“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
Rejoice in the Salvation of Our Lord Psalm 32:11; Philippians 2:18; 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:16
No created powers in hell, or out of hell, can mar the music of our Lord Jesus, nor spoil our song of joy. Let us then be glad, and rejoice in the salvation of our Lord; for faith had never yet cause to have wet cheeks, and hanging down brows, or to droop or die.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
We Can Prevent Birds from Nesting in Our Hair Genesis 39:7–12; Matthew 6:13; 26:41; Mark 14:38; Luke 22:40; 1 Corinthians 10:13; James 1:14
We cannot prevent the birds from flying over our heads, but we can prevent them from making their nests in our hair.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
6:10the love of money Love of money (not money itself) is the root of all kinds of evil. Paul here describes a deep desire and commitment to possess money over and against loyalty and love for God. Like the young widows who put their desire to remarry before Christ (see 1 Tim 5:11 and note), those who love money allow their allegiance to Christ to be compromised because of selfish desires. Jesus also spoke on the idolatrous pursuit of riches (Matt 6:24).
6:10 love of money. Lit. “affection for silver.” In the context, this sin applies to false teachers specifically, but the principle is true universally. Money itself is not evil since it is a gift from God (Dt 8:18); Paul condemns only the love of it (cf. Mt 6:24) which is so characteristic of false teachers (see notes on 1Pe 5:2; 2Pe 2:1–3, 15). wandered away from the faith. From the body of Christian truth. Gold has replaced God for these apostates, who have turned away from pursuing the things of God in favor of money.
6:10 Money in and of itself is not a problem, but the love of money is. Love of money is a root, though not the root, of evil. The love of money can drive a person into all types of evil. Greediness may cause a believer even to stray from the faith. Christians may be blinded by greed and materialism to such a degree that they break away from their faith. many sorrows: A life focused on material things produces only pain.
6:10 The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Not all evil in the universe springs from the love of money. But it is certainly one of the great sources of many varieties of evil. For instance, it leads to envy, strife, theft, dishonesty, intemperance, forgetfulness of God, selfishness, embezzlement, etc.
It is not money in itself which is spoken of, but the love of money. Money might be used in the service of the Lord in a variety of ways where only good would result. But here it is the inordinate desire for money that leads to sin and shame.
One particular evil of the love of money is now mentioned, that is, a wandering from the Christian faith. In their mad striving after gold, men neglect spiritual things, and it becomes difficult to tell whether they were ever really saved at all.
Not only did they lose their grip on spiritual values, but they pierced themselves through with many sorrows. Think of the sorrows connected with the greed for riches! There is the tragedy of a wasted life. There is the sorrow of losing one’s children to the world. There is the grief of seeing one’s wealth vanish overnight. There is the fear of meeting God, either unsaved or at least empty-handed.
Bishop J. C. Ryle summarizes:
Money, in truth, is one of the most unsatisfying of possessions. It takes away some cares, no doubt; but it brings with it quite as many cares as it takes away. There is trouble in the getting of it. There is anxiety in the keeping of it. There are temptations in the use of it. There is guilt in the abuse of it. There is sorrow in the losing of it. There is perplexity in the disposing of it. Two-thirds of all the strifes, quarrels, and lawsuits in the world arise from one simple cause—money!
The richest man in the world at one time owned oil wells, refineries, tankers, and pipelines; also hotels, a life insurance company, a finance company, and aircraft companies. But he surrounded his 700-acre estate with bodyguards, vicious dogs, steel bars, searchlights, bells, and sirens. In addition to being afraid of planes, ships, and crackpots, he feared disease, old age, helplessness, and death. He was lonely and gloomy and admitted that money could not buy happiness.
6:10. This verse begins with some first-century folk wisdom, a saying common in Paul’s day: the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.
Money is not the only cause of misfortune and evil, but it is a powerful one. Love of money is the root, the life support for a variety of wrongs and destructive behaviors.
Look candidly at life. From a love of money grow thistles which choke out abundant living:
• The businessman determines to secure advancements and higher salaries, neglects his family, and loses their love and affection.
• The dreamer thinks he can gamble and make a fortune, hoping never to work again. He keeps trying, wasting his resources in hopes of a big win, losing friends and dignity instead.
• The housewife habitually buys new furniture and redecorates her home, neglecting to tithe or give to others because her comforts have made her insensitive to those in need.
• The pimp sells drugs or sex for the sake of money, fancy cars, expensive clothes.
• The guy down the street steals from others, his desire for things ruining his sense of personal worth.
• The mercenary kills for the sake of cash.
• A woman complains, gossips about a neighbor, snaps at her children and husband, making herself and those around her miserable because she is envious, bitter over what she does not have, always wanting more.
In order to end the evil behavior, each person must dig out its root—the love of money.
The drive for money can destroy relationships, resulting in immoral decisions and compromise. It can also bring spiritual ruin. Paul noted that some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith.
Today our entire culture is built upon the accumulation of wealth and material possessions. It determines the success or failure of presidents. It is the foundation of free enterprise, the principle behind our system of credit cards and debt, banking, and loans. It is what drives the advertising, music, entertainment, and sports industries. Materialism and personal wealth are hammered into our thinking every day all day long.
It is easy to put Christian ministry, personal godliness, acts of justice and charity, and sacrificial giving on the peripheries of life—to see no connection between these Christian “ideals” and life as we experience it. The truth is that there is no compatibility.
Even so, we are forced to decide which offers truth and which offers illusions, which brings contentment and peace, and which leads to frustration and emptiness. It seems simple on the surface, but in our daily decisions the choices become hard; it is far easier to compromise then rationalize. Resistance to wealth’s temptations becomes difficult. Though we would never deny the faith, it is easier (though just as deadly) to wander from it.
Paul’s warning should not be minimized. Those who love money and wander from the faith have pierced themselves with many griefs.
Just as the rich young ruler who questioned Jesus was brought to a point of decision, so are we. It becomes a choice as to whether we will trust in God or the stuff around us. God allows us to make the choice. The young ruler decided to keep his riches. He walked away a wealthy man … but sad (Mark 10:17–24). There is always a price to be paid.
Paul was not against the drive to accomplish or the ambition to make a difference in the world or on the job. The Bible states clearly that we are to work hard, to be model employees or employers. But money should not be the driving force. It should be God’s glory that pushes us—love of people, the mission of the church, our devotion to Christ.
6:10 “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil” This may have been a well-known proverb. Money is not the problem; it is the love of money that is the problem! The Greek does not have the definite article with “root” which means it is one of many problems (cf. 2 Tim. 2:25–26; 3:2–5, 7–9). Money is a tool, not a goal.
It is hard to discern the difference between a lost false teacher and a duped believer. Often they look, think, and act alike. Only God knows the heart. He will make the final decision. Jesus’ words in Matt. 7 and 13 are very troubling to our cherished systematic theologies.
10. The situation as described is correct, For a root of all the evils is the love of money.
The apostle does not say that the love of money is the (one and only) root of all existing evils, but that it is a root. Though it is true that a word does not always have to be preceded by the article the to be definite, it surely is not wise to apply the exception when this would bring Paul’s words into conflict with the facts of daily experience and with other passages of Scripture. There are other roots or sources of evil besides the love of money, for example, “bitterness” (Heb. 12:15; cf. also James 1:15). But avarice is, indeed, a root “of all the evils,” or “of all kinds of evil.” It caused the man with very many flocks and herds (in Nathan’s parable) to steal the poor man’s one little ewe lamb, the rich young ruler to turn away from Christ, the rich fool (of Christ’s parable) to deceive himself into thinking that all was well, the rich man (of another parable told by the Lord) to neglect poor Lazarus, Judas to betray his master and commit suicide, Ananias and Sapphira to tell lies, and the rich oppressors of James’ epistle (cf. Amos 2:6, 7) to exploit those who worked for them. None of these escaped punishment. The desire for riches, moreover, has been the cause of innumerable frauds, dollar-sign marriages, divorces, perjuries, robberies, poisonings, murders, and wars. And in the heart of man this sinful craving has led to “numerous pangs” (see below).
In the present connection Paul is thinking especially of church-members, as is also clear from what follows: and some people, reaching out after it, have wandered away from the faith, and have pierced themselves with numerous pangs.
People who thus reach out after (or “aspire after,” see on 1 Tim. 3:1) money are like the planets. They have wandered away from, literally “planeted away from” (ἀπεπλανήθησαν) the faith. The word planet means wanderer, for that is exactly what a planet is. Not in the sense that the earth or the other planets are “thrown out of their appointed orbits.” Their orbits have been fixed, so that it is possible by means of six or seven “elements of a planetary orbit” to predict exactly where in the sky each planet will be. But in relation to the “fixed” stars, the planets, revolving around the sun, seem to wander about. This accounts for their name.
Now it is from the faith, the truth as confessed by the church (for this objective sense of the term faith see p. 11), that these people have wandered away. They have gone astray in inner attitude, in outward conduct, and even in the profession of the lips, that is, in the things which they are now teaching. But in so doing they have pierced themselves (as a man pierces himself with a spear) with numerous pangs. Among these pangs are unrest, boredom, dissatisfaction, gloom, envy.—In the pocket of a rich man who had just committed suicide was found $30,000 and a letter which read in part: “I have discovered during my life that piles of money do not bring happiness. I am taking my life because I can no longer stand the solitude and boredom. When I was an ordinary workman in New York, I was happy. Now that I possess millions I am infinitely sad and prefer death” (Quoted by W. A. Maier, For Better Not For Worse, p. 223).
10. A well-known maxim is next quoted to justify the strong language just used. The Greek does not contain an article before root, hence the niv inserts a. Even without the article the position of the words in the Greek throws emphasis on the word root, and parallels could be found to justify the definite article in English (as av, rsv). This makes the expression more sweeping, but the apostle’s mind is so absorbed with the snares of riches that he addresses himself to extreme cases. Certainly for those mentioned in verse 9 the root of all their evils was love of money, but it must not be deduced from this that love of money is the sole root of all evils, for the New Testament does not support this. Such graspers have been led to take a wrong turning, they have wandered from the faith. The passive form of the verb (apoplaneō) used here suggests that they are helpless dupes in the grip of a merciless deception. At the same time the process of piercing is laid to their own charge, for they pierced themselves with many griefs (odynē, ‘distress’). There is much pain in self-inflicted pangs of disillusionment.
10. For the root of all evils is avarice. There is no necessity for being too scrupulous in comparing other vices with this. It is certain that ambition and pride often produce worse fruits than covetousness does; and yet ambition does not proceed from covetousness. The same thing may be said of the sins forbidden by the seventh commandment. But Paul’s intention was not to include under covetousness every kind of vices that can be named. What then? He simply meant, that innumerable evils arise from it; just as we are in the habit of saying, when we speak of discord, or gluttony, or drunkenness, or any other vice of that kind, that there is no evil which it does not produce. And, indeed, we may most truly affirm, as to the base desire of gain, that there is no kind of evils that is not copiously produced by it every day; such as innumerable frauds, falsehoods, perjury, cheating, robbery, cruelty, corruption in judicature, quarrels, hatred, poisonings, murders; and, in short, almost every sort of crime.
Statements of this nature occur everywhere in heathen writers; and, therefore, it is improper that those persons who would applaud Horace or Ovid, when speaking in that manner, should complain of Paul as having used extravagant language. I wish it were not proved by daily experience, that this is a plain description of facts as they really are. But let us remember that the same crimes which spring from avarice, may also arise, as they undoubtedly do arise, either from ambition, or from envy, or from other sinful dispositions.
Which some eagerly desiring. The Greek word ὀρεγόμενοι is overstrained, when the Apostle says that avarice is “eagerly desired;” but it does not obscure the sense. He affirms that the most aggravated of all evils springs from avarice—revolting from the faith; for they who are diseased with this disease are found to degenerate gradually, till they entirely renounce the faith. Hence those sorrows, which he mentions; by which term I understand frightful torments of conscience, which are wont to befall men past all hope; though God has other methods of trying covetous men, by making them their own tormentors.
6:10. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. By their desire for money, some people have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
The first half of verse 10 is probably a Christian formulation of similar, well-known proverbs in both Jewish and Graeco-Roman circles. Through common grace, both Jews and Greeks recognized the dangers of ‘the love of money’. It is important to see two things that this verse does not say, though it is sometimes popularly presented in these ways.
The first is that Paul does not say that money is a root (or, the root) of all kinds of evil. Money has inherent dangers, and Jesus warned about the difficulty for the rich of entering the kingdom of God (Luke 18:25–26). But money itself is not evil nor the necessary root of evils. In fact, God gives material possessions to his creatures to be properly enjoyed (cf. 6:17).
Secondly, the love of money is not the root of all evil. Many evils do come from the love of money. Love of money can lead to murder, stealing, lying, cheating, disruption of marriages and other relationships, accepting bribes and perverting justice, drug-dealing, pornography and other forms of exploitation. But all the evils in the world do not stem ultimately from the love of money.
The key issue, as a popular song once repeatedly asked, is ‘Who do you love?’ The love of money too often usurps the place of obedience to the two commands which sum up the law—to love God with all your heart and soul and strength and mind, and to love your neighbour as yourself. The desire and pursuit of wealth is perhaps the most common replacement for the desire and pursuit of God. Paul knows first-hand the twofold result of such a ‘desire for money’. ‘Some people’—perhaps the false teachers of verses 3–5—‘have wandered from the faith.’ The devotion to things often outweighs the devotion to God and so leads many away from the true faith of the gospel. In addition, by their love of money, some have ‘pierced themselves with many pangs’. Besides the loss of faith and ultimate destruction (as in 6:9), the love of money brings a host of sorrows in this life. The Christian must guard his heart. God alone must be our one desire and delight.
10 For Paul, as for Jesus (Mt 6:24), such ruin can be traced back to one “root” (rhiza, GK 4844; cf. Heb 12:15) evil: the “love of money” (philargyria, GK 5794; see Notes). Hippocrates (Epist. 17.43; fifth/fourth century BC) already wrote that the love of money is the cause of all kinds of things; the philosopher Bion (fourth/third century BC) called “love of money” the “mother-city of all evils” (cited in Diogenes Laertius, The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers 6.50; for further Greco-Roman, Jewish, and patristic references, see Lock, 70; Johnson, 197). Paul’s caution is later echoed by the church father Polycarp (d. AD 155; see Phil. 4:1). Augustine affirmed the converse: “Charity is the root of all good works/things” (Serm. 179A.5).
Paul ominously adds, “Some people, eager for money [oregō, GK 3977; cf. 3:1; Heb 11:16], have wandered from [apoplanaō, GK 675; cf. Mk 13:22] the faith and pierced themselves [peripeirō, GK 4345; cf. Philo, Flacc. 1; Josephus, J.W. 3.296] with many griefs [odynais, GK 3850; cf. Ro 9:2].” To be sure, “a life lived under such constant craving is a form of self-torture” (Johnson, 196).We all must consider the outcome of the false teachers and make efforts to dig up this “root of all kinds of evil,” the “love of money,” and cultivate godly contentment (v. 6).
The Illustrations of Money Love
For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang. (6:10)
The phrase the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, is the theme of this section. Everything else is an exposition of the significance of that statement. Love of money translates philarguria, a compound word that literally means “affection for silver.” As already noted, money is not intrinsically evil. Paul condemns the love of money, not money itself. That love becomes the root from which develops all sorts of evil. It is hard to imagine a sin that has not been committed for love of money. Such love causes people to indulge themselves, show off, distort justice, take advantage of the poor, lie, cheat, steal, and murder.
Paul closes this passage by illustrating the danger of loving money. Some by longing for it, he warns, had wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang. Paul does not name names, but he would shortly have an example from his inner circle. Demas was perhaps even then turning aside to pursue the things of this world (cf. 2 Tim. 4:10). He, and others like him, have wandered away from the faith. Here, as in Jude 3, the faith refers to the body of Christian truth. For these apostates, gold replaced God.
Not only have they become apostates, but they have also pierced themselves with many a pang. Like an animal placed on a spit, they have skewered their own souls and brought themselves consuming grief. A condemning conscience, unfulfilled desires, dissatisfaction, and disillusionment are their lot. As Psalm 32:10 says, “Many are the sorrows of the wicked.” The ultimate pang they will suffer may well be eternal torment in hell.
Believers must pursue God, not money. Like David, they should be able to say, “As for me, I shall behold Thy face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Thy likeness when I awake” (Ps. 17:15).
C. T. Studd was one of nineteenth-century England’s greatest cricket stars. After his conversion to Christ, he decided upon a missionary career. Before leaving for the mission field, he decided to give away his inheritance. His biographer picks up the story:
So far as he could judge, his inheritance was £29,000. But in order to leave a margin for error, he decided to start by giving £25,000. One memorable day, Jan. 13, 1887, he sent off four cheques of £5,000 each, and five of £1,000.… This was no fool’s plunge on his part. It was his public testimony before God and man that he believed God’s Word to be the surest thing on earth, and that the hundredfold interest which God has promised in this life, not to speak of the next, is an actual reality for those who believe it and act on it.
He sent £5,000 to Mr. [D. L.] Moody, expressing the hope that he would be able to start some Gospel Work at Tirhoot in North India, where his father had made his fortune. Moody hoped to carry this out, but was unable to, and instead used the money to start the famous Moody Bible Institute in Chicago …
£5,000 he sent to Mr. George Müller, £4,000 to be used on missionary work, and £1,000 among the orphans; £5,000 to George Holland, in Whitechapel, “to be used for the Lord among His poor in London,” … and £5,000 to Commissioner Booth Tucker for the Salvation Army in India. (Norman P. Grubb, C. T. Studd: Cricketer and Pioneer [London: Lutterworth Press, 1953], 65–66)
Various other organizations received the remainder of the £25,000. His actual inheritance turned out to be a few thousand pounds more than he originally figured. He gave some of that money to other organizations and the rest to his fiancee as a wedding present. Not to be outdone, she gave that money away. The couple then went to Africa as missionaries with nothing (Grubb, C. T. Studd, 66–67).
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 Köstenberger, A. (2006). 1 Timothy. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, pp. 554–555). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
 MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1995). 1 Timothy (pp. 257–258). Chicago: Moody Press.
Father, I thank You for being the God of every blessing, the fount of every joy, and the source of everything good. I know it is in Your heart to bless the lives of Your children, and as Your child, I desire Your blessing upon my life. Thank You that Your blessings enrich my life, leave me without sorrow, bring me the treasures of Your grace, and express all the kindness of Your favor.
Thank You, Father, that Your blessings abound to me in Christ, they are mine freely because of the great price He paid. I thank You that because I am in Him, You have showered upon me every blessing that heaven could possibly give.
I receive Your blessings for this day as I walk with You—I ask for Your hand to cover me, Your power to keep me, Your face to shine upon me, Your love to fill me, Your strength to sustain me, and Your sufficiency to be my portion in every need I face. I ask You to bless the work of my hands as I serve You in your appointed place.
Father, I desire above all, the greatest blessing of all, the blessing of Your daily presence. My relationship with You means everything! I cannot live in the poverty of not knowing You. I want to know and love You more—to walk with You, break bread with You, speak my heart to You, and respond to You as I hear Your voice, see Your smile, and sense Your pleasure.
“Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.’Proverbs 3:5&6
I don’t understand God sometimes!
To be honest, it’s really most of the time.
Why doesn’t He clearly reveal Himself to me? Why does He often leave me guessing at who He is and what He is doing? You see, I have these great expectations about God and what He could and should do. And I get frustrated and disillusioned when I don’t see Him behaving like I think my God should. . .
My husband had a cousin who finally found love at the age of 40 and married a man who had lost his wife to cancer. He had three children, who longed to have a mother again. They had prayed for three long years and she was their answer!
Her wedding was such an amazing celebration – so full of life and joy. But only 3 months later we were in that very same church holding her funeral. Her husband and her children were devastated! And I found myself questioning God . . . It seemed so senseless and even cruel! How could there be any good in this?
When my son was in High School he experienced an incredible amount of loss and disappointment in a 6 month period. And as a result, he became disillusioned with God. I begged God to show Himself to my son, “He needs to see You and know that You love him. Will You just prove to him that you are God?” But it didn’t happen that way and my son struggled in his faith.
Why does God do that? Why doesn’t He feel compelled to meet our expectations? After all He is God! You would think that because He wants everyone to come to Him, He would be out and about proving who He was and what He could do. So why doesn’t he do that?
As I was reading my Bible one day, I came upon a passage that echoed this struggle I was having with God.
Jesus was speaking to His followers and He was explaining to them that He was the Bread of Life. Look at his controversial words, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. But anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day.” John 6:53-54 (NLV)
Really!! Who wouldn’t be confused by those words?
It goes on to say that many of his disciples said, “This is hard to understand, how could anyone accept it?”
Many of his followers turned their backs on Jesus that day and so He turned to his twelve disciples and asked them if they were going to leave Him too?
Look at Peter’s reply, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:68-69 NLV)
Do you see it?
Peter says, “WE BELIEVE and we KNOW you are the Holy One of God.”
I believe what Peter is saying here is that even though we don’t understand You . . . even though You aren’t meeting our expectations of what we think a Messiah should be . . . even though we can’t see the Way we will TRUST you.
And I love what he says right before that statement. “Lord, to whom would we go?”
Times without number I have heard Peter’s words echoed by other followers of Jesus in times of disillusionment, “Where would we go? How could we ever walk this road without Him?”
I’ve come to the conclusion that we cannot compel God to prove who He is. He will do it in His time and in His way.
And His WAY is the way of faith.
So when I am disillusioned because my God is not meeting my expectations, I CHOOSE to believe, to trust that His way is good.
And I turn my eyes back to the Cross. . .
For how can I question His goodness, when He willing laid down His life for me?
More Reading the Bible, More Astonishment Psalm 119:148
The more you read the Bible, and the more you meditate upon it, the more you will be astonished with it. He who is but a casual reader of the Bible, does not know the height, the depth, the length, and breadth of the mighty meanings contained in its pages.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Christ Will Always Give You Good Counsel Matthew 4:19; 11:29; Mark 1:17; John 1:43; 10:27; 12:26; Ephesians 4:20–24; 1 John 2:6
Follow Christ, who will always give you good counsel. He will not give you the treasures of this world, but eternal glory and undying happiness. What will you do, O child of man? Leave this world, enter the service of Christ. He is waiting for you, and will reward your service, for He is a bountiful rewarder. Let everyone then hasten to serve Him.
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
NJ Tornado Had 150 MPH Winds, Says Weather Monitor A tornado that ripped through Mullica Hill, New Jersey, on Wednesday evening is believed to have had an EF-3 rating, with winds of up to 150 miles per hour (240 kph), according to the National Weather Service.
Fight Against Vaccines – Fight For Freedom It’s now more important than ever to fight against covid vaccines in the fight for your freedom. Australia is turning into 1930’s Germany with the ridiculous lockdown rules and fines in place. If people would not comply with the mask mandates and vaccine mandates spreading through the world, this would all be over.
Prepare For It – It’s Here, It’s Real – You Are Banned Now You Are Banned From driving, flying, traveling, public services, hospitals/ clinics/ emergency room, working/jobs, credit card, bank account, sending receiving money online, grocery stores, restaurants, entertainment venues, all stores… IF YOU CANNOT PROVE YOU GOT THE SHOTS!
Democrats to Close Down Jobs and Living in California for the Unvaccinated Via AB 455 You won’t even be able to go to a McDonalds for a Big Mac. You will not be allowed to seep the floors of a car dealership—in fact you will not be allowed to go to a gym, you will be able to be fired, based on another gut and amend bill AB 1102 and you will not be able to sue for discrimination. Not mentioned is whether you will be allowed to go to church, temple or Mosque without taking the jab. You will be like a Jew in Nazi Germany—a person without citizenship or rights. But there is good news—you will be able to vote without showing any ID.
US Building ‘Small Cities’ at Bases for Afghans U.S. military bases housing Afghanistan evacuees are building their own city-type leadership organizations to deal with sanitation, food and other challenges as the numbers of Afghans coming into the U.S. grows.
America Has Entered “The False-Flag Zone” Followed by a Bosnian Civil War Existence …The people are beginning to stir and our corrupt leaders need a game changer..They need major false flag events to justify gun confiscation accompanied by foreign “UN troops” to bring order to our country via the use of foreign assets that will be used against American citizens who dare to question our new third-world country, communist existence complete with the principles of Mao-Stalin-Hitler!
Many everyday Americans probably believe that the COVID vaccines will keep them from getting COVID. That’s not true and never has been true.
The vaccines do not prevent you from being infected with the COVID virus. They do not keep you from spreading the COVID virus.
There have been many cases of so-called “breakthrough” infections where double-vaxxed citizens get COVID anyway. That’s not uncommon.
There’s even new evidence that double-vaxxed individuals who get COVID will build up huge viral loads in their noses and sinuses, causing them to become super-spreaders and infect others.
Do the vaccines do anything?
Yes, they are effective at reducing severe symptoms of COVID.
They also reduce the death rate among those who get infected.
That’s advantageous for the most vulnerable, including those over 70 years old and those suffering from obesity, emphysema, diabetes and other conditions closely associated with fatalities due to COVID.
That said, there’s almost no reason for children, teenagers and otherwise healthy individuals in their 20s or even 30s to take the vaccine.
Among all individuals, vaccinated and unvaccinated, the global survival rate is 99.2%. Among those under 70, the survival rate is 99.97%. The survival rate for children is 99.995%.
The Israel Conundrum
The data indicate that the most vaccinated countries have the most cases and deaths per million people, while the least vaccinated countries have the fewest cases and deaths per million people.
Israel is providing a useful case study in the effectiveness, or lack thereof, of vaccines.
Israel is one of the most heavily vaxxed countries in the world, with over 60% of the population fully vaccinated and almost 100% of the elderly. But now Israel is experiencing a massive increase in infections, including cases among the fully vaxxed.
The government has also determined that the vaccines wear off after six months or less and is recommending a third shot for everyone. The problem, of course, is that the third dose will wear off too, so a fourth, fifth or sixth dose will be needed.
And with every new dose comes a new risk of dangerous side effects, including the small but real possibility of death. The vaccinated will be getting boosters for the rest of their lives, and the virus still won’t go away.
How Many Lives Could Have Been Saved?
Meanwhile, effective treatments, including ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, vitamin D, zinc and other inexpensive measures, are being suppressed by the medical establishment.
How many people died because they were denied access to these therapies, especially early on in the disease cycle when treatment is more effective?
It’s impossible to say, but they could potentially run into the hundreds of thousands.
A new study by the U.K.’s National Health Service and a Canadian biotech company revealed that a nitric oxide nasal spray slashed SARS-CoV-2 viral load by 95% within 24 hours and 99% within 72 hours.
If further trials pan out, early treatment with a similar cheap therapeutic could cut serious cases down to almost nothing.
But it doesn’t matter. The medical establishment will continue pushing the narrative that only universal vaccination will stop the virus.
Media Spreading Panic
The media continue to hyperventilate about “cases” but ignore the fact that death rates have declined since January. When one accounts for the 38 million Americans who have survived COVID and already have antibodies, then herd immunity is already here.
Data indicate that people who had COVID between January and February of 2021 and recovered have 13 times more immunity to the Delta variant than vaccines provide.
We’re at the stage where we can learn to live with COVID as we do with many other endemic diseases such as the seasonal flu. There’s no reason for fear.
But the public health authorities insist that these people with natural immunity must also be vaccinated.
It’s not “science.”
The zero-COVID policies many governments have pursued are completely unrealistic. The virus goes where it wants. The only real solutions are patience, herd immunity and effective therapies.
The time has come to stop living in fear and start treating COVID as an endemic disease that will be with us for a long time, like the seasonal flu or diabetes. Unfortunately, government authorities continue to insist they can control the situation with orders and mandates.
Lockdowns Didn’t Work Before. Why Would They Work Now?
But the evidence is clear that masks don’t work and lockdowns don’t work (but they do destroy economies — most lost sales were permanent losses, not temporary losses). Lockdowns don’t work to stop the spread of the virus because they keep people indoors where the virus can spread more easily.
Outdoor activity is essential for fresh air, mental and physical health and exercise.
People will find a way to gather and interact even with lockdown rules. This means that lockdowns impose all of the economic costs with few of the supposed public health benefits.
This was recognized in a paper in 2006 by D.A. Henderson, the greatest virologist and epidemiologist of the 20th century who led the successful effort to eradicate smallpox and won the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom.
He said lockdowns don’t work and provided detailed reasons why. Unfortunately, his award-winning work was ignored by politicians eager to appear to be doing something.
Biden Repeats Trump’s Mistake
Health officials should never have been put in charge of the economy. That was a huge mistake by Trump, and it’s been made worse by Biden.
Immunologists saw some benefits from lockdowns, but these would have happened anyway because each viral outbreak runs a predictable eight–10-week course. What the experts ignored were the costs in terms of deaths from suicide, excessive alcohol consumption, drug abuse, domestic violence, depression, anxiety and other dysfunctional behaviors.
The benefits of public health policy were minimal, but the economic, social and psychological costs were great and are still being paid. Meanwhile, the push for universal vaccination continues, despite the evidence that it’s not nearly as effective and necessary as the government claimed.
Society is rapidly turning into a two-tier culture of the vaccinated and the unvaccinated.
On Wall Street, where vaccination rates are as high as 90% in some firms, the unvaccinated are being treated like lepers. One investment banker said, “If you’re someone who is not vaccinated on Wall Street, you’re considered a loser.”
Even firms that do not require full vaccination to return to work are forcing the unvaccinated to undergo weekly testing, sit apart from colleagues and wear masks while others are maskless.
These rules are stupid, what might be called Vaccine Voodoo.
Again, vaccination doesn’t stop infection. It doesn’t stop the spread. A fully vaccinated person can catch COVID and spread it to others. The unvaccinated have as much to fear in terms of catching the disease from the vaccinated as the other way around.
There are ample reasons not to receive the vaccination, including being among the 38 million Americans who have recovered from COVID and have stronger antibody protection than the vaccinated.
But they’re being treated like lepers too. This vaccination discrimination will do nothing to slow the spread of the disease, but it will do a lot to tear society apart. Investors can properly understand vaccination discrimination as one more drag on productivity and economic growth.
But governments will keep imposing worthless mandates, and economies will continue on a trajectory of slow growth.
I want to dispel a particular myth that has taken root across social media. It is the claim that the legal battles with the state of California and the county of Los Angeles during the corona virus pandemic has brought John MacArthur to change his fundamental views of Romans 13 and the responsibility Christians have toward the government. That of course is ridiculously untrue. John has been consistent in his position, and anyone claiming he changed it demonstrates a deep unfamiliarity with what John teaches and has taught on the subject of Christians and government.
What Has John Taught?
If a person were to review John’s sermons on the topic of Christians and government, specifically the ones that were expositions of the relevant passages like Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2:13 ff., he will find that…
Some Americans who are still trapped in Afghanistan are “gonna die because of the failure from President Biden,” Markwayne Mullin, a Republican congressman who tried to rescue U.S. citizens from that country, tells Fox News in an interview, and shares that U.S. citizens are having to pay the Taliban up to $4,000 to get past checkpoints to reach the Kabul airport.
A new ad by former President Trump’s political action committee that blasts President Biden over the U.S. exit from Afghanistan can be seen as the first TV ad of the 2024 presidential campaign
He’s been repeatedly taking aim at President Biden over the turbulent U.S. withdrawal and evacuation from Afghanistan, even calling on the president to resign.
So it’s no surprise that former President Trump this past week went up with an ad titled “Failure” which uses a montage of video clips and still photos to criticize Biden over this summer’s lightning fast takeover of Afghanistan by repressive Taliban forces and the hastily organized evacuation at Kabul’s international airport to airlift Americans and their Afghan allies out of the warn torn Central Asian country.
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45: A heartbreaking loss for the United States and its great Military. We must have hostages released and our Military equipment returned, NOW! pic.twitter.com/jC1EbQzT0z
After saying booster shots will likely be needed for people to be considered ‘fully vaccinated’ against Covid, White House health adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said Pfizer could have approval for a further dose in a matter of weeks.
During an appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation, Fauci revealed the Pfizer-BioNTech shot will likely be the only approved booster dose given authorization by September 20, the date the Biden administration previously said it wants to see booster shot distribution begin.
Moderna’s vaccine will meanwhile need more time to get “appropriate approval,” Fauci said. He did not give a timeframe for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, though they have been working on a booster shot, as well.
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“We were hoping that we would get the, both the candidates, both products, Moderna and Pfizer, rolled out by the week of the 20th. It is conceivable that we will only have one of them out but the other would likely follow soon thereafter,” Fauci said.
Pfizer will likely meet the deadline because they have “their data in” in time to get approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
Health officials with the Biden administration announced last month that booster shots would be required eight months after a Moderna or Pfizer second dose. Officials have cited more spreadable coronavirus variants such as Delta for the reason for needing further doses.
Fauci’s comments follow him saying that once booster shots are available, a third dose will “likely” be required for people to be considered “fully vaccinated.” With only Pfizer ready to get approval, however, it might leave many people who were once considered vaccinated now in need of another dose and likely subsequent proof if they plan on going to an event or business requiring inoculation.
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Fauci and other health officials have recommended receiving booster shots that are the same as the original shot, though the infectious disease expert said on Sunday studies are underway looking into the potential dangers of mixing vaccines, which could become necessary for some based on the approval of booster shots.
“But right now, we are suggesting and hopefully it will work out that way, that if you got Pfizer, you will then boost with Pfizer. If you get Moderna, you’ll be boosting with Moderna,” he said. “But we are doing the studies to determine if we can do just that: Switch one with the other.”
American citizens left behind in Afghanistan are reportedly being held “hostage” by the Taliban, who purportedly are seeking “more out of Americans” before releasing planes that have permission to land in Qatar.
What are the details?
CBS News correspondent Eena Ruffini reported Sunday that “multiple flights are being held on the ground at the Mazar-i-Sharif airport in Northern Afghanistan… by the Taliban.”
An email sent by the State Department to members of Congress reportedly explained the flights held by the Taliban have permission to land in Doha, Qatar — but only “if and when the Taliban agrees to takeoff.”
The group Ascend, an NGO that teaches young women leadership through athletics, told CBS News they have two planes that have been waiting for six days ready to take between 600 and 1200 people — including 19 American citizens and two permanent residents.
“The U.S. airfield in Qatar that has been standing by, ready to receive, is now beginning to pack up,” Marina LeGree, the executive director, told CBS News. “We hope visibility will add pressure to force a solution. Six days of talks are not encouraging.”
The State Department advised members of Congress to tell groups seeking to evacuate out of Mazar-i-Sharif that the US does not have personnel on the ground in that location and does not control the airspace. Congressional and NGO sources say here are at least two physical plans on the ground and six more with approved clearance. The obstacle is the Taliban — which controls the airport and is not letting people board or the planes take off.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, confirmed CBS News’ reporting.
During an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” McCaul described the situation as a hostage crisis.
“In fact we have six airplanes at Mazar-i-Sharif airport, six airplanes, with American citizens on them as I speak, also with these interpreters, and the Taliban is holding them hostage for demands right now,” McCaul explained.
“State has cleared these flights, and the Taliban will not let them leave the airport,” he added.
When pressed by show host Chris Wallace what demands the Taliban is making, McCaul cited money and diplomatic legitimacy as two possibilities, but did not offer specifics.
“This is really, Chris, turning into a hostage situation where they’re not gonna allow American citizens to leave until they get full recognition from the United States of America,” McCaul said, adding that he fears the Biden administration may grant the Taliban legitimacy and recognize them as the official government of Afghanistan.
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FNC: “A Taliban spokesperson insisted to Fox News on Friday that ‘there will be no issue about women’s rights’ following the militant group’s takeover of Afghanistan, despite widespread international concerns.”
In addition, Suhail Shaheen said he opposes American views that “women should have an education without [a] hijab. That is a change of culture,” he said. “Our culture… they can receive education with hijab. They can work with hijab. We should be focusing how can we work together in a positive and constructive way which is in the best of interest of both sides.”
That’s an interesting statement. At first he says that women will have to remain covered to he educated. No doubt many mandatory masking fanatics here in the states would agree with him. Then he switches over to Western public relations doublespeak. Someone is instructing him well. Does anybody know the present whereabouts of Frank Luntz?
“There will be no issue about the women’s rights. No problem about their education, their work,” Shaheen added. “But we should not be after changing each other’s culture as we are not intending to change your culture, you should not be changing our culture.” He here doubles down in a “methinks the lady doth protest too much” fashion and again returns to PR gobbledygook. He goes on and on in this vein.
So, our spokesterrorist pal sounds like a misogynistic buffoon. Usually when that happens the ranks of Western feminism rise up in upheaval. But not this time. No marches, no picketing, no funny hats. Know why? Because this time it’s real. The Taliban treated females like personal property the last time they ran Afghanistan and they aim to do it again. How do Western feminists respond?
They are champs at excoriating those who aren’t the enemies of women, like, say, Brett Kavanaugh. But an entire regime designs to return women to the Middle Ages? Well, that’s much too real for modern Western feminism. It engenders a responsibility to do something other than open their festering yaps. And that, they neither desire nor are capable of.
This piece was written by David Kamioner on September 5, 2021. It originally appeared in DrewBerquist.com and is used by permission.
Shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy, told Trevor Phillips the “chaos” of the evacuation process in Afghanistan over the last few weeks was “avoidable”. With 18 months to plan the exit of British troops, “we shouldn’t have ended up here”, she added.
Tensions between anti-health pass demonstrators and Paris police are heating up as protests continue for the eighth weekend in a row. Officers used pepper spray to disperse crowds and scuffled with protestors as clashes escalated.
Tensions arose between anti-health pass demonstrators, including several ‘Yellow Vest’ protesters, and riot police during a rally in Paris on Saturday, marking the eighth consecutive weekend of mobilitisation.