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How to Know the Will of God

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

The key to knowing God’s will is willingness and determination to follow it before knowing it. “If any man will [literally ‘wills to’] do his will, he shall know” (John 7:17).

The best indicator whether one is really willing to follow God’s will is whether or not he is now following that part of His will that is already known as revealed in His Word. This requires first knowing and believing, then obeying the Word, especially those portions dealing with God’s general will for all Christians. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). Then, if one indeed is following the revealed will of God, he may ask in confidence (1 John 5:14-15) for the Lord to indicate His will in a specific matter on which there is no explicit biblical teaching (see also James 1:5-6).

God will then answer, though it may not be immediately. “Men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1). It may not be in accordance with our preferences or personal judgment, but it will always be for the ultimate best. “For we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit . . . maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God” (Romans 8:26-28).

God will lead in two ways in the absence of specific Scripture guidance (which must always take precedence, of course). One is by providential circumstances, the other by inner witness of the Spirit, and these two must agree. Then, if all the terms have been met, one should proceed to follow God’s will as best he can, knowing that God will redirect him if he has made a mistake. God does want us to know His will, and He will “direct our paths.” HMM

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The Fear of God
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

In Acts 9:31 we read that the churches of Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, “walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.”

In Acts 10:2 we read that Cornelius was “a devout man” and “one that feared God with all his house.”

Many such passages could also be cited from Paul’s epistles, but we leave these for the remainder of our article.

PAUL AND THE FEAR OF GOD

Some who are lacking in this godly fear will argue that we have no right to draw these conclusions from passages in the gospels, the Acts and the circumcision epistles. We reply that this great lesson has been equally important in all dispensations. In all dispensations has it been fitting for finite men to stand in awe before an infinite God. In no dispensation has any other attitude been proper.

But as a matter of fact Paul, the great apostle of grace, has more to say about the fear of God than any other New Testament writer.

We remind our readers that it is he who says of the wicked: “There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Rom. 3:18). Can it be then that he would at the same time teach believers that they need have no fear of God before their eyes? True, he exhorts us to love and adore God for His grace, to trust Him and come with confidence into His presence, to accept and occupy our position in Christ and to walk as sons of God. But it does not follow that this exalted position gives us reason to walk in pride and self-confidence, for this position is not ours by inherent right or personal merit, but by grace. Hence the apostle exhorts us to,

    “Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

    “With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love” (Eph. 4:1,2).

True, Paul, by the Spirit, explains that we should not have the fear of a slave or the fear that after all our sins might yet be held against us, but it is a great blunder to ignore what he does say about the place of fear in the Christian life or to suppose that in this dispensation of Grace there is no place at all for fear among believers.

It is Paul who, in Romans 11:20, exhorts us, “BE NOT HIGH-MINDED, BUT FEAR.” It is Paul who, in Philippians 2:12, bids us, “Work out your own salvation with FEAR AND TREMBLING.” 1 It is Paul who, in Ephesians 5:21, beseeches us, “Submit yourselves one to another in the FEAR OF GOD.” It is he who, in Colossians 3:22, exhorts servants to serve their masters “in singleness of heart, FEARING GOD.”

The sad lack of discipline in the Church today is often defended on the ground that this is the dispensation of Grace and we must deal graciously with each other. Thus men of God frequently evade their plain responsibility and invite confusion and disorder in their midst. Yet it is Paul, the apostle of grace, who writes to Pastor Timothy:

    “Them that [practice] sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear” (I Tim. 5:20).

To the Corinthians, whom Paul himself had had to rebuke for their laxity, the apostle writes,

    “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (II Cor. 7:1).

And commending them for the spirit in which they had taken his rebuke, he says,

    “…what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter” (II Cor. 7:11).

It is concerning our appearance before “the judgment seat of Christ,” that the apostle again uses this word phobos. This time it is translated terror.

    “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men” (II Cor. 5:11).

The “judgment seat of Christ,” of course, is not to be confused with the Great White Throne where the lost will be judged for their sins. Our sins have already been judged at Calvary and we are assured that “There is therefore now no condemnation [judgment] to them that are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1).

But entirely apart from salvation there will come a time when believers will be rewarded for service accomplished. This will take place at the “bema” or judgment seat of Christ. This “bema” was taken from the competitive games at which the judges decided to whom the prizes should go, and is not necessarily associated with legal justice. This is clear from I Corinthians 3:12-15 where, bidding us to take care how we build upon the foundation he has laid, the apostle says,

    “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

    “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

    “If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

    “If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

Thus we have the promise that even the most unfaithful saint will still be saved, for salvation is wholly by the grace of God. But it will be a shameful and bitter experience for any child of God in that day to have to suffer loss while others gain rewards; to see his works go up in flames, as it were, while he himself is saved only as by fire; to have to stand disgraced and empty-handed before the One who gave His life’s blood to save him; to be told that he has done no real service to his fellowmen.

And mark well, this particular passage does not deal with those who do not work at all for God, but with those whose work cannot be approved, who do not build aright upon the foundation laid by Paul.

If this were taken to heart by men of God today they would not so soon sell the truth for a pulpit or human applause or freedom from a bit of persecution. If this were taken to heart they would have one great passion: to know the truth and to make it known faithfully.

In the light of the passage above, how important it is that we obey the injunction:

    “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Tim. 2:15).

This is why the apostle, by inspiration, warns,

    “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

    “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men…” (II Cor. 5:10,11).

May God awaken us to the reality of these things! May we see the danger of indulging in the pleasures of the world and of the flesh, of living for self, of neglecting the things of God. May many, even among our readers, reconsecrate themselves to the service of Christ in view of the day when we shall stand before Him to give an account.

The fear of God is not incompatible with grace. How can it be when Paul, the apostle of grace, has so much to say about it? A deeper appreciation of His grace, a deeper gratitude and joy, a more sacred love and adoration are the fruits of this godly fear.

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1    Note, he does not say “work for” but “work out your own salvation.”

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The Fear of God
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


Should members of the Body of Christ in this dispensation of Grace experience fear? Does not perfect love cast out fear?

First, let it be noted that it was John, the apostle of the circumcision, and not Paul, who said, “Perfect love casteth out fear” (I John 4:18). This passage, therefore, affords little support for the argument that believers in this dispensation of Grace should know nothing of fear. But, furthermore, it was not even the fear of God that John had in mind when he wrote this passage. It was fear of persecution and suffering.

In the will of God the circumcision epistles were written especially for believers of a future day; those who will live in the time of judgment which will follow this period of grace, when the vials of God’s wrath will be poured out upon this Christ-rejecting world. Hence these epistles contain the information they do about the Antichrist, the tribulation, the “sin unto death,” etc.

It is during this time of upheaval and judgment, when Antichrist holds sway, when the worship of God and His Christ will be made so difficult, that perfect love will give boldness and cast out fear. Let us, in our minds, put ourselves in the places of these persecuted saints of the coming tribulation and see how beautifully this passage will fit their case:

    “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

    “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world.

    “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love” (I John 4:16-18).

The lesson here is also applicable to us, for in the measure that we dwell in love the fear of present trials and of coming judgment will be cast out.

But surely this passage does not teach that love will cast out all sense of fearing God, or of standing in awe of Him.

Indeed, Peter, another apostle of the circumcision, writing under the Spirit’s guidance for the same period of time, teaches a lesson which we also do well to learn. He says:

    “And if ye call on the Father [Lit. “call on Him as Father”], who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.

    “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

    “But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (I Pet. 1:17-19).

It is indeed a stupendous thought that a holy God who, offended by sin, will judge without respect of persons, pouring out His wrath and casting into hell, has saved me—paying for my sins with the blood of His Son! To think what I have escaped, and how! To think that I may address the One who will judge sinners in His wrath, as Father! What emotions this should awaken in my heart! Mingled emotions of love and joy and gratitude on the one hand, and of fear and trembling on the other, as one who has been delivered from fearful destruction by God Himself at infinite cost.

Believers whose fear of God goes no deeper than an honorable respect have little conception of the infinite love that moved Him to save them. They understand little of the Cross. They know little of His grace.

Such might well be asked:

    “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
    Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
    O, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
    Were you there when they crucified my Lord?”

The fear to which the Scriptures exhort us, then, is not the fear of an ill-treated slave or of a guilty criminal. It is not fear of persecution or suffering or even of punishment for sin. It is exactly what the term “fear of God” implies. It is the result of a deep appreciation of our own nothingness and of the infinite greatness and majesty of God. It stands opposed to pride and self-confidence. With it goes a natural fear to disobey or displease Him. This fear is not incompatible with grace.

We dare say that if the President of the United States should graciously invite one of our readers to dine with him at the White House, that reader would prepare for the visit with fear and trembling. And this is a democracy! Our reader’s fear would not spring from any concern over what the President might do to him. It would spring rather from an appropriate realization of the importance of the presidency, if not of the President himself. Nor would it be at all becoming if the reader, thus invited, were to become too familiar with the President and treat him as a “pal.” The fact that the President had invited the reader to dinner would be no excuse for his forgetting the dignity of the President’s position.

Is it strange then that we should be so often reminded in Scripture that the fear of God should characterize our attitude and behavior? True, our Lord deigned to call His disciples “my friends,” but this does not make it proper for us to speak of Him as “Friend Jesus.” We also read in Hebrews 2:11 that “He is not ashamed to call them brethren,” but this does not make it proper for us to speak of Him as “Brother Jesus” as some have done. In this dispensation of His grace, indeed He has given us a position at His own right hand as full grown sons, blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies in Christ. But this does not mean that we should forget or ignore our own unworthiness, or who it is that has bestowed these undeserved blessings upon us. Our relationship to God will prove all the more sacred when these facts are borne in mind, but once let us forget them and we will have nothing more than a theological dogma left, with all the sacredness and blessedness gone. Forget them and grace itself will have lost its meaning.

Missing the true, wonderful meaning of grace, many in our day have become intimate with God in the sense that they seem to feel they are His equals. They use His name and His Word in a frivolous manner; there is little reverence or humility in their study of the Scripture or in their prayer life. Little wonder they live the lives they do. There is no sacredness in such intimacy with God, nor is it the kind of intimacy He invites us to, nor is it even the kind of intimacy that will bring true joy and blessing to our lives.

The fear of God has always been coupled with true devotion and consecration to His Holy name. It has always tended toward godly living.

When Ananias and Sapphira would have broken down the divine order for their day they were stricken dead and “great fear came upon all the church” (Acts 5:11). The result was that “believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women” (Acts 5:14).

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The Cause Of Retarded Growth
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


In the physical realm retarded growth may be due to some mishap or may be simply one of the results of the curse, having no direct bearing on the behavior of the parents, and certainly not of the child itself. In the spiritual realm this is not so. God has made abundant provision for every child of God to grow to spiritual manhood, and Paul rebukes the Corinthian believers for not having grown.

The trouble with the Corinthians was that they did not have much appetite for the Word; they did not have a passion to know and obey the truth, for the babe in Christ who “desires” the pure milk of the Word will surely “grow thereby.” This was the trouble with the Hebrew believers too, for when the Apostle would have gone further into the great subject of Christ as “an High Priest forever after the order of Melchisedec,” he was forced to write:

    “Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull [Gr., nothros, slothful] of hearing” (Heb. 5:11).

This is precisely the cause of the carnality among believers today. During World War II there were several occasions when parents came to the writer with letters from their sons in the armed forces, explaining that a code had been arranged by which “Johnny” could let them know to which theatre of war he had been sent, but that now it was difficult to understand his letter. Together we would sit down and study the letter in detail in an effort to make out exactly what it was that “Johnny” was trying to make his parents understand.

Such interest and concern over a letter from “Johnny”! And appropriately so, but do the majority of believers show such interest in the Word of God to them? They do not. They are satisfied with “the simple things,” with knowing only a few passages which “warm their hearts.” This is the root cause of the spiritual immaturity in the Church today.

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The door of the Word can only opened with the key of diligence!

(Charles Spurgeon)

"Search the Scriptures!" John 5:39

The Greek word here rendered "search" signifies a strict, close, diligent, thorough search--such as men make when they are seeking gold. We must not rest content with having given a superficial reading to a chapter or two, but with the candle of the Spirit, we must deliberately seek out the spiritual essence of the Word. Holy Scripture requires searching--much of it can only be learned by careful study. There is milk for babes, but also meat for strong men.

No man who merely skims the book of God, can profit from it. We must dig and mine, until we obtain the hidden treasure. The door of the Word can only opened with the key of diligence! The Scriptures warrant searching. They are the writings of God--we dare to treat them with levity. He who despises them--despises the God who wrote them. God forbid that any of us should leave our Bibles to become swift witnesses against us in the great day of account. The Word of God will repay searching. Scripture grows upon the student. It is full of wonders!

The Scriptures reveal Jesus: "These very Scriptures speak about Me!" No more powerful motive can be urged upon Bible readers than this: He who finds Jesus finds life, Heaven, all things. Happy is he who, searching his Bible, discovers his Savior!

"My son, if you accept My words and store up My commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure--then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God." Proverbs 2:1-5

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Trump has repeatedly expressed his frustration with Rosenstein (and even more so with Rosenstein’s boss, AG Jeff Sessions), specifically regarding his appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel. This latest story now seemingly gives Trump justification to win greater Republican support should he decide to fire Rosenstein. However, the firing of Rosenstein seems to be exactly what Democrats are begging for, which may be the motive for the Times to publish this story. Democrats and their Leftmedia allies are baiting Trump to act before the midterm elections, which Democrats will use as evidence to support their long-running charge of Trump’s supposed obstruction. It would behoove Trump to wait until after the midterms before pulling the cord on Rosenstein. But reports this morning indicate that Rosenstein anticipates Trump will fire him today. Stay tuned.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/58438-nyt-exposing-rosensteins-insubordination-to-bait-trump

Top Headlines13

Kavanaugh: second sexual misconduct allegation “a smear, plain and simple” (Washington Examiner14)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein attacks GOP over Kavanaugh allegations; Juanita Broaddrick nukes her (The Daily Wire15)
Hillary Clinton, who repeatedly dodged FBI probes, thinks Kavanaugh should be investigated (Fox News16)
Michelle Obama, of all people, calls out “nastiness of our politics” during campaign-style voting rally (ABC News17)
Republicans call for special counsel to investigate “bureaucratic coup” at Justice Department (The Washington Times18)
U.S., China hike tariffs as trade row intensifies (Associated Press19)
Colin Kaepernick is Nike’s $6 billion man (CBS News20)
Yale study: Twice as many illegal aliens as previously thought in U.S. (National Review21)
Army misses recruiting goal for first time in over a decade (The Washington Times22)
Humor: CNN retracts completely factual story, admits it did not reflect the network’s editorial standards (The Babylon Bee23)
Policy: Time to refocus on North Korea’s proliferation (The National Interest24)
Policy: The transgender war has no place in the classroom (Washington Examiner25)
For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report26.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/58436-monday-top-headlines

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

America’s Totalitarians30 — Today’s leftists believe it is their solemn duty to take the country back even if our republic is destroyed.
Air Force Expansion Is Only a Beginning31 — We’d still have less than half the number of fighter squadrons than at the end of the Cold War.
Trump Announces New Cybersecurity Strategy32 — This is the first update in cybersecurity in 15 years, and it is focused on America first.
Video: Kavanaugh Accusation Is Pure Garbage33 — Ben Shapiro slams the news media for their biased reporting against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Video: Trey Gowdy on Kavanaugh, FISA Docs, and Sessions34 — He hopes both Judge Kavanaugh and his accuser face “good, fair but firm” questions.
Video: Media Hits Dems for Politicizing Kavanaugh Accusation35 — A Washington Free Beacon supercut of otherwise friendly Leftmedia voices objecting.
Video: Shining a Light on the Deep State at State36 — A hidden-camera video catches him bragging about how he works for a Socialist political party.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Hoover Institution’s Shelby Steele37: “How did the American left — conceived to bring more compassion and justice to the world — become so given to hate? It began in the 1960s, when America finally accepted that slavery and segregation were profound moral failings. That acceptance changed America forever. … It is undeniable that America has achieved since the ‘60s one of the greatest moral evolutions ever. That is a profound problem for the left, whose existence is threatened by the diminishment of racial oppression. The left’s unspoken terror is that racism is no longer menacing enough to support its own power. The great crisis for the left today — the source of its angst and hatefulness — is its own encroaching obsolescence. … Today’s left lacks worthy menaces to fight. It is driven to find a replacement for racism, some sweeping historical wrongdoing that morally empowers those who oppose it. (Climate change?) Failing this, only hatred is left. Hatred is a transformative power. It can make the innocuous into the menacing. So it has become a weapon of choice. The left has used hate to transform President Trump into a symbol of the new racism, not a flawed president but a systemic evil. And he must be opposed as one opposes racism, with a scorched-earth absolutism.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “A passionate commitment to social justice is no substitute for knowing what you’re talking about.” —Thomas Sowell

For the record I: “Why would a victim of an attempted rape demand an FBI investigation as a prerequisite to tell a Senate committee what happened to her? Will it change the specifics of her story? Now, no one should expect Ford to remember every detail, but her testimony to the judicial committee is evidence in an investigation. Not only would it be an opportunity for Ford to offer more specifics, but also it would be a way for others to gauge the veracity of her claims through direct questioning.” —David Harsanyi

For the record II: “The FBI has investigated Kavanaugh six times for various positions in the federal government, including his current position as a life-tenured federal appellate court judge. In none of those six investigations has an allegation about assault turned up. Should they investigate again, what would they learn? They would learn that a Bernie Sanders donor who’s sympathetic to leftwing politics is now accusing a potential Supreme Court pick of sexual assault but has no witnesses and cannot remember the year or location of the assault. Of those she names as witnesses, they all deny it. This is not her word versus Kavanaugh’s. It is her word versus that of everyone she has named as potential witnesses.” —Erick Erickson

Due process doesn’t stop at the SCOTUS gates: “In these circumstances, it is the nominee that carries the burden to prove to the Senate and to the American people that he is fit for a lifetime appointment at the highest court of the United States.” —Brookings Institute’s Susan Hennessey

Braying Jenny: “Who is not asking the FBI to investigate these claims? The White House. … Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI to review these claims. Is that the reaction of an innocent person? It is not.” —Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

Non Compos Mentis: “One of the problems that I’ve got with Washington … is everything is so transactional about, you know, what do the voters think today and so on, and there’s not enough people thinking out about the long-term impacts of some of these kind of decisions.” —Tennessee Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate Phil Bredesen

And last… “Maybe if @realDonaldTrump nominates @HillaryClinton for Supreme Court we might actually get an investigation into her.” —Joe Biggs

https://patriotpost.us/articles/58402-monday-short-cuts

Join our editors and staff in daily prayer for our Patriots in uniform — Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen — standing in harm’s way in defense of Liberty, and for their families. We also humbly ask prayer for your Patriot team, that our mission would seed and encourage the spirit of Liberty in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis

Nate Jackson, Managing Editor
Mark Alexander, Publisher

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THE FOUNDATION

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” —John Adams (1770)

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

Yet another sexual-assault allegation has been leveled against Kavanaugh.
Did Rosenstein seriously suggest taping Trump? And will he be fired?
America’s totalitarians have a cynical strategy.
The U.S. Air Force is aiming for a needed expansion.
Trump’s cybersecurity strategy.
Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists, and Short Cuts.

FEATURED ANALYSIS
Destroying Kavanaugh, One Scripted Attack at a Time1

Nate Jackson

Democrats sure know how to script a thorough character assassination.

On Sunday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced a deal with Christine Blasey Ford to testify before the Senate this Thursday regarding allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape her2 when he was a drunk 17-year-old and she was a drunk 15-year-old, approximately in 1982 (she’s not sure). Contemporaries have lined up to deny Blasey Ford’s allegation3.

The Party of Bill Clinton waited until that hearing had been set before launching a second accusation Sunday night. Indeed, it’s obvious now that Democrats delayed Blasey Ford’s testimony at least in part in order to wait for the second story to break. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), puppet master of this whole contemptible charade, wasted no time in demanding “an immediate postponement of any further proceedings related to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.” That is Democrats’ endgame, after all. The delays will already almost certainly keep Kavanaugh from joining the Court before the beginning of its term on Oct. 1.

Grassley has given Democrats everything they wanted.

The second allegation was reported4 by The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer. The pair also broke5 Blasey Ford’s allegation without naming her, and Farrow authored the original #MeToo story blockbuster about Harvey Weinstein. Yet right off the bat, this latest scoop falls flat. For one thing, the authors don’t even get to the allegation until they tell us in the first paragraph that Democrats are taking it “very seriously.”

Did someone say “collusion”?

Then on Monday, Farrow said the accuser “came forward because Senate Democrats came looking for this claim.” You don’t say.

Deborah Ramirez, a classmate of Kavanaugh’s at Yale and a registered Democrat, “was at first hesitant to speak publicly, partly because her memories contained gaps because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident,” The New Yorker tells us. Fair enough. Hesitance doesn’t prove or disprove anything, as lots of women are afraid to report legitimate sexual assault, especially if they were too drunk to truly consent, fully function, or remember details.

But the report continues, “In her initial conversations with The New Yorker, she was reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh’s role in the alleged incident with certainty. After six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney [emphasis added], Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections to say that she remembers Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his gotcha10 in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away. Ramirez is now calling for the F.B.I. to investigate Kavanaugh’s role in the incident. ‘I would think an F.B.I. investigation would be warranted,’ she said.”

As with Blasey Ford’s allegation, the FBI has no jurisdiction to investigate and has already conducted multiple, thorough background checks on Kavanaugh.

Later in the story, we learn that Ramirez admits to being “on the floor, foggy and slurring her words,” and she wasn’t even sure it was Kavanaugh, though she insists she remembers another student yelled, “Brett Kavanaugh just put his gotcha10 in Debbie’s face.” The report also cites an unidentified student who wasn’t at the party but says another student told him about an incident vaguely resembling the accusation at the time. Counter to that flimsy hearsay, “The New Yorker has not confirmed with other eyewitnesses that Kavanaugh was present at the party.” Moreover, six witnesses reached by The New Yorker — including Ramirez’s best friend — “disputed Ramirez’s account of events.”

Yes, these unbelievably glaring weaknesses appear in a story hit piece meant to ruin Kavanaugh’s career.

For his part, Kavanaugh said in a statement, “This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple. I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name — and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building — against these last-minute allegations.”

Another major point against The New Yorker — The New York Times declined to publish the story, saying (buried deep in its own Kavanaugh report6 after Farrow’s scoop): “The Times had interviewed several dozen people over the past week in an attempt to corroborate her story, and could find no one with firsthand knowledge. Ms. Ramirez herself contacted former Yale classmates asking if they recalled the incident and told some of them that she could not be certain Mr. Kavanaugh was the one who exposed himself.”

So to sum up, there’s as much corroboration for this story as there was for Blasey Ford’s — precisely none.

Yet Democrats are gleefully using these coordinated and orchestrated attacks to destroy a good man, all as his wife and daughters endure death threats7. Furthermore, these fake, uncorroborated, and unsubstantiated claims, politically scripted by Feinstein and company, undermine the credibility of legitimate claims of abuse, and thus do enormous damage to those who have actually been abused.

Thus Democrats leave a Category 5 wake of destruction in their crusade to destroy our republic.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/58437-destroying-kavanaugh-one-scripted-attack-at-a-time

IN BRIEF
NYT Exposing Rosenstein’s Insubordination to Bait Trump?8

Thomas Gallatin

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s days may be numbered. On Friday, The New York Times reported9 that in the spring of 2017, Rosenstein “suggested … that he secretly record President Trump” and even floated the idea of “recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit.” The Times claims Rosenstein was motivated to do this soon after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey10, because Trump cited Rosenstein’s memo that was critical of Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation as justification. Rosenstein was, the Times says, “caught off guard” and “he began telling people that he feared” Trump had used him.

The Times article noted that no actions were ever taken to follow through on Rosenstein’s suggestions. Rosenstein, not surprisingly, has denied the story, calling it “inaccurate and factually incorrect,” adding, “I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda. But let me be clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.”

Interestingly, The Washington Post and NBC News countered the Times story, reporting that Rosenstein’s statements were made in jest. However, infamous former FBI lawyer Lisa Page saw it otherwise11, indicating in a memo on the meeting that she took Rosenstein’s secret taping comment seriously. (Can we take Page seriously, though?) And National Review’s Andrew McCarthy, who has closely followed the entire Trump/Russia collusion saga from the beginning, called12 Rosenstein’s denial of the Times story a “non-denial denial,” while also noting how Rosenstein has flip-flopped in his attempts to appease the Washington establishment.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) responded, “It’s not a very funny joke.” He later added, “One thing that’s clear whether you’re a Republican or Democrat president, you have a right to a deputy attorney general that doesn’t think you’re incompetent and doesn’t feel the need to audio tape conversations with you.”

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 on: September 24, 2018, 08:34:31 AM 
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Boldness in Prayer

“In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.” (Ephesians 3:12)

There is a wonderful exhortation and promise in Hebrews 4:15-16: “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted [that is, ‘tested’] like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

We aren’t to come presumptuously or arrogantly to God in prayer, but we can come boldly! This is not by virtue of our own merits but because Christ Himself has opened the way for us. “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith” (Hebrews 10:19-22).

Because He has been fully tested yet free from sin, and because of the shed “blood of Jesus” and the opened veil “through his flesh,” if we come “by the faith of him,” we do have “access” to God’s “throne of grace” and can boldly present our petitions. These must, of course, be dependent upon His will, for “this is the confidence [same Greek word as ‘boldness’] that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And . . . we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him” (1 John 5:14-15).

But, whether a particular request is granted or denied in accord with God’s greater wisdom, or whether the answer is delayed until God’s more propitious time, we can always “find grace to help in time of need.” He is our great high priest, our mediator, our advocate with the Father, our intercessor, and we can surely pray with “boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.” HMM

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 on: September 23, 2018, 05:17:27 PM 
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It has been said that “when Raphael died at thirty-seven years of age, they carried his marvelous painting, ‘The Transfiguration,’ only half finished, in the funeral procession as a symbol of the incompleteness of life and the brevity of time.”

Time is a precious commodity! When the Apostle Paul instructed the Ephesians to redeem the time, he wanted them to make wise use of it. They were not to squander it on worldly pursuits that would draw them away from the things of the Lord. But redeeming the time also implies taking advantage of opportunities that present themselves in life. When Paul, for example, was unjustly incarcerated at Rome, he did not view his circumstances as a setback in his ministry, but as an opportunity for the furtherance of the gospel. It gave him access to Caesar’s household that he would not have otherwise had. And as a result, many were saved.

Rather than dwell on his mitigating circumstances that would have only frustrated the grace of God, Paul instead chose to produce what is perhaps his greatest body of work—his Prison Epistles that continue to minister to the Body of Christ to this very day. This is why it is important to follow Paul’s example, that we too might be more productive in the Lord’s service. His unfaltering love and devotion to the Savior, Who saved him on the road to Damascus, was the motivating influence in his life, as it should be in ours.

As you read these lines, there will be numerous opportunities throughout the coming year to make a difference in someone’s life. But it is essential to take advantage of them as Paul did. Perhaps it’s a neighbor down the street who needs a helping hand. Reach out to them, as the Lord reached out to us; and when you do, take the gospel with you. Become a mentor to someone who is new to the faith, someone who has more questions than answers about the Word of God. Make a difference in someone’s life. Only eternity will bear out the fruits of your labor for Christ. You will be amazed when you get to Glory and someone walks up to you and says, “Thank you for the word of encouragement that day, it was a turning point in my Christian life.”

May God help us to live every day in light of the Judgment Seat of Christ, where we will all stand astounded at what could have been.

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 on: September 23, 2018, 05:15:11 PM 
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The Christian is not a good man

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The Christian is not a good man.

He is a vile wretch who has been saved by the grace of God!

"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly." Romans 5:6

"But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

"When we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son" Romans 5:10

"Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners--of whom I am the worst!" 1 Timothy 1:15

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