Daily Archives: January 25, 2021

Twitter Launches ‘Birdwatch’, A Liberal ‘Fact Checking’ Feature Designed To ‘Combat Misinformation’ But Is Actually Meant To Silence Christians And Conservatives — Now The End Begins

Twitter unveiled a feature called Birdwatch on Monday meant to bolster its efforts to combat misinformation and disinformation by tapping users in a fashion similar to Wikipedia to flag potentially misleading tweets.

Not content with their silencing and censoring the views and opinions of people like Donald Trump, Twitter now turns to the Twitterverse to enlist them to do their dirty work for them. Censorship will become a group effort, where no opinion will be allowed except for the opinion of the group. This is exactly what George Orwell warned would happen one day in America, that day is now here. Check out this bible verse written over 3,000 years ago by the wisest man that ever lived, King Solomon, it’s almost like he could see the future.

“Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.” Ecclesiastes 10:20 (KJB)

In the new Biden Reich, diversity of thought and opinion will not be allowed, only groupthink, and those don’t want to bow down and get in line, there will be a price to pay. Even now, Liberals are talking about sending Trump voters to reeducation facilities to fix their ‘wrong thinking’. You can have any opinion you like, and they’ll be happy to tell you what that is.

 SOCIAL MEDIA CENSORSHIP IS A VERY REAL THING, CLICK TO SEE JUST HOW REAL IT IS

Twitter launches ‘Birdwatch,’ a forum to combat misinformation

FROM NBC NEWS: The new system allows users to discuss and provide context to tweets they believe are misleading or false. The project, titled Birdwatch, is a standalone section of Twitter that will at first only be available to a small set of users, largely on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority will not be provided to high-profile people or traditional fact-checkers, but users will have to use an account tied to a real phone number and email address.

“Birdwatch allows people to identify information in Tweets they believe is misleading or false, and write notes that provide informative context,” Twitter Vice President of Product Keith Coleman wrote in a press release. “We believe this approach has the potential to respond quickly when misleading information spreads, adding context that people trust and find valuable.”

While Birdwatch will initially be cordoned off to a separate section of Twitter, the company said “eventually we aim to make notes visible directly on Tweets for the global Twitter audience, when there is consensus from a broad and diverse set of contributors.”

Demos of the product viewed by NBC News showed a separate area in which tweets are discussed and rated in a format that combines elements of both Reddit’s and Wikipedia’s moderation tools. Birdwatch users are able to flag tweets from a dropdown menu directly within Twitter’s main interface, but discussion about a tweet’s veracity will remain exclusively in the Birdwatch section. Twitter says it does anticipate some users linking directly to Birdwatch discussions underneath high-profile and controversial tweets, just as some users would link out to fact-checking sites.

Participants in Birdwatch are able to rate others’ notes, as a mechanism to prevent bad-faith users from gaming the system and falsely labeling true tweets as false. Those ratings are then assembled into a Birdwatch profile separate of a Twitter profile, not unlike Reddit’s user-rating system.

Twitter said it hopes to build a community of “Birdwatchers” that can eventually help moderate and label tweets in its main product, but will not be immediately labeling tweets with Birdwatch suggestions. READ MORE

Twitter Launches ‘Birdwatch’, A Liberal ‘Fact Checking’ Feature Designed To ‘Combat Misinformation’ But Is Actually Meant To Silence Christians And Conservatives — Now The End Begins

Pastor John MacArthur With a STERN WARNING to Joe Biden — Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Brethren, through the years I have not agreed with everything Pastor John MacArthur preaches, but I think that over all he is a sound teacher and preacher of God’s Word.

What he does here is Courageous, True and all brethren hearing him will immediately know that he speaks Truth from God’s Word.

TEXT

“Let me say something – you better be careful when you put your hand on God. I thought of that in that inauguration you can say whatever you want to say but when you touch the Ark -when you place your hand on the throne of God because God is enthroned in his word, and you place your hand on the Word of God and pledge to do the very things that blaspheme His name you talk about a high-risk action. All Azza did was what he thought was showing some respect. God doesn’t want your respect he wants your obedience. Don’t tell me that you advocate the slaughter of babies in the womb don’t tell me you want to destroy masculinity femininity marriage don’t tell me you want to fill the world with LGBT people in leadership you want to justify transgender activity don’t tell me you you want to invite more muslims in who represent a religion from hell and then put your hand on the Throne of God” [Applause]

Entire Sermon:

Let’s pray for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and their administration. They have no clue Whom they are mocking when they place their hands on the Holy Bible and yet mandate laws straight from the pit of hell. Again – pray for them.

How Can I Be Saved?

Shalom B’Yeshua

MARANATHA!!

Pastor John MacArthur With a STERN WARNING to Joe Biden — Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Biden Administration Turns U.S. into Sanctuary Nation — VCY America

Date:  January 25, 2021  
Host: Jim Schneider   
​Guest: Mark Krikorian 
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One of the first acts of new President Joe Biden was to suspend investigations, arrests and deportations of most criminal aliens for the next 100 days.  In essence, this makes all of America a sanctuary nation, not only for criminal aliens, but for those here in defiance of our laws.

In addition, the Biden administration has ordered the Census Bureau to include illegal aliens an apportionment.  

Also, are you aware that the border security director in President Biden’s White House is coming from the United Nations?

Joining Jim to look at these and other immigration issues was Mark Krikorian.  Mark is a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues serving as the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies.  They are an independent, non-partisan research organization examining and critiquing the impact of immigration on the United States.  He has testified numerous times before Congress and has published articles in many outlets.

According to Mark, much has changed in the short time since Joe Biden took office.  Biden said he would undo everything President Trump did on immigration.  The most important thing is that until a new ‘yardstick’ can be arranged, he’s prohibited almost all deportations for 100 days.  However, even after the 100 day period, no illegal immigrants should be deported, unless that person is convicted of a violent crime.  

President Biden also lifted the travel ban on various countries (the so-called ‘Muslim Ban’).  The reason for this ban was because there was no way of knowing who these people actually were that were applying for visas.  So until it was possible to do background checks, President Trump simply didn’t want them here.

In addition, President Biden introduced an amnesty bill that Mark believes is a radical departure even from what we saw a few years ago.  At least that one promised to enforce the law in the future after an amnesty happens, something Biden’s bill doesn’t.

Then there’s the issue of the caravan that was coming from Honduras last week.  Mark believes these movements are sparked by immigration rhetoric from the Biden administration.  If they get to our border, set foot in the U.S., and say the ‘magic words’ concerning political asylum (which they’ve been coached to say by smugglers), the Biden administration has said they will not detain them or throw them out.  They will be let go until the date for their asylum hearing comes up.  In other words, they’ll be let go and they’ll be home free.

What Mark described is how immigrants are interpreting the Biden administration’s early moves.  So while Biden may not want a border crisis to be headlining the early days of his administration, as Mark noted, ‘…he’s invited it.  You know, you make your bed, you sleep in it.’ 

This broadcast has much more to offer on this issue, including the perspective of Crosstalk listeners nationwide.

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Biden Administration Turns U.S. into Sanctuary Nation — VCY America

January 25 Evening Quotes of the Day

Loving Friends with a Heavenly Love
Revelation 5:9–10; 7:9

It is the belief that I shall love my friends in heaven that principally kindles my love to them on earth. If I thought I should never know them after death, and consequently never love them more, when this life is ended, I should in reason number them with temporal things, and love them comparatively but a little, even as I love other transitory things (allowing for the excellency in the nature of grace). But now I converse with some delight with my godly friends, as believing I shall converse with them forever, and take comfort in the very dead and absent, as believing we shall shortly meet in heaven: and I love them, I hope, with a love that is of a heavenly nature.

RICHARD BAXTER

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

Advancing by the Holy Spirit’s Breath
Matthew 8:23–27; Mark 4:35–41; Luke 8:22–25; John 3:8

In the spiritual life, not to advance is to go back. But those whose spirits are stirred by the breath of the Holy Spirit go forward, even in sleep. If the boat of our soul is still tossed with the winds and the storms, let us awake the Lord, who reposes in it, and quickly He will calm the sea.

BROTHER LAWRENCE

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

January 25 Evening Verse of the Day

2:13 Grammatically and contextually, this verse is a powerful reference to Christ’s deity. Paul’s belief in Jesus’s deity was based on his life-changing experience of seeing Jesus clothed in divine glory (Ac 9:3–9), his exegesis of important OT messianic texts (Ac 9:20–22), and Jesus’s personal claims and miraculous activities as reported to him by eyewitnesses. Paul also witnessed Jesus’s divine power at work in his disciples through the miracles that Paul and other disciples performed. See note on 1Tm 2:5.[1]


2:13 The verb used here for wait often carries a connotation of eagerness. The eager expectation of the return of Christ mentioned here is not just the time of the instruction of grace (while we wait), it is also the way grace teaches us to renounce sin and live in a “godly way” (v. 12). Setting our minds on the truth of Christ’s return impels us to holiness (1Jn 3:2–3). The blessed hope is the appearing ofChrist. The reference to Jesus as God and Savior is a strong affirmation of his deity.[2]


2:13 The “appearing” (epiphaneia, Gk.) of Jesus is designated by Paul as the “blessed hope” for which all believers are to be in constant anticipation. This appearing of Christ is the next great event on God’s prophetic calendar. Christ will come for His bride, namely, every true believer in Jesus (cf. 1 Thess. 4:14–17, note on the description of Christ’s return). It is also of great significance that Paul here refers to Jesus not only as our “Savior,” but also as “our great God.”[3]


2:13 our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory. The Second Coming (1 Tim. 6:14; 2 Tim. 4:1, 8). See “Hope” at Heb. 6:18.

our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. This is one of the clearest affirmations in the New Testament of the deity of Christ.[4]


2:13 blessed hope Refers to the anticipation of the return of Jesus Christ.

appearing Refers to the second coming of Christ (compare Titus 2:11).

our great God and Savior Jesus Christ This designation identifies Jesus with God. See note on 1 Tim 1:1.[5]


2:13 The Greek for waiting (prosdechomai) often carries a connotation of eagerness. Eagerly expecting the return of Christ is the way grace trains Christians to renounce sin and live in a godly way (see vv. 11–12). Setting one’s mind on the truth of Christ’s return impels a person to holiness (see 1 John 3:2–3). Our blessed hope means Christ’s second coming, which Paul calls the appearing of … our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. It may seem unclear whether Paul refers here to two persons of the Godhead (God the Father and Jesus Christ) or whether he describes Jesus as God and Savior. The Greek grammar, however, is well reflected in this translation and indicates that Jesus is being identified as “our great God and Savior” (cf. John 1:1; 20:28; etc.).[6]


2:13 blessed hope. A general reference to the second coming of Jesus Christ, including the resurrection (cf. Ro 8:22, 23; 1Co 15:51–58; Php 3:20, 21; 1Th 4:13–18; 1Jn 3:2, 3) and the reign of the saints with Christ in glory (2Ti 2:10). appearing of the glory. Cf. 2Ti 1:10. This will be our salvation from the presence of sin. God and Savior. A clear reference to the deity of Jesus. Cf. 2Pe 1:1.[7]


2:13 While living as aliens in the world, we are inspired by a magnificent hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. By this are we to understand the Rapture, when Christ appears in glory to the church and conveys it to heaven (1 Thess. 4:13–18)? Or does it refer to Christ’s coming to reign, when He appears in glory to the world, puts down His foes, and sets up His kingdom (Rev. 19:11–16)? Basically we believe Paul is speaking of the first—Christ’s coming for His bride, the church. But whether it is His coming as Bridegroom or as King, the believer should be prepared and looking for His glorious arrival.[8]


2:13. While salvation digs deeply into the difficulties of our todays, we recognize that our experience of God’s rescue is incomplete. We are not left with the partial successes and recurrent failures which even faith encounters in this world. Instead, we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

This “hope” is not a wish. It is the certainty of blessing which will occur when Christ appears again. In this epiphany, the splendor of God’s glory will be seen. This is the brilliance of his beauty that was witnessed at the transfiguration and the dazzle of his holiness before the world began. Christ’s Second Coming will not be hidden. It will blaze in fulfillment of his authority over all the universe. It is what all creation groans and waits expectantly for (Rom. 8) and what all believers anticipate.[9]


verse 13

 

The Grace of God in Christ is

 

the Effective Preparer.

 

We—aged men, aged women, young women, young men, slaves, etc.—should live a Christian life because through the power of God’s grace we are waiting for the blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus.

The grace of God trains us in order that we may live consecrated lives, while we are waiting for the blessed hope. The waiting for or patient looking forward to modifies the living, of which it is an attendant circumstance or further explication. It is “the blessed hope” for which believers are waiting. This is metonymy for the realization of that hope (that is, the realization of our earnest yearning, confident expectation, and patient waiting). We find a similar metonymy in Gal. 5:5; Col. 1:5 (to which some interpreters would add Heb. 6:18).

This hope is called blessed. It imparts bliss, happiness, delight, and glory. The adjective blessed is used in connection with God in 1 Tim. 1:11; 6:15; see on these passages.

Now, even the possession of the hopeful spirit and the exercise of hope is blessed, because of hope’s:

(1) immovable foundation (1 Tim. 1:1, 2; then Rom. 5:5; 15:4; Phil. 1:20; Heb. 6:19; 1 Peter 1:3, 21);

(2) glorious Author (Rom. 15:13; cf. 2 Thess. 2:16);

(3) wonderful object (everlasting life, salvation, glory: Titus 1:2; 3:7; then 1 Thess. 5:8; then Rom. 5:2; Col. 1:27);

(4) precious effects (endurance, 1 Thess. 1:3; “boldness of speech,” 2 Cor. 3:12; and purification of life, 1 John 3:3);

(5) and everlasting character (1 Cor. 13:13).

Then surely the realization of this hope will be blessed, indeed! Read Dan. 12:3; Matt. 25:34–40; Rom. 8:20b; 1 Cor. 15:51, 52; 1 Thess. 4:13–18; 2 Thess. 1:10; Rev. 14:14–16; 19:6–9. In fact, the certainty of the realization imparts strength to the hope, and results in the graces mentioned under (4) above.

Now the realization of the blessed hope is “the appearing in glory.” Note the two appearings. There had been one (see on verse 11; cf. 2 Tim. 1:10). There is going to be another (see N.T.C. on 2 Thess. 2:8; cf. 1 Tim. 6:14; 2 Tim. 4:1, 8). It will be the appearing of … well, of whom? Throughout the history of interpretation that question has divided grammarians and commentators. Are we waiting for the appearing in glory of one Person or of two Persons?

Those who endorse the one-Person view favor the rendering:

“of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus.” (Another reading has “Jesus Christ,” but that makes no difference in connection with the point at issue.) Now if that view be correct, those who accept Scripture’s infallibility have in this passage an additional prooftext for the deity of Christ; and even those who do not accept Scripture’s infallibility but who do accept the one-Person rendering must admit that at least the author of the Pastorals (perhaps erroneously, according to them) held Jesus to be one in essence with God the Father. The one-Person rendering is favored by the A.R.V. margin, Weymouth, Goodspeed, Berkeley Version, R.S.V., and many commentators: Van Oosterzee, Bouma, Lenski, Gealy, Simpson, etc. The great New Testament grammarian A. T. Robertson has given a strong defence of this view, from the standpoint of grammar, basing his arguments upon Granville Sharp’s rule.

Among others, John Calvin was unwilling to choose between the one-Person and the two-Persons rendering. Yet, he emphasized that on either view the purpose of the passage is to state that when Christ appears, the greatness of the divine glory will be revealed in him (cf. Luke 9:26); and that, accordingly, the passage can by no means give any comfort to the Arians in their attempt to prove that the Son is less divine than the Father.

The two-Persons theory is represented, with minor variations, in the versions of Wyclif, Tyndale, Cranmer, A.V., A.R.V. (text), Moffatt, and R.S.V. (margin). It has been supported by a long list of commentators (among whom are De Wette, Huther, White [in The Expositor’s Bible], E. F. Scott, etc.) and especially by the grammarian G. B. Winer.

The rendering then becomes:

“of the great God and the (or “and of the”) Savior Jesus Christ.”

Winer was willing to admit that his endorsement of this view was based not so much upon grammar—which, as even he admitted, allowed the one-Person rendering—as upon “the dogmatic conviction derived from Paul’s writings that this apostle cannot have called Christ the great God.” (Such argumentation encounters difficulty in interpreting Rom. 9:5; Phil. 2:6; Col. 1:15–20; Col. 2:9; etc.) But he should have noticed that even the very context (verse 14) ascribes to Jesus functions which in the Old Testament are ascribed to Jehovah, such as redeeming and purifying (2 Sam. 7:23; Ps. 130:8; Hos. 13:14; then Ezek. 37:23); and that the word Savior is in each of the three chapters of Titus ascribed first to God, then to Jesus (Titus 1:3, 4; 2:10, 13; 3:4, 6). It is therefore evidently the purpose of the author of this epistle (namely, Paul!) to show that Jesus is fully divine, just as fully as is Jehovah or as is the Father.

The one-Person rendering must be considered the correct one. It is supported by the following considerations:

(1) Unless in any specific instance there are strong reasons to the contrary, the rule holds that when the first of two nouns of the same case and connected by the conjunction and is preceded by the article, which is not repeated before the second noun, these two nouns refer to the same person. When the article is repeated before the second noun, two persons are indicated. Examples:

  1. a. The article, preceding the first of two nouns and not repeated before the second: “the brother your and fellow-partaker.” The two nouns refer to the same person, John, and the expression is correctly translated, “your brother and fellow-partaker” (Rev. 1:9).
  2. Two articles, one preceding each noun: “Let him be unto you as the Gentile and the tax-collector” (Matt. 18:17). The two nouns refer to two persons (in this case, each representing a class).

Now, according to this rule the disputed words in Titus 2:13 clearly refer to one Person, namely, Christ Jesus, for when translated word for word the phrase reads:

“of the great God and of Savior our Christ Jesus.” The article before the first noun is not repeated before the second, and therefore the expression must be rendered:

“of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus.”

No valid reason has ever been found which would show that the (Granville Sharp) rule does not apply in the present case. In fact, it is generally admitted that the words which in the original occur at the close of 2 Peter 1:11 refer to one Person, and must be rendered, “our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” But if that be true, then why should not the essentially identical idiom in 2 Peter 1:1 and here in Titus 2:13 be rendered, “our God and Savior Jesus Christ” (or “Christ Jesus”)?

(2) Nowhere in the entire New Testament is the term epiphany (appearing or manifestation) used with respect to more than one Person. Also, the one Person to whom it refers is always Christ (see 2 Thess. 2:8; 1 Tim. 6:14; 2 Tim. 4:1; 2 Tim. 4:8; and 2 Tim. 1:10, where the reference is to the First Coming).

(3) The phraseology here in Titus 2:13 may well have been framed in reaction to the type of language that was often used by the heathen with respect to their own idol-gods, whom they regarded as “saviors,” and particularly to the phraseology in connection with the worship of earthly rulers. Was not Ptolemy I called “Savior and God”? Were not Antiochus and Julius Cesar addressed as “God Manifest”? Paul indicates that believers look forward to the Appearing of the One who is really God and Savior, yes “our great (exalted, glorious) God and Savior, namely, Christ Jesus.”

The real “point” of the passage, in connection with all that has preceded, is that our joyful expectation of the appearing in glory of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus effectively prepares us for the life with him. How does it do this? First, because the Second Coming will be so altogether glorious that believers will not want to “miss out on” it, but will want to “be manifested with him in glory” (Col. 3:4). Secondly, because the blissful expectation fills believers with gratitude, and gratitude produces preparedness, by God’s grace.[10]


13. The last verse closed with a reference to this present age, but the Christian looks also to the future. In the New Testament hope does not indicate merely what is wished for but what is assured. It is a particularly joyful possession for the Christian, hence the description blessed.

The content of the hope is given as the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. The force of the Greek is ‘the appearing of the glory’ (as in rv). The word appearing (epiphaneia) was commented on in verse 11, but its use here requires further discussion. It has been suggested that the whole expression is a citation from a credal formula or hymn (cf. Easton), and that throughout the whole section the emperor cult terminology is followed (cf. Dibelius). But the fact that such terms as ‘Saviour of all men’, ‘grace’, and ‘appearing’ were all part of the technical language of emperor-worship proves nothing in this context, which echoes sentiments which formed part of the very texture of primitive Christianity. In fact a difficulty here confronts exponents of a late date for the Pastorals, for the apocalyptic hope reflects a very early stage in Christian development. It is not acceptable to maintain that the primitive hope still lingers on from an earlier generation. There is no reason to deny that the statement here genuinely reflects a position relevant to the earliest Christian period.

The final words of the verse have perplexed commentators. There are two possible renderings: of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ (as niv, rsv), or ‘of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ’ (as av, rv mg.). The decision between these two renderings rests on a variety of considerations. Grammatically, the absence of the article before ‘Saviour’ supports the first translation, although the tendency to omit articles in technical terms and proper names lessens the weight of this consideration. The early versions all understand the words in the sense of the second, while the majority of Greek Fathers keep to the first. Of this double stream of evidence the former is probably more reliable than the latter, but neither can decide the matter. Doctrinally it is to be noted that only here is the adjective great applied to God, and for that reason the whole ascription must be regarded as unique. It may be considered more applicable to Christ than to God, since the greatness of God was assumed. Nor would it detract from the supreme greatness of God the Father if the adjective were applied to Christ. There is, moreover, no reason to suppose that the apostle would not have made such an ascription to Christ if the most reasonable interpretation of Romans 9:5 is followed (cf. Sanday and Headlam, Bruce, Metzger, Cranfield), or, indeed, if the general tenor of his teaching on the person of Christ is borne in mind. The use of the word appearing, which is never used of God, further supports the ascription of the entire phrase to Christ. Another factor which has influenced some commentators is the contemporary use of ‘God and Saviour’ for heathen objects of worship. There is a similar ascription applied to the Ptolemies, where one not two deities is meant (Moulton) This, at least, shows how the words would probably have been understood in contemporary Hellenistic circles. On the whole, therefore, the evidence seems to weigh in favour of the niv/rsv rendering.[11]


13. Looking for that blessed hope. From the hope of future immortality he draws an exhortation, and indeed, if that hope be deeply seated in our mind, it is impossible that it should not lead us to devote ourselves wholly to God. On the contrary, they who do not cease to live to the world and to the flesh never have actually tasted what is the worth of the promise of eternal life; for the Lord, by calling us to heaven, withdraws us from the earth.

Hope is here put for the thing hoped for, otherwise it would be an incorrect mode of expression. He gives this appellation to the blessed life which is laid up for us in heaven. At the same time he declares when we shall enjoy it, and what we ought to contemplate, when we desire or think of our salvation.

And the appearing of the glory of the great God and Saviour. I interpret the glory of God to mean not only that by which he shall be glorious in himself, but also that by which he shall then diffuse himself on all sides, so as to make all his elect partakers of it. He calls God great, because his greatness—which men, blinded by the empty splendour of the world, now extenuate, and sometimes even annihilate, as far as lies in their power—shall be fully manifested on the last day. The lustre of the world, while it appears great to our eyes, dazzles them so much that “the glory of God” is, as it were, hidden in darkness. But Christ, by his coming, shall chase away all the empty show of the world—shall no longer obscure the brightness, shall no longer lessen the magnificence, of his glory. True, the Lord demonstrates his majesty every day by his works; but because men are prevented by their blindness from seeing it, it is said to be hidden in obscurity. Paul wishes that believers may now contemplate by faith that which shall be manifested on the last day, and therefore that God may be magnified, whom the world either despises, or, at least, does not esteem according to his excellence.

It is uncertain whether these words should be read together thus, “the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, the great God and our Saviour,” or separately, as of the Father and the Son, “the glory of the great God, and of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.” The Arians, seizing on this latter sense, have endeavoured to prove from it, that the Son is less than the Father, because here Paul calls the Father the great God by way of distinction from the Son. The orthodox teachers of the Church, for the purpose of shutting out this slander, eagerly contended that both are affirmed of Christ. But the Arians may be refuted in a few words and by solid argument; for Paul, having spoken of the revelation of the glory of “the great God,” immediately added “Christ,” in order to inform us, that that revelation of glory will be in his person; as if he had said that, when Christ shall appear, the greatness of the divine glory shall then be revealed to us.

Hence we learn, first, that there is nothing that ought to render us more active or cheerful in doing good than the hope of the future resurrection; and, secondly, that believers ought always to have their eyes fixed on it, that they may not grow weary in the right course; for, if we do not wholly depend upon it, we shall continually be carried away to the vanities of the world. But, since the coming of the Lord to judgment might excite terror in us, Christ is held out to us as our “Saviour,” who will also be our judge.[12]


2:13 / As in other places in the pe, Paul sets the Christian imperative in the context of “already/not yet” eschatology (see disc. on 1 Tim. 6:11–16; 2 Tim. 1:8–12). We are “to live godly lives in the present age,” while we also wait for its future consummation, the glorious appearing … of Jesus Christ. However, the way Paul expresses this hope in this passage has been the subject of lengthy discussion. Literally, the text reads: “awaiting the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.” Some of the ambiguities in the clause can be easily resolved. The blessed hope probably means “the hope that brings blessing, or blessedness.” The first “and” is almost certainly equal to “even” or “namely” (thus, “the hope that brings blessing, namely, the appearing …”).

But after that there is wide disagreement at three points: First, how are we to understand “of the glory”? Is it descriptive (the glorious appearing, as niv)? Or is it objective, the “what” of the manifestation (as gnb, rsv, et al.). In this case the latter have the better of it. The Second Coming is the final manifestation of God’s full glory, as the first advent was the manifestation of God’s “grace” (v. 11) or, as in 1 Timothy 1:11, was the beginning of the manifestation of God’s glory through the gospel.

Second, did Paul mean to say our great God and Savior (niv, gnb, = a twofold designation of one divine Person) or “the great God and our Savior” (gnb margin, kjv, referring to the two divine Persons)? Here the niv (gnb, rsv) has the better of it, since (a) the single definite article before great God is best understood as controlling both nouns together, (b) the term God and Savior is stereotyped terminology both in the lxx and Hellenistic religions, and (c) nowhere else is God the Father understood to be joining the Son in the Second Coming.

Third, to what, then, does Jesus Christ stand in apposition? All who side with the kjv on the second question see it as in apposition to our Savior, as a kind of balance to the adjective great. Thus: “Our great God [the Father] and our Savior Jesus Christ:” Most of those who take the position of the niv on the second question see it as in apposition to our great God and Savior. It thus becomes one of the few unambiguous statements in the Pauline corpus that Jesus is God (cf. niv, rsv contra gnb on Rom. 9:5). If so, then Paul may well be using it in opposition to Hellenistic cults, including the imperial cult, as an affirmation that Jesus Christ alone is the great God and Savior (see Harris, Hanson). The third option, which resolves the difficulties and carries none of its own, is to see it in apposition to “the glory of God.” What will finally be manifested is God’s glory, namely, Jesus Christ. (On the use of glory, see disc. on 1 Tim. 1:11; cf. 2 Cor. 4:4, 6; for a similar grammatical construction see Col. 2:2 lit., “the knowledge of the mystery of God, namely, Christ himself.”)

In order to make his present point Paul would not have had to use the name of Christ at all. What he has said about the parousia is sufficient: We wait for the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, which all would automatically understand to refer to the Second Coming of Christ. But he then adds the personal name, Jesus Christ, because he has some more things he wants to say about him (as in Col. 2:2), which leads to verse 14.[13]


13 The third element in this picture of Christian existence is a forward-looking hope. This attitude or posture of expectancy is expressed by the addition of a second participial phrase (parallel to 12b). In the present tense, the participle “while we wait,” in relation to the verb it modifies (“to live,” v. 12), denotes an ongoing activity that is to accompany and direct life in the present age (Jude 21).

The object of this expectation establishes the vitality of Paul’s eschatology. It is expressed by two thoughts that are essentially equivalent in this construction. First, that which is still ahead is described as “the blessed hope.” In various ways, with emphasis on one facet or another of the fulfillment of salvation, this sentiment recurs throughout Paul (Rom 8:23–24; Gal 5:5; Col 1:27; Eph 1:18; 1 Thess 2:19). Here, as elsewhere, “hope” requires further qualification by a phrase or a genitive that describes its referent or contents. This is understood here (and explicated in the phrase to follow), as “hope” points to a person or event that marks the fulfillment of something promised earlier (Eph 1:18).

Yet the additional term “blessed” does add peculiar definition. Within the NT only 1 Timothy ascribes “blessedness” to God. More frequently it is used of people who experience God’s benevolence in various ways (Matt 5:3, 4, 5, etc; Rom 4:7; 1 Pet 3:14). Both nuances make sense in this text, and they may both be present. If this phrase is actually equivalent to the person about to be described (see below), then “the blessed hope” is a way of describing Jesus Christ as the very embodiment of hope’s fulfillment. Thus “blessed” may be an appellation (such as we find in 1 Tim 1:11 and 6:15) that defines “hope” after the character of God. Or “blessed” may reflect on the event/person in which/whom hope is realized as the means of bestowing blessedness on God’s waiting people.34 In this elevated language it seems best to allow both senses to co-mingle.

Second, on the other side of the equation created by “and” comes a further description of this hope but now in terms of the person who will appear. “Appearance” (epiphaneia; see 1 Tim 6:14 Excursus) repeats the dominant epiphany language just used to refer to a past historical event in 2:11. In the letters to Timothy this language is reserved for reflections on the parousia (1 Tim 6:14; 2 Tim 4:1, 8) or incarnation (2 Tim 1:10) of Christ. The precise reference here will need to be discussed (see below), but the epiphany concept again reflects on the parousia as a powerful, divine intervention among humanity to bring help. The repetition of the language in this text intentionally links this future event with the past event, making of the two aspects a single complex whole—what began with the first epiphany (2:11) is to be completed in the second. But the epiphany is further described, and here two important interrelated exegetical questions must be addressed.

First, there is the question of what or who, given the complex chain of genitives following epiphaneian, we are to understand as the content of the “epiphany”; and solutions proposed will affect conclusions as to the number of persons envisioned in the statement. The nub of the problem is the first genitive “of glory” and how it qualifies the preceding epiphaneian: literally “the appearance of the glory of our great God and Savior.” Interestingly, a comparison of the NIV and its recent revision, the TNIV, shows the two possibilities for translating the genitive. The NIV understands “of glory” to be a Hebraic way of saying “glorious,” yielding “the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” And this rendering clearly intends the conclusion that “Jesus Christ” is the aforementioned “great God and Savior.” The TNIV (NRSV) adjusts this to the more straightforward rendering “the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” While this translation may also be read to equate Jesus with God (theos), it leaves open the option that Jesus Christ is not in fact equated with God, but with “the glory of God” (see below).

The latter translation is to be preferred. The term “glory” (doxa) belongs to the analogical vocabulary by which qualities of the invisible God were “translated” into human thinking and language in (usually) visible imagery (see on 1 Tim 1:17). Thus “glory” is often manifested in unearthly bright light—in this context “glory” is the visible expression of God’s power and majesty. The analogical character of this sort of language—a strategy for making tangible the ineffable qualities of God—prepares the concept of “glory” for transference to other situations. But how is “glory” to be understood here?

In this case, the stringing together of genitive phrases makes the exact sense of “the appearance [epiphaneian] of the glory of the great God and Savior” somewhat ambiguous. On the one hand, if we start from the notion of “epiphany” as eschatological event, we are led to the well-known association of the second coming of Christ and the manifestation of “glory” (with all of the analogical resonances in “glory” of light, divine presence, etc.; e.g. Mark 13:26). Against such a background, the genitive “of glory” in this phrase could be seen to characterize the parousia (the whole cataclysmic redemptive denouement) as the climactic manifestation of “God’s” glory (1 Pet 4:13; 5:1)—the eschatological “coming of God” announced by OT and NT prophets. This way of qualifying epiphaneia also gives a nice parallel with 2:11, which, though with a different verbal construction, employs a genitive phrase to describe “epiphany”: “the epiphany of the grace of God.” To follow this interpretive path results in taking epiphaneia in the rather impersonal sense of an appearance of “glory,” the event itself being characterized as the full expression of the divine presence = glory. Yet notably throughout these letters (see also 2 Thess 2:8) the term epiphaneia consistently depicts the “appearing” of a person (1 Tim 6:14: “of our Lord Jesus Christ”; 2 Tim 2:10: “of our savior, Christ Jesus”; 4:1, 8; 2 Thess 2:8: “his”).

On the other hand, if we shift the focus in epiphaneia slightly from event to the person in the event (Jesus Christ) we might consider another background in Paul where the identification of God’s glory and the person of Jesus Christ is implied. In 2 Corinthians 3–4, where a number of key transitions are under discussion—from Old to New covenant, from the ministry associated with the law to the ministry associated with the Spirit—and where the resurrected Lord is being viewed in relation to the Spirit and in relation to God, the word “glory” (doxa) occurs 15 times. What most attracts our attention in this discussion of the Pauline ministry in the age of the Spirit is the equation implied in 4:4, 6:

2 Cor 4:4: “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”;

2 Cor 4:6: “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

4:4 employs an equally challenging string of genitives, describing the content of the gospel as “the glory of Christ,” then identifying Christ with “the image of God.” Continuing the imagery of light and glory, 4:6, with its own string of genitives (“the light of the knowledge of the glory of God”) describes (“the face of”) Christ as the repository of “the glory of God.” It is not a great distance from these thoughts (esp. 4:6) to a precise identification of Jesus Christ as “the glory of God.” And against this background, the reference to “the epiphany of the glory of [the great] God” in Titus 2:13 could well be the equivalent way of describing the personal “epiphany of Jesus Christ” (= the glory of God). That is, it is possible that “glory” (or actually the whole of “the glory of the great God and Savior”) and Jesus Christ are in apposition.

Marshall contends: (1) that as the sentence stands, apposing “Jesus Christ” to the preceding term “glory” results in an ambiguity (but it should be noted that actually the apposition is to the whole phrase: “the glory of our great God and Savior”; and to limit the apposition to the term “glory” creates a false impression of syntactical distance between apposed items); and (2) that the insertion of a relative pronoun or similar connective to secure the appositional link could easily have been done (and presumably would have been done if this apposition were intended). But in fact Col 2:2 provides a parallel example of apposition created in this manner. There Christ is set in apposition to “the mystery of God”:

Col 2:2: “that they might know the mystery of God, [that is] Christ” (eis epignōsin tou mystēriou tou theou, Christou).

In the Greek text and in the English gloss given, it is simply the comma, the case correspondence of nouns, and the position of “Christ” that indicate the obvious apposition. This structure is no different from Titus 2:13:

Titus 2:13: “the epiphany of the glory of the great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (epiphaneian tēs doxēs tou megalou theou kai sōtēros hēmōn Iēsou Christou);

at least, it is no different if we allow for (1) the addition of the adjective “great” and possessive pronoun “our,” (2) the expansion of the genitive noun “God” to the longer but still unified genitive noun-cluster “our God and Savior” (see below), and if (3) we insert a comma before “Jesus Christ” as I have done above. On this understanding of the syntax, “Jesus Christ” is in the only position it could be in and express apposition to the thought “the glory of [our great] God [and Savior].” Given the background in Paul that allows Christ to be thought of as “the glory of God,” the key here is simply to recognize that the cluster “the great God and Savior,” selected for its majestic resonance in this passage, was a clear enough titular reference to God (via the LXX; see below). There is no serious impediment to the apposing of “the glory of the great God and Savior” and “Jesus Christ.” If “Christ” can stand in apposition to “the mystery of God” in Col 2:2, then “Jesus Christ” can stand in apposition to the longer phrase “the glory of our great God and savior” just as easily in our text. Any serious ambiguity is avoided as long as the hearers/readers know the code.

In the matter of the reference in “glory,” we are left then with two possibilities. Either it describes “the epiphany” impersonally (and hugely) as being the full expression of all that Christ means and is, or Paul draws on a more precise identification of Christ as the personal manifestation of “the glory of God” that was already in the making (see Eph 1:17 with 1:3; Heb 1:3; cf. Phil 4:19). A decision between the two alternatives must await discussion of the next problem.

Secondly, the question that has attracted more attention divides into three elements: (1) how the final “Jesus Christ” is related to the preceding epiphany and reference to God; (2) whether one or two persons are indicated in the phrase “the great God and Savior, Jesus Christ”; and (3) whether, indeed, the statement calls Jesus “God” (theos). Two basic options are still the most widely promoted, and these will be discussed before a third option is reconsidered.

In the text under consideration, all agree that “Jesus Christ” stands in apposition to some part of the preceding statement. Above I have laid the groundwork for arguing that “Jesus Christ” is in fact in apposition to “glory,” which by virtue of the genitive chain of connections means it is in apposition to the whole phrase “the glory of our great God and Savior.” However, most today regard the whole statement, “our great God and Savior,” as a reference to Jesus Christ. And their contest is mainly with some who still consider the appellation to be theologically (christologically) too advanced for Paul (or a Pauline student) and so tend to understand the statement as a reference to two persons—God the Father, and our Savior Jesus Christ.43 The greater exposure given to the two more widely supported views within the debate is, however, more a matter of numerical strength than exegetical persuasiveness. But we’ll let the argument run its course.

Several lines of evidence favor a single referent and severely weaken the case for multiple referents but do not decide whether Jesus is identified with God or rather with the glory of God: of these, three points are most important to note here. A fourth point is added, which, if convincing, requires the conclusion that Jesus is here given the title “God” (theos).

(1) “God and Savior” was a title current in Hellenistic and Jewish religious discourse and usually denoted a single deity. As such, in Jewish writings it was used of YHWH, while elsewhere it was used to express the claims of Greek and Roman rulers (Ptolemy, Julius Caesar), or in connection with cults constructed around worship of one or more of the gods. Given the currency of the title, it seems anachronistic and unwarranted to divide the items between two persons. We have already seen the apologetic potential of this whole presentation of theology—in the Cretan and perhaps also wider Imperial arena—which makes the adaptation of a current title all the more fitting. The surrounding language—“grace,” “epiphany,” “great,” “bringing salvation,” “hope”—is almost set vocabulary for the Imperial cult and numerous other local cults current at the time this letter was written.

(2) To the evidence for unity from popular usage may be added the grammatical argument. In the Greek sentence, one definite article preceding “God” governs the two nouns linked by the conjunction “and” (namely, “God and Savior”), which ordinarily would signify, then, a reference to a single person. The likelihood that the two terms together formed a traditional appellation explains the anarthrous second noun.46

(3) The term “epiphany” in the NT is mainly limited to Christ, and in these letters to coworkers, epiphany language is used in reference to both his past and future appearances (1 Tim 6:14; 2 Tim 4:1; 2 Tim 1:10; 4:8). Moreover, no NT writer mentions a future epiphany/parousia of the Father. This corroborates what the language has already strongly implied—namely, that “the blessed hope” is the future appearance of one person, Jesus Christ, who in his appearing is the fulfillment of Christian hope and the embodiment of the glory of God.

In view of these three lines of evidence, the possibility that Paul is referring to the appearance of two persons (“the epiphany of the glory of our great God and of our Savior Jesus Christ”) can be ruled out. But a precise identification of the one to appear remains to be made. It is clearly “Jesus Christ” who is in view, but how does Paul’s language envisage him?

(4) The term “great” is used in connection with theos (“God”) only here in the NT, and so some allege that this pattern of use makes “great” a better description of Christ than God. But in fact apart from a very oblique connection of the adjective with Christ in 1 Tim 3:16 (“great is the mystery of godliness”) and one other use of the word group (megaleiotētos “majesty”) in 2 Pet 1:16, there is little in the NT to support the claim that “great” is more naturally applied to Christ. Against this, are the NT uses of the word group in reference to God (Luke 9:43; Heb 1:3; 8:1; Jude 25),and especially the overwhelming use of this language in the LXX as a divine appellation. Its omission as a description of God in the NT has been variously explained;50 most likely it was used cautiously due to its widespread use in reference to pagan deities and rulers. Whatever sensitivity may have been exercised by the early church in the use of common, current religious language, Paul has clearly thrown caution to the winds in Titus as he shapes his gospel message in a way that will challenge all claims to deity by lesser gods and people. Thus the attachment of “great” to the title “God and Savior” is best explained as a part of Paul’s intentional engagement with the cultural religious story. But the preponderance of the evidence favors linking the quality “great” with God not Christ.

Where does the evidence point? First, a single person is in view and this must be “Jesus Christ,” whose eschatological epiphany is the blessed hope. Second, the remaining question is whether Jesus Christ is in apposition to “our great God and Savior,” making this a rare Pauline affirmation of his deity and a rarer still Pauline application of the term theos to him (cf. Rom 9:5?), or in apposition to “the glory of our great God and savior.” For the former view: (1) in these letters we a significant sharing of the title “savior” is observable (e.g. 1:3/4; 3:4/6); (2) we are about to see the transference of activities associated with YHWH in the OT to Christ (see on v. 14); and (3) Paul’s predominant use of “Lord” (kyrios) for Christ and other hints suggest some level of reflection about the divine status of Jesus Christ (e.g. Col 1:15–20; 2:9). In view of these observations it is perhaps not improbable to think that Jesus Christ could be called “God” (theos), and the possibility that Titus 2:13 intends this identification should be left open. But the weight of the grammatical, syntactical and lexical evidence tips the scales in the other direction. Jesus Christ is equated not with God but rather with “the glory of the great God and Savior.” And the eschatological epiphany, “the blessed hope,” is thus depicted here as the personal appearance of Jesus Christ who is the embodiment and full expression of God’s glory.

Paul draws again from the rich OT/LXX reservoir as he plays with the popular religious and political language to describe the future parousia of Jesus Christ as the saving/helping epiphany of “the glory of our Great God and Savior.” In his return, God’s glory will be fully and finally revealed. The present passage exhibits again the theological and conceptual transition already observed, by which Jesus Christ comes to be thought of in terms of qualities and titles previously reserved for YHWH (Lord, savior and now “the glory of God”). God (v. 11) is seen to be executing his divine plan of redemption, from start to finish, through his son, Jesus Christ.[14]


13 Paul concludes his series of exhortations with a doxology, seeking to motivate believers by putting their present efforts into eternal perspective. He does so by evoking their expectation of the “blessed hope” (elpis, GK 1828; cf. Col 1:5; Gal 5:5; see also Tit 1:2; 3:7) of the “glorious appearing [epiphaneia, GK 2211; cf. epiphainō in v. 11] of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (cf. 1 Th 4:13–18). Since “blessed hope” and “glorious appearing” are governed by the same article, they refer to the same event. While Jesus appeared in lowly form at his first coming, his return will be glorious.

The final phrase in v. 13—correctly rendered in the NIV as referring to one person, “Jesus Christ” (cf. Daniel B. Wallace, Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996], 276; Knight, 321–26; Mounce, 426–31; Marshall, 277–82)—represents a remarkably high christological confession (cf. M. J. Harris, “Titus 2:13 and the Deity of Christ,” in Pauline Studies, ed. D. A. Hagner and M. J. Harris [Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1980], 262–77; Harris, Jesus as God [Grand Rapids: Baker, 1992], 173–85, 301–13). While the Greeks were freely bestowing the epithets “savior” and “god” on human benefactors and rulers, the Romans were slower to deify emperors. Jews like Paul, in light of their strong monotheism, would never have done so apart from divine revelation (cf. Baugh, 506).[15]


Salvation From the Presence of Sin

looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus; (2:13)

One of the marvelous truths implied in this promise is that one day, when our salvation is perfected, we will be glorified, made fully like our Lord in purity and righteousness. “Beloved, now we are children of God,” John assures us, “and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. [But] we know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is” (1 John 3:2).

That future blessed encounter with our Lord will bring total and permanent removal of sin from our lives. Not even a trace will remain. Paul could therefore say to believers in Philippi, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain,” because he had the overwhelming “desire to depart and be with Christ” (Phil. 1:21, 23). The apostle could also say to believers in Rome “that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body” (Rom. 8:22–23).

Looking for translates a participle form of prosdechomai, which carries the meanings not only of longing and waiting but also of eager and certain expectation. Hope translates elpis, which, like prosdechomai, includes the connotation of confident certainty. It is an especially blessed, or happy, hope of believers because Paul is not speaking about a fond human wish but about a divinely promised certitude. That certitude is the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus. It is for that reason that the apostle calls it, and that Christians throughout the centuries have called it, the blessed hope, the hope that is above all other hopes.

Appearing is from epiphaneia, which has the root ideas of uncovering, unveiling, and disclosing. Paul uses the term both of Jesus’ first and second comings. At the first “appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus,” He “abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Tim. 1:10). At His second appearing, He will “judge the living and the dead” and establish His earthly kingdom (2 Tim. 4:1). In the meanwhile, His people are to “keep the commandment without stain or reproach until [that second] appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Tim. 6:14, emphasis added) and are to rejoice that “in the future there is laid up for [them] the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award … to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Tim. 4:8, emphasis added).

I do not think Paul is speaking specifically of the Rapture—the time when, just before the seven-year Tribulation, Christ will appear and receive all believers, both living and dead, to Himself (1 Thess. 4:13–17)—as distinguished from His coming in judgment at the end of the Tribulation to establish His millennial kingdom, when “the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and will then recompense every man according to his deeds” (Matt. 16:27). It seems rather that the apostle is here referring to Christ’s second coming in general, when He will appear in glory and power rather than in humility and submission as in His first coming.

Paul is focusing on the culmination of our salvation, which will be perfected and completed when our Lord calls us up to the place He has prepared (cf. John 14:1–3), when “we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality” (1 Cor. 15:51–53; cf. Matt. 24:30–31; 25:31). Paul therefore could assure us that “now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed” (Rom. 13:11). Even while we remain on earth, “our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself” (Phil. 3:20–21). Even when we come back to earth to reign with Him, we will be untemptable and untouchable by sin. In the New Jerusalem, “there shall no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His bond-servants shall serve Him; and they shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. And there shall no longer be any night; and they shall not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God shall illumine them; and they shall reign forever and ever” (Rev. 22:3–5).

The rendering of the nasb (the appearing of the glory) is a more accurate rendering than that of the kjv (“the glorious appearing”). In this context, glory, like “grace” (2:11), “kindness,” and “love” (3:4) is not simply a description of Christ but also a personification. In his incarnation, His first appearing, Christ was grace personified. In His second appearing, He will be glory personified. He will be the blazing Shekinah glory that Peter, James, and John saw partially revealed at Jesus’ transfiguration (Matt. 17:1–8).

Our great God and Savior is one of the many plain declarations in Scripture of the deity of Jesus Christ (see, e.g., John 1:1–18; Rom. 9:5; Heb. 1:1–3). Some interpreters hold that in this passage God and Savior refer to different beings, the first (great God) to the divine Father and the second (Savior) to the human Son, Christ Jesus. But that explanation has several insurmountable problems. Besides the other clear affirmations of the divinity of Christ in Scripture are several grammatical reasons found in this passage itself. First, there is but one definite article (the, tou), which indicates the singularity and identity of God and Savior. Second, both of the singular pronouns in the following verse (“who,” hos; and “Himself,” heauton) refer back to a single person. And, although the Old Testament makes countless references to God the Father as great, in the New Testament that description is used only of God the Son (see, e.g., Matt. 5:35; Luke 1:32; 7:16; Heb. 10:21;13:20). Perhaps most importantly, the New Testament nowhere speaks of the appearing or Second Coming of God the Father but only of the Son.[16]


[1] Quarles, C. L. (2017). Titus. In T. Cabal (Ed.), CSB Apologetics Study Bible (p. 1518). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Van Neste, R. (2017). Titus. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1937). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[3] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Tt 2:13). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[4] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1771). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[5] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Tt 2:13). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[6] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2350). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[7] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Tt 2:13). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[8] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 2141). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[9] Larson, K. (2000). I & II Thessalonians, I & II Timothy, Titus, Philemon (Vol. 9, p. 366). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[10] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Pastoral Epistles (Vol. 4, pp. 372–375). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[11] Guthrie, D. (1990). Pastoral Epistles: An Introduction and Commentary (Vol. 14, pp. 221–222). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[12] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon (pp. 320–322). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[13] Fee, G. D. (2011). 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus (pp. 195–196). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[14] Towner, P. H. (2006). The Letters to Timothy and Titus (pp. 750–758). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[15] Köstenberger, A. (2006). Titus. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, p. 619). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[16] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1996). Titus (pp. 118–121). Chicago: Moody Press.

January 25 Afternoon Quotes of the Day

No Service without Self-Denial
1 Corinthians 9:24–27

Self-denial is of absolute necessity in every Christian, but of a double necessity in a minister, as he has a double sanctification or dedication to God. Without self-denial he cannot do God an hour’s faithful service. Hard studies, much knowledge, and excellent preaching, are but more glorious and hypocritical sinning, if the end be not right.

RICHARD BAXTER

Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Worldly Fame a Blast of Wind
Ecclesiastes 1:14; John 2:23–25

The noise
Of worldly fame is but a blast of wind,
That blows from diverse points, and shifts its name,
Shifting the point it blows from.

DANTE ALIGHIERI

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

Cartoons and Memes · Jan. 25, 2021

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January 25 Afternoon Verse of the Day

1:11 Christ’s return, bodily and visible, will mirror the manner in which he departed.[1]


1:11 Men of Galilee. The eleven were from Galilee; Judas Iscariot was from Kerioth in Judah.

in the same way. Jesus will return in His resurrection body, coming with the clouds of heaven (Matt. 24:30; 26:64; Mark 14:62; 1 Thess. 4:16, 17; Rev. 1:7). See “The Return of Christ” at 1 Thess. 4:16.[2]


1:11 will come back The angels attest to Jesus’ future bodily return. Since Jesus ascended from the Mount of Olives (Acts 1:12), the angels may be alluding to the prophet Zechariah’s vision of the day of Yahweh, when Yahweh will come to stand upon the Mount of Olives, defeat His people’s enemies, and establish His rule over the earth (Zech 14).[3]


1:11 will come in the same way as you saw him go. Jesus’ return, like his ascension, will be bodily and visible. (See note on v. 9.)[4]


1:11 Men of Galilee. All the apostles were from Galilee except for Judas, who had killed himself by this time (cf. v. 18). just the same way. Christ one day will return to earth (to the Mt. of Olives), in the same way He ascended (with clouds), to set up His kingdom (cf. Da 7:13; Zec 14:4; Mt 24:30; 26:64; Rev 1:7; 14:14).[5]


1:11 — “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven?”

It is easy to get so mesmerized by the amazing power and miracles of God that we become mere observers rather than active participants in what He wants to do in this world. God calls us to Spirit-empowered action.[6]


1:11. The two men assured the disciples, “men of Galilee,” that they would see the Lord again. They need not “stand gazing up into heaven.” In fact, they had just witnessed a limited preview of the manner of His return. Jesus would come back the way they “saw Him go into heaven”—visibly and bodily.[7]


1:11 The angels first addressed the disciples as men of Galilee. As far as we know, all the disciples except Judas Iscariot came from the region west of the Sea of Galilee.

Then the angels awoke them from their reverie, as they looked into heaven. Why were they gazing up into heaven? Was it sorrow, or worship, or wonder? Doubtless it was a mixture of all three, though primarily sorrow. So a word of comfort was given. The ascended Christ would come again.

Here we have a clear promise of the Lord’s Second Advent to set up His kingdom on the earth. It is not the Rapture, but the coming to reign that is in view.

1.    He ascended from the Mount of Olives (v. 12).

 

1.    He will return to the Mount of Olives (Zech. 14:4).

 

2.    He ascended personally.

 

2.    He will return personally (Mal. 3:1).

 

3.    He ascended visibly.

 

3.    He will return visibly (Matt. 24:30).

 

4.    He was received up in a cloud (v. 9)

 

4.    He will come on the clouds of heaven (Matt. 24:30).

 

5.    He ascended gloriously.

 

5.    He will return with great power and great glory (Matt. 24:30).[8]

 


1:11. These disciples were literally men of Galilee, citizens of the northern portion of Israel. The angelic question took on special poignancy in the light of the Lord’s command; but rather than scolding, the angel assurred the disciples that Jesus would return. Let’s not miss the emphasis of Luke’s specific words: This same Jesus … will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven. Not some different Jesus but a literal, physical, resurrected Savior. The Jesus they knew and loved would come again to earth just as he ascended from earth. Other New Testament passages such as 1 Thessalonians 4–5 explain the details more fully.

Why would the Lord return to heaven? Why did he continuously say to the disciples that his exit was essential to the Holy Spirit’s entrance? Certainly it fits God’s plan and purpose, and that reason alone would be enough. We can also see some practical things. The second coming has no appeal for unbelievers, only for us as believers. With Jesus in heaven we must live our lives by faith and turn our hearts and vision upward and forward. During the time he is there and we are here, he serves as our heavenly intercessor and advocate. That ought to encourage us in our efforts to live and witness for him.[9]


1:11 “Men of Galilee” Several times in Acts Luke records the Galilean origins of the disciples (cf. 2:7; 13:31). All of the Twelve, except Judas Iscariot, were from Galilee. This area was looked down on by residents of Judea because it had a large Gentile population and it was not as “kosher” (i.e. strict) in its performance of the Oral Traditions (Talmud).

“Jesus … will come” Some theologians try to make a distinction between Jesus and the Christ. These angels affirm that it is the Jesus who they knew who would return. The glorified, ascended Christ is still the Jesus of Nazareth. He remains the God/man.

Jesus will come again as He left, on the clouds of heaven (cf. Matt. 10:23; 16:27; 24:3, 27, 37, 39; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 13:26; Luke 21:27; John 21:22; 1 Cor. 15:23; 1 Thess. 1:10, 4:16; 2 Thess. 1:7, 10; 2:1, 8; James 5:7–8; 2 Pet. 1:16; 3:4, 12; 1 John 2:28; Rev. 1:7). The Second Coming of Jesus is a recurrent and major theme of the NT. One reason the gospel took so long to be put into written form was the early church’s expectation of the very-soon return of Christ. His surprising delay, the dying of the Apostles, and the rise of heresies all finally prompted the church to record the life and teachings of Jesus in written form.[10]


11. Ye men of Galilee, &c. I am not of their opinion who think that this name was given the apostles after an opprobrious sort, as if the angels meant to reprehend the slowness and dulness of the apostles. In my opinion, it was rather to make them more attentive, in that men, whom they did never see before, did name them as though they had perfectly known them. But they seem to reprehend without cause, for looking up into heaven. For where should they rather seek for Christ than in heaven? Doth not the Scriptures also oftentimes exhort us thereunto? I answer, that they were not reprehended because they looked up towards heaven; but because they coveted to see Christ, when as the cloud which was put between them and him did keep them from seeing him with their bodily senses: Secondly, because they hoped that he would return again straightway, that they might enjoy the sight of him again, when as he did ascend to stay in the heavens until such time as he should come to judge the world. Wherefore, let us first learn out of this place that we must not seek Christ either in heaven, either upon earth, otherwise than by faith; and also, that we must not desire to have him present with us bodily in the world; for he that doth2 either of those two shall oftentimes go farther from him. So this their admiration is reprehended, not simply, but inasmuch as they were astonied by the strangeness of this matter; like as we are oftentimes carried unadvisedly into a wonderful great wondering at God’s works; but we never apply ourselves to consider for what end and purpose they were done.

Jesus, which is taken up into heaven. There are two members in this one sentence. The first is, that Christ was taken up into heaven, that they may not henceforth foolishly desire to have him any longer conversant with them upon earth. The other is straightway added as a consolation concerning his second coming. Out of these two jointly, and also severally, is gathered a firm, stable, and strong argument, to refute the Papists, and all other which imagine that Christ is really present in the signs of bread and wine. For when it is said that Christ is taken up into heaven; here is plainly noted the distance of place. I grant that this word heaven is interpreted divers ways, sometimes for the air, sometimes for the whole connection of the spheres, sometimes for the glorious kingdom of God, where the majesty of God hath his [its] proper seat, howsoever it doth fill the whole world. After which sort Paul doth place Christ above all heavens, (Eph. 1:22,) because he is above all the world, and hath the chiefest room in that place of blessed immortality, because he is more excellent than all the angels, (Eph. 4:15.) But this is no let why he may not be absent from us bodily, and that by this word heavens, there may not be signified a separation from the world. Let them cavil as much as they will, it is evident that the heaven whereinto Christ was received is opposite to the frame of the world; therefore it doth necessarily follow, that if he be in heaven, he is without [beyond] the world.

But, first, we must mark what the purpose of the angels was, for thereby we shall more perfectly know what the words mean. The angels’ intent was to call back the apostles from desiring the carnal presence of Christ. For this purpose was it that they said that he should not come again until he came to judge the world. And to this end serveth the assigning of the time, that they might not look for him in vain before that same time. Who seeth not that in these words is manifestly showed that he was bodily absent out of the world? Who seeth not that we are forbidden to desire to have him upon the earth? But they think they escape safe with that crafty answer, when as they say that then he shall come visibly; but he cometh now invisibly daily. But we are not here to dispute of his form; only the apostles are taught that Christ must abide in heaven until such time as he appear at the latter day. For the desiring of his corporeal presence is here condemned as absurd and perverse. The Papists deny that he is present in the sacrament carnally, while that his glorious body is present with us after a supernatural sort, and by a miracle; but we may well enough reject their inventions concerning his glorious body, as childish and frivolous toys. They feign unto themselves a miracle not confirmed with any testimony of Scripture. The body of Christ was then glorious, when as he was conversant with his disciples after his resurrection. This was done by the extraordinary and secret power of God; yet, notwithstanding, the angels do forbid to desire him afterward after that sort, and they say that he shall not come unto men in that sort (before the latter day.) Therefore, according to their commandment, let us not go about to pull him out of the heavens with our own inventions; neither let us think that we can handle him with our hands, or perceive him with our other senses, more than we can see him with our eyes. I speak always of his body. For in that they say it is infinite, as it is an absurd dream, so is it safely to be rejected. Nevertheless, I willingly confess that Christ is ascended that he may fulfil [fill] all things; but I say that he is spread abroad everywhere by the power of his Spirit, not by the substance of his flesh. I grant, furthermore, that he is present with us both in his word and in the sacraments. Neither is it to be doubted, but that all those which do with faith receive the signs of his flesh and blood, are made truly partakers of his flesh and blood. But this partaking doth nothing agree with the dotings of the Papists; for they feign that Christ is present in such sort upon the altar as Numa Pompilius did call down his Jupiter Elicitus, or as those witches did fetch down the moon from heaven with their enchantments. But Christ, by reaching us the bread in his Supper, doth will us to lift up our hearts into heaven, that we may have life by his flesh and blood. So that we do not eat his flesh grossly, that we may live thereby, but he poureth into us, by the secret power of his Spirit, his force and strength.

He shall so come. I have said before, that by this consolation all sorrow which we might conceive, because of Christ’s absence, is mitigated, yea, utterly taken away, when as we hear that he shall return again. And also the end for which he shall come again is to be noted; namely, that he shall come as a Redeemer, and shall gather us with him into blessed immortality. For as he doth not now sit idle in heaven, (as Homer signifieth, that his gods be busied only about their bellies;) so shall not he appear again without profit. Therefore, the only looking for Christ’s coming must both restrain the importunate desires of our flesh, and support our patience in all our adversities; and, lastly, it must refresh our weariness. But it worketh this only in the faithful, which believe that Christ is their Redeemer; for it bringeth unto the wicked nothing but dread, horror, and great fearfulness. And howsoever they do now scoff and jest when as they hear of his coming, yet shall they be compelled to behold him sitting upon his tribunal-seat, whom now they will not vouchsafe to hear speak. Furthermore, it were but frivolous to move any question about his apparel wherewith he was then clothed, whether he shall come again being clothed with the same or no. Neither am I now determined to refute that which Augustine, in his Epistle unto Consentius, doth touch, (August. ad Con. Epist. 146;) notwithstanding, it is better for me to omit that thing which I cannot unfold.

12 Then they returned unto Jerusalem from the mountain which is called Olivet, which is nigh unto Jerusalem, being distant about a Sabbath-day’s journey.

13 And, coming in, they went up into an upper chamber, where abode Peter and James, John and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alpheus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.

14 These all abode together with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the wives, (or women,) and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.[11]


11 The angels’ message was twofold: (1) that the Jesus whom the disciples had known has now a heavenly existence (note the double use in this verse of the phrase “into heaven,” which tends to lay emphasis on the idea), and (2) that the Jesus whom they had known would return “in the same way” as they saw him go into heaven. The use of the intensive demonstrative pronoun houtos (“this same”) speaks of the identity between the ascended Jesus and the Jesus yet to come, while the expression hon tropon (“in the same way”) refers to his being enveloped at his future coming, as at his ascension, in the shekinah cloud of divine presence and glory. See Jesus’ description of his Parousia in the Olivet Discourse (Mt 24:30; Mk 13:26; cf. Lk 21:27) and his reply to Caiaphas at his trial (Mt 26:64; Mk 14:62).[12]


[1] Porter, S. E. (2017). Acts. In T. Cabal (Ed.), CSB Apologetics Study Bible (p. 1346). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1558). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[3] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ac 1:11). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2081). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ac 1:11). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ac 1:11). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[7] Valdés, A. S. (2010). The Acts of the Apostles. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 485). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[8] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1579). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[9] Gangel, K. O. (1998). Acts (Vol. 5, p. 11). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[10] Utley, R. J. (2003). Luke the Historian: The Book of Acts (Vol. Volume 3B, p. 14). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[11] Calvin, J., & Beveridge, H. (2010). Commentary upon the Acts of the Apostles (Vol. 1, pp. 50–54). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[12] Longenecker, R. N. (2007). Acts. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 721). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Jan. 25, 2021

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“The present Constitution is the standard to which we are to cling. Under its banners, bona fide must we combat our political foes.” —Alexander Hamilton (1802)

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Myriad Problems With Post-Presidency Impeachment Trial

Nate Jackson

House Democrats certified their second impeachment farce a week before Donald Trump left the White House. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is sending the article to the Senate today, and the upper chamber has now scheduled the trial to begin the week of February 8, nearly three weeks after Trump left office.

“We all want to put this awful chapter in our nation’s history behind us,” Senate Majority Chuck Schumer opined. “But healing and unity will only come if there is truth and accountability. And that is what this trial will provide.”

We’d laugh if this wasn’t so serious. The Democrats’ idea of “unity” is actually acquiescence, and we’ll have none of it.

“The problem with impeachment,” muses Rich Lowry, “was that it seemed inevitable that it would either be so rushed that it would dispense with every traditional process and therefore lack legitimacy or that it would stretch beyond Trump’s time in office with no chance to convict and therefore lack legitimacy. And Congress being what it is, it’s actually turning out to be both!”

That’s true, but the problem is even more fundamental. First of all, in order to impeach and convict Trump, you’d have to strain credulity by taking his words — the only relevant words Democrats actually cite — exactly literally. And we don’t mean literally the way Joe Biden always uses the word, which is to say figuratively. “If you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore,” Trump said. Except politicians use “fight” all the time in a figurative sense. Moreover, some rioters reportedly planned their actions well in advance and were not spontaneously spurred to action by Trump’s “incitement.”

That doesn’t excuse his rhetoric, which we and numerous conservatives have condemned, but neither does it escalate to the level that hypocritical Democrats insist.

Second are the constitutional issues. House Democrats took the most mendacious and politicized route to impeachment they possibly could have. They rushed it through the House just to give Trump a swift kick on his way out the door, and now their Senate counterparts are doing violence to the Constitution in order to keep beating him up after he’s gone. Just not before getting to what they know is the more legitimate business of confirming Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees.

Word is that Supreme Court Justice John Roberts won’t even preside over this sham trial, which only adds to the constitutional questions.

“First, we must ask whether the Senate even has the power to try this impeachment once the president is out of office. As a textual matter, the answer is no,” explains Richard Epstein. “Article I, Section 3, gives the sole power of impeachment to the Senate. First, a simple declarative sentence provides that ‘When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside.’ The key word is ‘the’ as in ‘the President.’ The word ‘the’ is used instead of the word ‘a.’ ‘The’ has a definite reference to the president now sitting in office, which will be Joe Biden on January 20. Once Donald Trump is out of office, he cannot be tried under this provision.”

The same, Epstein notes, is true of Article II, Section 4, which reads: “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” You cannot “remove” a president who is no longer president. And if they try, where does that precedent end?

As Senator John Cornyn put it, “This is about setting a new precedent and, as you know, once we do things around here and there is a precedent for it, then that’s the rule for the next time this happens.”

Then again, violating their oath “to support and defend” the Constitution is an old precedent for Democrats.

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Leftmedia Gives Biden Halo of ‘Most Religious’ President

Thomas Gallatin

Joe Biden claims to be a Roman Catholic, and if all it took to be a good Roman Catholic was attending weekly Mass, then the new president could certainly check that box. In any case, that appears to be the only measure the Leftmedia uses for a Democrat’s religiosity. In a recent New York Times article entitled “In Biden’s Catholic Faith, an Ascendant Liberal Christianity,” Elizabeth Dias writes that Biden is “perhaps the most religiously observant commander in chief in half a century,” as he “regularly attends Mass and speaks of how his Catholic faith grounds his life and his polices.”

By this logic, Biden is more religiously observant than the Sunday School-teaching Southern Baptist Jimmy Carter and born-again evangelical George W. Bush. In making her case, Dias asserts that Biden is “a president who has spend a lifetime steeped in Christian rituals and practices.” However, for the Left, what really appears to make Biden such a profoundly religious individual is his willingness to reject particular “controversial” or fundamental tenants of his own faith and instead embrace the progressive “gospel” of leftist politics.

Dias writes, “Mr. Biden’s priorities reflect values that progressive faith leaders have pushed for, and that motivated many to speak out for him during the campaign, said Derrick Harkins, who led interfaith outreach for the Democratic National Committee this past cycle. There is a sense of moral synergy on the left, among not only progressive Christians but also humanists, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs and the spectrum of faith traditions, he said.”

Back to the original dubious assertion. Can an individual really be classified as religiously observant while not only rejecting but actively opposing his own religion’s teachings and beliefs? According to Archbishop of Los Angeles Jose Gomez, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the answer is a clear “no.” Prior to the inauguration, Gomez warned that Biden advocated polices “that would advance moral evils,” especially “in the area of abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender.” From a biblical and Catholic standpoint, we consider this to be inarguable. Moreover, those policies threaten religious liberty. And yet many evangelicals supported Biden.

As James the brother of Jesus observed, “But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:18) Or as Jesus said, “By their fruit you will recognize them. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?” (Matthew 7:16)

The fact is, Biden not only believes in abortion on demand but is actively seeking to expand the culture of death. Last Friday, Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris released a statement announcing, “The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to codifying Roe v. Wade and appointing judges that respect foundational precedents like Roe,” adding that “now is the time to rededicate ourselves to ensuring that all individuals have access to the health care they need.”

On top of this, Biden plans to revoke the Mexico City policy, Ronald Reagan’s 1984 rule that bars the U.S. government (i.e., taxpayers) from funding foreign organizations that “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning.”

It has been reported that in Biden’s own home parish in Delaware, whenever he attends Mass, the priest denies him Holy Communion. This comports with a USA Today story from two years ago explaining that Biden had been denied communion by a bishop in South Carolina due to his stance on abortion.

Biden is no saint — not in the pantheon of Roman Catholicism or of Christianity at large. By his practice and expressed beliefs, he stands in opposition to some of the most fundamental tenants of his church. However, in the Church of “Wokeness,” Biden’s halo just got a lot brighter.

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The Democrats’ War on ‘Domestic Terrorism’

Douglas Andrews

If you’re one of the 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump on November 3, they’ll be watching you. And who can blame them? You might be a domestic terrorist.

Even if you didn’t participate in the January 6 riot in the Capitol, you might harbor impure and unhealthy thoughts about the Democrats having stolen the election, or about the usurpation of our liberties by an unholy alliance between Big Tech and the Left.

Glenn Greenwald knows the Left well — and he especially understands the authoritarian tendencies of the new Left. Among these tendencies, of course, is an irresistible impulse to silence those with whom it disagrees. He’s sounding the alarm that a new War on Domestic Terror is coming — one that’ll bear some striking similarities to the War on Terror our nation launched nearly 20 years ago.

“We have witnessed an orgy of censorship,” he writes, “from Silicon Valley monopolies with calls for far more aggressive speech policing, a visibly militarized Washington, D.C., featuring a non-ironically named ‘Green Zone,’ vows from the incoming president and his key allies for a new anti-domestic terrorism bill, and frequent accusations of ‘sedition,’ ‘treason,’ and ‘terrorism’ against members of Congress and citizens. This is all driven by a radical expansion of the meaning of ‘incitement to violence.’ It is accompanied by viral-on-social-media pleas that one work with the FBI to turn in one’s fellow citizens (See Something, Say Something!) and demands for a new system of domestic surveillance.”

General Stanley McChrystal, who knows a thing or two about terrorism, is also sounding the alarm. But he’s sounding it on behalf of the censors and the Chicken Littles on the Left — the ones who think the least effective “armed insurrection” in history is just the opening salvo in a domestic insurgency. “I did see a similar dynamic in the evolution of al-Qaida in Iraq,” he says, “where a whole generation of angry Arab youth with very poor prospects followed a powerful leader who promised to take them back in time to a better place, and he led them to embrace an ideology that justified their violence. This is now happening in America.”

McChrystal, the former head of Joint Special Operations Command in Iraq and the commander of all U.S. and allied troops fighting the Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan, makes a great point. There are some eerie similarities between Donald Trump and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi — except for the car bombings, and the kidnappings, and the decapitations, and the wanton slaughter of scores of innocent civilians. But other than that…

McChrystal thinks the MAGA extremist movement may have already become self-sustaining. “Even if Trump exits the scene,” he says, “the radical movement he helped create has its own momentum and cohesion now, and they may find they don’t need Trump anymore. They can just wait for another charismatic leader to appear. So the fabric of something very dangerous has been woven, and it’s further along than most Americans care to admit.”

Is it just us, or is anyone else a bit put off by this sort of alarmism and false comparison?

As Greenwald writes, “Anyone who, despite all this, still harbors lingering doubts that the Capitol riot is and will be the neoliberal 9/11, and that a new War on Terror is being implemented in its name,” need only watch this video and this video.

Former Democrat Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is also worried about where this is going and what it’ll mean to our civil liberties. “You have people like former CIA Director John Brennan,” she says, “openly talking about how he’s spoken with or heard from appointees and nominees in the Biden administration who are already starting to look across our country for these types of movements similar to the insurgencies they’ve seen overseas, that in his words, he says make up this unholy alliance of religious extremists, racists, bigots, he lists a few others and at the end, even libertarians.”

More ominous yet, she says, is the profile that’s being built of potential domestic terrorists. “What characteristics are we looking for as we are building this profile of a potential extremist, what are we talking about?” she asks. “Religious extremists, are we talking about Christians, evangelical Christians, what is a religious extremist? Is it somebody who is pro-life? Where do you take this?”

Great question.

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Parents Must Fight Educational Indoctrination

Arnold Ahlert

For two decades, this writer has sounded the alarm about the progressive dogma being disseminated in America’s classrooms. Dogma presented as irrefutable fact and defended with a single strategy: If you dare to challenge any aspect of that dogma, you’re racist, transphobic, or — as President Joe Biden’s inauguration speech and its laughably hollow call for “unity” made clear — a potential “domestic terrorist.”

Thus in Cupertino, California, a class of third graders was forced to “deconstruct” their racial identities, then rank themselves according to their “power and privilege.” “Based on whistleblower documents and parents familiar with the session, a third-grade teacher at R.I. Meyerholz Elementary School began the lesson on ‘social identities’ during a math class,” columnist Christopher Rufo reveals. “The teacher asked all students to create an ‘identity map,’ listing their race, class, gender, religion, family structure, and other characteristics. The teacher explained that the students live in a ‘dominant culture’ of ‘white, middle class, cisgender, educated, able-bodied, Christian, English speaker[s],’ who, according to the lesson, ‘created and maintained’ this culture in order ‘to hold power and stay in power.’”

It gets worse. A book titled This Book Is Antiracist teaches students that “a white, cisgender man, who is able-bodied, heterosexual, considered handsome and speaks English has more privilege than a Black transgender woman.” Moreover, based on the principle of intersectionality, “there are parts of us that hold some power and other parts that are oppressed,” even within a single person.

In Illinois, “Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards” is a blatant attempt to turn students into de facto community organizers for leftist causes. It has already been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and awaits final approval by The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules of the Illinois General Assembly. As columnist Stanley Kurtz warns, if it gets the green light, teachers will be mandated to make self-assessments regarding their racism, sexism, homophobia, unearned privilege, Eurocentrism, etc., with the possibility of being required to attend white fragility training sessions the committee characterizes as an effort to get teachers to “move past their whiteness.”

To where? To an educational system poisoned by blatant racism sold as anti-racism. To a system, like so many others across the nation, wholly debauched and distorted by Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project with one overarching agenda in mind: To teach American children that their own nation is a fatally flawed construct unworthy of preservation. To teach American children that the content of their character is completely subservient to their color, their gender, and their ethnicity. To teach half of American children they are permanent victims with no ability to make a life for themselves, or permanent oppressors who should be forever ashamed of their “privilege.”

The transgender dogma — just re-approved by our “unity” president — is equally contemptible. “Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports,” Biden asserts. Translation: Boys who self-identify as girls will be given access to women’s bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams. Any school that refuses to kowtow will be denied federal funding. Biological women who object? “TERF is an acronym for ‘trans-exclusionary radical feminist’ and is considered a slur against people who espouse feminist beliefs and distinguish biological women from trans women,” columnist Ebony Bowden explains.

In other words, you’re the radical if you believe in biological and chromosomal reality, dislike the idea of boys having unfettered access to girls’ locker rooms and bathrooms, or believe that the evisceration of women’s sports in service to a bankrupt political ideology is a bad thing.

And just in case one might be wondering whether there might be any pushback, Biden also signed an executive order rescinding the Trump administration’s 1776 Commission that focused on the “ideals of the American Founding as well as the centuries-long quest to live up to them,” as commission member and esteemed historian Victor Davis Hanson explained.

What undoubtedly pushed progressives to dismiss it? “The commission was no more sympathetic to the current popularity of identity politics or reparatory racial discrimination,” Hanson adds. “It argues that using race, ethnicity, sexual preference, and gender to define who we are — rather than seeing these traits as incidental when compared with our natural and shared humanity — will lead to a dangerous fragmentation of American society.”

For leftists and the corporate oligarchy that supports them at every turn, that’s a feature, not a bug. Millions of automatons taught what to think, not how to think, are more easily ruled by those who brook no dissent whatsoever to their despicable agenda.

Yet there is hope. “As American primary and secondary education’s dysfunction became painfully apparent, parents of all races have fled the public schools as fast as they could,” explains columnist Angelo Codevilla. At R.I. Meyerholz Elementary School, parents fought back and forced the school to suspend the program. The effort was led in part by Asian parents, one of whom likened it to the Chinese Cultural Revolution. The first lawsuit of what is hopefully the beginning of an avalanche of them has been filed by a black American mother who does not want her biracial son to be forced to attend mandated classes teaching “anti-white” race theories.

In other words, parents are the key here. They must understand they can no longer simply send their children to school and assume what they’re learning is OK. There must be pushback not just against school officials but against the feckless politicians who enact state laws prohibiting parents from opting out of these progressive indoctrination sessions.

Moreover, they need to become familiar with cases such as West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette and Tinker v. Des Moines School District. In the former, the Supreme Court ruled that “no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.” In the latter case, the Court made it clear that students do not surrender their First Amendment rights at the schoolhouse door, unless such speech “significantly disrupts school discipline or invades the rights of others.”

Thus, no school in the nation should be able to force a student to “confess” their support for progressive dogma that is presented as unassailable. And while there are limits to how students can respond, it is clear that polite, respectful rebuttal of such dogma is permitted.

Yet again, nothing meaningful will be accomplished without parental involvement. They must view the cancerous ideology being disseminated to their children with the same alarm as they would a drug dealer standing at the schoolyard gate. What’s going on inside those gates is far more alarming and damaging.

The ball is in your corner, parents. Don’t let your children be taught to hate America. Or themselves.

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The Media’s COVID Failures

Robin Smith

The COVID response is now in its new and improved iteration post-President Donald Trump. Americans have proven resilient but have grown tired of the flips and flops of the information packaged with purpose by the national media to fuel the 24-hour news cycle. Seeing articles and their reversals and hearing experts contradict themselves is understandably confusing and leaves the public completely without trust in critical information, all while businesses remain shuttered or restricted and livelihoods hampered or destroyed. To say that’s a problem is an understatement.

In the early days of the pandemic, Market Watch gave three reasons not to wear face coverings, citing “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. surgeon general.” Specifically, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the Center for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a January 30 briefing, “We don’t routinely recommend the use of face masks by the public to prevent respiratory illness.” The all-knowing Dr. Anthony Fauci likewise downplayed the use of masks. Now, of course, all we’re hearing is a loud and clear, “Wear the mask!”

In the summer when thousands of protesters and rioters took to the streets, medical professionals who had issued caution and concern about much smaller organized gatherings pivoted 180 degrees. Protests (and, implicitly, riots) were supported by some healthcare partisans as “vital to the national public health” because “social justice” trumped social distancing.

One of the most serious of the selective narratives broadcast was to “flatten the curve.” For a window of 30-45 days, many Americans were willing to shelter in place at home to do their part to contain this novel virus and give health professionals time to learn how to mitigate the spread and treat patients. Yet the call to flatten the curve ultimately turned into “wait on a vaccine” or “wait for a cure and no increase in cases.” For those unwilling to accept the moving goal posts, silence on social media platforms and canceling in the court of public opinion were the punishments.

Worse, Americans have seen their small businesses devastated by local government mandates even as aggressive modifications to dining areas, workspaces, and workflows have been applied. As we warned at the very beginning of the lockdowns, the cure has become as harmful as the virus.

There’s also the “follow the science” admonition. When selective application of standards are applied to those who riot versus those who peacefully gather, it is not science. When the certainties of lockdowns, masks, and social distancing are declared, yet those areas with the strictest measures are still dealing with viral spread, Americans rightfully scratch their heads in confusion.

Some public schools have been closed for almost one full year, forcing teachers to deal with a virtual construct that leaves many students behind. But what does the science say about COVID and children? Whether it’s the CDC or Forbes, replicable data demonstrates the highest death rate for COVID is among older men. A nonpartisan think tank, the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, published “Estimating the Risk of Death from COVID-19 vs Influenza or Pneumonia by Age.” The detailed research stated, “School-aged children between 5 and 14 have a 1 in 200,000 chance of dying of influenza, but a 1 in 1.1 million chance of dying of COVID-19.” Toddlers aged 12 months to four years are six times more likely to die of influenza than the novel coronavirus.

Moreover, a McKinsey and Company study projected students will lose an overall average of 10 months of instructional learning, with minority students suffering the greatest loss. Homicide, childhood cancer, heart disease, and congenital anomalies far outpace COVID deaths, yet the science has kept America’s school children in a state of confusion and ever-changing instructional environments.

Americans need information that’s factual and not sensationalized. In 2020, the public has struggled to balance the pandemic and the infodemic — fighting a virus as well as a contagion of slanted messaging that has served to divide Americans like never before.

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Biden Order: ‘Play Like You Identify as a Girl’

Douglas Andrews

To our friends on the Left: Are you happy now? Happy that one of Joe Biden’s first acts as the uniter-in-chief was to sign an executive order that allows biological males to compete against and dominate our daughters in sports?

You might not want to acknowledge it — and we can understand why — but when you voted for this guy because you didn’t like the abrasiveness of some of Donald Trump’s tweets, you voted against our daughters competing in sports solely against other women, and you voted against them having a fair shot at obtaining athletic scholarships. In addition, you voted against our daughters’ right to privacy in bathrooms, dorm rooms, locker rooms, and just about everywhere else.

Thanks a lot.

As Fox News reports, “President Biden, in an executive order aimed at ‘preventing and combating discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation,’ is calling on schools across the country to allow transgender athletes to participate in the sport of their gender identity. … The order is a strong signal that the Justice Department is going to enforce it via Title IX — and schools that don’t comply risk losing funding.”

Ah, their gender identity. Never mind the biological fact that men are, on average, bigger, stronger, and faster than women. No one disputes this. In addition, as Madeleine Kearns detailed in National Review, “Other well-documented physical advantages men have over women include height, weight, broader shoulders, greater circulating blood volume, greater resistance to dehydration, larger lung capacity, thicker skin, faster sensory frame shifting, more hemoglobin in the blood, greater upper-body strength, faster reaction times, greater bone density in the arms, larger sweat capacity, higher systolic blood pressure, higher muscle-to-fat ratio, and larger hearts.”

As Abigail Schrier put it in The Wall Street Journal, “Once male puberty is complete, testosterone suppression doesn’t undo the biological advantages men possess: larger hearts, lungs and bones, greater bone density, more-oxygenated blood, more fast-twitch muscle fiber and vastly greater muscle mass.”

But, no, there’s no difference between the sexes. And the fact that Rhys McKinnon, er, Rachel McKinnon, er, Veronica Ivy is a two-time masters world champion in cycling has nothing to do with the fact that, unlike all of “her” competitors, every cell in “her” body has an XY chromosome pair.

Think about it: Why do we have men’s and women’s sports in the first place? Answer: Because women can’t compete with men. Period. If you can’t admit this, then you’re anti-science. Were Veronica Ivy competing against age-group men instead of women, “she” wouldn’t sniff a local club championship, much less a world championship. Or maybe someone can explain how, in 2017, a U-15 boys soccer team from Dallas whipped the world champion USA women’s team 5-2 in a “practice” game?

As for Biden’s executive order, he sets up a straw man in the very first sentence: “Every person should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear, no matter who they are or whom they love.”

He then builds off that straw man with another one: “Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports.”

Ah, the children. With the Left, it’s always about “the children,” even when it’s really about “transgender” males.

The order does a clever job of hiding the truth. As Ryan Anderson points out, what it really means is, “Boys who identify as girls must be allowed to compete in the girls’ athletic competitions, men who identify as women must be allowed in women-only spaces, health care plans must pay for gender transition procedures, and doctors and hospitals must perform them.”

And if you don’t like it, you’re a bigot and a hater.

About halfway through his inaugural address last Wednesday, Joe Biden told a whopper of a lie. “I pledge this to you,” he said. “I will be a president for all Americans, all Americans. And I promise you, I will fight as hard for those who did not support me as for those who did.”

We’re still waiting, Joe, for you to start fighting for our daughters instead of the Rainbow Mafia.

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‘Missing Context’ Is a ‘Fact-Checking’ Catch-All

Andrew Culper

2020 was the year for Big Tech censorship. 2021 should be better, right? Cue the “fact-checkers” in 3, 2…

You may recall our ongoing struggle with the social media monolith Facebook and its merry band of independent “fact-checkers”. This is not the first time they have called us out for violating their version of the truth. It probably won’t be the last either, especially due to a rating category they like to call “missing context.”

We recently received yet another notification that we had broken the “rules.” What this time, you ask? We posted a meme containing verbatim, verifiable quotes from the likes of Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, and Maxine Waters. The result? “Missing context” based on a fact-check article aimed at content that was merely similar to ours.

Feel free to see our meme and decide for yourself.

The USA Today “fact-checker” claims that our content could “mislead” people because it does not (presumably) tell the whole story. We understand taking things out of context — so does the media, which did it to Donald Trump all the time. But how is providing full word-for-word quotes in any way misleading? Shouldn’t people have the right to interpret the words of politicians themselves? And why was our meme, which didn’t even reference all the quotes mentioned in the original USA Today takedown piece, so generally grouped in merely because it’s similar?

All of this is beside the point, of course. In reality, “missing context” isn’t about truth or clarity at all. It’s a catch-all tactic that “fact-checkers” can use whenever it suits them, particularly when content they disagree with doesn’t tell their story. It’s an intellectually dishonest practice conducted in bad faith. It’s also a way for Facebook to take down sweeping examples of “similar” content using artificially intelligent bots, offering no recourse for those affected.

What’s to keep “fact-checkers” from applying this rating to anything and everything? Can a George Washington quote be flagged because it doesn’t tell America’s story through the eyes of the King of England? Should we only quote politicians when we can cite “context” in the footnotes (imagine a meme with footnotes)? Who gave the “fact-checkers” the right to be the universal interpreters of context in the first place?

The advent of “fact-checkers” has opened a dangerous precedent for free speech and free thought. These gatekeepers dominate significant portions of the public square, enforcing penalties on “wrongthink” among their opponents. “Fact-checking” is not honest journalism, and it interferes with the open conversation freethinkers should be able to have with one another.

We continue to fight the good fight against Big Tech and the social media giants, but we can’t do it without you. The best action you can take is to make sure you and your loved ones are subscribed to our email newsletter. It’s the only place where the “fact-checkers” can’t impose their opinions on us. Make sure everyone you know is subscribed to ensure our message is never silenced.

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How Conservatives Can Reach Black America

Patrick Hampton

Black Americans are in the middle of an ideological tug of war. Progressives want to keep our loyalty, while conservatives have been fighting to earn it. This leaves some undecided folks feeling more like a commodity than a fellow citizen.

And while political education is vital if we are to understand one another, convincing someone to adopt a party’s ideas is easier said than done.

The GOP has been ramping up its outreach efforts to African American voters, embracing people regardless of background but who share the same points of view. Many Republicans argue that the party should do more to earn the allegiance of blacks. But what does this mean?

If it means pandering to an entire demographic and assuming what they believe or feel about American society, then we’ll have already lost. This approach is exactly why people are fleeing the ideological Left. No one wants to feel like a stereotype or cliché.

If this means using tokenism as a way to show representation, then the effort is in vain. Many black Americans see straight through diversification plots. We would rather a party be genuinely inclusive, but not aggressively so. We see this with corporations that overdo inclusivity in their ads and recruitment tactics. Instead of gently adding seasoning, these well-meaning organizations overdo it, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of those consuming their message.

Instead, what I envision is something more palatable — an approach that many black Americans will not just have to stomach but one that they can fully digest and find pleasant rather than feeling like they are being force-fed.

If conservatives seek to reach out to black America, I suggest it be done slowly and steadily, starting with the following:

Actually spend time in urban and predominantly black areas in a genuine fashion. Being present speaks volumes when addressing black issues. It’s one thing to know and understand what is said on television. It’s another to actually experience it. For example, President Donald Trump was already popular among black elites and entertainers. He wasn’t trying to do this for political gain, but to genuinely know people. This came to his benefit when he decided to run for office and won, despite not needing the black vote to claim the victory. Black Americans who were familiar with his impact were ready to support his cause. If the GOP wants the same, it’ll need to follow this same model. Instead of waiting for black people to come to us, slowly and steadily make the effort to go to them. But the key is authenticity.

Next, honesty is critical — which is why so many black Americans favored Trump over other conservative presidents. Trump didn’t bite his tongue when he asked black people, “What do you have to lose?” He drove the message home in the hearts of many because he understood his audience. That of course gave him the credibility to speak in this manner (which is why my previous point about being present is vital). If any member of the GOP or conservative movement seeks to further the gains Trump made with black voters, he or she will need to shake the fears of being called a “racist” and be more honest more often. Trump didn’t increase black voter turnout by staying mum about our issues.

Finally, overcoming fear and guilt are essential. Black America needs no one’s pity, and to be treated this way with pandering and coddling only delays a solution to our actual concerns. We’ve had enough of fake solutions to fake problems posited by the progressive Left. Conservatives, speak to us with confidence, conviction, as well as concern, and your message will go far. Otherwise, expect to be viewed as weak and uncaring.

In summary, the best approach in reaching the black community is one of balance and support. We can’t swing in the direction of diversifying everything, as that would appear artificial to us. But we can’t swing too far into allowing matters to unfold naturally, as indoctrination runs deep with us. If the GOP wants to survive in a diverse and changing America, it’s time to follow Trump’s path and accept black issues as truly America’s issues.

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EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Impeachment 2.0

  • A growing number of GOP senators oppose the trial (AP)
  • Democrats eye 14th Amendment as impeachment alternative (Washington Times)

Government & Politics

  • Dominion Voting Systems sues Rudy Giuliani, seeks $1.3 billion (NBC News)
  • Talks stalled over Senate power-sharing agreement (Fox News)
  • A voice of sanity: Democrat Tulsi Gabbard asks Joe Biden to denounce the targeting of all Trump supporters (Post Millennial)
  • Just one in five Americans have ill-considered confidence Biden can unite the country (NY Post)
  • Highway to hell: Pete Buttigieg says a gas tax hike is “on the table” (Disrn)
  • A trip down memory lane: In 2011, Nancy Pelosi praised unionists storming Wisconsin State Capitol (Fox News)

Leftmedia

  • The self-anointed arbiters of truth on Facebook’s oversight board to hand down “independent judgment” on Trump ban (Disrn)
  • Washington Post “fact-checkers” won’t count false Biden claims (Daily Wire)

Trump wasn’t exactly a role model when it came to always speaking truth, but The Washington Post evidently needs reminding that Biden’s entire career is checkered with lies.

  • Adding insult to injury: WaPo is caught scrubbing Kamala Harris “prisoner” story (NY Post)
  • Journalists celebrate the destruction of freedoms they once championed (City Journal)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • Researchers say 17% of Americans — 55 million people — have been infected (Daily Mail)
  • Hospitalizations fall to lowest levels since mid-December as U.S. reports sharp drop in new cases (Daily Mail)
  • Biden reinstating COVID travel ban targeting UK, Europe, and Brazil (NY Post)
  • Merck ends clinical trials for two inferior vaccine candidates (UPI)
  • Only 10 serious allergic reactions to Moderna vaccine and no deaths (Examiner)
  • California, with its nincompoop governor, naturally ranks last in administering vaccine doses (Hot Air)

RIP

  • Hank Aaron, Major League Baseball legend, dead at 86 (NY Post)
  • Larry King, TV talk-show icon who quizzed the famous and infamous, dies at 87 (Fox News)

Business & Economy

Around the Nation

  • Kentucky bill protecting abortion survivors passes without governor’s signature (Live Action)
  • Chicago Teachers Union votes to defy order to return to classrooms (Examiner) | Meanwhile, Las Vegas schools begin reopening to combat surge in student suicides (Disrn)
  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders officially announces run for Arkansas governor (NY Post)

Around the World

  • More than 3,000 arrested in Russia in protests calling for release of Vladimir Putin critic Alexei Navalny (NPR)
  • ISIS claims responsibility for twin suicide bombings in Baghdad (Fox News)
  • Missile or drone intercepted over Saudi Arabia’s capital of Riyadh (CBS News)
  • Mexico president tests positive for COVID (Fox News)

On a Lighter Note…

  • Wanna see a horse smile really big for the camera and then rip an epic machine-gun fart? Of course you do. (Not the Bee)
  • Two anonymous donors pay off 430 medical bills in Kansas (Disrn)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Biden has reinstituted the pernicious Critical Race Theory at the federal level, but governors and local legislators can still fight it off (City Journal)
  • Policy: Will Biden’s policies lead to job losses? Here are possible economic impacts (Daily Signal)
  • Humor: Miracle! CNN’s COVID death counter begins counting backward (Babylon Bee)

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Luxury Beliefs — The political dividing line in America today is not Democrat vs. Republican. It’s elitist vs. populist.

Biden Press Secretary Dodges Abortion Question in First Briefing — Will Biden force federal funding of abortion?

Satire: Biden’s Actual Inauguration — An exact recap of what happened at Biden’s inauguration. Come on, man!

Humor: Choosing the Chick-fil-A Short Line — John Crist and Sarah Zanotti try to decipher why their car isn’t getting chosen in the Chick-fil-A drive-through.

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Either you think — or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)

Good question: “As soon as [Biden] entered the Oval Office, he promptly signed more than a dozen executive orders and every one was a finger in the eye of conservatives. … Where is the comfort in telling people that he is going to be the president of those who didn’t vote for him when he has devoted his presidency to relentlessly attacking their values?” —Gary Bauer

Upright: “I don’t see how we can reduce racial tension in this country when the left is constantly pointing fingers and agitating. Everything is race, race, race. This exploitation might not be as toxic if Democrats, including Biden, hadn’t been trying to cast all conservatives as bigots, but sadly, they have. It also might not be as toxic if Democrats weren’t using race to villainize conservatives and as a Trojan horse to usher in their socialist agenda.” —David Limbaugh

For the record: “Memo to Joe and Kamala: Waiting on your unequivocal condemnation of inaugural day riots in Seattle and Portland, where leftist cadres attacked police, ransacked private and public buildings, and burned flags. Still waiting…” —Mark Alexander

Unity! “If Biden really wanted unity, he’d lynch Mike Pence.” —NY Times opinion writer Will Wilkinson, who subsequently tweeted, “I made an error of judgment and tweeted this. It was sharp sarcasm, but looked like a call for violence. That’s always wrong, even as a joke. It was especially wrong at a moment when unity and peace are so critical. I’m deeply sorry and vow not to repeat the mistake.”

D’oh! “Senators will have to decide if they believe Donald John Trump incited the erection [sic] against the United States.” —Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

Flip-flop: “There’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months.” —Joe Biden, who said this on October 15, 2020: “We’re eight months into this pandemic, and Donald Trump still doesn’t have a plan to get this virus under control. I do.”

And last… “Are Americans who express their political views on the internet really abusing a ‘loophole,’ or are Big Tech companies who censor them at the behest of the powerful abusing a ‘loophole’ in the First Amendment?” —David Harsanyi

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25 Jan 2021 – Daily News Briefing

In the competition for “wokest school system of all,” Illinois just might be the winner. But be warned, parents in the other 49 states, it’s coming for you too. We’ve heard about the outrages in classrooms like California, Wisconsin, and Virginia. But “keep your eye on Illinois,” Stanley Kurtz warns, because that’s “where the woke has gone for broke — and America may soon pay the price.” For five years, liberals have been quietly laying the groundwork for this massive shift in the land of Lincoln. And now, after a half-decade of moving this under America’s noses, they’re ready to blowup whatever common-sense learning standards are left and replace them with a formalized level of extremism no one has ever seen.

‘Government becomes God’: Jacobin’s satirical cover literally idolizing Biden strikes nerve
The cover for the winter edition of Jacobin, which was previewed hours after Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th US president, mercilessly mocks the US’ habit of treating its politicians like celebrities. Taking the next logical step, it reimagines the new president as a messiah, borrowing imagery from traditional Christian iconography.

India says troops had ‘minor face-off’ with China in Sikkim border area
Indian and Chinese troops were involved in a face-off last week in a disputed stretch of their shared border in the eastern Himalayas, the Indian army said on Monday. The two sides have been locked in a tense standoff since April in the western Himalayas and since then have bolstered forces all along the border.

Diaspora Affairs Ministry warns of rise in anti-Semitism in 2021
A study by the ministry shows the coronavirus is used to spread conspiracy theories that Jews caused the pandemic, are controlling global health resources. Israel’s Diaspora Affairs Ministry released a stark warning Sunday that Jews around the world will likely face a pronounced spike in anti-Semitic incidents in 2021 due to the spreading of conspiracy theories concerning the origin of the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden appoints Anti-Israel Muslim to top Intelligence position
A ruler who listens to lies, All his ministers will be wicked. Proverbs 29:12. President Biden’s two newest appointees to top intelligence positions are reasons for concern; though one is Jewish, the other is a “Palestinian”-American and both are decidedly anti-Israel.

Latest ‘Palestinian’ Claim: Big Ben is ours and we Want it Back
A recent video that is gaining attention on social media features an Arab woman making the absurd claim that London’s iconic Big Ben clock tower is, in fact, Palestinian property. A bit of research reveals that this claim is actually a mainstream belief in Palestinian culture.

California lawyer under fire after calling for genocide of Jews on social media
He will be a wild ass of a man Genesis 16:12 (The Israel BibleTM)
In past Twitter posts, the lawyer, Farhad Khorasani, claimed that Israel is “the main enemy of the human race and the world,” saying: “The Jew anywhere is an existential threat to Aryans, muslims [sic] and Iranians everywhere. Hitler has proved that he knew these terrorist semites [sic] very well. Hitler was right, we need a new Hitler.” The posts were first reported last week by the blog Israelycool, followed by StopAntisemitism.org, which issued a call to action against the lawyer on Friday.

La Niña Roars, Unleashing Fire, Drought and Floods Worldwide
In the American West, the drought that paved the way for 2020’s hellscape of wildfires is poised to be even worse this year. Fanning the flames: La Niña. The weather pattern has reached the peak of its power, wreaking havoc on a world already reeling from an unprecedented string of extreme weather.

Biden will not wait for Israel to make moves on Iran
The new U.S. administration is nothing like its predecessor and Netanyahu’s insistence on sidelining the defense establishment could leave Jerusalem with little to no say in the upcoming nuclear negotiations with the Islamic Republic.

Red rag from Iran or message to Biden?
Does the Iranian missile strike near USS Nimitz have anything to do with the new US president?. The answer is probably yes. The incident was deliberate and aimed at provoking a military escalation with the United States in the Gulf region, some analysts maintained.

Montreal police close down synagogues
Montreal police officers were called over the past Saturday to a series of illegal gatherings that violated public health restrictions in the Outermont area.At least three of the gatherings were prayer services that included more than the dozen worshipers in a closed structure permitted by local law. According to local police, each of the places was a synagogue. The worshipers, who are members of the Haredi communities in the area, were angry with the police and confronted them violently. Some of the officers needed medical attention. Police nevertheless persisted and each worshipper received a fine ranging from $ 1,500 to $ 6,000. “The police have behaved as the Nazis once did. This is not the way people who keep their religious precepts behave.”

Mainstream Media Empowers Fake Humanitarian Groups’ Claim That Israel is an Apartheid State
B’Tselem, an anti-Israel organization posing as a humanitarian group, ignored a government ban prohibiting the indoctrination of Israeli students. But the inaccurate claim by B’tselem that Israel is an apartheid state was picked up by The Washington Post, ABC News, CBS News, and reprinted by the Associated Press. Earlier this month, Yoav Galant, Israel’s education minister moved to ban B’Tselem from lecturing in Israeli schools due to its recent claim that Israel is an “apartheid regime.”

Immature swarms of desert locust appear in Ethiopia, Kenya
immature swarms of desert locust continue to appear in six zones of Ethiopia’s Afar and Amhara regions.Currently the swarms occured in Afambo, Asayita and Dubti districts of Ethiopia’s Afar region as well as in North and South Wollo zones in eastern Amhara region, FAO said in a statement. Any rainfall that may occur in the coming weeks will cause swarms to mature and lay eggs that will hatch and give rise to hopper bands during February and March,”

Jerusalem fears Biden will Revive ICC Prosecution against Israel in Hague
The change in administration in the US has led to fears that the ICC will renew its criminal case against Israel. If successful, the case, brought by the PLO, would call for European countries to arrest Israeli officials who travel outside the Holy Land.

Pope Defends Biden’s “Moral evils” on Abortion
Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), expressed concern about the new president in a statement, specifying Biden’s policies concerning abortion and gender issues: USCCB issued a warning that despite positioning himself as a devout Catholic, President Joe Biden’s agenda would advance “moral evils” … a church in South Carolina declined to give the campaigning former vice president communion. The pastor, Robert Morey, cited Biden’s “unrepented, unforgiven sins”, in particular, his advocating for abortion.

Biden Calls Boris Before Other European Leaders to Plan ‘Build Back Better’ Agenda
Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly told Joe Biden that his ascendancy to the White House represented a “moment of hope in a dark time” as the leaders discussed their ‘Build Back Better’ agenda during a phone call on Saturday.

Google Makes a Big Threat in Australian Dispute
Google on Friday threatened to make its search engine unavailable in Australia if the government went ahead with plans to make tech giants pay for news content. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison quickly hit back, saying, “We don’t respond to threats,” per the AP. “Australia makes our rules for things you can do in Australia,” Morrison told reporters in Brisbane. “That’s done in our Parliament. It’s done by our government. And that’s how things work here in Australia.” The confrontation highlights Australia’s leading role in the global movement to push back against the outsize influence of US tech giants over the news business.

Embassy to Americans in Saudi Capital: ‘Stay Alert’
Saudi Arabia said Saturday it intercepted an apparent missile or drone attack over its capital, Riyadh, amid the kingdom’s yearslong war against neighboring Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Social media users posted video of what appeared to be an explosion in the air over Riyadh.
The US Embassy in Riyadh issued a warning to Americans calling on them to “stay alert in case of additional future attacks.”

Biden Put Out the Offer. Putin Just Responded
The Kremlin on Friday welcomed President Biden’s proposal to extend the last remaining nuclear arms control treaty between the two countries, which is set to expire in less than two weeks. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that Russia stands for extending the pact and is waiting to see the details of the US proposal, …

Designer protein helps paralyzed mice walk again in breakthrough study
In a new study, German scientists have restored the ability to walk in mice that had been paralyzed after a complete spinal cord injury. The team created a “designer” signaling protein and injected it into the animals’ brains, stimulating their nerve cells to regenerate and share the recipe to make the protein.

Israel’s government to raise ICC response with Biden administration
Israel is likely to bring up the possibility of proceedings against it in the International Criminal Court in early meetings with new US President Joe Biden, an official with knowledge of the matter said on Sunday. “The outgoing administration sanctioned the ICC, and we supported this pressure,” the official said. “This will be one of the issues we are eager to raise with the incoming administration.”

Antisemitism is expected to rise significantly around the world in 2021
Antisemitism is expected to rise sharply around the world as a result of conspiracy theories against Jews and the State of Israel regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Diaspora Affairs Ministry’s annual antisemitism report has said. According to the ministry’s new report, the main front forum for the expression of antisemitism in 2020 changed from the physical realm to the online one.

Nukes, terror, Syria, Iraq, Hezbollah – Iran’s tentacles are spreading
Israel is preparing a full-court press to discuss Iran’s threats with the new US administration, according to various media reports. National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat spoke on Saturday with Jake Sullivan, his counterpart in the Biden administration, and Mossad head Yossi Cohen is expected to travel soon to Washington to present Israel’s concerns to his counterparts in the intelligence community.

ISIS terror returns to target women in Syria
Two women were abducted and murdered in eastern Syria. They appear to be the latest murders carried out by ISIS against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and their civilian authorities. According to Kurdistan24, which based its report on the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the women were found murdered in the countryside of Hasakah.

Sikkim: Chinese and Indian troops ‘in new border clash’
Chinese and Indian troops have reportedly clashed again in a disputed border area, with injuries on both sides, Indian media say. The incident took place in north Sikkim last Wednesday. India’s army said there had been a “minor” incident that had been “resolved”. Tensions are high along the world’s longest disputed border. Both sides claim large areas of territory.

Taiwan reports large incursion by Chinese warplanes for second day
Taiwan has reported a large incursion by Chinese warplanes for the second day running, a show of force that coincides with the first days of US President Joe Biden’s term of office. Sunday’s operation involved 15 aircraft and followed a similar drill that led to a warning from Washington. China sees democratic Taiwan as a breakaway province, but Taiwan sees itself as a sovereign state.

Pope tells Biden to make peace and reconciliation a priority
The Pope has written to Joe Biden telling him to work for peace and reconciliation both in the US and internationally. In his letter, Pope Francis said he was praying for Biden, a Catholic, to have “wisdom and strength” while in office.

Top advisor warns France at ’emergency’ virus moment
France’s top medical adviser said on Sunday that a third national lockdown would probably soon be needed to combat coronavirus in the country.A strict curfew was implemented last weekend, but cases continue to climb. Prof Jean-Francois Delfraissy, head of the scientific council that advises leaders on Covid-19, said “there is an emergency” and this week was critical. He called for swift government action, amid rising concerns about the spread of new variants of the coronavirus.

‘The trial is stupid’: Senate Republicans throw cold water on Trump impeachment
Several Republican senators Sunday discouraged suggestions that the chamber could convict former President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial. “Well first of all, I think the trial is stupid,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I think it’s counterproductive. We already have a flaming fire in this country, and [impeachment is] taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire.”

Ray Dalio: “We Are On The Brink Of A Terrible Civil War”
“People will have to agree on both how to grow the pie and how to divide it well. That will require revolutionary change. Doing it peacefully requires both bipartisanship and skill. It won’t be easy. Our country is still in a terrible financial state and terribly divided.”

Dutch police detain 240 nationwide as anti-lockdown protests turn violent
Rioters looted stores, set fires and clashed with police in several Dutch cities on Sunday, resulting in more than 240 arrests, police and Dutch media reported. The unrest came on the second day of new, tougher coronavirus restrictions, including a night curfew, which had prompted demonstrations.

Israel National News – ‘F-35 to the Emirates? This is at the expense of our security’
The chairman of the Commanders for Israel’s Security organization, former Minister Matan Vilnai, is concerned about the Trump administration’s move to approve the sale of F35 aircraft to the United Arab Emirates just as Trump left the White House.

At least 12 killed after Tropical Cyclone “Eloise” makes landfall near Beira, Mozambique
Tropical Cyclone “Eloise” made landfall just south of the port city of Beira, Mozambique early Saturday morning (LT), January 23, 2021.

Shallow M7.1 earthquake hits South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
An intense earthquake swarm continues in Bransfield Strait, Antarctica, with a very strong and shallow earthquake registered by CSN Chile and EMSC as M7.1 at 23:36 UTC on January 23, 2021. USGS is reporting it as M6.9 at a depth of 9.6 km (6 miles).

Joe Biden to sign executive order to reverse transgender ban in military 
President Joe Biden is set to issue an executive order to reverse a Pentagon policy that largely bars transgender individuals from joining the military, dumping a ban ordered by President Donald Trump in a tweet during his first year in office, a person briefed on the decision tells The Associated Press.

Antifa, BLM vandalize ICE building, burn original Starbucks
Left-wing groups ‘Antifa’ and ‘BLM’ are continuing to disrupt public order across the U.S. following the inauguration of Joe Biden.

Dennis Prager: To save America from left’s destruction, take your kids out of public school 
Conservative commentator Dennis Prager said Friday that President Joe Biden has built his political career on standing for “whatever works at that moment” and demonstrated that his first day in office by disbanding former President Trump’s 1776 Commission, which, Prager said, focused on a “patriotic education” for American students.

Biden’s First 100 Days: Biden’s Climate Change Initiatives Will Usher In Eco-Feudalism In Which Citizens Will Own No Property
This is first installment of a multipart series which analyzes the changes coming to America, in the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris administration which has announced following climate change agenda items as part of its plan to fundamentally transform America:

I Read the Book Target Banned That’s Critical of Transgenderism in Girls – It’s Essential Reading for This Day and Age
“Irreversible Damage” by Abigail Shrier made headlines when Target, responding to a tweet from a disgruntled reader, took the book off its shelves briefly in the fall.

Tulsi Gabbard: Domestic-Terrorism Bill Is “A Targeting Of Almost Half Of The Country”
…the proposed legislation could create “a very dangerous undermining of our civil liberties, our freedoms in our Constitution, and a targeting of almost half of the country.”

“He Has Sold Us Out” – Mobs Of Farmers Swarm New Delhi Protesting Modi’s New Ag Reforms
“Corporates invested in Modi before the election and brought him to power. He has sold out and is an agent of …”

source: 25 Jan 2021 – Rapture Ready


Headlines – 1/25/2021

Israel officially opens embassy in United Arab Emirates with arrival of envoy

Israel to almost completely shut Ben Gurion Airport for week amid mutation fears

As US vows to coordinate with Israel, Iran says no changes to nuke deal

Biden speaks with Macron, agrees to coordinate on Iran nuclear deal

Indonesia Says It Has Seized Iranian and Panamanian Tankers

Russia’s Putin Faces Rising Discontent Amid Alexei Navalny Protests

More than 3,300 arrested across Russia as protests swell for jailed opposition leader Navalny

Kremlin: US statements about pro-Navalny protests show ‘direct support for the violation of the law’

Taiwan reports second day of incursions by Chinese air force

China Sends Warplanes to Taiwan Strait in a Show of Force to Biden

U.S. carrier group enters South China Sea amid Taiwan tensions

US Reaffirms Commitment to Japan to Defending Islands Disputed With China

Biden removes Trump order protecting US power grid from China

China Overtakes U.S. as World’s Leading Destination for Foreign Direct Investment

Russia, China benefiting from a Biden presidency, not America: Rep. McCarthy

Declassified memos detail effort to get McCabe to step aside in Russia probe over conflict

China’s Sanctions on Former Trump Administration Officials an ‘Escalation’: Sen. Cotton

Republicans signal growing opposition to impeaching, convicting Trump

‘The trial is stupid’: Senate Republicans throw cold water on Trump impeachment

Rubio: Trump Impeachment Trial Like Pouring Gasoline on Fire

Mitt Romney claims ‘truth and justice’ require Senate to hold impeachment trial against Trump

Rand Paul declared there was a “great deal of evidence of fraud” and illegal election law changes that merit a “thorough investigation”

National Guard will stay in Washington though March due to Trump impeachment trial: report

US police weigh officer discipline after rally, Capitol riot

Canada Worries About Biden’s ‘Buy American’ After Keystone Blow

Buyer’s Remorse: New Mexico’s Leaders Say Biden Energy Bans Will Devastate State’s Economy

New Mexico leaders bash Biden admin’s order targeting oil, drilling on federal land: ‘How does that bring us together?’

‘Your Order Is A Direct Attack’: Native American Tribe Condemns Biden Administration’s Secretarial Order

Migrants Increasing at ‘Concerning Rate’ on Southern Border, Says CBP Agent

Tucker Carlson reveals email sent to ICE officers after Biden’s deportation order: ‘Release them all, immediately’

Crenshaw: Democrats and Republicans Have Different Definitions Of Free Speech. That’s A Problem.

The Purge and Reeducation – How Radicals Are Quickly Implementing a Communist Coup of America

Tulsi Gabbard: Domestic-Terrorism Bill Is ‘a Targeting of Almost Half of the Country’

Americans remain sorely divided as Biden’s quest for unity begins

Pope tells Biden to make peace and reconciliation a priority

‘Unleash this monster and one day it’ll come for you’: Glenn Greenwald sounds alarm over cancel culture

Bridgewater founder Ray Dalio says the US is on the ‘brink of a terrible civil war’ because of wealth gaps and political partisanship

Four banks have reportedly severed ties with Donald Trump since the Capitol riots

Amazon claims in-person vote only way to ensure ‘valid, fair’ union election

Earthquake in Antarctica sparks panic in Chile

Chilean authorities spread false tsunami warning, apologize for causing panic

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits the Auckland Islands, New Zealand region

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits the South Shetland Islands

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Cruz Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Fiji region

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Aras-asan, Philippines

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Khorugh, Tajikistan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Rotorua, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near King Cove, Alaska

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Bengkulu, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits southwest of Africa

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Manokwari, Indonesia

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 27,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

‘Total war zone.’ Yosemite area hit hard by wind that toppled trees. What happens now?

Back-to-back storms produce severe flooding, evacuations in UK

Butterfly population ‘plummeting toward extinction’ in California

Biden to repeal Trump’s ban on transgender people joining military

Pro-Life Leaders Condemn ‘Devout Catholic’ Biden over His Vow to ‘Codify’ Roe V. Wade

Mexican president tests positive for COVID-19

Biden to impose travel restrictions on South Africa, U.K. and Brazil to mitigate new Covid strains

Israel, fearing virus mutations, to close its only international airport

Senior PA health official: We’re hesitant about using Russian vaccine

Californian dies hours after getting COVID-19 vaccine, prompting probe

17-year-old in ICU after receiving second coronavirus vaccine dose

Vaccinated People May Still Spread CCP Virus: UK Medical Officer

Rash of student suicides push Las Vegas schools to partially reopen – Is the cure worse than the disease?

Dutch police clash with anti-lockdown protesters in 2 cities

Sanders threatens to advance coronavirus stimulus with reconciliation if Republicans refuse support

Pandemic aftershocks overwhelm global supply lines

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


Apostasy Watch Monday 1-25-21

Mike Ratliff – What is an Almost Christian?

America elected a female vice president. Now will it put women in the pulpit?

‘I only know one god – and that’s me’: non-believers on the meaning of life

“This Is a Warning to Christians in All Parts of the World”: The Persecution of Christians

Bomb thrown into El Monte church criticized for extremist views on gay people, others

Respect Life Mass disrupted by pro abortion protesters

Joe Biden’s First Executive Order Mandates Boys Can Use Girls Restrooms, No Religious Exceptions

Mississippi Bill Would Ban Abortions, Charge Anyone Who Kills an Unborn Baby With Murder

Joe Biden Says He Wants to Overturn Every Pro-Life Law Saving Babies From Abortion

33 missing children rescued in major human trafficking investigation in California

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

John MacArthur Warns Biden About Placing Hand on Bible to Blaspheme His Name — Reformation Charlotte

Pastor John MacArthur had a dire warning for the incoming president, Joe Biden, after the inauguration. “You’d better be careful when you put your hand on God,” MacArthur warned, speaking of Biden placing his hand on the Bible to take the oath of the presidency has he promised to use his position to blaspheme God’s name.

“You can say whatever you want to say,” MacArthur warns, “but when you touch the ark, when you place your hand on the throne of God, because God is enthroned in His Word, and you place your hand on the Word of God and pledge to do the very things that blaspheme His name.”

“You talk about a high-risk action, “he continues. “God doesn’t want your respect, He wants your obedience.”

“Don’t tell me you advocate for the slaughter of babies in the womb. Don’t tell me you want to destroy masculinity, femininity, marriage. Don’t tell me you want to fill the world with LGBTQ people in leadership, you want to justify transgender activity. Don’t tell me you want to invite more Muslims in who represent a religion from Hell and then put your hand on the throne of God.”

John MacArthur Warns Biden About Placing Hand on Bible to Blaspheme His Name — Reformation Charlotte

BREAKING: Biden Repeals Trump Ban On Military Funding For Sex Reassignment Surgeries

President Joe Biden repealed a Trump-era executive order barring people who identify as transgender from serving in the military in most cases, as well as preventing military funding from paying for sex reassignment surgeries. Biden’s executive order, which the White House announced on Monday morning, rescinds one Trump issued in 2017 and implemented in 2019. […]

Source: BREAKING: Biden Repeals Trump Ban On Military Funding For Sex Reassignment Surgeries

Replacement Theology Creates False Hopes

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A friend of mine and reader of this blog sent me a few links over the weekend. The first was interesting because it was from Dr. Michael Brown, who has endeavored to show that he is in no way connected to the current New Apostolic Reformation movement (NAR). It’s interesting because there is clear evidence as proven by Church Watch Central and other groups that Dr. Brown is absolutely and without doubt associated with NAR. The link provides direct access to Church Watch Central’s special page highlighting many of their documented articles concerning Brown. If you are unfamiliar with him, my high recommendation is that you take a bit of time to peruse their material.

I mention Brown not because he’s necessarily Replacement Theology (he certainly seems to be), but because he had the audacity to call out “prophets” in the NAR movement for what turned out to be their

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SBC Leader Blames Trump Supporters for Destroying Church’s “Witness,” Calls on Joe Biden to Unify Christians — Reformation Charlotte

The hypocrisy of leftist Evangelicalism is like a column in the comic section of the New York Times, except it’s not. Top Southern Baptist leader, Russell Moore scolded Christians who supported Donald Trump and blamed them for destroying the Church’s witness. In an interview with Time Magazine, Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, blamed the recent riot at the nation’s capitol on “Trump-worshiping” Christians.

SBC Leader Blames Trump Supporters for Destroying Church’s “Witness,” Calls on Joe Biden to Unify Christians — Reformation Charlotte

In Hard-Hitting Press Conference, Press Demands To Know Biden’s Favorite Disney Princess — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a brutal press conference this morning, courageous journalists asked hard-hitting questions of the incoming administration. In one particularly tense interview, Press Secretary Jen Psaki was forced to reveal President Biden’s favorite Disney Princess. 

“Please, Miss Press Secretary, Please! Please!” asked CNN correspondent Kaitlan Collins. “We need to know President Biden’s favorite Disney princess! Is it Belle? Or Maybe Jasmine?” she said while waving her hand and jumping up and down. 

“Wow, what a fantastic question,” responded Psaki. “I haven’t asked the President that, so I will have to get back to you. Whoever it is, I’m sure his favorite is an empowered woman of color.” 

Undeterred, the press pool continued to follow up on the question, demanding a clearer answer. 

“Ok fine,” responded a slightly frustrated Psaki, “It’s Moana. His favorite is Moana.”

“NO IT’S NOT!!” came a muffled voice from behind the curtain that sounded a lot like Joe Biden. “My favorite is that one with all the hair! Rappatootie! Rattatatpunzle! Refunzle! Whatever her name is! Hey! Let go of me! Where are you taking me?”

There was the sound of a scuffle from behind the curtain and the voice faded away. 

As the press conference resumed, journalists continued to grill the Press Secretary, asking further questions like:

  • “Does President Biden prefer puppy kisses or kitty cuddles?”
  • “Team Edward or Team Jacob?”
  • “So… does President Biden like being President?”
  • “What is his favorite ninja turtle?” 
  • “Gryffindor or Hufflepuff?”
  • “Can I go to the bathroom, Mr. Biden? I’m sorry, MAY I go to the bathroom?”

Journalists everywhere have praised Biden’s new press conferences as “A welcome return to civility and truth.”

The New York Times also praised the press conference and ran a 12-page in-depth report on why Biden’s choice of Moana as the best Disney princess is brilliant.

So refreshing!

In Hard-Hitting Press Conference, Press Demands To Know Biden’s Favorite Disney Princess — The Babylon Bee

January 25 Morning Quotes of the Day

Preachers Are Golden Pipes
2 Timothy 4:1–5; 2 Corinthians 2:14–16

The character as well as the fortunes of the gospel is committed to the preacher. He makes or mars the message from God to man. The preacher is the golden pipe through which the divine oil flows. The pipe must not only be golden, but open and flawless, that the oil may have a full, unhindered, unwasted flow.

E. M. BOUNDS

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

Belief Comes First, Then Sight
Psalm 27:13; John 4:48; 11:40; 20:25, 29; 2 Corinthians 5:7; 1 Peter 1:8; Revelation 21:3

That which is promised is at once great and is not seen; and so faith is aroused by which we believe what we do not see, so that we may attain to see what we believe. Whoever derides this faith, so as to think that he is not to believe in what he does not see, when that shall come which he did not believe, he is put to shame.

AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO

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

January 25 Morning Verse of the Day

4:6 do not be anxious about anything. Although the same word is used in 2:20 of a loving concern for others, here it denotes an anxiety that is incompatible with trust in God.

in everything. Paul’s language is deliberately all-inclusive; there are no restrictions on applying it.

prayer and supplication with thanksgiving … requests. The four terms used here make up two couplets. Paul is not defining separate types of prayers. Rather, the cluster of words shows what importance he attaches to the practice of prayer. Presenting requests in prayer provides an outlet for anxiety (1 Pet. 5:7). Doing so “with thanksgiving” is itself an antidote to worry.[1]


4:6 Be anxious for nothing Paul probably was aware of hardships facing the Philippians (see note on Phil 1:29).

prayer Paul wants the believers to acknowledge their dependence on God and His provision.[2]


4:6 Be anxious for nothing. See notes on Mt 6:26–33. Fret and worry indicate a lack of trust in God’s wisdom, sovereignty, or power. Delighting in the Lord and meditating on His Word are a great antidote to anxiety (Ps 1:2). in everything. All difficulties are within God’s purposes. prayer and supplication with thanksgiving … requests. Gratitude to God accompanies all true prayer.[3]


4:6 — Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God .…

Anxiety wanes and eventually disappears when we take our concerns to the God who has the power and the wisdom to take care of them, believing that He always has our best interests at heart.[4]


4:6 Paul exhorts the Philippians to pray about their circumstances instead of worrying over them. be anxious for nothing: Although the same word in 2:20 describes Timothy’s concern for the Philippians, here Paul uses the word to refer to worry. He prohibits the Philippians from worrying about their own problems. Instead they are to commit their problems to God in prayer, trusting that He will provide deliverance.[5]


4:6 Is it really possible for a Christian to be anxious for nothing? It is possible as long as we have the resource of believing prayer. The rest of the verse goes on to explain how our lives can be free from sinful fretting. Everything should be taken to the Lord in prayer. Everything means everything. There is nothing too great or small for His loving care!

Prayer is both an act and an atmosphere. We come to the Lord at specific times and bring specific requests before Him. But it is also possible to live in an atmosphere of prayer. It is possible that the mood of our life should be a prayerful mood. Perhaps the word prayer in this verse signifies the overall attitude of our life, whereas supplication signifies the specific requests which we bring to the Lord.

But then we should notice that our requests should be made known to God with thanksgiving. Someone has summarized the verse as saying that we should be “anxious in nothing, prayerful in everything, thankful for anything.”[6]


6 Anxiety is to have no place in the lives of Christians because in everything there can be prayer, prayer in its various forms and modes, petition, requests, but above all thanksgiving. This is because praise is always due to God and because faith is quickened when we remember in thankfulness what God has done for us in the past. There is an echo here of the teaching of Jesus (Mt. 6:25–34; 7:7–11). 1 Pet. 5:7 is similar as it says, ‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you’, and as J. A. Bengel (New Testament Word Studies, vol. 2 [Kregel Publications, 1978], p. 447) aptly puts it, ‘Anxiety and prayer are more opposed to each other than fire and water.’[7]


4:6. Joy replaces anxiety in life, so Paul advises the Philippians not to be anxious about anything. The cure for anxiety? Prayer! Worry and anxiety come from focusing on your circumstances such as imprisonment or persecution which Paul and the Philippians faced. Anxiety or worry doesn’t accomplish anything, but prayer does (Jas. 5:16). Jesus warned against worry which demonstrates a lack of trust in God (Matt. 6:25–34).[8]


4:6 “be anxious for nothing” This is a PRESENT ACTIVE IMPERATIVE. The church at Philippi was under great tension, both from without and within. Anxiety is not an appropriate characteristic for the Christian life (cf. Matt. 6:25–34 and 1 Pet. 5:7). There is nothing that should worry believers except possibly their standing fast in the Lord and serving Him. The great enemy of peace is anxiety.

© “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving” This is a key answer to anxiety—prayer, for others and ourselves, mixed with thanksgiving. It is interesting how often Paul uses the term “thanksgiving” in combination with prayer (cf. Eph. 5:20; Col. 4:2; 1 Thess. 5:17–18; 1 Tim. 2:1). There is an obvious contrast between “for nothing” and “in everything.”

© “Let your requests be made known to God” This a PRESENT PASSIVE IMPERATIVE. There are several passages in the NT which emphasize that believers should persist in prayer (cf. Matt. 7:7–11; Luke 18:2–8). Possibly, thanksgiving and perseverance are the two missing elements in a proper theology of prayer. God knows what is needed but He desires the fellowship and trust involved in prayer. God has limited Himself in many areas to the prayers of His children; “We have not because we ask not” (cf. James 4:2).[9]


5b, 6. (3) Let there be no worry but prayerful trusting in God above.

Joy within, big-heartedness all around, and now prayerful trusting in God above. Says Paul, The Lord (is) at hand. In view of the immediate context (3:20, 21) the meaning is probably not, “The Lord is always nearby or present,” (cf. Ps. 145:18) but rather, “The Lord is coming very soon.” This, of course, is strictly true with respect to every believer. If the Lord arrives from heaven before the believer dies, then no one surely will be able to doubt that this coming was, indeed, at hand. But if the death of the believer occurs before the day of Christ’s coming, then two facts remain true both for the believer’s own consciousness and according to the clear teaching of Scripture: a. The believer’s life-span here on earth was very, very brief. In fact, it amounted to a mere breath (Ps. 39:5; 90:10; 103:15, 16); and b. the interval between the entrance of his soul into heaven and the Lord’s second coming was but “a little season” (Rev. 6:11), for in heaven he was geared to a different kind of time-scale. Hence, take it either way, Paul had every right to say, “The Lord (is) at hand.” Whatever happens in history is a preparation for this coming, which, as has been shown, will in either case be soon. This does not mean that the apostle excludes the possibility that by earthly reckoning there could still be an interval of many years before the Lord’s arrival. He is not setting any dates (see 1 Thess. 5:1–3; 2 Thess. 2:1–3). In view of the fact that no one knows the day and the hour when Jesus will return (Matt. 24:36), it behooves every one to be ready, working, watching at all times (Matt. 25:1–13). At the coming of the Lord all wrongs will be righted, and the believer will stand in the presence of his Lord, fully vindicated. Hence, let him not make too much of disappointments, or unduly trouble himself about the future. So Paul continues, In nothing be anxious or “stop being anxious about anything.” (See also N.T.C. on John 14:1–4.) There is such a thing as kindly concern, that is, genuine interest in the welfare of others. The verb (used in Phil. 4:6, and here rendered “be anxious”) can elsewhere have a favorable meaning, as it does, in fact, in this very epistle (2:20): Timothy was genuinely interested in the welfare of the Philippians. Often, however, it indicates to be unduly concerned about, to be filled with anxiety, to worry. Such worry may be about food or drink or clothes or one’s life-span or the future or words to be spoken in self-defense or even about “many things” (Matt. 6:25–28, 34; 10:19; Luke 10:41; 12:11). The cure for worry is prayer. Hence, the apostle continues, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known before God.

The cure for worry is not inaction. If one wishes to plant a garden, build a house, make a sermon, or do anything else, he cannot attain his objective by prayer alone. There must be careful planning. There must be reflection leading to action. Paul is not forgetting this. In fact, the reflection is stressed in verse 8, the action in verse 9. On the other hand, however, it is also true that reflection and action without prayer would be futile. In fact so very important is prayer to the Christian that it is mentioned first of all (verse 6b).

Neither is the cure for worry apathy. God never tells us to suppress every desire. On the contrary, he says, “Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it” (Ps. 81:10). Proper desires should be cultivated, not killed.

The proper antidote for anxiety is the outpouring of the heart to God. Here questions occur:

  1. In connection with what situations or circumstances should this take place?

Answer: “in everything.” Note the sharp contrast: “In nothing be anxious but in everything … let your petitions be made known before God.” Because of the specific context here, the emphasis is, nevertheless, on all such circumstances which might otherwise cause one to worry: “Cast all your anxiety upon him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). The outpouring of the heart to God should, of course, not be restricted to this.

“Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer.

That calls me from a world of care,

And bids me at My Father’s throne.

Make all my wants and wishes known!”

(W. W. Walford)

  1. In what frame of mind should this be done?

Answer: with reverence and true devotion. That is implied in the words, “by prayer.” Prayer is any form of reverent address directed to God.

  1. What is the nature of this activity?

Answer: it amounts to supplication. Note: “and supplication.” By this is meant the humble cry for the fulfilment of needs that are keenly felt.

  1. What is the condition of acceptance?

Answer: that this be done “with thanksgiving.” This implies humility, submission to God’s will, knowing that this will is always best. There must be grateful acknowledgement for: a. past favors, b. present blessings, and c. firmly-grounded assurances for the future. Paul begins nearly every one of his epistles with an outpouring of thanksgiving to God. Throughout his writings he again and again insists on the necessity of giving thanks (Rom. 1:21; 14:6; 2 Cor. 1:11; 4:15; 9:11, 12; Eph. 5:20; Col. 3:15; etc.). Prayer without thanksgiving is like a bird without wings: such a prayer cannot rise to heaven, can find no acceptance with God.

  1. What are the contents?

Answer: not vague generalities. The prayer, “Lord, bless all that awaiteth thy blessing” may be proper at times but can be overdone. It is easy to resort to it when one has nothing definite to ask. Paul says, “Let your petitions be made known before God.” There must be definite, specific requests (1 John 5:15). That is also clear from the example given us in what is commonly called “The Lord’s Prayer” (Matt. 6:9–13). Note also the preposition before, in “before God.” One enters into the very presence of God, realizing that nothing is too great for his power to accomplish nor too small for his love to be concerned about. Is he not our Father who in Christ loves us with an infinite love?[10]


6. The apostle’s teaching on prayer in the present passage is one to which Christian people have turned for guidance and from which they have received encouragement and blessing, in every age. Remembering that the Philippians were encompassed by foes and had tended to become daunted (1:28; 3:1; 4:1), these words must have brought great comfort and hope. Do not be anxious is a negative command based on the idea that anxiety (merimna) betrays a lack of trust in God’s care and is a species of ‘unconscious blasphemy’ against him (so Oswald Chambers); see Matthew 6:25–34; Luke 12:22 where the same verb is used. The continuation of the verse will then be ‘a practical commentary’ on the Lord’s words, as Dibelius suggests.

The apostle can lay down this instruction as a command (merimnate is imperative) because he goes on: but (alla) in everything, by prayer and petition. The possibility and reality of prayer give the rationale of the first words of the sentence which, by themselves, seem so impossible to obey. We may be freed from all fretful care and feverish anxiety because we may refer all our distresses and problems to God in prayer. Thus Bengel’s comment is so apt and true: anxiety and prayer (curare et orare) are more opposed to each other than fire and water.

Four terms are used in the vocabulary of the soul’s inner life. Prayer, proseuchē, and petition, deēsis, are frequently found together in the apostle’s writing and are distinguishable in two ways, according to G. Abbott-Smith’s Lexicon. He says that proseuchē is used of prayer in general, while deēsis gives prominence to the sense of need. On the other hand, deēsis is used as well of requests from man to man, while proseuchē is limited to prayer to God. Requests, aitēmata, is a word which specifies the content of prayer as the formulating of definite and precise petitions (cf. Luke 23:24; 1 Jn. 5:15). Prayer is thus saved from becoming a sentimental ‘mooning before the Lord’, to quote Oswald Chambers again; it can express itself in direct and specific requests (e.g. Luke 11:5, 9–10). Thanksgiving, eucharistia, is an important accompaniment of true prayer. The recalling of God’s goodness and mercy will save us from the many pitfalls which await the ungrateful soul, e.g. over-concern with our immediate problems, forgetfulness of God’s gracious dealings with us in the past, disregard of the needs of others who are less fortunate than we are.[11]


6. But in all things. It is the singular number that is made use of by Paul, but is the neuter gender; the expression, therefore, ἔν παντὶ, is equivalent to in omni negotio, (in every matter,) for προσευχὴ (prayer) and δέησις (supplication) are feminine nouns. In these words he exhorts the Philippians, as David does all the pious in Psalm 55:22, and Peter also in 1 Peter 5:7, to cast all their care upon the Lord. For we are not made of iron, so as not to be shaken by temptations. But this is our consolation, this our solace—to deposit, or (to speak with greater propriety) to disburden in the bosom of God everything that harasses us. Confidence, it is true, brings tranquillity to our minds, but it is only in the event of our exercising ourselves in prayers. Whenever, therefore, we are assailed by any temptation, let us betake ourselves forthwith to prayer, as to a sacred asylum.2

The term requests he employs here to denote desires or wishes. He would have us make these known to God by prayer and supplication, as though believers poured forth their hearts before God, when they commit themselves, and all that they have, to Him. Those, indeed, who look hither and thither to the vain comforts of the world, may appear to be in some degree relieved; but there is one sure refuge—leaning upon the Lord.

With thanksgiving. As many often pray to God amiss, full of complaints or of murmurings, as though they had just ground for accusing him, while others cannot brook delay, if he does not immediately gratify their desires, Paul on this account conjoins thanksgiving with prayers. It is as though he had said, that those things which are necessary for us ought to be desired by us from the Lord in such a way, that we, nevertheless, subject our affections to his good pleasure, and give thanks while presenting petitions. And, unquestionably, gratitude will have this effect upon us—that the will of God will be the grand sum of our desires.[12]


4:6 / Because “the Lord is near,” his people need not be anxious about anything. This is in line with Jesus’ own teaching to his disciples: “do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear … do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself” (Matt. 6:25–34). Christian existence in a pagan world was full of uncertainties: persecution of one kind or another was always a possibility, and the impossibility of membership in guilds which were under the patronage of pagan divinities was bound to involve economic disadvantage. But if the Lord was near, there was no cause for anxiety. Jesus had encouraged his disciples to have done with anxiety because their heavenly Father, who fed the birds and clothed the grass with flowers, knew their needs and was well able to supply them (Matt. 6:26–32 par. Luke 12:24–30). Similarly Paul says, in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. He uses three different Greek words for “prayer” here. There are slight differences of nuance between one word and another, but the main effect of the use of all three is to emphasize the importance in Christian life of constancy in believing and expectant prayer. Like his Master, Paul takes it for granted that an essential element in prayer is asking God for things, with the same trustful spirit as children show when they ask their fathers for things. In the prayer Jesus taught his disciples to use when addressing their heavenly Father, the provision of his children’s daily bread is included along with the establishment of his kingdom on earth.

Moreover, a grateful remembrance of past blessings is a safeguard against anxiety for the future: it adds confidence to the prayer for continued blessings. Hence the importance of thanksgiving in all true prayer.[13]


4:6 Continuing the staccato refrain of imperatives Paul writes: do not be anxious about anything. Given the realities of opposition to the gospel from those outside the church (1:27–30), the potential dangers of false teachers who promote a return to the Mosaic Law (3:2–6), the presence of those who walk as enemies of the cross (3:18–19), and the internal conflict between Euodia and Syntyche (4:2–3), the presence of anxiety would be quite understandable. Nonetheless, Paul warns against it. Paul’s words are reminiscent of Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6:25–34, where the Lord identifies several natural anxieties that come from life in a fallen world: food, drink, health, clothing, and what tomorrow will bring. In that passage, Jesus provides four solutions: (1) remember the Father’s love for His people (6:25–26); (2) remember God’s sovereignty (6:27); (3) remember God’s provision (6:28–30); and (4) redirect your priorities (6:31–34). Paul covers similar ground when he exhorts the Philippians not to be anxious about anything. At its root, sinful anxiety (as opposed to appropriate concern) is a failure to believe the sovereignty and love of God at a practical level. Anxiety takes root in a heart that doubts the sovereign love of a heavenly Father who sent His only Son to die for our sins.

Instead of being anxious, Paul instructs believers to let your requests be made known to God. It is not as if God is unaware of our wants and our needs if we do not verbalize them to Him. After all, ‘the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God’ (Rom. 8:26–27). Since Paul has in the previous clause commanded the Philippians not to be anxious about anything, it follows that the requests in view here include anything that might produce anxiety. Even the smallest of matters can be brought before God as a means of choking off the roots of anxiety.

Notice that these requests are to be known to God. Our tendency can be to make our requests/needs to others, though often they take the form of complaints. Believers are absolutely called to ‘Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ’ (Gal. 6:2). But often we can seek out help from others while neglecting to bring our requests before God Himself. Sometimes this reticence is rooted in unbelief that God either can or will do anything about our requests; at other times it springs forth from a deeply ingrained self-sufficiency. Yet no matter what its roots are, Paul calls us to make our requests known to God.

It is also heartening to reflect on what this exhortation says about God. Paul insisted that he spoke and wrote words given by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 2:13), with the effect that his writings amounted to the command of the Lord Jesus (1 Cor. 14:37). Therefore, when Paul urges Christians to make their requests known to God, we must see this as God Himself moving the apostle to issue this invitation. In Paul, God Himself beckons his children to come to Him swiftly, continually, insistently, and confidently.

To further expand on this idea of making our requests known to God, Paul identifies: (1) the circumstances under which we should make our requests known; (2) the means of making our requests known; and (3) the attitude with which we should make our requests known.

The circumstances are straightforward: in everything. This reference to everything corresponds to the anything of the previous clause. In other words, we should not be anxious about anything but instead in everything make our requests known to God. Paul excludes nothing as a legitimate matter of prayer, as if some matters are simply too trivial to bring before the God of the universe. Make no mistake; God wants us to pray for big and important things such as the conversion of a loved one or the church’s search for a new pastor. But he also wants us to pray about even the small things that threaten to provoke anxiety, such as the details of everyday life.

The means of making our requests known to God is by prayer and supplication. This combination of prayer and supplication is common in the LXX and occurs elsewhere in the NT as well.12 Paul calls for supplications and prayers to be offered for all people (1 Tim. 2:1). Later in that same letter he describes the righteous widow, who ‘continues in supplications and prayers night and day’ (5:5). While the word for prayer (proseuchē) has the more general sense of addressing God, supplication (deēsis) has the more specific sense of an ‘urgent request to meet a need, exclusively addressed to God.’ So in one sense the combination of these two terms can be distinguished in that the first is more general prayer while the second is more specifically petition. Yet we must note that the effect here of these two terms is more for emphasis than distinction.

The attitude with which we should make our requests known to God is with thanksgiving. This noun (eucharistia) refers to ‘the expression or content of gratitude.’ In one sense it is ironic that this is the only occurrence of this word in Philippians, which is saturated with thanksgiving and gratitude.15 The act of making our requests to God by means of prayer and supplication is to be done with thanksgiving. This thanksgiving is rooted in the character of God who is sovereign, faithful, wise, good, and generous. But it is also connected with the act of making the requests themselves. As we make our requests known to God, we should thank Him in advance for His answer to these requests because by faith we believe that God is our loving Father and in His perfect timing will answer according to His glory and our good.

For many believers and churches, prayer is not a first priority but rather a last resort. As long as things happen according to our desires and plans, we often see little reason to pray. ‘Biblical faith, however, sees prayer as a counsel not of despair but of confidence; not as a last resort but as the open-handed, yet passionate and persistent integration of human hopes and fears into the redemptive purposes of God in Christ.’ God seems to use our anxieties to drive us to prayer when our comfort will not. The accumulation of various terms for prayer is Paul’s way of emphasizing the essential role that prayer is to play in the life of the believer and the church. In most cases the revival of God’s people and the awakening of sinners from their spiritual deadness are connected with God first moving His people to pray in anticipation of His action. A prayerless life is a sign of a self-sufficient person; a prayerful life is a sign of a God-dependent person.

A key component of a prayerful life is thanksgiving. Gratitude is far more important than most people realize. When Paul describes humanity’s rebellion against God, he roots it in ingratitude: ‘For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened’ (Rom. 1:21). This might seem like a shocking claim, but fundamental to our rebellion is a failure to be grateful to God for who He is and what He has done for us. In fact, gratitude should form the very context of our entire life: ‘And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him’ (Col. 3:17). A lack of gratitude reflects a lack of understanding of the gospel. Where gratitude is lacking the gospel is not only misunderstood but misapplied. How can we not be grateful to God for His stunning love and mercy shown to us in the gospel? How can we not be grateful to Christ for living the life we should have lived and dying the death we should have died? How can we not be grateful for the Spirit who produces His fruit in our lives and empowers us to reflect the image of Jesus Christ?[14]


Paul now turns to the second consequence of the Lord’s being “near.” They are to live without anxiety, instead entrusting their lives to God with prayer and thanksgiving. In so doing, he borrows from the Jesus tradition, that the children of the Kingdom are to live without care—but not “uncaring” or “careless.” Jesus invites his followers to live “without anxiety” because their heavenly Father knows and cares for them; in Paul’s case it is because their “Lord is near.” Apprehension and fear mark the life of the unbelieving, the untrusting, for whom the present is all there is, and for whom the present is so uncertain—or for many so filled with distress and suffering, as in the case of the Philippians.

On the contrary, Paul urges, “in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” “In everything” stands in contrast to “not about anything,” and means “in all the details and circumstances of life.” In situations where others fret and worry, believers in “the Lord” submit their case to God in prayer, accompanied by thanksgiving. For this combination see on 1:4. The three words for prayer are not significantly distinguishable; “requests” are “made known”44 before God “by prayer46 and petition.” In so doing one acknowledges utter dependence on God, while at the same time expressing complete trust in him.

Especially striking in the context of petition is the addition, “with thanksgiving”—although it is scarcely surprising of Paul. His own life was accentuated by thanksgiving; and he could not imagine Christian life that was not a constant outpouring of gratitude to God. Lack of gratitude is the first step to idolatry (Rom 1:21). Thanksgiving is an explicit acknowledgment of creatureliness and dependence, a recognition that everything comes as gift, the verbalization before God of his goodness and generosity. If prayer as petition indicates their utter dependence on and trust in God, petition “accompanied by thanksgiving” puts both their prayer and their lives into proper theological perspective. Thanksgiving does not mean to say “thank you” in advance for gifts to be received; rather, it is the absolutely basic posture of the believer, and the proper context for “petitioning” God. Gratitude acknowledges—and begets—generosity. It is also the key to the final affirmation that follows.[15]


6 Anxiety can be good or bad. Paul has anxiety for the progress of the gospel (2:28) and the condition of the individual churches he has founded, and he sometimes loses sleep over them (2 Co 11:28), but he does not seem to regard this concern to be a noxious anxiety. It comes with the task of being an apostle. The anxiety Paul warns against is the kind that unhinges, paralyzes, and incapacitates one—“anxious, harassing care” (Lightfoot, 160). Paul is not calling for them to be indifferent toward life. The root idea of the verb “to be anxious” (merimnaō, GK 3534) is “to be pulled apart.” The Philippians are not to allow their lives to become so wrapped up with material well-being that they fall apart when their standard of living is threatened or their wealth is taken from them. They also need not be anxious about what is going to happen to Paul. Only those who are confident in the coming of the kingdom of God and in their vindication by God will not be overwhelmed by anxiety when trouble comes.

They are to “present [their] requests to God,” not because God is unaware of their needs and needs to be informed, but because it is a way to acknowledge their total dependence on God. When requests are accompanied with thanksgiving, they will be prepared “to surrender themselves to his will whatever the circumstances” (Peter T. O’Brien, “Divine Provision for Our Needs: Assurances from Philippians 4,” RTR 50 [1991]: 24). Michael, 197, writes, “The way to be anxious about nothing is to be prayerful about everything.” If the Philippians are truly thankful for what God has done for them in Christ, they will not be anxious about the assaults of opponents who threaten them. A thankful spirit crowds out selfish pride, checks fear, defuses anger, and directs one’s thoughts outwardly toward others.[16]


[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 4:6). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Php 4:6). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Php 4:6). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

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

[6] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (pp. 1978–1979). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[7] 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.

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

[9] Utley, R. J. (1997). Paul Bound, the Gospel Unbound: Letters from Prison (Colossians, Ephesians and Philemon, then later, Philippians) (Vol. Volume 8, pp. 201–202). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[10] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of Philippians (Vol. 5, pp. 194–196). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[11] Martin, R. P. (1987). Philippians: An Introduction and Commentary (Vol. 11, pp. 175–176). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[12] Calvin, J., & Pringle, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians (pp. 119–120). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[13] Bruce, F. F. (2011). Philippians (p. 143). Peabody, MA: Baker Books.

[14] Harmon, M. S. (2015). Philippians: A Mentor Commentary (pp. 409–413). Great Britain; Ross-shire: Mentor.

[15] Fee, G. D. (1995). Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (pp. 408–410). 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. 253). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

No Dissent Tolerated: Biden White House Channel Disables Comments on All YouTube Videos, Scrubs Thousands of Comments

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After only three days in office the Biden administration has disabled comments on all thirteen videos posted to the official White House YouTube channel, erasing thousands of comments in the process. The White House channel has been under relentless negative commentary from the American people to the point that downvotes were being manipulated to make the Biden videos appear more popular. While the downvotes still wildly exceed the upvotes, all commenting and live chats are now gone.

A tweet posted Friday night has a screen image showing the same video with nearly 8,000 comments.

https://twitter.com/Crip56844525/status/1352789081156165643

Comments were visible Friday afternoon on most videos when reviewed by TGP, however a check Friday night shows that commenting has been turned off on all videos and thousands of comments on videos such as the briefings by Press Secretary Jen Psaki are gone.

— Read on www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/no-dissent-tolerated-biden-white-house-channel-disables-comments-videos-scrubs-thousands-comments/