Daily Archives: January 19, 2021

In Farewell Address, Trump Urges Americans to Pray for Biden Administration and Country’s Success — Faithwire

In a 20-minute farewell address published Tuesday afternoon, outgoing President Donald Trump expressed his pride in having served as the 45th commander-in-chief and urged Americans to come together in prayer for President-elect Joe Biden and for the continued success of the country.

Standing behind the presidential podium and flanked by four American flags, the 74-year-old Trump said he is “truly proud of what we have achieved together,” adding, “We did what we came here to do — and so much more.”

“This week,” he continued, “we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous.”https://www.youtube.com/embed/6h5_d3DUdR4?feature=oembed

“We extend our best wishes,” Trump said, referring to Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. “And we also want them to have luck — a very important word.”

Trump, who has said he will not attend Biden’s inauguration Wednesday, is leaving office at a time when the American people are bitterly divided.

He explained in his final speech from the White House that the “greatest danger” ahead for Americans “is a loss of confidence in ourselves, a loss of confidence in our national greatness.”

“A nation is only as strong as its spirit,” Trump said. “We are only as dynamic as our pride. We are only as vibrant as the faith that beats in the hearts of our people. No nation can long thrive that loses faith in its own values, history, and heroes — for these are the very sources of our unity and our vitality.”

Trump, who then pivoted to addressing the importance of protecting the freedom of speech, encouraged Americans to spend time “focusing on what we have in common, the heritage that we all share.”

“At the center of this heritage is also a robust belief in free expression, free speech, and open debate,” the president said. “Only if we forget who we are and how we got here could we ever allow political censorship and blacklisting to take place in America. It’s not even thinkable. Shutting down free and open debate violates our core values and most enduring traditions.”

“In America,” Trump continued, “we don’t insist on absolute conformity or enforce rigid orthodoxies and punitive speech codes. We just don’t do that. America is not a timid nation of tame souls who need to be sheltered and protected from those with whom we disagree. That’s not who we are. It will never be who we are.”

The Republican leader praised the American people for always displaying “unmatched courage, confidence, and fierce independence,” describing those characteristics as the “miraculous traits that once led millions of every day citizens to set out across a wild continent and carve out a new life in the great West.”

“It was the same profound love of our God-given freedom that willed our soldiers into battle and our astronauts into space,” Trump said. “As I think back on the past four years, one image rises in my mind above all others: Whenever I traveled all along the motorcade route, there were thousands and thousands of people. They came out with their families so they could stand as we passed and proudly wave our great American flag.”

That gesture from his supporters, Trump explained, “never failed to deeply move me.” He went on to say those who waved their flags when his motorcade drove by weren’t doing so just to show their support for him. Instead, Trump said, “They came out to show me their support and love for our country.”

Trump’s address comes on the eve of Biden’s inauguration and less than two weeks after a fringe group of pro-Trump rioters breached the U.S. Capitol in what ultimately morphed into a violent and deadly melee.

The scene that unfolded in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6 left Americans “horrified,” according to the president, who described political violence as “an attack on everything we cherish as Americans” and something that should “never be tolerated.”

Six people — including two Capitol Police officers — died as a result of the mob riot. In the wake of the attack, the Democrat-led House of Representatives impeached Trumpfor a second time, many arguing it was the president’s own rhetoric and his oft-repeated claim that the 2020 election was stolen that triggered the violent uprising. Ten Republicans voted with the Democrats in support of the impeachment.

“Now, more than ever, we must unify around our shared values and rise above the partisan rancor and forge our common destiny,” Trump said Tuesday.

Watch the full farewell address in the video above.

In Farewell Address, Trump Urges Americans to Pray for Biden Administration and Country’s Success — Faithwire

Roe v Wade at 48 Years — VCY America

Date:  January 19, 2021  
Host: Jim Schneider   
​Guest: Brad Mattes 
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January 22, 2021, marks the 48th anniversary of the infamous Roe vs Wade Supreme Court decision in which a majority of the court said it was ‘legal’ to take the life of an innocent human being in the womb.  Now 48 years later the blood of over 62.5 million is on their hands. 

Something else ought to shock you.  Did you know there have been more deaths by abortion in the first 19 days of 2021 worldwide than have died worldwide of cornonavirus in all of 2020 and 2021 combined?  As of 1:45pm Central Time on the day of this broadcast, the number of deaths from COVID, since it broke out a year ago, was 2,058,259 worldwide, but in just the first 19 days of 2021 there were 2,166,622 abortions.  That’s over 100,000 more abortions in 2021 alone compared to all the COVID deaths since the start of the pandemic.  

This week we are in a transition from one administration that has respect for life in the womb, to a new administration that favors the taking of life in the womb and forcing taxpayers to fund it.

Joining Jim for discussion concerning numerous life related issues was Brad Mattes.  Brad is the president of Life Issues Institute, the pro-life grass-roots partner of the Susan B. Anthony List Education Fund.  Life Issues Institute was founded in 1991 to serve the educational needs of the pro-life movement.  Brad is the host of Life Issues, a daily radio commentary and also producer of multiple pro-life specials including one they have recently released, We Will Be Their Voice: The New Pro-Life Generation.

President Trump showed support for life from day one of his presidency and that continued until the end.  Brad noted that one of his first acts was the Mexico City Policy now known as the Global Protect Life Rule.  It protected about a half-billion in tax dollars from being used to promote or provide abortions overseas.

Conversation then moved to one of Trump’s last acts as president.  This was his proclamation declaring January 22, 2021, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day.  This is quite a change coming from a man who just a few years before running for president supported partial birth abortion.

As the first president to address the March for Life and looking at his life record overall, one can see that he set the bar very high for any future pro-life president.  As Brad declared, ‘It just goes to show that you should never underestimate what God will do with a human heart in the ways that He will use him for His kingdom.’

Much more was covered on this broadcast including:

  • Brad’s thoughts concerning the judicial appointments at the Supreme Court.
  • What might Joe Biden do in the early days of his administration to thwart the pro-life cause?
  • Who are some of the Biden cabinet nominees and how might they affect abortion in America?
  • What’s happening in the states concerning abortion?

Learn where we go from here, and what can be expected in the battle for life, when you review this edition of Crosstalk.

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Roe v Wade at 48 Years — VCY America

January 19 Evening Quotes of the Day

Forgetting the Prize
Titus 3:3–5; 1 Corinthians 9:24; Psalm 90:12

It is a most lamentable thing to see how most men do spend their care, their time, their pains, for known vanities, while God and glory are cast aside; that He who is all should seem to them as nothing, and that which is nothing should seem to them as good as all; that God should set mankind in such a race where heaven or hell is their certain end, and that they should sit down, and loiter, or run after the childish toys of the world, and so much forget the prize that they should run for.

RICHARD BAXTER

Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

“What Is Truth?”
John 18:38

“What is truth?” said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer.

FRANCIS BACON

Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

January 19 Evening Verse of the Day

4:4 Rejoice. The theme of joy is prominent in Philippians. The command to rejoice can always be obeyed, even in the midst of conflict, adversity, and deprivation, because joy rests not on favorable circumstances, but “in the Lord.” Paul uses repetition to emphasize this truth.[1]


4:4 Rejoice The motif of maintaining joy in the midst of suffering is common in Paul’s writings (Col 1:24; 2:5; 1 Thess 1:6; 2 Cor 8:2).[2]


4:4 Rejoice. The joy that Paul calls for is not a happiness that depends on circumstances but a deep contentment that is in the Lord, based on trust in the sovereign, living God, and that therefore is available always, even in difficult times.[3]


4:4 In the midst of difficulties, in the midst of all situations, Christians are to rejoice. The joy of Christians is not based on agreeable circumstances, instead it is based on their relationship to God. Christians will face trouble in this world, but they should rejoice in the trials they face because they know God is using those situations to improve their character (James 1:2–4).[4]


4:4. Paul’s second encouragement is to rejoice in the Lord. As the committed disciple considers Christ and His sacrifice for him, he should always be joyful for both the possession of eternal life and the opportunity to serve Him. Circumstances should not determine the level of joy in the life of the believer, for circumstances are often difficult and disagreeable. Relationship with Christ is the governing dynamic of joy. As the believer selflessly makes Christ his priority, selflessly rests in His positional righteousness, and purposefully lives for Him with an eternal perspective, joy will flow more naturally from a grateful heart and mind.[5]


4:4 Turning now to the entire church, Paul repeats the favorite exhortation. The secret of his exhortation is found in the words in the Lord. No matter how dark the circumstances of life may be, it is always possible for the Christian to rejoice in the Lord.

Jowett shares his experience regarding Christian joy:

Christian joy is a mood independent of our immediate circumstances. If it were dependent on our surroundings, then, indeed, it would be as uncertain as an unprotected candle burning on a gusty night. One moment the candle burns clear and steady, the next moment the blaze leaps to the very edge of the wick, and affords little or no light. But Christian joy has no relationship to the transient setting of the life, and therefore it is not the victim of the passing day. At one time my conditions arrange themselves like a sunny day in June; a little later they rearrange themselves like a gloomy day in November. One day I am at the wedding; the next day I stand by an open grave. One day, in my ministry, I win ten converts for the Lord; and then, for a long stretch of days, I never win one. Yes, the days are as changeable as the weather, and yet the Christian joy can be persistent. Where lies the secret of its glorious persistency?

Here is the secret. “Lo! I am with you all the days.” In all the changing days, “He changeth not, neither is weary.” He is no fairweather Companion, leaving me when the year grows dark and cold. He does not choose my days of prosperous festival, though not to be found in my days of impoverishment and defeat. He does not show Himself only when I wear a garland, and hide Himself when I wear a crown of thorns. He is with me “all the days”—the prosperous days and the days of adversity; days when the funeral bell is tolling, and days when the wedding bell is ringing. “All the days.” The day of life—the day of death—the day of judgment.[6]


rejoicing in him (4:4)

4:4. Sometimes the trials and pressures of life make it almost impossible to be happy. But Paul did not tell his readers to be happy. He encouraged them to rejoice in the Lord. In fact, he said it twice in verse 4 (cf. 3:1; 1 Thes. 5:16). Christ is the One in whom the sphere of rejoicing was to take place. Surely there are many circumstances in which Christians cannot be happy. But they can always rejoice in the Lord and delight in Him. Paul himself was an excellent example of one who had inner joy when external circumstances—such as persecution, imprisonment, the threat of death—were against him.[7]


4 Yet again the theme of joy comes out in this letter as the apostle calls on his readers to rejoicealways, and he says in the Lord, repeating that phrase yet again: ‘stand firm in the Lord’ (1), ‘agree … in the Lord’ (2), now Rejoice in the Lord. The whole of Christian living is a matter of that relationship with the living Lord Jesus, in the atmosphere of his presence and all-enabling grace.[8]


4:4. Again Paul returns to the key theme of this letter: joy. He calls believers to rejoice at all times and repeats the call for emphasis. This includes the bad times as well as the good (compare Jas. 1:2–5). Christians should be known as joyful people. Such joy resides not in circumstances or positive attitudes toward life. Joy reigns in the heart only when Christ is Lord of life. Joy is always in the Lord.[9]


4:4 There are two PRESENT ACTIVE IMPERATIVE forms of the term “rejoice” in v. 4. The term can be translated as a farewell, but in this context they must be translated “rejoice” (cf. 1 Thess. 5:16). This is a major theme in Philippians. Notice the number of times the terms “all” and “every” are used in vv. 4–13 as in 1:1–8. Joy must not be linked to circumstances. The key is the believers’ relationship to Christ (“in the Lord”).[10]


4. Once again, as so often before, the apostle stresses the duty of rejoicing. He says, Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. The exhortation is repeated, probably because on the surface it seems so unreasonable to rejoice in obedience to a command, and perhaps even more unreasonable to rejoice always, under all circumstances no matter how trying. Can one truly rejoice when the memory of past sins vexes the soul, when dear ones are suffering, when one is being persecuted, facing possible death? But there is Paul, who does, indeed, remember his past sins (Phil. 3:6; cf. Gal. 1:13; 1 Cor. 15:9), whose friends are really suffering (Phil. 1:29, 30), who is even now a prisoner facing possible death; yet, who rejoices and tells others to do likewise! It is evident from this that circumstances alone do not determine the condition of heart and mind. A Christian can be joyful within when without all is dark and dreary. He rejoices in the Lord, that is, because of his oneness with Christ, the fruit of whose Spirit is joy (Gal. 5:22). This is reasonable, for in and through Christ all things—also those that seem most unfavorable—work together for good (Rom. 8:28).

It was not unreasonable for Paul to exhort the Philippians to rejoice, for the disposition of joy can be and should be cultivated. This can be done, as the apostle indicates in the context (see verse 8), by meditating on the proper subjects, that is, by taking account of the things that should stand out in our consciousness. For Paul such reasons for joy, the joy unspeakable and full of glory, were the following: that he was a saved individual whose purpose was in his entire person to magnify Christ (1:19, 20); that this Savior, in whose cross, crown, and coming again he glories (2:5–11; 3:20, 21; 4:5), was able and willing to supply his every need (4:11–13, 19, 20); that others, too, were being saved (1:6; 2:17, 18), the apostle himself being used by God for this glorious purpose; that he had many friends and helpers in the gospel-cause, who together formed a glorious fellowship in the Lord (1:5; 2:19–30; 4:1, 10); that God was causing all things, even bonds, to work together for good (1:12–18; cf. Rom. 8:28), so that even death is gain when life is Christ (1:21, 23); and that at all times he has freedom of access to the throne of grace (4:6). Let the Philippians meditate on these things and rejoice, yes rejoice always.[11]


4. Turning from the personal address of verses 2 and 3, the apostle confronts the whole church with a stirring call to rejoice in the Lord (see note on 3:1), followed by instruction in the practice of Christian virtues (vv. 5–9).

The appeal to constant rejoicing (cf. 1 Thess. 5:16) is no empty phrase. To a company of Christ’s people, who were in doubt and fear (1:28) and set in the midst of a hostile world (2:15), this assurance rings out like a clarion call, and is repeated so that its message may not be misunderstood. Paul has the supreme qualification to issue the call, for he himself is engrossed in ‘the same struggle’ (1:30) as that which the Philippians are facing; and, as they remember, his first visit (Acts 16:19–24) was the occasion of an impressive victory of faith and joy over despair (Acts 16:25). In the Lord is the governing factor in the exhortation. It is the Philippians’ faith in the Lord which makes rejoicing in the throes of opposition a glorious possibility, as Bonnard finely comments: ‘The Pauline appeals to joy are never simply encouragements; they throw back the distressed churches on their Lord; they are, above all, appeals to faith.’[12]


Rejoice in the Lord (v. 4)

This joy-intoxicated man could not stress too much the importance of his fellow-believers rejoicing, but, as always, the cause of the Christian’s rejoicing is the Lord. Paul is not calling here for some kind of general, happy optimism that has no basis. There are no reasons for rejoicing without the Lord, but with him there is no end to such reasons.

Paul’s formula for joy is apparent in this letter. We can summarize it by saying we must have:

  • the cause of Christ as our priority. That cause, of course, includes the fellowship, the furtherance and the faith of the gospel (1:5, 12, 27);
  • the character of Christ as our pattern. This is the character of sacrificially giving one’s self up in the interest of others (2:5–8);
  • the comprehension of Christ as our passion. This means crying out with Paul ‘that I may know Him’ (3:10);
  • the care of Christ as our peace, which the apostle is about to express (4:6–7).

Those who put these items on their personal agenda and seriously pursue them will find that Paul has indeed given a foolproof formula for joy. They will not have to seek it because it will have sought and found them.[13]


4:4 Now that he has concluded the main letter body (1:27–4:3), Paul begins this new section with a series of commands and reminders in rapid-fire succession. This verse contains the first two of the seven imperatives in 4:4–9, and should be understood as giving examples of what it means ‘to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure’ (2:12–13).

Although this verse begins a new section, the command here in 4:4 does flow naturally out of the last line of 4:3. Paul concludes that verse by reminding those involved in the dispute between Euodia and Syntyche that their names are written in the book of life. As a result, it makes sense that Paul would then command the Philippians to Rejoice in the Lord always. Echoing the same admonition from 3:1, Paul reminds the Philippians that the Lord Himself is the source of our joy, not the circumstances in our lives which are subject to change at a moment’s notice. As Fowl aptly notes:

Joy is not so much a spontaneous emotion as a response formed in those who can read the economy of God’s activity in particular ways and are able to act in conformity with that unfolding story. Joy is the appropriate response when one rightly perceives the unfolding of God’s drama of salvation even in the midst of suffering and opposition.

And the call to rejoice is not something merely for certain times in our lives; we are to rejoice in the Lord always. Just as Paul always mentions the Philippians in his prayers (1:3–4) and always desires Christ to be exalted in his body (1:20), so also the Philippians should rejoice in the Lord always (cf. 1 Thess. 5:16). Just to be clear, Paul repeats himself for emphasis: again I will say, rejoice! Paul’s point could not be clearer—joy should be one of the defining marks of a believer regardless of circumstances.

It is both helpful and humbling to keep in mind that Paul did not write these words as an armchair theologian, sipping a caffè latte in the comfort of an air-conditioned office. He wrote as a prisoner! He was a man who knew many pains and disappointments, physical and otherwise (cf. 2 Cor. 11:23–33). When he urges the Philippians—and us—to rejoice, irrespective of circumstances, he is holding out a cup from which he himself has drunk deeply.[14]


In the final set of imperatives in v. 8 Paul will sanctify as equally Christian the best of Greco-Roman virtues. He begins, however, with what is distinctively Christian. Combining the “framing” exhortation of 3:1 (“rejoice in the Lord”) with the “staccato” imperative that began the Thessalonian triad (“rejoice always”), he says it one more time, this time with verve: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say it, Rejoice!”20

“Joy,” unmitigated, untrammeled joy, is—or at least should be—the distinctive mark of the believer in Christ Jesus. The wearing of black and the long face, which so often came to typify some later expressions of Christian piety, are totally foreign to the Pauline version; Paul the theologian of grace is equally the theologian of joy. Christian joy is not the temporal kind, which comes and goes with one’s circumstances; rather, it is predicated altogether on one’s relationship with the Lord, and is thus an abiding, deeply spiritual quality of life. It finds expression in “rejoicing,” which is not a Christian option, but an imperative. With its concentration “in the Lord,” rejoicing is “always” to mark their individual and corporate life in Philippi. The presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives and in their midst meant the experience of joy, whatever else may be their lot. In this letter the “whatever else” includes opposition and suffering at the hands of the local citizens of the empire, where Caesar was honored as “lord.” In the face of such, they are to “rejoice in the Lord always.”

Although a recurring motif in this letter, joy is not a random motif. The word group appears 16 times, equally divided between Paul’s joy and theirs. He begins by reminding them of his own joy as he prays for them (1:4), which he also experienced over their recent gift to him (4:10). Indeed, they will be his “joy” and “crown” when Christ comes (4:1). Meanwhile, his own “rejoicing in the Lord always” in his imprisonment (1:18 [2x]) serves as paradigm for their rejoicing in suffering (2:17–18), a joy which he longs for them to bring to full measure by having one mindset (2:2).

Likewise, references to their joy are integral to the concerns of the letter. Two occurrences are case-specific (2:28, 29, renewed joy over the return of Epaphroditus). The others frame the two main hortatory sections that make up the heart of the letter (1:27–2:18; 3:1–4:3). The motif begins in 1:25, where Paul expects to be with them again “for their progress and joy” in the gospel. This is followed immediately, given his current absence, by the exhortation to steadfastness and unity, which concludes (2:18) with the double imperative, (a) to “rejoice” since their own suffering is a “sacrificial offering” to God, and (b) to “rejoice with me” inasmuch as his suffering is the accompanying drink offering. Thus joy in suffering is part of the friendship motif, of their mutuality in Christ. Likewise the second exhortation (3:1–4:3), which began with warning and appeal and concluded with the twin appeals to steadfastness and unity, is framed by the exhortation to “rejoice in the Lord,” and now to do so “always,” even in the midst of their presently untoward circumstances.[15]


4 The conclusion to the letter begins in 4:4. Paul’s letter endings vary widely and lack any formal pattern, but he usually concludes with a battery of ethical imperatives. Here he begins by repeating the call to “rejoice in the Lord.” Since joy is commanded, it is not a feeling like happiness. It is a mental attitude, a life stance. Whereas happiness depends on what happens, joy does not. Joy derives from a conviction that, despite present circumstances, God is in control and will save those who belong to Christ. Joy derives from the Philippians’ union with Christ, the promise of the resurrection, and their partnership with one another.[16]


Maintaining a Spirit of Joy

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! (4:4)

This verse expresses the theme of the book of Philippians, that believers are to rejoice in the Lord always (cf. 3:1). Joy is such a vitally important factor in believers’ spiritual stability that Paul repeats his command for emphasis: again I will say, rejoice! This repetition presupposes the reality that it was not easy to be joyful. The Philippians needed to rise above their circumstances.

Some, wrongly identifying joy as a purely human emotion, find Paul’s twice-repeated command to rejoice puzzling. How, they ask, can people be commanded to produce an emotion? But joy is not a feeling; it is the deep-down confidence that God is in control of everything for the believer’s good and His own glory, and thus all is well no matter what the circumstances. Chairete (rejoice) is a present imperative, calling believers to the continual, habitual practice of rejoicing. Neither Paul’s imprisonment nor the Philippians’ trials should eclipse their joy.

It is true that believers often cannot find reason to rejoice in their specific circumstances. Certainly the general wickedness, sorrow, misery, and death in the world evoke no joy. Nor are people a reliable source of joy, since they can change, hurt, and disappoint. The only sure, reliable, unwavering, unchanging source of joy is God. That is why Paul commands believers to rejoice in the Lord. The phrase in the Lord introduces an important principle: Spiritual stability is directly related to how a person thinks about God. No one has stated that truth more clearly than A. W. Tozer. In his classic book on the attributes of God, The Knowledge of the Holy, Tozer wrote,

What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.

The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God. Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God.

For this reason the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like. We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God. This is true not only of the individual Christian, but of the company of Christians that composes the Church. Always the most revealing thing about the Church is her idea of God, just as her most significant message is what she says about Him or leaves unsaid, for her silence is often more eloquent than her speech. She can never escape the self-disclosure of her witness concerning God.

Were we able to extract from any man a complete answer to the question, “What comes into your mind when you think about God?” we might predict with certainty the spiritual future of that man. (Reprint; New York: Harper & Row, 1975, 9)

Knowledge of God is the key to rejoicing. Those who know the great truths about God find it easy to rejoice; those with little knowledge of Him find it difficult to rejoice. God gave the Psalms to Israel in poetic form so they could be easily memorized and set to music. The first three verses of the book of Psalms promise blessings to those who meditate on Scripture:

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! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers. (Ps. 1:1–3)

It is from that knowledge of God and repeated recitation and singing of His nature and attributes that believers’ joy flows. So deep was the apostles’ knowledge of God’s character and purposes that even suffering for Jesus Christ was a cause of joy: “So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name” (Acts 5:41).

Moses’ father-in-law Jethro “rejoiced over all the goodness which the Lord had done to Israel, in delivering them from the hand of the Egyptians” (Ex. 18:9; cf. Deut. 26:11). After the dedication of the temple, Solomon “sent the people to their tents, rejoicing and happy of heart because of the goodness that the Lord had shown to David and to Solomon and to His people Israel” (2 Chron. 7:10).

Believers rejoice in the contemplation of God’s redemption. In 1 Samuel 2:1, “Hannah prayed and said, ‘My heart exults in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord, my mouth speaks boldly against my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation.’ ” In Psalm 13:5 David confidently asserted, “I have trusted in Your lovingkindness; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation” (cf. Pss. 21:1; 35:9; 40:16; Isa. 61:10; Hab. 3:18). In Psalm 71:23 the psalmist exulted, “My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to You; and my soul, which You have redeemed.”

Another reason for believers to rejoice is that God has promised to supply all their needs. Paul reminded the Philippians, “God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19). In the Old Testament counterpart to that promise, the psalmist wrote, “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord gives grace and glory; no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Ps. 84:11). In the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord Jesus Christ made God’s promise to provide for believers’ needs unmistakably clear:

Why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear for clothing?” For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matt. 6:28–33)

Paul rejoiced because of the privilege of serving God. To Timothy he wrote, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service” (1 Tim. 1:12). He also rejoiced when God’s truth was proclaimed (Phil. 1:18). Paul’s declaration to the Philippians earlier in this epistle, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (1:21), reveals that even the prospect of death could not quench his joy. The confidence “that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38–39) produces both deep-seated joy and spiritual stability.[17]


[1] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1724). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Php 4:4). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2286). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1556). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[5] Sapaugh, G. P. (2010). The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Philippians. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (pp. 906–907). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[6] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1978). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[7] Lightner, R. P. (1985). Philippians. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 663). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[8] Foulkes, F. (1994). Philippians. In D. A. Carson, R. T. France, J. A. Motyer, & G. J. Wenham (Eds.), New Bible commentary: 21st century edition (4th ed., p. 1258). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press.

[9] Anders, M. (1999). Galatians-Colossians (Vol. 8, p. 261). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[10] Utley, R. J. (1997). Paul Bound, the Gospel Unbound: Letters from Prison (Colossians, Ephesians and Philemon, then later, Philippians) (Vol. Volume 8, p. 201). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[11] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of Philippians (Vol. 5, pp. 192–193). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[12] Martin, R. P. (1987). Philippians: An Introduction and Commentary (Vol. 11, pp. 173–174). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[13] Ellsworth, R. (2004). Opening up Philippians (p. 83). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[14] Harmon, M. S. (2015). Philippians: A Mentor Commentary (pp. 406–407). Great Britain; Ross-shire: Mentor.

[15] Fee, G. D. (1995). Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (pp. 404–406). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[16] Garland, D. E. (2006). Philippians. In T. Longman III (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, p. 252). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[17] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2001). Philippians (pp. 273–276). Chicago: Moody Press.

January 19 Afternoon Quotes of the Day

The Word Creates and Renews Creation
John 1:1–3; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 11:3; Revelation 3:14

The renewal of creation has been the work of the self-same Word that made it at the beginning.

ATHANASIUS OF ALEXANDRIA

Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Early Church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Find Human Errors in Yourself
Isaiah 58:9; John 16:8

To mightier force,
To better nature subject, you abide
Free, not constrain’d by that which forms in you
The reasoning mind uninfluenced of the stars.
If then the present race of mankind err,
Seek in yourselves the cause, and find it there.

DANTE ALIGHIERI

Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

January 19 Afternoon Verse of the Day

1:3 Through the resurrection of Christ, God’s people are “begotten” or “born again” and thus share in Christ’s undying life. The salvation that is granted is not something that can be attained by human effort, any more than a child can bring about his own natural birth.[1]


1:3 According to his great mercy. This emphasizes that salvation is based entirely on God’s loving initiative.

caused us to be born again. Although the verb used here and in 1:23 occurs nowhere else in the New Testament, the thought is found frequently (John 1:12, 13; 3:3–8; Titus 3:5; James 1:18).

living hope. A key word in this epistle is “hope” (1:13, 21; 3:15). In the Bible, hope is not uncertainty or wishful thinking, but a confident expectation of future blessing based on facts and promises. “Living” indicates the undying and permanent character of this hope.[2]


1:3 born again Refers to the believer’s new life that is only possible because of the death and resurrection of Christ. First Peter’s use of new-birth language to describe salvation reflects Jesus’ teaching (1 Pet 1:23; 2:2; see John 3:3, 7).

through the resurrection of Jesus Christ This rebirth is accomplished by Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and serves as the Christian reason for hope: certainty of future salvation. Once dead in their sins, Christians now live with assured hope of their own resurrection.[3]


1:3 Salvation is due to God’s mercy, grace, and sovereignty, for he miraculously gave sinners new life (caused us to be born again, cf. v. 23). Peter may be connecting “born again” to through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, meaning that the new birth was made possible because God thought of those who believe in Christ as being united to him in his resurrection (cf. Rom. 6:4; Eph. 1:19–20; 2:5–6; Col. 3:1). Or he may be linking the resurrection to the living hope of believers, since that hope immediately follows the resurrection. In the latter case, the hope of Christians is their future resurrection. Believers have an unshakable hope for the future, for Christ’s resurrection is a pledge of their own future resurrection.[4]


1:3 Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though God was known as Creator and Redeemer in the OT, He was rarely called Father. Christ, however, always addressed God as His Father in the gospels (as Jn 5:17), except in the separation on the cross (Mt 27:46). In so doing, Christ was claiming to be of the same nature, being, or essence as the Father (cf. Mt 11:27; Jn 10:29–39; 14:6–11; 2Co 1:3; Eph 1:3, 17; 2Jn 3). Also, by speaking of “our” Lord, Peter personalized the Christian’s intimate relationship with the God of the universe through His Son (cf. 1Co 6:17), an important truth for suffering Christians to remember. great mercy. The reason God provided a glorious salvation for mankind is that He is merciful. Sinners need God’s mercy because they are in a pitiful, desperate, wretched condition as sinners (cf. Eph 2:4; Tit 3:5; see also Ex 34:6; Ps 108:4; Is 27:4; La 3:22; Mic 7:18). has caused us to be born again. God gave the new birth as part of His provision in salvation. When a sinner comes to Christ and puts his faith in Him, he is born anew into God’s family and receives a new nature (see notes on v. 23; Jn 1:13; 3:1–21). a living hope. The living hope is eternal life. “Hope” means confident optimism, and: 1) comes from God (Ps 43:5); 2) is a gift of grace (2Th 2:16); 3) is defined by Scripture (Ro 15:4); 4) is a reasonable reality (1Pe 3:15); 5) is secured by the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Jn 11:25, 26; 14:19; 1Co 15:17); 6) is confirmed in the Christian by the Holy Spirit (Ro 15:13); 7) defends the Christian against Satan’s attacks (1Th 5:8); 8) is confirmed through trials (Ro 5:3, 4); 9) produces joy (Ps 146:5); and 10) is fulfilled in Christ’s return (Tit 2:13).[5]


1:3 Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though God was known as Creator and Redeemer in the OT, He was rarely called Father. Christ, however, always addressed God as His Father in the gospels (as Jn 5:17), except in the separation on the cross (Mt 27:46). In so doing, Christ was claiming to be of the same nature, being, or essence as the Father (cf. Mt 11:27; Jn 10:29–39; 14:6–11; 2Co 1:3; Eph 1:3, 17; 2Jn 3). Also, by speaking of “our” Lord, Peter personalized the Christian’s intimate relationship with the God of the universe through His Son (cf. 1Co 6:17), an important truth for suffering Christians to remember. great mercy. The reason God provided a glorious salvation for mankind is that He is merciful. Sinners need God’s mercy because they are in a pitiful, desperate, wretched condition as sinners (cf. Eph 2:4; Tit 3:5; see also Ex 34:6; Ps 108:4; Is 27:4; La 3:22; Mic 7:18). has caused us to be born again. God gave the new birth as part of His provision in salvation. When a sinner comes to Christ and puts his faith in Him, he is born anew into God’s family and receives a new nature (see notes on v. 23; Jn 1:13; 3:1–21). a living hope. The living hope is eternal life. “Hope” means confident optimism, and: 1) comes from God (Ps 43:5); 2) is a gift of grace (2Th 2:16); 3) is defined by Scripture (Ro 15:4); 4) is a reasonable reality (1Pe 3:15); 5) is secured by the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Jn 11:25, 26; 14:19; 1Co 15:17); 6) is confirmed in the Christian by the Holy Spirit (Ro 15:13); 7) defends the Christian against Satan’s attacks (1Th 5:8); 8) is confirmed through trials (Ro 5:3, 4); 9) produces joy (Ps 146:5); and 10) is fulfilled in Christ’s return (Tit 2:13).[6]


1:3 — … according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead .…

Because we do not have a dead Savior, we have a living hope. The resurrection of Jesus guarantees that God will honor all His promises to His faithful children. That hope keeps us going in the darkest of times.[7]


1:3 according to His abundant mercy: Our salvation is grounded in God’s mercy, His act of compassion toward us despite our condition of sinfulness. has begotten us again: God has given believers a new, spiritual life that enables us to live in an entirely different dimension than the one our physical birth allowed. to a living hope: Hope here does not imply a wishfulness but rather a dynamic confidence that does not end with this life but continues throughout eternity. “Hope is one of the Theological virtures,” C. S. Lewis said. “This means that a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. The Apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the Slave Trade, all left their mark on Earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at Heaven and you will get earth “thrown in”: aim at earth and you will get neither.” through the resurrection: Although this phrase may modify the phrase “to a living hope,” the context suggests that it is to be understood as the means of our salvation rather than the means of our hope (1 Cor. 15:12–19).[8]


1:3. God has begotten us again (anagennēsas). Peter is here emphasizing the new birth with an aorist participle. Through this he identifies his readers as children of God, born spiritually into the family of God (John 3:3).

Biblical hope is a positive attitude based on a desired expectation and includes certainty (Rom 5:5; 8:24–25). The adjective living means the hope is active, affecting the Christian. Because Jesus rose from the dead, Christians have hope (1 Cor 15:30–32).[9]


1:3 In verses 3–12, Peter sets forth the unique glories of our salvation. He begins by calling for praise to be given to the Author of salvation—the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. This title presents God in a twofold relationship to the Lord Jesus. The name God … of our Lord Jesus Christ emphasizes the humanity of the Savior. The name Father underlines the deity of God’s Son. The full name of the Son is given:

Lord—the One with the exclusive right to rule in hearts and lives.

Jesus—the One who saves His people from their sins.

Christ—God’s Anointed One who has been exalted to heaven’s highest place.

It is by God’s abundant mercy that we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. God is the source of this salvation. His great mercy is its cause. The new birth is the nature of it. A living hope is its present reward. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the righteous basis of our salvation, as well as the foundation of our living hope.

As sinners, we had no hope beyond the grave. There was nothing ahead for us but the certainty of judgment and fiery indignation. As members of the first creation we were under the sentence of death. But in the redemptive work of Christ, God found a righteous basis upon which He can save ungodly sinners and still be just. Christ has paid the penalty of our sins. Full satisfaction has been made. The claims of justice have been met, and now mercy can flow out to those who obey the gospel. In the resurrection of Christ, God indicated His complete satisfaction with the sacrificial work of His Son. The resurrection is the Father’s “Amen” to our Lord’s cry, “It is finished!” Also, that resurrection is a pledge that all who die in Christ will be raised from among the dead. This is our living hope—the expectation of being taken home to heaven to be with Christ and to be like Him forever. F. B. Meyer calls the living hope “the link between our present and future.”[10]


1:3. The contemplation of God’s grace caused Peter to praise God, the Author of salvation and the Source of hope. The words Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ are identical in 2 Corinthians 1:3. The phrase in His great mercy refers to God’s unmerited favor toward sinners in their hopeless condition. He has given us new birth; people can do nothing to merit such a gift. The words “has given … new birth” translate anagennēsas, from the verb “beget again” or “cause to be born again.” It is used only twice in the New Testament, both times in this chapter (1 Peter 1:3, 23). Peter may have been recalling Jesus’ interview with Nicodemus (John 3:1–21). The “new birth” results in a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The “living hope” is based on the living resurrected Christ (cf. 1 Peter 1:21). The Christian’s assurance in Christ is as certain and sure as the fact that Christ is alive! Peter used the word “living” six times (1:3, 23; 2:4–5; 4:5–6). Here “living” means that the believer’s hope is sure, certain, and real, as opposed to the deceptive, empty, false hope the world offers.[11]


A. The New Birth (1:3a)

1:3a. Peter blesses the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, presenting Jesus as God and Messiah. In mercy God has caused us to be born again. In mercy God withholds what is deserved (cf. 1:23). Jesus spoke with Nicodemus (Jn 3) of being “born from above.” Both comments reflect a change of status and participation in a God-given life called regeneration or the new birth wherein God takes a spiritually dead person and grants new spiritual life. Peter begins his song of praise where eternal life begins.

B. The Living Hope (1:3b)

1:3b. The first result of the new birth and the first characteristic of the Christian life is hope. This hope is living because it is based on a resurrected Savior.[12]


1:3. Peter piled up expressions in verses 3–5 to talk about a believer’s relationship with God through salvation. His opening words are those of worship and praise, reminding us that salvation did not come because of who we are or because of what we have accomplished. Salvation came as a gift of mercy. Salvation represents a new birth (see John 1:13), a changing of who we are. Salvation makes us dead to sin and alive to righteousness in Christ.

Peter linked our salvation relationship to what he termed “a living hope.” Peter is without question the apostle of hope. The hope that he had in mind is the eager, confident expectation of life to come in eternity. Hope in the New Testament always relates to a future good! Amid present and difficult dangers we are justified in viewing the future with optimism because we are securely attached to the God who deals in futures. Furthermore, our hope is a living hope because it finds its focus in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Our living hope comes from a living, resurrected Christ.[13]


1:3 “Blessed” This term (eulogētos) is not like the one used in Matt. 5 (makarios), which is exclusively used of God in the NT. We get the English word “eulogy” from this word. This is similar to the praise to the Trinity found in Eph. 1:3–14: vv. 3–5 relate to the Father, 6–9 to the Son, and 10–12 the Spirit.

“the God and Father of” Thomas Aquinas attempts to prove the existence of God by focusing on (1) design; (2) logical necessity of a first cause or prime mover; and (3) cause and effect. However, these deal with human philosophical and logical necessities. The Bible reveals God in personal categories not available to human reason or research. Only revelation reveals God as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Lord” The Greek term “Lord” (kurios) can be used in a general sense or in a developed theological sense. It can mean “mister,” “sir,” “master,” “owner,” “husband” or “the full God-man” (cf. John 9:36, 38). The OT usage of this term (Hebrew, adon) came from the Jews’ reluctance to pronounce the covenant name for God, YHWH, the CAUSATIVE form of the Hebrew verb “to be” (cf. Exod. 3:14). They were afraid of breaking the Commandment, “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain” (cf. Exod. 20:7; Deut. 5:11). Therefore, they thought if they did not pronounce it, they could not take it in vain. So when they read the Scriptures they substituted the Hebrew word adon, which had a similar meaning to the Greek word kurios (Lord). The NT authors used this term to describe the full deity of Christ. The phrase “Jesus is Lord” was probably the public confession of faith and a baptismal formula of the early church (cf. Rom. 10:9–13; 1 Cor. 12:3; Phil. 2:11).

“who according to His great mercy” This passage, extolling the character of God the Father (vv. 3–5), may reflect an early hymn, poem, or catechismal liturgy. The main character of the Bible is God! It is His purpose, character, and actions which are fallen mankind’s only hope for acceptance and perseverance (cf. Eph. 2:4; Titus 3:5).

“has caused us to be born again” This is the same root (anagennaō, cf. 1:23) as in John 3:3 (gennaō). It is an AORIST ACTION PARTICIPLE, which speaks of a decisive act. The NT also uses other metaphors to describe our salvation: (1) “quickened” (cf. Col. 2:13; Eph. 2:4–5; (2) “new creation” (cf. 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:15); and (3) “partaker of Divine Nature,” (cf. 2 Pet. 1:4). Paul is fond of the familial metaphor “adoption” while John and Peter are fond of the familial metaphor “new birth.”

Being “born again” or “born from above” is a biblical emphasis on the need for a totally new start, a totally new family (cf. Rom. 5:12–21). Christianity is not a reformation or a new morality; it is a new relationship with God. This new relationship is made possible because of (1) the Father’s mercy and grace and (2) the Son’s sacrificial death and resurrection from the dead. This divine will and action (cf. v. 2) gives believers a new life, a living hope, and a sure inheritance.

“to a living hope” The adjective “living” is a recurring emphasis in I Peter (cf. 1:3, 23; 2:4, 5, 24; 4:5, 6). All that God wills and does is “alive” and remains (i.e. word play on YHWH).

“through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” Jesus is the Father’s agent and means of redemption (as He is the Father’s agent in creation as well as judgment). Jesus’ resurrection is a central truth of the Gospel (cf. Rom. 1:4; 1 Cor. 15). The resurrection is the aspect of the Christian message that the Greeks could not accept (cf. Acts 17:16–34).[14]


A Living Hope

1:3

Throughout his epistle, Peter encourages his readers to hope. Hope is based on a living faith in Jesus Christ. It characterizes the believer who patiently waits for the salvation God has promised to his people. “Hoping is disciplined waiting.”

  1. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Filled to overflowing with spiritual blessings which he wants to convey to his readers, Peter writes one long sentence in Greek (vv. 3–9). In our modern versions, translators have divided this lengthy sentence. Nevertheless, the sentence itself reveals the intensity of the writer and the fullness of his message. In the introductory part of this sentence we observe the following points:

  1. “Praise.” This word is actually the first word in a doxology, for instance, at the conclusion of many books of the Psalms: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting” (Ps. 41:13; and with variations 72:18; 89:52; 106:48). The word praise is common in the New Testament, too. Zechariah begins his song with an exuberant burst of praise: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people” (Luke 1:68; also see Rom. 1:25b; 9:5).
  2. “God and Father.” Within the early church, Jewish Christians adapted the benedictions of their forefathers to include Jesus Christ. Note that the doxology in verse 3, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,” is identical to the wording of 2 Corinthians 1:3 and Ephesians 1:3 (compare also 2 Cor. 11:31).

God has revealed himself in his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Through Jesus, all the elect share in his sonship. Through him they call God their Father, for they are his children. With the church universal, the believer confesses the words of the Apostles’ Creed:

I believe in God the Father Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth.

Because of Jesus Christ, we call his Father our Father and his God our God (John 20:17). Fatherhood is one of the essential characteristics of God’s being; it is part of his deity. God is first Father of Jesus, and then because of Christ he is Father of the believer.

Peter indicates our relationship to the Father and the Son when he uses the personal pronoun our (“God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”). Also, in the next sentence, Peter discloses that God is our Father because God “has given us new birth.” That is, the Father has begotten us again in giving us spiritual rebirth. The Father has given us rebirth because of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  1. “Lord.” Verse 3 is the only text in this epistle in which Peter writes the title and names our Lord Jesus Christ. With the pronoun our, Peter includes himself among the believers who confess the lordship of Jesus Christ. “To call Jesus Lord is to declare that he is God.” Moreover, in the early church Christians confessed their faith in the brief statement Jesus is Lord (1 Cor. 12:3). The name Jesus encompasses the earthly ministry of the Son of God, and the name Christ refers to his messianic calling. Four times in three verses (vv. 1–3) Peter employs the name Jesus Christ.
  2. “Mercy.” Peter describes our relationship to God the Father by saying, “In his great mercy he has given us new birth.” We read almost the same wording in one of Paul’s epistles (“God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ” [Eph. 2:4–5]). Apparently Peter was acquainted with Paul’s epistles (see 2 Peter 3:15–16). Together with the other apostles, Peter presents Christian doctrine on regeneration (e.g., see John 3:3, 5).
  3. “Birth.” Notice that we receive a new spiritual birth from God the Father. Peter writes that God “has given us new birth” (v. 3), and later he continues, “For you have been born again” (v. 23). Just as we are passive in natural birth, so we are in spiritual birth. That is, God is active in the process of begetting us, for he causes us to be born again. With the words new and again in these two verses, Peter shows the difference between our natural birth and our spiritual birth.

Peter speaks from personal experience, for he remembers when he fell into the sin of denying Jesus. Later, when Jesus restored him to apostleship, he became the recipient of God’s great mercy and received new life through restoration. Therefore, he includes himself when he writes, “He has given us new birth” (italics added). Incidentally, the passages in which Peter uses the personal pronouns our or us are few (1:3; 2:24; 4:17). First Peter is an epistle in which the author addresses his readers as “you.” The infrequent use of the first person, singular (2:11; 5:1, 12) or plural, is therefore much more significant.

  1. “Hope.” What is hope? It is something that is personal, living, active, and part of us. In verse 3, it is not something that pertains to the future (compare Col. 1:5; Titus 2:13). Instead, it brings life to God’s elect who are waiting with patient discipline for God’s revelation in Jesus Christ.
  2. “Resurrection.” What is the basis for our new life? Peter tells us that “through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” God has made us alive and has given us living hope. Without the resurrection of Christ, our rebirth would be impossible and our hope would be meaningless. By rising from the dead, Jesus Christ has given us the assurance that we, too, shall rise with him (see Rom. 6:4). Why? As Peter preached on Pentecost, “God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him” (Acts 2:24). Jesus is the first one to break the bonds of death, so that through him we have our rebirth, and in him we have eternal life (1 John 5:12).

Peter speaks as an eyewitness, for he had the unique experience of meeting Jesus after he rose from the grave. Peter ate and drank with Jesus and became a witness of Jesus’ resurrection (refer to Acts 10:41).

Doctrinal Considerations in 1:3

Twice in this short epistle Peter introduces teaching on the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1:3; 3:21). This teaching, to be sure, is central to the Christian religion. When the eleven apostles came together after Jesus’ ascension and prior to Pentecost, they chose a successor to Judas Iscariot. Peter, as spokesman, declared that this person had to be a follower of Jesus from the day of his baptism to the time of his ascension, and that he had to be a witness of Jesus’ resurrection (Acts 1:22).

As an eyewitness to the resurrection of Jesus, Peter proclaimed this truth in his sermon to the multitude gathered in Jerusalem on Pentecost (Acts 2:31). When he preached to the crowd at Solomon’s porch, he said that God raised Jesus from the dead (Acts 3:15; compare 4:2, 33). And last, when Peter spoke in the home of Cornelius at Caesarea, he taught the resurrection of Jesus (Acts 10:40). Peter testified to this truth throughout his ministry of preaching and writing.[15]


 God establishes our hope in Christ (1:3)

In his play No Exit, Jean-Paul Sartre gives his own vision of hell. Two women and a man, doomed to perdition, enter a room that seems to threaten no torment. But they are sentenced to remain together in that same room for ever—without sleep and without eyelids. All three enter with pretensions about their past. The man pretends that he was a hero of the revolution. In reality, he was killed in a train wreck when he tried to escape after betraying his comrades. The women have even more sordid lives. In the forced intimacy of the room their guilty secrets are all wrung out. Nothing can be hidden, and nothing can be changed. Sartre’s imagination has well prepared us for his famous line, ‘Hell is other people.’ But the moral of the play is the line of doom to which the drama moves: ‘You are—your life, and nothing else.’

Sartre rejected Christianity, but his play invites heart-searching. Who wants to say that he is what he has been rather than what he meant to be, or what he hopes to be? Sartre implies that hell begins when hope ends. Sartre’s image falls far short of the reality of hell, for God’s judgment exposes sinners not simply to the lidless eyes of other sinners, but to the all-seeing gaze of God himself. Yet Sartre reminds us of how desperately we need hope. While there is life, there is hope, we say. But if hope dies, what life can remain?

Peter writes a letter of hope. The hope he proclaims is not what we call a ‘fond hope’. We cherish fond hopes because they are so fragile. We ‘hope against hope’ because we do not really expect what we hope for. But Peter writes of a sure hope, a hope that holds the future in the present because it is anchored in the past. Peter hopes for God’s salvation, God’s deliverance from sin and death. His hope is sure, because God has already accomplished his salvation in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

The resurrection of Jesus was a life-changing reality for Peter. When Jesus died on the cross, it was the end of all Peter’s hopes. He knew only bitter sorrow for his own denials. The dawn could not bring hope; with the crowing of the cock he heard the echo of his curses.

But Jesus did not stay dead. On that Easter morning Peter learned from the women of the empty tomb and the message of the angels. He went running to the tomb and saw its evidence. He left in wonder, but Jesus remembered Peter and appeared to him even before he came to eat with the disciples in the upper room. Hope was reborn in Peter’s heart with the sight of his living Lord. Now Peter writes to praise God for that living hope. The resurrection did much more than restore his Master to him. The resurrection crowned the victory of Christ, his victory for Peter, and for those to whom he writes. The resurrection shows that God has made the Crucified both Lord and Christ. At the right hand of the Father Jesus rules until the day that he will come to restore and renew all things.2 With the resurrection of Jesus and his entrance into glory, a new age has begun. Peter now waits for the day when Jesus will be revealed from heaven (1:7, 13). Peter’s living hope is Jesus.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Peter blesses God, rejoicing in what he has done. He uses a form of praise to God that was an important part of worship in the Old Testament. The eighteen ‘blessings’ that we know from the later synagogue service go back to early times, perhaps in some form even to Peter’s day. Those blessings look forward to the fulfilment of the promises of God, yearning for the time of realization:

Speedily cause the offspring of David, Thy servant, to flourish, and let his horn be exalted by thy salvation, because we wait for Thy salvation all the day. Blessed art Thou, O Lord, who causest the horn of salvation to flourish.

How different from the plaintive longing of that benediction is the astonished joy of the apostle Peter! Peter can bless the God and Father of his Lord, Jesus Christ. He can exult in the Offspring of David, raised up in salvation to the throne. God’s promises have all come true in Christ. There is more to come, for Christ is to come, but our living hope is real in our living Lord.

Christ’s resurrection spells hope for us not just because he lives, but because, by God’s mercy, we live. In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. By the resurrection of Christ, God has given life, not only to him, but to us. We are given new birth by God; he fathers us by the resurrection of his Son. In Christ’s triumph God makes all things new, beginning with us.

The resurrection carried Christ not only out of the grave but to his Father’s throne. The great day of the renewal of all things had already begun. Yet Peter preached that heaven must receive Christ until the time of renewal, a time still to come. The time of new birth for the universe will come when Christ comes again. But for those united to Christ in his death and resurrection, that new day has already dawned.

When we speak of the new birth, we think of the change that God’s grace works in us. We are brought from death to life. Peter speaks of our being born of imperishable seed through the living word of God that was preached to us (1:23–25). But if we think only of what happens to us, we may be puzzled by the statement that we are given new birth by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The means of our new birth is not first the message of the resurrection; it is the fact of the resurrection. When Christ rose he secured our salvation. He entered that new day of which the prophets spoke, and he brought us with him. Peter is saying what Paul also declared: when Christ rose, we rose. In giving life to Christ, God gave life to all those who are united to Christ. God’s elect have a hope that is as sure as Christ’s resurrection. Christ has not just made their salvation possible; he has made it sure.

Like Paul, Peter also speaks of baptism as the sign of our union with Christ in his death and resurrection (3:21). Some commentators would see this passage, or indeed the whole letter, as instruction given in a service for baptism. But Peter does not in the least focus on the sign, but on the spiritual reality of our new life in Christ. His teaching is beautifully appropriate for baptismal instruction, but gives no real evidence of being designed for this specific purpose, far less limited to it.3

The Father, who gives new birth to his children through the resurrection of Christ, also through Christ brings them to a living faith (1:5; 3:21). Our faith and hope are in God; his living word, the good news of the gospel, has brought life to us (1:23). The things to which believers in Old Testament times looked forward have now happened (1:12).

Yet we, too, look to the future. The salvation that was scaled by Christ’s resurrection and planted in our hearts by the seed of the Word will be revealed completely when Christ comes again in glory. Our hope is anchored in the past: Jesus rose! Our hope remains in the present: Jesus lives! Our hope is completed in the future: Jesus is coming! (1:5, 7, 13).

The apostle leads us to praise God that our salvation is his work. We could not even begin to accomplish it, and we do not in any sense deserve it. Yet, as trophies of God’s grace, we have the privilege of adoring the Father of our Lord Jesus as our Father. Peter’s praise is not a mere formula; praise is the goal of God’s gracious work, as Peter later reminds us (2:9).[16]


3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ echoes a frequent Old Testament word of praise to God (Gen. 14:20; 24:27; Ruth 4:14; 1 Sam. 25:32; 1 Kgs 1:48; Ps. 28:6; 31:21; 41:13) and changes it so as to praise God with a name he never revealed in the Old Testament, ‘Father of our Lord Jesus Christ’.

The term ‘Father’, as applied to the first person of the Trinity, signifies not that the Father in any way created the Son or caused him to exist (for the Son has always existed and was never created, John 1:1–3; 8:58; 17:5, 24; Rev. 22:13), but that he relates to the Son as a father relates to a son normally: the Father plans and directs, the Son responds and obeys; the Father ‘sends’, the Son comes from the Father (Gal. 4:4; John 3:16, 18; 5:19, 22, 26–27, 30). The Father creates ‘through’ the Son; all things come ‘from’ the Father ‘through’ the Son (John 1:3; 1 Cor. 8:6; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2).

Peter encourages his readers to praise God, a helpful remedy for hearts weighed down with discouragement because of suffering. He then lists the reason for praise: By his great mercy we have been born anew. The word for ‘born anew’ (anagennaō) has a more active sense than our translation (rsv) indicates, for the root word (gennaō) often refers to a father’s role in the birth of a child (av, ‘hath begotten us again’), either literally (Matt. 1:2–20) or figuratively, of spiritual birth (1 Cor. 4:15). ‘Begot’ is archaic, however, and he ‘has caused us to be born again’ (nasb) is probably best. In blessing God, Peter thinks first of the new spiritual life that God has given to his people.1

This being born anew is by his great mercy, a phrase with the same preposition (kata) as ‘according to the foreknowledge’ (v. 2). No foreknowledge of the fact that we would believe, no foreseeing of any desirableness or merit on our part, is mentioned here or anywhere else in Scripture when indicating God’s ultimate reason for our salvation. It is simply ‘according to his great mercy’ that he gave us new life.

We have been born again, Peter says, to a living hope, or perhaps into (eis, into the sphere or realm of) ‘a living hope’. This hope is the eager, confident expectation of the life to come, which Peter describes in more detail in the next verse. It is ‘living’—by so describing it Peter indicates that it grows and increases in strength year by year. If such a growing hope is the expected result of being born again, then perhaps the degree to which believers have an intense, confident expectation of the life to come is one useful measure of progress toward spiritual maturity. It is not surprising that such a hope is particularly evident in many older Christians as they approach death.

God brought about this new birth through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Grammatically this phrase could modify the participle ‘living’, indicating that hope is living ‘through (the power of) the resurrection’ (so Kelly, p. 48), but it is unlikely that this is the correct sense: (1) such a meaning would have been more clearly expressed if Peter had used a relative clause, ‘to a hope which is living through the resurrection’ (eis elpida hē zōsan di’anastaseōs), or even ‘on account of the resurrection’ (di’anastasin); (2) a closely parallel example of God acting through (dia) some other person or thing to give us new birth is found in verse 23: ‘You have been born anew … through (dia) the living and abiding word of God’; and (3) there is in Peter a common pattern of persons, especially God, doing something through or by means of (dia) someone or something else (1 Pet. 1:5, 12, 23; 2:5, 14(?); 3:1, 21; 4:11; 5:12; 2 Pet. 1:4).

The resurrection of Christ from the dead secures for his people both new resurrection bodies and new spiritual life. Christians do not in this age receive new bodies but God does grant, on the basis of Jesus’ resurrection, renewed spirits. Thus, spiritually, believers have been ‘raised with Christ’ (Col. 3:1; Eph. 2:6; cf. Rom. 6:4, 11).[17]


1:3 / Peter at once launches into praise of God for planning so magnificent a salvation. The Israelites of old praised God as the creator of the world (2 Chron. 2:12) and as their redeemer from Egyptian slavery (Deut. 4:20). Peter develops the characteristic Jewish approach by adopting an explicitly Christian stance. He praises God as the Father of his unique Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and as the One who raised this Jesus from the dead. As a Christian, Peter blesses God for the new creation, as expressed in the new birth of believers, and for divine provision for them of “an inheritance” of a promised land “in heaven,” safe beyond the slavery of sin or the frenzy of foes.

The experiences of new birth and of a living hope are beyond human procurement. They are God’s gracious gift and are bestowed solely on account of his great mercy, for there is no way in which they can ever be deserved or earned. They come to us through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, that is, as the direct consequence of his total triumph over the worst that the powers of evil can achieve; namely, death itself.

The concept of new birth is based on the teaching of Jesus (John 3:3–8). It speaks of the gift of spiritual life on a plane previously unknown in an individual’s experience. It can no more be acquired by self-effort than a babe can bring about its own physical birth.

The first result of this new birth, and the first characteristic of the new pilgrim life of the believer, is hope (anchor for the soul, firm and secure: Heb. 6:19). Hope is living (cf. 1:23; 2:4–5), not merely because it is active (Heb. 4:12), or is simply an improved version of the Jewish hope (Heb. 7:19). Nor are we to misunderstand the translation “have been born anew to a living hope” (rsv) to mean “hope has been restored.” Peter is referring to something of a different order: a sure and confident outlook which has a divine, not a human, source. That new quality of hope is generated in the believer by the new spiritual life brought about by the new birth. Peter is writing to encourage readers who face an uncertain future threatened by persecution of one degree or another. This living hope highlights the fact that the present life is by no means the limit of the believer’s expectation. As the word is used in everyday parlance, “hope” can prove a delusion (Job 7:6; Eph. 2:12; cf. Col. 1:5). The living hope in the newborn Christian has a vigor, a patient endurance, and an assurance beyond any human power: such hope can no more fail than the living God who bestows it. Peter elaborates the nature and the content of living hope in the following two verses.[18]


3  Peter begins his letter with the customary thanks to God (which in pagan letters would be thanks to the gods) for the well-being of the recipients, but, like that of Paul, who uses the identical wording in 2 Cor. 1:3 and Eph. 1:3, his content is distinctively Jewish and Christian. Blessing God is well known from the OT (Gen. 9:26; Ps. 67:20; cf. Luke 1:68), and this form of praise was taken over into the Christian liturgical tradition.  The One who is blessed, however, is not simply “God,” but that God who revealed himself distinctively as the “Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Since “Jesus is Lord” was the central confession of the early church (e.g., Acts 2:36; Rom. 10:9–10; cf. 1 Cor. 16:22), this expression encapsulates the core of Christian theology.

The specific act for which Peter blesses God is regeneration, which is not something deserved or produced by human beings, but a free act of God because of his character as a God of mercy or covenant-faithfulness (e.g., Exod. 20:6; 34:7, where the Hebrew term ḥesed, translated “lovingkindness” in the ASV and “love” in the NIV, is translated by the Greek term for mercy in the LXX). Regeneration, or being born again, is not an OT idea, although the Jews at times came close to it.  The terminology, however, was “in the air” of the Greek-speaking world in both secular and religious uses, and so it was natural for Christians to use it to explain what God had done for them. They used it to designate the radical change of conversion, which was like receiving a whole new life, life that was life indeed (e.g., Jas. 1:18; 1 John 1:13). It was often connected with baptism as the point of the new birth (see John 3:5, 7; Tit. 3:5, where a similar combination of mercy, regeneration, and future hope appears), and this connection would be stressed in the later church fathers, often without the caution that Peter will insert in 3:21. Regeneration itself was not a technical term but an idea that appealed particularly to the writers of the Catholic Epistles and the Johannine literature, for a variety of Greek words are used for it in the NT; in fact, Peter is the only one to use the term he uses here, anagennaō, and he uses it twice, here and in 1:23. But then in 2:2 he can refer to the same idea with different terminology.

Peter does not focus on the past, the new birth itself, but on the future, for the goal of this regeneration is “a living hope”; that is, it points to a bright future ahead, which will be discussed in the next verse. This fits the birth analogy in that birth, while wonderful, does not exist for itself but rather to start a child on its way to maturity and adult life. Pastorally this future orientation is important for our author, for a suffering people who may see only more pain and deprivation ahead need to be able to pierce the dark clouds and fasten on a vision of hope if they are to stay on track. This hope is not a desperate holding-on to a faded dream, a dead hope, but a living one, founded on reality, for it is grounded in “the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” As Paul had argued, because Jesus really did shatter the gates of death and exists now as our living Lord, those who have committed themselves to him share in his new life and can expect to participate fully in it in the future (Rom. 6:4–5; 1 Cor. 15). It is this reality which will enable the readers to face even death without fear, for death is not an end for the Christian, but a beginning.[19]


The Source of the Believer’s Inheritance

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, (1:3a)

Peter assumes it is necessary for believers to bless God. The intention is so implicit that the Greek text omits the word be, which the translators added. (In the original, the sentence literally begins, “Blessed the God,” which conveys Peter’s expectation that his audience “bless God” as the source of all spiritual inheritance.) The apostle adores God and implores others to do the same.

Peter further calls Him the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, a phrase that identified God in a distinctly Christian way. Historically the Jews had blessed God as their creator and redeemer from Egypt. His creation emphasized His sovereign power at work and His redemption of Israel from Egypt His saving power at work. But those who became Christians were to bless God as the Father of their Lord Jesus Christ.

With one exception (when the Father forsook Him on the cross, Matthew 27:46), every time the Gospels record that Jesus addressed God, He called Him “Father” or “My Father.” In so doing, Jesus was breaking with the Jewish tradition that seldom called God Father, and always in a collective rather than personal sense (e.g., Deut. 32:6; Isa. 63:16; 64:8; Jer. 3:19; 31:9; Mal. 1:6; 2:10). Furthermore, in calling God His Father, Jesus was claiming to share His nature. While speaking with the Jews at an observance of the Feast of the Dedication, Christ declared, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). Later, in response to Philip’s request that He reveal the Father, Jesus said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9; cf. vv. 8, 10–13). Jesus affirmed that He and the Father possess the same divine nature—that He is fully God (cf. John 17:1, 5). The Father and the Son mutually share the same life—one is intimately and eternally equal to the other—and no one can truly know one without truly knowing the other (cf. Matt. 11:27; Luke 10:22). No person can claim to know God unless he knows Him as the One revealed in Jesus Christ, His Son. Jesus Himself said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him” (John 14:6–7).

In his writings, the apostle Paul also declared the Father and the Son to be of the same essence: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 1:3; cf. Eph. 1:3, 17). Likewise, John wrote in his second epistle: “Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love” (2 John 3). Whenever the New Testament calls God Father, it primarily denotes that He is the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 7:21; 10:32; 11:25–27; 16:27; 25:34; 26:39; Mark 14:36; Luke 10:21–22; 22:29; 23:34; John 3:35; 5:17–23; 6:32, 37, 44; 8:54; 10:36; 12:28; 15:9; 17:1; Rom. 15:6; 2 Cor. 11:31; cf. John 14:23; 15:16; 16:23; 1 John 4:14; Rev. 1:6). God is also the Father of all believers (Matt. 5:16, 45, 48; 6:1, 9; 10:20; 13:43; 23:9; Mark 11:25; Luke 12:30, 32; John 20:17; Rom. 1:7; 8:15; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 2:18; 4:6; Phil. 4:20; Heb. 12:9; James 1:27; 1 John 2:13; 3:1).

One commentator calls Peter’s use in verse 3 of Christ’s full redemptive name “a concentrated confession.” All that the Bible reveals about the Savior appears in that title: Lord identifies Him as sovereign Ruler; Jesus as incarnate Son; and Christ as anointed Messiah-King. The apostle personalizes that magnificent title with the simple inclusion of the pronoun our. The divine Lord of the universe belongs to all believers, as does the Jesus who lived, died, and rose again for them, and as does the Christ, the Messiah whom God anointed to be their eternal King who will grant them their glorious inheritance.

The Motive for the Believer’s Inheritance

who according to His great mercy (1:3b)

His great mercy was the motive behind God’s granting believers eternal life—sharing the very life of the Father, Son, and Spirit. Ephesians 2:4–5 also expresses this divine generosity, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)” (cf. Titus 3:5). Both here and in Ephesians, the apostolic writer added an enlarging adjective (great and “rich”).

Mercy focuses on the sinner’s miserable, pitiful condition. The gospel is prompted by God’s compassion toward those who were dead in their trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1–3). All believers were once in that wretched, helpless condition, compounded by a deceitful heart (Gen. 6:5; 8:21; Eccl. 9:3; Jer. 17:9; Mark 7:21–23), corrupt mind (Rom. 8:7–8; 1 Cor. 2:14), and wicked desires (Eph. 4:17–19; 5:8; Titus 1:15) that made them slaves to sin, headed for just punishment in hell. Therefore they needed God, in mercy, to show compassion toward their desperate, lost condition and remedy it (cf. Isa. 63:9; Hab. 3:2; Matt. 9:27; Mark 5:19; Luke 1:78; Rom. 9:15–16, 18; 11:30–32; 1 Tim. 1:13; 1 Peter 2:10).

Mercy is not the same as grace. Mercy concerns an individual’s miserable condition, whereas grace concerns his guilt, which caused that condition. Divine mercy takes the sinner from misery to glory (a change of condition), and divine grace takes him from guilt to acquittal (a change of position; see Rom. 3:24; Eph. 1:7). The Lord grieves over the unredeemed sinner’s condition of gloom and despair (Ezek. 18:23, 32; Matt. 23:37–39). That is manifest clearly during His incarnation as Jesus healed people’s diseases (Matt. 4:23–24; 14:14; 15:30; Mark 1:34; Luke 6:17–19). He could have demonstrated His deity in many other ways, but He chose healings because they best illustrated the compassionate, merciful heart of God toward sinners suffering the temporal misery of their fallen condition (cf. Matt. 9:5–13; Mark 2:3–12). Jesus’ healing miracles, which nearly banished illness from Israel, were proof that what the Old Testament said about God the Father being merciful (Ex. 34:6; Ps. 108:4; Lam. 3:22; Mic. 7:18) was true.

Apart from even the possibility of any merit or worthiness on the sinner’s part, God grants mercy to whomever He will: “For He [God] says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.’ So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy” (Rom. 9:15–16). Out of His infinite compassion and free, abundant, and limitless mercy, He chose to grant eternal life—it was not because of anything sinners could do or deserve (Ex. 33:19; Rom. 9:11–13; 10:20; 2 Tim. 1:9). It is completely understandable that Paul called God “the Father of mercies” (2 Cor. 1:3).

The Appropriation of the Believer’s Inheritance

has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (1:3c)

The prophet Jeremiah once asked the rhetorical question, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots?” (Jer. 13:23). His graphic analogy implied a negative answer to the question of whether or not sinners could change their natures (cf. 17:9). Humanity’s sinful nature needs changing (Mark 1:14–15; John 3:7, 17–21, 36; cf. Gen. 6:5; Jer. 2:22; 17:9–10; Rom. 1:18–2:2; 3:10–18), but only God, working through His Holy Spirit, can transform the sinful human heart (Jer. 31:31–34; John 3:5–6, 8; Acts 2:38–39; cf. Ezek. 37:14; Acts 15:8; Rom. 8:11; 1 John 5:4). In order for sinners to receive an eternal inheritance from God, they must experience His means of spiritual transformation, the new birth. Peter affirms that truth in this last portion of verse 3, when he says God has caused believers to be born again (see discussion on 1:23–25 in chapter 7 of this volume; cf. 2 Cor. 5:17).

Jesus effectively explained the necessity of regeneration—the new birth—to Nicodemus, a prominent Jewish teacher.

Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. (John 3:1–15)

To illustrate the means of the new birth, Jesus referred to the episode of the bronze serpent (Num. 21:4–9), an Old Testament narrative Nicodemus would have known well. When the snake-bitten Israelites in the wilderness acknowledged their sin and God’s judgment on them for it and looked to the means He provided to deliver them (a bronze snake on a pole), they received physical healing from their poisonous bites. By analogy, if sinners would experience spiritual deliverance, they must recognize their spiritual condition as poisoned by their sin and experience salvation from spiritual and eternal death by looking to the Son of God and trusting in Him as their Savior. Jesus cut to the core of Nicodemus’s self-righteousness and told him what all sinners need to hear, that they are spiritually regenerated only by faith in Jesus Christ (cf. John 1:12–13; Titus 3:5; James 1:18).

Peter goes on to declare that regeneration results in believers receiving a living hope. The unbelieving world knows only dying hopes (Job 8:13; Prov. 10:28; Eph. 2:12), but believers have a living, undying hope (Pss. 33:18; 39:7; Rom. 5:5; Eph. 4:4; Titus 2:13; Heb. 6:19) that will come to a complete, final, and glorious fulfillment (Rom. 5:2; Col. 1:27). It is a hope that Peter later described when he wrote, “according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13). This hope is what prompted Paul to tell the Philippians, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). At death believers’ hope becomes reality as they enter the glorious presence of God and the full, unhindered, joyous fellowship with the Trinity, the angels, and other saints (Rom. 5:1–2; Gal. 5:5).

The means of Christians’ appropriating this living hope and eternal inheritance is spiritual birth, and the power for that appropriation was demonstrated by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Jesus told Martha, just prior to the raising of her brother Lazarus from the grave, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die” (John 11:25–26; cf. 14:19). Paul instructed the Corinthians concerning the vital ramifications of the resurrection, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:17). Even if one hoped in Christ in this life, but not beyond it, he would be lost (v. 19). However, Christ rose from the dead, forever securing the believer’s living hope in heaven by finally conquering death (vv. 20–28, 47–49, 54–57).[20]


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Mid-Day Snapshot · Jan. 19, 2021

THE FOUNDATION

“The republican principle demands that the deliberate sense of the community should govern the conduct of those to whom they intrust the management of their affairs; but it does not require an unqualified complaisance to every sudden breeze of passion or to every transient impulse which the people may receive from the arts of men, who flatter their prejudices to betray their interests.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

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FEATURED ANALYSIS

Why 26,000 Guardsmen?

Douglas Andrews

The Democrats’ fear of the coronavirus, coupled with their fear of another “armed insurrection,” has caused them to drastically dial back the attendance numbers for tomorrow’s inauguration of Joe Biden. Thus, an event typically attended by 200,000 will tomorrow be attended by around 1,000.

This seems both a shame and a shameful capitulation by the Democrats — especially given that the Wuhan flu has a 99.97% survival rate among healthy people under 65, and given that the “armed insurrection” of January 6 was the most peaceful and the least effective insurrection in history.

At the same time, our nation’s capital is now hosting some 26,000 National Guard troops from all across the nation — which seems like an awful lot of force for such a sparsely attended event.

But as we think about it, 1,000 attendees sounds about right, given the well-documented difficulty that Biden has in drawing a crowd. This should lend comfort to the Nervous Nellies who’ve committed to attend, because it means that the ratio of National Guard protectors to Democrat protectees will be about 26 to 1, which also sounds about right. After all, we wouldn’t want even the slightest show of patriotic dissent during the swearing in of the oldest, most corrupt, and least compelling president in modern history.

But sending so many National Guard troops to our nation’s capital isn’t without its own risks — especially given how many of them are white males and therefore murderous Trump loyalists.

What’s that? You didn’t hear Democrat Representative Steve Cohen’s dire warning about our Guard’s demographics and its racially motivated disposition? The vast majority of them are males, he says, and white ones at that. And given that only about “20%” of white males voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, many of these American Patriots are probably poised to carry out Armed Insurrection 2.0. They “would be the large class of folks who might want to do something,” he says ever so greasily.

What a disgraceful smear this is, and what a disgrace Cohen is to the great state of Tennessee. His apology and resignation can’t come soon enough, but neither ever will. After all, being a Democrat means never having to say you’re sorry and never having to worry about being censored.

As for the overwhelming presence of the Guard — a greater presence than that which guarded DC during the riots that followed Martin Luther King’s assassination in 1968 — Fox News’s Tucker Carlson suggests there’s more to it than mere safety and protection. He says our Beltway betters are sending us a message — a message about power:

We’re in charge now. We run this nation, from Honolulu to our colony in the Caribbean and everywhere in between, very much including where you and your family live. Do not question us men with guns. We control the Pentagon.

Apparently, we’ve sent Guardsmen there from every state in the union as well as a smattering of mission-critical troops from Puerto Rico. Why? So that each state can now demonstrate its fealty to our newly Democrat national government? So that each state can take part in a symbolic (albeit fake) show of unity?

“In the meantime,” Carlson continues, “you’ve got to wonder what the Guardsmen themselves think of all of this. Serving in the National Guard is not easy work. Guardsmen aren’t paid much. Some, you’ve got to imagine, are doing it for love of country. Now, they’ve been deployed to their country’s own capital city and they’ve been given orders to shoot their fellow Americans if necessary. That’s a lot to ask. Now, on top of all of that, they’ve been told that if they were born a certain way, if they’re white and male and therefore evil and dangerous, they themselves are under suspicion of being the enemy. They’re potential killers, assassins, betrayers of a nation.”

“Democracy,” said H.L. Mencken, “is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

Ours is a republic, not a democracy. But we’re about to find out how right Mencken was.

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Memo to the Capitol Riot Jackasses

Mark Alexander

The riotous mob of thugs who recently entered the U.S. Capitol represent the worst of the American “Right” — a fringe element that claims to be “Patriots” supporting Liberty but that lacks the most fundamental self-awareness requisite to represent anything other than its own emotive narcissistic impulses. In fact, those who led that riot — battling police and trashing the Capitol building — were indistinguishable both from the leftist mobs that violently swamped Washington, DC, a few months ago and from those who have wreaked havoc in other urban centers across the nation for the last seven months, largely unabated.

As I have noted previously, the real reason Capitol Police were not prepared for that fringe mob is that all law enforcement agencies expected Trump rally supporters to act like they always have — with civility and respect. Given the upbeat and lawful tenor of ALL previous Trump rallies across our nation over the last four years, there was no reason to believe that a tiny element of last week’s rally attendees, some fraction of 1% of those in attendance, would resort to the riotous thuggery associated with “peaceful” leftist protests. Heretofore that has been the standard modus operandi of so-called “Black Lives Matter” racists and so-called “antifa” fascists. What happened on the Capitol grounds was unprecedented for a Trump rally.

Those who battled with police outside and inside the Capitol building, by both action and appearance, certainly do not represent any even marginally mainstream contingent of conservatives or “Trump supporters.”

However, the self-aggrandizing jackasses who defiled our nation’s Capitol building managed to defile the standing and reputation of every Liberty-loving and law-abiding conservative across our nation. Their obscene actions have demeaned all Americans who have supported Trump administration policies over the last four years. Their narcissistic lack of self-awareness has done more to undermine the long list of Trump administration policy successes and advance the leftist agenda than anything Democrats could have hoped for in their wildest aspirations. The Capitol riot was the most profoundly reckless behavior by those claiming to be “conservatives” that I have witnessed in decades. And the consequences have been devastating.

The Capitol riot met with unequivocal condemnation from conservatives. Of course, there was no such universal condemnation from the Left or its Leftmedia propagandists regarding the burn, loot, and murder mobs across the country over the last seven months. The Demo/Leftmedia Capitol condemnation has, of course, been colossally disproportionate.

As I have written, if not for double standards, Democrats would have no standards — and clearly they have double standards for rioters. But we hold those who represent (or claim to represent) Liberty to a much higher standard.

Donald Trump has been the lightening rod for the Capitol riot, and, by extension, so have ALL genuine conservative Patriots. Trump’s incendiary language regarding election fraud, which has eclipsed the real concern we should all have for the Demos’ bulk-mail balloting strategy, was, arguably, the catalyst that incited this fringe element of rioters. But it is the riotous jackasses and other fringe elements across the nation that identify with their actions that are most directly to blame for the damage inflicted on all conservatives.

Their actions provided the opening for Democrats and their Leftmedia parrots to paint ALL Trump administration supporters with the disgraceful actions of a fringe few, thus branding something well in excess of 100 million people as riotous thug sympathizers.

Their actions have provided Democrats a smokescreen cover to consolidate power for their legislative agenda. And the Demos will continue to foment more division, anger, and violence, which they will continue to hang around Republican necks ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

The rioters’ actions are being use as justification for the BigTech purge of conservatives, the “systemic redlining” of our First Amendment rights.

That is the fallout of the actions of a few hundred riotous Capitol jackasses. It will take time to recover from their idiocy, and that time will be extended by any similar actions of their likeminded ilk across the nation.

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The President and the Good AG

Thomas Gallatin

In a December 1 meeting in the Oval Office, then-Attorney General William Barr reportedly bluntly told President Donald Trump that his allegations of widespread voter fraud were “bullsh—t.” Barr had just announced the Justice Department found no evidence backing up the claims of widespread voter fraud that were being widely publicized by right-leaning media outlets and repeatedly touted by Trump. “To date,” Barr told the press, “we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”

He did not mean that the Democrats’ bulk-mail-ballot strategy hadn’t been successful, but that other wild claims were not borne out by the evidence.

It was clearly not the news Trump wanted to hear, and it likely was the primary reason that led to Barr’s early exit. But in hindsight, it had been coming for months, as Barr increasingly found himself having to stand up for the Rule of Law and against Trump’s worst instincts.

Barr reportedly expressed his frustration with the Trump legal team’s dubious public claims of having evidence of widespread election fraud. “These things aren’t panning out,” he said. “The stuff that these people are filling your ear with just isn’t true.” He further added, “I’m a pretty informed legal observer and I can’t f—ing figure out what the theory is here. It’s just scattershot. It’s all over the hill and gone.” To which Trump simply responded, “Maybe. Maybe.”

Despite the Leftmedia’s dubious caricaturization of Barr as “the most dangerous member of the Trump administration” and a “danger to democracy,” the good AG stuck to his principles and the Rule of Law, even when that meant having to stand against Trump.

Barr is a man who is primarily motived by the truth and upholding the Rule of Law, no matter which side of the political aisle it may impact. He demonstrated this by refusing to concede to the Democrats’ Russia-collusion narrative and similarly by refusing to adopt the “stolen election” narrative popular with many Trump supporters. If hard evidence was there to support the legal claims of widespread election fraud, there is little reason to doubt that Barr would have acted upon them. He’s exactly the kind of AG the nation needed and continues to need.

Despite Trump’s late misgivings, his choice of Barr for AG was to his credit and to our nation’s benefit. The government needs more individuals of character like Barr who refuse to let the constantly changing political winds sway them from their commitment to stand for the truth and the Constitution.

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Trump’s Legacy: Domestic Policy Achievement

Nate Jackson

Before the Christmas break, we began work on a project to summarize President Donald Trump’s legacy. First, we noted his work to draw in more voters, especially black, Hispanic, and blue-collar workers, to the Republican tent. Then we praised his myriad achievements in foreign policy, from combatting terrorism to Middle East deals to taking on China. Coming into the new year, we were all set to tackle a third and final installment: his domestic policy work, which has largely been excellent and praiseworthy. He is one of the most consequential one-term presidents in U.S. history, and his myriad accomplishments indeed largely Make America Great Again.

Then the first two weeks of January happened, and this became a somewhat different story, with another likely to follow.

Sadly, it’s unlikely that much of President Trump’s agenda survives the next four years. He’s now been impeached twice and leaves under a cloud of division, including in his own party. His successor, Joe Biden, has pledged to undo everything he can.

In some ways, it seems that no matter how good his agenda has been, the greatest risk to Donald Trump’s legacy is and always has been Donald Trump. His Achilles heel cost him the election, got him impeached a second time, and eroded his legacy — or at least the perception of it — over the final two months on his way out of office. During that time, he has done a lot less governing than complaining and failing to prove his election-theft legal case, stirring up strife and bringing bipartisan condemnation on himself. When he was governing, it was throwing a monkey wrench in a bipartisan compromise to the advantage of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer before ultimately violating his 2018 promise to not sign anymore gargantuan and wasteful omnibus bills.

That leads us to argue that his greatest failure is government spending. Despite promising to eliminate the federal debt in eight years, Trump is leaving office having added an appalling $8 trillion (30%) to the national debt, almost as much as the $9 trillion Barack Obama added in two terms. He and a Republican Congress also failed to repeal ObamaCare. The Tea Party suddenly seems so very long ago.

Alas. Such is the complicated mess that is Trump’s legacy. Nevertheless, many of his domestic policies deserve praise, and we’ll do so here, though we can’t possibly do justice to a complete list.

Let’s start with the judiciary, which was the primary reason our own Mark Alexander gave for endorsing him in 2016. Together with the steadfast and courageous leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and outsized input from good conservative organizations like The Federalist Society and The Heritage Foundation, Trump revitalized the judiciary with 220 constitutionalists, or roughly a quarter of the entire judiciary. This includes 53 circuit judges and three new justices on the Supreme Court — Neil GorsuchBrett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett. We expect that this work to defend Rule of Law and uphold the Constitution will pay dividends long after Trump is gone.

Next, let’s consider the economy. When Trump took office in January 2017, there were fears of another recession because Obama’s “recovery” was just that swell. By the end of 2017, Trump and the GOP Congress cut taxes for most Americans — without a single Democrat vote. Contrary to the Left’s rhetoric fomenting class warfare and instituting tax policies based on envy, the White House says of the GOP legislation, “A typical family of four earning $75,000 received an income tax cut of more than $2,000 — slashing their tax bill in half.”

Trump largely carried through on his promise of deregulation over the course of his presidency. Regulation is a form of taxation, and removing onerous burdens from businesses helps produce more commerce, which in turn provides real benefits for American families. The Trump administration says it “eliminated 8 old regulations for every 1 new regulation adopted,” which then “provided the average American household an extra $3,100 every year.”

Cutting taxes and regulation removed major impediments and set the economy on a growth trajectory that saw tangible gains for millions. Incomes, wages, and net worth rose for American families across the board. The stock market regularly set new records, helping the retirement accounts of millions of Americans. Unemployment hit a 50-year low. Nearly seven million Americans no longer needed food stamps. In particular, those left behind by the Obama “recovery” were doing well, namely the aforementioned blacks, Hispanics, and blue-collar workers.

As presidential biographer Conrad Black noted, “His is the first government in any important jurisdiction where the lowest 20 percent of income-earners were progressing more quickly in percentage terms than the top 10 percent — the closest that the advanced world has come to dealing with the income-disparity problem.”

Remember that just before the election, 56% of Americans said they were “better off now” than four years ago.

Trump also orchestrated major trade deals like the USMCA, and he took on unfair Chinese trade practices, even if he did so with tariffs that didn’t make that a cost-free battle. He fought for American jobs with a vigor that his predecessors never did, arguing essentially that fair trade is better than free trade. America First, as he put it. American manufacturing and jobs returned from overseas in part because of this work, but also because our corporate income tax, once among the world’s most punitive, was reduced to compete once again for those jobs.

Energy independence was something American presidents had talked about for 50 years, all while achieving nothing to make it happen — and often obstructing it. In roughly two years, Trump changed all that. The U.S. is, for the first time in 70 years, a net exporter of energy, as well as being the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas. This brings economic benefit to Americans up and down the supply line. It also yielded good things for national security, because we’re far less dependent on foreign nations — some of them hostile — for our economic lifeblood.

Trump was certainly exaggerating in his 2020 State of the Union Address when he said that “our economy is the best it has ever been,” but it most certainly was incredibly strong, due in large measure to his policy agenda.

Then came the coronavirus pandemic. The lockdowns in March and April created a veritable bloodbath of jobs lost and economic upheaval. Yet the epidemic of misery would have been far worse under the Obama economy because we wouldn’t have been hit while in a position of such strength.

Much of the stunted economic growth since May has been because many states, led by Democrats, have remained largely locked down. Low-income workers have been hit hardest by this ill-advised and ineffective strategy, though Democrats clearly managed to turn it into a political benefit by blaming the guy “in charge.”

The truth is the Trump administration’s response to COVID was laudable, including the travel restrictions for which he was falsely accused (again) of being racist. Particularly notable is the stunning success of Operation Warp Speed in bringing not one but two vaccines to market in record time. The lack of trust in that vaccine is the predictable result of deliberate division sowed by the Left and general distrust of government on the Right. But we expect time will prove the vaccine effective, and Trump deserves credit for that leadership.

He also deserves immense credit for not using COVID to justify trying to be the dictator leftists both feared and demanded he be.

Unfortunately, Trump’s daily rambling press conferences in the early days, and a concerted effort by the Left to demonize him, made the president the poster child for COVID misery. Thus he unfairly bore extensive and intense blame, yielding a large portion of the 81 million votes against him in November.

Trump’s support among evangelicals has been an enigma to many, but his defense of religious liberty amidst the cultural battles being waged against Christians goes a long way toward explaining it. He worked like no other president to protect religious liberty not just here but abroad. He stood for science on the transgender issue, which is the next great front in the Left’s assault on Christianity.

While Trump and the Republican Congress failed to defund Planned Parenthood — the nation’s biggest abortion mill receives $500 million in tax dollars annually — Trump did make progress around the margins by blocking some of its funding and restoring the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits funding for abortions abroad. He also became the first president to attend the annual March for Life.

Another cultural and political fad for which Trump bears mostly unjustified blame is the racial animosity ravishing the nation, particularly over the last eight months. We’ll grant that Trump is not a unifier, but much of the culpability for the division lies with Democrats. They and their allies in the mainstream media spent every day sowing division while blaming Trump. Too many Americans fell for those lies.

Trump’s actual record shows the lies for what they are. That’s true even of his immigration policies, which the Left falsely insists by definition are racist. When Trump came into office, the nation was beset by a porous border that allowed any and all comers to find permanent residence here, meaning Americans were competing against cheap labor for jobs and paying for lavish benefits for others.

Immigration policy should have nothing to do with race and everything to do with merit, law, and order. In the face of stiff resistance and a few defeats, Trump tried to achieve just that. The spectacle of separating families at the border was not his finest moment, but there are big caveats there too. It was the continuation of Obama policy, it often was separating children from trafficking adults who aren’t their parents, and it was overblown by the adversarial press. From doubling the 354 miles of border barrier to asylum rules to fighting human trafficking, he made significant progress, and we no longer routinely hear about an immigration crisis.

Trump also worked to achieve criminal justice reform, helping blacks and undoing much of the legacy of Joe Biden’s 1980s- and ‘90s-era crime legislation. That bipartisan achievement gets far too little play, because it undercuts the “Trump is a racist” narrative.

Another one for the counter narrative: Trump fought racism in the government by eliminating Critical Race Theory in training for federal employees and contractors.

It shouldn’t go left unsaid that much of Trump’s success was brought about by surrounding himself with the right people. That didn’t always happen, of course, and many of his self-inflicted wounds were because of foolish spats with folks (formerly) in his employ who found themselves on the wrong side of his Twitter account. But in most cases, Trump’s people were good people.

It starts, of course, with Mike Pence. It’s outrageous that Trump put his loyal vice president in such a predicament early this month with the Electoral College spectacle, causing Trump’s most devoted supporters to turn on the VP as a “traitor” rather than acknowledge him as the unsung patriotic hero of the administration. For four years, Pence was a steady hand amid an often chaotic White House.

There was Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, of course, but Trump’s domestic policy was run by great people like Betsy DeVos at Education, Larry Kudlow on the economic team, and Ajit Pai at the Federal Communications Commission. And let’s not forget the stellar work done by William Barr at the Justice Department. We name far too few of the people at the forefront enacting Trump’s policies, but, contrary to media characterization, his team was patriotic, honest, and hardworking.

In sum, we haven’t by any means given a comprehensive narrative of all that President Donald Trump and his team accomplished in just four years. His work outshines many a two-term president, and we wish more Americans had been willing to let good and even great policy outweigh personality considerations. If they had done so, the Democrats’ nefarious election strategy would have failed. Even so, Republicans should find Trump’s record of achievement to be the inspiration for a winning policy agenda in future years.

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It’s Not a Lie to Say the Left Hates Us

Harold Hutchison

In the course of pursuing accountability for the 2020 election results, we can’t ignore those who’ve been actively gaslighting grassroots Patriots about the Left’s intentions. It’s a strong word, yes, but when one looks at the facts, it’s an accurate description of what The Dispatch’s David French recently tried to do.

Pundits make their living by stirring the pot, no doubt about it. If they can generate a lot of discussion and comment in these click-bait times, so much the better. But French’s insistence that it’s a lie to say that the Left hates us is itself a lie. Furthermore, the evidence of left-wing hatred for the Right long predates Donald Trump’s escalator ride to announce his 2016 bid for president.

The Left’s track record of extreme animus is undeniable, and we’re not the only outlet to have noticed. It comes from Hollywood, from politicians like Maxine Waters, from pundits like Eugene Robinson, from “media figures” like Al Sharpton, and from plenty of other places. Hollywood elites and politicians who never missed a paycheck mocked not just those exercising their First Amendment rights to protest the harm the lockdowns did but those who were watching their businesses die and their financial situation turn more and more desperate. A certain former first lady said those trying to fix a botched school-lunch experiment were okay with kids eating crap.

But beyond ugly statements and the mocking of valid concerns, we have a long train of abuses. What motivated the regime of Andrew Cuomo and Letitia James to target the National Rifle Association? Cuomo all but admitted his reasoning — he hated the NRA for its opposition to gun control. And, by the way, the NRA is now leaving New York for Texas.

What motivated the notorious John Doe investigations in Wisconsin? French himself answered the question in his own National Review article on those abusive probes: hatred stemming from Scott Walker’s status as a Republican governor, and later his long-overdue reforms of the state’s teachers unions. Or, to put it bluntly, the vindictive leftist prosecutor hated the conservatives and the success they enjoyed in Wisconsin in the early 2010s.

What motivated the state of Colorado’s harassment of Masterpiece Cakeshop? The Supreme Court answered that in a 7-2 ruling: hatred toward the sincerely held religious beliefs of bakeshop owner Jack Phillips. The smoking gun was the disparity in how other bakeries were treated.

The abuse leveled at conservative commentator Dana Loesch after she took on Jake Tapper at CNN’s post-Parkland Second Amendment shaming special? Pure hatred for conservatives’ support of the Second Amendment. Much of the invective is unprintable, and Loesch isn’t the only woman who’s faced it. Just ask Sarah Palin, Candace Owens, or Nikki Haley to name three prominent targets.

When we look at the Left over the years, we see the over-the-top hatred leftists have directed at grassroots Patriots and other advocates for constitutional government. We can go on and on, but the fact pattern is undeniable. When it comes to the Left’s hatred of the Right, are we to believe David French or our own lyin’ eyes?

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Obama, Biden, Big Tech, and Incest

Douglas Andrews

Incestuous. It’s an ugly adjective, but it’s the only one that accurately describes the interrelationship between three powerful and highly influential leftist families: Obama, Biden, and Big Tech.

As Katherine Doyle of the Washington Examiner reports, “The Obama-Biden administration from 2009-2017 was criticized for its close ties to Big Tech, and veterans of that White House, as well as of technology firms, are finding their way back into Joe Biden’s government. This at a moment when major tech firms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google are under fire for what critics call a politically biased crackdown on conservative speech.”

Doyle calls these people “reverse revolvers” — which is to say they’ve moved from the Obama administration to the private sector and back to the Biden administration. Their numbers are dizzying. Suffice it to say that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will have plenty of speech suppressors whispering sweet nothings into their ears.

It’s great work if you can get it: Join an incoming administration’s transition team, help it vet thousands of personnel for key staff positions (including those at the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission, and the DOJ’s antitrust division), and then, when you’ve got all your people in place, jump aboard yourself. What could be more … incestuous? I mean, it’s not as if these Big Tech transplants will advocate on behalf of their former employers. And it’s not as if they’ll promote policies that make Big Tech even bigger and more powerful, regardless of whether those policies are beneficial to fundamental American institutions such as competition, free-market capitalism, and the marketplace of ideas.

Even Jennifer Palmieri, the longtime Democrat communications operative and author of the worst-selling book Dear Madam President, can see what’s going on here. “It has not escaped my attention,” she tweeted on January 7, two days after the Democrats took both Georgia Senate seats, “that the day social media companies decided there actually IS more they could do to police Trump’s destructive behavior was the same day they learned Democrats would chair all the congressional committees that oversee them.”

The Big Tech companies are, as Rachel Bovard says, “very much buying off any enforcement action from the Biden administration — be it aggression on Section 230, more antitrust enforcement, or regulatory action from the FCC.” Bovard, a senior policy director at the Conservative Partnership Institute, says Big Tech’s presence is everywhere, including Commerce, State, and Defense.

Serving as Biden’s one-woman Praetorian Guard will be former Facebook lawyer and regulatory wrestler Jessica Hertz. As his staff secretary, she’ll be able to review memos, regulations, and appointments before they reach his desk — even deciding whose viewpoints deserve a hearing in the Oval Office.

“Personnel is policy,” writes Steven Nelson at the New York Post, and this Beltway axiom couldn’t be any more true than with the intermingling of Biden and Big Tech and their targeted assassination of inconvenient speech.

As libertarian journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted, “History moves quickly. The 9/11 attack was 20 years ago. That means nobody under 35, maybe 40, has a real political memory of it. Liberals begging corporations to censor ‘extremist’ speech. Emotions exploited to demand quick new anti-terrorism laws & powers? The same dynamic.”

Greenwald is right. We’ve heard the Capitol rioters described as terrorists by numerous Democrats and even one feverish Republican, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, whose time would be much better spent denouncing the Biden administration’s creepy relationship with Big Tech and the Left’s craven efforts to silence the Right.

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NRA to Leave New York for Texas

Thomas Gallatin

With a giant target painted on its proverbial back, the nation’s oldest and largest Second Amendment advocacy organization, the National Rifle Association, has announced that it is declaring bankruptcy with the expressed intention to remove itself from New York’s “corrupt political and regulatory environment.” After declaring bankruptcy — which is a strategic move, not a financial one — the NRA, which was first incorporated in New York in 1871, plans on moving to the friendlier pastures of Texas to restructure itself as a nonprofit.

NRA CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre asserted in a letter, “This strategic plan represents a pathway to opportunity, growth and progress.” After being targeted by Democrat state officials and lawmakers for years, “dumping New York” and moving to Texas would allow the NRA to continue its 2A advocacy in a friendly environment.

Meanwhile, New York Attorney General Letitia James, who has been aggressively working to get the NRA outright dissolved, responded, “The NRA’s claimed financial status has finally met its moral status: bankrupt. While we review this filing, we will not allow the NRA to use this or any other tactic to evade accountability and my office’s oversight.”

But New York’s Democrats aren’t the only ones gunning to take down the NRA. Joe Biden has pledged to “defeat” the 2A organization, saying, “As president, I pledge to continue to work together with congresswoman Giffords, and with survivors, families, and advocates across the country, to defeat the NRA and end the epidemic of gun violence in America.” Remember, that would be violence in Democrat-run urban centers.

The NRA responded to the announcement by stating, “Biden wants to ban our semi-auto rifles, tax our guns/mags & more. He knows the only thing standing in his way to dismantle the 2nd Amendment is NRA. Gun owners must stay vigilant & be engaged in elections and the legislative process.”

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Character Over Color

Willie Richardson

“I have a dream that [my] four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” ―Martin Luther King Jr.

For those who are still looking to realize “the dream,” Dr. King’s dream has already been fulfilled for the past 40 years. His four children are long grown and are being judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. You and I included. Contrary to popular social justice warriors’ opinions, people are judged more by what they do rather than their melanin count.

If you’re still looking for his dream to come true, you are most likely blinded by the emotional leftist rhetoric that “we shall overcome.” Jesus already overcame, so if I remain in Him, I too overcome.

If you still believe you are being judged daily by your skin color (melanin) and not by the content of your character (behavior, work ethic, integrity, etc.), then you have poor character and are making excuses for yourself.

Martin Luther King’s dream might have been an American fairytale to many of you. The reason I say this is because one’s dream about his children cannot be realized if we’re really, as the Left insists, a nation full of ignorant, divisive, and evil thought patterns.

Let me break it down for you.

MLK may have had it backwards. In essence, what would have sounded more practical for many black Americans is if “the Baptist preacher” said:

“I have a desire from God to love and train my children in such a way that their lifestyles will be shaped by Christ’s character, and no matter how people view them from the outside, that they let their lights so shine from the inside that men might see their good character and glorify the God of Heaven.”

Let’s face it: This is the world, and it’s evil. Changing the world won’t happen. Changing your thinking (repentance) away from sin and giving God glory by the way you live changes your world. This will inevitably give you the leverage to shine your light so others might see Christ in you. I have a dream. I dream one day Americans will realize their skin color can’t think, feel, taste, touch, hear, or see.

I have a dream that lazy-minded people will stop using skin idolatry for their own shortcomings. I have a dream that my five little children will one day realize they are not a skin color but a heritage from the Lord. They are a legacy of my lineage. My sons are my namesake carried into the next generation. My daughters are the vessels of modesty and virtue preparing to raise the standards of modern-day womanhood. Nothing I said mentioned melanin. Mind over melanin. Character over culture. No more excuses.

“A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.” —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Remembering Robert E. Lee

Today marks the birthday of General Robert E. Lee. Click through to read about this good, honorable, and important man.

EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Government & Politics

  • Melania Trump says “violence is never the answer” in farewell message (Examiner)
  • Congress gears up for fight over Joe Biden’s cabinet nominees (Fox News)
  • Biden to propose eight-year citizenship path for immigrants (AP)
  • Wobbly Senator Joe Manchin: “I really do” support deplatforming Republicans (Daily Wire)
  • For the record: There’s a lot Biden won’t be able to do with a 50/50 Senate (Hot Air)
  • Democrats publish bill to install Capitol fence despite claiming walls don’t work (National Pulse)
  • FBI and DOJ knew there was no Russia collusion by spring of 2017 (Washington Times)
  • Lincoln Project funneled over $10 million to its own founders’ companies (National Pulse)

Big Tech & Media

  • Facebook and Google allegedly cut a deal that reduced ad competition (Engadget)
  • Parler CEO “confident” platform will be back “by the end of the month” (Examiner)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Anti-capitalist Ibram X. Kendi pads bottom line with Netflix deal (Free Beacon)
  • Portland “defund police” activists have vandalized commissioner’s home seven times in three months (Hot Air)
  • New York University professor attributes black Trump support to “multiracial whiteness” (PJ Media)

We’re Shocked — Shocked!

  • Poll: Many in U.S. don’t see link between racism and health outcomes (UPI)
  • China’s 2020 coal output rises to highest since 2015, undermining climate pledges (Reuters)

“Captain Obvious” Headline Award

  • China “could have acted more quickly” in dealing with COVID, WHO declares (Daily Mail)

Odds and Ends

  • U.S. surpasses 400,000 COVID deaths nearly one year after nation’s first confirmed case (NBC News)
  • China’s economy grew 2.3% in 2020 — no doubt augmented by its cornering the PPE market (UPI)
  • Caravan of illegal immigrants says Biden will help them (Post Millennial)
  • The states Americans headed to the most in 2020: Tennessee, Texas, and Florida (CNBC)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Biden’s foolish sabotage of the Keystone pipeline (National Review)
  • Policy: Where do conservatives go from here? (Issues & Insights)
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Insight: “As to the evil which results from a censorship, it is impossible to measure it, for it is impossible to tell where it ends.” —Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832)

Upright: “Fossil fuels, far from being the great villain of the climate story, have been the main source of greenhouse-gas reductions in the United States over the past several decades, as relatively clean-burning natural gas displaces relatively dirty coal in electricity generation. But that is not the kind of intelligent tradeoff that interests American environmentalists, who are moralists and romantics and committed to the notion that hydrocarbon fuels are, simply, evil — and that they must be fought on every front. Hence, the American Left’s comprehensive and total war on any and all infrastructure associated with our most abundant energy sources.” —National Review

Belly laugh of the week: “There are channels in which lies are told, and there are channels in which facts are told. And people who want the lies, they don’t come here. They go to a different channel.” —CNN’s Jake Tapper

Braying jackass I: “There are millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans, who somehow need to be deprogrammed.” —The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson

Braying jackass II: “The question is: How are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump?” —Katie Couric

Paging the “fact-checkers” I: “I would love to see [Trump’s] phone records to see if he was talking to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin the day the insurgents invaded our Capitol.” —Hillary Clinton

Paging the “fact-checkers” II: “I don’t know what Putin has on him politically, financially, or personally, but what happened last week was a gift to Putin because Putin wants to undermine democracy in our country and throughout the world.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Non compos mentis: “The [National] Guard is 90-some-odd percent I believe male. Only about 20 percent of white males voted for Biden. … There’s probably not more than 25 percent of the people that are there protecting us who voted for Biden. The other 75 percent are in the class that … might want to do something [sinister]. … So, it does concern me.” —Representative Steve Cohen

Grand delusions: “I don’t think there’s a human being alive in America today that could do a better job than Chuck Schumer in this moment to bring this country back together again.” —Senator Kristen Gillibrand

And last… “You need a valid ID, credentials, and approved passage through a predetermined checkpoint before you enter the nation’s Capitol right now. Why shouldn’t that be the same standard we apply at our nation’s borders?” —Charlie Kirk

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Headlines – 1/19/2021

PA demands Israel allow East Jerusalemites to take part in Palestinian elections

UK ‘seriously concerned’ by Israeli approval of new West Bank homes

Netanyahu Bids Goodbye to US Ambassador Friedman: ‘There Was Never a Better Ambassador’

Lavrov: Israel should inform Moscow of Iranian threats in Syria, not bomb them

Qatar’s FM wants Gulf Arab nations to talk with Iran – report

Guided by domestic concerns, Biden aims to reenter Iran deal as ‘first step’

US B-52 Bombers Fly Over Middle East in Show of Force

750 killed at Ethiopian Orthodox church said to contain Ark of the Covenant: report

North Korea’s Kim could be planning missile launch to welcome Biden administration

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny urges Russians to take to streets

FBI Probing Allegation That Woman Stole Laptop From Pelosi’s Office to Sell It to Russia

China Ties Raise Questions for Biden’s Pick for Top Defense Post

Pelosi Urges Pentagon Head to Halt Installing New NSA General Counsel

Giuliani claims he can’t defend Trump in his 2nd impeachment trial because he’s a ‘witness’

Trump not planning to pardon himself or his family members – report

Trump to issue around 100 pardons and commutations Tuesday, sources say

GOP senators wrestle with purging Trump from party

McConnell, Schumer close in on power-sharing agreement in evenly divided Senate

Mike Huckabee says Kamala Harris also should be impeached given standard used against Trump

Kamala Harris Resigns Senate Seat Ahead of Inauguration

Hillary Clinton Wonders if Trump Spoke to Putin on Day of Capitol Riot: ‘I Would Love to See His Phone Records’

Nancy Pelosi Tells Hillary Clinton: ‘No, We Can’t Move on’ from Capitol Riot, Members Were ‘Traumatized’

Bill Barr: Challenging Election Legitimacy ‘Precipitated’ Capitol Siege

Covid concerns, razor wire and no Trump: An inauguration like no other

25,000 Guardsmen Are In The Capital, Five Times The Troops In Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq Combined

2,000 National Guard Troops in DC Sworn In as Special Deputy US Marshals

FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack

Steve Cohen says he’s concerned National Guard is securing inauguration because it’s ‘more conservative’ and most troops are male

Inauguration rehearsal halted, US Capitol briefly locks down after false alarm

West Front of Capitol evacuated, staffers told to stay inside due to ‘external security threat’

Eerie video shows Capitol warning message tested in desolate DC streets

Bulletproof vests and gas masks: Journalists prep for Inauguration Day

NBC’s Mehdi Hasan claims ‘far right domestic terror threat is more dangerous than even Al Qaeda after 9/11’

Melania Trump says ‘violence is never the answer’ in farewell message

First Amendment in Danger, Constitution Is Next: Pastor Brian Gibson

Domenech: Big Tech companies are ‘going to collude to crush conservative speech’

Undercover Video Shows Twitter Senior Executive Outlining Censorship Push

Group Sues Apple for Not Removing Telegram From App Store

Bill Maher tells his audience not to hate 74 million Trump voters because 5,000 people rioted

Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell

Media, Democrats quick to slam Republicans for praising Martin Luther King, Jr.

Biden’s reported plans to kill Keystone XL pipeline alarm Canadian officials

Germany takes a step toward post-Merkel era but the race for her successor is wide open

Asteroid 2021 BO flew past Earth at 0.06 LD

Large fireball explodes over Galicia, loud boom reported, Spain

6.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Pocito, Argentina

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Pocito, Argentina

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Kermadec Islands

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Olry, Vanuatu

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Nueve de Julio, Argentina

Small earthquakes shake Mt. Hood minutes apart

Massive pyroclastic flow at Semeru volcano, Indonesia

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 24,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Tropical Storm “Eloise” forecast to strike Madagascar and Mozambique

Tropical Cyclone “Kimi” to make landfall over Queensland, Australia

15 dead, 24,379 houses inundated as worst floods in 50 years hit South Kalimantan, Indonesia

Bay Area breaks temperature records amid 80 mph winds, red flag warning

Psychedelic Schools for ‘Shamans’ Are Popping Up Like Mushrooms

Planned Parenthood CEO: Biden Sweeping Abortion Agenda Must Undo ‘Harm’ of Trump Pro-Life Policies

Roe v. Wade a ‘Constitutionally Flawed Ruling,’ Trump Says

Ohio Bans Telemedicine Abortions without a Physician Present

The unborn babies used for vaccine development were alive at tissue extraction

‘Catastrophic moral failure’: WHO slams COVID vaccine distribution

After allergic reactions at 1 clinic, California pauses use of large batch of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

Israel’s data-for-vaccines deal with Pfizer raises privacy concerns

Rise in Domestic Violence in Israel Is Direct Result of Repeated Lockdowns, Police Source Says

A Year After Severe Wuhan Outbreak, China Promotes Propaganda Film Praising Authorities

China’s economy is growing faster now than before pandemic

Source: Tracking the Birth Pangs – News and Links (trackingbibleprophecy.org)

19 Jan 2021 – Rapture Ready News

The Israeli government on Sunday approved plans to build 780 new homes in Judea and Samaria, drawing criticism from the European Union, according to Reuters. One hundred of the units will be built in Tal Menashe, a settlement in northern Samaria that was home to Esther Horgen, a 52-year-old mother of six killed on Dec. 21 by a Palestinian terrorist while she was jogging in the forest near her house.

South Dakota Governor to End Abortions for Babies with Down Syndrome
As the US prepares for a drastic change in leadership and state legislation concerning abortion is becoming a battleground issue, South Dakota is taking the lead in the pro-life battle, preventing abortions based on the results of prenatal testing for Down Syndrome. Overwhelmingly utilized in Europe, these abortions are compared to genocide and eugenics by some, while one rabbi explains this practice, based in idolatry, is an attempt to delay the Redemption.

Trump Plans 100 Pardons For Tuesday – Will Assange Be Among Them?
But the biggest name said to be under possible consideration is WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, subject of a major independent and social media campaign to lobby for his full pardon and release from a London jail where extradition proceedings are still ongoing. Will President Trump pardon Assange?

‘No Evidence Of Threats, No Issues Flagged’ As MSM Stokes Fears Of Military Insider Attack At Inauguration
Fears of mayhem at state capitol buildings and the US Capitol complex in Washington, DC, this past weekend were widely overblown by mainstream media. Now there’s more fearmongering from mainstream outlets, this time it’s AP, who reports fears of an insider attack that have prompted the FBI to vet the 25,000 National Guard troops stationed in DC ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Major Airstrikes Rock Iran-Backed Iraqi Militias Near Baghdad, Casualties Reported
In what could be the start of a last-minute ‘counter Iran’ military operation which many have anticipated during President Trump’s final days in office, a major air assault on Iran-backed paramilitary units southwest of Baghdad is being reported in regional media.

Church Growth Soars in India Despite Persecution, COVID-19
For the second year in a row, Open Doors ranks India 10th on the list of countries where it’s most challenging to be a Christian. “But even [amid] that persecution, God grows and strengthens his Church,” says David Reeves, President and CEO of unfoldingWord.

Indiana Lawmakers File Bill Ending Regulation of Abortion in State, Outlawing It Completely
For the fifth year in a row, an Indiana lawmaker has proposed a bill that would declare that life begins at conception and would repeal all state statutes regulating abortion, making it consequently illegal with no exceptions. This time, Rep. Curt Nisly, R-Goshen, is joined by the newly-elected Rep. John Jacob, R-Indianapolis, in presenting the legislation.

UAE’s new vision for Mideast includes Israel
It is safe to say that the peace agreement between the UAE and Israel represents an important strategic shift, and a fundamental turning point for the long-running conflict between Arabs and Israel. t can be described as one of the clearest practical manifestations reflecting the new ideological approach being adopted by UAE’s leadership to address the region’s conflicts and challenges.

Trump lifting COVID-19 travel restrictions on Europe, UK, Brazil – report
US President Donald Trump on Monday rescinded entry bans imposed because of the coronavirus on most non-US citizens arriving from Brazil and much of Europe effective Jan. 26, two officials briefed on the matter told Reuters.

Report: Biden to reverse Trump’s entry ban for Muslims on 1st day
Biden is expected to sign about a dozen executive orders on his first day in office, including rejoining the Paris climate agreement and reverse his predecessor’s ban on entry of people from certain Muslim majority countries.

Israel Determined To Prevent Iran From Achieving ‘Syria Project’
The alleged strikes in the Deir al-Zour and Albu Kamal areas were the latest in a long series of reported Israeli attacks that are designed to thwart the Islamic Republic’s attempts at building a war machine in Syria. The airstrikes nevertheless stood out in light of the extraordinary comments made by a senior American intelligence official, who told the Associated Press that the bombings were enabled by intelligence provided to Israel by the United States. “Iran is attempting to take advantage of the transition in the United States and in Israel to alter the balance of power. Israel and the U.S. will not allow this. We will act resolutely and as needed.”

Israel to name Train stop at Temple Mount after Trump
An Israeli minister stated in an interview that he stands firm in his commitment to name the soon-to-be-built train station adjacent to the Temple mount “Donald J. Trump Station.” Some rabbis note that the station will serve the Third Temple and, as such, the connection to the president is implicit.

Helsinki Committee to declare Pfizer performing unauthorized human experiment in Israel
the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights is expected to announce that Pfizer is conducting unauthorized human experiments in Israel. The committee in charge of supervising human trials is expected to submit an opinion to the Health Ministry stating that the immunization process led by the state with Pfizer is a clinical study, and therefore needed to be approved in advance.

Sheba Hospital study: 2nd vaccine dose extremely effective
Antibody tests for people who received the second vaccine dose show they develop more antibodies than people with severe cases of COVID.
People who received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine produce between six to twenty times as many antibodies a week after receiving the second dose, the communication and information division at Sheba Tel Hashomer Medical Center reported Monday.

Gantz: Wide-scale settler outpost legalization ‘irresponsible’
A government declaration to legalize 46 West Bank settler outposts would be irresponsible, Alternative Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Tuesday. He spoke amid a push by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to place the issue on the government’s agenda when it meets on Tuesday afternoon.

Alleged US airstrike was ISIS attack on power lines: Iraqi officials
An attack by ISIS militants on power transmission towers south of Baghdad caused the explosions mistakenly reported by regional media as US airstrikes on sites belonging to pro-Iranian militias in Jurf al-Sakhar south of Baghdad on Monday night, Iraq’s Security Media Cell confirmed on Tuesday morning.

Iran loses UN voting rights over unpaid dues, blames US sanctions
Iran and six other countries lost their right to vote in the UN General Assembly, because they have not paid their dues, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday. Iran blamed US sanctions for blocking the Islamic Republic from paying its required contribution to the UN…Iran owes $16.2 million, more than any other country.

Russia’s FM: Syria must not be an Israel-Iran battlefield
Israel should report security threats in Syria rather than immediately respond to them, in order to keep the country ravaged by civil war from being turned into a battlefield against Iran, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday…Lavrov criticized Israel for responding to security threats from Iran in Syria, while stressing that Moscow also does not approve of Syria being used against.

Arab League head hopes Biden changes Trump Mideast policies
The head of the Arab League expressed hope Monday that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will change Donald Trump’s policies and launch a political process supported by regional and international parties to achieve independence for the Palestinians. Ahmed Aboul Gheit…told the UN Security Council that a two-state solution…“has been marginalized by the main mediator in the peace process,”…

Iran kicks off ground forces drill on coast of Gulf of Oman
Iran’s military kicked off a ground forces drill on Tuesday along the coast of the Gulf of Oman…the latest in a series of snap exercises that the country is holding amid escalating tensions over its nuclear program…According to the report, commando units and airborne infantry were participating in the annual exercise, along with fighter jets, helicopters and military transport aircraft.

Six asteroids to make ‘close approach’ as Biden takes over presidency
NASA is tracking six asteroids set to approach Earth on the same day Joe Biden will become the 46th President of the United States. Donald Trump will make way for Joe Biden on Wednesday, January 20, and NASA has its eye on four rocks that will be zipping past Earth. One of the rocks has the potential to be almost as big as the Statue of Liberty in New York City, an iconic American landmark.

China Reports 100+ Cases For Sixth Day As Lockdowns Expanded To 29MM
So far this year, 457 new cases have been confirmed in the region, though Beijing has long been suspected of under-reporting the numbers.

15 dead, 24 379 houses inundated as worst floods in 50 years hit South Kalimantan, Indonesia
A series of floods struck the Indonesian province of South Kalimantan Province over the past 10 days, leaving at least 15 people dead, 24 379 houses inundated, and 39 549 displaced as of Monday, January 18, 2021. President Joko Widodo described the massive flooding in the area as the worst in the past 50 years, with almost 10 districts and cities affected.

Tropical Storm “Eloise” forecast to strike Madagascar and Mozambique
Tropical Storm “Eloise” formed on January 15, 2021, as the 5th named storm of the 2020/21 Southwest Indian Ocean cyclone season. The cyclone is moving toward Madagascar. A landfall at tropical cyclone intensity on January 19 remains a real possibility, although less likely based on the latest guidance. Eloise is expected to reintensify after it exits into the Mozambique Channel and strike Mozambique on January 23.

You Can Thank Donald Trump For Causing The Liberal Enemies Of Christianity, Conservatism And America To Step Out Of The Shadows And Expose Themselves
Here we are, smack dab in the middle of the last 36 hours or so of the Donald J. Trump presidency, an era that began in chaos and is ending the way it started. Over the past four and one half years, I have probably written close to 100 articles on Donald Trump, and something tells me this is not going to be the last one either. But if I could get a word out to the president, and he is still very much the president, I would just have two words to say to him. Thank you.

China Health Experts Call for Suspension of COVID Vaccines as Norway Investigates 33 Deaths, Germany Probes 10 Deaths
China health experts say Norway and other countries should suspend the use of mRNA vaccines like those produced by Pfizer and Moderna, especially among the elderly, according to Global Times.

Sahara desert hit by icy blast as snow blankets parts of Saudi Arabia
The Sahara desert has been hit by an icy blast with temperatures dipping below freezing.

Game-changing intel grants Trump new pathways to VICTORY
Because of the increasing popularity of the Situation Update podcast, information came my way that lays out a path for justified optimism on what’s coming in the days ahead.

Former Florida data scientist for COVID to turn herself in on arrest warrant
The Florida scientist accused by the state of manipulating coronavirus data says she’ll turn in herself, in response to an arrest warrant being prepared by authorities.

Panic in DC: Biden Inaugural Rehearsal Evacuated Over Fire Blocks from Capitol
The rehearsal at the Capitol Monday morning for Wednesday’s inauguration of Joe Biden was evacuated by officials who told participants “this is not a drill.” The rehearsal had been postponed one day due to security concerns.

‘TOTAL DISASTER’: California Likely Paid Out $10 BILLION in CoVID Relief to ‘Organized Crime, Russia, China’
California residents fumed Monday morning over new reports the Golden State likely paid out upwards of $10 billion in phony CoVID relief claims to organized crime in other countries, including Russia and China.

The left uses Capitol invasion as Nazis used the Reichstag fire
Watching America accept the rationally and morally indefensible physical and economic lockdown of the country, I concluded: “Apathy in the face of tyranny turns out not to be a German or Russian characteristic. I just never thought it could happen in America.”

Goldman: Here Is What Bidencare Will Look Like
Bidencare will be just the “virtuous wrapper” the doctor ordered so speak, to transfer $1.5 trillion in debt-funded deficit spending into the broader economy, while enabling tens if not hundreds of billions of government inefficiencies (read corruption) along the way

Source: 19 Jan 2021 – Rapture Ready

Now, The Left Owns It All | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Pat Buchanan via Buchanan.org,

That mob that split off from the Donald Trump rally of Jan. 6 to invade the Capitol has proven a godsend to the left.

The death of a Capitol cop has enabled the left — which spent the summer after George Floyd’s death trashing “racist cops” and shouting, “Defund the Police!” — to posture as fighting allies of the men in blue.

Liberals who implored us to understand the grievances of the rioters, looters and arsonists last summer have become sudden converts to the church of law and order.

Elites who had condoned the smashing of statues and monuments to Columbus, Washington, Jefferson and Jackson as a needed cleansing of our hateful history have declared themselves sickened that Trumpists would desecrate the temple of democracy.

Had it been antifa or BLM that carried out the invasion, not one statue would have been left standing in Statuary Hall, and we would have been instructed that it was slaves who had, after all, built the Capitol building.

The media is airing endless footage of the mob marauding inside the Capitol. Purpose: to plant indelibly in the public mind the fiction that this was the deliberate work of Donald Trump and his people, and our elites are the real adversaries of violent protest.

Indeed, to protect the nation from rightist uprisings in state capitals, this weekend saw the widespread deployment of the National Guard.

Sunday was to be the day the murderous violence of the right would manifest itself.

What happened? As The Washington Post reported Monday:

“Authorities in cities from coast to coast mobilized a military-style defense of state capitol complexes on Sunday, rolling out Humvees, concertina wire and thousands of National Guard troops clad in battlefield helmets to defend against a possible onslaught of rioters whipped up by the baseless claims of the American president.

“The assault never came. Despite warnings from the FBI and boasts from armed, far-right extremist groups, security forces in every instance outnumbered scattered groups of demonstrators, and there were no reports of violence.”

In anticipation of Wednesday’s inauguration, 25,000 National Guard have been deployed in and around D.C. to defend against right-wing mobs or would-be assassins. Three or four times as many troops are here in D.C. as there are U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria combined.

Now, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And better too much security than not enough. But even given the Jan. 6 outrage, to arm our capital city as though Stonewall Jackson’s Confederates were going to march up Manassas Road and capture Abe Lincoln after the Union defeat at Bull Run seems a bit excessive.

Yet, Wednesday is a historic day. Trump will be gone from the White House and national power and responsibility will pass to the Democratic Party.

Democrats take over the House, Senate and White House. Virtually all major media will be in their camp. They will be welcomed in a city that has never elected a Republican mayor and has no Republicans on the city council, a city that voted for Joe Biden 18-1 over Trump. The 30,000 registered Republicans in D.C. are outnumbered 12-1 by Democrats.

The government bureaucracies here are as deeply Democratic as the “deep state” that bedeviled Trump for four years. Biden’s Cabinet is the most racially and ethnically diverse ever; the majority of its members are women and people of color. Obama administration holdovers dominate the national security team.

Most of America’s major cities — New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, D.C., Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis — are run by liberal Democrats, and, coincidentally, all experienced surges in shootings and killings in 2020.

While the figures on the criminal perpetrators are rarely reported, it appears that not a great many of the violent and lethal crimes were the work of rogue cops or white supremacists in MAGA hats.

Other problems Trump failed to solve — the pandemic now killing 3,000 to 4,000 Americans a day, the failure to get vaccines into the arms of millions of more Americans — are now Joe’s problems.

Calling Trump names will no longer cut it.

Now, Democrats must decide whether to proceed with the impeachment trial of Trump for inciting a riot that began on the Capitol steps as he was speaking a mile away, a riot planned long before the rally on the Mall.

Now, Democrats can choose whether they will forego extracting their pound of flesh as the first order of business in the Senate and let Nancy Pelosi sit a while on her impeachment resolution.

Now, Democrats have it all. If they wish, they can abolish the filibuster, pack the Supreme Court, make D.C. and Puerto Rico states, forgive all student debt, and vote for slavery reparations.

One reads that a caravan of thousands is forming up in Honduras to pass through Guatemala in the hope of reaching and crossing the U.S. border when Biden becomes president.

That, too, is Joe’s party’s problem now.

Source: Now, The Left Owns It All

Despair, Depression, and Trump 2.0 – Glenn Greenwald predicts Biden’s America

Joe Biden has proudly announced that America ‘is back.’ But what exactly is it that is ‘back’ and should we be looking forward to this ‘triumphant’ return? Talking to RT, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Glenn Greenwald believes that a return to the not-so-glorious days essentially heralds a u-turn back to the days of “militarism, imperialism, and corporatism,” and makes a few other predictions as to what America should expect from the new but, at the same time, the very same old US administration.

Are You a Good Person? | Faith vs. Culture – January 18, 2021

It’s a question believers and non-believers alike struggle with: are you a good person? Author and Relearn.org founder Dale Partridge joins Faithwire Managing Editor Dan Andros to tackle this long-standing and difficult question on today’s episode of Faith vs.

Russia’s top MP speaks about US lacking democratic standards

The leader of Russia’s parliament, Vyacheslav Volodin, accused pro-Democrat forces in the US of cracking down on free speech in his address to the State Duma on opening of the spring session. ‘The acting president who got the votes of almost 75 million of Americans, as well as his supporters were stripped of the fundamental right – the freedom of speech,’ said the parliamentarian.

Give Us Barabbas Biden! And Away With This Man! — The Ignorant Fishermen Blog

My friends, be afraid! Be very afraid! The D.C. Marxist Swampers and the ALL POWERFUL demonic godless media; much like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day; have made a covenant with death and hell and have willingly deceived millions of Americans while seeking to eradicate and destroy a great American leader for their own lawless personal gain! These have chosen for themselves a sock puppet thug and lawless reprobate to lead them into the delusional lawless utopia! A man with zero scruples! A man with zero moral character! A man who puts self-interest above the American people! A man who has totally sold himself to do only evil and afflict all for personal gain! The D.C. Swamp, Media, and millions of Americans through lawless means have cried out! Give us Barabbas Biden and away with this man! These lawless fools have now made a covenant with Marx, death, and hell and have in their blindness and envy chosen for themselves a demonic tool and destroyer to be their king! Dear friends, we don’t need to get into all of the details for we know exactly how Joe Biden has gotten where he is today. Nevertheless; everything lawless, everything godless, everything reprobate, everything tyrannical, everything un-American is found in Joe Biden and the Democratic platform, and what has been the most astounding to me is how many so-called “Christians” voted for Joe Biden and defend his lawless and godless platform (Psalm 14; Prov. 16:25; Isa. 5:20; Matt. 7:13-23; 2 Tim. 3:1-7; Jude 1:10-19)! 

Give us Barabbas Biden and away with this man! These lawless fools have now made a covenant with death and hell and have in their blindness and envy chosen for themselves a demonic tool and destroyer to be their king!

Donald Trump has been Almighty God’s human vessel to absolutely exposed the American Democratic Marxist Left, the D.C Swamp, and the hearts of millions these last four years; but who truly wants to see it or hear it! Well, millions have, while millions have gone all-in for lawlessness, demonic gaslighting and deception! Millions of these Americans (red, yellow, black, and white) have zeroed in on and made Donald Trump the source of all their lawless, subjective, miserable self-inflicted tragic lives! They are too blind and oppressed in their self-inflicting lawlessness to see that the very one who was seeking to help deliver them from their social bondage is the very one they absolutely despise, rejected, and hate (Prov. 29:27; Isa. 5:20)! These would rather have a self-serving, self-seeking, lawless thug and oppressor reign over them than a President that seeks the best for them in constitutional rightness. This is absolute insanity to me, but the very present sobering reality of this hour here in America! Trump is just a man, but he has pledged all and fought for the American people like no president before him based on rightness and constitutional law. Tragically, the heart of the matter is this my beloved, and be sure to listen well. Millions upon millions of Americans have chosen lawlessness and godlessness over Almighty God, rightness, and constitutional law way before Trump was ever elected president! To the lawless mind, all is self severing and all rightness is an abomination (Prov. 29:27; Rom. 1:18-322 Tim. 3:1-7)! These are consumed with envy, hatred, lawlessness, and bitterness and need a constant scapegoat and blood sacrifice to appease their never healing self inflicted lawless wounds (Psalm 14; Rom. 1:18-32; 3; Gal. 5:19-20, Jude 1:10-19)! There is no place for repentance in them, and in destroying people, value and worth is how they self medicate!

Millions of Americans (red, yellow, black, and white) have zeroed in on and made Donald Trump the source of all their lawless, subjective, miserable self-inflicted tragic lives! They are too blind and oppressed in their self-inflicting lawlessness to see that the very one who was seeking to help deliver them from their social bondage is the very one they absolutely despise, rejected, and hate!

Our nation EXPONENTIALLY is abounding in lawlessness! It’s stench, flood, grip, and chains are found in every facet of government, media, academia, entertainment, and society! Godlessness, lawlessness, and moral relativism are overflowing EXPONENTIALLY throughout our nation and rapidly sinking us! The only man (by Almighty God’s grace) who was slightly holding back the EXPONENTIALLY growing lawlessness of our nation and its pending implosion has now been rejected by all elites and millions of Americans! This man has been labeled a supervillain and a threat to all humanity and even now is the target of destruction by demonics in high places (Isa. 5:20; John. 8:44; Eph. 2:1-2; 6:10-12)! My dear friends, what is now left for America, when the little human restraint that we had is now moved out of the way? Beloved, once the body of Christ is totally removed from off of the world stage at the Rapture; what then for this nation and this world (Matt. 24; 2 Thess. 2:3-12, Rev. 6-19)? My friends, the Day of the Lord; that is what is left (Rev. 6-19)! Beloved, I have never seen such EXPONENTIAL demonic rage and hatred levied against one man with such EXPONENTIAL intensity, and my friends this kind of rage and hatred is only ginned up by one source; the father of lies (John 8:44; Eph. 2:1-2; 6:10-12)! The great global demonic reset must take place and the man of lawlessness revealed and WOE, WOE, WOE if you are here when this ALL goes down (Matt. 24; 2 Thess. 2:3-12, Rev. 13)! Its shadows are overtaking us and are consumingly upon us and one must be a blind man not to see it!

The great global demonic reset must take place and the man of lawlessness revealed and WOE, WOE, WOE if you are here when this goes down!

Our nation and its republic are officially dead as of 4:00 AM January 7th and no optimistic appraisals and well wishes can overturn that! I am not saying, not to do your part, etc. but the America you once grew up in is now officially dead and for years we as a nation have been on total life support! Just go back these last twenty years and see how EXPONENTIALLY we have fallen socially, morally, and godlessly as a nation! It will astound you! That is what people miss today. They truly don’t see how EXPONENTIALLY far we have fallen and are seeking to save a sinking Titanic without faith in Almighty God and RIGHTEOUSNESS (Psalm 11:3)!

Beloved, wake up to Almighty God America! Wake up to ALL of Almighty God’s WONDERFUL ETERNAL promises and RIGHTEOUSNESS, which is found in Jesus Christ!

Today is the day not to despair, but to place your ETERNAL trust in Jesus Christ (Prov. 3:5-6, John 3:16-17)! We as a post-American nation need to make Almighty God and His Word our treasure and our possessive reality today (Gen. 15:1, Prov. 3:5-6)! We need to fully receive and believe His Word with all our hearts and seek His perfect will for us in such days until He comes!

Beloved, wake up to Almighty God America! Wake up to ALL of Almighty God’s WONDERFUL ETERNAL promises and RIGHTEOUSNESS, which is found in Jesus Christ! Not a popular message but one ETERNALLY filled with ETERNAL hope! No King but the Lord Jesus is my cry till He comes! Maranatha!

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

DJP I.F.

Give Us Barabbas Biden! And Away With This Man! — The Ignorant Fishermen Blog

Pennsylvania Transgender Health Official Who Flopped COVID-19 Response Is Elevated To Biden’s Assistant Health Secretary

President-elect Joe Biden nominated Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender health official in Pennsylvania, on Tuesday to serve as assistant Health and Human Services secretary.

Source: Pennsylvania Transgender Health Official Who Flopped COVID-19 Response Is Elevated To Biden’s Assistant Health Secretary

ALL American Flags Should be at Half Staff: MOURNING THE DEATH OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC — Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Benjamin Franklin knew that it was just a matter of time before our Republic would crumble. He obviously knew the hearts of men and women.

At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Benjamin Franklin wrote a speech which was read by another statesmen because Franklin was so advanced in years. Here is part of this speech, and I will focus on a specific part of his words in this article:

In these sentiments, Sir, I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of Government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other.” (emphasis mine)

DESPOTIC GOVERNMENT

These prophetic words of Benjamin Franklin have been fulfilled and will be celebrated on January 20, 2021.

Meaning of DESPOTIC 

From DictionaryCambridge.org

 Having unlimited power over other people, and often using it unfairly and cruellya despotic government/regimehandful of corrupt and despotic leaders make the decisions.Synonyms brutal callous cruel harsh (UNKIND) tyrannical tyrannous vicious source

I would like to add that a government which excludes God from its laws and legislation IS a Despotic government indeed. And that is where we have arrived brethren. Those who have come into power by corruption and deception are God haters. We must pray for them.

We have arrived at a point in our history where Franklin’s words have, beyond a doubt, been realized. I do not know if we will come back to our Republic. That is in the hands of our Omnipotent God.

I would like for the reader to see various quotes from our forefathers to better understand the hearts and minds of these men:

From godtheoriginalintent.com

“A simple democracy is the devil’s own government.”

— Benjamin Rush (1745-1813) Founding Father& signer of the Declaration of Independence

Let the American youth never forget that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils and sufferings and blood of their ancestors, and capable, if wisely improved and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to the latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence. The structure has been erected by architects of consummate skill and fidelity; its foundations are solid, its compartments are beautiful as well as useful, its arrangements are full of wisdom and order, and its defenses are impregnable from without. It has been reared for immortality, if the work of men may justly aspire to such a title. It may nevertheless perish in an hour by the folly, or corruption, or negligence of its only keepers, the People. Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall when the wise are banished from the public councils because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded because they flatter the people in order to betray them.”

— Joseph Story (1779-1845) Lawyer, Supreme Court Justice & influential commentators on the U.S. Constitution

“There is no good government but what is republican. That the only valuable part of the British constitution is so; for the true idea of a republic is ‘an empire of laws, and not of men.’ That, as a republic is the best of governments, so that particular arrangement of the powers of society, or in other words, that form of government which is best contrived to secure an impartial and exact execution of the law, is the best of republics.”

— John Adams (1797-1801) Second President of the United States and Patriot

“If they proceed in it (removing the Bible from schools), they will do more in half a century in extirpating our religion than Bolingbroke or Voltaire could have effected in a thousand years. …I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes and take so little pains to prevent them. We profess to be republicans, and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government; that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Biblefor this divine book, above all others, favors that equality among mankind, that respect for just laws, and all those sober and frugal virtues which constitute the soul of republicanism.”

— Benjamin Rush (1745-1813) Founding Father& signer of the Declaration of Independence

“As riches increase and accumulate in few hands, as luxury prevails in society, virtue will be in a greater degree considered as only a graceful appendage of wealth, and the tendency of things will be to depart from the republican standard. This is the real disposition of human nature; it is what neither the honorable member nor myself can correct. It is a common misfortunate that awaits our State constitution, as well as all others.”

— Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) Lawyer, Secretary of the Treasury & Secretary of State

“It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.”

— Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third President of the United States

But between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.”

— John Marshall (1755-1835) House Member, Secretary of State  and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

— Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third President of the United States

Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate (lost all regard to good principles,virtue or decency, dashed, broken or ruined in morals, shameless in wickedness) are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.” 

— Joseph Story (1779-1845) Lawyer, Supreme Court Justice & influential commentators on the U.S. Constitution

Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy; such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit, and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable [abominable] cruelty of one or a very few.”

— John Adams (1797-1801) Second President of the United States and Patriot

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

—  Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of Independence, 3rd President of the U. S

“They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.”

— John Adams (1797-1801) Second President of the United States and Patriot

“A democracy is a volcano, which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction. These will produce an eruption, and carry desolation in their way.”

— Fisher Ames (1758-1808) Founding Father and framer of the First Amendment to the Constitution

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. It is in vain to say that democracy is less vain, less proud, less selfish, less ambitious, or less avaricious than aristocracy or monarchy. It is not true, in fact, and nowhere appears in history. Those passions are the same in all men, under all forms of simple government, and when unchecked, produce the same effects of fraud, violence, and cruelty. When clear prospects are opened before vanity, pride, avarice, or ambition, for their easy gratification, it is hard for the most considerate philosophers and the most conscientious moralists to resist the temptation. Individuals have conquered themselves. Nations and large bodies of men, never.”

— John Adams (1797-1801) Second President of the United States and Patriot

“Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine percent.”

—  Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of Independence, 3rd President of the U. S.

“Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they, therefore, who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure…are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.”

— Charles Carroll (1737-1832) Founding Father and Leader from Maryland

“That the only foundation for a useful education, in a republic, is to be laid in religionWithout this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty; and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.”

— Benjamin Rush (1745-1813) Founding Father& signer of the Declaration of Independence

“Upon my return from the army to Baltimore in the winter of 1777, I sat next to John Adams in Congress, and upon my whispering to him and asking him if he thought we should succeed in our struggle with Great Britain, he answered me, ‘Yes—if we fear God and repent of our sins.’ This anecdote will, I hope, teach my boys that it is not necessary to disbelieve Christianity or to renounce morality in order to arrive at the highest political usefulness or fame. Again in Baltimore I asked John Adams if he thought we were qualified for a republican forms of government, He said, “No—and never should be till we were ambitious to be poor.”

— Benjamin Rush (1745-1813) Founding Father& signer of the Declaration of Independence

The Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government… I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable, in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence.”

— Noah Webster (1758-1843)  Father of the Dictionary & American Patriot

The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness, which the ambitious call, and the ignorant believe to be, liberty.

— Fisher Ames (1758-1808) Founding Father and framer of the First Amendment to the Constitution

You may read more quotes from our Founding Fathers regarding our Republic here

Brethren, please understand that this illegal takeover of all branches of our government is the work of the devil himself. As God uses men and women who love Him and belong to Him for good, Satan uses the godless to do his bidding. And in this last faux-election, we saw the devil raging because he knows that his time is short.

There is a Law much Higher than the law of men. It is God’s law, and we who belong to Him must obey His law.

God is judging America

If God did not judge this nation, then He certainly would apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah! The sins of this once great nation are egregious and a stench in the nostrils of our Creator and Father.

Persecution of Christians is close at hand

Under the new despotic regime, we will be commanded to renounce our faith and to act against the Word of God. THIS is when we must realize that God’s law reigns supreme, and if we are to obey what we know is right, we will suffer consequences.

But Fear Not! Our Lord is with us every moment of every day; and one day Jesus will come and take us away from this incredibly WICKED place!

“But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).

Brethren, this Scripture from Acts does not give the Christian the right to break the law except where human law violates God’s Law.  And that will inevitably be the case in the coming years under the new DESPOTIC government.

We obey God rather than men.

How Can I Be Saved?

Shalom B’Yeshua

MARANATHA!!

ALL American Flags Should be at Half Staff: MOURNING THE DEATH OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC — Absolute Truth from the Word of God