October 24, 2016: Verse of the day


139:10 even there your hand would lead me This expression connotes a more positive view of God’s hand than Ps 139:5, but still emphasizes the incredible length of God’s reach.
your right hand Implies God’s care and action to protect the psalmist.

Faithlife Study Bible

139:9 the wings of the morning … uttermost parts of the sea. A poetic expression meaning from the east to the west, anywhere on earth.
139:10 shall lead me. It is not merely that God will see the psalmist wherever he is: He will be there to guide and support him as well. See “Omnipresence and Omnipotence” at Jer. 23:24.

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Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 10/22/2016

‘No,’ Carl Lentz Responds When Asked By Oprah if Only Christians Can Be in Relationship With God   Oct 19, 2016 02:48 pm

Photo credit: InstagramPhoto credit: Instagram During a recently-aired episode of Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday,” hipster Hillsong NYC leader Carl Lentz replied in the negative when asked by the popular talk show host if he believes only Christians can be in a relationship with God. The episode was recorded earlier this year, but aired this past Sunday as per the Super Soul…

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U.K. Boy Born With Two Percent of Brain Stunning Doctors Years After Mom Refused Abortion   Oct 16, 2016 07:02 am

noah-compressedPhoto Credit: Mark Three Media CUMBRIA, U.K. — A now four-year-old boy who is defying the odds after being born with only two percent of a brain was featured this past week in a U.K. documentary about his miraculous story. Noah Wall first made headlines in 2014 as his mother shared about how she and her husband repeatedly refused recommendations to abort and…

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Clinton at Al Smith Dinner: ‘In Order to Achieve Salvation, We Need Both Faith and Good Works’   Oct 21, 2016 07:02 am

clinton-102016-compressedNEW YORK — During Thursday night’s Al Smith charity dinner in New York City, which featured speeches from both presidential candidates, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton told those gathered that she shares a belief with Roman Catholics that to “achieve salvation,” a person must have “both faith and good works.” “I am not Catholic. I’m a Methodist. But one of the…

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Judge Reaffirms Nationwide Ban on Obama Admin Policy Allowing Male Students in Girls’ Restrooms   Oct 20, 2016 07:02 am

Womens Restroom-compressedFORT WORTH, Texas — A federal judge in Texas has reiterated that his previous preliminary injunction banning the enforcement of the Obama administration’s recent restroom directives for public schools applies nationwide, and has refused to budge on the matter. “It is clear from Supreme Court and Fifth Circuit precedent that this Court has the power to issue a…

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‘Clergy’ Woman’s Prayer Praises Planned Parenthood for Opening Door to Fight ‘Religious Machines’ Opposing Abortion   Oct 20, 2016 07:01 am

guidry-ss-compressedNEW YORK — Speaking at a gathering in New York City celebrating the abortion and contraception giant Planned Parenthood, a United Church of Christ clergy woman delivered a prayer thanking God that the organization made way “for women to rise up against the political, religious and patriarchal machines that sought to undermine  right to choose.” Neichelle…

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Barna Study: ‘More Than Four Out of Ten Evangelicals’ Rejecting Both Trump and Clinton   Oct 18, 2016 07:02 am

trump-clinton-compressed-1Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore (Trump photo)/ Zachary Moskow (Clinton photo) A recent Barna study shows that although many of those who identify as evangelical support the presidential candidacy of Republican nominee Donald Trump, more than four out of ten evangelicals currently reject both Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The…

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FBI Nationwide Sex Trafficking Bust Results in Rescue of 82 Minors, Arrest of 239 Perpetrators   Oct 19, 2016 12:00 pm

arrest-compressed-1Photo Credit: Federal Bureau of Investigations The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has announced the outcome of its annual sex trafficking bust, which resulted in the rescue of 82 minors and the arrest of 239 perpetrators. Operation Cross Country is a part of the FBI’s Innocence Lost National Initiative, which was first launched in 2003. This year’s…

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U.S. Air Force Releases Memo on Policies for Accommodating ‘Transgender’ Airmen   Oct 17, 2016 06:58 pm

Air ForceWASHINGTON — Officials with the United States Air Force have released a memo on how the branch will accommodate “transgender” airmen in matters of dress, physical fitness, and restroom and shower use. “This is another step in allowing transgender airmen to serve openly, receive medical care relating to gender transition and allow transgender individuals to join…

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Obama, Clinton Tweet in ‘Celebration’ of 100th Year of Planned Parenthood   Oct 17, 2016 11:57 am

Hillary Clinton pdWASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton both Tweeted in celebration of the 100th year of the abortion and contraception giant Planned Parenthood on Sunday, asserting that it has empowered women to control their destinies. Oct. 16th marked a century since the organization, founded by feminist and eugenics supporter…

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Evidence of a Young Moon? Study Forces Scientists to Rethink Lunar Dating Techniques   Oct 17, 2016 09:14 am

moonCould the moon be younger than most realize? A new study shows that craters on the moon form quicker than previously thought, which means many features on the lunar surface are not as old as astronomers had predicted. Astronomers at Arizona State University and Cornell University recently set out to measure the formation rate of craters on the moon. To do so, they…

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Top News – 10/23/2016

Thousands of Muslims storm ancient streets of Rome as Italy SHUTS DOWN mosques
The small mosques had been shut down by the authorities on fears that youngsters were becoming radicalized. An imam led the group in chants of “Allah Akbar” while they kneeled to the ground facing the Colosseum. Italy does not recognise Islam as an official religion.

#Podesta16: WikiLeaks releases fresh batch of emails from Clinton campaign chair
The whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has released a new tranche of emails from the hacked account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta. The leaks have offered extraordinary insight into the operations of Clinton’s campaign team, revealing details about Clinton’s Wall Street speeches, ‘pay for play’discussions,

End Times Expert: This Sukkot is Transition Period Before Messianic Era
While most understand…the temporary booth Jews build on the holiday of Sukkot, to be a physical manifestation of spirituality, End Times expert Rabbi Pinchas Winston revealed in a recent interview that the sukkah is actually deeply connected to the coming of the Messianic age, helping Jews to prepare spiritually for what is to come. He reminds us that whatever is coming, …it will be “massive” and Divine protection will be required to survive it all.

Leading Evangelical Calls For Civil Disobedience Against California Abortion Law
Dr James Dobson has called for civil disobedience against a law in California which requires pregnancy centres to inform women about abortion services that are publicly funded.

New Synthetic Biology Factory Will Design, Build, and Test Custom Organisms
Gingko Bioworks launched their new laboratory last month—an automated “factory” that mass-produces genetically modified organisms. The organism company’s tagline is “Biology By Design,” and it aims to deliver just that in their second foundry, which is equipped with numerous robots that mash together huge batches of genes to churn out new and exotic lifeforms.

Hamas launches multiple long-range missile
Israel’s southern residents, living just minutes from the Gaza border, have become increasingly worried by the sight of rocket experiments conducted by Hamas which can be seen from their home windows. While the IDF is convinced that Hamas currently has little interest in the renewal of hostilities…the military also remains certain that the terrorist…in Gaza is preparing for a future round of violence…

Islamic State: Militants fight back in western Iraqi town
Forces of so-called Islamic State have launched an attack in Iraq on a town in western Anbar province in an apparent attempt to divert attention from the government’s offensive on Mosul. The mayor of Rutba described the Islamic State (IS) assault on his town from three directions as “fierce”. Imad Meshaal spoke of clashes in the centre between IS and security forces.

Worshippers flock to Western Wall on 7th day of Succot
Thousands of Jewish worshipers gathered Sunday at the Western Wall in Jerusalem to mark Hoshana Raba, the 21st day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. It is also the seventh day of Succot. Although it is the final day of Hol Hamoed – the intermediate days of Succot – Hoshana Raba is followed by another day of the festival, Simhat Torah.

UNESCO chief after Temple Mount vote: I’ll fight ‘distorted visions’ of history
The director-general of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has further attempted to distance herself from preliminary approval by the UN body’s member states of a resolution that denies Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. Israel harshly condemned the October 13 vote to expunge any Jewish connection to the religion’s top holy sites and refer to them only by their Muslim names…

From Yemen To Turtle Bay
The simple answer is that Iran has challenged US power at the mouth of the Red Sea because it believes that doing so advances its strategic aims in the region. Iran’s game is clear enough. It wishes to replace the US as the regional hegemon, at the US’s expense. Since Obama entered office nearly eight years ago, Iran’s record in advancing its aims has been of uninterrupted success.

Soros group is accused of violating Arizona election law
A campaign finance violation complaint has been filed with the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office against a newly formed independent political committee linked to hedge fund tycoon George Soros.

Kremlin: demands for Assad’s departure “thoughtless”
The entire territory of Syria must be “liberated,” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said in remarks televised Saturday, dismissing demands for Syrian President Bashar Assad’s departure as “thoughtless.”

Hillary Clinton’s Insidious Threat to Traditional Christianity
Conservative Christian support for Donald Trump has become something of a scandal of late. But no matter how odious the Republican nominee’s faults may be, religious believers must not be fooled — Hillary Clinton represents a terrifying threat to religious freedom and traditional faith in general.

UN bans skeptical journalists from climate summit for holding views not ‘particularly helpful’
The United Nations has rejected the media credentials of three journalists from a conservative news outlet in Canada to the upcoming UN climate summit in Morocco in November. Nick Nuttall, a UN official, admitted in an October 18 CBC interview that The Rebel news outlet is being banned from attending the UN summit because of its skeptical reporting of the UN’s climate claims.

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton’s eye problems return at Cleveland rally
What is wrong with Hillary Clinton’s eyes? Several instances of her eyes not appearing to be acting in sync happened again during a rally in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday evening.

Top Headlines – 10/23/2016

Coalition chairman seeks bill to bar Israelis from speaking to Security Council

Another UNESCO panel to vote on text erasing Jewish ties to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount

Netanyahu Thanks Italian PM for Comments Against UNESCO Vote

Italian PM says he’ll seek to change EU minds on future UN votes

South Korea may use Israeli spy satellite

Egyptian court confirms 20-year prison sentence on Mursi

America’s foreign policy is turning Iran into a world power

Showdown in Mosul: The world against ISIS

Mosul battle: IS lays land mines ‘like a carpet’

Pentagon Expects Mosul Push to Unlock Trove of ISIS Intelligence

Iraq PM says ‘thanks but no thanks’ to Turkey on Mosul help

White House condemns use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces

Two killed, hundreds hurt by fumes after IS torches sulfur plant

Sulphur fumes near Mosul sends hundreds to hospital, US troops don masks

In surprise vote, Iraqi parliament bans alcohol from the country

Russian flotilla passes UK in clear message to West

Russia denies Polish claim Egypt sold it warships for $1

Russia accuses UK over ‘shrinking’ London embassy

Venezuela braces for turbulence after recall is stalled

Ceta talks: EU hopes to unblock Canada trade deal

Cuban officials and Communist Party members can now get U.S. remittances and more

Ad marketing ‘sugar daddy’ dating site to undocumented immigrants stirs anger

Men accused of planning bombing attack on Somalis were preparing for ‘social upheaval,’ attorney says

WSJ: On SCOTUS, Trump Has ‘Superior Grasp’ On Constitution, While Clinton’s Views Threaten Liberty

Obama Blames ‘Far-Right Media’ for ‘Pumping Out All Kinds of Crazy Toxic Stuff’

Trump gains on Clinton, poll shows ‘rigged’ message resonates

Attacks on the internet keep getting bigger and nastier

How your DVR was hijacked to help epic cyberattack

Thai junta says Google removing content with royal insults

AT&T clinches deal for Time Warner in the latest massive media merger

AT&T-Time Warner deal would create the nation’s largest entertainment company and is already raising antitrust concerns

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Saumlaki, Indonesia

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 25,000ft

Klyuchevksoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 19,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 16,000ft

Ulawun volcano on Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

Worsening drought conditions to plague southern US

Trump vows to sue ‘every one’ of his female accusers

Calif. university deems ‘man,’ ‘secretary,’ ‘male nurse’ not inclusive enough

Former KKK Leader David Duke Qualifies for Louisiana US Senate Debate

Cincinnati braces for racially charged police shooting trial

Vatican and Islamic University to Officially Resume Dialogue

Top News – 10/22/2016

‘Cowards’ Write ‘Kill All Police, Kill James Craig’ On Side Of Detroit Building
Detroit Police Chief James Craig addressed a personal threat to his life on Friday afternoon. Craig spoke to reporters in response a graffiti message found in the area of W. State Fair Ave. and John R. St. reading “Kill All Police, Kill James Craig.”

Axis of Evil 2? Kim Jong-un brags of terrifying friendship with Putin’s Russia
NORTH Korea has boasted about Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin’s “strong” and “friendly” relationship – sparking fears of a deadly new Axis of Evil.

Hispanic Evangelicals Emerging as New Powerhouse of Israel Support
When Hispanic-American pastors from around the country met in the nation’s capital last week, the main issue on their agenda was not immigration or health care – it was Israel. The pastors represented evangelical congregations from Connecticut to Oklahoma. This rapidly-growing portion of the U.S. Latino electorate could have a significant impact on American policy toward Israel in the years ahead.

Vatican and Islamic University to Officially Resume Dialogue
The Vatican announced on Friday they will be sending a representative to Egypt to set plans for the official re-launching of dialogue between the Holy See and the Al-Azhar Mosque and adjunct University, marking a seismic step in Catholic-Muslim relations.

RIGGED SYSTEM: Wikileaks Reveals List Of Over 38 Reporters And Journalists In The Bag For Crooked Hillary
Have you ever wondered why so many of the top news anchors, reporters and journalists are favorable to Crooked Hillary and nearly always hostile to Donald Trump? Well, wonder no more as the latest Wikileaks email dump shows some of the top names in liberal news reporting as very willing participants in the rigged system that desperately needs to elect Crooked Hillary at any cost.

Warning issued over ‘new Tower of Babel’
The only attempts at achieving ‘globalism’ presented in the Bible were destroyed or dispersed by the Lord,” he said. “We are also informed through warnings of biblical end time prophecies that a globalist spirit and leader will be the defining characteristic of the days of great tribulation that are to come upon the whole Earth. And this ‘Antichrist’ system, which includes globalism, is presented to us as the epitome of evil which is ultimately destroyed by the second coming.”

Russia accuses UK over ‘shrinking’ London embassy
The Russian ambassador to the UK has accused the British government of delaying the granting of visas to staff at its embassy in London. Alexander Yakovenko said the embassy was “shrinking” and questioned whether the UK wanted “an adequate Russian diplomatic presence”. He also criticised the prime minister and foreign secretary for giving what he said were “anti-Russian statements”.

EU vows to unblock Canada trade deal
The European Parliament president says he is optimistic that a free-trade deal between the EU and Canada can be signed soon despite last-minute obstacles. Objections by a Belgian region, which opposes the deal, “are for us Europeans to solve”, Martin Schulz said. He was speaking after meetings in Brussels with Canadian Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland and the head of Belgium’s Wallonia region.

Trump gains on Clinton, poll shows ‘rigged’ message resonates
The polling data showed Trump’s argument that the Nov. 8 election is “rigged” against him has resonated with members of his party. “Remember folks, it’s a rigged system,” Trump told a Pennsylvania rally on Friday. “That’s why you’ve got to get out and vote, you’ve got to watch. Because this system is totally rigged.”

Comment: America’s foreign policy is turning Iran into a world power
The battle that began this week in Mosul marks the beginning of the end of ISIS as a functioning state. It may take months or years, but ISIS will eventually lose… In keeping with the foolishness of their foreign policy…Americans…let Shi’ite militias, which are supported by Iran, take part in the battle for Mosul… The next American president will determine if Iran becomes the dominant power in the region and if it will also become a nuclear power.

Earthquakes rattles northwest Oklahoma
Several earthquakes have been recorded Friday afternoon in northwest Oklahoma. The United States Geological Survey reports on Oct. 21 that a preliminary 3.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 3:25 p.m. eight miles southeast of Helena. That quake was followed by a preliminary 4.0 magnitude earthquake, recorded at 3:26 p.m. 19 miles northwest of Fairview. A third earthquake, a preliminary 3.5 magnitude, was recorded at 3:48 19 miles northwest of Fairview.

Who is third choice?
Though McMullin is only on the ballot in 11 states, there’s even talk of the 40-year-old becoming president in a wild, exceedingly unlikely scenario in which neither Trump nor Clinton gets enough electoral votes and Congress is left to decide.

A police drone zapping suspects with a stun gun? It may be coming
The day when police zap suspects from the sky with drones carrying stun guns may be nearing. Taser International Inc., known for its stun guns and body cameras, is exploring the concept of a drone armed with a stun gun for use by police. This week, the company held discussions with police officials about such a device during a law-enforcement conference here.

Why is support for marijuana legalization hitting record heights?
Sixty percent of those polled by Gallup this month supported legalization, similar to the 57 percent polled earlier this fall by the Pew Research Center. One decade ago, those numbers were just 35 and 32 percent, respectively, highlighting the sudden groundswell of public support for legalization in recent years.

Hooded gunmen threatened Venezuela congress commission: opposition
A half-dozen hooded gunmen tried to break into the offices of the comptroller commission at the Venezuelan National Assembly on Friday, according to the president of the opposition-led commission, who said the incident was likely politically motivated.

POLL: Half of Republicans would reject ‘rigged’ election result if Hillary Clinton wins
Only half of Republicans would accept Clinton, the Democratic nominee, as their president. And if she wins, nearly 70 percent said it would be because of illegal voting or vote rigging, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday.

Major cyber attack disrupts internet service across Europe and US
US officials are investigating multiple attacks that caused widespread online disruption on both sides of the Atlantic on Friday. The Department of Homeland Security has begun an investigation into the DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack, the Guardian confirmed.

Top Headlines – 10/22/2016

In phone call, Netanyahu, Putin reaffirm commitment to mutual ties

In a dramatic twist, Italy vows to oppose UNESCO’s Jerusalem resolutions

Debunking UNESCO’s Dangerous Anti-Semitic Myth That Israel is Trying to Destroy the Al Aqsa Mosque

Tattoos over terror: victims of attacks receive free tattoos to reclaim their bodies

Hamas member killed in Gaza tunnel collapse

Vocal Abbas critic’s home shot up in West Bank village

Egyptian General killed in front of his home outside Cairo

Sweet-Toothed Egypt Endures a Sugar Crisis: ‘People Are Going to Snap’

Security forces end ISIS assault on Iraqi oil city, State TV says

Source: ISIS executes hundreds of Mosul area residents

Mosul battle: IS ‘may use civilians as human shields’

Inside the militants’ tunnels in Mosul

Turkey PM criticises “provocative” Iraqi leadership

Syrian government carried out third chemical attack, report says

Russia: Our task in Syria is to liberate it from terrorists

Kremlin: demands for Assad’s departure “thoughtless”

Moscow vows ‘painful’ response to future US financial sanctions

Belching smoke through the Channel, Russian aircraft carrier so unreliable it sails with its own breakdown tug

Report: Presence of Russian Aircraft Carrier in Eastern Mediterranean Will Limit IDF’s Ability to Act in Syria and Lebanon

Middle Israel: The return of the Cold War

Aleppo ceasefire at risk after Russia says all rebels can be eliminated

Aleppo Is a ‘Slaughterhouse,’ Says U.N. Official Seeking War Crimes Inquiry

Church bells around the world toll for civilian casualties in Aleppo

Defense Secretary Carter arrives in Iraq after 24-hour battle with Islamic State in Kirkuk

Islamic State fighters kill 13 in assault on power plant in northern Iraq’s Kirkuk

Islamic State sniper kills Iraqi journalist in Kirkuk

Bull of Nimrud destroyed by Isis to be recreated in Rome

Yemen crisis: ‘The forgotten war’

UN experts says Saudi coalition violated law in Yemen attack

Taliban envoys travel to Pakistan to discuss Afghanistan peace talks

U.S. warship challenges China’s claims in South China Sea

Hooded gunmen threatened Venezuela congress commission: opposition

‘Chemical incident’ shuts down London City airport

Did tear gas prompt London City Airport evacuation?

Major cyber attack disrupts internet service across Europe and US

US internet repeatedly disrupted by cyberattacks on key firm

Ongoing cyber attack hits Twitter, Amazon, other websites

Hackers Used New Weapons to Disrupt Major Websites Across U.S.

Hackers Wrecked the Internet Today Using DVRs and Webcams

This Is Why Half the Internet Shut Down Today

Why Today’s Attacks on the Internet Are Just the Start – Thanks to powerful new botnets, hackers now have the ability to knock major companies – even whole countries – offline

Homeland Security Is ‘Investigating All Potential Causes’ of Internet Disruptions

U.S. vote authorities warned to be alert to Russian hacks faking fraud – officials

Russia’s Request to Monitor the U.S. Election Was an Expert-Level Troll

Disputed Presidential Elections Are Nearly As Old As The US Presidency

Obama Warned of Rigged Elections Back in 2008

WikiLeaks Tweets “Heavily Armed Police” Outside Ecuadorian Embassy; Says Assange Is Still Alive

1,000 Clinton-Petraeus emails missing from records sent to State, FBI files show

Hillary’s Deleted Emails: Yoga Routines and Classified Diplomatic Talks

Clinton lectured State Dept. staff on cybersecurity in 2010 video

Facebook Employees Pushed to Remove Trump’s Posts as Hate Speech

Facebook employees fume after push to censor Trump posts rebuffed

Teens Steal Over $13K In iPhones From Natick Apple Store In ‘Flash Mob’ Robbery

A police drone zapping suspects with a stun gun? It may be coming

WikiLeaks: Donna Brazile Shreds Obama Economy – Acting DNC chair says ‘people are more in despair about how things are’

Janet Yellen could be on the verge of starting a ‘civil war’ at the Fed

Wynn: Printing Money Degrades Living Standard, Causes Anger; Healthcare Goes Up, Product Doesn’t Get Better

Risk of ‘Mass Exodus’ of Doctors from Medicare

53,515 Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Released to Sponsors By State

Oklahoma High School Teacher Tells Class: ‘To Be White Is to Be Racist’

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Angoram, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 15,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 15,000ft

Hong Kong shuts down as Typhoon Haima hits

Freak storms cause floods, kill 1 person in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Pipeline Leaks 55,000 Gallons of Gas Into Creek After Deadly Storms

Pennsylvania gas spill threatens 3 water systems

Ocean City flesh-eating bacteria death: ‘A horror movie’

Baby Partially Removed From Womb For Surgery, Then Put Back

Bush-Appointed Federal Judge Blocks Mississippi From Defunding Planned Parenthood

Why a British Bill That Would Pardon Men Convicted of Overturned Gay Sex Law Was Filibustered

Montana judge sparks outrage with no prison time for incest

Minister branded ‘mean spirited’ for blocking vote on pardon for gay men convicted of abolished offences

Hollywood’s New Male Cosmetic Surgery Trend: Scrotox (Yes, Really)

Procedure Vows To Help Those Suffering From ‘Selfie Chin’

Why is support for marijuana legalization hitting record heights?

Facebook Employees Pushed to Remove Trump’s Posts as Hate Speech

Posted: 22 Oct 2016 06:14 AM PDT

Some of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s posts on Facebook have set off an intense debate inside the social media company over the past year,…

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WAR DRUMS: U.S. warship challenges China’s claims in South China Sea

Posted: 22 Oct 2016 06:08 AM PDT

A U.S. navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, drawing a warning from Chinese warships to leave…

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Mormon Candidate Spelling Bad News for Trump in Utah

Posted: 22 Oct 2016 06:03 AM PDT

Looks like Utah may have just thrown a wrench in any hope of Donald Trump winning the state of Utah. That’s because the Republican presidential…

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Joe Biden Fed Up With Donald Trump, Wish He Could Fight Him

Posted: 22 Oct 2016 05:55 AM PDT

Vice President Biden, speaking at a Hillary Clinton rally Friday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., said he wishes he were in high school and could beat…

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Msterious Objects Spotted above Charlotte, NC Hotel

Posted: 22 Oct 2016 05:47 AM PDT

Alert the Men in Black! A strange site above a Charlotte hotel last Saturday has the internet going extraterrestrial, and it was all captured on…

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100 Percent Cancer-Free Carman Kicks the Devil in the Teeth

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 07:32 PM PDT

(Reported By Jennifer Leclaire) I still remember when I did an exclusive interview with gospel music sensation Carman. It wasn’t too long after he got…

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Pastor Praises Planned Parenthood’s Agenda During Prayer Serivce

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 07:20 PM PDT

A Chicago-area pastor praised the atrocities of Planned Parenthood during her invocation at a centennial celebration. “We celebrate today that on Oct. 16, 1916, Margaret…

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Apostolic Pioneer C. Peter Wagner Goes on to Glory

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 07:16 PM PDT

(Reported By Jennifer Leclaire) C. Peter Wagner, a pioneer in the apostolic ministry, has gone home to be with the Lord. He was 86 years…

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BOMBSHELL: Assange Reveals “Rigged Primary, Rigged Media, And Rigged Candidate”

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 07:10 PM PDT

After months of exposing damaging internal information from both the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, much of which actually points to criminal…

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1,000 Clinton-Petraeus emails missing from records sent to State

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 07:02 PM PDT

Roughly 1,000 emails between Hillary Clinton and Gen. David Petraeus were thought to be missing from the 30,000 emails provided by Clinton’s team to the…

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U.S. Allies concerned that Russia’s missile exercise may be tip of nuclear iceberg

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 06:56 PM PDT

Russia deployed nuclear-capable missiles this month to its territory in the Baltic Sea, its latest aggressive move with nuclear weapons that alarms the West. Worrisome…

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‘Homeland Security’ Releases 52,147 Illegal Minors…

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 06:49 PM PDT

Anyone remember when Jeh Johnson vowed that our borders weren’t open to illegal immigration, or when President Obama promised that anyone who recently crossed into…

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If Donald Trump Wins The Election, It Will Be The Biggest Miracle In U.S. Political History

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 06:41 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Are we about to see the largest election day miracle of all time? Because as I will show in this article,…

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Massive Cyberattack Hits America – Will Russia Take Down The Entire Internet If We Go To War?

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 06:35 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) We just learned a very important lesson about how exceedingly vulnerable our Internet truly is. On Friday, three massive waves of…

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Fears Of “Dry-Run” Cyber Attack Against United States, Wikileaks Revenge

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 06:31 PM PDT

A massive co-ordinated series of cyber attacks has forced hundreds of major websites from Amazon to Twitter offline across the globe – and WikiLeaks believes…

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DEVELOPING: Third Wave of Internet Cyber Attack Underway! More Sites Crashing

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 01:52 PM PDT

Dyn, the internet performance management company, is warning its customers that for the third time on Friday a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack is…

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UPDATE: Flotilla of Russian warships bound for Syria transits English Channel

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 12:33 PM PDT

The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and task force passed through the English Channel Friday bound for Syria. It was shadowed by two British naval…

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US Placed On RED ALERT In South China Sea

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 12:13 PM PDT

China and the Philippines could begin exploiting long-untapped energy reserves in the South China Sea, according to reports coming out of this week’s meeting between…

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This ‘n’ That

I hope you will enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • My grandpa would have loved this. He was always picking up stray pennies and to this day, whenever I see one lying on the ground I have to pick it up, in his memory.
  • I cannot comprehend a Christian who thinks this is logical, biblical reasoning. Wow.
  • So…does anybody know why Wayne Grudem thinks we care about his opinion on this election? And does anybody else think that maybe he’d be better off if he would just stop talking?
  • Here is your weekly dose of adorable.
  • This is great news, but as an MABS grad, I can say with confidence that the program just wouldn’t be the same without the classroom experience. Professors like Dr. Varner and Dr. Chou make that program, and classroom time with them is not to be missed!
  • Speaking of history, why should we study church history?
  • “We need to stop listening for a new word and start reading the revealed Word.” Amen to that!
  • There really are a lot of professing Christians who have been inoculated to the Gospel.
  • Speaking of Dr. Chou, here he is sharing a message about the hermeneutics of Christ-centered preaching:

Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)

What is The Gospel?

God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.

The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.

God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.

But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.

This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.

God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.

God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.

Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.

What Is the Gospel?

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.

The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.

The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.

The Gospel In A Nutshell

Now, with regard to this rule of faith—that we may from this point acknowledge what it is which we defend—it is, you must know, that which prescribes the belief that there is one only God, and that He is none other than the Creator of the world, who produced all things out of nothing through His own Word, first of all sent forth; that this Word is called His Son, and, under the name of God, was seen “in diverse manners” by the patriarchs, heard at all times in the prophets, at last brought down by the Spirit and Power of the Father into the Virgin Mary, was made flesh in her womb, and, being born of her, went forth as Jesus Christ; thenceforth He preached the new law and the new promise of the kingdom of heaven, worked miracles; having been crucified, He rose again the third day; (then) having ascended into the heavens, He sat at the right hand of the Father; sent instead of Himself the Power of the Holy Ghost to lead such as believe; will come with glory to take the saints to the enjoyment of everlasting life and of the heavenly promises, and to condemn the wicked to everlasting fire, after the resurrection of both these classes shall have happened, together with the restoration of their flesh. This rule, as it will be proved, was taught by Christ, and raises amongst ourselves no other questions than those which heresies introduce, and which make men heretics.

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl

What Is the Gospel?

This post is adapted from the tract “What Is the Gospel?” by Greg Gilbert.

A Message from God

What exactly do Christians mean when they talk about the “gospel of Jesus Christ”? Since the word “gospel” means “good news,” when Christians talk about the gospel, they’re simply telling the good news about Jesus! It’s a message from God saying, “Good news! Here is how you can be saved from my judgment!” That’s an announcement you can’t afford to ignore.

Why Is the Gospel Good News?

So, what is the good news about Jesus Christ?

Since the earliest Christians announced the good news about Jesus, it has been organized around these questions:

  1. Who made us, and to whom are we accountable?
  2. What is our problem?
  3. What is God’s solution to our problem?
  4. How can I be included in his solution?

Christians through the centuries since Christ have answered those questions with the same truth from the Bible.

  1. We are accountable to God.
  2. Our problem is our sin against him.
  3. God’s solution is salvation through Jesus Christ.
  4. We come to be included in that salvation by faith and repentance.

Let’s summarize those points like this: God, Mankind, Jesus Christ, and Our Response.


The first thing to know about the good news of Jesus is that “in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Everything starts from that point, so if you get that point wrong then everything else that follows will be wrong. Because God created everything—including us—he has the right to tell us how to live. You have to understand that in order to understand the good news about Jesus. To understand just how glorious and life-giving the gospel of Jesus Christ is, we have to understand that God is also holy and righteous. He is determined never to ignore or tolerate sin. Including ours!


When God created the first human beings, Adam and Eve, he intended for them to live under his righteous rule in perfect joy—obeying him and living in fellowship with him. When Adam disobeyed God, though, and ate the one fruit that God had told him not to eat, that fellowship with God was broken. Moreover, Adam and Eve had declared rebellion against God. They were denying his authority over their lives.

It’s not just Adam and Eve who are guilty of sin. The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sin is the rejection of God himself and his authority over those to whom he gives life.

Once you understand sin in that light, you begin to understand why “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). That’s not just physical death, but spiritual death, a forceful separating of our sinful, rebellious selves from the presence of God forever. The Bible teaches that the final destiny for unbelieving sinners is eternal, active judgment in a place called “hell.”

But . . .

Jesus Christ

The word “Christ” means “anointed one,” referring to anointing a king with oil when he is crowned. So, when we say “Jesus Christ,” we’re saying that Jesus is a King!

When Jesus began his public ministry, he told the people, “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the good news!” As Jesus died on a cross, the awful weight of all our sins fell on his shoulders. The sentence of death God had pronounced against rebellious sinners struck. And Jesus died. For you and me!

But the story doesn’t end there. Jesus the Crucified is no longer dead. The Bible tells us that he rose from the grave. Jesus’s rising from the grave was God’s way of saying, “What Jesus claimed about who he is and what he came to do is true!”

Our Response

What does God expect us to do with the information that Jesus died in our place so we can be saved from God’s righteous wrath against our sins? He expects us to respond with repentance and faith.

To repent of our sins means to turn away from our rebellion against God. Repentance doesn’t mean we’ll bring an immediate end to our sinning. It does mean, though, that we’ll never again live at peace with our sins.

Not only that, but we also turn to God in faith. Faith is reliance. It’s a promise-founded trust in the risen Jesus to save you from your sins. If God is ever to count us righteous, he’ll have to do it on the basis of someone else’s record, someone who’s qualified to stand in as our substitute. And that’s what happens when a person is saved by Jesus: All our sins are credited to Jesus who took the punishment for them, and the perfect righteousness of Jesus is then credited to us when we place our trust in what he has done for us! That’s what faith means—to rely on Jesus, to trust in him alone to stand in our place and win a righteous verdict from God!

Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:

The Gospel on 5 Fingers

The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:

1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension

Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:

1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.

2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.

3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.

4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).

5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.

That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.

That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.

Please take the time to watch this clip, so that you might understand the authentic Gospel

This is the Gospel:

Friend, God is holy. There is a God in heaven who has created you and me, and He is the authority over both of us. He is perfectly holy. “In Him is Light, and there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). And the problem with that is that if we want to have fellowship with God, we have to be light and no darkness at all. And yet here’s the problem: we are darkness. We are sinful. We’ve all broken His law. We’ve all lied, stolen, we’ve all looked with lust, we’ve all been angry with our brothers in our hearts. We’ve all fallen short of the glorious standard of perfection that God requires (Rom 3:23). And there’s nothing we can do about it. No amount of works, no amount of contrition, no amount of bad feelings, no amount of church attendance, no amount of Bible reading, no amount of evangelism can earn forgiveness of our sins and the righteousness which God requires (Titus 3:5; cf. Isa 64:6).

And yet God is gracious, and He loves us, and as His creatures He wants to display His glory in us by rescuing us from that. And so He sent His Son—God in the flesh, the Lord Jesus Christ—to be born as a helpless little baby (John 1:14; 3:16; Col 2:9). God of the universe, Sustainer of the universe, Himself being sustained in the womb of a teenage Hebrew girl, and upholding the world by the word of His power (Heb 1:3) while He is upheld by the nutrients from her own body! Unspeakable! And in great humility, He grows up with the growing pains of life in a fallen world, though He Himself never being with any sin—without sin entirely (2 Cor 5:21; Heb 4:15; 7:26). And He lives a perfectly righteous life. The way that you and I have failed to live before God—the way that we have failed in thought, word, and deed, and fallen short of God’s glory—Christ never did. Not even a thought. He loved God, His Father, perfectly. He always walked in perfect righteousness. He lived the life that you were commanded to live, that I was commanded to live, that we failed to live. He lived that perfect life that God is worthy of.

And not only did He live for us, He died for us. He went to the cross. Our sin demanded death. Our sin demanded eternal punishment. Our sin demanded wrath—just wrath exercised on us for eternity (Rom 6:23). But because of the infinite worth of Christ’s person, He was on that cross. And on that cross, God exercised upon Him the full fury of His own anger (Rom 3:24–26; 2 Cor 5:21; Gal 3:10–14), that was rightly due to me and rightly due to you, and that you will experience if you don’t turn from your sin and trust in this Messiah. Christ was born, lived, died, and was raised (1 Cor 15:3–4). And He rose from the grave after being dead, demonstrating His victory over sin and death.

And now God promises that if you turn from your sin, if you repudiate all that you are and all that you were and all that you love, and you turn away from a life of pursuing sin—and if you repudiate not only your bad works but your good works, if you turn from trying to earn your salvation by all the good deeds that you might want to do as a moral person—if you turn away from all of that (Acts 17:30–31), and you trust in Christ alone for righteousness (Phil 3:7–8; cf. Rom 3:28; 10:4), God promises that He will forgive you. He will have treated Christ on the cross as if Christ lived your life. And He will then treat you, justly and legally and righteously, as if you lived Christ’s perfect life of righteousness (2 Cor 5:21). And you can be saved to know the God you were created to love and enjoy. You can have the fullness of joy, the eternal pleasures that are at the Father’s right hand in heaven (Ps 16:11), and begin even now, because eternal life is to know God (John 17:3).

Friend, would you repent? Would you turn from your sin and trust in this perfect Savior to avail for you before God, to pay for your sin and to provide your righteousness?

Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

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The Perseverance (Security) of the Saints

Notice all the Scripture references!

It is not just a handful of texts that teach the perseverance of the saints: the entire gospel sustains and confirms it. The Father has chosen them before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4), ordained them to eternal life (Acts 13:48), to be conformed to the image of his Son (Rom. 8:29). This election stands (Rom. 9:11; Heb. 6:17) and in due time carries with it the calling and justification and glorification (Rom. 8:30). Christ, in whom all the promises of God are Yes and Amen (2 Cor. 1:20), died for those who were given him by the Father (John 17:6, 12) in order that he might give them eternal life and not lose a single one of them (6:40; 17:2); he therefore gives them eternal life and they will never be lost in all eternity; no one will snatch them out of his hand (6:39; 10:28).

The Holy Spirit who regenerates them remains eternally with them (14:16) and seals them for the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13; 4:30). The covenant of grace is firm and confirmed with an oath (Heb. 6:16–18; 13:20), unbreakable like a marriage (Eph. 5:31–32), like a testament (Heb. 9:17), and by virtue of that covenant, God calls his elect. He inscribes the law upon their inmost being, puts his fear in their heart (Heb. 8:10; 10:14ff.), will not let them be tempted beyond their strength (1 Cor. 10:13), confirms and completes the good work he has begun in them (1 Cor. 1:9; Phil. 1:6), and keeps them for the return of Christ to receive the heavenly inheritance (1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Thess. 3:3; 1 Pet. 1:4–5).

In his intercession before the Father, Christ acts in such a way that their faith may not fail (Luke 22:32), that in the world they may be kept from the evil one (John 17:11, 20), that they may be saved for all times (Heb. 7:20), that their sins will be forgiven them (1 John 2:1), and that they may all be where he is to behold his glory (John 17:24). The benefits of Christ, which the Holy Spirit imparts to them, are all irrevocable (Rom. 11:29). Those who are called are also glorified (8:30). Those who are adopted as children are heirs of eternal life (8:17; Gal. 4:7). Those who believe have eternal life already here and now (John 3:16). That life itself, being eternal, cannot be lost. It cannot die since it cannot sin (1 John 3:9). Faith is a firm ground (Heb. 11:1), hope is an anchor (6:19) and does not disappoint us (Rom. 5:5), and love never ends (1 Cor. 13:8).

Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics: Holy Spirit, Church, and New Creation, volume 4 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2008), 270.

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Risk of “Mass Exodus” of Doctors from Medicare

LifeZette reports:

doctor-medicareIn what may be the most significant modification to Medicare since the program began in 1966, on Oct. 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule for implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). It dramatically changes how Medicare pays doctors for their services.

Does it really matter how doctors get paid? Yes — the success or failure of the new payment system will profoundly influence the future of the U.S. health care system. And while the goals of MACRA are laudable, its implementation carries a number of unknowns and the potential for unintended consequences — for patients and doctors alike.

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Warning issued over ‘new Tower of Babel’

Warning issued over 'new Tower of Babel'

‘Attempts at ‘globalism’ in the Bible were destroyed or dispersed by the Lord’

“The only attempts at achieving ‘globalism’ presented in the Bible were destroyed or dispersed by the Lord,” he said. “We are also informed through warnings of biblical end time prophecies that a globalist spirit and leader will be the defining characteristic of the days of great tribulation that are to come upon the whole Earth. And this ‘Antichrist’ system, which includes globalism, is presented to us as the epitome of evil which is ultimately destroyed by the second coming.”

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The One World System Is On Its Way


Jan Markell and Eric Barger talk to Pastor Tom Hughes about the one world, “it takes a village” mindset the world now has. How does the U.S. loss of the Internet fit in? Is talk of a “shadow government” just conspiratorial? Hughes suggests America is the major player in the coming one world system otherwise known as the “new world order.” Learn who major players are and some of the agenda including U.N. Agenda 2030. All of this fits with the outline of things to come in the Bible. Jan, Jill and Eric close with a short warning that one of the most evil films ever made debuts this weekend. Avoid it and warn others. We use the mobile app found at http://www.oneplace.com.

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A Hillary presidency will inflict irreparable damage

According to a pioneer in the conservative movement, a national defense analyst and a border enforcement activist, conservatives should be very wary of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton possibly setting up shop in the Oval Office for a number of reasons.

Ravi Zacharias Warn Christians Are on the Brink of Losing Their Religious Liberties

When he speaks at universities, Zacharias said he often encounters students who bring up hot-button issues, unrelated to what he spoke on, during subsequent Q&A sessions so they can cast aspersions on his distinctly Christian worldview and belief in moral absolutes. Such ugly disingenuousness is going on in the wider culture, he said.

Seven Blessings for Empty-Handed Believers

Empty-handedness is where the blessing of God begins.

People who feel they have something to offer God come to him with their hands full, but as long as our hands are full, we are not in a position to receive. As Thomas Watson says, “If the hand is full of pebbles, it cannot receive gold.” [1]

The blessing of God belongs to those who humble themselves before him.

People who are poor in spirit drop the pebbles because they want the gold, and they know that it can only be received by empty-handed believers. When you know that you have nothing to offer God, you are in a position to receive all that he offers to you. When you accept that you cannot claim his blessing as a right, you are in a position to receive it as a gift.

Seven Blessings for Empty-Handed Believers

1. Empty-handedness releases you from the idea that God owes you.

The person who is poor in spirit says: “I owe God everything, and I can give him nothing. God owes me nothing, and he has given me everything.” When we list demands, we are moving toward bitterness, disappointment, and resentment. The blessing of God belongs to those who humble themselves before him.

2. Empty-handedness positions you to ask and receive in prayer.

When we come to God in humility to ask his help, we are recognizing we are needy. Jesus says that the person who comes to him recognizing his or her need for divine help will be blessed and forgiven, just as the tax collector was (cf. Luke 18:13–14).

3. Empty-handedness helps you to bear affliction.

God opposes proud people, but to the humble he gives grace to endure. That truth may not seem logical if you read stories of proud conquerors or are told, “When times get tough, the tough keep going.” Yet Scripture says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5). It follows that humility will help you to endure every affliction, whether poverty, poor health, or other trials.

4. Empty-handedness nourishes your love for others.

Pride is like a bucket of water poured on the fires of love in any relationship. Seeking to exalt yourself or place someone in an inferior relationship has damaged many family relationships, whether a wife to her husband or a father to his son. But humility can fan the dying embers of love into a flame. Love gets choked by the weeds of pride, but it grows and thrives in the soil of a humble heart.

5. Empty-handedness strengthens you to overcome temptation.

If pride leads to falling, as the Bible says (Proverbs 16:8; 1 Corinthians 10:12), it follows that humility helps you to stand. By pursuing humility, you will strike a blow at the master sin of pride, and in this way you will subdue the temptation of many other sins.

6. Empty-handedness releases you from the tyranny of self.

The victorious Christian neither exalts nor downgrades himself. His interests have shifted from self to Christ. What he is or is not no longer concerns him. He believes that he has been crucified with Christ. With this focus on Christ, we will neither elevate nor deprecate ourselves.

7. Empty-handedness leads you to worship Jesus.

The more you see in yourself, the less you will see in Christ, and the more you see in Christ, the less you will see in yourself. Once you and I see the poverty of our own position before God, we can recognize the glorious gift of Jesus Christ. And seeing that all your good has its source in him will lead you to worship the Savior.

Empty-Handedness Leads to Blessing

To be poor in spirit is the first mark of a person who walks with God. You may be a multi-talented sports star or a high flyer in business. You may be a mega-mother, a brilliant musician, a technical guru, or a political genius, but if you have truly met with God, you will know that you do not have what he requires of you.

Charlest Spurgeon says, “Christ is never precious till we are poor in spirit. We must see our own wants before we can perceive his wealth; pride blinds the eyes, and sincere humility must open them, or the beauties of Jesus will be
forever hidden from us.” [2]

Humble yourself. Come to Jesus Christ today, and tell him that you do not have what it takes to live a holy life. Tell him that you do not have the power to change. Ask him to give to you what you do not have, and then trust him, look to him, believing his promise that he will come to you, live with you, and bless you.

Christians know their own poverty. They look to Jesus for what they do not have, and find in him all that they need.

This article is adapted from Pastor Colin’s book, Momentum: Pursuing God’s Blessings through the Beatitudes (Moody Publishers, 2016).

[1] Thomas Watson, The Beatitudes (1660; repr., Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1971), 43. [2] C. H. Spurgeon, Spurgeon’s Sermons on the Sermon on the Mount (1873; repr., Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1956), 15. [3] Photo Credit: Lightstock


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Our Undying Hope

Fox’s Book of Martyrs is a must read for every Christian. Written by John Fox over 350 years ago, it catalogs the lives of hundreds of believers who, throughout church history, were willing to give their lives for the cause of Christ. When it comes to contagious courage, I can think of no greater testimony than reading about those who embraced their Lord to the point of embracing death.

One such account concerns the lives of Jerome Russell and Alexander Kennedy, two English Protestants who took a daring stand for what they believed. Because of their biblically-sound doctrine, the pair was arrested and imprisoned. Kennedy was only eighteen years old. After some time, the two men were brought before religious officials for questioning. Russell, being older, gave an articulate defense, using the Scriptures to support his belief in salvation through faith alone. Yet, in spite of the evidence, the men’s accusers prevailed and Russell and Kennedy were condemned to die.

Early the next morning, Russell and Kennedy were led from their prison cells to the place of execution. They could have denied their Lord, right then and there, and been spared. But when Kennedy, being but a young man, began to display signs of fear, Russell quickly encouraged him to stand firm:

Brother, fear not; greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world. The pain that we are to suffer is short, and shall be light; but our joy and consolation shall never have an end. Let us, therefore, strive to enter into our Master and Savior’s joy, by the same straight way which He hath taken before us. Death cannot hurt us, for it is already destroyed by Him, for whose sake we are now going to suffer.

In this way, the two men came to boldly face execution without compromise. John Fox finishes the account with this.

When they arrived at the fatal spot, they both knelt down and prayed for some time; after which being fastened to the stake, and the kindling ignited, they cheerfully resigned their souls into the hands of Him who gave them, in full hopes of an everlasting reward in the heavenly mansions.

How could these men calmly submit to being burned alive? Why did they willingly undergo severe suffering and death? The answer begins with the biblical doctrine of hope. By focusing on God and His unwavering faithfulness, they stood firm as a testimony to the truth.

Biblical Hope Changes the Way We View Death

Every day, on average, more than 150 thousand people die. Some die from disease, others from crime, and still others from tragic accidents. Sometimes death is expected, the prognosis having been grim for several months; other times death is unforeseen and sudden—the result of an unexpected stroke or a drunk driver. But no matter how it comes, all of us know that one day it will be our turn. Death is part of life, and there’s no escaping it.

Due to its widespread inevitability, one might think death is something people would ponder frequently, constantly preparing for the end of their earthly lives. Yet, generally speaking, the opposite is usually the case. People feel uncomfortable talking about death. For most, it represents the great unknown. It is the result of tragedy, the basis of fear, and the ultimate separation from friends and family.

It is understandable to realize that non-Christians cower at the thought of dying. For them it is the end of everything they hold dear. The pleasures of this earth, its resources and relationships—this is all they have. In dying, they lose what they have worked so hard to obtain.

But it is sad when those in the church embrace that same kind of worldly perspective. Why should a Christian ever fear the grave? Is not death the doorway to heaven? God’s Word is clear: death has been swallowed up in victory (1 Cor. 15:56–57). Granted, when we hope in the pursuits of this world, death is the enemy—separating us from the temporal treasures we love. But, when our hope is properly placed in God, death comes as a welcome friend to take us home.

Here are two reasons why:

1. Hope sees death as a beginning, not an end.

For believers death is the beginning of eternity in heaven. Death is not termination but initiation—the start of an existence far better than anything we can imagine. The apostle Paul knew this to be true. The book of 2 Timothy is the last letter he wrote before his execution. Chapter 4 indicates that he realized his death was imminent (see v. 6). As he looked back on his years of ministry, he realized his life was almost over (v. 7).

Yet, he now looked forward to something far greater: namely, the reward of Jesus Christ and an eternity spent together with Him (v. 8). Paul looked beyond the grave and saw his God. Because Christ had conquered death (1 Cor. 15:20–28) there was nothing to fear.

It was John Owen, the great Puritan, who wrote on his deathbed: “I am yet in the land of the dying, but I hope soon to be in the land of the living.” Like Paul, he understood that true life, in its fullest measure, begins where this life ends. Death is a doorway, not a dead end. For God’s children, death’s door opens into heaven.

2. Hope sees the Shepherd through the shadows.

A second reason Christians need not fear death is because our Savior has already conquered death. He is not asking us to go anywhere He has not already been. Because He rose victorious from the grave (Acts 2:32–33), we can be confident that we also will be resurrected one day (1 Cor. 15:20). Psalm 23:4 says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” For David, whose life was often in danger, comfort came from looking to his Shepherd, even when thinking about death.

Just over 1,000 years later, an early Christian leader named Ignatius shared David’s confident perspective. According to church tradition, Ignatius was arrested by the Roman government and executed because he professed Christ. Shortly before his death, he wrote the church of Rome, saying:

I care for nothing, of visible or invisible things, so that I may but win Christ. Let fire and the cross, let the companies of wild beasts, let breaking of bones and tearing of limbs, let the grinding of the whole body, and all the malice of the devil, come upon me; be it so, only may I win Christ Jesus.

Even in being thrown to hungry animals and torn limb from limb, Ignatius’ commitment to his Lord remained firm. He was willing to endure death because of the Master he sought to please, the Master he would soon see face-to-face.

In considering death, our focus ought to be on the One who is waiting to greet us on the other side (2 Cor. 5:8). Death is the doorway that brings us into the presence of Christ. That is why Paul could triumphantly tell the Philippians, “To live is Christ, and to die is gain.” For those who know the Lord Jesus Christ, Paul’s words summarize both our purpose in this life and our hope for the next.

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Hillary Clinton Tops Middle East Forum’s ‘Islamist Money List’

Hillary Clinton Tops Middle East Forum’s ‘Islamist Money List’

The Middle East Forum has released its 2015-16 “Islamist Money In Politics” list, charting the top ten recipients of contributions from Islamic organizations — and Hillary Clinton is at the top of the list.

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October 23, 2016: Verse of the day


Those who consistently disobey God’s Word give evidence that they are without His life within them. Those who consistently obey the Word give evidence of the life of God in their souls. As noted several times in earlier chapters, that is the central theme of James’s epistle, which is succinctly reiterated at the beginning of the present text: But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

A more literal translation of the present middle imperative tense of ginomai (prove yourselves) is “be continually,” or “keep on striving to be,” doers of the word. When people are blessed with regular, in-depth preaching and teaching of Scripture, they may become so enamored with their knowledge of God’s Word that they become self-satisfied with that knowledge and forsake the effort to live out the profound truths they have come to understand. But a true believer will not be inwardly satisfied with merely knowing the Word. His conscience and the prompting of the indwelling Holy Spirit will keep convicting him of his failure until he becomes obedient.

The substantive form of poiētē (doers) carries the characterization of the whole personality, all of a person’s inner being—mind, soul, spirit, and emotions. It is one thing to have to fight for a few days or weeks in an armed conflict; it is something else to be a professional soldier, whose whole life is dedicated to warfare. It is one thing to make periodic repairs around the house; it is another to be a professional builder. It is one thing to teach an occasional class in Sunday school; it is another to be a divinely called and divinely gifted teacher of the Word. Here James is speaking of Christian doers of the word, emphasizing what they are rather than just what they do. There are people whose very lives are dedicated not only to learning God’s Word but also to faithful and continual obedience to it. One commentator says that James has in mind “a person whose life is characterized by holy energy.”

The Greek word akroatēs (hearers) was used of those who sat passively in an audience and listened to a singer or speaker. Today it could be used of those who audit a college class, which they are required to attend and presumably listen to, but for which they are not required to do outside study, write papers, or take any tests. In other words, they are not held accountable for what they hear. Tragically, most churches have many “auditors,” members who willingly expose themselves to the teaching and preaching of the Word but have no desire for that knowledge to alter their day-by-day lives. They take advantage of the privilege of hearing God’s Word but have no desire for obeying it. When followed consistently, that attitude gives evidence that they are not Christians at all, but only pretenders. Such people, who are merely hearers and not also doers, think they belong to God, when, in reality, they do not. Proclaiming and interpreting God’s Word are never ends in themselves but are means to an end, namely, the genuine acceptance of divine truth for what it is and the faithful application of it.

The biblical line between saint and sinner is abundantly clear. “By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother” (1 John 3:10). Peter admonishes believers to “be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble” (2 Pet. 1:10, emphasis added). It is not a question of what one claims to have experienced but of how one lives in light of the Word of God.

Examining the dynamics of his own humanness against his new nature in Christ, Paul says.

For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. (Rom. 7:15–19)

The apostle’s point here was that, when he fell into sin, it was contrary to his new nature expressed in his inner spiritual desire, and he therefore hated it. That is a certain indication of a transformed, redeemed life in Christ. The basic longing of a true believer is to do God’s will, manifest in His Word. Later in that epistle, Paul says that “the requirement of the Law [is] fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (8:4). In other words, a newly created, regenerated, saved life will manifest itself in the desire for behavior that corresponds to God’s standards in His Word. The life that is counted righteous in Christ will be demonstrated in righteous living. Expressing that same truth, John writes, “By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:3–4).

In the long run, how we behave is proof of our salvation or of our lostness. In light of that truth, there is good reason to believe that there are countless men, women, and children who come to church regularly and make a strong profession of being a Christian, but whose lives testify that they are not. They regularly listen to the preaching of the Word, claim to believe it, and discuss it favorably with fellow church members. But their hearts are devoid of the saving, transforming grace of God. Jesus declared unequivocally,

Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.” (Matt. 7:21–22)

In his classic allegory Pilgrim’s Progress, Puritan preacher and writer John Bunyan describes the magnificent mirror that the Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains showed to Christiana and Mercy:

Now the glass was one of a thousand. It would present a man, one way with his own features exactly; and turn it but another way, and it would show one the very face and similitude of the Prince of pilgrims Himself. Yea, I have talked with those that can tell, and have said they have seen the very crown of thorns upon His head by looking into this glass; they have therein also seen the holes in His hands, in His feet, and His side. The man who continues looking into the mirror of God’s Word sees in it things far more wonderful than his own face. He sees not only his filthy garments, not only the spots and stains on his life; he sees in it Christ, the Christ of the thorn-crowned brow, the Christ of the Cross, his Saviour, whose blood cleanses him from all sin.

Bunyan’s point is that, when a person honestly and humbly looks into the Word of God, he will see two things—his own sin and the sinless Savior and Lord. When such a person sees and responds to Christ and then lives out the Word, he is blessed in the doing. Through Joshua, the Lord declared: “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success” (Josh. 1:8). The doer puts the Word into practice in his life. Enjoying the Word is more than a momentary experience; it is the lifetime application of its truth. Any response to the Word other than unqualified obedience to it is self-deceptive.

The character of men is evidenced primarily by their conduct. Over time, conduct is always a reliable test of the inner person, for inevitably the true nature of the person will express itself outwardly. “You will know them by their fruits,” Jesus said. “Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit” (Matt. 7:16–17). “For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil” (Matt. 12:34b–35; cf. Prov. 4:23). According to the same principle, as James illustrates later in his letter, a fountain does not produce both pure and putrid water (3:11).

Conduct is the visible measure of true discipleship. Jesus asked,

Why do you call Me, “Lord, Lord,” and do not do what I say? Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great. (Luke 6:46–49)

On another occasion He declared unambiguously, “You are My friends if you do what I command you” (John 15:14); and, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him” (14:23). Echoing that basic truth, the apostle John writes, “By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments” (1 John 2:3). Conversely, “He who does not love Me does not keep My words” (John 14:24; cf. Luke 6:46); and, “The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4).

Such principles were not unknown to the Jews to whom James was writing, “the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad” (James 1:1). An ancient rabbi had said, “[You] ought not only to read [the laws of Moses], but rather to practice what they command you.” Another rabbi wrote, “It is not the expounding [of the law that] is the chief thing, but the doing of it.” Most Jews of Jesus’ day regularly heard the Law and the Prophets read and expounded in their synagogues but were content only with that hearing and superficial compliance and had no real desire to fully obey these words.

Just as there are three elements to hearing and receiving the Word (with submission, purity, and humility), so there are also three elements to obeying the Word. Thus, the true believer, the hearer and doer of the Word, proves his faith in three ways: In relation to himself, he is willing to apply the Word without deception (1:22b–26); in relation to others, he is willing to apply the Word without selfishness (v. 27a); and in relation to the world, he is willing to apply the Word without compromise (v. 27b).

Any response to the Word other than faithful, unqualified obedience is self-deceptive. Paralogizomai (delude) literally means to reason beside, or alongside, and therefore refers to incorrect reckoning or reasoning, often including the idea of deliberate false reasoning for the purpose of deceiving. In mathematics, the meaning is that of miscalculation. Professing Christians who hear the Word without obeying it make a serious spiritual miscalculation, which causes them to delude themselves. They are self-deceived. An old Scottish expression speaks of such false Christians as “sermon tasters who never tasted the grace of God.” Any response to the gospel that does not include obedience is self-deception. If a profession of faith in Christ does not result in a changed life that hungers and thirsts for God’s Word and desires to obey that Word, the profession is only that—a mere profession. Satan, of course, loves such professions, because they give church members the damning notion that they are saved when they are not. They still belong to him, not to God.

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Fake Christian Emotions And Real Christian Affections

Prosperity gospel preachers would tell us that the point of the Christian life is to escape pain, suffering, and grief. And we should not deny that God has plans to “wipe every tear” from the eyes of believers. But in this life, realistic grief and sorrow are as much a part of the godly affections as are happiness and contentment.

Over at First Things, Benjamin Myers writes about why so many evangelicals in America fall into the “sentimentality trap.”

Many Christians seem to believe that what Scripture means by “pure” and by “lovely” is merely the pleasant and the naive, the Hallmark Channel, not the reality of a world in need of redemption. Yet, looked at through the initially disorienting but ultimately corrective lens of Scripture itself, what is more pure and lovely than the Cross? One might answer, “the Resurrection,” but there is no Resurrection without Crucifixion.

The Christian sentimentalist wants the bliss of Easter morning without the pain of Good Friday or the sorrow of Holy Saturday, reducing the great joy of Easter to the pleasantness of a sunrise or spring flowers. The sacrifice of our savior is lovely. His blood is pure. If we can look on these things and know they are good, then we, in a deeply Christian art, should not fear looking at the hard realities of our fallen world. The Christian artist who wraps himself in sunbeams and daffodils fails to be Christian at all, producing a bloodless, lifeless art that pleases a middle-class consumerism, not an authentic Christian encounter with a hurting world.

American evangelicals have a conflicted view of the emotions. On one hand, sentimentalist literature, music, and “art” are among the biggest sellers in the Christian market. On the other, it is a staple of evangelical rhetoric that you “can’t trust your feelings.” The basis of our faith is not our feelings, countless sermons have told us, but the Word of God.

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October 22, 2016: Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

It’s been a very busy week for me, being away from home a whole lot (today as an example, we were gone from 9:20 AM to 6:40 PM) and when home doing my best to catch up inside and outside.  So I haven’t had much time to work on blog projects!  But I’ve been collecting links to news articles I have come across, and article which are exposing more and more of Satan’s invasion in the Church.  With that introduction, here we goooooooo…….
If you liked my article about Bill Johnson and Bethel Redding, you’ll like this “cornucopia” about him.
A Bethel Reddingsong won the GMA awards (and now I know where the above meme came from), which demonstrates how poor the CCM industry has gotten (and it goes on for over 8 minutes!!!).   Now tell me, do you really think what you saw here is a service worshiping God or self?
I followed  link in the above article to this article about Chris Tomlin songs — yes, I get tired of seeing his songs, and fully agree they are performance songs vs corporate worship songs!
Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry has posted some excellent articles examining the Amish religion.  The overall assessment I have about the Amish is that they are very legalistic, and with their legalism they can be quite arbitrary.
I have some books about the Amish on my shelf, and highly recommend them for anyone interested in more information about the Amish:
20 Most Asked Questions About the Amish and Mennonites, by Merle and Phyllis Good
A History of the Amish, by Steven M. Nolt
Crossing Over, by Ruth Irene Garrett with Rick Farrant
Growing Up Amish, by Ira Wagler
True Stories of the Amish, edited by Ottie A. Garrett
Why Do They Dress That Way? by Stephen Scott
False prophet/teacher Sid Roth introduced us to another false prophet/teacher, James Goll.  This article is two years old, but it’s the first I’ve heard of this pawn of Satan.
Why Jim Cymbala can’t be trusted.
Hillsong’s Carl Lentz is apparently a universalist.
So if you don’t like Hillsong, you hate God? I’d think it would be the other way around — if you LIKE Hillsong you hate God.  Hillsong teaches heresy and aberrations of all sorts!
I don’t normally get into politics on this blog because the topic is apologetics.  However, I think sometimes we also need to think apologetically with political decisions so as to be as biblically-minded as possible.  I think Wayne Grudem has an excellent article explaining what I consider the proper voting position this time. (Also, to be Christian would mean NEVER voting for Democrats because of their party platform of anti-God/anti-Christian stance, pro-abortion, pro-homosexuality, pro-same-sex fake marriage, pro sexual immorality of every sort, pro “transgender,” pro-theft from workers to give to non-workers, and essentially for everything that God is against!)
Another false “church” embarrassing real Christianity.  And they think God accepts their “worship.”  It seems to me that they worship themselves.
Another installment by Mennoknight examining the “generational curses” teachings.
Michael Brown is an excellent conservative commentator, but when it comes to theology, he is out in left field — demonstrated by his support for Bill Johnson!
It’s time for me to shut this machine down for the night!
Source: Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies 

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It’s Time for Dr. Brown to Debate

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Before reading this article, we encourage readers to browse our articles on the New Apostolic Reformation.

We have continually have proven that the Charismatic Renewal was a heavily constructed movement by those of the New Order of the Latter Rain (NOLR). It was Wagner that observed the NEW ORDER of Apostles and Prophets that emerged from the Charismatic Renewal which made him RENAME it to the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). In other words, the New Order of the Latter Rain and the Charismatic Renewal ARE/IS the NAR.

It is incorrect to keep calling the Charismatic Renewal/Movement ‘Charismatic’. That has always been a deceitful presentation of the NOLR’s agenda to mainstream their New Order of Apostles and Prophets into Christianity. This is why we call the Charismatic Movement the Nar/NARismatic Movement, their Apostles NARpostles  and their eschatology on  Armageddon NARmageddon; they are forcing Christianity to embrace a false god, false gospel, false faith, false spirit…

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Leclaire-less and clueless ‘watchman’ gets duped by Michael Brown & Bill Johnson

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Jennifer LeClaire advertises herself on Charisma News, using the following image:


This means she sees herself as a prophet, since a prophet in the Old Testament was often spoken of as a watchman on the wall. However, this false prophet fails to discern the deplorable and wicked tactics of ‘Apostle’ Michael Brown attempting to white-wash the heretical ministry and teachings of Bill Johnson in his recent interview on his ‘Line of Fire’ radio program.

When liars defend liars: Dr Michael Brown whitewashes the heresies of Bill Johnson.

In the above article, we give clear examples of Bill Johnson and Michael Brown distorting the truth, and lying about Christians and pastors who have exposed the demonic teachings and practices of Bill Johnson.

68cwcportrait_Michael_BrownMichael Brown: An NAR Apostle who is not afraid to publicly lie, slander and practice deceit to further his own pocket and ministry.

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Peter Wagner: Christianity’s most dangerous and influential heretic – dead

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When you look at the mess and instability within contemporary evangelicalism, when you see self-appointed Apostles spiritually abusing men and women in churches around the world today, you can attribute the source all this spiritual corruption to one man:


A heretic who thought he was an apostle.
A tare who thought he was sowing wheat.
A bramble who though he was producing fruit.
A goat who thought he was building the church.
A blasphemer who though he was going to heaven.
A wondering star who thought he was offering direction.
A salt water spring who thought he was offering fresh water.
A lost soul who thought they were leading the church
through the gates of the Kingdom of God…

Lest we forget Wagner –
so that none ever forget the dangers of heretics in Christ’s church,

may his gravestone be a millstone.

If C. Peter Wagner can be credited…

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Hillsong movie “Let Hope Rise” flops

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The Independent Australia writes,

Hillsong’s godumentary will please the faithful (but few else)

Australia’s largest church is now the subject of a feature movie but it is largely style without substance, writes Benjamin T. Jones.

IN THE interest of full disclosure, I should open by saying I was a member of Hillsong church for many years growing up. I outline my gradual disillusionment with fundamentalist, evangelical/Pentecostal Christianity in my book Atheism for Christians.

I still have many friends and family members who are Hillsong members and know many of the protagonists in the new feature film Let Hope Rise, so it was with both religious nostalgia and journalistic curiosity that I took my seat at Event Cinemas, Castle Hill, in Sydney’s north-west Bible belt.

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The Best Antidote Against The Poison Of Sin

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Matthew Henry, on Galatians 5:16-18:

HAZMAT Class 6-1 Poison“Note, the best antidote against the poison of sin is to walk in the Spirit, to be much conversing with spiritual things, to mind the things of the soul, which is the spiritual part of man, more than those of the body, which is his carnal part, to commit ourselves to the guidance of the word, wherein the Holy Spirit makes known the will of God concerning us, and in the way of our duty to act in a dependence on his aids and influences. And, as this world would be the best means of preserving them from fulfilling the lusts of the flesh, so it would be a good evidence that they were Christians indeed; for, says the apostle, ‘If you would be led by the Spirit, you are not under law.’ As if he had said, ‘You must expect a struggle between flesh…

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5 Reasons To Teach Your Kids About The Reformation

“During October we take a couple of nights each week in family worship to study the major figures and core issues of the Reformation. We’ve looked at the lives of John Calvin and John Knox, the burr in Martin Luther’s saddle that drove him to nail his 95 theses, the five solas of the Reformation, even why I believe Baptists are heirs of the Reformation (and why some might beg to differ).”

Our neighbor looked more than a bit puzzled at my daughter’s answer.

“I bet you’re looking forward to October 31, aren’t you?” she asked. My precocious 12-year-old didn’t bat an eyelash: “Of course. We love Reformation Day. We get to eat candy, sing hymns, and talk about Martin Luther.”

Okay, I’ll admit that vignette sounds a bit geeky in a theology nerd sort of way, as if I’m trying to raise Puritan children in an internet age. I’m not—at least not entirely (we enjoy our electricity). And this is not another article telling you how to lay an evangelical template over Halloween that involves dressing your kids as pint-sized popes and reformers.

Let’s call it supplementary education in the Ephesians 6:4 vein.

During October we take a couple of nights each week in family worship to study the major figures and core issues of the Reformation. We’ve looked at the lives of John Calvin and John Knox, the burr in Martin Luther’s saddle that drove him to nail his 95 theses, the five solas of the Reformation, even why I believe Baptists are heirs of the Reformation (and why some might beg to differ).

Previously I offered seven reasons to teach our children church history, but here are five reasons we should teach them specifically about the Reformation.

1. I want them to know about God’s faithfulness to his church.

We are not the first to preach the gospel and certainly not the first to follow Christ. We stand on the shoulders of other godly men and women. I want my kids to know the stories of courageous leaders such as Luther, Calvin, Knox, and Zwingli who risked life and limb to recover a gospel submerged beneath layers of religious superstition, false doctrine, and worldly living.

And, like the cloud of witnesses in Hebrews 11, the reformers and their heirs (including us) bear witness to God’s faithfulness to honor his Word and build his church. God was the hero of the Reformation, and it was one of the most important events in human history.

2. I want them to know reformation must continue.

I want my kids to know the reality of semper reformanda—always reforming according to Scripture. The Protestant Reformation refers to a particular historical movement. Yet the work of reformation will never be complete—neither in us nor in the church—until Jesus returns. We must keep asking the question “Is it biblical?” of everything we do in the church, asserting and reasserting the Reformation’s formal principle of sola Scriptura.

Every generation must fight for the Bible. My own denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), dramatically illustrates this need. Beginning shortly after the fundamentalist-modernist controversy in the 1920s, SBC seminaries drifted toward theological liberalism. By the 1960s the gospel, once assumed in the denomination, was lost among many of its leaders. In the 1980s God began a reformation often called the “conservative resurgence.” The authority and inerrancy of Scripture again became a secure foundation under our house.

The Bible and its gospel doctrines could again be eclipsed in evangelical churches. We’ve seen popular teachers who style themselves as evangelicals deny the Bible as the authoritative foundation for the church. We’ve seen them reject doctrines like original sin and eternal hell.

Every generation must battle for the Bible. Reformation continues, and I want my kids thinking about that now.

3. I want them to know defending the Bible is dangerous, but worth the risk.

The reformers and their theological heirs, the oft-lampooned Puritans, were well acquainted with the cost of discipleship. Luther hid from authorities for several years under threat of arrest and certain death. Calvin used fictitious names as he fled in exile across Europe from government officials. John Bunyan spent 12 years in jail, and Jonathan Edwards was fired from his church. Suffering isn’t unusual; it’s the calling of every Christian. Not since the days of Paul has there been a more compelling picture of suffering in the cause of truth than the leading exponents of the Reformation.

Yes, my kids need to know defending the Bible will cause them to clash with a culture that despises it, but it may also bring them into collision with many within the church. I want them to know that to be a Christian is to be a revolutionary, that good people disagree at key points, and that issues such as baptism and the Lord’s Supper—which many evangelicals regard as matters indifferent—are anything but matters indifferent. The Reformers certainly didn’t think so, and many of my Baptist forebears paid for dissenting opinions with their lives.

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Ravi Zacharias: Does God Condemn People From Other Religions?

Ravi Zacharias is a well-known apologist who is not afraid of tough questions. Originally from India, Zacharias is used to thinking outside of our American-church box. Which is perhaps why he is able to answer the following question as well as he does:

Isn’t it vastly unfair to claim that all the people who don’t believe in Jesus are condemned to hell?

Zacharias starts by addressing the myth that since Jesus came only 2,000 years ago, everything that came before him (including our beliefs) would take precedence over him and the religion his life inspired. But 3,000 years before Jesus, we see Abraham, who grew up in a polytheistic society, yet found the one true God.

In Genesis 18:25, we are told “the Judge of all the earth will do that which is right.” This verse is in context to the judgment that was coming upon Sodom and Gemorrah as a result of their disobedience. Zacharias claims the examples of Sodom and Gomorrah and Abraham show us that God “speaks through our consciences. He speaks through creation. He speaks ultimately through his word and then in the incarnation of Jesus Christ.”

Additionally, Zacharias claims “God doesn’t really send anybody to hell. We make our choice.” Ultimately, the decision to submit to our heavenly Father or not is our choice. Because, as Zacharias explains, “he will not violate our wills.” God is very concerned with our freedom. “That sacred gift of my freedom is given to me by God,” Zacharias says.

CS Lewis has a pertinent quote that Zacharias draws on: “There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who bend their knee to God and say to Him, ‘Your will be done;’ or those who refuse to bend their knee to God and God sys to them, ‘Your will be done.’” Zacharias uses this quote to make the point that God will let us make our own choices—even if those choices land us in hell.

Zacharias ends his discussion by saying God’s “will is the most beautiful thing you can pursue.”

For other Ravi Zacharias Question and Answer videos, check out the following:

Does God Favor a Particular Gender?

Does Suicide Send You to Hell?

Is It OK to Just Follow Christ’s Commands?

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If you accept Jesus and become a Christian, will God make you happy?


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This is a wonderful, wonderful post from Amy Hall, who writes for the Stand to Reason blog.

She writes:

I had a brief interaction with an atheist on Twitter a couple of weeks ago that unexpectedly turned to the issue of suffering when she said:

You clearly never had a time you were hurt. I don’t mean sick. I don’t mean heart broken. I mean literally a near death experience or rape or abusive relationship…. You can keep floating on a [expletive] cloud thinking Jesus will do everything for you but it’s a lie. What makes you so special?

That surprised me at first because it didn’t seem to have anything to do with the tweet she was responding to, and I was confused as to why she would assume I’d never been through anything traumatic. But then in subsequent tweets, when she revealed…

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70% of Born-Again Believers Unsure Whether Trump or Clinton More “Authentically Christian”

70% of Born-Again Believers Deny Trump or Clinton "Authentically Christian"

Born-again Christians overwhelmingly disdain both presidential candidates. The vast majority (70 percent) denied that either candidate is more “authentically Christian” than the other, according to the Barna Group’s latest survey. Moreover, neither Clinton nor Trump has convinced the majority of born-again Christians that their character traits make them the superior candidate.

Most born-again Christians have either reconciled themselves to voting for Clinton or Trump simply because they dislike the other candidate even more, or plan to vote for a third-party candidate. Only 40 percent of those who supported Clinton said it was because they actually liked her, while only 33 percent of Trump supporters said the same. Eighty-four percent of those who said they supported a third-party candidate admitted it was primarily because they disliked both Clinton and Trump, not because they actually liked the third-party candidate.

“Currently, six out of ten Americans plan to vote for a candidate they don’t care for primarily because they are so disgusted by the other option,” said George Barna, special election analyst and founder of the Barna Group. “This election represents an ideal opportunity for a third-party candidate to burst onto the scene, but the data show that few voters like the third-party candidates any better.”

The Barna Group also asked whether Clinton or Trump better demonstrated eight specific qualities. Clinton beat Trump in six categories, and the candidates tied (within the margin of error) in two categories. Although not a majority, a much greater number of born-again Christians said Clinton was more “presidential,” “respected by other leaders,” “able to work with people who have different views,” and a more “effective communicator” than Trump. By a narrower margin they said Clinton was more “authentically Christian” and more of a “strategic thinker.” Respondents were statistically tied on which candidate was more “trustworthy” and more “patriotic.”

“Enormous numbers of voters simply are not convinced that either of the major-party candidates is presidential, trustworthy, respectable, or ethical,” Barna commented. “Those characteristics are very important to the American people.”

The survey was based on responses collected online September 12-19. The results were published on October 13. The Barna Group defined born-again Christians as having “made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in their life today and believe that, when they die, they will go to heaven because they have confessed their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their savior.”

Source: 70% of Born-Again Believers Unsure Whether Trump or Clinton More “Authentically Christian”


Thomas Brooks: An Always Timely Reminder About False Teachers

The 17th-century non-conformist pastor Thomas Brooks is perhaps best known by his classic book, Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices. The intent of the book was to edify believers with a Biblically-informed understanding about Satan and his temptations, and provide practical “remedies” the Christ-filled believer may employ in sanctified defense from them.

In his “Epistle Dedicatory” remarks Brooks gives us an air of his love for the Word, his diligence in studying it, and his duty as a minister to edify the sheep with it.

“Christ, the Scripture, your own hearts, and Satan’s devices, are the four prime things that should be first and most studied and searched. If any cast off the study of these, they cannot be safe here, nor happy hereafter. It is my work as a Christian, but much more as I am a Watchman, to do my best to discover the fullness of Christ, the emptiness of the creature, and the snares of the great deceiver; which I have endeavored to do in the following discourse, according to that measure of grace which I have received from the Lord.”   Thomas Brooks

While the complete “Precious Remedies” is a must-read from this Puritan pastor and author, incorporated within it is an impressively helpful, concise guideline for the believer during any age.


Entitled Seven Marks Of False Teachers, Brooks outlines the evident characteristics that, since the initial warnings of Christ about “wolves in sheep’s clothing,” have remained consistent throughout church history.

“Satan labors might and main, by false teachers, which are his emissaries, to deceive, delude, and forever undo the precious souls of men (Jer. 23:13) ‘I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.’ Micah 3:5: ‘The prophets make my people to err.’ They seduce them, and carry them out of the right way into by-paths and blind thickets of error, blasphemy, and wickedness, where they are lost forever.

‘Beware of false prophets, for they come to you in sheep’s clothing—but inwardly they are ravening wolves’ (Matt. 7:15). These lick and suck the blood of souls (Phil. 3:2), ‘Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers.’ These kiss and kill; these cry, Peace, peace, until souls fall into everlasting flames! (Prov. 7). (Acts. 20:28-30; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; Eph. 4:14; 2 Tim. 3:4-6; Titus 1:11, 22; 2 Peter 2:18,19.)

Now the best way to deliver poor souls from being deluded and destroyed by these messengers of Satan is, to discover them in their colors, that so, being known, poor souls may shun them, and fly from them as from hell itself.”    Thomas Brooks

1. False teachers are menpleasers.

They preach more to please the ear than to profit the heart.  Such are not true teachers; Gal. 1:10, 1 Thess. 2:1-4.

False teachers handle holy things rather with wit and trifling, rather than with fear and reverence. False teachers are soul-murderers. They are like evil surgeons, that skin over the wound—but never heal it. Flattery undid Ahab and Herod, Nero and Alexander. False teachers are hell’s greatest enrichers. Not bitter—but flattering words do all the mischief, said Valerian, the Roman emperor. Such smooth teachers are sweet soul-poisoners. “This is my warning to my people,” says the Lord Almighty. ‘Do not listen to these prophets when they prophesy to you, filling you with futile hopes. They are making up everything they say. They do not speak for the Lord! They keep saying to these rebels who despise my word, ‘Don’t worry! The Lord says you will have peace!’ And to those who stubbornly follow their own evil desires, they say, ‘No harm will come your way!’” (Jer. 23:16, 17)

2. False teachers are notable in casting dirt, scorn, and reproach upon the persons, names, and credits of Christ’s most faithful ambassadors.

Thus Korah, Dathan, and Abiram charged Moses and Aaron that they took too much upon them, seeing all the congregation was holy (Num. 16:3). You take too much state, too much power, too much honor, too much holiness upon you; for what are you more than others, that you take so much upon you? And so Ahab’s false prophets fell foul on good Micaiah, paying of him with blows for lack of better reasons (1 Kings 22:10-26). Yes, Paul, that great apostle of the Gentiles, had his ministry undermined and his reputation blasted by false teachers: ‘For his letters,’ say they, ‘are weighty and powerful—but his bodily presence is weak and his speech contemptible’ (2 Cor. 10:10). They rather condemn him than admire him; they look upon him as a dunce rather than a doctor. And the same hard measure had our Lord Jesus from the scribes and Pharisees, who labored as for life to build their own credit upon the ruins of his reputation. And never did the devil drive a more full trade this way than he does in these days (Matt. 27:63). Oh! the dirt, the filth, the scorn that is thrown upon those of whom the world is not worthy! I suppose false teachers mind not that saying of Augustine: ‘He who willingly takes from my good name, unwillingly adds to my reward.’ The proverb is, ‘A man’s eye and his good name can bear no jests.’

3. False teachers are venters (utterers) of the devices and visions of their own heads and hearts.

Jer. 14:14: “Then the Lord said unto me—These prophets are telling lies in my name. I did not send them or tell them to speak. I did not give them any messages. They prophesy of visions and revelations they have never seen or heard. They speak foolishness made up in their own lying hearts.” “This is my warning to my people,” says the Lord Almighty. “Do not listen to these prophets when they prophesy to you, filling you with futile hopes. They are making up everything they say. They do not speak for the Lord!” Jeremiah 23:16. Are there not multitudes in this nation whose visions are but golden delusions, lying vanities, brain-sick fantasies? These are Satan’s great benefactors, and such as divine justice will hang up in hell as the greatest malefactors, if the physician of souls does not prevent it. Matt. 24:4, 5; 11:14; Titus 1:10; Rom. 16:18

4. False teachers easily pass over the great and weighty things of both Law and Gospel and stand most upon those things that are of the least moment and concernment to the souls of men.

1 Tim. 1:5-7: ‘Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith sincere; from which some having swerved, have turned aside unto vain jangling, desiring to be teachers of the law, and understand neither what they say nor whereof they affirm.’ Matt. 23:23: ‘Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; for you pay tithe of mint, and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith; these ought you to have done, and not to leave the other undone.’ False teachers are nice in the lesser things of the law, and as negligent in the greater. 1 Tim. 6:3-5: ‘If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing—but doting about questions and strife of words, whereof comes envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw yourself.’ If such teachers are not hypocrites in grain, I know nothing (Rom. 2:22). The earth groans to bear them, and hell is fitted for them (Matt. 24:32). Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices Thomas Brooks 144 Luther complained of such in his time as would strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. This age is full of such teachers, such monsters! The high priest’s spirit (Matt. 23:24) lives and thrives in these days.

5. False teachers cover and color their dangerous principles and soul-impostures with very fair speeches and plausible pretences, with high notions and golden expressions.

Many in these days are bewitched and deceived by the magnificent words, lofty strains, and stately terms of deceivers. As strumpets paint their faces, and deck and perfume their beds, the better to allure and deceive simple souls; so false teachers will put a great deal of paint and garnish upon their most dangerous principles and blasphemies, that they may the better deceive and delude poor ignorant souls. They know sugaredpoison goes down sweetly; they wrap up their pernicious, soul-killing pills in gold! (Gal. 6:12; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; Rom. 16:17, 18; Matt. 16:6,11,12; 7:15.) In the days of Hadrian the emperor, there was one Ben-Cosbi gathered a multitude of Jews together, and called himself Ben-cocuba, the son of a star, applying that promise to himself (Num. 24:17)—but he proved Bar-chosaba, the son of a lie. And so will all false teachers, for all their flourishes prove at the last the sons of lies.

6. False teachers strive more to win over men to their opinions than to better them in their conversations.

Matt. 23:15: ‘Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, you make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves!’ They busy themselves most about men’s heads. Their work is not to better men’s hearts, and mend their lives; and in this they are very much like their father the devil, who will spare no pains to gain proselytes. For shame! says Epictetus to his Stoics; either live as Stoics, or leave off the name of Stoics. The application is easy.

7. False teachers make merchandise of their followers:

“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.” 2 Peter 2:1- 3. They eye your goods more than your good; and mind more the serving of themselves, than the saving of your souls. So they may have your substance, they care not though Satan has your souls (Rev. 18:11-13). That they may the better pick your purse, they will hold forth such principles as are very indulgent to the flesh. False teachers are the great worshipers of the golden calf. “From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.” (Jer. 6:13).

Brooks ends his outline with this brief, final charge:

“Now, by these characters you may know them, and so shun them, and deliver your souls out of their dangerous snares.”   Thomas Brooks


A reprint of the complete “Precious Remedies” is available from Banner of Truth Trust, as well as Amazon.   A free, downloadable version is offered by Monergism.com, which also includes “Seven Marks” in a pdf file entitled “Apostasy,” via Chapel Library.

Above-cited quotations have been referenced from freely distributed material available via Monergism.com.

Source: Thomas Brooks: An Always Timely Reminder About False Teachers