to asking whether understanding of a problem makes solving it easier. Consider one example.

Those who have not been called racist, sexist, or the product of privilege are living on borrowed time. When the accusation does happen, its mere utterance can threaten livelihoods, reputations, and prospects for the future. If the claim is true, then an apology is due. If it is not, then it is important to understand the context from which such an accuser proceeds, and how she or he views the exchange. They proceed from class analysis, whether consciously held or absorbed from the culture. The exchange is not between two individuals but between two identities with irredeemably antagonistic interests. Reason, appeasement, and proof of innocent are not defenses. Simply by being white, male, or part of some other “privileged” class, the accused is guilty and an act of violence on two legs.

This verdict will not change, because it is foregone.

The dynamics established by concepts like intersectionality are a direct threat to any person who lacks a high score on the FLM axis of oppression. Unfortunately, the way of today’s world means that such concepts cannot receive the treatment they deserve—to be ignored. They need to be understood.

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/markets/gender-feministnew-leftmarxist-axis-attacks-all-civil-society

The Vanity of Ruth Bader Ginsburg – A Biblical Perspective — The Ignorant Fishermen Blog

Beloved, it is never a joyful occasion in the death and passing on of anyone, especially when ETERNITY is in the equation for a son or daughter of Adam (Eccl. 12:13-14, John 3:16-17;36, Rom. 5:11-21, Eph. 2:8-9, Heb. 9:27). Almighty God has testified throughout the years of time since the beginning of His creation to this ETERNAL unchangeable truth and sent His ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Son to be its RIGHTEOUS PROPITIATION and ETERNAL Savior (Gen. 3, Ezek. 18:23; 33:11, John 3:16-17, Rom. 5:12-21, 1 John 4:10, Rev. 13:8)! For before the foundation of the world, Almighty God has ALWAYS had an ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Savior and plan for ALL who sought an existence apart from Him (Gen. 3, Acts 4:12; 17:24-34, Rev. 13:8). 

From Cain to the Anti-Christ and to the rebellious at the end of the thousand-year reign of Jesus; Almighty God, with ALL His ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Person, desires none to be ETERNALLY lost but for ALL be delivered from their unregenerate and fallen sin nature estate!

From Cain to the Anti-Christ and to the rebellious at the end of the thousand-year reign of Jesus; Almighty God, with ALL His ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Person, desires none to be ETERNALLY lost but for ALL be delivered from their unregenerate and fallen estate (John 3:16-17; 36). Jesus shed His RIGHTEOUS blood for ALL of Adam’s fallen race that all would have an ETERNAL RIGHTEOUPROPITIATION for ETERNITY (1 John 4:10)! Tragically, this fallen world – which follows and is addicted to the lawless and unrighteous rebellious bent and course of the greatest destroying tyrant, murderer, and thug of the universe (Matt, 25:41,46; John 8:44, Rom. 1:18-32, Eph. 2:1-2, 2 Thess. 2:10-12, Rev. 20:10-15) – willingly choose an ETERNITY of ruin apart from their ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Creator. They are tragically more than willing to receive the ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS consequences of RIGHTEOUS torment over one in RIGHTEOUSNESS harmony and order with their ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Creator; who loved them and gave Himself for their fallen UNRIGHTEOUS humanity (John 3:16-17)!

Our lives and existence here in time and on planet earth are an ETERNAL testimony to all with what we did with all that we have known about our ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Creator!

Our lives and existence here in time and on planet earth are an ETERNAL testimony to all to what we did with all that we have known about our ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Creator (Rom. 1:18-32, Heb. 9:27). Jesus stated that you will know all men by their fruit and by what they do (Matt. 7:15-20; Rom. 18-32, Gal. 5:19-22, Rev. 22:11). We as fallen humanity are more than knowing when it comes to knowing exactly who our ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Creator is and what He ETERNALLY requires; so in the end, every knee will bow and EVERY tongue confess that Jesus Christ is the ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS LORD of all time and ETERNITY (Psalm 19, Isa. 45:23, Eccl. 12:13-14, Rom. 1:18-32, 14:11, Phil. 2:5-11, 2 Peter 3:4-5, Rev. 20:10-15)!

We as fallen humanity are more than knowing when it comes to knowing exactly who our ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Creator is and what He ETERNALLY requires; so in the end, every knee will bow and EVERY tongue confess that Jesus Christ is the ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS LORD of all time and ETERNITY!

Now dear friends, in light of Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg passing into ETERNITY to give a FULL account to her ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Creator and to her SUPREME ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Judge; nothing is needed to be said about her unrighteous war against her ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Creator for it has been very public for years. Her godless mind, her lawless actions, and her vile passions have testified to all that she absolutely disdained her ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Creator and did all she could to get Him removed from our national public square (Rom. 1:18-32)! Ruth’s deeds and works are abundantly known by all and look now at the violent and godless reaction from her lawless and demonic faithful in the American Left (Rom. 1:32, Jude 1:10)! Indeed, all her efforts in her vain war on Judeo/Christian America, against her ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Creator, and against His moral absolutes and laws have all been ETERNALLY vain and are indeed vanity of vanities! Her little rebellion in time has now come to an ETERNAL end and have been ETERNALLY crushed by the ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Person of Almighty God! The very God who ETERNALLY loved her and died for her ETERNAL well, her PERFECT Lamb in whom she wared against, is now her ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Judge (John 3:16-17, 1 John 4:10)! May RBG’s existence here in time be an ETERNAL warning and lesson to all that whatever drum one beats in this life every beat will be brought before Almighty God to give a FULL account in RIGHTEOUSNESS(Eccl. 12:13-14, John 3:16-17, Rev. 20:11-15)!

Now dear friends, in light of Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg passing into ETERNITY to give a FULL account to her ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Creator and to her SUPREME ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Judge; nothing is even needed to be said about her unrighteous war against her ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Creator!

The Old Testament Book of Ecclesiastes is the tragic biography of Adam’s fallen race (i.e., humanity) told by the wisest of all men, King Solomon. King Solomon possessed it all: wisdom, brilliance, discernment, authority, prestige, riches/ wealth, property/ possessions, power, fame, women, and glory. Amazingly, as he was reflecting on his life in his last days, he made this very sobering and tragic statement: “Vanity of vanities…all is vanity” (Eccl. 1:1-15, 12:7-8).

In possessing all of this stature and achievement, it never satisfied the  ETERNAL void of his heart. All of it did not – and could not – yield peace and contentment. In the end, all of Solomon’s great achievements and pomp could never deliver him in the hour of his death. To Solomon, all indeed was truly dust in the wind…

Dust in the Wind, the title of a song released by the group Kansas in the late 1970s, is a melancholy piece regarding the terrible uncertainties and brevity of earthly existence. There is no certainty, no hope, no expectation, no solution, and no deliverance. The song is painted with pessimistic colors and presents a bleak and tragic picture with absolute abandonment and no salvation to be found. All we are is dust in the wind….
“All we are is dust in the wind…”
What the majority of humanity (and the song) greatly misses is that without Almighty God, our Creator and Sustainer and His righteousness, all is indeed an absolute tragedy, vanity and dust in the wind (Psalm 39:5). My friend, that was never God’s plan and purpose for His creation (Rom. 5:12-21). It is Almighty God’s sincerest desire that all would come to the saving knowledge of His Son Jesus Christ and have ETERNAL LIFE. The Bible states:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16-17)

“Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die…?” (Ezekiel 33:11)

“For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost” (Matt 18:11)

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matt 11:28-30)

Jesus said, “The thief (Satan) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10)

Your existence here in time does not have to end in vanity. Almighty God has a great future plan and purpose for your life.

But as it is written, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him”(1 Cor. 2:9)
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25)

“And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever” (Rev. 22:5)
Without Almighty God’s remedy for our sinful condition which is found only in the Person of His Son Jesus Christ, indeed all is truly vanity and dust in the wind.
.“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? ” (Matt 16:26)
“Behold, thou hast made my days as a handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah” (Psalm 39:5).
“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Rev 20:11-15)

In the end, Solomon fully comprehended that Almighty God was absolutely essential for the existence of man. To know Him is life  ETERNAL with great expectation and purpose!
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” (Eccl. 12:13,14)

Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior? To know Him is to have  ETERNAL LIFE and possess  ETERNAL HOPE. May it be your sincere desire to know the One that made it all possible for you to have all of God’s highest and best for your life – both here in time and also for ETERNITY.

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!DJP I.F.

The Vanity of Ruth Bader Ginsburg – A Biblical Perspective — The Ignorant Fishermen Blog

Worthless Religious Leadership — CultureWatch

It is time to distinguish good from bad religious leaders:

Sadly, in our churches today there are plenty of worthless religious leaders. They are not just worthless – they are evil. They are false shepherds who are leading the people astray, and they will one day stand before their Judge to give an account of their evil.

As such we can all learn from and take to heart what is found in the Old Testament prophetic writings. They spoke to this theme repeatedly. Given that I just again read through the book of Malachi, the warnings found there are worth running with here.

The OT priests were meant to represent God to man. But they had become corrupt and were taken to task by Yahweh through his prophet Malachi. The first two of the book’s four chapters are mainly about the worthless priests. In chapter 1 we read about their polluted offerings (vv. 6-14) and in chapter 2 the Lord strongly rebukes them (vv. 2-9).

Verse 2 is stark in its denunciation: “And now, O priests, this command is for you. If you will not listen, if you will not take it to heart to give honor to my name, says the Lord of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings. Indeed, I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart.”

Wow, strong words indeed. Let me offer a few bits of commentary on this. Iain Duguid and Matthew Harmon say this:

When the priests invert their priorities, putting concern for other people and their favor above their concern for God and his favor, God inverts the outcome of their ministry. God orchestrates a divinely ordained role reversal of their office that unfolds in Malachi 2:1–3….

Pronouncing blessing was at the center of priestly ministry. This is what we call benediction: the speaking of a good word. The priests were to speak the blessing of Aaron over the people, as record in Numbers 6:24-26….

But since the priests dishonored God’s name, he will not honor their blessings; instead, their blessings will be turned into curses. God will frustrate the fundamental purposes of their ministry. Such a judgment may seem very light and ephemeral to us because we undervalue the powerful influence of words and of God’s power to make things happen through his Word. But if God ordained that the people would experience a curse of continual futility, then all their labors would be frustrated. In spite of all their hard work, their labors would prove to be in vain.

David Baker offers some background to all this:

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Zephaniah, Haggai, Malachi (Reformed Expository Commentary) (Reformed Expository Commentaries) by Array

A major constituent of covenants in biblical times, and the reason why they were made in the first place, was the obligations or stipulations laid on each party. In order for the covenant to function, there were expectations on both sides. If these were breached, the covenant was in jeopardy, or at least open to some of the sanctions spelled out as part of the covenant document (e.g., Deut. 28:15-68). If the stipulations were kept, however, blessings were called down on the parties (28:3–14), and the relationship flourished.

The life of the Israelite nation is presented as a model of this blessing/curse progression, which looks almost like a sine wave, with blessing on the top of the wave and curse at the bottom (see Judg. 2:10-22). Here Malachi contrasts the two extremes, using faithful Levi as the top and the current priesthood as the bottom. Using their theology of history, he is calling the Judean priests to move back to the top, to the blessed position they once enjoyed but lost through their departure from the obligations placed on them.

And in verse 8 we read: “But you have turned aside from the way. You have caused many to stumble by your instruction.” That is the main problem with worthless and unfaithful leaders, be they priests in the OT or pastors and ministers in today’s church: they lead so many people astray.

One other verse worth noting is 2:17 which says, “You have wearied the Lord with your words. But you say, ‘How have we wearied him?’ By saying, ‘Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delights in them’.” This is similar to the warning Isaiah had given: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil” (Is. 5:20).

Let me conclude by offering one contemporary and very recent application of this. As I wrote a few days ago, in the US the search is now on for a new Supreme Court justice, with the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I discussed that here: billmuehlenberg.com/2020/09/19/barrett-scotus-and-abortion/

One thing that has alarmed me is how so many Christians – and even Christian leaders – have been singing the praises of her – one of the most pro-abortion and pro-homosexual Supreme Court justices America has had. Hmm, no wonder things are going down the tubes so fast.

You expect the world to celebrate baby-killing and moral perversion – you don’t expect those who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ to do so. Listen again to what Malachi says these worthless guides were saying: ‘Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delights in them’

When you point out what she has done, some of these champions of Ginsburg will say, “Well, um, er, I don’t support all of her positions, but we must celebrate her – she empowered women after all.” One might as well say, “Well, um, er, I don’t support all that the Nazis did, but we must celebrate them – they empowered Germans in so many ways after all.”

We are never to celebrate or endorse what God calls evil, and we are never to champion those who support such evil. She may have had some good qualities, but those must be weighed up against her enduring legacy which includes millions of dead babies and the destruction marriage. As Jeremiah Johnson has said:

Parts of the American Church have become so lukewarm that they would have tried to comfort Jezebel on a sickbed that GOD himself threw her on! (Rev 2:22) They would have highlighted her accomplishments over the years and found the good in her….

Ruth Bader Ginsburg ruled repeatedly on the side of infanticide, partial-birth infanticide, homosexual ‘marriage’ (and officiated homosexual ‘weddings’), against religious liberties, and saw to it that the Supreme Court stopped dating their documents ‘In the Year of our Lord.’ Ginsburg has now discovered that there is a court higher than the one called ‘Supreme’ and she does not sit in the seat of the judge, but as the defendant. She will answer to a holy God who remembers every ounce of bloodshed she is responsible for and every act of abomination she approved of. The justice of God knows no delay, and the law of God knows no limits.

Yes we have a lukewarm church that cannot distinguish between good and evil. Of course plenty of other examples of worthless religious leadership could be offered here. It is clear that far too many people who call themselves Christians, and far too many of their leaders, are either not familiar with the sorts of warnings found in the book of Malachi, or they have simply disregarded them.

Their outcome will be just the same as that of the worthless priests found back then.

Worthless Religious Leadership — CultureWatch

September 20th The D. L. Moody Year Book


And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.—Revelation 19:9.

I WOULD rather die to-night and be sure of sharing the bliss of the purified in you world of light than live for centuries with the wealth of this world at my feet, and miss the marriage supper of the Lamb. I have missed many appointments in my life, but by the grace of God I mean to make sure of that one. Why, the blessed privilege of sitting down at the marriage supper of the Lamb, to see the King in His beauty, to be forever with the Lord—who would miss it?[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. 165–166). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

Logs for Epstein’s Aircraft Subpoenaed, ‘Sparking Panic’ Among Dignitaries – Report – Sputnik International

The subpoena has been submitted by the attorney general of the US Virgin Islands, where Epstein had a mansion and arranged parties with minors the ex-financier trafficked for sex with his high-profile friends, according to the victims.

Hunter Biden Is “Riding The Dragon”: Bombshell Film Explores Shady Deals With China’s Military | Zero Hedge

“It’s a relationship that grew while Joe Biden was vice president of the United States…”

Hunter Biden Is “Riding The Dragon”: Bombshell Film Explores Shady Deals With China’s Military Tyler Durden Sun, 09/20/2020 – 22:05

In the lead-up to the November election political investigator and author Peter Schweizer, who currently heads the Florida-based Government Accountability Institute, has unveiled a bombshell exposé presenting damning evidence of Hunter and his father Joe Biden’s shady and hidden financial dealings with China.

Directed by Matthew Taylor, whose prior works include Clinton Cash and Creepy Line, the 41-minute film entitled “Riding the Dragon: The Bidens’ Chinese Secrets,” details a pile of corporate records, financial documents, legal briefings as well as court papers which tie Hunter’s firm with a major Chinese defense contractor, namely Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC), and multiple other PLA linked companies. 

“It’s a relationship that grew while Joe Biden was vice president of the United States and shortly after he was appointed the point person on U.S. policy towards China,” Schweizer, who narratives the film, described upon the documentary’s release earlier this month. “This new firm started making investment deals that would serve the strategic interests of the Chinese military.”

“It’s the story of the second most powerful man in the world at the time and how his family was striking deals with America’s chief rival on the global stage, the People’s Republic of China,” he added.

Watch the full length “Riding the Dragon” below:

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/political/hunter-biden-riding-dragon-bombshell-film-explores-shady-deals-chinas-military

‘Red Shoes,’ modern retelling of ‘Snow White’ from Christian animator, highlights inner beauty

In an image-obsessed society, celebrated animator Tony Bancroft is highlighting the importance of inner beauty through the new children’s film “Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs.”

Source: ‘Red Shoes,’ modern retelling of ‘Snow White’ from Christian animator, highlights inner beauty

Flashback: In 2016, Ginsburg said Senate should hold SCOTUS confirmation hearing during election year | Fox News

Video link:https://video.foxnews.com/v/6192545556001

Ginsburg remarked in 2016 that ‘nothing in the Constitution’ precludes 11th hour nomination.

Moving forward: Ginsburg death leaves vacancy ahead of election

Congressional correspondent Chad Pergram joins ‘Fox News @ Night’ with insight.

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg prompted key Washington figures to change their tune on whether a high-court vacancy should be filled so close to an election – and even the late jurist seems to have reversed herself on the issue.

Ginsburg, whose death was announced Friday, reportedly told her granddaughter Clara Spera, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” That desire jibes with Democrats, including presidential nominee Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, whose initial statements included both tributes to Ginsburg and warnings to President Trump that the next nominee could only be named by the winner of the November presidential election.

But in 2016, when a lame-duck President Obama tabbed Merrick Garland to replace the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, Democratic leaders had no problem with the move. And neither did Ginsburg.

“There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being the president in his last year,” Ginsburg said in a 2016 New York Times interview in which she called for Garland to receive a confirmation vote in the Senate.


As for whether the Senate should take up a vote on Garland, Ginsburg said at the time, “That’s their job.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., refused to move on Garland’s nomination, leaving the pick to President Trump, when he won the 2016 election. Trump picked Neil Gorsuch, who was then confirmed and provided conservatives a tenuous 5-4 majority on the court.

This time, McConnell says he is ready to call a vote on a nominee from President Trump, despite the looming election.

Trump and McConnell’s insistence on moving to fill the seat left open by Ginsburg’s death has enraged liberals – even prompting threats to “pack” the court with Democratic appointees should Biden win. Although the written rules simply say that, upon the creation of a vacancy, the president must nominate a successor and the Senate must schedule a vote, members of both parties have shown a certain flexibility in interpreting decorum to fit their agenda.

In 1992, then-Sen. Biden pointed to “the overall level of bitterness that sadly infects our political system and this presidential campaign already”, and called on then-President George H.W. Bush to “not name a nominee until after the November election” if a vacancy appeared. It was that so-called “Biden Rule” that McConnell cited when declining to bring Garland’s nomination to a vote.

This time, McConnell maintains that it has been Washington precedent since the 1880s for a Senate of a different party than the president not to consider the nomination of a justice in an election year.

It’s still not clear if Republicans have the votes in the Senate to install a new nominee on the court. Trump on Saturday said Republicans have an “obligation” to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the death Friday of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “without delay,” but some who previously invoked the “Biden Rule” to argue against a Garland vote, now find themselves in a tough position.

One such lawmaker, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told Democrats in 2016 to “use my words against me” if the Supreme Court vacancy should happen during an election year of a Republican president.

He has since signaled he may be ready to change his position.

“I fully understand where President [Trump] is coming from,” Graham tweeted Saturday.

At least two Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, have joined Democrats in opposing the idea of a nomination going forward before the election.

In any case, leaving the court with an opening and potentially exposing future cases to 4-4 votes, could portend trouble in the upcoming election. Should issues surrounding contested state votes wind their way up to the nation’s highest court, there may not be a decisive vote.

Ginsburg had an opinion on that back in 2016, too. Speaking before the New York City Bar Association in October of that year, Ginsburg appeared alongside her fellow New York native Justice Sonia Sotomayor and remarked that a divided court with an even number of justices is not an ideal way to move forward even in the short term.


“Eight is not a good number,” Ginsburg said, according to the Washington Post.

Sotomayor then added: “I think we hope there will be nine [justices] as soon as possible.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw, Sam Dorman and Marissa Schultz contributed to this report.

— Read on www.foxnews.com/politics/flashback-in-2016-ginsburg-senate-election-year-vacancy

2020 Has Been A “Nightmare Year” For America, And The Economic Fallout Is Just Getting Started — The Economic Collapse

Most of us have never experienced a year that has been as tough as 2020 has been for our nation.  It has just been one major crisis after another, and the month of September has brought us even more trouble.  The worst wildfire season in the history of the state of California has been making headlines day after day, and now the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg threatens to escalate the political turmoil in this nation to an entirely new level.  Many had such high hopes for 2020, but at this point this year has been such a disaster that USA Today is calling it “an American nightmare”, and it is difficult to argue with their reasoning…

First the pandemic, which divided us, economically devastated us, and has killed nearly 200,000 of us. Then the racial unrest, erupting at the deaths of more Black Americans at the hands of police: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Daniel Prude.

Now the extreme weather. For only the second time in history, the National Hurricane Center has moved into the Greek alphabet for storm names. This season’s wildfires are bigger, deadlier and more frequent than in years past. In the West, people can’t breathe.

And now a member of the U.S. Supreme Court has died with about a month and a half to go until we get to election day.

The shocking death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg has stunned the entire country, and I will share my analysis on where things could go from here on The Most Important Newslater tonight.

In this article, I want to focus on the economic impact that all of this chaos is having.

Since the pandemic first started, more than 60 million Americans have filed new claims for unemployment benefits, and that is a threshold that has never been crossed before in all of our history.

And we have also seen businesses shut down at a pace that is hard to fully grasp.  If you can believe it, more than 160,000 businesses listed on Yelp say “that they have closed”

Yelp on Wednesday released its latest Economic Impact Report, revealing business closures across the U.S. are increasing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic’s economic toll.

As of Aug, 31, 163,735 businesses have indicated on Yelp that they have closed. That’s down from the 180,000 that closed at the very beginning of the pandemic. However, it actually shows a 23% increase in the number of closures since mid-July.

I was most alarmed by that last sentence.

Things were supposed to be getting a lot better by now, but instead we have seen “a 23% increase in the number of closures since mid-July”.

That is not good.

And the percentage of businesses on Yelp that are indicating that their closures are “permanent” just keeps rising

In addition to monitoring closed businesses, Yelp also takes into account the businesses whose closures have become permanent. That number has steadily increased throughout the past six months, now reaching 97,966, representing 60% of closed businesses that won’t be reopening.

So what this means is that none of us should be expecting a return to what we considered to be “normal” prior to 2020.

In fact, it is likely that we will see large numbers of businesses continue to fail in the months ahead.  According to Fox Business, a whopping 40 percent of all U.S. restaurants “could go under within the next six months”…

At least 40% of restaurant operators struggling to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic believe their businesses could go under within the next six months if there is no additional stimulus package from the federal government, according to a new survey by the National Restaurant Association.

With one in every six restaurants closed permanently or for the “long term,” the industry is on track to lose $240 billion in sales by the end of the year, according to the National Restaurant Association’s findings on the impact COVID-19 has on the restaurant business.

So what do you think?

Should we bail out the restaurant industry?

By the way, the airline industry really wants a bailout too.

And just about every other industry is looking for government help as well.

The reason why almost everyone has their hands out is because we have plunged into a crippling economic depression, and everyone is starting to realize that there is no end in sight to this downturn.

Of course most average citizens also want another round of “stimulus checks” from the federal government, and we are being told that there is a really good chance that “the economy backslides” if that does not happen…

Lawmakers remain deadlocked over a measure to provide another round of $1,200 checks to most households and more aid to struggling small businesses and unemployed Americans. Most saw the money they received from Congress’s $2.2 trillion CARES Act run dry over the summer.

“If they don’t” approve another stimulus, “they’re taking a huge risk, says Mark Zandi chief economist of Moody’s Analytics. “The odds are better than even the economy backslides.”

We have already stolen several trillion dollars from future generations of Americans so far this year to fund “stimulus packages”, and so a lot of people figure that it probably wouldn’t make that much of a difference if we stole several trillion more to fund another one.

And the Federal Reserve has been flooding the financial system with so much new money that it makes everything that they have ever done in the past look completely insignificant.

In the process, our authorities are systematically destroying the reserve currency that the entire globe depends upon, but at this point very few people seem to care.

So we continue to steamroll toward economic oblivion, and nobody is even thinking about hitting the brakes.

In the USA Today article that I quoted at the start of this piece, the author stated that it is “impossible to know if the worst is behind us or still lies ahead”…

Many of us are vacillating between horror and disbelief at what can only be described as an American nightmare. Devastation doesn’t cover it. It’s impossible to know if the worst is behind us or still lies ahead.

Of course that is not true at all.  In fact, it is exceeding clear that what is ahead of us is going to be much, much worsethan what we have already experienced.

But most Americans don’t want to hear that.

Most of us just want to cling to the belief that someday we will wake up and everything will have returned to normal.

That may happen in fairy tales, but this is real life, and real life simply does not work that way.

2020 Has Been A “Nightmare Year” For America, And The Economic Fallout Is Just Getting Started — The Economic Collapse

September 20 Life-Changing Moments With God


Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.

Whoever finds wisdom, Lord God, finds life, and obtains Your favor.

Yet, Lord, You caution me, “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord.” The fear of You, Lord God, is the beginning of wisdom.

What things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ. In Jesus are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Your wisdom says: Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength.

Christ Jesus became for us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.

He who wins souls is wise.

Lord, thank You for setting me on the lifelong path of growing in wisdom. Thank You for calling me to know Jesus as both my Savior and the Source of all wisdom.

Proverbs 3:13; Proverbs 8:35; Jeremiah 9:23–24; Proverbs 9:10; Philippians 3:7–8; Colossians 2:3; Proverbs 8:14; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Proverbs 11:30[1]


[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 283). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 20, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

The Purpose of Grace

It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. And yet for this reason I found mercy, in order that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience, as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. (1:15–16)

The phrase it is a trustworthy statement is unique to the Pastoral Epistles, appearing five times (cf. 3:1; 4:9; 2 Tim. 2:11; Titus 3:8). These statements were familiar, recognized summaries of key doctrines. That they were common in the church by the time of the writing of the Pastoral Epistles indicates that a well-articulated theology had developed. Paul indeed quotes them as if they were common knowledge. This one and the one in 1 Timothy 4:9 have the phrase deserving full acceptance appended for added emphasis.

The trustworthy statement in 1:15 acts as a condensed articulation of the gospel. In only eight Greek words is found a marvelous summation of the gospel message. Each word is chosen carefully. Christ Jesus is the word order preferred by Paul in the Pastoral Epistles. He uses it twenty-five times compared to six uses of “Jesus Christ.” Bound up in those two words is all that He is. Christ is the anointed King who came to redeem, and became the earthly Jesus at the Incarnation. That He came into the world implies not only His incarnation but His preexistence. Note carefully that it does not say that He came into existence, or that He was created. He existed somewhere else before coming into the world. This phraseology is used frequently by John, who often speaks of Christ’s coming into the world (cf. John 1:9; 3:19; 6:14; 11:27; 12:46; 16:28; 18:37).

The world refers to the world of humanity, blind, lost, and condemned to hell because of its hostility to God (cf. 1 John 5:19). It is into that world of sinners, of darkness and unbelief, that Jesus came. John 3:17 says, “God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him” (cf. John 12:46–47).

Christ’s purpose in coming into this fallen world was to save sinners. Before his birth the angel told Joseph “it is He who will save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). In Luke 19:10 our Lord stated the purpose of His coming into the world: “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” To save is to deliver from death and darkness, from sin, hell, and judgment. Sinners was a term used by the Jews to describe Gentiles (cf. Gal. 2:15), but our Lord used it to refer to all of fallen mankind (cf. Matt. 9:13). It denotes man’s constant violation of God’s law; men are sinners by nature.

In the realm of sinners, Paul saw himself as foremost of all (cf. 1 Cor. 15:9; Eph. 3:8). Many in our day would hasten to correct Paul’s self-image and restore his self-esteem. But that was a healthy self-view for Paul because it was accurate. It’s hard to imagine anyone worse than a blasphemer of God and persecutor of His church. Such a view of himself also served to keep Paul humble and grateful.

It was for this reason that Paul found mercy. God didn’t save him merely to get him out of hell or into heaven. Nor did He save him to preach the gospel or write the epistles; God could have had others do that. The purpose of salvation, whether Paul’s or ours, is to display God’s grace, power, and patience and produce a true worshiper of God (John 4:21–24). It is for His glory primarily, our benefit is secondary.

It was through saving Paul that Jesus Christ could most clearly demonstrate His perfect patience. Makrothumia (patience) means to be patient with people. Paul’s point is that if the Lord was patient with the worst of sinners, no one is beyond the reach of His grace. As an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life, Paul was living proof that God can save any sinner. He was the hupotupōsis, the model, type, or pattern. Those who fear that God cannot save them would do well to consider the case of Paul.[1]

15 The first of five “trustworthy sayings” (pistos ho logos, GK 3412, 3364) quoted in the PE is this: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” The added phrase “that deserves full acceptance” (also in 4:9) is also attested in Hellenistic literature (e.g., Philo, Flight 129; Rewards, 13). The present saying is reminiscent of Jesus’ statement in Luke 19:10. While “sinner” in Pharisaic Judaism (Paul’s tradition) referred to those who did not stringently keep the law, particularly Gentiles (cf. Gal 2:15), here—as regularly in Paul—“sinner” is a universal term encompassing Paul and the rest of humanity.

What is more, Paul calls himself “the foremost” (NASB) of sinners. (Note the present tense “I am” and the emphasis on “foremost” in the original.) While some consider the statement a hyperbole exaggerating the apostle’s consciousness of guilt, Paul’s conscience was deeply seared by his past persecution of the church, so that in the manner of true saints he may honestly have believed himself to be quite literally the foremost of sinners (cf. Augustine, Sermons 175. 6–7; Calvin, 29). If so, Paul’s conversion from persecutor of the church to fervent propagator constitutes a paradigm of God’s merciful dealings with human beings (see A. D. Clarke, “ ‘Be Imitators of Me’: Paul’s Model of Leadership,” TynBul 49 [1998]: 354–55). The church father Ignatius may copy the apostle’s self-effacing attitude when he calls himself “the least of the faithful” (Eph. 21.2) and says that he is “not worthy to be called a member” of the Syrian church (Magn. 14).[2]

15 Now Paul lays the capstone of his argument for the authority and relevance of his gospel for this world. He begins with a formulaic appeal to the gospel that urges the hearers to accept his articulation of the gospel as authoritative. The formula, “here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance,” continues the theme of faith/faithfulness in the term translated “trustworthy.” Now the gospel itself comes to be seen as the source of the theme. In the NT it is only in these letters to coworkers that this formula is found. Its stable form (expanded here and in 4:9 by the addition of “and deserving full acceptance”), however, suggests it is either widely known or will be perfectly understood. Its purpose is to authenticate Paul’s immediate expression of the gospel as apostolic and to be accepted as true. Although implicit in each occurrence of the formula, the expansion “and deserving of full acceptance” emphasizes the need for hearers to make an appropriate rational response to embrace and esteem what is said and act accordingly.41[3]

1:15–16 / Having given this personal word about how the grace of Christ overflowed to a former persecutor, Paul is reminded that what happened to him is in full accord with a (probably) well-known saying, which apparently has roots in Jesus himself (Luke 19:10; cf. John 12:46; 18:37). He begins with the formula here is a trustworthy saying (lit., “faithful is the saying”), which will recur four more times in these letters (3:1; 4:9; 2 Tim. 2:11; Titus 3:8) and which has been the subject of considerable discussion. In this instance, the formula precedes the saying, and the extent of the saying itself is clear. Such is not always the case (e.g., 3:1 and 4:9). Furthermore, nothing quite like it occurs elsewhere in the nt. However, the similar formula, “faithful is God,” is common in Paul (e.g., 1 Cor. 1:9; 10:13; 2 Cor. 1:18) and probably is the source of this present formulation.

The emphasis in Greek, as in niv, lies on the trustworthiness of the saying. This is emphasized further by the addition that deserves full acceptance. There is some ambiguity here about whether there is an intensive (niv, full; cf. rsv, neb, gnb), or extensive (“accepted by all,” Weymouth, Book of Common Prayer), sense to the adjective pasēs. A similar formula in 6:1 that can only be intensive (“worthy of full respect”) lends support to the niv translation; however, a good case can also be made from the context for an emphasis on its being worthy of universal acceptance.

In the saying itself, Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, two points are made: Incarnation and Redemption, with the emphasis on the latter. To say that he came into the world, of course, does not in itself necessarily imply pre-existence, but such an understanding would almost certainly have been intended. Here the reason for his coming, and Paul’s reason for including it, is emphasized—to save sinners. Sinners! That was a term common enough in Pharisaic Judaism (Paul’s own tradition). It referred to all those who did not stringently keep the Law, especially Gentiles (even Paul can so use it in Gal. 2:15). But here, and elsewhere in Paul, sinners is a universalizing term. All humanity, both Jew and Gentile, belong together at this one point (Rom. 3:19–20, 23). But Christ came to save such.

Salvation for Paul is primarily an eschatological term; that is, it has to do with human destiny, what happens to people at the end (Gk., eschaton). But such eschatological salvation has already begun in the present in the work of Christ, hence “saving sinners” also means to save them from their present sinfulness. Both the present and future aspects seem to be in view here (cf. v. 16, “believe unto eternal life”).

To personalize the saying, Paul adds of whom I am the worst, not as a form of hyperbole, as some would have it, or because he was morbid about his sinful past, but precisely because of his own experience of God’s mercy and grace. Such statements are to be understood in light of the intersection in Paul’s life of the simultaneous overwhelming sense of his own sinfulness and utter helplessness before God and the fact of God’s grace lavished freely on him and God’s unconditionally accepting him despite his sin. It should also be noted that he says I am, not “I was.” Even one like Hanson who believes the letter to be a forgery admits that this is a “truly Pauline touch.” But it is so, not because of Paul’s abiding sense of sinfulness (as Bernard and others), but because he recognized himself as always having the status of “sinner redeemed.”

With the addition of that last word, of whom I am the worst, Paul is now in position to make his final point in this testimony to God’s grace. The reason for Christ’s saving Paul, the worst of sinners, was that he could thereby set Paul forth as a primary exhibit for all other sinners who would believe on him for salvation. Paul’s point is simple: “If God would—and could—do it to me, given who I was and what I did, then there is hope for all” (cf. 2:3–7). And so he repeats, I was shown mercy, but now adds this new reason.

By saving Paul, Christ Jesus has demonstrated his unlimited patience (or, “the full extent of his forbearance”) in dealing with sinners. Forbearance as a characteristic of the deity in dealing with human rebellion is a thoroughly Pauline idea (Rom. 2:4; 3:25–26; 9:22–23; cf. 2 Pet. 3:9, 15). Such patience is seen in his dealing with me, the worst of sinners, precisely so that Christ might have an example, a prototype, for those who would believe on him and thus also receive eternal life. The Greek for eternal life means not so much life with endless longevity as it does the “life of the coming age,” life that is ours now in Christ to be fully realized at his “appearing” (see 6:12–15; 2 Tim. 4:6–8; Titus 2:11–14).[4]

1:15. This saying is faithful and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am foremost.

Paul goes on to quote what appears to have been a well-known saying in the early church, one that may in fact have its origin in the words of Christ himself (cf. Luke 19:10). Before quoting the saying, Paul says two things about it. First, it is ‘faithful’. That is, this saying faithfully represents the gospel message. Secondly, it ‘is worthy of all acceptance’. This phrase could mean either that it is worthy to be accepted by all—which would correspond to Paul’s statements in 2:1–7—or that the saying is worthy of complete acceptance. George Knight has shown that all the ‘faithful sayings’ in the Pastoral Epistles (others are found in 3:1; 4:9; 2 Tim. 2:11; Titus 3:8 but the expression is used nowhere else in the New Testament) carry with them some sort of personal appropriation formula. Thus the latter of the two options is the most likely interpretation. All who claim to be believers must wholeheartedly accept this saying and apply it to themselves.

The saying itself is ‘that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’. This is a glorious statement that sums up the gospel message. First, it declares the mystery of the incarnation—Jesus Christ came into the world. This statement fits with Paul’s teaching elsewhere, and that of the New Testament in general, that the Son of God came to earth and took on human flesh (Phil. 2:5–7; John 1:1–14). Secondly, the saying specifically states the purpose for the incarnation, namely, to save sinners.

B. B. Warfield beautifully captures the import of this statement in his sermon, ‘The Saving Christ’: ‘We must take the great declaration in the height and depth of its tremendous meaning. Jesus did all that is included in the great word “save”. He did not come to induce us to save ourselves, or to help us to save ourselves, or to enable us to save ourselves. He came to save us. And it is therefore that His name was called Jesus—because He should save his people from their sins. The glory of our Lord, surpassing all His other glories to usward, is just that He is our actual and complete Saviour; our Saviour to the uttermost.’

We are sinners. Jesus Christ alone saves. These are the facts that all who claim to be Christians must accept and apply to their own lives.

Paul certainly applies this statement to himself when he adds, ‘of whom I am the foremost’. Paul acknowledges himself to be a great sinner. He may have in mind here his own previous blasphemy and persecution of Christ and his church. This would be similar to his statement in 1 Corinthians 15:9–10. But note that Paul’s assertion here is in the present tense: ‘of whom I am’—not ‘was’—‘foremost’. Paul recognizes that he remains a great sinner, though one who has now been forgiven, redeemed and sanctified. All who recognize the seriousness of sin and the glory of their salvation can make this affirmation.

When John Newton was growing old and senile, some leaders in his church asked him how long he planned to keep on preaching. His reply was: ‘As long as I know that I am a great sinner, and he is a great Saviour.’ May all believers have the mind of Newton—and of Paul.[5]

Ver. 15.—Faithful is the saying for this is a faithful saying, A.V. Faithful is the saying (πιστὸς ὁ λόγος). This formula is peculiar to the pastoral Epistles (ch. 3:1; 4:9; 2 Tim. 2:11; Titus 3:8), and seems to indicate that there were a number of pithy sayings, maxims, portions of hymns or of catechetical teaching, current in the Church, and possibly originating in the inspired sayings of the Church prophets, to which the apostle appeals, and to which he gives his sanction. The one appealed to here would be simply, “Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.” This, St. Paul adds, is worthy of all acceptation—by all, and without any reserve. Acceptation (ἀποδοξῆς); only here and ch. 4:9, in connection with the same formula. The verb ἀποδέχομαι occurs in Luke 8:40; Acts 2:41; 15:4; 18:27; 24:3; 28:30. It contains the idea of a glad, willing acceptance (see note on Acts 2:41). So doubtless ἀποδοχή also means “hearty reception.” I am chief; in respect of his having been “a blasphemer, a persecutor, and injurious.” That great sin was indeed freely forgiven by God’s grace, but it could never be forgotten by him who had been guilty of it. “Manet alth mente repostum” (comp. Eph. 3:8).[6]

15. It is a faithful saying. After having defended his ministry from slander and unjust accusations, not satisfied with this, he turns to his own advantage what might have been brought against him by his adversaries as a reproach. He shews that it was profitable to the Church that he had been such a person as he actually was before he was called to the apostleship, because Christ, by giving him as a pledge, invited all sinners to the sure hope of obtaining pardon. For when he, who had been a fierce and savage beast, was changed into a Pastor, Christ gave a remarkable display of his grace, from which all might be led to entertain a firm belief that no sinner, how heinous and aggravated soever might have been his transgressions, had the gate of salvation shut against him.

That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. He first brings forward this general statement, and adorns it with a preface, as he is wont to do in matters of vast importance. In the doctrine of religion, indeed, the main point is, to come to Christ, that, being lost in ourselves, we may obtain salvation from him. Let this preface be to our ears like the sound of a trumpet to proclaim the praises of the grace of Christ, in order that we may believe it with a stronger faith. Let it be to us as a seal to impress on our hearts a firm belief of the forgiveness of sins, which otherwise with difficulty finds entrance into the hearts of men.

A faithful saying. What was the reason why Paul aroused attention by these words, but because men are always disputing with themselves about their salvation? For, although God the Father a thousand times offer to us salvation, and although Christ himself preach about his own office, yet we do not on that account cease to tremble, or at least to debate with ourselves if it be actually so. Wherefore, whenever any doubt shall arise in our mind about the forgiveness of sins, let us learn to repel it courageously with this shield, that it is an undoubted truth, and deserves to be received without controversy.

To save sinners. The word sinners is emphatic; for they who acknowledge that it is the office of Christ to save, have difficulty in admitting this thought, that such a salvation belongs to “sinners.” Our mind is always impelled to look at our worthiness; and as soon as our unworthiness is seen, our confidence sinks. Accordingly, the more any one is oppressed by his sins, let him the more courageously betake himself to Christ, relying on this doctrine, that he came to bring salvation not to the righteous, but to “sinners.” It deserves attention, also, that Paul draws an argument from the general office of Christ, in order that what he had lately testified about his own person might not appear to be absurd on account of its novelty.

Of whom I am the first. Beware of thinking that the Apostle, under a pretence of modesty, spoke falsely, for he intended to make a confession not less true than humble, and drawn from the very bottom of his heart.

But some will ask, “Why does he, who only erred through ignorance of sound doctrine, and whose whole life, in every other respect, was blameless before men, pronounce himself to be the chief of sinners? I reply, these words inform us how heinous and dreadful a crime unbelief is before God, especially when it is attended by obstinacy and a rage for persecution. (Philip. 3:6.) With men, indeed, it is easy to extenuate, under the pretence of heedless zeal, all that Paul has acknowledged about himself; but God values more highly the obedience of faith than to reckon unbelief, accompanied by obstinacy, to be a small crime.

We ought carefully to observe this passage, which teaches us, that a man who, before the world, is not only innocent, but eminent for distinguished virtues, and most praiseworthy for his life, yet because he is opposed to the doctrine of the gospel, and on account of the obstinacy of his unbelief, is reckoned one of the most heinous sinners; for hence we may easily conclude of what value before God are all the pompous displays of hypocrites, while they obstinately resist Christ.[7]

15. The striking formula, Here is a trustworthy saying, meets us nowhere else in the New Testament apart from four other occurrences in the Pastorals. This is alleged to present a problem for Pauline authenticity, but there is no reason to suppose that Paul could not, or would not, have appealed to such sayings. In the present context he seems to be citing, in rhythmical form, a statement current in the churches and acknowledged as trustworthy. It may seem strange that he should use the formula when writing to Timothy, but he probably wishes to remind his younger associate of the fundamental character of the statement to which he is about to appeal.

The additional words that deserves full acceptance are found only here and in 4:9 in the New Testament, but became a regular formula in the Greek vernacular (see M & M on apodochē).

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners epitomizes the cardinal fact of Christian truth. It points to the heart of the gospel. The emphasis on the incarnation and its purpose is more Johannine than Pauline, and this adds further weight to the view that Paul is here quoting a current statement of the gospel. Because of its content the words may perhaps be directly traceable to the words of Jesus, contained in the source which formed the basis of the fourth gospel.

Paul never got away from the fact that Christian salvation was intended for sinners, and the more he increased his grasp of the magnitude of God’s grace, the more he deepened the consciousness of his own naturally sinful state, until he could write of whom I am the worst (the Greek word prōtos is used, meaning ‘chief’). Some have seen this as over-dramatic, but there is no reason why it cannot be regarded as a mark of sincerest humility. Paul sees himself in the vanguard of those whose sins have called forth the resources of God’s mercy. It is Paul’s custom to use superlatives of himself, whether ranking himself the least of the apostles (1 Cor. 15:9) or less than the least of all saints (Eph. 3:8) or chief of sinners. Paul’s self-abasement is not morbid, any more than John Bunyan was morbid when writing his Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners.[8]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1995). 1 Timothy (pp. 32–33). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Köstenberger, A. (2006). 1 Timothy. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, pp. 506–507). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Towner, P. H. (2006). The Letters to Timothy and Titus (p. 143). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[4] Fee, G. D. (2011). 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus (pp. 52–54). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[5] Barcley, W. B. (2005). A Study Commentary on 1 and 2 Timothy (pp. 65–67). Darlington, England; Webster, NY: Evangelical Press.

[6] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). 1 Timothy (p. 5). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[7] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon (pp. 38–41). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[8] Guthrie, D. (1990). Pastoral Epistles: An Introduction and Commentary (Vol. 14, pp. 78–79). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

September—20 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion


The true vine.—John 15:1.

Dearest Jesus! how shall I ever be able sufficiently to admire, much less adore thee, for thy wonderful and unequalled condescension? What image, what similitude in nature, hast thou made use of here, in that of the vine, to mark the lowliness and meekness of thy person; and in the same moment, thy fruitfulness, and love, and usefulness to thy people! It was truly prophesied of thee, my Lord, that thou shouldst be “as a root out of a dry ground.” And what so apparently dry and unpromising, before the budding season, as the vine? It was said that thou wouldst have “no form nor comeliness, nor any beauty, that we should desire thee.” And here, when thou callest thyself “the true vine,” surely, Lord, thou couldst have chosen no image more unsightly. It was said, that thou shouldst be “lowly and meek, when coming with salvation.” And what so low as the vine, that sends forth her branches upon the ground? What so weak and feeble as the vine, that needs always some prop or stay to cast her feeble arms upon? Thy extent, O Lord, in the spreading of thy gospel, was prophesied to be “from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.” And truly, Lord, in the wide-spreading branches of the vine, thou art the fruitful bough of Joseph, “even a fruitful bough by a well, whose branches run over the wall.” And when we see the multitude of thy people, all hanging on thee, all united to thee, and all drawing sap, and moisture, and life, and strength, and fruitfulness from thee, what can more beautifully represent Jesus and his people than the rich vine and her branches, on which grow the fullest clusters of the pure blood of the grape? Precious Lord Jesus! thou art indeed “the true vine,” and “the plant of renown,” which, for wholesomeness, verdure, nourishment, and delight, surpasseth the whole creation of God. Lord, let me sit under thy shadow, let me taste of thy fruit, “for they that dwell under thy shadow shall return, they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine, the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.”[1]


[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, p. 275). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

Do Not Be Anxious


In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus tells us in His Sermon on the Mount that the way to salvation is not easy nor is it easy to find. In fact, the religious way that is made easy leads to destruction. Those who are saved are those who find the narrow gate that is hard to enter because it opens to a way of life that is not “easy” nor is it “wide.” In fact, when an unregenerate person looks at Jesus’ words about salvation, they will always reject them.

22 And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! 25 And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? 26 If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. 30 For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. 31 But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. 32 Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.

33 “Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:22-34 (NASB)

As this year, 2020, continues doesn’t it seem that the pressure is continually increasing from every direction to make us fearful? If we are not watchful, that is, careful and circumspect then we could very easily become angry and full of fear about what is going on. However, in doing this are we being faithful disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ or are we returning to our former lives in the darkness? If we fall into fear instead of being faithful then we will look at all the circumstances around us and start to believe the lie that everything is out of control. It may seem to some that is the case, but is it?

The passage I placed at the top of this post (Luke 12:22-34) is amazing. If you haven’t read it, please do so now. God’s people are called to be unworldly. Their unworldliness makes them very different than those who profess to be Christians, but who are simply religious. There is a huge push going on right now throughout the world to redefine Christianity. In the 1990’s and in the early 2000’s Rick Warren was the most visible proponent of the Church Growth movement.

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September 20 Safe in the Will of God


Hebrews 10:36

You have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.

When we have trials in our lives, we always have three choices:

We can endure our trials. Of course, some people make us endure their trials with them. We ask them how they’re doing, and they’re more than happy to tell us. But when we merely endure our troubles, we run the risk of becoming bitter.

We can just escape. Run! Leave! Get out of there! When we do that, we get away from where we are. But if God hasn’t told us to leave, we leave the place where God can help us.

We can enlist our troubles. This is the right thing to do. In other words, we can let God use the crises in our lives to make us better, to help us grow in His way. We can step up on our trouble and move to a higher level.

We all have a natural “flight syndrome” that causes us to think, If I could just run away! But when we do that, if we’re not careful, we make matters worse instead of better. Someone has said that no matter how difficult our circumstances, the safest place for us is always in the will of God.[1]


[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 275). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

Trying to Live the Christian Life Without Having the Christian LIFE — Lighthouse Trails Inc

By Harry Ironside

A great many people make the mistake of trying to live the life before they receive the life. The hardest thing I know is to try to live the Christian life when you do not have it to live. There must be a Christian life first before you can exemplify and manifest it. To try to live a Christian life when you have never been born again is just as hopeless as for a chimpanzee to try and live a human life. I have seen some chimpanzees that could copy things people do in a remarkable way. At a zoo in Philadelphia, they once said to me, “Come along and see a couple of your ancestors.” I went along; there were two trained chimpanzees who had learned to mimic human beings to a remarkable degree. They wore clothes, sat at a table, ate, and drank, and in a clumsy way handled a knife and fork. When they got all through, they settled back and put cigarettes in their mouths, and a keeper lit them, and they looked to me exactly like a lot of our own people do when smoking cigarettes. I never was in such difficulty in assuring myself that there is no truth in evolution. But although those chimps could do all those things, they did not know anything about real human life. They did not know anything of the principles controlling men and women. They were simply imitators. Many people imitate Christians and try to behave like them. They do not know anything of the power of the Christian life. They have never been born again.

Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. (John 3:3)

Some people are seeking holiness of life when they need to be born again. They have joined the church; they have observed certain ordinances. They hear people talk of a deeper, more wonderful life, and they say, “That is what I want. I must go on and get into this richer, more blessed life.” They try and try, and never get anywhere, because they have never begun right. They did not get in by the wicket gate. You remember in Bunyan’s immortal allegory how Christian is going along a road, and a couple of fellows come jumping over the wall. “Who are you, and where do you come from,” he asked.

“We come from the town of Carnal Security,” they say to him. “We are going to the Celestial City.”

“Well, you didn’t get in where I did,” says Christian in surprise, “I got in at the wicket gate.”

“Oh, that is the old-fashioned way,” they reply, “we have a short cut over the wall. After we are over the wall, what difference does it make? You are in the way, and we are in the way, and we are all headed for the same place. You’ll see we will come out just as well as you.”

But they didn’t have the seal on their forehead. They had never been to the Cross; they did not have the robe of righteousness. You remember one fell over the cliff, and the other was lost in the forest. They never made their way to the Celestial City.

A lot of people get over the wall and not in by the wicket gate; never born again, they go striving for holiness, purity, and higher life, but it will be all in vain until they confess their sins in the presence of God and trust the Savior for themselves. They must give up all hope of righteousness in themselves, of being able to do anything to retrieve their condition, casting themselves wholly on Divine mercy. Then they are in the way and can grow in grace.

(Excerpt from Changed By Beholding)

(photo from bigstockphoto.com; used with permission)

Trying to Live the Christian Life Without Having the Christian LIFE — Lighthouse Trails Inc

Erasing History and Erasing Truth: Censorship and Destroying Records Is the Cornerstone of Tyrants

“If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.” ~ John Stuart Mill, On Liberty ch. 2 (1859)


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Tyranny requires that the truth be silenced, that real history be erased and rewritten, that speech be restricted, and that individual thought be silenced. In this time of constant turmoil, false flags, wars, civil unrest, and now internal bio-terrorism and manufactured pandemics, a major agenda of the state apparatus is to silence all dissent, and mandate conformity. It is imperative considering the state’s plan for total control that it stifle criticism and retain the power to control the mainstream narrative, while aggressively eliminating all other resistance and questioning. This is the state of the world that we live in today. As things continue to deteriorate, nonconformance cannot be allowed if global governance and a global reset are to be successful.

What Does the Bible Say about Reincarnation? — Christianity.com

Scripture makes it clear that we have one life on earth before we receive an eternal judgment and verdict, based on whether we accepted Jesus as our Savior. We don’t get several lives here on earth to make the right decision; we have only the one.Tree of a face and leaves flying off

Reincarnation can seem like an appealing notion to many people. After all, when loved ones pass, people may hope they’ve been reborn in another body moments later and that they will find ways to reunite on earth throughout all time.

This concept can also seem all the more convincing when people recall moments from “past lives.”

Nevertheless, we, as Christians, believe that reincarnation runs contrary to our beliefs. After all, why in the world would Jesus Christ die on the cross and resurrect for our sins, if he doomed us to repeat lives here on earth, with no or little inkling of past lives? Even when some religions seek to find Nirvana or Enlightenment, to break the cycle of past lives, none provide a clear path on how to achieve this.

A person has no way of knowing how many lives they have to go or why any deity would doom them to repeat life cycles over and over again.

In this article, we’ll discuss what the Bible has to say about reincarnation. We’ll also discuss the problems with the concept of reincarnation, and ultimately, why this matters.

What Is Reincarnation?

Reincarnation is the rebirth of a soul into a new body, often with the person carrying little or no memories of past lives. Certain religions believe that good deeds in a past life can lead you to have a better standing or social position in the next life (or bad deeds can lead to lower positions).

Often to break the cycle of reincarnation, a person must reach some sort of Enlightenment or must pass through enough lives at a high enough position to make it into a Nirvana or eternal bliss.

Religions who believe in the concept of reincarnation include Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Kabbalah Judaism.

What Does the Bible Say about Reincarnation?

Even with Hinduism being the oldest amongst the religions, those who wrote the Bible lived during the origin of these religions and likely encountered people who held certain beliefs similar to the ones listed above.

Let’s dive into some verses that discuss the biblical thoughts on the concept of reincarnation.

And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment (Hebrews 9:27).

He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return (Psalm 78:39).

For more verses on the Bible and its stance on reincarnation, check out this article here.

Scripture makes it clear that we have one life on earth before we receive an eternal judgment and verdict, based on whether we accepted Jesus as our Savior and Lord. We don’t get several lives here on earth to make the right decision; we have only the one.

Major Problems with Reincarnation

“That seems harsh,” a person may say. “Wouldn’t you want a bunch of do-overs to finally choose Christ as your Savior?”

To that person, I would want to show a number of reasons why reincarnation is actually a distasteful concept, even to those grieving loved ones whom they wish to see again, myself included.

First, heaven is a far more beautiful destination than another life here on earth.

Think about how painful life is. How much loss hurts and how much sickness and disease and age can as well. Now imagine enduring that for countless lives — that’s reincarnation.

Worse than that, reincarnation does not allow one to clearly remember past lives, in most cases. (Check out this article on a Christian explanation for people remembering “past lives”). The concept of reincarnation in itself is cruel because it makes someone relive an often painful and finite life over and over again with no clear sense of how to overcome the cycle.

Secondly, reincarnation doesn’t solve the problem of sin.

Sin has lifetime staining effects. That means, even if we live thousands of lives and do only good deeds, we still cannot overcome the debt toll of sin. Reincarnation doesn’t eradicate the problem. In fact, it compounds as we carry our past debt of sin into new lives and continue to increase it.

Finally, there are a number of intellectual inconsistencies with reincarnation, as mentioned in this article. For instance, karma allows for no mercy, cannot ensure justice, and no moral basis.

Why Does This Matter?

Many Christians believe in reincarnation, 25% back in 2015. This worldview doesn’t exist just outside of churches.

Although reincarnation can have its appeal, it actually has some sinister and less-than-pleasant implications. The Christian solution, reuniting with loved ones in the eternal joy that is heaven, has a far more beautiful outcome than repeating life cycles on earth, with no clear sense of how to reach Enlightenment.

What Does the Bible Say about Reincarnation? — Christianity.com

September 20 – Buy the Truth! — VCY America

September 20

  • Isaiah 33:10-36:22
  • Galatians 5:13-26
  • Psalm 64:1-10
  • Proverbs 23:23

Isaiah 33:15 – Some more of the “disciplines of a Godly man” – walking right, speaking right, spurning dishonest gain, controlling his hands, ears, and eyes. Self-control is the marks of a man following the Lord!

Isaiah 33:22 – America was born with a split of governing authority. The King of England could dismiss judges if he didn’t like what they did. The LORD in his theocracy exercises the role of all three branches of government – the judicial (judge), the legislative (lawgiver), and the executive (king). They say power corrupts, so we try to have a “balance of power” – but when the Lord rules – no one can (or needs to) check the power of the King!

Isaiah 34:8 – This is the last reference to the “day of the LORD” in Isaiah, and the first mention in the Old Testament to tie the day of the LORD to vengeance. Job and the Psalmist often cry for God to right the wrongs in the world. And He will.

Isaiah 34:11 – What’s a cormorant? It’s derived from the Latin for “sea raven.” The Bitterns are a subgroup of herons.


Isaiah 34:12-13 – The nobles and princes will be gone, the palaces and fortresses will be abandoned. The powers of today will not stand in the day of the LORD.

Isaiah 35:4 – Isaiah gives the signs of what will happen when God comes. The blind will see. The deaf will hear. The lame will leap. The mute will sing. Roughly six hundred years after this prophecy, another prophet sat in a prison cell discouraged. He sent some of the few people who would listen to his words to seek an answer to a question he had. “Art thou he that should come?” Jesus said the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear (Matthew 11:5). Yes Jesus, the one whose name means “Jehovah is Salvation”, is the God who came to save that Isaiah prophesied about. The vengeance will be coming soon but we’re in a narrow gap of mercy. Peter declared that the gap between Isaiah 35:6a and 35:6b is not millennia, but just a couple days (2 Peter 3:8), just awaiting some sinners to come to repentance! (2 Peter 3:9), then the vengeance will fall (2 Peter 3:10), and the world will be restored (Isaiah 35:6b).

Isaiah 36:1 – This is the third time we’ve read about this incredible miracle. Mat Staver recently talked about this at a VCY rally in Milwaukee. Sennacherib was 46-0 when it came to tallying battles against the fenced cities of Judah. We know this from the Taylor Prism in the British Museum.

Isaiah 36:10 – God doesn’t take kindly to false prophets. Be careful to say “God told me.” Deuteronomy 18:20-22 prescribes the death penalty for any who presume to speak for the LORD.

Isaiah 36:18 – The LORD is not the god of Hamath (a town just north of modern Lebanon in Syria). He is not a god made with hands. He is the Creator of heaven and earth!

Galatians 5:14 – The 613 laws of the Torah are fulfilled in the Second Greatest Commandment. Paul doesn’t say that you’re excused from it – no as heirs of Christ we must by love, serve. By love reject the lust of the flesh.

Galatians 5:19-21 – We read the “disciplines of an ungodly man.” Fornication is a work of the flesh, even though more people think fur is immoral than fornication! But fornication isn’t a big problem, is it? Better read the end of verse 21!

Galatians 5:24 – There is no middle ground. Have we crucified the flesh with its lusts (Galatians 5:19-21) and are we displaying the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). The challenge is that Christians today are mixing the works of the flesh with the fruit of the spirit. A 1994 study on college students, religion, and drinking found that 1 of every 8 college students who came from total abstinence Protestant denominations were self-described regular drunks.

Psalm 64:9 – Declare God’s Works! Share the testimonies of what He has done in your life!

Proverbs 23:23 – Charles Spurgeon preached on this verse Sunday Night, June 26th, 1870.

JOHN Bunyan pictures the pilgrims as passing at one time through Vanity Fair, and in Vanity Fair there were to be found all kinds of merchandise, consisting of the pomps and vanities, the lusts and pleasures of this present life and of the flesh. Now all the dealers, when they saw these strange pilgrims come into the fair began to cry, as shopmen will do, “Buy, buy, buy—buy this, and buy that.” There were the priests in the Italian row with their crucifixes and their beads. There were those in the German row with their philosophies and their metaphysics. There were those in the French row with their fashions and with their prettinesses. But the one answer that the pilgrims gave to all the dealers was this—they looked up and they said, “We buy the truth; we buy the truth,” and they would have gone on their way if the men of the Fair had not laid them by the heels in the cage, and kept them there, one to go to heaven in a chariot of fire, and the other afterwards to pursue his journey alone. This is very much the description of the genuine Christian at all times. He is surrounded by vendors of all sorts of things, beautifully got up and looking exceedingly like the true article, and the only way in which he will be able to pass through Vanity Fair safely is to keep to this, that he buys the truth, and if he adds to that the second advice of the text, and never sells it, he will, under divine guidance, find his way rightly to the skies. “Buy the truth, and sell it not.”


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September 20 – Buy the Truth! — VCY America

Leftists Frantically Begin Rebuilding Everything They Burned Down So They Can Burn It Down Again — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—As a potential SCOTUS replacement hearing looms, leftists are at their breaking point. So, they threatened to burn everything down. But oops! They already burned it all down.

So, they are now frantically rebuilding the buildings, towns, low-income housing, black-owned businesses, and stores they destroyed in the previous riots so they can burn them all down again. The gangs of looters and rioters rushed stores and returned everything they stole, rebuilt the buildings they’d burned down, and replaced all the windows they’d smashed.

“Quick — restore all these storefronts! We’re gonna need to smash those windows a second time!” shouted one Antifa member desperately as he held up a brick but couldn’t find any non-shattered glass to throw it at. “I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is more rioting!”

After everything has been rebuilt and burned down a second time, leftists will then rebuild everything and burn it down a third time should President Trump be reelected.

Leftists Frantically Begin Rebuilding Everything They Burned Down So They Can Burn It Down Again — The Babylon Bee