Daily Archives: December 23, 2021

The Bible and its Story: Israel’s Offerings to God

In the days that followed the erection of the tabernacle, Moses taught his people all the laws contained in the book Leviticus, that is, the laws of the priesthood, the religious ceremonials to be followed in worshipping God.

‎There were many “sacrifices” to be made. The Israelites had vast herds of oxen and sheep; and to remind them that these were all given by God, that the cattle belonged really to Him, not to them, they were called on to surrender many of the beasts back into God’s hand. That is they brought their offerings to the tabernacle, where the sons of Levi received the animals and slew them. Sometimes the flesh was burned, sometimes it was given to the priests, sometimes to the poor. There were sacrifices of all kinds, not only of beasts, but of birds, of meal, of oil, and of perfumes. The “first fruits” of the harvest were to be sacrificed to God; and there was to be salt with every sacrifice. Also there were many varied occasions for the sacrifices, feast offerings, peace offerings, free offerings, gifts made for sins, for vows, and many others. There must have been a constant stream of worshippers flowing toward the tabernacle in those days of joy.

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

Purity of Heart and Life — VCY America

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Matthew 5:8

Purity, even purity of heart, is the main thing to be aimed at. We need to be made clean within through the Spirit and the Word, and then we shall be clean without by consecration and obedience. There is a close connection between the affections and the understanding: if we love evil we cannot understand that which is good. If the heart is foul, the eye will be dim. How can those men see a holy God who love unholy things?

What a privilege it is to see God here! A glimpse of Him is heaven below! In Christ Jesus the pure in heart behold the Father. We see Him, His truth, His love, His purpose, His sovereignty, His covenant character, yea, we see Himself in Christ. But this is only apprehended as sin is kept out of the heart. Only those who aim at godliness can cry, “Mine eyes are ever towards the Lord.” The desire of Moses, “I beseech thee, show me thy glory,” can only be fulfilled in us as we purify ourselves from all iniquity. We shall “see him as he is,” and “every one that hath this hope in him purifieth himself.” The enjoyment of present fellowship and the hope of the beatific vision are urgent motives for purity of heart and life. Lord, make us pure in heart that we may see Thee!

Purity of Heart and Life — VCY America

December 23 Evening Verse of The Day

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5:1 Commentators differ over whether chap. 5 belongs thematically to the first major section of Romans or to the Christian life section, chaps. 6–8. It has connections to both. Paul in 5:1–11 uses “we” and “us” as he explains the benefits that those who are justified possess. Justification is just one of many ways of speaking about salvation. In this division, Paul showed how justification involves reconciliation. Justification speaks to our sound legal status before God while reconciliation describes our repaired relationship to God in more personal terms. We were at war with God, relationally alienated from him, but he reconciled us by his Son (v. 10). We have peace in some manuscripts can be read as “let us grasp the fact that we have peace.” This peace is an objective, settled fact because Jesus has accomplished it once and for all.[1]

5:1 The discovery of the doctrine of justification by faith provided the impetus for most phases of the Reformation. The observation of Martin Luther (a.d. 1483–1546) that a good theologian is one who rightly distinguishes between law and grace is still crucial to understanding the Bible. Peace with God, the cessation of conflict with the eternal God, is achieved only through justification by faith. This peace is an objective reality and status and not simply a subjective feeling of the inner man.[2]

5:1 we have peace. See text note. Numerous manuscripts support “let us have” peace, but the flow of Paul’s logic supports the first rendering. That “we have now received reconciliation” (v. 11) implies that we are at peace with God already. With peace established, we now have access to God’s presence. The wall of partition has been removed. This peace is not a guarded truce subject to new warfare. It is a permanent peace.[3]

5:1 righteous by faith Paul has argued extensively that salvation comes only through faith (see note on Rom 3:22). He assumes that conclusion here, using it as the starting point to expound on the implications of being declared righteous by God.

peace Paul uses this word similarly to how it is used throughout the ot: to describe well-being, prosperity, safety from harm, and deliverance from enemies. This peace is more than just the absence of conflict; it is the result of having been declared righteous by faith (see Eph 2:14–17; Col 1:20). It also could refer to the believer’s subjective experience of peace with God.[4]

5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified. Chapter 5 begins with a ringing affirmation of the objective legal standing of the Christian—that the Christian, through faith in Christ, has been justified and declared righteous by God, once for all. The result of this is that the Christian no longer lives under the fear of judgment and the wrath of God but has peace with God, which is not merely a subjective feeling but an objective reality. See also note on John 14:27.[5]

5:1 having been justified. The Gr. construction—and its Eng. translation—underscores that justification is a one-time legal declaration with continuing results (see note on 3:24), not an ongoing process. peace with God. Not a subjective, internal sense of calm and serenity, but an external, objective reality. God has declared Himself to be at war with every human being because of man’s sinful rebellion against Him and His laws (v. 10; cf. 1:18; 8:7; Ex 22:24; Dt 32:21, 22; Ps 7:11; Jn 3:36; Eph 5:6). But the first great result of justification is that the sinner’s war with God is ended forever (Col 1:21, 22). Scripture refers to the end of this conflict as a person’s being reconciled to God (vv. 10, 11; 2Co 5:18–20).[6]

5:1 — Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ .…

For those who place their faith in the risen Christ, the war with heaven is over. We move from darkness to light, from enemies to beloved children, from death to life. God showers His peace on those who trust Him.[7]

5:1 Peace here is not a subjective feeling of peace. Rather, this peace is the state of being at peace instead of at war. The hostility between God and the believer has ceased. The believer has been reconciled to God.[8]

5:1 The first great benefit enjoyed by those of us who have been justified by faith is peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. The war is over. Hostilities have ceased. Through the work of Christ all causes of enmity between our souls and God have been removed. We have been changed from foes to friends by a miracle of grace.[9]

5:1. The apostle now turned to a presentation of the experiential results (suggested by the connective oun, trans. therefore) of the believers’ justification—God’s declaring them righteous—on the basis of faith (cf. 3:21–4:25). The participial clause since we have been justified (cf. 5:9) through faith describes antecedent action to the main clause, we have peace (echomen) with God. Some of the important Greek manuscripts read, “Let us have peace (echōmen) with God.” This seems to be the preferred reading. If so, then the sense is, “Let us keep on having (in the sense of enjoying) peace with God.” Peace has been made by God through our Lord Jesus Christ (cf. Eph. 2:14a), which fact is demonstrated by God’s justification. A believer is not responsible for having peace in the sense of making it but in the sense of enjoying it.[10]

5:1. When Paul says therefore, he is preparing to draw together the two key truths which have occupied his attention in the letter so far: the need for justification by God (Rom. 1:8–3:20) and the means of justification (“faith”, Rom. 3:21–4:25). Since we have been justified implies the need and the exercise of the solution. Perhaps the most telling turn of style in this verse could be easily overlooked: his use of we instead of “you” or “they”. In the first four chapters of Romans, “you” or “they” occurs (in English) seventy-seven times, while “we” occurs only fifteen times, and many of those are editorial uses. The significance of his change to first person language in Romans 5:1 is that he is now addressing content which applies to those who have been justified—believers in Christ—as opposed to those who needed to be justified—the pagan, the religious moralizer, and/or the Jew addressed in previous chapters.

Romans 1–4 explains the condition of the wicked and how they can be declared righteous by God. Romans 5–12 addresses those who, while still sinners, have been declared righteous by God through faith in Jesus Christ. That obviously includes Paul and the believers in the Roman church—thus the switch to we.

Though the critical commentaries may be consulted by the teacher for a fuller discussion, several points concerning a textual problem in verse 1 are worth noting. Depending on the context in which the teacher is working, this textual problem can serve as a helpful illustration for students of the complexities of Bible translation and the factors involved in decision-making by translators:

1.    The problem: Should Romans 5:1 read “we have” peace with God, or “let us have” peace with God? This question arises because of the presence of both readings in ancient Greek manuscripts. Which represents the original?

2.    The significance: “We have” states an objective fact (we have peace with God) while “let us have” is an exhortation to pursue a subjective experience of peace with God based on the reality of being justified through faith. Both have merit theologically. The former is a position, the latter is an experience. The former says we have peace, the latter says we should pursue peace.

3.    The facts to consider: The forms of the Greek word in questions differ by only one letter. “We have” is exōmen (present active indicative, first person plural), while “let us have” is exōmen (present active subjunctive, first person plural). The similarity of the two forms could have contributed to confusion by a scribe at some point when copies of Romans were made. Or there may have been a theological bias for one form or the other by someone at some point in the history of the transmission of Paul’s letter to the Romans. When the evidence from the copies of ancient Greek manuscripts is weighed, more ancient copies contain “let us have” than “we have.” However, the most important factor to consider is context. Which form better fits the context in which it occurs?

4.    The decision: On the basis of context, the English translations with the widest readership today have adopted the indicative (“we have”) rather than the subjunctive (“let us have”). Paul’s argument in Romans 5 is propositional, not exhortative. He is stating what is true in light of our justification. The chapter does not contain verbs in the subjunctive mood; rather, the indicative mood is the standard (cf. v. 11, “we have now received reconciliation”—present active indicative).

Some translators have tried to incorporate both senses: the NEB has “let us continue at peace with God” while Phillips’s translation reads “Let us grasp the fact that we have peace.” The KJV, NASB, NKJV, and NIV all read we have peace. For a contemporary twist, the popular translation by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message, says, “By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus” (emphasis added to show his rendering of the words in question). Having it all together with God is definitely a propositional synonym for being at peace with him!

The New Testament is filled with places where ancient manuscripts differ, but rarely do the differences carry the theological and practical import of this example. Do we, or do we not, have peace with God on the basis of being justified in his sight through our Lord Jesus Christ? Given Paul’s references to the wrath of God in Romans 1–4 (1:18; 2:5, 8; 3:5; 4:15)—references which leave no doubt as to the propositional reality of wrath!—it seems clear that Paul is now saying that the most profound legal transaction in the history of the universe has changed wrath to peace. When God the judge declares those who place faith in Christ innocent, they immediately are at peace with him. On such profound declarations are built the securities, and thus the practices, of the Christian faith.

What is this peace we possess? Commentators agree that the Greek word eirene is best understood in the New Testament by its use in the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Old Testament) to translate the Hebrew shalom. While shalom is generally thought of as “peace”, its meaning is much broader and deeper. Its semantic range covers “completeness, soundness, welfare, peace” (Brown, Driver, and Briggs Hebrew lexicon), issuing in narrow renderings such as friendship, tranquility, contentment, health, wealth, safety, soundness, and wholeness.

This is not to say that all of these shades of meaning are present in Romans 5:1, defining the peace which the believer has with God. But it is to illustrate the depth of the concept in the mind of a Jewish writer like Paul. If he had been writing Romans in Hebrew, shalom is probably the word he would have used. In fact, in Ecclesiastes 3:8, shalom is used as the opposite of war—a fitting analogy to Paul’s use of peace as the replacement of wrath, and for the roots of “gospel” in the glad tidings of the cessation of war. To refer back to Eugene Peterson’s rendering of Romans 5:1, peace means having it all together with God.

Here, and usually in the New Testament, peace is not first a reference to an internal state or feeling (e.g., “peace of mind” in 2 Cor. 2:13 is actually “rest in my spirit;” not a translation of eirene. Instead, peace is “external and objective,” a condition “in which all the hostility caused by sin has been removed. It is to exist no longer under the wrath of God” (Mounce, p. 133). But what is the normal result of the cessation of wrath or conflict? Surely it is the enjoyment of the reality of peace, which certainly, and legitimately, leads to feelings of security and comfort. As C. K. Barrett has stated, peace “is reflected in the feeling of peace and security which man enjoys when he knows that he is reconciled to God” (Barrett, p. 102).

What a contrast peace with God must have been to the pax Romana (Roman peace) under which the Roman Christians were living! Begun under the first emperor Augustus (63 b.c.–a.d. 14; made emperor in 29 b.c.), the pax Romana was three hundred years of relative peace and prosperity enjoyed in the Roman Empire. While Roman peace was nearly ninety years old when Paul wrote Romans, it was not always a time of peace for Christians. While “peace with Rome” was unstable and insecure for believers, peace with God was settled. Regardless of the unsettled nature of life as a persecuted—or at best tolerated—religious minority in the Roman Empire, Christians in Rome were assured by Paul that their peace with God was a settled fact.

One of the ironies of history is that Augustus, under whose reign the pax Romana began, is also the emperor who called for the census that sent a poor Nazarene carpenter and his wife to the city of David to be counted (Luke 2:1–7). While in Bethlehem, Joseph and Mary became the parents of Jesus, who “himself is our peace” (Eph. 2:14). It would take one who is peace to say, “Peace [eirene] I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). From objective truth flows subjective experience as much today as during the pax Romana.

Martin Luther, in a sermon on Romans 5, said that “peace with God” presents a remarkable antithesis:

•     The righteous man has peace with God but affliction in the world, because he lives in the Spirit.

•     The unrighteous man has peace with the world but affliction and tribulation with God, because he lives in the flesh.

•     But as the Spirit is eternal, so also will be the peace of the righteous man and tribulation of the unrighteous.

•     And as the flesh is temporal, so will be the tribulation of the righteous and the peace of the unrighteous (Heritage, p. 96).

As hindsight has proved, and spiritual foresight should have expected, the man-made pax Romana was little more than a blink in the eye of history. The lesson for the present from the church of the past is to combine 1 Timothy 2:1–2 with Romans 5:1. Pray for those in authority so that we “may live peaceful and quiet lives” (“peaceful” is actually eremos tranquil), but for true peace (eirene) look only to God.[11]

5:1 “therefore” This word often signaled (1) the summary of the theological argument up to this point; (2) the conclusions based on this theological presentation; and (3) the presentation of new truth (cf. 5:1; 8:1; 12:1).

© “having been justified” This is an AORIST PASSIVE PARTICIPLE; God has justified believers. This is placed first in the Greek sentence (vv. 1–2) for emphasis. There seems to be a time sequence in vv. 1–11: (1) vv. 1–5, our current experience of grace; (2) vv. 6–8, Christ’s finished work on our behalf; and (3) vv. 9–11, our future hope and assurance of salvation.

The OT background of the term “justified” (dikaioō) was a “straight edge” or “measuring reed.” It came to be used metaphorically of God Himself. God’s character, holiness, is the only standard of judgment (cf. LXX of Lev. 24:22; and theologically in Matt. 5:48). Because of Jesus’ sacrificial, substitutionary death, believers have a legal (forensic) positional standing before God (see note at 5:2). This does not imply the believer’s lack of guilt, but rather something like amnesty. Someone else has paid the penalty (cf. 2 Cor. 5:21). Believers have been declared forgiven.

© “by faith” Faith is the hand that accepts the gift of God (cf. v. 2; Rom. 4:1ff). Faith does not focus on the degree or intensity of the believer’s commitment or resolve (cf. Matt. 17:20), but on the character and promises of God (cf. Eph. 2:8–9). The OT word for “faith” originally referred to one in a stable standing posture. It came to be used metaphorically for someone who was loyal, dependable and trustworthy. Faith does not focus on our faithfulness or trustworthiness, but on God’s.

© “we have peace” There is a Greek manuscript variant here. This VERB is either a PRESENT ACTIVE SUBJUNCTIVE (echōmen) or a PRESENT ACTIVE INDICATIVE (echomen). This same grammatical ambiguity is found in vv. 1, 2 & 3. The ancient Greek manuscripts seem to support the SUBJUNCTIVE (cf. MSS א*, A, B*, C, D). If it is the SUBJUNCTIVE it would be translated “let us continue enjoying peace” or “keep on enjoying peace.” If it is the INDICATIVE then it would be translated “we have peace.” The context of vv. 1–11 is not exhortation, but declaration of what believers already are and have through Christ. Therefore, the VERB is probably PRESENT ACTIVE INDICATIVE, “we have peace.” The USB4 gives this option an “A” rating (certain).

Many of our ancient Greek manuscripts were produced by one person reading a text and several others making copies. Words that were pronounced alike were often confused. Here is where context and sometimes the writing style and usual vocabulary of the author helps make the translation decision easier.

© “peace” This Greek term originally meant “binding together that which was broken” (cf. John 14:27; 16:33; Phil. 4:7). There are three ways the NT speaks of peace (1) the objective aspect of our peace with God through Christ (cf. Col. 1:20); (2) the subjective aspect of our being right with God (cf. John 14:27; 16:33; Phil. 4:7); and (3) that God has united into one new body, through Christ, both believing Jew and Gentile (cf. Eph. 2:14–17; Col. 3:15).

Newman and Nida, A Translator’s Handbook on Paul’s Letter to the Romans, p. 92, has a good comment about “peace.”

“Both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament the term peace has a wide range of meaning. Basically it describes the total well-being of a person’s life; it was even adopted among the Jews as a formula of greeting. This term had such a profound meaning that it could also be used by the Jews as a description of the Messianic salvation. Because of this fact, there are times when it is used almost synonymously with the term rendered ‘to be in a right relation with God.’ Here the term appears to be used as a description of the harmonious relation established between man and God on the basis of God’s having put man right with himself” (p. 92).

© “with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” Jesus is the agency which brings peace with God. Jesus is the only way to peace with God (cf. John 10:7–8; 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Tim. 2:5). For the title “Lord Jesus Christ” see notes at 1:4.[12]

5:1 / Therefore, since we have been justified through faith. Everything Paul has said in the last four chapters has paved the way for this exclamation. The aorist passive tense of “justified” (Gk. dikaiōthentes) means an accomplished condition, something which is finished as opposed to something pending or in progress. Verse 1 resounds with this decisive note and new train of thought: the problem of sin has been resolved by the death of Christ, and sinners, like Abraham, stand in a new relationship with God. They have been justified through faith, and, as Paul says in verse 2, they “have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.” Justification is access to grace, as a consequence of which the believer is no longer under wrath but has peace with God. A variant tradition in verse 1 (noted in the niv) reads, “let us have peace with God,” thus exhorting the reader to fulfill or enter into the condition established by Christ. Although this reading claims the stronger support among the ancient manuscripts, it remains the weaker reading. Internal evidence suggests that Paul’s original wording was not an exhortation but an indicative, we have peace with God. In general when Paul speaks of peace between humanity and God it is God who effects it. This is exactly his point in verse 10 where “God’s enemies … were reconciled to him through the death of his Son.” Peace, like justification, comes exclusively from God. Both conditions depend on God’s action; neither is something humanity can bring on itself.

There are important practical implications of this truth. Nearly all Christians confess that Christ’s death effects salvation, but not infrequently they try (perhaps unconsciously) to live the Christian life on their own. Both righteousness as the act of saving and peace as the condition of being saved, however, come through our Lord Jesus Christ. The Christian life is from Alpha to Omega a life of faith, and the progress of the new life is as much a part of God’s grace as was Christ’s death for the sinner in the first place.

When Paul speaks of peace with God he means virtually the same thing as being a “new creation” (cf. 2 Cor. 5:17). The English word “peace” has a variety of meanings, not all of which are compatible with Paul’s understanding of the term. The expressions “peaceful coexistence,” or “peace and quiet,” for instance, connote absence of conflict, whereas “peace of mind” implies contentment. In the Bible, however, peace is neither the absence of adversity nor a sensation of euphoria. The Hebrew šālôm, normally rendered in the Greek ot by eirēnē, means a condition in which life can best be lived. A review of this common ot word reveals that it seldom refers to a purely inner peace, whether psychological or emotional. Especially in the prophetic literature peace is a condition established by God which characterizes the age to come. The triumphant assertion in 5:1 claims that the long-awaited peace of the future has dawned in Jesus Christ. There is a certainty in Paul’s expression uncharacteristic of rabbinic authors. As the sinner in 1:18ff. stood in a condition of hostility to God, and thereby under wrath, so now, having been justified by faith, the believer stands in a condition free from obstacles in his or her relationship with God. In neither case does Paul say how the individual may have felt in those conditions, which means that wrath and salvation are not subjective human experiences but decrees of God. Verses 9–10 describe the condition as one of reconciliation instead of hostility. When one is at peace with God, for the first time one fulfills one’s purpose with God, others, and the world.

Peace with God, therefore, is neither anesthetic bliss nor the repose of a graveyard. The removal of sin, like the removal of an obstruction from one’s windpipe, restores one’s vital signs. The life of peace is not a life free from adversity; neither do adverse circumstances necessarily threaten the believer’s peace with God. In verses 3–5 and 10 Paul speaks of struggle and suffering in the Christian life. The life of faith may indeed create adversity, but adversity is not necessarily a sign of divine judgment or abandonment. In faith, adversity may be a sign of life, just as exercise brings sore muscles in a person who has been bedridden. In chapter 3 we spoke of the forensic or legal connotations of righteousness, whereby a judge, who may not know a defendant or ever see that person again, declares the sinner righteous. Paul now moves beyond that official metaphor. If justification produces release for the prisoner, peace is the life of freedom. If justification results from the crack of a gavel, peace results from the outstretched hand of a Father, drawing the estranged child into a new experience of freedom and hope.[13]

1 The first statement of ch. 5 presupposes the whole argument from 3:21 as the background for what is now set forth (cf. “therefore”). Paul assumes the reality of justification for himself and his readers (“since we have been justified”). This could have been inferred from 4:24–25, but Paul is careful to emphasize that justification is an assured fact before going on to show what it involves. So he includes the part that faith plays also, though this too has been affirmed in 4:24.

The first of the blessings conveyed by justification is “peace.” We have encountered the word in the salutation (1:7) and in an eschatological setting (2:10). Here, however, the background is the estrangement between God and humanity because of sin, and hence the divine wrath set forth in the first section of the epistle. Justification means that we are no longer subject to that wrath. Observe also in the present chapter the occurrence of “wrath” (v. 9) and “enemies” (v. 10). Peace in this setting means the objective reality of harmony with God rather than a subjective state in the consciousness of a person, though it may be expected to give rise to a feeling of security.

That the objective meaning is to be adopted in the present passage is put beyond all doubt by the fact that the kind of peace in view is “peace with God.” Since this particular reality is placed first among the benefits of justification, it should be evident how central is the wrath of God to Paul’s exposition of the plight of fallen humanity. That plight could be dealt with only through the mediation of “our Lord Jesus Christ.” Related passages tell the same story. Christ made peace through the blood of his cross (Col 1:20). “He himself is our peace,” writes Paul in Ephesians 2:14, and then he goes on to show how this peace works in two directions, removing the enmity between Jew and Gentile to make them one in the body of Christ and reconciling both in one body to God through the cross. The term “peace” is nearly synonymous with the messianic salvation (cf. Ac 10:36). Indeed, underlying the Greek word eirēnē (GK 1645) is the Hebrew concept of šalôm (GK 8934), namely, ultimate well-being in every regard.[14]

Peace with God

Romans 5:1

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

A number of years ago, Look magazine ran a personality feature entitled “Peace of Mind.” Sixteen prominent Americans had been asked how they were able to find peace in our stressful world, and the article consisted of their answers.

James Michener, the author of many best-selling books, said that he finds peace by taking his two dogs for a walk “along old streams and into fields that have not been plowed for half a century.” Barry Goldwater, the former Senator from Arizona and Republican presidential candidate, said that he finds peace in his hobbies—photography, boating, flying, and camping—but above all by “walking in the Grand Canyon.” (It was obvious that Goldwater had been elected to the Senate from “the Grand Canyon state.”) Former CBS news anchorman Walter Cronkite finds peace in solitude, usually by “going to the sea by small boat.” Margaret Mead, the well-known anthropologist and author of Coming of Age in Samoa, sought “a change of pace and scene.” Sammy Davis, Jr., said he found peace by looking for “good in people.” Bill Moyers, television personality and former press secretary to Lyndon Johnson, tried to find peace in a family “reunion, usually in some remote and quiet retreat.”

As I read these answers I was impressed with how subjective and dependent upon favorable circumstances most of the approaches were. But I noted something else, too. Although each of these prominent Americans differed in his or her methods, all were nevertheless seeking peace of mind and recognized that pursuing it was important. No one considered a search for peace to be irrelevant.

What is it that people are most seeking in life, once their basic physical needs are satisfied? Some say they are seeking “freedom.” Movements for national liberation are usually based on this intense human desire. But Americans are free. We have been free of foreign domination for over two hundred years, and our constitution and legal system affirm our individual liberties. Yet most of us are as restless and discontented (perhaps even more so) as those living under strongly oppressive regimes. Is it wealth we are seeking? One of the richest men in the world once said, “I thought money could buy happiness. I have been miserably disillusioned.” Others seek fulfillment through education, fame, sex, or power, but most are discontented even when they attain such goals. What is the reason? The explanation is that what people are really seeking is peace, and the ultimate and only genuine peace is found in a right relationship with God.

The great North African Christian, Saint Augustine, expressed it best more than a millennium and a half ago, when he wrote in his Confessions, “You made us for yourself, and our hearts find no peace until they rest in you.”

Peace Through Jesus Christ

If you are restless and seeking peace, the verse that begins the fifth chapter of Paul’s magnificent letter to the Romans is addressed to you. For here Paul speaks of peace and tells how it may be found: “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

I want to put this verse in its context, however. And to do that I need to have you think ahead to what we are going to find in this next major section of Paul’s letter (chs. 5–8).

It is traditional among commentators to suggest that at this point in his letter, having explained the doctrine of justification by grace through faith, Paul lists what most writers call “the fruits of justification” and then moves on to discuss sanctification. Peace is one such “fruit,” but there are others: access to God through prayer, hope, joy, perseverance, and a sense of being loved by God. According to this view, Paul interrupts his listing of these fruits of justification at verse 11 to deal with the parallel between Adam and Christ (Rom. 5:12–21) and sanctification (Rom. 6:1–8:17), before returning to the assurance that nothing can separate the believer from God’s love, which is another fruit of justification (Rom. 8:18–39). Commentators taking this approach conclude that the chief concern of the apostle in this section of Romans is sanctification.

If the traditional approach is correct, Romans falls into four major sections: (1) a portion dealing with justification (chs. 1–4); (2) a discussion of sanctification (chs. 5–8); (3) the problem of God’s dealing with the Jews (chs. 9–11); and (4) practical matters (chs. 12–16).

However, at this point I think that F. Godet and D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (who follows him) are right when they suggest that what Paul is actually presenting in Romans 5:1–11 is not “the fruits of justification,” though he mentions some of them, but the beginning of a well-developed statement of the security in Christ that comes to a believer as a result of his or her justification.

There are a number of reasons for this interpretation, and there are reasons why it is important, which I will explain later.

I suggested one reason for approaching verses 1–11 in this way when I said that according to the traditional view, Paul interrupts his treatment of the “fruits” of justification to deal with the parallel between Adam and Christ and sanctification. Yet interruptions are not what we have been led to expect in this letter. One German commentator sees this to be a real problem, and he does not hesitate to say that at this point “the systematic order of our epistle leaves something to be desired.” But is that really so? Any suggestion that Paul is not being systematic should make us pause in our interpretation of his teaching, at least in this letter, which up to now has been a model of consistent and systematic argumentation.

The best arguments against the traditional view are from verses 1–11 themselves. Look at the first sentence. In the New International Version there is a period in the middle of verse 2, separating the sentence “And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God” from the previous one. But in the Greek text this is actually a continuation and climax. In Greek the passage says what the King James Version allows it to say, namely: “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Since “hope of the glory of God” refers to what theologians call glorification, the opening sentence of Romans 5 actually directs our minds to the final glorified state of those who have been justified. And that is exactly where we come out at the end of Romans 8, where Paul argues that nothing is “able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (v. 39). This suggests that Paul has chapter 8 in mind as he begins chapter 5 and that he moves consistently toward his conclusion in the intervening material.

There is another argument as well. In Romans 5:1–2, Paul moves from justification to glorification without mentioning sanctification, the matter that traditionalists suppose to be his main concern. In Romans 8:30, he does the same thing, writing: “And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” Justification, then glorification! In both of these texts, one at the beginning of Romans 5–8 and one at the end, the one idea (justification) leads directly to the other (glorification).

It is true that a great deal of sanctification takes place between justification and glorification and that much of what is found in Romans 5–8 bears upon it. But we could well ask why Paul does not mention sanctification either at the start of this section (Rom. 5:1–11) or at the end of it (Rom. 8:18–39), if this is the primary subject he is writing about. Is it not the case that the reason he does not mention sanctification is that he is not chiefly concerned about it and that these chapters are actually focused on another matter entirely?

What is that matter? It is the believer’s security in Christ or, as we also often say, the “assurance of salvation.”

D. Martyn-Lloyd Jones, who sees Romans 5–8 in this light, says that “the apostle is concerned primarily, from this point onwards, to show us the absolute character, the fullness and the finality of the salvation which comes to us in the way he has already described, namely, as the result of justification by faith.”

In my opinion, this is the proper and most profitable approach to Romans 5–8.

“Peace with God” And “Peace of God”

When I began my analysis of Romans 5–8, I said that it was important to have this approach to these chapters and that I would come back to its importance later. I want to do that now. But to do so I want to make another distinction. It is the distinction between having “peace with God,” which is what this section treats, and having the “peace of God,” which is another matter.

Most Christians are acquainted with Philippians 4:6–7, which tells us about the peace of God: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Those two verses envision upsetting situations that come into our lives. Perhaps we have lost a job and are worried about earning enough money to provide for our families. Perhaps we are sick, or a friend is sick. Perhaps a person who has been very close to us has died, and suddenly everything seems in turmoil. One writer argues that the death of a close family member or friend is like having an eggbeater thrust into the mixing bowl of our emotional lives. Elisabeth Elliot, who had one husband murdered by Auca Indians in Ecuador and another slowly consumed by cancer, said that this is a time when the earth seems to be giving way, the waters are roaring, and the mountains are being cast into the sea (cf. Ps. 46:2–3). In such times of stress we need personal peace in our lives, and it is this about which Philippians 4:6–7 is speaking: We can have personal peace by asking God for it.

And it works! I regularly cite these verses when I am writing to people who have lost a close family member, encouraging them to believe that God, who loves them and cares for them, will give them a peace that “transcends all human understanding.” Many tell me that this is exactly what God has done for them. He has given them peace in the midst of their emotional turmoil.

But this is not the peace that Romans 5:1 is talking about. Romans 5 is not referring to the “peace of God,” but to “peace with God.” The idea here is not that we are upset and therefore need to become trusting and more tranquil, but rather that we have been at war with God and he with us, because of our sin, and that peace has nevertheless been provided for us by God—if we have been justified through faith in Jesus Christ.

When we see this, we realize that nothing is more appropriate and logical at this point in Romans than such a reference. For what Paul has been saying in the previous section is that God is not at peace with us but is at war with us because of our ungodly and wicked behavior. The word he has been using is “wrath.” “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness” (Rom. 1:18). Having shown what this means and having answered the objections of those who feel that it is an appropriate description of the condition of other people, but not of themselves, Paul then reveals what God has done to satisfy his wrath against men in Jesus Christ. The Son bore the Father’s wrath in our place. He died for us, and we receive the benefits of his atonement by believing on him and in what he has done. This is the point at which the fourth chapter of Romans ended.

But where does this lead? Obviously to peace with God! Since we have been justified by faith, the cause of the warfare between ourselves and God has been removed, and peace is the result. We therefore have peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Peace has been provided from God’s side, for he has removed the cause of the enmity through Jesus’ death.

Peace has been received on our side, for we have “believed God” and have found the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ to be credited to us by God as our righteousness.

One commentator summarizes the point of Romans 5:1 by saying: “Every soul has been at war with God, and therefore every soul must have peace with God through cessation of the hostilities which exist between the individual and the Creator. How is the warfare to be brought to an end?… God has made peace, and no other peace can be made except that which he has already made.… If you come in unconditional surrender, you will find him all peace toward you.”

First Peace, Then Blessing

There are some practical applications that we need to make at this point, and they are important enough to be remembered as we make our way through these chapters.

1. The starting point for all spiritual blessings, in this life and in the life to come, is the peace that God has made with us through the death of Jesus Christ.

It is no accident that Paul begins Romans 5 with this theme. Many people would like the peace of God (or some other kind of peace) in difficult circumstances. They would like to be calm under fire, self-assured in highly pressured situations—to be always under control. Many more would like other blessings. But if God is the ultimate source of all good things, as he clearly is, we can only have them when we have first entered into a right and proper relationship with him. How is that done? The only way is by faith in Christ, as Paul has been arguing. But suppose you will not come that way. In that case, what can you possibly expect but a continuation of the wrath of God—a wrath greatly intensified, in your case, by your rejection of Jesus?

2. Having been justified by God through faith in Jesus Christ, believers can know that their salvation is secured forever and that now nothing can separate them from God’s love.

This is the point I have been making in this study, and the reason is that it is the chief point of the passage. We have already seen how the first two verses of Romans 5 pass directly from justification to glorification, just as Romans 8:30 also does. These chapters also move inexorably to the great conclusion: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38–39).

If this were not enough, we should be led to the same conclusion by the fact that the text itself speaks, not of seeking peace with God, but of having peace. “Having been justified, we have peace with God” is what it says.

It is hard to emphasize this too much, since all Christians need to be sure of their salvation. True, there is a false security about which we need to be warned. Mere intellectual assent to doctrine is not saving faith, and boasting of one’s security while continuing to sin is presumption. But such qualifications aside, it is important to know that we have been saved by God, that peace has been made between God and ourselves, and that the peace made by God will last forever. Only those who are sure of this salvation can be a help to others.

3. It is possible to be at peace with God and know that we are at peace with God while, at the same time, fail to experience peace in a given situation.

It is important to point this out because, if we do not know this in advance and cling to it, we can be thrown into paralyzing doubt whenever tragic circumstances or upsetting situations arise. Death will come into our experience, and we will be agitated. “Bad breaks” will come, and we will be confused by them. Disappointments will shake us. In such situations we will need to come to God for the help we desperately need. That is why Paul tells the Philippians not to be anxious, “but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” and, as a result, “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6–7). One great secret of the Christian life is to bring all troubling matters to God in prayer so as to find peace even in the midst of them. But the fact that these situations sometimes cause us to lose our sense of the peace of God does not mean that peace with God has been destroyed. In fact, knowing that God has made peace with us and that nothing will destroy the peace he has made will enable us to come to him quickly and boldly when we need help.

It will be an evidence of the fact that we have peace with God that we do so. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that faith in this matter is like the needle of a compass that always points to the magnetic north. It is possible to deflect it—by a hard blow, for example, or by bringing another magnet close alongside. But these deflections are temporary, and the needle will always return to the proper position. That is what faith is like. It can be jarred or deflected, but it will always return to God—because God has made peace with us. Faith knows this, and God is faith’s true home.

4. These blessings are nevertheless only through the Lord Jesus Christ, as Paul says.

Paul has been writing about Jesus at the end of Romans 4; he has spoken of his death and resurrection. In this chapter we might have expected him merely to assume the earlier references as a given and say simply, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God,” stopping there. But Paul does not do that. Although he has already mentioned Jesus Christ, he now mentions him again, because he does not want us to imagine that we can get anywhere without him. He understands that any feeling of acceptance by God that is not based upon the work of Jesus Christ is an illusion!

At the start of this study I mentioned the feature in Look magazine in which sixteen prominent Americans told of the techniques they had developed for finding “peace of mind.” There was one person I omitted, and that was Norman Vincent Peale. I did not mention him then because I was holding his reply until now. Peale is known for his philosophy of “positive thinking,” which, in the judgment of many people, is not strongly Christian. But Peale nevertheless is a Christian, and in this feature he responded in a truly Christian way. Peale said, “I find peace of mind through a committed relationship with Jesus Christ and through faith in God.… Jesus alone can give you peace. That I’ve found to be a fact.”

So have countless others, and the reason is clear. Jesus gives us peace of mind because he has first made peace between our rebellious souls and God. I commend that peace to you and urge you to put your faith in him.[15]

The Believer’s Peace with God

Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (5:1)

The first link in the unbreakable chain that eternally binds believers to Christ is their peace with God.

The term therefore connects Paul’s present argument with what he has already said, especially in chapters 3 and 4. In those chapters the apostle established that, as believers, we have been justified by faith. Because of our justification by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The verb translated we have is in the present tense, indicating something that is already possessed. Many of a believer’s blessings must await his resurrection and glorification, but peace with God is established the moment he places his trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

The peace that Paul is speaking about here is not subjective but objective. It is not a feeling but a fact. Apart from salvation through Jesus Christ, every human being is at enmity with God, spiritually at war with Him (see v. 10; cf. 8:7), regardless of what his feelings about God may be. In the same way, the person who is justified by faith in Christ is at peace with God, regardless of how he may feel about it at any given moment. Through his trust in Jesus Christ, a sinner’s war with God is ended for all eternity.

Most unsaved people do not think of themselves as enemies of God. Because they have no conscious feelings of hatred for Him and do not actively oppose His work or contradict His Word, they consider themselves, at worst, to be “neutral” about God. But no such neutrality is possible. The mind of every unsaved person is at peace only with the things of the flesh, and therefore by definition is “hostile toward God” and cannot be otherwise (Rom. 8:7).

After the famous missionary David Livingstone had spent several years among the Zulus of South Africa, he went with his wife and young child into the interior to minister. When he returned, he discovered that an enemy tribe had attacked the Zulus, killed many of the people, and taken the chief’s son captive. The Zulu chief did not want to make war with the other tribe, but he poignantly asked Dr. Livingstone, “How can I be at peace with them while they hold my son prisoner?”

Commenting on that story, Donald Grey Barnhouse wrote, “If this attitude is true in the heart of a savage chief, how much more is it true of God the Father toward those who trample under foot His Son, who count the blood of the covenant wherewith they were set apart as an unholy thing, and who continue to despise the Spirit of grace (Heb. 10:29)?” (God’s River: Romans 5:1–11 [Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1959], p. 26).

Not only are all unbelievers enemies of God but God is also the enemy of all unbelievers, to the degree that He is angry with them every day (cf. Ps. 7:11) and condemns them to eternal hell. God is the enemy of the sinner, and that enmity cannot end unless and until the sinner places his trust in Jesus Christ. Every person who is not a child of God is a child of Satan (see John 8:44), and every person who is not a citizen of God’s kingdom is a citizen of Satan’s. As Paul declared near the opening of this letter, “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Rom. 1:18).

Apart from personal trust in God, even members of His chosen race Israel were not exempt from divine enmity and wrath. “My anger will be kindled, and I will kill you with the sword,” God warned ancient Israel soon after He delivered her from Egypt (Ex. 22:24). During the subsequent wilderness wanderings, the Lord declared of unbelieving, unfaithful Israelites: “They have made Me jealous with what is not God; they have provoked Me to anger with their idols. So I will make them jealous with those who are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation, for a fire is kindled in My anger, and burns to the lowest part of Sheol, and consumes the earth with its yield, and sets on fire the foundations of the mountains” (Deut. 32:21–22). Shortly after Israel entered the Promised Land, God warned: “When you transgress the covenant of the Lord your God, which He commanded you, and go and serve other gods, and bow down to them, then the anger of the Lord will burn against you, and you shall perish quickly from off the good land which He has given you” (Josh. 23:16; cf. 2 Kings 22:13; Isa. 5:25; 13:9; Nah. 1:2).

To those who foolishly think God is too loving to send anyone to hell, Paul declared, “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things [the sins listed in v. 5] the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience” (Eph. 5:6).

I once heard a professional football coach say during a pregame devotional service I held for his team: “I don’t know if there is a God, but I like having these chapels, because if there is one I want to be sure He’s on my side.” Sentiments such as that are frequently expressed by unbelievers who think that the Creator and Sustainer of the universe can be cajoled into doing one’s bidding by giving Him superficial lip service. God is never on the side of unbelievers. He is their enemy, and His wrath against them can only be placated by their trust in the atoning work of His Son, Jesus Christ.

But on the cross, Christ took upon Himself all the fury of God’s wrath that sinful mankind deserves. And those who trust in Christ are no longer God’s enemies and no longer under His wrath, but are at peace with Him.

Paul assured the Colossian believers: “For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fulness to dwell in Him [Christ], and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach” (Col. 1:19–22).

The most immediate consequence of justification is reconciliation, which is the theme of Romans 5. Reconciliation with God brings peace with God. That peace is permanent and irrevocable, because Jesus Christ, through whom believers receive their reconciliation, “always lives to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:25). “For I will be merciful to their iniquities,” the Lord says of those who belong to Him, “and I will remember their sins no more” (Heb. 8:12; cf. 10:17). If anyone is ever to be punished in the future for the sins of believers, it would have to be the One who took them on Himself—Jesus Christ. And that is impossible, because He has already paid the penalty in full.

When a person embraces Jesus Christ in repentant faith, the sinless Son of God who made perfect satisfaction for all our sins makes that person eternally at peace with God the Father. In fact, Christ not only brings peace to the believer but “He Himself is our peace” (Eph. 2:14). This all points out how crucial it is to understand the nature and extent of the atoning work of Jesus the Lord as the basis for assurance.

Although the peace of which Paul is speaking in this passage is the objective peace of being reconciled to God, awareness of that objective truth gives the believer a deep and wonderful subjective peace as well. To know that one is a child of God, a brother of Jesus Christ, cannot but give Christians what Charles Hodge called the “sweet quiet of the soul” (Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans [Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1974 reprint], p. 132).

But awareness of our peace with God through Jesus Christ is meant to give us far more than feelings of gratitude and warmth, wonderful as those are. When a Christian is convinced he is eternally secure in Christ, he is freed from focusing on his own goodness and merit and is able to serve the Lord with the unqualified confidence that nothing can separate him from his heavenly Father. He can say with Paul, “I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38–39).

The peace that a believer has in the knowledge that he is secure forever in Christ not only strengthens his faith but strengthens his service. The knowledge that we are eternally at peace with God prepares us to wage effective spiritual warfare in Christ’s behalf and in His power. When engaged in battle, a Roman soldier wore boots with spikes in the bottom to give him a firm footing while fighting. Because Christians have their feet shod with “the gospel of peace” (Eph. 6:15), they have the confidence to stand firmly for Christ without the spiritual slipping and emotional sliding that uncertainty about salvation inevitably brings, knowing God is on their side![16]


[1] Patterson, P. (2017). Salvation in the Old Testament. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1788). Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J., eds. (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Ro 5:1). Thomas Nelson.

[3] Sproul, R. C., ed. (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1620). Ligonier Ministries.

[4] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., Whitehead, M. M., Grigoni, M. R., & Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ro 5:1). Lexham Press.

[5] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2165). Crossway Bibles.

[6] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ro 5:1). Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[7] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ro 5:1). Nelson Bibles.

[8] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (pp. 1431–1432). T. Nelson Publishers.

[9] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments (A. Farstad, Ed.; p. 1695). Thomas Nelson.

[10] Witmer, J. A. (1985). Romans. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, pp. 455–456). Victor Books.

[11] Boa, K., & Kruidenier, W. (2000). Romans (Vol. 6, pp. 156–159). Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[12] Utley, R. J. (1998). The Gospel according to Paul: Romans: Vol. Volume 5 (Ro 5:1). Bible Lessons International.

[13] Edwards, J. R. (2011). Romans (pp. 133–135). Baker Books.

[14] Harrison, E. F., & Hagner, D. A. (2008). Romans. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 88). Zondervan.

[15] Boice, J. M. (1991–). Romans: The Reign of Grace (Vol. 2, pp. 503–510). Baker Book House.

[16] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1991). Romans (Vol. 1, pp. 272–275). Moody Press.

Just Give Me Jesus — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“For me, to live is Christ…” Philippians 1:21


If you listened closely—and if you ever heard Billy Graham speak—you recognized the familiar and slightly southern accent that rang out over the auditorium:

“You can have all this world, Just give me Jesus…”

Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy Graham, has lead an incredible ministry of worldwide evangelism and discipleship. Her love for and devotion to Jesus Christ has been evident to the multitudes who have known her through the years, heard her speak, learned from her Bible studies.

While Anne was quoting a familiar song,* more importantly she was affirming her personal belief in her Savior. When I heard those words, however, I was struck to the core. Could I honestly say, “Just give me Jesus”? What about my Christian community? Family? Books? Familiar worship? My culture? Career?

While most reading this devotional will never have to experience life with “just Jesus,” thousands throughout history have experienced “just-give-me-Jesus” lives. Many today are in similar circumstances. Some sit in solitary confinement because of political oppression. Others are physically unable to move from their beds. Some go through long dark nights of the soul. Has Jesus been “just enough” for them?

The Apostle Paul knew what it was like to discard everything that had given him worth in the world’s eyes, to misunderstand—and be misunderstood by—others, to have his ministry plans thwarted and altered. But while imprisoned in Rome with the end of his life in sight, he said with confidence, “For me, to live is Christ…and to die is gain.” Were Paul with us today, he would say, “Just give me Jesus.”

By Marilyn Ehle
Used by Permission


Further Reading

• How to Fall in Love with Jesus by Sylvia Gunter

• Your Father’s Heart Longs for You by Sylvia Gunter

•  Salvation Explained

Just Give Me Jesus — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

We Have Seen His Glory: Adore Him — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Angels, we marvel at their words and authority, and we tremble at their greatness and awesomeness, but…


“When God brings His firstborn into the world, He says, “Let all God’s angels worship Him.” Hebrews 1:6 NIV

Angels are magnificent heavenly beings that fulfill God’s will, and fill us with amazement. We are overcome with their greatness, their glory, and their service. When we read of their works throughout Scripture we stagger at their strength and power, we marvel at their words and authority, and we tremble at their greatness and awesomeness

As magnificent as angels are, their glory pales in the light of Jesus Christ. Their greatness is but a shadow compared to the One whose splendor outshines the sun; their service is but a gesture when we look upon Him who came to serve and give His life as a ransom for many; their works are but tiny tokens of God’s goodness compared to the redemptive work of Christ upon the cross; their strength and power wane as we look upon Him who is seated at the right of the Father; their words and authority take a minor role compared to Him who is the Word become flesh, Emanuel, God

By Roy Lessin
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•  Angels and Miracles

•  God Is…

•  Salvation Explained

We Have Seen His Glory: Adore Him — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

The Bible and its Story: The Glory Enters the Tabernacle

When the tabernacle was upraised, the wonderful ark of gold was placed within it, and within the ark were laid the divinely written tablets, the chief treasure of Israel. The other implements of worship were set in place, and then Moses summoned the aid of Aaron and Aaron’s sons. Aaron was made high priest, his sons were his helpers, and together they prepared all things about the ark and the tabernacle for the presence of God.

‎The work was finished; and then, before the awestruck vision of all the people, the pillar of cloud wherein God was, appeared above the tabernacle, covering it and entering into it. Moses and Aaron and his sons were compelled to withdraw from the tabernacle entirely, because they could not remain alive amid the great Glory of that cloud. Thus did God make manifest His approval of the labors done in His name.

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

23 Dec 2021 News Briefing

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Supporters of Bennett must choose between following Baal or God, prominent rabbi warns
Rabbi David Bar-Hayim warned his followers that just because Bennett may appear to be outwardly religious, it does not mean he is any better or that he leads with any more Biblical conviction than any of Israel’s previous leaders.
“The religious zionist world should not consider itself to have attained any great achievement,”

Erdogan hosts rabbis at his palace: ‘Relations with Israel will be normalized’
Turkish president meets in Ankara with delegation of rabbis, including chief rabbi of Russia. Erdogan told the rabbis, including Russia’s rabbi Rabbi Berel Lazar, that “relations between Turkey and Israel will always be strong – and will continue to grow. Normalizing relations with Israel is important. It will happen soon.”

Ancient Treasure Found at Sea: 2 shipwrecks discovered off Israel’s coast near Caesarea
A number of fascinating artifacts from the wrecks of two ships that foundered off the coast of Caesarea in the Roman and Mamluk periods (some 1700 and 600 years ago) have been discovered in recent months near Caesarea, during an underwater survey conducted by the Marine Archaeology Unit of the Israel Antiquities Authority. The ships’ cargoes and the remains of their wrecked hulls were found scattered in shallow water at a depth of about 4 m, scattered on the sea floor. The marine treasure includes hundreds of silver and bronze Roman coins from the mid-third century …

White House: Sullivan stressed need to avoid steps that can inflame tensions
The two sides also exchanged perspectives on the current situation in the West Bank and Gaza and discussed steps to strengthen the Palestinian Authority and improve the lives of the Palestinians. Mr. Sullivan stressed the need to avoid steps that can inflame tensions on the ground and encouraged efforts to promote calm and advance towards the goal of a two-state solution.”

US Army has new COVID vaccine that works against all variants, researchers say
The United States Army has created a revolutionary single-dose COVID-19 vaccine that researchers say will be revealed within weeks. According to a new Defense One report on Tuesday, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research scientists are expected to announce a newly-developed vaccine that works against all variants of COVID-19, including Omicron, in addition to other SARS viruses. Walter Reed’s Spike Ferritin Nanoparticle COVID-19 vaccine completed animal trials in early 2021 with optimistic outcomes. The first phase of human trials – finished in December – had positive results. After final review, the vaccine will still need to go through two more human trial phases.

Russia now has 265,000 troops near Ukraine border
Russia now has about 265,000 troops stationed within 250 miles of its border with Ukraine, according to a new assessment of troop movements by Ukrainian Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov.
Danilov said of the 265,000 Russian troops, 122,000 are located within 200 km (125 miles) of the Russian border with Ukraine. Another 143,500 troops are located between 200 and 400 km (250 miles) of the Ukrainian border.

Baby Satan featured at Illinois state rotunda Christmas display
The Illinois State rotunda just unveiled its winter holiday display on Monday. Alongside the Christmas tree, Hanukkah menorah, and the Kwanzaa candles was a baby Baphomet, swaddled in diapers, depicting the baby Jesus this Christmas with the ‘satanic deity’ Baphomet is the very definition of evil,

Biblical dye factory can’t keep up with demand to produce ‘techelet’ for the Third Temple
After being lost for 1,600 years, the Biblical blue dye is returning in force. With over 270,000 sets of fringes being made to date, the factory that produces the pigment from the murex snail is gearing up to triple its production. But they know that the redemption is near and the Third Temple will need even more of the precious dye to start operations.

The Palestinian School of Terrorism
The textbooks demonize Israel, and the Jews are maligned and presented as a rival of the prophet of Islam. “In short, there is no encouragement towards coexistence throughout the entire curriculum,” according to the study.

Effective Jewish Group Resumes Campaign to Expand Jerusalem
An Israeli NGO is calling on Jews in Israel and in the Diaspora to help safeguard Jerusalem as the exclusive and indivisible capital of Israel by transforming it into a metropolis. The grassroots “Women for Israel’s Tomorrow” (aka Women in Green – WiG), established initially in 1993 to oppose the Oslo Accords, ten years ago helped birth the movement for extending Jewish sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.

Biblical Archaeology’s Top 10 Discoveries of 2021
10. Herod the Great’s green thumb 9. Herod’s seaside entertainment complex 8. A biblical pharaoh’s border monument …

As Jews pray on Temple Mount, status quo at Jerusalem’s holiest site begins to shift
For the past few weeks, the area surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Muslims as the Al-Aqsa compound and to Jews as the Temple Mount, has been calm. The quiet is deceiving. Although the police refused to provide Religion News Service with precise numbers, a spokesperson acknowledged in an email that “during the past few years, there has been a constant increase in the number of Jews ascending the Temple Mount.”

Natural gas prices in Europe explode to all-time highs as major Russian flow stops
Natural gas prices in Europe exploded on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, after a major pipeline that brings Russian gas to Europe slowed output over the past couple of days and completely stopped delivering on Tuesday. This combined with record-high prices of electricity after France closed 4 of its largest nuclear reactors last week, low wind energy output, and cold weather to further deteriorate Europe’s energy stability ahead of very cold Christmas and New Year.

It’s Time for Bayer/Monsanto to Leave Hawai’i after Pleading Guilty to Multiple Violations that Harm People and Environment of the State, Advocates Say
Monsanto has pleaded guilty to multiple environmental crimes in Hawaiʻi for the second time in less than four years, and the island communities are left asking “when is enough enough?” In the most recent case, Monsanto will plead guilty to 30 environmental crimes in Hawaiʻi, related to pesticide use violations and putting field workers at risk.

‘Nothing to see here’: 3 more top soccer players fall ill as speculation about COVID jabs grows
Former England soccer professionals Matt Le Tissier and Trevor Sinclair both raised concerns about the pattern of sudden chest complaints in professional athletes witnessed in recent months, indicating that more investigation into the effects of the COVID jabs ought to be done.

Lancet science paper DESTROYS false narrative of covid vaccines, reveals vaccinated are PERPETUATING the pandemic
….there appears to be greater spread of illness and death among those who took the shots in obedience to government guidelines compared to those who left their immune systems alone to fight disease naturally.

Turkey Halts All Stock Trading As Currency Disintegrates, Central Bank Powerless To Halt Collapse
Another day, another collapse in the Turkish lira, only this time there was a twist: as the hyperinflating currency implodes, Erdogan has finally had enough of the relentless pummeling, and is starting to shut down Turkey’s markets.

Biden says he’ll give cash rewards to doctors who adopt anti-white policies
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has developed new rules in an attempt to make American healthcare less “white,” and the Biden regime is offering cash rewards to doctors who choose to implement them.

Special Report: Amazon partnered with China propaganda arm

Amazon.com Inc was marketing a collection of President Xi Jinping’s speeches and writings on its Chinese website about two years ago, when Beijing delivered an edict, according to two people familiar with the incident. The American e-commerce giant must stop allowing any customer ratings and reviews in China.

Carbon taxes are here: World’s largest carbon capture pipeline to be constructed in the Upper Midwest
Carbon taxes have arrived to the United States. The Biden regime will be immediately funneling over $600 million taxpayer dollars to a company in Iowa named Summit Carbon Solutions. In 2022, this company will be negotiating with landowners across the Upper Midwest, to set up the $4.5 billion Midwest Carbon Express project.

Rockefeller Foundation planning to communize (and weaponize) the global food supply
A new report from the Rockefeller Foundation called “Reset the Table” (sound familiar?) calls for a total centralization of the global food supply in order to solve the “hunger and nutrition crisis.”

Biden covid tests by mail coming 2022
Biden covid tests by mail will be coming to your door January 2022. Biden Plans to Deploy Military and distribute 500 Million covid tests by mail amid COVID-19 Omicron Wave. RUN FOR YOUR LIVES! Omicron, the new trendy variant is everywhere! (Even though it was just “discovered” a couple weeks ago.) Sorry, we mean, it was planned out years ago as part of their brainwashing for control agenda.

Bill Gates Says We Need To ‘Cancel Christmas’ And Predicts That The New Gain-Of-Function Omicron Will Be Worst Phase Yet Of The COVID Pandemic
Pretend president Joe Biden went live yesterday, informing unvaccinated Americans that nothing but ‘severe illness and death awaits you’ and telling vaccinated people they have nothing to worry about. Biden is dead wrong in both instances. So Bill Gates, the man who spent half a billion dollars funding 7 big pharma companies to create the vaccines, gloomily forecasted that ‘Christmas must be cancelled’ in lock-step of the Biden administration. Oh, really?

The ‘Falling Away’ In 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Is Not The Pretribulation Rapture Of The Church, It Is One Of The Two Stated Conditions Needed For It To Happen 
It has recently come to my attention that there be some Bible teachers who are attempting to assert that the ‘falling away’ in 2 Thessalonians is in fact the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church, but let me assure you that it is not. The falling away is one of the two conditions that must be present for the Pretrib to take place, according to Paul, but it is not the Rapture itself, let me show you why this is so.

Harassment Of Navy Destroyers By Mysterious Drone Swarms Off California Went On For Weeks
Earlier this year The War Zone exclusively reported about a series of 2019 incidents that involved unidentified drones stalking US Navy vessels over several nights in the waters off of Southern California.

Some Cities Turn to Decriminalizing Drugs as Overdoses Climb – WSJ
Canada’s largest city is the latest jurisdiction aiming to decriminalize drug possession as it faces a surging overdose epidemic.

COVID-19 Was Downgraded to “Flu Level” in March 2020. “No Longer Categorized as a High Consequence Infectious Disease (HCID)”
“As of 19 March 2020, COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) in the UK. There are many diseases which can cause serious illness which are not classified as HCIDs”

Court of Appeals REINSTATES Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate… next stop SCOTUS? 
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reinstating President Joe Biden’s Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine and testing mandate after a federal appeals court reinstated the order. Almost immediately after the decision, multiple groups asked the Supreme Court to intervene and make a final ruling.

IVF clinics started having serious problems right after the vaccines started rolling out
I just got off the phone with a woman who works at a large IVF clinic. She has to remain nameless to avoid being fired for speaking out. Nobody is supposed to know about the serious problems happening in the IVF clinics.

Merck’s new “miracle” covid drug found to cause cancerous mutations in hamster experiments
New research out of the University of North Carolina (UNC) found that Merck’s new anti-covid drug molnupiravir causes cancer.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2021/12/23/23-dec-2021/

Headlines – 12/23/2021

Meeting Biden’s security adviser, Abbas urges closer US-Palestinian ties

Poll finds slim majority of Israelis back Bennett meeting Palestinian leader Abbas

IDF: Palestinian gunman opens fire at troops in Ramallah, is shot dead

Morocco, Israel mark first anniversary of US-brokered renewal of ties

Erdogan tells visiting rabbis ties with Israel are ‘vital’ for regional stability

Biden said ignoring Bennett’s request for phone call, as US officials meet Herzog

Meeting Bennett on Iran, Biden envoy says US, Israel must develop ‘common strategy’

Herzog: With or without a deal, Iran’s nuclear program ‘must be neutralized’

Mike Pompeo: ‘We Defended Israel’, Brought Iran ‘to Its Knees’ – Biden Reversing ‘Historic Progress’

Iran Fires Ballistic and Cruise Missiles in Gulf War Games

Likud to expel 1,000 members, probe 7,000 more, amid intensifying power struggle

4,000 US immigrants moved to Israel in 2021, the highest annual figure since 1973

Syrian war killed 3,700 in 2021, lowest annual toll since outbreak a decade ago

Libya Delays Presidential Election Amid Concerns of Renewed Conflict

‘People keep coming’: Crisis-hit Turks queue for bread

Yemen war: Funding crisis forces UN to cut food assistance

Sri Lanka plans to pay off Iran oil debt with tea

Putin Blames West for Tensions Since End of Cold War

Putin threatens “retaliatory military-technical” measures as standoff with U.S. and NATO over Ukraine escalates

Russian State TV Says the US Will Be “Reduced to Radioactive Ash” If the US Doesn’t Meet Russia’s Demands Regarding Ukraine

Putin ‘may exploit holidays & take military action while West is distracted’ after threatening war over Ukraine

Putin Gets Early Christmas Gift as Ukraine Cowers From War – Kyiv has granted one of Moscow’s greatest desires and charged its pro-European ex-president with treason

Natural gas prices in Europe explode to all-time highs as major Russian flow stops

Commentary: China is on the March in Central America

Germany’s head of navy calls China’s naval power buildup ‘explosive’ and a cause of worry

Air Force hypersonic weapon runs into trouble after a third failed test

Chile: Indigenous Guerrilla Burns Down 31 Homes After Communist Wins Presidency

Pope Francis: ‘No Country Can Exempt Itself’ from Duty to Take in Migrants

European Union Launches Lawsuit Against Poland For Violating ‘Primacy’ of EU Laws

UK’s Own ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Moment as Sports Fans Turn on Boris Johnson

Durham zeroes in on Clinton campaign, could call some aides to testify, court memo reveals

Rep. Scott Perry Rejects Invitation to Testify at ‘Illegitimate’ January 6 Committee

Dr. Sebastian Gorka Vows ‘Political Battle’ with January 6 Committee Following Phone Records Subpoena

Judge rejects bid by former Trump advisor Michael Flynn to block Jan. 6 Capitol probe subpoena

Proud Boys member pleads guilty in January 6 attack on US Capitol, the first to do so in alleged conspiracy

New Emails Reveal Evidence of Government Efforts to Suppress Free Speech

Musk rips Liz Warren after Twitter spat: ‘If you could die by irony, she would be dead’

Elon Musk on why you won’t see him on CNN anytime soon: ‘I’m not perverted enough’

Soros-funded Los Angeles DA Gascon blames recall bid on Fox News and Trump voters

DC radio station took $4.4 million from Chinese Communist Party to broadcast propaganda

Report: China told Amazon to delete negative reviews of Xi Jinping’s book, and the company complied

Amazon Web Services Suffers Another Outage – Cloud-computing provider incurs at least third disruption this month

How Your Kids Are Outsmarting All Your Parental Controls – There’s a technological arms race over parental controls in our homes – and the kids are winning

A political fight over 5G could upend air travel: What you should know

Japanese billionaire urges elites to visit space after ISS trip

Solar storm warning: NASA predicts ‘Earth impact’ before Christmas – disruptions expected

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near La Cruz de Loreto, Mexico

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands region

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

Acid rain warning for Tonga after massive eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano on Tonga erupts to 40,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Feugo volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts ot 16,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Suwanosajima volcano on Japan erupts to 10,000ft

Eruption at Piton de la Fournaise volcano, Reunion

Intense earthquake swarm near Fagradalsfjall, Iceland

Myanmar jade mine landslide leaves dozens feared missing

Philippine supertyphoon Rai ‘exceeded all predictions’ – forecaster

Philippines’ Typhoon Rai death toll rises further as areas remain cut off from help

December was a ‘ridiculously active’ month for tornadoes in the US

Dallas, Houston and OKC set to feel warmest Christmas on record

In Two Days, Winter Storm Carmel Brings One Month’s Worth of Rainfall to Israel

California Methodist Church Uses Nativity Scene to Feature Climate Change Agenda

Brawl breaks out between cops, passengers inside Miami airport

FBI Had Surveillance Squads Inside Portland Protests: Report

High-Profile L.A. Crimes Spark Rush for Bullet-Proof Cars, Rolex Replicas and Safe Rooms

Will California ever be safe? The affluent look away while their cities burn

Democrat US Rep. Mary Scanlon Carjacked and Robbed at Gunpoint in South Philly District in Broad Daylight

Another One: Illinois Democrat Senator Carjacked, Gunshots Fired in Chicago

Milwaukee County Residents Demand DA Be Fired After Waukesha Parade Massacre

Americans Explain Why They’re Flocking to Florida: Ron DeSantis ‘Is a Law-and-Order Governor’

Man Charged with Murder, Cannibalism After Body Parts Found in Microwave

Mother Uses Christmas Card To Announce Her Kindergartener Is Non-Binary

Champion Snowboarder Backs Genocide Olympics Boycott: ‘I Don’t Even Want to Be Called an Olympian Anymore’

Aaron Rodgers Wears Anti-Cancel Culture Hoodie on ‘The Pat McAfee Show’

Journalist Removed From Turning Point USA Conference After Asking Kyle Rittenhouse About Support For Black Lives Matter

Rumors Spread That ReAwaken America Tour Was Poisoned With Anthrax

Mexican cartels teaming with Chinese organized crime to ramp up meth and fentanyl production

Colorado Police Reviewing New DNA Testing Methods in JonBenet Ramsey Case

GOP Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Signs ‘Born Alive’ Abortion Bill

‘Suicide Pod’ Creator Planning Implantable Device That Will Kill You If Not Deactivated

Life expectancy fell almost 2 years in 2020: CDC

The Death Business Is Booming – for Now

‘Humanized’ mice provide clue to why COVID hits some harder than others

COVID can damage sperm for months making it harder to conceive a baby, a new study finds

In long-awaited milestone, US health regulators authorize Pfizer coronavirus pill

FDA Authorizes Pfizer’s COVID-19 Pill Weeks After Landing $5 Billion Deal With Biden Administration

Pfizer pill becomes 1st US-authorized home COVID treatment

The riddle of Japan’s dramatic drop in COVID numbers

November: Japan sees huge drop in cases after it switches to Ivermectin

Chaos: 13 Omicron Testing Clinics Close in NYC, NJ, Defying Biden’s Testing Site Expansion

Army to announce vaccine that protects against an array of COVID-19 variants

White House says Biden credit to Trump on vaccine shows COVID-19 fight shouldn’t be ‘political battle’

Trump says it’s ‘very tough’ for him to criticize Biden now because he praised Operation Warp Speed’s success

Steve Bannon Says ‘War on Unvaccinated’ Is Starting, Dismisses ‘Mass Vaccinations’

Tony Blair: ‘Undiplomatic’ to Call Unvaccinated People Idiots

Christian groups appeal to Justice Kavanaugh to intervene in OSHA vaccine mandate case

‘Blatant Religious Discrimination’: US Military Approves Zero Religious Exemptions to Vaccine Mandate

Jabs 4 Jesus? Refusing Vaccination Goes Against Christianity, Says Archbishop

Vatican Decries ‘Parallel Pandemic’ Caused by Lockdowns

World’s Children Bearing Brunt of COVID Pandemic, Vatican Studies Say

Another Surge in the Virus Has Colleges Fearing a Mental Health Crisis

Washington, D.C. Becomes First Major City to Impose Vaccine Mandate on Students

Teachers stage ‘sick out’ after Pennsylvania high school student dies of COVID

Freudian Slip? WHO Director Says Covid Boosters Are Being Used to “Kill Children” in Slip-Up During Press Conference

19 CityMD Urgent Care Clinics in New York City Close Due to Staffing Shortages Caused by Vaccine Mandates

U.S. Hospitals Pushed to Financial Ruin as Nurses Quit During Pandemic

New York Lawmaker Pulls Public Health Detainment Bill, Blames ‘Conspiracy Theorists’

Thailand reinstates mandatory COVID-19 quarantine over Omicron concerns

Chinese City Locks Down 13 Million Residents To Fight Covid Outbreak

UK to Offer Homeless Accommodation in Exchange for Getting Vaccinated

Get Jabbed, Win Cash Prizes: NYC Offers $100 Booster Shot Payments

WHO says vaccine booster programs will prolong Covid crisis: ‘No country can boost its way out of the pandemic’

W.H.O. Says Cancel Christmas Now or ‘Grieve Later’

Nolte: Biden’s and Fauci’s Calls for Segregated Christmas Undermine Confidence in Vaccine

COVID Christmas: Officials advise masks at home, canceling gatherings, shunning unvaxxed

Bill Gates predicts ‘the worst part of the pandemic’ is coming – Gates said he’s canceling his holiday plans as omicron cases surge

New Years in Jeopardy in UK as ‘Circuit Breaker’ Lockdown Looms

New York City weighs fresh restrictions for Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration

Outrage after DC Mayor Bowser’s new COVID vaccine order: ‘Will kill businesses not viruses’

Hollywood Awards Season in Danger of Cancellation, Again, Due to Omicron Variant

Democrats Urge Health Officials to Require Vaccination or Negative Test for Domestic Flights

Flight passengers at least twice more likely to catch Covid amid Omicron spread

Delta Air Lines Just Issued Major Warning About Flights This Month – The company says there could be some difficulties in the coming weeks over CDC Covid guidlines for breakthrough cases

Fauci says the US is considering changing its 10-day isolation period guidelines for vaccinated people who test positive for COVID-19

Nolte: Clueless Media Shocked America ‘Tunes Out’ Omicron’s ‘Ominous Threat’

Concerns grow over Biden’s cough following speech on COVID response

Nearly $100 billion pilfered from pandemic relief funds, roughly 100 arrested, Secret Service

Israel scrambles to avoid paralyzing economy ahead of Omicron ‘tsunami’

Omicron casts a new shadow over economy’s pandemic recovery

Peter Navarro: White House ‘Has No Clue About Basic Economics’

Rep. Mace: Biden Waited Too Long to Address Supply Chain

“I Say No” – Biden When Asked if Vaccine Mandate for Truckers will Worsen Supply Chain Crisis

Ron Klain shares New York Times piece to suggest supply crisis is ‘overhyped narrative’

Biden says government averted US holiday supply chain ‘crisis’

Food Banks Contend With Supply Chain

Grinch hits candy cane makers with sugar shortage, twisted supply chain

Elizabeth Warren Is Now Blaming Grocery Conglomerates For Skyrocketing Food Prices

Aging Germany Is Running Out of Workers, Putting Europe’s Largest Economy at Risk

Progressives demand Biden act alone to implement agenda after Manchin kills massive spending bill

20 companies are spending billions to boost their stock prices

Wall Street Ends Crazy Year With Existential Angst And Big Bonuses

Forget 2020, half of Americans now think 2021 was worst year of their lives!

Source: http://trackingbibleprophecy.org/birthpangs.php

Mid-Day Snapshot · Dec. 23, 2021

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IN TODAY’S DIGEST

Defund Dem Gets Mugged by Reality — Literally

Not even congressional Democrats are safe from their own soft-on-crime policies.

Douglas Andrews

First things first: We’re relieved that Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon wasn’t physically harmed during her ordeal yesterday. And it was an ordeal. Being carjacked at gunpoint in South Philly is a deadly serious experience — much more so than, say, having a bunch of angry old white dudes with Trump flags and MAGA hats milling around in your office building.

“Wednesday afternoon, at around 2:45 p.m.,” according to a statement from her office, “Congresswoman Scanlon was carjacked at gunpoint in FDR Park following a meeting at that location. The Congresswoman was physically unharmed. She thanks the Philadelphia Police Department for their swift response, and appreciates the efforts of both the Sergeant at Arms in D.C. and her local police department for coordinating with Philly PD to ensure her continued safety.”

It was a rude welcome home for Scanlon, whose Fifth Congressional District includes part of South Philly. As Fox News reports: “Police say Scanlon was approached by two Black males, aged approximately 20-30, as she walked to her vehicle before they demanded she hand them the keys. Scanlon handed over the keys to her blue 2017 Acura MDX and one of the suspects drove away in it while the other drove away in a dark-colored SUV.”

Scanlon isn’t just any schlub, though, so police moved quickly. Last night, five suspects were taken into custody in neighboring Delaware after state cops found them traveling in Scanlon’s vehicle. It’s not yet known whether any of the five were directly involved in the carjacking, but it’ll be one costly joy ride.

Then again, it might not be too costly. Not if Philly District Attorney Larry Krasner has anything to say about it. Krasner is notoriously soft on crime — even for a leftist. And he’s in denial. “We don’t have a crisis of lawlessness, we don’t have a crisis of crime, we don’t have a crisis of violence,” he recently said.

Oh no? In 2021, Philly has seen at least an 80% increase in carjackings over its 2020 total. But those are just carjackings. Murders? “Philadelphia has seen a record 544 homicides so far this year, up from 347 in the entirety of 2019,” the Wall Street Journal editorial board writes. Much of this is attributable to the self-inflicted genocide of black-on-black crime. As the editors continue, “Police have recorded some 1,785 nonfatal shootings this year. More than 84% of the victims of the gun violence in 2021 were black.” Thanks a lot, Larry.

Krasner, though, might just throw the book at these thugs — you know, for appearances. Like we said, Scanlon is a very important person.

Those who think this was a rarity, a one-off, had better think twice. As Fox News reports: “Scanlon was not the first prominent Democratic official to be carjacked in a crime-ridden city in the last 24 hours. On Tuesday night, Illinois’ Democratic state Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford and her husband were carjacked in Broadview, Illinois, in the Chicago area, where crime has been surging. … Both Scanlon and Lightford have been staunch supporters of police reforms in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020.”

In the wake of the George Floyd killing, Scanlon wasn’t the only Democrat to demagogue the cops, but her harsh words are worth revisiting: “We have seen too many lives taken and communities devastated by police brutality and racial profiling. Action is long overdue. House Democrats are fighting for REAL reform in our country’s police departments.”

In February, Scanlon became one of the original cosponsors of the Mental Health Justice Act, which seeks to pair cops with “mental health specialists” as first responders. As reported in The Hill, “Congress wants to make it easier for state and local governments to defund the police by instead funding mental health services and empowering them to respond to emergency calls instead of armed officers.”

So Scanlon is a Defund Democrat — at least in deed if not in words. Talk about getting mugged by reality.

FDR Park, where the carjacking took place, is, according to its website, “South Philadelphia’s largest park and one of its most important public institutions, reflecting the remarkable racial, cultural, and economic diversity of South Philadelphia.”

It might well be all of those things. But thanks to a hard-left district attorney and the soft-on-crime policies of today’s Democrat Party, it’s also a dangerous place — even for a U.S. congresswoman.

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The ‘Move Manchin’ Strategy

McConnell has made another offer, but he may be biding his time.

Nate Jackson

Will West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin become West Virginia Republican Joe Manchin? Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has reportedly made another overture for his next-door, coal-state neighbor to switch parties.

If Manchin crosses the aisle, McConnell promised that Manchin could keep his chairmanship of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. After all, Republicans would regain control of the Senate. Party switches have happened twice in recent years, with two Republicans defecting to give Democrats either control of the Senate or a 60-vote threshold. And Manchin has been the subject of speculation for most of 2021.

“I think what Manchin is discovering is that there just aren’t any Democrats left in the Senate that are pro-life and terribly concerned about debt and deficit and inflation,” McConnell noted. “So he feels like a man alone. If he were to join us, he’d be joining a lot of folks who have similar views on a whole range of issues.”

Manchin has indeed been under heavy fire from other Democrats for killing Joe Biden’s Build Back Better boondoggle. Congressman Jamaal Bowman claimed that Manchin “doesn’t care about black people” or Latinos or immigrants or women or the poor. Representative Pramila Jayapal accused him of no longer being “a man of his word.” Social media diva Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed him for “an egregious breach of the trust.” Even Joe Biden put words in Manchin’s mouth, saying he had told fellow Democrats, “I misled you.”

On Monday, Manchin more or less issued a dare: “I would like to hope that Democrats feel like I do. I’m fiscally responsible and socially compassionate. Now, if there are no Democrats like that, they ought to push me where they want me.” He said Democrats can’t keep governing “as if you had 55 or 60 senators.” He added, “I’m from West Virginia. I’m not from where they’re from, and they can just beat the living crap out of people and think they’ll be submissive, period.”

To be sure, Manchin is no conservative. For example, he’s been all too happy to confirm Joe Biden’s leftist judicial nominees at the fastest pace in 40 years, and he voted for both the inflation bomb known as the American Rescue Plan and Biden’s “infrastructure” plan. But he knows he represents a state that went for Donald Trump by a 39-point margin, and his constituents strongly opposed Build Back Better — by as much as 3-1. Despite polling already showing that opposition, Vermont Socialist Bernie Sanders says he told Manchin “I’ll pay for the damn poll” to “see how the people of West Virginia feel.” Sure thing, Bernie.

The 2022 midterm elections will be challenging for Senate Republicans because there are more GOP seats (20) being challenged than Democrat (14). So, strategically for Manchin but even more so for McConnell, it boils down to this: If Manchin switches parties now, it would arguably strengthen the Democrats’ ability to regain the Senate because of the shock of losing it in such a manner. But if Manchin waits, it strengthens the GOP’s hand to campaign on the urgency of electing more Senate Republicans in 2022. As always, McConnell’s strategy is akin to three-dimensional chess, not one-dimensional checkers.

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Musk Mic-Drops CNN and Wokeness

The billionaire Tesla and SpaceX founder says the Left has become humorless and wants to make comedy illegal.

Thomas Gallatin

The recently named Time magazine “Person of the Year,” billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, has been in an ongoing dustup with leftist Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA). She accused the Tesla and Space X founder of not paying his fair share in taxes and “freeloading” off the American taxpayer.

What got Fauxcahontas’s feathers all in a knot was Musk’s advice for the Democrats’ now-defeated Build Back Better socialist spending boondoggle — “delete it.” Of course, for a socialist Democrat like Warren, the fact that Musk is the world’s wealthiest man is justification enough to blast him for not paying enough in taxes despite the fact that, as Musk pointed out, “If you opened your eyes for 2 seconds, you would realize I will pay more taxes than any American in history this year.”

“For those wondering, I will pay over $11 billion in taxes this year,” Musk revealed over the weekend.

Of course, rushing to Warren’s defense was Leftmedia nut and MSNBC talkinghead Joy Reid, who blasted Musk as “a freeloader, and a selfish and disrespectful one.” She railed at him “for misappropriating black vernacular for misogynistic purposes” and concluded, “Elon Musk is the absolute worst.” Wait … who’s the one actually guilty of appropriating another ethnicity, and all for career gain?

Meanwhile, Musk, a literal African American (he was born in South Africa and immigrated to the U.S.), got the better Reid, referring to her as “(Lack of) Joy Reid” and a “lobbyist for Sen. Karen.”

Most recently, Musk stuck it to the Leftmedia when he did an hour-long interview with our favorite satire site, The Babylon Bee. He joked that he couldn’t do an interview with CNN because he’s “not perverted enough.” That’s an obvious reference to CNN’s recent sordid history of sexual impropriety and abuse from significant members of its staff, including legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, the recently fired star anchor Chris Cuomo, and longtime senior producer John Griffin.

But Musk’s CNN quip wasn’t simply an opportunistic jab. He further expressed an assessment of the state of the Left as it has embraced the cult of wokeness. “Wokeness basically wants to make comedy illegal,” Musk observed. “Trying to shut down [Dave] Chappelle — come on, man, that’s crazy. Do we want a humorless society that is simply rife with condemnation and hate, basically? At its heart, wokeness is divisive, exclusionary, and hateful. It basically gives mean people a shield to be mean and cruel, armored in false virtue.”

In fact, Democrats embracing wokeness is one of the reasons why Musk left California for Texas. “California used to be the land of opportunity. Now it has become sort of the land of over-regulation, over-litigation, and scorn,” he stated, also joking that “Gavin Newsom is U-Haul salesman of the year.”

Musk may not be a conservative, but the man certainly has a sense of humor and embraces the spirit of individual Liberty upon which this great nation was founded.

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That Elusive Christmas Spirit

If we count our blessings as carefully as we tabulate our grievances, life would be a lot happier.

Jack DeVine

Having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit this year? I am.

We can blame it on COVID — that seems to be the universal excuse for every unhappy thing that happens these days. It’s legit. I for one turn grumpy the instant I put on a mask — a Pavlovian response, two years in the making.

There are plenty of other things to be grumpy about this year, and we seem to get better and better at broadcasting our grumpiness via wall-to-wall media hype of issues like inflation, climate change, racism, illegal immigration, education, income inequality, etc. Sourpuss news always sells.

So, how do we dig out of our 2021 grand funk and rekindle the real Christmas spirit?

This may seem a bit hackneyed, but the old remedy touted by our grandmothers — along with Hallmark, Dr. Seuss, our first-grade teacher, and legions of other life advisers — still has merit: just count our blessings.

What’s more, if we could find a way to be as proficient in counting blessings as we are in tabulating our grievances, we’d all be in a better place. That won’t make the serious issues go away, but it can surely help us deal with them.

And when it comes to counting blessings, we Americans need a calculator to total up all of those showered on us by the spectacular good fortune of being citizens of this great country.

We live in the land of opportunity, the richest nation on earth. Our economy bounces up and down, purchasing power improves and then declines, jobs come and go. But opportunity always comes knocking for any willing to open the door.

We must not forget that America is more bountiful for some than for others and that some Americans will always have difficulty in finding the help they need. We argue among ourselves about the best way to make that help available — the spending bill being debated in Congress is a prime example — but there should be little doubt about Americans’ collective resolve to help those in need.

We live in the land of the free. I believe that the rancor about vaccine mandates is high on our radar screens because freedom is so central to everyday life in America. My guess is that citizens of China or Russia don’t bother to object when their governments tell them to mask up or lock down or get vaccinated, because those governments already control every aspect of their lives. Ours doesn’t.

In this nation, we control our own destiny through our votes. There is serious debate right now about how to learn from the 2020 election and restore voter trust. But there is no question that the 2020 election led to a dramatic, voter-driven change in direction. And if it turns out that the nation doesn’t like that new tack, we can be sure that it will be reversed in upcoming elections.

We are the home of the brave. America’s first responders step up in any emergency, natural or man-made. Who can ever forget the 415 firefighters, police, and other emergency workers who lost their lives on 9/11? The police officers who wade into dangerous territory night after night, protecting the vulnerable? Or our medical professionals and caregivers, working tirelessly to help COVID patients, while exposing themselves to its dangers?

And never forget the immeasurable contribution our U.S. Armed Forces make 24/7/365. This past weekend, my wife Peggy and I had the good fortune to attend the U.S. Navy Band Christmas Concert in Washington, DC. Interspersed with the great music were media images of Navy personnel from around the world — young faces that said it all: upbeat, on purpose, volunteers ready for any challenge, whenever and wherever it crops up.

It’s easy for us to lose sight of the sacrifices they make on our behalf. But if you need a reminder, just watch (and try to hold back your tears) a video of a young sailor reuniting with loved ones after a long and arduous deployment, holding for the first time the baby whose birth he’d missed while in our service far from home. It’s an oft-repeated image in military life.

We can argue about how best to address our country’s imperfections. That’s a good thing, as long as we commit to working together to do so. Unity, however elusive, is a must.

But there is simply too much good in this great country to allow ourselves to be consumed by its flaws. This Christmas, let’s celebrate the good.

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Is the Labor Shortage a National Security Issue?

It’s not just more expensive goods, but a handicap that goes much further.

Lewis Morris

How is it possible to have a declining labor participation rate and a labor shortage at the same time? Well, most economists will tell you that it’s not, but that is exactly what’s happening in America right now. The federal government, with its incessant meddling, has created a paradox that has the potential to ruin the economy.

Unemployment numbers skyrocketed thanks to COVID lockdowns. Not all the businesses that went into our government-imposed, ill-advised shutdown came out of it, and many workers suffered as a result. Some found work at other firms. Some chose to take early retirement. There were others who chose to work off the books or as part of the gig economy. These are the types of jobs not easily tracked or taxed by the government, which is why the government doesn’t like this type of work. But these self-sustaining, thrifty, and creative individuals are not the problem.

The problem lies with the government actively subsidizing unemployment for millions of people who found it more lucrative to stay home and collect taxpayer-funded checks than to go to work. These federal subsidies only recently fizzled out, despite the best efforts of the socialist Left to create a permanent unemployed underclass. (Democrats did, however, succeed in driving wages closer to their desired $15-an-hour minimum.) Many of these people either remain unemployed or have left the workforce altogether.

Why? It’s not for lack of jobs. There are four million fewer workers than before the pandemic, yet there are 11 million openings across several job sectors. Finding a job in this market should not be difficult. Companies ranging from fast food restaurants to trucking companies and construction outfits offered sign-on bonuses and plump starting salaries. But it’s starting to appear as if they have pulled all the able-bodied workers off the sidelines that they ever will.

All of this led to runaway inflation and a broken supply chain.

Some economists claim that there is little overlap between those seeking work and the companies looking to hire; that there is an offset of marketable skills. Hogwash. If someone wants to work, they will find work.

Mike Rowe, television host and founder of the Mike Rowe WORKS Foundation, notes that there is something deeper going on. The government has simultaneously disincentivized work and incentivized idleness. “This is no longer a matter of a skills gap or a few million people unemployed and employers frustrated because of the mismatching skills,” Rowe says. “This is a matter of national security.”

Rowe’s assessment is accurate. America didn’t become powerful by buying cheap goods made overseas. It became powerful making durable goods that were in demand around the world.

But a couple of things happened that changed the game. Labor unions made labor expensive in America by driving up wages. This gave some Americans more purchasing power, but it also drove jobs out of the country. American-made goods became more expensive and American companies became less competitive in the global marketplace. In just a few decades, we became beholden to China and other Asian producers for our everyday products. It took our COVID-induced supply-chain woes to show us just how beholden we were to other countries. Dangerously so, and it’s greatly benefiting China.

The other game changer was the generational indoctrination of the Left that downplayed the value of work and the importance of American-made goods. With no pride in ownership or even pride of self (we can thank the ruse of toxic masculinity for that one), of what value is a day’s work?

Democrats, now the standard-bearers of the socialist Left, don’t want an incentivized work force. Gainfully employed people are proud, hardworking, and independent, all the things that make it hard for socialism to creep into our daily lives. It has been a constant throughout history that societies that value work thrive, while those that embrace apathy die. Which way will America go?

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Corruption Has Pushed Chicago to the Brink

The mayor asks the DOJ for help with rising crime, and Kim Foxx is brought to task.

Emmy Griffin

Today’s story of Chicago is twofold. One the one hand, you have a city spiraling out of control. Crime and killings are compounded with willful corruption and a mule-like stubbornness of its leaders who either won’t or can’t acknowledge their failing policies. On the other hand, you have the blatant malfeasance of the Cook County state’s attorney, who is trying to excuse and bury the obvious hate-crime hoax of Jussie Smollett.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot gave a 40-minute speech to the citizens of Chicago on Monday. She informed them that she was just as troubled by the rising crime rate as were they. Chicago has reached 777 homicides so far this year, surpassing last year’s 769. There have been 4,270 shooting victims, considerably more than last year’s record of 3,930.

Lightfoot declared that she had asked the Department of Justice for help. In her plea, she asked U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to send agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. These agents would help with stripping the city’s criminal element of illegal guns.

This is ironic because when President Donald Trump offered help last year, Lightfoot scornfully wrote him a letter, saying, “What we do not need, and what will certainly make our community less safe is secret, federal agents deployed to Chicago.” She proceeded to demand that Trump help with her other pet projects instead. It read more like a kidnapper’s list of demands.

With fellow Democrat Joe Biden at the helm, she’s singing a different tune. “Public safety has been, is and will continue to be my highest priority. Keeping you safe is my priority,” she assured her constituents Monday. “I wake every morning with this as my first concern.” If only her actions matched her words. Not 24 hours later, she announced that she was imposing COVID vaccination crackdowns that intentionally ostracize the unvaccinated. Recall that her oppressive vaccine mandates are a huge reason why her police force is short-staffed. Looks like the “Little Napoleon in pant suits” couldn’t resist a chance to play dictator in spite of her suffering city.

Lori Lightfoot may be able to pin some of the blame for her ability to stop crime on Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. Lightfoot doesn’t have to get her hands dirty though — she just gets to watch with glee as her rival gets taken to task by Judge Michael Toomin and special prosecutor Dan Webb regarding her mishandling of the Smollett hate-crime hoax. There are allegations of ethics violations over false statements by Foxx in this particular case. Calls have been made for her resignation. Foxx has a history of not bringing charges to criminals when it was clear and obvious a crime had been committed. The Smollett debacle was just the latest and most high-profile of her apathy toward prosecuting crime.

Chicago itself has a congenital dilemma with electing Democrats. The policies that have been entrenched by decades of leftists are never going to be undone by even a hypothetical Republican mayor because the supporting authorities won’t help the figurehead. Of the 50-member city council, the majority are Democrats, and six aldermen are self-proclaimed socialists. The best formula for reforming the city would be a top-to-bottom change in the guard: A new mayor, new aldermen, and new prosecutors. That’ll take more than a Christmas miracle.

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EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

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Top of the Fold

  • Never-ending “emergency”: Biden administration extends pause on student-loan payments through May 1 (National Review)
  • SCOTUS agrees to hear arguments on Biden vax mandate (Daily Wire) | Imagine that! New York Times acknowledges mandates didn’t generate “any significant increase in rate of vaccinations” (National Review)
  • Consumer prices up 5.7% over past year, fastest in 39 years (AP) | Biden’s inflation may be even worse than Jimmy Carter’s (Washington Times)

Politics

  • D’oh! Democrats who called for defunding police amid George Floyd protests now pivoting (Fox News)
  • Lack of self-awareness: Biden says he will run for reelection if he’s “in good health” (New York Post)
  • Ten House seats positioned to flip in 2022 (Washington Examiner) | Biden’s sinking poll numbers spell doom for Democrats in 2022 (Washington Times)

Culture

  • Five CEOs from taxpayer-funded abortion mill Planned Parenthood make over $500,000 (Daily Wire)
  • Epic: Eleven-year-old saves woman from house fire on same day he saved classmate’s life (Fox News)

Odds & Ends

  • Housing prices continue to soar — up 13.9% since last November (Daily Wire)
  • Bowing to the ChiComs: Last monument for Tiananmen massacre removed from University of Hong Kong (AP)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: How deficit “stimulus” supercharged inflation (National Review)
  • Humor: Due to supply chain issues, Democrats recommend mailing in your votes for 2024 now (Babylon Bee)

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  • MSM: McCain a Maverick. Manchin a Villain. — The Leftmedia praised John McCain when he opposed his Party but not Joe Manchin for doing the same.
  • The Chosen Shocker — The TV series Hollywood wouldn’t make raises $40M in crowdfunding. Is this an isolated miracle, or the new model for creating films?

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The authoritarian sets up some book, or man, or tradition to establish the truth. The freethinker sets up reason and private judgment to discover the truth… It takes the highest courage to utter unpopular truths.” —Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)

“Society has no issue being told how to live by society, but will resist to its last breath being told how to live by God.” —Darrell B. Harrison

“As is often the case with viruses, this latest variant may spread faster than earlier strains, but it does not appear to be as debilitating. And new variants will just keep coming. The Biden administration seems incapable of acknowledging this new reality. ‘We didn’t see delta coming,’ Vice President Kamala Harris said last week. ‘We didn’t see omicron coming. And that’s the nature of what this awful virus has been, which, as it turns out, has mutations and variants.’ Biden and Harris were unable to see delta and omicron coming because they are stuck in a naive morality play where if the government is just able to force everyone, especially those evil Trump voters, to get the vaccine, then COVID will disappear forever and Biden and the Democrats can declare victory.” —Washington Examiner

“Biden’s vaccine mandate will only make the nation’s supply chain problems worse and cause inflation to go higher. What Biden still does not understand is that he cannot control people and there will always be some people, especially independent-minded people who drive trucks, who would rather find a new job than get a mandated vaccine.” —Washington Examiner

“When I was a kid, my father taught me to treat nickels as if they were manhole covers. We had to, because if we weren’t profitable every year, we’d lose the farm. Biden’s position is just the opposite: When you’re broke, you just keep spending. As a result, we are seeing crushing inflation throughout our economy, hurting the vulnerable families and fixed-income seniors Biden’s socialist policies purport to help. … It’s no surprise that Joe Biden and Jen Psaki, whose only meaningful experiences with agriculture probably come from weekly trips to Washington, D.C., farmers’ markets, don’t understand why food prices are rising. If we want food prices to be lower, we need an administration that understands agriculture, values fiscal responsibility, and wants to make it easier, not harder, for our farmers and ranchers to grow food without the federal government getting in the way.” —livestock producer Jim Pillen

Belly laugh of the week: “House Democrats delivered a historic economic recovery that’s created six million jobs and made a once-in-a-century investment in our infrastructure that will put millions more Americans to work. We’re going to tell people about it and keep at the hard work of governing. House Republicans will have to explain why they continue to peddle conspiracies that threaten to prolong this pandemic” —Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Chris Taylor

Grand delusions: “Senate Democrats have a strong record of accomplishments: delivering millions of vaccines, cutting taxes for American families and passing a bipartisan infrastructure law that grows good paying jobs.” —Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokeswoman Jazmin Vargas

Braying jenny: “To put it simply, if you have been living vaccine-free, your time is up. If you wish to live life as w/the ease to do the things you love, you must be vax’d. This health order may pose an inconvenience to the unvaccinated, and in fact it is inconvenient by design.” —Chicago Dictator Mayor Lori Lightfoot

A blind squirrel finds a nut: “The virus will not be eradicated, and we have to learn to live with it.” —NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

And last… “At its heart, wokeness is divisive, exclusionary, and hateful. It basically gives mean people a shield to be mean and cruel, armored in false virtue.” —Elon Musk

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Jim Jordan Urges CDC To Do A Natural Immunity Study And Compare It To The Vaccine

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Tuesday, a Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis held a remote hearing examining the urgent need to accelerate global coronavirus vaccination efforts and the critical role that these efforts play in the nation’s public health and economic recovery. Congressman Jim Jordan expressed his desire for CDC to use some of its funding to figure out how effective natural immunity is as an alternative to a vaccine.

Democrats Insist That True Vaccines Haven’t Been Tried Yet — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—As the public grows increasingly skeptical of the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, Democrats are pushing back by informing the public that true vaccines haven’t been tried yet.

“I know that fully vaccinated people are still catching and transmitting COVID, but that’s only because those first few vaccines weren’t TRUE vaccines. True COVID vaccines have never been tried,” explained a dancing AOC in her latest TikTok video. “The first 2 or 3 doses didn’t really count. We need everyone to take more boosters for the vaccines to actually be effective. That’s just science!”

In a statement from a local Coldstone Creamery, President Joe Biden agreed, saying: “Look, here’s the deal. I would never lie to you nor would I forsake you. These vaccines are gencruztrerotic. At least that’s what they tell me. Come on, man, it’s trelblishnocent!”

Beloved infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci also confirms that Democratic messaging is scientifically accurate. When asked by CNN’s Anderson Cooper if people should continue to take booster shots for a vaccine that isn’t a vaccine, Dr. Fauci replied, “You know that’s a great question, but it’s just too soon to tell if a vaccine is a vaccine until it doesn’t work. So, I’m going to have to say that we need to keep jabbing and keep masking until something works. That’s science.”

Though Republicans have been critical of this new democratic messaging, they aren’t taking action against their political opposition. “We’re all just coasting at this point,” said Sen. Mitch McConnel.

Democrats Insist That True Vaccines Haven’t Been Tried Yet — The Babylon Bee

“No Country Can Boost Its Way Out” – WHO Warns Biden Plan Could “Prolong” Pandemic | ZeroHedge News

As President Biden once again pushes booster doses on the population with his latest winter plan, the WHO is once again pushing back against this zealousness for vaccines and booster shots by declaring that booster shots shouldn’t be prioritized by the  developed governments that control the vaccine supply. Instead, the US and other developed nations should focus on allowing drugmakers like Pfizer and Moderna to distribute more shots in the developing world, because hoarding boosters and focusing primarily on their own populations is a denial of the WHO’s ‘science’.

SAGE, the WHO’s advisory group on COVID immunization strategies, issued a report Thursday expressing concern that programs like Biden’s, which includes more vaccine buys and vaccination centers to improve “access” while unused doses rot on shelves across the US, risk worsening the global COVID situation because they worsen vaccine ‘inequality’.

Specifically, SAGE expressed concern that “broad-based administration of booster doses risks exacerbating vaccine access” by diverting supply from under-vaccinated countries to ones with already high percentages of vaccinated people.

And it’s not just the WHO’s advisors that are worried about booster programs getting out of hand (as Israel gears up to start doling out its second round of doses). Ultimately, these programs like the US’s and Israels can do more harm than good, as WHO chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus explained Wednesday.

Dr. Tedros said that with 20% of vaccine supplies going toward boosters, “blanket booster programs are likely to prolong the pandemic rather than ending it.” By diverting the vaccine supply to countries with high levels of immunity, vaccine producers and those buying boosters from them are giving the virus “more opportunity to spread and mutate.”

“No country can boost its way out of the pandemic,” he added.

Of course, the US is far from alone in having a booster program, even as it remains among the most heavily vaccinated countries in the world. According to SAGE’s report, at least 126 countries have already issued guidance on booster or additional vaccination and more than 120 have started boosting their populations.

However, “the majority of these countries are classified as high-income, or upper middle-income. No low-income country has yet introduced a booster vaccination programme,” the report said.

The WHO’s goal is for all 194 member states to have at least 40% of their population vaccinated by the end of 2021, with 70% vaccinated by mid-2022. Only half of all member states have reached 40%.

Source: “No Country Can Boost Its Way Out” – WHO Warns Biden Plan Could “Prolong” Pandemic

CNN and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year

CNN had a rough year in 2021 that was filled with embarrassing scandals, ratings woes and uncertainty over the struggling network’s future with everyone from Jeffrey Toobin to Chris Cuomo creating negative headlines for the liberal network.

Source: CNN and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year

RT-PCR Test Loses FDA Emergency Use Authorization On January 1, 2022

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The CDC originally applied for EUA status for the RT-PCR test for COVID-19 in February 2020. Since then, it has proved to be notoriously unreliable and has largely been discredited as a diagnostic tool to detect the COVID-19 virus. The test will be outlawed on January 1, 2022.

However, when reading the details on the CDC website, a strong smell of rotting fish fills the room.

First, the test was never granted full FDA approval. Instead, it was permitted for use under the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). In other words, it was an experimental diagnostic tool.

And yet, it was used to drive the entire nation into the Great Panic that literally turned our society upside down.

Second, the Lab Alert directs clinicians to “Visit the FDA website for a list of authorized COVID-19 diagnostic methods.”

According to the FDA’s own rules, no EUA can be granted for an experimental drug/treatment if an approved solution already exists. Furthermore, if an EUA is in play for one drug and another drug is approved for the same application, then the EUA on the experimental drug is immediately removed.

Satanic display inside Illinois Statehouse days before Christmas draws protesters

The display features a sculpture of an infant version of Baphomet, a goat-like Satanic deity, and was set up next to a traditional Christian Nativity display inside the government building, the State Journal-Register of Springfield reported.

Source: Satanic display inside Illinois Statehouse days before Christmas draws protesters

Andrew Napolitano: Liability Shield for Experimental Coronavirus Vaccine Companies is ‘Morally Wrong’ and ‘Corporatism’ | Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity

Government has been paying for purchasing, promoting, and distributing experimental coronavirus “vaccines” to Americans. Government has even been mandating many people take the shots in order to continue working at their jobs, while also pressuring these and other people to take the shots by imposing vaccine passport requirements that bar from ordinary activities people who have not taken the shots.

Yet, at the same time, government is saying that if individuals who succumb to the marketing and coercion end up being hurt or killed by the shots, those individuals or their families are barred from suing the pharmaceutical companies that have been raking in big bucks off the shots.

Legal commentator Andrew Napolitano took on this liability shield outrage in a brief compelling video commentary. In the Wednesday video commentary, Napolitano tags the United States government created liability shied for the big pharmaceutical companies behind the experimental coronavirus vaccine shotes as both “morally wrong” and “corporatism.”

As Napolitano explains in the video commentary, absent the creation of special legal protections these big pharmaceutical companies would be, as are other companies that provide products, liable for harm their products cause. Indeed, there is a field of law called torts that deals largely with such liability and a class of lawyers who sue companies for injuries caused by products.

But, the United States government has given these large pharmaceutical companies a shield protecting them from this liability that is otherwise a routine part of doing business in America. This special protection, Napolitano points out is “morally wrong.” Napolitano elaborates:

But, look, one of the principles of American law is “where there’s a wrong, there’s a remedy.” If the vaccine manufacturers have done something wrong or put something into your body or a loved one’s body that harms or kills them, there ought to be a remedy, and Congress is not in the business of interfering with that remedy. Someone punches you in the nose, you have the right to punch them back, and then you have the right to sue them for the cost of repairing your nose. Someone puts a vaccine in your arm and you get sick, you have the right to sue them. These are moral rights, and they used to be legal rights until the Congress interfered with them.

This special protection from liability for vaccine manufacturers Napolitano further condemns as an exercise of corporatism — “the government favoring certain capitalistic ventures by making it easy and inexpensive for these capitalistic groups to distribute their product.” That’s something that can work out great for big pharmaceutical companies’ bottom line by letting the companies avoid having to pay anything to people harmed by the companies’ dangerous shots.

But, maybe that is not the end of this story. Napolitano intriguingly concludes his discussion of the issue with this comment: “Wait until the lawsuits start coming.” This suggests Napolitano thinks there may be means to overcome the pharmaceutical companies’ liability shield for damages caused by the experimental coronavirus vaccine shots. Maybe there will be some justice after all.

Watch Napolitano’s video commentary here:

Napolitano is an Advisory Board member for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

Source: Andrew Napolitano: Liability Shield for Experimental Coronavirus Vaccine Companies is ‘Morally Wrong’ and ‘Corporatism’

While Biden Pushes Vaccines, Report Shows Hundreds of ‘Fully Vaccinated’ in Oregon Died of COVID-19 — Christian Research Network

“If two-thirds of deaths caused by breakthrough cases in Oregon were of black people, the mainstream media would have a difficult choice to make. As reality has it, they can safely ignore the facts.”

(C. Mitchell Shaw – The New American) Even as the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue continues to push the narrative that vaccines are not only “safe, free, and effective,” but that they are the only way to combat COVID-19, reports continue to come to light showing that fully vaccinated people still die of the virus. In fact, they die in staggeringly high numbers.

This week, Biden reiterated his call (read: demand) for everyone to their “patriotic duty” and get fully vaccinated. He said, “For the unvaccinated, you’re looking at a winter of severe illness and death for yourselves, your families, and the hospitals you may soon overwhelm.” View article →

While Biden Pushes Vaccines, Report Shows Hundreds of ‘Fully Vaccinated’ in Oregon Died of COVID-19 — Christian Research Network

Media Says No Shame In Breakthrough COVID After Guilting The Unvaxxed For Months — Conservative Review

Media outlets are scrambling to reassure people who received the COVID-19 shot that there is no shame in testing positive for the virus.

Media Says No Shame In Breakthrough COVID After Guilting The Unvaxxed For Months — Conservative Review

Advent- Thirty Days of Jesus: Day 27, He Rises

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

Christmas advent. We are coming toward the end of our look at the life of Jesus through scripture. The first section of His life was seen through verses focused on prophecy, arrival, and early life.

The next section of verses looked at Him as the Son, second person of the Trinity.

We proceeded into looking at Jesus as the Son and His preeminence, His works, and His ministry. Under ministry & works, I chose verses showing His attributes and aspects of being servant, teacher, shepherd, intercessor, and compassionate healer; and His attributes of omniscience, having all authority and power, and sinlessness.

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