Truly being with the Lord isn’t a part-time, seasonal commitment. It is a full-time, 24/7 activity that requires a high degree of allegiance and obedience not just one time but all the time. We must surrender to Him and allow for His Will to be done.
God can move in ways that we sometimes don’t understand. All He wants is for us to give thanks in all circumstances because He is God, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
We must trust in His plans because He is all knowing and all good and cares for us His words and teachings are direction for us, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105. Let’s not rely on our own understanding, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
God develops us and His plans are incorruptible, just which demands us to give Him thanks in everything that we do. Be ready for reprimands in your life because God makes us wiser by teaching strategies against the plans and thoughts of fools.
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:15-20.
Brethren, listen carefully to this and never forget: The Lord has a plan for us all and He, in His Godly and incorruptible wisdom, will accomplish His goals for His glory through the ones who allow The Lord to work in their lives for the advancement of His kingdom.
God is always going to make a move in your life, especially if you make the wise commitment to surrender to His will and obey His commands. Never in a million years, I ever thought that my God would have take me away from Brazil to live my life in the United States. I must also admit that I never would have thought that my God would take me away from Pennsylvania after living there for 17 years, with established friends and family.
Now, my family and I live in South Carolina, after having lived in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama after our time in Pennsylvania. It is crazy for many of our friends to witness our many moves but perfect to God in His will and framework for our family and for me as a Christian and leader.
It was in Mississippi that I was formally introduced to the intricacies of the black culture in the United States, something that I thank God for it to this day. I’ve learned a lot from African-American leaders in this country, especially about the media industry. I am so glad.
It was in Tennessee that the Lord trained me to deliver at least 300 prayers in my classrooms, to differentiate between a religious cult and a church that is legitimately an entity to advance God’s word instead of man’s pleasures. In Tennessee, the Lord made me a minister of His word for global outreach purposes and strengthened both my boldness in sometimes much necessary conflicts.
In Alabama, the Lord made me into a respected and recognized academic leader among administrators of both predominately white institutions and historically black colleges and universities, after He placed our tiny school the very best schools of communication and public relations nationwide, a fate never accomplished in the 150 years of Talladega College.
Which lesson am I going to learn here in South Carolina? I’m not sure yet but what I do know is that God will make a move to keep developing me to advance His kingdom. I surrender to whatever plan the Lord has for me. After all, who Am I without Him? Nothing, I must say. I don’t deserve the air that I breathe and the food that I eat and in my sins, I seek forgiveness from the Lord.
Be assured if this: God is always workings in our Christian lives for our own benefit, sometimes by placing us in uncomfortable, unlikely and unpleasant situations often defying our manly human logic and understanding. Remember: God move in our lives because He is God.
Other times, He moves us away of uncomfortable situations because maybe our jobs there was to teach a godly lesson to someone near us who needed to hear our words for their own salvation due to lack of faith or stubbornness instead of following the will of God. In another times, the most high takes us away from difficult situations for our own goodwill, I’ve learned.
Regardless… God is always on the move to advance His kingdom You and I are part of His overarching plan. Learn to trust God’s mission for you even if it requires the unplanned. God doesn’t operate linearly but Godly. Trust Him and be ready to live a fulfilled life, not necessarily an easy one.
That God be always glorified and honored on earth as He is in heaven.
It was a couple of weeks ago that I managed to give an introduction to a message to you, and never got to the message. It was on a Sunday when I was talking a little bit about the idea of whether or not we are void of the Holy Spirit because we don’t claim to have the sign gifts and speak in tongues and believe in miracles. That has been the sort of, I guess, accusation you could say, post-Strange Fire Conference. People have criticized me and us for not having fresh revelation from the Holy Spirit, not hearing the voice of God. not seeking new revelation whether it’s prophecy understandable, or tongues not understandable. It has been suggested and it’s been pretty aggressive lately that somehow all of us who take the position we do that the sign gifts ceased with the Apostolic age are literally setting aside the ministry of the Holy Spirit and we’re operating in some…some intellectual world where we worship the Bible but have no real connection to the Spirit of God.
So a couple of weeks ago I tried to dispel that a little bit by looking at 1 John 2:20 to 27, and you may remember that. It would be a good message for you to get a copy of if you haven’t heard it or downloaded it off the Grace To You website. But that is the accusation that if you’re not hearing voices, meaning the voice of God, or the voice of the Holy Spirit, or you’re not having some somewhat miraculous or supernatural revelation coming to you, either audibly or inaudibly, either as an impulse or some kind of intuitive feeling, or some kind of experience, somehow you’re disconnected from the Holy Spirit.
Now it was a long time ago, and you may not remember this, that I introduced you to a German heretic who died in 1834 by the name of Schleiermacher. He’s important in the history of theology because this notion of personal revelation and sort of individual messages coming from God intuitively on the inside of people really was invented, at least a modern version of it, was invented by this German heretic.
One writer says of Schleiermacher, and I think this sort of sums up his contribution, he started a Movement and that is fair to say…he started a Movement that led away from the faith of authority and assumed the Christian consciousness or feeling as the source of knowledge. In other words, he led away from external authority, from the authority of the Word of God and the authority of those who rightly interpreted and proclaimed the Word of God which is an external authority. Smeton(?) who is the writer, goes on to say that Schleiermacher placed the authoritative expression of the Holy Spirit inside the believer rather than outside the believer. And just hearing that the other day I realized that that’s really a simple way to understand this issue. The result of that, according to this writer, is that you end up with nothing but guesses at the truth. If we are supposed to come to truth inside of us, then we’re left to wonder whether it is in fact the truth or not.
Now we have always believed, and the evangelical church and the faithful church, has always believed that the truth is outside of us, that divine revelation is outside of us, that the Word of God is outside of us. And that it is objective and that it is contained in 66 books of the Bible. And there are no guesses necessary as to whether or not we have the Word of God, the message from heaven.
Those few weeks ago when we talked about this, I pointed out to you that it is the mark of a true Christian. It is the mark of a true Christian to love the Word of God, to love the truth. That’s just what it means to be a believer. And we saw that back in Psalm 119 where the Psalmist says it’s sweeter than honey in the honeycomb and it’s more precious than gold, yes than much fine gold. And we saw it again in Psalm 119 that massive tribute to the Word of God which reaches its peak at verse 97, which says, “O how I love Your Law.” It is part and parcel of the work of God…let me put it that way, the work of God in the life of the believer to generate a love for Scripture. Salvation requires a love for Christ. It requires a hatred of sin. It requires faith in the revelation of God in Scripture. And it requires a love for Scripture that is internal, to motivate the believer internally toward the Scripture to understand it, to obey it, and to proclaim it. That is why in 2 Thessalonians 2:10 we have a picture of the coming of Christ and the final judgment and judgment will fall on those people who do not have the love of the truth.
So let me mark it out again for you. Where true conversion takes place, there will be a love for the Word of God. There will be a hunger and thirst for the Scripture, for the Bible. There will be that desire that is similar to babies desiring milk, that they may grow. There will be the confession that Peter gives as we’ll see in a few weeks in John 6, when Jesus said, “You won’t also go away, will you?” And Peter says on behalf of the rest, “To whom shall we go? You and You alone have the words of eternal life.”
So mark it down. One of the components of salvation is a desire for the Word of God. It’s like being human, when you’re human you have a desire for food, natural food, bread, if you will in the biblical sense, but if you’re spiritually reborn, you have a desire for spiritual food which is contained in Scripture. So it is not alien nor is it somewhat incidental to the Christian’s life and experience to have a hunger for the Word of God. You heard that in the testimony in the baptism again tonight. This…this love for the Word of God, this desire for the Word of God, this need to be in the Word of God, to read it and to understand it, that’s part and parcel of the appetite of the new creation. Okay?
So when God saves someone, they hate sin and they love righteousness. They hate themselves and they love Christ. They hate error and they love truth, and that truth is contained within Scripture and it is external to the believer, not internal to the believer. And we were saying that few weeks ago that we live in a post-modern world where truth has somehow been defined as whatever you think it is, whatever you feel it is, whatever you want it to be. It has gone internal because it’s much more convenient to be only responsible to your own whims and your own desires and your own wishes and your own will and your own idea than it is to be that of any other person, or any other external authority. So it’s inevitable that that will be popular, it’s just not legitimate.
This plays into the hands of the Charismatic Movement which says that the work of the Holy Spirit is internal, in you. That He is disclosing Himself revealing, speaking, saying things internally. And you need to be in touch with that. And if you’re not in touch with that, you’re caught up with what they will actually call the dead letter and not the living Spirit.
Now we answered that, and I’ll give you just a reminder of that so you have it in mind, go to 1 John chapter 2 and verse 20, we have an anointing, all of us, you have an anointing from the Holy One who is Christ, and you all know, you all know…what do you know?…I’ve not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie is of the truth. And then down in verse 27, “As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you and you have no need for anyone to teach you, but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and not a lie, just as it is taught you, you abide in Him.”
What happens when you become a believer is the Holy Spirit takes up residence in you and makes the Scripture come alive. He becomes your teacher. The truth isn’t in you, the Spirit is in you, the truth is outside of you, the Spirit who is in you gives you the ability to understand the truth that is outside of you. Verse 24, “As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning.” If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you will also abide in the Son and in the Father. What you heard from the beginning was the divine revelation of God that came to the Apostles called in the book of Acts the Apostles Doctrine.
So we looked at the initial reality that if I’m not getting constant updated revelation from the Holy Spirit, if I’m not getting private e-mail or texting from heaven all the time to keep me up to speed, somehow I’m disconnected from the Holy Spirit is a deception. The reality is if you think you’re getting that, you are being systematically disconnected from the Holy Spirit who speaks in and through His Word. If you follow the rabbit trails of your own intuition and your own imaginary experiences and imaginary voices and impulses, it will inevitably lead you away from the Word of God. It will lead you away from the Word of God because it seems more fresh, more dynamic, more relevant, more personal and it’s always going to be tied to your own desires in some way because it’s being cultivated in your own mind. It is more likely to lead you away from the truth and toward the truth.
We have to trust the Word of God. We have to trust the fullness, sufficiency and completeness of the Word of God. Now there are Charismatics today, some of them rather scholarly, as scholarly as they get, who are denying the sufficiency of Scripture, or saying that’s not enough. But that would not be Scripture’s own testimony.
Now where I was trying to go a few weeks ago I’ll go tonight. Open your Bible to 1 Corinthians 2 and I just want to talk you through this a little bit. This is kind of a personal, pastoral talk, if you will, to help you to understand this important truth. I don’t want anybody intimidated. I’ve met people in all through the ministry here who felt intimidated in a Charismatic environment because they didn’t speak in tongues, felt intimidated in a Charismatic environment because they were sick and never got well, felt intimidated, felt second-class because they weren’t legitimately hearing voices from heaven. I’ve had people write me letters recently and say, “I’ve been in that Movement for years and years, I never spoke in tongues, I never had a prophecy, I never saw a miracle, I never fell down backwards and I always felt second-class.”
Well even worse, if people are telling you that because you’re not getting these kinds of experiences and revelations, you’re not connected to the Holy Spirit. That’s a very frightening reality. You don’t need to live with that. You don’t need to live with that. I just spoke this morning to a man who was kind enough to come up and introduce himself who is new in our church who is overwhelmed by the reality of divine truth coming to him here through the Word of God after twenty years of what he called nonsense by people who claimed to be Apostles and prophets and people who are being knocked over and supposed signs and wonders and always feeling left out. You don’t need to feel like a second-class Christian because you’re not getting these feelings that are imaginary revelations because you have in your hand the true revelation.
Now I want you to look at 1 Corinthians chapter 2 because this is a good chapter to kind of get a handle on understanding this. God’s power comes through God’s wisdom and God’s wisdom comes through Scripture. That’s just a little pattern. God’s power, transforming power, saving power or sanctifying power, enabling power all of God’s power comes through God’s wisdom and God’s wisdom is revealed in Scripture. There’s no power in an intellectual vacuum. You need to know the truth and the truth empowers you. God saves but not apart from the gospel. God sanctifies but not apart from the word of God. God comforts but not apart from the revelation of truth that gives us reason for comfort.
So God’s power to transform, God’s power to change comes through God’s wisdom and if we’re going to be changed, then that wisdom has to be readily available to us, it can’t be some whimsical kind of experience that you may or may not have or you may have to guess at. And so God’s power again comes through God’s wisdom and God’s wisdom is revealed in holy Scripture. That’s foundational. And that’s what we’re going to see here in this chapter. The Bible is the Holy Spirit speaking. The Bible is the Holy Spirit speaking. It isn’t in the Bible that the Holy Spirit spoke only, although He did. It is through the Bible that He now speaks. Okay? That’s really important for you to understand. The Holy Spirit spoke when Scripture was written, but the Holy Spirit speaks when Scripture is read and Scripture is understood. So He continues to speak through His Word. And we know, as we said last time, we know that this is the Word of God, we know this is the Word of the Holy Spirit. So we know we are hearing the Spirit speak through His Word. We have an anointing, the resident truth teacher lives in us who makes the Word live…the very one who causes us to love the Word, also causes us to understand the Word.
Now verses 1 to 5, Paul says, “When I came to you, brethren, I didn’t come with superiority of speech or of wisdom,” meaning like every other orator, and every other speaker, and every other influencer, and every other politician, every other teacher and every other guru, everybody who comes along with their own ideas. I didn’t come that way. I didn’t come as an orator who was more interesting, more dramatic, more dynamic that other speakers. I didn’t come to you with human wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.
Paul says I bring God’s message, I bring God’s message and it is disconnected from the messages of the world. It has nothing to do with superiority of speech or human wisdom. Then he goes on to talk about the very heart of that message, the cross, Jesus Christ, Him crucified. Again it isn’t about the power of the orator. I was with you in weakness and fear and much trembling. My message, my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power so that your faith wouldn’t rest on the wisdom of men but on the power of God.
Now again, the power of God comes through the wisdom of God and the wisdom of God is made available in the Scripture. It is contained in that external Word that is outside of us, 66 books that make up the Bible. At the time Paul was writing, of course, the Old Testament had been brought together, those books had been completed, 39 books, and the books of the New Testament were in process. But the principle is the same. I don’t come to you with human wisdom. I don’t come to you with cleverness of speech. I come bringing the testimony that comes from God concerning Jesus Christ so that your faith would not rest in the wisdom of men but on the power of God.
This wisdom is not even humanly discoverable. Let’s go to verse 6 for a minute, yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature, teleios, complete. And that, I think, refers to those who are regenerate, those who have been made complete in Christ. A wisdom, however, not of this age, nor of the rulers of this age who are passing away. Paul says, “I speak a wisdom that is not connected to the wisdom of the world. A contrast is between the Word of God, the testimony of God, and the testimony of men. What is divine and what is human. What is non-Christian and what is Christian.
James talks about the distinction between wisdom that is from below and wisdom that is from above. One is demonic and sensual, and the other is divine and spiritual. That’s the contrast that Paul wants to establish. We come, Paul says, with divine wisdom. All right? I just want to establish that foundation. Admittedly he’s already said in chapter 1, “This is foolishness to the world, it is not only not of the world but it is foolishness to the world.” Even to the Jews, it is a stumbling block and to the Gentiles foolishness. He even uses the word moronic.
So Paul introduces us then to divine wisdom. It is not of this age, not available by human inquiry. Even to the rulers of this age, the leaders of this age, the top minds, the great minds. You go back into chapter 1 and he talks about that. He talks about the fact that there are wise men, verse 20, there are scribes, there are the great debaters of this age. But all they do is spout folly and foolishness. Who were talking then, Paul says, about revelation that is the testimony of God coming down from heaven that is not from the world. And the rulers who are passing away, or another way to translate that, being rendered ineffective, being rendered useless, being rendered impotent, make no contribution to it. In fact, you could go further than that and you could borrow 2 Corinthians and be reminded again that not only is that wisdom not resident in the unregenerate but it’s doubly unable to come from then because they’re blinded by the God of this world who has blinded their minds. So unregenerate people, including yourself when you’re in that condition, and even the rulers and the top leaders and the best minds and the debaters and the brilliant and the elite are not going to ever be a source for spiritual wisdom. All of that simply to remind you that it has to come down from heaven…it has to come down from heaven.
We are responsible to know it. We are responsible to believe it. We are responsible to live it, obey it, proclaim it, therefore it must be available to us, it must be clear to us and it in fact is.
Just following the flow here, come to verse 7, “We speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory, the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age, meaning the top people, the best, the brightest, none…none of the rulers of this age has understood, for if they had understood it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
This is strong language. Paul says we’re preaching truth, we know people don’t understand it. We know the Jews didn’t understand it or they wouldn’t have crucified the Lord of glory. The Gentiles didn’t understand it or they wouldn’t have actually carried out the execution. We’re speaking mystery. What does mystery mean? It doesn’t mean what you think when you think of the word mystery, it means something hidden that is now revealed. Something unavailable. We’re speaking secrets impossible for man to know until God reveals those secrets. Paul writes somewhat frequently about this concept of mystery. For example, in chapter 3 of Ephesians, verse 8, “To me the very least of all saints, this grace was given to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ.” That means undiscernible, unattainable, undiscoverable. “And to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church, to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.” God is now putting on display the gospel which has been unknown to the world and even unknown in its full glory to the angels of heaven.
The secrets are known only to God and revealed by God when God chooses to reveal them and precisely to whom He chooses to reveal them. At the end of the book of Romans, we read in chapter 16 verse 25, “Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past.” Listen, “But now is manifested and by the Scriptures of the prophets according to the commandment of the eternal God has been made known to all the nations leading to obedience of faith.” The mystery is known and contained through the prophets those who wrote the Scripture in the Scripture.
This is just a foundational way to understand from this text what we’re talking about when we talk about the Bible. We’re talking about truth that cannot be known, is not attainable, is not available, is not discernable to the natural man, even the most erudite. It does not rise from their thinking, it is alien to them, it is the wisdom that is from God, it is the testimony, as he says in verse 1, of God, it is the wisdom that comes down from above. It is the mystery now unfolded. The mystery referring to the New Testament revelation which had been hidden until Christ and until the Apostles. Verse 7 says, “God has predestined that this would now be spoken to our glory.” Predestined to our glory. What does that mean? To our eternal blessing. It is a message that brings about eternal life and therefore eternal blessing.
So let me sum up. From eternity past, God in His sovereign decree and electing grace planned for us who believe in Christ eternal blessing. That eternal blessing would come to us when we believe the truth, the wisdom of God revealed in the New Testament which is the mystery unfolded. All human wisdom is nothing. All human wisdom makes no contribution to this. This is unavailable to man. This is provided only in Scripture and Scripture is understandable only to those who have the resident truth teacher, the Holy Spirit.
Verse 8 is very strong. “None…none of the rulers of this age has understood this.” Verse 9, “Just as it is written, taken from Isaiah, things which eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man all that God has prepared for those who love Him.” All that God has prepared is unavailable by empirical research, it is unavailable by intuition. You can’t see it and hear it, that’s empirical. You can’t feel it, as if it were in your heart, it’s unavailable.
God’s truth comes down from heaven and it is external to man, even the most erudite of men. It is outside of us. For those of us who are believers, however, the truth teacher has been placed inside of us.
Now we come…all of that just getting us to verse 10 because that’s where we want to go. We come to verse 10 and we see three aspects of this divine wisdom being deposited in our lives. Aspect number one, let’s call revelation…revelation. I’ll give you three terms, revelation, inspiration and illumination. Aspect number 1 is revelation. And that word is actually used, at least in a verb form there in verse 10, “For to us God revealed them through the Spirit for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God, for who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the Spirit of the man which is in him, even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.”
Now that is talking about revelation. And by revelation, I don’t mean the book of revelation, by revelation I mean that which is revealed from God. That’s the content…the content, the truth itself. This is emphatic “For to us,” that’s emphatic position. To us is in the emphatic position. “For to us, the ones that God loved and that love Him, the ones predestined before the ages to eternal glory, to us God revealed them through the Spirit. To us is emphatic, not to the world’s philosophers, not to the elite of the world, that’s why Jesus says in Matthew chapter 11, “These things are hidden from the wise, the erudite, and revealed unto babes,” He says that in Matthew 13:11 to 17 as well, this is revelation, God’s revelation is given to us. It is the work of the Spirit to give us the divine mystery, to give us the revelation of God.
Why? Because He says, “The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.” I think whenever I read that of Romans 8:26 and 27 where it talks about the Spirit making intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered and that God knows the mind of the Spirit because He always prays according to the will of the Father. So the Trinity is perfect in its knowledge, so the Spirit is the agent who makes the truth of God known to us. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God, or the depths of God, verse 10. He alone is competent to reveal God to us. He alone searches the deep recesses of the divine nature.
There is not anything in God that the Spirit does not know, does not always know, has not always known. This is not distant knowledge, this is not discovered knowledge, this is immediate knowledge. This is innate knowledge. He knows the inmost perfections and purposes fully because He Himself is God. He knows the will of God because He is God and wills what the Father wills and what the Son wills. The Holy Spirit, as true of any member of the Trinity, is omniscient about Himself and therefore omniscient about God.
So the Spirit searches, this is a function of the Spirit, searching the depths of the knowledge of God and collecting the revelation of God to be deposited in our hands. It’s an amazing truth. He compares it in verse 11 to a person who has self-consciousness, that’s what distinguishes us from vegetables and animals. The man knows the thoughts of a man. The Spirit in the man knows the man. This is self-consciousness. And just as you’re the only one who really knows what’s going on in your mind, it’s only you internally who know you fully, so it is the Spirit of God who knows God fully and perfectly. No one but a man’s own spirit can know what passes in his mind, what passes through his mind, what occupies his mind can truly know his longings, his desires, his hopes, his ambitions, his fears. The Spirit of God then is the one who knows the deep realities, purposes, plans of God who knows perfectly the wisdom of God. And so he is the one searching all the depth of the true wisdom of God who then reveals them to us.
This is revelation. This is revelation. Revealed, apokalupto, the Apocalypses. The book of Revelation comes from that. It means to disclose something, to unveil something that has been hidden.
When you pick up your Bible, you have in your hand the revelation of the Spirit of God. You have…you have the Spirit disclosing to you all the deep secret things known only to Him. Revelation is the act of God by which He makes known to us what was otherwise unknown, totally undiscoverable, unavailable. And God does this in a free and voluntary act of love so that He can bring a redeemed humanity to salvation and sanctification and glorification for His own eternal glory. The Spirit then produces the revelation. The revelation is the actual content of Scripture. The Spirit brought the revelation.
The second thing is inspiration. This is the means by which the Spirit communicates the revelation by inspiration. Look at verses 12 and 13. “Now we have received not the Spirit of the world,” again reiterating this is divine, “but the Spirit who is from God so that we may know the things freely given to us by God which things we also speak not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
Now we don’t have the time to completely unpack all of that. You can read a little more detail on that in good commentaries on this particular portion of Scripture, but suffice it to say, He’s talking about the truth, the revelation in terms of its content in 10 and 11 and then in verses 12 and 13, here is the Apostle Paul saying, “We have received the Spirit who is from God so that we may know the things freely given to us by God which things we also speak not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit.”
So what is inspiration? It…listen to this…it is the Holy Spirit giving the Apostles. Can we say in verse 12, “We have received,” is a very strong testimony of apostolic authorship? We, that is we who are part of the Apostles and their associates who wrote the New Testament, that’s the primary representation of that pronoun, “We…we know the things freely given to us by God, namely the body of truth, the revelation, which things we also speak not in words taught by human wisdom, but, implied, in words taught by the Spirit,”…spiritual thoughts connected to spiritual words. So what is inspiration? It is taking the revelation and putting it in words…putting it in words. This is the vehicle that conveys the secret things of God, the depths of God known only to the Spirit of God. We have received the influence of the Holy Spirit in the process of inspiration.
More is said about this in the gospel of John in the Upper Room. You will remember some of these statements by our Lord, John 14:26, He says, “The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name,” He’s talking to His disciples, minus Judas, “He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” Why was that important? Why was it important for the Holy Spirit to teach them all things and to bring everything to their remembrance, so they could…what?…so they could write it down. That’s the promise of inspiration.
In chapter 15 and verse 26, “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father,” that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, “He will testify about Me and you will testify also because you’ve been with Me from the beginning.” The Holy Spirit is going to come upon you and the Holy Spirit is going to reveal to you the truth and you are going to remember it and recall it and you’re going to write it down and give testimony to Me in that way.
Chapter 16 verse 13, “When He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth for He will not speak on His own initiative but whatever He hears He will speak. He will disclose to you what is to come.” The Holy Spirit will not only tell you what you will remember in the past, He will reveal to you what is coming in the future. This is the work of inspiration. The Apostles and those associated with them will be the instruments the Holy Spirit will use to write down truth…write down the truth that we have contained in Scripture. Spiritual thoughts, I think that’s a fair addition, coming through spiritual words. Things that we Apostles not only know, but we communicate. We speak not in words of human wisdom, but in words taught by the Holy Spirit. Spiritual truth through spiritual words, that’s why we say Scripture is God-breathed.
And to remind you how important that is, look at 2 Timothy 3:16, this is a critical benchmark passage. “All Scripture,” meaning just that, all Scripture, Old and New, “all Scripture is God-breathed.” A wonderful way to refer to the work of the Holy Spirit in inspiring the writers. It is inspired by God, theopneustos which connects God and Spirit or breath. All Scripture is inspired by God, all of it. And skipping down to verse 17, it provides all that a man of God needs to be complete, adequate, equipped for every good work. That I saying that all Scripture is from God, breathed out by God, implying the work of the Holy Spirit in inspiration and is sufficient to fully equip every person who is God’s own child completely.
Another verse that comes into the discussion is 2 Peter chapter 1 verse 21, “No prophecy,” that is no revelation, no word, verse 20, “no prophecy of Scripture,” so prophecy is connected to Scripture, prophecy meaning speaking, revealing, disclosing, no Scripture, we could say, was ever made by an act of human will. “But men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” They spoke from God, they wrote from God. So you have revelation, which is the body of truth that the Holy Spirit has taken, searching the deep things of divinity. And then you have inspiration which is the means by which the Spirit transmits that truth to paper, or to script. It’s written down.
Inspiration teaches that the holy writings, the Old Testament and the New Testament, are the very words of God, the very words of God through the Holy Spirit so that the Holy Spirit is the author of Scripture. And that could launch us into an entire study of inspiration and the work of the Spirit. The result of it is that the Scripture is authoritative. It is without error. It is comprehensive. It is complete. It is infallible. It is sufficient. Spiritual truths set forth in Spirit-given words. Spiritual truth in Spirit-given words, and so I would say again to you, “Listen, you who are committed to the Scripture are not out of touch with the Holy Spirit, you’re never more in communion with the Holy Spirit than when you’re reading Scripture. Never.
That leads to a third and final aspect of the Spirit’s ministry, illumination…illumination, verses 14 to 16. This is the final step. This is the fulfillment of Psalm 119:18, “Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of Your Law.” The revelation is the truth that the Spirit of God has determined to reveal, inspiration is the means by which it is transmitted to print and now we possess it. Illumination is the work of the Holy Spirit to make its meaning known. Illumination is the work of the Holy Spirit to make its meaning known, to make Scripture understandable. Even if we have a Bible, even if we have revelation bought down to us through inspiration, verse 14 reminds us, “A natural man doesn’t accept the things of the Spirit of God, they are foolishness to him and he can’t understand them because they’re spiritually appraised.”
We’re reminded that even though we have the deep things of God, and even though they’re given to us in print, and we hold it in our hands, in a natural condition it turns into foolishness. That’s what was in chapter 1, the gospel is foolishness, it’s a stumbling block. We understand that. The natural man can’t grasp that because it’s spiritually appraised, spiritually evaluated, spiritually understood. And he’s spiritually dead.
“But…verse 15…he who is spiritual appraises all things, he who is spiritual appraises all things.” Unregenerate people appraise nothing. They look at the Scripture, it’s meaningless. Luther said, “Man is like a pillar of salt, like Lot’s wife, like a log, like a stone. The believer, however, on the other hand is indwelt by the Holy Spirit and thus able to discern, to judge, to appraise. That means to rightly evaluate. People who show distain to the Scripture are just acting natural. This is how natural people act. They may have a certain respect for the Bible which they don’t understand, they may even try to live up to some of its sort of normal sort of well-known moral laws or principles of honesty and decency. But they have no respect for it. They don’t comprehend it. Even the best of men can’t make a true judgment of Scripture. But he who is spiritual, that is he who has been given spiritual life and who is indwelt by the Holy Spirit makes a correct appraisal of everything. Boy, what a statement. You get it. You get it. See, it’s what’s so frustrating about living in the world, isn’t it? We have all the answers. We get it. They don’t. And it becomes even more dramatic how lost they are, the higher up you go. The higher up in the university echelons you go, the more you realize how lost they are. We get it and we are appraised by no one. That is a remarkable statement in verse 15. We are appraised by no one.
What does that mean? What that simply means is the world, even the elite of the world, are so unable to understand the Word of God that they can’t value us the way we need to be valued. They can’t even assess us. They don’t understand us. They don’t understand this so they don’t understand us. An amazing statement. This is a blow to the wise men of the world. They can’t appraise the Word of God accurately and they can’t appraise the people of the Word of God accurately, they can’t possibly do that. Verse 16, “For who has known the mind of the Lord that He will instruct Him?” Isaiah 40:13. They don’t’ know God’s mind. Why? Because the only way you can know God’s mind is to know what God has revealed about His mind in Scripture, the deep things of the mind of God and the mind of Christ are revealed in Scripture. And if you are a natural person, and do not have life in Christ, and do not possess the Holy Spirit, you can’t understand the Scripture and you can’t understand the people who do understand the Scripture. You certainly can’t know the mind of the Lord. You certainly can’t imagine that you would instruct Him.
On the other hand, I love how this ends… “We have the mind of Christ.” It’s all so clear to us, isn’t it? We could fix the world, couldn’t we? We could fix it all. We could fix it all. The natural man has not the truth, has not the Spirit, can’t make a true judgment of the truth, can’t make a true judgment of the Holy Spirit, can’t make a true judgment of the people of the book, believers. They can’t evaluate us at all. To misjudge us is to misjudge Scripture. To misjudge Scripture is to misjudge Christ and misjudge God, for we represent the mind of Christ in the world. You misjudge us, you’ve misjudged Christ. No one can instruct the Lord, but we have the mind of the Lord, therefore no one in the world can instruct us. You can’t bring erudite, elite, knowledgeable unbeliever before me who can in one small way change how I view the world. He has nothing to offer to me. I have a complete understanding as revealed in Scripture.
The mind of God, its vastness is unfathomable, of course. But there is truth that has been gathered by the Holy Spirit from the depth of the nature of God. It has been revealed and it has been written down through the process of inspiration as the Bible writers wrote the very words the Spirit of God prompted them to write. We have those words in a book and we have the resident truth teacher, the anointing from God that teaches us all things. It’s a ridiculous accusation to say somehow if we’re not flying by the seat of our pants making crazy guesses about what’s going on in our minds, we’re detached from the Holy Spirit. Let’s get it right. The people chastening fantasies are detached from the Holy Spirit. The people studying this book are in communion with Him all the time. This is first-class Christianity and the only Christianity the Bible knows anything about.
Lord, again thank You for our time together tonight. We have hopefully been able to convey something of the wonder of what we have in our hands as Your Word, so deeply grateful for it. It daily our food, we never get enough of it, that’s why we’re here. And we know that’s why we’re here and we know that that’s why some people aren’t here because they have no hunger for this. They have no appetite for this. They’re sort of like that crowd we talked about this morning who were drawn by the sensational and the temporal and the external, and the superficial, the earthly and their own desires. But what draws us is the bread, the true bread that comes down from heaven, even Christ and the bread of the word that feeds our souls. How wonderful to think about the fact that in all the world we are the people of the truth and the natural man, no matter who he is, even the rulers of this age, the most elevated people, cannot rightly judge Your Word, therefore they cannot judge the truth, therefore they cannot rightly evaluate the people of the truth. But we evaluate all things because we have Your mind revealed in Scripture. We thank You for the revelation, the content of truth, inspiration, that process by which it was written down and placed into our hands, and we thank You for the ongoing and regular work of illumination. Blessed Holy Spirit, thank You for living in us and opening the truth to us so that we understand and being appraised by no one rightly outside the Kingdom. We appraise all things rightly inside the Kingdom because we have Your Word. We are the people of the book and we are the people of the Spirit. May we celebrate that and may we be grateful for that immense gift of an indwelling Spirit. Something at a dimension that even the saints in the past didn’t know, for Jesus said to His disciples that night in the Upper Room, “He has been with You, He will be in you.” That goes for us.
Thank You, blessed Holy Spirit, for Your work in us. Thank You, Father, for the plan and thank You,, Christ, for sending Your Spirit to us. Use us, Lord, as we proclaim this book and its truth to those around us. Be honored in that, we pray, in Christ’s name. Amen.
The Office of the Attorney General in Nebraska issued an opinion Friday in response to the request of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services that states there’s no “clear and convincing evidence that a physician who first obtains informed consent and then utilizes Ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 violates the UCA (Nebraska’s Uniform Credential Act).”
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson together with his Solicitor General and Assistant Attorney General issued their opinion in response to a request by Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services CEO, Dannette Smith. She wanted the AG’s office to examine carefully whether doctors could face legal action or be subject to discipline if they prescribed the meds for COVID treatment.
“Allowing physicians to consider these early treatments will free them to evaluate additional tools that could save lives, keep patients out of the hospital, and provide relief for our already strained healthcare system,” AG Doug Peterson wrote.
The Office of AG pointed to multiple medical journal articles, research, and case studies. They mentioned the study from Lancet that was later on retracted because of its flawed statistics regarding the use of HCQ.
After receiving your question and conducting our investigation, we have found significant controversy and suspect information about potential COVID-19 treatments. A striking example features one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals–the Lancet. In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lancet published a paper denouncing hydroxychloroquine as dangerous. Yet the reported statistics were so flawed that journalists and outside researchers immediately began raising concerns. Then after one of the authors refused to provide the analyzed data, the paper was retracted, but not before many countries stopped using hydroxychloroquine and trials were cancelled or interrupted. The Lancet’s own editor in chief admitted that the paper was a “fabrication, “a monumental fraud,” and “a shocking example of research misconduct in the middle of a global health emergency.
Because of conflicting data on the treatments by the principal authors, “We find that the available data does not justify filing disciplinary actions against physicians simply because they prescribe ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine to prevent or treat COVID-19,” the opinion said.
Office of AG also used the study from the Mahmud and Niaee research team and many more about Ivermectin’s role as prophylaxis.
Moving beyond ivermectin’s role as a prophylaxis, other studies have demonstrated its potential as a COVID-19 treatment. The Mahmud study–a CT that explored ivermectin as an early treatment for 363 individuals–concluded that “patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 infection treated with ivermectin plus doxycycline recovered earlier, were less likely to progress to more serious disease, and were more likely to be COVID-19 negative on day 14. And Niaee’s research team found that ivermectin can help even hospitalized patients. That group conducted a “randomized, double- blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter clinical trial” with 180 hospitalized patients diagnosed with COVID-19. They concluded that ivermectin “reduces the rate of mortality and duration of hospitalization in adult COVID-19 patients,” and the improvement of other clinical parameters showed that the ivermectin, with a wide margin of safety, had a high therapeutic effect on COVID-19.”
The office of AG even attacked the company, Merck, on their agenda.
Why would ivermectin’s original patent holder go out of its way to question this medicine by creating the impression that it might not be safe? There are at least two plausible reasons. First, ivermectin is no longer under patent, so Merck does not profit from it anymore. That likely explains why Merck declined to “conductI] clinical trials” on ivermectin and COVID-19 when given the chance.
Second, Merck has a significant financial interest in the medical profession rejecting ivermectin as an early treatment for COVID-19. “[The U.S. government has agreed to pay [Merck] about $1.2 billion for 1.7 million courses of its experimental COVID-19 treatment, if it is proven to work in an ongoing large trial and authorized by U.S. regulators.”
That treatment, known a “molnupiravir, aims to stop COVID-19 from progressing and can be given early in the course of the disease.” On October 1, 2021, Merck announced that preliminary studies indicate that molnupiravir “reduced hospitalizations and deaths by half,” and that same day its stock price “jumped as much as 12.3%.” Thus, if low-cost ivermectin works better than–or even the same as-molnupiravir, that could cost Merck billions of dollars.
You can read the rest of the opinion here:
Governors Ready To Sue Biden Over Vaccine Mandate …(But Mandate Doesn’t Yet Exist)
This action is not just federal overreach. It’s unconstitutional. I’ve talked about this with our Attorney General, John O’Connor. And I know he’s on our side. He’s ready to take President Biden to court the second the rules are made public.
Biden’s vaccine mandate has finally been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget but the rule still does not exist until it is published in the Federal Register.
The Department of Labor on Tuesday submitted to the White House the initial text of President Joe Biden’s plan to require private-sector workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or get tested regularly.
The department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration submitted the proposed rule for review to the Office of Management and Budget.
The mandate would apply to businesses with 100 or more employees and will be implemented under a federal rule-making mechanism known as an emergency temporary standard.
The rule will be implemented once OMB’s review is complete and it’s published in the Federal Register.
Archbishop Vigano: “Vaccine Victims are Sacrificed at the Altar of Moloch”
BY JEFFREY P. TOMKINS, PH.D. * | THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2021
The Cenozoic is the major upper system of the geologic column. It represents the last global Flood layers that were produced from violent Flood runoff as the newly separated continents and their mountain ranges were being uplifted in the final stage of the global Flood. Many unique types of mammals, birds, insects, and plants make their first appearances in the Cenozoic with no evolutionary precursors in lower rock layers. While this unique mix of catastrophically buried fossils is difficult to explain in an evolutionary scenario, the global Flood model of progressive burial by ecological zonation closely fits the data.
Darwin’s Abominable Mystery Accelerates
As mentioned in the previous article in this series, about 20 years after Darwin published his famous book on evolution, he penned a letter to his close friend, the renowned botanist Joseph Hooker, griping, “The rapid development as far as we can judge of all the higher plants within recent geological times is an abominable mystery.”1,2
The primary reason for Darwin’s claim of an abominable mystery was the sudden and massive appearance of numerous kinds of flowering plants known as angiosperms, which first began showing up in the Cretaceous and then exploded in the Cenozoic. In a recent paper, British botanist and evolutionary expert Richard Buggs showed that Darwin mainly considered the mystery to be abominable because the leading paleobotanists of his time such as his friend Oswald Heer and his evolutionary critic William Carruthers saw it as evidence for the work of a Creator.3 This glaring problem deeply bothered Darwin because the fossil record did not support his theory.
A 2016 research paper assessed the current extent of angiosperms in the paleontology databases. The authors claimed, “The Cenozoic angiosperm macrofossil record is extraordinarily rich” and “the diversification of angiosperms during the Cenozoic, and the causes of such changes in diversity, remains unclear.”4 In other words, Darwin’s mystery is more abominable for evolution today than it has ever been.
Another powerful piece of evidence for the final receding phase of the global Flood involves the presence of huge Cenozoic coal beds formed from mostly angiosperm (flowering) plants.5 This is directly related to Darwin’s “abominable mystery.” Coal beds are formed by enormous amounts of plant material being ripped up, transported en masse, and then buried rapidly before the material has a chance to decay—exactly the type of catastrophic processes that occurred in the global Flood. Compared to the Carboniferous coal beds formed earlier in the Flood that contained tropical coastal vegetation, the larger Cenozoic coal layers were formed from plants and trees growing at higher elevations in the pre-Flood world. Like the many other Cenozoic fossils, these coal beds had a propensity to form in large sedimentary basins that formed late in the Flood year where the plant material would have been easily trapped and buried.
A spectacular example of Cenozoic coal in North America can be found in the Powder River Basin, which extends from the center of eastern Wyoming up into the lower third of Montana.6 This large region contains some of the largest known reserves of low-sulfur subbituminous (black lignite) coal in the world, making it economically important. In fact, about 42% of United States coal production comes out of the Powder River Basin, and at least six coal seams in this basin exceed 100 feet in thickness, with some more than 200 feet thick (e.g., the Big George coal layer). Other extensive, but thinner, Cenozoic coal deposits are located across regions in the midwestern and southern states.6
Huge Cenozoic coal deposits can also be found in other parts of the world such as South America, which comprise the thickest and most extensive across that continent as well.7 It has been estimated that these make up about half of all coal in South America with the total tonnage estimated to be greater than any other geologic system or combination of systems in that continent.
Cenozoic coals are also found in the ocean. Oil-well drilling in the South China Sea off the coast of Borneo has revealed a huge region of bedded Cenozoic coals that, according to evolutionists, “is both thick and rapidly deposited.”8 The only explanation for them is that the intense energy of the receding phase of the Flood transported and buried these land plants in late Flood continental runoff.
The Cenozoic is often called the Age of Mammals due to the fact that many kinds of mammals make their first fossil appearances in these sediments. As in the lower parts of the rock record, the fossils in these layers that have living counterparts look the same, showing no sign of evolution (stasis). Cenozoic mammal fossils came from creatures living at higher, more temperate elevations than dinosaurs and thus would have been buried in the uppermost Flood layers. The mammal fossils found in these layers that are extinct likely would have been represented aboard Noah’s Ark but have since died off due to habitat loss or human hunting. Some examples of land mammal creatures making their first appearance in Cenozoic sediments include rodents, horses, rhinoceroses, elephants, dogs, cats, pigs, cattle, sheep, antelope, and gazelle.
One particular group of mammals that illustrate the global concordance of Cenozoic strata are monkeys whose fossils have been found across multiple continents. Monkey fossils of the same type have been found in the same Cenozoic rock layers of completely separate continents (South America and Africa).9 To explain this, evolutionists have actually proposed the absurd idea that monkeys rafted back and forth between continents on the open ocean.
While the intercontinental monkey fossil data give no credence to the idea of evolution, they do show that late Flood runoff destroyed similar ecosystems on the newly separated continents as monkeys and other higher-elevation creatures were buried late in the Flood.
While many Cenozoic mammals are still with us today, a number of bizarre and intimidating-looking types have gone extinct.10 For example, paleontologists recently discovered the fossil of a ferocious-looking mammal bigger than any lion or tiger living today known as a Hyainailourine hyaenodont.11 This creature was even larger than a grizzly bear, with a skull as big as a rhinoceros’ and huge canine teeth. The creature was found in upper Cenozoic strata, and as the evolutionary story goes, “hyaenodonts arose in Asia in the late Paleocene and quickly spread across the northern continents in the early Eocene” (Paleocene and Eocene are lower Cenozoic layers).10 The magic words “arose” and “quickly spread” are typical evolution-speak, meaning that these creatures appeared suddenly around the world with no evolutionary precursors.
Figure 1. Global occurrences of Cetacea (whale) fossils using data from the Paleobiology Database posted on paleobiodb.org
In addition to land mammals, many kinds of whales and other marine mammals make their first appearance in Cenozoic sediments. This can be explained by the fact that the large, bloated, buoyant carcasses of dead marine mammals like whales would have been some of the last marine creatures to have been buried in the Flood. In the global mapping of whale fossils, they are located along the coastal margins of nearly every continent and are also found across the entirety of Europe (Figure 1).12
Late Flood Runoff Explains Cenozoic
Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Canadian Rocky Mountains
The paleontological evidence indicates that many of the diverse plants and mammals inhabiting higher and temperate pre-Flood elevations were buried in the late runoff phase of the global Flood. The megasequence representing this late Flood deposition is known as the Tejas and corresponds to the majority of the Cenozoic era (prior to the Pleistocene) in the geologic column and accounts for about 30% of the total volume of the sedimentary rock record.13,14 Thus, the end of the global Flood is defined at the upper margin of the Neogene system (just before the Quaternary at the top of the Cenozoic) where it meets the Quaternary. It is called the N-Q Flood Boundary.13-16
The floodwaters peaked in height, covering all the highest hills by at least 23 feet (15 cubits), during the deposition of Cretaceous system.13 The Cretaceous system also included the final phases of continental separation. Afterward, during the deposition of the Cenozoic, the newly separated continents and their mountain ranges were rapidly uplifted, causing the floodwaters to violently recede. This recession carved canyons out of the soft sediments (e.g., Grand Canyon) and buried massive amounts of plants and animals in large basins that had formed at the base of the mountains (e.g., Rocky Mountains).17 In addition, the continental runoff also formed massive Cenozoic sediments offshore such as the Whopper Sand in the Gulf of Mexico.18 While evolutionists have extreme difficulty in explaining Cenozoic geology and paleontology, the global Flood model fits the data perfectly.
Prothero, D. R. 2017. The Princeton Guide to Prehistoric Mammals. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Borths, M. R. and N. J. Stevens. 2019. Simbakubwa kutokaafrika, gen. et sp. nov. (Hyainailourinae, Hyaenodonta, ‘Creodonta,’ Mammalia), a gigantic carnivore from the earliest Miocene of Kenya. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 39 (1).
Hate is the launch pad for murder. The spirit of hate needs a reason to enter your heart. Hate is a spirit desirous of entering a human body. Like all spirits, it needs a dwelling place.
An evil spirits favourite place is the human heart.
Why? It has only one motive, to destroy the very creation of God. Its aim is, to devalue the power of the blood of Jesus.
Are you jealous of another’s blessing?
Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing. He decided to kill Jacob after their father passed away.
So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him… Esau said in his heart, “The days of mourning for my father are very near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.”
“Esau said in his heart”, the scripture reveals. The heart is easily deceived, if not guarded.
The only power to overcome hate is the matchless love of Jesus
Jesus called us to love all. Jesus died on the cross and rose again the third day so we receive the power to love all. Every human being is created with purpose. Every believer has access to God’s love and blessings. God calling us special isn’t the same thing as another human calling us special.
After a believer receives Jesus as Lord and Saviour, ever child asks for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit sheds love in the hearts of every believer who comes to God’s holy presence in all sincerity.
The Holy Spirit is a Comforter and Teacher, among many things the Holy Spirit is for believers. He will comfort us and teach us the way of God’s love. Remind us the words of Jesus so we can live victoriously over hateful spirits.
Fill your heart with God’s word. Be sanctified. Be holy. Receive the power to overcome hate. He will make all things new. Even a messed up heart. Maranatha, Praise God and amen!
David Wood, a former atheist, has an incredible story to share concerning his conversion to Christianity (1). Wood does admit to once being a sociopath and explains that “sociopaths don’t form normal attachments to other people. They lack empathy. When they see a person suffering they don’t feel bad over it.”
In fact, he thought that his detachment from any concern for other people was evidence of the next step in human evolution, “I was in high school biology when evolutionary theory was really laid out for us. Species develop new characteristics, new traits, and then those can actually eventually take over. And so I concluded that maybe I had reached a higher stage of humanity where I wasn’t held back by emotions the way other people were.”
This became the foundation for Wood’s justification for engaging in acts that transgressed the law, “And so I came to regard all these little rules that people tell you to follow as kind of brainwashing me. Breaking into places, and breaking into the school, or stealing things. I felt like I was stripping away these layers of rules that people had been imposing on me my entire life and it was an amazing feeling.”
However, when he was just 18 his intentions spiraled towards the extreme and he plotted to murder his own dad,
“And if I really wanted to be free of everything I had been brainwashed into thinking about right and wrong then I decided to kill my dad. And I decided to do it in a brutal fashion, not a gunshot, I was going to do it with a hammer. When I walked up to my dad with the hammer in my hand and I hit him in the head seven or eight times until I thought he was dead, and I just left.” Lucky for his dad one of his friends, Jim, found him “covered in blood and took him to a hospital…”
Wood then knew it was a matter of time before he was discovered as the culprit and thus decided to confess to his mom, “and so I went and told my mom, “Hey, I may have done this” because I thought I was being told on at that moment. [But] instead of taking me to the police she took me to a psychiatric hospital. They made a report based on the time I was there and it said anti-social personality disorder.” Subsequent to him spending time in the psychiatric hospital and undergoing psychiatric tests he would be sentenced by a judiciary, “Since my dad survived I was convicted of malicious wounding. I was sentenced to 10 years in prison.”
Wood recounts that he met a Christian in prison who proved to be unlike the other Christians he had met previously. They built a relationship and argued back and forth,
“There was a Christian named Randy and he was a bit different from everyone else, and one day he was reading his Bible and I walked up to him, and I said, “hey! You know why you’re reading your Bible? You’re reading your Bible because you were born in the United States. If you were born in China you would be a Buddhist, if you were born in India you would be a Hindu, if you were born in Saudi Arabia you would be a Muslim because people like you believe whatever you’re taught to believe. He started arguing with me and he started tearing me to pieces, and that was very different from other Christians that I’d argued with in the past. And this happened for a couple of months of [having] a series of arguments with Randy of Christianity versus my worldview. Randy was winning the arguments that we were getting into. I’m not going to beat him this way I am going to have to really learn the Bible so that I can respond to him. I regarded that as my weakness.”
As a result of Randy, Wood started to seriously consider the Bible and was taken aback by the person of Jesus presented within it, “I have to say that I was impressed with Jesus.” This, he now notes, challenged his atheism at the time, “I went from thinking that I was the best person in the world to thinking that I’m the worst person in the world. The question came up: either I’m stuck like this or there is someone out there that can deal with this. Who out of anyone had the ability to change, radically change, severely messed up people. It’s Jesus or it’s nothing. It’s Jesus or there is just no hope. I bowed down and I prayed and I said, “God, I don’t know if I am going to believe in you tomorrow but I believe in you right now. If you can do anything with me you’re welcome to it.”
So, he prayed and recounts that something inexplicable occurred at that very moment, “And I ran through the sinners prayer that I had heard there in the jail [and] when I sat up the whole world looked different. It looked like I was in a different place, it looked like it was a different colour, and I didn’t know if this was just something weird going on but I didn’t want to hurt anyone at that point. Soon an amazing calm… it felt like I had been physically non-stop brawling all my life and then I finally could just sit down and rest.”
But despite this massive shift Wood was still left with a father who he had previously bludgeoned with a hammer, “While I was in prison I thought it would be bad to actually confess because my dad, again, had no recollection. I’m a Christian now and I can’t spend my entire life saying I haven’t done something that I’ve done.”
So, he penned a letter in which he laid everything out to his dad and “He came to see me at the first chance… he said it was okay, and he forgives me. He told me, “I really didn’t think you did it.” And so for him to hear all of that at once and to still forgive me it’s amazing stuff.”
Wood has moved on with his life. He had not only attended college but also got married, had a family, and lived in honour and awe of Jesus, “Between jail and prison I was locked up for a little over five years. I got out of prison in 2000 and started college immediately. I started arguing with a young woman who was an agnostic and she eventually became a Christian, and we were married the following year. We have kids and being able to watch them grow up [but] given the things I had done I should not be able to have this sort of normal life. It kind of blows me away.”
Today Wood is an active Christian apologist at an organisation called Acts 17. He has since debated a number of opponents representing both Islam and atheism. Acts 17 explains that David Wood “is a Teaching Fellow in Philosophy. A former atheist, David converted to Christianity after examining the evidence for God’s existence and the historical evidence for Jesus’ resurrection. He has degrees in biology and philosophy and is a member of the Society of Christian Philosophers and the Evangelical Philosophical Society. David lives in the Bronx, NY, with his wife Marie and his three sons—Lucian, Blaise, and Reid” (2).
Wood, however, leaves us with the following thoughts, “I want people out there to know that there is a creator to this world, that there is a point to this world, that other people are important and that it’s not all just about you. Jesus rose from the dead and that shows that there is a point to everything, that there is a creator and that he does care about us, and that he entered this world to die for us. And that is a message that matters because it changes everything.”
1. YouTube (Theology, Philosophy, and Science). 2015. Psychopathic Atheist Turns to Jesus | Short Testimony of David Wood. Available.
2. Light, J. 2010. Amazing Grace Amid Profound Controversy.Available.
Exclusive: Joseph Farah says Joe’s handlers know what they’re doing, and it’s from the ‘pit of hell’
October 14, 2021
We haven’t been hearing possible explanations for Joe Biden’s actions over the last nine months other than stupidity, a cognitive disorder, misguided thinking, even insanity.
But is it possible that he’s being guided by some close to him who are following a scheme much more malign – the Cloward-Piven Strategy?
What is it?
To refresh your memories, the Cloward-Piven Strategy was a political tactic devised in 1966 by progressive academics Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven that called for overloading the U.S. public welfare system to precipitate a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a national system of “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty.” In other words, it was an attack on the free-enterprise system to destroy the system, replacing it with a socialist utopia.
What does it have to do with what Biden is up to? I’m not under illusions Biden is calling the shots – but his handlers are allowing all this chaos including the open border, which even Barack Obama concedes is “unsustainable,” Afghanistan, the supply-chain disaster, the mandate craze with its firings, inflation and more.
The Cloward-Piven Strategy has been adopted as part of mainstream leftist ideology. It’s the Rosetta stone for understanding what progressives do and why they do it. It seems to make no sense on the surface to non-leftist ideologues. It seems like irrationality, stupidity or even insanity. But it’s not. It’s pure evil from the pit of hell.
It’s the kind of thinking that led to the gas chambers. It’s the kind of thinking that led to the gulags. It’s the kind of thinking that led to the guillotines.
I fear it comes from the evil nature of those who plan to finish the job of fundamentally transforming America.
Let’s recall that the Obama administration, which included Joe Biden, first set out to kill the flawed but greatest health care system the world had ever known. Obama lied repeatedly about what he was doing. He misrepresented his intentions and his goals. Once he got what he wanted and people could see it didn’t work the way they thought it would work, he told them they just didn’t understand. He told them it was their imaginations that they were losing their health insurance, paying more for medical services and being denied treatment.
You see, in this example, if you followed the Cloward-Piven Strategy, your goal was never to provide better and more affordable health care. It was to destroy the system and replace it with complete government control.
But the American health care system, like most institutions in America, was resilient in the face of even this frontal assault.
This was also the administration that lived by the credo: “Never let a crisis go to waste.”
Is it unimaginable to consider the possibility that this scheme is at heart of the times we’re living in?
It was unimaginable to Americans when New York City went bankrupt in the 1970s because of the Cloward-Piven Strategy specifically designed to precipitate a crisis in the welfare system. No one made the direct connection back then. It took years to figure it out.
Understand that the “progressives” never say what they really mean. They lie about what they’re doing and why.
Do you understand what’s going on here now – possibly?
Does this help?
Are things beginning to make more sense?
The moral of the story is simple: Never underestimate the evil motives of the satanic death cult euphemistically called “progressivism.” It’s not about progress. It’s about regression: It’s about making the state (read: “them”) the ultimate arbiter of right and wrong. We all know where that leads, though it’s awfully hard to believe it’s happening again – here!
The No. 1 job of the federal government is, after all, protecting the safety and security of Americans. It should also be the No. 2 job, the No. 3 job – pretty much the only job of the federal government. But that’s a story for another time.
If it’s not error, bad judgment, misguided thinking, irrationality, ideological and multicultural blindness or insanity that explains what Biden and the cabal of pseudo-scientists, ideologues and population-control activists are doing on the China virus front, what does?
I fear it’s something much worse – Cloward-Piven.
Will it bring America to its knees as it brought down New York City in the ’70s? Only if we recognize it’s intentional – rather than the work of just a goofball, senile “president”.
Arizona Attorney General requested that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland investigate Facebook for their facilitation of human smuggling at the Arizona southern border.
Facebook admitted in a letter to allowing “people to share information about how to enter a country illegally or request information about how to be smuggled.”
Facebook claims to censor and remove other content that assists human traffickers and drug traffickers but AG Brnovich says that the mechanisms they use are “paper tigers”.
Facebook is somehow able to censor every conservative thought and post that comes across the internet, but they leave some room for human traffickers.
By not banning this content and allowing the promotion of illegal smuggling, Facebook is a “direct facilitator” of this heinous crime.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich made the following press release on Wednesday.
Attorney General Brnovich: Facebook Admits to Aiding Human Smuggling
Attorney General Mark Brnovich is asking U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate Facebook’s alleged facilitation of human smuggling at Arizona’s southern border and stop its active encouragement and facilitation of illegal entry.
General Brnovich wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg after media reports detailed how human smugglers and drug cartels use the platform to advertise their smuggling services. After several follow-up requests by the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), Facebook provided an in-depth response on August 30th, 2021, stating it allows “people to share information about how to enter a country illegally or request information about how to be smuggled.”
“This is another example of how out of touch Big Tech is with America,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “The cartels are seizing control of our southern border, and shame on anyone who is exploiting this crisis to enrich themselves.”
States are largely preempted from enforcing federal immigration laws and certain criminal statutes related to human smuggling. It is the federal government’s responsibility to enforce our nation’s immigration laws, and specifically, the Department of Justice’s responsibility to investigate and prosecute these crimes.
Legistorm, a platform that identifies congressional staff, showed that as of April, Bieret was employed by the House Sergeant at Arms, who is responsible for maintaining order on the House side of the U.S. Capitol complex. Bieret’s current employment status is unclear.
“Capitol insiders will know Stefan very well,” journalist and political analyst Jake Sherman wrote on Twitter. “A longtime employee of the House Sergeant at Arms. If you’re in the Capitol on a regular basis, you will have seen this face.”
THE LINK BETWEEN PORNOGRAPHY & HUMAN TRAFFICKING
In 2016, the National Human Trafficking Hotline found that 7,500 cases of human trafficking were reported that year —an increase from 5,526 cases that were reported in the previous year. The increase in human trafficking cases worldwide suggests a corresponding increase in demand. Examining the causes of the increase in both trafficking and demand is a critical step in effectively and systematically battling the issue of human trafficking. Today, we’ll take a magnifying glass to one of those causes – the insidious, yet the inescapable link between pornography and human sex trafficking.
FIRST, THE BASICS.
Human sex trafficking is defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the cornerstone piece of human trafficking legislation in United States, as “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or solicitation of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age” .
The definition of pornography is in flux as it changes to meet the ever-expanding global internet marketplace. Merriam-Webster, however, describes it in its most basic form as “the depiction of erotic behavior (as in pictures or writing) intended to cause sexual excitement”.
IN THE UNITED STATES, ADULT PORNOGRAPHY IS A LEGAL INDUSTRY, GLOBALLY GENERATING ABOUT $13 BILLION ANNUALLY. MEANWHILE, SEX TRAFFICKING IN THE UNITED STATES IS A DECIDEDLY ILLEGAL INDUSTRY, GENERATING ABOUT $99 BILLION ANNUALLY.
HOW, THEN, ARE THEY CONNECTED?
This caustic and seemingly secret link manifests itself in many ways in the trafficking industry – from supply-and-demand to the incidental psychological effects of violent pornography.
According to Fight The New Drug, a few years ago a team of researchers compiled the 50 most popular porn films and analyzed the amount of aggression and violence found within each one. The movies contained a total of 304 pornographic scenes, 88% of which contained physical violence and 49% of which contained verbal aggression. What’s more is 95% of the victims in pornographic films responded in a neutral or positive manner to that violence.
A positive response to violence in pornographic films promotes a dehumanizing and aggressive idea of sexual behavior. When emotions of arousal are connected to violence and aggression, the brain learns to associate sexual behavior with those things, which can make viewers less compassionate to victims of sexual violence and exploitation. To make matters worse, when pornographic films show people enjoying violence and aggression, the viewer is led to believe that people enjoy being treated this way. This is certainly not the case for every individual, but a study done by the University of California did find that individuals who consume porn are more likely to support statements that promote abusive actions and aggressive sexual behavior towards women, suggesting a link between the consumption of porn and common attitudes toward others. Pornography has the power to increase the demand for sex trafficking, as viewers can become increasingly absorbed in acting out what they see on screen.
In addition to spurring demand, pornography is a force harmfully wielded within the sex industry. Victims of sex trafficking reported being forced to watch porn in order to learn what they will be expected to do. Further than being used essentially as a training manual for victims, pornography is also often times utterly indistinguishable from sex trafficking. Nearly half of sex trafficking victims report that pornography was made of them while they were in bondage. This content can be used for financial gain as an online product or as an advertising tool, with the viewer none the wiser on the true story behind the camera.
Pornography has hit us like a tsunami of dehumanizing sexual violence and the impact of it continues to be hotly contested and certainly controversial. I encourage you to see this as a launching pad for your own research into this topic. Consider looking into the data on Fight The New Drug, an organization providing information on the corrosive nature of pornography. Additionally, you can check out the Typology of Modern Day Slavery from the Polaris Project to learn more about the causes of sex trafficking and ways you can spot it and stop it.
Are you struggling with a pornography addiction, or know someone who is? Stay tuned to the Dressember blog for resources to help overcome porn addiction.
Exclusive: Joseph Farah on the increasing rejection of truth: ‘Things are getting worse’
“When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing – they believe in anything.” – G.K. Chesterton
“In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” – Judges 21:25
Have we ever seen a time like this – in America, in the world?
It’s getting scary out there.
It’s been a rough nine months, hasn’t it been?
I’ve never witnessed anything like it. They say times like this try men’s souls.
Think about what we have seen. It started with an election gone wrong. We were cheated out of an honest, forthright, legitimate presidential vote – in America, the land of the free and the home of brave. Then everything started going awry. We couldn’t talk about it. No one was really talking about it – certainly not in the Big Media, not on Big Tech platforms. That would cause us to be CANCELED.
Then we were divided by vaccination status. If we had a card from the authorities indicating we received the shot, then we could get food, we could travel, we could keep our job. Otherwise, we would be CANCELED.
It reminds me of something I heard about the Antichrist in the end of days.
It’s almost enough to get you to stop believing in God. Or, maybe, to get you thinking seriously about Him – to get you devoted to Him.
But today we’re living amongst a generation that knows not Jesus – and things are getting worse.
The great British journalist-theologian G.K. Chesterton had it just about right when he explained what happens when people stop believing in God.
It’s true. They don’t just believe in nothing. They believe in anything and everything – every absurd notion, every myth and the perpetration of every unspeakable horror.
Chesterton was merely echoing biblical truths:
Genesis 6:5: “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
Jeremiah 7:24: “But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.”
Romans 1:21: “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”
Yet, I think I’ve discovered a corollary to what Chesterton eloquently put into such memorable words. It’s not just what man does when he stops believing in God. It’s also what he does when he stops believing in the antithesis of God – namely the behavior God calls sin, or the transgression of His law.
The prophet Jeremiah explains what it looks like when people turn away from God or from belief in what God defines as transgressions of His law. He wrote in Jeremiah 18:12: “And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.”
The Apostle Paul warned in 2 Timothy 3:13 that we should expect things to get much worse in these latter days: “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
Let’s face it, we live in an age of deception unparalleled since the Tower of Babel. The Tower of Google may indeed be worse. It’s not just fake news, it’s false prophets and phony gods. It’s idol worship and fake religions. It’s a return to Baal.
But here is scriptural truth as written in 1 John 5-10: “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
Do you believe in God?
Are you a child of light or a child of darkness?
Do you follow God and turn away from sin?
Or would you prefer to live in a godless world, a lawless world, a world in which man does what seems right in his own eyes?
Christians and non-Christians alike are today running from the law of God, from the commandments of Jesus.
The great evangelist Charles Spurgeon once said: “Lower the Law and you dim the light by which man perceives his guilt; this is a very serious loss to the sinner rather than a gain; for it lessens the likelihood of his conviction and conversion. I say you have deprived the gospel of its ablest auxiliary [its most powerful weapon] when you have set aside the Law. You have taken away from it the schoolmaster that is to bring men to Christ. … They will never accept grace till they tremble before a just and holy Law. Therefore, the Law serves a most necessary purpose, and it must not be removed from its place.”
When we stop believing in God and sin, that’s what happens.
Man does not stop believing in anything. He starts believing in anything – and everything.
It’s usually 8:30 p.m. when I give the first warning shot to my two teenage daughters.
At 9 p.m., I say, “It’s time for you two to head upstairs.” I repeat this nearly every night.
And nearly every night they argue. “But why do we have to go to bed at 9?” they lament. “We’re not children anymore.”
“You don’t have to go to bed, but you can’t stay down here in the living room past 9. That’s our time. We haven’t seen each other all day, and most of the day we’ve been focused on you and work. We need our time, too.”
The other night, I went as far as to sing the Semisonic song “Closing Time” until they threw pillows at me. I kept repeating, “Closing time, you don’t have to go home but you can’t … stay … here!”
They didn’t laugh. At all. We, however, thought it was hilarious.
To be honest, we’ve had this rule for as long as I can remember. We’ve been parents for nearly 15 years now, and there has never been a time where our children were allowed to dominate ALL of our time in the course of the day. They dominate a lot of it, mind you, but not all of it. We love our children and we consider our role in their life to be a huge investment. We committed a long time ago to be there for them and to always be hands-on and involved in their lives.
We have some big reasons why this is so important to us. Here are a few …
The cornerstone of your family is not your children. They are a part of the foundation and make up a major part of the structure, but they’re not the main thing that holds this whole beautiful mess together. That’s you — you and your wife, you and your husband, you and your partner. It’s your responsibility to lead your family, and your home. Your children are looking to the two of you for direction and example (more on this in a minute).
Before them, it was us.
Before they existed it was the two of us. Me and my wife. We fell in love, skipped class to be together, stayed up too late talking on the phone (that was tied to the wall by a cord), and eventually committed to forever with one another. We were the beginning. We kicked this whole party off. Then these beautiful children came along. And we’re sure thankful they did because they fill our lives with so much joy. But, our union is sacred. Our union is holy. With all of my power, I must protect that sacredness with my wife.
Photo: Mike Berry
After them, it will be us.
Nothing lasts forever. Our darlings are going to grow up and move out of our nest at some point. I don’t know about you, but there’s no room for a 30-year-old kid in my basement. After they’re out in the world, living on their own, raising their own family, being the human beings they were meant to be, it will be just the two of us once again. And we want us to be healthy, strong, and still as committed as we were when we first began this journey. In order to make sure the future us is protected, we must put us first today. This is not easy. We’ll get to that in a second…
We need to set a future example.
As I mentioned earlier, your children and mine are looking to us for life-cues, direction, and example. As children, they’re watching our every move to determine how they should live their lives. We often say, “We are raising adults, not children.” I don’t know about you, but my wife and I want my children to grow up with a healthy view of relationships — dating, engaged or married. I want the health of my marriage to give them a healthy view of what marriage is, and what it should be. That’s why I put my wife first, and them second. A close second, but still second.
At the end of the day, this is a tension you must manage. Your children do need you, and they are important. After your spouse, they come next. Not friendships, not careers, not hobbies. Them. And you must take care of them. But take care of your marriage first and foremost. If that crumbles, the confidence that your children have now will begin to erode. When they see you loving their mother or their father, they will love them too. But most importantly, they will have a confidence in themselves, and a confidence in the world around them.