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/