August 29, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Aug. 29, 2016 |

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FBI uncovered evidence foreign hackers penetrated 2 state election databases in recent weeks, prompting agency to warn election officials across the U.S. to enhance security.

Snapchat has no proven track record in election advertising. It shares only limited data about its audience, and caters mainly to a demographic that hasn’t traditionally turned out in big numbers to vote. That’s not stopping political campaigns from devoting more ad dollars to reach the millions of millennials who spend hours every week on the social-media app.

Iceland raised the alarm after its largest volcano was hit by the biggest tremors since 1977. Two quakes larger than 4 in magnitude early Monday rocked the crater of Katla. That was followed by at least 10 more tremors at the volcano, which rises 4,757 feet into the air on the North Atlantic.

Of all the major cities on America’s eastern seaboard, none is as far north or east as Boston. Which creates a slight problem in winter: The sun sets really early. Governor Charles Baker recently signed a bill ordering a study of the wisdom of moving its 10,555 square miles into a time zone that would brighten the end of the day.

After two aborted test flights in as many days following a faulty air-conditioning system, Japan’s first locally built passenger jet was back for checks and fixes amid delays to a program aimed at challenging the dominance of Brazil’s Embraer SA and Canada’s Bombardier Inc.

A Southwest Airlines Co. jet was forced to make an emergency landing after the cabin lost pressure due to what federal officials called a rare uncontained engine failure. No one was injured on Flight 3472 from New Orleans to Orlando, Florida, when the Boeing Co. 737 was diverted Saturday to Pensacola International Airport in Florida.

China’s electric-vehicle industry, with 200-plus companies backed by a raft of billionaires, verges on a massive shakeout as the government imposes stricter technology standards on fledgling manufacturers and considers limiting their number to only 10.

Thousands of would-be drone pilots are racing to get licensed under new U.S. regulations that have opened an aerial stampede. More than 3,300 have signed up to take the test on Monday, the first day it’s available, and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration estimates the number of drone operators-for-hire may exceed the nation’s 171,000 private pilots within a year.

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Italy on Saturday bid a tearful farewell to dozens of those who died in the earthquake as the nation mourned the victims of a disaster that claimed nearly 300 lives.

Gabon voted on Saturday amid discontent over its failure to raise living standards despite oil wealth, in a poll posing the biggest challenge yet to President Ali Bongo, whose family has run the central African nation for half a century.

A knife-wielding man stabbed a Catholic priest and tried to set off an explosive device at a church in Indonesia on Sunday, police said, the latest attack on religious minorities in the mainly Muslim country.

Syrian activists say government airplanes have attacked a besieged neighborhood in the central city of Homs, including with incendiary bombs that killed two children and left one badly burned.

Rebels backed by Turkey made major gains Sunday in northern Syria, expelling Kurdish-led forces from towns and villages as part of a determined campaign by Ankara to push the militants east of the Euphrates River.

Japan braced Monday for a powerful typhoon — the third in little more than a week — and authorities warned of heavy rain, high waves and flooding after the previous storms killed two people.

ITT Technical Institute, a for-profit chain of colleges with more 40,000 students, was dealt a severe blow from the US government on Thursday. Officials from the US Department of Education announced that the vocational institute could no longer enroll students that had access to federal financial aid.

China officially launched The Aero Engine Corporation of China (AECC), a new multi-billion dollar jet engine conglomerate with almost 100,000 employees at the weekend, as Beijing seeks to become an aerospace power and compete with the likes of Rolls Royce and General Electric.

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At least 60 people have been killed in a suicide car bombing at a military facility in the southern Yemen city of Aden, doctors say.

Iran has announced it has completed the first phase of its plan to operate a “national internet”.

Brazil’s suspended President Dilma Rousseff has defended her record during her impeachment trial in the Senate. She is accused of illegally manipulating the budget to hide a growing deficit.

The world’s first cancer vaccine was administered in Australia exactly 10 years ago. Since then, the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine has been rolled out across 130 countries and halved the number of new cervical cancers.

A 62-year-old man was arrested after allegedly filling a lubricant dispenser with hydrochloric acid at a sex club in Australia. No serious injuries were reported in the incident at “gay and bi social club” Aarows in northwest Sydney.

A South African minister has thrown his support behind protesting female students, who accuse their high school of operating a racist hair policy. Pupils at Pretoria Girls High say they have been repeatedly warned to straighten their hair.

Singapore has confirmed 41 cases of the Zika virus which were locally transmitted.

WND

Mired in a world of low growth, low inflation and low interest rates, officials from the Federal Reserve, Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank said their efforts to bolster the economy through monetary policy may falter unless elected leaders stepped forward with bold measures. These would range from immigration reform in Japan to structural changes to boost productivity and growth in the U.S. and Europe.


Top News – 8/29/2016

Magnitude-4.5 earthquake hits remote Northern California
A light earthquake has shaken a remote section of Northern California. The quake was felt 100 miles away in Eureka, but there are no reports of damages or injuries. The magnitude-4.5 quake struck at 2:20 p.m. Sunday about 60 miles west of Redding near the small towns of Hayfork and Mad River.

Juno skims Jupiter’s pole in first orbital flyby
NASA’s Juno orbiter has made its first and nearest orbital flyby of Jupiter, snapping the closest close-up ever of giant planet’s north pole. The unmanned probe made its 130,000 mph (208,000 km/h) approach at 6:44 am PDT (13:44 GMT) on Saturday, passing within 2,600 mi (4,200 km) of Jupiter’s cloud tops in the first and closest of 36 flybys it will make during its mission.

ISIS Terrorists Infiltrating Canada, Suspected of Plotting Attacks
The Canadian government is warning its citizens that it knows of at least 180 people who have traveled abroad to join terror groups and is tracking another 60 “extremist travelers who had returned to Canada,” according to a new government report that provides further evidence of the Islamic State’s migration to North America.

Women lining up for free sterilization in Venezuela as economic crisis deepens
“People are so hopeless they would rather render themselves incapable of having children than risk bringing the children into the world. That is a working definition of hell on earth,” pointed out TheRebel.media’s Ezra Levant in a report “Now popular in Venezuela? Sterilization day.”

COSMIC RAYS INTENSIFY
Spaceweather.com and the students of Earth to Sky Calculus have been using helium balloons to monitor cosmic rays in the stratosphere over California. Their latest data show an increase of almost 13% since 2015. They can seed clouds, trigger lightning, and penetrate commercial airplanes. Furthermore, there are studies linking cosmic rays with cardiac arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death in the general population.

Clinton Foundation donors given special treatment while Hillary was DoS head, emails show
Newly released emails reveal more ties between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, showing that major donors received special perks – including lunch with the Chinese president.

The Latest: Gaston strengthens, warning for North Carolina
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Gaston winds increased to 120 mph (195 kph). The storm was located about 575 miles (930 kilometers) east southeast of Bermuda. Gaston is stationary and some weakening expected during the next 48 hours.

Canadian teachers instructed on how to combat ‘Islamophobia’
A new teacher’s guide produced by the Canadian Human Rights Commission was launched last week in Canada, instructing Canadian teachers to actively combat views and comments it views as “Islamophobic.”

Myanmar Earthquake Rattles Temples of Bagan
Just hours after the devastating earthquake that hit central Italy this past Wednesday another powerful, unrelated, quake devastated central Myanmar, causing at least four deaths and damaging nearly 200 Buddhist pagodas and temples dating back to the 10th century.

Iran Deploys Long-Range Missiles at Nuclear Facility
Iran has deployed Russian-made S-300 long-range missiles in its Fordow nuclear facility, Tehran Times and other Iranian state-run media reported Sunday. State TV showed the missiles and other counter-strike weapons being transported to Fordow.

Sanhedrin Appoints High Priest in Preparation for Third Temple
A significant step was recently taken towards reinstating the Temple service when the nascent Sanhedrin selected Rabbi Baruch Kahane as the next Kohen Gadol (high priest). The selection was made as a precaution for Yom Kippur. If the political conditions should change, allowing the Jews access to the Temple Mount, they will be required by Torah law to bring the sacrifices. Rabbi Kahane is confident that if that should happen, Temple service could begin in less than one week.

Kaepernick Anthem Snub is Not a Free Speech Issue
It is hard to know which is more disillusioning: an NFL quarterback stupid enough to insult an entire nation in a political hissy fit, or a multitude of constitutionally illiterate people who think it is a free speech issue.

Spike In Gun Ownership? Poll Shows 44 Percent Of All Homes Have A Gun
The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard crunched some the new numbers on gun politics from Pew Research and found that almost half the country has a gun in the home. Pew found that 44 percent of all homes have guns, while 51 percent do not. It bucks the trend of other polls, namely CBS News, which found that the percentage of gun ownership hovered in the mid-30s.

7.4 magnitude earthquake strikes northwest of Ascension Island
An earthquake of magnitude 7.4 has struck 975km northwest of Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported. There was no immediate warning of any tsunami triggered by the quake, which was 10km deep, the USGS said.

Turkish army thrusts deeper into Syria, monitor says 35 villagers killed
Turkey’s army and its allies thrust deeper into Syria on Sunday, seizing territory controlled by Kurdish-aligned forces…of a cross-border campaign that a monitoring group said had killed at least 35 villagers. Turkish warplanes roared into northern Syria at daybreak and artillery pounded…sites held by the Kurdish YPG militia, after the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported fierce overnight fighting around two villages.

Yemen suicide attack clamed by IS ‘kills dozens’ in Aden
At least 60 people have been killed in a suicide car bombing at a military facility in the southern Yemen city of Aden, doctors say. A training camp, or compound used by the pro-government Popular Resistance militia, was hit, reports say. So-called Islamic State said it carried out the attack.

Calais chief wants new migrant border deal with UK
Migrants in Calais seeking asylum in the UK should be allowed to lodge their claim in France, the president of the region has told the BBC. Xavier Bertrand said people living in the camp known as the Jungle should be able to apply at a “hotspot” in France rather than waiting to reach Britain. UK officials currently check passports in France, stopping many from entering.

Heavy casualties as Libyan forces advance on IS in Sirte
Militia loyal to Libya’s unity government have suffered heavy casualties as they push into the last two areas of Sirte held by the so-called Islamic State group (IS). Hospital sources told reporters that 34 government soldiers had been killed and 150 wounded in fierce fighting. The coastal city was seized by the militant group in February 2015.

Iran deploys latest long-range missile system at nuclear facility
Tehran deployed a Russian-made long-range missile system to increase the defense of the Fordo nuclear facility, Iranian state television said Sunday, according to an AFP report. The commander of Iran’s air defense, General Farzad Esmaili said that protecting the nuclear facility is paramount “in all circumstances.”

Polish soccer fans torch ‘Jewish’ effigies, fly banner calling for burning of Jews
A group of soccer hooligans in Poland torched effigies representing Jews and displayed banners calling for Jews to be burned in a shocking display during a match last Friday… The incident occurred when dozens of fans supporting the Widzew Łódź side rallied against the town rival ŁKS Łódź, which is often derided as “Jewish” by opposing teams’ fans, in a similar fashion that the British team Tottenham Hotspur is regarded.

Homicides in Mexico have reached a grisly milestone
Violence in Mexico has been on the rise in recent months, as fragmented criminal organizations clash around the country, competing with Mexican authorities and each other for control of illegal enterprises. Data released by the Mexican government reveal that homicides, perhaps the most visible aspect of the country’s violence, reached an ugly milestone in July.

Iran deploys long-range missiles to Fordo nuclear site
Tehran has deployed a recently delivered Russian-made long-range missile system to central Iran to protect its Fordo nuclear facility, state television said Sunday. Protecting nuclear facilities is paramount “in all circumstances” General Farzad Esmaili, the commander of Iran’s air defences, told the IRIB channel.

New Smuggler Tunnel Detected, Under US-Mexican Border
A new 31.5-meter (102-foot) smuggler tunnel has been discovered snaking under the U.S.-Mexican border, according to a statement issued Sunday by Mexican federal police, and quoted by Associated Press. The unfinished illegal conduit was discovered by a team of Mexican police working together with the U.S. Border Patrol in Nogales, Arizona.

“Mysticore” is the new norm: Inside the trend that’s casting its spell over the culture
Not just witches are enjoying a cultural renaissance, though. All manner of magic is in the air, as the New Age movement’s lighter granola-and-Zen fare has given way to the practice of a more modern mysticism, where conversations about conjuring, personal shamans and powerful potions can be intense as they are ubiquitous.

Ayatollah: Mahdi coming back in spaceship!
The comments came from Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi, who operates his own website to promote his views. He was respoinding to a question about the “arrival of the Mahdi – the Hidden Imam who is the equivalent of the Messiah in Shiite Islam,” MEMRI reported.

Merkel rejects Muslim migrant ban, urges fair distribution
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday slammed those countries in Europe who say they won’t take in Muslim refugees, a position that several eastern European governments have taken in response to the influx of migrants from the Islamic world.

Church of England parishes consider first step to break away over sexuality
A group of parishes is preparing what could be the first step towards a formal split in the Church of England over issues such as homosexuality, with the creation of a new “shadow synod” vowing to uphold traditional teaching.

An Internet Giveaway to the U.N.
When the Obama administration announced its plan to give up U.S. protection of the internet, it promised the United Nations would never take control. But because of the administration’s naiveté or arrogance, U.N. control is the likely result if the U.S. gives up internet stewardship as planned at midnight on Sept. 30.


Top Headlines – 8/29/2016

Moscow, US both said pushing Israel-PA peace summits

Netanyahu and Abbas may meet in Moscow in October

Israel expands patrols into East Jerusalem to stem Palestinian attacks

Is Hamas in the midst of an internal struggle, or just wary of war with Israel?

Europe migrant crisis: Germany expects ‘up to 300,000’ this year

Merkel rejects Muslim migrant ban, urges fair distribution

10,000th Syrian reaches US this week in resettlement program

Immigration Expert: U.S. to Resettle Nearly One Million Muslim Migrants Under One Term of Clinton Presidency

Donald Trump’s Plan for Undocumented Immigrants Remains a Mystery

Fighting escalates on Turkey-Syria border, endangering US forces

Turkish air strikes kill at least 35 civilians in Syria

In Syria, Rebels Threaten Territory Held by Kurds as U.S. Allies Clash

France presses for UN resolution on Syrian use of chemical weapons

Iraq Asks Saudi Arabia to Recall Ambassador Who Criticized Shiite Militias

How to make peace? Colombia’s historic deal has lessons for Syria

High toll as Libyan fighters close in on Islamic State in Sirte

ISIS-inspired attacker’s bid to bomb Indonesian church fizzles out – literally

Priest suffers minor injuries after failed suicide bomber attacks Indonesia church

Kayla Mueller in Captivity: Courage, Selflessness as She Defended Christian Faith to ISIS Executioner ‘Jihadi John’

Iran to start construction on two more nuclear plants

Khamenei warns Iran will ‘hit hard’ in response to US aggression

Top Iranian admiral: US lacks the power to confront Iran militarily

Israeli to be extradited to US over sale of military parts to Iran

Iran deploys long-range missiles to Fordo nuclear site

Iranian Ayatollah: The ‘Hidden Imam’ Will Arrive In A Vessel ‘Like A Spaceship’

Russian journalist critical of Vladimir Putin found dead on his birthday with gunshot wound to head

1 killed, dozens injured in new Kashmir anti-India protests

Female genital mutilation: Egypt to toughen penalties

Burkini backlash: Some French mayors vow to keep bans in place despite court ruling

Muslim Holy Day on Sept. 11? Coincidence Stirs Fears

Brexit may send EU ‘down the drain’ – German vice chancellor

German economy minister says EU-US trade talks have failed

Jobs Data to be a Big Deal for Record-High Stocks

Venezuela sends opposition leader back to jail, expels Ecuadoran lawmakers

Brazilian president calls her removal a nonmilitary ‘coup’ and vows to fight impeachment

Donald Trump challenges Hillary Clinton to release detailed medical records

Surprise: Gun ownership rises to 44% of all homes

Majority of Americans Oppose International Control of Internet

Car hacking is the future – and sooner or later you’ll be hit

Italy checks for building code fraud after deadly quake

7.1 magnitude earthquake hits North of Ascension Island

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Abepura, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Ile Hunter, New Caledonia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near South Georgia Island region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Azores Islands region

Earthquake activity in Iceland’s Katla volcano

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 24,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Typhoon Lionrock to barrel into Sendai, Japan on Tuesday

Hawaii Island prepares for possible effects of Tropical Storm Madeline

Tropical depression forms near Carolinas; other system threatens Gulf Coast

Storms to raise flood threat from Houston to New Orleans into Monday

Florida braces for heavy rains that could lead to flooding, mosquito breeding

Singapore confirms 41 cases of locally transmitted Zika virus

Donald Trump Ratings Among Evangelical Leaders Double After His Pro-Life Supreme Court Shortlist

Women bare breasts for gender equality on GoTopless Day

Australia Plan for Vote on Gay Marriage Hits Stumbling Block

Church of England parishes consider first step to break away over sexuality

“Mysticore” is the new norm: Inside the trend that’s casting its spell over the culture


The Briefing 08-29-16

From the French Revolution to ‘burkini’ bans: France’s radical commitment to secularism

Religion or rhetoric? The Democratic Party’s shift toward religious ‘talk’ rings hollow

In another judicial usurpation, a federal judge grants transgender bathroom access at UNC

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Trump Campaign Website Selling ‘LGBTQ for Trump’ T-Shirts, Pins

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 09:38 AM PDT

In case you aren’t familiar with where Donald Trump stands on LGBT rights, The official website for the presidential campaign of Republican nominee Donald Trump is…

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Chicago Man Who Identifies as Woman Sues Over City’s Ban on Toplessness in Bars

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 09:30 AM PDT

Here’s a dose of weird for you on this Monday morning! A Chicago man who identifies as a woman has filed a federal lawsuit over…

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Muslim Holy Day Coincides With Anniversary Of 9/11, Raises Concerns

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 09:25 AM PDT

(By Samantha Schmidt) Mr. Ali, together with other imams around town, intends to invite non-Muslim neighbors and spiritual leaders to go to services and find…

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GROSS DARKNESS: Satan Worship On The Rise In The United States

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 09:20 AM PDT

The atmosphere of America is getting darker by the hour and now a new report is confirming the sad assessment. According to a new report…

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Mystery radio signals coming from sun-like star…

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 09:16 AM PDT

There are reports of a spike in radio signals that are coming from the direction of a sun-like star has excited astronomers. The signals seem…

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PROPHECY WATCH: Sanhedrin Appoints High Priest in Preparation for Third Temple

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 06:23 AM PDT

More amazing headlines this morning regarding events pointing towards the fulfilment of prophetic events mentioned in the Bible. This latest one reveals more preparations for…

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Tropical Depression Strikes Gulf of Mexico, could drench FL, 2nd storm nears NC

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 06:06 AM PDT

A tropical depression that formed in the Florida Straits was moving into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico early Monday and the U.S. National Hurricane Center…

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Magnitude 4.2 Earthquake strikes near Hayfork, California

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 05:54 AM PDT

Californians in the Hayfork area has been reportedly shaken up by A shallow magnitude 4.2 earthquake that was reported Sunday afternoon 14 miles from Hayfork…

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Church of England Splitting Over Sexuality

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 05:42 AM PDT

According to reports coming out of England, a group of parishes is preparing what could be the first step towards a formal split in the Church…

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College Stops Man From Praying..“This isn’t a free speech area.”

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 05:37 AM PDT

Think we still live in the “Home of the Brave, and “Land of the Free”? Think again! If you haven’t been following higher education news,…

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DEVELOPING: Iceland Raises Alarm After Largest Volcano Starts to Rumble…

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 05:30 AM PDT

Iceland is on “High Alert” and has raised the alarm after its largest volcano was just struck by the largest tremors since 1977. Reports indicate…

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‘Foreign Hackers’ Penetrate State Election Systems…

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 05:25 AM PDT

The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the…

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Freak Lightning Storm Kills 323 Reindeer in Norway, May Be Deadliest In History

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 05:20 AM PDT

A bizarre story is coming out of Norway this morning as reports are indicating that an apparent lightning strike has killed more than 300 reindeer, according…

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Canada facing massive mortgage crisis

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 04:58 AM PDT

Hit by the sharp decline in oil prices the Canadian economy is struggling with a property market approaching the peak of a massive bubble, according…

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Powerful Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Strikes Atlantic Ocean

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 04:09 AM PDT

UPDATE: Reports of a powerful 7.1 earthquake struck the southern Atlantic Ocean, north of Ascension Island on Sunday night. There were no reports of injuries…

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DEVELOPING: ‘Active shooter,’ police deployed, mass evacuation at LAX Airport

Posted: 28 Aug 2016 09:09 PM PDT

BREAKING NEWS: According to reports, Social media posts from Los Angeles International Airport are describing shots fired and police rushing to the scene, while footage…

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3 Reasons Why Satan Hates You—And What You Can Do About It

Posted: 28 Aug 2016 07:57 PM PDT

(By Kyle Winkler) For victory in any battle, it’s vital to know who the enemy is and why they’re after you. It’s the same in…

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Witchcraft, Islam And Humanism Are Filling The Spiritual Void Left By The Dying Church

Posted: 28 Aug 2016 07:46 PM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) A dramatic spiritual paradigm shift is taking place in the western world. At the end of last week, I discussed the fact…

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Trump Challenges Hillary To Release Medical Records

Posted: 28 Aug 2016 07:40 PM PDT

Donald Trump continued to raise questions about Hillary Clinton’s health on Sunday, challenging the Democratic presidential nominee in a tweet to release “detailed medical records.”…

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Turkish air strikes ‘kill at least 40 civilians in Syria’

Posted: 28 Aug 2016 07:36 PM PDT

BREAKING NEWS: Escalations in the Mideast are reaching a tipping point as reports are indicating that Turkish air strikes and artillery attacks have killed at…

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DEVELOPING: Clown In South Carolina Trying To Lure Kids Into Woods

Posted: 28 Aug 2016 05:40 PM PDT

A note some Greenville County residents found on their apartment doors has them concerned for the safety of their neighborhood. Residents at Fleetwood Manor Apartments…

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PROPHECY WATCH: Russia, Iran and Turkey Forming Ezekiel 38 Alliance?

Posted: 28 Aug 2016 05:31 PM PDT

According to a new report from Sputnik, Russia, Iran and Turkey have increasingly improved their political and military cooperation in a bid to tackle Daesh…

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Central Italy rocked by new 4.4 aftershock following deadly earthquake

Posted: 28 Aug 2016 05:22 PM PDT

Italy continues to reel under seismic pressure as reports indicate a new 4.4-magnitude aftershock with a depth of about 9 km has rattled the region not…

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Maryland School Official Claims Students OK With Transgenders Bunking With Girls; Parents Are the Ones With Problem

Posted: 28 Aug 2016 05:14 PM PDT

UPDATE: A Maryland school official who recently stirred controversy for saying that transgender students should be allowed to bunk on school-related trips with the gender…

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What Holiness Should Look Like in the Life of a Believer

Posted: 28 Aug 2016 05:06 PM PDT

(By Josh Turner) God calls us to holiness because He is holy, but what does this realistically look like in our lives? Where is the…

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Warm Welcomes And Preaching Quality Attract Americans

Posted: 28 Aug 2016 04:57 PM PDT

A new poll reported by CBN News is revealing the two main things Americans are looking for in a Church. According to a new poll,…

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Thousands Quit Church After New Digital Format

Posted: 28 Aug 2016 04:50 PM PDT

Here’s a stunning report coming out Norway where thousands of parishioners have left the Lutheran Church in Norway after the church started using a new…

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UN Could Soon Take Control Of The Internet

Posted: 28 Aug 2016 04:45 PM PDT

(Reported By L. Gordon Crovitz) When the Obama administration announced its plan to give up U.S. protection of the internet, it promised the United Nations…

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‘Longest living human’ says ‘just wants to die’ at 145…

Posted: 28 Aug 2016 04:38 PM PDT

An Indonesian man who claims to be the longest living human in recorded history has described how he “just wants to die”. Mbah Gotho, from…

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Iran deploys long-range missiles to nuclear site…

Posted: 28 Aug 2016 04:34 PM PDT

Things with Iran are definitely heating up lately as reports came out this past week of an encounter between the US Navy and Iranian Ships…

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Mass Convoy of Black Trucks Spotted in 3 States Cause Panic

Posted: 28 Aug 2016 04:24 PM PDT

With war and civil unrest in the air, it’s no wonder that many are on edge. However, You may have recently seen concerned posts on…

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N.C. transgender students win toilet access ruling

Posted: 28 Aug 2016 02:50 PM PDT

According to an updated report out of North Carolina, The University of North Carolina must allow transgender students and staff to use the toilets that…

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South Carolina School Defends ‘Ban’ on U.S. Flag at Football Game

Posted: 28 Aug 2016 02:46 PM PDT

Welcome to 2016 where schools in the United States of America support banning the US Flag! According to a new report, The Greenville County School…

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10,000th Syrian refugee to reach U.S. this week

Posted: 28 Aug 2016 02:42 PM PDT

The U.S. will reach its target this week of taking in 10,000 Syrian war refugees in a year-old resettlement program, the U.S. ambassador to Jordan…

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Tropical system expected to bring flooding, severe storms to Florida

Posted: 28 Aug 2016 02:38 PM PDT

A hurricane churning in the Atlantic Ocean strengthened Sunday as a separate system threatened to dump rain on Florida, sparking fears about standing water amid…

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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


Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

Can you explain the gospel in 30 seconds? In one minute? In five minutes?Here’s one way I have found helpful. 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.


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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As Predicted, Obamacare Is Absolutely Killing The Middle Class

Obamacare Frustration - Public DomainThe critics of Obamacare have been proven right.  The Obama administration promised that health insurance premiums would go down.  Instead, they have absolutely skyrocketed.  The Obama administration promised that Obamacare would not kill jobs.  Instead, firms are hiring fewer workers because of suffocating health care costs.  As you will see below, even the Federal Reserve is admitting this.  The Obama administration also promised that the big health insurance companies would love the new Obamacare plans and would eagerly compete with one another to win customers in the new health insurance marketplaces.  Instead, many of the big health insurance companies are now dropping Obamacare plans altogether. (Read More….)

America The Debt Pig: We Are A ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ Society – And ‘Pay Later’ Is Rapidly Approaching

America The Pig - Public DomainIf you really wanted to live like a millionaire, you could start doing it right now.  All you have to do is to apply for as many credit cards as possible and then begin running up credit card balances like there is no tomorrow.  At this point, I know what most of you are probably thinking.  You are probably thinking that such a lifestyle would not last for long and that a day of reckoning would eventually come, and you would be exactly right.  In fact, anyone that has ever had a tremendous amount of credit card debt knows how painful that day of reckoning can be.  To mindlessly run up credit card debt is exceedingly reckless, but unfortunately that is precisely what we have been doing as a nation as a whole.  We are a “buy now, pay later” society, and our national day of reckoning is approaching very, very quickly. (Read More….)

There Is A Mainstream Media Conspiracy To Hide Hillary Clinton’s Rapidly Failing Health

Hillary Clinton - Picture by DonkeyHoteyIs Hillary Clinton healthy enough to serve as president if she wins the election? Over the past couple of weeks this has become a major issue, and the mainstream media is actively conspiring with the Clinton campaign in a desperate attempt to cover up the truth. For example, the Washington Post, which has essentially become a mouthpiece for the Clinton campaign at this point, has been publishing an article “debunking” claims about Clinton’s health almost every day recently. One of their headlines that really caught my attention was “Don’t believe everything you read about Hillary Clinton’s health on Google“. By the way, there were three Hillary Clinton campaign ads on that one page alone. But CNN took things to an entirely new level this week when it published an article entitled “Clinton’s health is fine, but what about Trump?” I was so flabbergasted by that headline that my wife came into my office to see what all of the commotion was about. No, Hillary Clinton’s health is not “fine”, and we will get to that later in this article. (Read More…)

More Americans Than Ever Are Losing Their Religion

Church Interior - Public DomainNever before in U.S. history have so many Americans chosen to be unaffiliated with any particular religious group. As you will see below, the percentage of “nones” in this country has absolutely skyrocketed over the past decade. But not all faiths are losing members in the United States. In fact, Islam, Buddhism, Wicca and various New Age organizations have all experienced excellent growth in recent years. Sadly, almost all of the growth for the “nones” has come at the expense of Christianity. Americans are leaving the Christian faith in droves, and this is why many of our churches are less than half full on Sunday mornings. What we are doing right now is clearly not working, and hopefully we can get the church in America to wake up while there is still time to do so. (Read More…)

Witchcraft, Islam And Humanism Are Filling The Spiritual Void Left By The Dying Church

Witchcraft - Creative CommonsA dramatic spiritual paradigm shift is taking place in the western world. At the end of last week, I discussed the fact that more Americans than ever before appear to be turning away from the Christian faith, and this is particularly true among our young people. And while it is undeniable that atheism and agnosticism are both growing rapidly, it is also important to point out that other faiths are on the rise in the western world at the exact same time that Christianity is shrinking. If you are a Christian, what you are about to read should concern you greatly. (Read More…)

Prayers to Allah offered at PCUSA’s General Assembly plenary session

“Allah bless us and bless our families and bless our Lord. Lead us on the straight path – the path of all the prophets: Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad,” and so went the prayer offered up by Wajidi Said, from the Portland Muslim Community, as part of the “first order of business” during the opening plenary session of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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Human Identity in Crisis

Things have changed. The “Four Spiritual Laws” or “Evangelism Explosion” no longer work for many. People are losing their identity. They long for human rights and personal dignity, but these things only come from God the Creator, whom they reject. The Gospel is still the answer, which they unknowingly long to hear. The God who created us in His image restores our fallen identity by the death of His Son, who stood in our place to bear our sin and has become, by grace, our new identity.

 

A few weeks ago Rush Limbaugh announced that the fastest growing crime in the West is identity theft. It is true that we hear a lot about illegal hacking in the news cycle, as individuals, businesses and even nations have their deepest secrets exposed. But the real crime is the theft of the source of human dignity, namely, the Creator. The removal of God from cultural consciousness, eliminates the true source of human identity. According to a recent study, 91% of adults agree that “the best way to find yourself is by looking within yourself” and 86% say that “to be fulfilled in life, you should pursue the things you desire the most.””[1]  The radicals smell imminent victory. Progressive professor Mark Tushnet, of Harvard Law School declares: “The culture wars are over; they lost, we won….taking a hard line (“You lost, live with it”) is better than trying to accommodate the losers.”[2] There will be no accommodations or exceptions.

In once “Christian” Scotland an evangelical youth group from Texas offered a free concert in a shopping center. National newspapers compared this to Nazi or ISIS indoctrination.[3] In these conditions, we are losing the Christian identity of our Western culture but we are also losing our individual identity.

In these new conditions, liberated from God, people believe they can create their own identity–males who think they are female and females who believe they are males, or a 58-year old husband and father who now is sure he is a six-year-old girl.True human identity now depends on how we individually define ourselves sexually.[4] And just recently Hugh Hefner, creator of Playboy, confirms this, declaring the victory of the sexual revolution that he helped begin in the 1960s.[5]

At truthxchange we have often focused on the rise of homosexuality and the presumed right of same-sex attracted people, some within the church, to self-identify as “gay” and to practice homosexual sex legally, thereby denying the image of God as male and female. (See our conference, October 7-9, 2016). However, this is not the only problem. One of the major causes of identity loss is the massive fixation on pornography-even in the Church!

The statistics for Christian men between 18 and 30 years old are particularly striking: 77 percent look at pornography at least monthly; 36 percent view pornography on a daily basis; 32 percent admit being addicted to pornography (and another 12 percent think they may be).[6] In 2016, the Barna Research Group discovered that nearly 40% of “practicing Christians who actively seek out porn” feel comfortable with how much porn they use. Only “1/3 of practicing Christian porn users” say they “feel a sense of guilt when they use porn.” In the culture at large the results on teenage sexting are equally disconcerting for the rising generation. “Teens and young adults [are] coming of age in a culture…that encourages and rewards the pornographic impulse.” The rising new identity is pornographic.

A sensitive article evaluating the Barna report makes some valid points:

  1. Pornography isn’t going away anytime soon;
  2. Our moral trajectory is convoluted.”Teens and young adults surveyed said it was worse to not recycle (56%) than to look at pornography (32%)”;
  3. Porn destroys sex and marriage. “[P]eople’s perspective on the purpose of sex is moving away from “an expression of intimacy between two people who love each other” and toward “self-expression and personal fulfillment…”;
    4. Deception is deadly.Barna found that “if you use porn often, you’re more likely to feel okay about it.”

If porn destroys marriages, what will happen to the general moral tenor of our society? The young people of today will become the public officials of tomorrow, brainwashed into serving their desires and fantasies and unable to make sound judgments.

The Bride of Christ must be above reproach. She must offer wise and serious marital counseling for those caught up in this perversion, and intentionally teach her children from their earliest age to avoid this satanic trap.

Things have changed. The “Four Spiritual Laws” or “Evangelism Explosion” no longer work for many. People are losing their identity. They long for human rights and personal dignity, but these things only come from God the Creator, whom they reject. The Gospel is still the answer, which they unknowingly long to hear. The God who created us in His image restores our fallen identity by the death of His Son, who stood in our place to bear our sin and has become, by grace, our new identity.

[1] The Barna Research Group’s 2016 survey, The Porn Phenomenon.

[2] Laurie Higgins, “Harvard Law Professor to Conservatives: You’re Losers, Live With It,” BarbWire, (June 30, 2016).

[3] http://www.wnd.com/2016/07/christian-youth-choir-likened-to-nazis-isis/#!

[4] See a very useful article on this report by Gareth Kell: http://theaquilareport.com/12-observations-after-reading-the-porn-phenomenon/.

[5] http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2016/07/10/hugh-hefner-declares-victory-sexual-war-republicans/.

[6] A 2014 survey, Proven Men Ministrieshttp://www.charismanews.com/us/45671-shocker-study-shows-most-christian-men-are-into-porn

Dr. Peter Jones is scholar in residence at Westminster Seminary California and associate pastor at New Life Presbyterian Church in Escondido, Calif. He is director of truthXchange, a communications center aimed at equipping the Christian community to recognize and effectively respond to the rise of paganism. This article is used with permission.

Do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Παρακαλῶ οὖν ὑμᾶς, ἀδελφοί, διὰ τῶν οἰκτιρμῶν τοῦ θεοῦ παραστῆσαι τὰ σώματα ὑμῶν θυσίαν ζῶσαν ἁγίαν εὐάρεστον τῷ θεῷ, τὴν λογικὴν λατρείαν ὑμῶν· 2 καὶ μὴ συσχηματίζεσθε τῷ αἰῶνι τούτῳ, ἀλλὰ μεταμορφοῦσθε τῇ ἀνακαινώσει τοῦ νοὸς εἰς τὸ δοκιμάζειν ὑμᾶς τί τὸ θέλημα τοῦ θεοῦ, τὸ ἀγαθὸν καὶ εὐάρεστον καὶ τέλειον. Romans 12:1-2 (NA28)

1 Therefore, I urge you brothers through the compassions of God to present your bodies as living, holy sacrifices, well pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service. 2 And do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may discern the will of God, that which is good and well pleasing and perfect.  Romans 12:1-2 (translated from the NA28 Greek text)

Both the Apostle John and the Apostle Paul used light and darkness in analogies pertaining to spiritual life and spiritual death…

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The origins of Hillsong (Part 5): Hillsong founded by John the Baptist?

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Many people assume that the origins of Hillsong originated from Charismaticism, Pentecostalism or the Salvation Army. This is not true.

This series of articles looks at the history of the New Order of the Latter Rain (NOLR) and how it overtook the AOG in NZ, the AOG in Australia and how Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong/Christian Life Center, was instrumental in spreading Latter Rain influences throughout New Zealand and Australian churches.

In this article we will explore how Frank Houston portrayed himself to Australian Christianity as the New Order of the Latter Rain Apostle/Prophet, William Branham.

05_Code-Blue_NAR The New Apostolic Reformation cult preach a false Jesus, false gospel and New Age metaphysical teachings and strategies in an attempt to bring heaven to earth.

You can read our articles to see how Frank Houston was influenced by the NOLR cult through the teachings of false prophet and fraudulent healer William Branham and other New Zealand Latter Rainers in…

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Nine Indications that you are covering up your sins

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Our hearts are deceitful.  Sometimes people are covering up their sins when they think they are dealing with their sins.

Below are some indications to see if you are covering up your sins rather than dealing with them biblically with each point we have examples provided:

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Ministering by publicly aligning to things hidden because of shame while walking in craftiness and adulterating the Word of God

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike  Ratliff

21 Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. Romans 6:21 (NASB)

Back in 2006 thru 2008 or so we were vociferously debating what was going on in the seeker sensitive churches all around us as they abandoned expository preaching, replacing it with topical sermons, entertainment, drama, dance, videos, et cetera. In fact, that was how this ministry began, that is, in ministering to those dear brethrern who had lost their churches to hostile takovers by the Purpose Driven paradigm. I remember how we struggled to come up with the “core” reason they seemed to be so successful. Things sure have progressed, or is it actually the opposite with the gospel contextualization having replaced all of that with the goal of church globalization within the framework of Dominonism and/or “the New Evangelism?” I…

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Russell Moore, Andy Stanley, and their Identical Cultural Worldviews

Sadly, the greatest defenders of Russell Moore today tend to be those who hold the mantle, “Reformed.” For many, a mere association with Albert Mohler is enough to buy all sorts of accusational immunity. For others, who haven’t noticed The Gospel Coalition turning into The Social Gospel Coalition over the last couple years, Russell’s association with that organization paints him with controversy Teflon. While I never understood the prolific urban legend that the man is Reformed or a Calvinist (he very explicitly – by his own admission – is not), those adopting the label defend him vigorously as though he were on the team. The support for Moore by conservative evangelicals and particularly those on Team Calvin really is quite bizarre, and equally unhelpful.

Just a refresher.

Russell Moore has called Jesus (not the Jesús from Juarez, the one from Nazareth) an illegal alien and called a border wall a “golden calf” and insinuated that immigration law is unchristian, saying that being anti-illegal immigration will lead one to becoming pro-abortion.

Russell Moore said he would attend a gay wedding reception.

Russell Moore broke bread with Matthew Vines, Justin Lee and other gay ‘Christian’ leaders, in violation of 1 Corinthians 5, and even the Wall Street Journal noticed “The Softening Tone on Homosexuality.” 

Russell Moore has partnered his SBC entity with the very radical Humane Society and pushed for animal rights, and even insinuated that Charles Spurgeon was an animal rights activist.

Russell Moore has repeatedly pushed to prominence a feminist (that’s what she calls herself) who explicitly denounces Complimentarianism, says abortion is not murder and calling it murder is “unchristlike,” who speaks at homosexual fundraisers, has gay besties who repeatedly laud her praise, and who was chosen by animal liberation idealogues to push animal liberation theology in evangelical churches. She says that violence towards animals makes her more upset than violence toward babies, believes that naming animals gives them personhood that allow them to go to Heaven, defends gay porn propaganda and more. He says he “wishes there were 1000 more of her,” the very one who endorsed the pro-gay “It Gets Better” Campaign.

Russell Moore promotes Jewish-Muslim interfaith prayer.

Russell Moore lobbied to get a Mosque built in New Jersey.

Russell Moore sits on a George Soros-funded globalist organizational board designed to eradicate national borders.

Russell Moore is partnering with the New Apostolic Reformation.

Russell Moore is the Senior Editor for a Catholic-Protestant ecumenical magazine.

Russell Moore says he is unsure of the difference between his and the Pope’s Gospel focus.

I could go on. And on. And on. Literally, that’s just a sample. And do you see all those words in red? Those are hyperlinks. I didn’t provide you subjective opinions. I provided you facts. Quotations. Press releases. News articles. Follow the trail and see for yourself.

If you don’t think that Stanley’s faux pas was entirely predictable, know that Pulpit & Pen spoke of the compromised foolishness in having Stanley speak at the event in a post from February entitled, “Andy Stanley to Speak at ERLC.” Nailed it.

What I saw in a Facebook group today was decent, relatively theologically astute, but undiscerning people defend Russell Moore in relation to a video that surfaced at Pulpit & Pen from the Onward Conference this week. Chiefly, the content is this: Andy Stanley sits on a stage, being interviewed by Russell Moore, and in the process of the dialogue, Stanley says a few controversial things including (1) small churches need to sell their property and give it to the church planters and (2) we need to take the focus off the Bible.

Hiss. Boo. Outrage.

People are understandably upset. The defense of Moore comes from the position of, “That was only Stanley. Don’t lump Russell in with Stanley.”

It’s here where I ask you to use discernment.

Andy Stanley preached the widely-heralded “When Gracie met Truthie Sermon,” in which he reveals he has practicing homosexual church members (who aren’t under discipline), as though that’s a normal thing (link)

Andy Stanley told evangelical Christians that they should make the gay wedding cake no matter if it contradicts their conscience, because Jesus would want them to (link).

Andy Stanely said that expository preaching was “cheating” and “lazy” (link).

Andy Stanley said we need to stop defending doctrinal positions by saying, “the Bible says” (link).

The ERLC’s Onward Conference was designed to, “…Engage the culture as Christians without losing the gospel.” Why, oh why on Earth, would Russell Moore have someone like Andy Stanley – an infamous, even nefarious Gospel-compromiser especially when it comes into conflict with culture – come to speak at a conference of this theme as though (and treated like) he was an expert?

Two options. The first is that Russell Moore is the most naive, gullible and woefully uninformed person in regards to who Andy Stanley is. The second is that Russell thinks Stanley does a pretty good job “engaging” culture.

People. People. People. The only difference when it comes to cultural compromise between Russell Moore and Andy Stanley is that Moore is far more articulate and no doubt smarter than Stanley. Stanley just doesn’t know enough to be Moore-like tactful in exposing his inward convictions.

Source: Russell Moore, Andy Stanley, and their Identical Cultural Worldviews

SBC Conference: “Get The Spotlight Off The Bible” (Courtesy of Russell Moore & Andy Stanley)

The SBC’s continued pursuit of its prevalent flavor of theology – American Christianity –   driven as it is by a seeker-sensitive model of church growth, finds its ERLC conference with one day under its belt.   The two-day conference, August 25 & 26, was coincidentally (probably not) given the theme, Onward, also the title of Russell Moore’s recent book.

The Ethics And Religious Liberty Commission conference includes a multitude of speakers, celebrity Christians, mega pastors, and even a poet. For the SBC, where doctrinal allegiance and Biblical authority are increasingly becoming mere theological terms reserved for the training halls of seminaries, it’s no surprise Scripture might be downplayed at a denominational conference.  But for it to be outright denigrated might be an ignoble first, even for the SBC.

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The unfettered zeal to “engage the culture” can be interpreted, perhaps, as the convention’s superficial mantra to hide an underlying bureaucratic panic. The virulent hemorrhaging of members needs an emergency response team. Swing open the doors! Invite in the goats! Engage!  Entertain! Retain! Onward!   We don’t need no stinkin’ doctrine!

So, day one of the conference allowed us to capture this little nugget of outright denial of Biblical authority. You may not have heard it so blatantly exclaimed from a Southern Baptist pulpit, but if you’re perceptive enough, you can discern it as underlying truth that drives the methodology of many SBC churches. It’s the “it’s all about you gospel” … and you don’t need much Bible for that … cuz it ain’t in the Bible!

In playing the wildly favorite “What If You Were Pope” game with Andy Stanley, Russell Moore, President of the ERLC, posits the following question to the mega-church superstar pastor.

“If you were, for real, the evangelical pope and you really had the authority to say ‘this is how it’s gonna be within American evangelical Christianity,’ what would you do?”  Russell Moore

Moore skips right over all those Biblical commands for pastors, things like Paul’s admonition to Timothy to “Preach the word.”  (2 Timothy 4:2) He jumps right over Christ’s triply-issued instruction to Peter, “Feed my sheep.”  (John 21:15-17)

Instead, Moore plays “what if you were God” with Stanley, using the apostate vicar of the Tiber as a colloquial reference to supreme ecclesiastic authority.

Stanley, who you may remember has no affinity for expository preaching, has spoken negatively about small churches, and who encourages believers to bake gay wedding cakes, gave a few responses to Moore’s query.

Perhaps it’s no Freudian slip – after all, greed is at the core of the false theology Stanley hurls forth – that he responds with a quick answer that is decidedly not from thinking on “things that are above.” (Colossians 3:2) Stanley’s first response, nobly couched though it is in a spiritualized ambition, reflects nothing short of his “show me the money” motivations.

“I would have all the churches that are dying, dying, dying, dying sell their buildings and give their money to the church planters.”  Andy Stanley

Yeah, sounds noble.   But, don’t forget, those “churches” don’t belong to themselves, and certainly not to Andy, nor to church planters lacking facilities. Those churches belong to Christ.

But, hey, if you’re Andy Stanley, it’s nothing to monetize the bride of Christ. He’s been doing it for years.

“The misappropriation, the misused and unused real estate in this country just drives us all crazy … cause some of you are in a grocery store or you’re in the back of a school and down the street is $4.5 million worth of property … and eight people sittin’ in there.”  Andy Stanley

When it’s all about the money, and not the bride of Christ, the lascivious looks at real estate are justifiable. Eight souls who faithfully worship? Forget them. Sell the building, get the cash.

As though this response from Stanley wasn’t egregious enough – enough that it should have brought a rebuke – Moore allowed him to continue.

“I would ask preachers and pastors and student pastors in their communications to get the spotlight off the Bible and back on the resurrection.”  Andy Stanley

Pause for a moment and let that answer stimulate your Biblically-informed synapses. “Get the spotlight off the Bible.” Really?

Surely Moore injected a “wait just a minute there, fella” at this point, right?  Wrong.   Russell effected his impression of a bobblehead and let the Stanley blasphemy roll on.

“Let’s get people’s attention back on Jesus as soon as possible …”  Andy Stanley

Which Jesus, Andy? The one that is only found in Scripture, HIS Word?   The Scripture you want to toss by the wayside?  That Jesus?  Or a Jesus that you’ve imagined, one that will fill your pews … and your coffers?  In other words, a false, idolatrous “Jesus” in whom faith is damning eternally, but full of tangible real estate options temporally?

On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’  Jesus, in Matthew 7:22-23

Somebody find Andy and show him these words of Christ … quickly, before he totally discards Scripture.

“…the issue for us is always ‘who is Jesus?’   Did He rise from the dead? And that we would leverage the authority that we have in the resurrection as opposed to Scripture … not because I don’t believe Scripture’s inspired in terms of reaching this culture.”  Andy Stanley

While no audible shouts of “Amen” can be discerned from the audio, the lack of them doesn’t detract from Russell Moore’s amenable, head-nodding agreement with Stanley’s words.

There’s so much in that last line from Stanley that could elicit rightful reams of response. Skip the “did He rise from the dead” query – that was likely rhetorical. What’s this embued authority we have from the resurrection? Christ’s resurrection, as a historical fact, is the supreme confirmation of our Lord’s deity. It is the capstone to His Gospel. It doesn’t give me any particular authority whatsoever.  However, when proclaimed as a fundamental aspect of His Gospel, God can do wondrous things with it.  (Romans 1:16)

“Scripture’s inspired in terms of reaching this culture.” What’s that mean? Is cultural engagement the limit of Scripture’s authority? If so, what was all that “Feed my sheep” stuff about?

Stanley’s hurling heresy here. But he doesn’t stop with this view of the limited authority of Scripture. He goes on.

“I might republish all the Bibles and call the first half ‘God’s covenant with ancient Israel’ and the second half “God’s covenant with the world’ because the way we talk about the Scripture is confusing for unchurched people.”  Andy Stanley

What? Andy Stanley knows the problem with the Bible and, if he were pope, he’d fix it. Forget arguing the evident theological errors he’s suggesting by his fix, this man believes he could make the Bible more palatable for unbelievers. He could correct the mistakes God obviously made in His providential oversight of Scripture’s inspiration and transmission.  Andy could fix the Bible so that every unbeliever could grasp it … which no doubt means Andy would make it read like the false theology out of which he hurls falsehoods from his own Sunday morning showtimes.  “It’s all about you.

The two-minute video of this SBC tolerated, ERLC sponsored blasphemy against the Word of God is captured below.

Somebody call the SBC.  Mention the first article of the Baptist Faith And Message, which includes the lines “all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried.”

Either the SBC has forgotten this or … more likely … they’re just doing what Andy Stanley advises.  “Get the spotlight off the Bible.”

By the way … can you say … downgrade?

*Editor’s Note: Pulpit & Pen called this in February, 2016. See here.

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Source: SBC Conference: “Get The Spotlight Off The Bible” (Courtesy of Russell Moore & Andy Stanley)

Can Salvation Be Lost Because of Sin?

The question of losing one’s salvation is one that is a matter of great controversy within the household of Christian faith. There are many Christians who live in mortal fear every day of losing what they have found in Christ because the Bible gives serious warnings about falling away, and Paul himself says that he has to be very careful lest he himself become a castaway. There are biblical warnings about what would happen if we turn our backs on Christ after we’ve come to a knowledge of him.

On the other hand, there are also many Christians who believe that we will, in fact, never fall away, and I’m numbered among that group. I’m persuaded from a study of Scripture that we can have an assurance of our salvation not only for today but for all time. But the assurance that we have, or confidence in our future estate in salvation, must be based upon the right foundations. In other words, if my confidence that I will persevere is based on my confidence that I will not sin, it’s on very shaky ground. One thing the Bible makes clear to me is that even though I am a redeemed person, I will in all likelihood, and inevitably, continue to sin to some degree. If it were up to my strength to persevere to guarantee my future salvation, then I would have very little hope of persevering.

But I’m convinced that the Bible teaches that what God begins in our life, he finishes. Paul teaches, for example, in Philippians, “He who has begun a good work in you will perfect it to the end.” My confidence rests in the fact that Jesus promises to intercede for me daily as my Great High Priest. My confidence for my future salvation rests in my confidence that God will keep his promise and that Christ will intercede for me and preserve me. Again, if it were left to me, I would obviously fall away. I like to look at it this way: I’m walking the Christian life with my hand in God’s hand. If my perseverance depended upon my holding tightly to God’s hand, I would surely fall away because at some point I would let go. But I believe that the Scriptures teach us that God is holding my hand, and because he is holding my hand, I don’t have to fear that I will fall ultimately and finally.

Now that doesn’t mean that Christians don’t involve themselves in serious sins and what we would call in theology “serious and radical fall,” but the issue we’re discussing here is whether a Christian will ever fall totally and finally. In the New Testament John tells us, for example, that “those who went out from us were never really with us,” and that “Christ does not lose those whom the Father has given to him.” So my confidence again rests in the intercession of Christ and God’s ability and promise to hold on to me. In and of myself I am capable of sinning even unto the loss of my salvation, but I’m persuaded that God in his grace will keep me from that.

“Is it possible for a Christian to lose his salvation because of sins he commits?” and other questions can be found in our Questions Answered section. You can also download the free ebook Can I Lose My Salvation? by R.C. Sproul.

Source: Can Salvation Be Lost Because of Sin?

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Discerning the difference between a Christian and a false Christian

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In the bible – there are two types of people: believers and unbelievers. Jesus in Matthew 24 calls believers ‘sheep’ and unbelievers ‘goats’, sending the ‘sheep’ to heaven and the ‘goats’ to hell.

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There are roughly three types of “Christians” in Christianity.

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1. Christians who are followers of Jesus Christ:
They express their love by growing in His Word.

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2. Christians who are followers of Jesus Christ but are temporarily deceived:
These Christians have been hoodwinked by false Christian movements and have been deceived into elevating men and their teachings above Christ and His teachings. They know something is wrong and are trying to put their finger on it while they are being tossed by every wave and wind of doctrine. They do hear God’s voice and attempt to discern the true from the false, eventually to be led out of a false church into a good church – generally at great cost.

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26 August 2016 This ‘n’ That

  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Social work is not missions.
  • Encouraged by this post from my dear friends at Falsified Ministries.
  • When Mylan says they will lower Epi-Pen prices for “some” patients, I get the feeling that I still won’t be filling my prescription. It’s fine, though. What’s a little bout of anaphylactic shock if not an adventure? (Yes, that was sarcasm).
  • Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped and raped repeatedly as a 14 year old girl, shares how pornography played a role in the abuse her captor inflicted. Brothers and sisters, the destruction wrought by pornography—on you, your mind, your heart, your soul, and on others—cannot be overstated. Purity must begin in our minds (cf. James 1:14-15).
  • The glorious gospel:

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How Sovereign Is Our God?

Daily Devotions

God cannot be comprehended or understood. Quite often, he is baffling. His ways are not like ours; they are often hidden and mysterious. He cannot be predicted. He cannot be figured out. He cannot be put in a box, and rarely does he grant us the specific reasons for that which he decides and does. Yes, it is generally true, we cannot understand that which God does.

In addition, God is not often appreciated for that which he does. Because his decisions are often strange, uncomfortable, or even disastrous, we have a persistent tendency to second-guess his immanence, character, wisdom, or power.

However, despite our lack of understanding and appreciation for God’s actions, sacred scripture is consistently clear regarding his sovereignty. God’s inspired autobiography teaches that all happenings are his happenings. Whether they be monumental world events or more individual or private, all happenings are purposed, planned, and performed by the infinite God.

God’s Infinity

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