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 on: October 18, 2017, 04:29:43 PM 
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The Christian Home
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24:15).

There is no place in all this world so wholesome and refreshing as a Christian home, a home where Christ is truly loved and honored.

This writer was brought up in such a home. There were ten of us: dad, mother and eight children. There was lots going on all the time, but a truly happy home it was, for dad and mother never let us get so busy with temporal things that we brushed eternal values aside.

On the basis that “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God” (Luke 4:4), we read some small portion of the Bible before every meal, and had family devotions before retiring at night.

Result: all eight children have blessed the dear dad and mother who led them aright, morally and spiritually, and best of all, taught them the importance of trusting in the Savior who died for all our sins. More: five of the children and many of the grandchildren have given themselves for full time Christian service, and have become pastors, college deans, Christian writers and missionaries in various parts of the world.

This is not because we are one whit better than others, but because we have experienced the help and grace of God in our lives. And it all began as, one day, a young American, like Joshua of old, came to a decision and declared:

    “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

 on: October 18, 2017, 04:27:15 PM 
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The person and work of the Holy Spirit

(J.C. Ryle, 1884)

"For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for battle?" 1 Corinthians 14:8

We need a more certain sound about the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

There is a great quantity of teaching, I am afraid, in which there is no place left for the Third Person of the Trinity. His presence in the hearts of professing Christians is taken for granted. They think that they possess Him as a matter of course--because they are baptized, or because they belong to the Church, or because they are communicants! In short, many would say, like the Ephesians of old, "We have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit!" Acts 19:2

But surely this is not Apostolic teaching. People need to be told now as much as they were told eighteen centuries ago, that the fruits of the Spirit are the only evidence of having the Spirit, and that those fruits must be seen--that we must be . . .
  born of the Spirit,
  led by the Spirit,
  sanctified by the Spirit, and
  experience the operations of the Spirit.

"If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ--he does not belong to Christ." Romans 8:9

There is far more heresy concerning the Holy Spirit in the present time, than most people suppose.

"Ask for the old paths, where the good way is--and walk in it. Then you will find rest for your souls." Jeremiah 6:16

 on: October 18, 2017, 04:24:08 PM 
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Recall it was then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton whose department authorized the sale25 of mining company Uranium One to a Russian state-owned energy company, giving the Russians control of 20% of the U.S. uranium supply. At the time, Hillary and the Obama administration defended their decision, claiming there was no evidence of Russian government wrongdoing and no national security concerns to prevent the committee from authorizing the sale.

We now know that to be an unmitigated lie.

It is also no coincidence that, around the time of the sale’s approval, Bill Clinton cashed in a $500,000 speaking fee to give a speech in Moscow, and the Clinton Foundation raked in $145 million26 in donations from nine shareholders in Uranium One.

Meanwhile, the genesis of the Trump/Russia collusion claim lies in a dossier27 compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele. Despite the claims in the dossier being either thoroughly debunked or still without corroborating evidence, a special counsel, in the form of former FBI Director Robert Mueller, was assigned to investigate.

And while any claims of interference in the internal political processes of our nation must be taken seriously, what must also be taken seriously is the increasingly evident reality that high-ranking Democrats, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, were themselves the instigators of the very collusion they now seek to obfuscate.

The infamous Steele dossier that set these accusations ablaze was assembled on behalf of Fusion GPS, a firm that specializes in political opposition research. So it would seem obvious that the best way to get to the truth is to have the principals at Fusion GPS testify as to their knowledge regarding collusion.

That has become very difficult, however, as lawyers for Fusion GPS CEO Glenn Simpson say he refuses to testify, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. By its own admission, Fusion GPS lobbied for a Russian company28 with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin. There is evidence that the Steele dossier, used to attack Trump, was commissioned at the behest of the Russians for the purpose of sowing confusion and discord into the American electoral process.

Mission accomplished.

Just as disturbing is the fact that the FBI — the same FBI that was aware of Russian attempts to bribe and extort American officials and bureaucrats in order to acquire American uranium — has thus far refused to comply with a House Intelligence Committee demand to produce documents related to this investigation.

The tangled web grows more tangled still, as we note with concern that Mueller, the special counsel whose investigative team is loaded with Clinton donors29, was the head of the FBI when the discovery of Russian influence-peddling was made. This discovery would not be made public until four years after Obama and Hillary approved the sale of the uranium to the Russians.

Tangles upon tangles, we note that the investigation was supervised by then-U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein, an Obama appointee currently serving as Trump’s deputy AG, as well as Andrew McCabe, who served as assistant FBI director under Obama, and today as Trump’s deputy FBI director. This is the same McCabe who is under investigation for a $500,000 donation given to his wife, a Virginia state senate candidate in 2016, by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, former DNC Chair and prolific fundraiser for the Clintons, also now under investigation by the FBI.

The investigation into the Uranium One deal ended in 2015 at the direction of former FBI Director James Comey30 without ever briefing the FBI’s top counter-intelligence official or Congress on the staggering national security implications. That would be the same James Comey who leaked details31 of his conversations with President Trump for the purpose, by his own admission, of forcing the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Trump, recommending his buddy32 and former Obama FBI Director Mueller, who buried the initial findings.

If you are thoroughly confused by this nefarious web of corruption, bribes, extortion and Russian influence-peddling, you are not alone.

Yet one thing seems increasingly evident: Those who were screaming the loudest now appear to have the most to hide33.

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union34.


    The Opioid Epidemic: Overdosing on Cronyism35 — The Drug Enforcement Administration may have had a hand in the rise of the nation’s opiate crisis.
    Corporate PC vs. Patriotism36 — The widow of a military veteran was denied the ability to honor a fallen soldier by singing the national anthem.
    More Consequences of Abandoning Iraq37 — The Islamic State is losing, but the Iraqis are attacking the Kurds people. The U.S. can do something.

For more of today’s top cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive38.


    Walter Williams: Who Pays What in Taxes?39
    Byron York: What’s Behind Trump’s Executive Actions40
    Rebecca Hagelin: BSA: It’s Time to Look Elsewhere41
    Michelle Malkin: Beware the Rape Allegation Bandwagon42
    L. Brent Bozell & Tim Graham: Liberal Billionaires Are Never Villains43

For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion44.


Walter Williams: “Politicians love to trick people by suggesting that they will impose taxes not on them but on some other entity instead. We can personalize the trick by talking about property taxes. Imagine that you are a homeowner and a politician tells you he is not going to tax you. Instead, he’s going to tax your property and land. You would easily see the political chicanery. Land and property cannot and do not pay taxes. Again, only people pay taxes. The same principle applies to corporations. There’s another side to taxes that goes completely unappreciated. According to a 2013 study by the Virginia-based Mercatus Center, Americans spend up to $378 billion annually in tax-related accounting costs, and in 2011, Americans spent more than six billion hours complying with the tax code. Those hours are equivalent to the annual hours of a workforce of 3.4 million, or the number of people employed by four of the largest U.S. companies — Walmart, IBM, McDonald’s and Target — combined. Along with tax cuts, tax simplification should be on the agenda.”


Insight: “In questions of science the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.” —Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

Weak-kneed response: “We did not ask for [players to stand during the national anthem]. We spent [yesterday] talking about the issues players are trying to bring attention to. Issues in our communities, to make our communities better.” —NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on his meeting with team owners

From the “Traitor Files”: “I don’t regret going to Vietnam. … I’m proud that I went. It changed my life all for the good.” —"Hanoi Jane45“ Fonda on "aiding and abetting” American enemies

She really doesn’t understand how our form of government works: “Every time I land in America, how much longer can these generals allow Trump to cause so much damage? [The] 25th amendment is there for a reason.” —Chelsea Handler

Alpha Jackass: “Here’s the thing — Harvey Weinstein’s disgusting. Let’s just say that. But Fox News had [this type of behavior], Clarence Thomas [did too].” —film director Rob Reiner

Holier than thou: “I really don’t think that it’s appropriate to attack comedians. We’re on the right side of things. Also, the comedians are there to say the emperor has no clothes. We’re important people right now. So, I don’t know why [people] attack comedians.” —Joy Behar

Non Compos Mentis: “According to Islam, every man is accountable to stop abuse of women — by their word and by their acts. Many abusers like Weinstein walk our streets, terrorizing our neighbors. Together, we can employ a proven Islamic model that will stop this madness, and re-invoke gender equity today in America, and the world.” —attorney Qasim Rashid in “How the teachings of Islam could help us prevent more sexual abuse scandals”

And last… “It’s one thing to break down cultural stigmas constructively, but the #MeToo movement is collectivist virtue signaling of a very perilous sort.” —Michelle Malkin

Join us 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

 on: October 18, 2017, 04:22:54 PM 
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    Who are the Dreamers — Democrats favored illegals, or American workers with a Dream?
    Scott Pruitt is holding the ecofascists at bay with his strong EPA policies.
    The FBI has revealed the real Russian collusion — involving Obama and Clinton.
    The opioid crisis, a news report, and Trump’s drug czar.
    Political correctness in corporate America trumps common decency and patriotism.
    We’re still facing the consequences of Obama’s having abandoned Iraq.
    Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.


“It is a duty certainly to give our sparings to those who want; but to see also that they are faithfully distributed, and duly apportioned to the respective wants of those receivers. And why give through agents whom we know not, to persons whom we know not, and in countries from which we get no account, where we can do it at short hand, to objects under our eye, through agents we know, and to supply wants we see?” —Thomas Jefferson (1823)


Dreamers, or the American Dream Killers?1

By Political Editors

As Congress considers legislation regarding DACA2 and the so-called “Dreamers,” it’s worth noting the effect immigration — illegal immigration in particular — has on the American Dream.

Recently the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) released its latest study3 on the financial cost of illegal immigration on American taxpayers. While the mainstream media often touts illegal immigration as being a boon for the economy, the actual burden of the growing illegal population on Americans is conveniently ignored. FAIR’s study calculates that illegal immigrants are costing taxpayers $116 billion annually even after the economic tax revenues associated with illegal alien labor have been factored in.

These expenses are borne out in three primary areas: Medical care, public education and law enforcement. Another factor often ignored is that state and local governments bear the brunt of these expenses. An estimated $88.9 billion falls on state and local government, while the federal government bears $45.8 billion annually. Once again, the legislators in Washington are insulated from the consequences of their own policies.

Another example of illegal immigrants’ impact on American workers is via the federal government’s immigrant worker permit programs. In fiscal year 2017, the fed doled out nearly two million permits4, with approximately 1.5 million going to illegals. Matthew J. O'Brien, research director at FAIR, stated, “This [H-1B worker permit program] creates an incentive for people to accept lower wages in exchange for being in the United States and having a shot at an employment-based green card.” So, both American workers and immigrants are being taken advantage of by these programs, as wages have effectively been driven down. So much for the American Dream, right?

Thus, an increasingly heavy tax burden is being foisted onto the American worker as a result of a growing illegal population while at the same time Americans’ wages are being undercut by the fed granting a massive number of work permits to illegals. Is it any wonder why Americans are so frustrated with their government?

Pruitt Holds the Line Against the Left at the EPA5

By Jordan Candler

The EPA is getting a refreshing makeover after Gina McCarthy spent years directing the agency to enact unconstitutional power grabs and enforcing other forms of corruption. For example, the Clean Power Plan — a carbon-capture scheme that was developed under Barack Obama’s administration — was recently and mercifully flagged6 by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for elimination, saving the economy upwards of $73 billion annually.

Now it’s ecofascists’ turn to feel the direct influence of new management. Under McCarthy, “green” interest groups basically viewed the EPA as the go-to agency for changes to climate-related rules and regulations. Not anymore. As Reuters reports7, Pruitt “issued a directive to his agency on Monday seeking to end the practice of settling lawsuits with environmental groups behind closed doors, saying the groups have had too much influence on regulation.”

The report goes on to note, “The EPA under former President Barack Obama quietly settled lawsuits from environmental groups with little input from regulated entities, such as power plants, and state governments.” How’s that for the most transparent administration in history? But according to Pruitt, “The days of regulation through litigation are over. We will no longer go behind closed doors and use consent decrees and settlement agreements to resolve lawsuits filed against the agency.”

Reuters adds, “Daren Bakst, a research fellow in agricultural policy at the Heritage Foundation think tank, said sue and settle has led to ‘egregious antics’ that have ‘effectively handed over the setting of agency priorities to environmental pressure groups,’ and has led to rushed rulemaking by the agency.” Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) regurgitated this view: “The Environmental Protection Agency should not make regulations by settling lawsuits behind closed doors. Under the last administration, the EPA advanced its political agenda by abusing its authority and leaving states and Congress in the dark. The public deserves to know how its government is operating.”

There’s really no reason to oppose these changes — unless you’re an activist who can no longer deploy covert tactics to circumvent the Rule of Law. And, to no one’s surprise, green groups aren’t happy with Pruitt’s move. What became customary at Obama’s EPA should never have become so. But it did, no doubt because McCarthy agreed with these lawsuits. Obama’s EPA was not impartial, nor was it transparent or legally minded. Pruitt is doing a masterful job ensuring this injustice ends.

Top Headlines8

    GOP senators introduce bill to relieve Americans of ObamaCare mandate (The Washington Free Beacon9)

    McCain endorses budget bill in win for GOP tax-reform effort (The Washington Post10)

    Dow tops 23,000 for first time as stock market rally gains speed (USA Today11)

    Military spokesman: ISIS “On the verge of devastating defeat” in Iraq and Syria (CNS News12)

    Judge blocks Trump’s travel ban for third time (The Washington Times13)

    George Soros transfers $18 billion to his “Open Society” Foundation, creating an instant giant (The Wall Street Journal14)

    Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos vanishes after Las Vegas massacre, only to show up to tell his story on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC News15)

    Washington Post “fact-checker” mostly agrees with Steve Scalise on Chicago gun violence — gives him flunking grade anyway (Washington Examiner16)

    Jaguars apologize to military for kneeling for national anthem in London (The Daily Wire17)

    After five cheerleaders take a knee during national anthem, college takes them off the football field (Conservative News Today18.)

    Policy: Untaxing the rich is a misguided Republican obsession (National Review19)

    Policy: A modern leave policy both employers, employees could love (The Hill20)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report21.

FBI Reveals Russian Collusion… With Obama and Clinton22

By Louis DeBroux

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive.” —Sir Walter Scott (Marmion, 1808.)

For more than a year, the mainstream media and the Democrats (but we repeat ourselves) were positively aflame with righteous indignation, broadcasting 24/7 claims that Donald Trump colluded with the Russians to rig the 2016 election, and demanding investigations into and the impeachment of President Trump.

One might be forgiven, in the age of the 24/7 news cycle that jumps from one outrage and crisis to another, for not recognizing the disappearance of the Russia story from the headlines. One might also conclude the story’s disappearance is due to Democrats being forced to admit there is no evidence23, despite intense effort to find it, of Trump/Russia collusion.

Yet even that misses the real story, which is that Democrats are now desperate to bury this story as evidence mounts that there WAS collusion with Russian operatives … by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

According to recently revealed files, the FBI had uncovered a plot by Russian officials and operatives as far back as 2009 in which The Hill reports24 the Russians were “engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States.”

 on: October 18, 2017, 04:19:49 PM 
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By Mark Alexander · Oct. 18, 2017 · https://patriotpost.us/alexander/51924

“A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired.” —Alexander Hamilton (1775)

It would not be accurate to say that all celebrities are narcissists. Nor that all of them are eventually seduced by their fame and fortune to believe, because they’ve made a lot of money in the business of pretense, or by throwing balls or by telling jokes, that somehow their opinion on everything else matters. But the fact is, many people are compelled into celebrity fame by varying degrees of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

That would include a lot of celebrity politicians, most notably Barack Obama1, who should have a shelf full of Oscars for his eight-year acting role as “president” — along with his Nobel Appeasement Prize. Having endured a few episodes of the Democrat administration of Frank Underwood in the fictional series “House of Cards,” I can tell you that the primary difference between that farce and Obama’s administration is that actor Kevin Spacey has better scriptwriters.

The same pathological egocentrism2 that propelled Obama’s meteoric celebrity is epidemic in the “entertainment” industry.

Since Donald Trump3 announced his presidential aspirations in 2015, the collective entertainment collusion brain trust, with a few brave exceptions, has plunged into an abyss of hacking political hyperbole. While the Demo/MSM talkingheads4 have always been dependable propagandists for the Left, another media sector, the late-night TV and cable chattering class, has become regressively more “political,” perfecting the model of entertainment as indoctrination5 in order to advance the Left’s agenda.

Ten years ago, when I first wrote about how entertainment is an unfiltered portal for indoctrination, I noted: “Entertainment is the subtlest and most effective means of ideological indoctrinating. It creates a psychological opening through which political and cultural messages bypass the intellectual filters that arrest most input for critical analysis. Because the context for these messages is ‘entertainment,’ they get a free pass into the mind’s cultural framework, where they compete, at a subconscious level, with established ethical and moral standards.”

Those at greatest risk for this form of indoctrination are emotive adults, who are not constantly vigilant about screening ethical and moral messages from mass media, theater, music, books, magazines, infotainment programs, etc., and who are, thus, not deliberate about evaluating those messages. They are at risk of having these messages not only encroach upon but, over time, displace their intellectual source code for wholesome values and good sense.

One notable case study of a late-night entertainer — one the Left has anointed “the moral conscience of America” — is ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel. He is competing with CBS’s Stephen Colbert, who currently ranks at the top of the diminishing late-night viewer market, to see who can inject the most toxic leftist rhetoric into their monologue. Apparently, such boorish political orotundity sells in the adolescent market hours. As National Review’s Rich Lowry notes6, “[NBC’s] Jimmy Fallon … has pointedly declined to make his show the New York Times editorial page with a few jokes attached, and has seen a ratings decline.”

But before illuminating Kimmel’s hypocrisy, most notably his gross objectification of women, let’s pause for a minute to consider the leftist contortions over another Hollywood hypocrite (redundant, I know), Harvey Weinstein7.

As you know by now, Weinstein, one of the most powerful entertainment industry moguls, has a long history as a serial sexual predator, one of many decades-old celebrity “secrets in plain sight.” Of course, nobody who wanted to get ahead in Tinseltown8 dared say anything about his creepy and criminal behavior. And the Leftmedia, most notably NBC, has long suppressed reports9 about Weinstein.

And numerous morally superior leftist politicos, who wanted to keep his graft flowing into their political coffers, also kept quiet. Most notably, Hillary Clinton10 seemed to enter a witness protection program for six days after the Weinstein allegations became public, most likely to deflect reports about all the cash she received from Weinstein11. Or was it to avoid the inevitable comparisons with her depraved husband? She insisted that Weinstein was a bad boy, but added: “After all, we have someone admitting to being a sexual assaulter in the Oval Office.” Why, it’s almost as if she isn’t married to a serial sexual assailant12…

The “revelations” about Weinstein exposed the gross underbelly of Hollywood’s silence on the sexual predators in its own ranks, which brings me back to Jimmy Christian Kimmel (seriously, that’s his middle name).

Increasingly, Kimmel has used his late-night platform as a soapbox for political rhetoric, mostly to parrot talking points from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). His most recent foray into policy was October 2nd, after the deadly attack in Las Vegas13, when he used his monologue for an impassioned plea to solve the nation’s “gun problem14.”

Kimmel’s crusade was surreal, almost as if he doesn’t realize that no one glorifies “gun violence15” more than his entertainment industry. In fact, the same night Kimmel pontificated about gun control16, insisting “[Republicans] should be praying for God to forgive them for letting the gun lobby run this country,” his guest was Anthony Anderson, who made his name in, among other things, Martin Scorsese’s extraordinarily violent film “The Departed.”

You’d be hard pressed to find any episode of Kimmel that doesn’t feature a celebrity guest who hasn’t made a fortune on big-screen violence.

Being roundly criticized for his celebrity sock-puppet rhetoric about guns and violence17, Kimmel squared off with his conservative critics, asserting this week, “I probably wouldn’t want to have a conversation with them anyway. … Not good riddance, but riddance.”

Not surprisingly, Kimmel has been noticeably silent about Weinstein’s Tinseltown troubles, which have otherwise dominated the airwaves in the last week. He explained his lack of commentary, saying, “Harvey Weinstein is not a friend of mine, and I’ll add that that story came out moments before we went to tape on Thursday, and we didn’t have a show on Friday.”

However, the following Monday, Kimmel did serve up a joke about Weinstein, because as all of Kimmel’s kin were ducking and covering, he decided rape and sexual assault were funny: “What’s the difference between Harvey Weinstein and the Pillsbury Doughboy? When the Pillsbury Doughboy offers you a roll, he doesn’t ask you to watch him take a shower for it.”

But Kimmel and those who profit from his success are hiding a hypocritical secret in plain sight — one that explains his silence on Weinstein.

Kimmel’s launch pad to fame was a series he co-hosted with Adam Carolla, “The Man Show18,” which was based on the objectification of women, or “juggies” as he referred to them. This was not the promotion of what contemporary leftists call “sexist micro-aggressions.” Instead, it was the unmitigated and often grotesque portrayal of women as nothing more than sexual objects — but all in good humor.

Typical of Kimmel’s crude episodes was a street skit where he asked women to “guess what’s in my pants19,” a skit in which he asked them to grope his groin.

Early in the series, Kimmel explains, “So help us God, every episode of ‘The Man Show’ will end with girls jumping on trampolines!” And indeed, every episode did end with women in bikinis jumping on trampolines to the cheers of his audience.

Typical of Kimmel feature segments were, “Get To Know Your Juggies,” “Household Hints From Adult Film Stars,” “Juggy Academy,” “Toplessness In America,” “Uglyville — Fat Women in Bikinis,” “Port-a-Juggy,” and other such titillating topics.

Summing up his show, Kimmel said to Corolla, “We are building a dam.”

To which Corolla said, “A dam to hold back the tidal wave of feminization that is flooding this country.”

To which Kimmel replied, “A dam to stop the river of estrogen that is drowning us in political correctness.”

So, given all the leftist hand-wringing in Hollywood, how is it that ABC can continue to justify paying Kimmel, a serial sexist, $10 million a year as the host of its late-night centerpiece?

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776

 on: October 18, 2017, 08:50:04 AM 
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The Sinner's Prayer

“And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.” (Luke 18:13)
Evangelists have often urged lost men and women to pray this “sinner’s prayer” if they desired to be saved. The account does say that this publican, after praying thus, “went down to his house justified” (v. 14).
But there is more here than appears on the surface. It is not merely God’s mercy that is needed for He has already been merciful to let us continue to live at all. The word translated “merciful” is used only one other time in the New Testament and is there translated “make reconciliation for.” Speaking of the saving work of Christ, it says that He came “to make reconciliation for the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:17). It is also closely related to the words for “propitiation” and “mercy seat.”
This parable of the Pharisee and the publican is set in the context of the Jewish temple worship, where sinners would bring their sacrificial offerings to cover their sins, knowing that “it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” (Leviticus 17:11). Such sacrifices were completely worthless, however, if offered in a spirit of religious pride and/or self-righteousness, like those of the Pharisee. There must be repentance and faith in God’s promise of forgiveness through the death of an innocent substitute, pre-figuring the true Lamb of God whose coming death would truly make eternal reconciliation for the sins of the people. The publican prayed in this vein, and he was saved.
In our day, on the other side of the cross, a sinner’s saving prayer must say, in effect: “God, be propitiated to me on the basis of the death of Christ for my sins.” Such a prayer, offered in sincere repentance and faith in God’s promise, brings justification before God. HMM

 on: October 17, 2017, 04:43:55 PM 
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Christ and His Body

This is very different from the program of prophecy and the so-called “great commission” in which Israel is given precedence over the Gentiles (See Isa. 60:1-3; Zech. 8:13,23; Luke 24:47; Acts 3:25,26).

Third, the Body is made up of reconciled Jews and Gentiles as we have seen from Ephesians 2:16. Now we cannot reconcile friends. Reconciliation postulates alienation. This is why the message of reconciliation was not preached, nor the Body formed, until God had begun to set Israel aside along with the Gentiles. “The casting away of them” opened the way for “the reconciling of the world” (Rom. 11:15). Nor is there any indication of the setting aside of Israel until Paul is raised up.

Fourth, Paul distinctly states, by the Spirit, that the Body of Christ is a “new man” and a “new creation.”

    “Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we Him no more.

    “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature [Gr. there is A NEW CREATION]: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Cor. 5:16,17).

    “For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

    “Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain ONE NEW MAN, so making peace” (Eph. 2:14,15).

This “new creation” and “new man” stand in contrast to Adam and the old creation. Having concluded all in unbelief, God now offers to take the fallen sons of Adam and make them a new creation in Christ.

Fifth, the Apostle further states that God’s purpose concerning the formation of the Body of Christ was kept a secret until revealed through him.

    “Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ,

    “Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit” (Eph. 3:4,5).

    “[His Body, Ver. 24] whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the Word of God;

    “Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints” (Col. 1:24-26).

That the Body had its beginning before Paul wrote his first epistle is also evident, from the fact that he speaks of it in his early epistles as having already been brought into existence and refers to the mystery as having already been revealed.

(See, as to the Body: Rom. 12:4,5; I Cor. 6:15; 10:17; 12:12,13,27. As to the mystery: Rom. 2:16; 16:25; I Cor. 2:7).


When the Apostle Paul writes to the Colossians that it was given to him to “fulfill [complete] the Word of God” (Col. 1:25), he means that the truth of the Body is the filling up of the divine revelation. More of the Bible was doubtless written later, but these later writings simply supplied further details and instructions concerning an already prophesied period of time. But the glorious mystery of the Body is the capstone of the divine purpose and revelation. Here we have the highest truth in all the Word of God. The Body is called, in Ephesians 1:23, “the fulness of Him that filleth all in all,” and we who have received grace to trust Christ during this age of His rejection should humbly thank God a thousand times a day that He has seen fit to give us the most exalted position contemplated for the redeemed anywhere in the Scriptures.

In this connection it should be noted, first of all, that the Body of Christ is more than an organization; it is a living organism. As necessary and Scriptural as organization is in the professing Church on earth, we should always remember that the true Church of today is made up of believers inseparably and eternally united to the living Christ in glory. And this Body grows in its dimensions, as one believer leads another to Christ and spiritually, as all believers come into a fuller knowledge and appreciation of the truth.

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

    “But speaking the truth in love… grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

    “From Whom the whole Body fitly joined together, and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the Body unto the edifying [building up] of itself in love” (Eph. 4:15,16).

Another blessed truth in this connection is that all true believers belong to this Body, even our individual bodies being called the members of Christ. And because we are the members of Christ, we are members one of another; each having some different function in the Body, to be sure (Rom. 12:4; I Cor. 12:14-26), but all equally members of it and of one another.

    “So we, being many, are one Body in Christ, and every one members one of another” (Rom. 12:5).

    “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ?” (I Cor. 6:15).

    “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one Body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free” (I Cor. 12:13).

    “Now ye are the Body of Christ, and members in particular” (I Cor. 12:27).

    “There is one Body” (Eph. 4:4).

How this should make us love one another! How it should break down denominational barriers! How it should overcome personal differences! This bond should be most precious to us when we reflect that it is our union with Christ that makes us members one of another.

Finally, we should never forget that Christ, Christ alone, is the Head of the Body. We, the members, must always be subject to Him, ready to respond instantly to His will.

    “And He is the Head of the Body, the Church…that in all things He might have the preeminence” (Col. 1:18.).

    “…Christ is Head of the Church… the Church is subject unto Christ…” (Eph. 5:23,24).

And this clearly implies that He will plan the very best for us; that His will for us will not be grievous.

    “For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth it and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the Church” (Eph. 5:29).


1    It is true that Paul speaks of those who were “in Christ” before him (Rom. 16:7) but here, as in many other places, the term has a moral connotation. These believers stood before God morally in Christ, since their sins had been imputed to Him and His righteousness to them. Thus we too have redemption “in Christ” (Eph. 1:7). This term is also used in an affinitive sense, as in our Lord’s upper room discourse: “Abide in Me” (John 15:4). This has the idea of belonging together as one. But in neither of these cases are men said to be in Christ as “members of His Body.”
2    “Fellowheirs,” “same body” and “partakers” all have the same prefix in the original.

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Pastor Stam's Recently Discovered Series - Part 5
Christ and His Body

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

(This is the fifth and last of a series of articles that first appeared in 1950 in Truth magazine, published by Milwaukee Bible Institute/Worldwide Grace Testimony, now the Grace Gospel Fellowship. These articles have never before appeared in the Searchlight.)

    “Now ye are the Body of Christ, and members in particular” (I Cor. 12:27).

The most wonderful truth in all the Word of God is that which concerns the relationship between Christ and the Church of this dispensation, called “His Body.”

To understand this distinctive truth, however, we must first learn that the words Church and body, as they are rendered in the Authorized Version, are not always synonymous.


The word Church (Gr. ekklesia) is a general term and is interdispensational in scope. It means simply a called-out group, or assembly, and God has had His called-out people in every dispensation. Israel under Moses was called “the church in the wilderness” by Stephen (Acts 7:38.). Our Lord instructed those of His day how, if a sinning brother could not be reasoned with, they might, as a last resort, “tell it unto the Church” (Matt. 18:17). At Pentecost “there were added…about three thousand souls” and “the Lord added to the Church daily such as should be saved” (Acts 2:41,47).

The word ekklesia is not, of course, found in the Old Testament since the Old Testament was written in Hebrew, but it is significant that it is found in reference to Israel some sixty times in the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament.

The word Church, then, is a general term for God’s called-out people in every age.

The word body (Gr. soma) is an entirely different word in the original. It may refer to any physical body, but when applied to “the Body of Christ,” that Body of believers of which we are members, it is a particular term and is distinctly dispensational in character.

How it can be argued, for example, that the Body of Christ had its historical beginning at Pentecost, when Pentecost was the fulfillment of prophecy and the Body of Christ is not even mentioned until Paul, has always puzzled us. The Messianic kingdom was prophesied throughout the Old Testament Scriptures; it was proclaimed “at hand” during our Lord’s earthly ministry and offered for Israel’s acceptance at Pentecost. The coming of the Holy Spirit, likewise, was prophesied by Joel and others, and at Pentecost Peter said: “This is that….” Even the great period of tribulation was predicted by the Old Testament prophets and at Pentecost Peter declared that the signs of that dread day had begun to appear.

But where in the Old Testament is there any prediction of the formation of a joint Body of Jewish and Gentile believers with a position at God’s right hand in the heavenlies? Where did Christ or His apostles even mention it during His earthly ministry? Where is even the term “Body of Christ” found until we come to the writings of the Apostle Paul? 1 What right, then, have we to assume that the Body of Christ had its beginning at Pentecost? The signs of Pentecost heralded the “last days” of prophecy; the consumation of Israel’s glory in “the day of the Lord;” they did not mark the first days of “the Church which is His Body.”

The supposition that the words Church and body are synonymous in Scripture has lead to great confusion. Some, seeing Israel referred to as the Church in the Old Testament, have concluded that the Body of Christ had its historical beginning with Abel or Adam. Those referred to above, however, finding the word Church in Acts 2 and connecting this with Christ’s statement: “I will build my Church” (Matt. 16:18.) have supposed—less consistently—that the Body had its beginning at Pentecost. Many good Bible expositors, including even Dr. C. I. Scofield, have sought to point out distinctions between “Israel and the Church,” when the fact is that Israel once was the Church, as we have seen from Acts 7:38.

The distinctions, properly, should be made between Israel and the Body, between the Church of that day and the Church of this.

Let us be careful, then, about our terminology. The word Church is a general term and is interdispensational in scope, while “the Body of Christ” is a particular term and is distinctly dispensational in scope, since it is the product of “the dispensation of the grace of God.”


Probably more “church members” today are interested in the establishment of Christ’s kingdom than are interested in the completion of the Body. This is because they have not been instructed in Pauline truth, the truth concerning the present dispensation.

God is not establishing Christ’s kingdom on earth today. The King and His kingdom were rejected 1900 years ago. Christ is seated at the Father’s right hand as a royal Exile from earth. Believers today are translated “into the kingdom of His dear Son” (Col. 1:13); and “our citizenship is in heaven” (Phil. 3:20).

Indeed, the Church which is Christ’s Body came into existence as a result of Israel’s rejection of Christ and the postponement of the establishment of the kingdom on earth. It was when Israel had rejected Christ both in incarnation and in resurrection; when she had closed her eyes and ears to all the overwhelming evidences of His Messiahship and had begun to wage war against Him, that “grace did much more abound” (Rom. 5:20). Gradually setting Israel aside as a nation along with the other nations, God now began to form “the Body of Christ,” composed of individual Jews and Gentiles reconciled to God by faith in His rejected Son.

    “For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon all” (Rom. 11:32).

    “And that He might reconcile both unto God in one Body by the Cross, having slain the enmity thereby” (Eph. 2:16).


The Body of Christ had its historical beginning with Paul, before he wrote his first epistle.

That it began with Paul, not with Peter or before, is evident from several important facts:

First, as we have seen, the Body is not mentioned anywhere in the Scriptures until we come to the writings of Paul, and it is the great subject of his epistles.

Second, the Body of Christ is a joint Body, composed of Jewish and Gentile believers alike, with no difference, positionally, between them.

    “That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs [joint-heirs], and of the same Body [of a joint-Body], and partakers [joint-partakers] of His promise in Christ by the gospel” (Eph. 3:6). 2

    “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one Body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles…” (I Cor. 12:13).

    “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

    “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

    “There is neither Jew nor Greek…for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:26-28.).

 on: October 17, 2017, 04:41:21 PM 
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Do Faith Healers Help People?
by Pastor Ricky Kurth

    “If God has withdrawn the gift of healing, how come some people seem to improve after going to see a healer?”

When I was in high school, I took an introductory course in psychology. In that class, the teacher claimed that 75 percent of all illnesses are psychosomatic. That is, they are real physical illnesses that are brought on by an entirely mental process. While there is no way to know if the percentage she cited is accurate, it is hard to argue with her assessment. We know that stress is an entirely mental reaction to the challenges of life, but it can cause a very real, physical, heart attack. So it shouldn’t be surprising that other illnesses are psychosomatic as well.

But if a real, valid, physical illness can be brought on by a purely mental process, then it stands to reason that it can likewise be remedied by a purely mental process, such as believing in a healer’s power to heal. We see evidence of this in what doctors call “the placebo effect.” When testing a drug, researchers give some of the people in the test group the drug being tested, but they give others a placebo, a sugar pill. They do this because they know that people sometimes feel better because they believe they are taking a drug that will help them.

It is easy to then transfer this thinking to what happens when someone with a real illness goes to see a healer. If a person really believes that a healer can help with real, physical illnesses, often he can!

We see the same kind of thing when Solomon declared that “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine” (Prov. 17:22). Doctors have known for years that a positive mental attitude aids in healing. Similarly, the positive mental attitude brought on by believing in a healer’s powers often enable people suffering from physical afflictions to know some short-term relief. But frequently those who are “healed” in this way must return again and again to the healer for more healing, while this is never said to be so of the people who were miraculously healed by men with the gift of healing in the Bible.

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Repetition Of Prayers
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

One of the most unscriptural and unspiritual misuses of prayer is the repeating of prayers composed by others. Many members of both Protestant and Catholic churches, indeed, many sincere believers, repeat over and over again prayers that have been prepared for them to recite. Undoubtedly the greatest number of all make it a practice to repeat the so-called “Lord’s Prayer,” taken from the Gospel records.

Evidently all these millions of professing Christians have overlooked the fact that it was when the disciples asked our Lord to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1) that He said: “After this manner therefore pray ye” (Matt. 6:9).

Moreover, He prefaced these words with the specific injunction:

    “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them…” (Matt. 6:7,8.).

Both Protestants and Catholics make much of repeating the “Lord’s Prayer.” They repeat it singly and in unison, in trouble and sorrow, in sickness and death, in storm and drought, in war and disaster, with little or no regard for its contents.

Imagine praying, “Give us this day our daily bread” at a funeral service! Imagine praying, “Thy kingdom come” at a sick bed or in a storm at sea! Yet this is solemnly done again and again throughout Christendom. Whole audiences continue to repeat the prayer in unison — and this in the face of the fact that it was in connection with this very prayer that our Lord pronounced the mere repetition of prayers “vain” and enjoined His disciples not to follow the heathen in this practice.

What a difference there is between praying and saying prayers! No truly spiritual believer will do the latter.

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