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Satan's workshop!

(J.A. James, speaking of the power of the press in 1848)

"So that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes." 2 Corinthians 2:11

The press has a great power for evil. Infidel and immoral writers are pouring forth a deluge of skepticism and vice, which are depositing a poisonous and toxic slime over the minds of the people.

Let it be imagined, if imagined it can be, what must be the state of multitudes in this country, when millions of pestiferous publications are annually going out among the masses of our population. Let the minds of all Christian people dwell upon . . .
  the insult offered to God,
  the ruin brought upon souls,
  the injury done to morals, and
  the mischief perpetrated in the nation,
by such a state of things!

These ungodly publications originate from Satan's workshop, and reflect the scenes of that dreadful laboratory of mental poison! These authors, printers, publishers, booksellers, vendors, by myriads, are all busy and indefatigable--to do what?
To destroy the Bible,
to corrupt the mind,
to pull down the cross,
to dethrone God,
to subvert true religion,
to turn man into a speaking brute,
to overturn all morality,
to poison the springs of domestic happiness,
to dissolve the ties of social order,
to involve our country in ruin!

Satan, and all his emissaries upon earth, are in earnest in ruining men's souls!

We have an evil to contend with--
  so gigantic in its strength,
  so diffused in its influence all around us,
  so infectious and malignant in its effects!

The enemy is coming in like a flood!

Infidelity and immorality are invading us!

The alarm bell must be rung!

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Trump probably takes that latter statement as a compliment, but for the Chinese to accuse the U.S. of being trade bullies is more than a bit hypocritical.

China reached its status as second-largest economy in the world through a lot more than just having a large, hard-working population. Currency manipulation, breaking trade agreements, rigging contracts with foreign companies, industrial espionage — China’s done it all. The problem for the Chinese now is that the president of the United States is looking to do more than just shake his fist.

Trump has stated since his campaign that he wanted to punish the countries that have taken unfair advantage of America in international trade. That list includes Canada, Mexico, the European Union and China. All these nations are big trading partners with the U.S., but they have all placed tariffs and trade barriers to keep America’s strongest companies from being able to compete in their markets while prying open America’s market and making it accessible to cheaper foreign goods.

This has been going on for years, but economic globalists, at least three previous presidents and many members of Congress have done little more than lament America’s trade deficit with a shrug, as if to ask, “What are ya gonna do?” Well, Trump came up with an answer to that half-baked question.

It’s hard to know if Trump’s tariffs on foreign goods will have the desired effect of motivating our trade partners to play fair. There are many economists who are against tariffs under any circumstances, even if the alternative means America getting hammered by trade agreements that tilt in favor of foreign partners. These people claim that we should use the World Trade Organization29 to press our case for better trade practices.

The WTO has supported the U.S. consistently in its trade disagreements with China, but the process is long and arduous and its enforcement regime moves painfully slow. China has learned to play the bureaucratic wrangling of the international body to its advantage, changing its tune to suit any given situation.

The media has portrayed the coming trade wars as Trump’s fault. It conveniently leaves out the part of the story that reveals Trump is responding to foreign tariffs and trade restrictions, not causing them. The media complains that Trump’s actions will bring an end to free trade30. This claim is meant to gin up anti-Trumpers, many of whom don’t support free trade anyway. Besides, we don’t really have free trade now. America operates in a sea of tariffs, fees and taxes that make international business needlessly more complex and costly than it needs to be.

This is not to say that Trump’s actions don’t have the potential to cause harm. International stock markets and consumer prices on goods in affected industries are stable so far, but the real trade war has only just begun. Many analysts note that they have already baked in some of the cost of a trade war between the U.S. and its partners, but no one can predict what will happen if this drags on for weeks or months.

Trump supporters31 in the farm belt are still with the president, counting on his business skill and his courage to face down China to get them through. Again, their views may change if things drag on and they start to feel the heat from higher prices and shrinking foreign markets. And these people may feel it first. Foreign countries are making a point of retaliating against Trump’s tariffs by targeting industries in states he won in 2016.

Any trade policy that costs American jobs is a bad policy, but so is one that maintains a meager status quo that does not grow the U.S. economy. That’s the policy we’ve had for several years, and Trump wants to change that. He has an advantage in that the American economy is strong and growing right now. He may be calculating that the U.S. can absorb a mild hit caused by a trade war if it means getting our trading partners to change their ways.

There is no good time for a trade war, but if it has to happen, then now may be that time.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57005-trumps-real-tariff-strategy

OPINION IN BRIEF

Dennis Prager: “The combination of affluence and secularism produces boredom as surely as the combination of hydrogen and oxygen produces water. Without affluence, people have a built-in purpose: obtaining food and shelter, supporting oneself and one’s family, etc. And religion, with or without affluence, likewise has always provided people with meaning. Without religion, therefore, purpose is often lost. Add to that the number of people who are not married and do not have children (also a result of the combination of affluence and secularism) and you remove another universal source of meaning. A disproportionate percentage of those on the Left (not traditional liberals) do not lack for material needs, have no religion and are single and/or childless. Those left-wing screamers you see in restaurants, the left-wing mobs on campus, the left-wing ‘antifa’ thugs and the left-wing Black Lives Matter demonstrators who close down bridges and highways do not generally consist of married people with children who attended church the previous Sunday. These people find this lack of purpose assuaged by leftism. It provides meaning and excitement, a very heady combination.”

SHORT CUTS

For the record: “Hillary [Clinton] is doing all the things that prospective candidates do, and she certainly does not look or sound like someone who is done with politics. During the campaign, Donald Trump said, ‘Elect me and you’ll get tired of winning.’ Maybe Hillary’s 2020 slogan could be, ‘Support me again and you’ll never get tired of losing.’” —Gary Bauer

Braying Jackass I: “The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come and will morph our Supreme Court into a political arm of the right-wing Republican Party.” —Terry McAuliffe

Braying Jackass II: “Civilization as we know it today is at risk in this election. We have to win. We have to win.” —Nancy Pelosi

Non Compos Mentis: “It’s going to be quite a visual when five men overturn Roe.” —Vox’s Ezra Klein (“Seven men decided Roe.” —Matt Walsh)

“Party of Tolerance”: “Very few times I’ve felt threatened while out in the field. The mood here tonight is very volatile. Law enforcement appears to be closing down 1st Street in front of SCOTUS.” —Fox News anchor Shannon Bream on the steps of the Supreme Court

True, but good luck with that: “Progressives can still win many of these issues. They simply will have to do so in a small-d democratic way, by winning elections.” —The New York Times’ David Leonhardt

Fake news: “Fox and Trump, Trump and Fox. You know they’re close. But do you realize just how close? This kind of relationship has never existed between a U.S. president and a TV network. It is unprecedented.” —CNN’s Brian Stelter, seemingly oblivious to the Leftmedia’s fawning over Obama

And last… “Obvious but still worth noting that hysteria over Kavanaugh is strictly political. No one in America would claim he is not a brilliant lawyer. He is controversial only because he will faithfully apply the law rather than use it as a tool to advance the ‘progressive’ agenda.” —Andrew C. McCarthy

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57023-tuesday-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

“Judges, therefore, should be always men of learning and experience in the laws, of exemplary morals, great patience, calmness, coolness, and attention. Their minds should not be distracted with jarring interests; they should not be dependent upon any man, or body of men.” —John Adams (1776)

IN TODAY’S EDITION

Trump prudently nominates Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court — but Democrats will resist.
Trump’s colorblind policies are proving to be a welcome remedy for minorities.
What is the calculation behind the burgeoning trade wars?
Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

IN BRIEF
Trump’s SCOTUS Nomination Provides Little Resistance Ammo1

Thomas Gallatin

President Donald Trump’s choice of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy quickly earned high praise from Republicans who laud his conservative judicial record on the DC Circuit Court while at the same time presented Democrats with little substantive material to raise against his confirmation. In introducing Kavanaugh, Trump noted2 the importance of choosing a justice who was committed to upholding the Constitution, stating, “In keeping with President Reagan’s legacy, I do not ask about a nominee’s personal opinions. What matters is not a judge’s political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require. I am pleased to say that I have found, without doubt, such a person.”

While Kavanaugh was not the flashiest pick as some of the others potential nominees may have been, he was by far the safest choice in light of the Democrats’ determined resistance. Former President George W. Bush, who originally tabbed Kavanaugh for the DC Circuit Court back in 2003, offered his full-throated support, stating3 that Trump had made an “outstanding decision” and that Kavanaugh was a “brilliant jurist” who “will make a superb Justice of the Supreme Court of the United State.” And maybe more importantly, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who is one of two moderate Republicans that Democrats have targeted to swing their way, struck a positive note, stating4, “Judge Kavanaugh has impressive credentials and extensive experience.”

However, the reality is that no matter who Trump chose, Democrats and their cohorts in the mainstream media were committed to engaging the #Resistance, doing everything in their power to prevent Trump from replacing Kennedy — famously or infamously known for being the Court’s swing vote — with a constitutionally committed conservative justice. For Democrats, it is a hill worth dying on. In fact, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) called the issue a “life-and-death” scenario and even suggested that Democrat senators up for reelection in red states need to be willing to lose in an effort to prevent confirmation.

Durbin further opined, “They [Democrats] understand it’s an historic decision. It’s about more than the next election. It’s about what future the United States of America is going to chart.” Durban’s comments were clearly intended for those three Democrats up for reelection in states that Trump won. Those Democrats, who previously crossed the aisle to vote in favor of Justice Neil Gorsuch last time — West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp and Indiana’s Joe Donnelly — will now be faced with even greater party pressure this time to toe the line.

The Democrats’ strategy in opposing Kavanaugh will be two-fold. First will be an attempt to make the issue of ObamaCare central by raising questions as to whether Kavanaugh would continue to support it as constitutional. Kavanaugh’s past remarks on ObamaCare are something Democrats will undoubtedly target. Secondly, Democrats will attack his Roman Catholic faith in order to call into question his stance on abortion. As far as Kavanaugh’s judicial record, Democrats have little ammunition to challenge him on, therefore they will seek to attack his personal beliefs and not his commitment to upholding the Constitution. Ultimately, the Democrat Party’s endgame is to convince those Democrats in tight election races not to break ranks while at the same time convincing one or two moderate Republicans to do just that.

One thing is becoming increasingly obvious, as evidenced by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) recent stratospheric hyperbole: “Civilization as we know it today is at risk in this election. We have to win. We have to win.” Democrats are entering panic mode.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57026-trumps-scotus-nomination-provides-little-resistance-ammo

Trump’s Colorblind Economy5
Business Review Board

Our own Mark Alexander has written about how Liberty is colorblind6. Unfortunately, leftist policies and constant demagoguery have resulted in too many American minorities succumbing to cultural degradation and falling short in economic progress. But things have changed under President Donald Trump. As described by Investor’s Business Daily (IBD), Trump is overseeing a “colorblind jobs boom7.”

“Trump, it turns out, has been the most consequential president in history when it comes to minority employment,” IBD says. “In June, for instance, the unemployment rate for Hispanics and Latinos 16 years and older fell to 4.6%, its lowest level ever, from 4.9% in May. The previous all-time low was 4.8%. African-American unemployment bounced up from its all-time low of 5.9% in May to 6.5% in June. But that 6.5% still represents the second-lowest unemployment reading ever for Black Americans. As for Asian-Americans, unemployment similarly bounced off its all-time low of 2.1% in May, rising to 3.2%. And that’s still 0.6 percentage point lower than when Trump entered office.”

IBD observers that Trump “is winning over those who have benefited most from his policies: Minorities. On average, minority unemployment has dropped 18% since Trump entered office in January of 2017. More than 2 million people have dropped off food stamps and returned to work.” In other words, minorities are seeing firsthand the enormous progress that genuine conservative policies produce. That, in turn, is resulting in broader support for Trump among minorities. “Despite a relentless media barrage aimed at Trump and his immigration policies,” IBD reports, “a new Harvard/Harris Poll found a 10% rise in approval for Trump among Hispanics.”

Financial self-assurance is also heading up: “minority Americans’ confidence in their own finances has risen from 57.1 to 63.5 since Trump took office. That’s important, since people’s happiness with their own finances is a good indicator of future voting tendencies.” Suffice to say, these are troubling developments for Democrats. Victimitis works only so long as its target audience remains under the delusion that they are perpetual victims. But Trump’s colorblind policies are proving to be a welcome remedy. No wonder the Left — which only pretends that Liberty is colorblind — is full-bore scared.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57007-trumps-colorblind-economy

Top Headlines8

President Trump nominates Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to Supreme Court (The White House2)

George W. Bush praises Trump for “outstanding” Supreme Court pick (Washington Examiner9)

Chuck Schumer to oppose Kavanaugh nomination: “Now is the time to fight” (Washington Examiner10)

House Judiciary Committee subpoenas anti-Trump FBI lawyer Lisa Page (The Washington Times11)

Judge refuses Trump request to change court order on family detention (Fox News12)

Mexico reportedly will create its own border force (The Washington Times13)

Twenty-four alleged MS-13 members indicted in Maryland — drugs, murder, bodies dismembered (CNS News14)

Older immigrants “crowding out” U.S. teens for summer jobs (Washington Examiner15)

California university works to reduce number of white people on campus (The College Fix16)

Humor: Mexican restaurant under fire for racially profiling white girl, offering her mild hot sauce (The Babylon Bee17)

Policy: Time for Secretary DeVos to rescind Obama-era school discipline policies (Manhattan Institute18)

Policy: How we enabled the Chinese opioid supply chain (American Enterprise Institute19)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report20.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57021-tuesday-top-headlines

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

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For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion25.

FEATURED ANALYSIS
Trump’s Real Tariff Strategy26

Lewis Morris

The trade wars that economists predicted would follow President Trump’s raising of tariffs against various nations and trading blocs around the world have officially begun.

China announced27 last Friday that it was matching $34 billion in U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports with an equal level of tariffs on U.S. goods coming into China. The American imports targeted include soybeans, lobsters, SUVs and whiskey.

China said it is responding28 to 25% taxes levied by the U.S. on Chinese industrial products coming into America. The Chinese economic ministry claims the Trump administration is guilty of “trade bullying” and that the U.S. had begun the “biggest trade war in economic history.”

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Catastrophe or Cataclysm

“[God] spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly.” (2 Peter 2:5-6)

These two verses speak graphically of two different kinds of terrible physical convulsions, both of which were divine judgments. The volcanic upheaval that sent fire from heaven pouring over the wicked cities of the plains was called an “overthrow” (Greek katastrophe, from which, obviously, we get our English word “catastrophe”). Great upheavals such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and hurricanes are rightly called catastrophes.

But such events are only local or regional in extent and occur relatively often. There was one event, however, that was unique in all history. When God brought the “flood” upon the ungodly antediluvian world, the word used to describe it was the Greek kataklusmos, and this word is never applied in Scripture to any event except the terrible Genesis Flood, when “the world that then was, being overflowed [Greek katakluzo] with water, perished” (2 Peter 3:6). From these Greek words we derive the English word “cataclysm.”

There was never any flood like this flood! It covered all the world’s mountains, and everything on the land died, leaving great fossil deposits and great beds of lithified sediments all over the world.

There has been only one worldwide cataclysm in the past, but another is coming—global fire instead of global water. Jesus said, “For as in the days that were before the flood [i.e., kataklusmos] they . . . knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:38-39). HMM

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Gratitude Overflowing
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

Verse 9: “Persecuted, but not forsaken.”  The metaphor seems to be that of one pursued, harassed, by wild beasts.  Constantly pursued by Satan’s henchmen, plotted against, waylaid, hunted down, surrounded by enemies (I Cor. 15:32 cf. II Cor. 1:8), he was not abandoned or left to perish, for in life or in death, deliverance and victory were his (II Tim. 4:17; Phil. 1:20,21), so that spiritually he could say what Daniel said of his physical circumstances after a night in the lions’ den: “My God hath…shut the lions’ mouths” (Dan. 6:22).

“Cast down, but not destroyed.”  Evidently a metaphor from the boxing ring.  In fight after fight, the count had seemed to pronounce the end—6,7,8,9! but God had again raised him up to go on fighting the good fight of the faith.  The above phrase has been rendered, “knocked down, but not out”!

By this time the Apostle had already suffered almost constant persecution, as II Corinthians 11 tells us.

Five times he had received “forty stripes save one” (II Cor. 11:24).  Why does not the record simply say “thirty-nine stripes”?  Because the Romans had a law on their books which said in effect: “Don’t give a man forty stripes; you will kill him.”  So they gave him “forty save one.”

Three times he had been “beaten with rods” (Ver. 25), those terrible clubs that could break a man’s spine or leave him terribly disfigured.

Once he was stoned (Ver. 25)—and left for dead, and who cannot see, as they read II Corinthians 11, that repeatedly his very life stood in jeopardy.

AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST

It should be noted in Verses 10,11 that the Apostle bore in his body “the dying of the Lord Jesus…alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake.”  Why?  Because, as an ambassador for Christ, he appeared before men “in Christ’s stead,” i.e., instead of the rejected Christ.  Men would not have Christ, so the Lord sent Paul—and us—as His ambassadors.

In Colossians 1:24, he declares that he suffers to “fill up that which is behind [or still remains] of the suffering of Christ,” for His Body’s sake.  He, of course, refers not to our Lord’s vicarious sufferings, for these are complete and all-sufficient to save the sinner, but rather to the fact that our Lord, now glorified in heaven, is still despised and blasphemed and hated on earth.  But who suffers this hatred?  Paul did; we do!  We stand before men “in Christ’s stead.”  One of the greatest evidences that the present dispensation is “the dispensation of the grace of God” is the fact that the Book of Acts closes with the Apostle of grace in prison.

From Psalm 2 and Acts 2, it is evident that at Pentecost the stage was set, as it were, for the outpouring of God’s wrath upon the nations—and the nation Israel.  This was the next number of the prophetic program.

But God, so “rich in mercy,” in “His great love wherewith He loved us” said, “Not yet!” and saved His chief enemy on earth, making him both the herald and the living example of His love and grace.  And—mark well—when man declared war on God and threw His ambassador into prison, God did not make a counter-declaration of war, but left Paul in prison, to be beheaded by the enemy.  Thus our Lord waits in grace, as a Royal Exile—waits to judge this world, meanwhile letting us, His ambassadors, take part in “the fellowship of His sufferings” (Phil. 3:10) as we plead with men to be reconciled to God.

    “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake, Having the same conflict which ye saw in me [at Philippi] and now hear to be in me” (Phil. 1:29,30).

But there is more: In II Corinthians 4:10, the Apostle declares that he bears about in his body “the dying of the Lord Jesus,” that “the life also of Jesus” might be made manifest in his body.  Remember, the Lord Jesus died and rose again, and, as Paul ministered for Christ, he did not only share “the fellowship of His sufferings” but also “the power of His resurrection.”  As men saw him preach the gospel, they did not see a whipped, defeated man before them, but one who was animated by the glory of the message of life which he proclaimed.  Paul did not cower before death; he trusted in “God, who raiseth the dead” (II Cor. 1:9).  He had been “in deaths oft” (II Cor. 11:23); he had to face it almost constantly, “always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in [his] mortal flesh” (II Cor. 4:11).

    “So then, death worketh in us, but life in you” (Ver. 12).

The idea is that his having been constantly delivered to death for Christ had borne its fruit in them.  Death working in him had wrought life in them!

And he meant, by God’s grace, to go right on proclaiming Christ and His grace, for he had “the same spirit of faith” as the Psalmist, who said (in Psa. 116:10), “I believed, therefore have I spoken” (Ver. 13).  Unlike so many men of God today, who are dominated by “the spirit of fear,” Paul declared: “We having the same spirit of faith…we also believe, and therefore speak” (Ver. 13).  Paul had placed his trust, not merely in one who would keep him physically safe, but in the One who raises the dead! (Ver. 14).  Long ago he had answered the college professors and their senior students who had come running up, all out of breath, scoffing that according to biology and half a dozen other sciences, resurrection from the dead is impossible!  His devastating reply to them was simply:

    “Thou fool!  That which thou sowest is not quickened [brought to life] except it die” (I Cor. 15:36).

“Look about you,” he said: “Resurrection impossible?  You are surrounded by it!”

Our Lord had said the same thing during His earthly ministry:

    “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn [grain] of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it die it bringeth forth much fruit” (John 12:24).

GRATITUDE OVERFLOWING

Back now to our original text:

    “For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God” (II Cor. 4:15).

Paul’s heart often sang with thanksgiving for those whose hearts and lives had been changed through his ministry, but this thanksgiving was being—certainly was meant to be—multiplied in them: “that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.”  “Redound,” here, means to greatly exceed.  God’s abundant grace is enhanced by our thanksgiving!  In Romans 5:20, “where sin abounded, grace did much more abound,” or “exceedingly overflow,” but here “abundant grace” is made to abound still more, or shine still more brightly, “through the thanksgiving of many.”  Indeed, the joy of heaven will be the gratitude of the redeemed for the infinite grace of God in saving and glorifying them!

It is God’s eternal purpose “that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:7) and it will be our joy to praise Him for His grace through all eternity.

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Gratitude Overflowing
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


    “For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.” —II Cor. 4:15

It is said that the word “thanksgiving,” in one or another of its forms, flows from the heart and pen of Paul more than 50 times, while in all the rest of the New Testament Scriptures it is found only 21 times.  Since the size of the rest of the New Testament is about two and a half times that of Paul’s epistles, this makes the ratio 6 to 1.  That is, for every time some other New Testament writer uses the word, Paul uses it six times.  This is probably correct, for Paul’s epistles are indeed filled with thanksgiving.

DISRESPECT AND INGRATITUDE

What a contrast this was to the pagan world about him!  Long centuries before, the Gentiles who “knew God…glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful” (Rom. 1:21).  Their attitude was that of disrespect and ingratitude.  The result:

    “…[they] became vain in their imaginations [or reasonings], and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image make like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things” (Vers. 21-23).

How superstitious and stupid intellectual man can be!  Five hundred years of paganism showed its results in the great moral and spiritual depravity of the Egyptian dynasties.  The Egyptians were intellectual people (Acts 7:22).  They knew secrets that we moderns know nothing of.  We do not know how they built their great pyramids and it is said that no engineer today would know how to build one.  They knew also how to embalm their dead so that the mummies of many of their dead are still, after 3500 years, in existence in museums in Chicago, New York, London and elsewhere.

The Great Pyramid at Gizeh is a marvel of geometry, astronomy, and engineering, a permanent record of geometric facts, and a living proof that the ancients had an amazing knowledge of astronomy.  Joseph A. Seiss calls the Great Pyramid “the oldest and greatest existing monument of intellectual man.”1

But think of the superstition and fear involved in their worship of the hawk, the bull, the cow, the cat, the frog, the baboon, the jackal, the crocodile, and other beasts and reptiles!  To these the Egyptians prostrated themselves, bringing them sacrifices to placate them when angry or ill-tempered.  And to this we must add religious rites so vile that they are deeply repulsive to the Christian mind and heart.  Little wonder, for five centuries before this,

    “God…gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves” (Rom. 1:24).

God did not instill unclean desires; He simply gave them up to “the lusts of their own hearts.”

The record further states:

    “[They] changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator…” (Ver. 25).

Again, the results:

    “For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lusts one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly [Lit., shameful], and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet” (Vers. 26,27).

Ah, but surely all this had changed a great deal by the time of Paul, for it was then that the great Greek philosophers stepped forth, those men after whose wisdom modern western culture is said to be patterned.  But was it so different in Paul’s day?  Listen to his not-very-complimentary description of the wise of his day, as they gathered at Ephesus, that seat of learning where the goddess Diana was worshipped.  To the Christians who lived there, he wrote:

    “This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles [i.e., the unsaved Gentiles] walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” (Eph. 4:17,18).

Again, the moral result:

    “Who being past feeling [Lit., calloused], have given themselves over to lasciviousness, TO WORK ALL UNCLEANNESS WITH GREEDINESS” (Ver. 19).

Had the pagan world changed so much by the time Paul arrived on the scene?  Indeed, has it changed even since then?  Have not pagan philosophies gained amazing headway even in “Christian” America?  And have they not brought their sex-madness with them?  Are there not millions here in America who “work all uncleanness with greediness”?

EARTHEN VESSELS

But how did Paul combat heathenism in his day?  And how should we combat it in ours?  First, we should recognize, as Paul did, that we are nothing in ourselves and that the power to bring light and salvation must come from God.  Referring in the passage we are considering to “our gospel” (II Cor. 4:3), he says:

    “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” (Ver. 7).

We do not put diamonds and rubies and other precious items in “earthen vessels.”  They are too fragile.  They are too easily broken and crushed.  Yet God has deposited “this treasure,” the riches of His grace, in “earthen vessels”—us!  Why?  So that when hearts and lives and homes are changed by the gospel, it may be evident that the power was “of God, and not of us.”

Some people think that Paul was “the strong, bold type,” but not so.  To these same Corinthians he wrote:

    “And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling” (I Cor. 2:3).

Nor was his moral background such as would inspire respectful attention.  True, he had been conscientious and religious but, in his unsaved state, also ruthless and cruel, “breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord” (Acts 9:1).
Thus he says,

    “…I thank Christ Jesus, our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious…” (I Tim. 1:12,13).

Paul had been anything but faithful to God, to his Messiah, or to his people, but he was divinely enabled and counted worthy, as God entrusted him with the dispensing of the riches of His grace to a doomed and lost world.  Thus, when these riches yielded great dividends, it was evident that the results were not due to Paul’s oratory or his persuasive powers; they were of God, for the instrumentality employed in defending and dispensing this treasure was altogether disproportionate to the amazing effect produced.

SATAN’S ATTEMPTS TO CRUSH THE EARTHEN VESSEL

And now let us see how Satan, in the case of Paul, sought to crush the “earthen vessel.”  In II Corinthians 4:8-14 we have the story of the Apostle’s struggles—and his victory in Christ.  It is replete with metaphors, some taken from the Corinthian games, with which his readers were so familiar.

Verse 8: “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed.”  The words “on every side,” or “all around,” are expressive.  The Apostle was hard-pressed, as by a wrestler seeking to suffocate his opponent with his hold—yes, hard-pressed, but not crushed!

“We are perplexed, but not in despair.”  He himself testified that “we know not what we should pray for as we ought” (Rom. 8:26).  But he was “not in despair,” for he knew that the Holy Spirit does know what is good for us and pleasing to God (Rom. 8:26,27).  What an encouragement the Spirit’s intercession should be to us who likewise, so often, find ourselves not knowing how to pray!  We need not “despair” that our adversary will succeed in crushing these earthen vessels if we simply trust God for the outcome.

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Will Call
by Pastor Paul M. Sadler


Some years ago my grandfather gave me a memorable gift. It was a ticket to see a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game at Forbes Field. Being an avid baseball fan at the time, this was the gift of a lifetime. My grandfather had paid for the ticket in advance, but left instructions that I was to go to the “Will Call” window at the ballpark to pick it up. Before I could enter the stadium I had to have proof that payment was made, which “Will Call” provided in the form of a ticket. If I failed to arrive on time and pick up my ticket I would miss the opportunity to attend the game.

“Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift” of His Son. God sent His only begotten Son to die for our sins. My friend, He personally had you in mind. You see, to enter into the presence of a holy and righteous God, you must be perfect. Of course, someone is sure to say, “But, nobody’s perfect!” Herein lies the problem, you must be perfect; otherwise you will suffer the eternal consequences of your sins in the lake of fire. The Bible says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” which is a sad commentary on each of our lives (Rom. 3:23). Thankfully, Christ’s finished work on the Cross is God’s answer to the sin question. He paid the full debt of your sins at Calvary that you might have eternal life.

But what must you do to be saved from your sins and the wrath to come? Your ticket to eternal life, which has already been paid in advance, is waiting for you at God’s “Will Call.” According to the Scriptures: “Whoever will call

I am happy to say I arrived at the “Will Call” window on time that day and enjoyed the ballgame. Years later someone shared with me about another gift, one that would be life-changing. It was the gift of God’s dear Son. When I called upon the Lord He saved me by His grace. It was a decision I have never regretted. But what about you, my friend? God’s “Will Call” is open today, but if you die in your sins, you will have missed your opportunity to be saved from the judgment to come. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved!” (Acts 16:31).

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The ant's nest!

(Thomas Boston, "Human Nature in its Fourfold State")

"The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked! Who really knows how bad it is?" Jeremiah 17:9

Never did any sin appear in the life of the vilest wretch who ever lived--but look into your own corrupt nature, and there you may see the seed and root that sin--and every other sin! There is atheism, idolatry, blasphemy, murder, adultery, and whatever is vile--in your heart! Possibly none of these are apparent to you; but there is more in that unfathomable depth of wickedness than you know.

Your corrupt heart is like an ant's nest, which, while the stone lies on it, none of them appear. But take off the stone, and stir them up but with a straw--and you will see what a swarm is there, and how lively they are! Just such a sight would your heart afford you--did the Lord but withdraw the restraint He has upon it--and allow Satan to stir it up by temptation!

Christian! the remembrance of what you are by nature, should keep you humble.

"For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly." Mark 7:21, 22

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Moreover, like Bernie Sanders, who owns43 three homes and earned over a million dollars in 2016, Ocasio-Cortez’s socialist, working class “girl from the Bronx” bona fides are conspicuously lacking. While she was born in the Bronx, her family moved to Yorktown Heights, a wealthy Westchester County suburban town, when she was five — a detail her biography conspicuously omitted until44 she subsequently “tweaked” it.

Maybe that’s because Westchester is the eighth-richest county in the nation.

“Do as I say, not as I do” hypocrisy and extremism are beginning to take a toll. “For far too long, the left has controlled the narrative in this country in news and media while the ‘silent majority’ on the right have done what they always do — remained silent,” the #WalkAway Facebook page continues. “The left has been allowed for so long to reinforce the narrative that everybody on the right is a bigot, a racist, a homophobe, a misogynist, etc. But the left has become so extreme, it’s now time to fight back.”

Now? Conservatives have been fighting for quite some time. Fighting against Hollywood, academia, the media and the Democrat Party, along with the faction of GOPers who spinelessly acquiesce to the progressive agenda. Fighting against #NeverTrump blowhards like Bill Kristol, George Will, Max Boot, Bret Stephens and others whose “principles” would have abided undiscovered Deep State machinations, a leftist Supreme Court, the continued hollowing out of Heartland America, and the open-borders/amnesty agenda a Clinton presidency would have surely inflicted on the nation. The same “principles” that have them rooting for Democrats to prevail in November.

Straka has other ideas. “This is a movement of patriots of all walks of life — men, women, black, brown, white, straight, LGBTQ, religious, non-believers, who share something very important in common… WE ARE AMERICAN and we will not surrender our country!”

Amen to that.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57002-a-number-walkaway-movement-whose-time-has-come

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Video: Why Independence Matters45 — Reflecting on Independence Day, Bill Whittle, Scott Ott and Steve Green discuss why our Liberty matters.
Video: Campaign to Abandon Liberalism Goes Viral46 — Laura Ingraham talks to the founder of the #WalkAway social media campaign.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Gary Bauer47: “Don’t think for a minute Pruitt’s stepping down has anything to do with cut-rate mattresses or his wife vying for a Chick-fil-A franchise. Scott Pruitt was targeted because he was fighting the tidal wave of EPA regulations that are touted to save lives but instead kill jobs. It is Trump’s agenda, not Pruitt’s finances, that brought on the flood of negative publicity. What’s worse, many of Pruitt’s ‘missteps’ had to do with his family’s security. To say the least, the media’s concern about the safety of public officials is selective. When Rep. Maxine Waters reported death threats, we heard all about it — as we should. But the same media professed itself mystified that Pruitt and his family wanted extra measures taken to protect them from constant threats and harassment. The final proof of what is really happening here arrived quickly. The administration has intimated that Pruitt’s deputy, Andrew Wheeler, will succeed him. Within minutes, opponents of Trump’s growth and reasonable regulation policy jumped on Wheeler, with the predictable Huffington Post labeling him ‘even worse’ than Pruitt. This is what the Left does. Rather than debate policy, it drives personal slander. Imagine going to a workplace every day where nearly the entire career staff perches on your shoulder digging for flaws and ‘scandals’ they can share with their friends in the press. Talk about collusion.”

SHORT CUTS

The Gipper: “Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid.”

Braying Jackass: “We never had one like this who was so aggressively stupid, takes pride that you cannot get information into his head. … It’s not just the clown, it’s the circus. Donald Trump could not be where he is without all these enablers.” —Bill Maher

Alpha Jackass I: “Look, access to abortion is good and important. Some people say abortion is ‘killing a baby.’ It’s not. It’s stopping a baby from happening. … Abortion, I salute you. Women, if you need an abortion, get one. God bless abortions and God bless America.” —"comedian" Michelle Wolf

Alpha Jackass II: “Ben Shapiro is the Jew who helps other Jews onto the train.” —The Verge co-founder Joshua Topolsky

Alpha Jackass III: “Jeff Sessions shamelessly quoted the Bible in his fascist attempt to legitimize child-abductions. His statement amounts to blasphemy against Christianity. Its ugliness reminded me of the terror the Taliban inflicted upon the women who simply ventured outside their homes to make a living or attend school. … There is no difference between a clean-shaven white man in a suit justifying cruelties in the name of a religion and a bearded brown man in a tunic and headgear doing the same. They are both ignorant maniacs whom society must confront and defeat.” —Louisville Courier-Journal columnist Siddique Malik

Non Compos Mentis: “Hearts and prayers are with those boys in Thailand, trapped in the cave. I hope our hearts and prayers are also with thousands of children, toddlers and infants, removed from their parents by the Trump administration, under zero tolerance. They’re trapped in a bureaucratic cave, too, so let’s not forget them.” —Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)

The BIG Lie: “Sen. McConnell invented this new rule and wouldn’t consider a meeting with Merrick Garland.” —Dick Durbin

And last… “Big government isn’t intended to get the poor out of poverty. It’s intended to keep them there. Continued dependency is the fuel on which big government runs. As Reagan said: The first rule of bureaucracy is to protect the bureaucracy.” —Allie Beth Stuckey

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56996-monday-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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Top Headlines10

Trump’s NATO progress (The Wall Street Journal11)

Trump administration freezes billions of dollars in payments to ObamaCare insurers (Los Angeles Times12)

532 days later, all charges against Trump inauguration protesters are officially dropped (The Daily Caller13)

Longtime Democrat New York assemblyman vows support for GOP until top Dems knock off the insanity (BizPac Review14)

Big Labor hit with another class action suit (The Washington Free Beacon15)

U.S. embassy in Haiti tells Americans to shelter in place due to protests (Washington Examiner16)

Zero-tolerance policy fails to stop surge of illegal alien families (The Washington Times17)

Ex-aide says he’ll take credit for Scott Pruitt’s downfall (The Hill18)

Leandra English finally leaving CFPB (The Washington Free Beacon19)

Pentagon disputes report of “abrupt discharge” of immigrant recruits (Washington Examiner20)

Policy: Three simple rules for Trump’s meeting with Putin (Washington Examiner21)

Policy: All-renewable energy is a prescription for disaster (Manhattan Institute22)

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

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FEATURED ANALYSIS
A #WalkAway Movement Whose Time Has Come27

Arnold Ahlert

“I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me."—Ronald Reagan28, 1962

"What do these people stand for? What is their platform? All I can figure out so far is ‘We hate Trump’ and ‘We love illegal immigrants.’"—openly gay Brandon Straka29, founder of the #WalkAway campaign, 2018

Of all the things exposed by the 2016 election — the rank corruption at the highest levels of national law enforcement, the astounding arrogance of judicial branch members who substitute political ideology for law, and the profound devolution of a mainstream media into a de facto Ministry of Truth whose "truth” is the advancement of the progressive agenda — none was more cathartic than the exposure of the “tolerant” American Left as the nation’s foremost promulgators of hate and hysteria.

For decades, these self-appointed doyens of “enlightened” thinking have tasked themselves with fundamentally transforming a fundamentally flawed America into a socialist utopia run by globalist elites answerable to no one but themselves. Globalist elites whose commitment to “social justice” amounted to remaining wholly immune to the damage they inflicted on “deplorable” Americans while enriching themselves.

On Nov. 8, 2016, their self-serving construct was conspicuously rejected.

Ever since, the wisdom of an electorate rejecting that odious status quo — the one former president Barack Obama assured30 us would be his “third term” with Hillary Clinton in charge — has been completely validated. All one would have to do to realize the level of bankruptcy that attends progressive ideology is substitute Barack Obama’s name for Donald Trump’s. And imagine the Left’s reaction if a comedian stated31 Obama’s mouth is Putin’s c—k holster, a high school mural depicted32 Obama’s severed head, a Hollywood celebrity tweeted33 someone should “rip” Malia or Sasha from Michelle Obama’s arms and put one or the other in a cage full of pedophiles, or a Republican House representative urged9 conservatives to “push back” and “create a crowd” so that Obama administration officials understood “they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere!”

Just for starters.

Brandon Straka has had enough. “The #WalkAway Campaign is a true grassroots movement,” his campaign’s Facebook34 page states. “It is a video campaign movement, dedicated to sharing the stories of people who can no longer accept the current ideology of liberalism and what the Democratic Party has become. … Some here have wanted to leave for some time, but have feared the consequences they might suffer from friends or family if they walk away.”

Attorney Alan Dershowitz revealed some of those consequences, explaining35 that his “friends” on Martha’s Vineyard have shunned him for defending Trump’s constitutional rights. He cites one of them as saying that if he appeared at one of her parties she’d “stab him through the heart.”

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough defends36 such puerile close-mindedness. “As my grandmother would say, Alan, when you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas,” Scarborough sniffed. “And so he can’t try to undermine Robert Mueller … and then be shocked that he’s not allowed to go to the finest spots on Martha’s Vineyard.”

Scarborough’s contempt is shared by Washington Post columnist Abby Ohlheiser, who dismisses37 the #WalkAway campaign as a conservative-orchestrated mirage. “As the Internet fragments, our understanding of what it means to go ‘viral’ has become complicated, and increasingly meaningless. A hashtag claiming to capture a movement among liberals has gone viral, in this case, almost exclusively on the right-wing Internet, as a reinforcement of one of its binding ideas,” she writes. “There’s little actual evidence to suggest that #WalkAway represents a mass conversion of millions — or even thousands — of Democrats to the Trump Train since Straka’s video.”

As columnist David Catron explains38, Ohlheiser misses the point, especially with regard to black Americans who have been one of the Democrat Party’s most reliable voting blocs — and thus taken for granted. “A ‘Great Awakening’ isn’t required,” he writes. “All that is needed is about 5 percent more African-Americans to vote Republican and another 5 to 10 percent to simply stay home. … That means, to quote Reagan, ‘We win, they lose.’”

Unfortunately for Democrats, it’s not just black Americans Straka is recruiting. “If you are a person of color, an LGBT person, a woman or an American immigrant, the Democratic Party wants you to know you are a victim,” Straka says in a video39 he posted May 26. “This is perhaps the Democratic Party’s greatest, and most insidious, lie.”

Lie? Political platform is more like it. Without the continued cultivation of victimization that fuels big-government dependency, Democrats are in serious trouble. Straka notes what their concern has engendered. “The Democratic Party that I once loved has joined forces with the extremist left.”

Don’t take his word for it. DNC Chairman Tom Perez has dubbed40 socialist Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “the future of our party” following her defeat of incumbent Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th Congressional District primary.

Ocasio-Cortez makes it clear41 what that future portends: “free” Medicare for all, the abolishment of ICE, a federal government-imposed jobs guarantee, housing as a “human right,” mobilization against climate change, gun control and higher education “for everyone.” And like many of her fellow Democrats, she supports impeaching42 Donald Trump.

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