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1  Theology / Bible Study / For Jesus' Sake on: April 20, 2018, 03:45:38 PM
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For Jesus' Sake
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


    “Delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake” (II Cor. 4:11).

There is much that we all do for our own sake, for the sake of our children, our loved ones or others, but the real test of the believer’s love for the Lord is what he does “for Jesus’ sake.”

Under the dispensation of Law our Lord told His disciples that to be forgiven they must forgive: “Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven” (Luke 6:37), “but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matt. 6:15).

But now, under the dispensation of grace, He exhorts us to forgive one another “even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Eph. 4:32). The difference is striking. Before the cross: If you would be forgiven, forgive. Now, in the light of the cross: You have been graciously forgiven for Christ’s sake. In the light of this be tenderhearted and forgiving toward others.

And we are to go farther than this: Not only are we to forgive our brethren in Christ, but we are to be prepared to show this attitude toward the world as well. St. Paul said: “For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all” (I Cor. 9:19), and referring to his persecutions by unbelievers, he said: “We… are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake” (II Cor. 4:11). How many unbelievers would be won to Christ; how many of our Christian friends would be strengthened and helped, if we adopted this attitude toward others!

As to suffering itself, the Apostle also gladly bore this “for Jesus’ sake.” In writing to the Corinthians, he said: “I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then am I strong” (II Cor. 12:10). He had learned that in weakness he leaned the harder, prayed more, and was brought closer to His Lord, and herein lay his spiritual strength.
2  Theology / Bible Study / Grace From Calvary on: April 20, 2018, 03:44:30 PM
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Grace From Calvary
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


If you want to enjoy a real spiritual feast, take a concordance to the Bible and look up the word “grace.” First notice how often this word is found in the four Gospels: only four times and only once in a doctrinal sense. Then notice how often it is used in Paul’s epistles (less than half the size of the four Gospels). Here it is found well over one hundred times and practically always in a doctrinal sense, about the love and mercy of God toward sinners and toward His own. Think of it: only once is grace referred to doctrinally in the four Gospels, yet in Paul’s epistles, less than half as large in volume, it is used more than one hundred times.

This is because St. Paul was God’s chosen apostle to make known His grace to sinners. In Acts 20:24 he speaks of “the ministry which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”

But on what basis could God, through Paul, proclaim salvation by free grace to sinners? Ah, now take your Bible and begin looking up those passages which refer to the cross, the death and the blood of Christ, again noticing that while Paul does not actually relate the story of Christ’s death, he has more, far more, to say about that death, and what it accomplished, than any other Bible writer. It would thrill the heart of any sincere Christian to go through the Epistles of Paul and see how much good news Paul proclaims on the basis of the death of Christ. This is why his message is called “the preaching of the cross” — God’s good news about what Calvary has accomplished for us (1 Cor. 1:17-23).

In Paul’s epistles we learn that through Christ’s death for us at Calvary believers are “justified,” “accepted” by God, and pronounced “complete in Christ.” By His death they are reconciled to God in one body, given a position at God’s right hand in the highest heavens and assured “the exceeding riches of His grace” in “the ages to come” — this and more! Riches of grace flowing from Calvary; this is the very essence of the glorious message which Paul was raised up to proclaim. Read his epistles and see.
3  Entertainment / Poetry/Prose / Sacrilege! on: April 20, 2018, 03:42:42 PM
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Sacrilege!

(Octavius Winslow)

Cultivate a profound reverence for God's Word. Nothing is more grievous to the Holy Spirit than a trifling with Revelation. The words of Scripture are divinely inspired, "Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit."

Beware of referring to it with levity. To use the words of Scripture irreverently, or to employ its phraseology flippantly, is . . .
  to cast discredit upon inspiration,
  to press it into the service of the flesh, and
  to make the Word of God the jest book of the profane.
This is awful trifling with the thoughts and words of the Holy Spirit!

Stand in awe of this Holy Book!

God says, "I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at My Word." Isaiah 66:2

"Then all who trembled at the Words of the God of Israel..." Ezra 9:4

"My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of Your laws." Psalm 119:120

"My heart stands in awe of Your Word." Psalm 119:161


"God's name is taken more times in vain in churches than anywhere else.
The blasphemy in the sanctuary is worse than the blasphemy in the street!" MacArthur


(Editor's note: How very sad is it that many professing Christians use the holy Word of God to amuse others with 'bible jokes' and in other trifling and irreverent ways. Much of today's pseudo Christian music, movies and children's literature use the Word of God in a flippant manner, if not in a downright profane and sacrilegious way.)
4  Entertainment / Poetry/Prose / Little children, keep yourselves from idols! on: April 20, 2018, 03:41:33 PM
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Little children, keep yourselves from idols!

("Every Day!" Author unknown, 1872)

"You shall have no other gods before Me!" Exodus 20:3

Though there is no danger of our bowing down to graven images--to gods that have eyes and see not, ears and hear not--none are exempt from the danger of being idolaters in spirit. There are gods many and lords many, in lands of Bibles and gospel privileges--as truly as in heathen countries!

Wealth, honor, sports and pleasure--are the idols of multitudes.
Gold is as truly worshiped--as Baal once was!
Self is as really the idol of many now--as Diana of the Ephesians was anciently.

Then, too, there are "household gods"--idols in family life. Affection in the various relationships we sustain, which is proper and lovely in a right degree--too often becomes idolatrous.

Christians have need to be warned against idolatry, as well as others. The exhortation, "Little children, keep yourselves from idols!" was addressed to believers.

Remember, my soul, that whatever may lead your highest affection and supreme devotion away from God your Savior--would be to you an idol!

Help me, O Lord, to watch and pray against the sin of idolatry in all its forms. Show me more of Your glory and Your grace--and ever hold the highest place in my heart!

"The dearest idol I have known,
 Whatever that idol be,
 Help me to tear it from Your throne,
 And worship only Thee!"
5  ChristiansUnite and Announcements / ChristiansUnite and Announcements / The Patriot Post Digest 4-20-2018 on: April 20, 2018, 03:38:44 PM
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The NRA’s Dystopian Future?35 — Two ivory tower academics argue that gun-rights advocates are inconsistent on human nature.
Sanctuary Cities Find Sanctuary in Court36 — The Seventh Circuit Court blocks Trump’s plan to defund cities that thwart immigration law.
Cuomo’s Parolee Voting Decree: Good Politics, Bad Policy37 — He’s considering pardons for all 35,000 felons currently on parole in New York. He wants the votes.
Kaepernick Can’t Even Get a Tryout, Much Less a Job38 — He’s filed a collusion grievance with the NFL, arguing franchises have blacklisted him over protests.
Video: Jordan Peterson on Finding Meaning in Responsibility39 — He’s an unlikely YouTube celebrity. The Canadian psychologist lectures about things like responsibility.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

Kay Coles James: Remembering Columbine, 19 Years Later40
Marc A. Thiessen: The Senate Must Confirm Pompeo41
Tony Perkins: GOP Senses Gravity of NASA Vacancy42
David Harsanyi: Comey’s Handling of Hillary Clinton Shows Us He’s No Hero43
Michael Reagan: The Sad State of My California44
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion45.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Kay Coles James: “Nineteen years ago today, Americans turned on the news. And we saw it: The harrowing footage of students running out of Columbine High School. I learned later the Columbine attackers tried to prevent those students from leaving. They planted a powerful bomb in the school cafeteria and set it to go off when the room would be full of kids. The bomb didn’t explode, thank God, but if it had, police say hundreds would have died. As it was, the attackers took 13 precious lives, injured 24 other students and teachers, and left a scar in our nation’s soul that remains with us still. … This solemn anniversary needs to be a day for both mourning and commitment. Nothing can bring back the lives and innocence lost 19 years ago, but we can — and must — resolve to take the action that has yet to be completed. … That means taking real action on the many warning signs of danger that tend to come to light only after an attack has occurred. It means recognizing and proactively treating mental illness, which has afflicted so many of those involved in mass public attacks. It also means putting an end to bullying, which the Secret Service says was a factor in two-thirds of America’s premeditated school attacks. It means taking concrete steps to secure our schools and improve law enforcement. And it means taking a hard look at the crises in our culture — including media violence, broken families, and the absence of faith — that are present in so many of these attacks. … Let’s not let another 19 years — or even another 19 days — go by without getting serious about school safety.”

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Upright: “It is far more plausible that the FBI director believed he was insulating the future president from criminal charges, as well as preserving his reputation by being tough on her. There was certainly no way the partisan attorney general was going to prosecute the person most people assumed was going to be the next president of the United States. Comey did the best he could navigating these turbulent political waters. And what’s become clear is that rather than engaging in the pursuit of justice, Comey was engaging in the age-old Washington pursuit of self-preservation.” —David Harsanyi

Observations: “One could also say that the Democratic Party lost the presidency because it nominated a candidate under investigation for committing a felony. And it seems as certain as these things can be that if Hillary Clinton had followed the law and regulations, there would be today no President Trump, no Attorney General Sessions, no EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, no Justice Neil Gorsuch. The blame ultimately belongs to Barack Obama, who knew of Clinton’s private email system and who could have ordered her to follow the law. But that’s one bit of collusion that didn’t occur.” —Michael Barone

Braying Jenny: “RIP Barbara Bush, the only woman who was 92 for 30 years.” —"The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" writer Jen Spyra

Hot air hyperbole: “We’re going to have widespread disruption, more conflicts, more terrorism, more insecurity because of climate disruption. The prospect is three billion people on this planet will be subject to fatal lethal heat events — three billion — and one billion will be subjected to vector diseases that they’re not now subject to now. This is a horror.” —California Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown

And last… “The story at Starbucks46 isn’t racism but entitlement. The two men felt entitled to loiter on private property without buying anything. They decided that the rules didn’t apply to them. And apparently they were correct.” —Matt Walsh

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
6  ChristiansUnite and Announcements / ChristiansUnite and Announcements / The Patriot Post Digest 4-20-2018 on: April 20, 2018, 03:37:35 PM
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Top Headlines9

Democratic Party files lawsuit alleging Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks conspired to disrupt the 2016 campaign (The Washington Post10)

DOJ watchdog reportedly sends criminal referral for McCabe to federal prosecutor (Fox News11)

Court rules against Trump effort to hit sanctuary cities (The Hill12)

Raul Castro, 86, stepped down Thursday as president, handing the reins to his hand-picked successor, the much younger Miguel Diaz-Canel (National Review13)

This just in: White working-class voters may not care about Trump scandals (New York14)

Students walk out across United States in yet another call for gun control (Reuters15)

Obama pens ‘TIME 100’ tribute to Parkland students pushing for gun control (The Washington Free Beacon16)

Wells Fargo to be slapped with $1 billion penalty by regulators, just after teachers union severs ties17 over guns (USA Today18.)

Arizona teachers vote to strike, sparking first-ever statewide walkout (NPR19)

College Republicans get in huge trouble for posting “I.C.E. I.C.E. Baby” signs (Reason20)

Policy: The Renewable Fuel Standard’s policy failures and economic burdens (American Action Forum21)

Policy: Despite Trump’s cutbacks, federal regulatory monster still consumes $1.9 trillion (Investor’s Business Daily22)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report23.

FEATURED ANALYSIS
The Kids Should Vote, They Say24


Brian Mark Weber

The 2020 presidential election could get very interesting. Think about it: A whole slate of ancient leftists and unknown upstarts will likely battle it out to be their party’s standard-bearer. Bernie Sanders might try again to win the nomination stolen by Hillary Clinton in 2016. Or we could see Joe Biden or Elizabeth Warren going head-to-head against Donald Trump. And if Democrats get their way, your neighborhood 16- and 17-year-olds might be standing in line with you on Election Day. But they won’t just be handing out “I Voted” stickers. They’ll actually be voting.

The Washington, DC, city council is considering a bill introduced by Ward 6 council member Charles Allen lowering the voting age to 16. But unlike other small cities around the country that have passed similar measures25, the District of Columbia is treated in some ways as a state — which would allow these DC adolescents to cast a ballot for our next president. That would require congressional approval.

This isn’t the first time the Left has tried to tap into the frustrations of young people in order to advance its agenda. In 1971, fresh off the Vietnam War protests across the nation, Congress passed the 26th Amendment, which gave citizens 18 and older the right to vote.

The argument at the time was that anyone old enough to be sent off to fight in an unjust war ought to be able to vote. In the 1960s, when leftist politicians saw the lengths to which young people were willing to protest against the establishment, they just couldn’t wait to bestow political power upon their draft-dodging brethren and like-minded fellow travelers.

Today’s argument for allowing 16-year-olds to vote is based on the same premise. If the Parkland school shootings taught us one thing, it’s that George Soros-funded teens can be just as rebellious as their 1960s counterparts. But today’s youth protesters are willing to go even further than the Woodstock generation: They’re perfectly willing to trash constitutional rights26 if it means forcing their policies and ideology on the rest of us.

The Washington Post thinks27 adults failed the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and that “maybe it would make sense to give them and their cohort a bigger say in their future.”

Would it make sense? As David Davenport writes28 at Forbes, “If it is a question of maturity, researchers generally agree that the brain is still developing until the mid-20s, with moral reasoning and abstract thought coming later in the cycle than previously thought.”

More problematic is that studies show a significant number of high school students lack proficiency when it comes to U.S. history29, civics30 and the Constitution. Some can’t name a senator or member of Congress in their home districts, or even the president of the United States for that matter. So why push voting rights for kids who don’t know the first thing about government?

The Leftmedia is drooling over the possibilities.

Joshua Douglass at CNN suggests31, “The students are fed up with our politicians and are using their voices to demand change. Imagine if they could also vote and turned out in significant numbers. Would meaningful gun reform legislation be more likely to pass? Would our politicians actually be more responsive to the public will?”

Well, the cat’s out of the bag. This isn’t merely about opening the door for today’s passionate and thoughtful youth to participate in our democracy. Nor is it about ensuring that future citizens will stand up for freedom of speech or constitutional rights. Quite the opposite, in fact. This is about using the Parkland tragedy to infiltrate the impressionable minds of young people to repeal the Second Amendment32. Period.

And make no mistake: David Hogg and his Twitter-savvy acolytes will be further trained to fight for a broad range of causes and issues in the future. Democrats don’t view these kids as thoughtful citizens but as loyal soldiers in an army ready to tear apart the fabric of our Constitution. Think about it: No one would be pushing voting rights for 16-year-olds if they were marching for the protection of the unborn, defense of the Second Amendment or preservation of traditional marriage.

The media tell us that no generation of youth has ever been so poised to make an impact at the ballot box as Millennials. But that generation can already vote, so what about those behind them? If these budding leftists are given voter ID cards in time for the next presidential election, chances are they’ll have lost interest in this whole citizenship thing.

Heck, with Donald Trump’s roaring economy, these kids might actually have to show up for work and pay taxes by 2020 — at which point they’ll find out that not all bosses allow their employees to walk out of work to join a protest. And by then maybe they’ll understand that shouting down alternative ideas or trampling upon constitutional rights makes one a left-wing agitator, not a responsible citizen.

To all those 14-year-olds hoping to vote in two years, here’s some advice: Read the Constitution, study history and learn about our political system. You’ll see right through those adults currently using you to push their leftist agenda, and you’ll earn the right to one day cast your vote for president.
7  ChristiansUnite and Announcements / ChristiansUnite and Announcements / The Patriot Post Digest 4-20-2018 on: April 20, 2018, 03:35:45 PM
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IN TODAY’S EDITION

The Comey memos reveal a lot more about Comey than about Trump.
The president has done well to drastically cut regulations, but more needs to be done.
Academics say the NRA’s dystopian view isn’t coherent. They’re wrong.
Should the kids vote? There’s a move afoot to lower the voting age.
Colin Kaepernick can’t even get a tryout, much less a job.
Cuomo’s parolee voting decree is a good politics (for him) but bad policy.
Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.” —James Madison (1788.)

IN BRIEF

Comey’s Memos Prove to Exonerate Trump1


Thomas Gallatin

On Thursday, after months of foot-dragging and threats of subpoena and impeachment, the Justice Department finally handed over to Congress memos2 written by former FBI Director James Comey. They contain no bombshell revelations; rather they provide greater details of Comey’s meetings and conversations with President Donald Trump. And as Trump expressed via his favorite social media site, “James Comey Memos just out and show clearly that there was NO COLLUSION and NO OBSTRUCTION. Also, he leaked classified information. WOW! Will the Witch Hunt continue?”

So what do we learn from the Comey memos? First, Trump is correct that there is nothing in them that supports any suspicion of Russian collusion. In fact, what may be most revealing about the memos is just how little support Comey was willing to offer Trump. For example, Comey brought to Trump’s attention the dubious and salacious dossier, ostensibly in order to warn the president about its existence, not because Comey was saying it was true. However, Comey failed — over multiple meetings — to inform Trump that the dossier had been paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign3. Clearly, from the very beginning Comey chose to view Trump as a potential criminal suspect rather than president-elect, even though he had no solid evidence supporting this suspicion.

Second, it’s clear from the earliest meeting that Trump desired to work with and trust Comey. Trump expressed sympathy for the “impossible positions” Comey was in during the campaign, obviously alluding to the Clinton email investigation. It’s not until later meetings that Trump brought up “loyalty,” which Comey found so off-putting, even though we now learn that he essentially agreed to “honest loyalty.” Why would Trump have felt the need to question Comey on his loyalty? The answer seems obvious — Trump sensed (correctly, as it turns out) that Comey was not on board with his presidency and was seeking to determine if he could trust his subordinate.

Finally, as has been the case before, these memos reveal more about Comey’s character than they do Trump’s. Specifically, in the second meeting Comey had with Trump on Jan. 28, 2017, the president expressed concerns about stopping leaks and appeared to press Comey on his reliability. Comey wrote, “I explained that he could count on me to always tell him the truth. I said I don’t do sneaky things, I don’t leak, I don’t do weasel moves. But I was not on anybody’s side politically and could not be counted on in that traditional political sense.” No leaks? No weasel moves? One wonders if Comey was lying at the time or changed his mind later.

The memos add more weight to the conclusion that the former FBI director was a political hack4. Comey chose to follow his personal high-minded “values” rather than the Rule of Law, and in so doing he justified decisions aimed at undercutting support for the president. Comey admitted as much in his Senate hearing after having been fired. Comey confessed to leaking to the press, stating, “I woke up in the middle of the night Monday [thinking] that there might be corroboration for our conversation. And my judgement was that I needed to get that out in the public square. So I asked a friend of mine to share the content of [my memos] with a reporter.” Trump was the only president for whom he felt he needed to keep his own memos. Why? Comey was clearly opposed to Trump and thought it might come in handy one day to have a record of his side of the story to use against the president.

On a final note, Comey’s oft-repeated refrain that he wanted to guard the integrity of and public trust in5 the FBI rings hollow. His decisions and actions indicate a man more focused on promoting his own partisan desires than objectively enforcing the Rule of Law no matter who was in office.

Trump Oversees Biggest Cuts to Regs in Quarter-Century6

The Competitive Enterprise Institute has released its Ten Thousand Commandments, an annual report on the scope, size and cost of federal regulations. Those regulations amount to a “hidden tax” on Americans, as well as a severe limit on Liberty. The good news is that President Donald Trump has followed through on his campaign promise to cut federal regulations, and his initial efforts have produced the most significant cutting of government red tape in more than 25 years. Here are some of the highlights thus far per the CEI7:

Federal regulations and intervention cost Americans $1.9 trillion in 2017.
Federal regulation is a hidden tax that amounts to nearly $15,000 per U.S. household each year, more than Americans spend on any category in their family budget except for housing.
In 2017, 97 laws were enacted by Congress during the calendar year, while 3,281 rules were issued by agencies. Thus, 34 rules were issued for every law enacted.
If it were a country, U.S. federal regulation would be the world’s eighth-largest economy, ranking behind India and ahead of Italy.
Many Americans are concerned about their annual tax burden, but total regulatory costs exceeded the $1.88 trillion the IRS collected in both individual and corporate income taxes in 2017.
Some 67 federal departments, agencies, and commissions are currently working on 3,209 new regulations in various stages of development.
The five most active rulemaking entities — the Departments of Commerce, Defense, Transportation, Treasury, and the Environmental Protection Agency — account for 1,359 rules, or 43 percent of all proposed regulations currently under consideration.
The 2017 Federal Register contained 61,308 pages, the lowest count since 1993 and a 36 percent drop from Obama’s 95,894 pages in 2016, the highest level ever recorded.
Clearly Trump is off to a good start, but as Wayne Crews, CEI’s vice president for policy, says, “There are warning signs.” Crews explains, “President Trump’s own apparent affinity for strong antitrust enforcement and protectionist trade policies threaten to undermine the economic gains from his regulatory reform efforts.” However, the greatest factor in controlling government regulations lies largely with the Congress, as the legislative branch ultimately has the most authority and responsibility to make the rules. Congress did use the Congressional Review Act8 to eliminate 15 onerous Obama-era rules in 2017, but Congress has in recent years and in certain areas delegated too much of its authority to non-elected federal bureaucrats.
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The Lack of Integrity in Science and What to Do About It43 — Many scientific studies are not reproducible, which misleads the public and yields bad policy.
Were Missile Strikes in Syria ‘Unconstitutional’?44 — Do we really need a lecture from the Left on what passes constitutional muster?
CA Dems Shoot Themselves in Foot With Big Tax Burden45 — One million Californians are projected to fork over an additional $12 billion by Tax Day 2019.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

Victor Davis Hanson: Trump Seeks Middle Ground in Foreign Policy Balancing Act46
Hans von Spakovsky: Is DOJ Obstructing Congress in the Trump Surveillance Case?47
Veronique de Rugy: Are the Supremes Ready to Rule on Online Sales Taxes (Again)?48
Tony Perkins: Army Chaplain Bombarded for Marriage View49
Cal Thomas: Is ‘Old-Fashioned’ Returning?50
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion51.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Victor Davis Hanson: “‘Never Trump’ Republicans and a few Beltway Democrats applauded Trump for hitting back in Syria. Some interventionists even want Trump to escalate efforts to finish off the Afghanistan debacle. And a few talk of a preemptive strike against North Korean or Iranian nuclear facilities. But these voices are mostly those who did not support Trump. And they will not support Trump whatever he does. So here is the irony. The loyal Trump voter says not to intervene. The rabid Trump haters say to intervene. And the fence-sitters will eventually offer judgment based only on the success or failure of the mission. For now, Trump should keep quiet, stop tweeting his intentions and give no indication of what he might do next. If he decides to act again in the future, then he should do it unexpectedly, with overwhelming force and with the intention that he won’t have to do it again very often. Barack Obama lectured loudly and carried a small stick. So far, Trump has blustered loudly and carried a sizable stick. But it would be better to follow Teddy Roosevelt’s maxim to speak softly and carry a big stick — or, wiser yet, to keep quiet altogether and carry a club.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” —Barry Goldwater (1909-1998.)

Upright: “Progressivism … is hubris and conceit mixed with a tyrannical impulse, and it is one of the reasons we have so much moralizing in America today, yet so little morality.” —John Daniel Davidson

For the record: “200 days since the Las Vegas massacre: 250,000 images collected. 22,000 hours of video collected. 1,500 local leads. 500 global leads. 500 subpoenas. 400 specialists brought in. 40 terabytes of data collected. 12 federal search warrants. 2 weeks collecting evidence on scene. 0 answers.” —Ryan Saavedra

Braying Jackass: “I was quite surprised [why I was fired]. Because I thought, ‘I’m leading the Russia investigation.’ Even though our relationship was becoming strained, there’s no way I’m going to get fired, or whacked. … Why would you fire the FBI director who’s leading the Russia investigation?” —James Comey

Race bait: “Just this past year, in 24 states, the administration’s allies have introduced 60 pieces of legislation — or maybe 70 pieces of legislation — to curtail the franchise. That’s what these guys are all about, man. Republicans don’t want working class people voting. They don’t want black folks voting.” —Joe Biden

Non Compos Mentis: “Often people working with the existing consciousness are jealous of those who are more in touch and they become hard-core capitalist in hopes of creating the illusion that the value of money is worth more than the value of time and friends.” —Kanye West

Victimitis profiteering: “Today @lauren_hoggs and I are announcing our book #NeverAgain that tells the story of the foundation of this movement for those we lost. Lauren and I will be using the money made from the book to help heal the community. #NeverAgain out June 5th.” —David Hogg

And last… “Never Again, a phrase associated with the genocide that was the Holocaust, is being cheapened by a generation that is entirely unaware52 of the Holocaust. Depressing.” —Jordan Schachtel

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
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Top Headlines14

California governor says deal reached on National Guard mission (Associated Press15)

New air pollution report: California is the worst (Hot Air16)

New York Gov. Cuomo grants 35,000 paroled felons right to vote; GOP sees “power grab” (Fox News17)

Trump says he’ll walk out of a planned meeting with Kim if it is “not fruitful” (The Wall Street Journal18.)

Castro rule in Cuba nears end as Miguel Diaz-Canel named sole candidate for leadership change (The Washington Post19)

Goodlatte to subpoena Comey memos (The Washington Times20)

Facebook to put 1.5 billion users out of reach of new EU privacy law (Reuters21)

Data firm leaks 48 million user profiles it scraped from Facebook, LinkedIn, others (CBS News22)

Global debt has reached a record high of $164 trillion, IMF says, and three countries are to blame (MarketWatch23)

Humor: Impoverished Kenyan bean picker can’t wait to see what Starbucks has to say about racial sensitivity (The Onion24)

Policy: New national test scores show Betsy DeVos was right about public schools (The Daily Signal25)

Policy: Cuba’s leadership transition is an illegitimate succession of power (The Heritage Foundation26)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report27.

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Starbucks Surrenders to the Mob28


Arnold Ahlert

“The tendency of liberals is to create bodies of men and women — of all classes — detached from tradition, alienated from religion, and susceptible to mass suggestion — mob rule. And a mob will be no less a mob if it is well fed, well clothed, well housed, and well disciplined.” —T.S. Eliot

In the world of corporate virtue-signaling, Starbucks takes a back seat to no one. To enter a Starbucks is to enter a world where high prices for coffee are exceeded only by the smug high-mindedness that pollutes the atmosphere. Yet as this kingdom of political correctness is discovering, even a single mistake is unforgivable by the mob. And the company’s chagrin is no doubt amplified by the irony that Starbucks was instrumental in enabling that very same mob attempting to consume them.

On April 12, two black men entered29 a Philadelphia Starbucks where they were reportedly waiting for a friend to meet them. They asked to use the restroom but were denied, because they hadn’t bought anything. While Starbuck’s official policy varies from store to store, this location has that rule in place30. When the men were asked to leave and failed to do so, the manager of the store called police and reported that the men were trespassing. When the police arrived, they also asked the men to leave — three times according to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who is also black. When they still refused to do so, they were arrested.

Racism? Not according to Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, who is also black. “Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did,” he said in a statement that further noted that Starbuck’s practices and training led to a “bad outcome.”

Regardless, the manager and Starbucks have parted ways31. Thus the only individual to whom accusations of racism could be reasonably attached is no longer with the organization.

Unfortunately for Starbucks, a video32 of the arrest was posted on social media by a user who also said, “All the other white ppl are wondering why it never happens to us when we do the same thing,” has gone viral with more than 10 million views. And Starbucks is learning that when racial arsonists and their progressive enablers sense the emergence of a “teachable moment,” reason is the first casualty.

Thus, while the protesters were angered by what the Philadelphia Inquirer characterized31 as two men “guilty of nothing but waiting for a friend while black,” it further noted the protesters “were also intent on seizing the moment to spark a larger discussion about how black people are treated, surveilled, and policed across Philadelphia.”

That so-called discussion has engendered several days of “protests, castigating statements from Philadelphia elected officials, a sit-in by community and faith leaders to deliver a list of demands, a #boycottStarbucks hashtag that’s trending on social media, and a damage-control tour by Starbucks chief executive Kevin Johnson, who flew into town to apologize personally to the two men,” the paper added.

While the two men met with Johnson, who apologized33 for the incident, they have also retained29 attorney Stewart Cohen, who insists it is a clear case of racial profiling.

Cohen has been joined by a proverbial amen chorus. Protesters have swarmed the Philadelphia location chanting34 slogans such as “a whole lot of racism, a whole lot of crap, Starbucks coffee is anti-black.” Rev. Mark Tyler, pastor at Mother Bethel AME Church, declared the incident demonstrates that “it doesn’t matter what you attain in this country, black people and black lives are treated with the same amount of disrespect.”

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney issued35 a statement saying the incident “appears to exemplify what racial discrimination looks like in 2018.” He also said he would ask the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations to determine whether Starbucks should make bias training for its employees part of the company’s policies.

He needn’t bother. On May 29, Starbucks will close 8,000 of its company-owned stores in the U.S. and subject nearly 175,000 employees to a racial-bias educational curriculum developed with guidance from “national and local experts confronting racial bias” as Fox News puts it36. And as Johnson asserted, “Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities.”

Former CEO and current executive chairman Howard Schultz concurred37, calling the training “just the beginning of what we will do to transform the way we do business and educate our people on unconscious bias.”

One is left to wonder whether minorities, who comprise38 43% of Starbucks’ U.S. workforce, will be considered as “unconsciously biased” as their white counterparts — and thus subjected to the exact same training.

All that notwithstanding, Starbucks is a pariah, epitomizing the adage “no good deed goes unpunished.” Yet that’s exactly what Starbucks deserves for embracing progressives’ obsession with identity politics — the existence of which wholly depends on keeping Americans divided for political gain.

Thus a corporation haughty enough to believe teaching moments should be part of a simple business transaction is getting a teaching moment of its own: Only the ideologically pure survive — and only ever-increasing amounts of ideological purity will satisfy the mob.
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Apr. 19, 2018 · https://patriotpost.us/digests/55460-mid-day-digest

IN TODAY’S EDITION

House Republicans move to investigate several corrupt Obama officials.
Think Facebook is bad with data? Try the IRS and CFPB.
Starbucks surrenders to the mob over the latest race kerfuffle.
The lack of integrity in science is a huge problem.
Were the missile strikes in Syria unconstitutional? A look at history helps answer.
California Dems shoot themselves in the foot with higher taxes.
Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience.” —Alexander Hamilton (1787)

IN BRIEF

House Republicans Officially Request Probe of Comey, Et al.1


Thomas Gallatin

On Wednesday, 11 House Republicans sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting that he initiate a criminal investigation into former FBI Director James Comey, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page all for “potential violations of federal statutes.” The letter further states, “In doing so, we are especially mindful of the dissimilar degrees of zealousness that has marked the investigations into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, respectively. Because we believe that those in positions of high authority should be treated the same as every other American, we want to be sure that the potential violations of law outlined below are vetted appropriately.”

The “potential violations of law” the letter outlines include Comey’s handling of the Clinton email2 investigation, Clinton’s “disguising payments to Fusion GPS on mandatory disclosures to the Federal Election Commission,” Lynch’s “decision to threaten with reprisal the former FBI informant who tried to come forward in 2016 with insight into the Uranium One deal,” Comey and McCabe’s lying and leaking to the press, and Strzok and Page’s “interference” in the Clinton email investigation. Finally, the letter requests an investigation of “all DOJ and FBI personnel responsible for signing the Carter Page warrant application that contained unverified and/or false information.”

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), one of the letter’s signees, stated, “This is all about equal application of the law. Comey, he’s out on this book tour3, acting like his values trump all, but yet he testified in front of the Congress that he didn’t exonerate Hillary until after the interview [with Clinton], when we know evidence has come out that he exonerated her two months before with the memo.”

The question now is whether this will go anywhere. The evidence presented by the House letter is certainly more compelling than anything the Democrats offered in their demand for a special counsel investigation into the Trump/Russia collusion conspiracy, to say nothing of their ridiculous pursuit of impeachment over it.

CFPB and IRS Incompetence With Data4

Facebook might collect data5 for profit and politics, but your answers to quiz questions may be the least of your worries. In yet another massive black mark against the rogue Democrat-created and ironically named agency called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau6, Director Mick Mulvaney revealed that the agency had been hacked at least 240 times, and perhaps another 800 times, potentially exposing millions of Americans’ private financial data. Mulvaney said, “Data got out that should not have got out.” After its creation, the CFPB, Investor’s Business Daily explains7, “started collecting and stockpiling data from more than 600 million credit card accounts, along with personal data from almost all mortgage loans taken out since 1998, as well as car payments and other financial data. All without anyone’s knowledge or consent.”

Beyond the obvious problem of government overreach, the CFPB failed to take aggressive measures to safeguard all the data it was collecting. In 2014, the Government Accountability Office reviewed the CFPB’s data security protections and warned that “additional efforts are needed in several areas to reduce the risk of improper collection, use, or release of consumer financial data.” The following year, the GAO found that the CFPB still had “not yet fully implemented a number of privacy control steps and information security practices.” And last fall, the inspector general again noted that more steps needed to be taken.

The irony here is that the CFPB was ostensibly created to safeguard consumers’ finances, but rather than safeguard it has proven itself to be a liability, exposing Americans to even greater threats of fraud and theft. Mulvaney is absolutely correct in his efforts to rein in8 the agency.

Unfortunately, the CFPB is far from the only government agency guilty of negligence in protecting Americans’ private data. Reason’s J.D. Tuccille writes9 that the Internal Revenue Service has an “impressive history … of storing [data] carelessly, leaking data through every possible conduit, and hiring employees who appear to only marginally prefer a career in tax collection over knocking over liquor stores.” For example, the IRS estimates that in 2013 “it paid out $5.8 billion worth of bogus refunds … as a result of identity theft.” Talk about a massive oops.

That’s not to mention the IRS.gov website going down on Income Redistribution Day10.

And those in Washington wonder why so many Americans lack trust in our government.

Patriots’ Day 201811

“Don’t fire unless fired upon. But if they want a war let it begin here.” —Captain John Parker, commander of the militiamen at Lexington, Massachusetts, on sighting British troops

On this day in 1775, American militiamen at Lexington and Concord confronted 700 British Red Coats — firing the opening volley for American Liberty. The British governor had ordered his troops to seize weapons in Concord. It is no small irony that the first shots of the Revolution were fired in response to a gun confiscation order.

Please join us in honoring their sacrifice, and that of generations of Patriots since, including those Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who continue to shoulder the burden of Liberty. Read a full account of the battle in Mark Alexander’s Patriots’ Day column12.

Please also consider supporting our Patriots’ Day Campaign13. Your support fuels our vital mission to arm grassroots Patriots with the right perspective on the most important issues of the day. Our mission and operations are funded entirely by the voluntary financial support of Patriots like you!
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The Patriot Post® · Patriots' Day and the Flags of Our Forefathers
By Mark Alexander · Apr. 18, 2018 · https://patriotpost.us/alexander/55436-patriots-day-and-the-flags-of-our-forefathers

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” —Thomas Jefferson (1800)

April 19th is Patriots’ Day1, commemorating the anniversary of that date in 1775 when American militiamen at Lexington and Concord fired the “Shot Heard ‘Round The World” — the opening volley of the American Revolution.

We hold this historic date in high esteem, along with those days commemorating the anniversaries of our Declaration of Independence, Constitution and its Bill of Rights. Indeed, our publication takes its name in honor of this first generation of American Patriots2 — and all those since. Unfortunately, Patriots’ Day receives little attention nationally, and even less in educational institutions, where our nation’s stirring and singular history is rarely taught to young people.

The most basic principles of American Liberty3 and Rule of Law4, and the generational sacrifices of millions of Americans who have honored their oaths “to support and defend5” Liberty’s enshrinement in our Constitution, are often not understood or appreciated by many young people — and too many adults.

So undervalued are our forbear’s historic sacrifices for Liberty that among the ranks of entrenched ideological leftists6 are those who view our nation’s flag with contempt. This is often combined with a deep insecurity-driven fear7 of the Liberty and self-determination it represents and, consequently, a loathing of those willing to defend it.

In our conservative East Tennessee community, the American flag is commonly displayed on houses and, to commemorate Memorial, Independence and Veterans Days each year, is attached to every power pole on the main thoroughfares.

Among the fixed residential flag poles in our community is a 20-foot standard in front of our house.

I installed that pole in June of 1994, on the 50th anniversary of D-Day — the beginning of the end of World War II. I erected it as a humble but fitting tribute to a neighbor, my father’s8 lifelong best friend and fellow WWII veteran. So close were these two men that we always referred to my father’s friend as “uncle.”

In 1944, my “uncle” was a young Army second lieutenant leading a machine gun platoon on the front lines of notable battles against Hitler’s Wehrmacht in France and Germany until the end of the war. On several occasions in urban combat, he killed the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. Though a strong and tough individual of formidable stature well into his 80s, he recounted those battles with great pain and occasional tears for the loss of life — on both sides.

He has since departed this life, but it’s for him — and for all who have defended Liberty at risk of their own life — that our flag flies high and proud.

Last month, our flag greeted a gathering of Vietnam combat veterans at our home, some of whom recently returned to that country to make their peace. It was an extraordinary evening, but punctuated by a question asked by one of those decorated veterans which sparked some antipathy.

That question: “Do some people object to your flag?”

It was the fifth time I’d been asked a similar question in recent months, and it stemmed from a plastic yard sign across the street from our flag that asserts, “Hate Has No Home Here” — in multiple languages. Some similar signs popped up in front of other community residences in response to the clash of haters9 in Charlottesville, Virginia, last summer.

Most of those signs disappeared after a month or so, though a few have remain.

Of course, there’s nothing inherently wrong with the message on that yard sign, other than such signs are the epitome of trendy “virtue signaling” and may be intended to project that the views of those posting them have higher moral authority and standing than those of their neighbors. Notably, the posting of yard signs and the application of bumper stickers is often the limit of “sacrifice” some well-intentioned folks undertake to change the world.

According to the Chicago-based activists who produce and market the signs, they’re needed because, “Hate, unchecked, can make neighbors feel fearful and unwelcome in their own communities. … It’s easy to hate people we don’t know.”

But what about the neighbors we do know?

My friend across the street indicated that his yard sign is aimed at “jingoistic flag-wavers” and all those deplorable people10 who did not support Hillary Clinton11.

The implications of that explanation notwithstanding, I genuinely like all our neighbors, regardless of their political affinities. I grew up in a home steeped in the principles set forth in the Greatest Commandments (Matthew 22:35-4012) and was taught early that there’s good to be found in just about everyone from any walk of life. As a result, I treasure relationships with many friends who hold a wide spectrum of beliefs. With my wife’s help, I avoid biting on cocktail political bait that runs contrary to the views I share with generations of Patriots who have devoted their lives to Liberty for all.

In application to some friends, Thomas Jefferson had it right: “I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”

Jefferson also advised, “Love your neighbor as yourself and your country more than yourself.”

When pondering the deeply held political beliefs of those who errantly embrace statism, I recall with a smile how kindly Ronald Reagan13 put it: “The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”

For the record, I don’t display yard signs to project political or social virtues, opting instead for action over imagery. However, over the years a few of my likeminded prankster friends have littered our yard with Obama and Clinton campaign signs — after dark. (I always send them security camera photos of their folly!)

But make no mistake: I’ll defend my neighbor’s right to post his yard sign.

For me, and for American Patriots nationwide, that defense is, in part, what our flag represents — and has embodied since the original 13-star Patriot flag was raised after those first shots fired at Lexington Green.

Thus, I’ll always fly our nation’s flag with due honor and pride, and lower it on occasion, as I did at sunrise today in memory of and respect for Barbara Bush14. Our flag reflects our gratitude for generations of Patriots who sacrificed their personal safety in defense of Liberty, and the innumerable and extraordinary personal sacrifices15 under that banner.

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776
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Choosing Commissions
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


How foolish and wrong it is for any of us to use “snatch-grab” methods, as Pastor J. C. O’Hair called them, in ascertaining our Lord’s will for us! What right have we to choose some particular segment or segments of our Lord’s instructions to the eleven in the forty days between His resurrection and ascension, and to apply only these to ourselves or to the Church today?

Nothing could be clearer than the fact that our Lord “showed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3). In those forty days then, one Person, our Lord, spoke to eleven men, and gave instructions as to the program they were to carry out after His ascension. In every single case it is crystal clear that these commands were not directed to others, who were to live at some future date, but to the apostles, who were to commence to carry them out after His departure, when the Holy Spirit had endued them with power.

This is emphasized by the phraseology found in all five records of the so-called “Great Commission”: Matt. 28:19: “Go ye,” Mark 16:15: “Go ye,” Luke 24:48: “Ye are witnesses,” John 20:21: “So send I you,” and Acts 1:8: “Ye shall be witnesses.” How preposterous, then, to argue, as so many hard-pressed theologians have done, that one or more segments of the great commission are to be carried out by another generation at a later time!

By what rule of hermeneutics or logic have we the right to exclude from the interpretation of these commands the very persons to whom our Lord gave them, and if this commission is binding on the Church today, what authority have we to choose which part or parts we shall obey?
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Practical Instructions For Our Teens
by Pastor Paul M. Sadler


Scripture Reading:

    “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and mother (which is the first commandment with promise) that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”
    — Ephesians 6:1,2

In all likelihood mom and dad have been impressing upon you the importance of only dating and marrying those who are saved. You may think that they are being narrow-minded, but the truth is, your parents are looking out for your spiritual well-being. The Word of God is quite clear when it comes to the matter of separation:

    “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (II Cor. 6:14).

Some Christian young people feel strongly that there is no harm in just dating the unsaved. But why become emotionally involved in a relationship that has no future? Furthermore, it is unfair to the unbelieving party who will never understand your reasoning for breaking off the relationship. We have seen too many tragic cases where these types of associations end up in unequally yoked marriages that fail. So, may we encourage our young people to heed the godly counsel of their parents, for in so doing, you will spare yourself a lifetime of heartache.

But where can a Christian young person find Mr. or Mrs. Right? Since faithful believers do not frequent worldly establishments your search must begin where the Lord’s people gather. You must take the initiative to regularly attend church services, conferences, youth groups and camp meetings. In the meantime, a young man should be working toward financial stability while the young ladies learn to cook. After all, there is a limitation to McDonald’s!
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All this I have done for you--do you love Me?

("Every Day!" Author unknown, 1872)

"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:6-8

"Do you love Me?" John 21:17

Does not Jesus in thus appealing to me, in effect say:

"For you, I left the realms of glory, and the adoration of ten thousand times ten thousand holy ones!

  For you, I became incarnate, took on the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.

    For you, I obeyed the law, and wrought a perfect righteousness for your justification.

      For you, I endured the cross, and despised the shame.

        For you, I gave My back to the smiters, and My cheeks to those who plucked off the hair.

          For you, I endured the crown of thorns, and gave My hands and My feet to be nailed to the tree.

             For you, I shed My blood, and laid down My life!

           I loved you with a love of pity and compassion--when you were dead in trespasses and sins!

        I opened your eyes, revealed to you your sinfulness and guilt, and awakened your cry for mercy.

      I sought you in your wanderings--and found you!

   I brought you up out of the horrible pit, and miry clay--and set your feet upon the rock.

 I have loved you with an everlasting love--and therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you!

 All this I have done for you--do you love Me?"

"We love Him, because He first loved us!" 1 John 4:19
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Is the young man safe?

(James Smith)

"Is the young man Absalom safe?" 2 Samuel 18:29

Young men are exposed to dangers--the greatest dangers. They are in danger of falling . . .
  into sin,
  into infidelity,
  and into Hell!

Their danger arises . . .
  from their corrupt passions--which are apt to be fierce and fiery;
  from their inexperience--the path of life is new and strange to them;
  from false friends--who feed their vanity, and gratify their lusts;
  from wicked associates--which are often fascinating, and always injurious;
  from Satan the seducer--who watches them, lays in wait for them, and seeks their destruction.

In a wicked world like this,
with deceitful hearts like ours, and
with such evil influences acting upon us,
we are all in danger--but the young especially, and young men most of all.

"Is the young man safe?"

Absalom was not safe, nor are many young men now.
If they are mirthful, vain, or foolish;
if they are selfish, conceited, or covetous;
if they are careless, reckless, or indifferent
--then they are not, they cannot be safe!

There is no real safety, but in vital union with Christ. Until a young man is . . .
  convinced of sin,
  sensible of his danger,
  and embraces Christ--
we cannot pronounce him safe.

The shipwrecked sailor is not safe until he is picked up by the life-boat, or otherwise conveyed on shore. Just so, the lost sinner is not safe as he is floating on the treacherous waters of this world, until the life-boat of free grace picks him up, and brings him to Christ as the harbor of safety!
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