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Foolish Talking

“Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.” (Ephesians 5:4)

In the book of Ephesians are included several guidelines for the Christian’s speech—how we should talk and what we should talk about. These are not easy rules to follow but are necessary if we would please our Savior and be effective in our Christian lives and witness.

As our text indicates, vulgar talk, idle chatter, and coarse jesting should “not be once named among you, as becometh saints” (5:3). “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (4:29).

The same applies to bitter, angry, malicious speech. “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice” (4:31). And certainly our communications should be true and trustworthy. “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor” (4:25).

Thus, our words should not be crude or obscene, idle or foolish, bitter or angry, false or malicious. Instead, they should be good words, true words, gracious words, intended to edify—that is, build up—our hearers in their own Christian lives.

Further, if we would win others to Christ, we must always be “speaking the truth in love” (4:15). What we say to them must be fully in accord with both biblical truth and genuine Christian love. Finally, we should “be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (5:18-20). Gracious, edifying words can only come from a thankful heart. HMM

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God's Promise vs. Man's Efforts
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


    “For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: Because the law worketh wrath…” (Rom. 4:14,15).

This should be self-evident to us all. If blessing is gained by the works of the Law, it is earned. This is why Gal. 3:18 says: “If the inheritance be of the law it is no more of promise, but God gave it to Abraham by promise.”

The Apostle Paul, God’s great apostle of grace, declares in Rom. 4:4,5:

    “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.”

But let’s go back to that phrase: “the law worketh wrath.” Many people somehow do not see this. Even some clergymen tell us that the Law was given to help us to be good. But God Himself says, “the law worketh wrath.” Every criminal knows this, and every sinner should know it. God certainly places strong emphasis upon it:

    “Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions” (Gal. 3:19), “that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may be brought in guilty before God” (Rom. 3:19). “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” (Rom. 3:20).

If we come to God expecting eternal life because of our good works, are we not offering Him our terms, which He can never accept? He will never sell salvation at any price, and certainly not for a few paltry “good” works, when our lives are filled with failure and sin.

Our only hope? God has promised to give eternal life to those who trust in His Son (John 3:35,36; Acts 16:31; etc.).

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

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The fight for “LGBT equality” began with the effort to secure civil unions for homosexuals. Then came the demand for “marriage equality” despite the fact that marriage, for the thousands of years of human history, has been always and everywhere about bringing children into the world, rather than a governmental seal of approval for a romantic relationship. Once the right to same-sex “marriage” was secured, the Rainbow Mafia began harassing religious business owners, demanding they provide services for same-sex ceremonies in violation of their deeply held religious beliefs under threat of prosecution, government-mandated indoctrination, and the loss of their businesses.

The homosexual agenda has nothing to do with “equality” or “tolerance” and everything to do with using government force to beat into submission those who don’t share these aberrant views.

Alas, even supporters of the LGBT movement are now in the crosshairs of the Rainbow Mafia. In recent months, several high-profile actresses and actors have felt the wrath of the gay and trans activists. Scarlett Johansson33, long an ally of the LGBT community, was nevertheless savaged for the unforgivable offense of agreeing to play the role of a trans man in a movie. The outrage was so intense that Johansson dutifully begged forgiveness, backed out of the project, and expressed gratitude that “this casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film.”

Disney, a long-time advocate for homosexuals (hosting gay events at Disney World34 for years), has faced backlash for doing something one would think would be applauded by the LGBT cabal; namely, introducing its first major homosexual Disney character35. The offense? Having that character played by Jack Whitehall, who starts with two strikes against him by virtue of being straight and white.

If that’s a problem, there are a hundred other actors36 who need to repent.

The most recent outrage is the casting of actress Ruby Rose as character Kate Kane in The CW’s upcoming “Batwoman” TV series. This would initially seem to be a great fit. The Kane character is a Jewish lesbian37, and Rose is “gender fluid” (a person who alternates between genders). Unfortunately, Rose is not Jewish, so while her gender-fluid levels are acceptable, she’s two quarts low on the Judaism dipstick.

What makes the whole thing even more laughable is that the very essence of acting is to successfully imitate someone or something the actor is not. Yet the PC enforcers of the Rainbow Mafia now demand actors playing roles of fictional characters must themselves have the same traits as the characters they are portraying. This will be especially difficult when it comes to portraying transgender characters, considering that transgenders make up just a fraction of 1% of the population, and transgendered actors are a tiny subset of that.

Of course, if we all get to determine our sex/gender based on how we feel, then it seems the easiest solution for Johansson would have been to claim she is gender-fluid and identify as a trans man for the duration of filming the movie. That way she can just accuse her critics of being transphobic and questioning her self-declared sexual identity.

The whole thing is rapidly devolving into a form of intersectionalist insanity, and former LGBT allies are starting to turn on one another. For example, radical feminists reject trans women38 (biological males identifying as females) as actual women, and have even filed lawsuits to ban government agencies from recognizing them as such. Some LGB’s are calling for the T’s to be dropped from their club39 altogether.

Lost in all of this outrage-generating, politically correct insanity is that actual people are suffering from our collective trip down the gender-identity rabbit hole. Sex/gender is not “assigned” at birth; it is determined by the DNA of the newly created life at conception. And if every cell in a person’s body carries the XY chromosome, then that person is male, period, and indulging the fiction that a male can become a female, or vice versa, is actually cruel and harmful.

Transgenders (those suffering from gender dysphoria) have a suicide-attempt rate of more than 40% over their lifetimes (even post-surgery), as compared to less than 5% for the general population. Treating their disorder as normal, and even worthy of celebration, is making the problem worse.

Those suffering from gender dysphoria should be treated with kindness, respect40, and aided in getting the treatment they need so that their minds are not constantly at war with their bodies. To do otherwise — all while bickering over fictional TV and movie characters — is to value an ideology more than a life.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57665-rainbow-mafia-attacks-hollywood-allies

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

Abuse Allegations Against Ellison Have Little Impact41 — The Leftmedia ignores abuse claims surrounding the DNC’s number two man.
Good News: Deregulation Is Saving a Ton of Money42 — “The Trump administration is well on its way to surpassing its regulatory budget goals.”
Feinstein’s History of Foreign Collusion43 — The leading Democrat employed a Chinese agent for over a decade but is worried about the Russians.
Video: Free-Market Social Security44 — John Stossel considers how to reform social security so that it won’t bankrupt us.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Star Parker: “Let’s recall that the unfairness that blacks had to deal with in America’s history was unequal treatment under the law. This is what needed to be fixed, and this is what was fixed in the Civil Rights Act in 1964. The problem was that liberals wanted to use their agenda not to fix the law but to change the country. And in the name of racial fairness, the era of big activist government, financed with oceans of taxpayer funds, was born. But government can’t fix anybody’s life. It can only make sure that the law protecting life, liberty and property is applied fairly and equally. The beginning of big activist government fostered the demise of personal responsibility. … Making a child is not hard to do. Raising a child and conveying the values and rules that make for a successful life and responsible adulthood is. Particularly now that popular culture largely dismisses these truths. And in black communities, politics and media is dominated by the left, whose message for them is that life is unfair because of racism and the answer is big government. … Black leaders need to start doing their job and convey that marriage, work, education and personal responsibility are the only things that will fix black America.”

SHORT CUTS

Dezinformatsiya: “President Donald Trump on Tuesday again seized on what he called a ‘terrorist attack’ in London to call for tougher anti-terror measures, even though the incident was still in the early stages of investigation.” —CNN (“Never mind that the Associated Press called the attack a ‘terrorist incident’ two hours before Trump’s tweet, while the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, called it a ‘terrorist act’ on Twitter, an hour and a half before Trump’s tweet. So now Trump is criticized for stating reported facts?” —Newsbusters)

Friendly fire: “I would have fired [Peter Strzok], too. He has rights as an employee, and those should be exhausted, but I also believe as the brother of police officers and a former prosecutor, with the stakes this high, a presidential candidate being investigated, you can’t talk that way, even if it didn’t affect the investigation.” —Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA)

“Let me remind you that when the Republicans took power when President Obama was president of the United States, what Mitch McConnell said is, ‘The most important thing we can do is to make sure he does not succeed.’ If that wasn’t a racist statement… That is unthinkable.” —House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Non Compos Mentis: “You know, I look at the platform of a living wage and health care for all. That’s called civilized society. I don’t even know how that became socialism or Republican or Democrat. Let’s be a civilized society. … I’m not sure I even know what socialism is.” —"Christine" Hallquist, a transgender nominee vying to become governor of Vermont

And last… “Over the past 50 years, more than $16 trillion has been spent on poverty programs. The majority of those programs have simply made poverty more comfortable by giving poor people more food, health care, housing, etc. What’s needed most is to get poor people to change their behavior.” —Walter Williams

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57669-wednesday-short-cuts

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

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis

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THE FOUNDATION

“A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous.” —George Washington (1790)

IN TODAY’S EDITION

More than 300 Catholic priests abused more than 1,000 kids.
Media overlooks an Islamist compound in America.
The Rainbow Mafia is attacking its own Hollywood allies.
Abuse allegations against Keith Ellison have little impact.
Good news: Deregulation is saving a ton of money.
Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists, and Short Cuts.

IN BRIEF
The Outrageous Catholic Cover-Up of Sexual Abuse1

Nate Jackson

In arguably the most heart-wrenching and utterly outrageous story of the #MeToo era, an 884-page grand jury report2 out of Pennsylvania reveals that 301 “predator priests” in six dioceses across the state sexually abused at least a thousand boys and girls over the last 70 years. The 1,000 victims are just the ones for whom hard evidence exists, meaning there were likely many, many more abuse victims.

“The abuse scarred every diocese,” Pennsylvania state Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “The cover-up was sophisticated. And all the while, church leadership kept records of the abuse.” In fact, he added, “These documents, from the diocese’s own ‘secret archives,’ formed the backbone of this investigation.” Shapiro concluded, “The church protected the institution at all costs.”

The details are so sordid3 that we won’t repeat them here in a family publication. But the report, which builds upon previous investigations of such scandals in Boston and Philadelphia, states, “All victims were brushed aside, in every part of the state, by church leaders who preferred to protect the abusers and their institution above all. The main thing was not to help children, but to avoid scandal. Priests were raping little boys and girls and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing: they hid it all.”

The Associated Press reports4, “One senior American church official named in the grand jury report is Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who leads the Washington archdiocese, for allegedly helping to protect abusive priests when he was Pittsburgh’s bishop.” But charges have been filed against just two of the 301 accused. More than two dozen names were redacted in the report due to challenges from the Church. Many of the alleged offenders have retired or were dismissed, and in almost every case the statute of limitations has run out. More than 100 of the accused priests are deceased, though perhaps we can take solace in knowing that they are likely receiving their just and eternal punishment.

A few thoughts.

There are many faithful Christians in the Catholic Church, but the institution itself is largely as corrupt and broken as it was at the time of the Reformation 500 years ago5. There must be a careful and systematic purge of offenders and a program of real reform to prevent this type of abuse in the future. Unfortunately, we would argue the Catholic Church’s very policy of a celibate priesthood feeds this behavior by prohibiting inherently sexual beings a proper outlet for their desires in a Biblical marriage of a man to a woman. Combine that with the Church’s practice of handling homosexuals by putting them in celibate positions of power over young boys and abuse is bound to happen. (Boy Scouts of America, take note6.)

It’s worth repeating what our own Robin Smith wrote Monday7 regarding Pope Francis’s declaration against the death penalty: “It’s an interesting contrast to discuss the age-old debate about capital punishment for the most heinous crimes while we await evidence of abominable crimes alleged to have been committed within the Catholic Church.”

Finally, The Resurgent’s Peter Heck writes8, “Not only have these perverted priests harmed God’s innocent children, but they have subjected the name and being of Christ to public disgrace. The Supreme Judge of the world is not ambivalent about such things.” For that we are humbled and grateful, and more than a few Catholic leaders should be terrified.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57668-the-outrageous-catholic-cover-up-of-sexual-abuse

Media Overlooks an Islamist Compound in America9
Jordan Candler

A cabal of adults was detained recently by law enforcement in New Mexico and “charged with 11 felony counts of child abuse for keeping … young children, ages 1 to 15, in filthy living conditions at a compound that was literally made out of trash,” The Daily Wire reports10. Unfortunately, there’s a twist: The abuse included grooming the children to become Islamists by inciting future school shootings.

According to the Associated Press, “Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was conducting weapons training with assault rifles at the compound near the Colorado border where 11 hungry children were found in filthy conditions.” Very tellingly, said person is the son of Siraj Wahhaj — a man who Fox News explains “was named by prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.” Remember that when the inevitable cries of “lone wolf” begin circulating.

There’s also an extremely grisly revelation involving a deceased child. NBC says11, “The young boy whose remains were found … died in a religious ritual conducted because his father believed he was possessed by demons. … [The child] disappeared from his home in Georgia in December. A nationwide search eventually led authorities to the compound in Taos, which was set up by … Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, who authorities allege had kidnapped his son.” And then apparently oversaw his death.

Judge Sarah Backus, an elected Democrat, set bail at just $20,00012 for the five defendants in the case.

Sadly, the silence regarding the reporting of this case is nearly deafening. Yes, occasional articles appear here and there, but the truth is that the coverage is orchestrated and permissibly limited. As Matt Walsh observes13, “This should be the biggest story of the year so far.” But the Islamic angle forbids it from being placed under a needed spotlight, as it most assuredly would be if the perpetrators were non-Muslim and Westerners. Given the media hoopla14 surrounding a couple dozen “alt-right” protesters over the weekend, it’s not a stretch to reach that conclusion. Consequently, a harrowing fact is being sanitized: The Islamic practices of slavery, brainwashing, and jihad commonly seen in the Middle East are happening right here on American soil. Religion of Peace™ indeed.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57645-media-overlooks-an-islamist-compound-in-america

Top Headlines15

Vermont nominates first U.S. transgender candidate for governor (Associated Press16)
Ellison wins Minnesota AG primary amid late domestic violence allegations (The Hill17)
Brett Kavanaugh’s opinions will be based on Rule of Law, legal experts say (The Daily Signal18)
Progressives fume as Dems meet with Kavanaugh (The Hill19)
With little fanfare, Trump and McConnell reshape the nation’s circuit courts (The Washington Post20)
Trump campaign seeks “millions” against Omarosa for violating nondisclosure (Washington Examiner21)
Americans, even younger ones, drop smoking to lowest rate ever (Hot Air22)
Good news: Man travels country to mow 50 lawns in 50 states for people in need (The Wichita Eagle23)
Humor: Antifa member grounded for two weeks after staying out too late at rally (The Babylon Bee24)
Policy: Federal school discipline policy causes classroom disorder (Manhattan Institute25)
Policy: The need for clear-eyed policymaking on student loan defaults (American Enterprise Institute26)
For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report27.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57671-wednesday-top-headlines

FEATURED ANALYSIS
Rainbow Mafia Attacks Hollywood Allies31

Louis DeBroux

With every day that passes it becomes more clear that the perpetually offended members of the Rainbow Mafia will never be satisfied. They will never stop agitating, and they will always be outraged. Their outrage was initially focused on Christians, conservatives, and Republicans, but they have now begun to turn on themselves.

To understand the constantly morphing demands of the progressive Left, one must understand the concept of “intersectionality32.” This is sort of a hierarchy of victimhood, in which your moral superiority is determined not by your actions or your character but by your race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, etc. So if you are a poor, black, transgender woman, then your moral superiority is unquestioned, whereas if you are a white, heterosexual, Christian male… well, your right to even exist is highly questionable.

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The Patriot Post® · From Uncivil Discourse to Civil War?
By Mark Alexander · Aug. 15, 2018 · https://patriotpost.us/alexander/57674-from-uncivil-discourse-to-civil-war

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction. A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the best constitution will be ineffectual, and slavery must ensue.” —John Witherspoon (1776)
The Democrat Party’s1 fastest growing identity-politics constituency has, for the last decade, been coalescing around a theme that is both animating and destructive: Hate. The current chorus of contemptible rhetoric comes from leftist Demo antagonists2, their Leftmedia propagandists3 whose ad revenues depend on conflict and dissent, and the hate-profiteering groups4 now forming “thought patrols.”

Make no mistake: This new constituency is growing more desperate and disenfranchised by the day, and the inherent risks of such hate-filled rhetoric pose an ominous threat to civility5 and to the future of American Liberty6.

Since 1960, Democrats have built their party along lines of division, and now, they rely almost completely on the politics of disunity to sustain their constituencies and maintain their power. Their political playbook has only one chapter: “Divide and Conquer.” The two major lines of this Demo-division are economic class disparity7, created in large measure by their own failed economic policies8, and the socio-cultural victimization9 cards of race, ethnicity, religion, and gender.

But as their political identity constituencies10 began to soften, they have resorted to a new identity attribute to unify all the others: Hate.

Over the last decade, fomenting hate has become the centerpiece of Democrat strategy. But as the party has become more radicalized and its rhetoric more unhinged11, the center-left is being eviscerated12. The net result is that fewer Democrats are proud to be Americans13 and, as an astounding new Gallup poll notes, Democrats now prefer socialism to capitalism14.

Barack Obama15, who was himself a disciple of hate16, spawned in 2011 a movement of “useful idiots17” under the “Occupy Wall Street18” banner. That movement was joined by the so-called “Black Lives Matter19” constituency in 2014 and the emerging “antifa movement20” of self-proclaimed anti-fascist fascists in 2016.

Notwithstanding the fact that Obama’s BLM-fueled hatred inspired the murder of police officers in New York21 and in Dallas22, antifa is now emerging as the most broadly violent of leftist groups. Its riotous confrontations23 in August 2017, targeting the normally quiet town of Charlottesville, Virginia, ostensibly in support of the removal of historic monuments24, prompted liberal Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz to make this clear to his Democrat colleagues: “Antifa is a radical, anti-America, anti-free market, communist, socialist, hard-left sensorial organization.”

These groups have two common denominators. They embrace and spread hate and they subscribe to the delusion of democratic socialism25. They are well organized by statist handlers, including Direct Action Network and Democratic Socialists of America — a.k.a., fascists. They are well financed by their billionaire backers, the archenemies of Liberty26 — George Soros, Tom Steyer, Jeff Bezos, and Michael Bloomberg.

In 2016, socialist/fascists consolidated around the candidacy of Bernie Sanders27, whose non-Democratic presidential primary bid was surreptitiously stolen by Obama’s heir-apparent, Hillary Clinton28. But in reality, Clinton’s Democrats and Sanders’s socialists constitute a distinction without much difference29. Indeed, the Democrat Party’s protagonists, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and of course Sanders, have become a unified chorus of populist socialism deniers30 and hate provocateurs.

The stunning defeat of Clinton in 2016 by Donald Trump31, who has mastered the art of antagonizing his opponents32, greatly amplified the leftist tenor of hatred. The most strident of the Demo hate-spewers have decompensated into an illness alternatively called “Trump Derangement Syndrome33” or the more formal “Trump Anxiety Disorder34.”

But the escalating violence and the unprovoked attacks on Republicans and Trump supporters is no laughing matter.

The most notable of those attacks was in June 2017, when one of Bernie Sanders’s conscripts, an Obama “99%"er from Illinois, attempted the mass murder of congressional Republicans35 on a Virginia baseball field. This deranged Democrat severely wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and injured four others before being killed by Scalise’s security detail. Notably, if Scalise and his security team hadn’t attended this early morning practice, the other 11 members of Congress would have been utterly defenseless.

But the list of other assaults36 is long and growing more violent.

In the last two weeks, the Demos’ hate-filled constituencies have rioted in three cities37: Providence, Rhode Island; Portland, Oregon; and Berkeley, California. I would include Washington, DC, on that list, but the police presence there last weekend largely contained the haters38 before they became violent, much to the Leftmedia’s dismay.

It’s no small irony that leftist protesters are confusing conservatives with Nazis39. Ironic, I note, because the hatred being driven by leftist Demo rhetoric is taking on shades of the 1934 "Night of the Long Knives” purges of the National Socialist German Workers Party, as there is a now-discernible trend of Democrat moderates being pushed aside for hyper-leftist candidates. The most notable case in point would be the defeat of 10-term Demo incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th congressional district by 28-year-old socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez40.

If the brown shirt fits41…

As Rep. Steve King (R-IA), never one to shy away from hard-hitting and controversial remarks, observed recently, “America is heading in the direction of another Harpers Ferry. After that comes Fort Sumter.”

We aren’t there yet.

Our nation’s Constitution and the Liberty it enshrines have been through cycles of assault by socialists, fascists, and anarchist groups for the last hundred years. But what differentiates the current cycle from those of the past is that past movements were never as organized and targeted, nor did they have the tacit approval of a major political party.

The escalating Demo-inspired violence certainly puts our nation on a collision course with disunity on a national scale — if it does not subside.

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

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 on: August 15, 2018, 09:32:26 AM 
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Flee and Follow

“Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:22)

The first part of this twofold command is to run away from young (new, untested) desires. Sexual immorality is especially to be avoided because “every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body” (1 Corinthians 6:18).

Two other dangerous desires are identified in the New Testament. We are warned to “flee from idolatry” (1 Corinthians 10:14) and to flee from the “love of money” (1 Timothy 6:10-11). Obviously, there are many “lusts” wrapped up in these categories. They are all dangerous because they are “untested” and deceitful.

Such things will inhibit and injure the Christian. “The cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful” (Mark 4:19). “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (1 John 2:16).

Such warnings are so common in Scripture that it is easy to become inured to them. But they are critical to a godly life. We are told to “make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof” (Romans 13:14), but to be “as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts” (1 Peter 1:14) in order to escape “the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4).

In contrast, we must follow after righteousness. The “youthful lusts” can be conquered by the “pursuit” of a godly lifestyle. Even the devil will flee if he is resisted in the faith (James 4:7). HMM III

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Be Strong in the Lord
by Pastor Kevin Sadler


    “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might” (Eph. 6:10).

As Paul begins to close the letter to the Ephesians, he addresses the spiritual warfare of the Body of Christ.  Paul’s instruction is for us to “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.”  In this spiritual battle, we need spiritual strength.  As we are on the Lord’s side, Paul points us to the Lord Almighty, from Whom we are to get our strength.  In this epistle, Paul has been showing believers that we are “in Christ,” in perfect, eternal union with Him.  Being in Christ, we find that His life is our life and His power is our power.  We, the Body, draw the strength and power for living the Christian life from our living Head.

    “What is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead…” (Eph. 1:19,20).

Being strong in the Lord and in the power of His might has to do with living by faith in the resurrection life and power which resides in every believer through Christ.  The same power that raised Christ from the dead is the same power we’re to use to stand in this spiritual battle.  The strength of the Christian life is dependence on God.  So Paul points the Church to be “strong in the Lord,” to depend upon Him.

Before salvation, Paul says we are “without strength” (Rom. 5:6).  We are weak and absolutely unable to please God or save ourselves.  Salvation is only through trusting Christ, and by Him alone we have victory over sin’s penalty and punishment.  After trusting Christ as our Savior, we are still weak in ourselves, and in the Christian life our sufficiency must be of God (II Cor. 3:5).  Victory over sin’s power in our lives occurs the same way we are saved from sin’s penalty, by wholly trusting Christ and Him alone.  His strength is more than sufficient for the battle, and we are guaranteed victory over anything Satan throws at us when we turn to our Lord (Phil. 4:13).

The question was asked in a Sunday School class: “How can we defeat Satan?”  One little girl answered, “Let Jesus answer the door when Satan starts knocking.”  To be instructed to be “strong in the Lord and in the power of His might” tells us that our might is not strong enough for us to be able to stand in this spiritual battle, and it tells us that we face an enemy much stronger than we are apart from Christ.  Therefore we need the infinite power of our Lord in this spiritual battle, and we appropriate that strength by yielding to the indwelling Spirit, through prayer and dependence on God, and by knowledge of, faith in, and obedience to His Word, rightly divided (cf. Eph. 6:17,18).

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Five sharp stings!

(Thomas Watson, "A Divine Cordial" 1663)

Many love sin, more than God. "They are haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful, inventors of evil." Romans 1:30

What is there in sin--that any should love it?

Sin is a debt. "Forgive us our debts." Matthew 6:12
Sin is a debt which binds over to the wrath of God!
And will you love sin? Does any man love to be in debt?

Sin is a disease. "Your whole head is injured, your whole heart is sick. From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness--only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil." Isaiah 1:5-6. And will you love sin? Will any man hug a disease? Will he love his plague sores?

Sin is a pollution. The apostle calls it "filthiness." James 1:21. It is compared to leprosy and to poison of asps!

Sin is a hideous monster. Lust makes a man brutish--and malice makes him devilish! What is in sin to be loved? Shall we love deformity?

God's heart rises against sinners. "My soul loathed them!" Zechariah 11:8

Sin is an enemy. It is compared to a "serpent". Sin has five sharp stings:
  shame,
  guilt,
  horror,
  death,
  damnation!

Will a man love that which seeks his death? Surely then it is better to love God than sin.

God will save you--but sin will damn you! Is he not a fool--who loves damnation!

But love to God will never let sin thrive in the heart. The love of God withers sin. The flower of love kills the weed of sin! How should we labor for that grace of love to God--which is the only corrosive to destroy sin!

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In her slanderous attack, Warren would have Americans believe that from the time one is approached by a cop all the way through to the moment one is sentenced and incarcerated, one is in a racist system that targets minorities. For the system to be racist, then by extension wouldn’t most if not all the people who serve it be racist too? Warren seems to ignore the 27% of the nation’s police officers who are minorities, as well as the 400 black prosecutors, the 383 minority federal judges, and the previous two U.S. attorneys general.

Warren’s rhetorical assault is surely meant to stir up some press for her 2020 presidential run. But more broadly speaking, the race card is a key part of the leftist toolkit, and it has been used to rail on the justice system for years.

It can’t be denied that the criminal justice system needs reform, as we have argued38 on these pages39. There is something wrong when America, with 4% of the world’s population, has 25% of the world’s prisoners. Two-thirds of the 650,000 people who leave prison every year will be back in jail within three years. This is a failure with sentencing and giving inmates the tools they need to turn their lives around. It’s not racism.

Reforms are already taking place on the state level that have improved the situation in certain areas. President Donald Trump proposed40 following that example at the federal level and threw his support behind the First Step Act, a House bill with tremendous bipartisan support.

The bill, which addresses recidivism and allowing prisoners to build “good time” credit, had bipartisan support in the House but was stymied in the Senate.

The Left has drawn the conclusion that the criminal justice system is racist because of the disparity between the total black population versus the black prison population. Blacks make up 13% of the total population but 30% of the state prison population. It can be said that black incarceration rates for drug offenses are significantly higher, but you can’t blame it all on the drug war41. In 2014, the share of the prison population in jail for only drug offenses was 16%.

One of the biggest culprits in the mushrooming prison population may be the plea-bargaining system. Plea bargains are a popular tool with prosecutors because it allows them the power to send someone to jail without having to deal much with judges. It’s a fast-moving, murky process that has likely scooped up some people who would otherwise be serving less time in jail, or perhaps no time at all.

Criminal justice reformers would also like to do away with mandatory-minimum sentencing and three-strikes laws that take the sentencing out of the hands of judges and create a sort of automatic sentencing structure that does not consider details of specific cases.

Warren makes her accusations, unfounded though they may be, because racism is the red meat of her campaign. In fact, her phony claims of Native American ancestry42 boosted her career for decades. You can be sure that she, along with other Democrat senators — especially those with plans in 2020 — will pick apart any prison reform proposed by Trump and Republicans. They won’t be specific about what they don’t like about the proposals. They’ll just jump around and yell “racism.” If the GOP were to get even some credit for prison reform, then it’s one less thing the Left can use to attack them.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57635-warren-justice-system-is-racist-front-to-back

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

Rewriting Anne of Green Gables43 — Netflix pushes LGBT agenda with a children’s classic. Entertainment as indoctrination.
Video: Do Millennials Know the First Amendment?44 — Cabot Phillips of Campus Reform seeks to find out how Ivy League students fare.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Gary Bauer: “Last week, two police officers were ambushed in New Jersey as they were stopped at a red light. More than three dozen law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty this year, but … spoiled millionaire athletes are still berating law enforcement. Of all the things affecting the black community, the police are not the problem. According to the Washington Post’s database, 109 black men have been shot and killed by police so far in 2018, with the overwhelming majority being justified shootings. Compare to that the 197 black men who have been homicide victims so far this year just in Chicago! During a speech last week at a historically black college, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren condemned the entire criminal justice system, saying, ‘The hard truth about our criminal justice system: It’s racist … I mean front to back.’ … It is the worst possible message to be sending when there are such tensions between police and minority communities.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “There’s one way to find out if a man is honest — ask him. If he says, ‘Yes,’ you know he is a crook.” —Groucho Marx (1890-1977)

Upright: “Disney is putting an openly gay character in a kid’s film for the first time. The Left is outraged that the actor playing the character is straight. A crucial dynamic is on display here. The Left gets what it wants, but demands more. Always more. It is never satisfied. Meanwhile, Christians cede more and more of the culture, rarely offer a peep of protest, and make do with whatever crumbs they are thrown.” —Matt Walsh

Crisis averted! “There are hundreds of other environmental procedures and regulations that Trump’s group has begun to undo. So he’s doing some damage, but overall I would say less than I had feared.” —environmental blowhard Al Gore

Braying Jenny: “It is not a disconnected fact … that American women entering the labor force from 1973 to 2009 added three and a half trillion dollars to our economy. … That is not disconnected from the fact that Roe became the law of the land in January of 1973.” —Chelsea Clinton, who neglected to mention that there are approximately 30 million fewer women (and another 30 million fewer men) since 1973

Braying Jackass: “When someone comes to call out bigots and it gets hot, even physical, are they equally wrong as the bigot they are fighting? I argue no. … People who show up to fight against bigots are not to be judged the same as the bigots even if they do resort to the same kinds of petty violence.” —CNN’s Chris Cuomo condoning antifa

And last… “Remember when over 100 newspapers agreed to run editorials on the same day defending a free press against Obama after he spied on AP, hacked [Sharyl] Attkisson, got phone records of one reporter, while trying to jail another? Me neither.” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57636-tuesday-short-cuts

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THE FOUNDATION

“No man in his senses can hesitate in choosing to be free, rather than a slave.” —Alexander Hamilton (1774)

IN TODAY’S EDITION

Democrats still love socialism, but their disdain for capitalism is growing.
It took two years, but the FBI finally fired Peter Strzok.
The entire criminal justice system is racist, says phony Cherokee Elizabeth Warren.
The Rainbow Mafia has even corrupted Anne of Green Gables.
Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists, and Short Cuts.

IN BRIEF
Dems Favor Socialism Over Capitalism by Growing Margin1

Thomas Gallatin

A new Gallup poll2 shows that a majority of Democrats, 57% to be exact, view socialism favorably compared to a new low of only 47% who positively view capitalism. Meanwhile, 37% of Americans overall hold a positive view of socialism with 58% seeing it as negative. And not surprisingly, 71% of Republicans hold favorable views of capitalism, while only 16% think socialism is viable. Given the deadly effects of socialism3 everywhere it’s tried, we’d like to see 0% of Americans support it. But that’s government education for you4.

With Democrat numbers like this, it’s not surprising to hear Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the new socialist face of the Democrat Party5, assert, “The whole country is further left than Congress. The whole country. The electorate is way further left than Congress, [but] we have low voter turnout.”

The most interesting aspect to these latest poll numbers is the change in Democrats’ opinion of capitalism. In 2010, 53% of Democrats had a favorable view of socialism, which increased to 58% in 2016, most likely due to the popularity of Bernie Sanders. But that same year 56% of Democrats also had a positive view of capitalism. That’s dropped by a whopping nine percentage points in just two years.

What happened? Trump Derangement Syndrome6. As Gallup notes, “It’s possible that the drop in Democrats’ positive views of capitalism is related to Donald Trump’s presidency. Trump is an enthusiastic capitalist, and his administration’s efforts to roll back regulations on business and industry, as well as the tax cut law that is advantageous to businesses and corporations, may have caused Democrats to view the entire capitalist enterprise with less positive eyes.”

The Gallup poll also notes, “The question wording does not define ‘socialism’ or ‘capitalism’ but simply asks respondents whether their opinion of each is positive or negative.” This is an important caveat given how poorly many Americans, particularly young people, understand what socialism actually is7. Again, much of the reason for this is that the Left within media and academia has long preached the myth of socialism as a positive system that brings equity and fairness, whereas capitalism is allegedly a system primarily organized to support only the greedy interests of the wealthy and big business. With the hard-Left’s increasing takeover of the Democrat Party, it’s only logical that support for capitalism would severely wane, as the eventual goal of these leftists is to create a political boogieman out of capitalism that must be overtly opposed and attacked. The more Democrats go down this extremist road, the more average Americans will walk away8. Will Republicans be able to capitalize on the Dems’ socialist bent?

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57640-dems-favor-socialism-over-capitalism-by-growing-margin

Finally, the FBI Fired Peter Strzok9
Nate Jackson

Two years ago, FBI agent Peter Strzok was a chief lieutenant to now-disgraced and unemployed FBI Director James Comey. Strzok played a key role in two major investigations — the one into Hillary Clinton’s illegal transmission of classified information over a private email server and the other of alleged collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, which by the way was based on that phony, Clinton-funded dossier10. We learned in 2017, via uncovered texts11 with his FBI mistress, that Strzok’s anti-Trump bias was a serious problem, and that, like Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe12, Strzok’s higher loyalty was to Clinton13. Both the texts and the illicit affair were grounds for his firing two years ago.

Instead, after 22 years at the bureau, Strzok was finally fired Friday — two years too late, albeit one year after being removed from Robert Mueller’s investigation. Moreover, according to Strzok’s attorney, he was fired only after Deputy Director David Bowdich took the rare step of overruling the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility, which recommended only a suspension.

After the damning inspector general’s report14 in June, Strzok gave a contemptuous congressional testimony15 insisting on his innocence. No one should believe him.

More than anything else, this lagging timeline — the fact that only now is this bad apple fired — is an indication of what is wrong with government. Entrenched bureaucracy, which sometimes becomes the so-called “deep state,” is cancerous and difficult to remove. Think of the immense effort required to fire Strzok and McCabe in particular, and then ponder how many other Clintonistas remain fixed in the bowels of government.

Yet much of this comes from the top. Presidential attorney Rudy Giuliani hit the nail on the head, saying, “I’m going to tell you who was the quarterback for all of this. Strzok — he’s a bit of a puppet. Then there’s Mueller — he’s a puppet. … The guy running it is [former CIA Director John] Brennan. And he should be in front of a grand jury.” Brennan, who once voted communist in a presidential election, was indeed Barack Obama’s hatchet man16 behind the whole Russia fiasco. Removing Strzok is good, but we’re a long way from justice.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57637-finally-the-fbi-fired-peter-strzok

Top Headlines17

Trump signs massive defense bill — biggest pay raise for soldiers in nine years (The Daily Wire18)
Report: Regulations being cut at record pace, savings double (Washington Examiner19)
Senate gears up for major Kavanaugh confirmation battle (Washington Examiner20)
China’s growth engine sputters as it battles U.S. over trade (The Wall Street Journal21)
New info indicates Clinton-funded opportunities research launched FBI’s Trump investigation (The Federalist22)
Ninth Circuit returns to form, upholds bizarre California gun regulation (National Review23)
West Virginia lawmakers impeach all state supreme court justices (Associated Press24)
Lunch lady sisters accused of stealing nearly $500,000 from Connecticut school system (Fox News25)
Good news caught on camera: Kids return wallet with $700 inside (ABC13 Houston26)
Humor: God confuses all the languages again to stop everybody from arguing online (The Babylon Bee27)
Policy: The earliest signing of the NDAA in 40 years is a giant step in rebuilding the military (The Daily Signal28)
Policy: A look at rural broadband economics (American Action Forum29)
For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report30.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57641-tuesday-top-headlines

FEATURED ANALYSIS
Warren: Justice System Is Racist ‘Front to Back’36

Lewis Morris

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Cherokee) laid a heavy accusation on our entire criminal justice system recently at an event in Louisiana, throwing the “racist” label around, much to the delight of her supporters.

“The hard truth about our criminal justice system: It’s racist,” Warren told a crowd37 at Dillard University in New Orleans. “I mean all the way. I mean front to back. This is not just sentencing reform we’re talking about here. We’re talking about the front end on what you declare to be illegal, on how you enforce it, on who gets arrested.”

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