Daily Archives: July 2, 2013

Musician Matthew West Tells Story of ‘Forgiveness’ With Help of 20,000 in New Book

Matthew West has entered the “scary new world” of book writing and the popular contemporary Christian musician who describes himself as a storyteller is tackling the subject of forgiveness with the help of narratives drawn from the lives of more than 20,000 people in his first project.

“Having this chance to write a book which was inspired by one of the songs I’ve written, it’s a scary new world for me,” said West in a recent interview with The Christian Post in St. Louis, Mo.

Simply titled Forgiveness the book is set to be released on July 23, 2013. It’s the same day West is expected to appear on the nationally televised Katie Couric Show where he will be singing his chart-topping song of the same name and promoting the book at the same time.

http://m.christianpost.com/news/musician-matthew-west-tells-story-of-forgiveness-with-help-of-20000-in-new-book–99261/

The Federal Reserve Is Paying Banks NOT To Lend 1.8 Trillion Dollars To The American People

Did you know that U.S. banks have more than 1.8 trillion dollars parked at the Federal Reserve and that the Fed is actually paying them not to lend that money to us? We were always told that the goal of quantitative easing was to “help the economy”, but the truth is that the vast majority of the money that the Fed has created through quantitative easing has not even gotten into the system. Instead, most of it is sitting at the Fed slowly earning interest for the bankers. Back in October 2008, just as the last financial crisis was starting, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced that the Federal Reserve would start paying interest on the reserves that banks keep at the Fed. This caused an absolute explosion in the size of these reserves. Back in 2008, U.S. banks had less than 2 billion dollars of excess reserves parked at the Fed. Today, they have more than 1.8 trillion. In less than five years, the pile of excess reserves has gotten nearly 1,000 times larger. This is utter insanity, and it will have very serious consequences down the road. (Read More….)

What Does the Westminster Confession Say About Marriage?

Possessing the Treasure

Chapter twenty-four of the Westminster Confession of Faith addresses one of the most controversial subjects at the present day. As various countries around the world consider the legality and morality of same-sex unions, the Confession speaks with refreshing and bracing clarity about marriage and divorce. While the Westminster divines could not have known about the debates concerning same-sex marriage that capture our attention today, their teaching could not be more relevant. Read the complete entry here.

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There is No ‘Constitutional Right’ To Same Sex Marriage. Period.

Zwinglius Redivivus

Carl Scott observes

Con-law is often a lot easier than you think.  Justice Alito begins his comments on the section of his U.S. v. Windsor dissent that deals with the “merits” of the case (as opposed to the operational “cases and controversies” dispute about it) as follows:

Same-sex marriage presents a highly emotional and important question of public policy—but not a difficult question of constitutional law. The Constitution does not guarantee the right to enter into a same-sex marriage. Indeed, no provision of the Constitution speaks to the issue.

Period.  When all is said and done, the advocates for the Supreme Court making it so that there is a right have no answer to that. Whether they eventually win or not, they never will.  It just isn’t in there.

Those are the facts, pure and simple.

He concludes

A nice laying down of the law there for Kennedy: all your…

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Texas State Senator Labeled as ‘Courageous’ for Protecting Abortion On Demand

After her 12 plus hour filibuster of SB5 on the floor of the Texas Senate Tuesday night, State Senator Wendy Davis rose to “stardom,” being labeled a hero by Planned Parenthood and the political left and given fawning interviews on cable news shows asking when she plans to run for higher office.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/texas-state-senator-labeled-as-courageous-for-protecting-abortion-on-demand-99222/

Nurturing Perversion

Sinful perversion. The phrase is almost redundant, for to pervert a thing is to distort it to the point of corruption. Perversion of anything that corrupts God’s original design and intention is sin.

America is a perverted nation, as clearly demonstrated by the 26 June 2013 decision by the United States Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This determination, though disappointing, should not have come as a surprise to the Christian who is familiar with his Bible. For quite some time, America has been plodding along the path of Romans 1, steeped and reveling in her sin and perversion. The ruling that DOMA is unconstitutional now swings wide the gate for the acceptance, and perhaps in time the legalization, of other gross sexual perversions. Even now, polygamists are celebrating the recent ruling by SCOTUS:

The Supreme Court’s rulings in favor of same-sex marriage Wednesday were greeted with excitement by polygamists across the country, who viewed the gay rights victory as a crucial step toward the country’s inevitable acceptance of plural marriage. Anne Wilde, a vocal advocate for polygamist rights who practiced the lifestyle herself until her husband died in 2003, praised the court’s decision as a sign that society’s stringent attachment to traditional “family values” is evolving. (Source)

But while Christians quite predictably raise their voices with such publicized events, it often is forgotten that these sexual sins—like all sins—did not appear in this advanced state overnight. How, then, did Americans get to this point? Note, the question is not how did America get here, but how did Americans get here. When the focus of the church is distracted by great national sins, individual sin can be overlooked, downplayed or ignored.

Read More Here: http://www.donotbesurprised.com/2013/07/nurturing-perversion.html

The New Testament Explains the Old Testament

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, 46 and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Matthew 13:44-46 NASB) 
The correct way to understand Sacred Scripture is that the Old Testament contains the “old” promises of the Messiah and the fulfillment of His Kingdom while the New Testament is the “new” revelation from Jesus and His Apostles, which reveal to us how the “old” promises are fulfilled in Him. The New Testament explains the Old Testament, not the other way around.

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Televangelist Benny Hinn Heckled at Airport, Called ‘World’s Greatest Scammer

The Christian Post reports:

Charismatic preacher and worldwide evangelist Benny Hinn was called “world’s greatest scammer” by an unidentified heckler as he and his bodyguards walked through Los Angeles International Airport last week.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/televangelist-benny-hinn-heckled-at-airport-called-worlds-greatest-scammer-99174/

The Insiders: Democrats are trying to suppress the confusion and hide the cost of ObamaCare

The Washington Post – July 2, 2013
I don’t know if Members of Congress will be hearing about it in town hall gatherings and other meetings back home over the Fourth of July recess, but the rolling thunder of the approaching ObamaCare train can be heard in the distance….[view article]

Pew: Media Favors Same-Sex Marriage

(WNS) — A search for same-sex marriage on AP pulls up a slew of photos featuring sad homosexual couples denied the “right to marry,” and not much else. Now a study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism recognizes what any perceptive reader could have told them.

Around the time the U.S. Supreme Court was considering the same-sex marriage issue, news reports had more quotes from supporters than opponents, the study concluded. Pew looked at nearly 500 stories on the topic over a two-month period that began just before the court heard oral arguments in March. By a 5-to-1 margin, stories with statements supporting legalization outweighed those dominated by opponents’ views.

http://m.religiontoday.com/news/pew-media-favors-same-sex-marriage.html

Violence Against Christians On the Rise in The Middle East

Violence against Christians has become all too frequent in recent years, with attacks on them in a wide variety of countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Repression and intolerance have been displayed against the Christian community in Nigeria; against the Coptic Christians in Alexandria, Egypt ; by bombing in a chapel in Sulu, Philippines; by bomb attacks against Assyrian Christians in Iraq; by discrimination against them in the Islamic Republic of Iraq; by prosecution under the blasphemy laws in Pakistan and elsewhere.

http://balfourpost.com/violence-against-christians-on-the-rise-in-the-middle-east/

A Wave Of Anger Is Sweeping The Cities Of The World

The protests have many different origins. In Brazil people rose up against bus fares, in Turkey against a building project. Indonesians have rejected higher fuel prices, Bulgarians the government’s cronyism. In the euro zone they march against austerity, and the Arab spring has become a perma-protest against pretty much everything. Each angry demonstration is angry in its own way. Yet just as in 1848, 1968 and 1989, when people also found a collective voice, the demonstrators have much in common. Over the past few weeks, in one country after another, protesters have risen up with bewildering speed.

http://www.businessinsider.com/is-2013-the-year-of-the-protest-2013-7

Bert and Ernie and children’s innocence

Dennis Prager spotlights latest example of the left ‘prematurely sexualizing’ our kids

The most recent example is the cover of the current issue of the New Yorker, which depicts the “Sesame Street” characters Bert and Ernie. They are seated on a couch snuggling with Bert’s head on Ernie’s shoulder watching television. The TV features a picture of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Another Gospel

The authentic Gospel of God, which includes the entirety of His Word─the Bible–is quickly being diluted to a cultic message straight from the lying tongue of Satan. What we are hearing today from the “faith” movement teachers is 180 degrees from the Truth of God’s Word. Sadly, multiplied thousands are soaking up this false gospel like a dry sponge soaking in a bucket of water.

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L. Berkhof Defines Total Depravity

Zwinglius Redivivus

In view of its pervasive character, inherited pollution is called total depravity. This phrase is often misunderstood, and therefore calls for careful discrimination.

Negatively, it does not imply: (1) that every man is as thoroughly depraved as he can possibly become; (2) that the sinner has no innate knowledge of the will of God, nor a conscience that discriminates between good and evil; (3) that sinful man does not often admire virtuous character and actions in others, or is incapable of disinterested affections and actions in his relations with his fellow-men; nor (4) that every unregenerate man will, in virtue of his inherent sinfulness, indulge in every form of sin; it often happens that one form excludes the other.

Positively, it does indicate: (1) that the inherent corruption extends to every part of man’s nature, to all the faculties and powers of both soul and body; and (2) that there…

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How to Stop Constantly Chasing After More

Life.

It’s such a forward-moving thing, isn’t it? How do we know this?Because time  never stands still, even if we want it to.

Perhaps this is why we’re such goal-oriented creatures. We want to get as  much stuff done while we’re on this earth.

Always seeking the next “thing” to accomplish. Something to pursue. Something  to check off our bucket list.

Can You Relate?

Are any of these “things” on your list?

  • saving up for a down payment to buy your dream home
  • saving enough money to be able to send the kids to a nice college
  • finally paying off the mortgage
  • finally paying off your credit card
  • securing enough money to retire comfortably
  • closing the next business deal
  • getting that long-desired promotion

The Common Theme

What seems to be the common theme in all of these pursuits? Well, if you’re  like me, then the theme is a belief that goes something like this:

When these things finally happen, then I’ll actually be  happy.

But once we actually get them, are we really fulfilled? Or, do we immediately  move on to our next pursuit instead? I’ll admit that I tend to fall in the  latter category.

Read more:  http://www.moneyhelpforchristians.com/how-to-stop-constantly-chasing-after-more/

God Threw A Stone – Tullian Tchividjian

As I’ve said before, God speaks two words to the world. People have called them many things: Law and Gospel, Judgment and Love, Critique and Grace, and so on. In essence, though, it’s pretty simple: first, God gives us bad news (about us), and then, God gives us Good News (about Jesus).

This is perhaps most clearly seen in another incredibly well-known (and incredibly misunderstood) passage of Scripture: Jesus’ interaction with the woman caught in the act of adultery.

The scribes and Pharisees catch a woman in the act of adultery, and drag her before Jesus. Can you imagine a woman who ever felt more shame than this one? Literally caught in the act of adultery? Unfathomable. They tell Jesus of her infraction, and remind him that the law of Moses says such women should be stoned. Then they issue a challenge: “What do you say?” They’re trying to trick Jesus into admitting what they suspect: that he’s “soft” on the Law.

Boy, were they wrong.

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