“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
Here’s a sample of what Jim presented to listeners on this News Round-Up & Comment broadcast:
–Concerning the “For the People Act” (HR-1), West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin says he will not vote for a bill that delivers a partisan advantage in elections.
–A unanimous Supreme Court Ruling Monday indicates that thousands of immigrants living in the U.S. due to humanitarian reasons are ineligible to apply to become permanent residents if they entered the country illegally.
–Democrats and much of the media are pushing to make permanent the pandemic-driven measures to relax voting rules during the 2020 elections.
–Vice President Kamala Harris claims that the current crisis on the U.S./Mexico border is largely the result of climate change and the economy.
–V.P. Harris slammed by AOC for telling Guatemalans not to come to the U.S. border.
–The number of migrants coming to the U.S./Mexico border reached a record high in May, but the number of unaccompanied children and families continues to go down.
–Texas Governor Greg Abbott is directing his state to immediately begin building border barriers in areas where migrants have been pouring over the U.S./Mexican border.
–Republicans are sweeping mayoral elections in Texas.
–The U.S. Senate has confirmed its first Muslim federal district court judge.
–St. Mark United Methodist Church has a message board that quotes the Qur’an.
–AOC gave a speech in which she provided the answer to crime. She believes we need to stop building jails.
–President Biden is attempting to open an official consulate for the Palestinian Authority in Israel’s capital.
–House Democrats released a statement condemning Representative Ilhan Omar for comparing the U.S. and Israel to an Islamic terrorist organization.
–Sunday, Israel’s parliament will be voting on the formation of a government that could and would end Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12 year rule as Prime Minister.
–The Biden administration is warning Venezuela and Cuba to turn away Iranian ships believed to be carrying arms to Caracas, vowing to take appropriate measures to deter the threat to America and its allies in the West.
Love for God Brings Infinite Happiness Matthew 22:37–38; Mark 12:29–30; John 15:9; 1 Peter 1:8
In fine, a lover is miserable if the person whom he loves be so. They who have made an exchange of hearts by love get thereby an interest of one another’s happiness and misery, and this makes love a troublesome passion when placed on earth.… But if God were the object of our love, we should share in an infinite happiness without any mixture or possibility of diminution.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
The Beauty of Christian Truth Luke 16:31
Doubtless the Christian religion owes much to argument, to miracles and the like; but it is faith alone by which it is believed and confirmed, accepted for the beauty of its truth, and the truth of its beauty, for the calmness it imparts to the will, the certainty it gives to the understanding.
FRANCIS DE SALES
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
The prodigal returning home to find forgiveness – what a beautiful image. But what happens when the prodigal (us) goes back to the far country? Find out in this freeing message from Steve Brown given at the Christ Hold Fast Conference.
What are the “elementary principles of the world” that once enslaved us, according to Galatians 4:3? From one of our Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson describes how our relationship to God’s law changes when we come to Christ.
“And you will seek Me and find Me, When you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
I wrote in my journal one morning declaring each day a brand new day to walk with the Lord. Then, as I paused to consider and examine what those words truly meant, I realized that much of that walking is walked out in my thoughts and prayers as I seek Him. This walking can be accomplished without taking one single step. Walking with the Lord is a walk that takes place in the heart—a heart to follow Him.
I went on to write in my journal that “Today, walking with Him required me not to worry about something troubling that happened, but to pray and trust. Today, walking with Him has shown me through the reading of His Word that I am not helpless, but I am an overcomer and more than a conqueror.”
Walking with the Lord has also taught me to never give up when visible answers to prayer are slow in coming. Walking with Him has shown me this week not to focus on the natural things of this world and circumstances surrounding me, but to keep my eyes on God and what only God can do.
My journey with the Lord is a walk to seek Him, and this is a walk of the heart I choose to take each brand new day.
“True Religion Is a Habitual Recollection of God and Intention to Serve Him” Hebrews 12:28
When some people talk of religion, they mean they have heard so many sermons, and performed so many devotions, and thus mistake the means for the end. But true religion is a habitual recollection of God and intention to serve him; and this turns everything into gold. We are apt to suppose that we need something splendid to evince our devotion, but true devotion equals things: washing plates and cleaning shoes is a high office, if performed in a right spirit. If three angels were sent to earth, they would feel perfect indifference who should perform the part of prime minister, parish minister, or watchman.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Renounce Sins, Live Righteous Lives Deuteronomy 6:5; Proverbs 28:13; Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27; Colossians 3:1–2; 1 John 2:17
Beloved, knowing that the world is passing to its doom … make it your chief concern to live righteous and holy lives and renounce your sins. Next, give earnest heed to the things that are heavenly; and, finally, love God with all your heart and put your trust in Him; for He will honor you in His glory for the merits of Jesus Christ and will make you partakers of His kingdom.
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Formation of new government completed The Yamina and Yesh Atid parties have on Friday signed a coalition agreement ahead of the formation of a unity government for the State of Israel. The agreement concludes the work of assembling the new government, which is set to be sworn in this coming Sunday.
2 named storms possible in fledgling hurricane season meteorologists are closely monitoring the Atlantic basin for the potential that two named storms could develop in the coming weeks. The Atlantic hurricane season is barely more than a week old at this point, but conditions are coming together in a way that could enable the formation of two storms, each in very different areas of the basin.
Leaking Las Vegas: Lake Mead Plunges To Record Low Amid Drought-pocalypse the iconic Hoover Dam has just recorded the smallest amount of water inside Lake Mead since the 1930s. The damming of the Colorado River at the Nevada-Arizona border created Lake Mead and supplies water to 25 million people, including in the cities of Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, Los Angeles, and San Diego. The drought is so severe that the governor of Utah is urging people to pray for rain.
France’s Macron Urges G-7 To Sell Gold Reserves To Fund Bailout For Africa Macron has said he believes Africa needs a “New Deal” to give the continent a breath of fresh air. And today, he called on G7 nations to find an agreement as part of efforts to reallocate $100 billion in International Monetary Fund (IMF) special drawing rights to African states. So how do we pay for the bailout? Macron told a news conference he would like the sale of gold reserves to help finance this planned aid for Africa.
Alaska woman stops ax-wielding home invader with pistol According to the Alaska Department of Public Safety, a drunk 66-year-old man used an axe to force his way into the home of a 55-year-old woman, threatening to kill her. The female homeowner used her pistol to shoot the man in self-defense. The Palmer District Attorney’s Office determined that no charges will be filed against the woman, but an investigation into the attempted burglary and assault against the suspect is still underway.
Poll: 4 in 5 Americans prefer offensive, inaccurate speech over censorship If given a choice between allowing offensive or inaccurate speech and government censorship, an overwhelming majority of voters want free speech. A national survey by Scott Rasmussen found 80% of voters prefer free speech and only 9% want the government to determine what speech should be allowed.
Haze visible over the mountains from Colorado Springs is from 2 wildfires in Arizona Two wildfires burning in Arizona are impacting people in Colorado. A lot of smoke is being put up in the atmosphere as more than 138,000 acres have burned between the two fires as of Tuesday night. The Telegraph fire is burning east of Phoenix while the Mescal Fire is burning southeast of Globe. Smoke from the wildfires could be seen from Colorado Springs Tuesday night over the mountains.
Tropical moisture set to reach prime early-season formation zone Tropical systems require high amounts of moisture to begin to transform into a more organized disturbance. Over the weekend, the moisture will continue to stretch across Central America and nearby waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The long-range forecast models show the moisture source drifting north into early next week, reaching areas near the Yucatan Peninsula and adjacent waters. Water temperatures are in the middle 80s within the Bay of Campeche and the far southwestern Gulf of Mexico.
2 Iranian warships cruising the Atlantic, Iran confirms – suspected weapons shipment to Venezuela On Thursday, an Iranian official announced two Iranian warships have entered the Atlantic Ocean, confirming reports last month that the ships were bound for the open waters. In comments reported by the Iranian state-run Press TV, Iranian Rear Adml. Habibollah Sayyari, Deputy Chief of Army for Coordination, said Iran’s Makran cargo ship and the domestically-built Sahand destroyer, have entered the Atlantic Ocean.
US Army developing world’s most powerful laser weapon for a ‘future battlefield’ The U.S. Army is building the world’s most powerful laser weapon, capable of vaporizing targets and interrupting adversaries’ technology signals. The weapon is over one million times more powerful than any other laser developed before, NewScientist reported. According to the report, the system being developed will reach a terawatt for 200 femtoseconds, or one quadrillionth of a second. The split-second laser would be capable of incinerating a drone. The laser is also being designed to interrupt electronic signals by emitting an electromagnetic pulse.
Iranian political prisoner dies, allegedly from medical misconduct Severely-ill Iranian political prisoner Sasan Niknafs died on Saturday in the Greater Tehran Penitentiary due to alleged medical misconduct carried out by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s prisoner authorities, according to Iranian civil activist Hossein Ronaghi, who posted about the matter on his Instagram page on Monday. “Sasan Niknafs has been killed in prison. This was not a normal death. When you jail an innocent person for his beliefs and opposition, and he dies, this death is not an ordinary death; this is murder,” reads the post,
Preparing for major Iranian hack? Israel rolls out emergency backup cellular network Israel Aerospace Industries and the Carbyne public-safety technology company, which began as an Israeli startup and is headquartered in New York, announced on Wednesday that they have created a new emergency communications network for first responders and civilians. The new cellular system—called 911 Ultra Emergency Network (911 Ultra-EN)—will enable those using it, such as government agencies and emergency services, to overcome the breakdown of existing communication networks by deploying new network technology.
Russia to give Iran advanced satellite that could track IDF bases – report Russia is preparing to provide Iran with an advanced satellite that would enable it to track potential military targets across the Middle East, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. The satellite is projected to have the ability to track long-range targets, including IDF bases, as well as oil refineries throughout the Persian Gulf and Iraqi bases for US troops.
EU study finds incitement in Palestinian textbooks, kept from public Palestinian Authority textbooks encourage violence against Israelis and include antisemitic messages, according to an unpublished report commissioned by the European Union in 2019 and obtained by The Jerusalem Post. The European Commission kept the report under wraps after receiving it from the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research earlier this year.
China has created a dystopian hellscape in Xinjiang, Amnesty report says The human rights organisation Amnesty International has said China is committing crimes against humanity in Xinjiang, the north-western region that is home to the Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities. In a report published on Thursday, Amnesty called on the UN to investigate, saying China had subjected Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslims to mass detention, surveillance, and torture.
Number of migrants at US border hits new record high The number of undocumented migrants reaching the US-Mexico border has hit the highest level in more than 20 years in the latest sign of the humanitarian crisis facing the Biden administration. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said it caught 180,034 migrants, mostly single adults, in May. The number was up slightly from 178,854 in April and 172,000 in March.
Ilhan Omar: US congresswoman defends ‘offensive’ Israel remark A US congresswoman has hit back after a rare rebuke from Democratic colleagues over her remarks seeming to liken the US and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban. A dozen Jewish lawmakers called on Ilhan Omar to “clarify her words”, but the Minnesota representative slammed the group’s “tropes”. This is not the first time that Ms Omar’s criticism of Israel put her at odds with members of her own party.
Israel approves flag march through Jerusalem’s Old City Israel’s outgoing government has said a flag march by Israeli nationalists through Jerusalem’s Old City can happen next week pending police approval. The event had been due to take place on 10 June, but organisers cancelled it after Israeli police rejected the proposed route through the Muslim Quarter, citing security concerns. Palestinians see it as a provocation.
Lake Mead: Largest US reservoir dips to record low The largest reservoir in the US has dipped to its lowest ever level, officials say, as an extreme drought continues in the region. The surface elevation of Lake Mead along the Arizona-Nevada border fell to 1,071.56ft (326.6 metres) above sea level at 06:00 GMT Thursday. It has sunk about 140ft since 2000 – which is almost the height of New York City’s Statue of Liberty.
America may be ‘back’ at G7, but allies’ doubts about U.S. democracy linger In 2017 the president of the United States shocked Washington’s Western allies…scolding them for failing to pay their “fair share”…After four tumultuous years…under Donald Trump, his Democratic successor Joe Biden’s words of friendship and promise that “America is back” as he meets Western allies this week and next are a welcome relief. But they’re not enough, diplomats and foreign policy experts say.
U.S. warns Israel ‘far-right provocations’ could light up Jerusalem The Biden administration warned Israel that a Jewish nationalist march that was scheduled to take place in East Jerusalem next Tuesday could reignite violence across Israel and kick off another round of fighting in the Gaza Strip, Ynet has learned on Thursday. U.S. officials conveyed…they expected Israel to avoid moves that could further escalate tensions, and especially what they call “far-right provocations.”
O Canada, you’ve got medical Nazis; their stench is rising into the sky They’re called the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO). As their home page states, they “regulate the practice of medicine in Ontario. Physicians are required to be members to practice medicine in Ontario…But now a new rebel group of Canadian MDs has emerged. Why? Because CPSO has issued a fascist edict threatening practicing doctors. Read the threat carefully.
Heavy monsoon rains leave 11 people dead in Mumbai, India At least 11 people have died while seven others were injured as heavy monsoon rains hit Mumbai, India on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, authorities reported on Thursday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert for the city for the next four days, forecasting heavy to very heavy rainfall to continue.
Sean Feucht Says Facebook has Been Censoring Him for MonthsPosted: 10 Jun 2021 04:45 PM PDT(OPINION) ETH – The rising “cancel culture movement” continues to make its way across the country and many believe it’s taking aim at the church. Praise leader Sean Feucht shared a disturbing message on Instagram Tuesday, revealing that Facebook executives have been censoring and suppressing his pages for the past five months.Feucht told CBN News that “Facebook’s heavy-handed censorship has me squarely in the crosshairs. For months, Facebook has ‘reduced distribution’ on my page because they claim I ‘shared false news.’ I can’t turn ads promoting my albums or causes that are near and dear to my heart, all because Facebook’s views clash with mine.”“Facebook points to ‘3rd-party independent fact-checkers’ as the cause of my censorship, but they fail to mention that they selected the fact-checkers,” he continued.Continue reading Sean Feucht Says Facebook has Been Censoring Him for Months at End Time Headlines.
In 1995, a 13-year-old Somali refugee arrived in the greatest country in the world, where she and her family were granted asylum. Ilhan Abdullahi Omar was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, and after fleeing to Kenya to escape the bloody tribal wars in her homeland, she settled in Minneapolis. In addition to being the epicenter of the “systemic racism” lie, Minneapolis has a large Islamic population, which made it the terrorist-recruiting capital of the U.S..
Over the last two years she has been the subject of an FBI investigation for reportedly marrying her brother as cover for his illegal immigration, as well as for paying off her former “campaign consultant” to keep their affair quiet.
In addition to her inability to call out the Islamic terrorists who perpetrated the 9/11 attack (“some people did something”), she is leading the chorus of Jew haters in Congress. But until this week, she has received little rebuke for her history of anti-Semitic comments.
In her capacity as House Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and disgracefully, as a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, earlier this week, Omar declared in a social media post, “We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.” That comment was directed at Secretary of State Antony Blinken ahead of Joe Biden’s European confab with G7 leaders.
That prompted a group of Jewish House members to rebut: “Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided. Ignoring the differences between democracies governed by the rule of law and contemptible organizations that engage in terrorism at best discredits one’s intended argument and at worst reflects deep-seated prejudice. The United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups. We urge Congresswoman Omar to clarify her words placing the US and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban.”
The Squad’s other Jew haters immediately came to Omar’s defense. Leftist Sandy Cortez (D-NY) came to her squad mate’s assistance: “Pretty sick and tired of the constant vilification, intentional mischaracterization, and public targeting of Rep. Ilhan Omar coming from our caucus. They have no concept for the danger they put her in by … fueling targeted news cycles around her.” Cori Bush (D-MO) protested: “I’m not surprised when Republicans attack Black women for standing up for human rights. But when it’s Democrats, it’s especially hurtful. We’re your colleagues. Talk to us directly. Enough with the anti-Blackness and Islamophobia.” Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) piled on: “I am tired of colleagues (both D+R) demonizing @IlhanMN. Their obsession with policing her is sick. She has the courage to call out human rights abuses no matter who is responsible.”
For her part, Pelosi issued a mild rebuke: “Drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the US and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all.” But Pelosi should have long ago removed Omar from any congressional committee standing, as she did with Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) — for much less egregious offenses.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said, “Omar’s anti-Semitic and anti-American comments are abhorrent.” He added, “Speaker Pelosi’s continued failure to address the issues in her caucus sends a message to the world that Democrats are tolerant of anti-Semitism and sympathizing with terrorists. It’s time for the speaker to act.” Jewish Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) a declared, “Ilhan Omar must be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She should have never been appointed to this Committee in the first place.”
Omar defiantly responded, “It’s shameful for colleagues who call me when they need my support to now put out a statement asking for ‘clarification’ and not just call. The Islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment and silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable.” She later attempted a clarification: “I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.”
No, what is “shameful” is that Democrats would tolerate Jew-hating Islamists among their ranks, and elevate them to House leadership roles.
To that end, Pelosi and House Demos accepted Omar’s “clarification” as sufficient: “We welcome the clarification by Congresswoman Omar that there is no moral equivalency between the U.S. and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban.”
We wonder whether Joe Manchin plays golf. If he does, Donald Trump should have the West Virginia Democrat down to Mar-a-Lago for the weekend and suggest that he switch parties. Doing so would, of course, flip the 50-50 Senate from Democrat control to Republican, and it would put a merciful end to what’s left of Joe Biden’s reckless, repulsive, hard-left agenda.
Columnist Mark Thiessen seems to think it might take just a phone call. “It is in Manchin’s interest to switch parties,” he writes. “He wants bipartisanship, but right now, he is under unrelenting pressure from Democrats to vote for their radical agenda. How many times has Manchin been asked if he is really, absolutely, 100 percent sure he would never vote to eliminate the filibuster? As a Republican, he would never be asked that question again.”
What’s more, Manchin wouldn’t have to suffer the many “progressive” fools of his party. A recent Politico headline blared, “The left hates Joe Manchin. His fellow Senate Dems are staying quiet.”
Why would anyone want to be part of an organization whose members hate him? “Joe Manchin is sparking outright fury from liberals,” the Politico piece continues, “with some Black Democrats invoking Jim Crow laws and Mitch McConnell as they blast the West Virginian’s resistance to a sweeping elections bill.”
That “sweeping elections bill,” by the way, is HR 1, the deceitfully dubbed “For the People Act” — the bill that would systematize electoral fraud, the bill that Texas Senator Ted Cruz called “the single most dangerous piece of legislation we’ve seen in decades.”
We’ve written and warned extensively about HR 1, and we couldn’t agree more with Cruz. And Manchin, to his credit, stood firm when it counted, sticking a fork into the Democrats’ diabolical power grab. Manchin vowed to vote against it, and, as our Thomas Gallatin reported recently, he “showed that he’s more concerned about being beholden to his constituents than to advancing his party’s power plays.”
Good for Joe. And for his failure to toe the party line, former ESPN anchor and leftist race-baiter Jemele Hill ripped into him: “Record number of black voters show up to save this democracy, only for white supremacy to be upheld by a cowardly, power-hungry white dude. Sen. Joe Manchin is a clown.”
Again, why would Manchin want to put up with this? And what better way to extend a big ol’ middle finger to Hill and her ilk than by switching parties?
If Manchin seems reluctant to do so, Trump might remind him that he serves the people of West Virginia, which went a whopping +39 for Trump in 2020. Manchin is a popular former governor, but he doesn’t have numbers like that — not even close. In fact, as our Mark Alexander noted in March, “Manchin was reelected to the Senate by a narrow three-point margin, winning a plurality of the vote by 49.57% because of a Libertarian spoiler who received 4.17%. Notably that year, no other West Virginia Demo congressional candidate came within 10 points of winning, and Democrats running for state seats were defeated by even larger margins.”
Suffice it to say: Manchin, as a Democrat, is the oddest duck in the United States Senate. And if he switches, he’d be lauded back home in the Mountain State, he’d likely get his choice of committee assignments from Minority Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and he’d be able to work for genuine bipartisan legislation in the areas he’s most passionate about, such as energy and real (as opposed to fake) infrastructure.
So, what’s keeping him? Thiessen has a theory:
As a Democrat, he is assured his party’s Senate nomination. But if he becomes a Republican, he could face a primary challenger angry over his votes to convict Trump in his impeachment trials. Trump has made clear his intention to exact vengeance on any senator who voted for his removal. So, if Manchin defects, he faces the real prospect that Trump could support his primary opponent and deny him the nomination. … Trump could alleviate that concern with a single phone call. He could tell Manchin that if he switches parties and hands Senate control to the GOP, all will be forgiven — Trump would oppose any primary challengers and campaign enthusiastically for Manchin.
One simple phone call, Mr. President. Or maybe a friendly round of golf. That’s all it’ll take to “reimagine” the Senate. Think about it.
It seems like just last month that we were expressing concern over rising inflation. Oh, right — it was. The Consumer Price Index (CP) jumped 4.2% in April. May said, “Hold my beer,” and saw a spike of 5% year over year.
CNBC crunches the numbers and right up top emphasizes the bad news:
fastest pace since August 2008
higher than Wall Street expectations
The 3.8% rise in the core inflation rate, which excludes food and energy prices, was the sharpest increase in nearly three decades.
There’s not much sugar coating here — the economic news is not good. Supply chains are broken. Companies can’t find enough workers, and the ones they can find are commanding higher wages. Inflated prices are largely a symptom of these underlying ailments.
Heather Boushey, a member of the White House Counsel of Economic Advisors, shrugged off the report as good news: “Today’s data on inflation is the latest indicator that things are both moving in the right direction and that we have supply-chain hiccups.”
“Hiccups”? We realize that having to wait a few months for a recliner or a bicycle is truly a First World Problem. But this is also not the America Joe Biden promised us, and it’s a far cry from the roaring American economy Donald Trump was fueling before the pandemic.
The Federal Reserve’s response? Apathy. “Though the inflation readings are well above anything seen since the 2008-09 financial crisis, the Federal Reserve has been largely dismissive of the numbers,” says CNBC. “Central bank officials believe the current rise is due to temporary factors that will abate as the year goes on and look higher because of comparisons to the year-ago period, when much of the economic activity remained restricted due to pandemic precautions.”
There is some truth to that, but it’s far from the full picture. As it turns out, you cannot shut down much of the economy and then have the government flood the economy with $6 trillion in “magic money” and not have prices increase because of the havoc that wreaks on supply and demand.
The same experts who totally underestimated the inflation rate are telling us this is no big deal and prices will recede before long. That’s no doubt true of some things like lumber and houses, but it’s certainly not guaranteed, and it’s perhaps even unlikely for most goods and services. Higher prices will be the new floor.
“Chipotle executives announced this week the fast-casual chain will be raising prices by about 4 percent to offset some of the costs of the tighter labor market. Procter & Gamble warned customers earlier this year to expect mid- to high-single-digit percentage point price increases on staples like diapers and tampons,” reports The Dispatch. In fact, “The May 2021 NFIB Small Business Economic Trends survey found 48 percent of small businesses reported raising their prices, compared with just 5 percent that reported lowering them.”
Given that generous unemployment benefits have raised expectations for wages — just about at Democrats’ preferred $15 an hour, as it so happens — companies are going to be paying more for labor over the long term. And the supply disruptions show no sign of abating, which only exacerbates price problems.
That’s a middle class tax hike if we ever saw one.
But there’s also the national picture, which political analyst Kevin Williamson elucidates:
The worrisome, if not quite worst-case, scenario is this: We start to suffer genuinely problematic inflation, the Fed jacks up interest rates to stabilize prices, the cost of borrowing for the U.S. government goes up substantially, the cost of financing the debt rises from 8 percent of the budget to 12 percent of the budget and then appears set to keep on marching up from there, the economy goes into recession, and Washington has a choice — it can cut back spending during a recession, thereby almost certainly deepening that recession, or it can go even more deeply into debt at a time when the cost of debt service already is climbing, thereby making both the total debt and the cost of financing it that much worse.
“This,” he concludes, “is where fiscal crises and sovereign-debt crises come from.”
If you’re like most people, something doesn’t seem right in the marketplace.
Pre-COVID, Americans became so accustomed to having shelves fully stocked that today’s empty store aisles are a bit unsettling.
From furniture to bikes to lumber, we can’t get the products we want. If we do manage to find a store with stock, it’s just about impossible to find employees to answer questions or load up our cars. Employers simply can’t find enough workers. It’s not that there aren’t people. It’s just that the federal government is paying them to not become workers.
One of the factors that made products so plentiful in recent years is known as “just in time” inventory, developed by Toyota in the 1970s. The idea was to limit inventory overhead by having parts arrive “just in time” when they were needed. Impressed by Toyota’s efficiency and profits, other companies jumped on board and implemented the same inventory system.
When a certain product was running low, more was delivered to meet the demand. This prevented companies from buying too much of what they didn’t need or having too much stock taking up floor space, all of which costs money.
In reality, it only seemed that stores had large surpluses because products that customers demanded were always there to be purchased.
Over time, companies and consumers came to enjoy the benefits of the lean and cheap just-in-time system, but events from floods to earthquakes to COVID-19 interrupted the supply chain and left us where we are today — paying far higher prices for fewer products.
The only problem is that just-in-time only works when everything’s running smoothly, and right now there are other factors revealing the flaws of just-in-time, including that some companies have embraced the inventory system without understanding what made it work so well for others. For one, a company can’t rely on one source or one country to supply all of its needs. Otherwise, a natural disaster can break the supply chain.
Now that we’re all experiencing the painful result of a system that can’t work in all situations, it’ll be interesting to see whether or not consumers are willing to pay still higher prices if it means having goods on the shelves whenever we want them.
But the imperfect just-in-time approach isn’t the only reason for product shortages.
Take microchips. In today’s technological world, microchips once produced for cars and computers are now critical components in many different products. As a result, car companies bought up as many as they could get their hands on.
CNBC reports, “The severity of the global chip shortage has gone up a notch over the last few weeks and it’s now looking as though millions of people will be impacted. As technology has advanced, semiconductor chips have spread from computers and cars to toothbrushes and tumble dryers — they now lurk beneath the hood of a surprising number of products.” And according to The Daily Wire, this lead to “Ford taking over 346,000 vehicles out of production, while General Motors has reduced its production total by over 277,000.”
To address concerns over the lack of products and critical components such as microchips, the Biden administration has created a task force to identify ways to mitigate supply chain issues currently impacting our economy.
But again, getting products back on the shelves isn’t going to solve the problem of finding workers, many of whom are making more staying at home by cashing unemployment and stimulus checks. Even some Democrat lawmakers are beginning to put pressure on the Biden administration to think twice about expanding benefits in order to get people back to work. Biden himself indicated that September might be a good time to let those benefits expire.
To some degree, we’ve been living in a false reality with access to cheap and plentiful products, but maybe the current shock to our system will inspire consumers and companies to think more critically about the long-term stability of the marketplace instead of adopting a one-system-fits-all approach to supply and demand.
To claim or promote one thing while doing the opposite is the quintessential definition of a hypocrite. Significantly, some of Jesus’ most condemning statements were aimed at hypocrites. The context for this background arises from a recently released report from the Catholic League assessing Joe Biden’s policy decisions since he’s been in office. (By extension, this critique applies to most Catholic Democrats.) Of import is the fact that Biden regularly touted his Catholicism on the campaign trail, claiming that his “idea of self, of family, of community, of the wider world comes straight from my religion.” This was supposed to make him seem more palatable than Donald Trump, and indeed he fooled at least some portion of the 81 million* people who voted for him.
As we have previously noted, the Leftmedia has further trumpeted this dubious narrative with claims of Biden being the “most religiously observant commander in chief in half a century” because he “regularly attends Mass and speaks of how his Catholic faith grounds his life and his polices.” We have called foul on this narrative, primarily due to Biden’s support for abortion and his efforts to expand it; a factor alone that is enough to dispel all the false “Biden is a good Catholic” claims.
Of course, for the anti-religious Left, you’re welcome to tout your religion so long as you don’t follow its tenets.
However, there’s a lot more than Biden’s stance on abortion exposing the hypocrisy of his claim that his religion is what guides his worldview. The Catholic League released a list documenting 32 instances since taking office that Biden has implemented or supported policy decisions that run directly counter to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Importantly, the list is not violations of relatively obscure Catholic beliefs and teachings; rather, it demonstrates that he has effectively violated nearly every core tenet of the Catholicism he so loudly claims to live by. Among other things, the list includes Biden’s actions to promote homosexuality, “transgenderism,” abortion, and the removal of religious liberty protections.
Biden’s claims of being a Catholic are being exposed as fraudulent by the very policy decisions he has and continues to make. “You will know them by their fruits,” Jesus said. “Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? … Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”
The Left’s current strategy to defeat the United States and its sacred institutions relies on indoctrinating American school children by inserting polluted, racist, anti-American thought processes into school curricula while simultaneously removing the religious and moral underpinnings that have been part and parcel of public education since the nation’s founding. Leftists’ victory is achieved by raising an entire generation of children totally divorced from the realities of American history and beholden to the fictional dogma of the socialists.
And, unfortunately, it’s working.
The first salvo in this fight was the adoption of the politically and racially charged 1619 Project by public schools across the country. President Donald Trump countered with the 1776 Commission, which was promptly disbanded by President Joe Biden the day he took office. Biden, of course, then doubled down for his leftist overlords and vowed to push Critical Race Theory not only on federal employees and our military, but also on our teachers and school children as well.
Thankfully, the 1776 Commission continues its work despite the lack of a federal charter. Matthew Spalding, noted historian and executive director of the 1776 Commission, recently explained that the Commission is shifting its focus to the state and local level.
“The federal government has no role in curriculum, zero, no constitutional power, no authority. They can’t do it by using money to get around that fact, which is what [Biden] is trying to do on Critical Race Theory,” said Spalding. “It’s the authority of the state and the state legislature, especially, that control curriculum. And then beyond that, it really is a matter of school boards, schools, and parents.”
Spalding’s comments on CRT and the indoctrination of American school children are in the same vein as those made recently by former Attorney General William Barr in accepting the Edwin Meese III Award for Originalism and Religious Liberty from the Alliance Defending Freedom.
Barr noted that the greatest threat to religious freedom in America today is the militant and hyper-active secularist climate of the public education system. For nearly two centuries since America’s founding, public education included foundational Judeo-Christian values. This helped instill moral character — and the deeper reason for it — in America’s youth as well as establish a sense of common identity and civic and cultural bonds.
After the 1970s, however, things started going off the rails. “This is when the Left embarked on a relentless campaign of secularization intent on driving every vestige of traditional religion from the public square,” explained Barr. “Public schools quickly became the central battleground. This was the period where it was thought you could completely isolate education from religion. The rich Judeo-Christian tradition was replaced with trite talk of liberal values — be a good person, be caring. But there was no underpinning for these values.”
Barr went on to point out that the Left is no longer even about secularization in the sense of removing religion from public life, but about inserting its own religion and belief system that is fundamentally antithetical to traditional God-centered religion. “[The Left] has its notion of original sin, salvation, penance, its clergy, its dogmas, its sensitivity to any whiff of heresy, even its burning at the stake.”
As Barr and Spalding point out, the Left is not interested in adding an alternative viewpoint to American discourse. It seeks to quash any viewpoint outside its own. And it has launched a full-on attack against our society by trying to emphasize and exploit our differences, by rejecting natural law so that the Left itself can become our new religion.
Barr said it best. “Confronting this issue is one of the most urgent tasks for concerned legislators, lawyers, and organizations such as [Alliance Defending Freedom]. To save religious liberty, we must save our families and their children from the extreme secular-progressivism that pervades our current system of public schools.”
Kudos to men and women like Barr, organizations like the Alliance Defending Freedom, and the 1776 Commission itself for doing just that.
The Dope in Chief, ahead of his European “shame America” tour this week, announced he was bringing candy. Joe Biden says he is going to buy a HALF BILLION doses of Pfizer’s ChiCom Virus vaccine to give away to other countries.
He outlined his plan in Thursday’s G-7 leaders confab, declaring: “The United States is providing these half billion doses with no strings attached. No strings attached. Our vaccine donations don’t include pressure for favors, or potential concessions.”
The Beltway media echo chamber is so inbred that even The Washington Times headlined the news, “Biden to purchase 500M Pfizer shots” — as if Slow Joe himself was going to pay the at least $3.5 billion bill. Make no mistake, YOU are buying it for Joe to use as party favors, “no strings attached.”
But will the recipients take it?
Recall that in Biden’s (not ready for) primetime address in March, when launching his goal of 70% vaccinated by Independence Day, he declared: “We will issue guidance on what you can and cannot do when fully vaccinated. If we do all this, if we do our part, if we do this together, by July the 4th, there’s a good chance you, your families, and friends will be able to get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout and a barbecue and celebrate Independence Day. That doesn’t mean large events with lots of people together, but it does mean small groups will be able to get together.”
It was no small irony that Biden laughably used our nation’s July 4th Independence Day observance of the codification of American Liberty to let us know he will be letting us know what we “can and cannot do.” I’ll tell you where you can put that advice, Joe.
As it stands, only about half of American adults have elected to receive the vaccination. And in May, even Biden’s lead agency heads admitted their numbers were no better. When asked how many of their staff have been vaccinated, according to the non compos mentis grand wizard of the planet corona, Tony Fauci, “I’m not 100% sure, Senator, but I think it’s probably a little bit more than half; probably around 60%.”
Dr. Peter Marks, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at FDA, said, “I can’t tell you the exact number, but it’s probably in the same range.” And Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control, estimated something above 50%, adding, “We’re encouraging our employees to get vaccinated … but as you understand, the federal government is not requiring it, so we do not know.”
To jumpstart the rates of vaccinations, my colleague Robin Smith noted this week that states are offering bribes: “How do Biden and his state minions plan to increase these numbers? Incentives. He praised the state of Ohio for its ”Vax-A-Million“ lottery — get vaccinated and you could win one of five $1 million drawings. And then there is Anheuser-Busch’s ”Let’s Grab a Beer“ promo promising free beer – if America reaches Biden’s 70% mark of shots in the arms by July 4th, the King of Beers “will buy America’s next round” to celebrate. Other states and businesses are offering similar incentives as vaccination rates fall off.“
Enter the Demos in Washington state, who are implementing a ”joints for jabs“ plan authorizing their state’s 500 marijuana dispensaries to give away a free pre-rolled joint to those who get their shots at the dispensaries. They should call it the “dope-a-dose” plan. Vaccinations is dope dispensaries, what could go wrong, man!
I think Slow Joe should globalize that plan for his big vaccine giveaway, and appoint Hunter “True Dat N-gga” Biden as his dope-a-dose czar.
Other than that… “H.R. 1 (or S.R. 1 in the Senate), which is known as a voting bill but wanders helter-skelter into all sorts of other areas, is objectively terrible legislation. It is unfocused, extremely high-handed in its impositions on the states, careless of the speech rights of groups and individuals, and constitutionally dubious. … H.R. 1 is a non-solution to a non-crisis.” —Rich Lowry
Inquiring minds want to know: “Why does the NCAA think it is fair to have girls compete against biological males?” —Ted Cruz
Income redistribution: “Millions of Americans are being crushed by student debt. And this is a burden that falls especially hard on people of color. President Biden with the flick of a pen can cancel student debt.” —Chuck Schumer
Sums it up: “The utter folly of ‘energy disarmament:’ America’s retreat on fossil-fuel production won’t affect the climate, and China, Russia and Iran will exploit it for their own economic and strategic gain.” —Brit Hume
Everyone keep panicking: “The clock is ticking. Every day that we delay bold action on climate change is one day closer for more droughts and forest fires, more heat waves, more flooding, more sea rising, more extreme weather. For the sake of future generations we must act NOW.” —Bernie Sanders
National insecurity: “This is not a joke. You know what the Joint Chiefs told us the greatest threat facing America was? Global warming.” —Joe Biden (“I’m looking at it from a strictly military standpoint, and from a strictly military standpoint, I’m putting China, Russia up there.” —General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff)
Consequences of weakness: “Vladimir Putin says he looks forward to extracting as many concessions from Joe Biden as possible, admits China has set a high bar.” —Ben Domenech’s headline prediction ahead of the Biden/Putin confab
And last… “How pumped is China that America has a President dumb enough to think climate change is our biggest threat? It’s pretty clear why they wanted the ‘Big Guy’ to win…” —Lisa Boothe
As more Americans are being met by higher prices caused by inflation for a wide variety of products, The united states is ready to buy half a billion vaccine doses and donate them to needy countries, land owners in Texas are dealing with …
Last month, President Biden signed an executive order revoking multiple executive orders by Trump, including both executive orders related to Trump’s proposed heroes garden which would honor several influential Americans.
FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday said there is “no question” that cartel activity from Mexico is “spilling over” into the U.S. – as the country faces a historic crisis at the southern border triggered by a massive surge in migration.
(Tyler O’Neil – PJ Media) On Tuesday, an upstate New York school board meeting almost descended into a brawl after a school board member called a father an “a**hole” and tried to punch him. On the same day, an English teacher at a private New Jersey prep school announced she would resign due to “the hostile culture of conformity and fear that has taken hold of our school.” Also on the same day in Virginia, a teacher encouraged parents, students, and teachers to revolt against the ideology that is creeping into her school district.
These episodes and many others like them illustrate how Marxist critical race theory (CRT) has sparked a civil war in American education. While school boards, administrators, and many teachers have launched a coup to teach CRT in classrooms, many parents, teachers, and leaders are fighting back. While this conflict may break down along political lines, CRT represents a rejection of America’s highest ideals and liberals should join conservatives in opposing it. View article →
Salvation Is Secure Because It Is from God 2 Corinthians 5:18–21; 1 Timothy 2:5–6; Hebrews 8:6; 9:15
Unless it had been God who had freely given salvation, we could never have possessed it securely. And unless man had been joined to God, he could never have become a partaker of incorruptibility. For it was incumbent upon the Mediator between God and men, by His relationship to both, to bring both to friendship and concord, and present man to God, while He revealed God to man.
IRENAEUS OF LYONS
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Early Church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Extending an Empty Hand to God 2 Chronicles 7:14; Romans 5:15–21; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 1:9
Repentance is the hand releasing those filthy objects it had previously clung to so tenaciously; faith is extending an empty hand to God to receive His gift of grace.
A. W. PINK
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Modern church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
53:11he will see All intact Dead Sea Scrolls manuscripts and the Septuagint (the ancient Greek translation of the Bible) contain the word “light”; the Masoretic Text simply reads “he will see.” The most probable original text is “he will see light” (Dead Sea Scrolls) or “he will show him light” (Septuagint). The word “light” is required for the text to make sense poetically. This variant is a sign that the Servant experiences postmortem life, though it is not the only sign.
he will be satisfied The Servant may be satisfied by the fact that he has fulfilled Yahweh’s will (Isa 53:10). It is also possible that he is satisfied because he has suffered for the transgressions of God’s people (vv. 5–7). Or, the Servant could be satisfied in his resurrected life.
In his knowledge An elaboration on the previous line. The Servant knows that he has borne the iniquities of many and will make many righteous. He has learned this through his anguish (his suffering).
my servant Yahweh begins speaking again.
shall declare many righteous Like Israel—as Yahweh’s servant—was commanded to bring forth justice to the nations, the Servant makes many righteous.
will bear their iniquities The iniquities of the people are placed upon the Servant (similar to the goat on the Day of Atonement in Lev 16:22).
53:11he shall see and be satisfied. The outcome of the servant’s sufferings is not regret but the satisfaction of obvious accomplishment. by his knowledge. His experiential knowledge of grief (v. 3, see ESV footnote). many. His triumph, which does not secure the salvation of every individual without exception (universalism), spreads out beyond the remnant of Israel to “a great multitude that no one could number” (Rev. 7:9; cf. Rom. 5:15). to be accounted righteous. See Rom. 4:11–12.
53:11 Christ’s death and resurrection results in our justification (Rom. 3:23–26; 4:25; 5:19).
53:11 He will … be satisfied. The one sacrifice of the Servant will provide complete satisfaction in settling the sin issue (1Jn 2:2; cf. 1:11). By His knowledge. The Servant knew exactly what needed to be done to solve the sin problem. justify the many. Through the divine “knowledge” of how to justify sinners, the plan was accomplished that by His one sacrifice He declared many righteous before God (Ro 5:19; 2Co 5:21).
53:11 — By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities.
Jesus nailed your sins to the cross and made you “alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us” (Col. 2:13, 14).
53:11Knowledge means having insight into one’s mission (52:13). Justify means to acquit from guilt and to declare righteous (5:23).
53:11. His suffering, which included His death, led to life (His resurrection). Satisfied that His substitutionary work was completed (“It is finished,” John 19:30), He now can justify (declare righteous those who believe; see comments on Rom. 1:17; 3:24) many (cf. Isa. 53:12). By His knowledge could be translated “by knowledge of Him” as in the NIV margin. He bore the punishment (cf. vv. 4, 6), for their iniquities (cf. v. 6), so that many people would not have to die. Because He died, they live.
53:11.The Servant will be satisfied because of His justification of sinners. The Servant’s exaltation will also include His own satisfaction with what He accomplished. He will not consider His death as a sign of failure, but rather be satisfied with the forgiveness He provided. From His anguish, He will see it, but the object it is not in the Hebrew text. In fact, there is no object to the verb see. Both the Septuagint and the Qumran scroll of Isaiah do have the word “light” as the object. This reading, which is more likely, indicates that after anguish the Servant will see light. The NIV translation correctly translates this as a reference to resurrection: “he will see the light of life.”
It is by His knowledge that the Servant will justify the many. This should more likely be read in the objective case (“knowledge of Him”), indicating that many people will come to know (believe in) the Servant. As a result, God’s righteous Servant will provide justification. This is a play on the words, as both righteous and justify have the same Hebrew root word. The Righteous One will “declare righteous” (justify) those who know Him. As a result, He will bear their iniquities. This is what brings the Servant satisfaction—knowing that His suffering and death will bring forgiveness to those who turn to Him. It is almost universally recognized by Pauline scholars that Is 53:11 is what provides the theological basis for much of what Paul says about the atoning, justifying death of Jesus Christ (see Rm 3:21–29).
11. After is the preposition min (as in 5, 8) and should again be ‘because of’ (cf. Heb. 2:9). See the light of life: this is the only really significant difference between mt and Q. The former has ‘he shall see … be satisfied’ and the latter ‘he shall see light’. niv expands this to ‘the light of life’. If the reading ‘light’ is correct, it has the metaphorical meaning of ‘joy’, a happy outcome. But this, too, is what mt means: (lit.) ‘he shall see, he shall be satisfied’ is an idiomatic way of saying ‘he shall be satisfied with what he sees’. The verse goes on to say what it is that delights the Servant: by his knowledge, i.e. because he knows exactly what is required in order to save sinners, my righteous servant, i.e. ‘that righteous One, my Servant’, an emphatic divine commendation, will justify many (a unique turn of Hebrew phrase), i.e. ‘will provide righteousness for the many’. ‘The many’ is Isaiah’s keyword for those whom the Servant designed to save: what Jesus calls ‘all that the Father gives me’ (John 6:37). Over these he casts the robe of his own righteousness. We are not only family members (10) but wear the family likeness. And: used in its frequent explanatory sense, ‘you see’. Bear: ‘shoulder’ (see 4). Every benefit and blessing come from the substitutionary work.
11. From the labour of his soul he shall see. Isaiah continues the same subject. He declares that Christ, after having suffered, shall obtain the fruit of his death in the salvation of men. When he says, “He shall see,” we must supply the words, “Fruit and Efficacy.” This is full of the sweetest consolation; for Isaiah could not have better expressed the infinite love of Christ toward us than by declaring that he takes the highest delight in our salvation, and that he rests in it as the fruit of his labours, as he who has obtained his wish rests in that which he most ardently desired; for no person can be said to be satisfied but he who has obtained what he wished so earnestly as to disregard everything else and be satisfied with this alone.
By his doctrine, or by the knowledge of him. He now points out the way and method by which we experience the power and efficacy of the death of Christ, and obtain the benefit of it. That method is “the knowledge of him.” I acknowledge that the word דעת (dăgnăth) may be taken either in an active or a passive sense, as denoting either “the knowledge of him” or “his knowledge.” In whichsoever of these senses it is taken, we shall easily understand the Prophet’s meaning; and the Jews will not be able to practise such impudent sophistry as to prevent us from extorting from them a reluctant acknowledgment of what is here asserted, that Christ is the only teacher and author of righteousness.
Shall justify many. By the word “justify” he points out the effect of this teaching. Thus, men are not only taught righteousness in the school of Christ, but are actually justified. And this is the difference between the righteousness of faith and the righteousness of the Law; for, although the Law shews what it is to be righteous, yet Paul affirms that it is impossible that righteousness should be obtained by it, and experience proves the same thing; for the Law is a mirror in which we behold our own unrighteousness. (Rom. 3:20; Gal. 2:16, 21, and 3:10, 11.) Now, the doctrine which Christ teaches, as to obtaining righteousness, is nothing else than “the knowledge of him;” and this is faith, when we embrace the benefit of his death and fully rely on him.
Philosophers have laid down many excellent precepts, which, as they imagine, contain righteousness; but they never could bestow it on any man; for who ever obtained by their rules the power of living uprightly? And it is of no advantage to know what is true righteousness, if we are destitute of it. To say nothing about philosophers, the Law itself, which contains the most perfect rule of life, could not (as we have said) bestow this; not that there was any defect in it, for Moses testified (Deut. 30:19) that “he had set before them good and evil, life and death;” but that the corruption of our nature is such that the Law could not suffice for procuring righteousness. In like manner Paul teaches (Rom. 8:3) that this weakness proceeds “from our flesh,” and not from the Law; for nature prompts us in another direction, and our lusts burst forth with greater violence, like wild and furious beasts, against the command of God. The consequence is, that “the law worketh wrath,” instead of righteousness. (Rom. 4:15.) The law therefore holds all men as convicted, and, after having made known their sin, renders men utterly inexcusable.
We must therefore seek another way of righteousness, namely, in Christ, whom the law also pointed out as its end. (Rom. 10:3.) “The righteousness of the law was of this nature: He who doeth these things shall live by them.” (Lev. 18:5; Gal. 3:12.) But nobody has done them, and therefore another righteousness is necessary, which Paul also proves (Rom. 10:8) by a quotation from Moses himself, “The word is nigh, in thy mouth and in thy heart; that is, the word of faith which we preach.” (Deut. 30:14.) By this doctrine, therefore, we are justified; not by the bare and simple doctrine, but inasmuch as it exhibits the benefit of the death of Christ, by which atonement is made for our sins, and we are reconciled to God. (Rom. 5:10.) For, if we embrace this benefit by faith, we are reckoned righteous before God.
For he shall bear their iniquities. The Prophet explains his meaning by pointing out what this doctrine contains; for these two clauses agree well: “he shall justify by his doctrine,” or “by the knowledge of him,” inasmuch as “he shall bear their iniquities.” Having been once made a sacrifice for us, he now invites us by the doctrine of the Gospel, to receive the fruit of his death; and thus the death of Christ is the substance of the doctrine, in order that he may justify us. To this saying of the Prophet Paul fully subscribes; for, after having taught that “Christ was an expiatory sacrifice for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him,” he at the same time adds, “We are ambassadors for Christ, and beseech you, be ye reconciled to God.” (2 Cor. 5:20, 21.)
My righteous servant. He shews that Christ justifies us, not only as he is God, but also as he is man; for in our flesh he procured righteousness for us. He does not say, “The Son,” but “My servant,” that we may not only view him as God, but may contemplate his human nature, in which he performed that obedience by which we are acquitted before God. The foundation of our salvation is this, that he offered himself as a sacrifice; and, in like manner, he himself declares, “For their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also may be holy.” (John 17:19.)
Ver. 11.—He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied; rather, because of the travail of his soul he shall see, and be satisfied (comp. Phil. 2:7–11, “He made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men; and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a Name which is above every name: that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”). No cross—no crown. First suffering, then glory. Because Christ suffered, and was bruised, and put to grief, and made a sacrifice for sin; because of all this “travail of his soul,”—therefore it was given him to see the happy results of his sufferings—the formation of that Church which will live with him for ever in heaven (Rev. 7:4–17), and there-with to be “satisfied.” By his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many;i.e. “by his knowledge of the Divine counsels and purpose, which he will impart to his disciples, shall my righteous Servant justify many” (literally, the many), or, in other words, “turn them from sin to righteousness” (comp. Dan. 12:3). Nothing is so effectual in turning men to righteousness as teaching them the true knowledge of God—his nature, his purposes with regard to them, his feelings towards them. Christ, from his own knowledge, gave men this knowledge, and so did all that could be done to draw them to his Father. And his efforts were not without result. The fruit of his teaching has been the justification of many—ay, of “the many,” as both Isaiah and St. Paul (Rom. 5:19) testify. For he shall bear their iniquities; rather, and their iniquities he himself shall bear. The initial vau of the clause is not “causal,” but merely connective. There are two main things which Christ does for his people—he makes them righteous by infusing into them of his own righteousness; and he bears the burden of their iniquities, taking them upon himself, and by his perpetual intercession obtaining God’s forgiveness of them. As Delitzsch says, “His continued taking of our trespasses upon himself is merely the constant presence and presentation of his atonement, which has been offered once for all. The dead yet living One, because of his one self-sacrifice, is an eternal Priest, who now lives to distribute the blessings which he has acquired” (‘Commentary on Isaiah,’ vol. ii. p. 338).
11 This verse continues to state the results of the Servant’s sacrifice on behalf of his people. The results are first stated in terms of the Servant, then in terms of the people. From the Servant’s perspective, when his offer of himself is accepted, his reaction will be that of one who has just finished laboring or toiling successfully. Despite vivid memories of the cost, the laborer can see light and be satisfied because of the happy outcome of the experience (i.e., his knowledge). This is the Servant’s experience: whatever he may have had to endure, that darkness is replaced with light now that the fruition of his offering can be seen in redeemed lives.
Both because of textual problems (noted above) and the uncertainty of the point intended, knowledge here has been the source of a great deal of discussion. If one follows the MT punctuation, the rendering would be “by his knowledge … he has made many righteous.” In this case “knowledge” could be either a subjective or an objective genitive. The objective sense would be that justification is possible because of what the Servant “knows,” that is, has experienced. The subjective sense would be that the work is accomplished through the “knowing” of him, that is, a faith relationship, on the part of the many. But D. Winton Thomas has made another suggestion (see v. 3 above for the same point); he argues that two different Hebrew roots have the consonants ydʿ, and that the second, meaning “to humble” (in its noun form, “humiliation”), is the one used here. As noted above, however, it now appears that “by his knowledge” should be detached from the third colon and joined to the preceding “he shall be satisfied,” resulting in the present be satisfied by his knowledge. This new colon forms a parallel with he will see light in that the Servant, having been accepted as a sin offering, is now satisfied with the outcome of his experience. This would still leave open either of Thomas’s or B. Reicke’s suggestions (“humiliation” or “obedience”) for the deeper nuances of the word.
From the Servant’s sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when his offering is accepted, the verse moves to discuss exactly what is accomplished. The statement is startling in both its simplicity and its daring. This man, by what he has done, will make people righteous! It is not difficult to understand why he should be declared the Righteous One. He has been treated shamelessly because of the sins of others when he himself has been completely innocent. But how can he make many become righteous? The entire book has been about the persistent sin and unbelief of the chosen people, not to mention the world at large. This man will change all that in a sentence? Furthermore, “righteousness” has been given a very broad scope since ch. 40. In these chapters the word is a synonym for deliverance (cf. 46:12–13, and esp. 51:4–6). This man is the Deliverer who fulfills all the promises of deliverance for the people.
What can all this mean? It means exactly what has been talked about throughout the book, but particularly from ch. 49 on. This man, my Servant, is the Anointed of God to restore sinful Israel to himself, just as Cyrus was the anointed to restore exiled Israel to her land. In contrast to Cyrus, this man’s servanthood is redemptive. It finds it true fulfillment in the realization of what the whole sacrificial system prefigured. When an offerer accepted and carried out the provision of God for his guilt as stated in the manual of sacrifice (Lev. 1–11), he could be clean in the sight of God. But that cleansing was only symbolic, because an animal life is no substitute for a human one. Now a human life, yet obviously more than just a human life (he will make “many” righteous), has been freely given, and the symbol is a reality. Fellowship with God is possible. As the body can come home to the land, so the heart can come home to its God. No prophet could do this for Israel, much less the world, and neither Israel as a whole nor any segment of Israel could do it either. Whoever he is, the Servant stands in the place of God, pronouncing a pardon that the Sinless One alone can offer (51:4–6).
Lest there be any misunderstanding, the basis on which the Servant can “make many to be righteous” is given again in the final colon of the verse. This clause functions as a circumstantial clause modifying the preceding main clause. He makes many righteous, bearing their iniquities. Isaiah does not want to leave one fragment of doubt. The reason the Servant has the power to make people righteous before God is that he himself bears their iniquities. As in vv. 4–6, heavy emphasis is laid on the fact that it is their iniquities that he bears. This is not symbolic. Somehow this Servant has actually suffered the condemnation of all the sins ever committed, and by virtue of that fact, he is able to declare all those who will accept his offering as righteous, delivered, before God.
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Churchianity bypasses the mind and is all about the heart, which is mindless. Genuine Christianity encompasses both. That is why we must become transformed through the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). This is our sanctification. Those outside of the narrow gate cannot be sanctified because they have never been justified.
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. (2 Timothy 4:1-4 NASB)
In the passage above (2 Timothy 4:1-4) the word “myths” translates the Greek noun μύθους (mythous), the Accusative, Plural of μῦθος (mythos). It is where we get the English words myth and mythology. In Classical Greek, this is a tale or fable that is “fabricated by the mind in contrast to reality.” In the New Testament, μύθους is always used to denote a cunning fable full of falsehoods and pretenses for the purpose of deceiving others. Those who willingly turn from God’s truth will unwillingly be deceived. Is this happening in our day? Yes it is. Why? It is because most of the visible church won’t tolerate true preaching, which proclaims truth and confronts sin, and so doctrinal error is everywhere: God’s sovereignty has been redefined in the “Open Theism” movement; Christians seek extra-biblical revelation through mysticism and so-called prophecies; hell is denied as a reality; the roles of men and women are blurred or destroyed altogether; homosexuality, fornication, abortion, and other immorality is condoned and even defended; et cetera. This deception has resulted in most of what we call the “visible church” as having zero discernment. Error is rampant because they have willingly turned from God’s truth. In this they have proved that they have not entered by the narrow gate.
“Enter through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way leading to destruction and many are the ones entering through it. 14 How narrow is the gate and constricted the road leading to life and few are the ones finding it.” Matthew 7:13, 14 (translated from the NA28 Greek text)
“Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. (Luke 13:24 NASB)
Churchianity is not Christianity though some will disagree with me in saying that. No, Churchianity is a form of idolatry that is man-focused works-righteousness, pietism, Biblical ignorance, church tradition, et cetera. The analogy our Lord gives us in Matthew 7:13, 14 compares genuine Christianity versus false forms of Christianity, which we call the “majority of the visible church.”
The expression “The writing’s on the wall” warns of impending misfortune. In his Babylonian palace, Belshazzar saw the writing—but did the pagan king get the message? Find out when you listen to Truth For Life with Alistair Begg. Listen…
1 Τὸν δὲ ἀσθενοῦντα τῇ πίστει προσλαμβάνεσθε, μὴ εἰς διακρίσεις διαλογισμῶν. 2 ὃς μὲν πιστεύει φαγεῖν πάντα, ὁ δὲ ἀσθενῶν λάχανα ἐσθίει. 3 ὁ ἐσθίων τὸν μὴ ἐσθίοντα μὴ ἐξουθενείτω, ὁ δὲ μὴ ἐσθίων τὸν ἐσθίοντα μὴ κρινέτω, ὁ θεὸς γὰρ αὐτὸν προσελάβετο. 4 σὺ τίς εἶ ὁ κρίνων ἀλλότριον οἰκέτην; τῷ ἰδίῳ κυρίῳ στήκει ἢ πίπτει· σταθήσεται δέ, δυνατεῖ γὰρ ὁ κύριος στῆσαι αὐτόν. 5 Ὃς μὲν [γὰρ] κρίνει ἡμέραν παρʼ ἡμέραν, ὃς δὲ κρίνει πᾶσαν ἡμέραν· ἕκαστος ἐν τῷ ἰδίῳ νοῒ πληροφορείσθω. 6 ὁ φρονῶν τὴν ἡμέραν κυρίῳ φρονεῖ · καὶ ὁ ἐσθίων κυρίῳ ἐσθίει, εὐχαριστεῖ γὰρ τῷ θεῷ· καὶ ὁ μὴ ἐσθίων κυρίῳ οὐκ ἐσθίει καὶ εὐχαριστεῖ τῷ θεῷ. 7 οὐδεὶς γὰρ ἡμῶν ἑαυτῷ ζῇ καὶ οὐδεὶς ἑαυτῷ ἀποθνῄσκει· 8 ἐάν τε γὰρ ζῶμεν, τῷ κυρίῳ ζῶμεν, ἐάν τε ἀποθνῄσκωμεν, τῷ κυρίῳ ἀποθνῄσκομεν. ἐάν τε οὖν ζῶμεν ἐάν τε ἀποθνῄσκωμεν, τοῦ κυρίου ἐσμέν. 9 εἰς τοῦτο γὰρ Χριστὸς ἀπέθανεν καὶ ἔζησεν, ἵνα καὶ νεκρῶν καὶ ζώντων κυριεύσῃ. 10 Σὺ δὲ τί κρίνεις τὸν ἀδελφόν σου; ἢ καὶ σὺ τί ἐξουθενεῖς τὸν ἀδελφόν σου; πάντες γὰρ παραστησόμεθα τῷ βήματι τοῦ θεοῦ, 11 γέγραπται γάρ· ζῶ ἐγώ, λέγει κύριος, ὅτι ἐμοὶ κάμψει πᾶν γόνυ καὶ πᾶσα γλῶσσα ἐξομολογήσεται τῷ θεῷ. 12 ἄρα [οὖν] ἕκαστος ἡμῶν περὶ ἑαυτοῦ λόγον δώσει [τῷ θεῷ]. 13 Μηκέτι οὖν ἀλλήλους κρίνωμεν· ἀλλὰ τοῦτο κρίνατε μᾶλλον, τὸ μὴ τιθέναι πρόσκομμα τῷ ἀδελφῷ ἢ σκάνδαλον.Romans 14:1-13 (NA28) 1 Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. 2 One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only. 3 The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him. 4 Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.5 One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God. 7 For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; 8 for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.10 But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11 For it is written,“AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME,AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD.”12 So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way. Romans 14:1-13 (NASB)
When I encounter a believer who is legalistic, no matter how well versed they are on the Biblical passages they specialize in, I know I am dealing with someone who is spiritually immature. The more mature we become in our sanctification the more Christlike we become and that means we do not pass judgment on those who do not understand the Law of Liberty.
“The diversity of the church displays Christ’s power to bring together dissimilar people in genuine unity. Yet Satan often works on men’s unredeemed flesh to create division and threaten that unity. The threat to unity Paul addresses in this passage arises when mature (strong) believers–both Jews and Gentiles–conflict with immature (weak) believers. The strong Jewish believers understood their freedom in Christ and realized the ceremonial requirements of the Mosaic law were no longer binding. The mature Gentiles understood that idols are not gods and, therefore, that they could eat meat that had been offered to them. But in both cases the weaker brothers’ consciences were troubled, and they were even tempted to violate their consciences (a bad thing to train oneself to do), become more legalistic under the feelings of guilt, or even to sin. Knowing that the mature Jews and Gentiles would be able to understand these struggles, Paul addresses most of his comments to them.” – John MacArthur1 Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. 2 One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only. 3 The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him. 4 Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. Romans 14:1-4 (NASB)
The Greek word translated as accept in v1 of this passage refers to personal and willing acceptance of another. Who are the weak the strong are to welcome or receive? This is describing those believers who are unable to let go of the religious ceremonies and rituals of their past. For example, the Jewish believers who were weak in their faith struggled with abandoning the rites and prohibitions of the Old Covenant. Gentiles who were weak in their faith believed that any contact with their old pagan religion, even eating meat sacrificed to idols, was something that would taint them with sin. Quarreling over “opinions” could better be translated as, “for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions or scruples.” Mature believers must not sit in judgment on those who sincerely struggle with their underdeveloped thoughts that drive them in their weak faith. Believers strong in their faith, mature believers, had the freedom in Christ to eat meat sacrificed to idols. They knew that an idol was nothing and the meat, being less expensive than regular meat sold at the market, was a bargain. On the other hand, believers weak in their faith would eat only vegetables to avoid eating the meat sacrificed to idols. Notice that Paul does not chide either group. He does not condemn those with freedom nor does he tell the weak to overcome their fears. Instead, he tells the strong to not despise the weak for abstaining and for the weak not to pass judgment on the strong for exercising their freedom. What is important is that it is Christ who evaluates each believer. His judgment does not take into account religious traditions or personal preferences.
5 One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God. 7 For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; 8 for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. Romans 14:5-9 (NASB)
The weak or immature Jewish believers felt compelled to observe the Sabbath and other feast days associated with Judaism while the mature Jewish believers knew that that was all fulfilled in Christ. Contrarily, the Gentile immature believers wanted to be separate or set apart from their former idolatry because of the immorality associated with it. The Conscience was given to Man by God. It is the mechanism that warns while responding to the highest standards of moral law in the mind. If we “let our conscience be our guide” we are wise. It is not sensible to train ourselves to ignore its warnings. We should always respond to it wisely. As we mature in our sanctification through mind renewal by being in God’s Word as much as possible, our consciences will be renovated as well. This process will eventually cause the conscience to not alert the mind about non essential things. The strong believer eats as he pleases and thanks God for the food and the nourishment. On the other hand, the weak believer thanks the Lord in the abstinence. The motive for thanks is the same, therefore, the Lord is blessed. Our walks must become more and more aligned with that which pleases the Lord. Our walks must not be about self. To be self-focused is of the flesh. Believers are called to deny their flesh while living for God in pursuit of His will for our lives. Our Lord died not only to free us from sin, but to enslave us to Himself, to establish Himself as Sovereign over all the saints from the distant past (those with Him now) and those still alive on Earth. (Romans 6:22; Philippians 2:11; 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14; Revelation 19:16)
10 But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11 For it is written,“AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME,AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD.”12 So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way. Romans 14:10-14 (NASB)
We must not fall into sin by judging hypocritically. The Judgment seat of God awaits all believers. Every one of us will give an account of himself or herself. The Lord will judge our decisions including how well, or not, we made decisions of conscience. His verdict is all that matters. Instead of judging other believers in matters of conscience we should use our best judgments to help other believers to find the light of God’s truth so they can walk it unashamed. On the other hand, if we do pass judgments as described in this passage we are actually being stumbling blocks that cause others to fall into sin. Since the Judgment Seat awaits, that would not be wise. Is there a correlation for us in the 21st Century from this passage? Do we have believers who are weak in their faith and other more mature believers? Absolutely! I can think of many examples of believers clinging to “Religion” or “Ritual” or even a certain Bible translation or a denomination while believing that those who are not part of those groups who serve God like they do as being of the Devil. I have also seen mature believers step out of those things and simply pursue God in their freedom while looking down their noses at those still “mired” in their religiosity. Neither group is following Paul’s teaching from this passage. To those who cling to their “religious” things, I say that you must thank God and obey Him in all you do. To those who see these “religious” things as unimportant while walking as living sacrifices, being spirit-filled and obedient in every part of their lives, I say that you too must thank God in your freedom and use your spiritual gifts and wisdom to help others to mature into God’s light as well. Soli Deo Gloria!