Daily Archives: February 13, 2021

February 13 Evening Quotes of The Day

Falling over the Precipice
Ephesians 2:1–22

Every natural man’s heart and life is a mass of darkness, disorder, and confusion, however refined he may appear in the sight of men.… The unrenewed part of mankind is rambling through the world, like so many blind men, who will neither take a guide, nor can guide themselves; and therefore are falling over this and the other precipice, into destruction.

THOMAS BOSTON

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

Pastors Stir Up Others in the Study of Religion
Romans 12:8; 1 Thessalonians 2:12; 3:2; 4:1; 1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:9; 2:15

Men by nature are slow and slack in the study of religion, and therefore we have need of a sharp spur; and the charge and office of stirring up, and provoking, is committed to the pastors of churches.

HEINRICH BULLINGER

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

February 13 Evening Verse of the Day

3:20 No one can earn justification by obedience to the law’s requirements. The law was never intended to be a means of salvation. A primary purpose of the law was to reveal sin in its full scope, thus pointing to humanity’s need for the gift of righteousness.[1]


3:20 The law was never intended to save or sanctify. Knowledge of sin comes through the law. No one can ever be justified by keeping the law. Paul’s statement is as clear as one could desire. One of the greatest enigmas of human experience is the continuing persuasion of most religious people that a man can somehow make himself acceptable to the holy God through the observance of law, ritual, and moral precept, whereas the great missionary-theologian goes to great length to refute that idea.[2]


3:20 through the law comes knowledge of sin. See “The Three Purposes of the Law” at Deut. 13:10. While the Jews appeal to their possession of the law as proof of their privileged position before God, Paul has now demonstrated that any Jew’s sin is unveiled and condemned, not hidden and condoned, by the law (note Paul’s self-description in 7:7–11). At the Last Judgment, all argument with a perfectly just and omniscient Judge will be futile.[3]


3:20 works of the law This phrase could refer to all the requirements in the law. Alternatively, it might emphasize practices that distinguish Jews from Gentiles, such as observing the Sabbath, food laws, and circumcision. It’s possible for people to observe these laws ceremonially, but Paul’s earlier points suggest they will still fall short of observing everything in the law, such as completely loving their neighbor, or avoiding lust, idolatry, and covetousness.

will be declared righteous The Greek word used here, dikaioō, describes being in right relationship with God. No one, Jew or Gentile, can earn a right standing before God through obedience to the law. See note on 1:17; compare 2:13 and note; 4:3 and note.

law See note on 2:12.

comes knowledge of sin The law defines sin through its commands and prohibitions, thereby imparting knowledge about sin. But knowledge of sin is also experiential. When people break the law, they become aware of the presence and power of sin within them. See 7:7–25.[4]


3:20 Works of the law is understood by some to refer only to the ceremonial law, i.e., those laws that separate Jews from Gentiles (such as circumcision, food laws, and Sabbath). But the context gives no indication of such a restriction, and therefore the phrase should be taken to refer to all the works or deeds required by the law. The law required perfect obedience to God’s will. All people sin and fall short of this standard, therefore no one is justified by the law. Justified is a legal term and indicates that no one will be declared to be righteous by God, who is the divine judge by virtue of his own goodness, since all violate and none fulfill God’s requirements (see note on Gal. 2:16).[5]


3:20 works of the Law. Doing perfectly what God’s moral law requires is impossible, so that every person is cursed by that inability (see notes on Gal 3:10, 13). justified. See note on v. 24. through the Law comes the knowledge of sin. The law makes sin known, but can’t save. See note on 7:7.[6]


3:20 — Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

God gave His people the law so they could understand their need for grace, not so that they could try to “earn” their way into His favor. The law shows us our sin; it doesn’t empower us to follow it.[7]


3:20 A legal term used of the defendant in a trial, justified means “declared righteous.” No one will be declared righteous by doing what God requires in the Law. This is confirmed by the fact that the Law was not given to justify sinners but to expose sin (v. 19).[8]


3:20 No one can be justified by keeping the law. The law was not given to justify people but to produce the knowledge of sin—not the knowledge of salvation, but the knowledge of sin.

We could never know what a crooked line is unless we also knew a straight line. The law is like a straight line. When men test themselves by it, they see how crooked they are.

We can use a mirror to see that our face is dirty, but the mirror is not designed to wash the dirty face. A thermometer will tell if a person has a fever, but swallowing the thermometer will not cure the fever.

The law is good when it is used to produce conviction of sin, but it is worthless as a savior from sin. As Luther said, its function is not to justify but to terrify.[9]


3:20 “because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight” This is an allusion to Ps. 143:2, but with a phrase added. This was a major aspect of Paul’s gospel (cf. Gal. 2:16; 3:11). As a committed Pharisee, Paul uniquely knew the inability of religious enthusiasm and meticulous performance to provide inner peace.

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NASB, NRSV

 

“through the Law comes the knowledge of sin”

 

NKJV

 

“for by the law is the knowledge of sin”

 

TEV

 

“what the Law does is to make man know that he has sinned”

 

JB

 

“all that law does is to tell us what is sinful”

 

This was one of the purposes of the OT. It was never meant to bring salvation to fallen mankind. Its purpose was to reveal sinfulness and drive all humans to the mercy of God (cf. 4:15; 5:13, 20; 7:7; Gal. 3:19–22, 23–29).[10]


20. Therefore by law-works no flesh [or: mortal being] will be justified in his sight, for through law (comes) consciousness of sin.

In somewhat different phraseology the thought of Ps. 143:2 (“Do not bring thy servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before thee”) is here reproduced. Cf. Job 9:2.

Paul’s argument is irrefutable. By the works of the law no one can ever be justified in God’s sight. Why not? Consider, for a moment, what the law demands. Nothing less than this, that a person love God “with all” his heart, soul, mind, and strength, and that he love his neighbor as he loves himself (Matt. 22:37–40; Mark 12:29–31; Luke 10:27). The apostle has shown that it is exactly this love that was lacking on the part of both Gentile (note: “neither gave thanks,” Rom. 1:21) and Jew (note: “hard and unconverted heart,” 2:5). He has made clear that every person stands condemned before God (3:19).

He stands condemned because of his sins of commission, but also because of his sins of omission (1:21, 28; 2:21; 3:11; cf. Matt. 25:41–43); not only because of his sins open and public, but also because of the evil he commits in secret (Rom. 2:16). He is damnable in God’s sight not only because of what he says and does (Rom. 3:13–17), but even because of what he is (3:9, 10); that is, because of his sinful state.

Only one conclusion is possible therefore. Man is doomed, doomed, doomed. His condition is one of thorough hopelessness and despair. And the law, with its demand of nothing less than moral and spiritual perfection (cf. Lev. 19:2), a state to which man, in his own power, can never attain, creates in him a dreadful, mortifying sense of sin; hence, a presentiment of doom, total and everlasting.[11]


20. No human being will be justified in his sight by works of the law. A free quotation and amplification of Psalm 143:2, ‘(Enter not into judgment with thy servant [cf. Ps. 51:4, quoted in verse 4 above]; for) no man living is righteous before thee.’ Cf. Galatians 2:16 (‘a man is not justified by works of the law’); 3:11 (‘no man is justified before God by the law’). Paul adds the reason why no-one can be justified in God’s sight ‘by works of the law’; it is that through the law comes knowledge of sin. This affirmation is repeated and expanded in 5:20; 7:7–11[12]


20. Therefore by the works of the law, &c. It is a matter of doubt, even among the learned, what the works of the law mean. Some extend them to the observance of the whole law, while others confine them to the ceremonies alone. The addition of the word law induced Chrysostom, Origen, and Jerome to assent to the latter opinion; for they thought that there is a peculiar intimation in this appendage, that the expression should not be understood as including all works. But this difficulty may be very easily removed: for seeing works are so far just before God as we seek by them to render to him worship and obedience, in order expressly to take away the power of justifying from all works, he has mentioned those, if there be any, which can possibly justify; for the law hath promises, without which there would be no value in our works before God. You hence see the reason why Paul expressly mentioned the works of the law; for it is by the law that a reward is apportioned to works. Nor was this unknown to the schoolmen, who held it as an approved and common maxim, that works have no intrinsic worthiness, but become meritorious by covenant. And though they were mistaken, inasmuch as they saw not that works are ever polluted with vices, which deprive them of any merit, yet this principle is still true, that the reward for works depends on the free promise of the law. Wisely then and rightly does Paul speak here; for he speaks not of mere works, but distinctly and expressly refers to the keeping of the law, the subject which he is discussing.2

As to those things which have been adduced by learned men in defence of this opinion, they are weaker than they might have been. They think that by mentioning circumcision, an example is propounded, which belonged to ceremonies only: but why Paul mentioned circumcision, we have already explained; for none swell more with confidence in works than hypocrites, and we know that they glory only in external masks; and then circumcision, according to their view, was a sort of initiation into the righteousness of the law; and hence it seemed to them a work of primary excellence, and indeed the basis as it were of the righteousness of works.—They also allege what is said in the Epistle to the Galatians, where Paul handles the same subject, and refers to ceremonies only; but that also is not sufficiently strong to support what they wish to defend. It is certain that Paul had a controversy with those who inspired the people with a false confidence in ceremonies; that he might cut off this confidence, he did not confine himself to ceremonies, nor did he speak specifically of what value they were; but he included the whole law, as it is evident from those passages which are derived from that source. Such also was the character of the disputation held at Jerusalem by the disciples.

But we contend, not without reason, that Paul speaks here of the whole law; for we are abundantly supported by the thread of reasoning which he has hitherto followed and continues to follow, and there are many other passages which will not allow us to think otherwise. It is therefore a truth, which deserves to be remembered as the first in importance,—that by keeping the law no one can attain righteousness. He had before assigned the reason, and he will repeat it presently again, and that is, that all, being to a man guilty of transgression, are condemned for unrighteousness by the law. And these two things—to be justified by works—and to be guilty of transgressions, (as we shall show more at large as we proceed,) are wholly inconsistent the one with the other.—The word flesh, without some particular specification, signifies men; though it seems to convey a meaning somewhat more general, as it is more expressive to say, “All mortals,” than to say, “All men,” as you may see in Gallius.

For by the law, &c. He reasons from what is of an opposite character,—that righteousness is not brought to us by the law, because it convinces us of sin and condemns us; for life and death proceed not from the same fountain. And as he reasons from the contrary effect of the law, that it cannot confer righteousness on us, let us know, that the argument does not otherwise hold good, except we hold this as an inseparable and unvarying circumstance,—that by showing to man his sin, it cuts off the hope of salvation. It is indeed by itself, as it teaches us what righteousness is, the way to salvation: but our depravity and corruption prevent it from being in this respect of any advantage to us. It is also necessary in the second place to add this,—that whosoever is found to be a sinner, is deprived of righteousness; for to devise with the sophisters a half kind of righteousness, so that works in part justify, is frivolous: but nothing is in this respect gained, on account of man’s corruption.[13]


3:20 through the law we become conscious of our sin. Here is where Paul’s argument has been leading since 1:18: no one can keep the law perfectly enough (not Gentile regarding the natural law / Noahic law, not Jew concerning the Torah) such that one’s obedience will merit favor before God. This is because the law reveals the sinful heart of each individual and shows how far short each one falls of the divine righteousness (see Rom. 3:23). More than that, according to verses such as Romans 7:5 (“the sinful passions [are] aroused by the law”), the law of God actually motivates people to defy God’s commands. All of this is, of course, very bad news. But this bad news, as Romans 3:21–31 will go on to say, is designed to drive the sinner to the gospel of the grace of God in Christ. In other words, the stipulation of the new covenant is not the law of Moses, but rather faith in Jesus Christ. This is wonderful news for both Jew and Gentile, and Paul will develop this in Romans 3:21–4:25.

We might pause to speculate as to why Paul came to this shocking conclusion about the law. Theologians have offered two suggestions. First, perhaps Paul’s conversion as wrought by God caused him to realize that he had hurt, maybe even had killed, innocent people (the Jerusalem Christians whom the pre-Christian Paul persecuted) in the name of the law (see Acts 8:1–3). Second, even more shocking, Paul, upon his conversion, might have come to see that the law unjustly punished Jesus Christ on the cross (see Gal. 3:10–13).[14]


20 This verse may give the reason why the whole world is accountable to God, or it may serve to confirm this accountability.623 But it is more likely that it draws an inference or conclusion from what Paul has been saying throughout this section of the letter. In light of universal (and especially Jewish) sin and its hold over people, no human being can be put right with God by “works of the law.” As in 2:13, Paul uses the verb “justify” (dikaioō) to indicate a forensic declaration of “right status” “before God” (see enōpion autou in the parallel clause). Also as in 2:13 and in agreement with general Jewish use of the language, this forensic declaration probably has in view the last judgment: the time when God would decisively render his verdict over the status before him of every human being. Such a future-oriented focus fits the general tenor of Paul’s teaching in 2:1–3:19, which concentrates on the question of the status of Jews on “the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed” (2:5). Paul will argue, by contrast, that the manifestation of God’s righteousness in the present time means that the person who believes in Jesus is even now “being justified” (v. 24).

Paul alludes to the OT to make his point; for his words, while not a quotation, resemble Ps. 143:2b: “no one living is righteous before you.” Paul’s decision to use the word “flesh” (sarx) to characterize humanity is probably significant: human frailty and weakness (connoted by sarx) explain why humans cannot be declared righteous by works of the law. Paul’s most significant addition, of course, is his reference to the law: it is not “out of works of the law” that a person is justified. The phrase “works of the law” ([ta] erga [tou] nomou) occurs only in Galatians and Romans in biblical Greek (Rom. 3:28; Gal. 2:16 [three times]; 3:2, 5, 10), is not used in Greek (as far as we know) before Paul’s day, and has few clear equivalents in other languages. Partly for this reason and partly because the phrase occurs at critical junctures in Paul’s teaching about the law and justification, the phrase has been the subject of considerable debate.629

Many interpreters across church history have thought that the phrase might have a restricted sense, referring to the ceremonial aspects of the law of Moses. Some early defenders of the “new perspective on Paul” suggested something similar, arguing that the phrase highlighted certain forms of conformity to the law that separated Jews from Gentiles.631 However, most interpreters now agree that the phrase “simply denotes doing what the law requires,” the law being the Mosaic law, the Torah. The debate, then, is not so much about the meaning of the phrase as about its significance. Interpreters of Paul, at least since the Reformation, have traditionally put the weight of meaning on “works,” concluding that, while the phrase obviously referred in Paul’s context to deeds done in obedience to the Mosaic law, it ultimately signified works of any kind.634 On this basis this verse, and others like it, were seen to refute the idea that a person could gain a right standing with God by anything that that person did.

The main alternative to this understanding is associated generally with the new perspective. Advocates of this general approach to Paul tend to give particular attention to what they claim was the apostle’s driving concern: to provide for the inclusion of Gentiles as full members of the new covenant people of God, in the face of Jewish insistence on the special and inviolable status of Israel. Jewish people in Paul’s day sought to preserve their special status by stressing the need to “do the law,” or observe torah. Particular attention was given to matters in the law that practically distinguished Jews from Gentiles—circumcision, ceremonial observances, keeping food laws, and observing Sabbath. New perspective interpreters argue that this “ethnocentrism” is the matrix within which Paul’s phrase “works of the law” must be understood. The Jewish people insisted on “works of the law” not primarily as a means of establishing a relationship with God (which, in any case, they already enjoyed as members of Israel) but as a means of enforcing their own special status and thereby, in effect, keeping Gentiles out. And since the phrase functions in this very specific historical context and since Paul criticizes “works of the law” for this particular reason, it is illegitimate to move from “works of the law” to “good works” in general. It is torah works that Paul criticizes—not works of any other kind.

Adequate discussion of the issues raised in this last paragraph would burst the bounds of any commentary—although I do try to suggest some basic responses in the excursus after this verse. Suffice to say that, while new perspective advocates are certainly right to argue that traditional interpreters have often neglected the specific historical factors affecting Paul’s teaching about the law, their own proposal represents a reaction too far in the other direction. With respect to the phrase “works of the law,” I make four basic points.

First, while obedience to the law was indeed stressed as a means of erecting a boundary between Judaism and the Gentiles, it also had great “intrinsic” significance, as the means by which covenant membership, or “righteousness,” was to be maintained and secured on the day of judgment. “Works of the law,” then, could function in this latter context as well as the former. (For discussion of the Jewish context, see the excursus after this verse.)

Second, I am not persuaded that the possible equivalents of the phrase in Paul’s Jewish world suggest the kind of specific sociological function for the phrase that new perspective advocates suggest.

Third, the interchange between “works of the law” and “works” in Romans suggests that we cannot keep these in separate categories. Paul’s claim that “works of the law” cannot justify (3:20, 28) seems to be parallel with his claim that Abraham was not justified by “works” (4:1–8). This general meaning of “works” is clear also in 9:11–12, where Paul specifically unpacks the word in terms of doing “anything good or bad” (see also 11:6). We should therefore view “works of the law” as a subset of (rather than separate from) the general category “works.”

Fourth, we would expect “works of the law” here to be something of a summary of the extended discussion of Jewish “doing” in chap. 2. But the context of chap. 2 makes it clear that this “doing” is not restricted to any particular kind of works. In fact, Paul makes clear that the problem with Jewish works is essentially the same as the problem with Gentile works (see vv. 2–3, 22–23, 25, 27). Again, this makes it unlikely that the problem with “works of the law” is narrowly Jewish. Rather, the inability of “works of the law” to justify appears to be bound up with a fundamental human problem: universal, enslaving sinfulness (a broad application that, as we have seen, is probably connoted by Paul’s language of “all flesh”). In other words, the “problem” with “works of the law” is not fundamentally that they are “torah works” that maintained Israel’s privileged position. The problem is that they are “works” that humans under sin’s power (3:9) are unable to produce in adequate measure to secure righteous standing with God. To put it another way, the problem is not with the Jews’ possession of the law but with their failure to perform it.

I therefore align myself with those many interpreters and theologians who find in Rom. 3:20 a vital anthropological basis for Paul’s gospel: nothing a person does, whatever the object of obedience or the motivation of that obedience, can bring him or her into favor with God. It is just at this point that the significance of the meaning we have given “works of the law” emerges so clearly. Any restricted definition of “works of the law” can have the effect of opening the door to the possibility of justification by works—“good” deeds that are done in the right spirit, with God’s enabling grace, or something of the sort. This, we are convinced, would be to misunderstand Paul at a vital point.

The last part of v. 20 supports Paul’s contention in the first part of the verse by setting forth what it is that the law does accomplish (as opposed to that which it cannot accomplish). The law does not justify; rather, “through” it comes “knowledge of sin.” Since “knowledge” in the Bible can sometimes designate personal experience of something (e.g., 2 Cor. 5:21, where Christ is said not to have “known” sin), “knowledge of sin” might mean the actual experience of sinning. However, while Paul will show that the law exists in a fatal nexus with sin and death (7:7–12), he never suggests that the law is itself responsible for sinning. “Knowledge of sin,” on the other hand, does not simply mean that the law defines sin; rather, what is meant is that the law gives to people an understanding of “sin” (singular) as a power that holds everyone in bondage and brings guilt and condemnation.643 The law presents people with the demand of God. In our constant failure to attain the goal of that demand, we recognize ourselves to be sinners and justly condemned for our failures.

Paul’s important assertion that “no flesh can be justified by the works of the law” is the bottom line in the argument that extends all the way back to 1:18. This is then a good time to look back over that argument and draw some conclusions about its general shape. Our best point of entry is an attempt to answer the question of how two assertions Paul makes in this section fit together: “doers of the law will be justified” (2:13) and “no one will be justified by works of the law.” There appear to be only five ways of explaining this contrast. First, one could argue that 2:13 states only a hypothetical promise: only for the sake of argument does Paul suggest such a possibility. As I have noted in the exegesis of 2:13, this is unlikely. Second, one could find a salvation-historical distinction between the two: in the “old age,” doing the law could justify, but in the “new age” it no longer can. Not only does this make Paul’s argument in 2:13 irrelevant to his present readers (who are in the “new age”), but it contradicts the express denial of Paul that the law could justify (see Gal. 3:21). Third, one could argue that “justify” in 2:13 refers to the judgment, or to a “second justification,” while “justify” in 3:20 relates to the initial entrance into salvation. However, while there is precedent in Judaism, the NT (see perhaps Jas. 2:14–26), and in Paul (Gal. 5:5; and possibly elsewhere) for the use of “justify” or related words to depict the judgment, nothing in the wording or context of 2:13 and 3:20 suggests any difference in the time of justification (both use the future passive of dikaioō). Fourth, one could define “doing the law” and “works of the law” in different ways, so that the former means “fulfilling the law in Christ,” or “obeying God as a response to grace” while the latter connotes the specifically Jewish concern with “observing torah.” We have also found reason for rejecting this interpretation: lexical and contextual evidence does not justify any sort of distinction.

We are left, then, with the supposition that one must insert a step in the argument between the two statements, to the effect that “no one can do the law.” Not only does this make the best sense of both statements in their contexts, but it is, in effect, the assertion that Paul inserts between the two verses: “all are under the power of sin … there is no one righteous, no, not one” (3:9–10). We should add that a view like Dunn’s, according to which “works of the law” are defined as Jewish identity markers and do not justify because the covenant that they represent cannot justify, simply moves the question back one step further: Why doesn’t the covenant justify? Paul has shown why in 2:1–3:19: the law cannot be “done” to the extent necessary to secure justification through that “law” covenant. It is far more likely, then, that this is the ultimate logic undergirding his denial that works of the law can justify here—a logic rooted not (or at least not only) in salvation history, or in concern about social barriers, but, more deeply, in the human condition itself.

This conclusion is sometimes contested on the grounds that the Judaism of Paul’s day believed that the law could, in fact, be “done,” and that if Paul had wanted to contest this widespread view, he would have had to make this point explicitly. However, the Jewish assumption that one could “do the law” meant that a person could be regarded as having “kept the law” by following its provisions for sacrifice (and it is possible that this is what Paul means when he claims that, as a Jew, he was “faultless” with respect to the “righteousness based on the law” [Phil. 3:6]). Jews did not believe in what we might call “sinless perfection.” What Paul writes in Rom. 1–3 clearly looks at the law in terms of what has sometimes been called its “moral” element. As the comparison with Gentiles makes clear, Paul focuses on the degree to which Jews have obeyed the law’s commands. And, especially in light of the drastic “solution” of a crucified Messiah, Paul radicalizes the “plight” of the Jews, taking a more pessimistic view of Jewish (and human) capacity to follow God than was typical among his fellow Jews. In doing so, of course, Paul was following an important strand of teaching in the OT itself, as the persistence and seriousness of Israel’s idolatry and disobedience led to the conclusion that only God’s own gift of a new heart, animated by a fresh gift of his Spirit, could cure the stubborn problem of sin (e.g., Ezek. 36:26–27). Paul says nothing here about the ceremonial law; indeed, he says almost nothing explicitly about it anywhere in his letters. But we can assume that, like the author of the Letter to the Hebrews, Paul considers Christ’s death the “once-for-all” atoning sacrifice—a sacrifice that “cancels” any power in the OT sacrificial system to atone.648[15]


20 The term by which verse 20 is introduced is not properly rendered by “therefore” (as in A.V.) but by “because”. This verse gives the reason why every mouth is stopped and the whole world is condemned, to wit, that “from the works of the law no flesh will be justified” before God. This does not overthrow the principle stated in 2:13 that “the doers of the law will be justified”. This holds true as a principle of equity but, existentially, it never comes into operation in the human race for the reason that there are no doers of the law, no doing of the law that will ground or elicit justification—“there is none righteous, no, not one” (vs. 10). For this reason that there is actually no justification by the works of the law the function of the law is to convince of sin (vs. 20b). The law does perform this necessary and contributory service in connection with justification; it imparts the knowledge of sin and enables us to perceive that from the works of the law no flesh will be justified and therefore every mouth is stopped and the whole world rests under God’s judgment.

The future tense in “will be justified” and the “becoming” intimated in “become liable to God” do not refer to the future judgment. These expressions point rather to the certainty and the universality of the propositions with which they are concerned.[16]


20 The final word to the Jews is designed to rob them of any fancied support in the Mosaic law, the word “law” being used as in the second occurrence in v. 19. Justification before God cannot be attained by attempted observance of the law, no matter how hard a person may work at it. The fact is that no one has succeeded in keeping the law (cf. Jn 7:19).

For the first time in Romans we encounter the expression ex ergōn nomou (lit. “by works of law”; NIV, “by observing the law” (cf. v. 28), which has such prominence in Galatians (2:16; 3:2, 5, 10). The meaning of this phrase has been much discussed in recent years owing to the influence of the “new perspective” on Paul (see Introduction, p. 29). An increasing number of scholars conclude that “works of law” refers not to a general obedience to the law but specifically to those issues that marked out the Jews from the Gentiles, namely, circumcision, Sabbath, and dietary laws. Thus, the issue in v. 20, as articulated by Dunn, 1:159, is not “works of the law as a means to achieving righteousness and acquittal,” as it has traditionally been understood, but “the function of the law as an identity factor, the social function of the law as marking out the people of the law.” What Paul wants to oppose, according to this view, is the restricting of salvation to the Jews and the consequent exclusion of the Gentiles. It is clear, of course, that Paul would have been opposed to the law as constituting a boundary marker that would exclude the Gentiles from God’s grace. But Paul’s argument here is a more basic one. It gives a negative verdict on any and every claim of righteousness via the law, and it is applied not merely to the Jews (as would be the case, according to Dunn’s view) but to all flesh, so that “every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God” (v. 19).

Part of v. 20—“no one [lit., no flesh] will be declared righteous in his sight”—is a quotation from Psalm 143:2, in which a change in the Greek text is made from “no one living” to “no flesh” (NIV, “no one”), an alteration designed to bring out the frailty and inability of human beings with respect to meeting God’s requirements (cf. 8:3). The practical result of the study of the law is to “become conscious of sin” (cf. 5:20; 7:7–11). How startling it is to contemplate the fact that the best revelation one has apart from Christ only deepens the awareness of failure. While the Jews thought of the law as the means by which righteousness could be achieved, Paul takes a decidedly more pessimistic view—indeed, a contrary view: the law simply brings a heightened awareness of sin. And thus the law loudly proclaims the need for the gospel.[17]


None Justified by Good Works

Romans 3:20

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.

In the New International Version of Romans, the word therefore has already occurred two times: once in Romans 1:24, where Paul speaks of God’s having given mankind up to its wickedness (“Therefore God gave them over …”), and once in Romans 2:1, where he speaks to the morally sensitive but unbelieving person (“You, therefore, have no excuse …”). However, in the Greek manuscripts, the proper and strongest word for “therefore” (dioti) occurs for the first time in Romans 3:20, which is our text. Dioti literally means “on account of which thing” (dia ho ti). So it is appropriate that it is found here, where it marks a conclusion based on all that has been said in the first major section of Paul’s letter.

From Romans 1:18, where the argument began, and up to this point, Paul has been proving that the entire race lies under the just condemnation of God for its wickedness. His argument is an all-embracing negative, which precedes the even greater positive statements of Romans 3:21 and what is to follow. How is this great argument summarized? Quite simply. Paul says that no one will be saved by good works: “Therefore no one will be declared righteous in [God’s] sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.”

But why? Why is it that no one will be saved by good works? If not the utterly immoral person, why not at least the virtuous pagan or the religious Jew? Why not you? Why not me? Paul’s answer takes us back over the chief points of the preceding chapters.

Wrath: The Rejection of God

The first plank in Paul’s argument is one we have already looked at several times in various forms. It is that, far from pursuing God and trying to please him (which is what most of us mistakenly think we are doing), the entire race is actually trying to get away from God and is resisting him as intensely and thoroughly as possible. You remember from our previous studies how Paul says that we “suppress” the truth about God, much of which is revealed even in nature, not to mention the written revelation of God, which is the Bible. But because we do not want to serve a deity who is like the One we know is there—the God who is sovereign over his creation, altogether holy, omniscient, and immutable—we suppress the truth about this true God and try to construct substitute gods to take his place. And, says Paul, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all [this] godlessness and wickedness” of mankind (Rom. 1:18).

“But what about the good things human beings do?” asks someone. “You can’t deny that people are often kind and helpful to one another or go out of their way for others. Don’t these things count for anything?”

Let me answer this question by an illustration from a book by Robert M. Horn, a staff member of British InterVarsity (the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship). It is entitled Go Free! The Meaning of Justification, and the illustration is borrowed in turn from a book by Loraine Boettner (The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination), who borrowed it from W. D. Smith (What Is Calvinism?). These writers imagine a sailing ship manned by a crew of pirates. The pirates are on good terms with one another. They work hard at their jobs, are honest among themselves (according to a certain “pirate code”), help one another, and even defend one another. Their hard work really is hard work. Their kindness to each other really is kindness. But all these “good” actions are also and at the same time “bad” or wrong behavior, because they are aimed at maintaining themselves in violation of international maritime law. Their good deeds are highly selective; they do not help everyone, only themselves or those like themselves. They actually rob, maim, and murder many other people. And even their kindnesses to each other grow out of their rebellion, expressing and actually reinforcing it.

Here is a more modern example. Some years ago Mario Puzo wrote a book called The Godfather, which later became a movie, and a sequel to the movie. The book was a study of the so-called Mafia, the powerful crime families who control much of the illegal gambling, prostitution, drug dealing, and other criminal activity in America and other parts of the world. This book and the films based on it showed the tremendous violence exerted by these crime families to achieve their goals. But what made the violence particularly shocking is that it seemed to exist alongside tender and otherwise noble feelings and actions of these figures. Mafia dons are often quite kindly family men. They love their wives and children. They are loyal to each other. They defend each other. In fact, they are ruthless in righting a wrong done to a member of their own crime family. Ah, but they are still crime-oriented, and the structure and ethical code of the family is created only to enhance their own well-being in violation of the law and at the expense of other people.

That parallels our situation in respect to mankind’s universal rebellion against God. We may do good things (at least “good” as they appear to us), but our good is actually bad, because it is designed to maintain our rebellion against the only sovereign God and his laws.

No Excuse: God’s Law Broken

The second reason why no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by observing the law is that no one actually does observe it. This is the explanation of the apparent contradiction between Romans 2:13, which says that “it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous,” and Romans 3:20, which says that “no one will be declared righteous in [God’s] sight by observing the law.” Both are true because, although anyone who perfectly obeys the law would be declared righteous—the righteousness of God requires it—in point of fact no one actually does this; rather, all disobey God’s law.

At this point Paul speaks in almost identical terms to both the Jew, who actually possessed the revealed law of God, and to the Gentile, who did not possess it. To the Jew he says, “You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who brag about the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? As it is written: ‘God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you’ ” (Rom. 2:21b–24). The point of these statements is that the laws these religious people broke are in their Scriptures. In fact, they are from the very heart of the Old Testament, the Ten Commandments given to Moses on Mount Sinai. It is the Ten Commandments that say, “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exod. 20:3), “You shall not commit adultery” (v. 14), and “You shall not steal” (v. 15). These were laws of which the Jews were most proud. But they had broken them, as indeed all human beings have.

It is exactly the same idea in the case of the Gentile. The Gentile of Paul’s day, the Greek or Roman of the first century, did not have the Old Testament law for the most part (though some did). But Gentiles had a code of ethics of their own. They knew that they should do good. They knew that they should seek the prosperity of other human beings. They knew that stealing and all other harmful practices were wrong. But they did bad things all the same, just as we do! Paul tells the Gentile, “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things” (Rom. 2:1).

This means that whenever we are offended at another person’s actions, as we frequently are, we condemn ourselves before God. For what we find blameworthy in another, we also do. Is a person rude to you and are you offended? If so, your reaction condemns you, since you are often rude to other people. Are you angry when someone takes unfair advantage of you? You are right to be angry; a violation of fairness is wrong. But you still condemn yourself, because you are also unfair to others. You may not always admit it, but it is true. Whatever standard you raise by which you approve one set of actions and disapprove another set of actions in others—that very standard condemns you, because you cannot and do not live up to it.

So the second reason why no one will be declared righteous by observing the law is that no one actually does observe it. We fail to observe even the tiniest part, and we certainly do not observe the whole!

The Actual Case: Great Wickedness

The third reason why no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by observing the law is that, far from observing the law (or even trying to observe the law), we are all actually violating the law in every conceivable way and on every possible occasion and are therefore actively, consistently, thoroughly, and intentionally wicked.

This is the meaning of the two long lists of descriptive vices found in Romans 1:29–31 and Romans 3:10–18. Apart from these lists, a person might reluctantly admit that at least at times he or she breaks even the lowest possible standard for decent behavior and might say, “I do not pretend to be able to do even a single right thing all the time or in every possible situation.” But that is a far cry from admitting that one is thoroughly wicked in God’s sight. And as long as a person is unwilling to admit that, there is always the feeling that somehow (regardless of the person’s admitted shortcomings) the good that a person does will be acknowledged by God, and justification by good works will at least become possible.

But look at how God sees human beings: “They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless” (Rom. 1:29–31). It is from this viewpoint that Paul declares:

As it is written:

“There is no one righteous, not even one;

there is no one who understands,

no one who seeks God.

All have turned away,

they have together become worthless;

there is no one who does good,

not even one.”

“Their throats are open graves;

their tongues practice deceit.”

“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”

“Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”

“Their feet are swift to shed blood;

ruin and misery mark their ways,

and the way of peace they do not know.”

“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Romans 3:10–18

These verses do not mean that every human being has done every bad thing possible, but they do mean that the human race is like this. We are members of that human race, and, if the truth be told, the potential for every possible human vice is in everyone. We may not get a chance to murder someone. We may not even be tempted to do so. But given due provocation, right circumstances, and the removal of the societal restraints provided to limit murderous acts, we are all capable of murder and will murder, just as others have. So also with God’s other commandments.

It is because of this inward potential that Scripture says, “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time” (Gen. 6:5).

Circumcision: No Substitutes

The fourth reason why no one will be declared righteous before God by observing the law is that God is concerned with true or actual observance—that is, with the attitudes and actions of the heart—and not with any outward acts that appear pious but actually mean nothing.

The chief example of this wrongheaded attempt at justification is the faith that certain people have placed in circumcision. This was not a case of simple pagan superstition or of the mere traditions of the elders, because the rite of circumcision was prescribed for Israel by God in the Old Testament. It was a rite given to Abraham, who was to circumcise all the males in his household and pass on this rite to those who were their descendants (Gen. 17:9–14). Circumcision was to be a mark of membership in the special chosen family of God’s people. This was such an important requirement that later in Jewish history we find a scene in which God was displeased with Moses and was about to kill him, evidently because he had neglected to circumcise his own son. He was saved only when Zipporah, his wife, performed the rite for him (Exod. 4:24–26).

Circumcision is neither extra-biblical nor unimportant. It was an important rite, just as baptism, the observance of the Lord’s Supper, church membership, and similar religious practices are important today. But the error of the Jew (and the error of many contemporary Christians) is in thinking that a person can be declared righteous before God by these things. That is not possible. Sacraments do have value once one is justified; that is, they are valuable signs of something that has occurred internally (if it has occurred internally), and they are meant to remind us of that experience and strengthen it. But no one can be saved by circumcision or by any other external religious act.

Paul writes, “Circumcision has value if you observe the law, but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised.… A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code” (Rom. 2:25, 28–29a).

“But circumcision is commanded in the law!” says the Jew.

True, but not as a means by which a man or a woman can be justified.

“But aren’t we commanded to be baptized?” asks the Christian.

Yes, but as an outward sign of a prior, inward faith. It is not baptism that saves us, but God who works in us inwardly.

“But aren’t we told to observe the Lord’s Supper?” the believer wonders.

Yes, if we have been justified by faith in him whose death the communion service signifies. But to eat the bread, which signifies the Lord’s broken body, and drink the wine, which signifies the Lord’s shed blood, without faith in him is to eat and drink condemnation to oneself (1 Cor. 11:29).

God is not taken in by mere externals. There are no substitutes for faith.

The Law’s Good Function

I come back to our text, which says that “no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.” We have been looking at the first part of this sentence, the negative, and we have gone back over the opening section of Romans to see why this great negative is true.

Yet this is only one part of the sentence. The first part of the sentence makes this definite negative statement, declaring that no one will be declared righteous by observing God’s law. It tells us what the law cannot do. By contrast, the second half of the sentence contains a great positive statement, telling us that, although the law is unable to justify anybody, all of us being sinners, it is nevertheless able to show where we fall short of God’s standards and thus point us to the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom alone God provides salvation.

  1. B. Phillips is an Englishman who has written a very lively paraphrase of the New Testament, called The New Testament in Modern English. Because he is an Englishman and not an American, Phillips has occasionally used British terms for concepts that would be described in an entirely different way by Americans. Therefore, for Americans at least, Phillips throws new light on key passages. This is true of Romans 3:20. In England what we call a ruler or yardstick is called a straightedge. So when Phillips came to this verse and wanted to show what the law does for us (even though the law is not a means by which we can be justified), he paraphrased the text by writing, “ ‘No man can justify himself before God’ by a perfect performance of the Law’s demands—indeed it is the straightedge of the Law that shows us how crooked we are.”

Apart from God’s law we may consider ourselves to be quite upright, model citizens who are fit candidates for heaven. But when we look into the law closely we soon see that we are not fit candidates at all. We are not upright. We are morally crooked. And we discover that if we are to become acceptable to the only upright, holy God, we must be changed by him.

One commentator has compared the law of God to a mirror. What happens when you look into a mirror? You see yourself, don’t you? And what happens if your face is dirty and you look into a mirror? The answer is that you see that you should wash your dirty face. Does the mirror clean your face? No. The mirror’s function is to drive you to the soap and water that will clean you up.

With that analogy in mind, let me give you a verse written by Robert Herrick, an English poet who lived about the time of William Shakespeare. It uses an image drawn from classical mythology in which the great Greek hero Hercules was sent to perform what was thought to be an impossible task: to clean up the immense, filthy stables of King Augeas. Comparing his heart to those stables, Herrick wrote:

Lord, I confess that thou alone art able

To purify this Augean stable.

Be the seas water and the lands all soap,

Yet if thy blood not wash me, there’s no hope.

That is it exactly. If you are placing your hope in your supposed ability to keep God’s law or even just in your ability to do certain good things, your case is most hopeless. Your heart needs cleansing, and no effort of your own can ever cleanse it.

Where will you find cleansing? You will find it only in Christ, to whom the law drives you. William Cowper, an eighteenth-century poet, found cleansing there and wrote:

There is a fountain filled with blood,

Drawn from Immanuel’s veins;

And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,

Lose all their guilty stains.

The dying thief rejoiced to see

That fountain in his day;

And there have I, as vile as he,

Washed all my sins away.

I trust you also have found cleansing where Robert Herrick, William Cowper, and so many others have found it. The apostle Peter declared, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).[18]


[1] Blum, E. A. (2017). Romans. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1785). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] 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., Ro 3:20). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[3] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1617). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[4] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ro 3:20). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[5] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2163). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[6] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ro 3:20). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[7] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ro 3:20). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[8] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1429). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[9] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1687). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[10] Utley, R. J. (1998). The Gospel according to Paul: Romans (Vol. Volume 5, Ro 3:20). Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International.

[11] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans (Vol. 12–13, p. 125). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[12] Bruce, F. F. (1985). Romans: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 6, p. 104). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[13] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentary on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans (pp. 130–133). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[14] Pate, C. M. (2013). Romans. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (p. 73). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[15] Moo, D. J. (2018). The Letter to the Romans. (N. B. Stonehouse, F. F. Bruce, G. D. Fee, & J. B. Green, Eds.) (Second Edition, pp. 215–222). Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[16] Murray, J. (1968). The Epistle to the Romans (Vol. 1, p. 107). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[17] Harrison, E. F., & Hagner, D. A. (2008). Romans. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, pp. 67–68). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[18] Boice, J. M. (1991–). Romans: Justification by Faith (Vol. 1, pp. 329–336). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

February 13 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

Prayer in the Morning
Mark 1:35

The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, he will be in the last place the remainder of the day.

E. M. BOUNDS

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

Surrender Yourself as Christ Surrendered Himself
Romans 6:12; 1 Corinthians 15:24; James 4:7; Revelation 1:6

Christ surrendered Himself, that He might win you as a kingdom to God the Father. In like manner, do you give yourself, that you may become His kingdom, that sin may not reign in your mortal body, but that the Spirit may rule there, to the acquiring of life.

VENERABLE BEDE

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

Trump celebrates acquittal in Senate trial, foreshadows political future: ‘Much to share’

Former President Donald Trump on Saturday thanked his lawyers and senators who voted against his impeachment conviction and foreshadowed his political future in a statement following the 57-43 Senate vote to acquit him of inciting an insurrection.

Source: Trump celebrates acquittal in Senate trial, foreshadows political future: ‘Much to share’

Trump Now Most Acquitted President In History — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—Donald Trump made history once again today after being acquitted in his second Senate impeachment trial. He is now the most acquitted president in American history.

Donald Trump issued a statement regarding this incredible honor.

“I have been completely and totally cleared of all wrongdoing in this pathetic witchhunt sham impeachment trial,” said Trump. “I am now the most acquitted president ever — even more than Clinton. No president has ever been acquitted more than I have. Will I get the credit? Probably not, because of the fake news media. I am looking forward to continuing our MAGA movement together for many more acquittals to come!”

According to sources, Republican Senators cheered and high-fived each other, knowing they had just outsmarted all the Democrats into bestowing such an unprecedented badge of honor on the former president.

“Oh no! What have we done?!” wailed Senator Amy Klobuchar, suddenly realizing the Senate had given Trump yet another impressive world-record, making him the subject of trivia questions for the next two centuries.

According to sources, Clinton will be handing over his giant gold “most acquitted ever” trophy to Trump in Mar-a-Lago next week.  

Trump Now Most Acquitted President In History — The Babylon Bee

Tucker Carlson: From Andrew Cuomo To The Lincoln Project, Media Defends The “Sleaziest And Most Vicious” | RealClearPolitics

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TUCKER CARLSON, 12 FEBRUARY 2021: At the end of a turbulent and sometimes grim week, we have good news: 212 years to the day after Abraham Lincoln was born, the Democratic Party propaganda outlet that stole his name finally collapsed.

There’s probably never been a sleazier or more vicious organization in American politics than The Lincoln Project. Naturally, it was heavily funded by the tech oligarchs in Silicon Valley. The Lincoln Project set itself apart from most political organizations by never even addressing, for the most part, ideas or policies. Instead, they always went personal, immediately going right for the throat.

Rather than argue against what Donald Trump might be doing or not doing, the Lincoln Project instead threatened his attorneys and spread filth about his aides. In January, for example, one Lincoln Project executive bragged: “We are constructing a database of Trump officials and staff that will detail their roles in the Trump administration & track where they are now … They will be held accountable.” It always sounded a little more like MS-13 than a political operation.

Now, because life is irony, there are reports that the FBI is investigating The Lincoln Project, specifically co-founder John Weaver. You may remember him because he helped manage John McCain’s run for president. He also worked for former Ohio Gov. John Kasich. In his spare time, Weaver spent enormous energy trying to lure young boys into sex. At least one of those boys was 14 years old. Twenty-one of John Weaver’s alleged victims now accuse him of sexual harassment.

It’s an awful story, but here’s the worst part: The Lincoln Project clearly had a pretty good idea what John Weaver was up to. For decades, political consultants whispered rumors that John Weaver had tried to molest little boys. Karl Rove, to his credit, once said that out loud and was promptly attacked by the Atlantic magazine. Weaver’s colleagues at the Lincoln Project knew all this, but they hid the truth from the public and from law enforcement. Inside the organization, they made it clear they understood what was happening.

We’re not guessing at this; here’s an excerpt from a new piece in New York magazine: “Beginning in September, much of the Lincoln Project staff convened in Park City, Utah, where they hunkered down in a COVID-safe pod until Election Day. [Author’s Note: Can’t make this stuff up.] By this time, the allegations against Weaver were an open secret in the company, according to former employees. One former employee said that’s when his boss warned him to avoid Weaver. ‘When I was told, it was almost in passing that I did not want to be involved with Weaver specifically because I am a young man,’ the former employee said.

“One night over drinks with much of the staff, four employees recall, Weaver’s behavior came up repeatedly as a topic of discussion. One person remembers [Steve] Schmidt and co-founder Rick Wilson telling people Weaver was ‘depraved’ and ‘twisted’ and that they wouldn’t want to know the truth about him.”

In other words, inside the office, Lincoln Project executives essentially joked about John Weaver soliciting sex from teenagers. So the question is, why are we learning all of this now? Because the election is over. Donald Trump lost, so reporters no longer have any political motive to protect John Weaver. Until November, the media had every incentive to promote him as a man of principle, which they assiduously did.

To hear them talk, The Lincoln Project cared only about democracy. It didn’t have anything to do with all the money they got. They’d do it for free. They promised they would.

This subject came up a lot. And every time it did, Lincoln Project employees seemed especially sensitive about the question of money. That should have told you something.

Here’s the aforementioned Rick Wilson talking to “60 Minutes”:

Source: Tucker Carlson: From Andrew Cuomo To The Lincoln Project, Media Defends The “Sleaziest And Most Vicious”

Twitter shuts down conservative whistleblower, Project Veritas

Twitter permanently suspended the account of the conservative group, Project Veritas, and locked the account of its founder, James O’Keefe, whose whistleblower news outlet has exposed numerous scandals of the left over the years.

Source: Twitter shuts down conservative whistleblower, Project Veritas

Ted Cruz Reveals Submitted Questions Not Asked: ‘Can We Build Keystone Pipeline if We Add Hunter Biden to the Board?’

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) revealed Saturday several questions his colleagues submitted that House impeachment managers did not entertain.

Source: Ted Cruz Reveals Submitted Questions Not Asked: ‘Can We Build Keystone Pipeline if We Add Hunter Biden to the Board?’

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Responds To Being Kicked Off Instagram | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Adam Dick via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

Earlier, I wrote about Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the founder and chairman of Children’s Health Defense being kicked off Facebook-owned social media website Instagram on Thursday, purportedly because he posted misinformation related to coronavirus vaccines.

Here is an update: Kennedy has written a strong response to the removal, discussing the nature of his posts at Instagram, relating the debate stifling effect of Instagram’s action, and pointing to the fact that both he and Informed Consent Action Network founder Del Bigtree were removed from Instagram just 15 minutes before they were to air a webinar featuring doctors and other individuals discussing matters related to coronavirus vaccines.

In his statement Kennedy writes:

Every statement I put on Instagram was sourced from a government database, from peer-reviewed publications and from carefully confirmed news stories. None of my posts were false. Facebook, the pharmaceutical industry and its captive regulators use the term ‘vaccine misinformation’ as a euphemism for any factual assertion that departs from official pronouncements about vaccine health and safety, whether true or not.

Further, states Kennedy, “the mainstream media and social media giants are imposing a totalitarian censorship to prevent public health advocates, like myself, from voicing concerns and from engaging in civil informed debate in the public square.”

That assessment is in line with my take in my earlier article.

Regarding the timing of Kennedy and Bigtree’s removal from Instagram, Kennedy writes:

Instagram deplatformed Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and HighWire host, Del Bigtree, just 15 minutes before they were to air the webinar, ‘COVID Vaccine on Trial, If You Only Knew highlighting COVID concerns, injuries, mechanisms and other facts from four MDs, several Ph.D.s and leaders from the vaccine-injured community. COVID-19 vaccines use novel technology never before used in a human population. With that comes great unknown risks. The people of the world deserve to have this crucial information to protect their health and that of their children.

Read Kennedy’s complete statement here.

Source: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Responds To Being Kicked Off Instagram

Worldview and Apologetics in the News — Truthbomb Apologetics

Open Letter from the International Board of Directors of RZIM on the Investigation of Ravi Zacharias

Christian leaders call for repentance, overhaul following Ravi Zacharias sexual abuse report

Watch: Scientists Who Affirm Intelligent Design

Video: Stephen Meyer Shatters The Myth Of The Multiverse

Video: The Kalam Cosmological Argument – Part 2: Philosophical

Tim Keller shares cancer update: ‘God has worked through your prayers and chemotherapy’
YouTube Bans LifeSiteNews, Removes All of the Website’s Pro-Life Videos

Chemist James Tour Offers A YouTube Series On Abiogenesis, Treated As A Form Of Magic

William Dembski on ID, Church Fathers, and a Problem for Atheists

For Your Consideration – Voddie Baucham’s Medical Expense Fund
Courage and Godspeed,Chad
Our last edition is here.  

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My Last Word on Ravi Zacharias, and a discernment reminder

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

In 2016 I wrote a discernment essay raising troubling concerns about Ravi Zacharias. I noted his slide downward, his praising of Catholic mystics, some untruths regarding his credentials, and his refusal to take a position on whether the Catholic Church is false (saying the two churches have merely ‘doctrinal differences!), creationism vs evolution, the Doctrines of Grace, or most of eschatology.

A Christian Apologists’ job is to take a stance on the doctrines of the Bible and proclaim and defend them, so the refusal to be clear on 40% of the Bible seemed a nonstarter to me. I’d also noted that I had attended a live speech event, and had listened to many of Ravi’s other speeches online. I said that he seemed to me more of a spellbinding anecdotal storyteller and secular philosopher than a Christian Apologist or evangelist. Lots of mentions of Jesus, not a…

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William Lane Craig debates Austin Dacey: Does God Exist?

WINTERY KNIGHT

Here is the video and summary of a debate between Christian theist William Lane Craig and Austin Dacey at Purdue University in 2004 about the existence of God.

The debaters:

The video: (2 hours)

The video shows the speakers and powerpoint slides of their arguments. Austin Dacey is one of the top atheist debaters, and I would put him second to Peter Millican alone, with Walter Sinnott-Armstrong in third place. This is the debate to show people who are new to apologetics. The debate with Peter Millican is better for advanced students, and that’s no surprise since he teaches at Oxford University and is familiar with all of Dr. Craig’s work. The Craig-Dacey debate is the one that I give to my co-workers.

By the way, you can get the DVDs and CDs for the first Craig-Dacey debate and the second Craig-Dacey debate and the…

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CDC Exposed: Inflated Covid Deaths By 1600% Throughout The Election, ‘Violated Multiple Federal Laws’ Peer-Reviewed Study Finds — Christian Research Network

(Patty McMurray – Gateway Pundit)  100 Percent Fed Up reports – Throughout the election, Donald Trump was battered by CCP Virus statistics in order to hurt the American economy and his political campaign. We know that it was shamelessly wielded as a political weapon to prevent President Trump and his supporters from rallying as Antifa and Black Lives Matter burned progressive poor and minority neighborhoods to the ground throughout the entire year.  Now that Biden has been installed into the office of president, he promises to increase Covid lockdown measures and extend them further into your ability to travel and force unscientific mask-wearing for at least 100 days.

But, a new peer reviewed study has been released that finds the CDC numbers to be so wildly unsupported as to be pure propaganda that is based on wholly unscientific practices that were needlessly created on-the-spot. View article →

CDC Exposed: Inflated Covid Deaths By 1600% Throughout The Election, ‘Violated Multiple Federal Laws’ Peer-Reviewed Study Finds — Christian Research Network

Stop Defending the Indefensible: A Plea Concerning Ravi Zacharias — Christian Research Network

“The broader evangelical world defends those who are not fit for ministry knowingly, excusing away the fact that they can’t meet the basic requirements of the pastorate. Time and again, they defend such men rather than stand with the Scripture’s assessment, which finds them utterly lacking.” 

(Grayson Gilbert – Patheos) I wrote a post not too long ago that caused a firestorm of controversy on social media, calling on Christians to look at the life of Ravi Zacharias as a profound warning. In it, my basic plea to people was that they consider their own ways before the Lord—that they see if there were patterns of besetting sin that would not only disqualify pastors from the pastorate, but even if the everyday layman was plagued with sins, which the apostle Paul would say that such a practice of these things would bar them from inheriting the Kingdom of God….

The reason I say this caused a firestorm was that many believed I weighed in prematurely on the matter. Yet there were a great number of comments which led me to believe that many were outraged over me “touching the Lord’s anointed.”  The reason I say this is that even though an investigative report has come out and Ravi Zacharias International Ministries has penned an open letter, the comments remain much the same today as they were then.  

I stand by every word of that post, as I did then, believing that it is of the utmost importance that professing Christians not only take such things seriously in their own lives, but hold pastors and prominent figures within parachurch organizations to account with regard to Scripture’s own statements on these matters. In the Evangelical world, this is often an unpopular sentiment, much to the open shame of the church. We truly do need to contend with what it means for a minister to remain above reproach, lest we give reason for the unbelieving world to blaspheme. I say all of this, not as a “I told you so,” but as a means to offer up yet another plea to my fellow evangelicals, largely because I still don’t believe many take the warnings of Scripture all that seriously. View article →

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Stop Defending the Indefensible: A Plea Concerning Ravi Zacharias — Christian Research Network

13 Feb 2021 News Briefing

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Biden and the Muslim Brotherhood trap
Biden is about to reembrace the Muslim Brotherhood – in the mold of the Obama/Biden Administration – in defiance of all pro-U.S. Arab countries, which consider the Muslim Brotherhood a clear and present, existential terrorist threat.

Cuomo Guilty Of Obstruction? GOP Rep Calls For Investigation Into Nursing Home Cover-Up
Andrew Cuomo’s administration should be investigated over possible obstruction of justice after a Thursday revelation in the New York Post that officials purposefully concealed the death toll in New York nursing homes during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY). AP reported that over 9,000 infected patients were placed with healthy nursing home residents, so as a result of the deaths that came in the weeks and the months following this late March policy, this mandate, there were a lot of requests for information, for data, for numbers on nursing home deaths and more, and then a cover-up started.

Suspected illegal missile sale ‘involved adversary of U.S. in Asia’
A group of Israelis suspected of illegally trading weapons to an unnamed Asian country were dealing with an adversary to the United States, security officials said Thursday, hours after the case was announced by the Shin Bet domestic security service. Dozens of Israelis, including defense industry officials, are suspected of involvement in the affair, according to the Shin Bet, Israel Police and the office of the Director for the Security of the Defense Establishment.

UAE official: Israel could easily take out Iran’s nuclear facilities
Deputy Police Chief Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, who led the investigation into the 2010 Mossad assassination of a top Hamas operative in a Dubai hotel room, says attack “would be easier than you think.”

‘Europe’s perception of Israel is finally shifting’
“Europe wants to hear our story. The fact that our lives [in Israel] are computerized and HMOs can draw information from that is an advantage in this case. We are a small country, we do not have open borders, unlike some parts of Europe, so it [Europe] sees a great opportunity to learn from us,

Trump Team Shows Videos of Democrat Lawmakers During Impeachment Trial
President Donald Trump’s legal team on Friday accused legislators of hypocrisy as they played lengthy video montages of elected officials speaking about committing assault against Trump, threatening his supporters, and backing protests last year that regularly turned violent.

6.3-magnitude earthquake jolts Tajikistan; tremors felt in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India
An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter Scale hit Tajikistan late Friday night. Strong tremors were felt across the north Indian subcontinent with tremors in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, the Delhi-NCR and Uttarakhand. The quake struck at the depth of 91.6 km and its epicentre was located 35 km west of Murghab town in Tajikistan. It occurred at 10:31 pm (local time).

Clashes, blasts intensify across Afghanistan
A string of near-daily roadside bombings in recent weeks has killed government officials, judges, journalists and activists. At least four Afghan security force members, including a commander, were killed and seven were critically injured in blasts in eastern and southern provinces on Saturday, officials said, adding that three civilians were injured in the east.

Rep. Ilhan Omar gets a leadership seat within Foreign Affairs Committee
On Thursday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), announced her new leadership role on a subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that oversees global health and human rights issues and African foreign affairs. Omar will serve as Vice-Chair of the subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over disaster assistance, human rights and international health issues…

They’re Back: US Subs To Carry Harpoon Ship-Killer Missiles
After a 25-year absence, the Navy will start packing Harpoon ship-killer missiles on its attack submarines…to counter the growing Chinese navy. The…Pentagon is pursuing…ways to deploy more offensive punch at longer ranges, a clear recognition of the growing ability of China and Russia to keep American and allied forces at a distance in any potential confrontation.

Russia warns EU it could cut ties over sanctions
Russia is ready to sever ties with the EU if the bloc imposes new, economically painful sanctions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says. The EU has raised the prospect of further sanctions amid a row over the treatment of the jailed Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny. When an interviewer asked if Russia was heading for a “break” with the EU, Mr Lavrov said “we’re ready for that”.

President Biden cancels funding for Trump border wall
US President Joe Biden has rescinded the national emergency order used to fund Donald Trump’s border wall. In a letter to Congress on Thursday, Mr Biden wrote that the order was “unwarranted” and said that no further tax dollars will be spent on the wall. Mr Trump declared a state of emergency over the southern border in 2019, which allowed him to bypass Congress and use military funds for its construction.

Reports: Iranian arms convoy attacked near Syria-Iraq border
Social media and Telegram channels were buzzing Thursday afternoon with reports of an apparent attack on Syria’s border with Iraq that targeted a convoy of vehicles. The social media reports initially pointed the finger at the U.S. and later at Israel. But official reports on the alleged attack were slow to follow.

Cuomo Guilty Of Obstruction? GOP Rep Calls For Investigation Into Nursing Home Cover-Up
“There were a lot of requests for information, for data, for numbers on nursing home deaths and more, and then a cover-up started…

CDC: Over 500 Deaths Now Following mRNA Experimental Injections
…The data goes through January 29, 2021, with 11,249 recorded adverse events, including 501 deaths following injections of the experimental COVID mRNA shots by Pfizer and Moderna.

Severe floods and landslides leave 39 100 homes damaged, 63 700 people displaced and 4 dead in Java, Indonesia
Around 63 700 people have been displaced, while four fatalities were reported after floods and landslides struck Java, Indonesia over the past couple of days. Some 156 800 people were affected and 39 100 buildings damaged.

Big freeze continues: Britain is told to brace for up to four inches of snow and 50mph gales today
It’s so cold the SEA has frozen! Waves turn to ice in Cumbria and the Thames at Teddington freezes over for the first time in 60 years as temperatures plunge to record lows in England

Biden administration to allow 25,000 migrants waiting in Mexico to enter U.S.
The Biden administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Friday that starting Feb. 19, they will begin allowing tens of thousands of migrants from Central America who have been required to wait in Mexico to come into the U.S. for processing.

Walt Disney Company Turning A Blind Eye To The Systematic Rape Of Ethnic Minority Uyghur Women Being Abused In Chinese Concentration Camps
Let’s, see, where do we start? How about with the rabidly anti-Trump group called the Lincoln Project whose co-founder is a homosexual pedophile and the entire group knew and covered up for him because millions of dollars were rolling in. How about New Jersey flaming Liberal Bruce Springsteen who lectured America in his Jeep car ad during the Super Bowl, but hid the fact that he was arrest for drunk driving and is right now awaiting trial. Democrats as a moral authority is a slippery slope, and with Walk Disney, it slides right into the abyss.

Big Pharma wants to vaccinate you ANNUALLY for coronavirus … with no end, ever
If they fail at keeping you masked and distanced for the rest of your life, at least they can say they successfully jabbed you – not just once or twice for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19), but every year until the day you die.

LOL: New Twitter app blocks more than 800 NYTimes journalists in “fight against disinformation”
With the criminal tech giants now maliciously de-platforming James O’Keefe (Project Veritas), Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (Children’s Health Defense), Wayne Allen Root and anyone else who questions the false narratives of the totalitarian Left, we’ve entered a new, dark era where corporations now consider the American people to be their enemies.

America’s corporations transform into TERRORISTS against the people
With the criminal tech giants now maliciously de-platforming James O’Keefe (Project Veritas), Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (Children’s Health Defense), Wayne Allen Root and anyone else who questions the false narratives of the totalitarian Left, we’ve entered a new, dark era where corporations now consider the American people to be their enemies.

39-Year-Old Medical Doctor and Son of Former Chief Justice of Trinidad Found Dead After COVID Injection in Ireland
The Irish Sentinel has reported that Dr. Keshav Raman Sharma, a respiratory consultant who practiced in Wexford hospital, received one of the experimental COVID mRNA injections on January 5, 2021, and the following Sunday, January 10th, was found dead in his home.

Attempted Poisoning of Florida water supply
..A hacker broke into a Florida water filtration system and attempted to poison the water with lye. Police in Pinellas County, FL released a statement regarding a hack into the City of Oldsmar’s water treatment system.

New Video Shows Massive California Container Ship Traffic Jam
The new view from above reveals a vast armada of container ships scattered at anchor across California’s San Pedro Bay.

Source: 13 Feb 2021 – Rapture Ready


Headlines – 2/13/2021

White House declines to say whether Israel is an ‘important’ ally

US court revives challenge to Arkansas law targeting the boycott Israel movement

European powers blame Iran for ‘undermining opportunity’ for nuclear diplomacy

Explosion destroys supermarket building in southern Russia

Russia clashes with US and West over conflict in Ukraine

Germany, Denmark say alleged terrorist bomb plot Islamist in nature

Myanmar military releases more than 23,000 prisoners as protests against coup continue

U.N. Official: Evidence Myanmar Using Live Ammunition Against Protesters

Facebook restricts Myanmar military’s accounts for spreading ‘misinformation’

Cuba loses phone, internet connections for about 90 minutes

Mario Draghi Named Italy’s Prime Minister Amid Crises

Mexican president hails Biden’s border wall freeze

House Republicans Accuse Biden of Playing ‘Political Game’ Over Border Crisis

Biden administration says it intends to close Guantanamo prison

‘Convict Trump’ banner flies over Mar-a-Lago during Senate impeachment trial

Trump Attorney: Impeachment Trial Is ‘Constitutional Cancel Culture’

Defending Trump, lawyers accuse Democrats of ‘witch hunt’ and seeking vengeance

Prosecutors end arguments; Trump lawyer calls trial ‘weaponization’ of impeachment

Trump lawyers: Impeachment based on hatred, not facts

Impeachment Managers Admitted Trump Was Not Impeached for His Words: Sen. Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul to CBN News: ‘Democrats Guilty of Much More Than They’re Accusing Trump Of’

Trump Attorneys Destroy House Managers on Lying to American Public and Using Manipulated Tweet as Evidence!

Watch: Trump Lawyers Present Video of Democrats Condoning Violence

Impeachment manager Stacey Plaskett suggests Trump defense videos homed in on ‘people of color’

Trump’s lawyers demand impeachment acquittal, accuse Democrats of ‘hypocrisy’

Even with acquittal, GOP sees trial ending Trump’s shot at future office

New Details About Trump-McCarthy Shouting Match Show Trump Refused To Call Off Rioters

Last-minute call for Trump impeachment witnesses is welcome, Senate Democrat says

Trump Defense Will Call Impeachment Witnesses If Democrats Do, Attorney Says

John Thune Open to Censuring Donald Trump

Chip Roy Suggests Joe Biden Could Be Impeached Over His Immigration Executive Orders

Nikki Haley breaks with Trump: ‘We shouldn’t have followed him’

Nikki Haley Breaks From Trump in Interview About a Potential Run for President

Nikki Haley Pronounces Trump Politically Dead: He ‘Let Us Down,’ Can’t ‘Let That Ever Happen Again’

Nikki Haley: I Was ‘Disgusted’ by Trump’s Criticism of Mike Pence

Trump Lawyer: His Call To Georgia Officials To ‘Find’ Votes Was Taken Out Of Context

Colorado’s 2020 Election Results Are Also Suspect – Biden’s Numbers Raise Serious Red Flags and Alleged Turnout Is More Like Saddam’s Iraq than the US

Campus censorship being driven by students, not administrators: experts

Tucker Carlson Says Show Is Being Targeted for Cancelation

Gina Carano Hits Back, Announces New Movie Project With Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire: “They Can’t Cancel Us If We Don’t Let Them”

Dennis Prager: I Now Better Understand the ‘Good German’

Caroline Glick: Goebbels and the New American Terror

White House Spokesperson Suspended After Threatening Politico Reporter

White House Reassures Gun Control Groups It Will Fulfill ‘Ambitious’ Gun Control Agenda

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Murghob, Tajikistan

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands

5.3 magntiude earthquake hits near southeast of the Loyalty Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Bandar Lampung, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bandar Lampung, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Merizo Village, Guam

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 28,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 23,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Pacaya volcano in Guatemala erupts to 12,000ft

Severe floods and landslides leave 39,100 homes damaged, 63,700 people displaced and 4 dead in Java, Indonesia

Violent storm spawns powerful tornado in Izmir, leaving 18 injured, Turkey

A lawsuit is accusing 7 chocolate makers of complicity in child labor and trafficking in the cocoa trade

Disney Silent About Report of Systematic Rapes in China

Another Lincoln Project Adviser Bails as Sex Abuse Allegations Rock Never Trump Group

Top advisers ditch anti-Trump Lincoln Project as implosion gains steam over sexual harassment scandal

British-Iranian anthropologist who fled Iran accused of sexual abuse

New York State Employees Required to Have ‘Gender Identity Toolkit’ Training

15,000 Muslim worshipers pack Temple Mount in defiance of COVID restrictions

China Refuses to Give WHO Raw Data on Early Covid-19 Cases

‘Stop killing us’: Attacks on Asian Americans highlight rise in hate incidents amid COVID-19

Florida House GOP members slam possible Biden travel ban to Sunshine State as ‘unequivocally unconstitutional’

Worldwide coronavirus case count plunges by almost half in last month

Recovered Covid patients have been reinfected with new virus strains, WHO says

Doctors warn that Covid will become endemic and people need to learn to live with it

Biden’s next fight: Anti-vaxxers jeopardize plans to protect U.S. against Covid

Pentagon Touts Vaccine Administration Rate Amid Concerns of Widespread Refusal

Putin Pitches Russia’s Covid-19 Vaccine But Still Won’t Take It

Surgeon dies of COVID-related illness weeks after receiving second COVID vaccine

About 60% of nursing home staff declined Covid vaccines, Walgreens exec says

Rep. Stefanik demands prosecution of Cuomo, aides after bombshell report on COVID nursing home deaths

Cuomo avoids reporters during White House visit as New York nursing home scandal grows

Psaki admits parents shouldn’t be ‘satisfied’ with in-person school one day a week as Biden takes heat

‘All we have left’: dating apps on frontline of loneliness pandemic

Another consequence of Covid: a world without cash

Some Economists Fear Biden’s $1.9 Trillion Relief Plan Could Spark Excessive Inflation

Gas hits highest price in 12 months as progressives, celebrities pressure Biden to cancel more pipelines

Biden Energy Policies Heading America Toward a ‘Full-Fledged Recession,’ Oklahoma’s Rep. Mullin Warns

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

Weekend Snapshot · Feb. 13, 2021

The Democrats’ Emotive Impeachment Appeal

In an effort to tar the former president and his supporters, House Democrats put on an emotional show.


A Demo Gold Medal for the ‘Racist’ Capitol Police?

Pelosi and Schumer have disgracefully bookended their theatrical drama with a Capitol funeral and a Congressional Gold Medal.


Who Was the Capitol Riot Ringleader?

“If they want to fight, they better believe they’ve got one.”


Progressive — or Terrorist?

Leftists have a new and hateful label for anyone who supported Donald Trump.


The Left’s ‘Insurrection’ Hypocrisy

They demand that rioters and inciters be held accountable. Unless they’re on the Left.


‘Going Postal’ to Undermine Election Integrity

The USPS is in dire straits, and yet we’re supposed to trust our elections to the mail.


It’s Time to End Photo ID for Voting … and Buying Guns?

A little thought experiment about the ramifications of Democrats’ push for unrestricted voting.


Catch (COVID) and Release?

Isn’t it “cruel” and “immoral” to have virtually open borders during a pandemic?


Biden’s Military Gender Denial Agenda

Allowing self-proclaimed “transgender” recruits to join the military is bad for both recruits and military unit cohesion.


The ‘Clean Electric Vehicle’ Fairy Tale

The pollution difference between electric- and gas-powered vehicles simply isn’t what the environmental lobby would have you believe.


The Renewable Energy Pipe Dream

“Green” energy produced by wind and solar simply cannot meet the power demands of the modern world.


CBO Says $15 Minimum Wage Will Cost 1.4M Jobs

Coming out of a crippling pandemic, Biden and the Democrats seem determined to stifle economic recovery.


The Dems’ Student Loan Scam

Their plan to cancel billions in student loan debt would disproportionately help higher-income students with expensive grad degrees.


Taming the New Oligarchy

The rise of an ultra-rich elite threatens the American system and usurps our everyday freedoms.


Disney Proves ‘Mandalorian’ Star’s Point by Canceling Her

Conservative actress Gina Carano was fired for daring to hold a mirror up to the Left.


The Left Hates Humor

Yet another “fact-check” from the Leftmedia proves that they’re just not funny people.



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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Customer service in this country is, by and large, so aggressively horrible that a company like Chick-fil-A can stand out simply by having employees that don’t visibly hate you.” —Matt Walsh

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Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 02/13/2021

Openly ‘Gay’ Recording Artist Reaches No. 1 ‘Christian’ Spot on iTunes   Feb 12, 2021 01:06 am

(RNS) — For the second straight day, an openly queer artist has the top Christian album on iTunes. “Preacher’s Kid” by Semler, the artist name of Grace Baldridge, hit No. 1 on Tuesday (Feb. 9) in Apple’s iTunes store, dethroning “Look Up, Child” by Lauren Daigle, which was released in 2018. “It’s unbelievable. I keep trying to pinch…

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RZIM Board-Ordered Investigation Confirms ‘Significant Evidence’ Ravi Zacharias Engaged in Sexual Misconduct   Feb 12, 2021 02:45 am

An independent report by a firm hired by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (“RZIM”) to investigate claims of their founder’s alleged sexual misconduct has recently been published by RZIM on its website. The 12-page report, which found “significant evidence” of sexual misconduct by the late apologist Ravi Zacharias, along with “evidence of text- and email-based…

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U.K. Judge Says Street Preachers Accused of ‘Islamaphobic’ and ‘Homophobic’ Speech ‘Lawfully Arrested’   Feb 09, 2021 08:20 am

BRISTOL, UK — A U.K. judge ruled that four street preachers, two from America and two from the United Kingdom, who sued police over what they considered a “sustained campaign of harassment” as they have faced criminal charges and were jailed — and some were prosecuted for their preaching, were “lawfully arrested” by police. Mike Overd, one the “Bristol…

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Australia Forges Ahead With Vaccine Certificates, $24M Campaign to Push COVID-19 Shots   Feb 09, 2021 09:32 am

CANBERRA, February 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The Australian government is finalizing plans to roll out a vaccine certificate that will provide proof of immunization against the coronavirus. Government services minister Stuart Robert announced that Australians will get a record when they receive a COVID-19 jab that will be stored and displayed on social security…

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Brothers Arrested After Orchestrating Stabbing Hoax, Abusing Emergency Services for Social Media Clout   Feb 12, 2021 12:48 am

SILVER SPRING, Md. (FOX 5 DC) – The Montgomery County Police Department has arrested two brothers for orchestrating a stabbing hoax that included directing witnesses to call 9-1-1, causing the emergency dispatch of officers and fire and rescue personnel to a home in Silver Spring. On Jan. 24, at approximately 5:46 pm, the Emergency Communications Center (911)…

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February 13 Morning Quotes of The Day

God Loved Before the Foundation of the World
Jeremiah 31:3; John 3:16; Ephesians 1:4; 2:4–6; 1 John 4:19

The love … with which God loves is incomprehensible and immutable. For it was not from the time that we were reconciled unto Him by the blood of His Son that He began to love us; but He did so before the foundation of the world, that we also might be His sons along with His Only-begotten, before as yet we had any existence of our own.

AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO

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

No Virtue in Seriousness
Proverbs 15:15; 17:22; Colossians 4:6

Seriousness is not a virtue. It would be a heresy, but a much more sensible heresy, to say that seriousness is a vice. It is really a natural trend or lapse into taking one’s self gravely, because it is the easiest thing to do.… For solemnity flows out of men naturally, but laughter is a leap. It is easy to be heavy, hard to be light. Satan fell by the force of gravity.

G. K. CHESTERTON

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