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16  Theology / Bible Study / Glorious Liberty Of The Children Of God on: March 21, 2018, 04:33:56 PM
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Glorious Liberty Of The Children Of God
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

We Americans have, for over two hundred years, celebrated our liberty as an independent nation on the Fourth of July.

It does not follow from this however, that all Americans are now free. Far from it! Think of the millions of alcoholics and drug addicts, bound with chains they only wish they could break. Think of the slaves to immoral passions, to violent tempers, to malicious backbiting, not to mention smoking and other habits they cannot control. No, the vast majority of Americans are slaves to–well, sum it all up in one word: sin.

If God is a righteous Judge — and He is — He must of course, punish sin. Romans 6:23 says: “the wages of sin is death”, but on the other hand, thank God, I Corinthians 15:3 says: “Christ died for our sins”.

The Lord Jesus Christ was no sinner; He had committed no crimes; there was no wrong He had to pay for; He had no death to die. It was our death He died at Calvary, and we are saved from the penalty as we look at Calvary and say: “This is not His death He is dying; it is mine. He is paying for my sin. I will accept this gift of God and trust Him as my Saviour”.

This is a wonderful truth: Death, the penalty of the Law, was inflicted on us — in Christ. Therefore the Law (i.e., the Ten Commandments) has no further claim on us. If it did, we would be condemned all over again. This is why Paul says in Galatians 2:19: “I through the Law am dead to the Law”. The Law may put a man to death, but after that what can it do? Nothing. The Law has put him to death (in Christ) and set him free from its own dominion.

Unsaved friend, God wants you to be free, really free. He Himself, paid sin’s penalty for you and wants you to rejoice in what Paul calls, “the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Rom. 8:21), freedom from the condemnation of the Law!

Place your trust in the Christ who died your death and you will find how gloriously true it is that “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).
17  Entertainment / Poetry/Prose / It is the vile monster! on: March 21, 2018, 04:32:14 PM
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It is the vile monster!

(Henry Law, "Family Prayers")

God Almighty, holy Father,
We beseech You to deepen in our hearts--the abhorrence of all evil.

May we hate sin with perfect hatred. It is the vile monster which . . .
  defies Your power,
  casts off Your yoke,
  treads down Your lovely law,
  defiles our nature,
  spreads misery throughout this earth,
  brought death into the world, and
  nailed the spotless Lamb of God to the accursed tree!

Teach us to look to Jesus on the cross--and so to estimate our sin's loathsome guilt in Your sight.

There could be no pardon of our sin--but through Your dear Son's death!

No cleansing could wash out our sin's filth--but Jesus' precious blood!

No atonement could expiate the evil of our sin--but the shame, the agony, the bruises of the incarnate God!

We see the boundless price--may we read therein our boundless guilt!

In the infinite payment--show us our infinite debt!

Thus may we . . .
  discern the deadly viper in its real malignity,
  and tear it with holy indignation from our hearts,
  and resolutely turn from its every snare,
  and refuse to hold polluting dalliance with it!

"Oh! What a wretched man I am!" Romans 7:24
18  Theology / Bible Prescription Shop / Prayer Vanquishing Enemies on: March 20, 2018, 05:37:16 PM
Prayer Vanquishing Enemies
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William Nicholson, 1862

"When I cry unto you, then shall my enemies turn back; this I know, for God is for me." Psalm 56:9

In the time of danger, it is a great privilege to have a refuge. David had this, and so have all true Christians. "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble." Psalm 46:1

The Psalm from which the text is taken was written by David when, pursued by Saul, he took refuge among the Philistines. See 1 Samuel 27:1, etc. Then he prayed to God, and was delivered.

I. This Prayer Implies the Existence of Conflict.

David had powerful enemies; he was pursued from place to place by his adversaries.

The Christian too has many enemies . . .
within him,
around him,
his own heart,
his adverse circumstances,
the world, with its smiles and its frowns,
Satan, an inveterate foe, etc.

These hunt after his precious soul! Ephesians 6:11-13

II. This Prayer Supposes Helplessness.

What is man without Divine aid? Nothing. "Without me you can do nothing." All godly men have found this to be true. David, in this instance, found himself unable to overcome, unless God undertook for him. The enemies which the Christian has to fight are numerous, potent, and subtle; and he is perfect weakness.

III. This Prayer Implies a Conviction That There Is All Needful Help in God.

Hence he is called a refuge, a fortress, a shield, a tower of defense, and a very present help in time of trouble. He says, "My grace is sufficient for you." Consider what deliverances he has wrought — how many through him have conquered — what promises he has made — and that his power, and love, and immutability, are all engaged for the salvation of his people!

"Blessed are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD? He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword. Your enemies will cower before you, and you will trample down their high places." Deuteronomy 33:29

IV. This Prayer Is an Application to God for Help.

"I cry unto you." As in a new-born infant, the first effort of life is crying — so in a new-born soul it is prayer. Hence the dangers are stated to God — the troubles and needs are poured into his ear. "Call upon me in the day of trouble," etc. I cannot deliver myself — you must help me. "Strengthen me with all might," etc. Make me a conqueror, etc.

This cry, we must consider as secret, earnest, constant, and connected with confidence.

V. This Prayer Was Successful.

"Then shall my enemies turn back." This is expected from immutable promises. "No weapon formed against you will stand." Isaiah 54:17. "The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation." 2 Peter 3:9. "If God is for us — then who can be against us?" etc.

Pleading the promises in the name of Christ will be successful. When Moses interceded for Israel, he pleaded the promise and faithfulness of God, and the prayer of faith was answered, Exodus 32:10-14. When Solomon prayed for the people of Israel, his plea was founded on the covenant of promise, and his prayer was answered, 1 Kings 8:25. Hezekiah did the same, and was successful, Isaiah 37:14. The Apostles pleaded in the name of Jesus, Acts 4:30; and this must be all our plea.

God will cause our pursuing enemies to turn back, for can they fight with Omnipotence? Or he will give unto us grace, Divine armor — to enable us to stand and conquer in the evil day.

David was fully persuaded of success: "This, I know; for God is for me." He looked back, and considered what God had done — how his providence had guided and guarded him — how frequently he had delivered him — and he was the same God still.

Just so, God is for his people with all his attributes. He is their father, and he will protect and deliver his children. Not a hair of their heads shall perish. "He who touches you, touches the apple of my eye." God is for them, and constantly with them, "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." Hebrews 13:5. "My presence shall go with you!" "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand!" Isaiah 41:10. "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age!" Matthew 28:20


1. How great the privilege of having a saving interest in the Divine favor!

2. How exposed and wretched is the lost sinner!
19  Theology / Bible Prescription Shop / Heavenly Rest! on: March 20, 2018, 05:35:14 PM
Heavenly Rest!
From Timeless Grace Gems
William Nicholson, 1862

3. It will be a rest from all the temporal ills of our mortal condition. This world is a valley of tears. Poverty of circumstances, induced, it may be, by personal or relative affliction — by lack of occupation, or deficient remuneration for the labor of the hands — the failure of well-concerted schemes of business, by the injustice or insolvency of others — bodily and family affliction, bereavements most affecting. These are some of the bitter waters of which the Christian has to drink; and though they may act as a necessary cause of discipline — yet they are painful, and cause the distressed to say, "O that I had the wings of a dove — I would fly away and be at rest!" Death too, is a foe that distresses the mind by gloomy apprehensions.

But all the ills of mortality are in yonder temple of rest — as waters that are poured out, or as the dreams of a winter night.

A cold countenance,
a diseased frame,
a sorrowful heart —
are not seen within the gates of the holy city!

No wearisome nights,
no restless days of pain,
no anxious cares and heavy disappointments
 — are there.

No persecutions for conscience' sake,
no painful separations that agonize the heart,
no bitter lamentations over the loss of relatives dear to the soul,
no parents bewailing the death of their offspring, or their sinful departure from God, are there.

"God will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away!" Revelation 21:4

4. This rest will be glorious.

This will appear, if we consider the place — Heaven, the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of God, the "better country," Revelation 21.

This will appear, if we consider residents — Deity, our adorable Redeemer, angels, etc., etc.

This will appear, if we consider the employments — with extended capacity to study the most wondrous themes, creation, redeeming love, immortality. Communion with Deity and immortal spirits. Etc.

Then there will be ecstatic enjoyment, from . . .
the reception of Heaven's light, emanations from God himself,
the unraveling of hitherto perplexing mysteries,
the enjoyment of a capacity that will never tire or droop, but always be excited and increasing in vigor.

5. This rest will be complete and eternal.

Canaan was to be a perpetual dwelling-place to Israel and their posterity, but conditionally. Hence the promise to Abraham, "To you will I give it, and to your seed forever." The conditions were violated. Witness the dispersion of the Jews!

But the heirs of heavenly rest, having entered Heaven shall never go out. "Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of Heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name!" Revelation 3:12

It is "the everlasting kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ." It is "a priceless inheritance — an inheritance that is reserved in Heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay!" 1 Peter 1:4

The fairest earthly inheritance must soon be relinquished. The possessor of the largest and most fertile domains, may say, as he surveys them, "These hills will rejoice, these valleys will sing, and these trees will flourish for another, but not for me."

Were the saints to be driven from the paradise of God! were they to fall from that perfection in holiness to which Divine grace has exalted them in Heaven — then Jesus would not be solicitous about their welfare. But this cannot be; the Lamb in the midst of the throne is the guardian of their eternal security! The very thought of leaving their inheritance, would make Heaven doleful; its hills of frankincense would lose their fragrance; the flowers of paradise would blossom to them in vain, and they would feel themselves incapable of relishing its enjoyments. But the saints shall reign forever and ever in that kingdom which can never be moved.

II. Believers have Not Yet Come to this Rest. "For you have not yet come to the rest and to the inheritance which the Lord your God gives you."

1. This is very evident; for you are yet in the body, in a world of trouble and vexation. Before you enter Heaven, you have much to do, much to suffer, and many foes to encounter.

2. As you are not yet come to the rest, submit to the will of God — put up with inconvenience; be patient, establish your hearts.

3. Though not come to it, you have foretastes of it — many drops before the shower.

4. Desire it, hope for it, esteem it above all the possessions of earth. This will prove the heavenly origin of your spiritual life.

5. You are not yet come to it, but you are preparing for it. You feel the work of God in you — it is progressing. You are animated with the prospect. Follow on to know the Lord. Go to his house — to prayer — to the Bible — and catch the breezes that come from Canaan's hills! Pant after foretastes.

6. You are not come to it; no, you have yet to die — to pass the valley — to cross the river of death. Pray for grace to suit your dying hour. Look beyond the valley, across the river. Behold the shining ones on the other side. They bid you come; and Jesus, the conqueror of death, says, "Fear not!" Relying upon him, you will triumph amid the swellings of Jordan, you will come to the desired haven, and open your eyes to behold the glories of your glorious and eternal "rest" and "inheritance."

Finally, remember your future glory is all of grace. It is "the rest and the inheritance which the Lord your God gives you."
20  Theology / Bible Prescription Shop / Heavenly Rest! on: March 20, 2018, 05:34:13 PM
Heavenly Rest!
From Timeless Grace Gems
William Nicholson, 1862

"For you have not yet come to the rest and to the inheritance which the Lord your God gives you." Deuteronomy 12:9

Some knowledge of Heaven is necessary. Without this, we could have . . .
no desire after it,
no sympathy with it,
no preparation for it.

But our acquaintance with it here on earth, is very imperfect. After all the description of inspired truth, it does not yet appear what we shall be; it is a glory that is to be revealed. "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him!" 1 Corinthians 2:9.

It must have been cheering to the Israelites, amid the perils of the wilderness, to know that they were, under the guidance of God, gradually nearing the land of Canaan, where they would enjoy rest. The wilderness with its toils and privations, was unfavorable to Divine worship, and therefore Moses, in the preceding verses, tells them that on their arrival in the promised land, they would worship God without such inconvenience, verse 5-8.

So it is with Christians now; their worship, their spiritual enjoyment, are frequently interrupted by adverse circumstances; but when they come to "the rest," their worship will be pure and uninterrupted.

I. The Nature of Heavenly Rest. It is called "the rest and the inheritance."

1. It is a promised rest.

Canaan was promised to the Israelites again and again, and they were now going on to possess it, Genesis 35:12, etc.

Just so, Heaven is promised to believers, Hebrews 4:9, 11; John 14:1, etc. The Lord knows that his people cannot be happy in this world, so full of evil, and therefore he has promised, and provided for them a permanent rest. They are "heirs according to the promise;" "heirs according to the hope of eternal life." Titus 3:7; Romans 8:17.

2. This rest is the purchase of the Redeemer, and the result of his mediatorial conquests.

The Israelites entered Canaan through the intervention of God. He rescued them from Egypt, conducted and guided them by his Omnipotence through the desert, and at length brought them to the land of promise. All was effected by Divine power.

Just so, believers are saved by Omnipotent grace. From the cross of Christ, they received their fitness for the heavenly inheritance! On that cross he became their surety, atoned for their sins, and procured for them a righteousness which covers all their natural deformity. He broke down the middle wall of partition, and gave access to God in Heaven. He spoiled principalities and powers, and triumphantly entered Paradise as the forerunner of his people; there he waits to receive them, and to crown them with glory. "To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne!" Revelation 3:21. Glorious thought! My crown of glory was purchased by Christ's crown of thorns, etc. Revelation 5:12; 7:10.

3. It will be a rest from all evil.

(1.) From all temptation to sin. So long as man lives on earth, he has various incitements to sin. Enemies both external and internal, are all plotting his ruin, and instigating him to renounce his allegiance to Christ. How numerous are the sources of temptation:
the depraved heart,
worldly pleasures and amusements,
the pressure from friends,
the intoxicating cup as the relief of pain or calamity,
the evil heart of unbelief,
the lusts of the flesh, etc.

Yes, the child of God is constantly inhaling infected air! He living in an atmosphere impregnated with death — nearly every step is surrounded by some hidden snare. No sooner does he embark to the land of his Father in Heaven, than his frail bark is in danger of some hidden quicksand, or sunken rock, etc., etc.

But in Heaven there are . . .
no more incitements to sin,
no more snares set for his fall,
no more painful trials for his virtue,
nor evil examples to lead him astray.

There the eye shall never behold, and the ear never hear, vanity. The tongue shall never deceive, and the heart never misgive. The aged will never seduce the inexperienced, nor the oppressor bear down the weak. Poverty shall not tempt to injustice, nor wealth lead the possessor to forget God. Nothing shall exist there to excite sinful passions, nothing to awaken unhallowed desires.

The atmosphere of that region is healthful,
the language of that country is pure,
the conduct of its inhabitants is righteous.

There is nothing to hurt or destroy, in that holy mountain.

(2.) It will be a rest from all sin. A depraved heart is the fruitful source of all the misery existing in the world — the source . . .
of all defilement,
of all immoral action,
of all anguish and remorse, and
of exposure to endless ruin.

Were the heart pure, this world would be a paradise! Though believers are regenerated — yet sin frequently distresses them.

But in Heaven sin shall be done away. The emancipated soul shall be restored to the full liberty and purity of a son of God. "The spirits of just men are made perfect," and freed from all "spot or wrinkle" when they reach Mount Zion. Angelic natures may possess more enlarged and more exalted capacities, but not purer natures, than the glorified saints. All the remains of sin, and the dregs of corruption — are left far and forever behind.

No condemning conscience is found there,
no unhallowed appetites are found there,
no disordered affections exist there,
no vestige of evil is found there!

Every child of God is as pure as Christ is pure. He is as perfect as his Father in Heaven is perfect. Child of mortality, heir of corruption, what will be your feelings when you shall rest in Heaven from all the effects of sin?

"There the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest!"
21  Theology / Bible Study / Three Times When the Lord Wouldn't Answer on: March 20, 2018, 05:31:58 PM
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Three Times When the Lord Wouldn't Answer
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

And what is more, does not God Himself justify the wicked every day and even offer them free forgiveness and justification, no matter how guilty? Do we not read in Romans 4:5,

    “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

How can He do this without violating the basic rules of justice?

This question brings us to still another occasion on which our Lord declined to answer. And here we will find why our Lord could help both the Gentile and the Jew and why, even today, He can justify “him which believeth in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26) and still maintain perfect justice.

THE SON OF GOD BEFORE HIS ACCUSERS (Matt. 26:62,63; 27:12-14)

This time it is the Lord Himself who is in trouble. He stands on trial for His life before the representatives of Hebrew and Roman Law. Think of it! They sitting in judgment upon Him!

First He stands before Caiaphas, the Jew, charged with all sorts of crimes.

    “And the high priest arose, and said unto Him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?

    “But Jesus held His peace…” (Matt. 26:62,63).

Next He stood before Pilate, the Gentile, while the multitude, including Israel’s rulers, clamored for His death.

    “And when He was accused of the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.

    “Then said Pilate unto Him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?

    “And He answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly” (Matt. 27:12-14).

But why did He not answer? Why did He stand there speechless, taking the blame for sins He had not committed? Picturing the scene one feels like crying: Lord, answer for thyself! Tell them the truth! Expose the wickedness of these contemptible creatures!

Surely the Lord could have given a thousand answers and have tied His accusers up in a thousand knots. Knowing all about them, as He did, He could have uncovered evidence which would have sent them fleeing from the scene.

Why did He not do so? Because He had come into the world especially to die for man’s sin. As He had taken His place with sinners at His baptism by John (Matt. 3:5,6,13-15) so now He was to take the place of sinners in condemnation and death.

Some have wondered why Isaiah pictures Him as a sheep before His shearers, dumb and opening not His mouth, when as a matter of fact He said many important things at His trials. The answer is that when accused He held His peace and took the blame. Indeed, had the sinners of all ages been there and accused Him of their sins He would not have said one word in self defense. Yes, and had you and I been there, charging Him with our sins, seeking to shift the blame for our sins upon Him, He would still have remained speechless—so infinite was His love for us; so great His determination to bear our judgment for us. See Him standing there! Yes, He is guilty; not in Himself but as our representative, for He stands there, not merely for us, but as us, taking the full responsibility for our sins. Thus God can dispense grace to sinners because He dispensed judgment upon sin at Calvary.

Neither the Syrophenician wom-an nor the fallen Jewess understood all this, of course, for it had not yet taken place. Indeed, God’s great purpose in Calvary was to be “testified in due time” through the Apostle Paul, some years after the crucifixion (I Tim. 2:4-7). Nevertheless it was the basis on which he could justly help both women, and it is the basis on which He has ever justified sinners, whether Jews or Gentiles.

Unsaved friend, will you call on God to save you for Jesus’ sake? He is ready to save you, but you must call. Will you do it now?

    “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight; for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

    “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets:

    “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe…

    “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

    “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, 4 through the forbearance of God;

    “To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the Justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

    “Where is boasting then? It is excluded” (Rom. 3:20-27).

Hallelujah! The Law brings Jew and Gentile down to the same level and grace accepts them there!

    “For there is no difference: for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:22,23).

    “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him” (Rom. 10:12).



1    From His reply it seems evident that they meant He should grant her request and dispose of her case.
2    Lit., becoming.
3    The Hebrew race.
4    Cf. “But now” (Ver. 21) and “at this time” (Ver. 26). We now know how God could justly forgive “the transgressions that were under the first testament” (Heb. 9:15).
22  Theology / Bible Study / Three Times When the Lord Wouldn't Answer on: March 20, 2018, 05:30:36 PM
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Having set the woman “in the midst” they proceed to remind the Lord that Moses commanded that such should be stoned, demanding, “But what sayest thou?” (Ver. 5).

These men were diabolically clever. They reasoned: He is always talking about forgiving sinners. He says that the publicans and harlots will enter the kingdom of God before us (Matt. 21:31). Now we will force Him either to acknowledge that this woman should be stoned or to openly champion immorality by taking the part of a harlot against Moses.

Now this Jewess had a great initial advantage over the Gentile woman of Matthew 15. In Romans 3:1,2 we read,

    “What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?

    “Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.”

It was a great honor to be entrusted with the written Law, the revealed will of God—and it was a great responsibility too; a responsibility which, if violated, would change her position from one of distinct advantage to one of distinct disadvantage. And this is exactly the situation in which this Jewess found herself.

Indeed, this was why the Law had been given to Israel. The Gentile had already been proven hopelessly depraved; now God gave the Law to Israel to prove that the Jew was no better—that the sons of Abraham were, after all, the sons of Adam too! Thus that which had elevated her positionally above the Gentiles had brought her down again to the same level. She had broken the Law and it had condemned her.

    “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God” (Rom. 3:19).

The Law is the great leveller of mankind. No one can boast in its presence.

Thus this Jewess now stood condemned before the holy Son of God. The Gentile woman had earnestly sought access to Christ’s presence, but to stand before Him was the very last thing this Jewess would have wished for.

Actually, it was a blessing in disguise for this woman that she had been made so conspicuous. It taught her, in another way, the same lesson which the Syrophenician woman had had to learn: that she too stood without claim before the Son of God, without a right to anything but His condemnation.

But our Lord proposed to teach her accusers this lesson too; these “just persons who needed no repentance” and had boasted again and again that they were the children of Abraham (Luke 15:7).

Ignoring their demands, He stooped to write on the ground, all the while “standing in the midst.” What He wrote we are not told, but the act itself reminds us that the ten commandments, too, were written with “the finger of God” (Exod. 31:18.). But they were not to be ignored and went on demanding that He give His verdict in the matter. “So, when they continued asking”—they got what they asked for!

    “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her” (Ver. 7).

It is suggested that the words “without sin” here do not mean without any sin, but without the sin in question, i.e., “Let him that is free from her sin first cast a stone at her.”

Amazing reply! Withering rebuke!

Consider it carefully: He had not ignored the Law or taken a sinner’s part against Moses. He had not denied that the woman deserved death by stoning. He had simply pointed out that they were in a rather poor position to bring the charge, since their own hands were soiled. Yes, the woman should be stoned—and so should they! Thus they themselves were caught in the trap they had set for Him.

Having made His reply the Lord stooped down to write on the ground again and let that simple sentence do its work.

    “And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst” (Ver. 9).

What a combination we have now! A great sinner and a great Savior!

    “When Jesus had lifted up Himself, and saw none but the woman, He said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee?

    “She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more” (Ver. 10,11).

What other course would one have expected the Lord to take? The scribes and Pharisees had brought this woman to Christ to judge, but now they were not even there to press the charge. They had left the courtroom in the middle of the trial!

“Neither do I condemn thee; go and sin no more!”

This was what really mattered. What the scribes and Pharisees said or thought about her really mattered nothing now; He had freely forgiven her. And thus she had received help from Christ, not because she belonged to the chosen race for, condemned by the Law, she had forfeited all claim to consideration on this ground. He had helped her, just as He had helped the Gentile woman—in His own sovereign grace.

But the question may well be asked at this point whether this free pardon of a convicted criminal was quite in accord with justice. And to bring the question nearer home: Is God’s free forgiveness, yea, justification of sinners who believe on Christ today, quite in accord with justice?

In Deuteronomy 25:1 Moses, in the name of God, strictly charged the judges of Israel:

    “If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, that the judges may judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked.”

This is basic justice; the premise upon which the execution of law in any land is founded. It is so fundamental that one wonders why it need be stated.

In Job 8:20 we find Bildad the Shuhite saying to Job,

    “Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will He help the evil doers.”

And to this Job answered,

    “I know it is so of a truth” (Job 9:2).

In Proverbs 17:15 God tells us how He feels about those who would break up this very foundation of justice:

    “He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.”

This is why all the sinner’s turning over of new leaves, all his good works and religious performances, all his penance and tears and prayers fail to make him acceptable in the sight of God.

But what is this we find as we examine the rest of the record? Did not God condemn the righteous in the case of Christ? Is it not true that God allowed Him to die in shame and disgrace on Calvary’s Cross for sins He had never committed? Do we not read that “it pleased the Lord to bruise Him” and “He hath put Him to grief” (Isa. 53:10). Is it not written that “[God] hath made Him to be sin?” (II Cor. 5:21).
23  Theology / Bible Study / Three Times When the Lord Wouldn't Answer on: March 20, 2018, 05:29:28 PM
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Three Times When the Lord Wouldn't Answer
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


Mark’s account of our Lord and the Syrophenician woman describes how Jesus had sought to conceal Himself from the public but “could not be hid” because this woman, whose daughter was being tormented by a demon, had heard of His presence and had sought Him out.

In her distress she cried, “Have mercy on me,” but she did not fail to recognize His royal position, addressing Him, “O Lord, thou son of David.”

    “But He answered her not a word” (Matt. 15:23).

He who had gone about the cities of Israel helping the oppressed; He who had always been so quick to respond to the appeals of the needy, did not even answer this poor soul. And He could be silent with emphasis! “Not a word” did she receive in response to her cries of distress.

His conduct was an open rebuff. He evidently did not mean to show kindness or even courtesy to this woman.

His disciples may have understood His action, for the woman was a Gentile. Nevertheless, interceding for her, they “besought Him, saying, Send her away, 1 for she crieth after us” (Ver. 23).

    “But He answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Ver. 24).

Mark well, this was said to His disciples, for He still declined to speak to the woman. He was driving home a lesson she had to learn—that she had no claim on the Son of God, no right to expect help from Him. God had given up the Gentiles long ago when, at the tower of Babel, they had made it clear that they did not even wish to retain Him in their knowledge.

    “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient” 2 (Rom. 1:28.).

    “Then came she and worshipped Him, saying, Lord, help me” (Ver. 25).

The word “worshipped” here is strong in the original. Literally, the woman came and prostrated herself before Him. Falling down at His feet, she begged for His help.

At this pathetic plea the Lord was constrained to address her, but still by no means consented to help her. She must first learn the lesson He had begun to teach—yes, and we must learn it too; that is why this incident is recorded for us in the Scriptures.

    “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles…were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:11,12).

This is why the Lord seemed so obstinate in His dealings with the Syrophenician woman. Even now, He addresses her only to point out why He should not help her. For the third time we find that negative word “but” used. First she had cried for help, “BUT He answered her not a word.” Then His disciples had interceded for her, “BUT He answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Now she falls at His feet and begs for the help that only He can give.

    “But He answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and cast it to dogs.”

    “And she said, Truth Lord…” (Ver. 26,27).

Ah, she has learned the lesson and has frankly acknowledged her unworthy position. And here her faith shines as she points out that, while indeed she has no claim on Him, He may, if He will, show mercy to her. The story is told of a woman whose son, a soldier in Napoleon’s army, had been condemned to death. As she pleaded with the Emperor to have mercy on her son, the Emperor said: “But he doesn’t deserve mercy. This is his second serious offense.” “But sire,” the woman came back, “it would not be mercy if he deserved it;” at which Napoleon issued her son’s pardon.

Yes, we too must learn this lesson. As we have seen, the Gentiles are strangers from the covenants of promises (Eph. 2:12). These promises pertain to Israel (Rom. 9:4). Even during the kingdom reign of Christ, when the nations are finally brought to Messiah’s feet, it will not be in fulfillment of any promises made to them. It will be in fulfillment of promises made to Israel. This is clearly brought out in Romans 15:8,9:

    “Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision 3for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:

    “And that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy.”

And so the woman continued pleading:

    “Truth Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”

It should be noticed that our Lord had really used the diminutive for dog, as the original brings out; the equivalent of our word “doggie.” This was the first hint of the compassion He had in His heart for her and she was quick to take it up. He had spoken of “casting” the children’s food to the little dogs. She, in turn, had acknowledged her place but had argued: Could not the master let a few crumbs “fall” from his bountiful table for the little dogs to get? Did he not have a right to do this?

What a plea! What faith in both His love and power! Think of calling the casting out of a demon “crumbs from the master’s table!” She had showed a keener appreciation of Christ’s power to bless than could be found anywhere in Israel. How could we expect the story to close in any other way than it does?

    “Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.”


We pass now from the story of the Gentile woman to that of a Jewess, also in trouble, but trouble of a very different nature.

Our Lord had spent the night in the Mount of Olives, His customary place of prayer, and had come, early in the morning, to the temple where the people gathered to hear Him teach.

The scribes and Pharisees had come early, too, but from a very different motive. While the Lord had been in the Mount of Olives, they had been about the most disgraceful business.

    “And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto Him a woman taken in adultery: and when they had set her in the midst,

    “They say unto Him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act” (John 8:3,4).

Had they had an honest zeal to “clean up Jerusalem,” there might have been some excuse for their conduct. But they had no such lofty motive. They had sought and apprehended this woman, not because they had been so shocked at her conduct or were so zealous for God’s holy law. They were out to “get” Him whose holiness had shown up their hypocrisy. And to attain their purpose they had stooped to this. These base characters, really farther from God than the woman they had caught in sin, now “set her in the midst” not mainly to humiliate her, but Him! What despicable iniquity the human heart, yes, the religious heart, is capable of!
24  Theology / Bible Study / Grace And Debt on: March 20, 2018, 05:27:30 PM
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    “Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

    “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness” (Rom. 4:4,5).

As we look back at all the Old Testament types: the physical types, the narratives, the sacrifices, we exclaim: “The cross was not an accident, nor an afterthought on God’s part: He had it in mind all the while.” Surely Paul was right when he said of believers that “[God] hath saved us and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (II Tim. 1:9).

It is on the basis of the cross, typified all through the Old Testament, that God now saves us by grace through faith alone, and the types show that this was indeed His eternal purpose. Furthermore salvation should be by grace through faith.

As our text, above, declares: if man could earn his salvation it would be the payment of a debt, not the bestowal of a gift — and God will never be indebted to anyone. He will never be in a position where He owes us, sinners, a debt. Nor will He ever allow us to disgrace ourselves and annoy others by our boasting about how we earned eternal life. But He can, on the basis of the penalty paid at Calvary, bestow salvation as a free gift. This is why we read:

    “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).

    “It is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph. 2:8,9).

God owed Abraham nothing, but seeing his faith He said, in effect: “This man believes Me; I will count his faith for righteousness” (Gen. 15:6). And this He still does for those who trust Him, only He has now revealed the basis for this action: Christ’s payment for sins at Calvary. This is why, in Romans 4:5, He forbids works for salvation and declares that the believer’s faith is “counted for righteousness.”
25  Theology / Bible Study / Rest on: March 20, 2018, 05:26:20 PM
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In Hebrews 1:3 we read how the Lord Jesus Christ, “when He had by Himself purged our sins, SAT DOWN on the right hand of the Majesty on High”. The tenth chapter of the same book tells us why He sat down:

    “Every priest standeth, daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man [Christ] after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, SAT DOWN on the right hand of God …FOR BY ONE OFFERING HE HATH PERFECTED FOREVER THEM THAT ARE SANCTIFIED” (Heb. 10:11-14).

There were several articles of furniture in the Old Testament tabernacle, but no chair. The priest could not sit down, for the work of redemption was not yet finished. His daily sacrifices only emphasized the fact that “it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins” (Heb. 10:4).

“But this Man [Christ Jesus] sat down”, because by His death on Calvary — by that one offering — He paid for all our sins and “obtained eternal redemption for us”(Heb. 10:12; 9:12).

This is why Paul, by divine inspiration, now insists that salvation is “by grace”, that “it is the gift of God”, received “by faith” and “not of works, lest any man should boast”.

God has much for His people to do, but before we can do anything for Him we must learn to trust Him for our salvation, to rest in the finished work of Christ. God is satisfied with Christ’s payment for sin and together the Father and the Son are depicted as seated in heaven because the work is done. And now God would have us simply trust Him, entering into His rest:

    “There remaineth therefore a REST unto the people of God, FOR HE THAT HAS ENTERED INTO HIS [God’s] REST, HE ALSO HATH CEASED FROM HIS OWN WORKS, AS GOD DID FROM HIS” (Heb. 4:9,10).

    “Unto him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness” (Rom.4:5).
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The Bible is the richest treasure of the world!

Without it, the palace is a dark blank.
With it, the poor cottage sparkles with celestial light.

It is the transcript of God's heart.

It tells what human reason is too weak to find.

It is pure truth without one shadow of error.

It gives knowledge on all things needful for time and for eternity.

It is a safe guide through life's entangled path.

It is a compass . . .
  through shoals and rocks;
  amid winds and waves;
  to Heaven's eternal rest!

The sage is ignorant without it.

The peasant learns from it salvation's road.

It is a solace for every hour.

It is a companion always ready to converse.

It cheers when other comforts fail.

It is arrayed in every charm for the intellect.

It never wearies.

It is always fresh.

Its oldest truths cannot grow old.

Its readers become more wise--and more holy.

Other books may puzzle and corrupt.
The Bible is from Heaven, and leads to Heaven.
It enters the heart with purifying grace.

The more you search the Bible--the more your minds will wonder, and your hearts will love.

Read it as literally true. Then no human philosophy will beguile you.

Ponder its characters. You will find on them the intrinsic stamp of truth.

"The Bible is . . .
  an armory of heavenly weapons,
  a pharmacy of infallible medicines,
  a mine of exhaustless wealth,
  a guidebook for every road,
  a chart for every sea,
  a medicine for every malady,
  and a balm for every wound!
Rob us of our Bible, and our sky has lost its sun!" (Thomas Guthrie)

"Oh, how I love Your Law! I meditate on it all day long!" Psalm 119:97

"Your Words were found, and I ate them--and Your Word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart!" Jeremiah 15:16
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"Oh, what a wretched man I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?" Romans 7:24

I see much daily cause for humiliation--whether I look backward or inward. The sum of my complaints amounts to this--that I am a sick sinner, diseased in every part. I am burdened with a body of sin and death.

But I have a little book, which I am enabled to believe is the sure Word of God. The doctrines and promises I meet with in it, which we call the gospel, exactly suit my needs--and the temper and conduct it is designed to form, agrees with my leading desires.

I was once far otherwise minded, and would doubtless have remained so--had not almighty power and sovereign mercy softened my heart. I would therefore praise Him for what he has done, and wait upon Him to do more, for I can do nothing for myself. In the mean time, instead of complaining--I would try to be thankful.

If He has begun a good work, I dare not indulge a doubt of His carrying it on to completion. If He who is the infallible Physician has undertaken my case--I shall not die but live, and declare the works of the Lord!
28  ChristiansUnite and Announcements / ChristiansUnite and Announcements / The Patriot Post Digest 3-20-2018 on: March 20, 2018, 05:18:29 PM
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U.S. expected to impose up to $60 billion in China tariffs by Friday (Reuters14)

Facebook plunges as pressure mounts on Zuckerberg over data (Bloomberg15)

Supreme Court rejects attempts to restrict, ban death penalty (NBC News16)

Supreme Court bars Arizona from denying DREAMers driver’s licenses (National Review17)

Trump’s lawyers turn over documents to Mueller with hope of limiting interview scope (The Washington Post18.)

Comey’s book plays second fiddle to story about a gay rabbit (The Daily Caller19)

Mississippi becomes the first state to ban abortion after 15 weeks (National Review20)

Fifth package bomb goes off in Texas (Reuters21)

Poll: 53% of Democrats NOW say it’s not acceptable to vote for a candidate who’s done immoral things in his private life (Hot Air22)

Humor: Vladimir Putin narrowly defeats opposing candidate Vladimir Putin in Russian presidential election (The Babylon Bee23)

Policy: Facing the facts about violence and the mentally ill (Manhattan Institute24)

Policy: Vladimir Putin’s ominous “re-election” (American Enterprise Institute25)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report26.


No Fourth Amendment Rights at the Border?31 — Court rules that no warrant is necessary for border searches of a U.S. citizen’s cell phone content.
No, Abortion Is Not ‘Safe’32 — Despite more research insisting there’s nothing unsafe about it, women and children suffer immensely.
Video: Democrats Want Clinton to Go Her Own Way33 — A Free Beacon supercut of Democrats down the line rebuking Hillary Clinton for disparaging voters.


Gary Bauer: McCabe’s Firing34
Rich Lowry: The Dumbest Firing35
Kay Coles James: Don’t Tax the Net36
Cal Thomas: The Unbalanced California FACT Act37
Dennis Prager: Thoughts on Parents Whose Children Have Died38
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion39.


Gary Bauer: “Left-wing commentators insisted that Donald Trump was responsible for McCabe’s firing. That is beyond fake news. It is a lie. Andrew McCabe is responsible for the firing of Andrew McCabe. The independent Office of Professional Responsibility determined that McCabe ‘lacked candor’ during testimony before Congress and during interviews with the inspector general’s office. That is ‘Deep State’ speak for ‘he lied.’ … Another argument being made is how dirty it was for McCabe to be fired just days before he qualified for a full, generous federal pension … at the age of 50. The average American would love to be able to retire at the age of 50. Numerous sources over the weekend reported that McCabe may be worth as much as $11 million on his $162,000 salary. McCabe may have done well in the stock market. I am not going to shed any tears for him. I am sure his book deal will be announced shortly. This may be a good time to remember that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who has not been charged with colluding with Russia, was also charged with a ‘lack of candor’ when he was interviewed by the FBI. His legal fees have broken him and his family. … Multiple liberal members of Congress have offered to hire McCabe so he can get a few more days to qualify for his pension. Can you imagine what the media reaction would be if conservative members of Congress had offered to hire Flynn so he could save his home and return to a secure financial footing?”


For the record: “Donald Trump … has reoriented politics around himself. To some degree, every president manages to do that; it’s in the nature of the bully pulpit. But opinions on the president are usually proxies for positions on larger issues that matter, such as taxes or social welfare spending. With Trump, it often comes down to what you think of the man himself. He is the center of gravity around which politics orbits in 2018.” —Jay Cost

Observations: “[Andrew] McCabe defenders may argue that any other FBI official would have reached the same conclusions about the Clinton investigation that McCabe did. But if that really is the case, that just strengthens the argument that someone else should have handled it. … If you allow the FBI to cut corners or tread into gray areas when investigating political figures you don’t like, at some point, they’re going to cut corners or tread into gray areas when investigating political figures you do like.” —Jim Geraghty

Friendly fire blitz:

“I don’t think that’s the way you should talk about any voter, especially ones in my state.” —Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Hillary Clinton’s attack on women voters40

“[Hillary] should go away. … She is not helping the Democratic Party.” —former Obama State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf

“Look, this was bad. I can’t sugarcoat it.” —Clinton’s 2008 campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle

“I have all the respect in the world for her, but … [the] rest of us are gonna focus on the future.” —Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager Robby Mook

And last… “In 1992, when Bill Clinton was running for president, he went on ‘60 Minutes’ to answer allegations of extramarital wrongdoing. His wife appeared with him and backed him up. ‘I’m not sitting here some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette,’ Hillary Clinton said that day. ‘I’m sitting here because I love him and I respect him.’ She resented the insinuation that she lacked the agency to make a political decision in her own best interest. Women who voted for Trump resent it when Clinton makes the same insinuation about them.” —Jeff Jacoby

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.

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An armed school resource officer stopped a would-be mass killer today.
Trump outlines a three-pronged approach to fighting the opioid epidemic.
Louis Farrakhan continues to be embraced by Democrats.
No, abortion is not “safe.” Here’s why.
Are there Fourth Amendment protections at the border?
Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.


“The Constitution ought to be the standard of construction for the laws, and that wherever there is an evident opposition, the laws ought to give place to the Constitution.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788.)


An Officer With a Gun Saved Students’ Lives Today1

A student opened fire this morning at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. (Caveat — details on these things are always sketchy this early.) Fortunately, before he did more than wound two fellow students, including the female he was specifically targeting, the school resource officer fired back and stopped the threat, killing the assailant. Obviously, having an armed officer on campus saved lives today — but only because he was willing to respond, unlike the Parkland, Florida, deputy2.

Following the adolescent Second Amendment puppet protests3 last week, and ahead of this weekend’s March for Our Lives, it’s worth noting that the demands4 of these students/leftist political props include two policies they oppose. One of them is this: “Any legislation that would aim to fortify our schools with more guns.” Again, many students are alive today because the Maryland school was fortified with a gun. Food for thought for any teens honest about saving lives instead of serving as pawns for the Left.

Trump Touts Plan to Combat Opioid Epidemic5

By Thomas Gallatin

President Donald Trump on Monday announced his plan for fighting the nation’s growing opioid epidemic6. Speaking in Manchester, New Hampshire, a state plagued with the second highest rate of opioid overdose deaths, Trump declared, “This scourge of drug addiction in America will stop. It will stop. Every day, 116 Americans die from an opioid-related overdose. Failure is not an option. Addiction is not our future. … I want to win this battle. I don’t want to leave at the end of seven years and still have this problem.”

Trump’s plan entails a three-pronged approach that seeks to address the illegal selling and distribution of opioids, further expand addiction recovery programs and focus on safer medical prescription practices along with the development of newer pain-relief drugs that don’t hold the same addictive potential as opioids. The plan would also work for prison reform, focusing on rehab programs for individuals whose drug addiction led to their imprisonment, while at the same time punishing more severely those responsible for dealing drugs.

Hudson Institute Senior Fellow David Murray welcomed the plan, saying, “In many respects, the plan is not novel. It’s a restoration. This used to be the boundaries and pillars of standard American drug policy, what they’ve brought back together in this statement and plan.” Murray criticized Barack Obama’s federal drug policy as unbalanced. But he said that Trump’s plan is a return to a policy that “was a balanced strategy, that wove together the strengths of prevention, treatment, supply reduction, organizational attacks with the criminal justice system, and international partnerships.”

Regardless of the merits of Trump’s policy plan, the mainstream media fixated on what amounts to a typical Trumpian hyperbolic comment. In touting the part of his policy that seeks to get tough on drug trafficking, Trump said that he was in favor of the “death penalty for drug dealers.” While much of the MSM is wringing their hands over this, the actually policy plan does not call for any changes to the nation’s current legal system. This is another classic example of Trump identifying the problem and letting Americans know that he is serious about dealing with it. His rhetorical tool connects with people quickly on an emotive basis, and it effectively calls attention to a pressing issue. Now if we can all get serious about the actual problem…

Dems Defend Rather Than Denounce Farrakhan7

By Nate Jackson

Louis Farrakhan, leader of the famously anti-Semitic Nation of Islam, is a repulsive figure on the fringes of American politics. But he’s not as much on the fringes as he should be. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) introduced a resolution in the House formally condemning Farrakhan for “promoting ideas that create animosity and anger” aimed at Jewish Americans and Judaism, and condemning “all manifestations of expressions of racism, anti-Semitism, and ethnic or religious intolerance.” It was a politically shrewd move, because so many Democrats just can’t bring themselves to denounce Farrakhan. Indeed, as our Arnold Ahlert wrote last week, the entire Democrat Party is slouching towards anti-Semitism8.

That became even more clear Monday when Black Lives Matter, the New Black Panther Party and Al Sharpton’s National Action Network led a lobbying effort on Capitol Hill not about denouncing Farrakhan’s racism but to block Rokita’s resolution condemning it. Instead, these rabble-rousers want a resolution condemning President Donald Trump for his perceived racism.

Gary Bauer noted the sad truth in the form of some questions9: “Did they lobby for criminal justice reform? Better school safety measures in the inner cities? Expanding enterprise zones to boost economic opportunity in black communities? Sadly, their presence on Capitol Hill had nothing to do with any of those causes.” Instead, they’re defending a reprehensible man.

Several Democrats have met with Farrakhan, including perhaps most prominently DNC Deputy Chair Rep. Keith Ellison, but also Representatives Maxine Waters (CA), Barbara Lee (CA), Danny Davis (IL), Andre Carson (IN), Gregory Meeks (NY) and and Al Green (TX). Ellison in particular has sought to dismiss those connections10, but he’s been caught in the lie. Even The Washington Post gave him “Four Pinocchios.” In a blog post this past Sunday, Ellison continued to protest too much11, and Davis recently defended Farrakhan as “an outstanding human being.”

Also recently, a 2005 photo surfaced of an up-and-coming Barack Obama smiling next to Farrakhan12. If only he had been vetted sooner.

To sum it up, the fundamental problem is that elected Democrats are either unconvincingly distancing themselves from a racist reprobate or they’re utterly embracing him and calling him good. And they want us to trust them with governing.
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The rights we possess that are unalienable can neither be taken away nor granted because they are not an act of an institution or government; they are possessed by all of humanity as God-given rights. If we don’t stand as guardians of these rights through the proactive toil and commitment of electing the right leaders, demanding a constitutional government and defeating the enemies of Liberty, the greatness of our nation will become a relic.

It’s an election year. Let’s remove barriers to freedom.


Hillary Clinton Doubles Down on Victimitis39 — Hillary took to Facebook not to apologize but to defend the reason she berated white women voters.
Avoiding the Politicization of Mental Health Care Reform40 — We should be very wary about how much power we’re willing to concede to “well-meaning” government officials.
Study Confirms Facebook’s Leftist Bias41 — Facebook’s recent algorithm change is designed to limit and censor conservative news content.
Video: Saving California42 — “The problem with California is Californians.” So says Firewall host Bill Whittle, and he ought to know: he’s been one of them for 30 years.
Video: Ethanol’s Hidden Costs43 — Despite the presumed benefits of ethanol, its production bears deep economic and environmental costs.


Jeff Jacoby: Clinton Tumbles Down the ‘Marriage Gap’44
Hans von Spakovsky: Obstructing Federal Immigration Enforcement Is Wrong45
George Will: Freedom of Speech Includes the Right to Remain Silent46
Burt Prelutsky: The Neutering of the American Male47
Tony Perkins: On Religious Freedom, the Sooners the Better48
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion49.


Jeff Jacoby: “[Hillary] Clinton’s problem with married white women had nothing to do with her sex, and everything to do with her being a liberal Democrat. Wedlock correlates strongly with more conservative political opinions; in Gallup’s words, ‘marital status remains one of the most reliable predictors of party identification.’ Americans who lean conservative or Republican — those who are older, white, and religious — are more likely to get married. At the same time, marriage and the experiences associated with it — parenthood, home ownership, the economics of supporting a family — have a well-known tendency to nudge adults to the right. It will hardly come as a bolt from the blue that spouses affect each other’s thinking and habits. Studies have long shown that women pay less attention to politics than men do. That helps explain why single women are less likely to register and vote — and why, when they marry, women are more likely to embrace their husband’s political perspective than the other way around. That doesn’t reflect patriarchal misogyny; it reflects the fact that bonds of love and marriage lead people to unite in other ways too.”


Good question: “Here’s an interesting mental exercise. Imagine that there were a major religious group with as much money as George Soros. Suppose it announced that it was asking schools all over America to release students for 17 minutes to pray for the victims of the Parkland shooting. Does anyone think for a second that the entire left-wing establishment would have embraced such a request for students to pray?” —Gary Bauer

For the record: “These charges against Gates and Manafort have nothing to do with ‘collusion with Russia,’ the investigation for which Rosenstein appointed Mueller. There is no reason this case could not have been prosecuted by regular Justice Department lawyers. There was no need for a special counsel for this. And regular Justice Department prosecutors, overseen by engaged Justice Department superiors ensuring adherence to well-established Justice Department policies, would not prosecute a case this way.” —Andrew C. McCarthy

Braying Jenny: “I understand how some of what I said26 upset people and can be misinterpreted. I meant no disrespect to any individual or group. And I want to look to the future as much as anybody.” —Hillary Clinton, who thinks accusing someone of having “misinterpreted” something is tantamount to an apology

Friendly fire: “My state is one of those states [Clinton berated]. … So, it’s very hurtful to lump all Ohioans, and all people — in politics, we should not criticize the voters. The onus is on the person that is running for office.” —former Ohio state senator Nina Turner

Non Compos Mentis: “Man, it just started snowing out of nowhere this morning, man. Y'all better pay attention to this climate control, man, this climate manipulation. And DC keeps talking about, ‘We are a resilient city.’ And that’s a model based off the Rothschilds [Jewish bankers] controlling the climate to create natural disasters they can pay for to own the cities, man. Be careful.” —Washington, DC, council member Trayon White Sr. (But hey, at least he’s sorry now50.)

Late-night humor: “Cancun, Mexico, was just named the best spring break destination, and thousands of Americans are expected to visit. And the people of Mexico were like, ‘Never thought we’d say this, but what’s the ETA on Trump’s wall?’” —Jimmy Fallon

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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