Daily Archives: October 25, 2020

A Plea To My Evangelical Friends for Biden — The Aquila Report

In thinking of the future of our children and grandchildren, we must ask if a political movement that integrates into its system without difficulty the wholesale slaughter of babies can be represented as a “biblically-shaped ethic.” Abortion is not an efficient solution to unwanted pregnancy. This ethic is shaped by the rejection of God the Creator. Whenever and wherever such policies have been systemically employed, those in power quickly rid society of the Bible, biblical Christians, and the Twoist worship of “the Creator who is blessed forever” (Romans 1:25) requiring, rather, that all bow in Oneist worship to nature and to the pagan god, Moloch whose heated bronze body was a furnace for the sacrificing of children.

How should genuine Christians vote in the up-coming presidential election? Recently a group called “pro-life evangelicals for Biden” sought to answer that question. The group includes many prominent evangelical leaders whom I respect who believe “that a biblically shaped commitment to the sanctity of human life compels us to a consistent ethic of life that affirms the sanctity of human life from beginning to end.”[1] Essentially in using the formulation, “from beginning to end,” they mean that (apart from abortion, which they oppose), the socialist state in Biden’s program is “pro-life,” supported by the Bible, whereas Trump’s system kills.

I will respond to four points held by this group and conclude with a theological critique of the whole. They state that…

  1. Lack of state health care kills. 

The Biden evangelicals argue that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, which Trump desires to eliminate, is a “sanctity of life issue.”

Response:

Total state health care sounds biblical because it wants to reach everyone and understands the impossible situation of some who have long-term disease or extraordinarily expensive medications. I’m sure there are problems in our current healthcare system that need to be addressed. It is not clear, however, that a more socialist approach to healthcare will be any more effective or fair than the present system. Some find that the Affordable Care Act is not so affordable and does not meet their needs.[2] We can certainly analyze healthcare systems such as the National Health Service in the UK, which gives everyone medical coverage, and may have some benefits, but can we call it “biblical”? If so, it may have some verses missing. Like our spotty postal service (which recently delivered to my home a letter postmarked in 1994!), many state systems can be impersonal and inefficient, with waiting periods of months or years for elective interventions like knee and hip surgery. In such cases, citizens may pay high fees to be treated through “private” medicine, which, in the end, becomes a different sort of privileged medicine. Unfortunately, Trump has not, to my knowledge, provided any detailed healthcare proposal, though he has promised that his plan would cover patients with pre-existing conditions.

  1. Poverty kills. 

Biden evangelicals argue that people die of poverty and that providing “a minimum wage that lifts workers out of poverty” is pro-life and biblical.

Response: 

Throughout the Scriptures, Christians are enjoined to show compassion for the poor. It is true that poverty increases mortality rates due to increased homelessness, limited healthcare, poor diet, inadequate housing, dangerous neighborhoods, and limited access to heating and air conditioning. The socialist plan, however, while purporting to lift people out of poverty, may actually lock people in a poverty cycle of welfare, laziness and entitlement. Both Christians and non-Christians give generously to help, but the question is how best to help them. Trump has done much to lift people out of poverty by providing jobs (pre-Pandemic). Hand-outs have their place, but they rarely lift people out of poverty. As the saying goes, it is better to teach people how to fish rather than providing free fish for all. Trump’s approach respects the creative image of God in people and begins to solve the endemic problem of poverty. This approach has biblical support: “Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need” (Eph. 4:28). The Apostle Paul created a rule in the church: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat” (2 Thess. 3:10). So job creation, though not the only tool, is a powerful one in lifting people from poverty.

  1. Climate change kills.

The group states: “Climate change already kills untold thousands and will soon kill tens of millions unless we change.”

Response:

Climate change is another subject on which well-meaning Christians (and scientists!) disagree. It is important to examine the claims on which Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others surrounding Biden have created plans such as the Green New Deal to rescue our world from ecological disaster. How do we prove or disprove the claim that “untold thousands” have been killed by climate change? Not all intelligent scientists accept the tenets of their more radical colleagues.[3] The Christian Post observes:“Noted environmentalists Bjorn Lomborg (who won the Nobel Peace Prize) and Michael Shellenberger (founder and president of Environmental Progress), claim that climate alarmism has done more harm than good. In fact, Shellenberger argues that some global warming may significantly reduce the world’s hunger problem by turning places like Greenland into a productive food-producing region.”[4]

Defining climate change science as a “pro-life” issue and the lack of it as a killer is not convincing. Even the official United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that if we do nothing to slow global warming, the world’s poorest nations, thanks to the recent availability of electricity and fossil fuels, will be many times wealthier by 2100. If fossil fuels and easy access to electricity are removed from poor nations, they are more susceptible to disease and death than they would be from climate change.[5] The Green New Deal endorsed by Biden promises to put an end to fossil fuels around the world, which would greatly add to the impoverishment of all peoples.

Moreover, climate changes constantly. In the 1970s, we were fearing another ice age. Human beings have adapted to climates as different as those found in deserts or the Arctic Circle. Even those most serious about affecting our climate favorably, estimate that the goal of avoiding a 3 degree rise in the earth’s temperature will not occur before AD 2100. By that time, we will all be “killed” by old age. Life itself is a killer. Here the verb to “kill” is misused. Comparing what some might define as climate malfeasance with slicing up a baby in the womb is a misuse of moral reasoning that seems to function as a way to ease our conscience. The satirical Babylon Bee calls this group “Evangelical worshipers of Moloch”![6] There is truth in the satire, however. Moloch was a pagan god to whom worshipers sacrificed their children, a practice that Israel not only failed to wipe out but even practiced (including its kings).

  1. Racism kills. 

The ideological commitment of my evangelical friends is evident when they call racism “a killer.” They state: “African-Americans are several times more likely than white Americans to be killed by the police.”

Response:

This claim that white police are systematically accomplishing black genocide has been statistically disproven, but if news outlets quote Black Lives Matter often enough, the populace doesn’t hear those statistics. Even the mistreatment of George Floyd was done by one black, one Asian and two white officers. The Marxists running Black Lives Matter follow their ideological forefathers in a holistic racist attack on America.[7] Evangelicals for Biden argues that Trump stokes racism rather than uniting the country to struggle against it. But such an accusation seems quite subjective. Biden has made many anti-black statements in his long career and, by their socialism, the Democrats have, unwittingly, broken up and impoverished the black family.[8] At the same time, Trump has improved the conditions of the black community, as a growing number of blacks testify.[9] An unprecedented 24% of black men seek to escape the Democratic plantation and say they will vote for Trump.[10] Since taking office, Trump has funded historically black universities, raised the median wealth for black families by 33 percent, brought about criminal justice reform, and created “Opportunity Zones” for economic development in low income districts. Also, as the most pro-life modern president, he has sought to discourage abortion in the black community. Trump recently said in a public speech: “Every child is made in the image of God with a sacred right to life. This is our moral duty.”[11] “Biblical Biden” has never said this. Thanks to Roe v. Wade, in the last 47 years 19 million black babies have been aborted. This is the killer. And in the name of freedom, the Biden/Harris team will certainly add to this number. So who is racist?

My pro-life, pro-Biden friends fail to make a convincing case for the biblical character of Biden socialism. Can we bear the effect on our conscience if we facilitate the scandalous practice of infanticide?

A Theological Critique

I know and respect many of the evangelical scholars who have put out this statement. It is hard for me to suggest that these deep-thinking scholars and leaders naively fail theologically. But I do believe they fail to understand the godless ideology that drives Biden’s progressivism. Behind Biden, who is perhaps as naïve as Trump, is not the Bible but the most radical view of American culture that any party has put forth since the inception of the nation. Democratic progressivism is out of control in some of our cities. The debate between Republicans and Democrats is no longer about tweaking our democratic republic in economics or international relations. The Left now proposes a Sanders Socialist Marxism that will leave our borders uncontrolled, replace law and order [defund the police] with mob rule, pass the Equality Act imposing the LGBTQ agenda on everyone, promote “critical race theory,” reject nature and nature’s God, promote transgenderism (even in young children) and pack the Supreme Court with radical lawyers, who will destroy the carefully poised structure of American democracy. This governmental and cultural makeover is funded and promoted by billionaire and anti-American George Soros[12] and the hi-tech monopolies of Silicon Valley, like Twitter and Facebook. Ominously, these monopolies threaten freedom of the press and freedom of opinion, as evidenced by the recent suppression of a newspaper article proving the vast financial corruption of Joe and Hunter Biden.

Where this will go I do not know, but I have little faith in an amoral progressivism that no longer believes that liberty comes from God. In this system, the end justifies the means, and if the end is power then power also becomes the means to achieving power. This election is an attempt at a cultural revolution. If Biden wins, we will be forced to live in a society made up of endless irreconcilable identity groups whose rule depends upon pure power. The power grab will define America’s political past as evil, impose a cancel culture package that will undo the created structures of family and sexuality, protection of the unborn, the practice of Christian religion, everyday fair play based on the Constitution, and free speech. It should be clear that the accusation of systemic racism now coursing through the veins of many of our institutions and corporations, is actually a call for the overthrow of the so-called corrupt American system and the way of life that made America the most civilized nation in human history. Newt Gingrich, speaker of the House from 1995 to 1999 calls this cultural moment the end of civilization as we have known it. Others believe it is an election comparable to that of 1860, when Lincoln fought to hold the states together as a slave-free nation. Evangelicals for Biden, I beg you to reconsider.

Much of the opposition to Trump is to his instinctive, often naïve opposition to the radical program that seeks to describe the nature of America’s past and present as irredeemably evil. Many of us are offended by his populist/crude language, but then, he is, after all, a NY businessman. But we must guard against allowing a dislike of his style to become a form of superficial self-righteousness. Like every past president, Trump is a sinner. So is Biden, whose financial corruption is unfolding daily. We cannot vote based on personal likes or dislikes. We must vote on policies, which are passed into law and remain. Should our dislike of Trump’s superficial idiosyncrasies lead us to vote for a party that vehemently endorses no-limit abortion? Should Trump’s bombastic and somewhat megalomaniacal style cause us to invite into the halls of the White House socialistic progressive policies from which we may never recover?

My evangelical friends for Biden conclude: “For these reasons, we believe that on balance, Joe Biden’s policies are more consistent with the biblically shaped ethic of life than those of Donald Trump.” Will we cheer on a progressive movement that dresses itself in Christian garb, yet builds a self-defined, anti-theistic, anti-Creator politico-religion?

In thinking of the future of our children and grandchildren, we must ask if a political movement that integrates into its system without difficulty the wholesale slaughter of babies can be represented as a “biblically-shaped ethic.” Abortion is not an efficient solution to unwanted pregnancy. This ethic is shaped by the rejection of God the Creator. Whenever and wherever such policies have been systemically employed, those in power quickly rid society of the Bible, biblical Christians, and the Twoist worship of “the Creator who is blessed forever” (Romans 1:25) requiring, rather, that all bow in Oneist worship to nature and to the pagan god, Moloch whose heated bronze body was a furnace for the sacrificing of children.

Friends, is Biden’s worldview worth your evangelical vote?

[1] https://www.christianpost.com/voices/fri-2nd-embargo-for-noon-we-are-pro-life-evangelicals-for-biden.html

[2] https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20150625.048781/full/

[3] See cornwallalliance.org, and their video:

 Climate Change and the Christian and Where the Grass Is Greener 2: Helping the Poor Amid Climate Confusion

[4] https://www.christianpost.com/voices/fri-2nd-embargo-for-noon-we-are-pro-life-evangelicals-for-biden.html

[5] https://cornwallalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2014-Call-to-Truth-full.pdf

[6] https://babylonbee.com/news/pro-life-evangelical-group-endorses-moloch?fbclid=IwAR0mVtjC3_wBPqwOX0k7wmVddfj2MSCM03rnSqka6kppzInBqSzg0dOudOw

[7] https://thefederalist.com/2020/09/29/critical-race-theory-is-a-classic-communist-divide-and-conquer-tactic/

[8] Peter Jones, Only Five Black Lives Matter? TruthXcahnge.com (July 14, 2020).

[9] http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3894098/posts. In 2018 the influential Kanye West tweeted, “I love the way Candace Owens thinks.”

[10] https://www.vox.com/2020/3/9/21151095/black-women-trump-gop-conservatism-gap-2020

[11] https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-47th-annual-march-life/

[12] SorosWatch.com

Dr. Peter Jones is scholar in residence at Westminster Seminary California and associate pastor at New Life Presbyterian Church in Escondido, Calif. He is director of truthXchange, a communications center aimed at equipping the Christian community to recognize and effectively respond to the rise of paganism. This article is used with permission.

A Plea To My Evangelical Friends for Biden — The Aquila Report

A Free Press Has A Responsibility To Be Fair | Zero Hedge

While most Americans associate propaganda and the idea of news being censored with countries like China, sadly it is also happening here…

Authored by Bruce Wilds via Advancing Time blog,

Surging Media Bias has blown away the notion the free press will be fair and this year it seems these players that shape our opinions are  doubling down. This was demonstrated when allegations regarding Hunter Biden and a laptop with damning E-mails surfaced. Rather than letting people see and decide what to think about this information the response of Twitter and Facebook, was to shut it down and block it from getting out. This is where the power of tech companies flexing their muscles allows us to see they have become a major force in the media. Other news outlets also imposed a virtual blackout on the allegations. It didn’t matter that thousands of emails were available for review or that the Bidens did not directly address the material. It was all declared to be fake news.  

The idea of having a press that is free to cover the news is generally linked to the idea they will be fair because the freedom of free speech generally comes with a degree of responsibility. A common example is how freedom of speech should give someone the right to speak their mind but not scream fire in a crowded theater. This is where discussions concerning the press and President Trump get sticky. Somewhere in what often slips into an argument is the role of the media in presenting an unbiased view of events. This is complicated by the fact many news outlets have moved more towards an entertainment format. Rather than presenting the cold hard facts, they have found it is sensationalism that draws viewers.

Stahl Told The President He Is Lying

The White House, in an unprecedented decision to disregard their agreement with CBS News, recently released their footage of an interview between President Trump and Leslie Stahl of 60 Minutes. The President claimed in a Facebook post that a full video revealed “bias, hatred and rudeness” on Stahl’s part. Interestingly, no matter how rude or contentious Stahl became an overwhelming majority of those in the media say the footage revealed no such thing. CBS said it only shows Stahl asking firm questions about the coronavirus and other topics.

It is during such interviews that we get an opportunity to witness examples of just how badly you can treat a guest invited to answer questions. This includes over the top efforts to put words in someone’s mouth and take statements out of context. When the guest represents views differing from the interviewer or media outlet doing the interview what we often see is an ambush. If a guest is favored or their views are endorsed it is often as though they had written the softball questions asked of them or as if he/she had seen the questions in advance or controlled the interview. This can be backed up by a series of scripted statements that all loop back around to support a hard or subliminal message. With such coverage being very common it is little wonder that Americans question the honesty of the media whose ranks appear to have become filled with opportunists and bums dressed as journalists.

Today many people get the majority of their news over the internet. This has made a huge difference in how news is distributed allowing people more choice in how they receive their news, however, much of the content remains controlled by some rather strong players that often are driven by an agenda of self-interest. This proved to be very apparent during the presidential election where many in the media put their strong bias towards candidates front and center. It became clear to many of us that a greater force was comprised of those insiders currently in control and yearning to extend their power. Another name for this group is the establishment which now includes the high-tech social media and those collecting data on all of us.   

It is clear that over the years how we get our news has changed but it seems this is not the chief reason the public’s trust in the media had fallen. Most of the problem is people no longer view many of these outlets as fair and balanced. Gallup began asking respondents about their trust in the media back in 1972. Only forty-one percent of the respondents in Gallup’s recent national poll said that they have “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust in the mass media. Surprisingly this is well above the record low of 32% in 2016. Since then, the trust of Republicans has dropped the most. Republicans’ trust sits at a very low level. Of Democrats, 69% say they have trust and confidence in the media, while 15% of Republicans and 36% of independents agree. While some 84% of those polled say news media is “critical” or “very important” to democracy, 86% think there is at least a fair amount of political bias in news coverage.

A Classic Example Of Subtle Bias

In many ways, the media has become viewed more as a tool of the establishment than the protector of the people and defender of our rights. This could explain why the press is often held in such low esteem by the very public that relies on them for information. Coverage filled with subtle digs or comments and even subliminal messages taint the premise media is fair.  In reaction to Trump dressing down certain news agencies or groups for bias coverage, we immediately see the fear card thrown down on the table and warnings about how dictatorships are formed. I’m a bit tired already of this charade rolled out by the press, however, a bigger concern is the cultural damage this is causing by widening the social divide in our heavily polarized country.

A fair amount of attention has been spent on “fake news” but just as important is the amount of media coverage that falls into the category of hype. Highlighted by a banner proclaiming “Breaking News” that stays on the screen for hours as we watch the same news clips and footage we have already seen several times. This is generally accompanied by rampant speculation geared to tantalize the viewer. The Sunday morning talk shows that claim to focus on the nation and the news that affects all of us have also suffered. Rather than addressing important issues, they continue dishing out a heavy dose of Trump-bashing. Taking comments out of context, straight-out misstating a person’s positions, or putting them in an unpleasant light are all tricks used by a bias media. The blatantly bias coverage we are seeing is enough to force the question, is the so-called “free press” working for us or under the directive of greater forces seeking to control events?

The bottom-line is that we out here beyond the beltway in the backwaters and wilds of America should remember the media has a casual relationship with the truth. Just because the media or a politician says something does not make it true. It is interesting to note that many of the major media websites do not offer a comment area, or if they do they are restrictive in the comments they accept. This could be considered a form of censorship because it appears they would rather not show the views of those who disagree. It is becoming more obvious each day that the mainstream media controlled by those with an agenda have taken upon themselves the job of controlling our discourse and shaping public opinion. Another name for what they are dishing out as news is propaganda. This does little to inform us, bring us together, or create calm between Nations. With such coverage, the media risk a growing backlash and losing the little credibility they have. 

Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed towards influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position by presenting only one side of an argument. Propaganda is usually repeated and dispersed over a wide variety of media in order to create the chosen result in audience attitudes. In April of 2013, I wrote a piece that explored how the White House during Obama’s time in office was taking to a whole new level the ability the President had to create a message by spinning, scrubbing, molding, and shaping it before sending it out to the public. While most Americans associate propaganda and the idea of news being censored with countries like China, sadly it is also happening here.

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/markets/free-press-has-responsibility-be-fair

Three things Americans are doing to prepare for election chaos, another coronavirus spike and deepening economic problems — End Of The American Dream

Do you remember how crazy things got when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the United States and widespread hoarding caused serious shortages of certain goods all over the United States?  Well, it is starting to happen again.  As we approach the end of 2020, a “perfect storm” of circumstances is causing the anxiety level of many Americans to go through the roof, and millions are preparing for the worst.  I have been hearing from so many people that are deeply concerned about what the outcome of this presidential election could mean for our nation, and a lot of them truly believe that we will witness tremendous civil unrest.  But as an article in the Washington Post recently noted, that isn’t the only thing we are potentially facing…

Add a frightening pandemic, a burst of protest and anger about racial inequalities, and a sudden economic collapse, and the result is pervasive mistrust, a sense that the world’s most powerful nation can no longer come together in common cause.

“We’re facing a difficult time,” Barkun said. “The threat — the virus — is invisible, and that makes it more frightening. There’s an increasingly widespread belief that authority — scientific, political, informational — is suspect. It can be more comforting to believe in an unpleasant outcome than to embrace uncertainty.”

In modern times, there has never been a year quite like 2020 when we have had to face so many major challenges all at once, and now a lot of people out there are convinced that things could shortly go to an entirely new level.

Many believe that the civil unrest after the election could be even worse than what we saw earlier this year, others believe that the worst part of the COVID-19 pandemic lies in the weeks ahead, and our economic problems just seem to keep escalating.

With so much going wrong, many have decided that now is the time to prepare for worst case scenarios.  The following are three ways that Americans are preparing for the chaotic months that are in front of us…

#1 The stockpiling has already started

If there are some things that you want to purchase before things get really crazy out there, you may want to do it as soon as possible, because retailers around the country have already been reporting new shortages

Shoppers and retailers are reporting that certain items are already running low, including liquid hand soap, disinfecting wipes and canning jars (especially lids). Some products have been difficult to find ever since the first wave.

But a wintery second wave could trigger new shortages, as Americans spend even more time indoors. In a panel discussion with doctors from Harvard Medical School in September, White House adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said Americans should prepare to “hunker down to get through this fall and winter.”

As I write this article, the election is just over a week away.  If the outcome of the presidential election causes protests and rioting to erupt in cities all over the nation, that is likely to make the emerging shortages even worse.

#2 Americans are buying lots and lots of guns

We have never seen Americans purchase guns as fast as they have been buying them this year.  At one gun shop in Orange County, the owner literally has a hard time keeping any guns on the shelves at all…

At Ade’s Gun Shop in Orange County, owner Emily Atkinson can’t keep up with demand – she’s seeing a run on guns during this pandemic, similar to the run on toilet paper.

“We would put 20 guns out and they would be sold in three hours,” Atkinson said. “We were doing in two weeks what we would do in a quarter.”

And I am being told that in some parts of the country ammunition is in very short supply right now.  We have already seen so much senseless violence all over the U.S. so far this year, and a lot of people believe that much more is on the way and they want to be ready to protect their families.

#3 Concern about what is coming has fueled a crazy real estate boom

It is very strange to talk about a massive real estate boom during the midst of an economic depression, but that is precisely what we are witnessing.

In recent months we have seen an unprecedented mass exodus out of our major cities, and “millions of house hunters” have been driving up prices in desirable rural and suburban locations all across the nation…

The COVID-19 pandemic, the loss of millions of jobs, a weaker economy—none of it stopped millions of house hunters from flocking to Zillow, Redfin, and other online platforms to browse, plan their move, and, in many cases, purchase their first home.

Home prices have been climbing steadily over the past few months, and industry players are projecting they are likely to peak in some markets this fall, causing a tempering of the market driven by a decline in supply and a prolonged economic recovery.

I certainly can’t blame anyone that wants to move.  If I was living in one of our major cities, I would be looking to get out too.

Coming into this year, I kept warning that we were heading into a “perfect storm”, and that is precisely what has happened.  It has just been one thing after another here in 2020, and many believe that 2021 will be even more chaotic.

As for the immediate future, so much depends on the outcome of the election.

If a clear winner is declared shortly after Election Day, that may help to minimize the amount of chaos that we witness in the streets.

But if the results are very close and are bitterly contested for weeks, things could get out of hand very rapidly.  And no matter which side ends up winning in that sort of a scenario, there are going to be millions upon millions of people on the other side that will feel like the election was stolen from them.

There are countless numbers of people out there that will never accept a Trump victory under any circumstances, and there are countless numbers of others that will never accept Joe Biden as president.

I feel like we are on the precipice of a really bad chapter in American history, and at this point it is going to take some sort of a miracle to avoid it.

Three things Americans are doing to prepare for election chaos, another coronavirus spike and deepening economic problems — End Of The American Dream

Biden Snaps At Reporter For Bringing Up Hunter Biden Controversy: ‘It’s All A Lie’ | The Daily Wire

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden became hostile toward a reporter on Saturday who brought up the controversy surrounding his son, Hunter Biden, and a laptop that allegedly belongs to his son.

Questions [and] controversy continue today about Hunter Biden, your son’s—” a reporter said before being cut off by Biden.

“There is no controversy about my son,” Biden claimed. “It’s all a lie. It’s a flat lie because the president has nothing else to run on. If you noticed, while the American people are talking about what’s happening to their families; he has no plan [and] at the debate, he has no plan.”

“Everything from The Wall Street Journal, every other major news outlet has said what he’s saying is simply not true about my son, but it’s classic Trump, classic Trump” Biden said. “And, uh, because he doesn’t want to talk about how manufacturing has gone into recession, how our economy’s in a hole, how we’re approaching a bleak winter. It’s estimated 200,000 more people will die of COVID if we don’t act more rapidly in terms of dealing with rational basis of social distancing, wearing masks, etc.”

“And what’s he do?” Biden continued. “He’s going around the country holding these great spreaders of more virus. So, he has nothing to say, think about it, what is his plan for the next four years, except more of the same?”

WATCH:

Biden did not elaborate on what he believes that has been reported that is a lie. The Director of National Intelligence, the FBI, and the Department of Justice have all said that the laptop was not the product of Russian disinformation, despite the media’s attempts to claim that it was. Fox News later reported that the laptop had allegedly been subpoenaed late last year by the FBI in connection to a money laundering investigation.

— Read on www.dailywire.com/news/biden-snaps-at-reporter-for-bringing-up-hunter-biden-controversy-its-all-a-lie

It’s Not About the Money or the Prostitutes – American Greatness

It’s about China, stupid. 

It’s not a Russian disinformation operation; it’s not a political dirty trick based on lies. Hunter Biden’s laptop is real. As are the emails and pictures on it. Here are the facts.

  • We have the actual service agreement signed by Hunter Biden from when he dropped his hardware. It is his signature at the bottom. 
     
  • We have confirmation of the veracity of the emails from those involvedin the Bidens’ money-laundering scheme. 
     
  • We have the FBI subpoena for the hard-drive with a “272-” prefix code indicating a money-laundering case. 
     
  • And both the FBI and the director of national intelligence, the man who sits atop all 17 federal intelligence agencies, have publicly confirmedthat there was zero indication of any foreign involvement in the laptop revelations, including Russian involvement.  

Additionally, America’s Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, has handed over his copies of the Biden hard drive to local police authorities in Delaware, where the laptop was abandoned, because it contained images that suggesting inappropriate sexual relations with an underage girl. This after Hunter Biden was linked directly to prostitution and indirectly to a human-trafficking ring in the official Senate report released before the laptop’s existence was revealed.

And then there is the Bobulinski press conference

Shortly before the second and final presidential debate, former Naval officer Tony Bobulinski held a remarkable press conference in which he disclosed that in 2015, when Joe Biden was still the vice president of the United States, Hunter Biden approached him to become the CEO of a new company called Sino Hawk. This company would become the vehicle through which millions of dollars would be funneled from Chinese state interests to the Bidens, monies earmarked for Joe Biden, along with the other members of his family. 

When the extent of the pay to play scheme grew too large and Hunter Biden overrode Bobulinski’s demands not to treat the firm simply as his family’s “piggybank,” the former Navy lieutenant decided to begin collecting evidence of the Bidens’ crimes. At the end of the press conference, he held up the three cellphones in his possession that hold all the relevant emails and text messages documenting the massive web of corruption, phones that Bobulinksi was to hand over to the Senate on Friday morning. 

Since then the FBI has stepped in and requested a meeting with the whistleblower to interview him about the revelations. What happens now is impossible to predict, given that the original Hunter Biden laptops were subpoenaed by the Bureau in December and deep-sixed into a government memory-hole until the New York Post and Giuliani told the world of their existence, 11 months after law enforcement had taken them into possession.

Naturally, for those who have followed these events, there has been an understandable focus on two themes: the sexual and the financial. Hunter Biden is a troubled man. Thrown out of the military for his drug use, he has slept with his dead brother’s widow and sired a child with a stripper from an establishment of ill repute he frequented regularly while indulging in his enduring drug habits. Then came the evidence of his endangerment of an underage girl

More salacious details likely will follow and if Hunter is guilty of being a pedophile, he should pay the full consequences for that. But the larger scandal, of course, is the one related to his business activities and the involvement of his father. From his employment by Burisma, one of the most corrupt energy companies in Eastern Europe, to the $3.5 million he received from the billionaire wife of the disgraced former mayor of Moscow, and on to the $1.4 billion deal he closed with the National Bank of Communist Chinawhen his father was vice president, and on, and on. This is a concatenation of scandals that would bring down a government, let alone a presidential campaign. 

But it’s not the prostitutes, the drugs, the money, or the bribery that are the real issues here. The crisis comes from the greatest source of the monies involved. Hunter Biden and the Bidens received millions from the Ukraine, millions from Russia, and millions even from Iraq. But they received more than $1 billion from our greatest enemy, Communist China.

China isn’t just another country. It isn’t our ally, our friend, or even our “competitor.” It is a nation that has vowed to replace America as the most powerful nation in the world. It has declared its plan to do so under its “Belt and Road Initiative,” and it has even revealed the unconventional forms of attack and subversion it is using to do so under the banner of “Unrestricted Warfare.” 

Now, the government of our most strategically significant adversary is on the cusp of potentially seeing a man who they have essentially “bought” take the White House, a man whose family has been enriched with blood moneygenerated by a regime that still maintains labor camps and where the one-party system crushes or “disappears” anyone who dissents. 

As such, the presidential candidacy of Joseph Robinette Biden represents the gravest of national security threats to the United States of America. November 3 is not just an election, it is our last chance as Americans to prevent our gravest enemy from achieving its greatest victory.

— Read on amgreatness.com/2020/10/25/its-not-about-the-money-or-the-prostitutes/

October 25th The D. L. Moody Year Book

O Lord, I beseech thee, let now Thine ear be attentive to the prayer of Thy servant, and to the prayer of Thy servants, who desire to fear Thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, Thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.—Nehemiah 1:11.

WHEN Nehemiah began to pray I have no idea that he thought he himself was to be the instrument in God’s hand of building the walls of Jerusalem. But when a man gets into sympathy and harmony with God, then God prepares him for the work He has for him. No doubt he thought the Persian king might send one of his great warriors and accomplish the work with a great army of men; but after he had been praying for months, it may be, the thought flashed into his mind:

“Why should not I go to Jerusalem myself and build those walls?”

Prayer for the work will soon arouse your own sympathy and effort.[1]

 

[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (p. 189). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

Trump To ‘Immediately Fire’ FBI, CIA Directors If Reelected | Zero Hedge

“Wray and Haspel are despised and distrusted almost universally in Trump’s inner circle.”

President Trump will ‘immediately’ move to fire FBI Director Christopher Christopher Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel, along with Defense Secretary Mark Esper, according to Axios – which spoke to “people who’ve discussed these officials’ fates with the president.”

And while the list of pink slips is allegedly much longer, Trump’s top priority is getting rid of Wray – whose FBI sat on alleged evidence of Biden corruption in Ukraine contained on Hunter Biden’s laptop (along with alleged child porn), while Trump was impeached for asking the Ukrainians to investigate exactly that.

According to Axios:

  • Wray and Haspel are despised and distrusted almost universally in Trump’s inner circle. He would have fired both already, one official said, if not for the political headaches of acting before Nov. 3.

Recall that Haspel served as station chief for the CIA’s London branch, and was – in Senator Rand Paul’s words, “a close acolyte of John Brennan” (who, as CIA chief, couldn’t legally spy on Americans on domestic soil). And what took place in London? For starters, the FBI’s spy operation spy operation on Trump campaign aides conducted by US intelligence operative Stephan Halper. Most notably, the UK-based Cambridge professor (and longtime US intelligence asset whose father-in-law was former director of the CIA, and who allegedly spied on the Carter administration), lured Trump aide George Papadopoulos into an espionage operation aimed at the Trump campaign – predicated on ‘Russian dirt’ rumors allegedly fed to him by a Clinton ally, Joseph Mifsud.

London was also the venue for a summer, 2016 meeting between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and Australian Diplomat Alexander Downer – another Clinton ally who claimed that Papadopoulos drunkenly admitted to knowledge that the Russians had Hillary Clinton’s emails.

More recently, Haspel was accused of personally blocking the release of documents exposing the Russiagate hoax. “This isn’t just a scandal about Democrat projection, this is a scandal about what was a coup planned against the incoming administration at the highest levels and I can report here tonight that these declassifications that have come out,” The Federalist‘s Sean Davis told FOX News host Tucker Carlson last month. “Those weren’t easy to get out and there are far more waiting to get out.”

Downer and Halper, meanwhile, are linked through UK-based Haklyut & Co. an opposition research and intelligence firm – founded by three former British intelligence operatives in 1995 to provide the kind of otherwise inaccessible research for select governments and Fortune 500 corporations.

Downer – a good friend of the Clintons, had been on Haklyut’s advisory board for a decade, while Halper is connected to the research firm through Director of U.S. operations Jonathan Clarke, with whom he has co-authored two books (h/t themarketswork.com). Also interesting via Lifezette – “Downer is not the only Clinton fan in Hakluyt. Federal contribution records show several of the firm’s U.S. representatives made large contributions to two of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign organizations.”

Back the the point – much of the Obama DOJ’s operation against the Trump administration occurred on UK soil when Haspel, a Brennan acolyte, was CIA station chief.

Accrording to Axios, “The view of Haspel in the West Wing is that she still sees her job as manipulating people and outcomes, the way she must have when she was working assets in the field.

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/political/trump-immediately-fire-fbi-cia-directors-if-reelected

October 25 Life-Changing Moments With God

Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

Lord Jesus, if two agree on earth concerning anything that we ask, it will be done for us by our Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in Your name, Lord Jesus, You are there in our midst. I have Your commandments, Jesus, and keep them, for I love You. And I, loving You, will be loved by the Father, and You will love me and manifest Yourself to me.

One asked, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” And, Jesus, You said that if I love You, I will keep Your word; and Your Father will love me, and You and Your Father will come to me and make Your home with me.

Now to You, Lord Jesus, who are able to keep me from stumbling, and to present me faultless before the presence of Your glory with exceeding joy, to You my Savior, who alone are wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.

Jesus, by the power of Your Spirit, enable me to keep Your commands so that You may know my love for You.

Matthew 28:20; Matthew 18:19–20; John 14:21; John 14:22–23; Jude 24–25[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 320). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

October 25, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

Fellowship

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (4:8a)

The third command is to draw near in intimate fellowship and communion with the living, eternal, almighty God. Salvation involves submitting to God as Lord and Savior, but also brings the desire for a true relationship with Him. Seeking salvation is seeking God (cf. Ps. 42:1; Matt. 7:7–11).

One of the primary functions of Old Testament priests was to “come near to the Lord [and] consecrate themselves” (Ex. 19:22; cf. Lev. 10:3; Ezek. 43:9; 44:13). Our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ, who brings us to God, prayed to His Father, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3), and later affirmed and defined those who believe in Him, praying that they “may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me” (v. 21). Above all else, the apostle Paul sought to “know Him [Christ] and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death” (Phil. 3:10).

“Drawing near to God” was in the Old Testament a general expression for the one who sincerely approached God in penitence and humility. Through Isaiah, the Lord said of those who came near Him hypocritically and superficially, “This people draw near with their words and honor Me with their lip service, but they remove their hearts far from Me, and their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote” (Isa. 29:13). But the psalmist declared, “As for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works” (Ps. 73:28).

David assures us that “the Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth” (Ps. 145:18). He counseled his own son Solomon, “Know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him” (1 Chron. 28:9; cf. 2 Chron. 15:1–2; Zech. 1:3). Through Jeremiah, the Lord promised, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13).

Because they are prompted by God’s own Spirit and accepted by the Lord Jesus (John 6:44, 65), those who seek to know, worship, and commune with God will be satisfied. As noted above, that was the Father’s will long before it was theirs (Rom. 8:29: Eph. 1:4–5). When they come to him like the prodigal son—in humility, penitence, and brokenness over their sin—the heavenly Father says to them, in effect, what that earthly father said to his son: “Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found” (Luke 15:22–24).

Jesus told the Samaritan woman from Sychar, “An hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23–24; cf. Phil. 3:3). The writer of Hebrews admonishes believers, “Let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.… Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water” (Heb. 4:16; 10:22).

In his message to the pagan philosophers on Mars Hill, Paul said,

While I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, “TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.” Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist. (Acts 17:23–28)

The redeemed heart longs for communion with God (Pss. 27:8; 63:1–2; 84:2; 143:6; Matt. 22:37).

Cleansing

Cleanse your hands, you sinners; (4:8b)

The fourth command in this invitation to salvation is Cleanse your hands, you sinners. The origin of this idea was in the Jewish ceremonial prescription for priests before they came before the Lord to offer sacrifices in the tabernacle or temple. God commanded Moses,

You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base of bronze, for washing; and you shall put it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and you shall put water in it. Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet from it; when they enter the tent of meeting, they shall wash with water, that they may not die; or when they approach the altar to minister, by offering up in smoke a fire sacrifice to the Lord. So they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they may not die; and it shall be a perpetual statute for them, for Aaron and his descendants throughout their generations. (Ex. 30:18–21; cf. Lev. 16:4)

The same figure was used by Isaiah to represent unrepented sin in those who presumed to worship God. Through that prophet the Lord warned His people: “When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood. Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil” (Isa. 1:15–16; cf. 59:2). David rejoiced thankfully that “the Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me” (Ps. 18:20).

Paul also used the condition of the hands to represent the external behavior of the life, saying, “I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension” (1 Tim. 2:8). “Holy hands” represent a spiritually and morally pure life, apart from which God cannot be approached. It is sin that separates depraved man from the holy God. Therefore, “No one who abides in Him sins,” John declares; “[and] no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him” (1 John 3:6). But although we can resist sin, temptation, and the devil, it is not in any person’s power—even the power of a believer—to cleanse himself spiritually. That is why our gracious Lord promises that, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). The command to cleanse your hands is therefore a command to submit (see James 4:7a) to God’s divine catharsis.

The fact that this command is specifically addressed to sinners is further evidence that James is speaking to unbelievers, calling them to repentance and a saving relationship with God. Throughout the New Testament, hamartōlos (sinners) is used only of unbelievers (see the texts listed below). Interpreters who insist that this overall passage (4:7–10) is addressed to believers must therefore hold that the use of the plural of hamartōlos in verse 8 is the only exception. But to make such a claim, especially for such a significant and commonly used word, is not justifiable without compelling evidence in the context. Such compelling evidence simply does not exist here.

From their ancient Scriptures, the Jews to whom James was writing would have understood that sinners referred to unbelievers. The perverted, ungodly “men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and sinners against the Lord” (Gen. 13:13). The book of Psalms begins with these words: “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers!” (1:1). Verse 5 of that psalm makes even clearer that “sinners” refers to the unsaved: “The wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.” David spoke of teaching transgressors the ways of God in order that “sinners will be converted to You” (Ps. 51:13). Isaiah declares that “transgressors and sinners will be crushed together, and those who forsake the Lord shall come to an end” (Isa. 1:28) and that “the day of the Lord is coming, cruel, with fury and burning anger, to make the land a desolation; and He will exterminate its sinners from it” (Isa. 13:9; cf. Amos 9:10).

Also in New Testament times, as clearly reflected in the gospels, hamartōlos was used of those who were hardened in sin, unrepentant, and blatantly immoral. Jesus admonished His hearers: “Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire compassion, and not sacrifice,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matt. 9:13). On another occasion He said, “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32; cf. Matt. 9:13; Mark 2:17). Before she was saved, Luke calls Mary of Bethany “a sinner” (Luke 7:37; cf. John 12:3). As he stood contritely in the temple, “the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’ ” (Luke 18:13). Paul reminds believers that “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8) and that, “As through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous” (5:19). In his first letter to Timothy, the apostle ranks sinners with the “lawless and rebellious, … the ungodly and … the unholy and profane” (1 Tim. 1:9). A few verses later he even more explicitly identifies sinners with the unsaved, saying, “It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (v. 15).

It therefore seems beyond doubt that, like the Old Testament and the rest of the New, James intended sinners to mean unbelievers, the unsaved.

Purification

and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (4:8c)

In this Hebraic parallelism, purify your hearts corresponds to “cleanse your hands” and you double-minded corresponds to “you sinners,” the second phrases adding a more specific dimension. Like David, James associates the outward sins of the hands with the inner sins of the heart. “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?” David asks. “And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood and has not sworn deceitfully” (Ps. 24:3–4; cf. 51:10). The unbeliever not only is to turn from outward sin but, even more important, from the inner sin of the heart from which all outward sin springs. “Out of the heart,” Jesus said, “come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders” (Matt. 15:19).

“Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem,” Jeremiah proclaimed, “that you may be saved. How long will your wicked thoughts lodge within you?” (Jer. 4:14). “Cast away from you all your transgressions which you have committed,” Ezekiel implores his fellow Israelites, “and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit!” (Ezek. 18:31). When that happens, the Lord promises,

Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. (36:25–27)

The eighteenth-century evangelist George Whitefield said, “Every man by his own natural will hates God. But when he is turned to the Lord by evangelical repentance, then his will is changed; then his conscience, now hardened and benumbed, shall be quickened and weakened; then his hard heart shall be melted, and his unruly affections shall be crucified. Thus, by that repentance, the whole soul will be changed, he will have new inclinations, new desires, and new habits.”

Dipsuchos (double-minded) literally means “double-souled,” and is used only by James in the New Testament (see also 1:8). This is the person who lacks integrity, who claims one thing and lives another. This is the hypocrite in the assembly of believers who is commonly confronted in James. Here is further proof that James is speaking of and to unbelievers. The Lord Himself made clear that “no one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other” (Matt. 6:24) and that “he who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters” (12:30). A double-minded person therefore could not possibly be a Christian.

Isaiah was calling on the double-minded sinner to purify his heart when he implored: “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon” (Isa. 55:6–7).[1]


8 By contrast, James exhorts his hearers to “come near to God,” an action that has its own result: “and he will come near to you.” The concept of drawing near to God occurs in relation to approaching God in priestly service (e.g., Ex 19:22; 40:4–6; Lev 10:3), and new covenant believers can draw near because they have a better hope through Christ’s sacrifice (Heb 7:19). To draw near to God means to approach him in prayer, to turn toward him and not away from him. The result will be that God himself will respond by approaching the one who approaches him. In other words, a healthy relationship will be reestablished. As was the case in the old covenant system of worship, part of the process of drawing near to God involves cleansing, which James states in parallel fashion: “Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” The images here, of course, are figurative and represent repentance from sin. The author has already mentioned the “double-minded” person in 1:8, and, as in that context, the double-minded people James has in mind are those with a divided commitment and questionable loyalties and therefore those who are unstable spiritually. These are “sinners” because they have not been committed resolutely to the ways of the Lord. Thus repentance is needed.[2]


8 Originally draw near was used of the Jewish priest drawing near in worship (Exod. 19:22; Lev. 10:3; Ezek. 43:19; 44:13), and then by a natural transition, of any approach to God. “God goes out,” as the rabbis taught, “to those who approach him.” On the other hand, the NT emphasis on God’s moving even toward the undeserving is, as C. G. Montefiore perceived, without precedent in Judaism;50 but “God loves,” as St. Bernard said, “both more than you love, and before you love at all.”

The call to cleansing seems to be bound up with the call to God—two aspects of one action. Although the language is Levitical, it is used here, as often by the rabbis, of spiritual and moral cleansing: God himself was once compared to a purifying ritual bath. Here hands and hearts symbolize deeds and thoughts respectively. From David’s prayer for a clean heart (Ps. 51:11) it was concluded that his yetser was unclean. Repentance is the sinner’s first step toward God; the Greek word54 is the usual strong word for sinners, and double-minded56 indicates the fundamental defect of these professing Christians (see 1:8).[3]


6.3.3.3. Drawing Near to God (4:8a)

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” This command, like the previous one, brings in its wake a promise. Both Testaments texts cited above speak of drawing near to God in the context of the flight of the evil one, so it is likely that James is drawing upon a traditional idea. In context, this line stands in dramatic contrast with 4:6b. Opposition to the proud stands in contrast to God’s drawing near to the one who draws near to God, which implies that drawing near is a dimension of humility, submission, and resisting the devil. The metaphor has several connections, not the least of which is to the prophetic summons for God’s people to draw near to God to hear him, to establish covenant relationship, and to turn from sin:

The spirit of God came upon Azariah son of Oded. He went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: The Lord is with you, while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you abandon him, he will abandon you. For a long time Israel was without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law; but when in their distress they turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought him, he was found by them (2 Chron 15:1–4).

Therefore say to them, “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts” (Zech 1:3).

Ever since the days of your ancestors you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts (Mal 3:7).

Other connections, and less likely in my opinion, would be the cultic expression of drawing near to the God of the Temple cultus even though the connection of drawing near and consecration is clearly at work in our text (cf. 4:8b). Thus, Exodus 19:22: “Even the priests who approach the Lord must consecrate themselves or the Lord will break out against them” (see also 24:2; Deut 16:16). Drawing on the cultic experience but closer to what James has in mind is Hebrews 4:16: “Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (cf. 7:19). Prayer, too, is sometimes described as confessional, elective drawing near to God and God being near to the one praying (Deut 4:7; Ps 145:18), but an important warning is that physical and verbal proximity is no substitute for inner vulnerability to God (Isa 29:13).

Drawing near to God, then, is about a person’s inner repentant disposition of vulnerability to God’s will (cf. Jas 1:21) and is combined with the attentive behaviors of doing God’s will. In short, it is repentance leading to holiness, faith accompanied by works, and hearing and doing. However it is understood, the act of God drawing near is God’s choice of restoring the relationship with those who have fractured the relationship. This language of drawing near to God and God drawing near to us reminds one of the powerful covenant formula of the Old Testament: “I will be your God and you will be my people” (e.g., Gen 17:2, 4, 6–8; Exod 6:2–8). James is speaking to teachers who have fractured the messianic community and is calling them to repentance in terms of drawing near to God if they wish to have God draw near to them.328 What that drawing near of God would look like is not clear, but surely James would be thinking of peace in the community and compassion for those in need—both emerging from a leadership that has been renewed through repentance.

6.3.3.4. Cleansing and Purification (4:8b)

The fourth set of categories James uses to summons the teachers to repentance, a classic example of synonymous parallelism, is drawn from the cultic world of purity, and to each imperative is attached a vocative:

Cleanse your hands,

 

you sinners,

 

Purify your hearts,

 

you double-minded.

 

The notable development in these two lines is the shift from “hands” to “hearts” to emphasize total purification, body and heart or outer and inner. It is possible, though hard to demonstrate, that “hands” speaks of behaviors and “hearts” of commitment. The more metaphorical and moral these images are, the less likely such a distinction can be sustained. Hands were used to offer gifts and sacrifices (cf. Lev 4:4; 14:15) and were cleansed as a form of purity (cf. Mark 7:2–5).

The first line is aimed at “you sinners.” Calling the teachers “sinners” is rhetorically strong and reminds one of 2:20 and 3:15 and especially of “adulteresses” in 4:4. The emotional intensity of this word, though, is matched by other verses in James, including 1:19–21; 2:4, 5–7, 14–17, 19, 20; 3:10, 15; 4:1–4, 12; and 5:1–6. James perceives the teachers in terms of faithlessness and falling short of God’s design and defilement by their desires and behaviors. Again, we are to think of passages like 3:1–12, 14–16; 4:1–4; and perhaps 2:1–4 to clarify the kind of sin involved. The teachers have defiled their hands with sin and are therefore called to “cleanse your hands.” This expression evokes the purification rituals of the priests (e.g., Exod 29:4; 30:19–21; 40:12; Ps 26:6), the people (Exod 19:10; Lev 15:5–8; 17:15–16), and the sacrifices themselves (Exod 29:17). The community at Qumran is a good example from the time of James (CD 10:11; 1QM 14:2; 4Q514 fragment 1 1:6). Furthermore, this language became metaphorical for moral purification (Isa 1:16; Jer 4:14), and that is the primary sense here. Surely also Psalm 24:3–4 is in the background to James’s statement:

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?

And who shall stand in his holy place?

Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,

who do not lift up their souls to what is false,

and do not swear deceitfully.

And the psalmist’s doubts emerge in similar words in Psalm 73:13: “All in vain I have kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence.”

The second line is directed at the “double-minded,” a word used elsewhere in James of the person whose confidence in God is shaken and whose faith is unstable (1:8). The issue here, however, is not a shaken faith. Instead, the teachers’ zeal and ambition have compromised their moral integrity in desiring friendship with the world (4:4) while leading the messianic community. The particular accusations can be found throughout 3:1–4:12. This is the third strong term in this chapter James uses for the failures of the teachers: “adulteresses” speaks to their infidelities, “sinners” to their failure to accomplish God’s designs, and “double-minded” to their lack of moral integrity. James urges the double-minded teachers to “purify your hearts.” The heart is for Judaism the core or center of a person with respect to behavior, faith, mind and emotion; it is, as it were, the core of one’s being and the moral compass. Thus, in James 1:26 the person who thinks herself religious, but lacks control of the tongue, deceives the heart. Envy and ambition, the central moral failing of the teachers, embed themselves in the heart (3:14) and the rich person’s luxury fattens the heart (5:5). Hence, another central moral exhortation in James is for the community to strengthen the heart in light of the Lord’s coming (5:8). The teachers must get the very center of their being purified. The leading word in James’s list of qualifiers of genuine wisdom is “pure” (hagnē, 3:17). Once again, we are led to the Jewish world of purification and the status of purity—that is, of being in right order before God so that one can enter the Temple. Thus, Moses and Joshua consecrated the people (Exod 19:10; Josh 3:5), the Nazirites were to purify themselves from wine and strong drink (Num 6:3) and the Levites purified themselves from sin and washed their clothes (8:21). Purification was made for sacred tasks (1 Chron 15:12, 14; 2 Chron 29:5, 15–19; 2 Macc 12:38). We find the same ideas in the New Testament (John 11:55; Acts 21:24, 26; 24:18). But this term, like “cleanse” in the previous line, became a metaphor for moral purity (1 Pet 1:22; 1 John 3:3).

It is easy to get lost in the variety of images James spills onto the page, and it is also easy to lose contact with James’s intent: to summon the teachers from their zeal, ambition, cravings, desires, and yearning toward envy to repentance. The next verse makes that intent clear.[4]


Come Near to God (4:8)

When we hear “Come near to God,” we might think of public worship or private prayers. “Come near” is sometimes the language of worship (Lev. 21:3; Isa. 29:13; Heb. 7:19), but James has not been discussing worship. Therefore, “come near” could mean returning to God in covenant renewal after straying. For example, God speaks through Malachi, saying, “Return to me, and I will return to you” (Mal. 3:7; cf. Zech. 1:2–3). In Hosea 12:6, the prophet links “return to your God” with “come near to your God.” It is certainly true that we may “come near” to God after sinning (perhaps after succumbing to temptation). But “come near” and “draw near” means more than “repent.” We come near to God to worship him, to serve him, to meet him, to seek help, and to gain assurance, as well as to repent. It is better, therefore, to conclude that James is offering a far-reaching promise, a promise that other gods do not make. When we draw near to God, he also draws near to us. As Moses asked, “What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?” (Deut. 4:7).

Wash Your Hands, You Sinners (4:8)

If a sinner comes near to the holy God, he will naturally want to repent of his sins. James says, “Wash your hands” (4:8). The hands represent actions or deeds (Gen. 3:22; 4:11; Ex. 3:20; Deut. 2:7; Ps. 89:21). Next he says, “Purify your hearts” (James 4:8). The heart represents motives or intentions. James censures the “double-minded.” The double-minded lack integrity. They pursue two things at once—service of God and service of self. James has already warned about double-mindedness, saying that the double-minded man asks and gets nothing (1:8). He is unstable. But godly wisdom is pure; it has clarity of purpose. True believers are bent on one thing, to seek and to find the Lord. The psalmist says:

Who may ascend the hill of the Lord?

Who may stand in his holy place?

He who has clean hands and a pure heart.…

He will receive blessing from the Lord

and vindication from God his Savior.

Such is the generation of those who seek him,

who seek your face, O God of Jacob. (Ps. 24:3–6)[5]


4:8 / Full repentance will mean purification. There is both promise and demand in the call Come near to God and he will come near to you. As a promise, there is the reciprocal promise of God: Turn to him and he will turn to you (Mal. 3:7), return to him and he will return (Zech. 1:3). God is a loving father waiting for the chance to respond to his children in forgiveness, but the demand states that they must repent and come near. This term normally indicates an activity of worship: All their church’s worship is not a coming near, for their community disharmony rooted in preoccupation with worldly success makes it unacceptable. “Come near,” calls God. “Worship me truly! Worship with obedience!” (cf. 1:27).

Continuing the metaphor, James cries, Wash your hands, you sinners. Worship in the Old Testament required cultically clean hands, so they were ritually washed before certain parts of the worship (e.g., Exod. 30:19–21). These Christians are at present unfit for worship because of their sin. The term sinners is strong, for James will not accept any excuse. Their actions are sin—plain, inexcusable sin. They will change their behavior (wash … hands) only when they accept this fact.

James moves from behavior to the inner problem when he demands: Purify your hearts, you double-minded. Again a ritual term from the Old Testament is selected (cf. Exod. 19:10), but the defilement now is not outward (e.g., from having touched a dead body) but inward. The nature of the purification necessary appears in the term double-, the same term found in 1:8, meaning, not a person consciously hiding his or her real motives but one who has divided motives. On the one hand, they wish to follow Christ and be good Christians; on the other hand, they are not willing to give up the world (cf. Rom. 6:8; 2 Cor. 5:11–17). They excuse their following worldly patterns of influence and money making (cf. 4:13–17). But James has already stated that God will not share them with the world; he wants them all (4:4). Thus they need to cleanse themselves inwardly from their worldly motives and to seek Christ and his kingdom alone.[6]


4:8 Come near to God … Wash your hands … purify your hearts. See Psalm 24:3–4. Hands represent actions, and hearts represent attitudes. Those who are engaged in envy and quarrels must both stop their contentious actions and change their proud attitudes. “Wash” and “purify” represent the holiness and separateness that are required for drawing near to God. See also Matthew 5:8; 2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1; Hebrews 10:22.

double-minded. The same word is used in 1:8 to speak of the person who is of two minds as to whether God will answer the request for wisdom. Here the immediate context is of readers who have been adulterous by being friends with the world while belonging to God. Many adulterers are of two minds as to what will truly make them happy, their spouse or their lover. James is accusing his readers of being of two minds as to whether following God or their own desires is the best way to achieve the blessings of life.[7]


Ver. 8.—Draw nigh to God (ἐγγίσατε τῷ Θεῷ) A phrase used of approach to God under the old covenant (see Exod. 19:22; 34:30; Lev. 10:3). Equally necessary under the new covenant is it for those who draw near to God to have “clean hands and a pure heart” (Ps. 24:4). Hence the following injunction: “Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double-minded.”[8]


8. Draw nigh to God. He again reminds us that the aid of God will not be wanting to us, provided we give place to him. For when he bids us to draw nigh to God, that we may know him to be near to us, he intimates that we are destitute of his grace, because we withdraw from him. But as God stands on our side, there is no reason to fear succumbing. But if any one concludes from this passage, that the first part of the work belongs to us, and that afterwards the grace of God follows, the Apostle meant no such thing; for though we ought to do this, yet it does immediately follow that we can. And the Spirit of God, in exhorting us to our duty, derogates nothing from himself, or from his own power; but the very thing he bids us to do, he himself fulfils in us.

In short, James meant no other thing in this passage, than that God is never wanting to us, except when we alienate ourselves from him. He is like one who brings the hungry to a table, and the thirsty to a fountain. There is this difference, that our steps must be guided and sustained by the Lord, for our feet fail us. But what some cavil at, and say, that God’s grace is secondary to our preparation, and as it were the waiting-maid, is very frivolous; for we know that it is no new thing that he adds new to former graces, and thus enriches more and more those to whom he has already given much.

Cleanse your hands. He here addresses all those who were alienated from God. And he does not refer to two sorts of men, but he calls the same sinners and double-minded. Nor does he understand every kind of sinners, but the wicked and those of a corrupt life. It is said in John 9:3, “God does not hear sinners;” in the same sense a woman is called a sinner by Luke. (Luke 7:36.) It is said by the same and the other evangelists, “He drinketh and eateth with sinners.” He, therefore, does not invite all indiscriminately to that sort of repentance mentioned here, but those who are wicked and corrupt in heart, and whose life is base and flagitious, or at least wicked; it is from these he requires a purity of heart and outward cleanliness.

We hence learn what is the true character of repentance. It is not only an outward amendment of life, but its beginning is the cleansing of the heart. It is also necessary, on the other hand, that the fruits of inward repentance should appear in the uprightness of our works.[9]


Ver. 8. Draw nigh to God.—

Draw nigh to God:—

  1. The duty here required of us by the apostle principally implies a life of prayer and devotedness to God, as contrasted with the careless indifference or the dull formality of nominal or pretended Christians.
  2. The encouragement given to perform this duty. What great reason have we to be animated in our Christian warfare by the presence and support of the Lord of hosts!

III. The importance of obeying this injunction to our final happiness and security. (John Grose, M.A.)

The reasonableness and blessedness of prayer:—Worshipping with a pious heart is evidently the manner of drawing nigh to God, which the apostle had in mind when he penned the text. Under the Jewish dispensation, drawing near to God in worship was a more literal thing than it is under the Christian dispensation. In the temple, God had His dwelling-place as a King in His palace. It will not be understood from this that Jewish worship was only of this outward, ceremonial character. The heart was required of them as well as of us (Isa. 29:13, 14). Nevertheless, under the Christian dispensation, the worship of God is more strictly of a spiritual character. The duty of worshipping God is no less the dictate of reason and of common sense, than of Scripture. It has been the sentiment of mankind, universally, that children ought to cherish peculiar respect for their parents. So men have always deemed it proper to specially regard and honour those high in authority. Can those who thus honour parents and magistrates deny the obligation to do homage to Him who is at once their Maker, their Sovereign, and their Judge? Prayer.

  1. Its reasonableness. 1. God has enjoined it. It must be counted reasonable to do what God has commanded, and most unreasonable to disregard His positive injunctions. “Men ought always to pray and not to faint.”—“Continuing instant in prayer.”—“Pray without ceasing.” 2. The reasonableness of prayer may be shown from the example of the Saviour. 3. The reasonableness of prayer is manifest when we consider what we are—(1) As needy and dependent creatures. Every hour of our lives brings with it wants which must be supplied, or we suffer and die. (2) As sinful and unworthy creatures. No one has, or can have, any other idea of prayer, than as being addressed to the mercy of God; and when that mercy invites us freely to come and make known our desires, it is most unreasonable in us not to avail ourselves of the privilege. (3) As dying and accountable creatures. Who can feel easy in view of future accountability, whose heart has never been sufficiently grateful to acknowledge the Divine goodness, nor sufficiently humble to confess its sins and seek the Divine forgiveness? 4. As showing the reasonableness of prayer, consider the benefits of a persevering attendance on this duty. Prayer is the way to a life of communion with God—a means of keeping up an acquaintance with, and of growing in the knowledge of God. It is a most excellent, yea, an essential means of nourishing the new nature, and of causing the soul to prosper. It is a good preservative from sin; as it is said, “praying will make us leave sinning,” or “sinning will make us leave praying.”
  2. The blessedness of prayer. 1. This may be seen by considering the nature of the exercise itself. Prayer usually embraces three things—praise, confession, and supplication. The ascription of praise to God is certainly a delightful exercise to every grateful heart. A grateful heart is burdened with a sense of obligation until it finds relief in rendering a tribute of thanks to Him who is the Giver of every good and every perfect gift. Confession of sin is a part of prayer full of blessedness. What a blessed hour was that to the poor prodigal when he came to himself, and said, “I will arise and go to my father.” Supplication, too, as a part of prayer, is a blessed exercise. 2. We may learn the blessedness of prayer by its effect on the character of him who offers it, and also by the blessings bestowed in answer to it. (F. Snyder.) Draw nigh to God:—
  3. Show with what tempers and dispositions of mind we must draw nigh to God. 1. If we are truly and devoutly desirous of drawing nigh to God, one of our earliest considerations will naturally be, how unfit we are to come to Him. This will lead us to a serious examination of ourselves: to a review of our past conversation; and a comparison of it with the rule of His commandments. 2. We must draw nigh to God with firm resolutions of continuing, through His grace, in His service during our whole lives. 3. We must draw nigh with sincerity. By sincerity I mean here a desire to know and do the whole will of God.
  4. There are proper places and times, as well as due dispositions, of drawing nigh to god. 1. Can we approach without ardent love? 2. It becomes us, when drawing nigh to God, to cherish the spirit of obedience. 3. Our most intense desires should ascend above all temporal blessings.
  5. The promise afforded. 1. Several things are implied in this promise. (1) It imports the manifestation of His presence. He is ever nigh, but He makes Himself known in a gracious manner only to those who seek Him. (2) It implies infinite condescension. 2. Several benefits are imparted by the fulfilment of this promise. (1) The mind derives from it pure and sacred pleasure. “A soul in converse with her God is heaven.” (2) A state of security ensues. If God draw nigh to us, it is not to forsake us immediately afterwards. But if God be with us, we have nothing to fear.

III. Considerations on the perfections of God and His relations to us, as motives and inducements for drawing nigh to Him. 1. In coming to God, we come to Him who is the blessed and only Potentate; the King of kings, the Lord of lords; who only hath immortality; who, by His word, framed the worlds; and, by the same word of power, upholdeth all things; in whom we live, and move, and have our being. 2. In coming to Him, we come to our Redeemer. 3. In coming to Him, we come to our Judge. (T. Townson, D.D.)

The approach of a devout mind to the Almighty:—1. There are certain indispensable prerequisites. (1) We must possess a knowledge of God. (2) We must be convinced of our dependent state. (3) We must embrace the plan of reconciliation by Jesus Christ. 2. There are certain dispositions which must be the accompaniments of prayer. (3) Communion begets resemblance. And can we have been often with the holy God, and not be holy? (O. A. Jeary.)

Drawing near to God:—1. Touching the commandment, and the precept enjoined, is to draw near to God. That we are commanded to draw near unto God, doth it not insinuate unto us that naturally we are estranged and alienated from Him? Isa. 59:2; Jer. 5:25). 2. To which short precept is set down a like promise: draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Which promise is as a reason to move us to draw near to God. He is ready to offer Himself, and is pressed at hand to all such as come near unto Him, to make them to feel the comfort of His presence. God may be said to draw near to man divers ways. (1) By the manifestation of His majesty, as to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and others (Gen. 12:7; 17:1; 18:1; 26:1; 28:13; 32:24; Exod. 33:23; 24:1; 3:2). (2) He draweth near also unto man by the revelation of His will. He drew nearest thus to Israel His people, to whom He gave His law and statutes, whereby He became familiar unto them. (3) By the graces of His Spirit, which imparting unto men He draweth near thereby unto them (John 14:18; Matt, 28:20; Acts 2:1; 3:3). (4) God draweth near to men by pouring out His temporal benefits upon them, health, wealth, honour, and sending them deliverance out of their trouble (Deut. 4:7; Phil. 4:5; Psa. 69:18; 119:151; 34:18; 46:1). (5) God draweth near unto men in offering His mercy, showing His favour, assisting with His help, multiplying His lovingkindness unto them. (6) God finally draweth near unto us in a spiritual union with man, through the incarnation of Jesus Christ, whereby God is united unto us and we to Him, by which means God dwelleth among us, and is made manifest in the flesh, as St. John and St. Paul speak. And therefore Christ is Emmanuel. Where, then, the apostle saith draw near to God, and He will draw near to you, he speaketh chiefly of drawing near by His grace, favour, mercy; who enlargeth His lovingkindness towards all those which with reverence and fear draw near unto Him. 3. These things thus set down, in the last place we are taught how we should draw near to God, which the apostle expresseth in these words: “Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purge your hearts, you double-minded.” (1) Men draw near to God by outward profession, though it be not always in sincerity of heart. Thus did the people of Israel in outward profession, and with their mouths, draw near to God, which as a token of hypocrisy is condemned (Isa. 24:13; 58:2, 3). (2) Men also draw near to God by faith in Jesus Christ, whereby they have entrance unto Him (Rom. 5:1). (3) Men draw near to God also by prayer, whereby we ascend, as it were, to heaven, and approach near to the presence of God. (4) Neither do men draw near to God by prayer only, but also by repentance, which is a returning again to God, whom, through the sins and iniquities of our lives, we have left and forsaken. (5) Men are said, moreover, to draw near to God when they seek to His holy ark, when they run to His Word to ask counsel. (6) By reposing all trust and confidence in God, and clinging constantly unto Him, whereof Psa. 73:28. (7) Of none of all these the apostle here seemeth to speak properly, bat of another drawing near, which is by purity and sincereness of life, whereof chiefly in this place he speaketh, which he commendeth unto us in these words, “Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purge your hearts, you double-minded,” which I take not for a new precept, but with Bede and others as the manner of performing that which is now enjoined. Let us then consider the place—1. In calling them sinners he meaneth not them which are subject by natural infirmity to the committing of sin, as all men are so long as they rest and remain upon the face of the earth, but hereby henoteth their heinous and horrible iniquities. 2. By wavering or double-minded he noteth the shameful hypocrisy which was crept in, even into their lives, which made some show of religion, and had a pretence of godliness, but in their hearts were full of ungodliness. 3. The words bearing this signification, the matter followeth, that men in purity and sincerity of their lives draw near unto God, which consisteth in two things. (1) In cleaning of their hands. (2) In purging of their hearts before God. (R. Turnbull.)

Communion with God:—

  1. The meaning. We are to understand it as conveying a gracious promise of conscious and sensible communion with the Father of our spirits.
  2. The manner. 1. The sinner must draw nigh unto God by the way of His own appointment, and that way is Christ. 2. In drawing nigh unto God a sinner must have a sense not only of his own unrighteousness, but of his own helplessness. 3. You must draw nigh to God in all His ordinances. 4. With clean hands and a pure heart.

III. The motives. 1. The graciousness of the invitation. 2. The greatness of the benefit to be secured. 3. The certainty of the result. 4. The dreadful consequences of continued estrangement. (Alex. Hislop.)

Communion with God:—If you saw two persons working together in the same shop, or the same field, both blessed with the faculty of speech, and delighting to converse with all others, but never conversing with each other, what would be your conclusion? That they loved each other? By no means; but the reverse. If you saw one person using every art to please another, and to draw him into conversation, and the second person avoided his presence, and refused intercourse, what would you think? That the second person loved the first? Surely not. It is our pleasure to be in the society of those we love, and to converse with them. Prayer is speaking to God. Worship is coming into His presence, and waiting upon Him—is listening to His voice.

Approaches to God:—The mother of Artaxerxes was wont to say, that they who would address themselves unto princes must use silken words: surely he that would approach unto God must consider, and look as well to his words as to his feet. He is so holy and jealous of His worship, that he expects that there should be preparation in our accesses unto Him: preparation of our persons by purity of life (Job 11:13); preparation of our services by choice of matter (John 9:1); preparation of our hearts by finding them out, stirring them up, fixing them, fetching them in, and calling together all that is within us to prevail with God. (Bp. Reynolds.) Let your laughter be turned to mourning.—

Carnal joy exchanged for godly sorrow:—1. It is a good exchange to put away carnal joy for godly sorrow; for then we put away a sin for a duty, brass for gold; yea, we have that in the duty which we expected in the sin, and in a more pure, full, and sweet way. God will give us that in sorrow which the world cannot find in pleasure; serenity, and contentment of mind. When the world repenteth of their joy, you will never repent of your sorrow (2 Cor. 7:10). The saddest duties are sweeter than the greatest triumphs, and the worst and most afflicted part of godliness is better than all the joys and comforts of the world. It is better to have your good things to come, than here (Luke 16:21). 2. An excellent way to moderate the excess of joy is to mix it with some weeping. The way to abate one passion is to admit the contrary: in abundance there is danger; therefore in your jollity think of some mournful objects. (T. Manton.)

Mourning for sin:—Mourn savourly and soakingly, with a deep and downright sorrow, so as a man would do in the death of his dearest friend. The Greek word, πενθήσατε, imports a funeral grief. (J. Trapp.)

Laughter turned to mourning:—Turn all the streams into one channel, that may drive the will, that may grind the heart. Meal was offered of old, and not whole corn. (Ibid.) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift you up.—

Living as in God’s sight:—The heart is naturally at enmity with God. Hence humility is the first of Christian virtues: not that God wishes to see us debased, but that self-abasement is in accordance with the truth of our character, and is the way to exaltation. To use a very rude metaphor, just as a man cannot go up another hill till he has gone down the one on which he happens to be, so a soul cannot be exalted in God until it has thoroughly come down from self. And what is that exaltation which God accomplishes for the soul? It must be the only true and permanent exaltation. Exaltation in Satan’s kingdom must be debasement, for it is exaltation in sin, and sin depresses and debases. The exaltation, then, in this case must be an illusion. The true exaltation must be in the truth. It must be in the region where God dwells. It must be in righteousness and holiness. Such an exaltation implies satisfaction and joy. It also implies its own continuance, because of its Divine character. It is man’s finality in the kingdom of God as contrasted with his finality in the kingdom of Satan. There is one phrase especially in our text on which we desire to lay stress: “In the sight of the Lord.” Our humility is to be wrought in His sight. This implies, in the first place—1. That the humility is not a humbling of ourselves before our fellow-men. The abjectness and servility of one man to another are not pleasing to God. If we injure our fellow-man, we are to take the attitude of penitence before him. But, this exceptional case aside, no man is to humble himself before his fellow-man. 2. The believer’s humility is therefore, in the second place, a true humility. It will not do to present to God the outward prostration for the inward repentance, the words of humility for the self-renunciation of the heart. A true humility is alive, and bears fruit in a new and holy life. A true humility sees the truth regarding itself, that the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, and cries out for God. The man abandons self for God. He abhors self, and finds a refuge in Jesus Christ, who is made unto him wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. This is the glorious “lifting up” which always accompanies a true humility. “What!” says an objector, “is that a true humility which is humble in order to be exalted?” Yes, it is. It would not be if the exaltation were to be in the line of the humility; that is, if the man was to be exalted in the very pride from which he humbles himself. But when the man is to be exalted by the Divine grace and the Divine Spirit, that is a true humility which foresees this exaltation, and acts in view of it. It is not a humility of despair, but of faith. It know its own worthlessness, but it knows also the Lord’s grace. 3. The believer’s humility, being in the sight of the Lord, implies a life in the sight of the Lord. He sees Him who is invisible, and his motives come from that source, so invisible to the world. The Lord’s light shines on him, and that light reveals sin in the heart. He is never found justifying himself, or flattering himself with human purity and excellence. His comfort comes from no such proud and false source, but from resting his evil heart on the pardoning and cleansing love of his Redeemer. And in that love he finds a true holiness springing up in his soul. 4. The believer’s humility implies a life of prayer. We cannot see God without praying to Him as the source of pardon and holiness, the only guardian and guide of the soul. (H. Crosby, D.D.)

Humility explained, and its necessity enforced:—Humility stands opposed to pride. And as pride consists in our entertaining higher ideas of ourselves than truth will warrant, and in our presuming upon these, both in feeling and in practice, as if they were just and correct, so humility consists in our entertaining accurate notions of what we really are in relation to some one above us, and in preserving that station which a regard to our real merits requires us to occupy, as to the sentiments we cherish and the conduct we maintain, with respect to those under whom we are placed. The humility inculcated in my text is humility in reference, not to another creature more exalted than ourselves, but to God, who is immeasurably exalted above all creatures. And in this simple relation, even though we had done nothing to offend Him, humility is at once graceful and necessary; for, as we owe everything to Him, and as we depend upon Him for everything, it would be presumptuous, undutiful, to have one thought towards Him or to make one movement before Him, which proceeded on the supposition that we were not so indebted and so dependent. But the humility enjoined upon us not only respects our relation to God as His creatures, whose every faculty must be traced to Him—it also respects our relation to Him as His sinful creatures—who are thus removed at a still greater distance from Him than they naturally were, and liable to His high and holy indignation. When we exhort you to be humble, we do not exhort you to think yourselves worse or meaner than you really are. We only exhort you to form a just and precise valuation of what you really are, as compared with what you ought to be, according to the rule which has been Divinely enacted, and to maintain the conduct which such an appreciation is calculated to produce. And this exhortation is highly important in the first place, because, unless we have just notions of what we are as sinners, we can neither perceive the value, nor be prepared for the reception of any scheme that may be devised for our deliverance; and in the second place, because, among the principles of our fallen nature, pride is that which has perhaps the greatest ascendancy over our minds, and prevents us from giving heed to those considerations which go to determine what we really are, and by doing so, to fix us at our proper level. The great and vital fact with respect to you is, that you are stained with sin. There may be an endless variety in the mode and in the measure of sinning with which different individuals are chargeable. Do not suppose that you have any refuge in the paucity of your misdeeds. It is the nature of sin itself, and not its multiplicity merely, which subjects you to degradation. It is its power in the soul, and not its actual and manifold exhibition in the outward conduct, by which you are debased. But which of you can venture to say that your transgressions are few in number? Consider the extent—the strictness—the spirituality of that law to which you are subject. That is the measure of your sinfulness; and if your humility should be in proportion to your sinfulness, what limit can be set to it? Humility, however, is so mortifying to the human mind, that before it can obtain a settlement there, every attempt is made to discover reasons for believing that it is neither necessary nor appropriate. And one of the most common refuges in which the natural pride of man fortifies itself, is the self-righteous plea of what is called innocence and amiableness of character. Granting that you are as harmless as amiable, as deserving of esteem as you are thought to be, still it is all unavailing. The essential excellence of what is done by a moral agent, consists in its recognition of the existence, and in its submission to the will of Him who ruleth over all. And yet God has not been in all your thoughts, and God has not been in all your ways. And the pervading guilt which such a consideration throws into it is incalculably aggravated by your not only resting upon its merits with satisfaction, but actually supposing it sufficient to secure the favour of that very Being whom it has so dishonoured, neglected, and disowned. But we must not neglect to remind you of that affecting display of the evil of sin, and of the degradation of the sinner, as these appear in the sight of the Lord which has been made in the Cross of Christ. Could such a sacrifice as this, think you, have been demanded by “the Father of mercies,” the possessor of infinite wisdom, the God of righteousness and justice, if it had not been necessary for the purpose for which it was required—the expiation of human guilt, and the deliverance of those to whom it attached, from the degradation and the ruin into which it had brought them? Had we nothing more to tell you than that you are sinners, it would only fill you with mortification, hopelessness, and anguish. But after having told you all that we can add intelligence as pleasing as that which went before it was painful. We can speak of blessings that are to follow in its train, and that are sufficient to compensate you a thousand-fold for all the distress which may have been inflicted upon your feelings by our delineations of the abject state to which you are reduced as transgressors. We would persuade you to humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, that He may, in consequence, “lift you up.” This is the arrangement established by the Author of salvation. The humility that is enjoined is connected with the privilege that is to follow it, in another way than that of either natural or acquired right. The connection is just as necessary, but it is of a different kind. When the sinner is made humble, he is merely undergoing a part of that moral process which must take place, in order that he may be raised from the death of sin to the life of holiness and peace. If you feel and cherish that humbleness of mind which just conceptions of your guilty and depraved and wretched condition are calculated to generate; and if in the midst of this self-reproach you are ready to throw your fortunes unreservedly upon the merits of that dispensation which Divine grace offers to you as your all-sufficient refuge, then there is no insuperable barrier between you and the salvation which you need. The devices of God’s wisdom become acceptable to you, the offers of His mercy become welcome to you, the hopes of His favour become precious to you, the whole manifestation of His redeeming love becomes available to you. (A. Thomson, D.D.)

Humility in God’s sight:—In one of our western cities is a physician who is very skilful in doctoring the human eye. I went one day into his office. On the wall was a large painting of an eye. It seemed to look at me when I went in. I could get into no part of the room without the eye seeing me; and the last thing that I saw as I went out was that eye looking at me. 1 have often thought of that picture, and said to myself, that in some such way God’s all-seeing eye follows me all my life through. And it makes me feel humble, and leads me to be careful; humble, because I must be so small, so weak, and so wicked in God’s sight; careful, for surely I shall want God to see only that which will please Him as He shall look me through and through. (J. G. Merrill.)

Deep root, tall growth:—As a tree, the more deeply it is rooted in the earth, the taller it groweth and mounteth the higher; even so a man, the more humble and lowly that he is, the more and higher doth the Lord exalt him.

Christian humility the way of an exaltation:—Our humiliations work out our most elevated joys. The way that a drop of rain comes to sing in the leaf that rustles in the top of the tree all the summer long, is by going down to the roots first, and from thence ascending to the bough. (H. W. Beecher.)[10]


4:8 “Draw near to God” This is an AORIST ACTIVE IMPERATIVE. This verse reflects OT regulations for the priests that now are applicable to all believers (cf. Ex. 19:22). The collective title for the OT Levitical priests has now been transferred to all of the NT saints (cf. 1 Pet. 2:5, 9; Rev. 1:6). Notice the covenantal reciprocal requirement—believers draw near and God draws near (cf. 2 Chr. 15:2; Zech. 1:3; Mal. 3:7).

© “He will draw near to you” This is not a works-righteousness emphasis, but a promise that God responds to faith (cf. Ps. 145:18).

© “Cleanse your hands, you sinners” This is another AORIST ACTIVE IMPERATIVE. (cf. Ps. 24:3–6; Isa. 1:16). Notice that James calls believers “sinners”! This also relates to the ceremonial purification worship rites of OT priests (cf. Ex. 30:17–21; Ezek. 44:15). It became an OT idiom for the turning from and removal of sin (cf. Deut. 21:1–9; Ps. 24:4; 26:6). The “hand” becomes a revealer of the “heart.” We become what we think, what we dwell on mentally. Believers need to have clean hearts and hands, as well as a single commitment to God (which is the exact opposite of a double-minded person, cf. 1:8; 4:5).

There is a good article on “Washing Hands” in Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, pp. 362–3.

© “purify your hearts” This is another AORIST ACTIVE IMPERATIVE. This is not just outward ceremonial cleansing but inward spiritual cleansing (cf. Jer. 4:14; 1 Pet. 1:22; 1 John 3:3). The covenant has requirements!

© “you double-minded” This same descriptive term is used of believers with unanswered prayers in 1:5–8. Here it is used of believers again. James is clearly asserting that believers’ motives and lifestyles make a real difference in the way one experiences the Christian life. Peace, security, joy, and effectiveness are not automatic.[11]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1998). James (pp. 205–210). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Guthrie, G. H. (2006). James. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, p. 256). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Adamson, J. B. (1976). The Epistle of James (pp. 174–175). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[4] McKnight, S. (2011). The Letter of James (pp. 349–353). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, UK: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[5] Doriani, D. M. (2007). James. (R. D. Phillips, P. G. Ryken, & D. M. Doriani, Eds.) (pp. 149–150). Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing.

[6] Davids, P. H. (2011). James (pp. 102–103). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[7] Samra, J. (2016). James, 1 & 2 Peter, and Jude. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (p. 53). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books: A Division of Baker Publishing Group.

[8] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). James (p. 56). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[9] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Catholic Epistles (pp. 334–335). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[10] Exell, J. S. (n.d.). The Biblical Illustrator: James (pp. 379–384). Cincinnati; Chicago; Kansas City: Jennings & Graham.

[11] Utley, R. J. D. (2000). Jesus’ Half-Brothers Speak: James and Jude (Vol. Volume 11, pp. 56–57). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

October—25 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink, in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.—Mark 9:41.

How little is this attended to, in the charities of life! I fear, that even the soul which loveth Jesus most, doth not regulate his alms, whether of this world’s goods, or of prayer, or of good wishes, when he giveth them, by this blessed standard. Dost thou not, my soul, plead guilty to the charge? Heavenly Lord! enlighten mine eyes to see thee in all thy representatives. And when I have only the cup of cold water to bestow upon any poor needy creature, let me give that, in thy name! “Do you belong to Christ?” should be the only question. This is a claim which carries every thing before it. Is it Jesus, who, in the person of his poor members, asketh the alms? Doth the Lord of life and glory condescend to be beholden to the poor creatures of his bounty; and of his own absolutely receives as a loan or debt? Surely the most selfish heart might here covet to be liberal. But, alas! love to Jesus is at too low an ebb to swell the tides for pouring into the parched ground of our neighbour’s vineyard, from such principles. My soul, let this charming scripture be henceforth much upon thy mind. Take it about thee whithersoever thou goest. Look out for the Lord’s poor, and so far read their characters, as to see that they belong to Christ. And if thy Lord hath made thee his almoner, if it be no farther than to minister the cup of cold water; yet let that cup be given in his name, and because they belong to Christ. Methinks, had it pleased my heavenly Father to have intrusted me with ample circumstances, I should rejoice to follow the plan of his bounties, “who maketh his sun to rise upon the evil and upon the good; and sendeth the blessings of his rain both upon the just and the unjust.” But even then, amidst the indiscriminate scattering of temporal blessings all around, the given cup of cold water to one of thine, thou blessed Jesus, because he belonged to thee, would be a cordial to my own heart, that needed no higher joy than the inexpressible felicity of testifying that myself, as well as the receiver, were both the Lord’s poor, and the Lord’s property.[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 305–306). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

Beijing Bribery – Bartiromo Releases Exclusive Segment With President Trump: “Deep Seated Corruption” and DC “People are Protected”… — The Last Refuge

During an interview segment with Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson discussing the Chinese pay-offs to the Biden family, Ms. Bartiromo plays an audio soundbite from President Trump outlining the motive for DC to blame Russia not China.

As noted by President Trump the DC system cannot use China as the foil for their political attack narratives because Beijing has used financial schemes as an intelligence operation to compromise most of the more influential politicians.   The Chinese payments to Joe Biden and family are only one example; there are likely dozens of high-powered DC politicians who have taken bribes from the Chinese Communist Party; thus DC has willfully created a corrupt system of mutually assured destruction… ergo they must ignore.

Once you realize that Beijing has paid-off top level DC politicians for influence operations, you are well positioned to think about how much the Chinese Communist Party has paid to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Tom Donohue inc etc.  Once that light-bulb goes off you start to rethink the background motives for the number one lobbyist in Washington DC… and then suddenly a lot of things make a lot more sense. 

(Source – Open Secrets)

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Once you start to realize is that “lobbying” is merely the mechanism, then you can see how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the bag-man.

♦ Hunter Biden was the bag-man for the Biden family gathering up payments from foreign entities, laundering them through false businesses, and then redistributing the payments to the family members.

♦ Tom Donohue is the bag-man for the Chamber of Commerce gathering up payments from foreign entities, laundering them through the chamber, and then redistributing them to the DC politicians from K-Street.

It’s the exact same process.

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(2018 – Open Secrets)

And remember, it’s the lobbyists who actually write the legislation.

Beijing Bribery – Bartiromo Releases Exclusive Segment With President Trump: “Deep Seated Corruption” and DC “People are Protected”… — The Last Refuge

Media Deliberately Ignore U.S. Intel To Keep Falsely Labeling Biden Bombshells ‘Russian Misinformation’ — The Federalist

Media Deliberately Ignore U.S. Intel To Keep Falsely Labeling Biden Bombshells ‘Russian Misinformation’

By early last week, the myth of Russian disinformation peddled by a media desperate to avoid coverage of compromising information on Joe Biden had been debunked by U.S. intelligence.

On Saturday, the Washington Post published a “perspective” calling on media to label Joe Biden’s scandals “foreign misinformation” even though top U.S. intelligence officials went on record days before to call that claim utterly false.

“We must treat the Hunter Biden leaks as if they were a foreign intelligence operation – even if they probably aren’t,” wrote Johns Hopkins University Professor Thomas Rid.

In the 12 days since the New York Post dropped its first blockbuster story exposing content from a Delaware computer suspected of belonging to Hunter Biden, that’s exactly what the media has done, with the help of Big Tech.

Immediately after the Post published its first in a series of exposés on the Biden laptop showing that Joe Biden had been lying about never discussing business with his son “or with anyone else,” Twitter and Facebook weaponized their monopoly over the digital public square to suppress the reporting. CNN, the Washington Post, and The New York Times, which would typically deploy their full resources to any minor revelation from the Trump White House without scrutiny, took hours to publish anything related to the Hunter Biden emails.

Any time legacy media drops a supposed “bombshell” on Trump, it immediately hits the front pages.

Still waiting on NYT, WaPo, and CNN however to write anything on the @nypost‘s actual bombshell on Joe Biden lying about what he knew of his son’s overseas business interests. pic.twitter.com/amcilH0cv0

— Tristan Justice (@JusticeTristan) October 14, 2020

ABC, CBS, and NBC gave the bombshell stories less than 15 minutes of coverage between the three networks out of 51 hours of news programming in the days after the news broke.

When the nation’s legacy outlets finally did offer the Biden scandals more attention, the coverage characterized the New York Post’s reporting as Russian disinformation.

US media outlets outside of right-wing sites were desperate not to report the Hunter emails and to block their reporters from doing so. So they just started printing that it was “Russian disinformation,” knowing there was no basis for that, until they could figure out what to do.

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 25, 2020

“A tabloid got a trove of data on Hunter Biden from Rudy Giuliani. Now the FBI is probing a possible disinformation campaign,” headlined USA Today.

“Is the Trump Campaign Colluding with Russia Again?” titled an op-ed by a New York Times columnist.

National Public Radio (NPR) was far more direct, telling readers outright that the taxpayer-funded outlet just wasn’t going to cover the Biden stories because its leftist editors believe it “doesn’t amount to much.”

Why haven’t you seen any stories from NPR about the NY Post’s Hunter Biden story? Read more in this week’s newsletter➡️ https://t.co/CJesPgmGvo pic.twitter.com/jAi7PnpbZf

— NPR Public Editor (@NPRpubliceditor) October 22, 2020

Here’s a screenshot of what came up when independent journalist Matt Taibbi searched for information regarding Biden and Ukraine. Google results were littered with “fact-checks” from mainstream outlets as opposed to the exhaustive reporting offered to any of the other media-manufactured scandals to plague Trump in the last four years.

By early last week, the myth of Russian disinformation peddled by a media desperate to avoid compromising information on their preferred presidential candidate had been debunked by the FBI, the Department of Justice, the Department of National Intelligence, and the Department of State.

That hasn’t stopped legacy outlets, however, from denying even the potential that the reporting about the recovered Delaware laptop may possess legitimacy. The Biden campaign still has not refuted the authenticity of the content found on the laptop hard drive.

“It can’t be verified,” CBS’s Lesley Stahl told President Donald Trump during their interview for Sunday’s “60 Minutes,” which was preemptively released by the White House. “It can’t be verified.”

“What can’t be verified?” a justifiably confused Trump responded.

“The laptop!”

Days later, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour deployed the same strategy to dismiss the reporting on Biden’s laptop as Russian disinformation.

“Are you comfortable with the president of the United States being close to a person like Rudy Giuliani who says also that he is not bothered whether any of the information comes from Russian hacking?” Amanpour asked Republican National Committee spokeswoman Elizabeth Harrington.

“Are you comfortable that CNN used Russian disinformation from a Russian asset to leak it to subvert the peaceful transfer of power?” Harrington shot back. “That reporting on the [Steele] dossier – which was complete verified Russian disinformation – is it not? Is it not? … Everything that Democrats accuse us of doing is what they themselves did.”

Amanpour brushed off Harrington’s criticism, arguing it was the U.S. government making claims that Giuliani, who handed the Delaware computer over to the New York Post, had met with someone suspected of being a foreign asset.

“You know what also the United States government says?” Harrington said. “The FBI says this laptop is not Russian disinformation. So what are you talking about here? This laptop is real.”

Amanpour responded by claiming that reporting means ignoring on-the-record statements from all the nation’s top intelligence agencies to float unsubstantiated conspiracy theories.

“I’m a journalist, and a reporter and I follow the facts. And there has never been any issues in terms of corruption,” Amanpour said of the Biden family.

“How do you know that?” Harrington challenged.

“I’m talking about reporting, and any evidence,” Amanpour said.

When Harrington called on Amanpour and the rest of the media to start doing journalism by engaging in rigorous digging and verification, Amanpour scoffed.

“No! We’re not going to do your work for you.”

Tristan Justice is a staff writer at The Federalist focusing on the 2020 presidential campaigns. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.

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Media Deliberately Ignore U.S. Intel To Keep Falsely Labeling Biden Bombshells ‘Russian Misinformation’ — The Federalist

October 25 Thoughts for the quiet hour

The eleven disciples went … into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.… Jesus came and spake unto them saying … Go ye and teach all nations

Matt. 28:16, 18, 19

The considerable actions in the world have usually very small beginnings. Of a few letters, how many thousand words are made! Of ten figures, how many thousand numbers! A point is the beginning of all geometry. A little stone flung into a pond makes a little circle, then a greater, till it enlarges itself to both the sides. So from small beginnings God doth cause an efflux through the whole world.

Charnock[1]

 

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

1 out of 5 Churches May be Closing Soon | Zwinglius Redivivus

According to a study by Barna Group, 65% of American churches have seen a decrease in contributions during the pandemic. A staggering 1 in 5 churches may be forced to close their doors in the next 18 months, the study said.

It’s a reckoning that has been anticipated for decades as church attendance has slowly waned and Americans have steadily decreased the proportion of their charity designated to churches. Thirty years ago, about 50% of all charitable donations went to houses of worship; by the time the coronavirus struck, that number had shrunk to about 30%. Though giving to other sectors was up overall for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, donations to religious institutions dropped by a whopping $3 billion.

To be sure, most won’t care.  Read the whole.

Source: 1 out of 5 Churches May be Closing Soon

James Dobson calls out Biden’s ‘lunacy’ on transgenderism | WND

Joe Biden at the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (C-SPAN video screenshot)

James Dobson, the founder of the James Dobson Family Institute and the host of the “Family Talk” radio program, is calling out Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for his “lunacy” regarding transgenderism.

Biden recently supported the idea of a young boy becoming a young girl.

“Where is the outrage in response to this lunacy? Joe Biden appears to be under the very mistaken impression that teaching our children the truth about biological reality constitutes discrimination,” he wrote on his website. “He couldn’t be more wrong, and his distorted view is equally alarming. Indeed, world-renowned Swedish psychiatrist Dr. Christopher Gillberg has said that pediatric transition is ‘possibly one of the greatest scandals in medical history.'”

Dobson said that leading children “down a path toward social and medical ‘transition’ is not compassionate—it’s an act of cruelty! ”

“Puberty blockers are administered to pre-pubescent children to prevent them from experiencing puberty,” he said. “If a child doesn’t go through this natural stage of development, he or she will likely be sterile for life, a medical fact that many gender clinics expressly admit. This evil practice must be stopped!”

Dobson said “experimenting on our children doesn’t help them—it harms them for a lifetime.”

“And contrary to Joe Biden’s claims, teaching kids the differences between boys and girls is not restrictive; it’s reality. There is a portion of our society that wants to eliminate—or deny—any differences between men and women. This is wrong! We were made in God’s own image—male and female (Genesis 1:27). We should celebrate—not deny—these differences. Men and women each contribute immeasurably to the human race, to marriage, to family and to culture. Why would we deny these realities?”

He said Biden “may not be willing to stand up for children and for truth, but I am! Are you?”

Biden made the comment in an ABC townhall when he responded to the mother of a “transgender daughter.”

He promised to eliminate any executive orders that “discriminate” against transgendered people and promised to make it possible for young children to change their gender.

 

The question came from Mieke Haeck, who described being the “proud mom” of two girls, 8 and 10.

“My youngest daughter is transgender,” she said.

She charged that the Trump administration has “attacked” transgenders by banning them from the military and more.

She asked Biden what he would do.

“I will flatout just change the law, eliminate those executive orders, number one,” the Democratic presidential nominee said.

USA Today last month assembled a list of cases through which transgender activists and others are using a recent Supreme Court decision to establish special rights.

In June, the Supreme Court redefined “sex” in the 1964 federal law banning employment discrimination, granting gay, lesbian and transgender workers protection.

It’s already having a ripple effect, as Justice Samuel Alito predicted.

Alito charged that the majority in the Bostock decision exceeded its role as the interpreter of the Constitution.

“There is only one word for what the court has done today: legislation,” he wrote.

He pointed out that the body responsible for legislation, the Congress, has proposed such measures but they have failed.

“The document that the court releases is in the form of a judicial opinion interpreting a statute, but that is deceptive,” he wrote. “Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination on any of five specified grounds: ‘race, color, religion, sex, [and] national origin.’ … Neither ‘sexual orientation nor ‘gender identity’ appears on that list. For the past 45 years, bills have been introduced in Congress to add ‘sexual orientation’ to the list, and in recent years, bill have included ‘gender identity’ as well. But to date, none has passed.”

He also warned the decision was guaranteed to “have far-reaching consequences.”

They include allowing boys who say they’re girls to compete with biological girls in athletic competitions, and girls who say they’re boys to use boys’ showers.

“We will not be able to avoid those issues for long,” Alito said. “The entire federal judiciary will be mired for years in disputes about the reach of the court’s reasoning.”

Already, USA Today reported, federal judges from New York to Florida to Idaho have cited the Supreme Court’s ruling to justify expanding transgender rights beyond the workplace.

Dobson has dedicated his career as a psychologist, Christian leader and broadcaster to “preserving the biblical institutions of marriage and family by encouraging, inspiring, supporting, and leading parents and children to build their lives on God’s Word.” His radio broadcasts are heard weekdays on more than 1,300 radio outlets. He’s written 71 books on the family, and he’s advised five U.S. presidents on family issues. Along with an earned Ph.D., he holds 17 honorary doctoral degrees.

Source: James Dobson calls out Biden’s ‘lunacy’ on transgenderism

Tapper Grills Pelosi For Refusing To Pass COVID-19 Relief Bill: ‘You Could Take Yes For An Answer’ | The Daily Wire

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, speaks about The Heroes Act, a $3 trillion bill to aid in recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, May 12, 2020.SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) struggled during a CNN interview on Sunday to answer why she is refusing to pass a COVID-19 relief bill to help struggling Americans.

CNN’s Jake Tapper noted during the segment that the Trump administration has “moved closer” to Pelosi’s positions “on lots of issues” in an effort to help the country, which Pelosi denied.

“And also same thing, they keep moving the goalposts,” Pelosi claimed. “They, every time they say we move the goalposts, that means they’re projecting what they did.”

“I get that you’re waiting for it on paper. But it just seems like, you’re winning. I mean, that’s what it seems like to me,” Tapper said. “I’m looking at all the things that the White House is moving forward to your position on. And it seems like you could take yes for an answer.”

Tapper made mention of the fact that poverty levels have surged as tens of millions of Americans have gone on unemployment benefits due to the pandemic.

Tapper also noted that three Democratic governors have urged Pelosi and others to put political differences aside and pass a “much-needed COVID-19 relief bill.”

“In addition, one of your own members, Congressman Max Rose, said this week that the Democratic Party needs to learn, to a certain extent, how to declare victory and go home,” Tapper said. “You’re getting a lot of messages from Democrats saying: This is good enough. We need to say yes.”

Pelosi downplayed the messages, saying, “that is not a lot of messages.”

WATCH:

 

TRANSCRIPT:

JAKE TAPPER, CNN HOST: So, we know that the White House has moved closer to your position on lots of issues, coronavirus testing, contact tracing strategy, unemployment benefits, local government — local government…

NANCY PELOSI, HOUSE SPEAKER: No, no. Excuse me. They haven’t yet.

TAPPER: They haven’t?

PELOSI: That’s what we’re waiting for.

We’re waiting for the final yes.

TAPPER: Well, they — so, they said they would.

PELOSI: But they haven’t yet.

TAPPER: And you’re waiting to see it on paper.

PELOSI: They haven’t yet.

And also same thing, they keep moving the goalposts. They — every time they say we move the goalposts, that means they’re projecting what they did.

But let’s just — let’s be hopeful. We’re nine days before an election.

TAPPER: Yes.

PELOSI: We’re trying to unify the country.

And one way to do it is to come together to crush the virus, so that we can open our economy, open our schools, feed our people, 17 million children food-insecure in our country.

TAPPER: Right. I…

PELOSI: But, again, the answer is, crush the virus.

TAPPER: So, I get that.

But it just seems like they keep moving closer and closer.

PELOSI: They don’t.

TAPPER: I get that you’re waiting for it on paper. But it just seems like, you’re winning. I mean, that’s what it seems like to me.

I’m looking at all the things that the White House is moving forward to your position on. And it seems like you could take yes for an answer.

PELOSI: Well, as soon as they say, this is it.

We — in our negotiations, yes, that is the case. But then they take it back. And when they come back, it isn’t always — it isn’t what we anticipated.

So, I’m hoping, tomorrow, Monday, the secretary — I — I sent over on Friday the list of the concerns that we still had about, what are — what is the answer? What is the answer? What is the answer?

And my understanding is, he will be reviewing that over the weekend, and we will have some answers on Monday.

TAPPER: So, more than 23 million Americans are on unemployment benefits right now, as you know.

PELOSI: Yes.

TAPPER: One study shows the poverty rate is higher now than it’s been in the whole pandemic.

PELOSI: Exactly.

TAPPER: Three Democratic governors in the Midwest, Whitmer of Michigan, Evers of Wisconsin, and Walz of Minnesota, three Democratic governors wrote to you, President Trump, and other congressional leaders saying, among other things — quote — “We implore you to put differences aside and agree to another much needed COVID-19 relief bill.”

PELOSI: Right.

TAPPER: In addition, one of your own members, Congressman Max Rose, said this week that the Democratic Party needs to learn, to a certain extent, how to declare victory and go home.

You’re getting a lot of messages from Democrats saying: This is good enough. We need to say yes.

PELOSI: Welcome to my world. That is not a lot of messages, although I respect each and every one of them.

The fact is, if we don’t agree to the science to crush the virus, if they did what is in our bill that science dictates that we do, then, if we do that, we can lower the incidence of the virus in certain areas, open schools, open businesses and the rest.

If we don’t, we’re just giving money to the president to spend any way he wants. And that has not been in furtherance of crushing the virus. So, again, in terms of — we all want an agreement. Nobody wants it more than the House Democrats. We represent these people.

We have been fighting for food for the hungry…

TAPPER: Right.

PELOSI: … rent assistance for those who may be evicted.

But, most importantly, we really have to stop the spread of the virus.

TAPPER: So…

PELOSI: And it’s, what, nine months later.

TAPPER: Yes, no, I hear you.

PELOSI: … and they still will — have refused to honor science with the solutions.

And then, of course, we’re praying for the vaccine, and, hopefully, that will be soon.

TAPPER: Yes.

PELOSI: But many more people will die in the meantime.

Source: Tapper Grills Pelosi For Refusing To Pass COVID-19 Relief Bill: ‘You Could Take Yes For An Answer’

Tapper Grills Pelosi For Refusing To Pass COVID-19 Relief Bill: ‘You Could Take Yes For An Answer’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) struggled during a CNN interview on Sunday to answer why she is refusing to pass a COVID-19 relief bill to help struggling Americans. CNN’s Jake Tapper noted during the segment that the Trump administration has “moved closer” to Pelosi’s positions “on lots of issues” in an effort to help the […]

Source: Tapper Grills Pelosi For Refusing To Pass COVID-19 Relief Bill: ‘You Could Take Yes For An Answer’

Kanye: ‘One of the most racist things’ is liberals suggesting ‘black people can’t make decisions for ourselves’

Kanye West said the “one of the most racist things” he’s witnessed since hitting the campaign trail is liberals suggesting “black people can’t make decisions” on their own.

Source: Kanye: ‘One of the most racist things’ is liberals suggesting ‘black people can’t make decisions for ourselves’

Ice Cube defends partnership with Trump to invest in black communities

Hip-hop heavyweight Ice Cube pushed back Sunday defending allying with President Trump to develop a plan to invest in black communities — saying he presented his ideas to both campaigns, and Trump’s was the one that sat down with him.

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Kanye West Says ‘Abortion Culture’ Is How 1,000 Black Children Are Aborted a Day: ‘We Are in Genocide’

Kanye West has put pro-life issues at the center of his 2020 presidential campaign. So it was no surprise when the fashion mogul and Grammy-winner said during an interview with Joe Rogan that black Americans are “in genocide” because of an “abortion culture” in America in which 1,000 black babies are aborted each day.

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