Daily Archives: January 9, 2015

January 9, 2014: Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Report and News Headline Alerts

To know that God knows everything about me and yet loves me is indeed my ultimate consolation. —R.C. Sproul

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Jan. 9, 2015

BLOOMBERG

Jeb Bush’s allies are setting a fundraising goal of $100 million in the first three months of this year-including a whopping $25 million haul in Florida-in an effort to winnow the potential Republican presidential primary field with an audacious display of financial strength.

President Obama proposed making two years of community college education free for students who maintain academic standards. Students must attend at least half time, maintain a grade point average of 2.5 and make regular progress toward completing a degree, according to a White House fact sheet. Obama didn’t specify how he would fund the program. A person briefed on the proposal said the program would cost $5 billion and require congressional approval.

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a case that could prove to be a fatal blow against the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, a new study has concluded that the consequences of striking down the law’s subsidies for low- and middle-income individuals will result in a sharp drop in the number of Americans with health insurance, as well as a steep rise in premiums. “Individual market enrollment would decline by more than 70 percent, or 9.6 million.”

TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline faces one less hurdle after Nebraska’s highest court cleared its path through the state, setting aside a challenge to the power of its Republican governor to dictate the route, and sending the matter back to Washington.

House-price growth in England and Wales has returned to single-digit figures after a breakneck year for the market led by London, according to LSL Property Services and Acadata.

Eighteen months into a recall of Jeeps with exploding gas tanks, drivers of the affected models are still dying and more than 1 million of the vehicles remain unfixed.

Oil headed for a seventh weekly decline in New York and London amid speculation that OPEC won’t pare output to reduce a global surplus.

Employment rose more than forecast in December and the jobless rate declined to 5.6 percent, wrapping up the best year for the labor market since 1999 and adding to evidence the U.S. is a standout in the global economy.

More than 80,000 Scottish homes suffered power cuts overnight after hurricane-force winds caused disruptions to supply networks.

AP Top Stories

Terrorists linked to each other seized hostages at two locations around Paris on Friday, facing off against hundreds of French security forces as the city shut down a famed Jewish neighborhood and scrambled to protect residents and tourists from further attacks.

One of two brothers suspected of carrying out the deadly shooting at a French satirical weekly visited Yemen in 2011 to train with al Qaeda-affiliated militants, U.S. and European sources close to the investigation said.

The head of Britain’s domestic spy agency MI5 warned on Thursday that militant Islamists in Syria were planning “mass casualty attacks” in the West and that intelligence services may be powerless to stop them.

US department store giant Macy’s said Thursday it would shut 14 stores, cutting more than 1,300 jobs, in a restructuring to boost its focus on the boom in online shopping.

A video released by the city of Cleveland shows a police officer pushing a 14-year-old girl to the ground and handcuffing her with the help of another officer soon after a third officer fatally shot her younger brother.

An Ohio bridal shop that temporarily closed after it was visited by an Ebola-affected Texas nurse announced on social media this week that it was closing down.

Indonesian search and rescue teams hunting for the wreck of an AirAsia passenger jet detected pings they believed were from the plane’s black box flight recorders on Friday, 12 days after it went missing with 162 people on board.

The White House is expected to ask the U.S. Congress soon for a formal authorization to use military force against Islamic State, a top Republican senator said.

Former Clinton Treasury Secretary Larry Summers told CNBC Friday the U.S. economy is not growing fast enough.

If employers don’t start giving raises, they may hear this message a lot in the upcoming year. A full 35% of the nearly 900 workers surveyed by jobs site Glassdoor.com said they’d look for a new job if their boss doesn’t bump up their salary in 2015. Those most likely to walk? Employees under age 35 and employees making less than $50,000.

BBC

The US will close 15 military bases across Europe, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel confirms, to save the Pentagon $500m a year.

Boston was put forward by the United States Olympic Committee as a candidate city for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Russia said transsexual and transgender people will be barred from driving on medical grounds, in a controversial move. Fetishism, exhibitionism and voyeurism are also included as “mental disorders” now barring people from driving.

WND

The city of Houston, which created a firestorm of controversy by issuing subpoenas for copies of pastors’ sermons in a case over a transgender “rights” ordinance, now contends the pastors have no right to a jury trial and wants a hand-picked “special master” to review the evidence.

The Douglas County School District in Colorado, under fire for saying that schoolgirls might have to cover up from head to ankle for a field trip to a Muslim mosque, has confirmed that such Shariah requirements will be enforced on the outing.


Daily Digest

January 9, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, 1816

TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS

Bye Bye Babs, and a Note of Thanks

California Senator Barbara Boxer, topping the short list of the Senate’s most leftist members, is calling it quits. After five terms in the House, Boxer was elected to the Senate in the 1992 Bill Clinton wave.

It is no small demonstration of hypocrisy that Boxer — who led the attempt to black-bag George H.W. Bush’s 1991 SCOTUS nominee, Clarence Thomas, on sexual harassment charges, and who in 1995 went after Rep. Sen. Robert Packwood on similar charges — was deafeningly quiet when her man Clinton couldn’t figure out what the definition of “is” is when admitting to having sex with an intern in the Oval Office.

Boxer, who has a 100% rating from both unions and environmentalist groups, built her career advocating for abortion and against the Second Amendment and, more recently, “climate change.”

So why a note of thanks?

Boxer proclaimed, “I have about a thousand accomplishments,” and not one of her legislative achievements complied with her oath “to Support and Defend” our Constitution. But she did, inadvertently, boost the sales of our Patriot Shop products.

In 2011, after Republican-appointed federal judge John Roll was among six citizens murdered by a psychopath in Tucson, and Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was wounded in that assault, Boxer, seizing the moment to use tragedy as fodder for her gun control agenda, held a press conference. At that conference she held up an image of one of our Patriot Shop stickers, claiming our products and pro-gun sentiment in general were responsible for that assault. The attention she brought helped our bottom line.

Farewell, Ms. Boxer, and don’t let the door hit you in the rear on the way out!

No Time for Vets, but Let’s Talk Gun Control

Barack Obama visited Phoenix Thursday, but he could only wave as his motorcade blew past the Veterans Affairs Hospital where the whole wait-time scandal came to light. Not that a presidential visit would have accomplished anything other than to create, well, long wait times, but the symbolism of not caring about veterans was unmistakable. By contrast, Obama did have time to meet with former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was critically wounded exactly four years ago Thursday in a horrific shooting — because the topic of their meeting was gun control. According to CBS News, “Giffords, who was shot in the head, still struggles to speak and walk. She has become the face of gun control, having founded Americans for Responsible Solutions with her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly. The gun control group raised millions for congressional candidates in the 2014 election.” Obama has no time for the vets who fought for our rights because he’d rather spend time figuring out how to take those rights away. More…

Jobs Report: Edge of Real Recovery?

Michael Strain of the American Enterprise Institute says there are two primary indicators that the U.S. economy has turned around and is finally climbing out of Obama’s hole: more Americans getting employment, and workers getting increased wages. Unfortunately, neither happened in the month of December, according to the December Jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Oh sure, the headline numbers were good. About 252,000 people joined the workforce and the unemployment numbers declined by 0.2% to 5.6%. But the overall number of people who are in the cubicles, on the job sites, manning the shops, or dishing out the fast food once again declined in December by 0.2%. Now, only 62.7% of American adults are working. And the average wage has hovered at $24.57 an hour. American workers received an average six-cent wage boost in November, but in December, the average wage declined by five cents. The American economy is showing some signs of recovery but in many ways is still sputtering thanks to Obama’s policies. It may begin to take off, if Obama doesn’t suddenly decide now’s the time to put some water in the gas tank. More…

Community College Tuition: ‘Free’ Is Good, Right?

Barack Obama dropped a bombshell on the country from 75,000 feet as he was jetting from Detroit to Phoenix during his pre-State of the Union tour: He’s going to give out free college education for anyone who gets at least a 2.50 GPA at community college. “Put simply, what I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for everybody who’s willing to work for it,” Obama said in a video. “That’s right, free for everybody who is willing to work for it.” The White House Blog said the federal wealth transfer machine will pay 75% of tuition and expect state governments to pay the rest. No word yet on how much it’s going to cost or how we’re going to pay for it, but we don’t doubt that the “wealthy” will be hit up for new taxes to pay for mediocre general education classes. As commentator Mollie Hemingway said, “This six-year high school plan is Obama’s totally smartest idea yet.” Our question is, why stop at community college? How about all higher education? “Free” stuff is awesome, right? More…

Bible Scholar Perez Wants You to Rip Up the Bible

The only thing the Bible is good for, in Labor Secretary Thomas Perez’s estimation, is justifying all the Left’s benevolent big-government ideas. At the AFL-CIO’s “Raising Wages” summit, Perez insisted that America must raise the minimum wage because the Bible commands taking care of the poor — as if earning a wage is receiving charity and government compulsion changes people’s hearts. “This is really about biblical teachings,” Perez pontificated. “This is about what is taught in the Koran and what is in the Torah and what we learn about making sure we ‘do unto others.’ … Take the Bible and rip up every page that has a reference to the need to help the poor and the underserved, and the Bible turns into, like, a Newsweek magazine. And that’s what this is about. This is about who we are as a nation.” Perez apparently fancies himself a scholar of holy texts, and yet he recommends ripping up the Bible to divine its true meaning. (Reader advisory: Results may differ if you do the same with the Koran.) Wonder what he thinks about the passages admonishing Liberty and limited government, like God’s warning to Israel about wanting a king. Or did he rip those passages out too? More…

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RIGHT ANALYSIS

Forget Peace, Islam Wants Death

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Of all the questions about Wednesday’s dastardly terrorist attack in Paris, the one that has the clearest answer regards the motivation: Kill those who oppose Islam in any way. The Religion of Peace™ has now claimed at least 15 victims in multiple attacks — all in the name of Allah. Even as police have surrounded the suspects, who insist they “want to die as martyrs,” the Left is bending over backward to make apologies for them.

Sure, victims received an outpouring of support both in Europe and here in America. Reporters, writers, cartoonists and government officials condemned the attack. But if that kind of support existed when the Charlie Hebdo offices were bombed in 2012, maybe Stéphane Charbonnier, his colleagues and the two unarmed police officers who were nearby would still be alive.

There is no reasoning with these maniacal and radical Islamic fundamentalists.

Our own fearless leader, Barack Obama, has spent much time in his presidency going through linguistic gymnastics to deny that terror attacks like the one in Paris are related to Islam. “Islam teaches peace,” he told us. Worse, the lesson Obama drew from the Sept. 11, 2012, murders of American Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans at the embassy in Benghazi, Libya, was this: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

Secretary of State John Kerry has followed suit. When asked about the rise of the Islamic State, he denied any connection to Islam: “ISIL claims to be fighting on behalf of Islam, but the fact is that it’s hateful ideology has nothing to do with Islam.” In his eyes, the weather is a bigger threat.

Are we really to believe that ISIL is not a threat? Is radical Islamic fundamentalism just another misunderstood ideology? Let’s ask Anjem Choudary, a radical Muslim cleric and longtime Sharia advocate.

“Contrary to popular misconception, Islam does not mean peace but rather means submission to the commands of Allah alone.” These are the opening words of Choudary’s op-ed published by USA Today Thursday in response to the Paris murders. He added, “Muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression.” He goes on to point out that all Muslims are, or should be, motivated to protect the prophet Muhammad every day in every way. Even if it means murder.

Choudary’s unapologetic defense of the Paris murderers goes so far as to place the blame for the crime at the feet of the dead writers and artists. If they hadn’t provoked wrath, they might still be alive, he argued. Consider for a moment how this outrageous statement sounds applied in other situations: She was raped because she was wearing a short skirt. He wouldn’t have been beaten to death if he drank from the colored water fountain like he was supposed to.

Yet leftists are falling over each other to make excuses for these attacks. Obama is this nation’s ringleader when it comes to this foolishness.

Obama’s not alone in his blindness. The Religion of Peace™ has racked up a body count that is second to none in our post-Cold War world, yet leftist “thinkers” and media acolytes want to blame all these acts of war on Western thinking. Like Choudary, many want to say that the writers and artists brought their deaths on themselves.

One of the two brothers responsible for the Paris massacre, who has a record of terrorist activity by the way, blamed his radicalization on George W. Bush, the war in Iraq and the Abu Ghraib prison abuses. How convenient.

Murderers like him always have a reason for their crimes that push responsibility away from themselves. And leftists in this country almost always buy it. Suppose Abu Ghraib and Iraq were motivators for their actions. What motivated the radicals that forced us to invade Iraq in the first place? What motivated 9/11? The attack on the USS Cole? The dual bombings of American embassies in Africa in 1998? They will always come up with a reason to justify their murder.

In the same manner, leftists will always come up with a way to blame radical Islamic acts of violence in the West on “homegrown” terrorists. There has rarely been a more foolish concept. Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy at National Review points out that there is no such thing as “homegrown” terrorism in the West. These radicals come with the deliberate goal of burrowing into a Muslim community, staying apart from the society as a whole, and rejecting our laws and customs with the express purpose of someday emerging to act out openly against us.

And as Mark Alexander notes, they’re not “lone wolves,” either. If all these supposed “homeland” terrorists are indeed “lone wolves,” why are there so many of them?

Never fear: The Obama White House will endeavor to set the record straight on “real Islam. In the words of Press Secretary Josh Earnest, the U.S. must “be clear about what the tenets of Islam actually are. And we are going to redouble those efforts.” Does that mean Obama will switch from executive orders to fatwas?

The Auto Bailout Victory Lap

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Don’t let Obama drive

In advance of his upcoming State of the Union Address on Jan. 20, Barack Obama kicked off a three-state tour in Michigan highlighting what he considers to be some of the accomplishments of his tenure. His Wednesday speech came from a Ford assembly plant near Detroit, touting his auto bailout.

The president said he “didn’t want to wait for the State of the Union to talk about all the things that make this country great and how we can make it better. … I thought I’d get started this week.” But there was little in the way of new policy discussion. Obama instead filled his speech with pandering to Detroit Lions fans still smarting over last week’s controversial playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys, longing for the new Mustang, and doling out his version of our recent economic story — one which included his auto industry bailout saving the day.

Unfortunately, that bailout came at a cost to taxpayers of nearly $10 billion. And while Obama dubiously insisted that doing nothing would have caused suppliers and distributors to go under along with automakers, the resulting bankruptcy procedure enriched the United Auto Workers at the expense of bondholders and non-union pensioners. A typical bankruptcy may have instead allowed GM and Chrysler to cut costs significantly, with any production stoppage being laid at the feet of the UAW’s refusal to make concessions in order to save their workers’ jobs. What we got instead was a couple years of “Government Motors” ownership and Chrysler being gift-wrapped by the UAW and presented to Italian automaker Fiat.

It’s ironic that Obama chose a Ford plant for his speech, because Ford didn’t take his bailout. That doesn’t mean Ford is clean, however, having benefited from a low-interest $5.9 billion Department of Energy loan for retooling the Michigan facility for hybrid cars. The loan was, of course, made necessary by government fuel mileage mandates. And like all central planning the loan wasn’t exactly fruitful: The plant was recently idled due to slow sales of the gasoline-powered Focus and hybrid C-Max models.

The boom in oil production Obama alluded to in his speech has brought gasoline prices down to a point where customers are again considering larger SUVs and trucks, leaving a glut of smaller cars on dealer lots during a traditionally slow time for sales. Of course, this will be addressed in coming years through supply as automakers dropped their opposition to more stringent fuel economy standards that will make current SUVs all but unattainable.

Indeed, Obama warned, “Gas prices aren’t gonna be low forever, so don’t start suddenly saying you don’t have to worry about fuel efficiency. If you’re going out shopping for a new car, don’t think it’s always going to be this low, because then you’ll be surprised and you’ll be mad at me later … and I’ll be able to say, ‘I told you don’t get a gas guzzler because gas is going to go back up.’ But while it’s low, enjoy it.”

The auto bailout is just one instance of the recent past sowing the seeds for future failure. To paraphrase James Madison, we cannot undertake to lay our fingers on that article of the Constitution that deemed a corporation or financial entity as “too big to fail.” Yet Washington set the precedent of destroying part of the free market system to save it when it bailed out automakers and mega-sized financial institutions in 2008-09.

For a half decade we have seen that, regardless of the incentives placed in front of them, people want the types of cars and trucks that fail the test of environmental correctness by being too large or by using fossil fuels — never mind that most of our electrical power to recharge plug-in models comes from fossil fuels like coal. Even “flex-fuel” models that can use E85 ethanol are slow to leave dealer lots. (And don’t get us started on ethanol.)

Obama came to Detroit and told the crowd, “The facts are the facts. … Every once in a while it’s important for us to hear some good news.” It is certainly good that the auto industry is back on its feet, but the real question is, how long will the good times last with the government’s foot on the brake?

TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

OPINION IN BRIEF

Greek philosopher Heraclitus (540-480 BC): “Whosoever wishes to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details. Knowledge is not intelligence. In searching for the truth be ready for the unexpected. Change alone is unchanging. The same road goes both up and down. The beginning of a circle is also its end.”

Columnist Michelle Malkin: “The First Mo Toons Wars were instigated in 2005 by demagogue imams who toured Egypt stoking hysteria with faked anti-Islam comic strips attributed to the Danish Jyllands-Posten newspaper (whose actual cartoons criticizing Islam were far more innocuous). The real agenda: Islamist thugs were attempting to pressure Denmark over the International Atomic Energy Agency’s decision to report Iran to the U.N. Security Council for continuing with its nuclear research program. From Afghanistan to Egypt to Lebanon to Libya, Pakistan, Turkey and in between, hundreds died in insane riots under the pretext of protecting Mohammed from Western slight. Courageous journalists who stood up to the madness were silenced, jailed and threatened with beheading. Cartoons did not start militant Islam’s fire. Neither did the Bushes, Israel, the Satanic Verses, the Pope, beauty pageants, KFC restaurants in the Middle East, Mohammed teddy bears or a YouTube video. The Religion of Perpetual Outrage hates all infidels for all reasons for all time. The targeting of Mohammed cartoonists is a convenient excuse to feed the eternal flame of radical Islamists’ hatred of the West. If it isn’t cartoons, it’s something else. The grudge is everlasting.”

Columnist Mona Charen: “Conservatives like rigor and accountability. What they emphatically do not like is the leftist, anti-American propaganda that has infiltrated school curricula around the nation. At the moment, despite many claims to the contrary on the Internet, Common Core does not contain history standards, only math and English ones. … But as my Ethics and Public Policy Center colleague Stanley Kurtz has argued, left-wing activists are forever beavering away, shaping what young Americans learn about their past and accordingly what they believe about the present. One vector is the College Board, the company that designs and administers the Advanced Placement tests. The AP American history test is currently under revision, and none of the changes is good. … [O]ne of the prime movers of the Common Core program, David Coleman, has recently been named president of the College Board. ‘Under his leadership,’ Kurtz warns, ‘the College Board has begun to radically redesign all of its AP exams.’ It is, Kurtz fears, a ‘backdoor way to seize control of subjects that would be too hot to handle if formally labeled Common Core.'”

Comedian Jimmy Fallon: “Obama met with the president of Mexico. When asked what it’s like to govern 100 million Mexican people, Obama said, ‘It can be challenging.'”

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January 8, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — Masked Islamic terrorists killed 12 people in Paris on Wednesday in a brazen attack that terrorist expert Walid Phares believes amounts to war, and he said those trying to distance the killers from any connection to Islam are doing the world a great disservice…. (more)



January 8, 2015
MAIL ONLINE — As darkness fell across Europe, tens of thousands took to the streets to show their solidarity with those killed by gunmen at the offices of satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo… (more)


January 8, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — There are now at least twelve confirmed dead in the terrorist attack carried out by at least three jihadist gunmen against the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo. While it practices equal-opportunity satire, lampooning Islam has proved lethal for the magazine, just as it has for so many others who dare to exercise the bedrock Western liberty of free expression… (more)


January 8, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — The Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned Wednesday’s deadly terrorist attack at the offices of a Paris newspaper as “barbaric” and deserving of punishment “to the fullest extent of the law.”… (more)


January 8, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — President Obama has celebrated anti-police riots at a New York City gay bar, the Stonewall Inn, saying, “We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – – that all of us are created equal – – is the star that guides us still, just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall….”… (more)


January 8, 2015
LARRY KLAYMAN — My former Italian father-in-law used to say this, half in jest: “Appreciate today, because tomorrow is going to be even worse.” Guido, Rome’s answer to “I don’t get no respect” Rodney Dangerfield, may they both rest in peace, had it right, particularly in today’s world of President Barack Hussein Obama…. (more)


January 8, 2015
KEN CONNOR — America has always been a nation with great respect for the right of conscience. As a people, we like the idea that a person should follow their heart, go with their gut, do what feels right. Our laws have traditionally followed this course by according deference to individual conscience on a whole host of matters…. (more)


January 8, 2015
TOM DEWEESE — The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is the mainstream organization to which nearly every real estate agent in the nation belongs as a means to keep up with the latest ideas and trends in the property selling industry. NAR’s members are the professionals that all of us look to for the best approach to buy and sell our homes. One of NAR’s mottos is “protecting the American dream of home ownership.” And they claim to protect property rights…. (more)


January 8, 2015
NEWSMAX — Conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin wants to see House Speaker John Boehner talk to Democrats such as President Barack Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid the same way he does to conservatives in his own party…. (more)


January 8, 2015
BOB UNRUH — Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to speed up the timetable for his lawsuit alleging Barack Obama’s amnesty program is unconstitutional, because the changes in law that Obama imposed by memoranda already are under way…. (more)


January 8, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — On Saturday and Sunday, The Washington Post’s liberal reporters warned that Republican victories in November on the national and state levels have given the GOP the opportunity this year to become “aggressive” and pass their own legislation and initiatives. “GOP will flex muscles in the states” ran on Saturday, with an article, “Eager GOP sets its goals,” about their national effort running on Sunday. But there is something else the Republicans could do to really strike fear into the hearts of liberals – – restore internal security panels that once examined “un-American” activities…. (more)


January 8, 2015
CAMPUS REFORM — The average U.S. college freshman reads at a seventh grade level, according to an educational assessment report…. (more)


January 7, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Republican John Boehner was elected to a third term as U.S. House Speaker, despite more than two dozen GOP lawmakers who voted against him. After a lengthy roll call vote, the Ohio Republican earned 216 votes, more than enough to put him in the majority. Boehner needed only 205 votes, lower than the usual 218 votes, because of a missing bloc of Democratic lawmakers who were in New York attending the funeral of former Gov. Mario Cuomo…. (more)



January 7, 2015
THE DAILY BEAST — Ironically, Mario Cuomo’s funeral may have kept enough Democrats out of the House to allow the speaker to defeat a Republican insurgency. Mario Cuomo’s funeral may have saved John Boehner’s political life Tuesday…. (more)


January 7, 2015
NEWSMAX — Rep. Louie Gohmert, who took part in Tuesday’s effort to unseat House Speaker John Boehner, told Sean Hannity afterward that they had enough votes to succeed, but that most people backed out when it came time to make an official decision…. (more)



January 7, 2015
POLITICO — John Boehner is getting revenge. After he secured his third term as speaker Tuesday afternoon, losing 25 votes on the House floor to some relative-unknown members of the Republican Conference, Boehner moved swiftly to boot two of the insurgents from the influential Rules Committee. That could be just the start of payback for the speaker’s betrayers, who might see subcommittee chairmanships and other perks fall away in the coming months…. (more)



January 7, 2015
THE BLAZE — Glenn Beck on Tuesday tore into Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) over his decision to vote for John Boehner as speaker of the House, saying he believes Stewart – – who has been his friend for years – – is losing his soul…. (more)


January 7, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — Now the dust settles. After a historic House vote in which Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, mustered just enough votes to retain his hold on power, to the chagrin of many conservative Republicans, those same conservatives say they feel abandoned by the party they’ve worked to support…. (more)



January 7, 2015
BOB UNRUH — Eighty percent of Republicans would be less likely to vote for a member of Congress who spends tax money on the president’s amnesty plan, according to a new poll. A total of 84 percent of the respondents said they were somewhat less likely or much less likely to support re-election if the representative “voted to allow taxpayer money to be used to implement the president’s amnesty.”… (more)


January 7, 2015
DIANA WEST — From the “A” section of the New York Times, Page 15, in less than 100 words, the psychosis of denial as it is hard-wired into American journalism: Six years into his presidency, there seems to be almost nothing the nation does not know about Mr. Obama, ranging from his views on the use of drones to target terrorists to how his daughters have less interest in hanging out with him as they become teenagers…. (more)


January 7, 2015
PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY — The New York Times published a provocative news story called “The New Math on Campus.” No, it’s not about the failure of Common Core to teach arithmetic; it’s about the changing ratio of males to females on most college campuses…. (more)


January 7, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Lawyers sifting through documents related to the case of Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy sex offender accused of pimping out an underage girl to Britain’s Prince Andrew, stumbled across an interesting finding among the filings: 21 email and telephone contacts for former President Bill Clinton and his personal aide, Doug Band…. (more)


January 7, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Unless the federal court indulges last-ditch efforts by the defense for further delay, the least interesting aspect of the case against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin this week: the determination of guilt or innocence…. (more)


January 6, 2015
PEOPLE’S PUNDIT DAILY — With two declared challengers and a growing list of House members opposed to his leadership, public opinion is building against Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). The latest PPD Poll of 500 likely Republican voters finds 65 percent say they want their representative to bolt on Boehner when the House votes for speaker this week, while just 26 percent support their representative backing him…. (more)



January 5, 2015
NEWSWEEK — The House of Representatives may be under Republican control, but it lacks any semblance of principled leadership. In fact, fiscally conservative and libertarian-leaning members – -the ideas wing of the GOP – -have faced an increasingly hostile environment under Republican leadership, one in which they’re treated as obstacles rather than allies to advance the limited government policies that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his team purportedly believe…. (more)


Proposed New Hampshire Bill Would Strip Taxpayer Funding from Abortion Providers

Posted: 09 Jan 2015 07:59 AM PST

New_Hampshire_State_House_7A representative in New Hampshire has proposed a bill that would strip taxpayer funding from organizations that perform or actively advocate for abortion. Rep. Warren Groen (R-Rochester), who has long been outspoken about his opposition to abortion, recently introduced the legislation, which would bar any business that performs abortions, refers mothers to abortion facilities or advocates for abortion from receiving state money. “Imagine how poverty-stricken the state has to be, when in order for women to get health care they have to reach out to an organization that kills babies for a living,” he told the Concord Monitor. “How poverty-stricken do you have to be? That’s scraping the bottom of the barrel.”  More

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DAYS OF LOT – Dating Apps Fueling A Spike In Sexually Transmitted Diseases?Posted: 09 Jan 2015 07:47 AM PST

smart cell phone istockMore gay men in the U.S. and abroad are testing positive for certain STDS, and sites like Grindr are catching the heat. This week, British public health officials set off a flurry of headlines after blaming the rising rates of syphilis and gonorrhea in the United Kingdom on apps that allow people to find prospective partners as easily as takeout pad thai. “Thanks to Grindr or Tinder, you can acquire chlamydia in five minutes,” said Peter Greenhouse, spokesman for the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, according to the Daily Mail. More

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U.S. Welcoming Islamic Immigrants France Now Regrets WelcomingPosted: 09 Jan 2015 07:42 AM PST

immigration2As terror-torn France and other European countries put curbs on Islamic immigration, the Obama administration is waving foreign Muslim nationals into the U.S. in record numbers. According to a recent Center for Immigration Studies report, America between 2010 and 2013 imported more people from Muslim countries than Central America and Mexico combined. And now, with the president’s executive amnesty, the welcome mat is bigger than ever. That’s a major shift in immigration flows — and one that poses a major national security threat. If just a fraction of these nearly 300,000 new Muslim immigrants follow in the footsteps of the Franco-Algerian brothers who just terrorized Paris, we could be facing chronic terror. The main homeland threat from groups like the Islamic State comes through our immigration system. If they also use our loose policies as a vehicle for jihad, we will face the same crisis as France and the rest of Eurabia. If enough trained jihadist fighters get into the country, they could band together and launch regular car bombings and tactical assaults, effectively orchestrating insurgencies in our cities, including the capital. More

 

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Will that be cash, credit, fingerprint or iris scan?Posted: 09 Jan 2015 07:32 AM PST

635562415706216655-eyeForget about whipping out your credit card. The next time you have to buy milk, condoms or whatever else you need, some mobile technology and financial companies are hoping you’ll give a quick imprint of your finger, scan of your eye or tap of an armband that links to your heartbeat. Once used for getting high-level security clearances and criminal record checks done, biometric security features — fingerprints, iris scans and other unique human identifiers — are just starting to make inroads as forms of payment. Already, companies like Apple and Samsung have implemented fingerprint-scanning features into their latest smartphones. Their goal? To replace your need for schlepping around a credit card (in favor of a phone number) and remembering a PIN (which could be done through your fingerprint). Meanwhile, banks in countries such as the United Kingdom and Poland are set to release credit cards, online banking features or even ATMs where customers can approve payments or withdraw cash by scanning their finger and having their vein read as a form of ID. In some cases, companies have recently started rolling out this technology. More

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RUMORS OF WAR – Russian Marines to Prepare for Arctic Warfare in 2015Posted: 09 Jan 2015 07:30 AM PST

1016667405Russia’s Northern Fleet marines will undergo special training in 2015 for military activities in the Arctic, Northern Fleet spokesperson Vadim Serga said Thursday. In 2015, the Independent Marine Infantry Brigade of the Northern Fleet’s United Strategic Command will focus on training in the Arctic, Serga said. The planned exercises are aimed at increasing the proficiency of military personnel deployed on the coast of the Arctic Ocean and in other Arctic areas. More

 

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Franklin Graham Fired Up Over Attacks on Christian FaithPosted: 09 Jan 2015 07:27 AM PST

Franklin-Graham-prayingThe latest target of politically correct bullying against Bible-believing Christians is Atlanta’s former fire chief Kelvin Cochran. That’s right, I said “former.” Cochran was fired Tuesday because of a small passage—less than half a page—in a book he wrote for his church’s Bible study group. The book on biblical morality simply restates God’s position put forth in His Word, the Bible. From Cochran’s book: “Uncleanness—whatever is opposite of purity; including sodomy, homosexuality, lesbianism, pederasty, bestiality, all other forms of sexual perversion.” I personally know Chief Cochran. He served as chairman of my Crusade in Shreveport in 2005. He is a fearless man of great faith. Because Cochran expressed his biblical belief on sexual purity in general—not only on homosexuality—an openly gay city council member went on a rampage to discredit this upstanding servant of the community. Cochran didn’t discriminate against anyone, he didn’t persecute anyone for homosexuality or create a hostile work environment. Instead he was persecuted and denied his career because of his privately held religious beliefs. This is true discrimination. More

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Bank of America warns of ‘lethal’ damage to China’s financial system as deflation deepensPosted: 09 Jan 2015 07:23 AM PST

china-vote_2731876bChina is at mounting risk of a financial crisis this year as growth sputters and deflationary pressures trigger a wave of defaults, Bank of America has warned. The US lender told clients that a confluence of forces are coming together that threaten to chill the speculative mania on the Shanghai stock exchange and to expose the underlying fragility of China’s $26 trillion edifice of debt. “A credit crunch is highly probable,” said the bank in a report entitled “Deflation, Devaluation, and Default”, written by David Cui and Tracy Tian. They said the country’s highly-leveraged companies cannot safely withstand President Xi Jinping’s drive to stamp out moral hazard and wean the country off excess credit, warning that the mix of slower growth and excess debt “could prove lethal for the financial system”. The report warned that it is rare for countries to escape either a financial crisis, or major bank failures, a currency upset, a sovereign crisis – or a mix of these – after letting credit grow at such vertiginous rates. “The most likely scenario is a bad debt surge as growth slows, followed by a credit crunch in the shadow banking system, followed by a major recapitalisation of the banks,” said Mr Cui. More

 

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Gay couples’ children oppose same-sex marriage, tell of unpleasant upbringingsPosted: 09 Jan 2015 07:20 AM PST

1_8_2015_gay8201_c0-50-3000-1798_s561x327Most of the children of gays and lesbians who have filed court briefs in same-sex marriage cases say their parents’ inability to marry has deprived them of legal protections and hampered them from living their otherwise typical lives. But four adult children of gay parents — acting as a “quartet of truth” — have submitted briefs to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals opposing same-sex marriages, with several saying that growing up under the rainbow was neither normal nor pleasant. The court, which is considering whether to uphold the man-woman marriage laws in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, will hear arguments in New Orleans on Friday. There are “two rights” that every child shares when they arrive in this world, Katy Faust wrote in her brief. “First, the right to live. Second, the right to have a relationship with his/her father and mother.” More

 

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Sisi becomes first Egyptian leader to attend mass at Coptic churchPosted: 09 Jan 2015 07:18 AM PST

ShowImage3Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi became the first president to attend mass at a church in Cairo, on the Coptic Christmas Eve. The short visit on Tuesday night came after masked men shot and killed two Egyptian policemen earlier in the day as they stood guard at a Coptic Christian church in Minya, 220 km. south of Cairo. “It was necessary for me to come here to wish you a Merry Christmas, and I hope I haven’t disturbed your prayers. Throughout the years, Egypt taught the world civilization and humanity, and the world expects a lot from Egypt during the current circumstances,” Sisi said, the Mada Masr website reported. “It’s important for the world to see this scene, which reflects true Egyptian unity, and to confirm that we’re all Egyptians, first and foremost. More

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North Korea shows progress in missile-launching submarinePosted: 09 Jan 2015 07:14 AM PST

1420231087188North Korea has displayed its cyberattack capabilities and advances toward making nuclear warheads, the country’s adversaries say. Now, the North appears to have shown progress in fitting submarines with missile launchers. A report posted on Thursday on the website of 38 north, a prominent research group that focuses on North Korea, said commercial satellite imagery of a North Korean submarine, taken less than a month ago, indicates the vessel may have one or two vertical launching tubes for either ballistic or cruise missiles. The submarine, first seen last July, could be an experimental test bed for underwater missile launching, which would be harder to detect than land-based launchers, the report said. It was written by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., an arms expert and authority on North Korea’s defence capabilities. More

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Are Palestinian Offensives Inviting Israeli Reprisals? :: Rosen at Gatestone

by Steven J. Rosen
The Gatestone Institute
January 7, 2015
http://www.meforum.org/4959/are-palestinian-offensives-inviting-israeli


Who’s to Blame in Iraq? Part I: The Shi’a Side :: Jawad Al-Tamimi in Foreign Policy

by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
Foreign Policy
January 7, 2015
http://www.meforum.org/4962/who-to-blame-in-iraq-part-i-the-shia-side


The Charlie Hebdo Massacre Shows How Exceedingly Vulnerable Our Society Is To Islamic Terror

If just three crazed jihadists can cause this much worldwide terror, what could thousands or even millions of them do? We live at a time when our world is becoming increasingly unstable, and thanks to the Internet hundreds of millions of people can know about a major act of terrorism within minutes of it happening. And that is what Islamic terrorists want. They want to cause fear, panic and terror, but more than anything else they want attention. They want the world to know what they did and why they did it. Even as much of the world recoils in horror in response to the massacre at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, there are millions of radical Muslims in the Middle East that are greatly celebrating and are hailing these jihadists as heroes. This is the biggest global news story of 2015 so far, and it is going to encourage other jihadists to commit similar attacks. And without a doubt, these kinds of attacks have already been increasing. It is being reported that worldwide suicide attacks by Muslims nearly doubled from 2013 to 2014. Sadly, what we have seen up to this point is probably just the tip of the iceberg. (Read More…)


On The Verge Of The Next Economic Crisis, 62 Percent Of Americans Are Living Paycheck To Paycheck

Nearly two-thirds of all Americans are completely and totally unprepared for the next economic crisis. As you will read about below, a new survey has found that only 38 percent of Americans have enough money on hand to cover “a $500 repair bill or a $1,000 emergency room visit”. That essentially means that 62 percent of the people in this country do not have an emergency fund. Even after the extremely bitter financial lessons that millions of Americans learned during the last recession, most of us are still choosing to live on the edge. That is utter insanity, and when the next major economic downturn strikes most people are going to find themselves totally unprepared. (Read More….)


All Over America, Government Officials Are Cracking Down On Preppers

Why would the government want to punish people that are just trying to work hard, become more self-sufficient and take care of their families? There are approximately 3 million preppers in the United States today, and often they appear to be singled out for punishment by bureaucratic control freaks that are horrified at the thought that there are families out there that actually want to try to become less dependent on the system. So if you use alternative methods to heat your home, or if you are not connected to the utility grid, or if you collect rainwater on your property, or if you believe that parents should have the ultimate say when it comes to health decisions for their children, you could become a target for overzealous government enforcers. Once upon a time, America was the land of the free and the home of the brave, but now we are being transformed into a socialist police state where control freak bureaucrats use millions of laws, rules and regulations to crack down on anyone that dares to think for themselves. (Read More….)


The Canary in the Coal Mine

But, if you are a Bible-believing follower of Jesus Christ, you should not be surprised or caught unawares of this firestorm. We see the world’s rising hatred against God’s chosen people, and we know why. We see the increasing forces of evil coming against civilized man, and we know why. We see the wars, and rumors of wars; we see the battle over the holy city of Jerusalem; we see the earthquake swarms (11 in Texas in the last 24 hours!), weather anomalies, martyred Christians, diseases and plagues …. and we know why.

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Dish Loses 90,000 Subscribers After Removing Fox News, Fox Business

Less than one month after Dish Network pulled the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network from its platform, over 90,000 of its customers have cancelled their subscriptions in favor of other television providers, according to a Fox News executive.

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Jeb Bush Earns ‘Gay’ Praise for Urging Respect for ‘Rule of Law’ as Activist Judge Overthrows Florida’s Traditional Marriage Amendment

It is becoming apparent that Jeb Bush is the favorite Republican Party presidential contender of the Washington Blade—D.C.’s “gay news source”–due to his politically-correct evolution on homosexuality and same-sex “marriage.”

The Blade and other liberal media report favorably every time the former Florida governor moves away from the conservative, pro-family, Republican platform defending marriage as between man and woman.

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Joel Rosenberg: ‘I Believe It’s a Demonic Movement’

Author Joel Rosenberg is sounding the alarm that radical Islam is spreading and if world leaders don’t deal decisively with it, we’re all in danger.

“The Islamic State is not interested in being contained to Syria and Iraq,” Rosenberg told CBN News. “(ISIS) sees itself as building a regional caliphate or Islamic kingdom and eventually a global kingdom and it will kill anyone that gets in its way.”

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How Will History Judge Us?

A century from now, if there is still a planet here, historians will look back at the latter half of the 20th century and first two decades of the 21st and scratch their heads as they ponder, “What were they thinking?” Indeed, what WERE we thinking? Those who study us will ask:

How could a nation built upon such clear-cut Christian principles have so openly and purposefully rejected the values of their forefathers? How could the wealthiest nation in the world have allowed their currency to be removed from the gold-standard and believe that the ‘full faith and credit’ of the government was enough to keep evil men from destroying the financial system.

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6 Times The Obama Administration Said Its Job Was to Promote Islam
White House press secretary Josh Earnest announced that the Obama administration would prioritize fighting Islamophobia in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in France. Never mind that most Westerners aren’t Islamophobic, but rather GettingShotInTheFaceForExpressingMyOpinion-Phobic.

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/01/08/6-times-the-obama-administration-said-its-job-was-to-promote-islam/


Psalm 83 with Bill Salus

An ancient prophecy written over 3000 years ago reveals that the Arab states and terrorist populations, which presently share common borders with Israel, will soon confederate in order to wipe Israel off of the map.

Psalm 83 with Bill Salus


Top 50 list of Christian persecutors

January 8, 2015

WND.com reports: “As the Western world stands in shock at the brutal murder of magazine employees and police officers by radical Muslims in Paris, the new World Watch List suggests Islamic violence throughout the world is spawning the most significant increase in the persecution of Christians on record and that likely means more intense repression of all kinds is not far behind.

On Wednesday, Open Doors USA, one of the leading organizations serving the persecuted Christian church released the 24th World Watch List, which lists the 50 nations most fiercely persecuting Christians.

‘The 2015 Watch List documents the most dramatic increase in violence and persecution of Christians in the modern era. So it’s really dramatic,’ said Open Doors President and CEO Dr. David Curry.

Curry unveiled the World Watch List in Washington, but he is very concerned that leaders in the U.S. and elsewhere in the Western world fail to grasp the significance of this dramatic rise in the targeting of Christians and what it means for believers and nonbelievers down the road.

‘I really feel like the world just doesn’t get it,’ Curry said. ‘They don’t understand that the persecution of Christians is a major story, is a major issue. It’s growing, and it’s a lead indicator of where oppression is coming for everyone else. Everywhere you look where there’s a major outbreak in the world today, first it was Christians. That’s what happened in Iraq. For 10 years, they pushed Christians out (even before the rise of the Islamic State).’

He added, ‘Mark my words: If the world doesn’t wake up to this, it’s going to come their direction.’…”

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10 Reasons Why the Church Should Not Abandon Politics

Recent events have raised the issue, Should the pulpit always avoid politics? It depends on what we mean by “politics;” it demeans the pulpit to use it for partisan politics. But here are ten reasons why I don’t think politics and religion should (or even can) be completely separate:

http://m.christianpost.com/news/10-reasons-why-the-church-should-not-abandon-politics–132249/


Persecution of Christians Reached Historic Levels in 2014. Will 2015 Be Worse?

http://www.christianheadlines.com/columnists/guest-commentary/persecution-of-christians-reached-historic-levels-in-2014-will-2015-be-worse.html


2014 Saw Worst Persecution of Chinese Christians in a Generation

http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/2014-saw-worst-persecution-of-chinese-christians-in-a-generation.html


Open Doors: Islamic Militants Killed Twice as Many Christians in 2014 than 2013

http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/open-doors-islamic-militants-killed-twice-as-many-christians-in-2014-than-2013.html


The Church Growth Movement: innovating like it’s 1894

by Daniel Neades

The seeker-driven megachurch – failing to preach Christ to 10,000 people at a time

discern.org explains why seeker-driven megachurch preaching is necessarily powerless.

The Church Growth Movement: innovating like it’s 1894


What About Intolerance Inequality? – “Intolerance is bad. Inequality is bad. But what about intolerance inequality?”

http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/blog/2015/01/intolerance-bad-inequality-bad-intolerance-inequality/


Theological Extremism in a Secular Age

Here are Al Mohler’s comments on the terrorism in France. He says, “Western elites are often relatively unwilling or unable to deal with the disorder that has now emerged on the world scene.”

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The Ineptitude of Moral Equivalence

Here is Jesse Johnson with a helpful article on the same subject. Culturally, “We value relativism so much that we have lost the ability to say that some religions are enemies of both truth and freedom.”

The ineptitude of moral equivalence


Participating in Gathered Worship: Worship with Eager Submission

by Founders Ministries Blog

When we come to worship, we should pray that God will subdue and humble our hearts. We too often show up to corporate worship with our own agendas and assumptions.

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Islam: When Will We Learn?

by Bill Muehlenberg

I have written plenty about the Paris jihad attack already. And I have written plenty about Islam in general: if you read just one of my pieces each day it will take you a full year to read them all. And I will keep on writing about the menace of this bloodthirsty political ideology until I am prevented from doing so, either by dhimmi PC cowards in the West, or by the Islamists themselves.

Islam: When Will We Learn?


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A free news service for busy people of faith that wish to stay informed


 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

 

January 9, 2014

 

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. ~ John Adam

 

MARSHA WEST’S COLUMN

Revisited New Age Pandemic In The Church

Profanity, pornography, filthy programs on TV and on movie screens are occurrences we live with on a daily basis.  Most of us find it vulgar and offensive.  Our children are watching.  We want Hollywood to stop polluting our culture.

Fight the spiritual forces of wickedness — and win!

Would the Son of God Contradict the Father?

 

FEATURED ARTICLES

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Don’t Blame the Charlie Hebdo Mass Murder on ‘Extremism’—Andrew McCarthy

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/395876/dont-blame-charlie-hebdo-mass-murder-extremism-andrew-c-mccarthy

There are now at least twelve confirmed dead in the terrorist attack carried out by at least three jihadist gunmen against the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo. While it practices equal-opportunity satire, lampooning Islam has proved lethal for the magazine, just as it has for so many others who dare to exercise the bedrock Western liberty of free expression. Charlie Hebdo’s offices were firebombed in 2011 over a caricature of Mohammed that depicted him saying, “100 lashes if you don’t die from laughter.”

 

How to Answer the Paris Terror Attack–Ayaan Hirsi Ali

http://www.wsj.com/articles/ayaan-hirsi-ali-how-to-answer-the-paris-terror-attack-1420672114

After the horrific massacre Wednesday at the French weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, perhaps the West will finally put away its legion of useless tropes trying to deny the relationship between violence and radical Islam.

 

WHAT? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

New

Sally Kohn on Hebdo Murders: Conservatives Worse Than Islamic Extremists

http://www.examiner.com/article/cnn-s-sally-kohn-on-hebdo-murders-conservatives-worse-than-islamic-extremists

 

NEWS TO KNOW

New

34-year-old Paris suspect directly linked to Al Qaeda training camp in Yemen

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/01/08/ideal-target-brothers-suspected-in-paris-massacre-radicalized-in-france-known/

 

Young boys asked to slap a girl in social experiment

http://abc7.com/society/video-young-boys-asked-to-slap-little-girl-in-social-experiment/462246/

 

Honda fined $70M for not reporting death, injury complaints

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/01/08/honda-fined-70m-for-not-reporting-death-injury-complaints/

 

Praise be to God

Democratic US Sen. from California Barbara Boxer to retire

http://www.aol.com/article/2015/01/08/democratic-us-sen-from-california-barbara-boxer-to-retire/21127053/

 

CULTURE CLASH

 

CULTURE

New

Is Theologically Orthodox Christianity to Blame for Josh Alcorn’s Suicide?—Laurie Higgins

http://illinoisfamily.org/homosexuality/is-theologically-orthodox-christianity-to-blame-for-josh-alcorns-suicide/

Tragically, three days after Christmas, 17-year-old Joshua Alcorn committed suicide by stepping into the path of a tractor-trailer. Josh suffered from both gender dysphoria and depression. He left behind a suicide note that lays the blame for his pain on those in society who reject the assumptions of the Left about gender confusion, including his Christian parents.

 

EDUCATION – Research Links

New

Government Rules School District Violated Law in Firing Teacher Who Gave Student Bible

http://christiannews.net/2015/01/07/government-rules-school-district-violated-law-in-firing-teacher-who-gave-student-bible/

 

HOMOSEXUALITY — Research Links

 

The revolution of the family: the Marxist roots of ‘homosexualism’

Porn may be only place gay youth see gay sex portrayed ‘positively’: UK ‘sex health’ charity head

300 Articles You Have to Read to Understand Homofascism

Homosexual Promiscuity: Breeding a national health problem

Speaking of Homosexuality

Big ‘Gay’ Brother is Watching You

Truth-Telling and Homosexuality

 

New

Stonewall Is Not Selma—Cliff Kincaid

http://www.aim.org/aim-column/stonewall-is-not-selma/

President Obama has celebrated anti-police riots at a New York City gay bar, the Stonewall Inn, saying, “We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths—that all of us are created equal—is the star that guides us still, just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma and Stonewall…”

 

Graphic video!

Sodomites “Breeding Hate” Making Way for Foreign Law in America—Bradlee Dean

http://www.newswithviews.com/Bradlee/dean205.htm The sodomites are being used in an attempt to overthrow God’s moral law in hopes of upending the United States Constitution. They are doing this by playing the victims when they are the perpetrators. Inadvertently or purposefully they are being used as a political battering ram to make way for foreign law and its implementation through totalitarian methods. There is no question about it. ,,,

 

EX-GAYS/EX TRANSEXUALS

 

Trouble In Transtopia: Murmurs Of Sex Change Regret

Truth Matters In Ex-Gay Debate

Nine fallen ‘exgay’ leaders seek spotlight with therapy ban alliance

Why Gays Cannot Speak for Ex-Gays

120 EXhomosexual video testimonies

 

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‘Nobody is born gay’ billboard stuck over Virginia highway until next year

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/outrage-born-gay-billboard-va-highway-article-1.2042003

 

LEFT-WING MEDIA

New

AP Censors Muhammad Cartoons, Sells ‘Piss Christ’ Photos

http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/01/07/ap-censors-muhammad-cartoons-sells-piss-christ-photos/

 

LIFE & DEATH – Research Links

 

Parents Release Photo of Daughter Born at 24 Weeks to Stop Late-Term Abortions

Amazing Video Shows Life Before Birth: “Everything a Newborn Baby Does, a Fetus Has Already Done

Abortion, Depression, Suicide

 

New

New Congressional Bill Would De-Fund Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/01/08/new-congressional-bill-would-de-fund-planned-parenthood-abortion-business/

 

MARRIAGE & FAMILY

 

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. ~ Heb 13:4

 

Ryan Anderson explains why gay marriage doesn’t exist

Our last chance to save traditional marriage

 

New

Jeb Bush backs gay ‘marriage’

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/has-jeb-bush-shown-republicans-a-new-way-to-talk-about-same-sex-marriage/2015/01/07/5d03a4c2-95e4-11e4-927a-4fa2638cd1b0_story.html?hpid=z4

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The Ring Makes All the Difference—Mike S. Adams

http://townhall.com/columnists/mikeadams/2015/01/05/the-ring-makes-all-the-difference-n1938031

 

CHECK OUT THE BOOK STORE

 

RELIGION

 

OF INTEREST

New

Europe and the Decline of the Church—Bill Muehlenberg http://billmuehlenberg.com/2015/01/04/europe-and-the-decline-of-the-church/

Thus this article must be seen in the same light. I am not trying here to offer detailed pros or cons of the de-churching of Europe. Christianity, as we know, can thrive even with empty church buildings. However, it is still a matter of some concern that the once cradle of Christianity in the world is now all but an empty shell…. Previous

What Makes A Good Year?—Clint Archer

http://thecripplegate.com/what-makes-a-good-year/

 

CREATION VS EVOLUTION – Research links

 

Why is biblical Creationism so important?

The Giraffe: God’s Outstanding Animal

 

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Dinosaurs and the Bible—Ken Ham

https://answersingenesis.org/dinosaurs/dinosaurs-and-the-bible/

An aura of mystery surrounds the dinosaurs. Where did they come from? Did they evolve? Did they really live millions of years ago? What happened to them? Are there any living today? Has any human being ever seen a live dinosaur?

 

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

New

Atlanta Fire Chief: I Was Fired Because of My Christian Faith—Todd Starnes

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/01/07/atlanta-fire-chief-was-fired-because-my-christian-faith/?intcmp=latestnews

“It’s a frightening day in the United States when a person cannot express their faith without fears of persecution following,” White told me. “It’s persecution when a godly fire chief loses his job over expressing his Christian faith.”

 

TEACHING/DEVOTIONAL

New

Seed Thoughts—Ray Stedman

http://www.raystedman.org/daily-devotions/mark/seed-thoughts

 

WATCH OUT!

 

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

 

Alcoholics Anonymous

 

New Booklet Tract: The Spiritual Truth Behind Alcoholics Anonymous–And Why Christians Should Think Twice About Joining A.A.

 

Previous

Disturbing History of AA—John Lanagan

http://mywordlikefire.com/2014/12/17/some-disturbing-history-of-a-a/

 

Angels – Research links

 

Three Reasons You Should Not Try To Bind Satan

Unbiblical ideas About Angels

 

Ann Voskamp

 

Romantic Panentheism, a Review of One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts: A Christianized Version of “Sexytime” with Ghosts?

 

Beth Moore

 

Has so-and-so false teacher always been false, or did it just start now?

The Low-Information Evangelical, Part 1  Part 2

Examining Beth Moore’s teaching

 

“Blood Moons”

 

Is Jesus going to return during the blood-red moon of 2015?

Divine Sign for Israel? Hagee Explains Blood Moons

Will Lunar Eclipses Cause Four Blood Moons in 2014 and 2015?

 

Charismatic Movement

 

Strange Fire Q&A: Answering the Critics—Phil Johnson interviews John MacArthur

Where is IHOP Going? An interview with Sarah Leslie

 

Church Growth Movement/Seeker/Market-Driven

 

Straight Talk About the Seeker Church Movement

Why this pastor left the church-growth model

Who is Peter Drucker, and what did he do with our church?

Rick Warren’s Catholic television interview

 

Contemplative Prayer – Research Links

 

The “Tree of Contemplative Practices” – Is Your Church Practicing Some of These?

What Is Spiritual Formation and Why Does It Matter?

Contemplative Terms

Ecumenism

 

Rick Warren’s Call for Christians to Unite With Catholics, ‘Holy Father’ Raising Concerns

 

Previous

Wisdom from the Holy Spirit—Mike Ratliff

http://mikeratliff.wordpress.com/2014/12/14/wisdom-from-the-holy-spirit/

 

Emergent Church – Research Links

 

McLaren’s CANA Initiative marks new era for Neo Emergents

Listen: Emergent Church finally shows its real intentions!

Emerging towards convergence

Emergent /Emerging Church Documentary

 

New

The Emerging Global Church—Berit Kjos

http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/peace-un.htm

Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. Plan & UN Goals – Part 1

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Perry Noble Rescinds the Ten Commands for 2015

http://www.pajamapages.com/noble-rescinds-the-ten-commandments-for-2015/

Noble rewrites the Ten Commandments….oops! “Promises.”

 

Hillsong Church

 

Hillsong NYC’s “biblical” silence about homosexuality

Hellsong – The Music of Hillsong – In Praise of Folly

 

“Jesus Calling” – Research Links

 

Changing “Jesus Calling”—Damage Control for a False Christ

In Jesus Calling: Jesus Contradicts Himself

Is Hit Book “Jesus Calling” Pushing New Age?

Articles and links exposing the New Age “Jesus” and New Age teachings

in Sarah Young’s “Jesus Calling” devotional

One Woman’s Story About Jesus Calling: A Surprise I Never Expected That Changed My Life

 

Jonathan Cahn

 

“Rabbi” Jonathan Cahn’s Most Recent Duping of the People of God: “The Mystery of the Shemitah”

 

Joyce Meyer

 

The Prosperity Priestess and the Pied Piper of IHOP

Joyce Meyer’s teaching

 

Kay Arthur

 

Kay Arthur With Erroneous Contemplative Interpretation of Psalm 46:10

Christian Meditation: What’s Biblical and What’s

 

Mark Driscoll

 

5 Early Leadership Lessons from the Dissolution of Mars Hill Church

Part 1: “We Are Not ABANDONED”   Part 2: “Under the Bus” and “Off the Map” – The Out-of-Control Bus That Runs Over Sheep  Part 3: The Culture Which Gave Rise to Driscoll

 

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Mars Hill Turning Over Pulpit to Rick Warren to Deliver Final Message Before Closing http://christiannews.net/2014/12/25/mars-hill-turning-over-pulpit-to-rick-warren-to-deliver-final-message-before-closing/

 

Here’s the message Warren gave:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAcegtdWCRA&feature=youtu.be

 

“The Message” Bible

 

Eugene Peterson’s “The Message” is a parody of the Bible

 

Mormonism — Research Links

 

Mormon Church Admits Founder Joseph Smith Had About 40 Wives

Was Joseph Smith Really a Prophet from God?

What is Mormonism – What do Mormon’s Believe

The Mormon version of “Holy, Holy, Holy” is missing something

 

New Age Movement/New Thought/Spirituality — Research Links

 

The New Age Peale Factor: Norman Vincent Peale and the Occult, Part 1  Part 2

Mysticism & Global Mind Change

Panantheism

What is “The Secret”? What is the “Law of Attraction”?

 

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New Age Pandemic In The Church—Marsha West

http://standupforthetruth.com/2015/01/new-age-pandemic-church/

 

New Apostolic Reformation/Dominionism – Research Links

 

We have had enough of false prophets

Bethel Church’s “Apostle” Bill Johnson: A Comedy of Errors Part 1  Part 2

What is an Apostle?

Rick Joyner’s alleged visit to heaven where he claims he met Enoch

 

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“Apostle” Barb gets a brand new Mantle

http://mywordlikefire.com/2014/12/28/apostle-barb-gets-a-brand-new-mantle/

 

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Death-Switch: The Latest Attempt to Reach Beyond the Grave

http://thinkchristian.reframemedia.com/deathswitch-the-latest-attempt-to-reach-beyond-the-grave

 

Roman Catholicism

 

Rick Warren’s Call for Christians to Unite With Catholics, ‘Holy Father’ Raising Concerns

The Papacy of the Roman Catholic Church

‘Secrets of the Vatican’ exposes moral crises facing Catholic Church’s new pope

Do eucharistic miracles really happen?

 

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Angelina Jolie meets Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican after screening of her movie Unbroken http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2901975/Angelina-Jolie-meets-Pope-Francis-private-audience-Vatican-screening-movie-Unbroken.html

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Pope Francis: Children Have a Right to a Mother and Father http://barbwire.com/2014/12/29/0655-pope-francis-children-right-mother-father/

 

Social Justice/Progressive Christianity

 

Shameful Social Gospel

The Social Justice Gospel, Yesterday and TodayPart 2

 

Transhumanism/Nephilum

 

Spiritual Seduction

Extraterrestrials, Noah’s Flood, Pseudo-Humans, Pseudo-Science,

Nephilim and Space Alien DNAPart 2

 

Vision Casting

 

Casting a Vision of Commandeering Control

 

Witchcraft – Research Links

 

Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel — Research Links

 

Bethel Church’s “Apostle” Bill Johnson: A Comedy of Errors, Part 1   Part 2

The True Origins of the Prosperity Gospel

T.D. Jakes and Joyce Meyer teaching word-faith “Little Gods” doctrine

 

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The Idol Speaks: ‘Ban Sledding’—Lee Duigon

http://www.newswithviews.com/Duigon/lee284.htm

 

HEALTH

 

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DASH named best overall diet for fifth year: report

http://www.aol.com/article/2015/01/06/dash-named-best-overall-diet-for-fifth-year-report/21125696/?cps=gravity_1967_9129300562256459282

 

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Perry Noble: This Year’s Dilly the Dilettante Award Winner

Zwinglius Redivivus

Perry has recently asserted that the 10 Commandments were in need of rewriting, and did so- effacing their meaning with the aplomb of a true dilettante.

dimwit

So, Perry (why do people like this even have a congregation and just how ignorant are his flock that someone doesn’t rise and say ‘Perry, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Sit down and shut up.  If St. Nicholas were here he would punch you in the face and if Calvin were here he would roast you.  Literally’.  [I despise emergents.  The entire lot are besotted false teachers].

Anyway, Perry- here’s your Dilly-

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Why are Christians allowed to eat shellfish but not allowed to have sex before marriage?

WINTERY KNIGHT

Here’s a wonderful article from Peter Saunders.

The challenge:

An argument frequently advanced by those attempting to defend homosexual practice is that Christians ‘cherry pick’ the commands in the Bible – that is, they chose to emphasise some commands while ignoring others.

The Old Testament may forbid homosexual acts (Leviticus 18:2; 20:13) but it also forbids eating seafood without fins and scales (Leviticus 11:9-12; Deuteronomy 14:9, 10).

So how can Christians then justify upholding laws on sexual morality whilst at the same time ignoring the food laws from the very same books of the Bible? Why may they eat shellfish but not be allowed to have sex outside marriage? Isn’t this inconsistent and hypocritical?

The solution is that God enters into “covenants” with his people, and the terms of those covenants change.

Especially dietary laws:

The answer to this question lies in an understanding of biblical covenants.

A covenant…

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Ex Muslim Nabeel Qureshi anwers a question about the deity of Christ/The Trinity to a Muslim

THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM

Here is former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi responding to a Muslim at a Q&A session at a lecture.

The Muslim objection is quite common.  Notice in  Nabeel’s response that he discusses the difference between The Son of God and Son of Man title for Jesus. I fully agree that the Son of God title seldom denoted divinity at the time of Jesus. Son of Man is a different story. I have written two posts on the topic here:

What Do Christians Mean When They Say Jesus is “The Son of God?”

A Look at Messianic Prophecy and The Son of Man Saying in the Ministry of Jesus

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The Early English Reformation (Carl Trueman Reformation Series)

Scripture Thoughts

In Carl Trueman’s Reformation series (see previous post), I am now going through the English Reformation section, and again pleased with the level of detail not found in most church history series.

Aside from the well-known facts about England’s Reformation – the basics about John Wycliffe as the “morning star” of the Reformation, and the political event of King Henry VIII’s desire for the pope to grant a divorce, Trueman fills in many more details for the overall background of that Reformation. A starting question, a “debate” among scholars, concerns the issue of how much of the English Reformation was done from the top-down imposed on the people, versus how much came from the grass-roots level of the people influenced by Wycliffe (the Lollards). The short answer is that we really don’t know the full extent of Lollardy among the people, though some areas of it have been researched…

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5 Things I Wish Liberals Would Admit About Their Rejection of the Historic Christian Faith, Part 1

Apologetics for the Church

buck-teethNineteenth-century theological liberalism is all the rage in evangelical Christianity these days, although it is never identified as such by those who peddle it. It appears, rather, as “enlightened,” modern, thinking—Christianity for the 21st century—respectable, so the world will not think we are odd anymore. Liberal theology is a real thing, not some imaginary boogey man used by Fundamentalists to scare their followers away from new Bible translations and contemporary music (although it is that too).

The essence of theological liberalism, according to Gary Dorrien, a world-renown liberal theologian at Union Theological Seminary, is the belief that Christianity needs no external authority. Therefore, as Friedrich Schleiermacher argued in the early 19th century, the essence of Christianity is an experience of God, a feeling of absolute dependence on the divine. Liberal theology opens the door for higher criticism of the Bible since the reliability of Scripture and the historicity…

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Contemplative Mysticism: A Powerful Ecumenical Bond

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This report is excerpted from our book Contemplative Mysticism: A Powerful Ecumenical Bond, which is available in print and eBook editions from Way of Life Literature, http://www.wayoflife.org.  

Richard Foster’s writings have been at the forefront of the contemplative movement since the 1970s. No one has done more than this man to spread contemplative mysticism throughout Protestant and Baptist churches. 

Foster’s book Celebration of Discipline, which has sold more than two and a half million copies, was selected by Christianity Today as one of the top ten books of the 20th century. (For this review I obtained multiple editions of Celebration of Discipline, plus three other books by Foster.)

The Quaker Connection

He grew up among the Quakers (the Religious Society of Friends), was trained at George Fox College, has pastored Quaker churches, and has taught theology at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and at…

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“…Entirely A Matter of Grace”

The Reformed Reader

Amazing Love: The Parable of the Prodigal Son When the prodigal son came back home, Jesus said “his father saw him and felt compassion for him” (Luke 15:20 NASB).  John R. DeWitt has a great commentary on these words:

‘His father saw him’ in all his sin, his wretchedness, and lostness, ‘and had compassion.’  The lesson is that the salvation which the gospel brings is a great salvation because it is able to embrace even the worst.  The love which comes to those who know their ruin and present themselves before the Father in penitence, seeking forgiveness and restoration, has nothing to do with our deserving.  It is entirely a matter of grace.”

“We have forfeited all claim upon the goodness of God; our sin and our rebellion and our rottenness have extended to every part of our being; and if we are to be rescued, if our sins are to be forgiven, if we are…

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New Age pandemic in the Church

New Age 1Profanity, pornography, filthy programs on TV and on movie screens are occurrences we live with on a daily basis.  Most of us find it vulgar and offensive.  Our children are watching.  We want Hollywood to stop polluting our culture.

New Age 2On the other hand, the New Age movement (NAM) with its Eastern-influenced moral relativistic metaphysical thought systems is a more subtle corrupting force than the “in your face” garbage we’re exposed to by the Hollywood elites.

One of the more popular practices New Agers promote is astrology.  Many Christians are now “into” this occult art.  Supposed followers of Jesus Christ can tell you everything there is to know about the sign of Taurus, but not a thing about Paul from Tarsus.  They’d rather read a book on horoscopes than a book of the Bible.

Yoga 1New Age “spirituality” is corrupting Christians, most of whom have no clue that they’re partaking in sorcery.  Astrology, “Christian yoga,” meditation to achieve an altered state of consciousness, calling on angels, and even some of the martial arts, fall into the category of sorcery.  Such practices attract a large number of Christians, like moths to a flame.

Is it any wonder there’s a New Age pandemic in the Church?

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Reasons Why People Leave Churches: A Rebuttal (1) (Leon Brown)

There are plenty of reasons why people leave churches. Some are legitimate and others are not. In this short series, I want to focus on illegitimate reasons why people leave churches. Here is one:
“I don’t feel connected.”

The Gospel for those broken by the church

You need to hear The Gospel for Those Broken by The Church (audio, video, PDF), a masterful presentation by Dr. Rod Rosenbladt of the Good News about Jesus. It is tailored for those who are mad at or sad about Christianity because of their experience with the church.

So, if you are one of the sad or mad ones, this is certainly for you. Or, if you know someone who has been hurt by the church (and you do), this will help you understand their experience and enable you to comfort them with the true Gospel. Perhaps you are a pastor? Listen to understand the confusion of Law and Gospel that too frequently occurs in our churches. Whoever you are – believer or unbeliever – this message is for you.

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The deceitfulness of human reason

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self- control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. 6 For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. (2 Timothy 3:1-8 NASB)

Genuine or authentic Christianity is not a world…

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