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 on: Today at 09:00:19 AM 
Started by Soldier4Christ - Last post by Soldier4Christ
How to Please the Lord

“Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.” (2 Corinthians 5:9)

In this verse, Paul expresses the strong desire to be “pleasing to” (the idea behind “accepted of”) the Lord Jesus Christ. It should likewise be our own ambition—whatever we do and wherever we are—to please Him. This, of course, will make a difference in what we do and where we go!

The Scriptures give us a number of specific ways in which we can be confident of pleasing Him. For example: “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves” (Romans 15:1). That is, our criterion should be pleasing Him—not ourselves. Similarly, we are warned that “they that are in the flesh cannot please God” (Romans 8:8). That is, our thoughts and deeds must not be governed by worldly considerations.

By suffering, willingly, for His sake, we can please Him. “If, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable [‘well-pleasing’] with God” (1 Peter 2:20).

“Without faith it is impossible to please him” (Hebrews 11:6). We must walk by faith if we would please the Lord. This is not faith in the abstract, but specific truth—faith to believe the revealed Word of God and to act on that faith.

God is pleased with generosity. “But to do good and to communicate [to share what we have with others, for His sake] forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased” (Hebrews 13:16). This certainly includes sharing the gospel, as well as our material possessions. “But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God” (1 Thessalonians 2:4).

Finally, when our ways please the Lord, we have this gracious promise: “Whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight” (1 John 3:22). HMM

 on: February 19, 2019, 04:50:35 PM 
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The Dangers of Neglecting Meditation
Edmund Calamy (1600-1666)

5. The reason why the MERCIES of God do no more good upon us is for lack of meditation. There are many mercies that all of us have received from God—many personal mercies and many family-mercies—and all these mercies are so many motives to service.

Now, what is the reason the saints of God bury the mercies of God in forgetfulness, and are no more thankful for mercies?

The reason is for lack of meditation: "Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth! For the LORD has spoken: "I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner's manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not consider." Isaiah 1:2-3

That is the reason why they are so unthankful. It is with the mercies of God as it is with the fire: if a man walks by the fire and does not sit at it, it will never heat him much. If he is cold, he must abide at the fire, or else he will never be warmed.

In the same way, it is not a slight thought of the mercies of God that will affect your hearts, but it must be a dwelling upon them by meditation that will warm your hearts. Now, because we do not meditate upon these mercies, we do not solemnly consider the mercies of God; therefore it is that they do no more good upon our hearts.

There is a psalm which sets out the unthankfulness of the people of Israel: "We have sinned, even as our fathers did; we have done wrong and acted wickedly. When our fathers were in Egypt, they gave no thought to your miracles; they did not remember your many kindnesses—and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea." Psalm 106:6-7

What is the reason they were so unthankful? It was because they did not meditate on the mercies of God.

6. The reason why afflictions do work no more upon us and why we are never the better for the AFFLICTING hand of God is for lack of meditation.

Ecclesiastes 7:14 is a precious text: "In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider." Times of affliction are times of meditation. What must we consider in the day of adversity? We must consider who it is that afflicts us, why we are afflicted, and what we shall do to have our afflictions sanctified. We must consider the meaning of God's rod and how we may be taught spiritual things by these afflictions.

Now, because we do not meditate upon God and upon His afflicting hand when we are afflicted, because we have slight thoughts under our afflictions—we get little good by our afflictions. I have observed that as soon as ever we are recovered from our afflictions—many of us forget God immediately. We never consider the mercies of God in recovering us—and then we return to our old vomit again for lack of meditation (Pro 26:11; 2 Peter 2:22).

7. The reason why the PROVIDENCES of God take no more impression upon our hearts, is for lack of this grace of meditation. The providences of God are very mysterious. God, in the government of the world, does everything on purpose. And truly I am very confident that what God especially requires of His children in these days, is to meditate upon His providences. There are many rare lessons to be learned from the consideration of the providences of God.

Now, what is the reason that the providences of God of recent years do no more good to us? The reason why we are never the better by them, is because we do not study the meaning of all these providences: "The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil." Isaiah 57:1

This is the reason why we get no more good by the death of the godly and by the providences of God—we do not lay them to heart—we do not muse and study upon them.

8. What is the reason that the saints of God are so distrustful of God's providences when they are ready presently to sink and to say they are undone? It is for lack of meditation. And, therefore, Christ says, "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.

Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these!" Luke 12:22-27

If you considered the lilies and the birds, if you studied the love of God to you—then you would trust Him under any sad providences. The reason why the saints of God are so full of unbelief when they are in a low condition is for lack of meditation. They do not consider the ravens and the lilies; they do not study the promises that God has made to His children in their lowest condition.

9. The reason why the professors of religion are so censorious of other men and so little censorious of themselves, why they judge every man and examine every man but themselves—is for lack of meditation. "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye!" Matthew 7:1-5

If men did reflect more upon themselves—they would censure themselves more, and others less. And the reason why people are so rash in censuring others, is for lack of self-reflection.

10. The reason why professors of religion offer the sacrifices of fools to God when they come to worship Him, why they pray proudly and rashly, why they rush upon ordinances without preparation—is for lack of meditation. "Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong. Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in Heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few." Ecclesiastes 5:1-2

Why do people rush upon ordinances without preparation, rush upon sermons, rush upon prayer, rush upon holy duties? Why, they do not consider what they do!

11. What is the reason that people prepare no more for DEATH? Because they do not consider the shortness of life. They do not meditate of the vanity of this life, of the certainty and uncertainty of death. Therefore it is said, "O that they were wise, that they understood this—that they would consider their latter end!" (Deu 32:29).

Because men do not consider their latter end—is why they are so unprepared for their latter end!

 on: February 19, 2019, 04:49:28 PM 
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The Dangers of Neglecting Meditation
Edmund Calamy (1600-1666)

I shall show you the woeful troubles and the intolerable mischiefs which come from the lack of practicing this duty of meditation. I will show you that the lack of practicing this duty is the cause of all sin, and I will instance in particulars:

1. The reason why people harden their hearts in SIN and go on obstinately—is for lack of meditation. "I hearkened and heard, but they spoke not aright: no man repented of his wickedness, saying, What have I done?" (Jer 8:6). They did not repent because they did not reflect upon what they did; they did not bethink themselves, so the phrase is: "If they shall bethink themselves…and repent" (1 Kings 8:47).

They did not say, "I am undone by what I have done; I have lost God and Heaven by what I have done; and if I do not repent, I am an undone creature forever." No man repented of his wickedness, because no man considered what he had done; for did you consider the evil that is in sin, did you dwell and abide upon it, did you commune with your own hearts and seriously consider what an evil and bitter thing it is to sin against God, you dare not willingly sin against God. The reason why men go on rashly, heedlessly, obstinately in sin is for lack of the meditation of the evil of sin.

2. The reason why all the SERMONS we hear do us no more good, is for lack of divine meditation. For it is with sermons as it is with food—it is not having food upon your table that will feed you, but you must eat it. And you must not only eat it, but digest it—or else your food will do you no good.

So it is with sermons: it is not hearing sermons that will do you good, but digesting them by meditation. Pondering in your hearts what you hear, must do you good. One sermon well digested, well meditated upon—is better than twenty sermons without meditation! Now meditation is that which will digest all the sermons you hear.

There are some men sick with a disease that makes them vomit up whatever they eat—the food never does them any good.

So is the custom of many of you: you hear a sermon, you go away, and never think of it afterward. This is just like food that you vomit up.

There is a disease that some men have, that all the food they eat goes through them—it never nourishes with them. Now, this food never nourishes.

So it is with the sermons you hear—I am afraid that the sermons you hear go right through you. You hear them and hear them—and that is all you do. You never seek by meditation to root them in your hearts.

That is the reason why you are so lean in grace—though you are so fully fed with sermons!

It is with sermons as it is with a plaster—if a man has a wound in his body and lay a plaster to the wound, this plaster will never heal him unless it abides upon the wound. If he takes it away as soon as ever it is laid on-it will never do him any good.

So it is with sermons: if when you have heard a sermon, you never ponder and meditate on it, it is just like a plaster put on and then pulled off again!

I am confident the great reason why we have so many hunger-starved Christians who are lean in grace and lean in practice, though they hear sermon upon sermon—it may be on the Sabbath day they will hear four or five sermons—is because they digest nothing. They never ponder and meditate upon what they hear!

This is what our Savior Christ speaks of, by the seed that was sown by the highway side is meant a man that hears the word and never thinks of it after he has heard it, but allows the devil to steal it out of his heart (Luke 8:5). As the gardener that sows the seed on a hard path—you know he never plows it, he never looks that it should come to anything. For many of you, the sermons you hear are like the seed sown in the path—you never cover it by meditation, you never think of it after you have heard it; and that is the reason you get no more good by what you hear.

3. The reason why the PROMISES of God do no more affect your hearts, when the saints of God taste no more sweetness in the promises—is because you do not ponder and meditate upon them. It is with the promises of the gospel as it is with a candy—if a man does not chew his candy but swallow it down whole, he will never taste any great sweetness in it. The way to taste the sweetness is to chew it

In the same way, the promises of God are full of heavenly comfort, but you will never enjoy their comfort unless you chew them by meditation.

As it is with spices—unless they are chrushed, they never smell sweet. And as it is with a flower—unless you rub it, you will never smell the fragrance of it. No more will you ever taste the heavenly comfort that is in the promises of the gospel—unless you rub them, unless you crush them, unless you chew them by meditation!

The reason why the saints of God walk so uncomfortably all their lives long, is because they do not chew these promises.

4. The reason why the THREATENINGS of God make no more impression upon our hearts, is for lack of meditation. There are terrible threatenings against sin in the Word—but, alas, there are few people affected with these threatenings. The threatenings of God in Scripture are like the rattling of hail upon the roof-tiles—they make a great noise, but they make no impression.

And what is the reason? It is for lack of meditation. We do not lay them to heart; we do not consider that these threatenings belong to us as long as we continue in our sins. Oh, if a wicked man meditates solemnly upon the threatenings of God, it would make his heart ache, especially when a sense of his sin goes along with them.

 on: February 19, 2019, 04:47:32 PM 
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Spiritual Understanding
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

Honest, prayerful study of the Word brings us to spiritual maturity and understanding. But does it not require superior intellectual powers to understand these “deep things of God”? No indeed. Superior intellects among unsaved men are unable to appreciate even the “simple” truths of the Word, for “they are spiritually discerned” (I Cor. 2:14). And as to the “mystery” made known to Paul by the glorified Lord, the Apostle declares that it is now “revealed unto His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit” (Eph. 3:5).

The mystery is not merely something more difficult to grasp intellectually, for the Apostle specifically states that it is “not the wisdom of this world” but “the wisdom of God” (I Cor. 2:6,7), and that only by the Spirit of God can it be understood and appreciated. This explains why many of the humblest believers rejoice in the mystery and understand it so clearly, while so many great theologians and religious leaders fail to grasp it and keep confusing it with God’s prophesied program regarding the kingdom of Christ.

The mystery is not “hard to be understood” because men are slow of mind to understand, but because they are “slow of heart to believe,” because the devil, who “hath blinded the minds of them that believe not” also seeks to keep God’s people from seeing and rejoicing in the truth of the mystery with its riches of grace, its “one body” and its “one baptism.” This is why the Apostle prayed so fervently that the believers to whom he ministered might be given “spiritual understanding” to take in the glorious message he was commissioned to proclaim (See Eph. 1:16-19; Col. 1:9,10).

 on: February 19, 2019, 04:44:29 PM 
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There are so many lean Christians who devour hundreds of sermons!

(Edmund Calamy, 1600–1666)

"His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night." Psalm 1:2

"I meditate on Your precepts and consider Your ways." Psalm 119:15

It is not merely hearing a sermon that does you good, but meditating on what you hear. So when you hear a sermon, if you do not meditate and ponder upon what you hear, you will never get any good.

There are so many lean Christians who devour hundreds of sermons--and are never any better, never any fatter in grace. They never meditate, ponder and consider what they hear--that is the reason why they are so lean in grace.

Pray unto God to enlighten your understandings, to quicken your devotion, to warm your affections--that by meditation on holy things . . .
  you may be made more holy,
  you may have your lusts more mortified,
  you may have your graces more increased,
  you may better behold the vanity of the world,
  you may lifted up to Heaven and eternal realities.

"Meditate upon these things." 1 Timothy 4:15

 on: February 19, 2019, 04:41:41 PM 
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Dennis Prager: “Do leftists believe global warming will destroy the world as we know it in 12 years, as recently suggested by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? I don’t know. They seem to talk themselves into believing their hysterias. But they don’t act on them. Here’s a simple proof that the left is lying about the imminent threat of global warming to civilization: Leftists don’t support nuclear power. It is simply not possible to believe fossil fuel emissions will destroy the world and, at the same time, oppose nuclear power. Nuclear power is clean and safe. Sweden, a model country for leftists, meets 40 percent of its energy needs with nuclear power. If you were certain you were terminally ill yet decline a medicine that is guaranteed to cure you, the rest of us would have every reason to assume you didn’t really believe you were terminally ill. Here’s more evidence the left doesn’t believe its global warming hysteria: How many leftists with beachfront property anywhere in the world have sold it? If leftists really believe global warming will cause the oceans to rise and soon inundate the world’s coastal areas, why would any leftist not sell his beachfront home while he could not only make all his money back but make a profit as well?”


Upright: “[Basing stories on anonymous sources is] not journalism; that’s horses—t. Responsibility for fake news begins with us.” —CBS News Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan

Stopped clock: “If it is found that [Jussie] Smollett and these gentlemen did, in some way, perpetrate something that is not true, they ought to face accountability to the maximum. Let us get to the bottom of it, and let justice be done.” —Al Sharpton, who promoted the infamous Tawana Brawley racist rape hoax

The BIG Lie45: “I remember in the hours right after this happened … that our bosses were advising to pump the brakes a little bit because there were things already that didn’t add up. I was frankly surprised how many people jumped on board to side with Jussie Smollett before there were photos, before there were police statements, before all that stuff.” —CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, who’s network absolutely propagated fake news — again

The BIG Lie II: “The evidence seems to suggest [a stolen election]. I came to Georgia for Stacey [Abrams] because I just think the world of her, and I think that the whole notion that she fired up people, she got them to the polls, and somehow those votes didn’t get counted, I don’t think that’s how democracy is supposed to work.” —Elizabeth Warren

From the Complaints Department: “This was a deal that was gonna bring $27 billion in revenue to the state and city for things like public education, mass transit, affordable housing and that $3 billion that would go back in tax incentives was only after we were getting the jobs and getting the revenue.” —New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on the withdrawal of the Amazon headquarters46 after protests by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Alpha Jackass: “Ms. Omar from Somalia — she started talking about ‘the Benjamins’ and they are trying to make her apologize. Sweetheart, don’t do that. Pardon me for calling you sweetheart, but you do have a sweet heart. You sure are using it to shake the government up, but you have nothing to apologize for.” —Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan praising Rep. Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic comments

Non Compos Mentis: “The far right wants to eliminate what it considers the vestigial organs of government, including the Education, Commerce and Energy departments. The far left wants to Abolish ICE. They’re both thinking too small. What America really needs to do — and what might actually receive strong bipartisan support — is to Abolish Congress.” —Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell

And last… “The most disgusting thing about the Jussie Smollett hoax is the left WANTS to believe that everybody who wears a MAGA hat is racist & willing to attack a man for his skin color & sexual orientation.” —Liz Wheeler


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 on: February 19, 2019, 04:40:35 PM 
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Moreover, Logan said, journalists are too often actually Democrat Party members:

The media everywhere is mostly liberal, not just in the U.S. But in this country, 85% of journalists are registered Democrats. So that’s just a fact. No one is registering Democrat when they’re really a Republican. So, the facts are on the side of what you just stated: Most journalists are Left, or liberal, or Democrat, or whatever word you wanna give it.

Finally, on the subject of what Americans are being fed on a daily basis, Logan had a strong word for it: propaganda.

How do you know you’re being lied to? How do you know you’re being manipulated? How do you know there’s something not right with the coverage? When they simplify it all and there’s no gray. There’s no gray. It’s all one way. Well, life isn’t like that. If it doesn’t match real life … something’s wrong.“

So, for example, all the coverage on Trump all the time is negative. … That’s distortion of the way things go in real life … because although the media has historically always been left-leaning, we’ve abandoned our pretense, or at least the effort, to be objective today.”

The journalist then gave an example of former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson admitting as much:

[Abramson] says, “We would do dozens of stories about Trump every single day, and every single one of them was negative.” She said, “We have become the anti-Trump paper of record.” Well, that’s not our job. That’s a political position. That means we’ve become political activists … and some could argue propagandists. And there’s some merit to that.

She’s right.



Featured Analysis: Border-Security Debate Highlights Need for Tactics and Strategy24 — Republicans have an opportunity to unite against an increasingly extreme Democrat Party.
Cuomo’s Not-So-Renewable Cronyism25 — The troubles didn’t start with Amazon. Here’s a look at $750 million squandered elsewhere.
Californians Want to Flee Their Socialist ‘Paradise’26 — A majority of residents want to leave the state over problems their own leftist voting record created.
Video: Tucker Carlson on Jussie Smollett27 — Tucker says hate hoaxes make ethnic groups fear and distrust each other.
Video: Harris Speechless About Jussie Smollett Case28 — “This was an attempted modern day lynching,” she had said. Now she’s not so sure…
Video: Eight Illegal Alien Families Suing Taxpayers for $48M29 — Not only are illegal aliens coming across our borders illegally, violating our laws…


Gary Sinise Receives All-Star Thanks for Dedicating His Career to Vets30

“Gary Sinise has dedicated his career to helping veterans and their families — and now an all-star crew that includes Gen. Colin Powell and several high-caliber actors is taking time to show their gratitude in a special surprise video tribute.”

“Completely shocked and speechless by this surprise video,” the “Forrest Gump” actor wrote on Facebook. “Incredibly touched and grateful by everyone’s support. I’m crying, so choked up, I thought I’d share.”

Read more at Fox News31.



According to Bloomberg33, “Elizabeth Warren proposed a universal child care plan that would limit American families’ expenses to 7 percent of income regardless of how many children they have in care — paid for by a tax on the ultra-wealthy.” The scheme “would make child care free for families with incomes below 200 percent of the poverty level, or less than $51,500 for a family of four.” The price tag is reportedly $70 billion annually and is estimated to double child-care attendance. But as with anything taxpayer-funded, this cost is likely woefully underestimated.
According to Gallup, “Thirty-five percent of Americans name the government, poor leadership or politicians as the greatest problem facing the U.S. This is the highest percentage Gallup has recorded for this concern, edging out the previous high of 33% during the 2013 federal government shutdown.” Furthermore, “The current percentage of Americans naming government as the most important problem is nearly twice as high as the 18% recorded in November. That increase likely reflects public frustration with the government shutdown that occurred from late December through most of January.” Not surprisingly, therefore, immigration is No. 2 on the list, with 19% calling it a top problem.
Smaller tax refunds put GOP on defensive, headlines34 The Hill, which then goes on to report the truth — smaller refunds mean people paid less all year35. If only Americans didn’t have to wade through Dezinformatsiya headlines to learn that.
Rep. Matt Gaetz recently revealed that “Democrats in the Judiciary Committee … voted against notifying ICE when an illegal alien fails a background check to buy a gun.” He further observed, “They hate ICE so much that they’d keep ICE in the dark when illegals try to get guns!” As Townhall reports36, “Last year a record number of illegal aliens, millions of them, tried to purchase firearms in the United States. Not only is it illegal to enter the United States without permission, it’s also illegal to purchase or possess a gun.” Ironically, Democrats’ demands for gun control is demonstrably confined to lawful citizens.
“A 45-year-old Mexican national detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection died Monday at a medical facility in McAllen, Tex., after twice seeking medical attention,” The Washington Post reports37, adding, “Another death is likely to raise fresh questions for the border control organization … especially as the president crusades for a wall at the southern border.” The underreported issue is that “the unnamed adult was apprehended on Feb. 2 for ‘illegal reentry,’ which means the individual had tried to enter the country at least once before.” Moreover, the individual, who had cirrhosis of the liver and congestive heart failure, was administered health care twice upon request.
“‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett, upset after a racist letter sent to the show’s studio didn’t get a ‘bigger reaction,’ is suspected of paying two men to attack him a week later, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the investigation,” CBS Chicago reports38. “‘When the letter didn’t get enough attention, he concocted the staged attack,’ a source told CBS 2 Investigator Brad Edwards. Other sources corroborated that information.” There are also reports39 that Smollett scouted the location and rehearsed the attack.
WBKO reports40, “A Tennessee man is in jail after being accused of pulling a gun on a Sam’s Club customer Saturday.” But why? “According to the alleged victim … a man pulled a gun on him because he was wearing a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat. … The police report confirms that the suspect, identified as James Phillips, admitted to flipping off Pierce and Pierce’s wife because of their hats.” The mainstream media response? Crickets.
Humor: Nation’s liberals devastated after learning hate crime didn’t actually happen (The Babylon Bee41)
Policy: “Democrats intend to save ‘democracy’ by putting themselves in charge of elections,” says The Daily Signal’s Jarrett Stepman. “As absurd as that sounds, it really is a part of the inappropriately named ‘For the People Act of 2019,’ or H.R. 1, moving through the House of Representatives.” Read more on why this is a recipe for one-party rule42.
Policy: “Don’t look now, but China’s advances in intellectual property (IP) are beginning to catch up to the country’s rapid technological progress.” Michael Rosen explains the meaning of this at the American Enterprise Institute43.
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 on: February 19, 2019, 04:38:02 PM 
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“Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government. It is essential to the protection of the community against foreign attacks; it is not less essential to the steady administration of the laws; to the protection of property against those irregular and high-handed combinations which sometimes interrupt the ordinary course of justice; to the security of liberty against the enterprises and assaults of ambition, of faction, and of anarchy.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)



As predicted, Demos sue over Trump’s declaration of a national emergency.1
Sanders is hoping even more Democrats will “feel the Bern.”2
CBS’s Lara Logan says Leftmedia outlets have become “propagandists.”3
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Emergency Declaration: Demo States File Obstructionist Lawsuit11

Thomas Gallatin

As President Donald Trump predicted when he announced his decision12 to declare a national emergency over securing the border, 16 states filed a lawsuit on Monday with the leftist Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Trump has “veered the country toward a constitutional crisis of his own making,” the states allege. California fronts the list, which includes Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, and Virginia. Notably and not surprisingly, all of these states have Democrat attorneys general and all but one have Democrat governors.

But conservatives have been divided over Trump’s decision as well, with many raising objections over questions surrounding the constitutionality of his action. Others have questioned whether the long-running illegal-immigration and border-enforcement problem is in fact a national emergency.

The National Emergencies Act of 1976 does not define by what parameters a “national emergency” may be determined; rather it grants that authority to the president. What the law does limit is what the president can do once an emergency has been declared. The declaration of a national emergency is entirely up to the president’s discretion, but once an emergency has been declared, the actions the president is authorized to take have been limited by Congress. The Federalist’s Sean Davis does a nice job highlighting13 the two most important statutes related to questions of the president’s authority regarding national emergencies: “one authorizing the president to declare national emergencies (50 U.S.C 1601 et. seq.) and the other authorizing the president to reprogram existing federal appropriations in response to an emergency declaration (10 U.S.C. 2808).”

In our view, Trump has thus far operated fully within the narrow bounds of established federal law. Debating if he should or should not have declared a national emergency is a legitimate argument to have, though conflating “should” with “can” serves only to confuse the matter. Whether his decision will have positive or negative political consequences is another matter entirely from questions of constitutionality or statutory authority.

The better argument to have is over the constitutionality of the law Congress passed in 1976. National emergencies have been invoked 59 times by presidents since, and a total of 18 times by George W. Bush and Barack Obama over their terms. As the legal challenge works its way through the courts, we hope the Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of the law itself. Until then, blaming Trump for taking advantage of the authority the law grants him is misplaced outrage.


‘Feel the Bern,’ Round Two14

Nate Jackson

Surprising exactly no one, Bernie Sanders threw his hat in the ring Tuesday for the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination. “We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign,” he said, “and now it’s time to move that revolution forward.”

Narrowly defeated by Hillary Clinton and DNC shenanigans15 in 2016, the Vermont senator is the guy who made socialism “cool” again. Medicare for all16? $15-an-hour minimum wage? Bernie’s ideas, and pretty much every 2020 Democrat is running on them. In fact, the Democrat Party has gotten to the point that, as Mark Alexander wrote in 201617, “The distinction between ‘progressive Democrat’ and ‘Socialist’ is now largely in name only — a distinction without a difference.”

What does Sanders bring to the table? The Wall Street Journal rightly points out18 that he has “a loyal group of supporters and arguably the strongest online fundraising machine in Democratic politics.” Sanders won 22 states during the 2016 primaries and raised more than $230 million. Columnist David Harsanyi argues, “Bernie Sanders has had more national success than any Dem running. In a different kind of primary, he might have been the 2016 candidate. As a socialist, he also represents the future of his party. Why shouldn’t he run?”

Good question, and there are a couple of answers. Unlike 2016, Sanders isn’t competing against a very unlikeable and scandal-ridden Hillary Clinton; he’ll be vying for the socialist vote with the far more charismatic lineup of Elizabeth Warren19, Kamala Harris20, and Cory Booker21, among others — Sanders is the 12th Democrat to announce a run.

Sanders is also a 77-year-old white guy, which is pretty much the worst thing a person can be by today’s leftist standards. Thus we think NPR, of all places, has it right22: “Sanders could be a victim of his own success.” His (terrible) ideas have captivated Democrats, but he’s too old and too white and too male to see them through himself.


CBS’s Lara Logan Eviscerates Leftmedia ‘Propagandists’23

When Leftmedia journalists call out the Leftmedia for bias and outright propaganda, we take note. Such was the case when CBS News Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan sat with retired Navy SEAL Mike Ritland for his “Mike Drop” podcast and gave an interview that “is professional suicide for me.”

Logan lamented the ideological echo chamber that makes up most of the media:

This is the problem that I have: There’s one Fox. There’s one Fox and there’s many, many, many more organizations on the Left. … The problem is the weight of all these organizations on one side of the political spectrum. When you turn on your computer, or you walk past the TV, or you see a newspaper headline in the grocery store, if they’re all saying the same thing, the weight of that convinces you that it’s true. You don’t question it, because everyone is saying it. And unless you seek out Breitbart on your computer, you’re probably not even going to know what the other side is saying. Right?

 on: February 19, 2019, 08:29:36 AM 
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Spirits of Truth and Error

“We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” (1 John 4:6)

Here we are given assurance that we will be able to tell the difference in people by the way they respond to the Word of God. The emphasis is on the believer’s ability to discern a spirit (attitude or character) of truth or error among those to whom we witness.

This is important because we are told not to cast “pearls before swine” (Matthew 7:6) and to “shake off the very dust” from our feet against those who will not receive our witness (Luke 9:5).

Others disguise themselves as ministers of righteousness when they are really the ministers of Satan (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). How can we tell which is which?

The spirit of truth is relatively easy to discern. Those who hear the Word (Mark 4:18-20) and receive the Word with all readiness of mind (Acts 17:11) are of the truth (John 18:37). Such people come willingly to the light (John 3:21) and ask for a “reason of the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15).

The spirit of error can be more difficult to discern. Its source is Satan (John 8:44), who deceives (Revelation 12:9) and uses his servants to manipulate and mislead (Ephesians 4:14).

Some of these run among God’s family and live “in error” (2 Peter 2:18). They can be fruitless trees and “raging waves . . . foaming out their own shame” (Jude 12-13), or like “tares” among the wheat that even the angels have trouble recognizing (Matthew 13:38-40). These won’t listen to truth.

Our job is to be ready to give the answer to the one and to reject the other. HMM III

 on: February 18, 2019, 05:37:37 PM 
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The Bible Church -- The Baptist Church -- The Brethren Church
by Pastor J. C. O'Hair

After the Scriptures have been searched and not one of the positions has been the unity of the Spirit and to make all men proved, then the appeal is made to Historic Christianity, and the ceremony is retained on the grounds of the traditions of the fathers instead of on the authority of the Word of God. It is interesting, but sad, to see the shifting from Mark 16:15 to 18, Acts 2:38 to other Scriptures to prove that water baptism had one meaning up to the Tenth Chapter of Acts, and another meaning from then on. It is a known fact that many gifted Fundamentalists during the past fifty years have taught, unreservedly, that the Great Commission is not the marching orders of the Church for today. And those who have taught that it is must believe that it has been revised considerably, if we are carrying on the Lord’s program under the commission of Matthew 28:19 and 20. How could it be possible to take “Ephesians” truth for our program and obey Ephesians 3:9 and also obey Matthew 28:20? How could a child of God learn from Ephesians 4:8 to 15 which member of the Body of Christ is to baptize the other member? Where is any member of the Body of Christ instructed in the Bible to baptize another member or be baptized by another member? If the Lord places us in the Body by the one baptism, why try to add a physical baptism to that member, accepted in Christ and complete in Christ? Colossians 2:13 to 16.

Let us earnestly contend for the program, the fellowship and the unity of the Bible Church rather than for that of the Baptist Church, the Brethren Church--or the Baptist-Brethren Church.

Truly no one thing has hindered members of the Body of Christ from observing Ephesians 4:3 and Ephesians 3:9 more than his clinging on to water baptism. Is it not true that a believer can neither endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit nor make all men to see what is the dispensation of the mystery, if he insists on water baptism for members of the Body of Christ? Is it not conversely true that those who endeavour Scripturally to keep the unity of the Spirit and to make all men see the fellowship of the mystery will not hold on to water baptism?

Surely we have observed a great difference between the message, the requirements, the order and the sphere of blessing as declared by Peter and the Eleven on the day of Pentecost and those in the Epistle to the Ephesians. On the day of Pentecost the message was concerning Joel’s prophecy, David’s prophecy, and the truth that God had made the Jesus whom Israel had crucified both Lord and Christ. Those guilty Israelites were to repent of their awful crime be baptized unto the remission of sins, and receive the Holy Spirit. “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day were added about three thousand souls.” Acts 2:41. “And the Lord added daily such as should be saved.” 2:47. Though there is some question about the words “to the church” in the Greek, yet the church was there. But were they raised and seated in the heavenlies and then and there blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies?

In order that the penitent Israelites might be added to the church, the requirement was, two baptisms, water baptism and Holy Spirit baptism. According to most of our Fundamentalist Bible teachers, those 3000 Israelites on the day of Pentecost experienced I Corinthians 12:13: they were then and there baptized by the Holy Spirit into the same Body of Christ that is described in the Epistle to the Ephesians. If this is true, surely we all have some questions to ask: “if any of the 3000 Israelites had refused to be immersed in water (or be sprinkled), would they have received the Holy Spirit?”: “were not two baptisms required on the day of Pentecost for membership in that Pentecostal Church and far fellowship and unity with other members in that Church (Body)?” Our answer to the first question is “no”; and to the second question, “yes.” Then this third question: “are we not told specifically in the Epistle to the Ephesians that membership in that Body of Christ and the unity and fellowship of the members of that Body, both with the Head and with fellow-members, is on the basis of one baptism?” “Yes.” And now one more question: “was not the receiving of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:38 dependent upon repentance and water baptism, and the receiving of the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 1:13 dependent upon believing the gospel of salvation, which was not of works, Ephesians 2:8 and 9?” If one believer baptizes another believer to aid him either in salvation or to become a member of the Body of Christ, is not that salvation, and Body-membership, by grace plus works?” How do we reconcile Mark 16:15 and 16 with Ephesians 1:13, 2:8 and 4:5?

Unless we had accepted the interpretation of some recognized Bible teacher, that the Church of Acts 2:38 to 47 is the Body of Christ of Ephesians, could we make the identification by diligent study and comparison of the Second Chapter of Ephesians? Do we not find different messages to different people, the one in fulfillment of the words of Israel’s prophets, and the other the written revelation of Christ in heaven never revealed to any of Israel’s prophets? Ephesians 3:3 and 3:8. Do we not see different gospels or at least different gospel programs, different promises, different orders and different spheres of blessings? Do you believe that the saved Israelites would have had fellowship with Cornelius, if he had not had two baptisms? Did not the Corinthians have two baptisms; Acts 18:8 and I Corinthians 12:13? Should we not uncompromisingly demand two baptisms, water baptism and Holy Spirit baptism, for membership in the Body of Christ and for fellowship among the Body-members, or else see the difference in the Church during the Acts period and the Body after the Acts period, and Scripturally eliminate all but one of the baptisms of the “Acts” period? Which shall we eliminate?

We trust that this message may at least cause the children of God to get their eyes off of human leaders and cease to believe that a statement is Scripturally true, because some outstanding Bible teacher so declares. And we trust also that the Holy Spirit may help all to see that all Bible truth must be appropriated and applied by the members of the Body of Christ in the light of the Body truth of Ephesians, Colossians and II Timothy.

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