Daily Archives: February 4, 2015

February 4, 2014: Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Report

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Feb. 4, 2015

BLOOMBERG

President Obama’s proposal to tax the offshore profits of U.S. corporations could encourage all but the largest companies to follow their cash hoard overseas, according to business leaders and tax lawyers. The plan would levy a one-time tax of 14 percent on the $2.1 trillion U.S. companies have stockpiled abroad, sidestepping the Internal Revenue Service. It also calls for a 19 percent minimum tax on future foreign earnings. The prospect of those increased taxes could spur some companies to relinquish their U.S. residency altogether — either by merging with a foreign partner in a corporate inversion or finding a foreign buyer

Two out of five Republicans likely to participate in Iowa’s presidential caucuses say they are inclined to view Islam as an inherently violent religion that inspires brutality by its followers, according to a new Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll.

China cut the amount of cash lenders must set aside as reserves in a bid to boost liquidity as capital outflows and a slowdown in the nation’s factories suggest a downturn in the world’s second-largest economy is deepening. The level will drop to 19.5 percent, based on previous statements, while some lenders to rural and small business get bigger reductions.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un executed an army general last month in his latest purge of senior officials.

The online revolution promises to boost productivity and could create 46 million new jobs in China by 2025, many of them higher-skilled. The losers will be as many as 31 million traditional roles, the equivalent of the entire employed population in Britain.

AP Top Stories

North Korea ruled out resuming dialogue with the “gangster-like” United States, and vowed to respond to any US aggression with nuclear strikes and cyber warfare.

Rescuers used a crane to hoist a wrecked TransAsia Airways plane from a shallow river in Taiwan’s capital late Wednesday as they searched into the night for 18 people missing in a crash that killed at least 25 others.

Jordan hanged two Iraqi jihadists, one a woman, on Wednesday in response to an Islamic State video showing a captured Jordanian pilot being burnt alive in a cage by the hard-line group.

Worries about artificial intelligence possibly wiping out humanity aren’t just limited to science fiction writers – plenty of the world’s most brilliant people think developing AI could be a potentially catastrophic mistake as well. In addition to famed physicist Stephen Hawking and Space X CEO Elon Musk, Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Bill Gates is now warning about the dangers of AI.

Chad said it inflicted heavy losses on Nigeria’s Boko Haram, killing “over 200” Islamist militants in a border town that it wrested from the rebels in a ground offensive.

Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam’s most prestigious center of learning, expressed outrage at the Islamic State group for burning to death a captive Jordanian pilot, saying its militants deserve to be killed or crucified.

The United Arab Emirates pulled out of the air campaign fighting Islamic State militants after the capture of a Jordanian pilot who has since been killed by the extremists, the New York Times reported

Hundreds of new Russian aircraft, tanks and missiles are rolling off assembly lines. Russian jets roar through European skies under NATO’s wary eye. Tens of thousands of troops take part in war games showing off the military’s readiness for all-out war. The muscle flexing suggests that Russia’s economic woes so far are having no impact on the Kremlin’s ambitious military modernization program.

BBC

King Abdullah II landed in Jordan for crisis talks, cutting short a trip to the US after the killing of a Jordanian pilot by Islamic State militants.

Senator Thom Tillis, a North Carolina Republican, taking aim at health regulations, suggested restaurants should not have to compel employees to wash their hands after toilet visits. “Let them decide” such issues, the newly elected lawmaker said.

Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman had drafted an arrest warrant for President Fernandez before his mysterious death last month, investigators said.

An Egyptian court has sentenced 230 people, including the prominent liberal activist Ahmed Douma, to life in prison for anti-government protests.

The producers of a popular television soap in Angola apologized after an episode which showed a gay couple kissing caused outrage among viewers.

A mummified monk found preserved in Mongolia last week has been baffling and astounding those who uncovered him. Senior Buddhists said the monk, found sat in the lotus position, is in a deep meditative trance and not dead.

The head of Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras and five senior executives resigned amid the fallout from a corruption scandal.

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Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is going to the wall to oppose a ruling from U.S. District Judge Callie Granade ordering the state to impose same-sex “marriage” on its residents, contending in a letter to state judges that she has no constitutional authority to do so.

There are more than 100 “Muslim enclaves” in the United Kingdom that are “de facto off limits to non-Muslims due to a number of factors, including the lawlessness, insecurity or religious intimidation that often pervades these areas,” according to a new report.

Icelanders will soon be able to publicly worship at a shrine to Thor, Odin and Frigg with construction starting this month on the island’s first major temple to the Norse gods since the Viking age.

The U.S. training and equipping of Syrian opposition forces to fight the Sunni army ISIS appears to have become more difficult with the decision by a U.S.-backed Syrian rebel group to join an Islamist coalition closely associated with ISIS and the al-Qaida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra Front.


Barack Obama Says That What America Really Needs Is Lots More Debt

When it comes to taking a chainsaw to the future of America, nobody seems more eager than Barack Obama. Despite the fact that the U.S. national debt is on pace to approximately double during his eight years in the White House, he has just proposed a budget that would take government spending to crazy new heights. When Barack Obama took the oath of office, the U.S. national debt was 10.6 trillion dollars. Today, it has surpassed the 18 trillion dollar mark. And even though we are being told that “deficits are going down”, the truth is that the U.S. national debt increased by more than a trillion dollars in fiscal 2014. But that isn’t good enough for Obama. He says that we need to come out of this period of “mindless austerity” and steal money from our children and our grandchildren even faster. In addition, Obama wants to raise taxes again. His budget calls for 2 trillion dollars in tax increases over the next decade. He always touts these tax increases as “tax hikes on the rich”, but somehow they almost always seem to end up hitting the middle class too. But whether or not Congress ever adopts Obama’s new budget is not really the issue. The reality of the matter is that the “tax and spend Democrats” and the “tax and spend Republicans” are both responsible for getting us into this mess. Future generations of Americans are already facing the largest mountain of debt in the history of the planet, and both parties want to make this mountain of debt even higher. The only disagreement is about how fast it should happen. It is a national disgrace, but most Americans have come to accept this as “normal”. If our children and our grandchildren get the opportunity, they will curse us for what we have done to them. (Read More….)


The McAvany Intel Memo

The truth is, most of the dictators, strongmen, or regimes that America has supported (Saddam Hussein included) are eventually betrayed by America when it suits our purposes. America brought the Shah of Iran to power in 1954, and, after decades of his loyal support for the US and its interests in the region, betrayed and helped to overthrow him in 1979 in favor of the radical Islamic fundamentalist Ayatollah Khomeini. Yes, America brought the radical fundamentalists to power in Iran and, more recently, throughout the Middle East. It has supported them right up through the present (think PLO; think Arab Spring and US support of the fundamentalist Muslims in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Syria; think US arms to al-Qaeda and ISIS in Syria, etc.).

The Shah of Iran, after he was deposed by the Khomeini fundamentalist revolution – which was fully backed by the US State Department and CIA – wrote his memoirs, “The Shah’s Story,” which described the US’s five-step pattern of betrayal of his regime and of many others around the world. It is very sad and sobering reading. It happened to Chiang Kai-Shek and the Nationalist Chinese in 1949, when America helped bring Mao Zedong and the Communists to power in China, and it happened in 1958 to Batista in Cuba, who was betrayed in favor of the Communists under Fidel Castro.

It happened in 1962 in Vietnam when the CIA assassinated our ally, South Vietnamese President Diem; it happened in 1980 when the US State Department and CIA supported Communist Robert Mugabe’s rise to power against the Ian Smith government in once-free Rhodesia; it happened in 1980 when the US government helped to overthrow the Somoza government and install the Communist Sandinistas in power in Nicaragua; it happened in 1994 when the US State Department and CIA supported the rise to power of the African National Congress/South African Communist Party (ANC/SACP) alliance in South Africa under Nelson Mandela; it happened in 2012 when the US helped oust long-time ally Mubarak in Egypt and installed the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood (since overthrown) in power.

And America, under Barack Hussein Obama, is today trying to do the same thing to its long-time ally Israel – our only real friend and ally in the Middle East. But Israel under Benjamin Netanyahu understands their tactics and is pushing back against American efforts to divide Israel and give half of it to Muslim fundamentalists. And since Israel is a nuclear power, America (and the Islamic fundamentalists it is aiding) can only push her so far. It should be clear by now to any student of the last 85 years of history that America’s foreign policy and intelligence apparatus has long since been taken over by the political left (dating back to the 1930s), and interests sympathetic to Islam (dating back at least to the 1970s) – and this has increased dramatically under our present Marxist/Muslim leadership.

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, August 2014


Daily Digest

February 4, 2015   

THE FOUNDATION

“No free government was ever founded or ever preserved its liberty, without uniting the characters of the citizen and soldier in those destined for the defense of the state…. Such are a well regulated militia, composed of the freeholders, citizen and husbandman, who take up arms to preserve their property, as individuals, and their rights as freemen.” –Josiah Quincy Jr., Thoughts on Standing Armies, 1774

TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS

‘Whatever Ideology’?

Barack Obama refuses to acknowledge that basic tenets of Islam are the ideological foundation of the Islamic State and its army of terrorists. That ideology is metastasizing throughout the Middle East. Obama’s premature withdrawal of our forces from Iraq prior to his 2012 re-election — so he could claim “I ended the war” — left a vacuum filled by ISIL, which has now largely negated all the blood and treasure we expended to establish democracy in Iraq. Yesterday, as King Abdullah II of Jordan, one or our most dependable allies in the region, met with Obama, ISIL released a professionally edited video of caged Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, being burned alive. According to Obama, “It’s just one more indication of the viciousness and barbarity of this organization. … It also indicates the degree to which whatever ideology they are operating off of, it’s bankrupt.” Memo to Obama: The “organization” has a name — it’s “The Islamic State,” and the “ideology they’re operating off of” is radical Islam. And the most prized target in their sites would be Americans — on American soil.

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Senate Has Opportunity in Ashton Carter Hearing

Those worried about the White House’s farce of a foreign policy may find some solace in Barack Obama’s nominee for secretary of defense, Ashton Carter. In written testimony to Congress ahead of his nomination hearing today, Carter said he would question Obama’s party line in situations like the drawdown from Afghanistan and the relationship with Iran. While the administration courts the state sponsor of terrorism, Carter wrote to Congress, “Countering Iranian destabilizing activities must be an important priority. Regardless of the outcome of nuclear negotiations, I firmly believe that the United States must also counter these destabilizing regional activities, including Iran’s support to terrorists and militant groups.” Instead of simply using today’s hearing to vent frustration over Obama’s failed foreign policy, senators should use this time to establish a working relationship with Carter. As national security expert Brian Slattery writes at The Daily Signal, senators need to know Carter’s priorities and if he’s willing to work with the current, sequestered budget.

Obama Hits ‘Mindless’ Sequester Again

Speaking about his 2016 budget proposal, Barack Obama offered an olive branch — with which he whacked Republicans. “I want to work with Congress to replace mindless austerity with smart investments,” he said, adding, “We can do so in a way that is fiscally responsible.” He continued along this line: “I’m not going to accept a budget that locks in sequestration going forward. It would be bad for our security and bad for our growth. … Part of the reason why we grew faster last year was [that] we were no longer being burdened by mindless across-the-board cuts.” First, the sequester was Obama’s idea. He used it to gain the upper hand against Republicans in 2011 budget negotiations. Second, when Congress passed it, he’s the one who made it “mindless” in its implementation — everything from scrapping White House tours to making painful military cuts. Rather than cut waste, he cut visible and popular things to make a political point. Finally, as for working with Congress, well, we know how he views that chore going into the fourth quarter of his presidency — it ain’t going to happen.

Since 2009, Obama Gave Away 5.5M Work Permits

For years, the Obama administration has skirted immigration laws, giving out hundreds of thousands of work permits to people who came into this nation with either no visa, or merely student or tourist visas. Since 2009, the Obama administration has handed out 5.46 million work permits, with 532,000 given to people with student visas, 470,000 on tourist visas and 156,000 for dependents of students or guest workers. Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, writes, “This should be a concern; work permits are gateway documents to driver’s licenses and other benefits, and if the government agency issuing them does not know or will not disclose how the bearer arrived in the country how can others rely on the authenticity of an individual’s identity? It is equally disconcerting if the government does know and chooses not to disclose it.” Obama didn’t wake up sometime last year and think: Gee, it would be fun to completely ignore the separation of powers and do some crazy stuff with immigration. No, he’s been doing it from the very beginning. More…

Democrats Taunt GOP Over Immigration Response

The Democrat minority in the Senate was just enough to stall a GOP bill undoing Barack Obama’s unconstitutional executive action on immigration. All 46 Democrats and two Republicans voted against the bill funding the Department of Homeland Security Tuesday. The last session of Congress passed a temporary measure to fund DHS until February, when the new, GOP-led Congress could confront Obama on his immigration actions. But now, the Democrats are reveling in the power they have to jam the legislative process. And Obama still continues to flaunt his executive actions. On Wednesday, he hosted six youths who are in this country due to his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. A White House official told The Hill Obama did this to “reiterate that his executive actions are lawful.” Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid cackled, “We all know this is going to end with a bill funding Homeland Security that goes to the president. We’ll wind up passing a clean bill so why do we wait, why do we agonize?” The lines are drawn on the congressional floor. In the coming weeks, we’ll see if Republicans have the grit to fight a lawless executive branch.

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RIGHT ANALYSIS

Politicizing Vaccination

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Republicans hate women, children, puppies, rainbows and especially Science™. If you didn’t believe that, witness the latest kerfuffle over vaccines. Once the province of doctors’ offices and parenting blogs, vaccines have come front and center in the political arena over the last few days, and the Leftmedia are using it to bash the GOP.

Two likely 2016 presidential contenders, Chris Christie and Rand Paul, answered questions about vaccines in the wake of the recent outbreak of measles at Disneyland. They both might have been better off with a “no comment” than to wade into such a “gotcha” issue for a Leftmedia hungry to discredit anti-Science™ Republicans.

Though Christie extolled the benefits of vaccination, he said there must be “some measure of choice” in the matter. Paul argued that most vaccines should be voluntary: “The state doesn’t own your children. Parents own the children. And it is an issue of freedom and public health.” That thought came after he relayed scary but discredited anecdotes involving “many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.”

The Republicans’ comments followed Barack Obama’s pontification on the issue: “You should get your kids vaccinated. The science is, you know, pretty indisputable. We’ve looked at this again and again. There is every reason to get vaccinated, but there aren’t reasons to not.”

That’s a shade different from Obama’s stance in 2008, however, when he said, “We’ve seen just a skyrocketing autism rate. Some people are suspicious that it’s connected to the vaccines. … The science is right now inconclusive, but we have to research it.” Perhaps he settled the science during his first term.

Likewise in 2008, Hillary Clinton and John McCain pointed to vaccines as a possible cause of autism. McCain said there was “strong evidence” of a connection, and Clinton promised to “make investments to find the causes of autism, including possible environmental causes like vaccines.”

As for “investments,” Obama’s latest budget cuts $50 million from a vaccine program for the underinsured. That’s inconvenient.

So now that we’ve established a bipartisan problem, we’ll make a few observations.

Science is rarely “settled” — that’s the point of scientific inquiry. As we often note, climate change is likely happening, but the science is not at all clear on its cause or extent or what we can do about it. Whether eating eggs or too much salt is bad for you has been the subject of years of rigorous debate. Vaccines were created thanks to research and study — and there’s no reason to end such work, or to deny that we don’t know everything.

That said, fears about vaccine risks are often overblown. The Wall Street Journal reports, “The claims about vaccine risks go back to a 1998 article in The Lancet in which British doctor Andrew Wakefield claimed to have found a link between the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism. But the real menace was Mr. Wakefield, whose findings were proven to be fraudulent and who was on the payroll of the plaintiffs bar. The Lancet retracted the article in 2010, and Mr. Wakefield lost his medical license.”

And it’s indisputable that vaccines have been remarkably effective in virtually eradicating communicable diseases that once claimed numerous lives. Measles was declared eliminated in 2000, but international travelers brought it here again, where it spread at Disneyland among the unvaccinated.

Let’s be clear that some children cannot receive vaccinations due to illnesses such as leukemia, and there are indeed perfectly legitimate reasons to forgo vaccinations or to space them out. Parents should research the issue and be as knowledgeable as possible. That includes finding a trustworthy doctor.

Those who opt out of vaccines benefit from what’s known as herd immunity. In other words, as long as about 90% of people are vaccinated, the “more-enlightened” few may choose to avoid doing so and suffer little consequence. But there is a mathematical limit to this gamble, and it’s often upper-class liberals who are rolling the dice.

Wealthy schools in Los Angeles now feature vaccination rates as low as South Sudan. As a result, there’s a resurgence of measles and whooping cough. The California counties surrounding San Francisco (which went for Obama by 84% in 2012) also have especially low vaccination rates.

But remember, it’s Republicans who are anti-Science™.

Some on the Right do oppose government mandates for vaccinations, but the vast majority of conservatives still vaccinate. And most of the time it’s not actually an issue of personal liberty; it’s one of public health and individual responsibility. As 19th century physician Oliver Wendell Holmes put it, “The right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins.” The choice to refuse vaccination — when rooted in vain conceit rather than medical reality — endangers others.

Vaccinations are a very good idea, and, because many people lack common sense, the use of state power through carrots and sticks is not excessive. It was Thomas Jefferson writing in the Declaration of Independence who said, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men.”

Finally, the issue for both sides of the political aisle boils down to trust in government. Whether it’s global warming, NSA surveillance, IRS audits, ObamaCare or vaccinations, many Americans just don’t think government officials are playing it straight or telling the truth. Most of the time, this distrust is founded in legitimately bad experience. ObamaCare in particular can be blamed for the rising mistrust in medicine.

Unless and until that trust is restored, a growing number of people will eschew good health choices, and, as a result, we may be looking toward a future full of diseases we only thought we had beaten.

Perry’s Claim to Fame Is Simple: Jobs

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry is considering another run for the White House in 2016, and his platform is strong in the primary concern of voters. As political strategist James Carville so memorably put it during Bill Clinton’s first campaign, “It’s the economy, stupid.”

In his State of the Union, Barack Obama crowed about the jobs he created since 2010: “America has put more people back to work than Europe, Japan and all advanced economies combined. Our manufacturers have added almost 800,000 new jobs.”

But Obama didn’t give credit where it’s due. Since the start of the Great Recession in 2007, the 1.169 million increase in jobs nationwide up to December 2014 can be attributed entirely to the roaring Texas economy. The other 49 states and Washington, DC, altogether have lost about 275,000 jobs. Texas enjoyed its 51st consecutive month of growth in December, adding more that 2,000 jobs every business day. And while the nationwide headline unemployment rate stands at 5.6%, the rate in Texas dropped to 4.6%. Pretty impressive numbers for a candidate’s résumé.

Of course, Texas owes much of its boom to fracking on privately owned land. Fracking has sparked a recovery in other industries, including construction. From January to November, more building permits for single-family houses were issued in Houston alone than in all of California in the same period.

Unfortunately, some of Texas’ job growth came because of crony capitalism — sweetheart tax deals and so forth. That shouldn’t play well with free-market conservatives, but the average voter probably won’t care much about that angle when Perry can say, “Yeah, but Texas under my leadership is responsible for virtually all the job growth in the nation.”

One issue that will tickle conservative heart strings is that leftists are labeling Perry a “tenther.” Like the supposedly pejorative “denier,” the Left now labels anyone who believes in the Tenth Amendment a “tenther.” We’re mighty proud to be in that club.

Interviewed by Heartland magazine, Perry said that he wants to be a strong Tenth Amendment leader, working with other governors who share his passion: “We need to get back to 50 states competing against other … to become a powerful country, a powerful economy again.” He continued, “We need to … make the states … into laboratories of innovation [again to] put America back on the road to recovery.”

A push to restore the federalism our Founders established is long overdue and we hope the next president and governors have the wisdom to restore the Tenth Amendment as we have the Second.

Meanwhile, should Perry emerge as a viable candidate, the Left will simply lie to destroy him. Lies, character assassination, mudslinging. The Left’s stock in trade.

Indeed, this is why he had a run-in last year with Travis County Democrat District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg after she was arrested for drunk driving with three times the legal limit of blood alcohol. During her arrest and booking, she behaved like a bratty eighth grader. Sentenced to 45 days, she served half. Because she heads the Public Integrity Unit of the DA’s office, Perry asked her to resign. Like any good disgraced Democrat, she refused, causing Perry to cut funding to her office until she was replaced.

Smelling blood in the water, special prosecutor Michael McCrum took the matter to a grand jury and got an indictment for two class A misdemeanors: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. Got that? Perry allegedly “abused” Lehmberg by demanding her resignation. And he “abused” the power of the veto. That’s rich.

The Leftmedia lost no time headlining: GOVERNOR INDICTED. Unfortunately, the case will drag on for months, keeping Perry’s “sullied” name in the news. He could lose campaign contributors, as ridiculous as that might seem, but Democrats have been at this game for decades, and they know their stuff. Let’s hope the voters show more sense than the media hounds.

In terms of campaigning, two things will work to Perry’s advantage this time: He’s no longer governor and can focus all his energy on the campaign, and he’s not coming off back surgery, which many think put him off his game in 2012. And, again, that job-creation résumé is going to play well in a nation sloughing along under Obamanomics.

TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

OPINION IN BRIEF

British author Herbert Spencer (1820-1903): “There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is a proof against all argument, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance — that principle is condemnation before investigation.”

Columnist Ben Shapiro: “The point of mandatory vaccinations is not merely to protect those who are vaccinated. When it comes to measles, mumps and rubella, for example, children cannot be vaccinated until 1 year of age. The only way to prevent them from getting diseases is to ensure that those who surround them do not have those diseases. The same is true for children with diseases like leukemia, as well as pregnant women. Herd immunity is designed to protect third parties. But Americans have short memories and enormous confidence in junk science. Parents will ignore vaccinations but ensure that their kids are stocked up with the latest homeopathic remedies, Kabbalah bracelets and crystals. St. John’s wort, red string and crystals all existed before 1962. They didn’t stop the measles. Vaccination did.”

Columnist Arnold Ahlert: “[W]hen is the West going to figure out that every day ISIS remains a murderously viable, propaganda-spewing entity is another day Western nations must address an increasing number of domestic Islamist wannabes? Wannabes looking to ‘one-up’ the atrocities already perpetrated in Canada, Australia, France and the United States. The ‘degrade and destroy’ catchphrase mindlessly reiterated by Obama, along with the promise made by the likes of White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan to ‘stand in solidarity’ with the latest victims of Islamist barbarity, ring exceedingly hollow. … Right now Obama and countless other world leaders are far too willing to tolerate ISIS, one horrific video after another, along with its imitators, one ‘lone wolf’ atrocity after another. Until that equation changes we are virtually assured that Islamist terror will thrive.”

Comedian Jimmy Fallon: “Obama unveiled a $4 trillion budget for 2016 that would increase taxes on the wealthy and spend more money on education. He also made a snowball and put it in the oven just to see which of them would last longer. I’d go with the snowball.”

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Stocks Are Poised For a Serious Collapse

Posted: 04 Feb 2015 08:54 AM PST

Stocks Are Poised For a Serious CollapseThe bounce in stocks over the last week has mirrored the bounce in Oil. Indeed, both assets bottomed to the day: January 29th.


With that in mind, it’s worth looking at Oil’s chart. From July 2014, until last week Oil has lost nearly 60%. Those who are betting on a significant rebound should consider that we have yet to break above even the first real line of resistance at $55.

The real story for Oil is not Saudi Arabia, Oil shale or anything along those lines (they matter, but they’re not the most critical item). The real story concerns the US Dollar rally that began in July 2014: the exact moment when Oil began to collapse. The below chart shows the price of Oil against an inverted chart of the US Dollar (meaning, when the Dollar rallies, the blue line falls). Note how closely the US Dollar’s rally mirrors the plunge in Oil.

Now, consider the US Dollar’s chart. Not the 1-year chart, but the LONG-TERM chart.

You are looking at the single largest falling wedge pattern in modern financial history. The move started in July 2014, broke this pattern. So while we may get a brief correction here (the reason for Oil and Stocks bouncing the last few days), we are truly only just getting started here: the above chart predicts the US Dollar moving to 120 on the next move. A move like this would demolish stocks. During the last two US Dollar bull markets, stocks fell 30%. This, incidentally, is roughly how stretched stocks are from the long-term trendline of this latest bull market.

In plain terms, the point is not to focus on how stocks bounced the last few days, but how susceptible they are to a very serious collapse occurring when the US Dollar begins its next leg up. Everyone knows stocks are in a bubble. What they don’t realize is that it is the US Dollar that will burst it. More

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Berkeley’s Measles Ultimatum: 21-Day Quarantine For Unvaccinated Kids If Outbreak SpreadsPosted: 04 Feb 2015 08:44 AM PST

Berkeley’s Measles Ultimatum: 21-Day Quarantine For Unvaccinated Kids If Outbreak SpreadsWith the measles outbreak spreading fast, Berkeley has issued an ultimatum for parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. The city’s public health department is recommending a 21-day quarantine for all unvaccinated children, at local schools where there is a measles outbreak. “It’s an absolutely standard public health practice and public health recommendation,” said Berkeley public health officer Dr. Janet Berreman.
Berreman said it’s a practice that is now desperately needed. In the last month alone, there have been 91 new measles cases in California. “And the more cases there are, the more likely it is that there will be one in Berkeley,” Berreman said. When asked how the city would ensure children would stay home, Berreman said, “There are legal teeth in that we can issue formal orders. We usually don’t have to go to that point, but we certainly can and we certainly have.” Jere Brillman, whose daughter attends a Berkeley school is thrilled by the recommendation. “They shouldn’t even let kids in school that aren’t vaccinated,” Brillman told KPIX 5. More

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The Death Of The American Dream In NumbersPosted: 04 Feb 2015 08:38 AM PST

The Death Of The American Dream In NumbersWe are the generation that gets to witness the end of the American Dream. The numbers that you are about to see tell a story. They tell a story of a once mighty economy that is dying. For decades, the rest of the planet has regarded the United States as “the land of opportunity” where almost anyone can be successful if they are willing to work hard. And when I was growing up, it seemed like almost everyone was living the American Dream. I lived on a “middle class” street and I went to a school where it seemed like almost everyone was middle class. When I was in high school, it was very rare to ever hear of a parent that was unemployed, and virtually every family that I knew had a comfortable home and more than one nice vehicle. But now that has all changed.

The “American Dream” has been transformed into a very twisted game of musical chairs. With each passing year, more people are falling out of the middle class, and most of the rest of us are scrambling really hard to keep our own places. Something has gone horribly wrong, and yet Americans are very deeply divided when it comes to finding answers to our problems. We love to point fingers and argue with one another, and meanwhile things just continue to get even worse. The following are 22 numbers that are very strong evidence of the death of the American Dream…

#1 The Obama administration tells us that 8.69 million Americans are “officially unemployed” and that 92.90 million Americans are considered to be “not in the labor force”. That means that more than 101 million U.S. adults do not have a job right now.

#2 One recent survey discovered that 55 percent of Americans believe that the American Dream either never existed or that it no longer exists.

#3 Considering the fact that Obama is in the White House, it is somewhat surprising that 55 percent of all Republicans still believe in the American Dream, but only 33 percent of all Democrats do.

#4 After adjusting for inflation, median household income has fallen by nearly $5,000 since 2007.

#5 After adjusting for inflation, “the median wealth figure for middle-income families” fell from $78,000 in 1983 to $63,800 in 2013.

#6 At this point, 59 percent of Americans believe that “the American dream has become impossible for most people to achieve”.

#7 In 1967, 53 percent of Americans were considered to be “middle income”. But today, only 43 percent of Americans are.

#8 For each of the past six years, more businesses have closed in the United States than have opened. Prior to 2008, this had never happened before in all of U.S. history.

#9 According to the New York Times, the “typical American household” is now worth 36 percent less than it was worth a decade ago.

#10 According to one recent report, 43 million Americans currently have unpaid medical debt on their credit reports.

#11 Traditionally, owning a home has been one of the key indicators that you belong to the middle class. Unfortunately, the rate of homeownership in the U.S. has now been falling for seven years in a row. More

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Does the Rapture Come Before the Antichrist?Posted: 04 Feb 2015 08:32 AM PST

Does the Rapture Come Before the Antichrist?A frequent question that is often asked is “Does the Rapture Come Before the Antichrist?” The reason this is asked a lot of times is that people become fearful that they may be around to see the Antichrist. Others think they see a political leader on the world stage that has the potential to be the Antichrist that is spoken of in the Bible, so they are naturally curious. A careful reading of the Bible shows us that there are two “revealings” of the Antichrist. One revealing of the Antichrist is for Gentiles which happens before the Tribulation period and the other revealing is at the mid-point of the Tribulation period that is for Israel when the Abomination of Desolation takes place in the Third Temple.

The initial revealing of the Antichrist will happen before the Tribulation and will most likely occur after the rapture in my opinion. I tend to see the revealing of the Antichrist to Gentiles as being after the rapture and for those who needed one final piece of evidence that God’s word was true. This will be evidenced after the mass removal of the Lord’s church.

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?” — 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5.

Unfortunately, these new found believers in Christ will have waited too long. However, they will have witnessed one of the most incredible events in history when the Lord returns to “catch up” his bride in a twinkling of an eye. This will be important as they will need to be able to keep their faith during the Tribulation period.

The second revealing of the Antichrist will be to Israel when they see the Abomination of Desolation occur in the Third Temple. The Bible warns them to flee when they see this event: “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: — Matthew 24:15-16. More

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Lesbian publisher, Gay Activist found deliverance in ChristPosted: 04 Feb 2015 08:27 AM PST

Lesbian publisher, Gay Activist found deliverance in ChristAt a tender age, she became convinced boys only wanted one thing – sex. After she lost her innocence and got turned off by boys’ aggressiveness, she gradually moved toward the gay lifestyle. Despite a church upbringing, she turned her back on God and eventually became a prominent gay activist and the publisher of Venus magazine. “I didn’t know how to handle attention from men and boys,” recalls Charlene Cothran. “I was tall for my age and fully developed at nine-years-old.” Her parents divorced when she was three and the absence of a father left her hungry for affirmation from the opposite sex. “I wanted a guy to really like me.” But when she discovered that most of the boys she met wanted one thing, it turned her off.

“I decided no more of this,” Charlene recounts. She says she closed her heart to boys at 14 and fell into a trap in which lesbianism felt like a “safe alternative.” In doing so, she drifted from her upbringing in a traditional Baptist church. “I learned the Scripture; I learned about Christ and the cross and His redemptive power. I believed it.” She had once been a youth leader in her church.  When Charlene went off to college in the ‘70s she felt like she was “outside the covering” of the church and she began to explore gay clubs and gay culture in the Atlanta area. “Little by little I gave more and more of myself, my thought processes, and my belief system to the gay lifestyle.”

At the same time she embraced lesbianism, she wanted nothing to do with the straight world. “My mother couldn’t tell me any different. My friends praying for me couldn’t tell me any different. If you weren’t gay or bisexual I didn’t want to fool with you at all.” After college, Charlene began to produce private social events for black lesbians in Atlanta, which were very successful and drew a large following – including many pillars of the community. Ten years later, she launched Venus magazine. Aimed at African American gays and lesbians, it gained a multitude of subscribers throughout the world. More

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Martial law Style Grocery Shopping Taking Place in Venezuela Due to Food ShortagesPosted: 04 Feb 2015 08:17 AM PST

Martial law Style Grocery Shopping Taking Place in Venezuela Due to Food ShortagesNational guardsmen and state price adjusters fanned out across Venezuela Wednesday to impose a military-style occupation with an unusual goal: Making sure shoppers can buy enough sugar. The South American country’s socialist administration temporarily took over the Dia a Dia supermarket chain as part of a crackdown on the private businesses it blames for worsening shortages and long lines. Embattled President Nicolas Maduro says right-wing owners are purposely making shopping a nightmare by hoarding goods and removing checkout stations. He has promised to jail any business owner found to be fomenting economic chaos.

Two executives of Venezuela’s largest drugstore chain, Farmatodo, were detained over the weekend as part of an investigation by price-control authorities. On Monday night, Congress President Diosdado Cabello said officials had arrested Dia a Dia’s owner and taken over its 35 stores “for the protection of Venezuelans.” By Tuesday morning, armed soldiers were overseeing lines for bags of sugar at a Dia a Dia location near the presidential palace. Many economists blame price and currency controls for causing the economic distortions plaguing the country at a time when falling oil prices are battering its revenues. Analysts see this week’s moves against business owners as an attempt to drive home Maduro’s counter-narrative that the right-wing is waging an economic war.

“The government is starting to prepare for a social explosion,” said Diego Moya-Ocampos, an analyst with the London-based consulting firm IHS Global Insight. “They’re trying to channel all the social discontent against the private sector.”  Many Venezuelans agree with Maduro. Even Dia a Dia branch manager Carlos Barrios said it was possible that his bosses were hoarding. He’d seen the photos government workers had posted outside his store of pallets of sugar, corn flour and toilet paper apparently sitting at the chain’s central warehouse. The administration has a history of temporarily taking control of private enterprises. Just ahead of a key 2013 election, Maduro ordered electronics stores to begin selling goods at give-away prices. But this latest crackdown may reverberate more widely among the business class, because it has added the threat of imprisonment to the always present possibility of expropriation, Moya-Ocampos said. More

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North Korea strikes down US talks, vows ‘Final Doom’, Threatens Nuclear and Cyber WarPosted: 04 Feb 2015 08:08 AM PST

North Korea strikes down US talks, vows 'Final Doom', Threatens Nuclear and Cyber WarNorth Korea on Wednesday ruled out resuming dialogue with the “gangster-like” United States, and vowed to respond to any US aggression with nuclear strikes and cyber warfare. The bellicose statement from the country’s top military body, the National Defence Commission (NDC), came after reported moves by Washington and Pyongyang to revive long-stalled six-nation talks on denuclearisation. It also preceded the start in early March of annual joint US-South Korea military exercises that always presage a sharp spike in military tensions and rhetoric on the divided peninsula. The NDC statement was an apparent reaction to remarks Barack Obama made regarding the eventual collapse of the regime in North Korea, which the US president called the “most cut-off nation on Earth”. The NDC statement, which labelled the Obama administration a mud-slinging “cesspool,” said the president’s comments amounted to a threat to engineer the country’s downfall. “Since the gangster-like US imperialists are blaring that they will ‘bring down’ the DPRK (North Korea)… the army and people of the DPRK cannot but officially notify the Obama administration… that the DPRK has neither need nor willingness to sit at negotiating table with the US any longer,” the NDC said.  The statement, carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency and titled “US imperialists will face final doom,” said North Korea would respond to any US military aggression in kind — whether with conventional, nuclear or cyber forces. Obama slapped sanctions on North Korea last month following the hacking of Hollywood studio Sony Pictures’ computer network. US officials blamed the attack on Pyongyang and described it as the most damaging commercial hack in US history. North Korea, which is known to have built up a formidable cyber warfare unit, has officially denied any involvement. The Washington Post reported on Monday that US and North Korean nuclear envoys had been secretly discussing the idea of “talks about talks”, but had been unable to agree on practical arrangements. More

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Hallmark’s Valentine’s Day Commercial Features Lesbian CouplePosted: 04 Feb 2015 07:56 AM PST

Hallmark's Valentine's Day Commercial Features Lesbian CoupleThe company’s new campaign, called Put Your Heart to Paper, is all about going beyond just saying “I love you” to the people who mean the most to you in this world. This particular commercial features a real lesbian couple, as in non-actors, named Eugenia and Corinna, and they are so ridiculously adorable that we promise they will make your heart grow 19 sizes.

The couple is interviewed separately about their relationship, and then they watch the answers they gave together. Here are just some of the remarkable things Eugenia and Corinna say about each other:

• “You make my heart 50 times bigger and I’m so lucky to have you.”
• “She brings optimism to my life.”
• “It’s so wonderful to be with someone who is so full of life.”
• “She means being excited for the future and the right now.”

And to think…there are people and organizations in this world who want to put a stop to a love like these two have. E!

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UN official says North Korean regime must be ‘dismantled’ for human rights to thrivePosted: 04 Feb 2015 07:49 AM PST

UN official says North Korean regime must be 'dismantled' for human rights to thriveA campaign within the United Nations to haul North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before an international court for crimes against humanity has touched off a defensive fury in Pyongyang, where it’s being treated like a diplomatic declaration of war — an aggressive act aimed not only at shutting down prison camps but also at removing Kim and dismantling his family’s three-generation cult of personality. More paranoia?

Actually, according to the U.N.’s point man on human rights in North Korea, that is not too far off the mark, though he stressed no one is advocating a military option to force regime change. “It would be, I think, the first order of the day to get these 80,000 to 100,000 (prisoners) immediately released and these camps disbanded,” Marzuki Darusman, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, said in an interview with The Associated Press. “But that can only happen if this cult leadership system is completely dismantled. And the only way to do that is if the Kim family is effectively displaced, is effectively removed from the scene, and a new leadership comes into place.”

Such blunt words from a high-ranking U.N. official are unusual, although common among American officials. Darusman said previous proposals submitted to the U.N. trying to persuade or force North Korea to improve its human rights record were mostly “rhetorical” exercises. But he said this resolution, passed by the General Assembly in December, is more significant because it holds Kim responsible based on a 372-page report of findings presented last year by the U.N.-backed Commission of Inquiry that detailed arbitrary detention, torture, executions and political prison camps.

“This is a sea change in the position of the international community,” Darusman said during a recent visit to Tokyo. The North Koreans “are in their most vulnerable position at this stage, whenever the culpability and responsibility of the supreme leader is brought out in full glare of the international public scrutiny.” North Korea’s intense response has included threats of more nuclear tests, mass rallies across the country, a bitter smear campaign against defectors who cooperated in the U.N. report and repeated allegations that Washington orchestrated the whole thing in an attempt at speeding a regime change. Its state media last week railed yet again against the U.N. findings, saying “those who cooked up the `report’ are all bribed political swindlers and despicable human scum.” It called Darusman, the former attorney general of Indonesia, an “opportunist.”

In a rare flurry of talks, North Korean diplomats at the U.N. lobbied frenetically to get Kim’s culpability out of the resolution without success. The proposal is now on the agenda of the Security Council, which is expected this year to make a decision on whether the issue should be referred to the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

Just before the resolution passed the General Assembly, the North Korean diplomatic mission to the U.N. sought a meeting with Darusman to get the wording deleted. During the meeting with Ri Hung Sik, North Korea’s ambassador-at-large, the North Koreans indicated their future was at stake, Darusman said. “They said that other people will take over, and the hardliners will be taking over,” Darusman said, suggesting a schism may already be forming between factions scrambling to prove themselves more loyal and more effective in protecting the leadership. “They wouldn’t have to mention that to us, but I don’t know. I’m taking it at face value.” More

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Ken Ham Files Religious Discrimination Suit After Kentucky Denies Ministry Sales Tax RebatePosted: 04 Feb 2015 07:39 AM PST

Ken Ham Files Religious Discrimination Suit After Kentucky Denies Ministry Sales Tax RebateKen Ham, the founder and president of the biblical creation and apologetic ministry Answers in Genesis (AIG), will file a federal lawsuit this week against officials in the state of Kentucky for denying its upcoming Ark Encounter participation in the state’s sales tax rebate incentive program. In a video released on Tuesday, Ham spoke with Freedom Guard attorney Mike Johnson about the suit, which surrounds its soon-coming amusement park based on the Book of Genesis. As previously reported, the state of Kentucky has an incentive called the Tourism Development Act, where new attractions in the state can receive a partial refund of the sales tax paid in an effort to reward organizations that help increase tourism. AIG was initially approved for the rebate, but following outcry from atheists and church-state separation groups, the decision was overturned. State officials say that the hangup they have over allowing the rebate under the tourism incentive is that the Ark Encounter is religious in nature. “In writing and in in their public comments, they have said that the reason they have trouble with this project and this economic incentive application is because of its religious overtones and its religious message and viewpoint,” Johnson explained. “And that’s what makes the state’s action unconstitutional.”   He outlined that the federal courts have ruled that once a benefit is made available by the state to all within its borders, it cannot legally refuse an applicant simply because of their religious character or beliefs. “It’s very well established and federal and state law that religious organizations get to be treated just like any other in a program like this,” Johnson advised. “When you have a facially neutral tax incentive program that the government effectively opens to all applicants, just because an applicant happens to be religious does not mean that they can … be excluded from the program just because of their viewpoint.” Gov. Steve Beshear also told reporters last year that the state had rescinded its initial approval for the sales tax rebate because the Ark Encounter planned to hire only Christians, which he viewed as being discriminatory. More

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Obama Bars Press From Secret Meeting With American Muslim Leaders This Afternoon

by NTEB News Desk

White House press pool and photographers will be banned from attending meeting

Startling news coming out of Washington, DC today as it was revealed that one day after Muslim terrorists set captured Jordanian pilot on fire and burned him alive, that President Obama will hold a secret, closed-door meeting with high-ranking American Muslims at the White House.

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THIS IS WHAT THE “CHANGE” THAT OBAMA PROMISED AMERICA ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE

 

President Obama plans to meet with American Muslim leaders at the White House in the Roosevelt Room beginning at 3:30PM EST.

The meeting will take place later this afternoon, according to the White House, but it will be closed to the press according to the schedule. Photographers will also be blocked from the event.


U.C. Davis Student Board Passes BDS Sanctions On Israel As Pro-Palestinian Students Shout ‘Allahu Akbar’

by Geri Ungurean

Two swastikas were spray painted on a Jewish frat house on the University of California, Davis campus

This happened two days after the student senate passed a divestment resolution targeting – yep, you guessed it – ISRAEL. “Davis now joins several schools in the University of California system — at Berkeley, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Cruz, Irvine and Riverside — in passing resolutions supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. A similar resolution had failed to pass the student senate at U.C. Davis last May.”

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At the student meeting, Hamas students repeatedly yelled “Heil Hitler” OH WAIT!- it was “Allah Akbur.” Sorry, I get those two mantras mixed up lately.

“I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that this happened right after divestment,” AEPi vice president Nathaniel Bernhard told the California Aggie student newspaper.

The nonbinding advisory resolution was passed Jan. 29 by the Associated Students of U.C. Davis by an 8-2 vote with two abstentions. It calls on the University of California system to divest from “corporations that aid in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and illegal settlements in Palestinian territories,” the Aggie reported.

COME LORD JESUS!!!


On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) Islamic State execution of Jordanian hostage reveals moral asymmetry in fight against evil

Islamic State video purports to show Jordanian pilot burnt alive, Reuters (Staff)

Obama decries hateful ideology after Jordanian pilot’s death, Washington Post (AP)

2) UK authorizes three parent embryo fertilization, neglects ethical challenges of research 

MPs vote in favour of ‘three-person embryo’ law, The Guardian (Rowena Mason and Hannah Devlin)

How a baby can have three parents, The Economist

3) Conservative and liberal definitions of right and wrong shows moral influence of worldview

The Myth of the Harmless Wrong, New York Times (Kurt Gray)

4) Judges more conservative than lawyers, study a commendation of democratic separation of powers

Why Judges Tilt to the Right, New York Times (Adam Liptak)

In other news…

First all-female mosque opens in Los Angeles, Al-Jazeera America (Nick Street)
Why Do We Ignore Warnings About Earth’s Future?, Slate (Penny Sarchet)Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Is to Publish a Second Novel, New York Times (Alexandra Alter)

Canadian foreign minister John Baird to resign, The Guardian (Associated Press)

Believing a Lie – Markell

He compares Christian Zionists — evangelicals with a Bible-based zeal and love for Israel and the Jews — to Spanish inquisitors, Crusaders, supporters of apartheid South Africa, and other historical atrocities.

I don’t put the root of such thinking at the feet of antisemitism as much as I lay it at the feet of “Replacement Theology”. This is the belief that all the promises made to Israel have been transferred to the church. It is raging through many denominations today.

“Replacement Theology” leads to “replacement reality”.

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The Church Universal is at Our Doorstep

The persecution of the pastor in Germany is actually more extreme, because he has caused a fire storm by proclaiming Christianity as set apart from other religions. The government in Germany does not approve of Christians saying there is only one way to heaven, and that is through the Lord Jesus Christ.

They are obviously pushing for a Universal church, where everyone is included, and no one is told that their beliefs are wrong. I can’t help but notice the irony here — that a Christian pastor’s words being scrutinized and him reprimanded, but we must tread oh so lightly with the Muslims, for fear that we may be blown up!

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Author: More teens becoming ‘fake’ Christians

If you’re the parent of a Christian teenager, Kenda Creasy Dean has this warning:

Your child is following a “mutant” form of Christianity, and you may be responsible.

Dean says more American teenagers are embracing what she calls “moralistic therapeutic deism.” Translation: It’s a watered-down faith that portrays God as a “divine therapist” whose chief goal is to boost people’s self-esteem.

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The Second Commandment, Sarah Young and Ann Voskamp

It dawned on me this past week while listening to a sermon by Alistair Begg on the Second Commandment that both Sarah Young and Ann Voskamp trample on the Second Commandment in their books, Jesus Calling and One Thousand Gifts. Both books have been widely popular among women and the men of the church have been dreadfully absent in offering any correction or critique.

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WVW-TV Presents: How We Know Jesus Was Talking About The Second Coming and Not The Rapture in Matthew 24?

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February 2, 2015

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WVW-TV Presents: Contend 2015 Q&A With High School and College Students

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GodLife: What does your reflection say?

Scripture: “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9

In the Bible, Genesis 1 says God made you in His image. Have you ever wondered what that really means?

You are a living, breathing testimony of God’s grace and love through Jesus Christ. God says He picked you to be part of a new family, meant to show the difference He can make in a life. Are you reflecting God’s love, grace and mercy so He can use you to make a difference in someone’s life?

Continue reading: “Nothing Else Matters as Much”

Parchment and Pen Blog: I Can’t Live According to Your Lists

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To the legalist, almost everything is black and white. There are no grey areas. The Bible calls these “disputable areas” (Rom. 14:1). The historic church has called them adiaphora. Simply put, grey areas are things of which the Bible does not approve or disapprove that we have cautious freedom to participate in. Legalists love to focus on these grey areas, just waiting to rob you of your freedom. They have their “scruples” and if you don’t live by them, watch out! Their lists are long and varied.

Let me calm down for a moment. All of us have our “scruples,” including you! I remember at seminary one of my professors had problems with mixed bathing (girls and guys swimming together). I had a guy at Credo a couple of day ago whose church believed that men could not have a beard. Three days before, I was with two people who came from a tradition that said they must have a beard! I, personally, have a problem with people who asked for raised hands in church when evangelizing (“I see that hand”). Oh, I have my reasons, but I can’t really justify them as being biblical or the act as sinful. They are just scruples. These are things I don’t like, make me uncomfortable, and make me squirm. But they are things about which the Bible is indifferent.

The lists are long.

  • Drinking alcohol
  • Taking anti-depressants
  • Smoking
  • Going to the movies (or even having a television)
  • How one dresses
  • Dancing
  • Colorful language
  • Where you go to church
  • When you go to church
  • If you go to church (in this case, people require you to be in a church building once a week—in other words, church is always a building you go to rather than something that you do.
  • Celebrating Halloween
  • Playing Santa Clause with your kids
  • Starting a church in a bar
  • Driving a Camaro (okay, now this one is objectively right!)
  • Having breast implants
  • Wearing make-up
  • Living in a very large house
  • Standing on the side of the road begging for money
  • Seeing nudity (remember, in the Bible lust is the issue, not nudity—there are societies of people who don’t wear much clothing at all)
  • How often one has communion
  • Baptizing in a pool
  • Tattoos
  • Being too involved in politics
  • Not being involved in politics at all!
  • Styles of worship music
  • Eating meat
  • Head coverings
  • Listening to rock and roll

I could go on and on. I could also get a lot more controversial, but I have probably hit on one of yours and at least made you uncomfortable.

Each of us can be legalistic in a way. But the problem is not so much the scruples themselves, but when you require others to live by them. Legalists pressure people to live according to their lists and drain people of their freedom. The result is paralyzing. It creates great fear and a distorted view of God and the Gospel. We need to get over the scruples and understand that there is a lot the Bible does not speak on. We are not bound to the opinions of others.

Paul speak directly to this in Roman 14. He says of those who are looking down on others for not following their list:

“Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.”(Romans 14:4)

We answer to God, not the lists of others. This is the Gospel of grace. This is what relieved the apostles as they lived in fear of the mile long list of the Pharisees. But Christ came in and set them free.

Romans 14 speaks of those who are free and exercise this freedom as the “strong.” He speaks of the one who has scruples as “weak.” But the strong person is not to regard with contempt the one who is weak (Rom. 14:3). And this is important as it is easy to get angry with people whose weakness keeps you from exercising your freedom in Christ.

However, we also must realize that there are “professional weaker brethren.”  These are people who tell you to live by their lists so they don’t stumble. But the problem with these people is that they should have grown out of this mentality. Paul does not intend for the weak to stay weak. I have to repeat that as it is so important: Paul does not intend for the weak to stay weak (much less make a profession out of it). At some point they need to concede that what they are preaching, teaching, requiring, and demanding of us is unbiblical and does not bind the conscious of others.

If  we were to bow to every scruple of every believer in fear of offending them, we would be able to do nothing. Nothing! The least common denominator would make us immobile. These “professional stumblers” (another good name) are legalists. Let me rephrase, they are legalists so long as they require you to live by their list of grey areas.

Friends, we must be willing to fight for our freedom. Yes, you will lose friends and family members. Yes, pastors, you will run a lot of people out of your congregation. But it is worth it. Christ was always running people off as he was unwilling to bow to the scruples of others. In fact, they hated him for it. You may be hated, maligned, gossiped about, and hung on a cross, but we cannot give in. Legalism is the most destructive enemy of the church there is. Grace and legalism cancel each other out.

What are some of the things I missed on the list?

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New SRN Podcast – Hindrances to Counter-Cult Evangelism

Understanding The Cults (Part 1 of 2)
The introductory section of this message defines what “truth” is according to the Bible, versus concepts such as error, deception, deceit, guile, duplicity, fraud, and the “making merchandise” of Christians. Modern church failures and struggles are mentioned along with exhortations to remain faithful to Christ, to speak the truth in love, and to evangelize the lost.

With on intention of sounding condescending, the middle portion of this audio mentions modern Christianity’s struggle to accurately preach the gospel, evangelize in a biblical manner, and warn the church of false teachers. Also mentioned is the importance of guarding one’s heart and mind against the fear of man and spiritual apathy. In contradistinction to these things, the biblical mandate to obey Christ, speak the truth in love, hate evil, study the Word of God, and give people biblical reasons for the hope that we have in Christ are encouraged.

The last portion of this message explains several reasons why cults flourish in our community and numerous anti-Judeo/Christian worldviews that produce confusion in society and the church.

Topics covered or mentioned include monism (All-is-One), pantheism (All-is-God), pantheistic monism (All-is-One, One-is-All, All-is-God), Gnosticism, polytheism, animism, karma and reincarnation, the Star Wars “force”, holy laughter counterfeit revivals/movements, chakras and occult energy, kundalini (shaktipat), moral decay and relativism, false prophets in the world and the church, and more.

COMING SOON!: Understanding The Cults (Pt.2) – Evangelizing “False Christ” Belief Systems

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  • Scriptures: John 14:6; 17:14-17; Prov. 30:15; 2 Cor. 11:12 -15; 2 Pet. 2:1-3; Acts 20:28-31; John 8:22-25; Matt. 23:27-33; 2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Pet. 3:15; 1 John 4:1; 2 Cor. 4:3-4; 2 Pet. 2:19; Hosea 4:6; Jer. 29: 8-9; Matt. 7:15-23; Matt. 25:41; Jer. 5:31.

Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints!

Chris Lawson, Director
Spiritual Research Network

The Cripplegate: Why I’m Not A Mormon

TempleLiving where I do, the topic of the Mormon faith often arises. It’s a religion which is gathering quite a few adherents, especially outside the USA. But if you were to ask me why I do not ascribe to Mormonism, I would begin by giving these three reasons:

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February 4, 2015 Persecution Update

Attacks on Churches in India’s Capital Prompts Christians to Warn of Rising Persecution

ICC Note:

Following the fifth attack on a New Delhi church in just the past few months, many of India’s Christian leaders are warning about the rise of radical Hindu nationalism and persecution.


Christians in India Fear Campaign of Violence and Call on Modi to Speak

ICC Note:

As incidents of Christian persecution continue to spread across India, the nations capital city is not immune. A series of attacks on churches in New Delhi has led the Christian leadership there to call on Prime Minister Modi, leader of the Hindu nationalist ruling party BJP, to speak out against these attacks and against the persecution Christians have faced since his rise to power.


10 Elderly Christian Escapees Recall Life Under ISIS Control

ICC Note: First-hand accounts continue to accumulate as ten elderly Christians recall life under ISIS rule following their escape. The group was living in the city of Mosul after members of ISIS forced them from a nursing home in Qaraqosh in October.


 

ICC Calls on Egyptian Government to Rescue Christians Kidnapped by ISIS in Libya

Feel like making a difference for the persecuted church in less than five minutes? Then take just a moment to sign our petition on behalf of more than two dozen Coptic Christians kidnapped by ISIS in Libya!


 

 

 

Love is not a feeling, it’s a choice…

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Over the next few weeks, many will be celebrating “love” because of Valentine’s Day. The stores are full of gifts, candy, and cards that you can give to that special someone. That is fine, but it leads me to consider the topic of love more fully. In the Bible we are commanded to love others repeatedly.

..you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” ~Mark 12:30-31

Yet when we most often ponder love it looks nothing like the love described in Scripture (Luke 6:35, Romans 13:10, 1 Corinthians 13, Ephesians 4:2, 1 Peter 4:8, John 15:13 are just a few examples). We live in a world where romantic love is the ideal…

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William Lane Craig discusses reason and faith with university students

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This is an interview of Dr. William Lane Craig before college students at the University of Central Florida. (95 minutes)

You can get an MP3 of the lecture here. (33 MB)

Questions from the interviewer: (40 minutes)

  • What started you on his journey of studying faith and reason?
  • How would you define the word “faith”?
  • Are faith and reason compatible? How are they related?
  • How can reasonable faith help us to avoid the two extremes of superstition and nihilism?
  • Who makes the best arguments against the Christian faith?
  • Why are angry atheists like Dawkins and Hitchens more well known than better-informed academic atheists?
  • Does the Bible require Christians to give the unbeliever reasons for their faith?
  • How does faith spur Christians to think carefully about the big questions in life?
  • Should the American church prod churchgoers to develop their minds so they can engage the secular culture?
  • When talking about…

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Why Don’t Christians Think?

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Within Christian discipleship, scholars, theologians, and philosophers are asking, what ever happened to cultivating the intellectual life of the Christian? There have been several books written on this subject. One book that I recommend is Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul by J. P. Moreland.

It is imperative for Christians to understand the history of anti-intellectualism in the church. In this brilliant book, Dr. Moreland traces the history of what has happened in relation to the Christian mind.

Moreland discusses the history of the pilgrims arriving to the United States in the middle of the nineteenth century. The Pilgrims along with other American believers placed a high value on the intellectual life in relation to Christian spirituality. The Puritans were highly educated people (the literacy rate for men in Massachusetts and Connecticut was between 89 and 95 percent)…

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February 4, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Blog/Article Collection

Words of Comfort: Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, droughts, and earthquakes.

Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, droughts, and earthquakes kill tens of thousands of people each year. Multitudes endure crippling diseases, endless suffering, and unspeakable pain. Many non-Christians credit a heartless Mother Nature for giving us all this grief. They fail to consider that “Mother Nature” has a Senior Partner—Father God.

However, if God is responsible for all this heartache, that presents an interesting dilemma. If God is an “all-loving” Father figure, as we are told, we seem to have three choices: 1) God blew it when He made everything (He’s creative but incompetent); 2) God is a tyrant, who gets His kicks from seeing kids die of leukemia; 3) something between God and man is radically wrong.

These are our choices…and those who take time to consider the evidence will lean toward number three. Something between man and God is radically wrong, and the Bible tells us what it is. There is a war going on. We are told that mankind is an enemy of God in his mind through wicked works (see Colossians 1:21). That’s not too hard to see. Man is continually committing violent acts such as murder and rape, lying, stealing, etc., as the daily news confirms. He uses God’s name as a curse word, while Mother Nature gets the glory for His creation—unless there’s a horrible disaster; then man calls that “an act of God.” An applicable acronym for WAR is We Are Right. Any country going to war does so because it has the conviction that it is in the right. However, a quick look at God’s Law shows us who is right and who is wrong. We, not God, are the guilty party. If we want His blessing back on our nation and in our lives, we must make peace with Him, and that is possible only through faith in Jesus Christ.

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Fully Human, Fully Alive

Is it possible to be so heavenly minded we’re no earthly good? An important new book describes how we often misunderstand eternal life. I’ll tell you about it.
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No, we don’t focus on the Illuminati

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From time to time, listeners ask us about some of the conspiracy theories out there – especially in the music industry. Specifically, they want to know about the Illuminati, secret societies or symbols like the all-seeing eye.

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Roman Catholicism on Today’s Dividing Line

Started off reviewing a call on Catholic Answers Live regarding Purgatory, providing a bit more information than was offered by Jimmy Akin.  Then we watched a clip with Ravi Zacharias answering a question about Roman Catholicism, briefly played William Lane Craig on original sin, and then finished up with the famous cross-examination of Peter Stravinskas on 1 Cor. 3.

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Are most folks hellbound?

http://bnonn.com/has-god-predestined-most-people-to-hell/

Holiness Is Happiness

“The sum of all obedience for man was to love the Lord his God with all his heart. This was not only easy to an uncorrupted nature, but his highest happiness was connected with it.”  Archibald Alexander

For many people, holiness is the opposite of happiness, perhaps even the enemy of it. Happiness and holiness are competing forces, pulling in opposite directions. You can have one; but not both together. No surprise then that most people choose happiness, but soon realize they have neither happiness nor holiness.

Aligned

God created us holy and happy. Happiness and holiness were perfectly aligned. If one was absent, both were. If one was present, both were. Happy holiness and holy happiness.

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Needing Guidance? 30 Questions To Ask

Given the dozens of books about guidance on the market, it’s obvious that knowing God’s will is a huge concern for most Christians. But how? How can we know God’s will for us? Here’s a selection of questions that might be used not only to help someone discover what God wants them to do, but also train them to make good decisions in the future as well.

1. What is your dilemma? What are your struggling with?

2. Is this something that God’s Word clearly prohibits or commands? Or is this a subject that requires wisdom and discernment in applying the general principles of God’s Word to a specific situation?

3. What general Scriptural principles or examples are relevant to this question?

4. How would you describe your general spiritual state or condition? Close to God, distant from God, or somewhere in between?

5. What is your overall motive and aim in your life?

6. Are there any areas of sin or folly in your life that may be hindering you from knowing and doing God’s will?

7. How have you made decisions before? How did they turn out? What did you learn from that?

8. On this issue, what have you done to find out God’s will already and what do you yet plan to do?

9. Have you ever tried using a fleece (Josh. 18:6, 8, 10)? Or casting lots? Or any other superstitious methods?

10. What options are you considering and what are the pros and cons of each?

11. Is there any way of reducing the options?

12. Which option do you prefer and why?

13. Have you prioritized the factors that are influencing this decision?

14. Have you already made a decision in your heart?
15. What are you looking for that will help you to know what to do?

16. Are you looking for particular feelings, or a voice from heaven, or some other indicator to guide you?

17. How often have you prayed about this and what are you praying for?

18. What motives and desires can you detect that are influencing your decision-making?

19. What are you afraid of happening as a result of your decision?

20. Is there any fear of man or desire for someone’s favor that’s impacting you in this?

21. Who have you consulted and what did they say?

22. Are you completely willing to do God’s will whatever it may be?

23. What doors are you seeing that are opening or closing?

24. Which option will draw you closer to God and help you glorify God most?

25. Which option will best develop your gifts and talents?

26. How will this decision impact your family, your church, your employer, others in your life? What other consequences can you foresee?

27. How long have you been thinking and praying about this?

28. How soon do you have to make a decision?

29. Is there a command you can obey while you wait? Are you doing your duty today? Are you living in the light God has given you while you wait for Him to give you more?

30. What indicators of God’s providence have you discerned?

Any other questions that you would add?

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Cultures and Mini-Cultures

by Christopher Ames

Do we run the risk of not being able to communicate meaningfully with one another anymore?

This article asks questions of the “proliferation of cultures” in the broader world: is individualism turning into tribalism? How ought Christians to respond?

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My reply to Dan Phillips’ approach to the worship music debate

by Scott Aniol

Over at Pyromaniacs, Dan Phillips offered a series of points for discussion regarding worship music. He and a few others encouraged me to head over to engage the conversation, so I did. I thought I’d post my response here as well for the sake of our readers:

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How to Reconcile the Immutability of God with “Repent” Passages

Similarly, those who are not in a right relationship with God can always expect Him to treat them as a judge treats the guilty defendant. God is long-suffering, and so sometimes that judgment takes a while. Nevertheless, the judgment will come. In other words, what changed in Genesis 6 was humanity, not God. It kept on changing for the worse (see verse 5). When that happens, the relationship changes, and God is always consistent in His treatment of people based on the state of that relationship.

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The Lies We Tell

But you know what? I lie to myself all the time and never bat an eyelash. If the old childhood rhyme ever came true, my pants would be ablaze. That’s because the lies I tell myself are worse than what the cable company told me. These lies are harmful to me emotionally and spiritually. They hinder my relationship with God. They take me down dark paths and shadowy places. And they steal my joy and peace.

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7 Lessons from 50 Shades of Grey

50 Shades may be a wake-up call for the individual and corporate drifting that has been at play in our lives. It may be a spotlight shining on the pain of the vulnerable in our society. It might be an alarm bell sounding a message of danger ahead if we do not change. But it is also an opportunity to show what true love really is. Our world desperately needs a good dose of real love?

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In What Way Was Jesus ‘Made Sin’ on the Cross?

Finally, on a theological level, the idea that God the Son even temporarily became a sinner, or the literal embodiment of sin, raises serious questions about the unchangeableness of His holy character and perfect nature. Those who would twist 2 Corinthians 5:21 to claim that Jesus’ perfect nature was momentarily replaced by a sin nature immediately raise unanswerable theological questions about the immutability of Jesus Christ.

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The Second Commandment, Sarah Young and Ann Voskamp

We might add, where are the shepherds of the flock who are charged with protecting the flock from wives’ tales, wolves in sheep’s clothing and other dangers? Where are the men in the pulpits willing to come down from those pulpits and actually guide the women in their Bible studies? Do we not love the women of the church enough to shepherd them, guide them and help them grow in their faith?

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Of Confessional Christianity And The Cult Of Personality

The good news is that, by God’s grace, the true church exists but it exists in history, in time and space. Great divisions have happened. Some of them may be repaired in this life but some of them may not be. We ought to pray for reconciliation around the truth of God’s Word as summarized in the great catholic creeds and confessed by the churches. If the Reformed churches have erred they should be corrected by God’s sufficient, perspicuous Word (sola Scriptura).

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Rewriting the Westminster Shorter Catechism? Not So Fast

If Mark Jones does not see Christ in the q and a for question 1, that is a product of his own misunderstanding, and not a failing in the catechism. Because if Jones is correct and “God” refers only to the Father, then the rest of the catechism becomes incomprehensible and grossly inaccurate.

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How to Profit From False Prophets

Notice, I’m not saying that we should all study what false prophets are teaching – that would be a foolish waste of time for most, and a dangerous path for many. But in today’s hyper-connected world, it’s difficult not to encounter their teaching here and there, and even in some very surprising places. As we do, let’s use their falsehood to help us discern what questions people are asking, to make us study our Bible more thoroughly, to highlight where the church has been too silent, and to encourage ourselves that He who has begun a good work in us is continuing it until the Day of Jesus Christ.

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Ask Celebrity Pastor: How Do I Improve My Sermons

Several years ago I was having lunch with John Travolta, and I asked him the secret of his success. His answer? Awesomesauce. Now, it turned out that awesomesauce was actually a reference to cocaine, so that doesn’t really help us here, but the principle remains the same. It sounds like your sermons are distinctly lacking in the awesomesauce category. If I were a betting man – actually I used to be a betting man until I lost my life savings in a pyramid scam – I’d bet that people nod off, fall asleep, and play fantasy football during your sermons. Did that sting a little? That’s what I thought.

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Vegetarianism and Christianity

by Bill Muehlenberg

My thesis is pretty simple: if Christians prefer not to eat meat for health reasons, dietary reasons, perhaps cultural reasons, or even moral reasons, that’s fine. No one is forcing them to eat meat. However, if they claim that vegetarianism is essential to being a Christian, then I have to say, sorry, but you are quite wrong.

So let’s look at the biblical data here. This is actually part of a bigger discussion as to what sort of liberty the Christian has in Christ. Paul in Galatians, for example, made much of our freedom, and argued against the Judaisers who wanted to bring believers under various types of man-made bondage and captivity.

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In case you were wondering…

by A.Spreeman

Words mean things, and some terms we have in the church can be positive, negative or neutral. Christians who did not grow up going to church or hearing theological terms like Dispensationalism, Pre-trib, Mid-Trib, Post-Trib, Revival, Reconciliation, Missional, exegetical, and many more might be too embarassed to ask. So today we thought we’d define some […]

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Learning to Speak Like a Christian: 40 Examples of Christianese

by C Michael Patton

1. “Heads bowed, eyes closed . . .”: During a church service, you may hear a preacher abruptly break into this unexpected dialogue with the audience: “Heads bowed, eyes closed. If you have accepted Christ into your heart [more later], I want you to raise your hand.” Don’t get scared. Nothing bad is going to happen to you. It is not a fancy way to steal your money or pull anything sneaky. It is the preacher’s way of helping the uncomfortable seeker feel more at ease about accepting Christ. It is best if you just follow instructions here.

2. “Into the Word”: This is a portion of an important phrase that may be communicated by seasoned Christians in many different contexts. It always has reference to the Bible. Yes, I know, the Bible is more than one word, in fact it is thousands, but once you are a Christian, it becomes singular and has a definite article, “the,” attached to it. If you hear someone say, “Are you in the Word?,” this is another way of saying, “You need to read the Bible if you are going to be spiritual like me.” IMPORTANT: This has no relation to the phrases, “Word to your mother,” “Word up,” or just plain “Word.”

3. Backslidden: This has no reference to the past event of sliding down a hill on your back. It is used to refer to those Christians who are now suspect in their original confession due to their current participation in a particular sin.

4. “Ask Jesus into your heart”: Although there is nowhere in Scripture that people are commanded to ask Jesus into their heart, this has become the primary means by which Evangelicals believe a person becomes a Christian. Don’t be scared here. Heart surgery, high cholesterol, and cardiovascular exercise (or lack thereof) have no bearing on Christ’s presence in your heart. He does not actually live there.

5. Soul Winning: Please understand, this is not a game. It is the act whereby one person tells another about Christ and the person believes, thereby having their souls “saved” (i.e. “won”). I know that normally if there are winners, you would think there are losers, but not in Soul Winning. Everyone wins in this game (except the lost).

6. “I see that hand . . .”: This is related to #1. The pastor has just asked for raised hands while everyone’s heads are bowed and eyes closed. “I see that hand” can mean one of two things: 1) Someone is indicating that they have accepted Jesus by raising their hand. 2) The pastor is acting like someone has to be more heroic and finance the new building. VERY IMPORTANT: Avoid any temptation to look for the hand when the pastor says “I see that hand.” Although science is inconclusive, we are not sure if you looking for the hand raised has any bearing on the effectiveness of the salvation process. It is best to be safe and avoid giving in to this temptation. To be very spiritual, just thank the Lord for that person and pray that they become a Calvinist.

7. Contemporary Christian Music: Avoid at all costs. Yes, many of your Christian friends will act as if they like it. Musicians, sociologists, and psychologists are perplexed as to the reasons why. We believe it is due to the pressured environment of the Christian community for Christians to do all things Christian, but this has no bearing on your salvation. Please, don’t feel pressure to like it.

8. Christian Movies: See “Contemporary Christian Music.”

9. Baptism: The spiritual act of going under water. Yeah, I know, most people don’t understand it, but you must do it anyway. Oh, also, someone else has to push, drop, or lower you; otherwise, it is ineffective.

10. “Blessed”: This word must take the place of many words, but the most important replacement is with the word “luck.” Super-spiritual Christians (SSC) will often be offended and pugnaciously correct you if you ever say, “Good luck.” Even if you are just using it as a casual phrase with the best of intentions, the SSC will see it as an opportunity to correct you and show you how Christian they are compared to you by saying “I don’t believe in luck, only God’s blessings.” When you have someone correct you, its best to just act as if you have learned something and then be on your way.

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On the Chuck Missler partnership with “prophet” Kim Clement

by A. S.

A lot of Christians have been asking us about one of a well-known Bible teacher, Pastor Chuck Missler. We’ve been aware of growing concerns being voiced from around the country over teachings and partnerships, including the pairing of Pastor Missler with New Apostolic Reformation “singing prophet” Kim Clement. This is one of many video promotions […]

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Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)


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