Salvation is not a reward for the righteous, but a gift for the guilty. —Steven Lawson
Dec. 16, 2014
Russia’s biggest rate increase since the country’s 1998 default threatens to further undercut an economy already on the brink of recession. The central bank, led by Elvira Nabiullina, is fighting to halt the decline of the ruble, the world’s worst-performing currency this year. Policy makers, having spent more than $80 billion since January to prop up the currency, raised their key rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent at an emergency meeting last night.
The ruble plummeted into a freefall, losing as much as 19 percent as panic swept across Russian financial markets after a surprise interest-rate increase failed to stem the run on the currency.
Taliban militants killed dozens of children in an attack on an army-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar that left 146 people dead so far, the country’s deadliest terrorist attack since at least 2007. Two attackers were still holding 50 students and teachers hostages. Four attackers blew themselves up and another was shot dead by soldiers. The dead included 123 male students, as well as nine staff members, including a female teacher.
Sony Corp. was warned about a year ago that hackers had infiltrated its network and were stealing gigabytes of data several times a week, underscoring a pattern of lapses predating a recent attack that has spilled Sony Pictures’ secrets onto the Internet.
The Satanic Temple will be allowed to set up displays alongside planned Nativity scenes at two state capitols this holiday season. In Tallahassee, Fla., the Satanic Temple plans to erect a diorama inside the capitol rotunda depicting an angel falling into the flaming pit of hell, along with two Bible verses and the words “Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple.” In Lansing, Mich., the Satanic Temple will set up a display that includes a cross, a red snake, and a message that reads “the greatest gift is knowledge,” on the capitol lawn, though a Nativity scene may be nowhere in sight.
Bushmaster Firearms, the maker of the military assault rifle used to kill dozens at a Connecticut elementary school was sued almost exactly two years later by the families of 20 first-grade students who died in the mass shooting.
New-home construction in the U.S. exceeded a 1 million annualized pace in November for a third consecutive month, continuing a slow recovery in the housing market.
Sweden’s central bank pledged to do what’s needed to jolt the largest Nordic economy out of a deflation funk blamed by some economists on premature rate increases after the financial crisis.
An anti-Islamist group in Germany drew the biggest crowd ever for one of its rallies, even as the country’s leaders urged people not to participate in a movement that has gained in strength since starting two months ago.
AP Top Stories
Trying to head off a new round of consumer headaches with President Barack Obama’s health care law, the insurance industry said Tuesday it will give customers more time to pay their premiums for January.
The manhunt for a Marine veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives amid a child custody dispute has spread to two suburban Philadelphia counties.
Two child passengers died when a car driven by a 9-year-old boy in rural Mississippi crashed while being pursued by police, authorities said on Monday.
The biggest eruption of Cape Verde volcano Pico do Fogo in decades has destroyed two villages and threatens a forest reserve Tuesday
President Vladimir Putin ordered snap military drills in Russia’s westernmost Kaliningrad region earlier this month. The drills, which mobilized 9,000 soldiers and more than 55 naval ships, were carried out to test the military’s combat readiness in Kaliningrad.
The last time Russia tried to save the ruble in such a dramatic fashion was 1998. U.S. markets responded by sliding 24% in three months.
Researchers in Brazil discovered “super-bacteria” in the sea waters where sailing and windsurfing events will be held during the 2016 Olympics.
Kenya deregistered more than 500 non-governmental organizations, including 15 accused of links with terrorism
Life uncovered by the deepest-ever marine drilling expedition has been analyzed by scientists. The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) found microbes living 2,400m beneath the seabed off Japan. The tiny, single-celled organisms survive in this harsh environment on a low-calorie diet of hydrocarbon compounds and have a very slow metabolism.
Seven people were detained in a series of raids by Spain and Morocco on a suspected network recruiting women to join Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
Four renovated halls in the Tutankhamun gallery in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo have been unveiled.
Unconfirmed reports of a new decree imposing the death penalty on anyone caught smuggling Bibles into Saudi Arabia has many Christian ministries and support groups on edge.
Pope Francis is charging the “media” with the sin of disinformation, saying that giving people “half” the facts leaves them unable to make accurate judgments.
In an exclusive Observer interview, Mohammed Islam, said to have investment returns of $72 million as a high school senior, admits he invented the whole story.
Saying our borders are “not open to illegal migration,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson opened in Dilley, Texas, what is billed as the largest U.S. family detention center to hold those caught entering the country illegally.
GA – The Kennesaw City Council has approved a land-use permit for a new mosque less than two weeks after it had denied the permit citing traffic and parking concerns.
December 16, 2014
“It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it. After discriminating, therefore, in theory, the several classes of power, as they may in their nature be legislative, executive, or judiciary, the next and most difficult task is to provide some practical security for each, against the invasion of the others.” –James Madison, Federalist No. 48, 1788
TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS
Vivek Murthy, who is not even 37 years old, who was born in the UK and who thinks guns are a health issue to be stamped out like heart disease or obesity, was confirmed by the Senate Monday as the United States’ 19th surgeon general. For this confirmation, 51 Democrats voted for the man, thanks to the nuclear option. Days after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Murthy tweeted, “Tired of politicians playing politics w/ guns, putting lives at risk b/c they’re scared of NRA. Guns are a health care issue.” A month after the shooting, Murthy co-signed a letter sent to Congress as president and co-founder of Doctors for America, urging the legislative body to “remove military-style guns and ammunition” and “strengthen safety measures and regulations for guns used for hunting, sport, and self-protection” so that America could half gun deaths by 2020. At a hearing in February, Murthy said he does “not intend to use the surgeon general’s office as a bully pulpit for gun control.” What we have is the word of a bureaucrat — for what that’s worth. More…
A group of New York City police officers is telling the mayor of the city and the city’s council speaker to stay away from funerals for those killed in the line of duty. The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association is encouraging its members to sign a flyer banning the two politicians from attending their funerals. “I, as a New York City police officer, request that Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito refrain from attending my funeral services in the event that I am killed in the line of duty,” the flyer read. “Due to Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito’s consistent refusal to show police officers the support and respect they deserve, I believe that their attendance at the funeral of a fallen New York City police officer is an insult to that officer’s memory and sacrifice.” The police are angry at the mayor for throwing them under the bus as a bunch of racists when protests erupted after a police officer was not indicted after Eric Garner died resisting arrest in Staten Island. More…
By official measurements, the Great Recession is behind us and the economy is slowly recovering. The adverse effects, on the other hand, are still strong. Nearly five years after the recession was declared ended, nearly half of the wealth Americans held prior to the financial crisis has not been recovered. MarketWatch reports, “Americans are still 40% poorer today than they were in 2007, the year before the global financial crisis. The net worth of American families — the difference between the values of their assets, including homes and investments, and liabilities — fell to $81,400 in 2013, down slightly from $82,300 in 2010, but a long way off the $135,700 in 2007, according to a new report released on Friday by the nonprofit think-tank Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C.” That doesn’t bode well for the long-term economic outlook. Sadly, the Left won’t consider this entirely bad news, as they blame America’s economic woes on “wealthy” capitalist benefactors. By their logic, they’ve “leveled the playing field.” Except they haven’t. In fact, Democrats, led by Barack Obama, have only themselves to blame for widening the income gap. More…
A landlord in South Carolina has threatened to double rent and press charges against a new mother whose husband visited her for more than a week when he was on leave from the military. Sgt. William Bullock traveled from Missouri to visit his wife, who’s studying at Clemson University and cares for the couple’s two-week-old daughter. “Bullock said the landlord … told him he had overstayed, saying visitors are not allowed to stay in the apartments past seven days, per the agreement signed by Bullock’s wife, Lily,” TV station Fox Carolina reports. “‘I’m stationed in Missouri and we haven’t seen each other in six months. What’s the problem with me staying and visiting with my wife?’ Bullock said. The landlord, whose name is Chuck, told FOX Carolina he enforces that rule for all his tenants.” Since when are husbands considered “visitors”? And what meager gains the landlord makes by enforcing his rules he obliterates by making life difficult for a couple sacrificing much to serve our nation — in December, too, when the world remembers a time when another young couple couldn’t find a place in the inn. More…
Timed to coincide with the end of the United Nations’ Lima Climate Change Conference, Greenpeace activists tread on what many consider sacred ground — the ancient Nazca Lines in the Peruvian desert. The ecofascists wanted their message — “Time for Change” — to be seen by UN members flying away in carbon-belching airplanes. Now, The New York Times reports, “President Ollanta Humala of Peru criticized the environmental group Greenpeace on Saturday for not respecting his country’s archaeological heritage as authorities said they intended to seek criminal charges against several activists who damaged the fragile desert around the Nazca Lines. … Officials said that the activists walking over the fragile desert ground left marks that cannot be removed. The Nazca Lines were created over 1,000 years ago, and include enormous figures of birds, mammals and geometric shapes etched into the earth.” It’s ironic that Greenpeace would love nothing more than to destroy the world’s economy so as to “save” the planet from climate change, and yet what’ll get them in trouble is scuffling across some pebbles in the desert. More…
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Australians witnessed a terrifying hostage crisis Monday involving 17 people at the Lindt Chocolat Café in Sydney. Sadly, two hostages were killed and four were injured. The hostage taker, Man Haron Monis, was killed by Australian police officers when they raided the building. This incident should serve as a wake-up call to Australia and the rest of the world that Islamic extremism has no boundaries.
Monis was an Iranian-born Islamic extremist who, Fox News reports, “emigrated to Australia in 1996” after being granted asylum. He then became infamous “for his public campaign of writing letters to the families of fallen soldiers calling them ‘murderers’ and urging the recipients to lobby the government to withdraw from Afghanistan.” Talk about an ingrate. For that, he was charged with using the postal service for harassment, though in court he proclaimed himself a “peace activist.”
But worse, Fox adds, Monis was charged last year “in connection with the murder of his ex-wife,” and was “charged earlier this year with sexual assault” — more than 40 counts. He was free on bail at the time of the hostage taking.
Did we mention he used a firearm, which is banned in Australia?
The hostage-taking jihadist was also found to have written a letter on his own website where, Fox News also notes, he “accused Australia, Great Britain and the U.S. of ‘oppression and terrorism’ and posted images of dead children.” And for the disclaimer: He also “called for non-violent activism writing that ‘Islam is a religion of peace and a Muslim should be a peace activist.'” Is taking 17 people hostage at gunpoint being non-violent and peaceful?
His lawyer, Manny Conditsis, was quick to defend his client and distance his actions from terrorism or Islamic extremism. He stated, “This is a one-off random individual. It’s not a concerted terrorism event or act. It’s a damaged goods individual who’s done something outrageous.” Further, he laughably asserted, “His ideology is just so strong and so powerful that it clouds his vision for common sense and objectiveness.” And we’re supposed to believe that?
Unfortunately, some do. CBS News’ Bob Orr was quick to take the bait, saying, “This is almost the prototypical type attack that we believe lone wolves to be capable of.” Orr may believe this was just some loon acting of his accord, but even if he wasn’t specifically directed by a terrorist organization it only obscures the truth. YouTube videos showed three hostages relaying Monis’ demands, as he wanted it known that this was an “attack on Australia by the Islamic State.”
Australia raised its terror level alert in September in response to threats from Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adani. In an audio message, he urged that lone-wolf attacks be carried out, including in Australia.
The Islamic State has yet to take credit for this attack, but, given the aforementioned rhetoric and the fact that the jihadist wanted an ISIL flag delivered to the cafe, it’s just a matter of time before they do.
Yet somehow, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott saw fit to declare, “The point I keep making is that the ISIL death cult has nothing to do with any religion, any real religion. … It is something to which sick individuals succumb, and sick individuals exist in all communities and in all societies.”
The Left will do everything possible to deceive people, claiming there is no connection between these attacks and Islam. They will continue to try to portray Islam as a Religion of Peace™. And they will continue to deny that these attacks are, as Mark Alexander notes, “directly tied to worldwide Jihad by way of the Qur’an, the foundational fabric linking all of Islamist violence.”
This jihadist in Australia was a radicalized cleric who, like many other such figures in America and elsewhere, preached hatred for the West. Until the world recognizes the threat of Islamic extremism for what it is, this and worse acts of violence will continue.
Purposefully refusing to identify an enemy for who they are and what they do will not make them go away. If anything, it will embolden them to carry out more heinous acts of violence.
Congressional passage of the $1.1 trillion CRomnibus (part omnibus, part continuing resolution) package last weekend may have prevented a government shutdown, but it created a variety of divisions between and among Republicans and Democrats that could flare up in grand style in the next Congress.
The package funds most of the government through fiscal year 2015, pulling together 11 appropriations bills that cover many areas, except the Department of Homeland Security, which is funded only until Feb. 27. Much of the spending adheres to budget caps put in place last year, with additional emergency spending that falls outside the caps — including $64 billion for overseas military operations such as the fight against ISIL and $5.4 billion to combat Ebola.
Republicans achieved their objectives in some areas. The Dodd-Frank financial regulation law was partially relaxed to allow banks to directly engage in derivatives trading. Some school nutrition standards pushed by First Lady Michelle Obama were also rolled back, in large part because school districts are having serious trouble complying with the new regulations — not to mention the near-mutiny among students. Another provision loosens contribution limits for national political parties. The Democrats balked at this provision, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calling it “egregious,” but they’ll be perfectly happy with it when leftist one-percenters pour out their money for the 2016 election.
Democrats also won some things in the bill as well. ObamaCare funding remains intact at current levels, despite the long history of GOP threats to defund it. The Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding for abortions, was renewed, but since ObamaCare calls for funding of abortions that amendment remains pretty much moot.
One bright spot for free enterprise was in the extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act, which puts off for another year a bureaucratic free-for-all that would blitz online retailers with new taxes, regulations and paperwork. If Congress has any sense at all, it will enact a clean, stand-alone extension of the act in January.
There was rancor among Democrats over passage of the bill because of its rollback of Dodd-Frank and the relaxed political party funding. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) led the charge against the CRomnibus from the liberal side, but she was swamped by the larger Democrat contingent eager to pass the bill. Her actions may not have amounted to much, but her popularity saw a boost. She is increasingly considered a viable alternative presidential candidate to Hillary Clinton, complicating the latter’s second White House run.
Warren found an unusual ally in her fight against the spending package in Republican Ted Cruz of Texas, if for an entirely different reason. Along with Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Cruz hoped to derail the package by introducing a symbolic point-of-order vote condemning the unconstitutionality of Barack Obama’s executive action on illegal aliens.
“If you believe President Obama’s executive order was unconstitutional, vote yes,” Cruz told his colleagues. “If you think the president’s executive order is constitutional, vote no.” Well, 74 senators believed the latter — or at least wouldn’t admit the former — among them the full Republican leadership.
As he did with his box-canyon shutdown strategy last year, Cruz managed to draw significant ire from his GOP colleagues. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said, “Suffice it to say, I’m not happy with the strategy [Cruz] has come up with. I think it’s totally counterproductive.” Cruz has been accused of grandstanding for the sake of his own popularity before, but many conservatives also praised him for standing his ground.
Did Cruz’s actions cause more trouble than they were worth? The temporary funding of DHS means the immigration issue will be revisited early next year anyway. Cruz and Lee were faulted for outgoing Majority Leader Harry Reid’s pushing cloture on a series of stalled nominees because the procedural vote allowed Reid to turn to other matters. That’s a stretch, considering that executive and judicial nominations were going to be on the calendar anyway at some point between now and the end of the session. Remember, Reid didn’t trigger the nuclear option for nothing.
The real reason that Cruz’s actions caused such a stir is probably best encapsulated by the fact that senators’ weekend holiday plans had to be put on hold. But as Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw wrote, “The fact that any of them had to show up on Saturday and couldn’t head home from work two weeks before Christmas and stay there until early January isn’t exactly tugging at my heartstrings.”
Republican and Democrat leaders in the House and Senate must be suffering tennis elbow after all the self-congratulatory pats on the back for passing the CRomnibus. Republican voters may be asking themselves, though, why the GOP went for a long-term budget deal when they could have just passed a 60-day continuing resolution and negotiated a full budget package from a position of strength in January.
TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS
- Thomas Sowell: Tortured Reasoning
- Arnold Ahlert: The Christmas Spirit Can’t Be Killed
- Stephen Moore: Congress Is Renewing Insane Tax Breaks
- David Limbaugh: Christophobes March On
- Ed Feulner: Common Core Doesn’t Make the Grade
OPINION IN BRIEF
Lord Acton (1834-1902): “Government by idea tends to take in everything, to make the whole of society obedient to the idea. Spaces not so governed are unconquered, beyond the border, unconverted, a future danger.”
Columnist Thomas Sowell: “Critics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were ‘torture.’ But any serious discussion of a serious issue — and surely terrorism qualifies as serious — has to move beyond semantics and confront the ultimate question: ‘Compared to what alternative?’ If you knew that there was a hidden nuclear time bomb planted somewhere in New York City — set to go off today — and you had a captured terrorist who knew where and when, would you not do anything whatever to make him tell you where and when? Would you pause to look up the definition of ‘torture’? Would you even care what the definition of ‘torture’ was, when the alternative was seeing millions of innocent people murdered?”
Columnist Arnold Ahlert: “The assault on Christmas is part of the effort to fundamentally transform a nation for which leftists express skepticism at best, and outright contempt at worst. And perhaps nothing animates that contempt more than the reality that the greatness of this nation is derived from ‘dead, white, slave-owning Europeans,’ animated by a Judeo-Christain culture. It is that culture that must now be deconstructed by any means necessary, because it rests on two foundations utterly anathema to the American left: individual liberty and free-market capitalism. Instead, the left prefers equality, or more precisely a radical egalitarianism where ambition, talent and desire must be held in check to accommodate laziness, stupidity and sloth. It is the ultimate zero-sum game that, at this particular time of year, assumes those who enjoy Christmas must accommodate those who are offended by it, lest our commitment to ‘social justice’ is found wanting. Thus ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Hanukkah’ must be cast aside for ‘Happy Holiday,’ and the Christmas season must become ‘Winter Solstice.’ That is not tolerance. It’s totalitarianism with the ultimate goal of making everyone equal, even if it’s equally miserable. Few things undermine that ambition more than the so-called Christmas spirit that is the essence of happiness, generosity — and live and let live.”
Comedian Jimmy Fallon: “This week Biden said that he will decide on a potential 2016 presidential campaign by the spring or the summer. Then he said, ‘Whichever comes first.'”
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What doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God. ~ Micah 6:8
December 16, 2014
Ray Stedman on the fruits of the Spirit: “After all, joy is love enjoying itself; peace is love resting; patience is love waiting; kindness is love reacting; goodness is love choosing; faithfulness is love keeping its word; gentleness is love empathizing; and self-control is love resisting temptation.”
MARSHA WEST’S COLUMN
Some of the news headlines this past week gave me reason for concern. …Satanism…religious liberty…beheadings…gender confusion…ecumenicalism. My tendency is to fret about such things, even though God reminds us in His Word: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
To Impeach or Not to Impeach Obama—Lee Duigon
Uh-oh. I think I may have just talked myself out of impeaching him. Instead, just let him gasp and flop around on the bottom of the boat for the next two years, while the new Congress dismantles all his policies. …
The Cop Killing Cult of Larry Davis—Michelle Malkin
In Manhattan’s Union Square last week, a protester wielded a menacing sign. It didn’t make the front page of any newspaper. You didn’t see it on cable news. An appalled bystander sent me a photo of the marcher and his inciteful placard, but didn’t want to be identified in any way.
You’ll know why in a moment.
WHAT? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Siege selfie shame: People queue to pose for pictures of themselves at scene of Sydney terror http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2874191/Selfie-disgrace-Shameful-file-people-posing-pictures-scene-Sydney-terror-siege.html
NEWS TO KNOW
Suspect sought in 6 shooting deaths near Philadelphia
Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill, 56-40
President Obama’s Joke Calling Troops ‘Santa in Fatigues’ Silences Audience
Mark Levin to the GOP: I AM ONE INCH AWAY FROM LEAVING YOU! https://news.yahoo.com/cancer-patients-testing-drugs-mouse-avatars-172416007.html
Home Truths & Family—Bill Muehlenberg
We know that as the family goes, so goes the nation. No society can survive without strong families. That is why the enemies of society in the West have always worked so hard, targeting families. Once the family is weakened or destroyed, so will be the nation. All the radicals have known this. Vladimir Lenin said, “Destroy the family, destroy the nation.” The family is an “obscene bourgeois institution” said Simone de Beauvoir. All these radicals worked overtime to see the family undermined and decimated.
EDUCATION – Research Links
Virginia Attorney Wants Public Schools to Stop Renting to Churches
Are You Absolutely, Positively Sure You Want Your Kids in Public School?—Lee Duigon http://barbwire.com/2014/12/11/absolutely-positively-sure-want-kids-public-school
HOMOSEXUALITY — Research Links
Christian Asks Thirteen Gay Bakeries For Traditional Marriage Cake, All Deny Him Service http://barbwire.com/2014/12/15/christian-asks-thirteen-gay-bakeries-traditional-marriage-cake-deny-service/
Salvation Army Promotes Homosexuality
‘Nobody is born gay’ billboard stuck over Virginia highway until next year
The billboard along Richmond’s I-95 is paid for by the Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and uses a pair of twins as an example that nobody is born gay. ‘No young person should be driving down the road and see something that says they are not alright as they are,’ says Beth Panilaitis of Rosmy.
Former Lesbian Turned Christian: ‘We’ve Made God Little if We Believe He Cannot Change People’
America No Better ‘Morally’ than Our Enemies; Gruber Scandal Just a Big ‘Nothing Burger’
LIFE& DEATH – Research Links
Supreme Court Lets Planned Parenthood Risk Women’s Lives With Dangerous Abortion Pill
MARRIAGE & FAMILY
Former director of ‘ex-gay’ ministry Love in Action marries same-sex partner
Christmas: God’s Glory Returns–Mike Riccardi
Last Friday, we looked at the significance of John’s use of the word “dwelt” in John 1:14. I argued that by using the peculiar word for to pitch a tent, John was calling our attention to the Tabernacle of Israel, where God condescended to reveal Himself to Israel for worship and communion. The climax of the story of the Tabernacle comes in Exodus 40:34–38, where Yahweh’s glory fills the Tabernacle, signifying that He will dwell—that He will take up residence—with His people.
Russell Moore is an evangelical theologian, ethicist, pastor and President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission – and he’s also a close associate of Albert Mohler’s. So this is a really BIG deal.
Russell Moore Says He Is Unsure of Differences Between His and Pope’s Gospel Focus—JD Hall
CREATION VS EVOLUTION – Research links
Arizona Biology Teacher Mocks Jesus, Biblical Creation in Lecture Slide
Christian Company Ordered to Print Pro-Homosexual T-Shirts Files Appeal
Conception or Birth?—Ray Stedman
Where do Christians get solid food? From voices in their heads, intuition, imaginations, flights of fancy, signs, wonders? No. Solid food is consumed by feeding on the meat of the written
Word of God. ~ Sandy Simpson
Yes, AA’s cofounder was a freemason—John Lanagan
Angels – Research links
Church Growth Movement/Seeker/Market-Driven
Contemplative Prayer – Research Links
Wisdom from the Holy Spirit—Mike Ratliff
Ecumenicalism is just a word, however, its usage in these last days has come to mean much more than a term referring to the promotion or tending toward worldwide Christian unity or cooperation as we see in the dictionary definition. To the ecumenicists, it states that Christianity is the same regardless of definition of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. …
Emergent Church – Research Links
Let’s Stop Petting the Wolves—Amy Spreeman
Controversial pastor [?] Rob [No Hell] Bell and wife, Kristen, share new view on marriage
Hebrew Roots Movement
It’s Christmas time and that can only mean one thing: the Hebrew Roots folks are busy telling Christians they are sinning if they celebrate Christmas—Christine Pack
Hillsong NYC’s “biblical” silence about homosexuality—John Lanagan
Eugene Peterson’s The Message “bible” flat out deletes homosexuality as sin from two key New Testament passages, and gives a politically correct spin to a third
“Jesus Calling” – Research Links
Changing “Jesus Calling”—Damage Control for a False Christ–SUFTT
“The Message” Bible
The “Message Bible”: A Breach of Truth—John Lanagan
Mormonism — Research Links
A big evangelical stood up to Glenn Beck
Why Mormons Now Want to be See As Christian–SUFTT
New Age Movement/New Thought/Spirituality — Research Links
Controversial pastor [?] Rob [No Hell] Bell and wife, Kristen, share new view on marriage
New Apostolic Reformation/Dominionism – Research Links
Written in 2008. Posting as a reminder of who these people are.
We have had enough of false prophets—Marsha West
This Year’s Christmas Must Have A…Ouija Board–SUFTT
Pope Says All Dogs Go To Heaven
Social Justice/Progressive Christianity
How progressive Pharisees brutalize the Bible—SUFTT
Witchcraft – Research Links
Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel — Research Links
Creflo Dollar Says Myles Munroe Came to Him in a Dream Three Days After He Died and He Was Leading His Own Funeral
Creflo Dollar, false teacher—Tim Challies
Prof: ‘Elf on the Shelf’ conditions kids to accept surveillance state
Kirk Cameron, Former Evangelical Pastor-Turned-Catholic Take to TBN to Make Case for Santa Claus
Cancer patients testing drugs on mouse ‘avatars’
3 New Signs Total Economic Collapse Is In Progress
Well folks…it may be time to fasten your seat belts and tighten up your chin straps…looks like we might be coming in for a hard landing.
World set to end year in brittle economic state
The global economy is ending the year in a fragile state with factory activity shrinking in China, euro zone business growth remaining weak, and emerging market giant Russia in a spiraling currency crisis. “These are uncertain times again and there is a risk of another global downturn,” said Stephen Webster, chief European economist at 4CAST.
U.N. Sending Thousands Of Muslims To America
The federal government is preparing for another “surge” in refugees and this time they won’t be coming illegally from Central America …………. Click here for full story
DHS: 100 Million Americans Could Lose Power In Major Sun Storm
Millions of Americans face catastrophic loss of electrical power during a future magnetic space storm that will disrupt the electric grid and cause cascading infrastructure failures, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) document ……… Click here for full story
Iran: U.S. Military Option Is Off The Table
A credible U.S. military option against Iran is off the table and something the Obama administration can “no longer even think about,” according to one of Iran’s top military leaders, who claimed in a wide-ranging interview that Iran has deployed advanced missiles and satellites capable of tracking foreign militaries………. Click here for full story
Big Banks Will Take Depositors Money In Next Crash
The G-20 met recently in Australia to make new banking rules for the next financial calamity. Financial reform advocate Ellen Brown says these new rules will allow banks to take money from depositors and pensioners globally. Brown explains, “It became rules we agreed to actually implement………. Click here for full story
Spy Drone Hacks WiFi Networks, Listens To Calls
It’s small. It’s bright yellow, and it’s capable of cracking Wi-Fi passwords, eavesdropping on your cell phone calls and reading your text messages. It’s an unmanned spy drone and it just landed in Washington, D.C ……… Click here for full story
The McAvany Intel Memo
It’s easy to blame Greenspan, Bernanke, and Yellen for the future collapse of the late great American Empire, but it’s not that easy. There is much more involved in an empire’s demise than just one man’s (or woman’s) mistakes. A common new cliché pertaining to actions of the government, Federal Reserve policy, and perhaps even changes in culture of “we the people” may better explain today’s related difficulties in our empire’s mismanagement: “For every action, there are unintended consequences.”
How does this really happen? Do all empires automatically come and go? Consider the track record regarding empires past: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, Mongolia, Spain, France, Egypt, and the Ottoman, Aztec, and British Empires. So far in world history, every major world empire has fallen. And while many historians and intellectuals still disagree today on what caused the fall of Rome, the following thesis is worth considering.
Italian economist/historian Ugo Bardi has written and spoken extensively about “Peak Civilization,” and the “decline and fall of the Roman Empire”: “When looking at the decline and fall of the present day American Empire, it is useful to compare it with the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. So, the Roman Empire offers us some kind of model. We can say it is the paradigm of collapsing societies. And yet, we don’t seem to be able to find an agreement on what caused the collapse of the Roman Empire.”
“Historians have been debating this subject, and they came up with literally dozens of explanations: barbarian invasions, epidemics, lead poisoning, moral decadence, and what have you. Which is the right one? Or are all these explanations right? This is the point I would like to discuss today. I’ll be focusing on the interpretation of Joseph Tainter, based on the fact that empires and civilizations are ‘complex’ systems, and try to use system dynamics to describe the collapse.”
(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, July 2014, by guest editor Jim Deeds)
Denmark challenges Russia and Canada over North Pole
Denmark has presented a claim to the UN, arguing that the area surrounding the North Pole is connected to the continental shelf of Greenland, a Danish autonomous territory. Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said it was a “historic and important milestone” for Denmark. Canada and Russia have already asserted their own sovereignty over the energy-rich Arctic territory. More
One year from now, freedom dies worldwide
After the usual impeccably choreographed all-night “negotiation,” delegates of almost 200 nations at the latest annual U.N. climate yak-fest – this time in Lima, Peru – reached the usual agreement not to agree on anything except that the process by which they profit must continue. Not one delegate made any mention of the fact that every single one of the mad scientists’ predictions about the global warming and consequent planetary doom has failed to happen. More
Remains of Neolithic ‘Atlantis’ found off Haifa coast
It may not be the actual mythical city of Atlantis, but it’s still pretty astonishing. Archaeologists recently explored the remains of a 7,700-year-old sunken village off the coast of Haifa and found what may be the world’s oldest known wooden structure. The site might also help shed light on the nature of global warming and climate change. A team headed by University of Haifa archaeologists Dr. Ehud Galili and Dr. Deborah Cvikel, and Dr. Jonathan Benjamin of Flinders University of Adelaide, in October found a well belonging to a Neolithic village at a site known as Kfar Samir. What’s exceptional about it is that unlike most archaeological sites in Israel, the village is about 200 meters (218 yards) offshore and located about 16 feet underwater. More
Russian air force jets pose risk to civilian aviation in Baltic, says NATO
NATO accused Russia of posing a danger to civil aviation in the Baltic region after Stockholm protested over a Russian air force jet it said had flown too close to an airliner and had turned off one of its location instruments. Friday’s incident off southern Sweden inflamed sensitivities over Russian air force flights in the Nordic region that have increased steeply this year, driven in part by tensions over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine crisis. Finland also expressed concern about “Dark Flights” with so-called transponder locators switched off. More
Russia to Retaliate Against the US Over Sanctions, Troops and Warheads Ready
In its bid to impose more sanctions on Russia for its actions concerning Ukraine, the US Congress approved unanimously a new set of provisions over the country. Russia warned the West previously that if it pushes through with the bill then it will retaliate accordingly. There are now concerns about Russia’s next move. More
Hawaii lava on course to hit gas station and stores
Lava from a volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island is on course to reach a shopping center with a gas station and a supermarket in seven to 10 days, officials said Monday. Lava is about 1 mile from the shopping center in the small town of Pahoa, said Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira. The shopping center also contains a hardware store, pharmacy and auto repair shop. There’s still a great deal of uncertainty about when the lava might reach the center and what it could hit. The lava could smother one structure in the complex or cover them all, he said. More
Arizona Biology Teacher Mocks Jesus, Biblical Creation in Lecture Slide
A biology teacher who describes himself as ‘an open-minded skeptic’ purportedly showed a slide in one of his classes that mocks Jesus and describes biblical creation as ‘magic.’ Christofer Bang is a lecturer at Arizona State University who teaches biology and ecology courses. According to his academic profile page, his areas of “expertise” include ecology, evolution and plant biology. According to news reports last week, Bang mocked biblical creation and Christianity during a lecture in his biology class. A student who wished to remain anonymous shared information on Bang’s lecture with Campus Reform According to the student, Bang began his lecture by showing a slide titled “Evolution vs. Creationism.” The slide featured two cartoons—one depicting Charles Darwin with the words “genetics,” “adaption,” and “natural selection,” along with images of an ape-like creature gradually evolving into a man. The other cartoon showed a caricature of Jesus creating a man, with the words “zap!” and “magic!” More
Virginia Attorney Wants Public Schools to Stop Renting to Churches
An outspoken Virginia attorney says that he wants public schools to stop renting space to churches for worship services, as he believes that the arrangement is a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Attorney John Flannery, a former federal prosecutor and congressional chief of staff, recently wrote on the blog “Loudon Progress” that he found it problematic that 34 out of 87 schools in Loudoun County allow churches to host services on the premises each Sunday. “It’s time to declare that religious worship is an impermissible use of our public schools,” he said. “In Loudoun County, the churches that use public school space are holding ‘church services’ and collecting ‘donations.’ This use advances religious worship, and thus religion. The government is plainly entangled when it’s hosting religious worship not in one or two schools but in 40% of all the county’s public schools.” Flannery opined that society is ripe for dialogue about the matter as it has not generally been a topic of discussion. He said that renting the space after hours when school is not in session does not rectify the situation. More
Did Pope Francis Really Say All Dogs and Cats Go to Heaven?
Dogs go to heaven, at least according to Pope Paul IV—not Pope Francis. The statement has made its rounds through major media outlets, including today.com, with the pet-loving sentiment attributed to the current head of the Vatican. According to Today, “Pope Francis never actually commented on the issue of whether dogs will do to heaven. According to Vatican Radio, the Pope said to a general audience (not a distraught boy as originally reported): ‘The Holy Scripture teaches us that the fulfillment of this wonderful design also affects everything around us.’” Today attributed the pro-animal statement to a quote from Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. The paper reported it was Paul VI who had comforted a distraught boy with the words: “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.” More
Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter Under Government Attack
Bowing to pressure by secularist groups outside the state, Kentucky officials announced late Wednesday a decision to deny the Ark Encounter theme park an opportunity to participate in a popular tax rebate incentive program offered by the state’s tourism office. By letter on Dec. 10, state officials told the theme park’s developer, Answers in Genesis (AiG), that the only way AiG could participate in the rebate program is if AiG would agree to two conditions: 1) waive its right to include a religious preference in hiring, and 2) affirm that it will tolerate no “proselytizing” at the theme park. AiG has countered that the state’s new conditions are unlawful because it is well-established under both federal law (Title VII) and state law (KRS § 344.090) that religious organizations and entities like AiG are specifically permitted to utilize a religious preference in their hiring. Moreover, the government cannot show hostility toward religion or discriminate against persons or organizations who express religious viewpoints. More
Resurgence of Messianic Jews in homeland can mean only one thing
Living for centuries without a homeland, Messianic Jews have increased from the four corners of the world, and since the end of the 19th Century, the international movement has become more pronounced. After the Jewish people returned to their homeland in 1948 following the Holocaust and reestablished the nation of Israel after two millennia, the number of Jews who believe in Yeshua (Jesus) as their Messiah, while holding onto their Jewish customs, has grown around the globe — at about the same rate that Jews continue to return to Israel.
Hollywood’s ‘troubling’ trends
A family advocacy group has released a report that finds an overwhelming majority of broadcast television shows about families contain some form of adult content, including sex, violence and profanity. But that isn’t the most troubling finding.
”Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.” (Matthew 24:32-34)
So here we are, at the end of all things, wondering what is taking the Lord so long to return. Israel has been a nation now for sixty- five years. We’ve seen and are seeing the revival of the Roman Empire through the European and the Mediterranean Unions. We’ve lived in the most brutal century known to man. This century is turning out no better than the last.
What Is A Discerning Christian? – New Podcast: Spiritual Maturity and Biblical Discernment
by Chris Lawson, 11/26/14 Spiritual Research Network
“Christian discernment begins first with salvation in Christ (Hebrews 5:13-15), and then maturing as a believer through the teaching of God’s Word (1 Timothy 4:1-8). As the believer grows one ought to be able to discern between both good and evil, and to separate from spiritual error and false teachings.
Christians Losing Everything to Islam?
“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ ” ( Philippians 3:8). When Paul wrote the above in his letter to the Christians of Philippi, he and the early church were being persecuted (Paul was eventually executed in Rome). While today’s Western Christians still quote his words in the context of their daily struggles, an increasing number of Christians around the world, especially the Muslim world, are still literally losing absolutely everything for their faith. (ACT Note: Be prepared, for the story of this Christian will become all too common when Islam takes over the world.)
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2014 On Record As The Year Of The Satanic Attack Against Christians
” but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” Luke 22:53
“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” Acts 26:18
At first it didn’t register with me. I mean I heard the stories and was aware of them obviously, but it wasn’t until just this moment that I got curious and decided to string them all together. What am I talking about? The sudden explosion of Satanic-themed Christmas displays across America. Why this year, why now?
Places in the United States with legally-protected Satanic Christmas displays:
Detroit, MI: The Detroit branch of a secularist group that includes Satanists has permission for a display on the Michigan Capitol’s north lawn for three days before Christmas, while an individual from Florida is seeking local help to exhibit a proposed nativity scene near the Capitol. The secularist group says on its website it will display a “Snaketivity Scene” each day Dec. 21-23, featuring a snake, a book symbolizing knowledge and a message that “the greatest gift is knowledge.” The snake is a symbol of the birth of human enlightenment and liberation, according to the Web posting.
Tallahassee, FL: After previously being denied a spot to erect its satanic display, state officials decided last year to allow the controversial setup with an affixed sign reading “offensive.” Pressing further — as many progressive agendas have been noted to do once getting their foot in the door — the Satanic Temple proposed its display this year along with a threat of legal action if state officials didn’t only accept their display, but also remove the “offensive” label from it. Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (AUSCS) provided the legal muscle this year to get the atheist temple prime real estate for its display alongside several others’ at the state capitol’s rotunda. Attorneys with the atheist legal group proudly provided a visual of the Satanic Temple’s holiday display that is slated to be erected from December 22 to 29: “The Temple’s proposed display depicts an angel falling from the sky into flames, accompanied by Bible verses and the message “Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple,” AUSCS announced after receiving word of its victory
Fort Smith, AR: The giant advertising hoardings in the Tennessee cities of Memphis, Nashville, St. Louis and Fort Smith, Arkansas show a mischievous-looking young girl writing her letter to Father Christmas: “Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I’m too old for fairy tales,” she writes. The advertising campaign by the American Atheists group will run until Christmas Eve and is the first time the group has aimed its anti-God adverts directly at residential religious areas, having previously targeted urban audiences in big venues such as Times Square in New York.
The bible says in Ephesians 6 that the battle we fight is a spiritual battle, not against flesh and blood but “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” And for whatever reason, those spiritual forces have chosen this time and place to stage an open insurrection against anything having to do with Jesus Christ, and all those who follow Him.
I cannot ever remember a time where this battle was waged so openly and so boldly as it is right now. Ten years ago, someone wanted to place a “snaketivity scene” on public display, at a state capitol no less, would have been laughed out of the office. But not now. Now it is allowed without so much as a whimpering protest. Something has changed in America, there is a spirit at work that was not present just a few short years ago.
And it is not confined only to an attack on Christmas. 2014 has seen an tremendous increase in the advance of the LGBT Movement’s agenda, a staggering rise in violent crime and pernicious attacks like the much-chronicled Knockout Game, and video games placing you in the role of Antichrist.
The war is real, the battle is hot and the time is short. Are you in the fight or watching helplessly on the sidelines? “Only one life, ’twill soon be past, and only what’s done for Christ will last.”
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‘Twas the Night Before the Last Christmas!
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