Daily Archives: September 19, 2021

Nunes: Subpoenas Needed on Drone Strike that Killed Afghan Civilians

House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) said subpoenas are needed to get to the bottom of how the United States military conducted a drone strike in Kabul on August 29 that killed as many as ten civilians, including seven children.

Only ‘Hired Help’ Required to Wear Face Masks at Emmys While Celebrities Hug and Kiss Each Other (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit


Rules are only for the rubes.

Not one celebrity wore a face mask on Sunday evening at the 73rd Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

Maskless celebrities were hugging and kissing each other at the awards ceremony while the ‘hired help’ was forced to mask.

VIDEO:

Only the ‘hired help’ had to cover their faces.

WATCH:

Only ‘Hired Help’ Required to Wear Face Masks at Emmys While Celebrities Hug and Kiss Each Other (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Vaccines Are for the Serfs: No Vaccine Rules for Global Elites at UN Meetings This Week — in NY City — The Gateway Pundit

New York City has stringent mask and vaccine rules for civilians.

But masks and vaccines will be optional for the global elites this week at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.

Vaccines are only for the serfs.

Breitbart.com reported:

The U.N. General Assembly will ignore vaccine requirements for attendees at next week’s big meeting in New York, snubbing NYC rules for convention centers and public gatherings.

Presidents, premiers, monarchs, dignitaries, diplomats and their traveling staff members have been told by organizers they won’t have to show coronavirus vaccination passports or other proof of inoculation on arrival at U.N. headquarters on Turtle Bay, Manhattan.

Instead attendees plus their staff will be waved through and allowed admission free of any checks with more than 100 heads of state and government and over 20 foreign ministers signed up to speak in person.

An honor system — and only an honor system – means dignitaries won’t have to show vaccination cards or other proof of inoculation as they’ll simply attest to it by swiping their ID badges at the assembly hall.

Vaccines Are for the Serfs: No Vaccine Rules for Global Elites at UN Meetings This Week — in NY City — The Gateway Pundit

German History in Light of COVID: the 1930s and 40s Revisited — Daily Declaration

German History revisisted


History is a wonderful tool for understanding human nature and group behaviour. In the context of the COVID-19 response, German history can help us to uncover patterns of tyranny that should concern us all.

We MUST learn from history, or we will lose it all:

I am now starting to know how people like Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Niemöller felt. They looked around at what was happening to a once free and democratic Germany, and they saw the slow but certain rise of totalitarianism. Worse yet, they saw most of their fellow Germans fully supporting what was happening – and that included most German Christians.

I believe that in many ways things today are ominously similar.

No, I am NOT saying we are on the exact same road. However, there most certainly are some very real and worrying parallels. But let me pause and deal with a common criticism that will arise at this point.

Godwin’s Law is an adage that says this:

“As a discussion on the Internet grows longer, the likelihood of a person/s being compared to Hitler or another Nazi, increases.”

It involves the idea that someone has lost a debate when they resort to Nazi analogies or parallels.

Those Who Ignore History

Sure, sometimes folks can falsely and fallaciously drag up some historical parallel or comparison with the Nazis. But sometimes folks are entirely justified in doing so. Indeed, at times not to would mean to violate Santayana’s ‘law’ about those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.

The more I study history, the more I see history repeating itself. What is happening in the once free West over Covid is just too similar to what occurred in the once free Germany in the 1930s.

Tyranny seldom happens overnight, but usually arises incrementally – step by step.

In the name of “keeping us safe” governments have been imposing the most draconian measures, including the suspension of basic human rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of movement and freedom of religion.

Yet for too long the masses have happily gone along with all this.

Public Safety and Tyrrany

Hitler and the Nazis even used the excuse of ‘public safety’ as they implemented their totalitarian policies. Indeed, most tyrannies have done this. Recall that in revolutionary France Robespierre and Co via the National Convention set up “The Committee for Public Safety” in 1793 as part of their terror campaign.

Remember the guillotine!

As one site says:

“The Convention acquiesced in the committee’s draconian measures—such as surveillance committees, preventive detention, and controls on civil liberties—seen as necessary to secure the republic to a point at which the suspension of the democratic constitution of June 1793 could be lifted.”

Hmm, sounds just like Dan Andrews’ Victoria, and so many other jurisdictions. But let me return to pre-war Germany.

One of the major concerns we face today are things like compulsory medical mandates – the sort of things covered in the 1946 Nuremberg Trials.

Part of this is the push for vaccine passports and the creation of a new medical apartheid. A new Covid underclass is arising. Those who for any reason may have legitimate reasons for Covid vaccine hesitancy (no, not anti-vaxxers – just those questioning these new vaccines) are now treated as a group of untouchables.

The New Untouchables

They are unclean and must be treated as pariahs. They must be punished for their evil recalcitrance, and they must be separated and isolated from the rest of society – in order to ‘keep us safe.’

That too was a major feature of life in Germany in the 1930s and 40s.

Simply consider the Untermensch (underman, sub-man, subhuman). As an online resource puts it, this is

a Nazi term for non-Aryan “inferior people” often referred to as “the masses from the East”, that is Jews, Roma, and Slavs (Russians, Ukrainians, Poles and Serbs etc). The term was also applied to Mulatto and Black people. Jews were to be exterminated in the Holocaust, along with the Polish and Romani people, and the physically and mentally disabled. . . . These concepts were an important part of the Nazi racial policy.

Hmm, this too sounds familiar. 

Increasingly, the unvaccinated are being seen in the same way. They are said to be the reason why Covid continues, and they are now a despised minority. 

Various leaders and government officials and media outlets have already told us they should not even be allowed to get medical treatment – in addition to all the other freedoms stolen away from them!

I have personally been told by some of these haters that they hope I die of Covid. Feel the love, baby! Such concern for humanity. 

A new two-tiered society is now upon us, and it looks far too much like what we witnessed last century. And we already have the same snitching on others, the same dobbing in of neighbours that we had back then.

In the Name of Public Health

No wonder one person recently said this: 

“I’m starting to learn who would have hidden Anne Frank and who would have turned her over to the Nazis.” 

But getting back to a new class of health untouchables, another article reminds us of how most Germans back then viewed the Jews:

A recurrent theme in Nazi antisemitic propaganda was that Jews spread diseases. To prevent non-Jews from attempting to enter the ghettos and from seeing the condition of daily life there for themselves, German authorities posted quarantine signs at the entrances, warning of the danger of contagious disease. Since inadequate sanitation and water supplies coupled with starvation rations quickly undermined the health of the Jews in the ghettos, these warnings became a self-fulfilling prophecy, as typhus and other infectious diseases ravaged ghetto populations. Subsequent Nazi propaganda utilized these man-made epidemics to justify isolating the “filthy” Jews from the larger population.

And one scholarly article entitled “In the Name of Public Health — Nazi Racial Hygiene” begins this way:

In democratic societies, the needs of public health sometimes require citizens to make sacrifices for the greater good, but in Nazi Germany, national or public health — Volksgesundheit — took complete precedence over individual health care. Physicians and medically trained academics, many of whom were proponents of “racial hygiene,” or eugenics, legitimized and helped to implement Nazi policies aiming to “cleanse” German society of people viewed as biologic threats to the nation’s health. Racial-hygiene measures began with the mass sterilization of the “genetically diseased” and ended with the near-annihilation of European Jewry.

Welcome to 1938: First, They Came for the Unvaccinated

Let me mention two recent pieces looking at the current Covid situation in relation to what the world witnessed just 90 years ago. One piece says, in part:

This is 1938. I’m a Jew. I now understand just a little of what it felt like to be a Jew in 1938. No, it’s not the Holocaust. Nothing can be compared to the Holocaust. Ever. But 1938 was not the Holocaust. It was the pre-Holocaust. It was the time before the nightmare, when the foundation was being laid to destroy the freedom, free speech, businesses and lives of millions of Jews. Everything happening today to the American people … to the U.S. Constitution … to freedom … and particularly to unvaccinated Americans reminds me of 1938. This is only the beginning. It gets much worse from here.

First, “the papers.” Vaccine mandates and vaccine passports are just like 1938, when the Gestapo demanded papers from every German. Republicans asked for “papers” from migrants who had broken into our country. Criminals. Democrats said, “No, that’s racism.” Republicans asked for “papers” once every two years for federal elections, to prove you have a right to vote. Democrats said, “No, that’s racism.”

Now Democrats want American citizens, not illegal aliens, not criminals, but patriots born in this country, to produce papers 24/7. We’ll need papers to enter restaurants, bars, nightclubs, concerts, casinos, conventions and hotels and to board a train, plane or bus. We’ll need papers to enter a supermarket, or we’ll starve to death. All for the crime of being unvaccinated.

He continues:

By the way, this isn’t about vaccines. If you want the vaccine, take it. I’d never stop you. I’d never limit your freedom, your choice. This is about vaccine mandates – forcibly injecting Americans who don’t want it. That’s 1938…. But there’s much more in common with 1938. Mask mandates. If you’re scared, wear them. I’m not scared. I don’t want to wear them. Mandates are about forcing individuals to lose their freedom, choice, individuality and human rights. That’s 1938.

Lockdowns are a match with the Warsaw Ghetto. Jews were locked down. Jews couldn’t work. Jews couldn’t travel. Jewish businesses were labeled “nonessential.” If government can force us to close our businesses, to kill our jobs, to decide who is nonessential, then this is 1938. Stars on clothing. It’s coming. The vaccinated get into restaurants, bars, concerts, supermarkets, planes and trains. They keep their jobs. The rest of us are marked as “subhuman” for life. That’s the star. That’s 1938.

Media and social media as the public-relations wing of the government. That’s called propaganda. Remind you of 1938? Back then, the Jews’ books were burned. Today, it’s those of conservatives, patriots and specifically the unvaccinated. We are silenced. Our facts are labeled “misleading.” Only the facts that agree with big government’s agenda count. That’s 1938.

Holocaust Survivor: We Should be ‘More than Nervous’ About COVID-19 Measures

OK, I can see the critics already chirping: ‘Ah, that is just some nutjob conspiracy theorist, some rightwing loon.’

Then let me finish by citing someone who knows what they are talking about. It so happens that we still have some Holocaust survivors with us today, and many of them do NOT like what they are witnessing. Here is the story of one of them:

Holocaust survivor and medical activist Vera Sharav said recently on a podcast that we should be feeling “more than nervous” about the current state of public health measures, including lockdowns, forced vaccinations, and testing. Referring to the Nazi movement, Sharav said, “Fear is an extremely powerful psychological tool, that has been used by politicians always, the Nazis were particularly adept at it.”

Sharav was brought on to the podcast to discuss the host’s concerns about the direction in which she believes public health measures are going. They discussed a range of topics having to do with the response to COVID-19 taken by various governments.

In the opinion of the host, Trish Wood, there are parallels between the narrative surrounding the COVID-19 situation and the narrative common in Germany under Nazism that was used to subjugate citizens. Vera Sharav agreed that it is logical to see similarities between that time and our time. Of particular concern to Sharav and Wood is the fact that doctors then, as now, were largely caught up by ideas that harmed people on a significant scale….

In her opinion, it is “nonsense” to suggest that sacrificing the rights of individuals is conducive to the greater good; she said this in reference to the accepted orthodoxy of locking down society to protect a subset of the population.

“As public officials they talk about the greater good. Who has the authority to decide what is the greater good? … If the individuals are oppressed or relegated to third-class citizens … what kind of society is it? We are now at the gate of that.”

When asked about whether or not she believed we are in fact on the cusp of a Nazi-like society and why, Sharav replied emphatically: “I absolutely do… One of the main things that has happened in these 18 months of the pandemic is that fear has been the major weapon, which has really crippled people from thinking straight. It has isolated people and taught children to distrust other people: ‘They might be infected, they might infect me’.”

In addition, she stated that vaccination passports “are the gateway to a totalitarian surveillance state.” She added, “it was under the Nazis, it was under Stalin, it was under Mao – it still is in China – this is where we’re going if we allow it to happen.”

Sharav said that the Holocaust involved a unique link between the medical establishment and the goals of the Nazis. “Hitler then, as rulers now, deferred to the health officials. We are constantly being told, ‘we are following the science’.” As a result she says we are now witnessing a “complete overthrow of human civilization.”

As I say, people like this ought to know. If you refuse to believe them and learn from history, then we are already doomed.

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Originally published on CultureWatch. Image by Pixabay on Pexels.

German History in Light of COVID: the 1930s and 40s Revisited — Daily Declaration

Why Is There Suddenly An Extremely Severe Shortage Of Workers All Over The World? — The Economic Collapse

The unprecedented employment crisis that we are watching unfold around the globe is so bizarre that it could have been pulled straight out of an episode of the Twilight Zone.  For the very first time in recorded history, there is an extremely severe shortage of workers in nations all over the planet.  When this shortage first started to emerge earlier this year, I thought that it was very strange, because 2020 had been a year when we had seen unemployment absolutely skyrocket in the U.S. and other western nations.  In fact, somewhere around 70 million Americans filed claims for unemployment benefits last year.  Not too long ago we had vast hordes of people that were out of work, and now we are suddenly facing the greatest labor shortage in history?

Something is not adding up.

When I wrote my most recent article about the labor shortage, a few people wrote to me and blamed the Biden administration for what we are witnessing.

And it is certainly true that actions that the Biden administration has taken have made the labor shortage in the United States even worse.

But the Biden administration is not the reason why there is an extremely severe shortage of workers literally all over the planet.  In Vietnam, for example, there are so few workers that the government actually sent the army out to help with the rice harvest

Across the world, a dearth of workers is shaking up food supply chains.

In Vietnam, the army is assisting with the rice harvest. In the U.K., farmers are dumping milk because there are no truckers to collect it. Brazil’s robusta coffee beans took 120 days to reap this year, rather than the usual 90. And American meatpackers are trying to lure new employees with Apple Watches while fast-food chains raise the prices of burgers and burritos.

Why aren’t there enough people to do these jobs?

We have never seen anything like this before.

Considering the horrendous unemployment crisis that gripped much of the globe during the earlier stages of this pandemic, you would think that there should be colossal pools of desperate workers for large companies to choose from at this point.

But instead, it is almost as if untold numbers of low paid workers have simply disappeared.

Of course certain types of workers are far more important to the basic functioning of the global economy than other types of workers.

For example, the world would be just fine if there was a severe shortage of actors and actresses.

But if there aren’t enough people to grow, process and transport our food, that is a massive problem, and that is precisely what we are currently facing

Whether it’s fruit pickers, slaughterhouse workers, truckers, warehouse operators, chefs or waiters, the global food ecosystem is buckling due to a shortage of staff. Supplies are getting hit and some employers are forced to raise wages at a double-digit pace. That’s threatening to push food prices – already heated by soaring commodities and freight costs – even higher. Prices in August were up 33% from the same month last year, according to an index compiled by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.

Unfortunately, the shortages and price increases are eventually going to get a whole lot worse.

I cannot recall another time since the dawn of history when the entire world has ever faced something like this.

Please correct me if I am wrong.

All over the globe, we are being told that shortages of food are being caused because there simply is not enough people to do the work

Shortages are hitting farms, processors and restaurants alike. Malaysia, the world’s No.2 palm oil producer, has lost about 30% of potential output of the edible oil used in everything from chocolate to margarine. Shrimp production in southern Vietnam – one of the world’s top exporters – has dropped by 60% to 70% from before the pandemic. And a fifth of tomato production in the south of Italy has been lost this year, due to the scorching heat and transport paralysis, according to the farmers’ association CIA.

Before the pandemic, there was never a time when we didn’t have enough workers to do the basic tasks that needed to get done.

In fact, many nations around the globe were persistently facing huge problems with rampant unemployment.

But now the pandemic has come along and suddenly all of our unemployment problems have been solved?

I don’t understand why this isn’t raising a red flag for more people.

Here in the United States, if you want a job you certainly have many to choose from these days.

In response to the article that I posted a few days ago, one of my readers sent me an email describing what conditions are like in one section of Illinois…

Where have all the people gone? When you drive down the highway in Fairview Heights and Swansea, Illinois, there are signs on both sides, now hiring. Fazoli’s, a fast food Italian restaurant has a sign stating that they pay up to $15 an hour. Domino’s is looking for employees, Sparkle Car Wash, a rental business, and several others within a two or three block area. Panera Bread Company has signs posted outside that they closed early now due to lack of employees. Food items on our grocery shelves are dwindling and they are never replaced. Some of the food is expired. I noticed when trying to purchase butter at Aldi’s, it had the same expiration date as it did months ago. They put out expired butter and left it out to sell in the cooler. Same thing at Schnuck’s, you have to be careful and check the expiration dates. A lot of their food has either expired or is about to expire very soon.

At a time when basic services are breaking down because of a lack of workers, the Biden administration has decided to make things even worse by imposing offensive new mandates on tens of millions of workers.

As these new mandates go into effect, we could soon see things we have never seen before in the history of our country.

For instance, it is being projected that close to half of the entire police force in the city of San Diego could soon be forced to quit their jobs

A rather remarkable situation in San Diego that we could see play out in the rest of the nation.  The police union, The San Diego Police Officers Association (SDPOA), asked their members about the vaccination mandate.

65 percent of the respondents said they would consider quitting the force if the city were to impose a requirement.  However, an alarming 45 percent said they would rather be fired than comply with the mandate.

The SDPOA has 1,971 members.  According to the San Diego Union Tribune, half of those officers are not vaccinated.  If that half of the entire police department were to be fired for non-compliance with the vaccine mandate, the city of San Diego would be in a really sketchy place.

The path that the Biden administration has decided to take us down is absolutely nuts.

As scores of qualified workers leave their posts, the problems that we are facing right now could go to an entirely new level.

But the U.S. is only one piece of the overall puzzle.

Everywhere in the world there are alarming labor shortages, and we are being told that this is a crisis that isn’t going to be solved any time soon.

So once again, there is a very simple question that I must ask.

Where did all the people go?

This is story of monumental importance, and hardly anyone is taking about it.

Why Is There Suddenly An Extremely Severe Shortage Of Workers All Over The World? — The Economic Collapse

Data From Yelp Shows 60% of All Businesses that Shut Down During COVID Are Now Permanently Closed — The Gateway Pundit

It’s official – more than 50% of the businesses across the nation that closed during the COVID hysteria of the past year are now permanently closed.

In July this year New York’s former governor Cuomo was begging businesses to come back to New York.  It was too late, Cuomo and numerous tyrannical governors across the nation had done their damage.  Millions were laid off and small businesses across the nation were closed.

Andrew Cuomo Begs Businesses To Return To New York City–After Destroying It With Lockdowns

It is too late for Cuomo and all the governors who relished destroying Americans’ jobs, businesses, and livelihoods.  These jobs are gone for good.

Data from Yelp shows the jobs are gone.

Yelp on Wednesday released its latest Economic Impact Report, revealing business closures across the U.S. are increasing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic’s economic toll.

As of Aug. 31, some 163,735 businesses have indicated on Yelp that they have closed. That’s down from the 180,000 that closed at the very beginning of the pandemic. However, it actually shows a 23% increase in the number of closures since mid-July.In addition to monitoring closed businesses, Yelp also takes into account the businesses whose closures have become permanent. That number has steadily increased throughout the past six months, now reaching 97,966, representing 60% of closed businesses that won’t be reopening.

“Overall, Yelp’s data shows that business closures have continued to rise with a 34% increase in permanent closures since our last report in mid-July,” Justin Norman, vice president of data science at Yelp, told CNBC.

Congrats to Dr. Fauci, Dr. Birx, Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats, RINOs, COVID Karens, and everyone who couldn’t see past their nose to understand that the cure was worse than the COVID.  Now millions are without work, money and have lost their dreams.  Well done.

Data From Yelp Shows 60% of All Businesses that Shut Down During COVID Are Now Permanently Closed — The Gateway Pundit

September 19 Evening Quotes of The Day

We Become Like What We Love
2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 John 4:20

The worth and excellency of a soul is to be measured by the object of its love: he who loves mean and sordid things does thereby become base and vile. But a noble and well-placed affection does advance and improve the spirit unto a conformity with the perfections which it loves.

HENRY SCOUGAL

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

Man’s Whole Duty Is to Think as He Ought
Ecclesiastes 1:14; 2:1–3; Isaiah 22:13; 2 Peter 2:13–14

Man is obviously made to think. It is his whole dignity and his whole merit; and his whole duty is to think as he ought. Now, the order of thought is to begin with self, and with its Author and its end. Now, of what does the world think? Never of this, but of dancing, playing the lute, singing, making verses, running at the ring, etc., fighting, making oneself king, without thinking what it is to be a king and what to be a man.

BLAISE PASCAL

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

September 19 Evening Verse of The Day

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9:22 Remarkable elasticity is necessary in the major task of evangelism. Paul concludes a long sentence emphasizing his own mode of life by stressing that he had “become all things to all,” so that he might be effective in reaching some. The statement implies absolutely no compromise of theological or moral truths, but flexibility in methodology.[1]

9:22 weak. A restatement of the point made in 8:13.[2]

9:22 the weak Refers to Christians who felt tempted to regress to idolatrous practices. See 1 Cor 8:7 and note; Rom 14:1.

I may gain the weak Paul demonstrated sensitivity to such believers, but he also desired that they mature in their faith (see 1 Cor 8:7–13).

all things to all people Paul is not advocating syncretism or compromise of the gospel message. Rather, he is promoting a considerate evangelistic approach—one that accounts for different social circumstances, ethnicities, and religious convictions.[3]

9:22 To the weak I became weak. This is the attitude that Paul wants those in Corinth with superior “knowledge” to adopt toward the “weak” in their midst (cf. 8:9–13).[4]

9:22 weak. He stooped to make the gospel clear at the lower level of comprehension, which Paul no doubt had done often while dealing with the Corinthians themselves (cf. 2:1–5). all things … all means. Within the bounds of God’s Word, he would not offend the Jew, Gentile, or those weak in understanding. Not changing Scripture or compromising the truth, he would condescend in ways that could lead to salvation.[5]

9:22 — I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

Paul never compromised his convictions or his calling, but he was more than willing to find common ground and meet his audience wherever they happened to be. More than anything, he wanted to lead people to life in Christ.[6]

9:22 Verse 22 speaks of those who are weak or overscrupulous. They were excessively sensitive about matters that were really not of fundamental importance. To the weak, Paul became as weak, that he might win them. He would be a vegetarian if necessary rather than offend them by eating meat. In short, Paul became all things to all men, that he might by all means save some. These verses should never be used to justify a sacrifice of scriptural principle. They merely describe a readiness to accommodate to the customs and habits of the people in order to win a hearing for the good news of salvation. When Paul says that I might by all means save some, he does not think for a moment that he could save another person, for he realized that the Lord Jesus was the only Person who could save. At the same time it is wonderful to notice that those who serve Christ in the gospel are so closely identified with Him that He even allows them to use the word save to describe a work in which they are involved. How this exalts and ennobles and dignifies the gospel ministry!

Verses 23–27 describe the peril of losing one’s reward through lack of self-discipline. To Paul the refusal of financial help from the Corinthians was a form of rigid discipline.[7]

9:22. In his references to Jews and Gentiles in the preceding verses, Paul explained his voluntary restraint of freedom in order to reach unbelievers with the gospel. Some suggest that the weak in this verse refers to Jews and Gentiles together in a state of unbelief and so was intended to summarize Paul’s previously stated convictions (cf. Rom. 5:6 where “the weak” are also called “the ungodly”). It is more likely, however, that Paul was referring explicitly to the weak Corinthians described in 1 Corinthians 8:9–11 (cf. Jew, Greeks, and the church of God in 10:32). His concern to win them was not in the preliminary sense of justification as in the case of unbelieving Jews and Gentiles (9:20–21) but to win the Corinthians in terms of sanctification and maturity in Christ (cf. Matt. 18:15)—and so to save them for God’s ongoing work in their lives (cf. 1 Cor. 5:5; 8:11). Paul’s condescension to the scruples and customs of all men (cf. “everyone” in 9:19) found application on a momentary case-by-case basis since it would be impossible to satisfy simultaneously the penchants of both Jews and Gentiles alike.[8]

9:22. Paul added another class of people to whom he condescended besides Jews and Gentiles, one that drew attention to his concern for the Corinthian church—the weak. The strong and knowledgeable people in the Corinthian church refused to make allowances for the weak among them. The strong insisted on eating meat sacrificed to idols because they correctly understood their freedom to do so, but thereby they sinned against weaker brothers and sisters.

In contrast to them, Paul became weak by willingly conforming his behavior to that of the weak. By limiting his freedom in this way, Paul made certain that he did not cause weaker brothers and sisters to fall into sin.

In summary, Paul claimed that he had become all things to all men. Foregoing his rights to pursue his own preferences, he submitted to everyone so that by all possible means he might bring some to salvation. Paul’s chief concern was to build the kingdom of Christ through the conversion of the lost. He refused to allow his own freedoms to prevent others from following the ways of Christ. In this regard he exemplified the principle with which he had begun this section: knowledge alone “puffs up” and makes a person not care about the well-being of others, but “love builds up” (8:1). Love for others leads a person to perform those actions that bring as many people as possible into the kingdom of Christ.[9]

9:22 “To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak” The meaning of “weak” is uncertain here because it has been used in this context for over-scrupulous or superstitious Christians (cf. 8:7, 10). It possibly relates to superstitious pagans (cf. v. 21). The Williams’ translation even translates it as “the over-scrupulous,” which is a good rendering.

© “I have become all things to all men so that I may by all means save some” Notice the number of “alls” (forms of pas) in this phrase. Paul’s inner self has been transformed from self-centered to gospel-centered. He is free to serve Christ, to serve the gospel, to serve the Kingdom (cf. Rom. 6:11; 7:4). Flexibility, intentionality, and love are crucial aspects of Paul’s life and ministry!

Paul’s mind was always on evangelism (cf. Rom. 11:14; 1 Cor. 1:21; 7:16; 10:31–33; 1 Tim. 1:15). However, it is sad to say that the last phrase gives a hint that most who heard him did not respond in faith to his message. Why some hear (with spiritual ears) and some do not, is the mystery of election and free will![10]

22. To those who are weak I became weak to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all means I may save some.

We make two observations:

a. Adaptation. “To those who are weak I became weak to win the weak.” Paul now returns to his discussion on the Christians with weak consciences (8:9–13). In a roundabout way he has come full circle by reviewing the freedom he has in Christ. Thus he discusses his relationship to the weak. We would have expected syntactical balance that included the strong. But Paul is not interested in comparing the strong with the weak. The strong were free in Christ and had no guilty conscience when they ate meat that had been sacrificed to an idol. The weak were those Corinthians who were weak in conscience; they needed Paul’s counsel and his encouragement to be strengthened in their Christian faith (Rom. 14:1; 15:1).

Verse 22 intimates that in this particular passage Paul also may have been thinking of winning the economically weak Corinthians for the Lord. Earlier in his epistle he stated that among those whom God had called there were not many who were powerful and not many of noble birth, and that God had chosen the weak and insignificant things to shame the strong (1:26–28). Now Paul resonates this same message when he writes, “I became weak to win the weak.” In context, he uses the verb to win for both the Jews (vv. 19–20) and the Gentiles (v. 21) to lead them to a saving knowledge of Christ. But when Paul speaks about the weak—those whose consciences are weak—there is no need to write the verb to win. The weak already know Jesus Christ as their Savior; as weak in conscience they require help from those who are strong.

We suggest that with the phrase I became weak to win the weak in verse 22, Paul may have had in mind a double connotation—a connotation that refers to both the weak in conscience and the economically weak. Consider the fact that during his ministry in Corinth Paul readily identified himself with the poor not only in word but also in deed. His tentmaking trade was a vivid demonstration of siding with those who were economically weak (Acts 18:1–4). Paul himself belonged to the upper class, as was reflected in the education he had received. Just the same, he voluntarily donned his apron and headband to ply his trade. The social elite of the Greco-Roman world scorned him for his demeaning trade, but the lower-class people accepted him gladly. The elite considered the workshop a place not for the freeman but for the slave. Paul, however, was willing to identify with the poor to win them to Christ.

b. Actuality. “I have become all things to all men so that by all means I may save some.” The apostle is a model for everyone who desires to win people to Christ. Paul adapted himself to different situations in every culture. With the Jews he lived as a Jew, and with the Gentiles as a Gentile (within the boundaries of Christ’s command). And to the weak he became weak, so that he might become “all things to all men.”

Opponents might accuse Paul of being ineffectual, unstable, and changeable. If so, they would completely misunderstand his motive. They would fail to see the driving purpose that motivated Paul in his mission endeavor: to bring the gospel to as many people as possible.

Paul was convinced that as he preached the good news of salvation, God would open the heart of every person he chose to save. If God was pleased to save Paul, who calls himself the worst of sinners (1 Tim. 1:15), the Lord Jesus Christ could break into the heart of anyone who lived in spiritual darkness. Paul served as God’s instrument to bring sinners to God through the gospel. Paul preached, counseled, and encouraged, but the actual work of salvation belonged to God.

In a few words, Paul expresses sober realism when he writes that by being all things to all men “by all means [he] may save some.” Some Greek manuscripts have the reading “I may save all,” but the evidence favors the text we have adopted, “I may save some.” Understandably, Paul would be the first one to say that although he worked hard to present the gospel to all people, not he but God effects salvation (Phil. 2:13). He works as if all people are to be saved but he knows that only some will respond to the gospel (see 10:33; Rom. 11:14).[11]

22. The last category centres on the issue that particularly concerns Paul: how the knowers are treating the weak. Paul became weak for the sake of the weak. In other words, he lived in a way that pleased the weak, in a way that accorded with their cultural sensibilities and customs. Such a stance is the way of love, and Paul wants the knowers to respond in the same way. Their motivation should be the salvation of the weak, and the actions of the strong, as already indicated in 8:11, should not be such that the eschatological inheritance of the weak is threatened. It is a bit puzzling when Paul speaks of winning the weak, for are they are not already part of the people of God? Does the concept of winning include the notion of someone persevering in the salvation he or she already has, or is the term restricted to the initial conversion of a person? Perhaps Paul has in mind the marginalized in society, as we see in 1 Corinthians 1:27. Certainly, Paul believes that one must continue in the faith to be saved, and so it is possible that he has in mind the perseverance in faith of the weak. A decision is difficult, but the term win (kerdainō) seems to designate one’s initial conversion (1 Pet. 3:1) and should not be extended to include perseverance. Paul probably includes the conversion of the weak, at least in part, for rhetorical reasons. He wants to include them in the discussion since their good is the reason for the extended illustration in chapter 9. Even if the wording is understood more strictly, the weak here could refer to pagans who, when they are converted, will belong to the category of the weak.

Paul rounds off the discussion of adapting to various social and cultural entities with a summary statement which captures his fundamental motivation in his interaction with various people. Paul became all things to all people, which means that he was willing to adapt culturally, as long as he did not contravene the law of Christ. Paul’s flexibility is ascribed to his desire to save some if at all possible. Paul’s ‘inconsistency’ in his lifestyle has a higher rationale: the salvation of those who do not know Christ; and Paul uses himself as an example so that the knowers in particular might imitate him.[12]

22. This whole discussion has underlined Paul’s tender concern for the weak. But, unlike the Jews and the Gentiles of the previous verses, the weak were already Christians. He does not seek to win them in the same sense, but to win them for greater strength, or perhaps simply to keep them from slipping. He respected their scruples and conformed his behaviour to theirs to help them. He sums it all up with I have become all things to all men. This does not, of course, mean that his conduct was unprincipled. On occasion his principles led him to follow courses of action in the teeth of strong opposition. But where no principle was at stake he was prepared to go to extreme lengths to meet people. Personal considerations are totally submerged in the great aim of by all means saving some. H. Chadwick finds in this sort of thing evidence that Paul ‘had an astonishing elasticity of mind, and a flexibility in dealing with situations requiring delicate and ingenious treatment’ (NTS, 1, 1954–55, p. 275).[13]

22. To the weak I became as weak. Now again he employs a general statement, in which he shows to what sort of persons he accommodated himself, and with what design. He judaized in the presence of the Jews, but not before them all, for there were many headstrong persons, who, under the influence of Pharisaical pride or malice, would have wished that Christian liberty were altogether taken away. To those persons he would never have been so accommodating, for Christ would not have us care for persons of that sort. Let them alone, (says he,) they are blind, and leaders of the blind. (Matt. 15:14.) Hence we must accommodate ourselves to the weak, not to the obstinate.

Now his design was, that he might bring them to Christ—not that he might promote his own advantage, or retain their good will. To these things a third must be added—that it was only in things indifferent, that are otherwise in our choice, that he accommodated himself to the weak. Now, if we consider how great a man Paul was, who stooped thus far, ought we not to feel ashamed—we who are next to nothing in comparison with him—if, bound up in self, we look with disdain upon the weak, and do not deign to yield up a single point to them? But while it is proper that we should accommodate ourselves to the weak, according to the Apostle’s injunction, and that, in things indifferent, and with a view to their edification, those act an improper part, who, with the view of consulting their own ease, avoid those things that would offend men, and the wicked, too, rather than the weak. Those, however, commit a two-fold error, who do not distinguish between things indifferent and things unlawful, and accordingly do not hesitate, for the sake of pleasing men, to engage in things that the Lord has prohibited. The crowning point, however, of the evil is this—that they abuse this statement of Paul to excuse their wicked dissimulation. But if any one will keep in view these three things that I have briefly pointed out, he will have it easily in his power to refute those persons.

We must observe, also, the word that he makes use of in the concluding clause; for he shows for what purpose he endeavours to gain all—with a view to their salvation. At the same time, he here at length modifies the general statement, unless perhaps you prefer the rendering of the old translation, which is found even at this day in some Greek manuscripts. For in this place, too, he repeats it—that I may by all means save some. But as the indulgent temper, that Paul speaks of, has sometimes no good effect, this limitation is very suitable—that, although he might not do good to all, he, nevertheless, had never left off consulting the advantage of at least a few.3[14]

Ver. 22.—To the weak. His whole argument here is a plea for condescension to the infirmities of weak converts. A similar condescension to their prejudices might be necessary to win them to Christianity at all (ch. 8:13; “We that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves,” Rom. 15:1). St. Paul often touches on our duties to weak brethren (ch. 8:7; Rom. 14:1; 1 Thess. 5:14; Acts 20:35). All things to all men. He repeats the same principle in ch. 10:33, “I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved;” and once more, at the end of his course (2 Tim. 2:10). This condescension laid him open to the malicious attacks of religious enemies (Gal. 1:10). But not on that account would St. Paul ever be led to abandon the fruitful aid of that universal sympathy and tolerance which is one of the best tests of Christian love. That I might by all means save some. He adds this explanation of the motive of his condescension to various scruples (συγκατάβασις) lest any should accuse him of men-pleasing, as some of his Galatian opponents had done (Gal. 1:10). In his desire to win souls he acted with the wisdom and sympathy taught by experience, suppressing himself.[15]

9:22 / Paul relates the pattern of his ministry to the situation that existed in Corinth. There, some persons whose religious scruples precluded their eating idol meat were regarded as (and perhaps called) the weak. Paul explains how he behaved toward such persons in keeping with his selfless method of mission, and by implication he calls for those who were not weak to do the same. Paul declares that he sought to become all things to all people in all ways so that he might serve as God’s agent in all possible circumstances in order to save some.[16]

22 Since the three preceding items have to do with Jewish or Gentile social settings, what then does Paul intend by this final item, “to the weak I became weak”? On the one hand, this is probably Paul’s way of beginning to bring the argument back around to where he left it (at 8:13–9:1). This seems all the more likely, since it follows hard on the heels of the discussion of the previous group, who almost certainly represent those with whom Paul is in conflict in this church and with whom he has been arguing throughout the letter. At the same time, however, especially since he speaks also of “winning them,” one must be careful of too specific an identification with the “weak” mentioned earlier (8:7–13). Perhaps the missing comparative (“like”) is more significant than is often allowed.378 This may well reflect a moment of realism and thereby intentionally be a more generalizing category. For any number of reasons, partly related to his working with his own hands, Paul experienced considerable weakness in Corinth (see on 2:1–5; 4:9–13; cf. 2 Cor. 4:7–18; 11:16–12:10). As noted regarding an earlier passage (4:9–13), he considered this to be a paradigm of the Christian life; thus “to the weak,” that is, the majority of the Corinthian believers (cf. 1:26–31), he “became weak, to win the weak.” Thus this language probably represents a more purely sociological category than a socio-religious one. And the comparable contrast (“strong to the strong”) not only would not fit the present argument, but would finally border on nonsense. At this point Paul is a conscious follower of the humble carpenter from Nazareth, who had “nowhere to lay his head.”

However one is able to “fine tune” what has preceded, Paul’s concluding sentence, “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means381 I might save some,” summarizes and thereby generalizes the argument. The apostle’s actions, which appear to them to be inconsistent, have integrity at a much higher level. Whereas he is intransigent on matters that affect the gospel itself, whether theological or behavioral (e.g., 1:18–25; 5:1–5, etc.), that same concern for the saving power of the gospel is what causes him to become all things to all people in matters that don’t count. The substitution of the verb “save” in this final clause makes it certain that the verb “win” in the five earlier clauses meant precisely that—eschatological salvation for the perishing through Christ’s death and resurrection (cf. 1:18, 21). For Paul everything is subordinated to this central concern of his life, this “destiny” that God has laid upon him (v. 16).[17]


[1] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., 1 Co 9:22). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[2] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1655). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[3] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (1 Co 9:22). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2204). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (1 Co 9:22). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (1 Co 9:22). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[7] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1778). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[8] Lowery, D. K. (1985). 1 Corinthians. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, pp. 524–525). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[9] Pratt, R. L., Jr. (2000). I & II Corinthians (Vol. 7, p. 151). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[10] Utley, R. J. (2002). Paul’s Letters to a Troubled Church: I and II Corinthians (Vol. Volume 6, p. 111). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[11] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the First Epistle to the Corinthians (Vol. 18, pp. 308–310). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[12] Schreiner, T. R. (2018). 1 Corinthians: An Introduction and Commentary. (E. J. Schnabel, Ed.) (Vol. 7, pp. 193–194). London: Inter-Varsity Press.

[13] Morris, L. (1985). 1 Corinthians: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 7, p. 137). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[14] Calvin, J., & Pringle, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians (Vol. 1, pp. 305–307). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[15] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). 1 Corinthians (p. 290). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[16] Soards, M. L. (2011). 1 Corinthians (p. 193). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[17] Fee, G. D. (2014). The First Epistle to the Corinthians. (N. B. Stonehouse, F. F. Bruce, G. D. Fee, & J. B. Green, Eds.) (Revised Edition, pp. 475–476). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

Comfort En Route Home — VCY America

And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. (Genesis 50:24)

Joseph had been an incarnate providence to his brethren. All our Josephs die, and a thousand comforts die with them. Egypt was never the same to Israel after Joseph was dead, nor can the world again be to some of us what it was when our beloved ones were alive.

But see how the pain of that sad death was alleviated! They had a promise that the living God would visit them. A visit from Jehovah! What a favor! What a consolation! What a heaven below! O Lord, visit us this day; though indeed we are not worthy that Thou shouldest come under our roof.

But more was promised: the Lord would bring them out. They would find in Egypt a cold welcome when Joseph was dead; nay, it would become to them a house of bondage. But it was not to be so forever; they would come out of it by a divine deliverance and march to the land of promise. We shall not weep here forever. We shall be called home to the gloryland to join our dear ones. Wherefore, “comfort one another with these words.”

Comfort En Route Home — VCY America

Praying the 23rd Psalm — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

To enter the sheepfolds of the Middle East, a shepherd’s sheep had to pass under his rod for him to inspect their condition up close. The shepherd would tend to any obvious needs one by one. Then when all the sheep were in the fold, he lay down across the opening with his own body. Through the 23rd Psalm we better understand our Good Shepherd in a personal way. Ask God to show you about himself in this classic psalm, which unfortunately is so familiar that we can recite it without receiving its revelation deep in our spirits. Listen for what God wants you to know about who he is, what he does, and what you have in your Shepherd.

As you cultivate your personal communion with God in prayer, let him lead you to pray this psalm for others.

The Lord is my Shepherd.
Jehovah-Rohi: God my Shepherd
Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd who knows my own sheep by name” (John 10:11). The Lord of the universe knows you personally! Thank Him for your relationship with Him.

Pray it for others: Jesus is the great Shepherd of all His sheep. Pray for someone who is discouraged and thinks God has forgotten them. Pray for them to know God as their Shepherd.

I shall lack nothing.
Jehovah-Jireh: the Lord my Provider
If God provided so much in Jesus to meet your spiritual needs, will He not also take care of your daily practical needs? Pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” (Matthew 6: 11) and name specific needs you are trusting him for. Thank him he is your provider.

Pray for others: Pray for those who have real financial needs and for those who are discontent with what they have. Pray they will know Jehovah-Jireh.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside quiet waters.
Jehovah-Shalom: God my Peace
Pray about anything that is disquieting your peace. Affirm that God is your peace. Pray about God’s leading in His work and decisions.

Pray for others: Ask God how to pray for someone in a hard place. Pray for Him to calm all fear, doubt, worry, inadequacy, and anxiety with the Prince of peace in their heart.

He restores my soul.
Jehovah-RaphaThe Lord my Healer
Where do you need the healing and restoration of Jesus the Healer?

Pray for others: Pray for God to heal the hurts, bitterness, control, judgments, differences, separation, wrong priorities, apathy, etc., of someone else.

He guides me in paths of righteousness…
Jehovah-TsidkenuThe Lord my Righteousness
Pray for God’s guidance as you dedicate yourself to follow Him as Lord.

Pray for others: Jesus declares us to be righteous, not for what we have done, but because of his perfect righteousness. Pray for salvation for somebody who has not received Jesus as God’s perfect sacrifice for their sin.

For His name’s sake.
Jehovah-M’KaddeshGod’s name is holy.
He says, “I the Lord alone am holy, and I make you holy because you are called by my holy name.” Pray that you will not dishonor his name.

Pray for others: Pray that someone away from God will desire to bring glory and honor to his name.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil, for you are with me.
Jehovah-ShammahGod who is there
Jesus promised his disciples, “I have all authority, and I am always there for you.” (Matthew 28:19, 20) Affirm his presence with you that dispels fears and unbelief.

Pray for others: God promised his presence in Exodus 3:12 for leading the children of Israel out of Egypt. In Exodus 33:14 reaffirmed his presence to finish what he began. Ask God to reveal himself to your family and friends in powerful new ways.

Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You can depend on the rod of His protection and the staff of His correction and rescue. Receive the protection and correction of your Good Shepherd.

Pray for others: His comfort is as warm and tender as that of a mother for her child (Isaiah 66:13, 49:13, 52:9). Who needs you to pray God’s comfort for them?

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
Jehovah-NissiThe Lord my Banner of victory
Praise God that He gives victory over your enemies and sins, as you depend on the authority of your crucified, resurrected, victorious Redeemer.

Pray for others: Pray the same prayer for your family and friends.

You anoint my head with oil.
Oil was used for medicine, sanctification, appointment to office, and as a sign of fellowship. Oil symbolizes the Holy Spirit, who is all these things. Thank God for the power of the Holy Spirit to heal, restore, soothe, cleanse, appoint to His work, and give a sign of your fellowship with the Father and his Son.

Pray for others: Pray that your family and friends will walk in the Spirit.

My cup overflows.
Exercise your attitude of gratitude.

Pray for others: Pray that your family and friends will praise God continually as their Source.

Surely goodness and love with follow me all the days of my life.
Thank God for a specific evidence of His goodness and love He has shown you daily.

Pray for others: Thank God for people who have shown His goodness and love to you. Tell them so at your first opportunity. Pray that they will see God’s goodness to them.

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Ask God to show you how to practice His presence with you continually.

Pray for others: Ask God for the body of Christ to worship Him with their whole heart and be committed to living in His presence daily.

By Sylvia Gunter
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•  How to Pray
•  Sample Prayers
•  Salvation Explained

Praying the 23rd Psalm — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

September 19 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

Depression Often Follows a Great Victory
1 Kings 19:1–10

When at last a long-cherished desire is fulfilled, when God has been glorified greatly by our means, and a great triumph achieved, then we are apt to faint. It might be imagined that amid special favours our soul would soar to heights of ecstacy, and rejoice with joy unspeakable, but it is generally the reverse. The Lord seldom exposes his warriors to the perils of exultation over victory; he knows that few of them can endure such a test, and therefore dashes their cup with bitterness.

CHARLES SPURGEON*

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

Government Should Tolerate Some Evil
Habakkuk 1:13; Romans 13:1–7

Human government is derived from the Divine government, and should imitate it. Now although God is all-powerful and supremely good, nevertheless He allows certain evils to take place in the universe, which He might prevent, lest, without them, greater goods might be forfeited, or greater evils ensue. Accordingly in human government also, those who are in authority rightly tolerate certain evils lest certain goods be lost, or certain greater evils be incurred.

THOMAS AQUINAS*

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

12 stumbling blocks to the Gospel for this generation | The Christian Post

I preach in many different places and have been involved in evangelism and overseeing a local church for almost four decades.

I found that often it is not the Gospel that turns people off, but it is the people carrying the Gospel that turns them off! I think that church leadership should remove as many unnecessary stumbling blocks as possible so that as many as possible can be saved.

Joseph Mattera
Courtesy of Joseph Mattera

The following 12 points are based on conversations I have had with millennial leaders as well as the average person on the street.

1. An overemphasis on money

I have been in some services where the offering took more than thirty minutes. I’ve also witnessed services in which it was common to collect three offerings or more! This gives new people the impression that the Church leadership is more concerned with collecting money than preaching the Gospel. This also leaves the Church open to suspicion regarding its motives. I believe money and stewardship should be taught regularly. At times, fundraising should be a focal point in church gatherings, but it should never consistently rival the time given to preaching and teaching the word of God.

2. The opulent lifestyle of the leadership

In many cases, the lavish lifestyle of the pastor and top leaders is a huge stumbling block for the Gospel. I believe God wants His children blessed by the wise use of their finances and investments. Still, the pastor and leaders should model a lifestyle of simplicity and not extravagance, especially if they lead churches in poor communities. The apostles Peter and Paul both stated that greed should not be a trait of Church elders (1 Peter 5:2; 1 Timothy 3:3).

3. Scandals

In this day and age, any fool can post something scandalous on social media about a church or leader that has no basis in the truth. We cannot always avoid these things, which is why you should not be quick to believe what people post about others! However, when leaders don’t have proper boundaries in their finances and personal life, they tend to cross the line in both. These are the ones that are ripe for a public scandal. From the huge televangelist scandals of the 1980s to the present, scandals give the unbeliever another excuse not to repent and believe the Gospel. Every leader should be careful what they text, email, post, and say in public and private. They should have a strong interior life in which they walk in fear of the Lord. This enables all of us to depart from evil (Proverbs 16:6).

4. Duplicitous behavior

When children of believers or the unsaved witness ungodly behavior from their co-workers, employees, neighbors, and friends who claim to be Christians, it is a huge stumbling block to the Gospel.

5. Religious titles

Many millennials in certain communities are turned off by the excessive use of elaborate religious hierarchical titles. In some religious settings, everybody has a title like Bishop, Apostle, Doctor, Reverend, Archbishop, and more. Young people are especially turned off by the need for this kind of identification for self-validation.

6. Religious language

People in this generation are not as religious as the previous generation and feel disconnected when a believer constantly uses religious vocabulary in everyday communication. We have to learn to communicate using the “language of Babylon” if we intend to make a strong connection with this generation. We have to teach believers how to “think Biblically but speak secularly” if the Gospel will make inroads in culture.

7. Religious images of power

Vestiges of authority and power in the church turn off many young people. They more easily relate to down-to-earth, transparent leadership. They are turned off when they see thrones on a church stage in which leaders are elevated above the congregation, with pastors preaching (down) at the congregation. It gives them the wrong impression of leadership

8. Religious behavior

Sometimes in church, the people have so many protocols, traditions, and rituals, it scares new people into thinking they have to become religious robots to believe. We need to show the world the difference between being religious (which does not save or sanctify a person) and having a relationship with the Lord Jesus.

9. Territorial emphasis over kingdom focus

Many are turned off to the Gospel when they see leadership merely focused on their agenda while neglecting the good of their community. God called us to serve our communities, not just build larger church buildings.

10. Programs over people

Many people are turned off to the Gospel when they see the Church focus more on events and programs than on connecting to and loving people.

11. Triumphalism

Many young people are turned off to triumphalist prayers and pronouncements about taking cities and nations back for God. They feel called to serve their community, not to take it over by force. We in the Church have to be careful with the kind of language we use to communicate our vision.

12. No community and authenticity

What people crave the most is community. Everyone needs to feel loved and to belong to an entity greater than themselves. Part of the Church’s call is to assimilate new believers into the visible Body of Christ through relationships and discipleship. When people come to the Church and only experience program-based Christianity, they will eventually leave and look for a real community.

 

 

Dr. Joseph Mattera is an internationally-known author, consultant, and theologian whose mission is to influence leaders who influence culture. He is the founding pastor of Resurrection Church, and leads several organizations, including The U.S. Coalition of Apostolic Leaders and Christ Covenant Coalition

Source: 12 stumbling blocks to the Gospel for this generation

Biden: Get vaccinated to protect yourselves from hurricanes! This is the leader of the world’s most powerful country!

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19 Sep 2021 News Briefing

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Persecution watchdog documents over 100 incidents of China’s crackdown on Christians in 1 year
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Orwell’s authoritarian surveillance state is finally here: Amazon to release new TVs that feature constant spying on everything you say
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Covid-19 Australia: Queensland health to send text messages to track people in home quarantine
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Thousands of LAPD Officers & Staff Seek ‘Religious Exemptions’ From Covid-Vaccine 
Thousands of LAPD cops & staff have turned to God and are planning to seek ‘religious exemptions’ from the city’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate

‘I Just Want My Life Back’ Says 16-Year-Old Who Developed Neurological Symptoms After Pfizer Vaccine
Sarah Green was a healthy 16-year-old — until she developed neurological problems after getting Pfizer’s COVID vaccine. But doctors said her new tremors, tics and debilitating migraines couldn’t possibly be caused by the vaccine.

CDC: teens injected with COVID shots have 7.5 times more deaths, 15 times more disabilities, 44 times more hospitalizations than all FDA approved vaccines in 2021
The CDC did another data dump into their Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database today. As of August 27, 2021 there have been 13,911 deaths, 2933,377 injury symptoms, 18,098 permanent disabilities, 76,160 ER visits, 56,912 hospitalizations, and 14,327 life threatening events recorded following experimental COVID-19 “vaccinations.”

EXCLUSIVE: Numbers Swell Overnight to 12K Migrants Detained Under Border Bridge in Texas
A law enforcement source within CBP tells Breitbart Texas that the total number of migrant detainees held at the makeshift camp exceeds 12,000. The pace has increased substantially in recent hours, according to the source.

CDC admits natural immunity offers better protection than experimental COVID jabs
Dr. Sanjay Gupta asked Fauci last week about an Israeli study showing natural immunity provides better protection against Covid variants than Covid vaccines.

Italy to Make Vaccine Passport Mandatory for All Workers: Official
Italy’s government is readying a mandate that will make it required for all workers to have a COVID-19 “green pass,” a type of vaccine passport, officials said Thursday.

Planned Concentration Camps Are Spreading Like Wildfire Through Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the United States
Most of the English speaking nations have collectively lost their minds. They are uniformly using covid to subject their citizens to high level of tyranny and oppression. Collectively, it looks like the nations of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States have turned back the clock to 1938 and the world is getting to repeat history’s darkest hour.

Debunking Biden’s Claim We Must “Protect The Vaccinated From The Unvaccinated”
…it is claimed that vaccines are remarkably effective, and that the vaccinated must also be protected from the unvaccinated. How can both claims be true at the same time? They can’t…

Hillsong’s Brian Houston steps down from church boards amid charges
Pastor Brian Houston, the lead pastor of the global multisite Hillsong Church who was charged last month with allegedly concealing sex abuse committed by his father decades earlier, has said he is stepping down from his role on various church boards so that they can continue to “function to their fullest capacity.”

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2021/09/19/19-sep-2021/

Hundreds of migrants are crossing the border into TexasPosted: 18 Sep 2021 07:35 PM PDTHundreds of migrants are crossing the border into Texas on Saturday, with many of them originally coming from Haiti. “This situation has completely spiraled out of control,” Fox News’s Bill Melugin said Saturday while in Del Rio, Texas, showing hundreds of migrants crossing the Rio Grande into the U.S.“We got here two days ago. It has only gotten significantly worse. Honestly, it’s just stunning to witness what we’re watching here on this river because we’ve been here for two hours now, almost two hours, and this line of people hasn’t stopped.” Melugin added that it’s a “crisis in every way shape in form.”The scene comes after thousands of migrants were seen under the International Bridge in the area over the last few days, with the majority coming from Haiti.Continue reading Hundreds of migrants are crossing the border into Texas at End Time Headlines.
Pastor of First Baptist Dallas says ‘there is no credible religious argument’ against coronavirus vaccinesPosted: 18 Sep 2021 07:19 PM PDT(OPINION) The Rev. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas said this week that “there is no credible religious argument” against receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.Jeffress, an ardent supporter of former President Trump, told The Associated Press in an interview that he and his staff at First Baptist Dallas “are neither offering nor encouraging members to seek religious exemptions from the vaccine mandates.”Both the U.S. private and public sectors have taken steps to mandate vaccines or frequent testing amid the surge in coronavirus cases, with the caveat that some religious exemptions will be given.Continue reading Pastor of First Baptist Dallas says ‘there is no credible religious argument’ against coronavirus vaccines at End Time Headlines.
Hillsong’s Brian Houston steps down from church boards amid chargesPosted: 18 Sep 2021 07:09 PM PDTPastor Brian Houston, the lead pastor of the global multisite Hillsong Church who was charged last month with allegedly concealing sex abuse committed by his father decades earlier, has said he is stepping down from his role on various church boards so that they can continue to “function to their fullest capacity.”“I … wanted to let you know that I’ve made a decision to step aside from my role on the Hillsong Church boards that oversee the governance of our operations,” Houston, the senior pastor of the Australia-based congregation, wrote in an email, according to The Roys Report.Continue reading Hillsong’s Brian Houston steps down from church boards amid charges at End Time Headlines.
Nicki Minaj just called out reporters for ‘threatening’ her family and reveals text messages to prove itPosted: 18 Sep 2021 03:14 PM PDT(OPINION) A Trinidad-based media company accused rapper Nicki Minaj of subjecting of its journalists to death threats after she called out an enterprising reporter who was allegedly “harassing” her family in Trinidad.Minaj found herself the center of controversy and accused of spreading COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, after claiming this week that a cousin in Trinidad has a friend who “became impotent” after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Trinidad and Tobago Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh later called Minaj’s claim “false.”Minaj claimed Friday that journalists were “harassing” her family, and revealed proof of unrelenting contact by one reporter in particular.Continue reading Nicki Minaj just called out reporters for ‘threatening’ her family and reveals text messages to prove it at End Time Headlines.
Japan ‘prepares for war’ in first major military drill in 30 YEARS as tensions rise with ChinaPosted: 18 Sep 2021 03:08 PM PDTChina has claimed Japan is “preparing for war” as it stages its first major military exercise for nearly 30 years. The defense drills stoked already rising tensions between the neighbors as a dispute over a chain of strategic islands threatens to escalate into open conflict.Beijing’s ships and planes have made dozens of incursions this year close to the uninhabited Senkaku islands – known as Diaoyu in China. Now in a surprise move, Tokyo is pushing back at increasing aggression and plans new bases to defend the islands.Continue reading Japan ‘prepares for war’ in first major military drill in 30 YEARS as tensions rise with China at End Time Headlines.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem fires back at what she calls ‘Unbiblical’ Biden and his Vaccine MandatePosted: 18 Sep 2021 01:10 PM PDT(OPINION) South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem told CBN News the actions of the Biden administration have not been biblical. She made those comments as part of a wide-ranging interview where she discussed her pushback against vaccine mandates, Dr. Fauci’s credibility, abortion, and the spiritual state of America.Noem says she’s ready to fight the administration’s recent federal vaccine mandate for private businesses. “What President Biden is doing by these mandates coming down to businesses and employers that employ more than 100 people is unconstitutional,” she said.Continue reading South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem fires back at what she calls ‘Unbiblical’ Biden and his Vaccine Mandate at End Time Headlines.

Eric Trump: We Didn’t Know Until 2 Days Ago Hillary Clinton Funded the Alfa Bank Mainstream Media Scam (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Eric Trump: The problem with the Democrats is they dig so deep they finally find themselves.

Eric Trump joined Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures this morning.

Eric Trump told Maria that the Trump family did not know until this past week that Hillary Clinton had funded the phony Alfa Bank story that the fake news mainstream media ran with during the Trump presidency.

In 2019 Joe Hoft at The Gateway Pundit reported on the Alfa Bank story — Bogus Trump-Russia Alfa Bank Connections Were Created By Hillary Supporter, Working with Fusion GPS — And Pushed BY CROOKED HILLARY!

Eric Trump: I didn’t know until Durham indicted Michael (Sussman) two days ago that this whole thing was actually done by the Clinton campaign. We had no idea where it came from. We worked with the FBI for a year, year-and-a-half, all of our IT vendors worked with the FBI. They wanted one thing, Maria. They wanted a headline in The New York Times or Washington Post saying, Donald Trump or the Trump organization under investigation by the FBI for ties with Russia which is exactly what they got. For the two years that went past that, Pulitzer Prizes were won by writers all over the country about their great reporting on the collusion between Trump and Russia. And we all know now it was funded by Hillary Clinton …The problem with the Democrats is they dig so deep they finally find themselves.

Via Sunday Morning Futures.

Eric Trump: We Didn’t Know Until 2 Days Ago Hillary Clinton Funded the Alfa Bank Mainstream Media Scam (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

COVID-19 vaccine’s impact on menstrual cycles needs to be investigated after 30,000 women report changes, says top scientist

A late period can be caused by many things besides pregnancy including changes in birth control. Carol Yepes/ Getty Images 30,000 women have reported their periods being altered after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Research is needed to understand why this is happening, according to a paper in the British Medical Journal.

Source: COVID-19 vaccine’s impact on menstrual cycles needs to be investigated after 30,000 women report changes, says top scientist

Indictment shows Durham is targeting Hillary’s Russia hoax | WND

Hillary Clinton (DNC video screenshot)

The 27-page, detailed indictment of Hillary Clinton lawyer Michael Sussmann shows special counsel John Durham is connecting dots in a much bigger scheme, according to a former federal prosecutor.

Andrew C. McCarthy wrote in the National Review that Durham has a “long game and a short game going on” in an apparent effort to sort out the Clinton campaign’s role in the origin of the now debunked Russia-collusion narrative that engulfed Donald Trump’s presidency.

McCarthy explained that Durham might have preferred to wait to indict Sussman, but he was facing a Sept. 19 deadline for the five-year statute of limitations for a federal false-statement crime.

The former assistant U.S. attorney pointed out that a one-count, false-statement charge can be alleged in a mere paragraph. So the fact that Durham wrote a highly detailed account “tells us far more about his investigation.”

Durham, McCarthy wrote, appears to be in the process of making a case for the following:

The Trump-Russia collusion narrative was essentially a fabrication of the Clinton campaign that was peddled to the FBI (among other government agencies) and to the media by agents of the Clinton campaign — particularly, its lawyers at Perkins Coie — who concealed the fact that they were quite intentionally working on the campaign’s behalf, and that they did not actually believe there was much, if anything, to the collusion narrative. It was serviceable as political dirt but would not amount to anything real for criminal or national-security purposes.

Red herring

Investigative reporter John Solomon pointed out that Durham’s indictment, filed Thursday, exposes a “second leg of Hillary Clinton’s Russia-collusion dirty trick.”

Already, numerous investigations have uncovered the evidence that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, through its law firm Perkins Coie, funded the production of the infamous Steele dossier. The anti-Trump document, based on anonymous Russian sources, made lurid accusations that were debunked by the Mueller special counsel probe. Yet, the dossier was the fuel for the Russia-collusion claims, presented by the Obama FBI and Justice Department as the primary evidence in its application to spy on the Trump campaign.

The alleged “second leg” of the Clinton plan is spelled out in the Sussman indictment, writes Solomon: The lawyer was paid by the Clinton campaign to develop documents on an alleged Russia-collusion computer link to Trump and give it to FBI in the final days of the election campaign despite concerns it was a “red herring.”

Hillary Clinton jokes with reporters Aug. 18. 2015, in Las Vegas about whether she “wiped” her email server clean before giving it to the FBI (Screenshot)

In September 2016, Sussman approached the FBI claiming he was a concerned citizen who had evidence that computer communications between a server at the Alfa Bank in Russia and the Trump Tower in New York might be a secret backdoor communication system for Trump and Vladimir Putin to hijack the 2016 election. Mueller testified to Congress in 2019 that the claim “wasn’t true.”

The indictment alleges Sussmann, who had worked as a cybersecurity expert, falsely told the FBI he was a neutral source acting for the welfare of the nation. In fact, the indictment charges, he was being paid by the Clinton campaign and a tech executive “in assembling and conveying these allegations.”

Documents made public last year in “Fallout,” a book by Solomon and coauthor Seamus Bruner, show the Clinton campaign’s effort began after a campaign-funded poll in 2015 showed Hillary and Bill Clinton’s own ties to Russia were threatening her path to the presidency.

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who as House Intelligence Committee chairman led early investigations that exposed the Steele dossier scheme, told Just the News that Thursday’s indictment is a significant development.

“The indictment is damning, full of shocking details showing how the Clinton campaign operatives and lawyers resorted to illegal and immoral methods to concoct false allegations against the Trump campaign and feed them to the FBI and the media,” Nunes said.

“Obviously, many more people need to face justice, but it’s gratifying to see Durham begun to unravel the web of lies and deceit that surrounded the Russian collusion hoax.”

Third leg of Hillary’s ‘dirty trick’

Solomon identifies a “third leg” of the Trump-Russia collusion narrative that developed after the failure of the bogus Steele dossier and the Alfa Bank claims.

The third leg “of the dirty trick consisted of the efforts of federal bureaucrats inside the FBI, State Department and intelligence community — many of whom disliked Trump — who managed to deceive the FISA court, the Congress and the American public, often by using leaks to news media outlets to sustain a collusion story that had fallen apart within weeks of Steele’s first approach.”

In fact, Solomon pointed out, the available evidence now shows CIA director John Brennan warned President Obama that Hillary Clinton was trying to frame Trump as a Russian colluder to distract from the controversy over her use of a private email server to transmit classified information.

“And the FBI was warned repeatedly that the main allegations in Steele’s dossier were riddled with Russian disinformation, debunked evidence and unprovable claims and came from an ex-British spy who hated Trump and was working with Clinton, all kept hidden from the FISA court for critical months.”

But the “dirty trick was allowed to fester for two years before fully being pierced in public, causing irreparable harm to the Trump presidency and tarnishing the reputation of the FBI and the intelligence community in the eyes of the courts and the public.”

Source: Indictment shows Durham is targeting Hillary’s Russia hoax

Relatives of Afghan family killed by US drone strike want compensation and resettlement in US

Zemari Ahmadi was killed in the US drone strike and his surviving family said the Americans responsible for the tragic mistake need to be taken to court. They also requested ‘peace and comfort’ from America.

Source: Relatives of Afghan family killed by US drone strike want compensation and resettlement in US

Biden vacations at Delaware beach house after week of heavy losses

President Biden and the Democratic Party took major hits this week, stretching from the Pentagon confirming that a “tragic mistake” led to 10 civilians in Afghanistan dying in a drone strike, to a federal grand jury indicting a Clinton campaign lawyer.

Source: Biden vacations at Delaware beach house after week of heavy losses