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Dear Christian Readers, Here is chapter 19 of Jeremiah; may this bless your walk in Christ who molds you. In His forming hands, Val
Jeremiah Chapter 19
The Blood of Baby Innocents
Chapter 19 points us again to a manufactured pot for more visual lessons from God. Though similar in illustration, this chapter holds its own flavor apart from the previous discourse meal of thought. It is a humiliating portrait for us who think we are something when we are nothing!
It is too easy of a task to imagine ourselves on an elevated plane. This uppity, inward fashion is a stolen identity. Our proper ID tagging categorizes us as simpletons or nobodies. If we walked the boardwalk of truth, our clay vessel beings would pour out our filthy arrogance and we would allow the LORD to pour in demure.
Paul wisely recognized himself as a nobody in 2 Corinthians 12:11: I have become foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually I should have been commended by you, for in no respect was I inferior to the most eminent apostles, even though I am a nobody.
1 Corinthians chapter 1 also expounds on the utter foolishness of self-elevation. Verses 26-29 reveal God has chosen the weak and despised, that no flesh should glory in God’s presence. No one can walk in elitism before Almighty God. Nor are men to worship and adore fellow little men. God looks at the heart, not appearance, talents, accomplishments, fame, etcetera.
Formed were we from raw clay! One day our bodies will return to dust, leaving us disabled to drag along anything we thought we accomplished in our flesh.
To place our hearts back in the remarkable disclosure of Jeremiah, we must be yielded like earthenware, formed by the design of its maker.
To enter the story in this chapter, we observe Jeremiah being instructed by his LORD, the Master of craftsmanship, to purchase a clay bottle; verse 1.
We read of Jeremiah witnessing the formation of clay in chapter 18, and in this 19th chapter, God instructs him to place money into the hand of the creator of clay vessels to buy a bottle … a purchase of illustration.
God further instructs Jeremiah to take witnesses—the elders of the people and senior priests and go to the valley of Ben-hinnom.
Why these people? They don’t love him nor like him. They view themselves as superior to this inferior, humble prophet.
Perhaps he is to take his enemies along in attempt to heal wounds and make friends so they all can experience a fun time together. We know this cannot be so. The fact is, this is going to be an education in truth and these rebellious, societal elites are not going to like it …They don’t like anything Jeremiah does or says.
This interesting assemblage of folk do follow Jeremiah to the valley of Ben-hinnon (meaning “son of one gracious”).
We note from verse 3, there were others who joined the elders and priests. Jeremiah is additionally addressing the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the king.
They are to traverse in array to the potsherd gate which opened to this valley. This was where worthless pottery pieces where discarded and forgotten. Many, no doubt, were once viewed as exquisite pieces with fired artwork.
(Here is a video showing a restoration of an Israeli clay pot from Iron Age:
At one time, Israel, was viewed as a valued piece of pottery, now she is to be discarded and forgotten. Though a shard remnant will be preserved and will eventually repent.
The city walls of Jerusalem had many gates and some were known by more than one name; this gate was also known as the dung gate, owning this was a refuse dump as well.
No historian seems to know exactly where this gate was located, outside of it being by the southern wall of Solomon’s temple.
If you turn to the maps at the back of your Bible, you may find a layout of the city of Jerusalem, if so, you can locate the various gateways to the various parts of the city. (An Internet image search of ancient Jerusalem can turn up, somewhat accurate illustrations too.)
These gates were supposedly double, metal passage ways. If you view a New Testament illustration of Herod’s temple, these gates will be different from the ancient city of Jerusalem, at the time of Solomon’s temple. However, you can still see the Hinnon or Ben-hinnon area referred to, in the southern portion of your map.
Hinnom was also the Potter’s Field, referred to in the New Testament, which was bought with Judas’ 30 pieces of silver for his cemetery plot; Matthew 27:3-7. This was where Judas hung himself, and later, it was referred to as the “Field of Blood” or Hakeldama or Aceldama—Acts 1:19.
It was in this valley where Jeremiah was to preach to these religious ones. Here, everyone hears the words of the LORD of hosts; there is no escape from the truth of terror. They came and now they have to listen to the announced calamity of deadly horror.
When all the bloody judgement comes to pass and someone hears of it, their ears “shall tingle.” The Hebrew meaning is clear, if you research this verse and word in Strong’s Concordance:
You understand, their ears will quiver in fear.
Catastrophes are always shocking but notably so when they are instigated by God Almighty through prophetic proclamation.
God, who implements His powerful angels (hosts) for judgement, will provide no downy pillows to catch the falling Jews. He will bring “evil” to this place and the Jewry has been stiffly warned.
The following verses deal with the pagan religious acceptance in the land that once was in submission to the LORD.
Our nation once was famed for being in submission to Christian morality to a large extent. She was also branded as a mission-minded country. She sent forth missionaries to reach those in nations who practiced pagan beliefs with the support of many Americans. Many citizens cared about their eternal destiny and present satanic bondage. American born again missionaries held all the answers for deliverance, hope and eternal life, resulting in many pagans turning to Jesus Christ of the Bible.
In verse 4, we view Jeremiah preaching the “forefathers” of the land did not condone paganism nor knew of these false gods and ways. We know America’s forefathers never allowed native heathenism in civilized society nor recognized such practices. Native Indian traditions were considered abhorrent to civilization, resulting in many missions being established to reach the indigenous.
New Age has been prominent in Idaho for over two decades, but it seems more visible with various stores encouraging the buying of charms, mystical attire, pagan home furnishings, etc.
This Jeremiah verse also refers to the land of Israel appearing alien. Our land appears more and more alien as strange religions and their customs become more observable.
Jeremiah has to address Judah’s open-border sins continually, this being due to her downfall which originated by bringing in false teachings from other nations. We observe the confused state they fell into with the immoral leniency brought to accommodate lifestyles of beliefs that were contrary to civilized, Scriptural codes.
We witness how America has plummeted and continues to fall as she engulfs herself with more and more immoral religious philosophies. History is repetitive! And America too will not escape her just comeuppance.
People desiring sexual play with a religious twist has been the motive behind many religious formations, including those religions which allow many wives and lovers.
Sexual play was behind the religion of Aaron, Moses’ brother, when he constructed the golden calf; whereby, the people arose and played.
A friend and I were speaking of the religions which have arrived from foreign lands. The Hare Krishna or Hindu religion has been present in America for decades and made its visible appearance in Idaho several years ago. How sad to hear people say “good Karma” instead of “God bless you.”
Hinduism and Hare Krishna are segments of Buddhism. Krishna and Buddhism “identifies … with Hindu Vedic philosophy.” All three originating in India. Of course, Yoga, of Hinduism with its 33 million gods, is offered in most work out studios.
Hare Krishna’s child molestation reputation has made this cult a concerning element in society.
“In 2000, a Texas lawyer filed a $400 million lawsuit alleging widespread sexual, emotional and physical abuse of more than 40 Krishna kids at the Dallas ashram, at the Krishna temple in West Virginia, and at other schools, called gurukulas, around the country.”
Muslims have also become visible in Idaho, our local, within the last decade, and their child molestation practices are not a secret.
The wicked, vile way of abusing children, seems to engulf many demonic religious sects, including Mormonism, which has also been an ongoing news item.
None of these religions promote Christian morality in any serious way, just the opposite—most everything goes; yet, they are sanctioned in the US in the name of ecumenicalism (the acceptance of all religions).
False sects are filled with confused people who need to be presented with the truths of Jesus Christ. God consistently saves people from all false beliefs. America has become a mission field in itself with all the paganism afoot.
Returning to the Jeremiah text, we see the most horrific item addressed in this chapter, that of baby burning, verses 4-5.
This was an intricate part to their sensual worship and lifestyle. We can rightly inquire, why is it babies are the ones sacrificed for sexual pleasure, then and now?
When promiscuous sex comes to have predominance in peoples’ lives, babies and children become pons of disposal and abuse. They are also neglected for lovers, and thus exposed to every indecency. It is totally grievous to see the youngest of children dancing in a sexy manner.
Verse 5 states these infants were being burnt to Baal. Molech was another god babies were offered to through live cremation. We know in America, unborn children are burned to death—one of the barbaric methods of abortion.
Christians cannot help but reveal righteous anger knowing the Democratic Party’s top two agendas are the promotion of infanticide and sexual deviancy of every kind.
On November 19, 2014, Terry Bean, age 66, a famed homosexual, homosexual activist, and a good friend of President Obama was arrested. There are a bundle of photos of our president and Bean together, including one with Obama, Michelle and Bean’s 25 year old male lover.
Bean is the founder of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which is one of the world’s largest, wealthiest and most powerful anti-Christian, pro-homosexual organizations. Bean has been huge contributor to the gay-promoting Democratic Party, contributing significant amounts to Obama’s campaigns. He resides in Oregon.
Bean and his young, male lover were arrested and charged with felonies involving the sodomizing of a 15-year-old boy. Police report they have evidence of other possible victims, aware Bean had been filming his sex acts with his young victims.
In the past, Bean defended Portland’s male mayor who had an underage male lover.
The democrats and liberal media do not care about this youth. This boy is their object of hate for exposing the fact their homosexual, activist hero, sodomized him. Liberals are on the prowl to prevent all the facts from being reported regarding this vile crime, deserving of legal execution.
This Wikipedia article sings the gay praises of Bean throughout and does not mention the fact he is accused of molesting a boy till the end of the article:
Also a video of rapturous praise by a human rights group was posted on YouTube, regarding Terry Bean following his arrest.
It appears obvious, democrats believe gays have the right to rape whomever they desire, deserving to have all evidence suppressed or overlooked.
In addition, it needs to be noted, our president has expressed no desire to address, discipline and prosecute Pentagon employees, 17,000, for downloading child porn on their computers.
We know lawlessness will increase in the last days … all to our heartbreak.
Everyone needs the LORD and Christ died for all men.
Returning to Jeremiah, God’s righteousness is declared at the end of verse 5; He never would have thought of such a wicked thing. It never would have entered His mind to burn innocent babies. God declared “this place” was filled with the “blood of innocents; verse 4.”
How God’s heart wept and Jeremiah’s and so should ours over sins that never would have entered the mind of a holy, innocent, pure and undefiled God.
How many perverse things do men perform in the name of freedom and choice; actions which never would have entered our LORD’s mind? Probably most!
God’s ways and thoughts soar righteously higher than self-gratifying, vile men. This truth should humble our hearts to grief and repentance as we view our sinful selves.
As we move to verse 6, we read of Topheth, which is another designation for the area of Ben-hinnom. Topheth means “place of fire,” and here the cries of babies rang out, as they were burned in idol sacrifice in this valley. Ben means “tall mountain” or hill, and of course, idols were worshipped on the tall hills to lift them high in demonic worship. “Hinnom” means lamentation. God and His godly ones bore much sorrow knowing these little babies and young children were being burned to death to satan.
God declares, this valley will become known as the “Valley of Slaughter;” this will be the place where many Jews will be massacred for their mutinous ways when Babylon invades.
Scrolling down to verse 9, we enter another grotesque reality. They, these Hebrews, are going to eat the flesh of their sons and daughters. Hunger will be the controlling factor when famine invades the land. We covered this in a previous lesson … certainly not something to dwell on for a length of time.
In verse 10, Jeremiah is told by God that he is to break the potter’s vessel.
It is explained, the pot sherds cannot be put together again; therefore, these remains must be buried in Topheth or Ben-hinnom. These people are beyond repair like the fragmented bottle; consequently, they too will be broken in this valley and entombed.
It will come about, this will be the only place available for burial. It is only just that this became the place of entombment for Judas too, who betrayed God the Son.
We should not forget, Jeremiah is one who spoke of Judas in prophecy concerning the potter’s field and is recorded in Matthew 27:6-9. Possibly, at some point in these two chapters, though, not scribed.
Matthew passage: Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: The chief priests took the thirty pieces of silver and would not put the money in the treasury because it was unlawful, because it was the price of blood.They took counsel and bought the potter’s field to bury strangers in. Therefore the field is called the “field of blood” to this day.
This certainly was a true statement; twice did this plot of land bear the name “field of blood.”
As we enter a new section, we note Jeremiah is preaching again; moving from Hinnom to the court of the temple or “LORD’s house;” verse 14.
Several court areas were within the Temple of Solomon. If you turn to the Jerusalem city map in the back of your Bible again, you will note the various courts that were part of the temple, including the court for women, another for men and a court for gentiles.
Jeremiah was possibly in the inner court area by the altar of sacrifice or somewhere in the great court area, which wound around the entire temple; also known as the Royal Porch or Solomon’s Porch.
It is the never-ending story or so it seems, observing Jeremiah preaching; continually covering Judah’s sinful acts.
Verse 15 establishes the root of their abominable deeds in this message … their “stiffened necks” won’t relax and submit to God’s Words. This message cannot save them because they won’t respond.
Their hearts were hard as rock. They were ecumenical to the core, possessing no desire to come out from the world’s religions and be separate.
Jerusalem’s citizens were forever willing to support their liberal government, composed of religious leaders who would justify any religious movement and take part. Of course, we are to respect our government leaders; yet, we must never approve of any of their anti-biblical agendas. Christ never approved of the religious leaders deadly, whitewashed agendas of His day.
Sometimes pastors or evangelists will preach in an area to unsaved people and no one steps forward in repentance, all because the people have stiffened their necks to the presented truths. They are blinded to hell’s fire consequences of saying “No.”
When we take hard or stiff stances contrary to God’s Word, we shut our ears to the Holy Spirit; making ourselves to be little gods. We are gods unto ourselves … according to what we believe or think, or by what other men believe or think. You know— whatever gives us pleasant dreams on a memory foam bed of denial.
In closing, I pray for you and me to learn to possess moldable hearts of wet, formable clay.
Please read of God’s personal love for your: https://vallee7.wordpress.com/category/paradise/
Love, Val Lee
Interesting article showing a clay pot artifact, holding the name of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, father of the prophet Jahaziel, who prophesied to King Jehoshaphat before he departed for war. (2 Chronicles 20:14)
And video of potter with verses:
Recent Muslim Terror in Canada and US, Sweden terrified by Muslims, Children being exposed to legalized nudity, etc.
My husband and I were again blessed by another of our pastor’s uplifting and timely messages. He emphasized Christ is our true water of life from John 7:38: He that believes on me as the Scripture says, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
He warned against anything men would present that would cease the flow of living waters of the Scriptures, anything that would teach modernization of thought.
Deadly consequences await transgressors of the Scriptures … those rejecting God’s ancient waters of holiness.
Hebrews 3:6-14: But Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end. Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says:, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness, Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years. Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, And they have not known My ways.’ So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’”
Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Isaiah 58:11-12 was also referenced. These verses present the living water of the blessings of obedience:
The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.
Last week he dove into the waters of pure words, knowing no unwholesome words are to proceed from our mouths, only words that edify and offer grace to the listener or listeners. (Ephesians 4:29)
Nothing blesses us more than those who will not allow any corrupt word to flow from their mouth … Those who desire not to own the styling conversation of societal compromise.
Be careful little mouth what you say …
How can we not be in shock with the recent events of recent days, including the horrific killings and near killings by Muslim terrorists.
We grieve also for all involved in the High School murders in Marysville, Washington.
We once spent the night in Marysville. Our car was vandalized through the glass. We were robbed when we were sleeping in a motel, adjacent to the freeway.
I was told by a former resident that Marysville was once a safe place. However, when gambling arrived, crime escalated and residents had to say goodbye to their secure haven.
“Washington State has 32 Indian casinos owned by 23 tribes. Each tribe is federally-recognized and signed a gaming compact with the state to share revenues with the state and to limit the casino games that can be played …”
The police investigator who dealt with our case, appeared criminal-friendly. He had no desire to take fingerprints, etc. He was strange to say the least.
Some say fingerprints are irrelevant, but police have nabbed many a criminal with them.
By California Street Cop
I take prints whenever I find them at a crime, and my prints have linked criminals to the crime resulting in a conviction.
It all boils down to policy at the PD and how much work the officer is willing to do.
Canada shootings by Muslims:
Intelligence officials tell NBC News, Canadian authorities have heard would-be terrorists discussing potential ISIS-inspired “knife and gun” attacks against US, and Canadian targets inside Canada, the network reported.
New gay rights for bathrooms, dressing rooms, locker rooms, and showers:
A Washington State college issued a statement, explaining their new non-discrimination policy prevents them from stopping a transgender man from exposing himself to young girls inside a women’s locker room, according to a group of concerned parents.
“Hacker said a 45-year-old male student, who dresses as a woman and goes by the name Colleen Francis, undressed and exposed his genitals on several occasions inside the woman’s locker room at Evergreen State College. And the college defends his activities.
According to a police report, the mother of a 17-year-old girl complained after her daughter saw the transgender individual walking naked in the locker room. A female swim coach confronted the man sprawled out in a sauna exposing himself. She ordered him to leave and called police.
The coach later apologized when she discovered the man was transgendered, but explained there were girls using the facility as young as six years old who weren’t used to seeing male genitals.
‘They’re uncomfortable with him being in there, her, being in there and are shocked by it,’ parent Kristi Holterman told KIRO-TV.
According to the police report, the local district attorney probably will not pursue charges because he said the ‘criminal law is very vague in this area.’ ” (Fox News)
Many states are considering unisex bills, for vile people to do whatever they desire with no consideration of decency, purity or innocence.
Mayor Parker of Houston involved in criminal activities to silence pastors’ righteous stands.
Many voters, including Christians, oppose both sexes using the same bathroom. However, only conservative outlets are reporting this, seeming to be the only ones who care.
According to the mayor and other liberals, society is obligated to cater to the wrongly dubbed, “gender confused,” as if these people have never looked to see.
“Mayor Parker, the openly gay mayor of Houston, Texas, has declared that men should be allowed to use women’s bathrooms, dressing rooms, locker rooms, and showers.”
This article reveals families dealing with the most nasty and vulgar situations imaginable:
Kentucky folk are also facing these issues.
Grievously disturbing regarding my state of Idaho:
Christian business people of Idaho must approve of homosexuality or face fines of $1,000 a day and jail time.
I have written and blogged concerning this a bit, with variations, including sending a copy of my comments to our Governor’s office to distribute accordingly:
How long will it be, Idaho congressmen, before you send authorities (terrorists) to my door to arrest me, a woman, for being a virgin when I married my husband, being faithful to him for 35 years; and, of course, never receiving sexual diseases for a lifestyle of promiscuity or living a gay lifestyle because I stood on God’s way of moral uprightness?
Why would you, supposedly Idaho’s best, allow people to be fined and arrested for standing on moral uprightness where sexual diseases are non-applicable and death by them?
Disease facts from the CDC (Centers of Disease Control):
“Gay and bisexual men also account for over half of the 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States. A 2011 study in 20 U.S. cities found that 18% of gay or bisexual men had HIV. That’s about 1 in 6 men. Of these men, 33% did not know they had HIV. Those who are unaware that they have HIV may infect others without knowing it.” …
Wikipedia: Researchers have found that attempted suicide rates and suicidal ideation among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth is comparatively higher than among the general population. LGBT teens and young adults have one of the highest rates of suicide attempts.
Once America was known as a God-fearing nation and the immoral were arrested, including homosexuals; now, they are allowed to rule our nation, a minority of wicked, vile people who compose 2 percent of the American population according to the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/msmhealth/HIV.htm
America is a cesspool of STDs. 1 out of 5 American women, and 1 out of 9 men suffer with genital herpes, and this does not include the numerous other sexual transmitted diseases. Thirty-six million people, worldwide, have died of AIDS. In America, 659,000 have perished from HIV.
When many Americans stood on morals, AIDS was nonexistent …
The day after I emailed this the governor’s office, our Governor, Butch Otter, made a statement opposing gay terrorism.
One Christian T-shirt shop has been told, staff must endure sensitivity training for refusing to print pro-gay lifestyle, advancement shirts:
People arrested in Canada for declaring the facts of the lifestyles of disease and death.
They were also arrested for showing photos of murdered (aborted) babies, a practice legal in Canada.
When police arrested and handcuffed these men of truth, Satan’s immoral children cheered.
This episode resembles Revelation chapter 11 in the Bible, when God’s two prophets will be exposing sin through their convicting preaching, during the tribulation period of the earth. These holy men will employ God’s omnipotence … fire sent forth from their mouths to devour Christ’s foul enemies.
Later, these righteous men will be murdered in order for God’s resurrection and rapturing power to be displayed, exposing satan’s impotence.
When they are murdered, the entire earth will party and people of all nations will view their displayed bodies and rejoice.
When resurrected and raptured, 7,000 will be murdered by the hand of God.
Video and story of arrests:
ISIS or ISIL (Islamic State) murderers who behead, etc; allowed to return to America and free to roam America.
Anyone who has fought with ISIS requires the death penalty! No questions asked.
Republican Congresswoman “…when I asked the FBI for a briefing, they told me yes, there are Minnesotans that are in Syria fighting for the Islamic State. I asked them…if these individuals want to come back to the United States–they have U.S. passports–would they be allowed to do so. I was blown away when the FBI told me they could come back into the United States…as many of them have.”
Please watch video:
Remember, over Thirty-five Jihadists compounds are in America and sanctioned by the FBI. This Muslim American group is responsible for over 50 attacks on US soil:
MSNBC refers to ISIS, as so-called terrorists
White House blames Israel for ISIS, or the Islamic State, for all terrorists’ groups. If you remove Israel, no more terrorism.
And of course, this administration never chooses to call Muslim terrorists—terrorists, even with the recent events in Canada and the hatchet incident in New York which involved Muslim loyalists.
President Obama has referred to ISIS as a JV team and a manageable problem. Well, they are on the move and taking more lives and territory. They murder and behead, even the youngest of children. Now ISIS is calling Jihadists to murder Christians.
Basically, our administration is proclaiming terrorists are not responsible, explaining it is all Israel’s fault, and if Israel did not exist we would not be experiencing these murders.
Muslims own 99.99 percent of the Middle East. Where is their gratitude? Jews are not allowed in Arab territories; yet, Israel allows Arabs and other Muslims to reside in their nation.
If you read travel guides for Dubai, you will note, not even a book that is complimentary to Jews is allowed in that city. No Jews are allowed! One is fortunate to be able to bring one Bible into Dubai. Of course, most Muslim nations do not allow Bibles.
Simply read the hatred laws that rule Muslim countries … hatred laws aimed at all infidels.
Our president nor other democrats offer the facts of discrimination. They have no desire to allow infidels to know the truth.
The Bible is illegal in 52 countries. For a book that people believe to be “a bunch of fairytales,” they certainly go to great lengths to stop its righteous messages. They have never banned Mother Goose or other fairy tales.
Democrats, including Obama and Hillary Clinton, have forfeited our tax dollars to Palestinian Authority even though it is the backbone of terrorists’ organizations. American taxpayers contribute 400 million dollars a year to the PA.
Palestinian Authority praises the recent pedestrian killings in Jerusalem where a Muslim used his car to run into people on a sidewalk. The news media was mostly silent regarding the murders, and totally silent in regards to the PA praising the murder of a beautiful Jewish baby (an American Citizen) and the other innocent bystanders in Jerusalem. The PA called the Muslim murderer a “heroic martyr,” since he was shot by police.
Acid throwing is common on in Muslim countries. Many Christian women have suffered from these Muslim attacks.
This lady in video, link below, was persecuted by Muslims, including doctors and police for being a Christian in Pakistan, plotting her death, to silence her proclamation of Jesus Christ. They also shot her in the head and received another bullet wound. She is a walking miracle as God preserved her life.
Chart exposing Muslims and their atrocities … the multitudes they have murdered for being infidels, including born again Christians:
News by Jessie Peterson
Extremist Muslims are recruiting willing American Blacks for violent Jihad against their own fellow citizens.
Fired food plant employee, Alton Nolen, a black Muslim, beheaded Colleen Hufford and stabbed another woman last week in Moore, Oklahoma, before he was shot and wounded by the company’s chief operating officer.
Nolan reportedly attended a mosque headed by Suhaib Webb, an imam with ties to former Al-Qaida mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki. Webb was a former leader of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City. Amazingly, Webb is head of the sister organization of the mosque attended by Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
I have interviewed more than 500 black ministers on my radio show. Most of them promote racism and are helping to keep blacks angry.
In June, Ali Muhammad Brown, 29, a black Muslim, shot and killed 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin in New Jersey.
Abdirahmaan Muhumed, 29, a Somali-American from Minnesota, left his nine children late last year to fight for ISIS in Syria.
Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad killed Pvt. William Long and wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula in a 2009 Little Rock military recruiting office shooting. A convert to Islam, Muhammad spent time in Yemen teaching English.
John Allen Muhammad, also known as “The Beltway sniper,” coordinated a series of shootings in October 2002, killing 17 people and injuring 10 others.
Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown), a well-known ’60s black radical and a convert to Islam, was convicted of shooting two black officers (killing one) in Georgia in 2000. (He too reportedly had ties to former Oklahoma City Imam Suhaib Webb and al-Qaida mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki.)
(CNSNews.com) – The mayor of Lynn, Mass. says that some of the illegal aliens from Guatemala who are enrolled in her city’s public schools are adults with graying hair and “more wrinkles than I have.”
“They are not all children,” Judith Flanagan Kennedy told reporters at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
“One of the things that we did notice when we were processing some of these students coming in was that they were adults,” she said.
She added that the federal government will not allow school officials to verify their ages, even though one of the students turned out to be 35 years old.
The article above is disturbing, owning, our federal government is to be about protecting children, yet, they are allowing adult criminals to set next to children in the public schools, and no one is allowed to inquire.
Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, presented a bold speech of truth, exposing our president and anyone who stands with Hamas which is one with ISIS.
Netanyahu: “Hamas is ISIS.”
The ties are easy traced.
“In recent days, the head of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, the main al-Qaida franchise headquartered in Yemen, swore allegiance to the Islamic State, or ISIS.”
Netanyahu proves Israel is a nation of compassion and aid:
Religion of Peace?
Qur’an Sura 8:12, 55, “… terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an … Surely the vilest of animals in Allah’s sight are those who disbelieve [non-Muslims] …”
Qur’an Sura 5:33, “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement …”
Qur’an “Mohammed is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are harsh to the unbelievers but merciful to one another”
Of course, Christians are continually beheaded by Muslims and there are videos of this on YouTube, even beheadings by children.
“In 2007 Islam and Judaism’s holiest holidays overlapped for 10 days. Muslims racked up 397 dead bodies in 94 terror attacks, across 10 Countries, during this time … while Jews worked on their 159th Nobel Prize.”
Muslim children being taught to behead:
When we were in northern Idaho, in August, in a public area, a Muslim lady was walking about with her children, including a little girl who stood out to me. This child was running wild, acting cruelly and rebellious and the mother did not care. This child was full of hatred, such as I have not seen in a child, that I can remember. She had a spirit in her that bothered my soul. I am sure a great deal of her ideology of hate was taught to her. There are many Muslim television programs that teach children to carry hatred. The same spirit, I saw in this child, is the same spirit I had viewed in videos of Muslim children who cast death threats at Jews and Christians.
Qur’an “Mohammed is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are harsh to the unbelievers but merciful to one another”
Of course, Christians are continually beheaded by Muslims and there are videos of this on YouTube, even beheadings by children.
Christian News source:
Germany: Imam Tells Children To Practice Beheading By Cutting Off The Heads Of Chickens – “The [Islamic] faith is a commerce with Allah: I sell my soul and my possessions and in return I get the Paradise [of Mohammed]. And what do I do? I fight for Allah and kill and get killed… A boy came to me, 12-13 years old and told me, ‘I just come from a Mosque in Bonn, there the Imam took us, a group of youngsters, aside and said Boys, get some little chicks and cut off their heads [because] this will be practice for you …’”
Group Of Muslim Men Behead Cat, Proudly Display Photos Online –
“Police are investigating a case of animal abuse after a photo published on the net where four men appeared with the severed head of a cat. One held the animal’s head while another was carrying a knife and the cat’s body. After leaving the photo on the net, new images have been revealed where you can see how the cat is skinned by a man with a large knife and standing proudly with the cat’s head.”
More news of Sweden: “Swedish police are ambushed and attacked by Muslim mobs. Police are beaten by Muslim gangs. Regularly, Muslims torch cars, stone police and riot across cities in Sweden. The Islamic State in Sweden has vowed, ‘Until the day we die, we will engage in war against Sweden and Europe.’”
“Truly catastrophic” plots have been thwarted in Sweden. Muslims have set up non-go, Shariah zones in Sweden. A politician who spoke critically of Islam had a bomb planted in his car. With the rising aggression of Muslims and the capitulation of the non-Muslim authorities has come a sharp rise in anti-Semitism. Jews are openly beaten in the streets in Sweden by Muslims. Muslim politicians in Sweden have called Jews apes and pigs. Swedes are beaten with iron pipes for displaying the Israel flag.” (Geller)
Imam teaching Muslims how to behead:
Obama is firing our combat soldiers, even while fighting for our safety, to replace them with illegals:
In the UK, Christian school must allow Muslims to lead assembles:
ISIS terror of teenage girls:
Of toddlers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRWCMSmkL3
The video shows the three children sobbing as a man standing behind a camera waves a knife and asks: “Whom do we behead first?” “Put your hand here or else I will sever your head,” he tells one of the terrified boys, who are crying throughout the video.
“You, come here … Do you belong to Daesh?” the man says, using an acronym for the full Arabic name of the ISIS Islamic State group, which has recently beheaded two Lebanese soldiers. Adding to the pathos of the incident, the crying children respond by pointing at each other.
We recall, President Obama in the last presidential election, recruited many illegal Somalians to cast their vote for him.
Decorates would usher them to the poles and no one was allowed to question. They could not speak or read English so the democrats guided them to vote democrat.
Now Democrats are manipulating voting for November’s elections:
A great deal of voter fraud in Texas:
Voter fraud stuffing:
One illegal alien testified to being threatened with, if she votes republican, she will be returned to her native country.
Various democrats are using dubious and racial angering tactics to get the Black vote.
One example: “Democratic Party of Georgia is distributing a flyer that shows two young, black children holding signs that say, “Don’t Shoot.” The flyer reads: “If You Want To Prevent Another Ferguson In Their Future … VOTE.’ ”
This, even though forensic evidence proves the officer shot in shelf defense. Michael Brown tried to wrestle away his gun to murder him.
President Obama is legalizing 34 million more illegal aliens for voting purposes, and turning our nation into a third world, lawless nation, so he will not have to keep apologizing for us:
Additionally, President Obama’s administration “plans to facilitate the immigration of up to 100,000 Haitians to immigrate to America, minus a visa.”
According to the Associated Press, “Approximately, 100,000 Haitians have already been approved to arrive in the U.S. under the reunification program but are waiting in Haiti for visas.”
This country is “fraught with medical risks, particularly the spread of diseases endemic to Haiti.”
This Caribbean country is currently in the midst of an outbreak of cholera:
Jihadist training camps in our nation and killings of our own.
Obama has tied the hands of our police to protect these terrorists.
Obama refuses to close terrorist training camps within our nation, and refuses to call Muslims who harm us, terrorists. He refuses to allow police to monitor mosques where terrorists attend, and which proclaim terrorist teachings.
MSNBC News reports—Our Lawless Borders:
Journalist killed, possibly by Turkey and ISIS intelligence:
Love Jesus Christ, who grants hope amongst cunning and deadly regimes, Val Lee
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(My photo shot in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho)
News Items—ISIS, Obama and Child Pornography, Christian Music Defiled, Michael Brown, Unsafe Borders, etc.
We all know North Korea is an enclosed nation, where no one is allowed to leave. It is a state of oppression, poverty, malnutrition and dreadful deaths. “More than a fourth of North Korea’s children are stunted from chronic malnutrition, and two-thirds of the country’s 24 million people do not know if their next meal will arrive.”
Christianity is not allowed. If a believer is found out, it means torture and death.
I recently read of a North Korean man who was a Christian, but was too terrified to tell his wife, until he landed on his deathbed. With tears in her eyes she revealed, she too was a believer. Torturing fear led to years of lost fellowship.
The Gospel does pierce through the boundaries of North Korea. One way is through Christian relief organizations. God marvelously parts border guards for their entry. Another way is by radio and internet transmissions; whereby, Bible preaching penetrates borders and hearts. However, North Korea does do all in its power to block foreign signals.
ISIS in our airports! One man who died fighting for ISIS worked on America’s airliners.
ISIS Facts: They are Muslims and speak for the Muslim community:
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), released 167 murderers, illegal aliens to America’s streets. Many other criminals including rapists, robbers, and pedophiles were also set free to harm America’s citizens.
Muslims engage in child and female rape in Britain:
Muslims fully approve of child rape gangs, calling members “good Muslims.” Even the leaders in mosques participate. The liberal media supports it and will not expose it. Liberals lie and say child rape gangs are not of the Islamic faith, even though they are members of mosques and leaders in mosques. Mohammed abused infidel women and he is the example for males. Liberalism trumps truth and protection of women. Their support always lies on the side of evil.
Agenda dealers are liars and promote evil for power-sake. They will side with rape or anything that destroys the voice of moral uprightness.
Now around 80% of Britons oppose Muslim power in Britain despite the media blackout of Muslim criminality.
“Klayman, founder of Freedom Watch, alleges the president and others laundered U.S. taxpayer money that was spent on Hamas rockets fired against Israel.”
“The civil lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington falls under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, alleges criminal acts by Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
Seeking $1.5 billion in compensatory damages as well as punitive damages, it accuses the global figures of ‘laundering U.S. dollars’ to Hamas, which is officially designated by the U.S. government as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
This money has been foreseeably used to buy rockets and construct tunnels to attack Israel and terrorize and kill Americans and dual American-Israeli citizens who reside or are located in Israel,’” Klayman said in a statement.
We know the socialist agenda is continually being propagandized in our nation.
Unfortunately, it appears a good segment of younger citizens have not studied the atrocities of the Nazi regime of Germany under Hitler.
They do not understand the history of the Socialist Party, including the acronym of Nazi— “Members of the Nationalist Socialist Party.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Socialist_Party
Obama did not care about the child porn found on Pentagon computers. He did nothing to help promote an investigation. He does not care and his mouth is silent:
“The White House needed to order an in-depth and urgent investigation into porn, child porn and prostitution in all government agencies. Unfortunately, President Obama did no such thing, nor did he reveal the slightest bit of concern or outrage. Now America’s Missile Defense Agency may be exposing the core of our national security. So grave and unpatriotic is this violation, it might border on treason. Yet our president remains unconcerned.
Members of Congress are so alarmed by the president’s behavior that they recently passed an amendment preventing the administration from sharing missile-defense technology with Russia. The Missile Defense Agency may have done so already.”
Porno deviancy sadly reaches beyond government and into the paths of Christianity:
Child youth pastor involved in porn and arrested. Report of 8/29/14:
Please do not forget Calvary Chapel’s hierarchy covered up a convicted child molester. He committed crimes in California. Later, he was assigned to a Calvary Chapel church in Idaho where he repeated his activities that should have landed him the death penalty in California.
Also The Dove Awards selectors were unconcerned that a child rapist was honored. How many Christians would actually be shocked knowing this represents a segment of the sexy, rock music industry?
Homosexuality, pedophilia, and all other forms of sexual deviancy appear not to be condemned within the Christian contemporary music, lucrative enterprise.
Publicizes appear unknowing regarding Biblical callings. One key prerequisite is a true servant of Christ must be washed clean of all filth. The Bible addresses those who are religious, but who have never cleansed of their filth, this would include false doctrines too. God says the sexually immoral will burn forever in the lake of fire and this would certainly include apostate tares—Jude 4-16 John 15, Revelation 21:8, 22:11,15—who approve of worldliness or secular culture being present in the church.
Provided facts by Dr. Terry Watkins:
One of CCM’s recent emerging stars was the dance-hip-hop group Raze. In 2001, Raze singer, founder and former dancer for Carman, Ja’ Marc Davis was arrested and charged with five counts of lewd molestation, three counts of rape by instrumentation and three counts of forcible sodomy. His three victims were ages 13 and 16 (2). Incredibly, much of the time Raze was singing for Jesus, the lead singer was molesting a 13-year-old girl!
Loudly testifying to CCM’s total lack of any Christian convictions, a few months after Davis was arrested for molesting a 13-year-old girl, the prestigious Dove Awards honored Raze with two Dove Awards! Frank Breeden, president of the Gospel Music Association said, “If they [Raze] should win, it would go to them”.
Breeden describes Davis’s child molestation, rape and sodomy charges as simply a “moral difficulty”. It is no wonder much of Christian music is wallowing in the moral and spiritual sewers because promoters label child molestation as a “moral difficulty” and also honor the pervert with two Dove awards!
An unprecedented night in 1994 arrived at the famous Dove Awards. CCM superstar former Bill Gaither Trio Star, Michael English won an unbelievable, record-breaking, six Dove Awards! Just as unbelievable, less than 24 hours later, English called a press conference to confess an adulterous affair with Marabeth Jordon of the CCM group First Call. To make matters even worse, both were married and Jordon was pregnant with English’s illegitimate child.
Despite English’s highly publicized adultery, the very next year he won another Dove award for his recording with the Bill Gaither group! English soon filled the tabloids with such juicy slime as frequenting strip clubs; dating a stripper; being arrested for assault charges filed by his shacked-up girlfriend. During much of this open-sin-decadent time, English was still happily working within the CCM world. In 2000, English was arrested and pleaded guilty to 12 counts of illegally obtaining prescription painkillers. Despite his open rebellion, English can still be found performing Christian concerts, and for a while, even hosting the Michael English Show on TBN. English flippantly says of his drug addiction, forged prescriptions and arrest, “It was an innocent mistake. It could happen to anybody.”
Th.D, Dr. Mark Powell, author of An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music, writes, “[Marsha] certainly deserves to be known as ‘the mother of contemporary Christian music’”. (p.870) CCM’s “Mother” is also a militant lesbian. Marsha started the spiritually perverted group B.A.L.M. (Born Again Lesbian Music). In 1971, she recorded “For Those Tears I Died.”
Jaci Velasquez, revealed herself in tiny nightie in a raunchy, sleazy, movie. She is still a top singer in the contemporary music realm.
John James, former member of the Newsboys group, had to no problem explaining his addiction to alcohol and “playing hard” in an interview. He made it clear, such sins are kept secret in the Christian contemporary music industry. He also explained, Christian contemporary stars live in the lap of luxury, owning it all and wanting it all.
He certainly did not sound like one who had been washed of his filth and born again.
The current lead singer of Newsboys has no problem using sexy terminology when it came to a woman he is dating, referring to her as being “hot.” The conversation did not center on him looking at her as a sister in all purity as the Scripture commands.
Another, former Newsboys’ member, appeared in a secular movie involving fornication.
It is unconceivable that so-called Christians follow these immoral people of lust and coveting. Paul warns church goers, to make sure they are in the faith, and it is a holy and pure faith in an undefiled God.
The performers’ list could go on and on. The vilest of the vilest romp freely in the sexy rock industry under the deceptive title of “Christian rock.” Anyone who represents Christianity, must be above reproach in every way; and that includes separation from the sexy beat and unchaste worldly ways.
The books of Timothy and Titus set forth guidelines for those who serve, and it is never for money, fame, sex, etc.
Obedient believers fear and tremble before a holy God; Philippians 2:12.
“He killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others at Fort Hood in 2009. Now the man responsible for that massacre — former Army psychiatrist, Nidal Hasan, — reportedly wants to join ISIS so he can continue his religious war against ‘disbelievers.’
In an undated letter apparently written from his prison cell, Hasan tells an ISIS leader that he wants to join the caliphate. The letter was first obtained by Fox News.”
Our president refused to call this man Muslim or being of the Islamic faith. He would only refer to him as a domestic terrorist. This led to verbal outrage by surviving family members of the victims.
President Obama and Hamas escalates problems. Please watch video:
CNN News: ISIS beheading children:
(What is unbelievable, is some of America’s college students have expressed support for ISIS. Sad, murderous, times!)
ISIS in Houston, TX:
Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri:
Brown was charged with second degree murder, armed robbery, and was a ruthless gang member.
He was all about drugs and violence:
Muslim Beheads a Woman While Gardening
Excerpts from London news:
Report by Norvell Rose
It’s horrible enough to have to deal with the beheadings of working journalists carried out in a distant Syrian desert by bloodthirsty ISIS terrorists. But when there’s a decapitation of an innocent great-grandmother in a quiet backyard of a major metropolitan city, one might reasonably feel that the awful incident hits closer to home.
London police report that they have taken into custody a suspect in the beheading of an 82 year-old cafe owner found murdered in the garden of her home. After a frantic chase and a tense struggle, police captured the alleged killer — a 25 year-old would-be cage fighter said to be a Nigerian Muslim convert wielding what some described as a machete.
Moments before Mrs. Silva was attacked yesterday, a man was seen killing a cat and attacking a woman, smashing her car window as she cowered inside it.
Armed police officers raced to the scene in Nightingale Road, Edmonton, and ran through the street shouting at people to run for their lives.
Children screamed as police used battering rams and metal batons to smash windows and doors before dragging them to safety.
More than 20 officers were involved in arresting the man, who was shot with a Taser in a desperate bid to subdue him.
Our borders are not safe by any means! Our president and his administration lie to Americans. Regulatory oversight is a thing of the past.
I do apologize for the music toward end of video:
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I would like to share a story, a true tale that is a delight to my heart … one of the best.
The Testimony of Little Otis Townsend
as told by his mother Willa
(It is retold by me from original statements and direct quotes are in quotation marks.)
Mr. and Mrs. Townsend lived in Mississippi, abundantly blessed with all they needed and desired, including “six beautiful sons.” Mr. Townsend was at the top of his profession, afforded tag along bestowments … a new home and two cars. These were their pleasures in the 1950s.
Mrs. Townsend recognized the bestowed kindnesses and thanked God every day for their sons and “good fortune.”
Being an attentive mother, Mrs. Townsend found herself anxious for her six sons and would not allow them “to be out of her sight.” She gladly transported them to school and ballgames.
One day, her second son, Otis, was offered a New Testament, during school, in the fifth grade. (This was when people could come right into public schools and pass out Bibles and could tell of a Savior who died for all. Classroom protection and deadly school violence was nonexistent.)
Mrs. Townsend will never forget the day Otis came rushing in with excitement, and rhetorically asking, “Mother, guess what? Mr. Gideon was at school today, and he gave me a Bible.”
She was not impressed and simply replied, “Well, that’s nice son.”
Despite brushing him off, she found her mind recalling the man in town who had been the notorious town drunk. He had been marvelously transformed and became a Sunday school teacher. He would invite children to Sunday school after the Saturday matinee.
Mrs. Townsend’s heart eventually softened a bit with circumstances, and acknowledged the need for her children to be in church and told them they could go if they wanted. Otis wanted to go and he did, carrying his new, little red Testament. He became a student of that little New Testament, loving every word.
When Vacation Bible School came to the church, he attended every day! One day was extremely special and Otis came in the house, running with a bursting heart, saying, “Mama, Mama, I’m saved.”
Mrs. Townsend responded with, “You go on honey. Mama hasn’t got time right now … I’ll listen to you later.” She could see the disappointment on his tender face, but let him depart the room.
Otis carried his New Testament with him everywhere he went, if his shirt pocket was too small for the bulk, he’d place it in his back pocket.
This became his standard greeting to those he met, “Do you know Jesus?” This embarrassed Mrs. Townsend who did not know Jesus. She would say to him, “Don’t do that, your embarrassing people. Why not put away your Bible, you’re going to ruin it!”
Otis would respectfully respond, “Mother, I want to carry it with me.”
Nothing deterred his missionary zeal, and he started corresponding with a missionary in Tahiti. Otis wanted to be an overseas missionary one day.
Otis would say everyday to his mother, “Mama, let me show you how to be saved,” but she never found the time to listen.
One day, Mrs.Townsend was in the kitchen cooking and she started praying to God in a personal way, which was something she never did before. “She said Lord, there is something I need and I just don’t know how to get it. I want what Otis has.” After praying she became anxious about what Otis’ church was teaching, and decided she would not let him go anymore.
One Sunday, Otis was playing and she thought she would just let the time slip by. But guess what? He did not forget entirely, and wanted to get to church right away. She decided to tell him she did not have time to take him. He responded graciously, saying, “That’s all right, If I run, I can make it.”
Mrs. Townsend was quite bothered by this response and started praying again, saying, “Lord, I know there is something I am missing. Give me what Otis has.”
Right then the LORD came into her heart and she could not wait to get to church and walk the isle for Christ. When she did so, she looked around and saw her oldest son, a year older than Otis, “at her heels.” He said to her, “Mother, I am already saved. I was just waiting for you.”
Otis was elated his mother was now saved; yet, he did not stop there. He went to work on his daddy and his four unsaved brothers. Before his daddy accepted the LORD, two brothers were saved.
One day, Mrs. Townsend received a call from the school, being informed Otis had a stomachache. She took him to the doctor and he found a knot in his side that turned out to be a tumor on his intestines and it was diagnosed as cancerous.
His parents’ prayers ascended to the throne of grace and Otis came through surgery with flying colors. He gained weight and looked healthy.
The surgeon informed Mr. And Mrs. Townsend, if the cancer resurfaced, Otis would be gone in six months. It did return and this time in his liver. He went to a hospital and lived 21 days. “This was all after two years of being saved.”
Upon every visit to Otis, he asked the visitor to pray with him. He kept his New Testament with him all the time and it had stayed with him ever since it was first placed in his hand.
Mrs. Townsend stayed with Otis continually. One day Otis got her attention with, “Listen Mother, to the music.” When she told him he was probably hearing a train in the distance, he replied, “No Mama, it’s a choir singing” And it was the sweetest choir ever with the loveliest music ever.
Mr. Townsend walked in about that time and Otis uttered, “Daddy pick me up.” Then he asked his dad to, put him back down. Continuing he said, ”I have everything in the world I have wanted.”
Mr. and Mrs.Townsend peered “at each other and reminded each other, they had prayed, thy will be done.” At that moment God took Otis home to heaven where there is no more illness, sorrow, disappointments, and sin. The doctor then came in and knelt, telling Mrs. Townsend, he had never had anyone touch him “Christian-wise” like Otis had.
The Townsends went home without Otis, knowing he was alright.
Mrs. Townsend confessed, if she did not have Jesus with her, she would not have made it through that time.
Her own meek words, “God has been good to me. He could have taken Otis before he was saved, but he gave us two years in which the entire family came to know Christ. God had it all planned when my son said, ‘Mr. Gideon gave me a Testament.’
Otis wanted to be a missionary—to travel the world telling people how to be saved. He did what he could in his short life, and now, because of his far-reaching testimony, many others are inspired to distribute God’s Word.”
Divorce rate is far lower than people believe:
Edited from a Baptist news source, and these facts have also been published in other news outlets:
Harvard-trained researcher Shaunti Feldhahn has published a book challenging the standard divorce rate statistics both for society at large and for “the church.” The book “The Good News About Marriage: Debunking Discouraging Myths” is the result of eight years of investigation.
Feldhahn reveals: The overall divorce rate in society is “about 31 percent” for all marriages and it has been declining for many years; the divorce-rate of first marriages is 20-25%; and the rate of those “who regularly go to church” is “maybe 15 percent” and is even less for fundamental Bible Churches’ faithful attendees. According to pastoral observation … around 5% or lower.
Believers would like it to be 0%. Of course, that will not occur until the millennial rule of Jesus Christ.
The brainwashing of children aged 5-13
I will warn there is some sexy dancing in video. I apologize for this. Please do not allow children to watch this!!!
God warns in Jeremiah, He destroys nations that no longer know how to blush; Jeremiah 6:15 and 8:12.
A people who desire not chaste, innocent and modest purity are at odds with God Almighty who brings down nations.
We must understand, children under Common Core, are having their natural innocence removed, being indoctrinated with the lifestyle of death and diseases. This is repulsive and heart wrenching. It is anti-God and anti-Bible. It is anti-chastity. It is Sodom and Gomorrah.
You notice sexual diseases and death are not addressed in the video. Producers present fairytale-land where consequences to this sin are excluded.
You will see a picture of Obama who desires all children lose their chaste innocence as soon as possible, as I revealed in past posts concerning his pedophilia agendas with links, his video statements, pedophilia-friendly people he placed in office, etc.
According to research on school criminal activity, “About 1% of all U.S. pupils in grades K through 12 have had sex with one or more of their teachers.” And these crimes seem to be becoming more common and considered acceptable by some, including Kevin Jennings, President Obama’s former safe school czar, who resigned due to outcries from Americans.
Info below from “Fields, Dr. E. “Is Homosexual Activity Normal?”
37% of homosexuals engage in sadomasochism, which accounts for many accidental deaths. In San Francisco, classes were held to teach homosexuals how to not kill their partners during sadomasochism.
41% of homosexuals say they have had sex with strangers in public restrooms, 60% say they have had sex with strangers in bathhouses, and 64% of these encounters have involved the use of illegal drugs.
Depending on the city, 39-59% of homosexuals are infected with intestinal parasites like worms, flukes and amoebae, which is common in filthy third world countries.
The median age of death of homosexuals is 42 (only 9% live past age 65). This drops to 39 if the cause of death is AIDS. The median age of death of a married heterosexual man is 75.
The median age of death of lesbians is 45 (only 24% live past age 65). The median age of death of a married heterosexual woman is 79.
Homosexuals are 100 times more likely to be murdered (usually by another homosexual) than the average person, 25 times more likely to commit suicide.
LA schools losing students:
Public school officials in Los Angeles are frustrated with losing 20,000 plus students. It is believed to be the result of the new liberal sex education, including an emphasis on homosexuality; and boys and girls using opposite sex restrooms if gay or feel gay for a day. Children have been traumatized by the new restroom deregulations, seeing the opposite sex walk in, etc. Though only 2 to 3 percent of the American population claim to be gay, this group is receiving top priority rights.
Today’s statistics, sad state of affairs:
47 million Americans are on food stamps; 92 million Americans are not in the labor force, the lowest labor participation rate in decades.
Germany may be reconsidering allowing parents to homeschool their children. This right was removed when Hitler was Chancellor of Germany in 1938. Christians need to keep this in prayer.
Alabama legislates rights to the unborn; Praise God!
Studies reveal that between seventy and ninety percent of mothers who view a sonogram of their unborn child choose life, not murder. We must pray that all abortionists, by law, must show a sonogram of the child to be murdered.
Created Equal on Fox News regarding an attack on their photos showing babies torn limb from limb by abortionists.
Mark Harrington is the founder and organizer of Created Equal. He phoned me one day and we had a long conversation on standing for God’s created life in the womb. We have also emailed on occasion. Mark and Seth, the interviewed, are Christians.
Mississippi is almost free of the human bloodstains of abortion clinics. There is only one left. Please intercede for its closure.
The bodies of children murdered in their mother’s womb were being used for fuel in London.
“A shocking report from England today is provoking alarm and outrage worldwide. The report indicates the remains of as many as 15,000 aborted babies were incinerated by British hospital as a heating source.” Life News
Fortunately, the practice was stopped as soon as it was publicized.
Children were also being used for fuel in Oregon, but people cried out and it ceased here as well. PRAISE GOD.
Sadly, there is no decent burial for these hated and unwanted children.
Bill Clinton solicited underaged female slaves:
Bill Clinton identified in lawsuit against his former friend and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein who had ‘regular’ orgies at his Caribbean compound that the former president visited multiple times.
One photo, included in the news story, exposed Bill Clinton being chummy with whores.
“The former president was friends with Jeffrey Epstein, a financier who was arrested in 2008 for soliciting underage prostitutes. A new lawsuit has revealed Clinton took multiple trips to Epstein’s private island where he ‘kept young women as sex slaves.’”
Mr. Abraham Lincoln shared this truth in 1864, “In regard to this Great Book (Bible), I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are to be found portrayed in it.”
FREEDOM OF RELIGION DIMINISHING MORE IN AMERICA OR SO IT APPEARS:
Please watch news video on homosexual mandatory indoctrination:
Please read article of a police captain who refused to attend a Muslim mosque where officers were indoctrinated with Islam. He has been grievously persecuted, wrongly investigated and stripped of his command:
God’s inerrant Word teaches, women are to be workers in the home or keepers at home; Titus 2:5.
Another point of thanks:
“The share of mothers who do not work outside the home rose to 29 percent in 2012, a study found. That’s up from 23 percent at the turn of the century, according to the report. At the height of the recession in 2008, Pew estimated 26 percent of mothers were home with children.”
Illegal immigrants facts—good and bad
Medical doctors and nurses are being silenced with guns pointed at them, with threats of imprisonment and their jobs removed if they talk. They are not to disclose anything regarding the truth of these child illegals being warehoused in America in cell camps. Fortunately, some have been able to get the truth out from behind the walls they are sealed in.
Christian churches have offered to assist with the influx of immigrants of all ages, providing the Gospel so many of these hopeless ones might find hope in Christ. They are also offering to care for as many possible.
Unfortunately, the Obama administration has refused to allow Bible churches to assist the encamped and celled illegal immigrant children.
Fortunately, there are thousands of illegal youth who are not confined in camps and have received Christ through outreach programs. They have been provided Bibles and are being taught the Old and New Testament. “The youth run their fingers through Bible pages to reach the passages being taught.” It is a wonderful thing that has been born out of evil.
Arizona’s Local ABC News:
Arizona’s ABC-Channel 15 News has reported, illegal aliens are being found with scabies, chicken pox, MRSA, and other contagious viruses.
The problem is, thousands of them are infected with disease, and this is not Ellis Island c. 1914, where immigrants with diseases were quarantined or deported. Under President Obama, the border is wide open, and all women and minors are being released into Texas and Arizona, and told to “report” to an immigration hearing in places as far away as Hartford, CT.
The vast majority — more than 75% — never show up, and are thus lost in a town near you — with their diseases unchecked and untreated.
The flood of contagious illegal aliens has Border Patrol agents sounding the alarm:
“U.S. Border Patrol agents are worried that what’s coming over into the U.S. could harm everyone. This time the focus is not on the women and children that are crossing over in droves. Agents are worrying about a viral outbreak. We are sending people everywhere.”
“The average person doesn’t know what’s going on down here,” said Border Patrol agent and Rio Grande Valley Union representative Chris Cabrera.
“Our Border Patrol agents check on us all the time and they told us about the outbreak of scabies,” Garcia said. Cabrera says the sickness doesn’t stop at scabies. “We are starting to see chicken pox, MRSA staph infections, we are starting to see different viruses,” Cabrera said.
Garcia believes the viruses are not confined to the detention center. Not long ago, a group of border-crossers came knocking on his door … “It was a 7-month-old baby. It was shaking, it had a fever,” Garcia said.’”
Dozens of Border Patrol agents have already contracted scabies and he fears it will spread quickly.
“It’s contagious, we are transporting people to different parts of the state and different parts of the country,” Cabrera said.”
More News Facts from WND:
As thousands of illegal-alien children, prompted by President Obama’s policies, overwhelm the capacity of southern border states, Border Patrol agents who essentially have been turned into child caretakers are being exposed to disease.
“Right now, you’re not going to hear this, but we have Tuberculosis, hand-foot-and-mouth disease, Chagas disease – previously eradicated from Southern California – on the rise and testing positive in … Border Patrol agents.”
“Tuberculosis, or “consumption” as it was called in the past, is a highly contagious disease that killed millions before being essentially eradicated in the U.S. In the 1920s. TB was the eighth leading cause of death in children 1-4 years old. By the 1960s, with improved sanitation, medical care and antibiotics, TB was drastically reduced. The last remaining TB hospital in the U.S. recently closed its doors.”
Border Patrol agents have tested positive for TB. Other diseases emerging among Border Patrol agents, include H1N1 Swine flu and chicken pox.
(One of the means by which God disciplines sinful people, is removing His protection from deadly diseases. Such diseases He brought upon Israel and the surrounding countries before the Babylonian captivity, noting they turned to idols and other false religions. They turned to false teachers who added and subtracted from Scripture. Time will tell if America, in years to come, will fall victim to disease and death in great numbers.)
Previously, anyone who came into America to live as a citizen, had to be declared disease free. Many other stringent requirements had to be met, including not owning a criminal record.
This pouring of illegal immigrants has been referred to as Obama’s New “Occupy” America tactic to remold America into a third world nation through the diseases and crime rushing over the boarders.
You understand why anyone who talks is threatened with a gun and jail time.
“The Border Patrol is being threatened with lawsuits and firing if they disclose the dangerous facts.”
“Congressmen are being turned away from the border as they go to investigate this surge of infected illegal aliens being thrust across the border.”
Excellent informative video at this link of Representative Steve Stockman’s evaluation of border situation, including the fact we have more crime in some of our cities than these immigrants are facing in their countries. They are coming here because of Obama’s Dream Act promises:
Please read this news story and view video by a congressman being denied entrance to once of these illegal child facilities.
Reports are also surfacing that Obama’s employees are raping these children and this congressman wants an investigation performed in his state; yet, even though he has the legal rights to do so, he is being denied entrance:
Senator John McCain, though a liberal, was also restricted from having his cell phone, shooting photos and talking to staff in one concentration facility or camp in his state. He has demanded the restrictions be lifted … Obviously they are unconstitutional and illegal.
Parents of the illegal children say they plan to join their children soon. This, at the same time, Attorney General Eric Holder is suing another state, North Carolina, for requiring voter ID. This all in the name of continuing to legalize voter fraud. You are required to show ID to enter many government buildings in Washington. DC. When Eric Holder was confronted with these facts, he said he was unaware of this, even when told this is true for many court houses. Eric Holder thought it unjust. However, you can well bet, this sadly uninformed and uneducated man, has no intention of bringing lawsuits against federal and state buildings. I doubt if he is going to change airline policies too, and require no ID for American citizens. Unfortunately, this administration is allowing illegals to fly, free of cost, wherever they desire without proper ID, simply with a paper that has no photo ID. This can be easily forged.
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A ruling this week by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals further targets the Arizona’s attempt to curtail the ongoing invasion by forcing the state to provide driver’s licenses to those young illegals protected by Obama’s executive action.
(Many of these illegals Obama protects are dangerous felons … drunk drivers, those who perform bodily harm, etc. The police cannot arrest these criminals who are illegals, via the president’s orders, as reported by local news stations in border states.)
“One of The latest mandates, coming out of Eric Holder’s Justice Department, is yet another benefit aimed directly at convicted criminals. In an address this week, the attorney general explained that he is instituting a new program that will provide released convicts access to cell phones, free bus passes, and other handouts – all at the expense of American taxpayers, of course.” Yes, all in the name of more votes for democrats who side with the ACLU in criminal rights.
Immigrants can go to any US city of their choosing:
Obama advertises free foot stamps to our southern foreign neighbors to create future democrats. Illegals come here believing they never have to work! They will receive free food, housing, medical services and education. This is what they have been promised by our administration.
“Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Attorney General Eric Holder stated they would prosecute any school district and superintendent not allowing illegal immigrant children to enter public schools.”
Many of the illegal youth will add to the gang populations of America, bringing in more crime, making America’s streets far more unsafe.
“Criminal street gangs—mostly comprised of illegal immigrants—are responsible for the majority of violent crimes in the United States and are the primary distributors of most illicit drugs.
Statics reveal 80% of crime in the U.S. is committed by gangs and that gang membership in this country has grown to 1 million, an increase of 200,000 in the last few years.
The notoriously violent Salvadoran gang known as Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13, which has spread throughout the U.S.—to at least 42 states—and continues expanding. It is known some of the illegal aliens are joining this gang according to law enforcement.
In 2008 alone MS-13 members, all illegal immigrants with previous criminal records, committed atrocious crimes that received ample media coverage. In San Francisco an MS-13 gang banger murdered a father and son with an assault weapon because their car blocked his from making a turn. In Los Angeles an MS-13 member just released from prison murdered a high school football star as the teen jock walked home from the mall. In Maryland a 14-year-old honors high school student was shot to death on a crowded public bus by a Salvadoran illegal alien who proudly revealed he belonged to the MS-13.” (Judicial Watch)
FBI News: “MS-13 is expanding its membership at a “moderate” rate through recruitment and migration. Some MS-13 members move to get jobs or to be near family members—currently, the southeast and the northeast are seeing the largest increases in membership. MS-13 often recruits new members by glorifying the gang lifestyle (often on the Internet, complete with pictures and videos) and by absorbing smaller gangs.”
The community of Murrieta successfully stopped illegal immigrants from taking over their city, which they say is already occurring. It was testified that a couple of the children were arriving with infectious diseases. (Border officers have testified that our borders now have no policing.) This influx will raise the Murrieta’s taxes as well. The Obama administration has retaliated, stating the illegals will be returned to Murrieta. Other cities are now protesting to prevent entrance into their communities.
News WND: Murrieta, a booming city in Southern California that has grown from only 2,000 residents in 1980 to over 100,000 residents today, has unwillingly become a microcosm of the nation’s struggle to process the tens of thousands of illegal immigrant minors streaming across the U.S. border.
On July 1, when U.S. officials sought to bus illegal immigrants into Murrieta for processing to relieve the overcrowded centers in Texas, a reported 200 to 300 Murrieta residents stood in the roadway and effectively blocked the buses from delivering their passengers. The buses were forced to turn around and drive to a Border Patrol station instead.
But the feds aren’t relenting, promising more buses will come and setting up police tape and barricades to keep the roads clear.
They plan to bring in swat teams heavily armed to deal with Murrieta’s residents.
Randon Lane, a Murrietta City Council member, commented, “We have money to take them from Texas, fly them to San Diego, bus them up to Murrietta, and then turn around and ship them off to some other place — we have the money to do that — we just don’t have the money to guard our borders.”
To say money is unavailable to pay for border patrolling; yet, we can pay salaries of $6,000 a week to those who are working with the confined illegals is an obvious lie. We have the money to feed, house, offer free medical care and fly them, free of cost, to their desired destination, all the while, being broke.
It would be a blessed thing if Americans could vote for every tax cent spent, including congressional raises. Unfortunately, our congressmen are not keeping their hands out of our piggy banks. This is why their overall rating by taxpayers is 15%.
Unfortunately, we are reaping what we have sowed, living in a country that has removed the honest and above reproach character commanded by the Holy Savior.
Wise men know, nations fall when churches become trendy, which leads to political anarchy and then death of a nation.
Churches have to be the holy salt that brings men to repentance for their sins. The true Biblical Gospel must be preached in the open air everywhere in this nation, while time is still our freedom friend.
Last year it was reported: Six American Muslim leaders who work with the Obama administration are Muslim Brotherhood operatives who have significant influence on U.S. policy.
Egypt’s Rose El-Youssef magazine, in a December 22 story, said six men turned the White House “from a position hostile to Islamic groups and organizations in the world to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
“More than 50 VA whistleblowers have lodged complaints alleging retaliation for their attempts to expose wrong-doing, including sexual stalking of a patient.”
The House Ways and Means Committee states that conservative donors were audited ten times more than the average American. They also admit there has been publicly released confidential tax information. And the IRS has not discontinued its terror tactics on conservatives.
Israel is the only nation which provides their enemies many warnings before attacking. This to save civilian lives. I viewed a lady in a video address the fact, she was receiving countless warnings from Israel as a civilian. She seemed to feel it was too many.
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Chapters 17 and 18 below:
Jeremiah Chapter 17
Ugliest Partridge in the world, © Val J. Lee
The effects of unrepentant sin has a domino effect that simply does not vanish.
The Jews of Jeremiah’s day were not repentant and repercussions lurked everywhere! Any dreamful thought of changing to follow God, and thus receive the blessings of obedience, was a mere mirage in their desert life of deadly drought.
Verse 1 informs us, Judah’s sin was engraved in their hearts, not a surface recognition, but deep embedding. God had recorded their sin with a writing pen of iron, with the “point of a diamond” on their soiled hearts.
An iron pen or stylus with a diamond tip was implemented for writing on clay tablets in this day. This was just one method of data recording. The technique used to document the book of Jeremiah involved the usage of a reed pen applied to a papyrus roll. Jeremiah’s scribe, Baruch, likely used an ink made of a soot mixture. Sturdy leather tablets also served scribes.
The pen Jeremiah mentions is a metaphor to describe how God was convicting their hearts. You can almost feel this diamond stylus digging deeply into the sensitive tissue of the body.
Verse 2 digs extensively into the heart of things by addressing their sacrificed children, offered to the Asherim idols. These precious young ones were burned in massacre-type worship to their false goddesses. Asherim was a their mother goddess or their “queen of heaven.”
We might ask, now how could anyone burn their children in the name of religion? To answer this, one must understand that worshipping idols places people in bondage, a state in which they can no longer distinguish between good and evil. They live in a world of make-believe. Their conscience speaks the active words of murder. Their lying mind says, appease the evil spirits of death to achieve blessings of desire. Though, we know, they are literally sacrificing their little ones to demons. In reality, it is satan telling them to murder. He is the voice of every idol; and the voice of every distorted belief system. He is the one who incites religious bondage that often justifies all sin, including murder. It is his voice behind the saying, “No one has the right to judge you.” He misuses the Scripture to incite licentiousness (no rules). This mentality is condemned throughout the Bible, including in Jeremiah. Jude is another book that exposes the wickedness of people who justify sin in the name of licentiousness. Jesus Christ exposed the evil of sinful compromise in five of the churches addressed in Revelation. They were condemned for not judging sin in the church.
In today’s world, babies are still massacred, arms and legs torn away from the torso for easy removal. A Sopher clamp is the instrument made for this procedure. It is surgical, sharp teeth pliers. It clamps onto a baby’s leg, arm, or head. The abortionist twists a body part with his Sopher until it tears away from the torso. The parts of the precious baby are then placed on a table to see if the entire body corpse lays there in pieces. It is not good to leave a body part behind. Of course, I say this facetiously.
Some babies are stabbed in the head so a sucking device can be inserted. This removes their brains, shrinking the head for easy withdraw.
Young children, in the womb, are also burned to death with saline solution.
One abortion doctor in Texas was known to rip off the heads of babies, with his bare hands, who were born alive.
All this performed in the name of the sexual gods of the new age. This all is part of sensual bondage.
I ask you, if abortion is so wonderful, then why is not explained and shown by the media?
Praise God all sins can be forgiven in Christ Jesus.
Verse 4 reminds the people of Israel that all they possess, befalls from the One who owns the cattle on a thousand hills. Everything we possess is provided by God’s benevolent hand. God gave the land of Israel to the Jews out of His love for them. Since God granted them the power to drive out Israel’s former inhabitants from the land, the Jews did not have to build houses or clear the land for agricultural purposes.
This later generation harbors ingratitude for God’s blessings of land ownership, and now the people are going to lose everything. Giving worshipful thanks to God continually, maintains a grateful heart that receives multiple blessings from the Almighty, including a place to live and food on the table.
When God originally brought the Hebrews to Israel, He allowed them to remove the pagan people. The Canaanites, who were driven from the Promised Land, never gave thanks to the living and true God for all their blessings. And now the Jews are not worshipping God rightly and now they too will be removed from their Holy Land.
The end of verse 4, reminds us how much God hates sin, as His anger “will burn forever.”
Sin is never to be taken lightly; Christ had to die for every filthy sin. When we engage in wrongdoing, it is like slapping our holy God in the face. If we glory in sin, in its actual practice, we are angering the God of righteousness.
Chapter 17 holds two key verses that are quoted often. One is verse 5, “Thus says the LORD, cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the Lord.” This is significantly powerful as this is the downfall of many believers who listen to, and follow wicked mankind and what he artfully produces for deception sake and this includes what is supposedly new. Men want what is new. They run to this and that and say, “This is new,” yet, in a few months, it is not new and something else is new. Silly man has no common sense or righteous wisdom. In the Bible, in Ecclesiastics 1:10, man is ridiculed for getting excited if he notices something that is new when it is not. In America, something very old, like a song, will be re-sung by the latest group of craze, and every young person will think it is new; however, the song is very old. If you tell kids a song they love was a song sung decades ago, they cannot comprehend it. They are offended by such a revelation. They were sure it was new.
The same musical love themes and feelings, may have a new band, a new wild beat, but the basic messages have been told throughout the centuries—Boy meets girl or girl meets boy.
Common sense and wisdom only arise from what is tremendously ancient—the Bible. It provides purifying messages that renew the heart every day.
Our trust must be held in the old Bible, in the LORD God alone, who has always been, who is our complete truth, and who never fails. Our frontal reasoning skills need to be operating continually so we never forsake or compromise truth.
Please remember, frail, contemporary men can never satisfy our needs for immutable truth. I want my eyes turned upon Christ and Him alone, only He is the spotless, holy standard! Failure is men’s destiny apart from Jesus Christ.
Various verses in the Bible warn us concerning men, including Galatians 1:10. Here, we read that it is sinful to please men! And if we are trying to please men, we cannot be loving servants of Christ.
John 2:23-25 informs us of the wisdom Jesus Christ exercised as God. In these verses, people were believing in Him; yet, He would not entrust Himself to anyone for “He knew all men” and “what was in man.” Peter thought Christ could surely trust in him, being he was always faithful in ministry; but Christ, after His arrest, revealed to Peter his folly of denial.
John 12:42-43 addresses the two-faced ways of believers. The Christians referenced here, refused to tell others of their faith. The priority that controlled them was man-pleasing. Therefore, they wouldn’t acknowledge Christ openly. They could not stomach rejection, being cowardly. God reveals, “They loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.” This is true of contemporary believers who feel they must be doing what the world does to gain its approval and acceptance. These types of people would never lay their lives down for the Savior who hates all sin and compromise. However, Christ declares, if we deny Him, He will deny us.
Recently, a famous man rescued a trapped family from a burning truck—the parents and their two children. The family refuses to call the man who rescued them, “a hero.” Originally they were willing! However, they received death threats from the black community that made their whole beings tremble. This led to their complete silence regarding the matter.
Their rescuer is unjustly hated by flash mobs of the black community for protecting his neighborhood from black thieves.
Even churches compromise to please the men who love this wicked world, attempting to get them to walk in church doors, even though the church is to be a fellowship of the body of believers.
Many pastors prepare for a church service, pondering, how can it gratify the unsaved and lukewarm believer? This, rather than, is it all according to Scripture?
Every action of a pastor should be pleasing before holy God, who is calling His church to worship.
It can be a blasphemous thing to have unbelievers singing His praises, taking communion, etc. These people are of the evil one and we have nothing in common with them—2 Corinthians chapter 6—until they truly repent. They have no concept of what they are doing, and it cannot be pleasing before God, whom they are separated from because of their sin.
Yes, people certainly can visit a church to learn how to be saved, but the church service itself is to feed believers for continual growth, not cater to those, who, in no way, shape or form represent the body of Christians. Pastors should not try to involve them in the worship aspect.
I am not advocating pastors should not speak the saving Gospel message at the close of the service. They should! However, there must be some lines drawn. We are not to be one with the world or our community. Remember John didn’t want anyone entering into the house church who did not abide in the teachings of Christ—2 John 9-10.
Community is the “buzz” word in fellowships today. Yet, we are not of this world or our community in a true, spiritual sense. We are called to come out from them. We can never believe we are one with those who do not know Christ; those who speak with worldly terminology, and the world listens to them; 1 John 4:5.
Yes, we do desire to draw them to the Savior and that is part of going out into the world with the Gospel.
And when we reach out to the unsaved, we do not place ourselves above them, as we are simply and humbly saved by grace. Howbeit, God has drawn a deep line of separation that is ignored today.
Verse 6 continues to explain the consequences of trusting in man, acknowledging there is no productive aspect in life when one does. No special blessings arise from the LORD God, only inward emptiness and disillusionment in striving after that which holds no eternal value. Desert waste is all that awaits such a one. God knows if we are striving after the things of this temporary world, He will have to withdraw the blessings of discernment in accordance.
I could write of men’s selfish, pipe-dreams forever; but the point is, trying to achieve in this world by listening to and trusting in sinful man’s godless strategies, never brings everlasting rewards. It simply buries one in a wasteland of despair.
Psalm 118:6-9, serves to enlighten our hearts in respect to, not pleasing and trusting in man. It warns of the futility of placing our confidence in man, rather than God.
Verses 7 and 8, back in Jeremiah, present the simplistic key to all fulfillment—trust God and all blessings will flow.
By obeying and resting in God, a man or woman may not come to gain much materially, but spiritually, all is gained—a life of fulfillment—a life overflowing with the wholesome waters of God. Verse 8 promises, they will resemble a tree planted by the waters, that spreads forth its roots to garner the liquid nourishment. Deadly drought never reaches it. Its leaves remain jade, glistening in dayspring’s illumination. Its glorious display is its ever-bearing, tasteful fruit of holy righteousness.
Those who live wisely, feed upon the Tree of Life—Jesus Christ.
Verses 7 and 8 reiterates Psalm 1, verses 2 and 3.
Verse 9, is the second key verse in this chapter of Jeremiah. This has been quoted forever in time, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick (or wicked); who can understand it!” Christ taught us the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak—Matthew 26:41. The flesh represents the heart of man that desires all that is evil. This wicked heart is deceptive and will cover-up or justify, hiding the truth … no holy motive exists.
It’s amazing how we, as believers, can justify ourselves when we choose not to obey God’s Word. It all stems from that deceptive heart that desires fleshly gratification.
I have been a believer for a great many years and I suppose I have heard nearly all sins justified by so-called believers, including murder and pedophilia. I have just stood literally in shock by what some, so-called Christians, have stated who attend Bible believing churches. Two of them should have suffered the death penalty or prison.
I personally know my heart is very ill, as God continually shows new areas that I need to make more Christ-like. Nothing in God’s Word is to be rushed over; it is to be prayed over. Praying, “Change me,” in this area or that is a continual plea of mine, as I read through the Scriptures or become convicted by the Holy Spirit throughout the day. I can’t wait to shed this body of sin!
Verse 10, should cause us to walk in all uprightness; God is right here, always searching our heart and mind for our motives in all actions. He gives each of us according to our ways or actions. We all reap what we sow in one way or another. If we sit before some production that represents the world and its ways, we reap the thoughts that tag along after we depart. They return to our mind’s dwelling file, where inserted … difficult to remove.
A young radio pastor explained how he had attended a movie in another town so no one would spot him. He was told the flick was good, but upon leaving, realized his mistake in watching it! It was not edifying and pure. He was bothered and convicted for a week or two following.
As a teen and young person, I listened to rock music, and once and while a tune will come to my mind and I have to check it, cancel it out, and then insert a lovely hymn, prayer, or Bible section to dwell on.
A friend was recently telling me how she’ll start humming something and stop herself suddenly, realizing that it is an old rock song that she does not want running through her mind.
We see the Partridge referred to in verse 11.
It is used as an illustration to teach us reality; God uses a great deal of His creation designing to install wisdom into mankind throughout His Holy Bible.
I shot the header photo, of this lesson, of the ugliest Partridge in the world, in Maui, Hawaii. After photographing it, I couldn’t figure the thing out. I emailed bird experts and received no answer. I emailed someone in Hawaii, but they were identity-clueless. However, they were most gracious and kind and held a desire to assist.
Not until I saw the flanks of a beautiful Partridge did I define the species (I hope). I do not know what happened to this species that was stationed around the Haleakia volcano area of Maui. (Photo below)
Maui, Hawaii Volcano area, Haleakala, © Val J. Lee
I don’t believe these birds survived an eruption.
This bird may be molting (exchanging feathers—old for new), but still, it is the ugliest molter I have ever witnessed. It is definitely of the Galliformes or fowl family that includes the Partridge.
Now, there is another bird of the poultry family called a Guin and it too is ugly, though not quite as hideous as the bird in the photo. It is slightly similar. It is a hybrid of a chicken and guinea fowl.
The Partridge family consists of many different species, all masterly crafted by our Creator.
The Partridge is native to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. A few of these Old World birds were introduced to America in the 1920s to delight hunters with their tasty meat. Currently, they are hunted for food provision in various states.
God is gracious to create fowl meat and eggs for men’s tummies. The Partridge eggs can be consumed like chicken eggs. They are smaller than chicken eggs and supply a milder flavor.
The Partridge is a ground bird that rarely flies. When it does, it mostly navigates in low, flyer mode. Its cousin, the Chicken, owns a slower, throttle, soar speed, compared to many birds. Chickens are not talented in the realm of distant flight. They can fly into trees and roost there. It is simply about flapping the wings and moving about, lift off is not too exciting, just 4 to 10 feet into the air. With the Partridge, it can navigate perfectly straight, and exhort soaring abilities when the need arises. It flies like a non-poultry bird.
Partridges are able to walk with ease on tree and bush branches.
The main cry of this ave is a clear whistle.
These cute birds mate for life, being monogamous by God’s design. The female prepares a nest composed of grasses on the ground or on a low surface. They are noted for their large grass nests.
Mom hen lays ten to eighteen eggs. The father may assist in the incubation and hatching process. The hatched young will follow their parents until mature.
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God informs us in verse 11 of the Partridge’s desire. Most likely this references the Sand or Stone Partridge of Israel that lays five to seven eggs. Sand Partridge video by Mike Barth:
The LORD has imparted in the Partridge family, a shady heart! The hunted Partridge will hatch the eggs of other bird species. The female will snatch eggs; this according to ornithology facts of observance. And this what God is referring to in this verse.
Birding info quote: “The many eggs that Partridges are commonly found hatching do not all belong to the Partridges. The animal normally lays between six and twelve eggs. There has been evidence indicating that the bird can be an intrusive bird in that it steals other bird eggs.”
Now some birds will willingly place their eggs in bird nests (hosts’ nests) for other moms to raise. The female Cuckoo Bird is known to place her eggs in other nests. She would never think to be domestic and build her own nest. She will eat the eggs of other birds and then place her egg substitutes in the nests of tender-hearted mother birds (who know how to count), ensuring they will be receiving pampering care. If she were to place some of her eggs in a Partridge nest, that always lays out a welcome mat for other eggs, they would be gleefully hatched by the Partridge. But these foreign young will abandon the Partridge as soon as possible to be with its own wild kind. This, of course, would break the heart of Mom Partridge who will steal eggs and welcomes intruder eggs, only to be disappointed.
This all appears bizarre! And this is what God is getting at, the oddity or foolishness of the thing—birds stealing eggs from fellow fowl and reaping the consequence of a broken heart when reality strikes …. the orphans not wanting anything to do with their adoptive parents after they have nurtured them. God has created animals to dwell with their own kind.
Bird hearts do break. I observed a mother duck morn deeply when her young chick was eaten by a predator. She swam around crying, as if she was going to go insane with grief. A Canada Goose, with a tender heart, tried to befriend her and swam beside her in an attempt to comfort.
God explains in the book of Job that He manufactures some animals to simply make us laugh. Others, He creates to teach our minds wisdom, as with the greedy Partridge. Greed never pays. God makes sure there are hefty consequences to such actions.
Aves that leave their young, by means of easy disposal in other nests, can teach human mothers how not to treat their sweet infants. Placing children in daycare centers for easy disposal—to avoid having to grab the time to train them in the righteous way they should mature—is unkind and insensitive. If properly disciplined, including spankings for misbehavior and rebellion, children rightly bless the home with their presence.
A few human parents, who hold no love for their young, will abandon them altogether. They want to do their own thing without any kids tagging along. This was a case for several children who were permanently dropped off at a local children’s home because the parents wanted to travel to an exotic place.
I knew a mother who permanently abandoned her beautiful, two young daughters so she could have fun on the town.
Verse 11, testifies to the fact, God will not bless the greedy heart of man that obtains riches without working to gain them. He does not bless unjust gain or lazy gain.
I can think of certain ones who divorce, believing they can achieve riches by finding a more desirable mate who walks around with a big wad of money in their pocket.
Their heart is black as coal. They do not care if they have a faithful mate when their heart turns to greed, vain imaginings and action. Right after filing for divorce, the sly plotter will rob the home. Of course, they do this when their unsuspecting spouse is gone for a period of time, knowing they can take what they want, everything being in both names.
I knew two women who suffered such an offense. They were left with little, being nothing could be done; legalities shut the door on them.
Of course, the mate who robs, has hired a heartless lawyer who implements the dishonest ways of the legal system to swindle most everything in the divorce process.
The scheme continues as the vile, divorcing conspirator attempts to find a rich, well-to-do substitute. However, I have never seen this succeed. Their wickedly laid strategies eventually produce a desert waste, as stated in verse 6.
Years ago my husband, Al, when a correctional administrative lieutenant at a prison, was dealing with an inmate offender, a con man, who was infamous for being a polygamist, accumulating rich women as wives and then stealing much of what they possessed. His strange obsession incited him to court those women who were recently widowed, hurting, and well-to-do. He would lay the tenderest, comforting lines on them to apprehend. Maneuvering his various wives eventually upset the cart in more ways than one. Who could balance such a thing for long in conniving stealth? One by one a wife would discover another wife.
This incarcerated polygamist would write tender letters to unsuspecting widows to snag money from them while in prison. Being behind bars for polygamy didn’t deter him one bit!
He deceived one lady using the inmate phone, to get her money.
Al explained to her his indictment, but it was still a laborious task for him to get it through her head. She had bought all the swindling lines, had fallen in love with him, and would not believe the truth. She would not cooperate, though she was being financially swindled by a prisoner.
This con was eventually released from prison and he returned to quick cash scheming through polygamy plotting, thinking the second time would spin the wheel of success. Well, I don’t mean to surprise you, but he did get caught again, this time being wanted in several states.
Though lasting success always eluded him, the dough prospect kept him running to the next widow. God often intervenes in the legal process so unjust fortunes sink into desert sands.
The lottery promise also leads to desert waste. Many gamble away the money needed to sustain a family in hopes of snaring the 12 million dollar jackpot of fast and easy money. They are sure the next ticket will lead to bars of gold.
Of course, there are a few winners, though the vast majority never secure a dime.
One of the few lottery winners did move to a neighborhood adjacent to ours, where a dream home was built. To the person’s misfortune, everything was lost, due to poor planning and just spending—spending.
The Lottery victimizes countless people from all sectors of society. Though of course, they are not without sin! These deceived ones lust after green bucks and its all about satisfying their avarice hands. Some people go beyond the lottery, placing themselves in bondage to slot machines and racing.
Lottery and Gambling Facts:
(Edited and condensed from an article addressing gambling, by George Caylor.)
If you take all the members of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines, there are six times that many young people addicted to gambling!
Where video poker is legal, players are losing their pension money, their homes, and their savings. In every town where gambling becomes legal, pawn-shops abound, crime increases, suicide is usual, and neighborhoods go down the tubes.
If you win the lottery, what besides money do you win?
Let me tell you of a personal experience. Three years ago, my Philadelphia client Steve came into my office and told me—six months ago, his brother Bob won a State Lottery for $5 million!”
“Well, it’s not $5 million in cash, but an annual income of about $180,000 per year after taxes. And Bob doesn’t have anything to invest.”
“How does he not have anything left?!”
“Let me tell you the whole story. Before Bob won the lottery, he was healthy, ran marathons, had a wonderful wife, three sweet boys and a good job. Everything’s changed.”
“After the win, Bob became such a jerk at work that they fired him. He made new friends who were cocaine users. He stopped running marathons. He became such a jerk at home, that his wife left him and took the boys with her.
And if Bob leaves his house, there are hoodlums driving up and down his street ready to break Bob’s legs. He hasn’t been paying his gambling bills, and the annual lottery annuity doesn’t cover them.”
Last February Steve was back in my office. My first question was “Has Bob recovered?”
Steve looked down: “I was Bob’s executor after he shot himself Christmas day.”
Final game tally – Bob lost his life. Before he “won the game,” Bob had everything a man could want, he had won life’s many blessings. The effects of winning that lottery cost him everything a man can lose.
After that episode, I did some research on lottery winners and discovered that Bob was no exception to the rule.
Most are stone-broke within three years, many are dead. It’s as if the lottery check comes with a contract that states, “I hereby relinquish all.”
Of course, examples of this truth, exposed by God, could go on and on. The point is, trying to achieve in this world by listening to sinful man and trusting in him, never builds everlasting rewards. Becoming rich and successful outside of God’s plan of placing Christ and others first, can be deadly.
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Praise is set forth in verse 13, returning to Jeremiah, worship offered to God, the only hope for Israel. This holy, uplifted acclaim to God is undefiled and perfect in truth. Second John emphasizes that we only walk in the truths of the Bible, and reject all other teachings, and all teachers who would teach contrariwise. We learn in this little book that if we abide in the doctrines of Christ, that we have both the Father and the Son.
The Scriptures proclaim, truth is everything. God’s Word of wisdom is always “real time,” it is for every moment in every person’s life.
There are grave consequences set on men who teach anything or write anything contrary.
Jeremiah only wrote what was correct in the eye of the LORD God, as did all Bible authors.
We also note in verse 13, that the names of those who forsake God, will be “written down.”
Revelation 20:11-13 reveals the lasting truth of this—a day is looming when the books will be open and everyone judged according to their deeds.
Matthew 12:36-37 severely warns that every careless word that people speak, they shall give accounting for in the Day of Judgment.
We, as believers, will have our works tested by the fire of God; 1 Corinthians 3:12f. It will be a test of motive and action, not according to a popularity chart.
Turning back to Jeremiah, God’s curse is pronounced for disobedience, for forsaking the LORD, “The Fountain of Living Waters.” When men act according to what is right in their own eyes, they forsake “The Fountain of Living Waters.”
We know Jesus Christ is the living water, who arrived in the flesh of man, John 1:14, disclosing the relevancy of this verse. Christ came and made completely real the attributes of God that were recorded in the Old Testament. In John chapter 4, Christ told the woman at the well, that He was the living water and He is the water of eternal life. In John 7:37-38, we further note, Christ is the living water who truly satisfies spiritual thirst. (See also Revelation 7:17 that reassures true believers that Christ, who leads us to living fountains, will wipe away the tears from our eyes in heaven.)
We are wholly privileged to be living in New Testament times; whereby, we more fully understand these attributes that have been displayed before us in the person of Christ.
Moving into verse 14, we read of God’s healing attribute. Christ came to earth and healed many and is still doing so today. Jeremiah recognized only true healing could come from God, and that being spiritual healing as well. It is a blessed thing to pray for prospering health for fellow, true believers, as we note in 3 John verse 2.
We are assured in this Jeremiah verse, that God is Savior! Jeremiah sought him as Savior requesting, “Save me and I will be saved.”
Christ died on the tree of crucifixion to save man from his sin. He also saved Jeremiah from the sins he committed on the earth. We know no one lived a sinless life and Jeremiah cries out for God’s redemption in this book.
Persecution is what we witness in verse 15. The wicked Jews ask Jeremiah sarcastically, “Where is the Word of the LORD? Let us see it now!” This is a prevision to what Christ endured from sinful men when He came to the earth. Men wanted Christ to display many miracles to prove He was God. He presented countless miracles, but wicked men still would not believe and demanded more. The hearts of the Jews held the same hardness as the Jews in Jeremiah’s day.
It is despairing that these Jews, whom Jeremiah loves and wants to preserve, hate him so. They are daring him with, if the calamity is to come to pass, as you say, then bring it on!
Tenderness counteracted this cruel, sarcastic verbiage. Jeremiah replied with, he didn’t look forward to this day of judgment, knowing his heart was full of concern. It was full of concern for them.
We can see this attitude displayed today with those who stand on the Bible and want to warn others to live pure lifestyles to assure blessings. Pure Christians do not want people entering into promiscuous relationships that may produce the deadly disease of AIDS. And they do not want people suffering with other sexual diseases so they encourage abstinence till marriage.
Suicide is prominent among those who engage in the lifestyle of death and those who become bound in other types of promiscuity.
The facts: “Each year, one out of every three gay, lesbian or bisexual students in the San Francisco Unified School District reportedly, attempts suicide. For transgender students, that number jumps to nearly one in two.”
Promiscuous sex leads to suicide among our young: “Sexually active girls are nearly three times more likely to attempt suicide than girls who are pure.”
“Sexually active teenage boys are eight times more likely to attempt suicide than boys who are pure.”
Why not warn against following the crowd in sinful activity that produces guilt, bondage, depression, diseases, and death? This is part of loving one another.
Why should this exposure cause people to be persecuted? It is because today’s culture is all about death and destruction, not loving one another as oneself.
People who stand for purity and oppose homosexuality in the military are being persecuted and are being asked to resign in the name of homophobia and intolerance. They are cruelly being told they cannot stand with the natural family and purity until marriage. Our presidential administration sees the Biblical stand as illegal and worthy of just punishment.
In London, not long ago, a pastor was arrested who was warning, in a caring manner, of the earthly and eternal consequences of the lifestyle of death so repentance might take place unto salvation for those who listened. The hate that was cast upon him led to him being arrested by the bobbies.
At various times, we need to be reassured that the LORD is upholding our hands … our being; Isaiah 41:13. Continually reaching heavenward can maintain our alertness to His presence felt in every peril of persecution.
We carry with us the privilege of being able to cry out our hearts to God at anytime. We can request God to encourage us with His steadfast and everlasting love. We can intercede for His guidance and strength when our pain is immense. The Bible commands that we pray without ceasing. We can continually talk to the LORD about our hurts, temptations and disappointments in unceasing fellowship. He is able to restore us and grant us peace and deliverance. He never grows tired of restoring our souls.
Jeremiah needed God’s assurances for standing on holy righteousness, while warning the people of their sin. He stood alone, therefore he perpetually needed God’s love and strength placed upon him. He required renewal admist rejection and sarcasm.
Jeremiah moves toward faith restoration in this prayerful setting of desperation and terror. He must be reassured that God is by His side. Jeremiah speaks to the LORD, as to a nearby friend.
In the first line of verse 16, Jeremiah reminds God, in his time of despairing, that he has been a shepherd to these people. He has been their spiritual instructor who has taught them the ways of God.
(Godly men can represent God as His teaching shepherds, as did Jeremiah in times of old. If you turn to John 21:15-17, you will note that Jesus is exhorting Peter to be a shepherd to God’s followers. He is to instruct, love and nurture believers in the ways and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Shepherds, also called pastors or elders, are those who watch over the believing flock or church without being dictatorial; 1 Peter 5:2-3. This can involve a multitude of responsibilities which are explained in Timothy, Titus, Ephesians chapter 4, etc.)
Continuing further in verse 16, Jeremiah informs God of his obedience and dedication in this time of dread. He almost seems to be on the verge of panic in verse 17. His enemies are encompassed about. How many of us have been here? I certainly have.
With a positive, inserted note, we are reassured that God is Jeremiah’s refuge. God is his “hope in the day of evil.” The LORD God is a refuge to all believers who dwell in the fire of persecution. In America, we do not feel the persecution as those in other countries who have to depend upon Christ to shelter them every minute.
It has been reported that the unregistered churches of China surpass the Bible churches in America. There are possibly over 100 million born again believers in this Chinese land of little freedom, who are all regarded as criminals for loving the LORD Jesus Christ.
Christians in many nations are imprisoned or murdered for their faith; this is especially true in Muslim lands where beheading Christians is commonplace.
In verse 18, Jeremiah calls for the Jews’ destruction. He is not feeling love for his enemies here, but wants their evil intentions extinguished by the hand of God and soon. He wants righteousness to triumph over evil. He also acknowledges, all vengeance belongs to the Lord.
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Continuing on course, we begin a new section in verse 19. Jeremiah is again called to open-air evangelism. This bold preacher is to stand in the public gate proclaiming God’s Words. Jeremiah was to go where these unredeemed ones gathered, just as present day evangelists are to present the Gospel where the unsaved dwell. Jeremiah is to speak in the public gates of Jerusalem where people went about their business.
We read here that this is no “tickle your ears” type message. All The exhortations spoken through Jeremiah actually flow from the mouth of God, who plays no fun games with His Jewish creation.
This is another heavy-duty sermon, sin exposure. An exhortation that calls out to the Hebrews to abandon their greed.
God commands that they cast their business aside on the Sabbath, and simply worship Him with no desire for lucrative profit. God is addressing everyone, from the lowly in status to the kings of Judah.
Turning this today-ward, we witness the church desiring to appease the selfish, self-centered community that surrounds us. The church believes it must make everyone feel they are still attached to the local mall when in church. Therefore, fellowships now sell things, including food and drink, to please the materialistic man who loves to spend money at every turn.
Some churches even have small coffee restaurants. One church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has a regular restaurant.
Various churches engage in raffles, selling crafts, church stocks … you just name it … simply to please and gratify the flesh that craves shopping and never wants to stop. Leaders attempt to make it look spiritual, stating it is for the financial profit of the church.
The only example of giving that is true to the Word, is believers placing money in an offertory and not being coerced into it through having an item of desire flashed before them in church to entice them to remove some cash from their pocketbook.
In the days of the temple, the Jews also placed money in a box, as viewed with the poor widow who gave all she had. She gave more than the richest of men, because she gave from her heart that held a true love for God.
Years ago, most all businesses were closed on Sunday in respect to the day of worship. I am old enough to remember. Now, anything goes in our churches and society. Though we are grateful for those businesses that display the closed sign in the window.
The disrespect we view today for worship, must make our Savior weep.
Turning back to Jeremiah, viewing verses 25-26, God makes a promise, informing the Jews that if they repent from selling on the Sabbath, then He will bless the city of Jerusalem forever. He states kings and princes will come riding on horses and chariots through the gates of the city. Further, offerings and sacrifices will be brought to the House of the LORD from areas outside of Jerusalem.
Now, we know, this great day of obedience did not come to pass. The southern kingdom refused to repent. Obedience will surface one day; God will mightily bless Jerusalem for obedience. It will transpire in a most glorious way, during the millennial reign of Christ.
Turning to Nehemiah 13:15-18, will assist in understanding God’s heart. In this passage, God is exposing, through Nehemiah, that the Jews, who have returned to Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity, have returned to their ancestral, sinful ways. They are engaging in the fleshly desire for wealth and prestige, and are buying and selling on the Sabbath to accomplish this. They want money exchanged every day of the year to please their piggish eyes. They cannot even set aside one day a week for Almighty God who provides all their necessities.
This is a history lesson of condemnation. Nehemiah is sharply preaching to the Jewish people—having descended from the Jews who lived in Jeremiah’s day. Nehemiah is discoursing on pre-captivity activities, referencing the sins that leveled Jerusalem, because there was no desire to put aside the ways of the world to worship the LORD.
Now, these returned ones are again engaging in the same dealings that landed their grandparents in exodus. Nehemiah exposes the calamity that befell their ancestors through the Babylon invasion for a present day warning.
Jesus physically revealed His anger with the Jews in the same vein centuries later. They were once again engaging in business, in and around the temple. They were carrying merchandise through it—Mark 11:16. Jesus used force to vent His dissatisfaction with the people.
God’s anger is unleashed in verse 27, in Jeremiah, letting it be known a fire will be kindled in the gates, in all Jerusalem, and it will not be quenched if the buying and selling on the Sabbath continues.
When we arrive at chapter 52, we will view the fulfillment of these verses, when Jerusalem, including the temple, are razed.
What might God be thinking when observing the wayward ways of His children in our era? He must surely be angered at the lack of respect for holiness in the church realm, including the handling of money.
Though everyone suffers the consequences of all disrespect for houses of worship, many are blind to the belittling and casting aside of unadulterated worship. Contemporary-ism father’s the modern methodology of new perspectives of new attitudes of tolerance. And now neo-orthodoxy is riding in on the coattails of these new perspectives, which simply humanizes Christianity into “anything goes.” It refuses to take Scripture literally.
Its sneaky promoters use the most sacred language to deceive, but they mean the opposite of their words. If you listen with discernment for an extended period, you understand they truly do not take Scriptural disobedience seriously or its preordained, eternal consequences. They take Christianity and turn it into a confusing mess leading many to hell’s fire. Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer are a couple of the fathers of this diabolical heresy. These are the same types of heresies that were neo-orthodox in Jeremiah’s day. There is nothing new in the way of liberal theology or compromise. The word “compromise,” of course, is too simplified and too pointed for the theological elite who must dress it up with impressive language of theology that leads to the writing of endless books and articles to justify everything in two-faced wordiness.
What is our out? The straight and narrow path that never changes. Yes, the heritage of the Scriptures that never falters. This is the heritage passed down to us by God for our blessed good.
In His truths,
Jeremiah Chapter 18
May we be vessels fit for the LORD’s use!
This chapter begins with God telling Jeremiah to go to the potter’s house and there He would announce His Words to him. In verse 2, Jeremiah heeds the command and travels to a potter’s house to watch the artisan spin and work his hands over the wet, formable clay. Jeremiah closely observes the steps of the thrower’s creation.
Unfortunately, the forming piece on the wheel becomes unpliable and spoiled (like Israel). In spite of this, the potter simply refashions the vessel on the wheel; one with green strength (pottery term meaning durable) and formed to the satisfaction of the potter; verse 4. And, no doubt, to the delight of Jeremiah.
Isaiah 64:8 declares, “But now, oh LORD, you are our Father, we are the clay, and thou the potter; and we are the work of your hands.”
It is quite the education to observe crafty people produce clay works before your eyes.
Our son, Joshua, has a potter’s wheel and I have often witnessed the clay spoiled and cast away—becoming completely unusable. He has formed many unique and splendid vessels; yet, they are usually fashioned after some disappointments with mushy clay that did not always yield to his will.
God uses this visual illustration to reveal He is the ultimate potter of Israel; the nation is in His forming hands, just as we are. He, being the ultimate molder, is free to destroy the clay or dust which He composed. And God is kindly mindful that we are but dust; 103:14. He rules over all the human clay of the earth, and His ultimate purposes will always be performed over the will of rebellious clay.
Yes, the human pot can plead his or her case, but the ultimate decision concerning the vessel, is determined by God; no other.
Romans chapter 9, more fully explains this; specifically verses 20-21. God manufactures vessels for honorable and dishonorable use and we have no right to question Him in these actions. Moreover, we have no right to ask of God, why He formed us the way He did. A person deformed is not to question, “Why is this?” We have no right to question Him about any of His creation. He did not choose to make everyone gorgeous, intelligent and wealthy. Thank goodness! How in the world could we learn to truly reveal love and charity if everyone was perfect in every way to behold?
Back in Jeremiah, verses 6-11, we read of the reigning supremacy of God. He has every right to do as He chooses with His people. Judah was being held and configured by the Creator of all. Within this text, strong, authoritative; yet loving language assails us … He will allow no mere men to argue with Him! Men can repent and be saved, but sinful men cannot attack the God of true justice. Due to the LORD’s overruling authority, He can destroy any nation at will and He will do so to Israel.
These verses appear to reiterate the truths found in Isaiah 40:12f, which explain how God establishes nations and rulers, and then destroys them at will.
Verse 8, in Jeremiah, addresses God being willing to withdraw evil if a wayward nation renounces its evil deeds. This is exactly what happened with Nineveh and this was a Gentile city. God is kind, availing graciousness to any who choose to repent. And He supplies opportunities, leaving men without excuses.
Included here is God’s desire to bless nations, but when they turn from Him; He recants on His good intentions. Of course, this occurs with individuals as well. God informed David, He held many blessings for him, but because he sinned with Bathsheba, they were withdrawn; 2 Samuel 12:8f.
In verse 11 of Jeremiah, God announces He “will frame evil against Israel” unless she repents and turns to “good.” Jeremiah is told to convey this message to the Jews. God is not sneaky or stealthy. He has nothing to hide. He has no shady agendas or secret messages. No one has to obtain to a certain level of maturity to find a certain truth in the Bible. It is all there, laid bare, for all to read and learn.
Some false cults claim you can achieve certain spiritual, enlightenment levels if you strive to meet their goals or demands; whereby, you can receive special messages from religious leaders. This is how they can enslave followers to do their bidding, even sexual compliance. This is the way of satan who is not about being forthright in all things. He is the deceiver and father of lies.
God exposes excuses in verse 12 for disobedience, knowing the people were languishing and saying, “It’s hopeless.” It’s like believers negatively stating today, “The Word of God is too hard to follow, who can do it? God knows we can’t obey everything.”
No one can incite such excuses before God and get away with it. God reveals the truth when He asserts they are acting according to the stubbornness of their evil hearts. When it comes to ignoring the Word of God, that is exactly what it is—STUBBORNNESS!
Today believers want to explain sin away with, “Oh they just need counseling.” Or, “Their parents were the same way; simply a family weakness.” On and on run the excuses of sinful, vile, and proud man.
God knows better and so do wise people who know their Bible, which teaches man is a sinner from birth.
Truth relays, all need to repent and be washed in Christ’s blood of righteousness. Christians adamantly must call sin … sin.
Personally, I know of no Christian counselors who call for humble repentance. Nor none who will take people through the Bible, and with it, explain how they must turn away from all that is contrary to it … including a stubborn heart that is bent to do whatever gets it high.
God will not let any “me” type person to get away with anything. He will always lay bear the fact they want to sin, they want the pleasure, they want to live out their vile dreams of performing every wicked thing, because “It is all about me.”
The “virgin of Israel” appears in verse 13. How startling that God will even use such a phrase at this point of Israeli backsliding. But this was what the potter designed Israel to be; to be set apart for God and Him alone. No distractions; no alluring idols of gold.
They were to be betrothed to God solely, to never wander to another.
True believers belong to Jesus Christ and Him alone. Divorcing Him or being unfaithful should never be planted in our minds; just as the word “divorce” should never enter the conservation of a married couple.
Our fellowship relationship is akin to marriage. When a couple vows faithfulness “till death do part,” and then one leaves to chose another or others, they are in sin.
This verse is a slap in the face to the pompous Jews, for they are told, even the heathen or godless peoples know what Israel is doing is wrong. Yes, the unsaved often know better, how believers should act than they know themselves. Many unsaved are turned off to God, because so-called Christians continually cast a bad light on themselves through godless actions.
So-called Christians with evil intentions will lie and say, conform to society so you can attract the unsaved. Act according to societal prerequisites. This is one of the biggest fibs of satan. God commands, do not touch what is unclean and do not love this world. Its ways are to be a despicable thing in our eyes.
We cannot go through the New Testament and that which applies to us from the Old, and respond with, I do not need to conform to this, it’s old fashioned. I will be made fun of if I obey, even in a church situation. If we think this, we must ask who then is our strength and power? Christians are not called to be cowards.
Poetic beauty is composed in verse 14, referring to Mount Lebanon in the North, a range bathed in God’s snow and once covered in cedars. Presently, Lebanon snow is used for skiing and snowboarding on its 42 slopes. Hiking is relished … climbers trudge through the snow and over rough terrain; whereby, they are rewarded with vistas, waterfalls, and the Mediterranean Sea.
God inquires, would one abandon this plush area of splendor; by which, spring, melted snow cascades down the plateaus to feed the valley fields? Well, leaving and abandoning God, who created the Lebanon Mountains, which harvests agricultural blessings, is foolish. He, the Creator of all that is good, is the same one who has bestowed countless blessings to the Jewish people. How blinded can one be?
Unveiling the pain God is experiencing is directed to us in verse 15, and expressed in these words, “For my people have forgotten me!” He has been cast aside like an old pair of sandals. We too hurt God’s heart through our selfish actions.
The following phrase reads, “They have stumbled from their ways, from the ancient paths, to walk in bypaths—NOT ON A STRAIGHT HIGHWAY.”
I don’t mind being thought of as an old-fashioned prude by fellow believers, because I want to stay on the ancient paths of an old-fashioned, prudish God. It is a path that actually is a highway, which never bends nor leads one to speak, “I’m confused.” No one who journeys on the old-fashioned paths of God can end up confused. It is the tried and true highway.
Now, it must be admitted, there are those who claim to travel the old fashioned road and look it; yet, they hide an inner, sinful life. This is because they have an outward form of godliness or appearance; and not a genuine heart containing holiness. (2 Timothy 3:5)
When a sinful lifestyle is exposed in those who appear externally righteous, it can turn people away from the true paths of Scripture, and a righteous, separated appearance. This eventuates to a path of liberalism, hating all that even resembles separation from this world. Yes, this is most sad. I have seen it, and no doubt you have too.
When David sinned, he caused people to mock God; and God condemned David’s lost witness, making him pay grievously; 2 Samuel 12:13-14.
Our eyes can only be on God who is all righteousness, and never men who have a fallen nature that deceives. If our eyes are placed on Christians, we will be disappointed. So-called famed Christians appear to be falling frequently into sin these days. One noticeable thing that often gives them away is a proud look; they noticeably glory in their notability.
I say it is better to be a nobody, where no limelight of fame bothers to glow. If you abide only in Scripture, you usually never have to worry about fighting the pride of the renowned. Paul the apostle wrote he was a nobody and he preferred it that way.
When we wonder from the King’s highway, we end up like the people referred to in Ephesians 4:14, who are tossed here and there by waves, carried by every wind of doctrine.
Back in Jeremiah, verse 16, we learn the nations that surround Israel are going to make fun of God’s people; they are going to hiss and shake their heads, because the Jews have abandoned their God. Their showy, outward, religious appearance will melt, displaying in full view, their hidden, ugly hearts.
“I will show them my back and not my face,” says God. What a sign of broken fellowship; verse 17. This is an easy mind picture—an indication of detachment, and moving away from a relationship.
Abraham Lincoln wisely explained, “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right, but part with him when he goes wrong.”
This represents the ways of God and the way we should live; not desiring to be corrupted by bad company, including those who don’t walk in the truth, nor do not promote chaste ways of living.
At times a believer will waver, resulting in us having to loosen our grip on their hand. Jesus had to let go of Judas’ hand when he raised his heel against Him—Psalm 41:9 and John 13:18. It is nice to know God holds the hands of true believers—Isaiah 41:13 and Psalm 73:23.
When people move from the truth, we know we cannot remain close to them. You no longer walk together as one in Christ. When Christians, even pastors, begin to state things contrary to the Word, it is a danger sign, and we must take note and say something. If they refuse to respond to truth, we must depart.
When you begin to hear things that are not in perfect synchronization with the Holy Scriptures, something must be done so you are protected. You do not want to become deceived as well. Lucifer would always like to take more than one.
Verse 18 makes it obvious that everyone hates Jeremiah for being such a wet blanket. He just won’t get into the swing of things. Fortunately, during these times, we have always witnessed Jeremiah run to the only One who holds the answers—this being the LORD God. Jeremiah uses God as his sounding board while in fear and trembling. God continually offered Himself to Jeremiah and He offers Himself to us. The LORD is always there for His children who are walking with Him and who require His assistance. He grants peace, hope and love in every troubling circumstance of life.
Through it all, Jeremiah is learning endurance—an invaluable attribute. He is acquiring it through the hostility poured upon him. Though, be warned, he hasn’t seen anything yet!
What more perfects us in endurance but our trials? (James chapter 1) Jeremiah is being raised to higher ground; the foundation of perfection in persecution!
Does Jeremiah see this? I do not believe so.
The Jews were verbally making fun of Jeremiah with insolent tongues of despisement; in essence asking, what difference does it make if we slash him with our tongues? We will still have our priests, sages, and prophets who are on our side.
They could not recognize they were directing their useless guns of ridicule toward a man who would not reroute to please his fellow Jews and family.
Christ too was stricken with tongues, recounted in Matthew 27:39-44, while He suffered and bled on the tree of crucifixion. Those who despised His righteous teachings held the same revengeful loathing; they even wagged their heads at Him. They insulted the innocent One fiercely with cutting bites of verbal abuse. And we know every hour of every day He is still being cursed by men.
Christ was left alone to suffer for all mankind. Even His heavenly Father had to turn away when all our sins fell upon His holy Son. Christ was forsaken of men and by His heavenly Father that we might be saved.
Jeremiah was abandoned and mistreated by men; yet, God never deserted him; verse 19. His sins too would be paid for him later at Calvary. No one, including Jeremiah, had to suffer as Christ suffered, being totally abandoned, beaten and scarred beyond comprehension.
Jeremiah knows of the dirty, little plot set against him. The ruthless Jewish community has dug a pit for his soul; and it is awaiting his arrival. They have pre-laid the snares for his steps.
Jeremiah calls out for God to rescue him. He pleads for God’s protection by reminding God of his faithfulness in obedience.
As of yet, Jeremiah has not resisted to the place of shedding of blood; Hebrews 12:4. But he is still concerned about tomorrow, knowing religious authorities wait for him to claim his blood. Religious authorities also waited in conspiracy to claim Christ’s blood, eventually getting what they wanted, not knowing it was all part of God’s miraculous plan. But God never allowed murderous plans to completely pan out regarding Jeremiah. Of course, Jeremiah was not the Savior and God of the world!
Christ calls us to pick up our tree and follow Him, which literally means to walk a road that can lead to painful death. We are to be willing to do as He did for us. The stake of crucifixion meant demise, a death of torment. We should not be unwilling to die for our Lord and His truth.
In North Korea, in the 1950s, Pastor Kim and his 27 member congregation were asked to deny Christ or die. They refused. A commanding, communist officer ordered four children to be hung. When his subordinates put the nooses around their small necks, the believers were once again asked to deny Christ. They still would not! The believers told the children, “We will soon see you in heaven.” The children then departed to their heavenly home.
This officer, with no heart, furthered his murdering agenda, ordering a steamroller. He forced the Christians to lie on the ground in its path. As the engine revved, they were provided with one last chance to recant their faith in the Savior.
As the steamroller began to inch forward the Christians began to sing, “More love to Thee, Oh Christ … then shall my latest breath whisper Thy praise, This be my parting cry my heart shall raise; More love, O Christ, to Thee,” continuing until their bodies were crushed under the pressure of massive rollers.
Christ provides the strength and power for His solid children to stand for Him in the midst of persecution. God faithfully lifted Jeremiah from the jaws of fear to carry on the message of salvation. God promised to preserve Jeremiah from the beginning; however, the moment to moment hatred reality, caused Jeremiah to want this assurance reenforced as needed.
Jeremiah requests God’s vengeance to fall on the malice-filled Jews; verse 21. Jeremiah, personally, would never lift a hand against his enemies.
In verse 23, Jeremiah speaks of the omniscience (all knowing ways) of God in an example prayer of faith, knowledge, and intimacy with God. When we know God, we can tell Him all that is in our hearts, including our fears. We can reverently beseech Him every moment in total honesty and reality. This includes with temptation, explaining to God plainly what it is, how it makes us weak, how it bothers our heart, and how we want it removed.
Jeremiah knows God sees all and knows all, including the heart and thoughts within evil plotting to snag the innocent. This revealing a glimmer of faith in Jeremiah, even as he speaks of the pit they dug and the snare they set. Without the LORD, he stood absolutely alone. There could not possibly be a police rescue on this day and in this age. And consider the fact, the corrupt religious government views him as a criminal worthy of pogrom. Here is a civilized land; yet, personal religious rights are void for Jeremiah.
In the next phrase, Jeremiah asks for God not to forgive these people. Jeremiah did not know his coming Messiah would ask forgiveness for those who orchestrated His execution. Jeremiah, as we know, is a type of Christ when it comes to a righteous man suffering for the holy ways of God.
There is coming a retribution cry, when believers in Christ will request justice regarding those who persecute them unto death. In Revelation 6:9-10, believers, who have given their lives for the Gospel, cry out for the blood of avenge in judgment for their lives being snuffed out by evil doers; those who hate the way of the Calvary. Much of Revelation deals with the fulfillment of their pleas.
And 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10 reassures persecuted, New Testament believers, that fiery, vengeance will arrive on the unrepentant, evil people who persecute them.
In Him who strengthens us in all our trials,
PS Here is a clay pot creating video. (Please consider the fact, God works in far finer detail with each individual person.)
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