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The Benefits of Affliction

Thomas Charles, 1838


How utterly unable are all earthly things to bring us any comfort or any relief—when God's finger even slightly touches us! They are at all times equally impotent, though our thoughts of them may be very different. Time and recovery should not give them any more power or influence over our hearts. Such a season will return soon again. Sickness, and death itself—are not very far, but just at the door. And neither of them will come in a pleasing manner—the one will be painful, and the other will be most solemn, if not terrible. May we be better prepared to meet them both, by a blessed improvement of past afflictions.

The sad remembrance of former sicknesses unimproved, and of the views they have had in them—haunt the dying curtains of many. They speak such heart-convictions, as they are at the time, ill able to endure.

After recovering, most of us live as if we had made a covenant with death, and seem to think that we shall neither die, nor be sick any more. But though we are reprieved, we should remember that we are not released. Death has power over us, and at the appointed time, will exercise it. "It is appointed for all men once to die"—and this appointment or decree cannot be altered! The appointed hour may be very near; and a slight illness may be sent on purpose to warn us of its coming.

In the meantime, we should improve all these kind visitations for the furtherance of our growth in grace and in the divine life. "Affliction does not come from the dust, nor does trouble spring from the ground"—but they are all sent in divine wisdom and love. Every circumstance, as to time and manner, is exactly ordered by God for the best. Were every circumstance more narrowly examined, it would doubtless give us a great insight into the wisdom and love of God in all his afflictive dispensations. God does not willingly afflict any of his children—but they always stand in absolute need, at the very time, of the very affliction which he sends. The particular affliction could not be laid aside, nor delayed, nor altered for another—without great hurt and injury to the soul.

God's designs in afflictions are various—but all are gracious, and for our good. He may intend to bring us to repentance for some past sins—as the three days' pestilence was sent to humble David for numbering the people.

Or, it may be that the affliction is sent to prevent our being overtaken in some dangerous snare, into which we may be in great danger of falling—and it is better to endure the heaviest affliction, than to carry about with us a guilty conscience. 'Anything rather than sin!' is the language of the Christian's heart.

Or, it may be that the affliction is sent to exercise some grace, that it may thereby gain strength, and the soul be prepared for some trying circumstances into which it is soon to be brought; as was the case with Joseph. The trials with which he had been exercised, prepared him for his future exaltation, and some of them contributed to bring it about.

These designs may for a long season be concealed from the believer himself, as was the case with Joseph. Yet, inasmuch as God has assured us that He causes all things to work together for our good—patience and resignation to the divine will in all things, is our duty. In His good time He may allow us to see such wisdom and goodness in all of our circumstances, as to fill our hearts with transports of joy. To follow Him is our part—without murmuring or complaining.

How gracious is the design to bring us to repentance for sin—or to stop us from falling into temptation—or to prepare us by previous discipline, for some humbling service! Is not all this good?

Nothing befalls us without a cause—no trouble comes upon us sooner, or presses more heavily, or continues longer—than what God knows that our case requires. What our short-sighted ignorance calls adversities or evils—are in reality and truth, well-designed and gracious blessings, and form a part of the means employed by God's goodness and grace, to prepare us for the exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Away then with all impatience and all murmurings!

 

All our desire in this world, should be to live holily and live usefully—and affliction, by the blessing of God, has great influence in promoting both. Sanctified affliction greatly promotes holiness, and is also a great preparative for usefulness. It is working out at the same time a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory in the eternal world. God always chastens us, for our profit. Though we may thereby lose earthly comforts, ease and enjoyments—yet it is a profitable loss. What we lose in these things—we gain in holiness. It is for our profit, to become partakers of His holiness. It is for our profit, to be brought to repentance for every sin, to be delivered from ensnaring temptations, or to be prepared for any service to which our master may call us.

If we cannot see the end the Lord has in view, still let us believe, that it is for our profit in some way or other; yes, and in the way of all others, by which we can profit the most, and be the greatest gainers.

What profit have we experienced? Have we become more watchful against such sins as have at any time brought correction upon us, that we might repent of them? Are we contending earnestly and strenuously against them? Are we aware of any such corruptions as might necessitate our heavenly Father to prevent us from entering into such circumstances of life, as would foster the temptation to them? Are we now more strictly on our guard against such dangerous circumstances? How have we conducted ourselves in such circumstances, places, and stations, as God has prepared us for by corrections? Have we been earnestly diligent in such duties, having in all things a single eye to his glory?

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Satisfaction Should NOT Be Guaranteed
by Pastor Ricky Kurth


One thing for sure about the Apostle Paul, he was never satisfied with the spiritual condition of the saints. Nowhere is this more evident than in his words to the church at Thessalonica:

    “But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you…indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more” (I Thes. 4:9,10).

Did you catch that? After acknowledging that the brotherly love of the Thessalonians was so great that it had spilled over into the surrounding regions of Macedonia, rather than congratulate them, the apostle begged them to “increase more and more.” When it came to wanting God’s people to grow in the Lord, there was no end to the Apostle Paul! In this he reminds me of my father, who was never satisfied with the level of success that he had attained at any point in his life.

Years ago, my brother (who was Dad’s partner in his tool and die business) was telling me about the tremendous growth that their machine shop had experienced after I left to work for Pastor Stam at Berean Bible Society. It was no coincidence, by the way, that the shop really took off after I left, for I was never a very good toolmaker! But after hearing of the exponential growth that my father’s business had experienced, I remarked to my brother, “Dad must be very happy about all this.” Shaking his head, my brother replied with words that I will never forget, saying, “There is no end to Dad. He wants to buy more machines, hire more people.”

That was certainly my father. When the state lottery began in Illinois, he mentioned to an old friend who worked at his shop that he had bought a ticket. This friend, who had known my dad for years, just laughed at him, and asked, “What would you do if you won the lottery? You wouldn’t retire like most people, you’d just buy more machines!”

Beloved, that’s the way to achieve greatness in any field of endeavor. Never be satisfied! Paul wasn’t satisfied with the surpassing love of the saints at Thessalonica. Don’t you want to be like Paul? Are you satisfied with the level of your spiritual growth? Are you begging God to help you attain pinnacles of spirituality that would make an angel gasp? No matter what area of your spiritual life needs to flourish, are you willing to pray about it right now?

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Yet it is a profitable loss!

(Thomas Charles, "The Benefits of Affliction" 1838)

"God disciplines us for our profit, that we may share in His holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." Hebrews 12:10-11

Inasmuch as God has assured us that He causes all things to work together for our good--patience and resignation to the divine will in all things, is our duty. In His good time He may allow us to see such wisdom and goodness in all of our circumstances, as to fill our hearts with transports of joy. To follow Him is our part--without murmuring or complaining.

Nothing befalls us without a cause--no trouble comes upon us sooner, or presses more heavily, or continues longer--than what God knows that our case requires. What our short-sighted ignorance calls adversities or evils--are in reality and truth, well-designed and gracious blessings, and form a part of the means employed by God's goodness and grace, to prepare us for the exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Away then with all impatience and all murmurings!

All our desire in this world, should be to live holily and live usefully--and affliction, by the blessing of God, has great influence in promoting both. Sanctified affliction greatly promotes holiness, and is also a great preparative for usefulness. It is working out at the same time a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory in the eternal world. God always chastens us, for our profit. Though we may thereby lose earthly comforts, ease and enjoyments--yet it is a profitable loss. What we lose in these things--we gain in holiness. It is for our profit, to become partakers of His holiness.

"We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose!" Romans 8:28

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For Democrats, it’s easy to believe that Russian ads on Facebook can swing an election away from Hillary Clinton. The idea that the millions of duplicate and dead voters on the nation’s electoral rolls could be unduly swinging elections, however, is a bridge too far.

Judicial Watch’s Election Integrity Project35 released a report last year that found that America’s voter rolls were in chaos. By crunching numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and the federal Election Assistance Commission, Judicial Watch discovered that there were 3.5 million more registered voters than actual eligible adult voters in the United States.

Think that might be relevant again with the November midterms around the corner?

National Review’s Deroy Murdock36 took a deep dive into the numbers. He found that 462 counties nationwide in which the voter registration rate exceeded the eligible adult voter population. In most cases, there were a handful of over-registrations. These were most likely due to dead voters who hadn’t been removed from the rolls or people who had moved but were still listed at their old address.

Yes, mistakes can be made, but 3.5 million of them?

Some counties in Washington, Delaware, and New Mexico had voter registration rates upwards of 150% of the resident population. In areas with large populations, this can amount to many thousands of people. In Los Angeles County, Judicial Watch tallied over 700,000 over-registrations. San Diego Country had 810,000 more voters than people. In fact, California alone accounts for almost half of all the nation’s over-registrations.

But by all means, let’s ditch the Electoral College and let California decide national elections, leftists tell us.

States that figured prominently in the 2016 election had significant over-registration numbers. Hillary Clinton’s margin of victory in Colorado and New Hampshire was lower than the number of over-registrations in either state. Her national popular vote margin was less than three million, compared to the 3.5 million extraneous voters in the Judicial Watch report.

President Donald Trump proposed a federal examination of state voter rolls to purge bad names and investigate fraud shortly after he took office. Several Democrat states refused to cooperate and threatened to file suit, effectively shutting down the investigation before it even started. They claimed states’ rights (like that’s ever mattered to Dems before) and fell back on their age-old rebuttal that voter fraud doesn’t exist.

As if on cue, the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School concocted a report37 claiming voter fraud was a myth. The reasoning behind this finding was that the paltry number of prosecutions of voter fraud across the country indicated that it was a statistically insignificant issue. In other words, there haven’t been a lot of prosecutions, so it’s not a big deal.

The voter-fraud-as-myth crowd wants the public to believe the only instances of fraud that exist were the ones that were prosecuted, or more appropriately the ones that were so glaringly obvious that they could not be ignored. If this was the theory behind all criminal behavior, then we should believe that the only crime that takes place is crime perpetrated by the criminals who get caught.

Any prosecutor who would subscribe to such nonsense has no business in the legal profession.

The low instances of reported voter fraud are a result of an epic lack of enforcement of voter laws, not extremely lucky prosecutors who found the dozen or so instances of voter fraud that took place in the whole country.

Voter ID is a simple way to verify that voters are who they say they are and secure the integrity of our election process. Democrats have repeatedly blocked attempts to establish this procedure. Why? Is it because such laws infringe on the voting rights of minorities?

Hardly. Requiring people to present ID for voting is not a draconian measure. People are required to present identification in any number of public interactions on a daily basis, including obtaining Medicaid benefits, cashing Social Security checks, and using food stamps. If voter ID is so difficult for poor people or minorities to obtain, then how did they get ID to take advantage of these federal or state benefits?

The cynical view about the source of the pushback against voter ID, which unfortunately is closer to the truth, is that tighter voter registration laws mean it will be harder to commit voter fraud. Once you remove the burdens that would supposedly hinder minority voting, what other answer is there?

https://patriotpost.us/articles/58878-why-require-voter-id

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Video: What’s Wrong With Government-Run Health Care?38 — If you get sick or suffer a serious injury, you not only want medical care, you want quality medical care.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Rich Lowry: “It doesn’t take a fourth-wave feminist to realize that a president of the United States having an intern he barely knows perform oral sex on him while he talks on the phone in the Oval Office is grossly exploitative. If this had been a movie director or a media executive, everyone would recognize it as an appalling abuse of power, even Hillary Clinton. … But Clinton’s White House misadventure wasn’t a one-time lapse. In keeping with the most compelling #MeToo cases, there was a pattern of conduct going back decades. … If Hillary doesn’t want to spend her time re-litigating 20-year-old scandals — as well as her loss in 2016 — she could simply step out of the public eye. It’s not as though her own side gains anything from her constant presence. … But Hillary isn’t going anywhere. She and Bill are about to embark on a nationwide speaking tour. Their prominence will serve as a reminder that no matter what progressives say now, when push came to shove and they had to decide between protecting one of their own in high office and their feminist principles, it wasn’t even a close call.”

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Insight: “Evil people always support each other; that is their chief strength.” —Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

For the record: “I’m on his team. We have never talked about me leaving. … We just continue doing our job. … My portfolio is bipartisan by its very basis, and that is the protection of the United States. … I’ve never registered for any political party.” —Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Trump’s comments that he might leave and is “sort of a Democrat”

An exercise in futility: “Did [Elizabeth Warren] gain anything by putting out this DNA test’s results1? … I think I might be just as Native American as she is.” —black MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin

Good question: “Argue the substance all you want, but why 22 days before a crucial election where we MUST win house and senate to save America, why did @SenWarren have to do her [DNA] announcement now? Why can’t Dems ever stay focused???” —2012 Obama campaign manager Jim Messina

Friendly fire I: “There are a lot of Democrats who had to wake up this morning and answer questions about Hillary Clinton’s bone-headed comments13 [about Monica Lewinsky] yesterday, and they’re not really happy with the fact Elizabeth Warren did this 22 days before the midterms and give Republicans a shiny object to keep talking about and fundraising over. It was really poor timing on her part.” —RealClearPolitics columnist A.B. Stoddard

Friendly fire II: “When we talk about abuse of power, it wasn’t just the age difference, it wasn’t just the fact that she was an intern and he was the president, although that was a big part of it. Because Bill Clinton didn’t come clean, Monica Lewinsky was hauled into a hotel in Pentagon City [and] threatened with jail time. Her parents were threatened with jail time. Her life was ruined. It wasn’t just the affair; it was her life that got ruined because of that abuse of power.” —CNN’s Amanda Carpenter

And last… “As much as I enjoy goofing on Elizabeth Warren, I don’t like Trump’s constant references to her as ‘Pocahontas.’ Not because it’s racist, because it’s not. He’s not the one who told her to lie about her ancestry. No, I don’t like it because he should be saying Fauxcahontas. That’s the joke. She’s a fake.” —Jim Treacher

https://patriotpost.us/articles/58880-tuesday-short-cuts

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Oct. 16, 2018 · https://patriotpost.us/digests/58882-mid-day-digest

THE FOUNDATION

“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character.” —Noah Webster (1789)

https://patriotpost.us/fqd/58881-founders-quote-daily

IN TODAY’S EDITION

Elizabeth Warren validates her opponents with DNA test of ancestry.
Scalise, shot by a socialist loon, warns about Dems stoking anger.
Why require voter ID? Because there are 3.5 million more voters than adults.
A soldier who was robbed gives back.
Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists, and Short Cuts.

IN BRIEF
Is Elizabeth Warren an ‘Honest Injun’?1

Mark Alexander

As Elizabeth Warren lays the groundwork2 for her long-denied3 2020 presidential bid, she’s out — again — with another defense of her claimed “Cherokee ancestry,” this time with a contrived DNA test. Clearly, she would like to get her “Fauxcahontas” lie out of the way before 2020.

We’ve previously called out her “identity” issue4, but now, according to5 her fanboys at The Boston Globe, “Warren has released a DNA test that provides ‘strong evidence’ she had a Native American in her family tree dating back 6 to 10 generations.” By the end of the day, the Globe issued this correction: “Due to a math error, a story about Elizabeth Warren misstated the ancestry percentage of a potential 10th generation relative. It should be 1/1,024.”

Furthermore, buried in the report is this gem: “To make up for the dearth of Native American DNA, [Stanford University professor Carlos D. Bustamante] used samples from Mexico, Peru, and Colombia to stand in for Native American.” Nevertheless, to tell the difference, “Bustamante said he can tease out the markers that these South Americans would have in common with Native Americans on the North American continent.” So she’s definitely at least 1/1,024 Mexican, Peruvian, or Colombian. Or something.

Vindication? Hardly. “By that measure,” observes Matt Walsh, “almost everyone in America is a minority.” In fact, most white Americans have twice that much “native” DNA.

Recall Trump’s challenge to Warren: “I will give $1 million to your favorite charity … if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian.” Fact is, by Warren’s definition of “Native American,” it is highly probable that Trump has more native ancestry than she does.

Our friend Michelle Malkin suggests, “1/1024 ‘Native American’ indirectly derived from South American genetic markers is ‘proof’ of Native heritage? 1/1024 of $1 million = $976.56. President Trump should donate that amount in Monopoly money, which is as genuine as Warren’s claim.” We suggest he donate it directly to her campaign, and we recommend this old Cher song, “Half Breed6,” as Warren’s campaign theme song!

Brazenly, Warren is calling on Trump to pay up: “Remember saying on that you’d give $1M to a charity of my choice if my DNA showed Native American ancestry? Please send the check to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.”

Actually, Trump said if “the test … shows you’re an Indian.” We will defer to the Cherokee Nation elders for their opinion on that.

On behalf of the Cherokee Nation, its Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin protested: “Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It … dishonors legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”

As partial penance for her shameful lie, it is Warren who should send a check to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.

And Warren thought this charade would lay her disputed claim to rest? On her promotion of the DNA report as “proof” of her native ancestry, conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey observed, “This is like spiking the ball after scoring a touchdown in the other team’s end zone.” It’s a permanent stain on her campaign.

More important than Warren’s pitifully weak ancestry “proof” remains the primary question about how she used this faux ancestral claim at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard. She declared herself to be Native American at both institutions and fooled them, so, in keeping with her elitist arrogance, she is certain she can fool her Democrat constituents!

Clearly, among her genetic markers is a significant one for lying. Warren is a wealthy, disingenuous socialist, and that’s about as un-American as it gets.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/58859-is-elizabeth-warren-an-honest-injun

Scalise Warns Against Dems Stoking Uncivilized Anger7

In a recent Fox News op-ed8, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) called out Democrat leaders over their use of uncivilized and threatening rhetoric. He specifically noted recent statements made by Hillary Clinton about how Democrats “cannot be civil9” with Republicans, as well as comments from former Attorney General Eric Holder, who encouraged the audience at a campaign rally to “kick” Republicans when they “go low.”

Scalise warned that the political rhetoric coming from Democrats has only served to stoke burning anger among leftists and “incite even more harassment and violence.” He knows what he’s talking about given his own “near-death experience at the hands of a deranged shooter who sought to assassinate a baseball field of Republicans10.”

After listing several recent incidents of threats and violence leveled against conservatives and the fact that these incidents are only growing, Scalise appealed to his Democrat colleagues to condemn the violent vitriolic rhetoric and to strive for civility. “A healthy, strong democracy is not possible if anyone lives in fear of expressing their views,” Scalise wrote. “In America, we win battles at the ballot box, not through mob rule or intimidation. While it’s clear many Democrats refuse to accept the election of President Trump, if they want change, they need to convince people with their ideas and actually win elections, rather than call for violent resistance, harassment, and mob rule.”

We truly hope that Democrat leaders heed Scalise’s admonition and that there is a quick end to the violent rhetoric now being expressed by far too many on the Left.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/58861-scalise-warns-against-dems-stoking-uncivilized-anger

Top Headlines11

Federal budget deficit clocks in at $779 billion for 2018, the largest since 2012 (Washington Examiner12)
You don’t say: Major women’s groups silent on Hillary Clinton’s “abuse of power13” comments (Huffington Post14)
Keith Ellison’s lead in Minnesota attorney general election vanishing amid domestic abuse allegations (Fox News15)
Jeff Sessions rips federal judges over anti-Trump bias (The Washington Times16)
Saudis preparing to admit journalist killed by “mistake” during interrogation (Townhall17)
Judge dismisses Stormy Daniels lawsuit against Trump, orders her to pay his legal fees (Mediaite18)
Washington Catholic Archdiocese releases names of 31 clergy members “credibly accused” since 1948 of sexually abusing minors (The Washington Post19)
Trade war cost: China’s third-quarter GDP growth seen hitting lowest since 2009 (Reuters20)
“Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer21” cracks top 10 at box office (The Daily Signal22)
Humor: Elizabeth Warren disappointed after DNA test shows zero trace of presidential material (The Onion23)
Policy: Don’t punish the UAE and Bahrain for Saudi misdeeds (American Enterprise Institute24)
Policy: Countering the rise of China (The Daily Signal25)
For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report26.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/58879-tuesday-top-headlines

GOOD NEWS

Soldier Who Was Robbed Gives Back27
Army medic Luis Ocampo left his home in Charlotte, North Carolina, to help with hurricane relief on the Carolina coast. Ocampo spent days in New Bern, a riverfront city ravaged by the storm. With Ocampo gone, his girlfriend Kailey Finch and their infant son stayed with Ocampo’s parents. When Ocampo returned home, he found his house completely ransacked. The thieves trashed the house and stole electronics, jewelry, and cherished family possessions.

A friend launched an online fundraiser that brought in $15,000, more than the original $5,000 goal. Rather than keep the extra money, the soldier chose to give it to others in need.

Read more at Sunny Skyz28.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/58873-soldier-who-was-robbed-gives-back

FEATURED ANALYSIS
Why Require Voter ID?34

Lewis Morris

With the midterms less than a month away, the idea of election integrity should be on everyone’s minds. Unfortunately, Democrats and their Leftmedia super PAC would have us believe that voter fraud is a myth concocted by the Right to keep minorities from voting. Instead, they would rather focus on the phantom Trump-Russia collusion story that has been refuted by all but the most rabid anti-Trump leftists.

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The film also shows something just as damning. “The movie is as much an exposé of the media as it is of abortion,” McElhinney stated42 in an interview with NewsBusters last June. “The media who ignored the story will have to explain to millions of people who will see the movie why they censored this story.”

No, they won’t. A mainstream media that avoided the trial for 56 days until public outcry and multiple letters from House members virtually forced their hand, will remain as conspicuously uninterested as ever. Philadelphia News reports43 that reviews by mainstream movie critics are virtually “non-existent,” and that the film’s availability is geography-based. “It’s downright easy to go see the Gosnell movie if you live in places like Texas or Alabama, while there’s literally only one movie screen in all of Manhattan showing the film,” it reveals.

Manhattan is part of New York City — where more black American babies are currently aborted44 than born.

In a 2011 column illuminating the societal consequences described by Daniel Moynihan as “defining deviancy down,” Manon McKinnon wrote something just as compelling, asserting45 that deviancy and normalcy have “swapped places.” Thus, the bet here is “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” will remain under the radar. Not because it should, but because in a morally adrift nation where the 60 million abortions performed since Roe v. Wade became the law of the land is celebrated as “reproductive freedom,” it must.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/58835-disappearing-dr-kermit-gosnell

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

Winning in the Courts for Generations to Come46 — It’s not just the Supreme Court but the whole federal judiciary that Trump is influencing.
Pope Accepts Cardinal Wuerl’s Resignation But…47 — The disgraced archbishop will remain in his role until his successor is appointed.
U.S. Navy Birthday48 — Our Navy is the most powerful in the world, and we offer our thanks for a job well done.
Video: Don’t Use the ‘Mob Word’49 — Leftmedia talkingheads really don’t want to use the word “mob” to describe raucous leftists.
Humor Video: To Kill a #MeTooBird50 — Steven Crowder and company takes the classic film “To Kill A Mockingbird” and sets it in today’s political climate.
Video: $15 Minimum Wage Creating Black Market Lawbreakers51 — The real-world consequences when politicians interfere with a complex industry they don’t understand.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Jeff Jacoby: “More than ever I admire those celebrities who steadfastly resist the temptation (or the hectoring) to talk politics. There are still some of them, including Bruno Mars, Mark Wahlberg, Reba McEntire, and Josh Duhamel. They follow in the footsteps of one of the greatest entertainers in American history. At the peak of his long career, Elvis Presley’s influence on popular culture was unparalleled, but about politics he would say nothing. A classic illustration occurred during a pre-concert press conference at Madison Square Garden in 1972. It was at the height of the antiwar movement, and Presley, an Army veteran, was asked for his thoughts on the Vietnam War protests. ‘Honey, I’d just as soon keep my own personal views about that to myself,’ he answered modestly. ‘I’m just an entertainer and I’d rather not say.’ Faced with the pressure to get political, Elvis knew how to shake it off. Would that could still be said about Taylor Swift.”

SHORT CUTS

The Gipper: “We are too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. We are not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline. I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.”

Braying Jenny: “The blue wave is African-American. It is white. It is Latino. It is Asian-Pacific Islander. It is made up of those who’ve been told that they are not worthy of being here. It is comprised of those who are documented and undocumented.” —Georgia Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams

The BIG Lie: “The census is supposed to get a full and accurate count of the U.S. population. By weaponizing the census, this Administration is violating the idea that everyone counts.” —Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) on a question asking about respondents’ citizenship

Hot air: “Climate change is real, it is being driven by human activity, it is happening right now. These are facts; they are not in dispute. Our scientists know it, our businesses know it, the world knows it, and the American people know it. But, too many senators on the other side of the aisle just put their head in the sand. … If we would do more on climate change, we’d have fewer of these hurricanes and other types of storms. Everyone knows that, except a few.” —Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

Civility: “There are babies being ripped away from their parents at the southern border in the name of the American people. Make no mistake, this is part of an evil plot by the Trump administration, and it has to stop.” —Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ)

Non Compos Mentis: “[Donald Trump] is just trashing American values the way he talks about people, the way he makes fun of people, the way he denigrates folks. I got to tell you, I think there is a method to his madness because he wants you to get down in the mosh pit with him.” —Joe Biden, just days after Democrats’ brutal character assassination of Brett Kavanagh

Dezinformatziya: “President Trump says ‘Robert E. Lee was a great general’ during Ohio rally, calling the Confederate leader ‘incredible.’” —NBC News, which TWO DAYS LATER issued a correction: “An earlier tweet misidentified the general President Trump described as ‘incredible’ at a rally in Ohio. It was Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, not Gen. Robert E. Lee.”

And last… “If the Left will accept [Sen. Elizabeth] Warren as ‘Native American’ because she might have had one Native American in her family tree sometime between 180 and 300 years ago, then they have embraced the end of identity politics. By that measure almost everyone in America is a minority.” —Matt Walsh

https://patriotpost.us/articles/58846-monday-short-cuts

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Top Headlines9

Hillary Clinton’s security clearance withdrawn (The Washington Times10)
Middleman pleads the Fifth as Republicans close in on Clinton-Justice Russia collusion conspiracy (The Washington Times11)
Top 3% of taxpayers paid majority of income taxes in 2016 (Bloomberg Quint12)
American pastor freed from Turkey prays with Trump in Oval Office (Associated Press13)
Elizabeth Warren builds expansive Democrat campaign effort ahead of likely 2020 bid (The Washington Post14)
Fauxcahontas’s DNA test results “strongly support” existence of Native American ancestor (The Hill15)
U.S. has 3.5 million more registered voters than live adults — a red flag for electoral fraud (Investor’s Business Daily16)
Saudi Arabia says it will retaliate against any sanctions over Khashoggi case (Reuters17)
Just how much do Trump’s tariffs cost? In August 2018, $1.4 billion (Washington Examiner18)
Humor: Death toll from Kavanaugh’s first week on Supreme Court tops 330 million (The Babylon Bee19)
Policy: The World Bank (basically) tells Trump he’s right about “Medicare for All” (Washington Examiner20)
Policy: Subsidies to power plants are no substitute for a national security plan (National Review21)
For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report22.

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FEATURED ANALYSIS
‘Disappearing’ Dr. Kermit Gosnell26

Arnold Ahlert

“There was blood on the floor. A stench of urine filled the air. A flea-infested cat was wandering through the facility, and there were cat feces on the stairs. Semi-conscious women scheduled for abortions were moaning in the waiting room or the recovery room, where they sat on dirty recliners covered with blood-stained blankets.” —what FBI and Pennsylvania Department of Health officials stated27 they saw upon raiding the abortion clinic of Dr. Kermit Gosnell on Feb. 18, 2010

“Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” premiered last Friday. It chronicles28 the shockingly true story of a man convicted of murder for killing babies born alive following abortions, involuntary manslaughter for the death of 41-year-old Nepalese refugee Karnamaya Mongar following a botched abortion procedure, and several felony counts for performing late-term abortions past the 24 week gestation limit imposed by Pennsylvania law. In 2013, Gosnell was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Like the vastly under-reported29 story it was when it occurred, the same American leftists and their media allies who view abortion as something akin to a religious sacrament hope the movie suffers a similar fate.

In fact, leftists have attempted to abet that scenario. Indie movie producers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney, who turned their own best-selling28 book into the movie, were banned from raising funds for it at crowdsourcing giant Kickstarter. National Public Radio refused to run sponsored ads for it because organization’s legal department laughingly asserted that describing Gosnell as an “abortionist” in those ads violated the network’s “value-neutral” agenda. And Facebook, which routinely denies accusations of bias against conservatives, banned advertising for it altogether.

After Kickstarter declined the use of its platform, McAleer and McElhinney turned to crowdfunding site IndieGoGo. The “crowd” responded30 with a record-setting $2.37 million.

Yet they still weren’t out of the woods. Despite the book’s popularity — conspicuously ignored31 by The New York Times, which refused to list it on its bestseller nonfiction list, even when it was No. 3 on Amazon’s bestseller list, and No. 1 on its “Hot New Release” list — some actors walked off the project. Film distributors remained hesitant. “Each one would say: ‘Great, important film — just too controversial for us,’” Phelim McAleer stated32 in an interview with The Federalist. “It’s been one thing after another.”

And after finally securing national release last year, Judge Jeffrey Minehart, who presided over Gosnell’s trial, filed a suit to block its release, insisting33 he was portrayed “as a villain in their story of the righteous versus the wicked.”

“All we can say about that is that it was resolved,” McElhinney tells The Federalist. “Unfortunately, that’s all we can say.”

In an interview with Life News, film director Nick Searcy, who also directed “The Shape of Water,” took issue34 with the idea that the film is an anti-abortion screed. “We all agreed we did not want to make a polemical movie,” he said. “I have always despised and rejected movies that tried to tell me what to think about a given story, rather than just telling me the story and letting me decide.”

So what kind of movie did he make? “We did not make a pro-life movie or a pro-choice movie,” he explained. “We made a movie about a crime that happened. No matter what side you are on, you can watch this movie.”

Perhaps. But pro-abortion leftists have long disdained35 anti-abortionists’ efforts to show graphic images of the procedure, or those of fetal development to the public, and/or ultrasounds36 to pregnant women. And when activists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt caught Planned Parenthood executives on tape discussing the buying and selling of fetal parts, leftists were not only outraged, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed37 felony charges against them for filming people without their permission. The charges were ultimately dismissed38, but the message is clear: When the topic is abortion, leftists will pursue any means necessary to prevent the public from becoming fully informed.

Even more so with regard to Gosnell. In a 2013 column entitled “What I Saw at the Gosnell Trial,” J.D. Mullane revealed39 that what happened at Gosnell’s clinic transcended the worst of Hollywood horror films. “Tiny severed feet and hands stored in jars over a sink in the ‘procedure’ room,” and babies who survived an abortion, only to have their spinal cords severed and their brains removed by suction, were “placed in a waste bin for disposal,” he reported.

That procedure is euphemistically referred to as a “snip.” Stephen Massof, one of Gosnell’s fellow butchers, testifying at the trial in exchange for a plea bargain where he was charged with “only” two instances of third-degree murder, described40 it as “literally a beheading — it is separating the brain from the body.”

The movie pulls no punches, depicting41 severed feet stored in jars in the freezer, medical waste bags filled with fetal remains, and a quick look at the late-term aborted fetuses recovered from Gosnell’s abortion factory, lined up on an autopsy table awaiting further examination. Much of the screen play is pulled word-for-word from grand jury testimony and the trial itself, including a warning from the judge to the prosecutor not to politicize abortion rights in any way — even as a scene shows the state health inspector admitting that, despite complaints, Gosnell’s clinic remained unreviewed for 15 years because the state governor’s office did exactly that: Abortion clinics were explicitly exempted from scrutiny.

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THE FOUNDATION

“The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust.” —James Madison (1788)

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

Hillary Clinton is still undermining the #MeToo movement.
Why the Leftmedia won’t tell you about the Kermit Gosnell movie.
Trump is remaking the entire federal judiciary.
Arizona’s Senate race: Democrat deals with foot in mouth.
The pope accepted a bad cardinal’s resignation, but…
The U.S. Navy celebrates its birthday.
Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists, and Short Cuts.

IN BRIEF
Hillary Continues to Absolve Bill of Any #MeToo Guilt1

Thomas Gallatin

The biggest apologist for Bill Clinton’s record of sexual misconduct has been and remains to this day Hillary Clinton; she’s still standing by her man. In an interview on CBS’s “Sunday Morning,” Hillary was asked by Tony Dokoupil, “In retrospect, do you think Bill should’ve resigned in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal?” “Absolutely not,” Hillary responded. Dokoupil then asked, “It wasn’t an abuse of power?” Clinton shot back, “No. No.” Once again Dokoupil pressed the issue, noting, “There are people who look at the incident of the ‘90s and they say, 'A president of the United States cannot have a consensual relationship with an intern; the power imbalance is too great.’” “Who was an adult,” Hillary interjected.

Wait a second — wasn’t the #MeToo movement ignited precisely because of instances of powerful men using their positions of influence to take advantage of women in vulnerable positions beneath them? The Clinton/Lewinsky scandal is a textbook example — she was a 22-year-old intern and he was the 49-year-old president of the United States. And that’s not to mention Bill’s even more horrific record when he was governor of Arkansas. In fact, according to National Review’s Katherine Timpf, a total of 14 women2 have made accusations of sexual misconduct against Bill — anything from groping to exposure to actual rape. Hillary’s retort is a flailing attempt to distort the record on her husband’s abuse by suggesting that Bill isn’t guilty since Lewinsky was an adult at the time.

This is the same Hillary who has often criticized women who declined to vote Democrat, and more specifically failed to vote for her. Recall back in March when Hillary blamed her loss on women3 who succumbed to “pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.” Aren’t these women adults who are able to make their own decisions?

Meanwhile, Hillary’s record as a champion for women is little more than a facade. Over the years, she has repeatedly castigated and belittled women who dared to come forward with their stories of Bill’s abuse, calling them “sluts” and “whores.” Back in 1992, when allegations of Bill’s sexual misconduct surfaced during his presidential run, Hillary reportedly said, “Who is going to find out? These women are trash. Nobody’s going to believe them.” So much for her more recent contention, “To every survivor of sexual assault… You have the right to be believed.”

Hillary has demonstrated once again that she is a purely partisan animal. She is only interested in listening to women whose stories are politically expedient to her own desired aims, not the cause of actual justice. How else can she declare with a straight face that Justice Brett Kavanaugh is unfit for the Supreme Court due to the mere existence of unsubstantiated and refuted allegations from over 35 years ago, while at the same time insisting that the corroborated allegations against Bill are essentially insignificant?

https://patriotpost.us/articles/58850-hillary-continues-to-absolve-bill-of-any-number-metoo-guilt

Arizona: The Patriot vs. the Pretender4

Nate Jackson

If Democrats want to capture the Senate in November, winning the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake5 is paramount. But that race took a wild turn in recent days as past comments from Democrat Rep. Kyrsten Sinema have surfaced. Sinema has held a slight lead in most polls, but her mouth might cost her the race against Rep. Martha McSally, a retired Air Force combat pilot6.

The Washington Examiner reports7 on emails of hers from 2002, when she was a community organizer for the Arizona Alliance for Peaceful Justice. “When AAPJ attended May Day (sponsored by the Phoenix Anarchist Coalition), we knew that their guidelines differ from ours,” Sinema said in an email to a fellow protester. “They are okay with weapons and property destruction in some instances, and so those of us who chose to attend the event knew that it would be inappropriate to ask someone to not destroy property or to carry a weapon.”

To Sinema, destroying private property is fine … for a cause.

In 2003, Sinema opined on whether people could join the Taliban to fight against American Armed Forces Patriots, “Fine. I don’t care if you want to do that, go ahead.” She co-founded a group in the early 2000s to resist “U.S. terror in Iraq and the Middle East,” and the group depicted8 U.S. soldiers as skeletons with machine guns.

So while McSally was fighting for her country, flying combat missions in the Gulf War, Sinema was giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

Sinema also evidently thinks Arizonans are “deplorables,” to borrow a word. She has declared Arizona to be the “meth lab of democracy,” and said, “Over the past several years, people would watch what’s going on in Arizona and be like, ‘Damn, those people are crazy,’” On another occasion, she told leftist activists in Texas, “I want to talk to you about some of the things that I think that you can do to stop your state from becoming Arizona.” It’s probably not a good idea to habitually make your state the butt of your jokes when you’re running to represent your state in the Senate.

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The Spirit Within
by Pastor Ricky Kurth   

Some of the Corinthians no longer believed in the resurrection (15:12-19). This led them to conclude that it didn’t matter what a believer does with his body, for it will someday die and be buried. Paul insists that it does matter what we do with our physical body, for God honors the temple wherein He dwells, and plans to raise it from the dead. No wonder he thunders:

    “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid” (6:15).

We are members of Christ. When we commit fornication, we involve Christ in fornication. We deplore the crime of rape, when a man forces himself upon a woman; but when we commit fornication, we force a harlot upon the Lord.

Years ago Hollywood made a movie that suggested the Lord Jesus had an adulterous affair with Mary Magdalene. The Christian public was outraged, and rightly so. But I wonder how many of those who cried out in protest were themselves guilty of involving Him in fornication through their own illicit affairs.

On Calvary, God the Father laid all of our sins on the Lord Jesus Christ, and He bore them in His own body on the tree. When He left the cross, the Lord had every right to expect He would never again have to come in contact with sin. But then He saves us, and indwells us, and we dare to involve Him in our sin!

    “What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? For two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

    “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit” (I Cor. 6:16,17).

Television unites with movies, contemporary novels and all other aspects of modern society to suggest that fornication is merely a physical thing, but God says it isn’t! God says here in these verses that it is something deeply spiritual. Thus it is absolutely essential that we heed Paul’s advice:

    “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body” (I Cor. 6:18).

Drunkenness and drug abuse are sins that appear to be sins against a man’s own body, but this verse affirms that in this respect, fornication is in a class by itself. Thus Paul here warns us to do as Joseph did and “flee” fornication (Gen. 39:12). It is our only defense. God equips all of his creatures to defend themselves in different ways. The bear has sharp teeth and claws, the porcupine has his quills, the turtle his shell, the skunk has—well, you know what the skunk has! But the rabbit’s only defense is to flee. No one blames him for this. No one thinks, “Why doesn’t that rabbit stand and fight?” God has not equipped him for this. Neither has God equipped you to resist fornication, and there is no shame in fleeing that which God has not designed us to resist.

My young son Jesse weighs 49 pounds and is taking karate lessons. When I warn him to run from a stranger, he boasts, “Dad, I’ll just kick him!” You might laugh, but I cringe at the thought! Likewise when we think we can resist fornication, Satan laughs, but God cringes.

Paul goes on:

    “…ye are not your own” (I Cor. 6:19).

A soldier is called a “G.I.” because he is Government Issued. He is not his own , and neither are you! You are living in a borrowed body, and responsible people always feel more responsible with things that are borrowed (II Ki. 6:5). Sadly, many Christians are no better than Israel of old:

    “The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s [corn] crib; but Israel doth not know, My people doth not consider” (Isa. 1:3).

People talk about being “dumb as an ox,” but even an ox knows his owner! It is the American dream to be your own boss, but spiritually speaking you are not your own boss. They say that the lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client, but the Christian who thinks he is his own boss spiritually has a fool for a master.

    “…ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (I Cor. 6:20).

The Lord bought you with His own blood. The only question is: is He getting His money’s worth?

As we close this article, if these pages are being read by one who has defiled the temple of his body, the Spirit within you is able to perform an extremely practical function of which you should be aware:

    “But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you” (Rom. 8:11).

Paul speaks here not of the resurrection of your dead body, but of your “mortal” body. It is to the Christian that Paul says, “to be carnally minded is death” (Rom. 8:6). It is to the Christian that he says, “if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die” (Rom. 8:13). The believer today cannot lose his salvation, but if he continues to deny his Owner, there is a virtual death he can enter into, a comatose Christian state in which all of his spiritual vital signs are flat-lined. He does not need to be re-saved but only awakened. And so it is to the Christian that Paul says:

    “Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead…” (Eph. 5:14).

Even if sin has led to the spiritual death of your Christian experience, the Spirit within can raise you up to spiritual life and vitality. Paul’s argument is clear. “If the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you,” then surely that Spirit, which was able to raise Christ up from the sins of the world, will have no trouble raising you from your comparatively puny sins. How? Ephesians 5:14 says to those who are thus awakened from sin, “Christ shall give thee light.” Equipped with the light of God’s Word rightly divided, the Spirit can return even the most backslidden Christian to robust spiritual health.

And then may God help all of us to always live lives that make our bodies hospitable temples for the Royal Guest within us.

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(From a message given October 9th, 2003, at the Fall Conference of the Berean Bible Fellowship in Evansville, Indiana).

    “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (I Cor. 6:19).

It is the teaching of this verse of Scripture that the physical body of each individual believer in the Lord Jesus Christ is the temple of Almighty God, who dwells within us in the person of the Holy Spirit.

Just think for a moment of the magnitude of this doctrine! The God who declares, “Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool” (Acts 7:49) dwells in you. This God of unimaginable greatness, this God of infinite proportions resides within the confines of your finite being.

And He dwells in every believer regardless of conduct! It is significant that God picked the carnal Corinthians to receive the clearest declaration of the indwelling of His Spirit. Thus we know that the indwelling Spirit is not a reward for good behavior, but rather a blessing of which we should always try to walk worthy (I Cor. 6:20).

Note that Paul does not say that your body is the tabernacle of the Spirit, for the tabernacle was only the temporary dwelling place of God. Rather he affirms that your body is the temple of the Spirit, signifying God’s intent to dwell in you permanently.

Some would object that our text refers not to the personal indwelling of each individual saint, but rather to the corporate indwelling of the Body of Christ as a whole. However, the context here, both before and after, deals with our individual physical bodies (I Cor. 6:15-18; 7:1-4). That being said, it is true that the Spirit also indwells the Body as a whole. I Corinthians 3:16 says:

    “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

Here the context is the Body of Christ in general. Paul says that “ye are the temple of God,” and the previous “ye” in this passage refers to the Corinthians collectively (v. 9). This corporate indwelling is more clearly set forth in Ephesians 2:21:

    “In whom [Christ] ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”

God dwells in us corporately as well as individually to impress upon us that no believer is an island unto himself, and that every believer is part of a larger building in which the Spirit also dwells. This larger building is “the church which is His Body” (Eph. 1:22,23) and manifests itself in the local church. Paul told Timothy that the purpose of his letter to him was…

    “…that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God…” (I Tim. 3:15).

Here Paul speaks about Timothy’s behavior in the local church, which he calls “the house of God.” Thus we know that the Spirit of God indwells each local church in a collective sense. This is interesting, since the first Bible reference to “the house of God” is found in Genesis 28, where Jacob dreamed and saw…

    “…a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it” (v. 12).

When he realized that these angels were ascending and descending to receive orders from God and then carry them out, Jacob concluded that that location was the command post of God on earth, and he exclaimed, “this is none other but the house of God” (v. 17). Today, however, God’s bidding is not done on earth by angels but by members of the Body, and the local church is God’s command post. We gather together in the house of God to hear God’s Word taught, thereby receiving orders from Him, and then we leave to carry those orders out.

Speaking of this collective dwelling place of God, Paul says:

    “…all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord” (Eph. 2:21).

Paul states clearly that the corporate dwelling place of God is growing, and a glance at the Greek text tells us how. The Greek word for “fitly framed together” is sunarmologeo, a compound word meaning “with joint speech.” Thus Paul is saying that the Body of Christ “groweth” only when we all say the same thing—and not just any thing. The Body grows only when our speech joins with what Paul said. It grows numerically only when the pure gospel of the grace of God is preached, and we “grow up into Him” (Eph. 4:15) only when Pauline doctrine is taught.

But we mustn’t leave I Corinthians 3:16 without commenting on the following verse:

    “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are” (v. 17).

Here we see that it is possible to defile the corporate dwelling place of God. If it be asked how, we need only look to see how the Corinthians defiled it. I Corinthians 1:10 says,

    “Now I beseech you…that ye all speak the same thing, and…that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind….”

The Corinthians were not practicing sunarmologeo. They were not all saying what Paul said. Some were saying what Apollos, Cephas and Christ said (v. 11,12). And while the kingdom gospel taught by these leaders was edifying in its day, it is defiling when applied to the Body of Christ. And so it is today. The “health and wealth” message that is taught by so many these days was edifying when it was part of God’s kingdom message for Israel, but it is positively defiling when applied to the Body of Christ today.

God vows to “destroy” men who defile the temple in this way (I Cor. 3:17). But when? Certainly not in this life, else fire and brimstone would fall regularly on non-Pauline pastors. No, the context here is the Judgment Seat of Christ. It is then that the “fire” of God’s Word rightly divided will “try every man’s work of what sort it is” (v. 13). Pauline builders will see their work “abide” (v. 14), but of the non-Pauline builder we read that God will destroy “the things done in his body” (II Cor. 5:10).

But it is also possible to defile the individual temple of God. The context back in I Corinthians 6 teaches clearly that sin defiles the temple of our individual body, and particularly the sin of fornication. Verse 13 says:

    “Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.”

It would seem that some of the Corinthians were saying that just as it is unnatural to suppress the body’s appetite for food, it is also unnatural to suppress the body’s appetite for fornication! Paul agrees of course that the body is for meats and meats are for the body, but strongly disagrees with the conclusion that the body is for fornication and fornication is for the body, adding:

    “And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by His own power” (v. 14).

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