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5 Essential Traits of Teachable People — BLOG – Beautiful Christian Life

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One of the great goals, to which each of us should aspire in our short lives, is that of becoming a teachable person. That statement sounds, at one and the same time, both noble and straightforward. A careful consideration of this subject, however, leads us to conclude that it is commonly mischaracterized and misunderstood. Many have wrongly implied that teachability is antithetical to voicing convictions or formed opinions. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Teachability sweetly complies with thoughtful convictions and opinions. True teachability is actually one of the rarest of qualities in the hearts and lives of people. So, what is required in order for us to become teachable?

1. Teachability requires revelation.

The first mark of a truly teachable person is that he or she is eager to listen to God in his word. No matter what interest a person may have in science, mathematics, literature, art, music, linguistics, politics or athletics, if he or she does not have a deep and abiding interest in Scripture, then all the learning he or she has amassed is ultimately useless.

The great lie with which Satan tempted our first parents was the lie that they could interpret the word by means of their reasoning capacity as detached from the special revelation that God spoke to them concerning the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Solomon explained the futility of the quest for knowledge apart from the desire to know God through his word when he wrote,

Of the making of many books there is no end, and much learning is wearisome to the flesh. The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” (Eccl. 12:13)

Jesus also drew this conclusion when he said,

“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?” (Mark 8:36-37)

A teachable man or woman is one who gives himself or herself to a pervasive study of God’s word, in order to know him and live for him.

2. Teachability demands humility.

Only a humble soul will become a teachable soul. A great deal of true humility is needed for a man or woman to admit that he or she does not know all that he or she should know. There is a false humility that seeks to make indecisiveness a virtue. The teachability of a humble soul does not manifest itself in an intellectual agnosticism. A truly humble man or woman will have thoughtful formed opinions and strong convictions; however, he or she will always be ready to have those opinions and convictions challenged–first by God’s word and then by those whom God may bring across their paths.

A teachable person is one who is eager to learn and grow. Many, many years ago, I was taking a train from Philadelphia to New York City. As I waited for the train on the platform, an older man–who happened to be an elder at the church I attended–sat down by me. This man was an exceedingly gifted concert pianist. I asked him where he was heading. He told me that he was going to New York City for a piano lesson. When I expressed my surprise over the idea that he taught students so far from where he lived, he said, “No, no. I’m going to take a piano lesson.”

Here was one of the finest concert pianists I knew, and he was continuing to take lessons from someone more gifted than himself. Teachability involves admitting that there is so very much that we can learn from others. That is a mark of the sort of humility that teachability demands.

3. Teachability involves analytical thinking.

A teachable person is someone who analyzes and rationally processes all that he reads, hears, and sees. Both discernment and logic have fallen on hard times in our culture. In a day of postmodernity, where illogical depraved ethics rule societal conversations and agendas, many have forfeited an interest in knowing how to philosophically, ethically, and rationally analyze.

A teachable person analyses his or her own thoughts, standing ready to find flaws with his or her own thought processes. Teachable people also constantly analyze the words and actions of others. A God-honoring teachability seeks to guide the analysis process by means of God’s word. Teachable people seek to examine themselves, the world, and those around them by the searching lens of Scripture.

4. Teachability entails interest.

A teachable person shows interest in what they are seeking to learn and in that in which they are seeking to grow. Almost nothing is more demeaning than when people check out in disinterest when a person is seeking to teach them something. Whether this happens in conversations or in the classroom, disinterest is a mark of a lack of teachability. When we want to learn from others, we show an interest in them and in that about which they are seeking to teach us.

Interest does not simply involve listening. It also involves asking questions and interacting. Jesus exhibited this quality as a twelve-year-old boy when he was interacting with the religious teachers in the temple. As Luke tells us:

After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. (Luke 2:46-47)

5. Teachability necessitates diligence.

The teachable man or woman is the diligent man or woman. The more that a teachable person learns, the more he or she wants to learn. The more that a teachable person grows and develops, the more he or she desires growth and development. The Scriptures constantly hold forth diligence, and its reward, as one of the foremost virtues of a wise and teachable person (Prov. 1:28; 8:17; 10:4; 13:4; 21:5; 27:23). By way of contrast, nothing reveals a lack of teachability so much as laziness and a desire to please oneself.

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Rev. Nick Batzig is an associate editor for Ligonier Ministries and a pastor at Wayside Presbyterian Church (PCA). He formerly served as the organizing pastor of New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Richmond Hill, Georgia.

This article is adapted from “Teachability” at feedingonchrist.com.

5 Essential Traits of Teachable People — BLOG – Beautiful Christian Life

Ministry leaders’ rush to empathize with Ravi Zacharias is beyond alarming | Religion News Service

It is deeply troubling to see so many men, especially in ministry leadership, find a more immediate connection with the abuser rather than the abused.

In this May 29, 2020, file photo, images of Ravi Zacharias are displayed in the Passion City Church during a memorial service for him in Atlanta. A posthumous sex scandal involving Zacharias, who founded the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, has placed the global organization in a wrenching predicament. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

In this May 29, 2020, file photo, images of Ravi Zacharias are displayed in the Passion City Church during a memorial service for him in Atlanta. A posthumous sex scandal involving Zacharias, who founded the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, has placed the global organization in a wrenching predicament. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

February 19, 2021


(RNS) — There is a reckoning taking place in the evangelical church as more and more people are becoming aware of the reality of spiritual and sexual abuse — and their prevalence in many churches.

There is also a reckoning taking place among evangelical leaders as they confront and respond to these abuses coming to light. 

Sadly, the responses from many of these esteemed Christian leaders are falling woefully short. Instead of healing, they are serving to further wound and even traumatize God’s people.

This is most recently evident in the way many leaders have reacted to the dark secrets in the life and ministry of the late Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias.

Several days ago, an independent investigation of Zacharias’ life and ministry revealed he was using his spiritual authority and ministerial resources to sexually prey on a multitude of women over the course of many years. The public also learned Zacharias was not only a sexual predator, but a spiritual abuser who twisted the Christian faith in order to justify his actions and silence his victims. 

RELATED: Report: Ravi Zacharias was guilty of sexual misconduct. RZIM board apologizes.

Instead of condemning the perverted secret life of Ravi Zacharias and empathizing with his victims, many leaders rushed to express a degree of identification and even empathy with Zacharias. From pastors to seminary professors, many declared that apart from the grace of God, they, too, would be like Zacharias. Some of these leaders even chastised others for not more readily identifying with Zacharias.

Statements like these can sound like words uttered by a non-judgmental person who is more aware of their own failings than that of another, but that is only the appearance on the surface. If we dig deeper, we can see multiple ways these statements serve to perpetuate the systems that have allowed spiritual abuse to fester.

Empathy for abuser rather than victim

A healthy response from someone who has been made aware of abuse is not a consideration of how they could be like the abuser, but rather a connection with the abused.

A healthy empathetic person considers the experience and pain of the victim as an image-bearer of God and may connect with an individual on a more personal level, such as, “this could’ve been me, my spouse, my child or other relatives.”

It is deeply troubling to see so many men, especially in ministry leadership, find a more immediate connection with abusers rather than the abused. For many of God’s people, especially women, this creates real concerns for their own safety in religious environments. If the only thing keeping a man from becoming a predator or abuser is God’s grace, then what happens if that grace fails like it supposedly did in the life of an exposed abuser?

Photo courtesy of Pixabay/Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of Pixabay/Creative Commons

What is keeping these other leaders from having a “misstep in grace” and preying on women and children under their care? What does this say about God’s grace — is it truly amazing if it apparently fails again and again?

Connecting the refrain “it could’ve been me” with the abuser rather than with the victim is a massive red flag to the vulnerable and is a profoundly unhealthy outlook on the part of those with power.

A flawed view of sanctification

Another issue with statements such as “Apart from the grace of God, it could’ve been me” is that it presents a profoundly flawed view of sanctification.

We all struggle with sin. The work of the Holy Spirit in our lives is a life-long process whereby he cleanses us of all of our sin and idols (Ezekiel 36:22-28), but there are also forms of wickedness that are not to even be named among the people of God, especially in the realm of sexual immorality (Ephesians 5:3-5 & I Corinthians 5:1-2).

The Holy Spirit’s ministry is to produce a new birth, sanctify and ultimately glorify. If someone is a Christian and yet a mere grace misstep away from falling into the extremely scandalous sin of sexual predation or abuse, what of their sanctification? Abusers don’t merely slip and fall into abuse; it is the bitter fruit of patterned compromises of sin.

Abuse is not normal, and being an abuser or sexual predator is not within the normal spectrum of sin struggles; it is deviant not only within the church but among the wider world.

I agree that all Christians, especially ministry leaders, should watch their life and doctrine closely. However, it’s troubling to see so many Christian ministers confess they could be the next Zacharias. As a Christian soul care provider who spends a great deal of time caring for women survivors of abuse, I have confidence most of them are deeply alarmed by these sentiments.

We all struggle with temptation, but are so many really that close to the edge of using ministry funds to prey on women who trust them, to open spas as a cover for sexual assault and potentially rape, to use NDAs & ministry connections to destroy the lives of those whom they victimized?

Ravi Zacharias addresses a crowd gathered on the National Mall for Together 2016 in Washington. Photo courtesy of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM)

Ravi Zacharias addresses a crowd gathered on the National Mall for Together 2016 in Washington. Photo courtesy of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM)

If so, I fear the warning here is not merely to watch your life but to repent and believe in the gospel. The call isn’t merely to reflect on your sin nature but to place your faith in Christ and experience the chains of sin being broken as you are crucified with Christ and raised with him again as a new creation (Romans 6).

The Holy Spirit converts and sanctifies, but if God’s grace is the only thing keeping you from becoming a notorious sexual predator, then you are not working out your salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12); you are still in bondage to sin.

RELATED: Is the evangelical view of sex at the root of our sex scandals?

The dangers of false humility

We should all make sober assessments of ourselves and where we are in our pursuit of Christlikeness. With that said, we must also be aware of false humility, which masks itself as self-deprecation.

True humility is having an accurate assessment of oneself in light of God. Pride is a two-sided coin that either thinks too highly of oneself or thinks too lowly. Both are pride because each requires you to be self-consumed rather than self-aware.

If a person is truly struggling with sexual sin and temptation to the point of potentially becoming a sexual predator, it would be humility for them to confess and acknowledge this reality and seek help accordingly. If they are a person with any degree of spiritual authority or power, they should withdraw from ministry immediately and seek professional help.

If a person is not on the precipice of falling into patterns of sexual predation and is stating they could be the next Zacharias, it seems to me they are expressing false humility. The outcome of this false humility is a normalizing of abusive and predatory behavior.

Words are powerful. They have the power to encourage and heal, as well as the ability to wound deeply. Words can both abuse and traumatize, and when used carelessly, they can trigger past trauma as well. 

It is for this reason James warns us we must be careful with our tongues and the words we utter with them — the tongue, he wrote, is like a fire that can set entire lives ablaze. We often apply this text to all, but James was addressing a specific group of people.

In the first verse of James 3, we can find the audience to whom James is issuing his warning, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” The context of James 3 should concern all Christian leaders because of the impact words can have when they come from a person with spiritual authority.

Christian leaders, we must understand our speech matters. How we speak about abuse matters. We will be judged by God if we are not careful, and we wound sheep with words of misplaced empathy or speech that enable abusers to thrive.

We must never downplay abuse or use our tongues to utter words that normalize it. When we speak, we must be decisive in our condemnation of predatory sin, and we must empathize with victims rather than abusers.

We must allow the words of Proverbs 17:15 to guide how we speak about abuse and sexual predation; “He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the LORD.”

(Kyle J. Howard is a public theologian and trauma informed soul care provider. Find him on Twitter: @KyleJamesHoward. The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Religion News Service.)

RELATED: Ravi Zacharias posthumously defrocked, ministry suspends fundraising after abuse report

— Read on religionnews.com/2021/02/19/ministry-leaders-rush-to-empathize-with-ravi-zacharias-is-beyond-alarming/

Ravi Zacharias Was Not Some Average Sinner in the Church. He Was a Predator With a Profound Psychiatric Problem — The Wartburg Watch

This is not just just one of those normal sin problems.

There is a term that is being used on social media that is quite helpful. *Sin-leveling.* This is something that is often seen in Calvinista circles. Basically, it means that all sin is equal in God’s eyes. Except, even a cursory reading of the Old Testament, will inform the curious that there are different punishments for different violations of the law. Even our judicial system has various punishments for various crimes.

Joe Carter posted Report: Ravi Zacharias Engaged in Sexual Abuse on The Gospel Coalition’s website.

Carter does a good job outlining the findings of the law firm that investigated RZIM. Here are a couple of statements from the post that I want to focus on. The bold highlights were put there by me for emphasis.

  • How could a man who was so beloved and respected commit such acts against these women and against a holy God? I believe it was because of a dangerous mix of inflated entitlement, unwarranted secrecy, and cheap grace.
  • What renown can do, however, is inflame a person’s sense of entitlement.
  • The deference and respect that come with the position can lead some to think they deserve such deference because of who they are, and not because of the role they serve.
  • They begin to think the sacrifices they make for the job should be offset by making allowances for their behavior—including sinful behavior—because they are “Great Men.

Carter then makes the argument that this is all about *cheap grace.* He quotes Bonhoeffer of whom I am a fan.

  • Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.

Here is where he makes his biggest mistake.

  • Like other disgraced leaders, Zacharias knew, “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good”
  • The lesson is that if we want to become Great Men who do great and mighty works for the kingdom, we are just as vulnerable to such sin as any celebrity.

What is his mistake?

Carter puts the incredible and extensive depravity of RZ’s actions into a category of “we are just as vulnerable to such sin as any celebrity.*  Really? Are RZ’s actions indicative of garden variety, besetting sins of average Christians? Let’s look at these normal sins…

  • 200+ pictures of women on his phone
  • Continued contact with women up until a few months before his death
  • Massage therapists traveling with him
  • Sexual abuse of the massage therapists
  • Importation of women from several countries to *work with him.*
  • Two apartments in Bangcock, Thailand which is known for its sex industry which involves human trafficking.

The savvy readers of TWW are already predicting what I am about to say. However, just so you don’t think these thoughts are limited to Joe Carter, here are more examples. Call me naive but I don’t think many of us are involved in such prolific, depraved activities.

Collin Hansen wrote, for The Gospel Coalition website, Ravi Zacharias and the Judgment of God

Let me remind you, Carter and Hansen are not some pastors they found to write a post about RZ. Hansen is the editor-in-chief for TGC and Carter is an editor for TGC. It is my opinion that they represent the shared viewpoint of many leaders who run in these circles. We need to pay attention to what these two say since it will help us to understand the view of their associates on the issues surrounding RZ’s incredible depravity. Is it just a simple sin issue as they seem to indicate?

  • Many people who worked for Zacharias will suffer because they trusted him, even when allegations began to surface.
  • I don’t see a lot of surprise, because his abuse looks like the pattern of sexual exploitation we’ve come to understand from men who betray trust.

One thing that I don’t understand is the surprise that is being expressed by these men, their friends, and those who worked for RZIM. Do they read their Bibles? Aren’t the Scriptures replete with examples of men who did really bad things? Frankly, I was not surprised in the least. In 2015, a cursory look at RZ’s biography made me realize that he was a serial liar and that there would be other stories to come. Yet those who surrounded RZ and those who asked him to speak, etc. didn’t do what I had done which was to look up to his biography and see if it was true. The information was readily available. We are left with a question. Why didn’t they do the same? Or, even more concerning, did they know and cover it up?

  • No one can know what transpired between Zacharias and God at his judgment, whether he understood what he’d done and repented of his sins and pleaded on the blood of Christ for forgiveness.
  • But we do know God’s justice is being done, one way or another. And the sexually immoral, apart from the righteousness of Christ, do not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9–10).

RZIM and BFFs knew that he lied about his bio. Yet, they never seemed to ask any more questions. They never asked why a guy needs 24/7 access to massage therapists. They ignored what was readily available. Were they just too lazy to check it out for themselves? Or did they already suspect and didn’t want to rock the boat? There is no excuse, no matter the answer.

  • The world loves its heroes, but it’s also learning to believe victims, now that we’ve heard from more and more of them. Abusers may be able to switch towns, change churches, and start new ministries, but the internet will not allow them to evade scrutiny.
  • Sex is increasingly disembodied with the ubiquity of porn. Abuse follows the same pattern. Ministry policies for prevention and protection must fully account for this shift.

And he had to get the old *submit and obey* in there. The TGC crowd expects it.

  • Human accountability is good. But it can’t match accountability from God, who alone knows and sees all. That’s why we can obey our leaders and submit to them. They will give an account, as Zacharias must now (Heb. 13:17).

In the meantime, even he had to admit that Zacharias probably had help in keeping things on the down-low.

  • Zacharias went to extraordinary lengths to cover for his abuse. And he seemed to have help.

Hansen makes a good point here even though he, as well as Carter, missed the even bigger problem.

  • I don’t think I’ve ever seen a ministry in which tens of millions of dollars in revenue and multiple family members in leadership positions has ended well.

He sums it up and almost gets there but he whiffed it.

  • He broke our trust by first and foremost violating the trust of vulnerable, exposed women. We agonize on their behalf and beg God that no one else would suffer as they did. We lament this grievous evil.
  • Leaders, because Jesus took the form of a servant for us, we can serve others. We must not exploit them for our sexual or financial gain.

(200+women?! Seriously?)

Micheal Brown, writing for the Christian Post penned How should we respond to the Ravi Zacharias scandal?

Here are some of his thoughts. He doesn’t quite get there either.

  • It’s the same with entertaining secret sin in our lives. It may take years, even decades, before that sin catches up to us in a public, outward way. But all the while it is destroying us on the inside. All the while, we are becoming performers, having compartmentalized our lives.

He’s close to the answer at the beginning of the next statement but veered away.

  • The problem is that, for a Christian leader in particular, it is very hard to come clean and ask for help. Even if you are a loving husband who is a blue-collar worker and not a pastor or preacher, would you find it easy to tell your wife you were struggling with porn? Or you were getting pulled into an emotional relationship with a female co-worker?

He is getting there with the *get help* admonition but I bet he would disagree with me on my conclusion.

  • The tragedy is that, if we do not stop and get help, we can lead two very distinct lives, to the point of completely deceiving ourselves.
  • (re: Samson) Can you imagine that? He just had sex with a Philistine prostitute. He is guilty and he is unclean. Yet he still has his supernatural strength.

I agree with what he says here.

  • To say it again: Do not be enamored by someone’s gift.
  • In charismatic circles, it can be gifts of power that enamor us. In Reformed and non-charismatic circles, it can be gifts of eloquence or learning that enamor us. Instead, let us be careful never to exalt a person because of their gifting, which comes from God. Let us, instead, look at the quality of their life – their character, their interpersonal relationships, their integrity.
  • That’s why Jude wrote, “For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord” (Jude 4).

He does a great job in decrying the lack of accountability in ministries and almost gets there but…

  • What about you? Are you sure you want to pick up a stone?Maybe we never did what Ravi did, but have we fallen short in other ways? Have we violated God’s purity? Have we given place to unholy thoughts? Have we ever crossed dangerous lines, even a little? Have you? Have I?I suggest you put your stones down and, instead, ask some serious questions. Is there hypocrisy in your own life? Do you have secret, besetting sins? Are you leading a double life yourself? These are the questions I ask myself as well.

What did they miss? Ravi Zacharias had a profound psychiatric problem that affected him for most, if not all,  of his life.

Folks, sexual abuse is a sin, of course. But RZ’s issue went far deeper and I am having trouble finding anyone who recognizes what is going on here. ACBC (aka biblical counseling) loves to put everything under the category of simple sin. Then the solution is simple. *Just stop it.* However, intelligent people who have worked with those of have serious mental illness understand that *stopping it* is not as simple as it sounds. For some, it proves impossible, even with tremendous help and support.

RZ appears to have had some form of paraphilia. I keep referring to this paper posted on the National Institutes of Health website: Paraphilias: definition, diagnosis, and treatment, RZ’s acts were quite possibly criminal if he was involved in molesting massage therapists. Also, how sure is RZIM that all pictures of females were of females of consenting age? This behavior went on for years and involved an untold number of women.  RZ knew he was doing wrong if he truly believed in the Bible. He likely didn’t want to stop the behavior and probably could not stop it without serious intervention. He knew all sorts of people and could have received the medical and psychiatric intervention he needed. However, his behavior was so ingrained that it is quite possible that he could have had difficulty controlling his behavior, even with expert professional help.

Does anyone actually believe that the *weekend warrior* poorly trained *biblical counselors* are equipped to intervene in such an intense psychiatric problem as RZ?

Owen Strachan and friends appear to believe that, at any moment, we could all become serial molesters, and therein lies the problem.

My friend, Christine Pack nailed it on Twitter. Owen Strachan, another one of the TGC/CBMW brigade, said something silly, and Pack called him on it.

Owen Strachan and The Gospel Coalition do not appear to understand the difference between simple sin and sin compounded by complex psychiatric illness. There is no question in my mind that RZ was a deeply sick man. It should be obvious to everyone else as well.

  • Some in this group of Callvnists reject the possibility of serious mental illness that can contribute to sex abuse.
  • Some of them, like Owen Strachan, appear to believe that, at any moment, each one of us could become serial predators.
  • I know I will never become a serial molester.
  • If Owen Strachan believes he could become a molester, he needs to get help, immediately.
  • Some sins are much worse than others. A child molester causes far more damage than a guy who cusses at a driver who cut him off.
  • Many leaders have rejected the possibility that RZ used the worldwide church to procure money, fame, and victims. I think he did.
  • I’m not sure RZ ever really believed the Christian faith. I think he saw it as a means to the end.
  • Many of RZ’s followers believed that he was a brilliant apologist. I never thought that he was. I have a great idea for a doctoral thesis. Read all of RZ’s books and lectures and find the lies and red flags.
  • He who lies in his biography is probably lying elsewhere. Anyone who lies in the biography should be forced to step down, immediately.
  • Any person who doesn’t have an earned doctorate should not be called *Doctor.* even if someone thinks they are a really good pastor.

I think we have to deal with the fact that there are probably a fair number of molesters who are involved in Christian ministry. We all have a responsibility to make sure that leaders are who they say they are. And the next time some pastor claims he needs a full-time masseuse, dump him quickly.

Ravi Zacharias Was Not Some Average Sinner in the Church. He Was a Predator With a Profound Psychiatric Problem —

Voters NOW believe Joe Biden is a ‘puppet’ of the far-left | WND

For much of the 2020 presidential election campaign, many critics of Joe Biden charged he was catering to the extremists in the Democratic Party.

They warned that in his effort to attract votes he would advocate policies that were not in alignment with mainstream America.

The Sun reported Biden was being described in the political world as a “puppet of Nancy Pelosi and ‘far-left Democrats.'”

In a recent interview with Paul Bedard’s “Washington Secrets” column,Donald Trump Jr. said many Biden voters now “realize that they have been played,” that he’s “not the moderate nice guy that they made him out to be.”

“He’s a puppet of the radical Left, and he’s their dream guy because they’ll sign whatever they put in front of them, and he doesn’t know the difference.”

Now, a new Rasmussen poll finds 54% of likely voters think Biden is a “puppet of the left.”

Only 40% disagreed.

“Less than a month after President Joe Biden’s inauguration, most voters believe the Democrat is ‘a puppet of the radical left’ and not the moderate ‘nice guy’ he was portrayed as being during the election campaign,” Rasmussen said.

“Not only do 82% of Republicans agree with Trump Jr.’s statement, but so do 27% of Democrats and 54% of voters not affiliated with either major party,” the report said.

The survey found 49% of likely voters believe the left wing has too much influence over Biden.

Ramussen contacted 1,000 likely voters Feb. 16-17.

— Read on www.wnd.com/2021/02/voters-now-believe-joe-biden-puppet-left/

Let’s Review 50 Years Of Dire Climate Forecasts And What Actually Happened | ZeroHedge

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk,

Here are 21 headlines from various news sources regarding dire climate predictions over the last 50 years. Many of the predictions are outrageously funny.

Climate Forecast Headline Predictions

  1. 1967 Salt Lake Tribune: Dire Famine Forecast by 1975, Already Too Late

  2. 1969 NYT: “Unless we are extremely lucky, everyone will disappear in a cloud of blue steam in 20 years. The situation will get worse unless we change our behavior.

  3. 1970 Boston Globe: Scientist Predicts New Ice Age by 21st Century said James P. Lodge, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. 

  4. 1971 Washington Post: Disastrous New Ice Age Coming says S.I. Rasool at NASA. 

  5. 1972 Brown University Letter to President Nixon: Warning on Global Cooling 

  6. 1974 The Guardian: Space Satellites Show Ice Age Coming Fast

  7. 1974 Time Magazine: Another Ice Age “Telling signs everywhere.  Since the 1940s mean global temperatures have dropped 2.7 degrees F.”

  8. 1974 “Ozone Depletion a Great Peril to Life” University of Michigan Scientist

  9. 1976 NYT The Cooling: University of Wisconsin climatologist Stephen Schneider laments about the “deaf ear his warnings received.”

  10. 1988 Agence France Press: Maldives will be Completely Under Water in 30 Years. 

  11. 1989 Associated Press: UN Official Says Rising Seas to ‘Obliterate Nations’ by 2000.

  12. 1989 Salon: New York City’s West Side Highway underwater by 2019 said Jim Hansen the scientist who lectured Congress in 1988 about the greenhouse effect.

  13. 2000 The Independent: “Snowfalls are a thing of the past. Our children will not know what snow is,” says senior climate researcher.

  14. 2004 The Guardian:  The Pentagon Tells Bush Climate Change Will Destroy Us. “Britain will be Siberian in less than 20 years,” the Pentagon told Bush.

  15. 2008 Associate Press: NASA Scientist says “We’re Toast. In 5-10 years the Arctic will be Ice Free”

  16. 2008 Al Gore: Al Gore warns of ice-free Arctic by 2013.

  17. 2009 The Independent: Prince Charles says Just 96 Months to Save the World. “The price of capitalism is too high.”

  18. 2009 The Independent: Gordon Brown says “We have fewer than 50 days  to save our planet from catastrophe.”

  19.  2013 The Guardian: The Arctic will be Ice Free in Two Years. “The release of a 50 gigaton of methane pulse” will destabilize the planet.

  20. 2013 The Guardian: US Navy Predicts Ice Free Arctic by 2016. “The US Navy’s department of Oceanography uses complex modeling to makes its forecast more accurate than others.

  21. 2014 John Kerry: “We have 500 days to Avoid Climate Chaos” discussed Sec of State John Kerry and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabious at a joint meeting.

The above items are thanks to 50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions.

The article has actual news clips and links to everyone of the above stories.

What Happened to the Glaciers?

On January 17, 2020 Montana Public Radio reported Scientists Predicted Glacier Park’s Glaciers Would Be Gone By Now. What Happened?

Last week, Glacier National Park announced that it will be changing signs warning that its signature glaciers would disappear by 2020. The park says the signs, put in more than a decade ago, were based on the best available predictions at the time.

In terms of the predictions, the latest that I’ve seen actually comes from a group of Swiss researchers. So I would have to look at their results in more detail than is possible from looking at the paper they published to be able to say definitively when all the glaciers are are hosed and no longer present, but certainly by 2100.

New Predictions and Stories 

Ocasio-Cortez called the fight to mitigate the effects of climate change her generation’s “World War II.” 

“Millennials and Gen Z and all these folks that come after us are looking up, and we’re like, ‘The world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change, and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?’ ” she said.

OAC then blasted the GOP for taking her doomsday prediction literally. 

We have had 50 years of this kind of BS and yes, many people do take it literally.

On February 7 2020, she unleashed her Stunningly Absurd “New Green Deal” that suggests she was serious.

  1. Upgrade all existing buildings in the US

  2. 100% clean power

  3. Support family farms

  4. Universal access to healthy food

  5. Zero-emission vehicle infrastructure

  6. Remove greenhouse gasses form the atmosphere

  7. Eliminate unfair competition

  8. Affordable access to electricity

  9. Create high-quality union jobs that pay prevailing wages

  10. Guaranteeing a job with a family sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United States

More $90 Trillion Solutions

In 2015, Business Insider noted A Plan Is Floating Around Davos To Spend $90 Trillion Redesigning All The Cities So They Don’t Need Cars

The $90 trillion proposal came from former US vice president Al Gore, former president of Mexico Felipe Calderon, and their colleagues on The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. 

Where is the CO2 Coming From?

CO2 Stats

  • Please note that the US reduced its carbon footprint from 6.13 billion tons in 2007 to 5.28 billion tons in 2019.

  • Meanwhile, China increased its footprint from 6.86 billion tons in 2019 to 10.17 billion tons in 2019.

  • In the same timeframe, global output rose from 31.29 billion tons to 36.44 billion tons.

  • In 2007, the US accounted for 19.6% of the total global carbon footprint.

  • In 2019, the US accounted for only 14.5% of the total global footprint.

Key Questions

  1. How much money are we willing to spend to reduce our 14.5% and falling percentage of carbon emissions?

  2. What would it cost to cut that by half in 10 years?

  3. Assuming we could cut that in half in 10 years, what would it do to total carbon output?

  4. By what force do we get China, India, and all the developing economies in the Mideast and Africa to reduce their carbon output?

  5. Assuming we achieve number 4 peacefully by some sort of economic buyout like cap-and-trade what is the cost to the US?

  6. What about inflation?

  7. Sure, China is producing goods for the US and EU but do we want that to stop? When? Why? How? Cost?

  8. Does not China, India, Africa, etc., have the right to improve their standards of living?

  9. What do the above points imply about the US standard of living?

  10. How the hell do we pay for this?

Looking ahead over the next 100 years, the US is a minor part of the carbon problem.

Bonus Geopolitical Q&A

Q: What happened when Merkel went along with the Greens and did away with nuclear?
A: Germany imports more coal-based energy from neighboring states and is more dependent on Russia for natural gas.

Q: Is wind and solar ever going to make a serious dent in China’s growing energy demands.
A: No

Q: What happened in France when Macron pushed through a gas tax to support the Green movement?
A: How quick we forget the Yellow-Vest Revolt that went on for months.

I have yet to see AOC, John Kerry, any Mish reader, or anyone else address any of the above questions in detail.

Final Questions to All Those Demanding Government Do Something

What the hell are you doing?

The #1 thing someone can proactively do eliminate their carbon footprint is to stop breathing.

Since that seems a bit impractical, the #2 thing someone can do is not have kids.

Instead, most demand the government do something. What?

Until someone can put a realistic price on this while addressing my questions, forgive me for not agreeing that a total rise in the ocean of 3 inches in the last 20 years is the existential threat of our time.

Politicians Will Not Solve the Problem

Clean Energy

I am a big fan of natural gas and believe it is clean energy. The byproduct of burning natural gas is carbon dioxide and water.

Neither is a pollutant in any way shape or form. Plants even need carbon dioxide to survive.

Coal is another matter.

Burning coal releases SO2 and NOx pollutants that cause Acid Rain, huge respiratory problems and will devastate forests.

If the atmosphere is polluted with sulfur dioxide (SO2) or nitrogen oxides (NOx), rain becomes oxidized by ozone (O3) or hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to form H2SO4 or HNO3 before falling to the ground. They are known respectively as sulfuric and nitric acid.

Acid rain will dissolve panty hose on the spot.

There is a huge difference between burning coal and burning natural gas.

Anti-Coal, Pro-Natural Gas

For environmental reasons, I am anti-coal but very much in favor of Natural Gas. And that has been my position forever. 

I am totally fine with eliminating coal for environmental reasons but to expect China to be 100% wind and solar is nonsense. 

There is no reason for Germany to abandon nuclear power and the results have been anything but green.

Libertarian Philosophy

Many of my readers blame me and Libertarians in general. They understand neither.

As noted above I am anti-coal. Why? It pollutes with SO2 and NOx causing acid, respiratory illnesses, and it kills fish.  

I have seen too many environmental cleanups. I have never commented on this before but my degree at the University of Illinois was in Environmental Engineering.

I have bashed China’s air and water pollution consistently for decades. I have bashed Germany’s diesel industry consistently too. 

Doing nothing about actual poison and doing nothing about CO2 are two very different things. 

There is nothing Libertarian about letting companies pollute then walk away in bankruptcy. 

One clever reader researched my coal and water pollution stance and noted I said the same things in 2006. Indeed I did. 

My position has been consistent.

Don’t Accept 100% of the Climate Change Story and You Get Labeled a Racist

There we numerous global cooling warnings in the 60s and 70s and that is what we were taught in school. I did not believe the hype then, and I do not believe the hype now.

Point any of this out and guess what happens: You Get Labeled a Racist, as I did.

I am grateful that 50 years of sensational headline now look laughable, but they keep coming and coming.

Why should anyone take these models seriously? 

No Wonder People Don’t Believe the Hype

How many times did we hear the arctic ice would all be gone by now? That Miami if not all of Florida would be underwater? 

Flashback 2010: The glaciers will all disappear by 2020. Now the best estimate is another 80 years. 

Flashback 1989: UN Official Says Rising Seas to ‘Obliterate Nations’ by 2000. What a hoot.

Flashback 2009: Gordon Brown UK Chancellor of the Exchequer says “We have fewer than 50 days to save our planet from catastrophe.” Hmm. Have 50 days passed? 

Flashback 1969: “Everyone will disappear in a cloud of blue steam in 20 years. The situation will get worse unless we change our behavior.

That’s my favorite.

A Word About Predictions and Urgency

Believe in man-made climate change all you want. There is some truth to it although the models have not been remotely accurate to say the least.

After 50 years of nonsense hype, it’s no wonder anyone with a modicum of common sense is more than a bit skeptical of these dire predictions and the alleged urgency to do something immediately about them.

If after all these now laughable headlines, you still have faith in the predictions, why? 

And if you don’t believe the predictions, then do you still want to spend $90 trillion to solve the alleged problem?

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/political/lets-review-50-years-dire-climate-forecasts-and-what-actually-happened

News Roundup & Comment — VCY America

Date:  February 19, 2021  
Host: Jim Schneider   
MP3  ​​​| Order


This edition of the ‘Round-Up’ was highlighted by news concerning 2 important bills: The Equality Act and the Minor Consent for Vaccinations Act of 2020:  

–Jim began with a report from Pastor Tony Evans concerning the aftermath of the Texas storm and how it’s impacted their ministry as they were trying to help others.

–The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote next week on the radical, pro-LGBT Equality Act.  It would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include sex, sexual orientation and gender identity as expressly recognized non-discrimination categories.  Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel will break down this act on Monday’s Crosstalk.  

–The Southern Poverty Law Center is joining a coalition and calling on Congress to pass the so-called Equality Act.

–Page 25 of the Equality Act communicates that there will be no exemptions/protections for Christian schools, churches, ministries, homeless shelters, etc. from this act.  This includes the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

–The Washington, D.C., Minor Consent for Vaccinations Act of 2020 (D.C. Bill 23-171) is now in Congress.  It’s a D.C. law that would allow for children as young as age 11 to give legally binding consent to receive a vaccine and would prohibit the provider of that vaccine from recording the vaccine in the child’s medical record.  It would require the provider to send the record only to the child’s school and would prohibit the school from recording the vaccination on any record that the parents might see.  It also prohibits the insurance carrier from sending an explanation of benefits form that lists the vaccination.

–A new book, Black Lives Matter at School, lays out how the entire system of K-12 education in America could be transformed to carry out the agenda of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

–A Michigan realtor is fired for publicly stating that All Lives Matter.

–Madison, Wisconsin, is attempting to ban white people from police oversight boards. 

–San Francisco is suing its own school district to order the reopening of classrooms  due to the high number of suicides among children during the pandemic.

–Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki  will not guarantee that the COVID relief funds meant to help struggling small businesses will not be used to help kill babies in abortions.

–2 Senate committees will be holding hearings next week on President Biden’s nomination of Xavier Becerra to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.  

–South Dakota legislators lead the way this week with 3 bills that protect the lives of children.

You’ll hear much more when you review this edition of Crosstalk.

More Information

To communicate your concerns regarding the Equality Act (H.R. 5 in the House) call 202-225-3121.  The Senate switchboard number is 202-224-3121.  The legislation can be viewed at congress.gov.

To contact your legislators concerning the Minor Consent for Vaccinations Act of 2020 (D.C. Bill 23-171), call 202-225-3121 (House) or 202-224-3121 (Senate).  The veto resolution in the House is called HJR 25.  In the Senate it’s SJR-7.  If they are passed, these resolutions would veto Bill 23-171.

News Roundup & Comment — VCY America

February 19 Evening Quotes of The Day

A Little Means More
Proverbs 4:18; Matthew 13:12; 25:29; Mark 4:25; Luke 19:26

He that lives up to a little light shall have more light; he that lives up to a little knowledge shall have more knowledge; he that lives up to a little faith shall have more faith; and he that lives up to a little love shall have more love.


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

The Saints Are Free; Others Are Slaves to Sin
John 8:34–36; Romans 6:6, 16–22; 2 Corinthians 3:17; 4:8–10; Galatians 4:31; 1 Peter 2:16; 2 Peter 2:19

The saints are at their liberty, although they be never so narrowly looked to and shut up in custody. They are victors and vanquishers, howsoever they are bound and oppressed; finally, they enjoy most exquisite pleasures even when they are vexed with most infinite evils. I know that the children of this world mock and scoff at these pleasures and liberty of the faithful believers, as though they were mere dreams and fantasies of very fools and asses; but God soundly pays them home for their scoffs and mockery, not in the world to come only, but also in this present life, while they themselves, like miserable caitiffs, being in extreme captivity, notwithstanding even in that slavery think themselves at liberty and in most absolute felicity. For they serve a filthy service in detestable slavery, making themselves slaves to abominable whoredom, to beastly mad drunkenness, to the wicked mammon, and to other most vile pleasures, wherein they die and rot with endless shame and infamy.


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

February 19 Evening Verse of the Day

6:11 In Rom. 6:1–13, three essential elements of the sanctification process are given: (1) know what salvation means (v. 3); (2) reckon or consider yourself to be dead to sin (present imperative); and (3) present yourself and the parts of your body to God as instruments of righteousness (present imperative, v. 13). We are called to live experientially what we are positionally. That sanctification requires our active involvement is clearly evident.[1]

6:11 consider yourselves. Recognize that what has been said in vv. 1–10 is already the truth about yourself.[2]

6:11 alive to God Like Christ, believers live for God and are empowered to do His will.[3]

6:11 Dead to sin means dead to the pervasive love for and ruling power of sin. Christians must realize that the mastery of sin has been broken in their lives (see note on v. 6).[4]

6:11 Even so. This implies the importance of his readers’ knowing what he just explained. Without that foundation, what he is about to teach will not make sense. Scripture always identifies knowledge as the foundation for one’s practice (cf. Col 3:10). consider. This word was often used metaphorically to refer to having an absolute, unreserved confidence in what one’s mind knows to be true—the kind of heartfelt confidence that affects his actions and decisions. Paul is not referring to mind games in which we trick ourselves into thinking a certain way. Rather he is urging us to embrace by faith what God has revealed to be true. dead to sin. See vv. 2–7. in Christ. Paul’s favorite expression of our union with Christ. This is its first occurrence in Romans (cf. Eph 1:3–14).[5]

6:11 — Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

One day, the sin that still dwells in our unredeemed bodies will be eradicated. Until then, we are to draw on the power of the Spirit to put to death the sin that still wants to express itself, and obey God for His glory.[6]

6:11 Reckon is an accounting term that means “to take into account,” “calculate,” or “decide.” Verses 3–10 reveal the truth that believers have already died to sin because they have participated in Jesus’ death. Since believers have died with Christ and have also been raised with Him, Paul now urges Christians to consider themselves dead … to sin. Although before conversion they were still enslaved to the power of sin, now they are free to resist it.[7]

6:11. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin. Believers must adopt an attitude by reckoning themselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Paul does not only mean to draw an inference from v 10, but to the entire set of truths mentioned from vv 1–10. Christians are commanded continually to “calculate” (logizesthe; cf. 4:3) the reality of being positionally dead to sin in Christ Jesus, and alive to God’s new, powerful realm of existence (v 10).[8]

6:11 Paul has described what is true of us positionally. Now he turns to the practical outworking of this truth in our lives. We are to RECKON ourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

To reckon here means to accept what God says about us as true and to live in the light of it. Ruth Paxson writes:

[It means] believing what God says in Romans 6:6 and knowing it as a fact in one’s own personal salvation. This demands a definite act of faith, which results in a fixed attitude toward “the old man.” We will see him where God sees him—on the Cross, put to death with Christ. Faith will operate continuously to keep him where grace placed him. This involves us very deeply, for it means that our hearty consent has been given to God’s condemnation of and judgment upon that old “I” as altogether unworthy to live and as wholly stripped of any further claims upon us. The first step in a walk of practical holiness is this reckoning upon the crucifixion of “the old man.”

We reckon ourselves dead to sin when we respond to temptation as a dead man would. One day Augustine was accosted by a woman who had been his mistress before his conversion. When he turned and walked away quickly, she called after him, “Augustine, it’s me! it’s me!” Quickening his pace, he called back over his shoulder, “Yes, I know, but it’s no longer me!” What he meant was that he was dead to sin and alive to God. A dead man has nothing to do with immorality, lying, cheating, gossiping, or any other sin.

Now we are alive to God in Christ Jesus. This means that we are called to holiness, worship, prayer, service, and fruitbearing.[9]

6:11. Here, for the first time in Romans, Paul gives a true command, the first application of the entire book. Consider means “to count, compute, calculate, take into account, to make account of” something, and here means “a deliberate and sober judgment on the basis of the facts one has.” The believer is not commanded to “put the old sin nature to death” as he is in Eph 4:22 and Col 3:9 (see the comments there), for this is done for him and her by God at the moment of conversion. Rather, believers are commanded to understand these profound facts, and failure to do so amounts to sin (cf. Jms 4:17).[10]

6:11. In the simplest of terms, Paul says that the way we are to experience what Jesus experienced (in the same way that he is free from sin to live to God) is to count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God. Count yourselves—so far, this has been something that God has done to us, and now Paul says we are to do it to ourselves. For instance, in Romans 4:3 Paul says that “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him [counted to him] as righteousness.” That forms the basis of Paul’s argument in Romans 4 that God likewise will credit righteousness to the account (count yourselves) of those who exercise faith like Abraham did.

The word is logizomai which can mean “to count,” “to credit,” “to think.” In the numerous times Paul uses the word in his epistles, the NIV translates it with the following semantic range: “think” (Rom. 2:3; 2 Cor. 11:5; 12:6; Phil. 4:8), “regard” (Rom. 2:26; 9:8; 14:14; 1 Cor. 4:1), “maintain” (Rom. 3:28), “credit” (Rom. 4:3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 22, 23, 24; Gal. 3:6), “count” (Rom. 4:8; 6:11; 2 Cor 5:19), “consider” (Rom. 8:18, 36; 2 Cor. 10:7; Phil. 3:13), “keep a record” (1 Cor. 13:5), “reason” (1 Cor. 13:11), “claim” (2 Cor. 3:5), “expect” (2 Cor. 10:2), “realize” (2 Cor. 10:11), “hold” (2 Tim. 4:16). Anyone who ever doubted the richness of the English language will appreciate the depth and variety of terms used to translate a single Greek word.

Logizomai is from logos, an idea embodied in a word (or, in the case of Christ, a person). Logizomai here is present middle imperative, a command to be carried out upon oneself: count yourselves. In essence, logizomai says that words have meaning. When believers in Christ arrive in heaven one day, they will see Abraham, Why? Because God declared that Abraham was righteous. What God said had meaning, and the results of it will be shown when we arrive in heaven and see Abraham, just like God said. In the same way, if God says those who have died and been raised with Christ are dead to sin, they are dead to sin.

This is not a word game, or a matter of positive thinking. It is a matter of conforming our minds and renewing our minds (Rom. 12:2) to the truth from God’s perspective. It is a matter of believing (and coming to understand experientially) that when God speaks truth … because his words are alive they bear fruit and produce results (Isa. 55:11; Heb. 4:12). God’s words change things (Mark 4:39) and people (Mark 2:9–12). So when God says that the believer in Christ is dead to sin as a result of identification with the death and resurrection of Christ, that person has, in fact, been changed from being a person alive to sin to being a person dead to sin.

Because words are how we communicate and think, and because different words will strike a responsive note in different people different ways, the entire semantic range of a concept like logizomia is helpful to meditate upon:



[that is …]


that this is true.


count yourselves …


think for yourselves, regard yourselves as, maintain for yourselves, credit yourselves, consider yourselves, keep a record for yourselves, reason with yourselves, claim for yourselves, expect for yourselves, realize for yourselves, hold onto for yourselves …


… dead to sin.[11]


6:11 “Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin,” This is a PRESENT MIDDLE (deponent) IMPERATIVE. This is an ongoing, habitual command for believers. Christians’ knowledge of Christ’s work on their behalf is crucial for daily life. The term “consider” (cf. 4:4, 9), was an accounting term that meant “carefully add it up” and then act on that knowledge. Verses 1–11 acknowledged one’s position in Christ (positional sanctification) while 12–13 emphasized walking in Him (progressive sanctification). See Special Topic at v. 4.[12]

11. So then you yourselves should also consider yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

At this point doctrine makes way for exhortation. What has been established, namely, that believers are in principle dead to sin and alive to Christ, must become the abiding conviction of their hearts and minds, the take-off point for all their thinking, planning, rejoicing, speaking, doing. They must constantly bear in mind that they are no longer what they used to be. Their lives from day to day must show that they have not forgotten this. They are “in Christ”: chosen “in him” (Eph. 1:4), redeemed “in him” (Eph. 1:7), living “in him” (Gal. 2:20; Phil. 1:21; 2 Tim. 3:12). Christ’s righteousness has been imputed to them. His Spirit has been poured out into their hearts. In a sense it is true that when Christ died, they died with him. When he arose, they arose with him. Cf. 2 Cor. 5:14, 15.

What may well be the best commentary on Rom. 6:11 is Paul’s own: “If then you were raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. On the things that are above set your minds, not on the things that are upon the earth. For you died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ (who is) our life is manifested, you also will be manifested with him in glory” (Col. 3:1–4).[13]

We must count ourselves dead to sin but alive to God (11)

We could put it in this way. If Christ’s death was a death to sin (which it was), and if his resurrection was a resurrection to God (which it was), and if by faith-baptism we have been united to Christ in his death and resurrection (which we have been), then we ourselves have died to sin and risen to God. We must therefore ‘reckon’ (av), ‘consider’ (rsv), ‘regard’ (neb), ‘look upon’ (jbp) or count (niv) ourselves dead to sin but alive to God in, or by reason of our union with, Christ Jesus (11).

This ‘reckoning’ is not make-believe. It is not screwing up our faith to believe what we do not believe. We are not to pretend that our old nature has died, when we know perfectly well it has not. Instead we are to realize and remember that our former self did die with Christ, thus putting an end to its career. We are to consider what in fact we are, namely dead to sin and alive to God (11), like Christ (10). Once we grasp this, that our old life has ended, with the score settled, the debt paid and the law satisfied, we shall want to have nothing more to do with it.

Let me revert to John Jones. We saw that his life was divided into two halves, his biography into two volumes. Volume 1 ended with the judicial death of his former self; volume 2 opened with his resurrection. He must remember these facts about himself. It is not to pretence that Paul calls him, but to reflection and recollection. He has to keep reminding himself: ‘Volume 1 is long since closed. I am now living in volume 2. It is inconceivable that I should reopen volume 1, as if my death and resurrection with Christ had never taken place.’

Can a married woman live as though she were still single? Well, yes, I suppose she could. It is not impossible. But let her remember who she is. Let her feel her wedding ring, the symbol of her new life of union with her husband, and she will want to live accordingly. Can born-again Christians live as though they were still in their sins? Well, yes, I suppose they could, at least for a while. It is not impossible. But let them remember who they are. Let them recall their baptism, the symbol of their new life of union-with Christ, and they will want to live accordingly.

So the major secret of holy living is in the mind. It is in knowing (6) that our former self was crucified with Christ, in knowing (3) that baptism into Christ is baptism into his death and resurrection, and in considering (11, rsv) that through Christ we are dead to sin and alive to God. We are to recall, to ponder, to grasp, to register these truths until they are so integral to our mindset that a return to the old life is unthinkable. Regenerate Christians should no more contemplate a return to unregenerate living than adults to their childhood, married people to their singleness or discharged prisoners to their prison cell. For our union with Jesus Christ has severed us from the old life and committed us to the new. Our baptism stands between the two like a door between two rooms, closing on the one and opening into the other. We have died, and we have risen. How can we possibly live again in what we have died to?[14]

11. You also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. This is no game of ‘let’s pretend’; believers should consider themselves to be what God in fact has made them. It is no vain exercise but one which is morally fruitful: the Spirit has come to make effective in them what Christ has done for them, and to enable them to become in daily experience, as far as may be in the present conditions of mortality, what they already are ‘in Christ Jesus’ and what they will be fully in the resurrection life. (This is the subject of 8:1–27.)[15]

11. So count ye also yourselves, &c. Now is added a definition of that analogy to which I have referred. For having stated that Christ once died to sin and lives for ever to God, he now, applying both to us, reminds us how we now die while living, that is, when we renounce sin. But he omits not the other part, that is, how we are to live after having by faith received the grace of Christ: for though the mortifying of the flesh is only begun in us, yet the life of sin is destroyed, so that afterwards spiritual newness, which is divine, continues perpetually. For except Christ were to slay sin in us at once to the end, his grace would by no means be sure and durable.

The meaning, then, of the words may be thus expressed, “Take this view of your case,—that as Christ once died for the purpose of destroying sin, so you have once died, that in future you may cease from sin; yea, you must daily proceed with that work of mortifying, which is begun in you, till sin be wholly destroyed: as Christ is raised to an incorruptible life, so you are regenerated by the grace of God, that you may lead a life of holiness and righteousness, inasmuch as the power of the Holy Spirit, by which ye have been renewed, is eternal, and shall ever continue the same.” But I prefer to retain the words of Paul, in Christ Jesus, rather than to translate with Erasmus, through Christ Jesus; for thus the grafting, which makes us one with Christ, is better expressed.[16]

11 The introductory words, “in the same way also,” indicate that Paul is now drawing a comparison—a comparison between the death and life of Christ and the attitude Christians are to adopt toward themselves. But Paul also states in this verse a summarizing inference from the teaching of the paragraph as a whole. As the death Christ died was a death “to sin” (v. 10), so Christians who have died with Christ (vv. 4a, 5a, 6, 8a) must now regard themselves as being those who are “dead to sin.” And as Christ’s once-for-all death led to resurrection and new life in God’s service (vv. 4b, 9–10), so Christians who participate in that resurrection life (vv. 4b, 5b, 8b) must regard themselves as those who are “alive to God.” Paul uses a present imperative, urging us constantly to view ourselves in this light. As always in Paul, the indicative grounds the imperative. In union with Christ we have been made dead to sin and alive to God; it remains for us to appropriate (v. 11) and apply (vv. 12–13) what God has done for us. As Thielicke puts it, “The imperative does not refer to the dying. Over this we have no control, since Jesus Christ has died for us and we only receive the gift of his dying and are drawn into it. The object of the imperative is that we should take this death into account, take it seriously, and thus make the gift become a gift in which we participate.” It is the “affirmation of a new reality.”453 The last phrase of the verse reminds us that this new state is possible only in union with Christ: we are alive to God only “in Christ Jesus.” Being “dead to sin” and “alive to God” is a state achieved only in union with Christ, who himself died to sin and is alive to God.455 In this context, “in Christ” must be seen in light of the persistent “with Christ” language of vv. 4–10. Both phrases connote that the believer has experienced what has taken place with our representative, Christ. While the “with” language is more suitable to actions (dying, being buried, being raised), the “in” language fits better the continuing relationship of “deadness” to sin and “aliveness” to God of which this verse speaks. Only “in relation to,” “as joined to,” Christ—by faith—can the new life of victory over sin become a reality. (See the excursus following 6:14 for discussion of Paul’s “in Christ” language.)[17]

11 This verse is hortatory. “Reckon yourselves” is imperative rather than indicative. What is commanded needs to be carefully noted. We are not commanded to become dead to sin and alive to God; these are presupposed. And it is not by reckoning these to be facts that they become facts. The force of the imperative is that we are to reckon with and appreciate the facts which already obtain by virtue of union with Christ. The expression “dead unto sin” implies an abiding state or condition resultant upon the once-for-all decisive event of having died to sin by union with Christ in the efficacy of his death. And the complementation of “dead unto sin” and “alive unto God,” as parallel to Christ’s death to sin and life to God (vs. 10), implies that the life to God is of abiding continuance just as being dead to sin is. The security and permanence of this life to God are insured by the fact that it is “in Christ Jesus” the life is maintained.[18]

11 In the previous verses, Paul has been imparting information on the subject of union with Christ, and in keeping with this he has three times used the word “know” (vv. 3, 6, 9), as a way of focusing on what is true. Now he employs a different key word—“count” or “reckon” (logizomai [GK 3357], the same term used so often in ch. 4 in connection with righteousness), used in the imperative. We encounter here the oddity of the juxtaposition of the indicative and the imperative—i.e., something is flatly affirmed to be true, and then immediately we encounter the command to act in a way that manifests this truth. This interesting feature of Pauline thought is the result of the tension between what is sometimes called “positional” truth and “experiential” truth and is not unlike that between present and future eschatology. The challenge of Christian living for Paul can be stated in the maxim, “Be what you are,” or, “Act out your true identity.”

Counting something as true does not create the fact of union with Christ but makes it operative in one’s life. The charge to consider oneself “dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” is thus in the present tense, stressing the necessity to keep up the process if one is to avoid reactivating the body of sin. Paradoxically, the Christian is dead and alive at the same time, as in Galatians 2:20—dead to sin and self but alive and responsive to God. The Christian is to give no more response to sin than a dead person can give. On the other hand, all the potential afforded by redeemed life is to be channeled godward: “alive to God.”

Paul seems to lay considerable stress on the importance of this process of counting true or reckoning. It is not a matter of attempting to convince oneself of something untrue, thus amounting to self-deception. Rather, it is a matter of letting the truth of union with Christ have its intended effect. What is factually true must be allowed to become a matter of experience. Christians are “to arm themselves with the mentality that they are dead to sin; for that is what happened to them in the baptismal experience” (Fitzmyer, 438).[19]

You Can Count on It

Romans 6:11

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

I want to start this study with a brief quiz on the early chapters of Romans, and the question I want to ask is this: How many times in the letter up to this point has the apostle Paul urged his readers to do something? That is, how many exhortations have there been?

More than ten? Thirty? Less than five?

How many imperative statements occurred in chapter 1? Were there more exhortations in chapter 5 than in chapter 4?

What do you think? How many exhortations has Paul made so far?

The answer to this question is that there have been none at all! And the reason I emphasize this is to call attention to the most significant thing to be noted about Romans 6:11. This verse is an exhortation, and it is the first in the epistle. This is the first time in five and a half chapters that the apostle has urged his readers to do anything.

What are they to do? The text says: “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

This is an important enough statement in itself, but it becomes even more so when we realize that Romans 6:11 is also a turning point in the letter. I mean by this that, having gotten the first olive out of the bottle, so to speak, the other exhortative olives now tumble out naturally. The next verses are full of them: “Do not let sin reign in your mortal body.… Do not offer the parts of your body to sin … but rather offer yourselves to God … and offer the parts of your body to him …” (vv. 12–14, emphasis added).

What God Has Done

Most modern Americans are activists. So we are inclined to think, as we come to this verse, that we are at last getting to what matters. But, at the risk of prolonging our discussion of the earlier chapters beyond the limits of most people’s tolerance, I need to say that the point I am making—that this is the first exhortation in the letter—is of great practical importance.

Let me approach it this way. We live in an age of self-help books and seminars, in Christian circles as well as in the world at large, and these small books (they are usually small) and short (perhaps weekend-length) courses promise the consumer great things. The Christian versions offer formulas by which we are supposed to be able to move ahead quickly in our Christian lives. They teach us how to become great prayer warriors, perhaps even “change the world” through prayer. They show us how to relate to others successfully. They promise quick and effective methods of Bible study.

I do not want to suggest that these “quick fix” offerings are useless, of course. They are not useless. They are helpful to many, and I am sure they have their place, particularly in our fast-paced, solution-oriented culture. Still, if you have read any of these books or attended these seminars, isn’t it the case that you have generally been disappointed at some level, perhaps even deeply frustrated? Perhaps you have even been frustrated enough to write off completely these methods for growing strong in the Christian faith. You have said, “I am sure they must work for other people, but not for me. They help, but not enough. Probably nothing will help me. I am probably called to be just a normal [read ‘second-class’] Christian.”

What is wrong here? I suggest that because of our characteristic North American impatience with matters of basic substance or with anything requiring hard and prolonged work, we have jumped ahead too quickly to the “exhortation” parts of Christianity and have not taken sufficient time to understand and appropriate the fundamental teachings. If this is so, then Paul’s procedure in Romans should be of great help to us. Was Paul not interested in the spiritual growth of the Roman Christians? Of course, he was. But he knew that there was no use rushing ahead to tell them how to live the Christian life until he had first fully instructed them on what God had done for them in Jesus Christ. This is because the work of God in Christ is foundational to everything else about Christianity.

What Paul principally wanted his readers to understand here is what theologians call the mystical union of believers with Jesus Christ. Paul’s way of talking about this is to say that Christians are “in Christ,” “in Jesus Christ” or “in him.” Those who count such things tell us that those phrases occur 164 times in Paul’s writings. One of them is in our text, and it is the first time this exact phrase has occurred in Romans. Yet it is what Paul has really been talking about for several chapters. Romans 5 dealt with it directly, contrasting our former state of being in Adam with our present state of being in Christ. In Romans 6 this has already been presented indirectly in terms of our having died to sin and having been united to Jesus in his resurrection.

This has been done for us by God. It has been his work, not ours. We have no more joined ourselves to Jesus in his resurrection than we have died for our own sins. If we are Christians, everything that is necessary has been done for us by God.

A Bookkeeping Term

What we learn in a general way, by reflecting on the amount of teaching Paul has given in chapters 1–5 of Romans, is reinforced by the verb he uses in Romans 6:11. It is the word count (or “reckon,” as some of the other versions have it). The Greek word is logizomai, and it is related to the more common term logos, meaning “word,” “deed,” or “fact.”

In classical Greek, logizomai had two main uses:

  1. It was used in commercial dealings in the sense of evaluating an object’s worth or reckoning up a project’s gain or losses. In other words, it was a bookkeeping term. We have preserved a bit of this in our English words log, logistics, and logarithm. A log refers to the numerical record of a ship’s or airplane’s progress. Logistics is a military term dealing with the numbers and movement of troops or supplies. A logarithm is the exponent to which a base number is raised to produce a given number.
  2. Logizomai was also used in philosophy in the sense of objective or nonemotional reasoning. We have preserved this meaning in our English words “logic” and “logical.”

The common ground in these two uses of the word is that logizomai has to do with reality, with things as they truly are. In other words, it has nothing to do with wishful thinking. Nor is it an activity that makes something come to pass or happen. It is an acknowledgment of or an acting upon something that is already true or has already happened. In bookkeeping, for example, it means posting in a ledger an amount corresponding to what actually exists. If I “reckon” in my passbook that I have $100, I must really have $100. If not, “reckoning” is the wrong word for me to be using. “Deceiving myself” (or others) would be more like it.

It will also help us in our understanding of Romans 6:11 to recognize that logizomai has already been used several times in Romans and that in every case it has referred to recognizing something that is factual. In fact, logizomai has appeared fourteen times before now, and it will occur again (in Romans 8 and 9). The chief use has been in chapter 4 (eleven occurrences), where Paul employed it to show how our sins have been reckoned to Christ and punished there, and how his righteousness has been reckoned (“credited”) to us. These two “reckonings” are the two parallel sides of justification, and when we studied them (in volume 1) we saw that their strength comes from knowing that they concern realities. They are not just imaginary transactions. Jesus really did die for our sin; he suffered for our transgressions. Similarly, his righteousness really has been transferred to our account, so that God accounts us righteous in him.

This has bearing on Paul’s exhortation to us in Romans 6:11. For although he is proceeding in this chapter to the area of what we are to do and actions we are to take, his starting point is nevertheless our counting as true what God has himself already done for us.

This is so critical that I want to ask pointedly: Do you and I really understand this? We cannot go on until we do.

Can I possibly say it more clearly?

Try this: The first step in our growth in holiness is counting as true what is, in fact, true.

And this: The key to living the Christian life lies in first knowing that God has taken us out of Adam and has joined us to Jesus Christ, that we are no longer subject to the reign of sin and death but have been transferred to the kingdom of God’s abounding grace.

And this: The secret to a holy life is believing God.

The First Reality: Dead to Sin

In our text Paul says there are two things God has done that we are to count on. First, that we are dead to sin if we are Christians. We have already seen how this is to be taken. It does not mean that we are immune to sin or temptation. It does not mean that we will not sin. It means that we are dead to the old life and cannot go back to it.

That is the reality Paul first stated explicitly at the beginning of Romans 6, in verse 2. “We died to sin,” he said. In verses 3 and 4, he restated it: We were “baptized into his death” and “buried with him through baptism into death.” It was also said in verse 5: “We have been united with him in his death.” Verse 6 said it, too: “Our old self was crucified with him.” Verse 7 again made the point that we “died” with Christ. All those statements have been factual. They describe something that has happened.

On the basis of this truth, Paul now tells us to “count” ourselves as having died to sin in Christ Jesus. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones renders it: “Consider, and keep constantly before you, this truth about yourself.” In other words, learn to think of yourself as one who has been delivered from sin’s realm.

This is such a pivotal text that it is worth adding a number of things that this statement does not mean. Lloyd-Jones lists six of them:

  1. It does not mean that it is my duty as a Christian to die to sin. The text has nothing to do with duty. It is concerned with fact.
  2. It is not a command for me to die to sin. How can I be told to do what has already been done to me?
  3. It does not mean that I am to reckon that sin as a force in me is dead. That would not be true. Sin is a force in me, though it is a force whose effective power over me has been broken (v. 6).
  4. It does not mean that sin in me has been eradicated.
  5. It does not mean that I am dead to sin as long as I am in the process of gaining mastery over it. That would make the statement refer to something experimental, and it does not do that. It refers to a past event.
  6. It does not mean that reckoning myself dead to sin makes me dead to sin. That is backwards. What Paul is saying is that, because we have died to sin, we are to count on it.

The Second Reality: Alive to God

The second reality Paul says we are to count on is that we are now “alive to God in Christ Jesus.” This statement completes the parallel to verse 5, in which Paul said, “If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.” It explains how the earlier verse is to be taken. You may remember that when we were discussing verse 5 in the previous study, I stressed that the resurrection referred to there is not the future resurrection of believers at the end of time but rather a present experience of Christ’s resurrection life now. That is exactly where verse 11 has brought us. It tells us that just as we have died to sin (and must count on it), so also have we been made alive to God in Jesus Christ (and must count on that also).

This is the positive side of the matter, the side we were beginning to open up in the earlier study. But we only touched on it there. Here we can ask: “Just what does being made alive to God in Jesus Christ mean? What changes have taken place?” Let me suggest a few of them.

  1. We have been reconciled to God. In the earlier chapters of Romans there has been a grim sequence of terms: sin, wrath, judgment, death. But God has lifted us out of that downward-spiraling sequence by a set of opposing realities: grace, obedience, righteousness, eternal life. This means that we were subject to the wrath of God but that now, being in Christ, we are in a favorable position before him. Before, we were God’s enemies. Now, we are his friends and, what is more important, he is a friend to us. There is a new relationship.
  2. We have become new creatures in Christ. Not only is there a new relationship between ourselves and God, which is wonderful in itself, but we have also become something we were not before. In 2 Corinthians, Paul puts it like this: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ …” (2 Cor. 5:17–18).

Another way of putting this is to speak of regeneration, or of being born again, which was Jesus’ term for it. He told Nicodemus, “You must be born again” (John 3:7). This was a deliberate backward reference to the way in which God breathed life into our first parent Adam, so that he became “a living being” (Gen. 2:7). Before that, Adam was utterly inert, a lifeless form. But when God breathed some of his breath into him Adam became alive to God and all things. Likewise, this is what happens when God breathes new spiritual life into us in the work known as regeneration. We become something we were not before. We have a new life. That life is responsive to the one who gave it.

Before this, the Bible meant nothing to us when we read it or it was read in our hearing. Now the Bible is intensely alive and interesting. We hear the voice of God in it.

Before this, we had no interest in God’s people. Christians acted in ways that were foreign to us. Their priorities were different from our own. Now they are our very best friends and co-workers. We love their company and cannot seem to get enough of it.

Before this, coming to church was boring. Now we are alive to God’s presence in the service. Our worship times are the very best times of our week.

Before this, service to others and witnessing to the lost seemed strange and senseless, even repulsive. Now they are our chief delight.

What has made the difference? The difference is ourselves. God has changed us. We have become alive to him. We are new creatures.

  1. We are freed from sin’s bondage. Before we died to sin and were made alive to God, we were slaves of our sinful natures. Sin was ruining us. But even when we could see that clearly and acknowledge it, which was not very often, we were still unable to do anything about it. We said, “I’ve got to stop drinking; it’s killing me.” Or, “I am going to ruin my reputation if I don’t stop these sexual indulgences.” Or, “I’ve got to get control of my temper, or curb my spending [or whatever].” But we were unable to do it. And even if we did get some control of one important area of our lives, perhaps with the help of a good therapist or friends or a supportive family, the general downward and destructive drift was unchanged. We really were non posse non peccare (“not able not to sin”), as Saint Augustine described it.

But, being made alive to God, we discover that we are now freed from that destructive bondage. We still sin, but not always and not as often. And we know that we do not have to. We are now posse non peccare (“able not to sin”). We can achieve a real victory.

  1. We are pressing forward to a sure destiny and new goals. Before, we were not. We were trapped by the world and by its time-bound, evil horizons. Being saved, we know that we are now destined for an eternity of fellowship and bliss with God. We have not reached it yet. We are not perfect. But we echo within what Paul said in describing his new life in Christ to the Philippians: “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:12–14).
  2. We can no longer be satisfied with this world and its offerings. To be sure, the world never did really satisfy us. The world, which is finite, can never adequately fill beings who are made with an infinite capacity for fellowship with and enjoyment of God. But we thought the world and its values were satisfying. We expected to be filled.

Now we know that it will never work and that all we see about us, though it sometimes has value in a limited, earthly sense, is nevertheless passing away and will one day be completely forgotten. Our houses will be gone; our televisions will be gone; our beautiful furniture and cars and bank accounts (even our IRAs and Keoghs) will have passed away. So these tangible things no longer have any real hold on us. We have died to them, and in their place we have been made alive to God, who is intangible, invisible, and eternal, and of greater reality and substance than anything else we can imagine.

Therefore, we know ourselves to be only pilgrims here. We are passing through. Like Abraham, we are “looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God” (Heb. 11:10).

“A Man Like Me”

Count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

I think of Nehemiah as an illustration of what this means and of what our attitude should be. Nehemiah had determined to rebuild the wall of the ruined and abandoned city of Jerusalem, and he was being opposed by the rulers of the rival city-states around him. Two of his opponents were Sanballat of Samaria and Geshem the Arab. They invited him to a conference to be held about a day’s journey from Jerusalem on the plain of Ono. This was a ploy to slow down Nehemiah’s project and perhaps even to kidnap or murder him. Nehemiah refused to stop the work and go to the meeting. His words were classic: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” (Neh. 6:3).

Later when the same people tried to frighten him with rumors of a plot on his life, Nehemiah replied, “Should a man like me run away? Or should one like me go into the temple to save his life? I will not go!” (v. 11).

It is that courageous, self-aware attitude to life that I commend to you. “Shall I go on sinning so that grace may increase?” You should be able to answer, “How can such a one as I do it—I who have died to sin and been made alive to God in Christ Jesus?” For that is what has happened to you, if you are a Christian. You have been removed from your former state to another. Your job is to reckon it so, to count on it. You must say, “A person like me has better things to do than to keep sinning.”[20]

[1] 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 6:11). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[2] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1622). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[3] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ro 6:11). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2167). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ro 6:11). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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

[7] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1435). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[8] López, R. A. (2010). The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 653). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[9] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1702). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[10] Vanlaningham, M. G. (2014). Romans. In M. A. Rydelnik & M. Vanlaningham (Eds.), The moody bible commentary (p. 1753). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[11] Boa, K., & Kruidenier, W. (2000). Romans (Vol. 6, pp. 194–195). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[12] Utley, R. J. (1998). The Gospel according to Paul: Romans (Vol. Volume 5, Ro 6:11). Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International.

[13] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans (Vol. 12–13, p. 201). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[14] Stott, J. R. W. (2001). The message of Romans: God’s good news for the world (pp. 179–180). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[15] Bruce, F. F. (1985). Romans: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 6, p. 143). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[16] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentary on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans (p. 229). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[17] 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. 404–405). Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[18] Murray, J. (1968). The Epistle to the Romans (Vol. 1, pp. 225–226). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[19] 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. 107–108). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[20] Boice, J. M. (1991–). Romans: The Reign of Grace (Vol. 2, pp. 673–680). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

Weekly Watchman for 02/19/2021

Andy Woods: Green Energy Failures & Climate Non-Science

Joe Biden calls climate change an “existential threat” to humanity and promised to advance job-killing ‘Green New Deal’ policies. Andy Woods lives near Houston, Texas, an area effected by green energy policies and rolling blackouts due to the recent ice storms in the south. But Texas? We address the unbliblical and even un-scientific approaches that progressives are taking.

CNN, the left & Democrat media are framing Trump and his supporters as radical insurrectionists. We discuss dangerous rhetoric attempting to set up “Christian Nationalists” as the enemy of the state and even “domestic terrorists.”

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Mike Abendroth: Celebrity Christianity and Evangelical Leadership

We discuss celebrity pastors, false teachers, the legacy of sexual infidelity by Ravi Zacharias, Hillsong’s Carl Lentz, and some challenges of the modern ‘American’ church. Are we equipping the saints or entertaining the goats?

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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David Fiorazo: Mental Health, Schools, Isis, Fauci, & ‘God Herself’

On today’s podcast, David covers news stories about children, public schools, and mental health, as well as ISIS, mask mandates, Anthony Fauci (an agent of the UN and social engineer) Amazon and Disney part of cancel culture, Gina Carano, the 1619 Project, and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) referring to ‘God Herself.’

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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George Carneal: LGBT Intolerance, the Church, & Thoughts on Ravi Zacharias

WE DISCUSS the LGBT community’s intolerance toward former gays and lesbians; cancel culture, and the tragic fall of Ravi Zacharias. How should Christians respond?

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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February 19 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

“He that Is down Needs Fear No Fall”
Philippians 4:12–13; Hebrews 13:5

He that is down needs fear no fall;
He that is low, no pride;
He that is humble, ever shall
Have God to be his guide.
I am content with what I have,
Little be it, or much;
And, Lord, contentment still I crave,
Because Thou savest such.
Fullness to such a burden is,
That go on pilgrimage;
Here little, and hereafter bliss,
Is best from age to age.


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

A Virtue to Be Humble When Honored
Numbers 12:3; Proverbs 18:12; 29:23; Isaiah 23:9

It is no great perfection to be humble when we are despised; but it is a great and rare virtue to preserve humility in the midst of honors.


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

40 Days to the Cross: Week of Ash Wednesday – Friday

Confession: Psalm 51:9–12

Hide your face from my sins,

and all my iniquities blot out.

Create a clean heart for me, O God,

and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me away from your presence,

and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation,

and with a willing spirit sustain me.

Reading: Mark 9:2–13

And after six days, Jesus took along Peter and James and John, and led them to a high mountain by themselves alone. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothing became radiant—extremely white, like no cloth refiner on earth can make so white. And Elijah appeared to them together with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! And let us make three shelters, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (For he did not know what he should answer, because they were terrified.) And a cloud came, overshadowing them, and a voice came from the cloud, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him!” And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus alone.

And as they were coming down from the mountain, he ordered them that they should tell no one the things that they had seen, except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead. And they kept the matter to themselves, discussing what this rising from the dead meant. And they asked him, saying, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” And he said to them, “Elijah indeed does come first and restores all things. And how is it written concerning the Son of Man that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt? But I tell you that indeed Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they wanted, just as it is written about him.”


If other men cannot read our motives, we ought at least to examine them carefully for ourselves. Day by day, with extreme rigour, must we search our hearts. Motive is vital to the goodness of an action. He who gives his body to be burned might yet lose his soul if his ruling passion were obstinacy and not desire for God’s glory. Self may be sought under many disguises, and a man may be utterly unaware that thus he is losing all acceptance with God.

We must not impute ill motives to others, but we must be equally clear of another more fascinating habit—that of imputing good motives to ourselves. Severity in estimating our own personal character very seldom becomes excessive; our partiality is usually more or less blinding to our judgment. We will not suspect ourselves if we can help it; evidence must be very powerful before it can convince us of being governed by sordid aims. The stream of generosity does not always spring from gratitude to God. Zeal is not at all times the offspring of deep-seated faith. Even devotional habits may be fostered by something other than holy affections. The highest wisdom suggests that we spend much patient and impartial consideration upon a matter so fundamental as the heart’s intent in the actions which it directs. “If your eye is sincere, your whole body will be full of light” (Matt 6:22). Dear reader, stand by your inner springs and watch, and make faithful notes of what you see, lest you be deceived.

—Charles H. Spurgeon

Springs Uncovered


Do you know yourself for who you truly are? This knowledge is not an end in itself, nor does it end with ourselves. Truly knowing ourselves means we are constantly fleeing to Jesus. Set time aside daily to honestly examine the motives of your heart and then turn to God in prayer.[1]

[1] Van Noord, R., & Strong, J. (Eds.). (2014). 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

19 Feb 2021 News Briefing

Even Europe Is Warning Against Importing America’s Poisonous Progressivism
The patriotic American Right has long said that the United States is a force for freedom and democracy in the world. Even when acting as the world’s policeman it was generally understood that America’s mistakes were a result of naivete rather than sinister motive. But the reality is that America has, over the past-half century, been the primary exporter of cultural poison. Beyond Hollywood films and TV and American music and the collective coarsening and globalizing effect on culture, there is the Sexual Revolution itself — not to mention the tsunami of digital pornography. Interestingly, the Daily Mail and the New York Times are reporting that prominent politicians, intellectuals and academics in France are now expressing concern that as America plunges towards progressive radicalism, other unwilling nations are being dragged along for the ride as their own young people follow the progressive Pied Piper.

French Pres. Macron says American woke theories threaten France
French politicians, journalists and intellectuals are concerned that “woke” theories from the United States on race, gender and post-colonialism pose a serious threat to France. According to the New York Times last week, top intellectuals joined forces to fight “what they regard as contamination by the out-of-control woke leftism of American campuses and its attendant cancel culture.” The movement comes months after French President Emmanuel Macron criticized the theories.

GOP Senators Demand Probe Into Cuomo’s “Possibly Criminal” Handling Of COVID Death Data
A group of Republican Senators have penned a letter demanding a full investigation into the recent revelations that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration may have deliberately covered-up New York’s nursing home COVID-19 death toll. “That so many people needlessly lost their lives because of the failed policies of Governor Cuomo’s administration – an administration that many have lauded over the past year – is tragic and deserves a full investigation and accounting,” reads the letter sent to Sen. Dick Durban (D-Ill), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Texas Was “Seconds And Minutes” From Complete Disaster
One week ago, long before almost anyone else realized just how serious the situation in the plains states in general and Texas in particular would be as a result of the cascade of soaring nat gas prices, we warned that all hell was about to break loose. But not even we had any idea just how close to total collapse the system nearly was.

Howard Kurtz Calls Left’s Reactions To Rush Limbaugh’s Death ‘Ghoulish Glee’
“The ghoulish glee… that some on the Left have displayed since Rush Limbaugh died is just reprehensible,” Kurtz said on Fox News’ “America Reports.”“I never understand why some twisted people feel it’s perfectly okay to applaud when someone, even someone they fundamentally disagree with passes away? It makes them look small and mean and petty,”

EU army warning: US and UK at risk from European military – MEP lifts lid on Macron’s plot
Emmanuel Macron has been a vocal advocate of Europe having its own defence force in recent years. His position was underlined by French Minister for Europe Clement Beaune during an interview with French broadcaster CNews earlier this month. In remarks which have likely raised eyebrows in the new administration of Joe Biden, Mr Beaune appeared to take a swipe at the new US President and question the USA’s commitment to Europe, while highlighting the threat posed by Vladimir Putin’s Russia and Xi Jinping’s China.

Biden Muscles Out Chicago Prosecutor Hot on the Heels of Powerful Dems
Joe Biden is forcing Chicago’s top federal prosecutor to resign amid ongoing criminal probes of powerful Illinois Democrats and their associates. U.S. attorney John Lausch is prosecuting close confidants of Democrat boss Mike Madigan, an ally of former president Barack Obama who resigned from the state legislature Thursday after a decades-long reign in Springfield. Lausch’s office will also prosecute Chicago alderman Edward Burke (D.), an influential figure accused of strong-arming businesses into retaining his law firm. Lausch’s abrupt removal has drawn bipartisan criticism from Illinois lawmakers

Biden kills Keystone but promotes pipeline for Taliban
After canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, eliminating thousands of American jobs, President Biden’s administration began negotiating a deal between the Taliban and one of the world’s worst dictatorships for a trans-national pipeline.

Perseverance beams back first images of Mars
The rover landed on the Red Planet on Thursday (Feb. 18) after an unfathomably fast plunge through the atmosphere, followed by a rapid deceleration thanks to a never-before used skycrane. The skycrane then guided the robotic laboratory the remaining 65 feet (20 m) to the surface using cables.

Canadian Pastor Jailed for Breaching COVID Regulations, Refusing to Tell Court He Would Stop Services
A judge threw James Coates, of Spruce Grove, in the slammer after he twice refused to tell the court he would stop his services.

Two 1,800-year-old sarcophagi discovered at Ramat Gan Safari Park
Workers unearth discovery during construction of new addition to park’s wildlife hospital; experts date stone coffins back to Roman period and estimate were intended for people of high social status. The sarcophagi, made of local stone – probably from the Judean Hills or Samaria – are locally-produced imitations of the prestigious sarcophagi made of Proconnesian marble from the Turkish island of Marmara.

Exiled Iranian crown prince accused of ‘kissing up to Israel’
In its report, Iran International, a UK-based outlet, focused on the exiled crown prince’s desire for peace with Israel. “He expressed his support for the Abraham Accords. He thinks they opened many doors for the youths in those countries unlike the ‘axis of resistance [comprising Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, and Syria],’ where he sees darkness.” He also said the Iranian people are interested in peace with Israel.”

Iran is playing with fire, Germany warns
Iran’s latest moves jeopardize a return of the United States to the nuclear deal, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned on Thursday. “The more pressure is applied, the more difficult it gets to find a political solution,” Maas said. Talks “are being significantly complicated at the moment because Iran obviously does not seek de-escalation but escalation – and this is playing with fire.”

Israel announces ‘technological leap forward’ in new Arrow interceptor
Israel said on Thursday it is developing a new ballistic missile shield, the Arrow-4, with the United States, another layer in a defensive system built with an eye towards Iran. Israel’s Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 interceptors are already operational as part of a multi-layered system to destroy incoming missiles in the atmosphere and in space.

Hezbollah chief threatens Israel with ‘events not seen since 1948’
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah declared on Tuesday that if “war erupts, Israelis will see events they haven’t witnessed since 1948.”

Israel: US paving path to Iranian nuclear bomb with push to rejoin JCPOA
Israel warned that the United States was helping Iran develop a nuclear weapons arsenal with its decision late Thursday night to push to rejoin the 2015 Iran deal. “Israel remains committed to preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons and its position on the nuclear agreement has not changed,” the Prime Minister’s Office said.

Equatorial Guinea to relocate embassy to Jerusalem
Equatorial Guinea plans to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the first such pledge of its kind under the new administration of US President Joe Biden. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about the matter with Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo on Friday, after which his office put out an announcement on the matter.

Gantz: Ground in Lebanon will shake in future war with Israel
If Israel has to fight with Hezbollah, “the ground in Lebanon will tremble, and the terrorist organization will be severely hit,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Thursday. “Even now, in spite of the fact that Israel has the strongest armed forces in the Middle East,” there are still elements that are threatening the country with “days of battle,” Gantz said…

US-Saudi alliance: Major reset under way
This week President Joe Biden’s administration has given a further indication of how it plans to distance itself from the Middle East policies of his predecessor, President Donald Trump. The White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, has said that the president intended to “recalibrate” his relationship with a key US ally, Saudi Arabia.

Biden withdraws Trump’s restoration of UN sanctions on Iran
The Biden administration on Thursday rescinded former president Donald Trump’s restoration of U.N. sanctions on Iran, an announcement that could help Washington move toward rejoining the 2015 nuclear agreement aimed at reining in the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

Texas Was “Seconds And Minutes” From Complete Disaster
Texas was this close to a worst-case scenario: uncontrolled blackouts across the state.

Iran to Install Advanced Nuclear Centrifuges
Iran has informed the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) of its intent to install two more cascades of advanced IR-2m centrifuges in a move that will further enhance the quantity of the uranium it can produce, the agency said in a recent report.

As Texas Residents Freeze, ICE Ensures All Detained Illegal Aliens Have ‘Food, Water and Heat’
As Texas residents continue to suffer power outages and dangerously cold temperatures, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is assuring the public that illegal aliens being detained in the state still have heat, food and water.

At least 2 400 cold temperature records broken or tied in the U.S. from February 12 to 16, 2021
At least 2 400 preliminary daily cold temperature records, including cold maximums and minimums, were broken or tied at longer-term sites (75+ years of data) in the United States from February 12 to 16, 2021. The cold snap peaked from February 14 to 16. Another winter storm will affect a large area from Friday, February 19 — from the Lower Mississippi Valley into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Wanna see something? Watch SC Democrats call unborn babies “pretend life” and then walk out of the state House chamber in protest of the heartbeat abortion bill
Literally called it a “farce of a vote about pretend life.” You can’t make this up:

Christian Pastor In Edmonton Canada Is Arrested And Placed In Jail By COVID Police For The Crime Of Holding A Church Service For His Congregation 
Now that you know that having a vaccine is not going to end COVID lockdowns and restrictions, you’ve probably already figured out that they won’t end even if a cure for COVID should be found. No, COVID-19 is the proverbial ‘golden ticket’ that the New World Order has waited for since the very first Bilderberger meeting was called back in 1954. The aspirations of global domination lusted over by David Rockefeller, George HW Bush, George Soros and all the others has finally come to flower.

Mark Steyn: Rush Limbaugh ‘Talent Returned to God’
Political commentator, author, and frequent guest host of The Rush Limbaugh Show, Mark Steyn wrote that he owes “almost everything” to Limbaugh, who passed away Wednesday morning after a year-long battle with lung cancer.

Judicial Watch sues U.S. Capitol Police in pursuit of emails and videos pertaining to Jan. 6 riots
The watchdog organization said in a press release that it filed the suit under the common law right of access to public records following the Capitol Police declining to provide materials sought in a Jan. 21 request.

Brandon Smith: A Question For Leftists
The political left has committed itself to a fantasy world; a parallel universe. They deeply believes in things that never happened, and treat those beliefs as sacrosanct.

Church says Bible isn’t the Word of God, then draws ire
A progressive Nashville church has drawn the ire of the internet after sharing a message on social media declaring the Bible isn’t the Word of God, inerrant or infallible.

5 Of 7 Republican Senators Who Convicted Trump Have Been Censured In Home States
Of the seven Republican senators who voted to convict former President Donald Trump, five of them have been censured by various state and county Republican Parties or from voters.

Democrats Introduce Bill to Prevent Trump From Being Buried at Arlington
Democrats in the House of Representatives have introduced legislation that would prevent any federal funds being allocated to any federal entity to honor or commemorate “certain former presidents” who “have been twice impeached by the House,” including prohibiting such a “former president” from being buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Black Americans Are Far ‘More Religious’ Than U.S. Public, New Pew Study Says
Black Americans are significantly more religious than the general population and are more likely than other adults to attend church, express belief in an all-powerful God, and believe that prayer can heal, according to a major new survey by the Pew Research Center.

Source: 19 Feb 2021 – Rapture Ready

Headlines – 2/19/2021

Gantz: Hezbollah will be ‘fatally wounded’ if Israel drawn into a war in Lebanon

Gantz: Ground in Lebanon will shake in future war with Israel

The ongoing battle over illegal construction in Judea and Samaria

Killings surge in Syria camp housing Islamic State families

NATO announces expanded mission in Iraq on the heels of deadly rocket attack

US signals it is open to sending more troops to Iraq

US says it’s ready to restart talks with Iran on its nuclear program

Release of intelligence report on Khashoggi killing could push already strained U.S.-Saudi relations to new lows

Biden: No Pipeline for Americans, But for the Taliban, Sure

Yemen risks worst famine on planet in ‘decades’, say UN officials

Famous monastery in Ethiopia destroyed, looted amid ongoing violence: reports

Estonia warns of “silenced world dominated by Beijing”

Michigan Removed 177,000 Voters from Voter Rolls in January After Certifying Biden Won Michigan by 154,000 Votes in November

6 Capitol Police officers suspended, 29 others being investigated for alleged roles in riot

Amid Capitol riot, FBI released files from Kennedy-era investigation into Nancy Pelosi’s father

Trump Impeachment Attorney Canceled by Law School, Civil Rights Law Group

Trump Lawyer Schoen: Impeachment Trial Boosted Ex-President, Got Me ‘Canceled’

After Trump’s acquittal, efforts to bar him from 2024 run not over yet

Attempts to Erase Trump Will Cost GOP Elections 2022 and 2024: Rep. Jim Banks

Nikki Haley Accuses Liberal Media of Inciting ‘Republican Civil War’

Lunatic MSNBC Guest Says They Wish ‘We Could Just Blow Up All The Trump Buildings’

“Inappropriate Content”: YouTube Removes President Trump’s Interview with Greg Kelly from Newsmax on Rush Limbaugh and 2020 Election

Bill Gates: Permanent Facebook ban of Trump would be ‘a shame’

Facebook, Google, Twitter CEOs to testify at House hearing on misinformation

Parler CEO: Twitter, Facebook View Parler as ‘Threat’ to Their Business

Angry backlash, misinformation fears after Facebook blacks out news in Australia

Ex-Australian Facebook CEO urges users to ‘delete the app’ over news ban

Twitter In Standoff With India’s Government Over Free Speech And Local Law

Twitter Suspends Journalist Paul Sperry: ‘They Can Silence Anybody’

Robinhood CEO defends actions in GameStop saga at hearing

Under fire, Robinhood CEO apologizes to Congress for restricting trading

Robinhood Blocked GameStop Buys After Clearinghouse Threatened $2.2 Billion Charge, CEO Says

Democrats unveil bill offering pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants

‘7 minutes of terror’: NASA rover lands safely on Mars after nail-biting descent

NASA rover lands on Mars to look for signs of ancient life

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Alo, Wallis and Futuna

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Vila, Vanuatu

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits the central East Pacific Rise

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits west of Macquarie Island

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Neiafu, Tonga

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Yantzaza, Ecuador

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits west of Macquarie Island

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Angoram, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Alo, Wallis and Futuna

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Pacaya volcano in Guatemala erupts to 12,000ft

Tropical Storm “Dujuan” heading toward the Philippines, landfall expected over the weekend

Jerusalem Wakes to Winter Wonderland, Blanketed by First Snow in Six Years

Libya sees first snow in 15 years as cold snap hits parts of northern Africa and Middle East

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issues ‘State of Emergency’ as ice storm could have widespread impact

At Least 40 Dead Due to Extreme Weather in US

Hundreds of People in Texas Suffer Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Amid Winter Storm

U.S. Enemies Cry Hypocrisy as Millions in Texas Remain Without Power

Texas energy freeze stretches to sixth day, raises Mexico’s ire

Texas contending with water nightmare on top of power crisis

Texas power grid was ‘seconds or minutes’ from a total blackout that could have lasted months, ERCOT says

In Texas’s Black-Swan Blackout, Everything Went Wrong at Once

This year’s winter storm could become the costliest weather event in Texas history

Texas Power Crisis Puts Keystone XL Cancelation in Perspective

AOC rips Texas governor for blaming outages on Green New Deal

Texas governor walks back Fox News comments on Green New Deal, says gas, coal failed in Texas freeze

Winter storm confronts Biden with early leadership test

Biden authorizes supplies for Texas amid power outages, approves new disaster declarations

Sen. Ted Cruz faces storm of controversy for flying to Cancun as Texas grapples with power outages caused by severe weather

At least 2,400 cold temperature records broken or tied in the U.S. from February 12 to 16, 2021

Facebook will debunk myths about climate change, stepping further into ‘arbiter of truth’ role

SC governor signs abortion ban; Planned Parenthood sues

Biden Using Christian Religion as ‘Cover for Extreme Policies’: Pro-Life Activist Rose

Third Virginia County Passes Resolution to Condemn China’s Organ Transplant Abuses

New California bill would decriminalize psychedelics, expunge criminal records

Planet Earth its quietest in decades as lockdowns reduce seismic noise

Russia hopes to use COVID-19 to weaken Western unity, Intel report claims

Reversing Trump withdrawal, Blinken says US will pay $200m in WHO obligations

Biden to announce $4B for global coronavirus vaccine effort during G-7 call

Hawaiian tourists bribed an airport screener with $3,000 to bypass covid-19 protocols, police say

Israeli government launches Green Pass for vaccinated, warns fraudsters will be jailed

Thousands reportedly attempt to obtain easily forged vaccinated certificate in Israel

Brazil will vaccinate an entire city’s adult population to test the effect on Covid-19 infection rate

Some Vaccinated Israeli Women Report Irregular Menstrual Cycles, Bleeding

AstraZeneca vaccine faces resistance in Europe after health workers suffer side-effects

These Doctors Want to Pick Their Covid-19 Vaccine, Fearing Reactions, Lower Efficacy

Criminal Rings in China Made Fake Covid-19 Vaccines, Some Sent to Foreign Countries

Vatican employees could lose their jobs for refusing COVID vaccine

Did You Bring Home Covid? Spouse Sues Company for Infection

One of Ten in U.S. May Have to Switch Occupations Post Pandemic

CDC director worries over ‘pandemic fatigue’ come spring: ‘This could go bad so fast’

CDC’s classroom guidance would keep 90% of schools at least partially closed

GOP Senators Call for Investigation of Cuomo’s ‘Potentially Criminal’ Actions

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

Apostasy Watch Friday 2-19-21

Marsha West – Shockingly, Many Christians Think Nothing of Using Satanic Practices to Experience God in a Powerful Way

J.S. Park – Was Ravi Zacharias’s Teaching Good – Here’s a Breakdown of Why it Was Not

Behold “Tax Money Cometh” As the Evangelical Social Justice Agenda Gets Its Valentines

RZIM Canada Ending Ministry

Nashville church says Bible isn’t the Word of God, then draws ire

Kat Kerr Says If You Mess With Her, Her 150-foot Angels Will Literally Murder You

Feminists Urge People to Help Freezing Texans By Paying to Kill Their Babies in Abortions

South Carolina Gov. Signs Bill to Ban Abortions When Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat Begins

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)


Mid-Day Snapshot · Feb. 19, 2021


“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors?” —Thomas Jefferson (1781)

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What Happened in Texas?

Thomas Gallatin

Earlier this week, we noted that renewable energy sources, specifically wind, bore a signifiant role in the power outages Texans have endured throughout this once-in-a-century deep freeze. That fact remains true, though as more after-action details become known, it’s also important to note that both coal and nuclear power suffered energy-output downturns due to the subfreezing conditions. Neither failed as significantly as wind energy, which endured a 40% power-output decrease that initiated a cascading effect across the state’s power grid.

As PJ Media’s Bryan Preston, who lives in Texas, explained, “Piecing known information together, the wind turbines in Western Texas froze up starting Friday before the icy snowstorm hit, on Sunday night to Monday morning. This destabilized the Texas grid ahead of the worst of the storm. The storm produced the temperatures and precipitation the forecasts expected, but with weakened power generation and demand skyrocketing to heat millions of homes, homes which for the most part are not insulated against the current level of cold temperatures, the grid was set up to suffer mightily as it’s not hardened against extreme cold such as this once-in-a-century storm series is delivering.”

Leftist politicians like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have rushed to defend her indefensible “Green New Deal” by erroneously asserting, “The infrastructure failures in Texas are quite literally what happens when you don’t pursue a Green New Deal.” Quite literally, that’s false.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also sought to deflect blame from the failure of renewables by heaping the lion’s share of the blame on coal and natural gas. She cited the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (whose head board members don’t even live in the state) and claimed “that failures in wind and solar were the least signifiant factors in the blackout.” Well, the actual data proves otherwise.

The biggest factor here is that a record-breaking deep freeze has hit a state that rarely sees such severe cold for such a sustained amount of time. The primary factor going forward was said well by Governor Greg Abbott: “As a human being, we want to alleviate the struggles that [citizens] are going through — most immediately. But from a longer-term perspective as Governor of Texas, I want to ensure this never happens again.” And for that to happen, the truth and not political ideology must direct those fixes.

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Ted’s Not-So-Excellent Adventure

Douglas Andrews

Ted Cruz did something monumentally stupid. Full stop.

Packing up and heading off to sunny Cancun while 500,000 of his fellow Texans were without power in the bitter cold was about as optically idiotic a thing as a brilliant senator could do.

But let’s be clear: Ted Cruz’s sin wasn’t in “abandoning” his fellow Texans. No, his sin was in woefully underestimating Big Media’s bloodlust for him. If there’s one thing it hates above all else besides Donald Trump himself, it’s a smart, sharp-elbowed, Ivy League-educated, Trump-supporting Texan with a Hispanic surname. And Ted Cruz happens to be all those things.

Back in December, our Thomas Gallatin covered the rank hypocrisy of elected Democrats flouting their own COVID-19 travel restrictions. But did any of those excursions get the front-page coverage that Cruz now enjoys? The question itself is ridiculous.

“Heidi [his wife] and me, we lost power for two days,” Cruz told Fox News. “Our house was dark. We had no heat. We were all huddled around the fireplace because it was the only heat in the house, and after a couple of days [of] the girls being really cold and [temperatures] being in the teens or the 20s outside, our girls said, ‘Look, school has been canceled for the week. Can we take a trip and go somewhere warm?’ And Heidi and I, as parents, we said, ‘OK, sure.’”

“When I arrived,” he said, “and I saw the initial firestorm, what had started with second thoughts that I had as soon as we left grew even greater.” He added that he regrets his trip has become “such a distraction when so many Texans are hurting and angry and mad.”

Does he regret what he did? Yes. “Look, it was obviously a mistake, and in hindsight I wouldn’t have done it,” he said, adding, “I was trying to be a dad.”

Who, as a parent, can blame Cruz for wanting to take care of his family? And yet who, as a thoughtful person in a highly polarized political environment, can help but feel a wave of Chris Farley coming on?

Let’s face it: Short of hanging out back home and building a neighborhood bonfire, there’s nothing he could’ve done — either from Washington or from his home in Texas — that he couldn’t have done via phone or Zoom. We suspect he’d already told those in charge to turn the power back on most ricky-tick. We suspect he’d already done that.

As Paul Mirengoff at Power Line put it, “Those who suggest that he was derelict in his duty as a senator should explain what Cruz could have done to help his state, beyond having his staff in constant contact with officials, during the brief time he was on this trip. Photo ops might have helped him, but not Texans. As one emailer put it: ‘What the heck was Cruz supposed to be doing, taking a gas-powered hair dryer to every frozen windmill in west Texas?’”

And where were Cruz’s fellow congressional Texans? There are 13 Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation, and we can’t help but wonder if all of them had headed home dutifully to suffer with their constituents. Sheila Jackson Lee, were you back home in Houston, or nice and warm back in the Beltway? Joaquin Castro, how about you?

In the end, perhaps The Babylon Bee said it best: “Ted Cruz is really ignorant of how to be a politician. The guy traveled during a crisis in his state, and he isn’t even a Democrat. What an idiot!”

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Fact-Checking the Leftmedia ‘Fact-Checkers’

Mark Alexander

The Patriot Post is often the target of unfounded social media “fact-checks” and “missing context” claims. In every case, we are deemed “guilty until proven innocent,” and it’s almost impossible to get redress from any of the social media outlets. There is another “missing context” claim to tell you about, but first…

Let me tell you about how the so-called “fact-checkers” have been checking on the Biden/Harris regime. You may have heard that the mass media and Big Tech First Amendment suppressors have a slight leftist bias, so brace yourself.

This week, Joe Biden repeated a litany of ludicrous ChiCom Virus pandemic lies in a CNN “town hall” event. Among them he declared, “We didn’t have [the vaccine] when we came into office.” Now, for us mere mortals, this would have resulted in a strike, but in Biden’s case, WaPo’s head fake fact-checker, Glenn Kessler, ran interference for Biden. He claimed the comment was a “verbal stumble, a typical Biden gaffe,” adding, “People screw up on live television. Biden with his stutter especially does so.”

Apparently it was the same “gaffe” script of lies that Kamala Harris used a few days earlier when she declared, “There was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations.” And she added this gaffe: “In many ways, we’re starting from scratch on something that’s been raging for almost an entire year.”

Before the White House arbiters of truth could intervene on Harris’s behalf, some lowly fact-checkers had rated her comments what they were: False. Even the left-leaning crew at PolitiFact declared it was wrong. But mysteriously, the fact-checks were deleted almost as quickly as they were posted.

Must be nice!

Again, these are not just factual errors; these are outright lies. More to the point, hearing Harris repeat the lie again, former Trump administration economic adviser Larry Kudlow was caught on a hot mic with this assessment: “Bulls—t! Bulls—t! Bulls—t!”

Of course, the Trump administration left the Biden administration a vaccine already in distribution and a robust plan to continue production and distribution. Anthony Fauci, the COVID Godfather, had already debunked the Biden administration assertion the day after the inauguration: “We certainly are not starting from scratch.” In fact, this week the daily average for vaccine doses administered has now ramped up to 1.7 million per day. That is not a “Biden/Harris” success story.

So, what was the latest hit against our Patriot Post social media pages?

As you may know, last June, after Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer staged a theatrical kneeling for George Floyd in the Capitol rotunda — which added accelerant to their constituents’ burn, loot, and murder “summer of rage” — I started posting tributes to police officers murdered in the line of duty and asking Pelosi and Schumer why they have not taken a knee for them. Of course, George Floyd was just a Capitol prop for Pelosi and Schumer.

Last week, we created a meme image asking that question about Officer Brian Sicknick, but removed it soon after posting to Facebook because, while Pelosi and Schumer did not take a knee for him, I believe they disgracefully used his Capitol rotunda funeral as political fodder, timed as it was to coincide with their Trump impeachment inquisition.

However, on 09 February, after removing the image, USA Today’s fact-checker found it on a personal social media page and declared the image was, you guessed it, “missing context.” Under the title, “Democratic leaders honored officer Brian Sicknick,” she asserted that Pelosi and Schumer did honor him. Our social media director, Andrew Culper, recently wrote that the ubiquitous “missing context” label is now the Big Tech censorship catch-all to hit conservative social media pages.

Notably, USA Today’s “missing context” claim asserted up top, “[Officer Sicknick] was struck in the head by a fire extinguisher during the riots and died from his injuries the following day.” The writer then asserts, “Misinformation surrounding the Capitol riot has been rampant on social media.”

Indeed it has.

Responding to the “fact-checker,” we asked for her facts: “A week before you posted your assertion about [Officer Sicknick’s] death as fact, CNN reported in their article, ‘Investigators struggle to build murder case in death of US Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick,’ that despite the oft-repeated claim about his injuries, ‘investigators believe that early reports that he was fatally struck by a fire extinguisher are not true.’” Even The New York Times quietly corrected its 08 January post making the “fire extinguisher” assertion — but not until after the Demos’ closing impeachment arguments — which relied, in part, on the Times’s false narrative. (I am sure the timing of the Times’s correction was just coincidental…)

We asked the “fact-checker” to back up her facts. No response.

We also asked the fact-checker, for the sake of transparency, to disclose whom she supported for president in 2016 and 2020. No response.

Finally, we inquired about a note at the bottom of this article: “Our fact check work is supported in part by a grant from Facebook.” We asked, “By way of full disclosure, please advise how much funding or other support you and your organization receive from Facebook.” No response.

As of this writing, the factual errors in the USA Today “fact-check” have not been corrected.

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Saving Civics From Racism

Michael Swartz

For decades the Left has flocked to education as a vocation, taking the open opportunity to pass on a heaping helping of their anti-American and immoral propaganda as part of their lesson plans. As a result, generations of children beginning with the Baby Boomers received a subtle but one-sided message that our nation had flaws and character wasn’t important. (Neither was capitalism, an aspect we covered a year ago.) More recently, the message has gone out via the New York Times’s 1619 Project that our nation wasn’t founded on the concept of Liberty at all but was instead conceived as a means to exploit one race for the benefit of another. Sadly, hundreds of school districts around the country have adopted the 1619 Project as a basis for teaching history despite its numerous and verified flaws.

All that background leads us to the latest development on the educational front — the battle for civics.

The state of Illinois recently proposed new regulations for teaching civics in the state. It amounts to a sweeping change that creates “culturally responsive teachers and leaders” who, in part, “understand that there are systems in our society that create and reinforce inequities, thereby creating oppressive conditions.” Therefore, “Educators work actively against these systems in their everyday roles in educational institutions.” They also should “understand how the system of inequity has impacted them as an educator.” If adopted, the rules will take effect just after the beginning of the 2021-22 school year.

“Illinois is literally about to mandate that every one of its licensed teachers adopt progressive political orthodoxy and impart that ideology to students,” writes an exasperated Stanley Kurtz in National Review. Kurtz, who wrote a longer treatise on the subject for the Claremont Institute, has also proposed model legislation called The Partisanship Out Of Civics Act.

“Instead of inciting students to protest or engage in lobbying based on unexamined prejudices, teachers ought to be cultivating an appreciation for the complexities, unintended consequences, and trade-offs inherent in any policy position, and conveying the importance of tempering advocacy with respect for the rights of others,” explains Kurtz. “Political positions are for students to determine themselves, as free individuals, in the fullness of time. Protest and lobbying are for students to practice outside of formal schooling.”

Kurtz would seem to be a one-man band given his passion on the civics subject, but his battle is being joined by other important allies. Paul Mirengoff at Power Line has also been writing regularly on the subject, but more importantly Bill Jacobson — the mind behind the Legal Insurrection website — has created a clearinghouse website devoted to sharing the truth behind Critical Race Theory (CRT).

In announcing the new website, Jacobson wrote, “The impact [of CRT] on education has been enormous, and destructive. What started on college campuses has moved to primary and secondary education, and into the broader culture. Government agencies and private corporations now are some of the worst offenders of the obsessive focus on race.” He added, “CriticalRace.org is a resource for parents and students concerned about how Critical Race Theory, and implementation of Critical Race Training, impacts education. We have compiled the most comprehensive database to empower parents and students.” One eventual plan for the website is to determine the 10 worst schools for indoctrination into CRT.

Yet while Kurtz, Jacobson, and others are doing yeoman’s work on the subject, they could use all hands on deck. Most of us pay taxes to support our local schools, so it’s worth finding out just how much these anti-American values have permeated your local classrooms. If you have kids (or grandkids), it’s worth remembering the Proverbs admonition to train up your children in the way they should go. That includes critical thinking as part of a well-rounded civics education.

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Is It Finally Time for a Real Third Party?

Brian Mark Weber

When the U.S. Senate acquitted Donald Trump for the second time last week, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell just about broke his leg rushing to the podium to bash the former president. Never one to back down, Trump fired back with his usual zeal.

Even when Republicans win, they lose.

In a moment when McConnell could have brought the party together, he drove it apart. And his message was crystal clear to the 74 million people who voted for Donald Trump: We’re taking the party back.

(Admittedly, Mark Alexander had the opposite take on this spat yesterday — that Trump is the one who betrayed his voters.)

McConnell’s might have been the shot heard ‘round the world for Trump fans, and now there’s something of a civil war within the Grand Old Party. In fact, there are already rumblings about creating a third political party in response to establishment Republicans who’ll do whatever it takes to keep diehard Trump supporters out of the Republican tent.

But Republicans aren’t alone in their frustration with party leaders.

A recent Gallup poll revealed that 62% of Americans support a third party, the highest number since Gallup began surveying the question since 2003. An even more surprising discovery in the poll is that half of those surveyed identified as independents.

It should be noted that millions of people could answer “yes” to the question of a third party but mean very different things. Tea Party? Communist Party? Something in the middle?

But the larger point is that it makes sense that Americans are clamoring for a third party. There’s a widespread impression that both Republicans and Democrats have turned their backs on Middle America for far too long, and that they’ll pay lip service during a campaign and then kowtow to China, Big Tech, or just about any other group willing to sell out their country.

No wonder Donald Trump was a magnet for millions of Americans. And at least for the foreseeable future, just about any candidate that’s willing to put American interests first will get the support of millions.

As Stacey Lennox writes at PJ Media, “Our politics would be less toxic if our party leaders and the corporate media understood that we are a vast nation with varying perspectives on many policy issues.”

The inability of leaders on both sides of the aisle to grasp this point has kindled third-party interest among both conservatives and liberals. And, not surprisingly, even anti-Trump Republicans are thinking about a third-party option.

Lennox adds, “It is not abundantly clear what the terms ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’ mean anymore. However, since the election, I have been asserting that if the country’s vast economic middle could settle on critical priorities, they could form an overwhelming coalition in electoral politics.”

The problem is that Americans are so entrenched in either of two political camps that the likelihood of a left-right third-party alliance seems slim.

A conservative, pro-America party is certainly appealing, but we need to be realistic. George W. Bush in 2004 was the only Republican presidential candidate to win the popular vote since 1988, and demographic trends are making it less likely the GOP can win the popular vote any time soon. A truly conservative party might generate millions of votes, but it won’t be enough to win.

In the near term, we can expect a fierce battle within the Republican Party leading up to the 2022 midterms, with the Trump wing vying to win seats in the face of an emboldened establishment pushback. Only by broadening the conservative base within Congress and across the country can we move to the next step of electing a viable national candidate.

Should we lose this battle to the establishment Republicans, then and only then will it be time to start seriously talking about a third party.

For now, though, any short-term satisfaction derived by creating a third party that punishes the Republican Party would soon be overshadowed by another losing presidential campaign in 2024.

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Nancy Pelosi Rigs an Investigation

Douglas Andrews

Nancy Pelosi must really not want to get to the bottom of what happened at the Capitol building on January 6.

More specifically, she must really want a one-sided investigation with a predetermined outcome that says supporters of former President Donald Trump are entirely to blame. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have chosen Russel Honoré to lead the investigation.

If we had to guess, we’d say we’re in for a dose of Frank Drebin: Nothing to see here!

Many of you will remember the colorful Honoré, a retired Army lieutenant general, from his work in 2005 in the wake of Category 5 Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans and numerous neighboring communities along the Gulf Coast. In his role as commander of the joint task force, Honoré supervised military relief efforts for the area and once memorably told a reporter not to get “stuck on stupid” in response to a question about the government’s relief response.

More recently, though, the general has taken to running his soup cooler about Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans.

In 2017, after Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico, Honoré told CNN’s Erin Burnett, “The president has shown again he don’t give a damn about poor people. He doesn’t give a damn about people of color.”

And just last month, Honoré tweeted out this semi-coherent rant about Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz: “This little peace [sic] of s—t with his Yale law degree should be run out of DC and Disbarred ASAP.” Not entirely satisfied, he tagged both senators, called them “a—hats,” adding, “these Yale and Harvard law grads is [sic] high order white privilege.”

But wait. There’s more. A brief spin through the general’s Twitter account indicates he’s an ultra-partisan Trump hater. You might also check out Tucker Carlson’s recent take on Honoré:

Carlson says Honoré has already made up his mind about the riot and who’s responsible. “Nancy Pelosi says General Russel Honoré has been, quote, ‘assessing our security needs by reviewing what happened on January 6, and how we must ensure that it does not happen again,’” Carlson said. “But that’s not right. General Honoré already has come to conclusions about what happened on January 6. He’s been very public about that. And you should know what those conclusions are and what kind of person he is. Just because his title is ‘general’ doesn’t mean that he’s sane or not a wild-eyed partisan. On the day after the Capitol riot, Honoré suggested it was an inside job, and that the sergeant-in-arms might be implicated in the plot.”

And he said all this without offering any evidence. Honoré’s Wikipedia page has more of the same unhinged conspiratorial vibe: “On January 7, 2021 Honoré speculated that those in charge of security at the Capitol could have been ‘complicit’ in the attack: ‘By a percentage, 30 to 40 percent of the officers are Trumpsters. That’s a fact Jack.’ On the same day he called for a boycott of companies advertising on Fox News, claiming that Sean Hannity is a Russian asset: “These are Sean Hannity’s leading advertisers. PLEASE stop buying their s—t stocks Sean Hannity speaks #Russian iNFO OPERATIONS TO SUCK UP TO #45.”

Do these sound like the thoughtful musings of a man capable of leading a balanced and thorough investigation into the events of January 6? Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson doesn’t think so. “General Honoré,” he tweeted, “is an extreme partisan and should be the LAST person to head up an investigation of what happened at the Capitol on Jan 6th.”

As for Nancy Pelosi, who as House speaker is responsible for all operational decisions made within the House, what did she know about security provisions at the Capitol building and when did she know it? In a letter sent to Pelosi on Monday by House Republicans Jim Jordan, Devin Nunes, Rodney Davis, and James Comer, they asked some interesting questions. Such as: “When then-[Capitol Police] Chief Sund made a request for National Guard support on January 4th, why was that request denied?” And: “Why are your House Officers refusing to comply with preservation and production requests to turn over request materials relevant to the events of January 6th?”

We’re not sure what Pelosi is trying to hide, but we do know that she’s engaged in political theater. And if we’re ever to learn the whole truth about last month’s Capitol riot, it’ll be in spite of her, not because of her.

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Zuckerberg’s Vaccine Hypocrisy

Nate Jackson

If you oppose or even question the COVID vaccines on Facebook, you are under threat of content removal or perhaps suspension. Just last week, Facebook announced, “We are expanding efforts to remove false claims on Facebook and Instagram about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines and vaccines in general during the pandemic.” Specifically, Facebook will remove content including “claims that the COVID-19 vaccine changes people’s DNA.”

So imagine our surprise to see a prominent Facebook user saying unapproved things: “I share some caution on this [vaccine], because we just don’t know the long-term side effects of basically modifying people’s DNA and RNA.”

That user was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and his July comments were just released by Project Veritas thanks to a Facebook “insider.”

Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe humorously wonders if Facebook will ban his video showing Zuckerberg violating current Facebook policy. (As we go to press this morning, it’s still available there.)

O’Keefe also notes that in November, Zuckerberg made the opposite claim when talking to the all-knowing Dr. Anthony Fauci: “My understanding is that these vaccines do not modify your DNA or RNA.”

The issue isn’t that Zuckerberg might have changed his mind after learning new information. It’s that his platform claims to want to foster the ability for people to “discuss, debate and share their personal experiences, opinions and news related to the COVID-19 pandemic” — while prohibiting much of that very discussion and debate.

Every American, regardless of your stance on vaccines, or elections, or the science on “transgendered” individuals, or a host of other controversial topics, should want to have a true town square to debate the issues. Yet Facebook, led by Zuckerberg, frequently aims to prohibit one side from having a voice in those debates. Perhaps that authoritarian streak is just in Zuck’s DNA.

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Why Americans’ Life Expectancy Sank in 2020

Thomas Gallatin

“Pandemic cut U.S. life expectancy by a year during the first half of 2020,” blared a Washington Post headline, with the implication being that the direct cause of the decline was COVID-19. However, within the first paragraph of the story it becomes clear that the coronavirus is far from the primary cause. Rather, the article states that “deaths from drug overdoses, heart attacks and diseases that accompanied the outbreak” had much to do with the downturn in life expectancy.

In other words, aggressive economic lockdowns and social-distancing mandates played a considerable role in lowering Americans’ life expectancy. Was this not the constant concern raised by many conservatives who were repeatedly shouted down and accused by leftists of not caring about people dying?

The Post observes, “In the early months of 2020, some seriously ill people delayed seeking health care out of fear of the new and lethal virus. In an October study, the CDC estimated that perhaps a third of these ‘excess deaths’ — the number of deaths greater than would be expected in a typical year — were caused by factors other than covid-19.” That’s quite an admission.

If American politicians had not panicked in the face of the novel virus and not shut down the country, then perhaps a third of the folks who died without COVID could have avoided death. The story quotes Princeton economics professor Anne Case, who says, “There is nothing good to be said.”

Given this reality, why are there still states today continuing these draconian lockdown measures? It is literally killing people.

The Post goes on to note that this is the first time since World War II that Americans’ life expectancy dropped this significantly, and the article highlights the fact that the biggest drop was among black and Hispanic Americans. So is the virus racist? Hardly. Has the response more adversely affected minorities? That’s likely, but not in a way that fits the leftist narrative.

While the Post cites the fact that comorbidity factors like higher rates of obesity and diabetes are more prevalent among minority communities, the one factor not mentioned may be the most significant: Both the black and Hispanic communities, especially in densely populated inner cities, tend to rely more heavily on government welfare and government-provided services more generally than do other Americans. In so doing, the failure of government to meet needs and maintain these services will have an outsized impact on those who have learned to depend on them.

If anything, this should be a lesson — a hard one — on the limits of government in providing service, but also in providing direction. In a free society, people should weigh the information and data available for themselves. They can come to their own convictions and act accordingly, not look to government officials to direct them.

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Top of the Fold

  • Unity! Democrats introduce “No Glory for Hate Act” to deprive Trump of post-death memorials (PJ Media)
  • Democrats debut sweeping immigration reform bill featuring eight-year path to citizenship (Examiner)

Color us skeptical that it represents an “earned roadmap,” as it’s being advertised.

Government & Politics

  • Incredibly, the Wuhan Institute of Virology is still eligible to receive U.S. taxpayer funding through 2024, NIH confirms (Daily Caller)
  • U.S. will erroneously pay $200 million in overdue and current dues to WHO (Roll Call)
  • White House says Biden supports study of slavery reparations (Reuters)

For the record, every Patriot Post staff member now identifies as black. And you can too!

  • Entertainment as indoctrination: TV shows push gun control myths (RCP)

Science, Health, & Technology

  • FDA: Thankfully, no evidence COVID spreads through food or food packaging (UPI)
  • White House announces $4 billion in funding for global vaccine effort (Washington Post)
  • CDC classroom guidance would wrongly keep 90% of schools at least partially closed (CNBC)
  • NASA Mars rover survives “seven minutes of terror,” successfully lands on Red Planet (U.S. News)

National Security

  • Biden marginalizes ICE: New rules limit who agents target for arrest (NPR)
  • Capitol Police suspends six officers with pay, investigating 29 others over January 6 riot (Fox News)
  • Biden ready to restore disastrous Iran nuclear deal (Examiner)

    Business & Economy

  • Regression: In 2021, U.S. will import more oil than it exports under Biden (CNSNews.com)
  • Weekly jobless claims rise to 861,000 as layoffs stay high (AP)
  • Red states trounce blue states economically (Power Line)
  • Total amount of global debt reached $281 trillion by the end of 2020 (Newsweek)

Around the Nation

  • Blast of severe winter weather now being blamed for at least 36 deaths (Fox News)
  • Interesting social media censorship legislation that targets terms of service proposed in Kansas (The Sentinel)
  • Chicago to review 41 statues for potential demolition, including ones of Washington, Lincoln, and Grant (Disrn)
  • South Carolina governor signs “heartbeat” abortion ban into law as legal challenge looms (The State)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Massachusetts high school football coach fired for privately questioning BLM curricula (Daily Wire)
  • Cartoon Network pushes “anti-racism,” lecturing kids to “see color” in new PSA (Disrn)

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

Odds & Ends

  • Former Senator and World War II veteran Bob Dole announces he has stage 4 lung cancer (Disrn)
  • The often-untold story of Rush Limbaugh’s generosity (Disrn)

Stranger Than Fiction

  • Dude with an active warrant tried to apply for a carry permit using Barack Obama’s name (Not the Bee)
  • Check out these insane pics from the Texas deep freeze (Not the Bee)

“Non Compos Mentis” Op-Ed Award

  • Time to ban sugar-sweetened beverages in the workplace (Forbes)

Belly Laugh of the Week

  • Daily Beast editor accuses Tucker Carlson of adding “googly eyes” to AOC photo, apologizes and acknowledges it’s real (Daily Wire)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: The Democrats’ dangerous inflation assumption (The Week)
  • Policy: The Chicago Teachers Union’s outsize power comes at the expense of students, parents, and taxpayers (City Journal)
  • Humor: Heroic Ted Cruz travels to Cancun to lasso the sun and bring it back to frigid Texas (Babylon Bee)
  • Related humor: Media informs Ted Cruz you can only travel during a crisis if you’re a Democrat (Babylon Bee)

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Eight Shades of Grey — A Northwestern University professor gave his students a handy chart to determine just how racist they and their parents really are.

Auctioning Blackouts — Blackouts in Texas and other parts of the country in February 2021. Why?

Satire: If COVID Was an STD — How might the Left respond to civil liberties violations? In today’s cartoon, we find out…




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Insight: “The more one considers the matter, the clearer it becomes that redistribution is in effect far less a redistribution of free income from the richer to the poorer, as we imagined, than a redistribution of power from the individual to the State.” —Bertrand de Jouvenel (1903-1987)

Upright: “No nation has ever taxed itself into prosperity.” —Rush Limbaugh

For the record: “I am in Congress today because of Rush Limbaugh.” —Mike Pence in 2001

Re: the Ruling Class: “The most elite in America are the most likely to damn the privilege of those who lack it. Perhaps this illogic squares the psychological circle of feeling guilty about things they never have any intention of giving up. If blaming those without advantages does not satisfy the unhappy liberal elite, then there is always warring against the mute dead: changing their eponymous names, destroying their statues, slandering their memories and denying their achievements. The common denominator with all these absurdities? An ungracious and neurotic elite whose judgment is bankrupt and whose privilege is paid for by those who don’t have it.” —Victor Davis Hanson

Observations: “Former President Donald Trump was not a leader. Instead, he was a collector. He did not lead the tens of millions of voters who supported him as much as he collected their votes. He allowed them to view him as a man wearing many hats, and yes, even many masks. They saw in him what they wanted to see, and he was OK with that. He was one man with many faces, and each face represented something different for each of his followers and supporters. It was not his job to root out every evil in society, or even every evil thought or prejudice against a fellow American. However, it is a president’s job to condemn those behaviors when they go against the rule of law, the Republic and the greater good of this country. Though he eventually did offer condemnation of the Capitol Hill riots, you can’t help but wonder if his words could’ve been stronger or whether if he had gone to the inauguration, just as former Vice President Mike Pence did, it would’ve sent a strong and resolute message to his most disgruntled followers. Though it’s all now in the past, which no one can change, certainly things could’ve played out differently for Trump; perhaps, in the end, he could’ve left on a high note. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the decision he made, but the country would have been much better off. I’ve written numerous columns about Trump’s heroism, his wins on policy and the economy’s unimaginable successes in these times. On that, he absolutely deserves recognition and credit. Yet, moving forward, the Republican Party cannot be a party that appeals to the most negative emotions within the body politic. The Republican Party must be the party of hope and aspiration and the party that paves the road for America’s future as it has so many times in the past.” —Armstrong Williams

The bottom line: “The reality in the Georgia runoff Senate elections is that the Democrats focused on getting out the vote, while the Republicans vented their anger and ran against the Democratic candidates rather than for something positive. Republicans have bought into the partisan politics, negative campaigning and fear mongering. Now we have internal party battles to add to the party dysfunction. … Every Democrat is not just happy about the finger pointing in the Republican tent: many of them are pulling up a chair and popping the popcorn hoping to watch the full meltdown, a Republican Party civil war. An internal party fission would give Democrats cover to move their agenda forward while both the media and the politicians are focusing on the party split sideshow.” —Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Political futures: “Executive orders are canceled as easily as they were created. Shifts in policy prove ephemeral. What is America’s policy on a border wall? On the Keystone pipeline? On Iran’s nuclear development? When the answers to such questions are a matter of presidential caprice rather than an act of Congress, they aren’t answers at all — merely holding patterns apt to change after the next election.” —Jeff Jacoby

Nope: “Over a quarter century ago in 1994, I clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The number of circuit judges has remained the same since 1990, when US population was 249 million. Our population today is over 330 million. It is time to increase circuit (and district) judges.” —Rep. Ted Lieu

Grand delusions: “The Iran nuclear deal, the so-called JCPOA, was very effective in cutting off all of the pathways that Iran then had to produce fissile material for a nuclear weapon. And we know that that agreement was working. … Having pulled out of the deal, Iran then began to lift the very restraints the deal had imposed on it. And the result is that, today, Iran is far closer to having the ability to produce fissile material for a weapon on short order than it was when the deal was in force.” —Secretary of State Antony Blinken

And last… “It’s not only that the fact-checkers are objectionable but also that the idea of fact-checking is un-journalistic. There is something more insidious about fact-checks than the average hackery. … Fact-checkers circumvent debate by making pronouncements about highly disputable contentions.” —David Harsanyi

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Biden Says No Normalcy ’til Christmas, Franklin Graham Says Too Much Gov’t ‘Control Over Our Lives’

“Biden indicated that the COVID restrictions could go on through the end of the year. It should concern all Americans that our government has this much control over our lives,” Graham said.

Source: Biden Says No Normalcy ’til Christmas, Franklin Graham Says Too Much Gov’t ‘Control Over Our Lives’

When Spiritual Heroes Fall — Stand to Reason

It is now fairly common knowledge that Ravi Zacharias—a spiritual hero to multitudes—had for many years been living a secret life of manipulative and abusive sexual immorality, spiritual deceit, and professional duplicity.

It is hard to imagine anything so unsettling as learning that a person of such influence fell as far and as hard as he did. It knocks the wind out of us, gives ugly opportunity to our critics, and leaves many furious to the core.

Stunned, shocked, and shaken, some don’t know how to process this news and don’t even know where to start. If that describes you, I’d like to offer five principles to help you get going again.

First, guard your own soul. The details of any pattern of immorality are important for the main players to know. Agreed. Paul says dark deeds must be exposed (Eph. 5:11)­—partly to rebuke the guilty as a warning to others (1 Tim. 5:20), and also, in this case, to determine the extent of the damage so victims can be vindicated and cared for. He says next, though, that “it is disgraceful even to speak of those things done in secret,” that is, to dwell on the evil that has come to light.

Solomon warns that a whisperer’s words penetrate deep into our hearts (Prov. 18:8). When you hear vile things about anyone, the words and images stick. Even when true, the information can still sully your soul and corrupt you.

Trust me on this. For most of us, the less we know about the specifics, the better. “Be innocent in what is evil,” Paul counsels (Rom. 16:19). When you dig into the dirt, you’re going to get dirty. Sin is ugly, so steer clear of the sordid details unless you have a genuine need to know. Most of us don’t. It won’t help you, and it won’t help the victims.

So, guard yourself by staying out of the skirmish. It’s a principle I’ve followed for years, and I’m the better for it. The less the talk, the less the damage. “Where there are many words, transgression is unavoidable,” Proverbs says. Let the proper people right the wrong; the rest of us can let it go.

Second, do not be surprised when sinners sin. When a spiritual icon tumbles, I’m shocked, but I am not shaken. I’m shocked because it’s inexcusable for someone in Christian leadership to sin egregiously and continuously. I’m not shaken, though, because I am aware of what human beings are capable of.

From the beginning, Jesus did not entrust himself to those who believed in him since he knew what was in man (Jn. 2:24–25). We know, too, if we take our Bibles seriously.

Sin crouches at the door of even the “greatest” among us. Everyone is vulnerable. Everyone is capable. How could a major figure suffer a major fall? Easy, if he is not vigilant, so be on your guard.

Christ is good, but he is the only one. Paul warned even “spiritual” Christians who were properly correcting others to look to themselves lest they also be tempted (Gal. 6:1). It is healthy to have heroes, to have people we look up to and aspire to emulate. It is not healthy to forget we’re all deeply, radically fallen, even our heroes.

Third, remember, truth is still true. It is tempting—especially to outsiders—to denigrate Christianity because of the failings of a Christian leader. The impulse is understandable, but it’s a false move. One’s witness may be disqualified, to be sure, but the truth taught is not nullified.

Nothing about our convictions regarding God or salvation rests on the shoulders of any human being save Jesus of Nazareth.

The noble words or sound instruction of any fallen hero are no less noble or sound because of his failures. Whatever is true about Christianity or Christian virtue is just as true after a moral defeat as before. Whatever is true when spoken or written by a good man is still true when spoken or written by a bad man.

So, no one’s sin invalidates truth. Indeed, Paul rejoiced when Christ was proclaimed by anyone, even duplicitous men (Phil. 1:18). If you benefited from a hero who later fell, take heart. God uses even the worst of men to help the rest of us.

Fourth, do not become cynical. The impulse is strong to cast a jaundiced eye towards other Christian leaders, wondering what secrets they may be hiding. Don’t do that. Do not allow failure of the few to cause suspicion of the many.

Yes, when respected leaders falter badly, it’s natural to wonder, Who can I trust? The answer is simple. Trust everyone you have no reason to mistrust, which is most people you know.

Will you be wrong sometimes? Yes, but rarely. The vast multitude of spiritual leaders live noble lives and serve the Lord with honor. Thinking charitably of them is a virtue and a healthy habit to nurture.

Finally, firmly resolve to finish well. The goal of my life is to complete the course. When I finally cross over, I want to hear the words “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Make that your goal, as well.

Of course, we need help to do that. If there is darkness in your life, bring it into the light with a trusted friend, and its hold on you will weaken considerably. The Holy Spirit is committed to making you holy, too. Your part is to be vigilant and to fight sin to your last breath.

I cannot promise that these five principles will alleviate all your pain, quiet all your confusion, or quell all your anger when one of your spiritual heroes falls. These points have served me well for many years, though, and I trust they will guide you well, too.

When Spiritual Heroes Fall — Stand to Reason

February 19 Morning Quotes of The Day

The Importance of Loving the Right Things
1 Corinthians 13:13

When there is a question as to whether a man is good, one does not ask what he believes, or what he hopes, but what he loves. For the man who loves aright no doubt believes and hopes aright; whereas the man who does not have love believes in vain, even though his beliefs are true; and hopes in vain, even though the objects of his hope are a real part of true happiness; unless, indeed, he believes and hopes for this, that he may obtain by prayer the blessing of love.


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

The Gift of Friendship
Proverbs 18:24; Ecclesiastes 4:9–10; 1 Corinthians 1:4

I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new. Shall I not call God the beautiful, who daily shows himself so to me in his gifts?


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

February 19 Morning Verse of the Day

24:52–53 As Jesus had requested (v. 49), the disciples returned to Jerusalem and stayed there until the events of the day of Pentecost (Ac 2). Luke mentions the great joy of the apostles—a theme he has stressed from beginning to end (see 1:14; 2:10; 10:20; 13:17; 15:5, 32; 19:37; 24:41, 52). Although at least some disciples were continually in the temple praising God during that time and later (Ac 2:46; 3:1), it should not be assumed that all of them were always there. Acts 1:13–14 also speaks of the apostles, some of the women disciples, and Jesus’s brothers (the sons of Joseph and Mary) being “continually united in prayer” in an upper room in Jerusalem. Such devotion to prayer was a fitting prelude and precondition to the wonderful things God would do through Christ’s earliest messengers. Christ’s church was set to explode onto the scene as a beacon of light and hope in a spiritually dark world.[1]

24:52 they worshiped him. Whatever their view of Jesus in earlier days, they now recognized His divinity and worshiped Him. The separation did not bring sadness, but “great joy.”

24:53 The Gospel ends as it began, in Jerusalem with the worship of God.[2]

24:52–53 And they worshiped him (cf. note on Matt. 28:9). The Gospel ends where it began, with God’s people in the temple (cf. Luke 1:5–17; 24:53) blessing God with great joy, “for he has visited and redeemed his people” (1:68).[3]

24:52 after worshiping Him. I.e., a formal act of worship. Now that He had opened their understanding (see note on v. 45), they perceived the full truth of His deity, unclouded by the darkness of confusion or doubt. Cf. Mt 28:9; Jn 20:28; contra. Mt 28:17.

24:53 in the temple. This became the first meeting-place of the church (Ac 2:46; 5:21, 42). There were rooms around the porticoes of the outer court available for such meetings.[4]

24:52 worshiped … joy: This is a proper response to the reality of the Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus.

24:53 continually in the temple praising and blessing God: The disciples’ sorrow over Jesus’ death had been totally reversed (v. 17). Now the disciples awaited the promise of God with joy. Luke’s account continues in the Book of Acts. There he records the disciple’s initial response to Jesus’ commission to preach to all the nations (v. 47).[5]

24:52. The response of the believers witnesses to the positive nature of Jesus’ farewell and return to the Father. The believers’ worship responds to His deity and His post-Resurrection position as Lord (cf. Acts 2:36). Their great joy testifies to their anticipation of the fulfillment of every promise of God which Jesus would accomplish at His return, as well as to their blessedness in His absence.

24:53. The believers returned to the only place of worship they knew—the temple in Jerusalem—but now with a different appreciation and perspective. Luke’s last Amen represents the desired response to everything he recorded in his Gospel: the fulfillment of all Jesus has promised during His first advent. For Theophilus, the same effect in his life would signal that he now knew the certainty of those things in which he had received instruction.[6]

24:52, 53 They worshiped Him, then returned to Jerusalem with great joy. For the next ten days, they spent much time in the temple praising and blessing God.

Luke’s Gospel opened with devout believers at the temple, praying for the long-expected Messiah. It closes at the same place with devout believers praising and blessing God for answered prayer and for accomplished redemption. It is a lovely climax to what Renan called the most beautiful book in the world. Amen.[7]

24:52–53. The church no longer grieves. Jesus’ final disappearance does not bring mourning and sadness. It brings joy and worship. The church has heard the resurrection story. His followers have seen the resurrected Lord. They have experienced the spiritual presence in the breaking of bread. They believe in the resurrected Lord. They can tell the story of the resurrected Messiah. They can show that Scripture prepared for the Messiah to come to earth, minister, be betrayed, suffer, die, and be resurrected. They can preach in the name of Jesus. They can call for repentance. They can promise forgiveness. But only after the Spirit comes. Until then, stay in Jerusalem. Stay at the temple. Yes, work from the center of Judaism to preach Christ. Pray. Give thanks. Express joy. Worship. Wait for the Spirit. He will come in Volume Two: the Book of Acts.[8]

24:52 “after worshiping Him” This is another phrase present in all of the ancient Greek texts except D and some old Latin manuscripts. This chapter has the largest number of these so-called “Western non-interpolations” by Westcott and Hort (vv. 24:3, 6, 9, 12, 36, 40, 52, 53). These textual critics believed that the Alexandrian family of Greek manuscripts was closer to the original than the other families of manuscripts except in twenty-seven shorter readings found in the western family.

“with great joy” Luke’s Gospel emphasizes “joy” (cf. 1:14; 2:10; 8:13; 10:17; 15:7, 10; 24:41, 52). This is so different from their reaction in vv. 37–38.

24:53 “in the temple” These were still Jewish people. There was no place large enough to accommodate the believing disciples.[9]

52. They worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.

The eleven men did as they had been told. They returned to Jerusalem, there to await the outpouring upon them of the Holy Spirit. However, they returned with great joy. Why this great joy? Should they not rather have mourned the loss of a true Friend?

They knew better. They had lost nothing and had gained much. Among the reasons for their great joy may well have been the following:

  1. They had had Jesus with them for a while. They were going to have him with them forever, namely, in the Spirit. That was, in fact, the promise he had made to them (Matt. 28:20).
  2. They knew, therefore, that they had been commissioned to carry out a great task, the spread of the gospel, and that they were about to receive the power to shoulder it.
  3. They had received the promise of his glorious return at the end of the age (Acts 1:11).
  4. Should we not also add this reason for their great joy, namely, that they rejoiced in his joy, in his exaltation?
  5. And they were continually in the temple, praising God.

Apart from praise to God joy is incomplete. See Rom. 11:36; 1 Cor. 10:31; 2 Cor. 3:18.

Luke began his book with a temple scene (1:5–23). He ends it similarly. He began with songs: of Elizabeth, of Mary, of Zechariah, of angels, of Simeon. So he ends, most appropriately, with praises to God, for “of him and through him, and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever.”[10]

52–53. Here once more we should accept the reading of all the Greek mss except one (the Western text again!) and read ‘they worshipped him’ (mg.). Whatever their view of his person during his ministry, the passion and resurrection and now the ascension had convinced them that Jesus was divine. He was worthy to be worshipped and they gave him his due. Worship is their response to his ascension (it is the first time Luke speaks of anyone worshipping Jesus). It is interesting that their feeling at this final parting was not one of grief but of great joy (cf. John 14:28). They were understanding more than they had previously. Luke began his Gospel in the temple (1:5) and he brings it to an end in the same place, with the disciples continually in the temple blessing God. It is a fitting acknowledgment of the grace that God has shown so singularly in the events he has narrated.[11] 52 Jesus is also the Son of God, and so “they worshiped him.” This recalls 4:8, where Jesus, refusing to bow down to Satan, asserts that only God himself deserves to be worshiped. The claim of Jesus’ deity is clear here as he becomes the object of worship (cf. Joseph Plevnik, “Eyewitnesses of the Risen Jesus,” CBQ 49 [1987]:102).

Luke’s beautiful gospel closes with the theme of “joy” restated in v. 52 and with the city of Jerusalem and its temple again presented as the true home of Christianity—the origin of the Christian gospel and the Christian church (see remarks on Jerusalem throughout this commentary, e.g., 13:31–35; 19:28–44; cf. Ac 1:8).

53 Luke’s theme of doxology reappears at the very end, as the disciples are last seen “blessing” (NIV, “praising”) God (v. 53; see Notes)—a response to Jesus’ blessing of them in vv. 50–51. This is both an appropriate conclusion to Luke’s gospel and a reminder to us to live lives of praise as we wait for the return of the ascended Lord.[12]

The Reaction

And they, after worshiping Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising God. (24:52–53)

Now that the disciples understood fully the person and work of Christ, there was no other way they could have reacted, other than by worshiping Him. With all their doubts and fears gone, all their questions answered, fully convinced that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer, the disciples were ready to preach the gospel—even if it cost them their lives.

After Jesus was gone, they returned to Jerusalem as He had commanded them (v. 49; Acts 1:4) with great joy, which caused them to be continually in the temple praising God. Their training was complete, and they were full of praise, ready to preach, and some of them even prepared to write portions of the New Testament.

The Implications

The amazing implications of the ascension of the Son of God to heaven can be broken down into the following truths.

First, the ascension marked the completion of the work of salvation. After the cross and the resurrection, there was nothing further to be done to provide any aspect of salvation. Jesus’ words from the cross, “It is finished!” (John 19:30), signified that He had accomplished the work the Father had given Him to do.

Second, the ascension marked the end of Jesus’ limitations. During His incarnation, He had “emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:7–8). At the ascension, He returned to the glory He had had with the Father before the world was created (John 17:5). Jesus had left heaven as spirit, but returned as the God-Man, whom He will remain forever.

Third, as noted earlier, the ascension marked Christ’s exaltation and coronation.

Fourth, the ascension signaled the sending of the Holy Spirit, who until then “was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified” (John 7:39). “It is to your advantage that I go away,” Jesus had told the disciples, “for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you” (John 16:7).

Fifth, the ascension marked the start of Jesus’ preparing believers’ heavenly home (John 14:1–3).

Sixth, the ascension marked the passing of the work of evangelism to His followers. Christ’s work is both finished and unfinished (Acts 1:1). His work of providing redemption is completed, and nothing can be added to it (John 17:4; 19:30; Heb. 9:12). But His work of proclamation is not finished. The rest of the New Testament describes the continuation of that work by the early church, and it will not be completed until He returns.

Seventh, the ascension signaled the Lord’s sovereign headship over the church (Eph. 1:20–23; Col. 1:18).

Eighth, the ascension marked Christ’s triumph over Satan. As the apostle John wrote, “The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8; cf. Gen. 3:15; Heb. 2:14).

Ninth, the ascension signaled the Lord’s giving the work of the ministry to gifted men. When He ascended, Jesus sent the Spirit, who not only gave spiritual gifts to individual believers (1 Cor. 12:4–11), but also gifted men to the church (Eph. 4:11–13).

Tenth, the ascension marked the beginning of the merciful and faithful (Heb. 2:17) and sympathetic (Heb. 4:15) high priest’s work of intercession for His people (Heb. 7:25).

Finally, the ascension guarantees and secures Christ’s second coming (Acts 1:11).

All Christians should celebrate all that Jesus accomplished for them, which culminated in the ascension. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,” wrote Paul, “that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9).[13]

[1] Blaising, C. A. (2017). Christ in the Old Testament. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1660). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1505). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2014). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Lk 24:52–53). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[5] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1306). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[6] Valdés, A. S. (2010). The Gospel according to Luke. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 355). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[7] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1459). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[8] Butler, T. C. (2000). Luke (Vol. 3, pp. 421–422). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[9] Utley, R. J. (2004). The Gospel according to Luke (Vol. Volume 3A, Lk 24:52–53). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[10] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Luke (Vol. 11, p. 1077). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[11] Morris, L. (1988). Luke: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 3, pp. 363–364). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[12] Liefeld, W. L., & Pao, D. W. (2007). Luke. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, pp. 354–355). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[13] MacArthur, J. (2014). Luke 18–24 (pp. 453–455). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.