Rewriting history, while standard fare for the MSM, is irresponsible and reprehensible. Far from a magnificent, ‘hero’-worthy individual, Nelson Mandela was a leading member of the African National Congress (ANC) a terrorist organization. Dick Cheney voted against letting him out of prison, later commenting “he has mellowed.” Perhaps imprisonment for terrorism could ‘mellow’ a person, however, it does not erase the horrors experienced by his victims.
I encourage readers to research this further, for purposes of discovering who Mandela was and what he was not – a hero. Making an icon of an individual that ruthlessly tormented his fellow man is, disgusting. Do not be fooled by blatant misinformation. Nelson Mandela was:
- Leader in the ANC, a terrorist group 1970s and 80’s
- Engaged in bombings, torture, and inhumane activities
Brief outtake from WND:
In fact, he served 27 years in prison for 23 specific acts of sabotage…
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- Okay, let’s start by seeing what the blogosphere had to say about the Mefferd-Driscoll debacle. Actually, let’s just see what the inimitable Carl Trueman says. He chimes in here and here.
- All exams will be open book.
- Denny Burk ponders how pastors ought to approach a brother who is in error.
- R.C. Sproul writes about escaping that Calvinistic ‘cage stage’.
- Brewton-Parker College has a new president . . . Ergun Caner. Yeah, I heard that collective sigh of grief.
- With that, I’ll turn you back to Trueman.
- New Age guru Marianne Williamson is going to run for Congress. *Insert punchline here.*
- Hey, it’s St. Nicholas day. Enjoy this story about Nicholas of Myra.
- So humans are the product of a chimpanzee mating with a pig, huh? How do these people earn Ph.Ds?
- This is your weekly dose of adorable.
- I suddenly feel like yodeling. Well, if I could yodel, that is.
- Some people get upset when atheists do things like this. I just shrug my shoulders. After all, why would I not expect an unregenerate pagan to hate God?
- Michael Kruger has been writing a series of posts responding to The History Channel’s new series ‘Bible Secrets Revealed.’ Read Kruger’s latest installment here.
- Also, listen to this sermon.
- Kevin DeYoung shares seven thoughts on pastors writing books.
- A true apostle was appointed by Jesus.
- B.B. Warfield answers the question, ‘Who is the Calvinist?’
- Absolutely tragic.
- Fred Butler has written a very thorough review of the documentary “Tares Among the Wheat.”
- Five strange things fast food does to your brain.
- Who wouldn’t want this for Christmas?
- I am totally buying my nephews a set of Mormon missionary action figures.
- Calvin’s critique of charismatic Calvinists:
This is the third installment of a new series reviewing the History Channel series entitled Bible Secrets Revealed (for others, see here and here). The newest episode is entitled, “The Forbidden Scriptures,” as is definitely one of the most provocative so far. It is designed to argue that certain books were “banned” or “forbidden” from the New Testament.
This episode makes numerous claims about the development of the New Testament that, once again, prove not to be the whole story. Many such claims were made, but I will only mention a few of the key ones here.
By Debbie Schlussel Only the good die young, as Billy Joel once sang. And so it goes with Nelson Mandela, Marxist leader, racist, Jew-hater, friend of HAMAS and Arafat, who died yesterday at age 95. (I was away at an annual all day film critics’ movie screening put on by the Hollywood studios–more on that […]
Nelson Mandela: Role model or Communist criminal?
You do not want a Winnie Mandela necklace….
Peter Hammond describes his meeting with Mandela, and encourages Christians to educate themselves about Mandela’s pro-abortion, pro-homosexuality, pro-marxist, pro-prostitution worldview.
I am sharing a site called “Another Slice,” with links and articles that are original documents from the site of radio host Janet Mefford that was recently scrubbed of all evidence of her interview with Mark Driscoll as well as documented instances where he appeared to have plagiarized (stolen) the work of other published authors without crediting their work. Below that is the transcript of the apology that Janet issued for her tone during the interview.
I am sharing this with permission from the site owner:
God is first identified as a “consuming fire” in Deuteronomy 4:24 and 9:3. The writer to the Hebrews reiterates, warning the Hebrews to worship God with reverence and awe “for our God is a consuming fire.” There is nothing mysterious about the Hebrew and Greek words translated “consuming fire.” They mean exactly that—a fire that utterly consumes or destroys. How, then, can a loving and merciful God also be a consuming fire that utterly destroys?
In both Deuteronomy passages in which God is called a consuming fire, Moses is speaking first to warn the Israelites against idolatry (Deuteronomy 4:23–25) because God is a “jealous God” and will not share His glory with worthless idols. Such behavior provokes Him to a righteous anger which is justified when His holiness is disrespected. In Deuteronomy 9:3, Moses again refers to God as a consuming (or devouring) fire who would go ahead of the Israelites into the Promised Land, destroying and subduing their enemies before them. Here again we see God’s wrath against those who oppose Him depicted as fire that utterly consumes and destroys anything in His path.
There are several incidents in which God’s wrath, judgment, holiness or power are displayed by fire from heaven. Aaron’s sons Abihu and Nahab were destroyed by fire when they offered a profane sacrifice, “strange fire,” in the tabernacle, a sign of their disregard for the utter holiness of God and the need to honor Him in solemn and holy fear. The confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel is another example of consuming fire from God. The prophets of Baal called upon their god all day long to rain fire from heaven to no avail. Then Elijah built an altar of stones, dug a ditch around it, put the sacrifice on the top of wood and called for water to be poured over his sacrifice three times. Elijah called upon God and God sent fire down from heaven, completely consuming the sacrifice, the wood, and the stones and licked up the water in the ditch. Then His anger turned against the false prophets and they were all killed. When prophesying the destruction of the Assyrians, who resisted the true and living God and warred against His people, Isaiah refers to the tongue of the Lord as a consuming fire and His “arm coming down with raging anger and consuming fire” (Isaiah 30:27–30).
God’s holiness is the reason for His being a consuming fire, and it burns up anything unholy. The holiness of God is that part of His nature that most separates Him from sinful man. The godless, Isaiah writes, tremble before Him: “Who of us can dwell with the consuming fire? Who of us can dwell with everlasting burning?” Isaiah answers this by saying that only the righteous can withstand the consuming fire of God’s wrath against sin, because sin is an offense to God’s holiness. But Isaiah also assures us that no amount of our own righteousness is sufficient (Isaiah 64:6).
Fortunately, God has provided the righteousness we need by sending Jesus Christ to die on the cross for the sins of all who would ever believe in Him. In that one act, Christ mitigates God’s wrath, exchanging His perfect righteousness for our sin. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). All the wrath of God was poured out on Jesus, so that those who belong to Him would not have to suffer the same fate as the Assyrians. “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31), but we need not fear the consuming fire of God’s wrath if we are covered by the purifying blood of Christ.
Since the Bible really does not say much at all about music ministers, it is difficult to arrive at an explicitly biblical position on women music ministers / worship leaders. After the exodus, Miriam functioned in at least one instance as somewhat of a worship leader (Exodus 15:20–21). At the Tabernacle, male Levites seem to be the ones who led in worship (Numbers 8:25–26; 1 Chronicles 9:33). In Judges 5, Deborah and Barak led the Israelites in a song. Second Samuel 19:35 and Second Chronicles 35:25 mention “singing men and women” (see also Ecclesiastes 2:8).
David appointed men from among the Levites (1 Chronicles 15:16–24), who were skilled singers and used brass cymbals, harps, trumpets, and other instruments to accompany the singing. First Chronicles 5:12–13 gives a description of the Levites who led the music at the dedication of Solomon’s temple, and they were all men. In the days of the rebuilding of the Temple, the sons of the Levites were appointed to lead the music in the Temple service (Ezra 3:10; Nehemiah 12:24). Psalm 68:25 says, “The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with timbrels.” The women were participating in, but not leading, the worship.
The New Testament contains no specific instructions or examples of how worship was, or should be, practiced in the Christian church. The New Testament nowhere speaks positively or negatively regarding female music ministers / worship leaders. Some point to 1 Timothy 2:12, that a woman is not to teach or take authority over a man, as a prohibition against women leading men in worship. However, this text is better understood as focusing on the pastoral role of shepherding/teaching than on other forms of leadership. Further, it is questionable whether leading worship involves any “authority” that would violate 1 Timothy 2:12. In what sense does a worship leader have authority over the worshippers? Could a woman lead with an instrument, but just not with her voice? Does not a woman playing piano/organ in some sense result in her “leading” the worship?
Generally speaking, it would seem that with the consistent pattern of male leadership in the church, it would be best for men to serve in the role of worship leader / music minister. At the same time, there is nothing explicit in Scripture that would forbid women from serving in the role. Many women are undeniably very gifted/skilled in worship, whether by voice or instrument. These gifts most definitely should not be ignored or neglected: “addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart” (Ephesians 5:19 ESV).
The Bible makes it quite clear that God hates human sacrifice. The pagan nations that surrounded the Israelites practiced human sacrifice as part of the worship of false gods. God declared that such “worship” was detestable to Him and that He hates it (Deuteronomy 12:31, 18:10). Furthermore, human sacrifice is associated in the Old Testament with evil practices such as sorcery and divination, which are also detestable to God (2 Kings 21:6). So, if God hates human sacrifice, why did He sacrifice Christ on the cross and how could that sacrifice be the payment for our sins?
There is no doubt that a sacrifice for sin was necessary if people are to have any hope of eternal life. God established the necessity of the shedding of blood to cover sin (Hebrews 9:22). In fact, God Himself performed the very first animal sacrifice to cover, temporarily, the sin of Adam and Eve. After He pronounced curses upon them, He killed an animal, shedding its blood, and made from it a covering for Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:21), thereby instituting the principle of animal sacrifice for sin. When He gave the Law to Moses, there were extensive instructions on how, when, and under what circumstances animal sacrifices were to be offered to Him. This was to continue until Christ came to offer the ultimate perfect sacrifice which made animal sacrifice no longer necessary. “But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins, because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins” (Hebrews 10:3–4).
There are several reasons why the sacrifice of Christ on the cross does not violate the prohibition against human sacrifice. First, Jesus wasn’t merely human. If He were, then His sacrifice would have also been a temporary one because one human life couldn’t possibly cover the sins of the multitudes who ever existed. Neither could one finite human life atone for sin against an infinite God. The only viable sacrifice must be an infinite one, which means only God Himself could atone for the sins of mankind. Only God Himself, an infinite Being, could pay the penalty owed to Himself. This is why God had to become a Man and dwell among men (John 1:14). No other sacrifice would suffice.
Second, God didn’t sacrifice Jesus. Rather, Jesus, as God incarnate, sacrificed Himself. No one forced Him. He laid down His life willingly, as He made clear speaking about His life: “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again” (John 10:18). God the Son sacrificed Himself to God the Father and thereby fulfilled all the requirements of the Law. Unlike the temporary sacrifices, Jesus’ once-for-all-time sacrifice was followed by His resurrection. He laid down His life and took it up again, thereby providing eternal life for all who would ever believe in Him and accept His sacrifice for their sins. He did this out of love for the Father and for all those the Father has given Him (John 6:37–40).
Voice of the Martyrs – December 6, 2013
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Country Descends into Chaos Sources: Huffington Post, CTV, The Guardian As rebel groups and soldiers ravage the country of Central African Republic (CAR), the international community fears the possibility of religious genocide. The rebels, known as “Seleka” (meaning “Alliance”), have been pillaging villages, raping women, conscripting children as soldiers, and brutally murdering innocent victims in recent months. Sources estimate that approximately 10 percent of the population has been displaced. The rebel group’s former leader, Michel Djotodia, ousted the…[view article]
Joseph Farah says man ‘wasn’t the saintly character portrayed by Morgan Freeman’
In other words, the world has been sold a bill of goods about Mandela. He wasn’t the saintly character portrayed by Morgan Freeman. He wasn’t someone fighting for racial equality. He was the leader of a violent, Communist revolution that has nearly succeeded in all of its grisly horror.
For the first time in nearly 40 years, a majority of Americans believe the United States is less important around the world and that it should mind its own business, a stunning rejection of President Obama’s foreign policy just four years after he received the Nobel Prize…….. Click here for full story
What is your favorite fruit or sweet treat? Can you think of it, imagine its flavor? Why do you like that treat, and what happy memories do you associate with it?
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• You will thank God for creating our minds and memories
• You will thank the Lord for teaching us to remember Him
• You will remain focused on the Lord
• God will Give believers worldwide a clear understanding of the significance of keeping the Lord’s Supper regularly and in a worthy manner.
• God will assist you to teach your disciple the significance of communion clearly.
• He will help churches and missionaries bring the gospel to unbelievers.
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by Mike Ratliff
Sola Scriptura In Sacred scripture alone we find
Sola Gratia Salvation is by grace alone
Sola Fide Through faith alone
Solus Christus In Christ alone
Soli Deo Gloria! For the glory of God alone!
3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” (Matthew 4:3-4 ESV)
Unbelief is rooted in arrogance. I hear quite often from some Emergent/Post-Modern know-it-all that certainty is the product of pride and the only ones who are truly humble are those who view uncertainty in all things as a virtue. However, what is unbelief in this context? To define it we must first define its opposite, belief. In John 6:35 Jesus said, “I am the bread of…
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