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March 31, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Collection

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Mar. 31, 2015

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U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Ben Cardin says an agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear activities is possible though he and other lawmakers will insist on strong safeguards because they don’t trust that country’s leaders.

Indiana-based companies including Eli Lilly & Co. and Anthem Inc. pressed state leaders to enact legislation clarifying that the state’s new religious-freedom law can’t be used to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

National Security Agency police thwarted an intrusion at the highly secure Maryland campus by firing on a vehicle making an unauthorized entry, killing one person and wounding another in an incident the FBI said wasn’t related to terrorism. An NSA police officer also was hurt.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said interest rates will probably be raised in 2015 and made the case for a cautious approach to subsequent increases that will keep borrowing costs low for years to come.

German unemployment dropped to a record low as the labor market continued to underpin the country’s position as Europe’s economic powerhouse. The jobless rate fell to 6.4 percent in March from 6.5 percent in February.

Just when it seemed bond yields that averaged 1.6 percent at year-end couldn’t get any lower, Mario Draghi and the European Central Bank flooded the market with cheap cash. That pushed yields in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Broad Market Index to 1.39 percent on Monday, within 0.06 percentage point of the record low reached in January.

Home prices in 20 U.S. cities appreciated at a faster pace in the year ended in January, indicating the residential real-estate market continues to firm. The S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values increased 4.6 percent from January 2014, the biggest gain since September.

None of the 40 runners who attempted to finish the 100-mile Barkley Marathons in the mountains of eastern Tennessee completed the race, the first time since 2007 that the endurance test had no finishers. “The mountains won,” said Gary Cantrell, who created the event in 1986. “I was pleased with the outcome. It’s a competition between the humans and the mountains.”

Many have argued that the jobs recovery of the past six years has been mostly low-wage jobs, but Deutsche Bank Chief International Economist Torsten Sløk says that’s not true. The unemployment rate has fallen dramatically since the financial crisis, and is now at 5.5%. The February employment report was the 12th straight month the economy added more than 200,000 jobs, the best streak since 1995.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device.

A mother was charged with murder after she locked herself in the bathroom of a New York City restaurant on Monday with her one-year-old son, who was later pronounced dead, police said.

Demonstrators gather at Monument Circle to protest a controversial religious freedom bill recently signed by Governor Mike Pence during a rally in Indianapolis March 28, 2015. More than 2,000 people gathered at the Indiana State Capital Saturday to protest Indiana’s newly signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act saying it would promote discrimination against individuals based on sexual orientation.

While Indiana lawmakers try to contain the fallout from a religious exemptions bill that’s been widely criticized for opening a backdoor to discriminate against LGBT residents, Alabama’s poised to pass a similar bill today. In total, more than 28 states are contemplating similar legislation ahead of the Supreme Court’s marriage equality hearing next month.

The Islamic State jihadist group Tuesday executed at least 37 civilians, including two children, in a raid on a regime-held village in Hama province of central Syria, a monitor said.

The U.N. human rights office in Geneva said that in the past five days, at least 93 civilians have been killed and 364 wounded in five Yemeni cities engulfed in the violence, including the capital, Sanaa.

Saudi forces and Yemeni Houthi fighters exchanged artillery and rocket fire along several stretches of their border on Tuesday.

A man suspected in the death of a 1-year-old Maryland boy found inside a backpack in a central Ohio creek was charged with murder Monday after the toddler’s mother agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

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Myanmar’s President Thein Sein has witnessed the signing of a draft ceasefire agreement between the government and 16 rebel groups.

A Singapore teenager has been charged over an online video criticizing Christianity and the country’s recently deceased founding PM Lee Kuan Yew.

France’s Senate has rejected a planned 2013 law penalizing people who pay for sex, and has chosen to maintain the offence of soliciting.

Russia’s foreign minister has said prospects of a preliminary agreement on Iran’s nuclear program are “very good” on the final day of negotiations.

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An activist group calling itself “Disarm NYPD” is seeking to strip officers of their firearms and boot them from select neighborhood streets, all in the name of keeping city citizens safe.

ISIS terrorists have been sending out a series of photographs on Twitter showing their “graduating class” of local and foreign recruits, sending the overall message: We’re organized, growing and not afraid to show it.

Project Veritas, the investigative organization begun by James O’Keefe to out organizational corruption and dishonesty, just released a video that shows a Barry University official embracing a proposed idea from an undercover videographer to start a pro-ISIS club at the Miami campus.


The Next-Generation Weapons That Russia Will Use Against The United States In World War III

The Russian military is in the midst of a sweeping modernization program, and it is currently developing some incredibly impressive offensive and defensive next-generation weapons that are designed to be used in a future war with the United States. The key to winning World War III will be to strike hard and to strike fast, and the Russians understand this. Meanwhile, the U.S. military has totally shifted gears from a “Cold War mindset” and is now completely focused on fighting smaller regional wars in the Middle East and elsewhere. As a result, U.S. strategic forces have suffered. There has been very little effort to modernize, and many of our nuclear missile silos are using technology that is ridiculously outdated. For example, CBS News has documented that eight inch floppy disks are still being used in many of our missile silos. And don’t expect things to change any time soon. At this point, the U.S. military plans to keep Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles that were originally deployed in the 1960s and 1970s in service until 2030. (Read More…)


5 Charts Which Show That The Next Economic Crash Is Dead Ahead

When an economic crisis is coming, there are usually certain indicators that appear in advance. For example, commodity prices usually start to plunge before a recession begins. And as you can see from the Bloomberg Commodity Index which you can find right here, this has already been happening. In addition, I have previously written about how the U.S. dollar went on a great run just before the financial collapse of 2008. This is something that has also been happening over the past few months. Some people would have you believe that nobody can anticipate the next great economic downturn and that to try to do so is just an exercise in “guesswork”. But that is not the case at all. We can look back over history and see patterns that keep repeating. And a lot of the exact same patterns that happened just before previous stock market crashes are happening again right now. (Read More.…)


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March 31, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God.” –Patrick Henry, Speech to the Virginia Convention, 1775

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Conn. Governor Lashes Out at Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law

In response to Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced he would sign an executive order banning state-funded travel to Indiana. This is the same knee-jerk reaction from Malloy that brought Connecticut some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation. “Because of Indiana’s new law, later today I will sign an Executive Order regarding state-funded travel,” Malloy wrote on Twitter. “When new laws turn back the clock on progress, we can’t sit idly by. We are sending a message that discrimination won’t be tolerated.” Well, we guess every liberal has to do his or her part to chip away at religious liberty. But Malloy really could have given it some thought before he acted, as Connecticut is one of the 19 states in the union that has the very same law on its books. In fact, some argue the Constitution State’s law is more absolute in protecting religious Liberty than Indiana’s — and it hasn’t been a problem until liberals decided otherwise. More…

Just Who’s Opposed to Indiana’s Law?

Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act stirred plenty of opposition, including from many corporations doing business in the Hoosier State — Cummins, Apple and the NCAA to name a few. But National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke wonders how this is possible, writing, “We were told at the time of Hobby Lobby that companies can’t have consciences. We were told that they can’t have feelings. We were told that they can’t corporately opine on moral or legal questions as might an individual, and in consequence they can’t be worthy of praise or admonition. What, one wonders, has changed? It couldn’t be, could it, that progressives are opposed to the idea that corporations are entities that are capable of holding opinions and taking political stands … until they are needed in a fight that they care about?” Remarkable, isn’t it, how “new” arguments present themselves when leftists have a bone to pick?

SCOTUS: School Safety More Important Than Free Speech

On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear the case of a group of California students who were sent home after they wore American flag-themed shirts on Cinco de Mayo. In 2010, the Morgan Hill Unified School District forbade students from wearing American flag themes because it feared the act would spark racial violence. But the Supreme Court upheld the Ninth Circuit Court’s ruling that justified stifling the students’ speech. In an amicus brief, siblings Mary Beth Tinker and John Tinker wrote to the Supreme Court, “If students learn that threatening speakers is an effective way to suppress speech, this will produce more threats, and more suppression of a wide range of other speech. And beyond this, even peaceful students will learn that free speech must yield whenever its opponents are willing to threaten violence — a message antithetical to all things this Court has tried to convey about the First Amendment.” It wasn’t always this way. The Tinkers were the two siblings in a 1976 ruling that students have First Amendment rights just like every other citizen. More…

Obama to Pledge Goals for UN Global Warming Treaty

The Obama administration will announce today what the U.S. will contribute to the UN’s effort to fight global warming and change the world economy as we know it through an international treaty. But the pledge to the UN will be a rehash of all Barack Obama’s old dreams. According to the Associated Press, Obama will pledge to cut America’s greenhouse gas emissions 26% to 28% by 2025 — a war on cars, coal and capitalism. It’s a move that’ll make Obama’s international cronies happy, but will probably face fierce opposition at home. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “Considering that two-thirds of the U.S. federal government hasn’t even signed off on the Clean Power Plan and 13 states have already pledged to fight it, our international partners should proceed with caution before entering into a binding, unattainable deal.” In the months before the UN’s December meeting in Paris to draw up the treaty, look for the Obama administration to embellish the grandeur of it all: the legacy, the hope, the change. But this time, Obama has to work against a Republican Congress to enact his goals. More…

Ted Kennedy Institute Remarks a Bridge Too Far

Barack Obama spoke Monday at the Dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston, which, by the way, cost taxpayers $38 million. Naturally, he spoke well, if inaccurately, of the “Liberal Lion” of the Senate. “What if we carried ourselves more like Ted Kennedy?” Obama asked. “What if we worked to follow his example a little bit harder? To his harshest critics, who saw him as nothing more than a partisan lightning rod — that may sound foolish, but there are Republicans here today for a reason. They know who Ted Kennedy was. It’s not because they shared Ted’s ideology or his positions, but because they knew Ted as somebody who bridged the partisan divide over and over and over again, with genuine effort and affection, in an era when bipartisanship has become so very rare.” Wait, did he just use the word “bridged” in a eulogy for Ted Kennedy? Joe Biden was even worse, saying, “He was an anchor to many of us.” Mary Jo Kopechne was not available for comment.

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Deadline for Iran Nuke Talks: A Bad Deal Ahead

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The deadline is midnight on Tuesday for a deal resulting from the latest round of nuclear talks between the United States, several other world powers and Iran, and — surprise! — it appears Iran is backing away from some of the terms. But at least the nations can look forward to a new round of talks and a real deal in the future — at least, in the words of Secretary of State John Kerry, “Allah willing.”

Several months ago, Iran tentatively agreed to send a large portion of its stockpile of enriched uranium to Russia, where it would be inaccessible for the Iranians to use in any future nuclear weapons program. However, Iran’s deputy foreign minister ruled out such an agreement, claiming, “The export of stocks of enriched uranium is not in our program, and we do not intend on sending them abroad.”

So much for the tentative agreement. So, on to Plan B, which according to Western officials consists of convincing Iran to blend the enriched uranium into a more diluted form that can’t be used as weapons-grade material — at least not until the process is reversed in a couple of weeks. Quite the diplomacy here; uh, you can keep the enriched uranium, but only if you dilute it. Political analyst Charles Krauthammer calls this “one cave after another.”

If Iran were to agree to option two, then the Obama administration will be swift to claim that as long as regular inspections are conducted all will be well. At least until Iran bans inspectors from entering the country — a move right out of North Korea’s playbook.

We aren’t sure why this news is surprising to anyone, given that Iran has long desired and pursued nuclear weapons capability. Why on earth would they want to give up the enriched uranium they have when it’s their stated goal to destroy Israel? Further, why is this administration so inept at dealing with rogue nations like Iran, which supports terrorism and has a long track record of breaking its word?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu isn’t at all impressed with the Iran nuclear negotiations, as he has warned all along. Netanyahu realizes that if Iran created a nuclear weapon, it would threaten his country. Regarding the nuclear talks, he told members of his cabinet, “This deal, as it appears to be emerging, bears out all of our fears, and even more than that.” He said Iran is trying to “conquer the entire Middle East,” citing the recent Iranian-allied advances in Yemen. Netanyahu went as far as condemning the talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, outright, stating that “the Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is very dangerous to humanity, and must be stopped.”

Israel’s leader has the backbone to stand up to the Iranians, so why can’t the world’s major powers do the same? Because our “leaders” haven’t learned from previous talks with Iran.

As we’ve repeatedly noted, ever since it was discovered in 2003 that Iran had a nuclear program, Iran has used these bait-and-switch tactics. The United States and the major powers in Europe come to the negotiating table thinking they have a deal only to see Iran demand new concessions and blame the West for the impasse. More often than not, this ploy works. If and when the talks fail, the West has to regroup, and Iran continues to go on working toward having nuclear weapons capability. Over time, Iran makes demands for more concessions in order to come back to the table, all the while knowing it’s buying time for its nuclear weapons program.

Instead of acquiescing to Iran’s refusal to abide by any agreement, why not just lay out an offer and add or enhance sanctions upon Iran’s rejection? Well, that would require Netanyahu to be present, or the likes of Reagan or Churchill.

Obama and his diplomatic clowns just can’t seem to accept that, in dealing with Iran’s nuke program, no deal is better than a bad deal — even if they’ve said so themselves. A bad deal with Iran is a bad deal for the entire Middle East and the world.

Yet Obama is more concerned with partisan politics, telling Senate Democrats they need to stick with him on this terrible deal. His pitch to them is that if the Iran nuclear talks fail, then the GOP wins. How’s that for foreign policy? He’s more concerned about his perceived enemies from the other party than he is about a real enemy that wants to wipe the United States and Israel off the map.

Reid’s Replacements Don’t Exactly Inspire

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The happy news of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s impending retirement has lost some of its luster now that he’s tapped Chuck Schumer of New York as his successor. So what do we have to look forward to?

Schumer, now the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, is one of the party’s most prodigious fundraisers. He is also a shrewd political strategist who was the architect of the strategy that flipped 14 Republican-held seats in two consecutive election cycles in 2006 and 2008, giving Democrats a filibuster-proof majority to pass ObamaCare in 2009.

The New York Democrat has an unrivaled reputation as a press hound. One of the running jokes in DC is that the most dangerous place in Washington is between Chuck Schumer and a TV camera.

A number of Schumer’s colleagues, including Minority Whip Dick Durbin, have endorsed him for leader primarily because of his extensive work in bolstering the Democrat caucus. He is known for burning up the phone lines to keep the caucus in line and for his dogged leadership at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic Policy and Communications Center, which he founded. Schumer has a reputation for being a pragmatic dealmaker … with other Democrats, that is.

Senate Republicans can look forward to a nightmare not much different than they faced with Reid. Schumer has always been a vocal and unapologetic proponent of Big Government and the nanny state, and he won’t hesitate to twist arms to get it — or pick any fight to stay in the media spotlight.

Schumer’s list of crusades over the years is a sign of what’s in store. Schumer has called for investigations, regulations or outright bans on so many products and services it’s difficult to keep track: cereal prices, e-cigarettes, fast-food bread, powdered caffeine, yoga mat chemicals, Bitcoin, laser pointers, payday lending and flame retardants to name a few.

Furthermore, Schumer’s on the record musing about nationalizing oil companies, pushing a universal carbon tax, and, of course, even more taxes for the “wealthy,” however that is defined these days.

Most important, Schumer has never seen a gun control measure he didn’t like — unless it wasn’t strict enough.

The quest to find a Democrat candidate to run for Reid’s Senate seat in Nevada isn’t as clear as who will fill his leadership post. Nevada has become uncertain territory for Democrats, and Reid may have decided to retire rather than risk losing his re-election bid in 2016. He denied being worried, but he nearly lost in 2010. And he said, “I think it is unfair for me to be soaking up all the money to be re-elected.” If he had it in the bag, why would it take so much money to win?

To take his Senate seat, the outgoing minority leader favors former Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Mastro, who he claims is unbeatable. Other possible candidates include Ross Miller, who lost the attorney general race last year, and former representatives Steven Horsford and Shelley Berkley, voted out of office in 2014 and 2012, respectively.

The only other viable candidate may be Rep. Dina Titus, but Democrats might not want to risk running her, as she is the only remaining member of the state’s Democrat delegation in the House. Whoever they choose to run for the open seat in 2016 will almost surely face Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, a strong candidate who could give the GOP a pickup in Nevada.

All in all, we’re glad to see Reid headed for the Senate exit, as he has done tremendous damage to the institution itself. But Schumer won’t be an improvement, and if a Democrat wins Reid’s seat little will have been gained.

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TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

OPINION IN BRIEF

French sociologist Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859): “The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money.”

Columnist Thomas Sowell: “Why is Barack Obama so anxious to have an international agreement that will have no legal standing under the Constitution just two years from now, since it will be just a presidential agreement, rather than a treaty requiring the ‘advice and consent’ of the Senate? There are at least two reasons. One reason is that such an agreement will serve as a fig leaf to cover his failure to do anything that has any serious chance of stopping Iran from going nuclear. Such an agreement will protect Obama politically, despite however much it exposes the American people to unprecedented dangers. The other reason is that, by going to the United Nations for its blessing on his agreement with Iran, he can get a bigger fig leaf to cover his complicity in the nuclear arming of America’s most dangerous enemy. In Obama’s vision, as a citizen of the world, there may be no reason why Iran should not have nuclear weapons when other nations have them.”

Columnist Dennis Prager: “One psychopath, in one hour, killed 149 innocent people aboard a Germanwings airliner. How many people will ever be able to do nearly as much good for 149 people in a lifetime? With very few exceptions, good can only be achieved one by one by one. That’s why, if you want your name remembered by many people, you have a far better chance of accomplishing it by doing evil than by doing good. And that’s why most great evils are done by movements that want to change the world. If you really want to change the world for the better, work on making better people, not a better world. … [Andreas] Lubitz murdered 149 people because he was a narcissistic individual who lacked a properly functioning conscience. The number of people walking around in the world with a broken moral compass is quite large. Not all of them are depressed. And I am not only referring to violent Islamists. The U.N. just voted to condemn one country in the world for mistreatment of women: Israel. Are all those U.N. ambassadors depressed?”

Humorist Frank Fleming: “We need to stop Christians from forcing their beliefs on us about how we shouldn’t be forcing beliefs on them.”

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Taiwan, Norway seek to join China-backed AIIB, Japan still cautious
Japan remains cautious about signing up to the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), indicating that Tokyo will miss the March 31 deadline for application, but both Taiwan and Norway said they would seek to join the institution. Finance Minister Taro Aso reiterated Japan’s concerns about governance at the AIIB, its debt sustainability and environmental and social safeguards.   

Sierra Leone Ebola lockdown exposes hundreds of suspected cases
A three-day lockdown in Sierra Leone has exposed hundreds of potential new cases of Ebola, aiding efforts to bring to an end an epidemic that has already killed 3,000 people in the country. Reports to authorities of sick people increased by 191 percent in Western Area, which includes the capital, during the lockdown compared with the previous weekend, said Obi Sesay of the National Ebola Response Center.   

NY Assembly Passes Abortion Bill Allowing Shooting 3rd Trimester Babies Through the Heart With Poison
The New York State Assembly voted a resounding 94-49 Wednesday to approve a bill that would allow third trimester abortions using procedures such as a shot of poison to the baby’s heart by medical professionals who won’t necessarily be doctors. “And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.” 2 Kings 17:17 (KJV)   

What an Iran nuclear deal could look like
World powers want to cut Iran’s ability to build an atomic weapon to a “one-year breakout time.” That would mean Tehran would need at least 12 months to be able to produce enough material for a nuclear bomb. The assumption is that the international community would have enough time to detect such a move — and could seek to strike or destroy the facilities.   

Iran Likely to Force Obama to Back Down on ‘Deadline Threat’
Quoting anonymous sources, AP said that marathon talks have produced “mixed results” but that both sides will issue a general statement to continue negotiations, exactly what President Obama said would not happen.   

One-Third of GOP Voters See Obama Worse for US than Assad and Putin
A Reuters online poll reveals that 34 percent of Republican voters view President Barack Obama as more of an imminent threat to the United States than Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin.   

TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE MOON
On Saturday morning, April 4th, sky watchers in the USA can see a brief but beautiful total eclipse of the Moon.   

If Liberals Are The Good Guys, Why Do They Lie So Much?
If you listen to liberals, you’d believe that conservatives are hateful, racist, cruel, selfish dishonest, mean-spirited Fascists while liberals are compassionate, caring, open minded, honest, giving saints who want the best for everyone. If that’s true, then why is it that liberals have to incessantly lie about what they’re doing, what’s happening in the world and about conservatives?   

Multiple Earthquakes Recorded In Oklahoma
at 12:57 a.m., a 3.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded 11 miles west of Stillwater, At 1:06 a.m., a 3.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded ten miles west of Stillwater, And again, at 9:17 a.m., another 3.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded 11 miles east, northeast of Perry…   

South Pacific Earthquakes Rattle Several Nations, Small Tsunami Follows
A pair of strong earthquakes rattled the South Pacific nations of Tonga, Samoa and Papua New Guinea Monday. The South Pacific earthquakes resulted in a small tsunami, frightening locals near the epicentre. However, there had been no reports of damage or injuries so far   

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria From American Cattle Become Airborne
Airborne particulate matter wafting off American cattle yards contains antibiotics, bacteria, and antibiotic-resistant DNA, a new study finds. …The work suggests airborne transmission may be contributing to an emerging global health problem, where doctors find it increasingly difficult to treat life-threatening infections.   

Turkey power outage hits big cities
Massive power cuts have hit dozens of provinces across Turkey, with officials saying a break in connections with mainland Europe could be to blame. The outage has affected power stations and public transport, including Istanbul’s tram and metro systems. A crisis centre has been set up at the energy ministry.   

Sources: US may push renewed discussion of the Saudi peace initiative
The United States may push a renewed discussion of the Saudi initiative to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, diplomatic sources in New York believe. According to the sources, the US would not initiate the move itself, but would “make sure” that another western state would introduce the move.   

Russia’s foreign minister to rejoin Iran talks, sees chance of success
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he would rejoin talks on Iran’s nuclear program in Lausanne later on Tuesday and said there was a good chance of success. “The chances are high. They are probably not 100 percent but you can never be 100 percent certain of anything. The odds are quite ‘doable’ if none of the parties raise the stakes at the last minute,” Lavrov told a news conference in Moscow.   

‘Biden told US Jews that Israel – not America – guaranteed their security’
Vice President Joe Biden told a gathering of prominent American Jewish officials last fall that they should look to Israel – and not the United States – as the ultimate guarantor of their community’s long-term safety. The surprising remarks, which were made during a Rosh Hashana celebration attended by government officials and members of Congress, were reported by Atlantic journalist Jeffrey Goldberg…   

Pentagon chief considers easing of enlistment standards
Saying the military needs to do more to compete with corporate America for quality recruits, Defense Secretary Ash Carter opened the door Monday to relaxing some enlistment standards — particularly for high-tech or cybersecurity jobs. Speaking to students at his former suburban Philadelphia high school, Carter said the military could ease age requirements and bring in older people who are mid-career, or provide student loan repayments to attract students who have finished college.   

NBC’s Ann Curry Compares Conservatives in U.S. to Skeptical Iranian Leaders Ahead of Deadline
While reporting on Monday’s NBC Nightly News with the latest from the Iranian side of the international talks in Switzerland over their nuclear program, Ann Curry became yet another member of the liberal media in smearing U.S. conservatives by likening them to radical hardliners in Iran’s Islamic regime.   

Iran nuclear talks intensify as key deadline nears
Foreign ministers from six world powers are meeting their Iranian counterpart, amid hopes of a breakthrough after almost 18 months of negotiations. They want to impose limits that would prevent Iran from producing enough fuel for a nuclear weapon within a year.   

Anti-Semitic incidents rise in Florida, across nation
Last summer, South Florida saw a spate of anti-Semitic incidents involving synagogues and cars spray-painted with swastikas, “Hamas” and hateful symbols, as well as protestors holding offensive signs at anti-Israel rallies   

Palestinians join ICC with Israelis in sights
The Palestinians formally gain membership of the International Criminal Court on Wednesday with the aim of pursuing Israelis for war crimes, despite uncertainty over the move’s wider ramifications.   

Former CFO on Food Stamps After Controversial Viral Video About Chick-Fil-A
A former CFO is now on food stamps after a video he posted on YouTube two and half years ago criticizing Chick-Fil-A went viral and destroyed his career.  


The McAvany Intel Memo

Some people in the liberal US media see Russia’s recent moves as Putin flaunting his chess skills. However, the moves in recent months by Putin, and even those from Obama and other Western countries, are more like a high-stakes poker game. One bad hand, a mistake that gives you away, a wrong bet, a failed bluff, and we could see desperate nations taking desperate actions. Is Putin bluffing regarding the Ukraine? He claims there are no Russian troops in the former Soviet state. The West says it has video footage confirming just the opposite. Would they lie? Regardless of whether he does or not, Putin’s moves today are built on preserving and building his country’s wealth, power, and sovereignty.

Putin’s opponent in the poker game is making it easy for him. President Obama telegraphs every move he’s going to make – as he did in the US-Russian confrontation over Syria in September 2013. Obama looked like a fool to the entire world when Putin backed him down from his hoped-for US invasion of Syria. Obama is predictable. He’s a known liar. And he’s scared to death of war with Russia or China – but that’s not necessarily true of his Neocon handlers. Putin believes Obama’s pacifist leanings are hiding a much more sinister revolutionary mindset – one that will attack when provoked. So Putin is preparing militarily (think nuclear) for the worst-case scenario. Economically, Putin and Russia expect oil prices to plunge. So they have built up reserves to cover any shortfall they may have. In fact, Russia has taken steps to build its economy regardless of the US/EU sanctions.

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, December 2014


March 30, 2015
ALAN KEYES — It’s official. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is competing in the GOP presidential primaries. I have only one question for him: Will he pledge to support the eventual GOP nominee, whoever that may be? De facto, this pledge is required of every competitor in the GOP primary process… (more)

March 30, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — What’s that old adage? If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck. Let’s apply the duck test to the question of Barack Obama’s latent anti-Semitism rising to the surface and manifesting itself in outrageous anti-Israel policies… (more)

March 30, 2015
NEWSMAX — Indiana has been under an “avalanche of intolerance” from people opposed to the state’s new religious freedom restoration law, said Gov. Mike Pence Sunday, but he supports the law and insisted that it will not be changed…. (more)


March 30, 2015
LARRY KLAYMAN — Hillary Clinton recently gave a speech and joked, in the context of the email scandal, that she needs a “new beginning” with the press. Right on, Ms. Hillary does need a new beginning: to be sent to prison…. (more)

March 28, 2015
TOP RIGHT NEWS — Stunning breaking news out of the Iranian nuke “talks” in Switzerland. A close media aide to Iranian President Rouhani has just defected during the height of nuclear talks, and leaked very disturbing information about the United States’ so-called “negotiating” team…. (more)


March 28, 2015
FOX NEWS — Senate Republicans are renewing efforts to learn why Huma Abedin, a top assistant to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was allowed to keep working at the agency under a special, part-time status while also being employed at a politically-connected consulting firm…. (more)

March 28, 2015
DAILY MAIL — Seven Southwestern states will soon be infiltrated by 1,200 military special ops personnel as part of a controversial domestic military training in which some of the elite soldiers will operate undetected among civilians…. (more)


March 28, 2015
BOB UNRUH — An attorney suing the CIA, Department of Defense and National Security Agency over the shootdown of the Extortion 17 helicopter mission hauling a quick-reaction force of Navy SEALs in Afghanistan in 2011 is asking a court to issue a contempt citation to the federal agencies…. (more)

March 28, 2015
NEW YORK POST — It’s 2020. The New England Patriots, winners of six straight Super Bowls, are having yet another routine meeting with the Commissioner’s Office…. (more)


March 28, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — The American family is dead, according to conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, and it didn’t die a natural death – – it was killed…. (more)

March 28, 2015
NEWSBUSTERS — Ted Cruz really knows how to put liberal teeth on edge. See this Washington Post headline: “Cruz compares climate change activists to ‘flat-Earthers.’ Where to begin?”… (more)

March 28, 2015
PROPUBLICA — Starting weeks before Islamic militants attacked the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, longtime Clinton family confidante Sidney Blumenthal supplied intelligence to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gathered by a secret network that included a former CIA clandestine service officer, according to hacked emails from Blumenthal’s account…. (more)

March 28, 2015
GARTH KANT — Hillary Clinton permanently deleted all of the emails on her private server by wiping it clean, according to the committee investigating Benghazi. Clinton has turned over more than 900 pages of emails to the House Select Committee on Benghazi, but it had requested many additional emails…. (more)


March 28, 2015
JEROME R. CORSI — As the U.S. presses for an agreement that could allow Iran to become a nuclear-weapons power, Hillary Clinton’s receipt of funds from the mullah-led Islamic regime and her hiring of a convicted Iranian-American multimillionaire with ties to Tehran as her national campaign finance director in 2008 could become an issue if she runs for president again…. (more)

March 28, 2015
NEWSMAX — Hillary Clinton, a likely Democratic candidate for president, is a “ticking time bomb'” who could destroy her own party, public advocacy group Freedom Watch founder Larry Klayman said Friday…. (more)

March 28, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — Allegations are mounting that the Obama administration withheld weapons and intelligence support from Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram in an effort to boost the chances of the Muslim candidate for president, who is a client of the political firm founded by key Obama strategist David Axelrod…. (more)


March 28, 2015
CNS NEWS — Unaccompanied children crossing the southern border into the United States still number in the thousands, probably the tens of thousands, even though the percentages are lower, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress on Thursday…. (more)


March 28, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who on Friday announced his retirement, had the lowest favorable ratings of all four House-Senate leaders, even among his own party…. (more)

March 28, 2015
NEWSMAX — Former ambassador John Bolton’s boldly blunt assessment that only bombing Iran first will stop it from building its own nuclear weapon is going viral…. (more)

March 27, 2015
WASHINGTON FREE BEACON — The Obama administration is giving in to Iranian demands about the scope of its nuclear program as negotiators work to finalize a framework agreement in the coming days, according to sources familiar with the administration’s position in the negotiations…. (more)

March 27, 2015
NEWSMAX — There is only one way to block the Iranians from building a nuclear bomb, according to former ambassador John Bolton: Bomb them first. “The inescapable conclusion is that Iran will not negotiate away its nuclear program,” Bolton wrote in an opinion piece for The New York Times on Thursday. “Nor will sanctions block its building a broad and deep weapons infrastructure.”… (more)


March 27, 2015
ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS — Obama revenge for Netanyahu’s Congress talk? 1987 report on Israel’s top secret nuclear program released in unprecedented move…. (more)


March 27, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — Muslim immigration from dangerous nations is dramatically higher in recent years, and government assurances that immigrants are being properly screened is “a farce”… (more)

March 27, 2015
JEROME R. CORSI — President Obama’s attorney-general nominee, Loretta Lynch, admitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee that her investigators in the money-laundering probe of HSBC were aware of evidence compiled by whistleblower John Cruz but she chose, nevertheless, not to bring criminal charges…. (more)

March 27, 2015
NEWSMAX — A young German co-pilot barricaded himself alone in the cockpit of Germanwings flight 9525 and apparently set it on course to crash into an Alpine mountain, killing all 150 people on board including himself, French prosecutors said on Thursday…. (more)

 Germanwings’ terror adds to annals of rogue pilots (WorldNetDaily)


5 Charts Which Show That The Next Economic Crash Is Dead Ahead

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 06:47 AM PDT

5 Charts Which Show That The Next Economic Crash Is Dead AheadA new report from Economic Collapse is sounding the alarm of the iceberg ahead for the Titanic! When an economic crisis is coming, there are usually certain indicators that appear in advance. For example, commodity prices usually start to plunge before a recession begins. And as you can see from the Bloomberg Commodity Index which you can find right here, this has already been happening. In addition, I have previously written about how the U.S. dollar went on a great run just before the financial collapse of 2008. This is something that has also been happening over the past few months. Some people would have you believe that nobody can anticipate the next great economic downturn and that to try to do so is just an exercise in “guesswork”. But that is not the case at all. We can look back over history and see patterns that keep repeating. And a lot of the exact same patterns that happened just before previous stock market crashes are happening again right now. FULL REPORT

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The Next-Generation Weapons That Russia Will Use Against The United States In World War III

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 06:43 AM PDT

The Next-Generation Weapons That Russia Will Use Against The United States In World War III The Russian military is in the midst of a sweeping modernization program, and it is currently developing some incredibly impressive offensive and defensive next-generation weapons that are designed to be used in a future war with the United States. The key to winning World War III will be to strike hard and to strike fast, and the Russians understand this. Meanwhile, the U.S. military has totally shifted gears from a “Cold War mindset” and is now completely focused on fighting smaller regional wars in the Middle East and elsewhere. As a result, U.S. strategic forces have suffered. There has been very little effort to modernize, and many of our nuclear missile silos are using technology that is ridiculously outdated. For example, CBS News has documented that eight inch floppy disks are still being used in many of our missile silos. And don’t expect things to change any time soon. At this point, the U.S. military plans to keep Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles that were originally deployed in the 1960s and 1970s in service until 2030. What all of this means is that the Russians are feverishly preparing to fight World War III and we are not. The following are just a few of the next-generation weapons that Russia will use against the United States during the next great global war… FULL REPORT

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Chile floods death toll rises to 17 – one of driest places on earth hit by worst flooding in 80 years

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 06:38 AM PDT

Chile floods death toll rises to 17 – one of driest places on earth hit by worst flooding in 80 yearsOfficials in Chile said 17 people were killed and 20 were still missing after flash floods devastated the Atacama region in the north of the country last week. The rains, which started on Tuesday, were the worst in 80 years to fall in the region, one of the driest on Earth. Almost 11,000 people have been affected and more than 4,500 are in shelters. Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said entire towns had been left without drinking water. We as a country will have to put a lot of effort in to get out of this situation,” Mr Penailillo said. Rivers burst their banks after heavy rains in the Andes sent floodwater down into the valleys and towns below. The desert town of Chanaral was among the hardest hit with rivers of mud covering many of its streets. In Tierra Amarilla, emergency workers rescued 13 miners who had been cut off in a remote mining camp for five days. The search for 20 people still missing continues. Among the thousands who lost their home is Victor Zamora, one of the Chilean miners who was trapped underground for 69 days in 2010. He told local media that he had lost everything. “It’s a tragedy,” he said. –Extinction Protocol

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Billionaire investor warns of coming central bank collapse followed by gold seizure

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 06:34 AM PDT

Billionaire investor warns of coming central bank collapse followed by gold seizure They say history may not always repeat itself, but it often rhymes. The worsening debt scenario in the U.S. and abroad could become a case in point. It’s not something that today’s kids will likely learn in civics class (if they even have a civics class), but it was an important event at the time. A few years into the Great Depression, the Roosevelt Administration did something radical with the monetary system, in order to financially prop up the government. Specifically, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered all gold being held in private hands to be surrendered to Uncle Sam. With Executive Order 6102, issued April 5, 1933, FDR made it mandatory for anyone holding “gold coin, gold bullion and gold certificates” to have them “delivered to the government.” FDR said his authority to issue the order stemmed from “Section 5 (b) of the Act of October 6, 1917, as amended by Section 2 of the Act of March 9, 1933, entitled ‘An Act to provide relief in the existing national emergency in banking, and for other purposes.’” Further, the Order prohibited “the hoarding of gold coin, gold bullion, and gold certificates within the continental United States by individuals, partnerships, associations and corporations….” FULL REPORT

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Russian analyst urges nuclear attack on Yellowstone National Park and San Andreas fault line

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 06:27 AM PDT

Russian analyst urges nuclear attack on Yellowstone National Park and San Andreas fault lineIn a chilling report A Russian geopolitical analyst says the best way to attack the United States is to detonate nuclear weapons to trigger a supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park or along the San Andreas fault line on California’s coast. The president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems based in Moscow, Konstantin Sivkov said in an article for a Russian trade newspaper on Wednesday, VPK News, that Russia needed to increase its military weapons and strategies against the “West” which was “moving to the borders or Russia”. He has a conspiracy theory that NATO – a political and military alliance which counts the US, UK, Canada and many countries in western Europe as members – was amassing strength against Russia and the only way to combat that problem was to attack America’s vulnerabilities to ensure a “complete destruction of the enemy”. “Geologists believe that the Yellowstone supervolcano could explode at any moment. There are signs of growing activity there. Therefore it suffices to push the relatively small, for example the impact of the munition megaton class to initiate an eruption. The consequences will be catastrophic for the United States – a country just disappears,” he said.  FULL REPORT

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Use of antibiotics in cattle feed leads to airborne antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 06:22 AM PDT

Use of antibiotics in cattle feed leads to airborne antibiotic-resistant bacteriaDNA from antibiotic-resistant bacteria is spreading from cattle feedlots across the US through the air, a new study has found. The report indicates that so-called superbugs threatening humans could be traced to the use of antibiotics in cattle feed. Antibiotic-resistant bacterial DNA is known to be transferable to humans if ingested via water or meat. The authors of the study sought to determine the extent to which antibiotics, antibiotic-resistance genes and microbes associated with ruminants like cattle are dispersed into the air via particulate matter derived from large scale beef cattle feedyards, they wrote in their abstract. The paper is set to be published in April. Despite evidence that agricultural use of antibiotics is a contributor to antibiotic-resistance, animal agriculture uses nearly 10 million kg of antibiotics annually in the United States alone. “This is the first test to open our eyes to the fact that we could be breathing these things,” Phil Smith, one of the paper’s authors and an environmental toxicologist at Texas Tech University, told the Texas Tribune. The scientists looked at the more than three-quarters of all cattle on US feedyards with more than 1,000 head ‒ a total of 8.24 million cattle ‒ were located in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado, an area called the Southern High Plains that “has the highest frequency of dust storms in the United States and the highest density of feedyards,” the authors noted. FULL REPORT

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Russian Tanks and Fighters Enter Eastern Ukraine

Posted: 30 Mar 2015 06:56 PM PDT

Russian Tanks and Fighters Enter Eastern Ukraine22 Russian tanks crossed into Ukraine’s separatist-held eastern territories over the weekend, as pro-Moscow forces continue to seep into Ukraine’s war-stricken Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Donetsk’s local pro-government officials reported yesterday. In a statement published on Donetsk’s regional government website, the deputy head of Ukraine’s anti-separatist military operations in Donetsk and Luhansk Valentin Fechev, condemned the “cynical lies” of pro-Russian fighters who have accused Ukraine of violating the ceasefire between the two sides, and instead gave a recent recap of Russian violations. Fechev told the regional government website that 22 tanks had crossed from Russia via the border town of Gukovo, into Ukraine’s Luhansk region, heading toward the city of Sverdlovsk for maintenance.  On Sunday night 15 separatist Grad missiles were fired at the Ukrainian city of Horlivka. The Donetsk administration explains that pro-Russian fighters had received 122mm Grad missiles as part of one of Russia’s so called “humanitarian convoys”, which continue to arrive in the rebel-held regions. According to the local administration the pro-Russian rebels underwent military exercises several days prior in the town of Yenakiieve, using heavy artillery and guns with the aim of eventually stationing them in the town of Horlivka. FULL REPORT

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Cyber air warfare: Mass hack sees British Airways freeze thousands of accounts

Posted: 30 Mar 2015 06:49 PM PDT

Cyber air warfare: Mass hack sees British Airways freeze thousands of accountsBritish Airways (BA) has locked down thousands of frequent flyer accounts after a mass cyber-attack from an unknown source. BA announced on Sunday it had frozen the accounts after becoming aware its systems had been hacked on a mass scale. The airline maintained that although the affected accounts number in the tens of thousands, no personal details of frequent flyers had been accessed or stolen. BA issued an apology to customers, saying the accounts would be freed up within a few days. The source of the hack is unknown, but it is believed to have been carried out using a computer program that infiltrated BA’s systems in search of vulnerabilities, before penetrating online security. In a statement, a BA spokesperson said: “British Airways has become aware of some unauthorized activity in relation to a small number of frequent-flyer executive club accounts. This appears to have been the result of a third party using information obtained elsewhere on the internet, via an automated process, to try to gain access to some accounts. FULL REPORT

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Saudi Arabia sends war planes into Yemen in terrifying clash with Iran

Posted: 30 Mar 2015 06:43 PM PDT

Saudi Arabia sends war planes into Yemen in terrifying clash with IranOn the brink of a new Middle Eastern catastrophe: Saudi Arabia sends war planes into Yemen in a terrifying clash with Iran leaving region at boiling point

  • Religious fissure between Sunni and Shia Muslims erupted into conflict 
  • Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Iran-backed Shia Houthi rebels 
  • 18 civilians were injured after Saudi warplanes targeted Sana’a in Yemen
  • Britain and America supported the Saudi-led military intervention 
  • Coalition deployed 100 fighter jets and 150,000 soldiers to fight in region

Truly, it is a terrifying development. The great religious fissure between Sunni and Shia Muslims that dominates the Middle East has erupted into open conflict in Yemen, the region’s poorest country, threatening to engulf the entire area in a wider war. In a dramatic escalation of the stakes, a Sunni coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Iran-backed Shia Houthi rebels who have swept south through the country. As Yemen veered towards political disintegration, the conflict exploded into a region-wide crisis that could have far-reaching and unpredictable international consequences. FULL REPORT

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Third Blood Moon coming for Passover, April 4th

Posted: 30 Mar 2015 06:37 PM PDT

Third Blood Moon coming for Passover, April 4thHere it comes! We are less than a week away from the Third of Four Blood Moons! This Total Lunar Eclipse or “Blood Moon”, is on April 4, 2015 and falls on the Feast of Passover on the Jewish Calendar. The Blood Moon will also be visible in most of North America, South America, Asia and parts of Australia. The Moon will be totally eclipsed (totality) for about 5 minutes. From beginning to end, it will last for 3 hours and 29 mins. This is the third eclipse in the 2014–2015 tetrad. FULL REPORT

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On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) Criticism of Indiana religious liberty law piles on, showing priority of sexual revolution

Malloy Bars State Travel to Indiana Amid “Religious Freedom” Law Backlash, NBC Connecticut

Tim Cook: Pro-discrimination ‘religious freedom’ laws are dangerous, Washington Post (Tim Cook)

2) New York churches may now be forbidden from using school facilities for worship

Supreme Court Leaves Intact New York’s Ban on Religious Services in Schools, New York Times (Marc Santora and Adam Liptak)

3) Secularist opposition to religious education exposes recognition of import of theology

Mayor de Blasio Emerges as an Unexpected Champion of Religion, New York Times (Michael M. Grynbaum and Sharon Otterman)

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan for prayer break in pre-K classes raises concerns, Syracuse Post-Standard (AP)

NYC mayor reaches out to religious schools to boost free pre-K access, World Magazine (Laura Edgehill)

4) College senior defends shutting down free expression of ideas for the sake of free expression of ideas

Campus ‘Safe Spaces’, New York Times
In other news…

Ooop’s, Another Pastor Inflates His Resume With an Unearned Doctorate

Hillsong insider: “I was not prepared for what I was about to witness that night”

The Idols of Alcoholics Anonymous

Video – Chris Rosebrough, Debunking Hagee’s Four Blood Moons

Mass exorcism of schoolkids leaves many in hysterics as priest attempts to ‘banish the Devil’

 


NY Assembly Passes Abortion Bill Allowing Shooting 3rd Trimester Babies Through the Heart With Poison

The New York State Assembly voted a resounding 94-49 Wednesday to approve a bill that would allow third trimester abortions using procedures such as a shot of poison to the baby’s heart by medical professionals who won’t necessarily be doctors.

“And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.” 2 Kings 17:17 (KJV)

National Right to Life, highlighted the approval of the bill, AB 6221. The bill was culled from the previous 10-point Women’s Equality Act, which was broken down into stand-alone bills.

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Protections relating to human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual harassment in the Women’s Equality Act had been stymied by abortion advocates pushing the expansion of third-trimester abortions.

Unborn Baby Claps Hands While Mum Sings Nursery Rhyme in Ultrasound Scan:

The bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, would expand New York State law, which now only allows abortion in the third trimester when the mother’s life is in danger, to permit abortion up to nine months of pregnancy. The bill also seeks to make it legal for a woman to have an abortion for any reason “relevant to the well-being of the patient.” This reason could be physical, emotional or psychological.

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Lori Kehoe, New York State Right to Life executive director, decried the passage of the bill.

“Expanding cruel and brutal third-trimester abortions has long been a goal of the anti-life lobby who never met an abortion they didn’t like,” she said. “With no regard for the fully developed unborn baby who is violently dismembered, or otherwise killed, the New York State Assembly once again put the abortion lobby above New York State women and their children.” source

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Anonymous Says It Will Take Down Israel On April 7th With An ‘Electronic Holocaust’ (VIDEO)

Anonymous says it will be attacking Israel on behalf of and in solidarity with the Palestinian people

“Ye shall not fear them: for the LORD your God he shall fight for you.” Deuteronomy 3:22 (KJV)

The clip is edited in the style of a television news report and features a masked and suited individual sitting behind a desk and reading from a prepared script as he declares plans for a massive cyber attack on April 7 – one week before Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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Declaring Palestinians youths a ‘symbol of freedom’, Anonymous says it will take down ‘servers, government websites, Israeli military websites, and Israeli institutions’ in a move that will ‘erase Israel from cyberspace in our electronic Holocaust‘.

‘Our message to the foolish Benjamin Netanyahu and all leaders in the Zionist entities, we will continue to electronically attack until the people of Palestine are free,‘ it adds.

The video threatens Israel with an ‘electronic Holocaust’ on April 7 – just one week before Holocaust Remembrance Day, known in Israel as Yom HaShoah.

The event is observed as Israel’s day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany.

News of Anonymous threat comes as a Jerusalem district court indicted a Palestinian from east Jerusalem on charges of traveling to Syria to join the Islamic State terrorist group.

Read the rest of the story on Daily Mail UK…

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Obama’s Israel hate, his next moves could involve a covenant at the UN dividing Israel’s land

Left, Israel’s Netanyahu, right, Obama in 2012.
Their relationship has not improved since then. Source

Today Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi of Efrat, compared US President Obama to the biblical figure of Haman, enemy of the Jews. The Jerusalem Post reports,

“The president of the United States is lashing out at Israel just like Haman lashed out at the Jews,” he said. “I’m not making a political statement,” he clarified, “I’m making a Jewish statement.” … Just as Mordechai was focused on saving the Jews of Persia from destruction, he said, so Netanyahu is focused on saving Israel and the world from destruction.

Rabbi Riskin is a prominent Rabbi in both the US and in Israel. Wikipedia lists Riskin’s associations and accomplishments:

“Riskin is the founding rabbi of Lincoln Square Synagogue on the Upper West Side of New York City, which he led for 20 years; founding chief rabbi of the Israeli settlement of Efrat in the West Bank; dean of Manhattan Day School in New York City; and founder and Chancellor of the Ohr Torah Stone Institutions, a network of high schools, colleges, and graduate Programs in the United States and Israel.”

In the article, Rabbi Riskin was referring to a recent round of nuclear talks between Israel and Iran with the US as mediator. The JPost article reported,

The World Values Network, founded and run by American rabbi and public figure Shmuley Boteach, took out a full page advertisement in The New York Times on Saturday comparing the deal being drawn up with Iran on its nuclear project to the Munich Agreement signed in 1938 by British prime minister Neville Chamberlain with Adolf Hitler, widely seen as an act of appeasement that emboldened the Nazi leader.

Foreign Affairs cover, 2012.

Six world powers and Iran are at work to meet a deadline Tuesday (March 31, 2015) for an agreement that would constrain Iran’s nuclear program or best case scenario, put it completely out of Iran’s reach. The nations meeting to discuss this are the US, represented by Secretary of State John Kerry, Iran represented by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Britain’s Philip Hammond and top diplomats of Russia, China, France and Germany. This is the first time they are meeting since November. The Iran/Nuclear issue has actually been on the table as a UN agenda item for 12 years.

The issue is that Israel and the West claim that Iran is working assiduously to obtain a nuclear bomb. Iranian scientists are hard at work underground like worker bees with spinning centrifuges and scientific advances that will allow them to create and presumably use a nuke, presumably against Israel. Israel believes this is an existential threat against their existence because Iran has said many times that it wants to wipe Israel from the earth. Iran’s use of a nuke on the tiny country would certainly go a long way toward that dastardly goal.

The other issue is that the 6 mediating nations, including the US, are taking Iran at their word when they say they will not use the bomb, that their pursuit is for “peaceful purposes.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blasted the impending nuclear deal between the P5+1 world powers and the Iranian regime, calling the accord a historically bad agreement that lets Iran race towards nuclear weapons development.

Worst, it has become clear that Obama is an enemy of Israel and a friend to Iran. The Jewish Press goes so far as to say that Obama’s behavior toward Israel, our only Middle East ally, is actually a declaration of war against the Jewish nation. The American Thinker said today that Obama creates chaos and calls it peace. Of the proposed nuke deal with Iran, Fox News asks if Obama wants Israel to commit suicide.

And now we are back to that interesting quote from the Rabbi with which I opened this article Obama as Haman-type and Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu as a Mordecai-type.

 

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Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin

The poll showed 34 percent of Republicans ranked Obama as an imminent threat, ahead of Putin (25 percent), who has been accused of aggression in the Ukraine, and Assad (23 percent). Western governments have alleged that Assad used chlorine gas and barrel bombs on his own citizens. View the graphic.

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The Last Days

Two of the most dominant eschatological positions in Christendom today, are Amillennialism, and Post-Millennialism. Literally, hundreds of millions of people who claim the Christian faith, are taught and believe in either of these two views whether knowingly or unknowingly. In fact, most of these people have very little knowledge about the last days, and are kept in the dark by their denominational leadership. But why? I mean after all, why are Christians, of all people, so opposed to the return of the Messiah they claim to follow?

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Close Aide To Iranian President DEFECTS During Nuke Talks, Leaks Stunning Obama’s Deception

A close media aide to Iranian President Rouhani has just defected during the height of nuclear talks, and leaked very disturbing information about the United States’ so-called “negotiating” team.

He revealed that the European powers are opposed to the weak deal that Obama is pushing, and that the Obama team is acting as agents of Iran in the talks.

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Revenge, Abandonment, Betrayal – Markell

Did you ever expect to see those three words linked to the U.S.-Israel relationship? Have we fallen down a hole and we now are in an “Alice-in-Wonderland” world? America embraces her enemies and lifts sanctions on Iran. She will likely place sanctions on Israel. It is an upside down world. Is the Mad Hatter in charge?

Things aren’t falling apart–they’re falling in place.

The entire world is in the process of abandoning Israel which the Bible foretells in Zechariah 12:3. It is ultimately fulfilled in the Tribulation but the process begins much sooner.

Here’s what some are saying.

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‘Islam Is a Very Dark Theory’: How the Son of a Founding Member of Hamas Rejected Extremism and Converted to Christianity

Mosab Hassan Yousef, the bestselling author of “Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices,” appeared on The Glenn Beck Program Monday to discuss how he rejected radical Islam and converted to Christianity.

“I was brought up in a state of delusion, believing the Islamic theory that once we control the globe and build an Islamic State we can bring humanity, justice and happiness and solve the human condition,” Yousef said. “Islam is a very dark theory and we need to face this reality.”

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1 in 4 Americans Don’t Believe in God; Lack of Trust in Local Churches Cited as a Reason Why Adults Are Leaving the Faith

The study also found that rejection of the Bible and lack of trust in the church are two main reasons why people are turning away from faith. (Zaimov, The Christian Post)

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Planned Parenthood received $1.5 billion in taxpayer funds from 2010–2012

by Marsha West

According to Christian News Network:

A new report released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) shows that the abortion giant Planned Parenthood received $1.5 billion in taxpayer funding from 2010–2012.

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Indiana’s Mike Pence: “We’re not going to change the law”

by Marsha West

News Max reports:

Indiana has been under an “avalanche of intolerance” from people opposed to the state’s new religious freedom restoration law, said Gov. Mike Pence Sunday. Nevertheless, he supports the law and insisted that it will not be changed.

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Millennials Are The ‘Don’t Judge Generation’ On Sexual Morality

“What we see running through the answers is that where principles of fairness come up, millennials want to see equal access to health services, abortion and contraception. They think people should have individual freedom to make decisions.”

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Anxiety Attacks

“Look at how awesome our Lord is! Consider how amazingly gracious that He wants us to know He is in control, He loves us, He provides and protects us, and He commands us, “do not be anxious about your life.” If we are to be concerned or preoccupied about anything, it should be the things of the Lord (1 Cor. 7:32). When it comes to our daily life, Christ has freed us from anxiety. He has given us rest (Matt 11:28).”

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We Cannot Love God If We Do Not Love His Word

“It is very sad to me that in today’s sophisticated Western culture, people are more familiar with the twelve signs of the Zodiac than with the twelve tribes of Israel or the twelve Apostles. Our world likes to see itself as sophisticated and technological, but it remains filled with superstition. Christians are not immune to this.”

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Hymns We Should Sing More Often: Holy God, We Praise Your Name

“This is the first installment of an intermittent series I’ve called “Hymns We Should Sing More Often.” The aim is to remind us (or introduce for the first time) excellent hymns that are probably not included in most church’s musical canon.”

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What Christianophobia Looks Like In America

“As this survey illustrates, animosity toward Christians involves racial, educational, and economic factors; the people most likely to hold negative views of conservative Christians also belong to demographic groups with high levels of social power. Rich, white, educated Americans are major influencers in media, academia, business, and government, and these are the people most likely to have a distaste for conservative Christians.”

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Who The Unchurched Really Are

“Certainly, we need to proclaim the Gospel to everyone, and I don’t want to downplay the importance of evangelizing millennials, urbanites, college students, and everyone else. But doesn’t the church need to give some attention to the main demographic where the unchurched are?”

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NBCI’s 34,000 Black Churches Breaks Fellowship with Presbyterian Church (USA) Urges African American Protestant Denominations to Sever Ties

“The Presbyterian General Assembly, the top legislative body of the PSUSA, voted last June to revise the constitutional language defining marriage. This arbitrary change of Holy Scripture is a flagrantly pretentious and illegitimate maneuver by a body that has no authority whatsoever to alter holy text.”

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Tattoos For The Soul

“To know God is to believe who he has revealed himself to be in Christ, to rest in his grace, and to obey him in faith. In all of this, we are dependent on the Holy Scripture, and are compelled to affirm and articulate the truths revealed therein. This is where confessions of faith play a vital role in the spiritual health of the Christian and the local church.”

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The more things change…

This week we turn our eyes to world events and how the Church fits in – both the visible church of compromise, and the remnant of Bible-believing Christians. Joining us to discuss these global events is Gary Kah, who has been following, researchging and reporting a move toward massive globalization that is being shaped by […]

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Loving Obedience

by David de Bruyn

In an age of personal autonomy and glorified rebellion, we might struggle to understand biblical submission. What exactly is it? An Old Testament law provides a helpful illustration. The Hebrew indentured servant had the option to depart after his sixth year. But if he had come to admire, love and respect his master’s authority, he could publicly pledge his voluntary submission:

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Seven Essential Lessons from an Evangelical Scholar in the Secular Academy

by Michael Kruger

There are countless stories of evangelicals who head off to Ph.D. programs in hopes of becoming a professor and having a positive influence in the secular university environment. This is particularly the case in the field of biblical studies or philosophical theology. And such aspirations are certainly commendable.

Unfortunately, the outcome of such endeavors is not always as expected. While these evangelicals intend to influence the academy, very often the academy ends up influencing them. As a result, many evangelicals end up abandoning the very commitments that led them towards advanced study in the first place.

But even though academic study has led some evangelicals to abandon their commitments, occasionally the opposite happens. Sometimes secular scholars abandon their commitment to liberal thinking and actually become evangelicals. And when this happens, their eyes are opened up to a number of truths that they had never noticed before (or at least refused to notice).

Such is the story of Thomas Oden. Oden received his Ph.D from Yale under Richard Niebuhr and was enamored with the theology of Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, and Bultmann. He interacted with some of the greatest minds of his generation such as Gadamer, Pannenberg, and Karl Barth. He was a classic liberal scholar.

But, then Oden had a change of heart. He tells the story in his book, A Change of Heart: A Personal and Theological Memoir (IVP, 2014). One day a Jewish friend looked him in the eye and reminded him of something very few would dare to say: that he would stand under divine judgment on the last day.

Then his friend said, “If you are ever going to become a credible theologian instead of a know-it-all pundit, you had best restart your life on firmer ground” (137).

Ouch.

The words struck a nerve and Oden began a journey that eventually resulted in a 180 degree turn away from liberalism and towards historic, traditional Christianity. Oden’s story provides a rare glimpse into the world of modern liberal scholarship from the perspective of someone who used to believe all the standard critical views but then changed his mind. Thus, there are a number of lessons we can learn from his journey:

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Leadership Network wants evangelicals to spend a year learning from Peter Drucker

Is your church following the directives of Leadership Network? If you don’t know, you might want to find out. The latest push from this global organization is a book, A Year With Peter Drucker. Before your elders pick up a copy, you might want to ask them what they know about the influence of […]

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Media freak-out lands on “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” Russell Moore responds. @drmoore @hardball

by Denny Burk

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Kudos to Russell Moore for fighting the good fight in a tough venue. Moore completely outmatched the activist that he was paired to debate. Still, what strikes me about this conversation is that it is clear that Chris Matthews has no idea what the Indiana bill says. Even though Moore explains it rather plainly, Matthews still doesn’t get it.

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The media freak-out hits CNBC, and Ryan Anderson answers the bell

by Denny Burk

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Ryan does a great job explaining the real intent of the law. Again, the other talking heads are unable to hear the argument.

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The media freak-out hits “Morning Joe”

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John McCormack and Joe Scarborough are the only voices of sanity at this discussion (see above). The other talking heads are a perfect illustration of the irrational “media freak-out” that is the real story here. For more on that, read Rod Dreher’s remarks in my earlier post. Very troubling.

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Dear Insecure Girl

by Erin Davis | 3/30/15

She was beautiful.

Not in the “everyone is beautiful” kind of way but in the really, really beautiful kind of way. She had long blonde hair, flawless skin, and style that oozed cuteness.

With my blondish, brownish frizzy hair, not-so-flawless skin, and style that oozes “hot mess,” I was the one with the microphone. I was the speaker at an event at her church for girls and women that weekend, and it was time for a Q & A. Anyone could ask me anything. I thought she was so brave for throwing her hand up with her momma sitting right beside her and 300 other women around her. I thought she was really brave when she asked this question,

“What would you say to a girl who feels like she’s not enough? I’m just not very confident. How can I deal with this insecurity?”

I bet I could cut and paste most of you into her seat. You know what it’s like to feel insecure. For some of you, it feels like that’s all you know. So, what did I say to her? What would I say to you? Here’s my advice for insecure girls everywhere . . .

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The Daily Discovery (March 31, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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State Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (‘RFRAs’): What are they and why are they needed? – “Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) refers to a state law that mirrors the federal statute by the same name and which prohibits the government from burdening religious exercise unless it meets a high level of legal scrutiny. Chuck Schumer, Ted Kennedy, and then-State Senator Barack Obama are just a few examples of politicians who have voted for a RFRA at the state or federal level.”

RFRA: Hoosiers vs. Imperious Illiberals – “Indiana Governor Mike Pence recently signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in a small, humble ceremony—unlike the prideful, garish, gay ceremony that former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn staged for the signing of Illinois’ marriage-deconstruction law (invited 2,300 guests, used 110 pens, imported Abraham Lincoln’s desk from Springfield for the signing, and quoted from the Gettysburg Address.)”

The Ind. of the Road for Religious Freedom? – “Indiana is more than the “crossroads of America” — it’s the crossroads of the entire religious liberty debate. The Left made sure of that, fabricating all kinds of baseless outrage over the state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). What started out as a harmless affirmation of the First Amendment turned into a blow-up of national proportions — with “truth optional” journalism leading the way.”

Bullies and Bigots of Big Gay on the Attack in Indiana – “The homosexual lobby has reacted with a spectacular display of hatred and vitriol in the wake of the passage of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). This is a law that protects religious liberty for every individual and business in the state.”

Religious Bigots and Their Special Kind of Stupid – “Let’s begin with a simple multiple choice question.  The “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” that just became law in Indiana was inspired by similar legislation passed by which of the following duos?


SERMON:

The Great Trinity Debate, London, 2010


VIDEOS:

John Barros on RC Sproul and St. Andrews pro-life endeavors.

Justification – Milton Vincent


“If you alter or obscure the Biblical portrait of God in order to attract converts, you don’t get converts to God, you get converts to an illusion. This is not evangelism but deception.” – John Piper

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Sunday’s Coming: The Resurrection and the Person of Christ

He Has RisenThis coming Sunday morning, we will gather together as the people of the risen King who delight to bring Him praise, and will celebrate the triumphant victory of King Jesus, who died for our sins according to the Scriptures, who was buried in a borrowed tomb, and who three days later rose from the grave, triumphant and victorious over sin and death.

But the heights of our praise will not exceed the depth of our theology. Our praise to Christ can only soar as high as our understanding of His glorious person and work is rooted in the rich soil of God’s Word. Our worship of Christ for His resurrection will not rise higher than our understanding of His resurrection.

And so to enflame our worship of the risen Lord Jesus Christ as we anticipate this Resurrection Sunday, I want to dedicate this and the next few days to meditating on the biblical and theological significance of the resurrection of Christ. Today I want to focus particularly on what implications the bodily resurrection have with relation to the resurrected Lord Himself.

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Is The Father Greater Than The Son?

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Q.  I am having trouble with Jesus’ statement in John 14: 28.  “You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.”  Did He say this because He was still on earth?

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Are These People Saved Or Not?

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Q. Whilst listening to a pastor preaching the gospel, something really stood out regarding the committing of oneself to Christ. The pastor pointed out that there are many people who believe they are saved, purely because they said a ‘sinners prayer’ accepting that Jesus died for their sins.  The aspect which he believed was missing was a conviction of sin and repentance. He spoke of being ‘salt’ and ‘light’ and not being conformed to this world. He spoke of God’s Righteousness and Holiness and commented that most salvation messages had eliminated these elements of ‘repent and turn from your sins’.  Are people who just say the sinner’s prayer saved or not?

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When Do We Stop Praying?

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Q.  I have a question regarding praying for our country. Referring to Jeremiah 7:16, isn’t there a point where God’s patience runs out and His mind is made up regarding the fate of a peoples. I can’t help but think that the United States has reached that point where we have stuck our finger in His eye one time too many and judgement is sure to come. How can we know when we have reached this point?

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Hillary Clinton attacks Indiana’s religious liberty law

WINTERY KNIGHT

First, let’s take a look at what Jesus says about same-sex marriage.

Matthew 19:1-6:

1 Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan.

2 And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

3 And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?”

4 He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female,

5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?

6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

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Brother’s Keeper

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gallantWhat I am about to state here is raw and blunt. I am placing myself at great risk of receiving severe wedgies from a variety of antagonists. Friends may reprove me for stirring up unnecessary strife. But this has been on my heart for a few weeks now, and I believe the subject is of such vital importance, I’m willing to take the risks. We need to address the proverbial elephant in the room.

Would the finger-wagging scolds on social media please stop with their insistence that I embrace theonomists as brothers? Their rebukes are both patronizing and phony.

Let’s face reality, shall we? Ever since the big debate on theonomy, when JD Hall exposed their tender underbellies, theonomists on various social media platforms have been gripped with raging paroxysms that froth contempt against their detractors. The ones I have tussled with are arrogant, condescending, and ridiculing of anyone who thought…

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40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers (Week Six: Tuesday)

Tuesday

Day 36: Is the historical evidence for the resurrection so strong that even Jewish scholars will accept it?

Confession: Psalm 123:1–2

I lift up my eyes to you,

the one enthroned in the heavens.

Behold, as the eyes of servants

look to the hand of their master,

as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,

so our eyes look to Yahweh our God,

until he is gracious to us.

Reading: Mark 15:21–32

And they forced a certain man who was passing by, Simon of Cyrene (the father of Alexander and Rufus), who was coming from the country, to carry his cross. And they brought him to the place Golgotha (which is translated “Place of a Skull”). And they attempted to give him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him and divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots for them to see who should take what. Now it was the third hour when they crucified him. And the inscription of the charge against him was written, “The king of the Jews.” And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left. And those who passed by reviled him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! The one who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself by coming down from the cross!” In the same way also the chief priests, along with the scribes, were mocking him to one another, saying, “He saved others; he is not able to save himself! Let the Christ, the king of Israel, come down now from the cross, so that we may see and believe!” Even those who were crucified with him were reviling him.

Reflection

The Passion of Christ was very bitter for three reasons:

  1. The goodness of Him suffering is marked by three circumstances—First, He harmed no one: “He committed no sin” (1 Peter 2:22 nrsv). Second, He most patiently sustained the injuries laid upon Him: “When he was abused, he did not return the abuse” (1 Pet 2:23 nrsv); “I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter” (Jer 11:19 nrsv). Third, He was doing good to all: “He went about doing good” (Acts 10:38 nrsv); “I have shown you many good works from the Father” (John 10:32 nrsv).
  2. The indignity of His death is marked by three things—First, He was judged, which was the most wicked of all: “But they kept shouting, ‘Crucify, crucify him!’ ” (Luke 23:21 nrsv). Second, He suffered many indignities: “They gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head … and they spat on him” (Matt 27:27–30 nrsv). Third, because He was condemned to a most shameful death: “Let us condemn him to a shameful death” (Wisdom of Solomon 2:20 nrsv).
  3. The cruelty of those who crucified Him is seen from three things—First, He was very cruelly flagellated before death: “… after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified” (Matt 27:26 nrsv). Second, at the point of death He was given vinegar and hyssop to drink: “So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth” (John 19:29 nrsv); “For my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink” (Psa 69:21 nrsv). Third, He was wounded even after death: “One of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear” (John 19:34 nrsv).

—Thomas Aquinas

The Lord’s Work and Ours

Response

In His final moments on the cross, Jesus experiences total isolation and rejection. Spend time rereading and quietly reflecting on the details of this passage in Mark.[1]

 

[1] Van Noord, R., & Strong, J. (Eds.). (2014). 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Who are genuine Christ followers?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

18 Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 And He *said to them, “ Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. 21 Going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. (Matthew 4:18-22 NASB)

It seems like just the other day, but I actually it was in late 2004 through 2005 and into 2006 that the old Slice of Laodicea blog was going full tilt, Jim Bublitz, Ken Silva and Ingrid were taking it…

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March 30, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Collection

Whether we like it or not, God intends to give us what we need, not what we now think we want. —C.S. Lewis

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Mar. 30, 2015

BLOOMBERG

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from white high school students who sued after an assistant principal asked them to turn their American flag T-shirts inside-out to prevent fights from breaking out on Cinco de Mayo.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has failed to produce any new documents in response to a congressional subpoena related to the 2012 attacks on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, and has also wiped her e-mail server clean, said a Republican lawmaker.

Shiite Houthis fought forces loyal to Yemen’s embattled president for control of his government’s last stronghold as Saudi Arabia led air assaults on rebel positions and held out the possibility of a ground invasion.

Consumer purchases rose 0.1 percent, less than projected in February, indicating the biggest part of the U.S. economy will find it hard to sustain momentum after the best quarter since 2006.

Volvo Car Group plans to build its first auto factory in the U.S. in a $500 million investment to revive sales following a plunge in demand over the past decade.

On Thursday morning, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul spoke at a prayer breakfast inside the Capitol Hill Club, right between the House offices and the Republican National Committee. The Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody had exclusive access to the meeting, and had a camera right on Paul as he urged ministers and activist to battle the “moral crisis” that has led to mass acceptance of gay marriage.

Banks face a push from international regulators for stiffer rules on the capital needed to handle an increase in interest rates.

AP Top Stories

Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program entered a critical phase on Monday with substantial differences still remaining less than two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted Monday of unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter in a retrial on corruption charges, the latest chapter in the downfall of a man who only years earlier hoped to lead the country to a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Eight people were killed and 10 injured early Monday after a van drove through a stop sign and careered off a Florida highway into a canal, officials said.

Saudi Arabia accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy on Sunday, telling an Arab summit that he should not express support for the Middle East while fuelling instability by supporting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

South Korea on Monday selected Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and partner Lockheed Martin for a multi-billion-dollar contract to develop 120 “indigenous” fighter jets to replace Seoul’s ageing fleet.

A third of Republicans believe President Obama poses an imminent threat to the US, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

A month long Philippine offensive against hardline Muslim rebels ended Monday after 139 insurgents were killed, 12 others were captured and bomb-making strongholds were seized by troops, the military chief said.

Solar Impulse 2 takes off from Myanmar’s second biggest city of Mandalay and heads for China’s Chongqing, the fifth flight of a landmark journey to circumnavigate the globe powered solely by the sun.

Twenty-three people were injured when an Air Canada jet struck an antenna and crash landed as it attempted to touch down in heavy snow at Halifax airport early Sunday. Like the doomed Germanwings flight, the Air Canada plane involved in Sunday’s incident was an Airbus A320.

A major earthquake with a magnitude 7.7 struck off Papua New Guinea on Monday, official monitors said, and a tsunami warning was issued soon after.

Iran is trying to expand its empire much like Adolf Hitler’s Germany in the lead up to World War II, former CIA Director James Woolsey said Monday.

Failing to repay student loans has all sorts of terrible consequences, but in some states, more than just your financial well-being is at risk – student loan default could cost you your professional certification or even your driver’s license.

BBC

The passport numbers and Visa details of 31 world leaders were accidentally emailed to the organizers of the Asian Cup in Australia before the G20 summit in Brisbane in November 2014. Those affected included President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Guinean President Alpha Conde has declared a 45-day “health emergency” in five regions in the west and south-west of the country over Ebola. The restrictions included the quarantining of hospitals and clinics where new cases are detected, new rules on burials and possible lockdowns.

The heads of Arab League meeting in Egypt have agreed to create a joint Arab military force.

More than 1,000 men have reportedly been arrested in India’s Bihar state for impersonating candidates in physical fitness tests for the police. The men had been hired to pass themselves off as the candidates.

WND

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group is attempting to restrict the delivery of babies by caesarean, deeming the practice Western and “un-Islamic.”

If the U.S. and international community do not intervene, Christians may be driven out of the Middle Eastern Arab countries within two years, warned Lebanese parliamentarian.

Resistance to militarization of local police has been enacted with a bill signed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie that bans local law-enforcement agencies from obtaining such equipment without authorization from their local government.


Iranian Defector: US Working ‘On Behalf’ of Iran
An Iranian journalist and top media aide to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani defected while covering the nuclear talks in Switzerland and has accused the United States’ team of acting on Iran’s behalf in the negotiations.   

Islamic State group beheads 8 Shiites in Syria’s
A new video released by the Islamic State group on Sunday shows its fighters cutting off the heads of eight men said to be Shiite Muslims. The video posted on social media said the men were beheaded in the central Syrian province of Hama.   

Situation Normal: Hillary Clinton obstructs justice and operates outside the law
You’d think an elderly harridan and grandmother would find lower risk hobbies. What we do know for a fact is that Hillary Clinton has not produced all the emails requested by the Benghazi committee and she has not turned over all of her work related emails to the State Department.   

Germany says Greece must flesh out reforms to unlock aid
Greece’s biggest creditor Germany said on Monday that the euro zone would give Athens no further financial aid until it has a more detailed list of reforms and some are enacted into law, adding to scepticism over plans presented last week.   

No more Christians in the Mideast within 2 years
Lebanese MP Samy Gemayel gives dire warning. “Today all the moderates in the region are taken between two big extremists powers. On one side you have ISIS and on the other side you have the Islamic state of Iran.   

Bishop names late Tory MP Enoch Powell in child sex abuse, satanic worship scandal
Allegations of satanic worship and child abuse involving the late firebrand Tory MP Enoch Powell have been handed to staff investigating the VIP pedophile sex ring alleged to have operated in Westminster in the 1980s. Powell, who died in 1998, is one of a series of high-profile figures named in a Church of England (CofE) review into historic sex abuse, which was given to Scotland Yard by the Bishop of Durham Paul Butler.   

Americans see Putin as only slightly more imminent threat than Obama, poll says
when asked about both U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, it was a pretty darn close call — 20 percent saw Putin as an imminent threat compared to 18 percent who said the same about Obama.   

Setbacks and progress as Iran, six powers meet to end nuclear impasse
The foreign ministers of Iran and six world powers met on Monday in a final push for a preliminary nuclear accord less than two days before their deadline as Tehran showed signs of backing away from previous compromise offers.   

The battle for the Middle East’s future begins in Yemen as Saudi Arabia jumps into the abyss
Unprecedented in modern Arab history, a Sunni Muslim coalition of 10 nations – including non-Arab Pakistan – has attacked another Arab nation. The Sunnis and the Shia of the Middle East are now at war with each other in Iraq, in Syria and Yemen. Pakistan is a nuclear power. The armies of Bahrain and the Gulf states include Pakistani soldiers. Pakistanis were among the dead in the first great battle against Iraqi troops in the 1991 Gulf War.   

Strong earthquakes strike South Pacific
A pair of strong earthquakes struck off the South Pacific nations of Tonga and Samoa on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning was issued. The U.S. Geological Survey said the first quake had a magnitude of 6.4 and a depth of 11 kilometers (7 miles), striking 109 kilometers (68 miles) northeast of Tonga’s Hihifo district Monday night.   

Major 7.7 Quake Strikes Off Papua New Guinea, Tsunami Warning Issued
A major earthquake with a magnitude 7.7 struck off Papua New Guinea on Monday, official monitors said, and a tsunami warning was issued soon after.   

Bashar al-Assad says US air strikes are not easing jihadist threat
President Bashar al-Assad of Syria claims the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has recruited followers and gained in strength despite a US bombing campaign. In an interview with CBS television, he said he was open to talks with the US, insisting that he retained the support of much of the population But he also accused Washington of exaggerating the impact of air strikes.   

Kashmir floods: Srinagar residents told to move to safety
A flood alert has been issued in Indian-administered Kashmir following torrential rain and a surge in the water level of the Jhelum river. Authorities have asked people living near the river to leave their homes and move to safer places. At least 10 people are missing after landslides buried a number of houses.   

Poll: Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin, Assad
A third of Republicans believe US President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5…   

Obama does it again
The Muslim Marxist in the White Mosque continues, on a daily basis, to exceed our expectations. Just when you think he can’t get any more lawless, or corrupt, or incompetent, or traitorous, he does. But like he claims to be the case with American’s achievements, he doesn’t do it alone. He’s had massive assistance from the “mainstream” media, the Democrat Party, and to the disgust of patriotic Americans nationwide, the Republican Establishment.   

Iranian Defector: ‘U.S. Negotiating Team Mainly There to Speak on Iran’s Behalf’
An Iranian journalist writing about the nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran has defected. In an interview Amir Hossein Motaghi, has some harsh words for his native Iran. He also has a damning indictment of America’s role in the nuclear negotiations. “The U.S. negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal,” Motaghi told a TV station after just defecting from the Iranian delegation while abroad for the nuclear talks. The P 5 + 1 is made up of United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, France, plus Germany.   

American-Israeli Rabbi compares Obama to Haman
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi of Efrat, on Saturday night compared US President Barack Obama to Haman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Mordechai. Speaking at the Jerusalem Great Synagogue, the American-born Riskin said that he could not understand what was going through Obama’s mind. “The president of the United States is lashing out at Israel just like Haman lashed out at the Jews,” he said. “I’m not making a political statement,” he clarified, “I’m making a Jewish statement.”   

Big Brother Is Here: Facebook Reveals Its Master Plan – Control All News Flow
In recent months, Facebook has been quietly holding talks with at least half a dozen media companies about hosting their content inside Facebook rather than making users tap a link to go to an external site.   

Does Iran Have Secret Nukes in North Korea?
In October 2012, Iran began stationing personnel at a military base in North Korea, in a mountainous area close to the Chinese border. The Iranians, from the Ministry of Defense and associated firms, reportedly are working on both missiles and nuclear weapons. Ahmed Vahidi, Tehran’s minister of defense at the time, denied sending people to the North, but the unconfirmed dispatches make sense in light of the two states announcing a technical cooperation pact the preceding month.   

French local elections: Exit polls suggest Conservative win
The UMP, led by former President Nicolas Sarkozy, appeared set to secure at least 65 local councils, exit polls suggested, up from 41. Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front also appeared to have made gains, while the ruling Socialists and their allies may lose about 30 departments.   

Major 7.7 quake strikes off Papua New Guinea, tsunami warning issued
A major earthquake with a magnitude 7.7 struck off Papua New Guinea on Monday, official monitors said, and a tsunami warning was issued soon after. The epicenter of the 33 km (22 mile) deep quake was near the town of Rabaul in the northeast of Papua New Guinea, The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.   

Syria’s Assad says Islamic State has expanded since start of U.S. air strikes
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a U.S. television interview that Islamic State, which has seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, has been gaining recruits since the start of U.S.-led air strikes against the militant group.   

Israel premier expresses ‘deep concern’ on pending Iran deal
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he has “deep concern” over a pending nuclear deal the West appears close to signing with Israel’s arch-enemy Iran.  


Daily Digest

March 30, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“[A] constitution of government once changed from freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” –John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, 1775

TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS

Bergdahl’s Defense May Say He’s a Whistleblower

The whispers coming out of the Pentagon are that Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl may defend himself against charges of desertion by arguing he left his unit at an observation post in 2009 to report on his fellow soldiers’ lack of discipline and strife with his commanders. For some reason, Bergdahl thought the best way to do that was to leave for another U.S. base in the dead of night, days before his unit was to head back, leaving his uniform and firearm behind. CNN reports, “Bergdahl was planning to report what he believed to be problems with ‘order and discipline’ in his unit, a senior Defense official tells CNN. A second official says Bergdahl had ‘concerns about leadership issues at his base.’ … ‘This was a kid who had leadership concerns on his mind,’ the second official said. ‘He wasn’t fed up, he wasn’t planning to desert.'” So six soldiers are dead and five Taliban jihadis will soon rejoin the battlefield because Bergdahl wanted to take a walk to another base and file a complaint? Yeah, right.

Chuck Schumer Is No Better Than Harry Reid

Sen. Harry Reid hasn’t even taken a step out the door and some people already miss his “leadership.” After Reid announced his retirement, the Democrat senator next in line is Chuck Schumer. And looking at Schumer’s track record, the New York Democrat is probably the worst of two evils. He has said he disagrees with the Supreme Court’s definition of religious liberty, he wants to tax the snot out of “rich” people, and he’s as gun-phobic as they come. Political analyst Charles Krauthammer argued that Reid “emasculated [the Senate] in the name of protecting the president and trying to re-elect Democrats.” It always seemed like Republicans only had two years before the game would change again. Depending on how the 2016 elections go, it may get a lot harder. With Schumer holding the reins of Democrat leadership, he would be fully guided by the far-Left ideal. And if he controls the Senate, he may do the chamber more harm than even Reid managed. More…

Weekly Address: Tax the Rich!

Barack Obama never lets a week go by without waging class warfare. This time, he hit the Republican budget in his weekly address. “Protecting working Americans’ paychecks shouldn’t be a partisan issue,” he said, making it a partisan issue. “But the budget Republicans unveiled last week would make it harder, not easier, to crack down on financial fraud and abuse. And this week, when Republicans rolled out their next economic idea, it had nothing to do with the middle class. It was a new, more-than-$250 billion tax cut for the top one-tenth of the top one percent of Americans. That would mean handing out an average tax cut of $4 million a year to just 4,000 Americans per year, and leaving the rest of the country to pay for it.” Sometimes we tire of correcting him, but a tax cut is not a “hand out.” The money first belongs to the earner, not the government. Obama and his ilk have it backwards. He continued yammering about “everyone [doing] their fair share” and “middle-class economics,” but the message was the same old leftist redistributionist drivel.

Hillary Clinton Hit Ctrl+Alt+Del on Her Email

The House committee investigating the 2012 attack on Benghazi learned former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pressed the reset button on her private email account that held all her communication from her time in office. Her emails are gone. In a statement, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said, “We learned today, from her attorney, Secretary Clinton unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server. While it is not clear precisely when Secretary Clinton decided to permanently delete all emails from her server, it appears she made the decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the Secretary to return her public record to the Department.” It is thought Clinton’s homebrew email account was built to be permanently deleted, not for critical concerns like security. And she put that design to use when people started investigating. Now, the question is, will Clinton get away scot-free from willfully destroying government records that rightfully belong to the American people? In the meantime, perhaps Gowdy and his committee can ask the NSA and the Russians if they could forward them copies of Clinton’s communications. More…

What Time Is It? Time to Start Arctic Drilling

While the U.S. is enjoying a boom in oil production, it has been no thanks to Barack Obama’s policies — as federal lands remain closed, the growth is almost entirely on private lands. Yet no good thing lasts forever, and even the government says we should be prepared. The Associated Press reports, “The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study submitted Friday.” It takes years from exploration to first barrel on the market, so best to get started. Thanks to economic growth in China, India and elsewhere, fossil-fuel demand is expected to grow — in spite of leftist climate alarmism. So why the Arctic? The AP says geologists estimate it “holds about a quarter of the world’s undiscovered conventional oil and gas deposits.” More oil drilling has never been a policy goal for the Obama administration, but even a stopped clock is right twice a day. That said, an Energy Department study is hardly going to persuade Obama to open up the spigots.

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RIGHT ANALYSIS

The Left Defends Individual License, Not Rights

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Mike Pence

Indiana is ground zero for the latest in a long line of protests now mandatory in the standard operations of the Left. At issue is the Hoosier State’s new religious liberty law, which most of the Leftmedia are inclined to put in scare quotes — as if “religious liberty” is a made-up fantasy. And that’s exactly why such laws are needed.

All the ingredients are present to cook up a hyper-responsive framework to marginalize targets — celebrities and corporate CEOs yammering about discrimination and “hate,” raving partisans calling for resignations and activists organizing boycotts. The leaders of the Left, including Saul Alinsky disciple Barack Obama, must be very proud of the kerfuffle. Indeed, Obama’s spokesman Josh Earnest said the law appears to “legitimize discrimination.”

Last week, Indiana’s state house, senate and governor all supported legislation based upon current federal law to protect religious liberty. Republican Governor Mike Pence’s signature placed the state in the same category of 19 others in modeling legislation on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. That law was signed by Bill Clinton after Democrats led by the likes of Ted Kennedy and Chuck Schumer supported religious liberty.

Oh, and by the way, Illinois is one of those 19 states, and its law passed with the vote of a then-state senator by the name of … Barack Obama.

Just prior to signing the 1993 federal law, Clinton described its scope: “What this law basically says is that the government should be held to a very high level of proof before it interferes with someone’s free exercise of religion. This judgment is shared by the people of the United States as well as by the Congress. We believe strongly that … we can never be too vigilant in this work.”

But Democrats’ support for religious liberty completely evaporated when they literally booed God at the party’s convention in 2012.

The Indiana law, named the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (sound familiar?), does not institutionalize discrimination as those on the “tolerant” Left declare. Instead, it protects the likes of businesses in the well-publicized cases of bakery owners, florists and wedding photographers attacked by the Left for standing by the teachings of their faith.

Simply, business owners whose faith says the same thing as God does about homosexuality — that the act is a sin — have their rights protected to observe their faith and not be forced to endorse, for example, a same-sex wedding ceremony.

We know that’s brutal, calling homosexuality a sin — just as it is to call abortion the murder of an infant. Operating a business on principles of faith where the observant says the same thing about love, goodness, mercy, sin, judgment and righteousness as the God being worshipped… It’s simply brutal to some.

Appreciate that in the world of the unicorn-riding Left, the only rights that exist are awarded by the state based on secular whims of division by constituency. It’s where sexual preference is celebrated, the acceptance of destructive behavior is applauded and antagonism of politically incorrect faith is the ideal.

The Left does not fight for the rights of individuals. They fight for the license of individuals, or the freedom to act upon one’s instincts, rather than rights and responsibilities.

The federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 and the laws of the other 19 states have not conjured up or encouraged discrimination. On the contrary, we’re watching a “hands up, don’t shoot” moment in the making where the false narrative of the activist Left is parroted and crafted into “fact” by the presstitutes in the media. It’s awfully difficult to articulate a stance based on reason, precedent and true rights to a group inflamed by emotion and invested in the movement-of-the-moment.

This effective tactic employed by the Left — of marginalizing those with standards and a moral compass — is destroying our society’s foundations and, dangerously, the truth itself.

Will you be forced to participate in an act that violates your faith? Asked another way: Will one’s politics and cultural conveniences determine one’s god, or will God determine one’s politics and culture?

Outing Israel’s Nuke Program

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No doubt by command of a president with the impulses of a passive-aggressive teenager, the Obama administration recently declassified a formerly top-secret Department of Defense document illuminating the details of Israel’s nuclear program.

The betrayal occurred early last month, when the release of the 1987 report, “Critical Technological Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations,” breached a longstanding mutual silence aimed at preventing a Middle East arms race. Released just prior to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 address to Congress, the 386-page report reveals critical details regarding how Israel advanced its military technology and its development of a nuclear infrastructure during the 1970s and 1980s.

The document reveals that the Jewish State’s nuclear infrastructure is “an almost exact parallel of the capability currently existing at [U.S.] National Laboratories,” and that Israeli research efforts “are equivalent to our Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.” It further revealed that, in some cases, Israel’s military prowess “is more advanced than in the U.S.”

Israeli news site Arutz Sheva, highlighting this story with an intensity that stands in stark contrast to an American mainstream media that ignored it, says Israel was singled out: “[W]hile the Pentagon saw fit to declassify sections on Israel’s sensitive nuclear program, it kept sections on Italy, France, West Germany and other NATO countries classified, with those sections blocked out in the document.”

The document release was an ostensible effort by the Obama administration to comply with a three-year-old Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by anti-Israel activist Grant F. Smith. His group, Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, in conjunction with anti-Israel groups If Americans Knew and the Council for the National Interest (CNI), holds an annual Israel-bashing conference in Washington, DC. During last year’s conference, San Francisco radio host Jeffrey Blankfort referred to our nation’s capital as “Israeli-occupied territory” and spoke of “AIPAC’s occupation of Congress.” Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) opined that “the pro-Israel lobby usually has a whole lot of money and those of us who act of conscious generally don’t. … [T]hey can buy and intimidate people.” And CNI Executive Director Philip Giraldi offered up an Israeli-based truther narrative with regard to 9/11: “The existence of a large scale Israeli spying effort at the time of 9/11 has been widely reported incorporating Israeli companies. … Five Israelis from one of the companies were observed celebrating against the backdrop of the Twin Towers going down.”

It’s useful to point out the same administration eager to get this information in the public domain is the one that has routinely stonewalled FOIA requests. The administration recently announced it would simply ditch regulations subjecting substantial portions of White House correspondence to FOIA requests, reversing a 30-year-old policy. And in a testament to the administration’s Orwellian instincts, the reversal was announced during “Sunshine Week,” the annual celebration of the Freedom of Information Act.

Yet when it comes to undermining Israel, the Most Transparent Administration in History™ is apparently up to the task.

A senior Israeli official who wished to remain anonymous offered the Times of Israel his take on Obama and company. “The White House is driven by three main motives,” he contended. “The first is revenge [for Netanyahu’s congressional speech]. The second is frustration: It’s no secret that they were involved in an attempt to bring down the Netanyahu government — something that we have clear knowledge of — and failed. The third [motive] is the administration’s attempt to divert attention from the negotiations with Iran to the Palestinian issue.”

The Times report also details Israel’s foray into hydrogen bomb-making — as in “developing the kind of codes … which detail fission and fusion processes on a microscopic and macroscopic level.”

Jewish Daily Forward blogger Michael Karpin puts that revelation in perspective, explaining, “It should be emphasized that in the history of the relations between the two countries there is no other published official American document that mentions in any way the Israelis’ development of hydrogen bombs.”

That’s because no other administration in American history has harbored as much animosity for Israel as this one. The New York Post’s Michael Goodwin exposes Obama’s despicable level of petulance, saying he is “paving the way for an Iranian nuke” and “hinting he’ll also let the other anti-Semites at Turtle Bay have their way.” Goodwin also notes why this is occurring: “Whatever form the punishment takes, it will aim to teach Bibi Netanyahu never again to upstage [Obama]. And to teach Israeli voters never again to elect somebody Obama doesn’t like.”

And if such petulance engenders a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, much as Saudi Arabia has already indicated?

So be it.

Furthermore, Americans should be clear that, despite protestations to the contrary, Obama’s contempt for Israel resonates within his party. It was Democrat delegates attending their 2012 National Convention who heartily booed the idea that Jerusalem should be the capital of the Jewish State. And it was Obama’s Chief of Staff Denis McDonough who told an adoring crowd of J Street leftists that Israel must end its occupation of the West Bank.

No doubt many in the White House are thrilled with the “outing” of Israel’s nuke program — courtesy of the same administration that will bend over backwards to keep any details of Iran’s efforts from being publicized, even after they reach a “historic” agreement. For those who believe such pie-in-the-sky diplomacy will be successful, it is worth remembering the equally “historic” Agreed Framework of 1994 that was trumpeted as a success in preventing North Korea from obtaining nukes.

Unfortunately, with the current gaggle of clueless Obama administration officials in charge, history gets to repeat itself — and Israel becomes target Numero Uno for an Islamofascist Iranian regime. For those aligned with Obama and his thoroughly twisted worldview, that’s known as a “twofer.”

TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

OPINION IN BRIEF

The Gipper: “I’ve learned in Washington that that’s the only place where sound travels faster than light.”

Columnist Jeff Jacoby: “Perhaps Netanyahu should be flattered that Obama holds him to such a high standard of constancy. The president has certainly never demanded it of himself. On a whole slew of issues, Obama has adamantly taken one position, then cast it aside when it was politically advantageous to do so. He stoutly told AIPAC that Jerusalem must remain the undivided capital of Israel. Then he took it back. He endlessly promised voters that if they liked their existing health plan, they could keep it. Then he took it back. He repeatedly explained that he didn’t have the authority to unilaterally change or ignore immigration law. Then he took it back. He coldly warned Syrian dictator Bashar Assad that any use of chemical weapons would cross a “red line” calling for a military response. Then he took it back. He firmly asserted that he was not in favor of same-sex marriage. Then he took it back. … Hypocrisy, thy name is Obama.”

Columnist George Will: “As Hillary Clinton begins her campaign to again reside with the White House furnishings, remember an episode perhaps pertinent to the family penchant for secrecy and to her personal email server. Sandy Berger, who had been President Clinton’s national security adviser, was Clinton’s designated representative to the commission that investigated the 9/11 attacks that occurred less than nine months after Clinton left office. While representing Clinton, Berger frequented the National Archives. Later, he was fined $50,000 for surreptitiously taking highly classified documents from the Archives and destroying some of them. Another Clinton presidency probably would include a reprise of the couple’s well-known patterns of behavior. Voters will make an informed choice.”

Comedian Argus Hamilton: “Obama played host to high school science students from across America at the annual White House National Science Fair. The president surveyed some projects that are silly and would never work. And after he left his foreign policy meeting, it was on to the kids’ work.”

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False Teachers and True Revival vs. False Fire

Posted: 30 Mar 2015 06:24 AM PDT

False Teachers and True Revival vs. False FireChristians are called to discern truth from error, light from darkness, and right from wrong … but how? Jeremiah 23:17 offers one answer, “They continually say to those who despise Me, ‘The LORD has said, You shall have peace;’ And to everyone who walks according to the dictates of his own heart, they say, ‘No evil shall come upon you.’” False teachers often don’t warn, confront or convict. They offer comfortable messages and a false sense of peace, or they mislead with rules and regulations as found in 1 Timothy 4:2-3—”speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.” Jesus said in Matthew 24:24 that “false Christs and false prophets will appear and deceive many.” Deception comes in many forms but centers around false hope or legalism. Not all leaders in experience-oriented movements are false and misleading. Many are sincere and open to the work of the Holy Spirit. God’s Word is the foundation on which all truth stands (cf. 1 Tim. 3:15). FULL ARTICLE

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‘No more Christians in Mideast within 2 years’

Posted: 30 Mar 2015 06:19 AM PDT

'No more Christians in Mideast within 2 years' A Chilling report is coming out of the Mideast that is predicting that If the U.S. and international community do not intervene, Christians may be driven out of the Middle Eastern Arab countries within two years, warned Lebanese parliamentarian Samy Gemayel during a radio interview Sunday.  Gemayel, a senior member of the Phalange Party, descends from a historic Lebanese Christian family. His father, Amin, was the country’s president, while his brother, Pierre, was a member of parliament and a government minister before his assassination Nov. 21, 2006. Samy Gemayel’s uncle, former president-elect Bashir Gemayel, also was assassinated. Speaking on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” broadcast on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and Philadelphia’s NewsTalk 990, Gemayel warned Christians and moderate Muslims are victims of two extremist forces fighting each other. He stated: “Today all the moderates in the region are taken between two big extremists powers. On one side you have ISIS and on the other side you have the Islamic state of Iran. “So you have two Islamic states with two very extremist ideologies fighting against each other. And the moderates are stuck in a sandwich between these two powers.” FULL REPORT

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Mysterious ‘Sleeping Sickness’ Baffles Researchers

Posted: 30 Mar 2015 06:14 AM PDT

Mysterious 'Sleeping Sickness' Baffles ResearchersAccording to a report from WND A mysterious illness is leaving scientists scratching their heads. In the remote Russian village of Kalachi in Kazakhstan (central Asia), a mysterious illness is baffling scientists around the world. Dubbed the “sleeping sickness,” it causes people to suddenly fall asleep for anywhere from two to six days, accompanied by “startling” memory loss, blinding headaches, back pain, dizziness and general “edginess.” Intensity can range from full sleep to a deep, sluggish drowsiness. “Whatever they are doing,” reported the Telegraph, “whoever they are, and at any time or day, a resident of this remote settlement on the central Asian steppe lives with the knowledge they may suddenly fall asleep – and remain unconscious for days.” Victims say one moment they’re walking, talking or reading … and the next they’re asleep. Some people have been hit with sleeping episodes no less than eight times. Certain victims, particularly children, report terrifying hallucinations. One toddler survived in utero his mother’s bout of sleeping sickness. The affliction even affects animals. One woman reported her cat had fallen asleep after a “bizarre outburst of hyperactivity.” First reported in early 2010 in the town of 600, the number of people afflicted has been steadily rising since March 2013. “The sleeping epidemic has appeared in definite waves among locals who are mainly ethnic Russians and Germans,” reported the Siberian Times almost a year ago. “The second came in May 2013, around Easter time. Since then there were three move waves of this sleeping epidemic – around New Year 2014, after the winter school holiday and this month, in May 2014.” FULL REPORT

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China’s Potential Deflation Threatens to Overthrow Global Monetary Order

Posted: 30 Mar 2015 06:09 AM PDT

China’s Potential Deflation Threatens to Overthrow Global Monetary Order People’s Bank of China (PBOC) governor Zhou Xiaochuan, speaking at a forum of the nation’s high-ranking officials and top businesspersons on the Chinese island of Hainan in Sunday, admitted the Communist nation is falling into the mire of deflation at a faster pace than might be expected. Coupled with the dramatic slowdown in the nation’s real economy, the threat of deflation might prompt the Chinese central bank to implement a full-scale stimulus, also known as ‘quantitative easing’ or QE, in the nearest future. Despite the fact that stock markets would eagerly welcome such a scenario, the Chinese QE, coming against the background of similar policies in Europe and Japan, might have dire effects on the global economic outlook, significantly impairing living standards all across the globe. Despite this, Beijing has undertaken several limited-effect policies of monetary easing, such as allowing more renminbi-denominated liquidity in the economy by lowering the reserve ratio requirements (RRRs) for certain banks, the deflatory pressure has eased only somewhat with prices at the factory gate still declining and the overall economy slowing far below the demographically-dictated minimum growth threshold of 8%. The PBOC even cut its base interest rate twice since November, but, as the economy weakens further, full-scale QE is looming as the only solution. FULL REPORT

 

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Influx of advanced weapons flowing into Syria and Lebanon “Unprecedented”

Posted: 30 Mar 2015 06:05 AM PDT

Influx of advanced weapons flowing into Syria and Lebanon "Unprecedented"Advanced weaponry, much of it supplied by Iran, is flowing into Syria and Lebanon, a senior Israel Navy source warned on Sunday. The Navy is spending a large chunk of its operational time dealing with advanced weapon smuggling, according to the source, who added, “Such weapons pose a challenge to all Western navies in the area.” He said the northern front has become unified, and that Lebanon and Syria can not be viewed as separate entities anymore. “What happens in Syria, happens in Lebanon [in terms of weapons availability], and vice versa. I’ll go a step further and say that everything that happens in Iran can end up in Syria, which can then end up in Lebanon,” the source stated. “In the event of war with Hezbollah in Lebanon, I’m not sure Syria will remain on the sidelines. Hezbollah assists the Assad regime, and the help is mutual.” Describing the quantity and quality of surface-to-sea missiles in Hezbollah’s possession as “unprecedented,” the source said there are dozens of such weapons in its keeping, covering around 10 different kinds of such missiles. “The types of warheads and their ranges are many,” said the source. “We are in a completely different situation. The sector has changed.” FULL REPORT

 

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Does Iran Have Secret Nukes in North Korea?

Posted: 30 Mar 2015 06:00 AM PDT

Does Iran Have Secret Nukes in North Korea?In October 2012, Iran began stationing personnel at a military base in North Korea, in a mountainous area close to the Chinese border. The Iranians, from the Ministry of Defense and associated firms, reportedly are working on both missiles and nuclear weapons. Ahmed Vahidi, Tehran’s minister of defense at the time, denied sending people to the North, but the unconfirmed dispatches make sense in light of the two states announcing a technical cooperation pact the preceding month. The P5+1—the five permanent members of the Security Council and Germany—appear determined, before their self-imposed March 31 deadline, to ink a deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran regarding its nuclear energy program, which is surely a cover for a wide-ranging weapons effort. The international community wants the preliminary arrangement now under discussion, referred to as a “framework agreement,” to ensure that the country remains at least one year away from being able to produce an atomic device. FULL REPORT

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TB outbreak confirmed in South Devon

Posted: 30 Mar 2015 05:56 AM PDT

TB outbreak confirmed in South DevonAccording to sources Health chiefs have moved to reassure Plymouth people after an outbreak of TB was confirmed in Devon, with at least four people catching the infectious disease. A south Devon School pupil and two former pupils at the same school have all been diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB), following an earlier case in Torquay at the beginning of the month. The three new cases are all linked to Teign school at Kingsteignton. Public Health England is working South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Devon County Council following the latest cases. As a precautionary measure, TB screening is being offered to pupils and staff who have shared lessons with the cases. The latest pupil is currently away from school, receiving treatment and is recovering well, a health service statement confirms. TB is a bacterial infection, which is treated with antibiotics. Fortunately, it is not easily passed from person to person and generally the risk to others is low. and staff at the school who have not been identified as close contacts are at a much lower risk from catching the disease and therefore do not need to be screened. FULL REPORT

 

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Fears of a new global crash as debts and dollar’s value rise

Posted: 30 Mar 2015 05:51 AM PDT

Fears of a new global crash as debts and dollar’s value riseGreek ministers are spending this weekend, almost five grinding years since Athens was first bailed out, wrangling over the details of the spending cuts and economic reforms they have drawn up to appease their creditors. As the recriminations fly between Europe’s capitals, campaigners are warning that the global community has failed to learn the lessons of the Greek debt crisis – or even of Argentina’s default in 2001, the consequences of which are still being contested furiously in courts on both sides of the Atlantic. As Janet Yellen’s Federal Reserve prepares to raise interest rates, boosting the value of the dollar, while the plunging price of crude puts intense pressure on the finances of oil-exporting countries, there are growing fears of a new debt crisis in the making. Ann Pettifor of Prime Economics, who foreshadowed the credit crunch in her 2003 book The Coming First World Debt Crisis, says: “We’re going to have another financial crisis. Brazil’s already in great trouble with the strength of the dollar; I dread to think what’s happening in South Africa; then there’s Malaysia. We’re back to where we were, and that for me is really frightening.” FULL REPORT

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Flood Alerts Issued in Kashmir as Rivers Cross Danger Mark

Posted: 30 Mar 2015 05:48 AM PDT

Flood Alerts Issued in Kashmir as Rivers Cross Danger MarkHundreds of Kashmiris in both India and Pakistan moved to higher ground Monday as rain-swollen rivers swamped parts of the disputed Himalayan region placed under an emergency flood alert just six months after some 600 people died in flooding that left the region in shambles. Officials ordered residents along the banks of the Jhelum River to move to relief camps as the water crossed the danger threshold in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir. More than a dozen people were trapped inside two houses that partially sank into the ground after a landslide hit Laden village in Budgam district, police said. Rescuers pulled out the bodies of four men from the huge piles of mud that buried the houses, said Manoj Pandit, a police spokesman. Rescue workers were searching for at least 10 others who were in the buildings when they were hit by the landslide, he said. The flooding after three days of heavy rain renewed fears among the tens of thousands who have struggled to rebuild after flooding in September destroyed thousands of homes and infrastructure worth $17 billion. For days in September, many residents were left stranded on rooftops or the upper floors of buildings as bloated livestock carcasses floated by. For weeks, heaps of garbage piled up in the waterlogged city. FULL REPORT

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Church is Facing a Dietrich Bonhoeffer Moment

Posted: 30 Mar 2015 05:41 AM PDT

Church is Facing a Dietrich Bonhoeffer MomentTo those trying to convince us that these are America’s greatest days and revival is breaking out, I humbly challenge this perspective.  Granted, there are “pockets” of some encouraging spiritual activity but by and large the Church is successful numerically but unsuccessful influentially. How we need to take seriously the 2 Chron. 7:14 promise:  “(If) My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from heir wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” In the meantime, opposition to Christianity is becoming more aggressive and hostile.  Nowhere is this more evident than in the areas of natural marriage and sexual purity. Who could have fathomed just a decade ago the ABC family network would feature a primetime show, “The Fosters”, with 2 lesbian “parents”, a transgender teen and 2 thirteen-year-old boys kissing? How about rampant perversion and pornography a “click” away on kids’ and youths’ smartphones?  Should it surprise me when our state newspaper,  “The Tennessean”, features a front-page article that our college rape reports are up 77 percent? How about laws being passed allowing men to share public restrooms and showers with our 10 year-old daughters because they identify themselves as a “transgender”? One more… After 5000 years of Western civilization defining marriage as the union of a man and woman, we are on the precipice (barring miraculous intervention) of the Supreme Court imposing homosexual “marriage” on all 50 states.  Marriage referendums passed by the overwhelming majority of citizens in state after state are probably going to be obliterated in this watershed moment and the floodgates opened for homosexual “marriage”, polygamy, polyamory and whatever. FULL REPORT

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Michelle Obama Keeps Racism Alive With Speech At ‘Black Girls Rock!’ Event

Celebrating people for the color of their skin is racist, is it not?

“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For the Liberal Democrat race baiter, fostering racism is a key rung on their ladder of political success. They desperately need the whites and the blacks to be separate, angry and at each other’s throats. On one hand, they decry racism at the hands of “elite white males” who rule society, and on the other do everything they can to draw distinctions between the races. Would Michelle Obama have been the keynote speaker at a “White Girls Rock” event? Could such an event even be allowed to take place in America? I think you know the answer to that one. A much better name for a group like this would be “Young Girls Rock!” which would include everyone and draw attention to no one in particular. That’s how you begin to end racism in America. But who wants to do that?

NEWARK, N.J. — First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life.

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“No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful,” Obama told the crowd, which included many young black girls.

Obama got arguably the night’s loudest ovation as she came on stage and declared “Black girls rock!” – the slogan and name of the organization founded by Beverly Bond. It is designed to uplift young black girls, a group that often has difficulty finding positive and reaffirming images of themselves in the world.

Obama’s speech was just one of many highlights of the nearly four-hour event, which will be shown Sunday, April 5, on BET.

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ISIS Terror School Graduates ‘Class Of 2015′ Jihadis In Northern Syria

New images have emerged showing dozens of black balaclava-wearing extremists graduating from an ISIS terror school in northern Syria.

Brandishing AK47 assault rifles and waving flags carrying the sinister black and white ISIS logo, the photographs showing the jihadi ‘Class of 2015′ are believed to have been taken in Raqqa city.

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Although the are dressed in head-to-toe black and wear balaclavas that cover most of their faces, it is clear that the majority of the graduates are teenagers who have been brainwashed into thinking they are holy warriors, when the reality is they will be used as little more than cannon fodder.

The images are believed to have been taken somewhere in the city of Raqqa – the eponymous capital of the province and a stronghold of the terrorists’ self-declared caliphate, which covers vast swathes of land in northern Syria and western Iraq.

The photographs show dozens of militants sitting on seats in what appears to be a school hall, while chilling black and banners carrying the ISIS logo are seen been waved.

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On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) Media skews Indiana’s religious liberty law as anti-gay, showing extent of moral revolution

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Says Controversial ‘Religious Freedom’ Law Won’t Change, ABC News (Stephanie Ebbs)

Indiana Law Denounced as Invitation to Discriminate Against Gays, New York Times (Michael Barbaro and Erik Eckholm)

Indiana Religious Freedom Law Sparks Fury, Wall Street Journal (Mark Peters and Jack Nicas)

Gov. Mike Pence signs ‘religious freedom’ bill in private, Indianapolis Star (Tony Cook)

Keeping them safe from gay marriage, Washington Post (Editorial Board)

Why the backlash against Indiana and not other states with similar laws? Timing., Washington Post (Philip Bump)

Controversial Indiana Law Puts Pressure on N.C.A.A. and Other Leagues, New York Times (Marc Tracy)

2) Nicholas Kristof reminds liberals Christian caricature shouldn’t be mocked

A Little Respect for Dr. Foster, New York Times (Nicholas Kristof)

3) Debate over motherhood as a job exposes shallow understanding of parenthood

Motherhood is tough and intense but it is not a job, Financial Times (Lucy Kellaway)
In other news…


Google controls what we buy, the news we read — and Obama’s policies

A former Google officer is the president’s chief technology adviser. Google employees contributed more to President Obama’s re-election than did employees of any other company except Microsoft. Google lobbyists met with Obama White House officials 230 times. By comparison, lobbyists from rival Comcast have been admitted to the inner sanctum a mere 20 or so times in the same period.

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UN says Israel, not Iran, North Korea or Syria worst violator of human rights

We are in an Isaiah 5:20 world: good is called evil and evil is called good. — OTM

What country deserves more condemnation for violating human rights than any other nation on earth? According to the U.N.’s top human rights body, that would be Israel.

Last week, Israel was the U.N.’s number one women’s rights violator. This week it is the U.N.’s all-round human rights villain.

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Award-Winning Teacher Trashes Common Core

Western Journalism has extensively reported on Common Core and those who oppose it, but this most recent public trashing comes from the education department itself.

First-ever Global Teacher Prize winner Nancie Atwell joined CNN’s New Day panel and spoke her mind about the Common Core system and those wanting to pursue a job in teaching.

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Obama funds left-wing hit squad with your tax dollars

The Obama administration is using your tax dollars to back a super-wealthy, left-wing charity that cuts checks to a myriad of avowedly “progressive” causes, including the notorious Media Matters for America, founded by Hillary Clinton ally and Fox News nemesis David Brock.

It’s just one of many examples of how in the Obama era, government is handing out money to nonprofits that share the ideology and political inclinations of a president who looks back warmly on his time as a community organizer in Chicago.

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Mark Levin: Obama Is ‘The Greatest Threat the Jews Face … Since the 1930s’

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Heading East on the West Bank

On the minds of prophecy students now, at a fever pitch, is the question of the famed “Gog-Magog War” mentioned in Ezekiel 38-39, and also related is the question of whether Scripture mitigates against a Palestinian state. I read recently an email exchange on this between prophecy students/teachers, and at least one dogmatically claimed that a Palestinian state could never be established, according to the Bible.

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The Blood of the Martyrs

Why is God allowing so many Christian to die? Jan Markell and her guest, Tom Doyle, discuss that and much more. Doyle also shares remarkably uplifting stories from the midst of the persecution of Christians in the Mideast. Doyle has a new book, “Killing Christians: Living the Faith Where it’s Not Safe to Believe.” Find it here. The depth of oppression Jesus followers suffer is unimaginable to most Western Christians. Yet, it is an everyday reality for those who choose faith in many parts of the world. We use the mobile app found at http://www.oneplace.com.

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Can Saudi Arabia Feed Its People? :: Yossi Mann in Middle East Quarterly

by Yossi Mann
Middle East Quarterly
Spring 2015 (view PDF)
http://www.meforum.org/5098/can-saudi-arabia-feed-its-people


Rise Of The Islamic Beast? 10 Sunni Nations Unite

Unprecedented in modern Arab history, a Sunni Muslim coalition of 10 nations – including non-Arab Pakistan – has attacked another Arab nation. The Sunnis and the Shia of the Middle East are now at war with each other in Iraq, in Syria and Yemen. …………. Click here for full story


Netanyahu Says Looming Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Worse Than Feared’

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said the deal currently under discussion between Iran and world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program is even worse than he had feared. The PM’s statement comes after a close aid to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani defected while in Switzerland for talks – and revealed that the US negotiating team was essentially advocating on behalf of the Iranian regime’s position………… Click here for full story


Obama’s War Against Israel

Many Arabs and Muslims are rubbing their hands in joy as they watch U.S. President Barack Obama declare war on Israel after the victory of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party in last week’s general election. They do not see the rising tensions between Obama and Netanyahu as the result of a personal dispute between two leaders. Instead, the dispute is seen by many Arabs and Muslims as part of the Obama Administration’s strategy to undermine Israel and force it to make territorial concessions that would pose an existential threat to Israel………… Click here for full story


Americans No Longer Trust The Church – 1 In 4 Americans Now Reject God

Barna Group has released its 2015 study on the state of atheism in America, and has revealed that one in four unchurched adults in the country now identify as atheists or agnostics. The study also found that rejection of the Bible and lack of trust in the church are two main reasons why people are turning away from faith.. ……….. Click here for full story


Why Evangelicals Are Divided by Afterlife Testimonials

Earlier this week, LifeWay Christian Resources announced it would no longer carry “experiential testimonies about heaven,” such as Don Piper’s popular “90 Minutes in Heaven.” Books and films in this vein report people’s various brushes with the afterlife (usually heaven, but sometimes hell) experienced during traumatic moments like surgery or car wrecks. ……… Click here for full story


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Constructive Criticism at Work

Does our work now reflect our grateful response? Do we labor with both humility in ourselves and confidence in the One who is transforming us into his own likeness? He’s the one who took it personal. And he is the one who will personally be the advocate for his people on that last day. For this reason, those who look at our work should be able to see our joy in the artist behind it.

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Avoiding a Spirit of Lethargy

Christ knew that there is a gravity to evangelism and we do well to take it to heart. We are not offering membership to a political party, or a social club, or a retreat center; we are offering life and death. Those who hear the gospel and reject it or receive it insincerely heap condemnation on themselves. Those who receive the gospel with faith and repentance receive an inheritance that the world cannot contain.

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Monday Morning Ministry Blues Should Fade Fast

Monday has come again. I have worked hard last week, praying and preparing. I worked hard yesterday preaching God’s word. Now I wake up today and am reminded that it is God that gives the increase (1 Cor. 3.6-7). He DOES give the increase. He has grown his people and He will continue to grow his people. And, to be humbled and encouraged again, he will continue to do it through means. The means in the local church are often times through a praying, hard working, faithful pastor. This exercise has a way of revealing pride and fostering humility. And I think that sounds about right.

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Ministers, not Masters

We who would claim to be ministers of the Gospel in the service of Christ’s flock need to be on guard against that domineering spirit in our own hearts. It is so easy for those who are naturally gifted as leaders to fall prey to this temptation. You give a prideful and insecure man a title, a little publicity, and a bit of a following, and he immediately starts kingdom-building. He likes being the guy in charge. He likes being the one to make decisions. He likes being the one that everyone looks up to, and respects, and reveres. And before long he becomes enamored with the glory of himself, and his ministry becomes less and less about the magnification of Christ, and more and more about the preservation of his ego.

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5 Reasons Your Church Should Be Smaller

When Jim Collins wrote his renowned leadership manual Good to Great, church leaders ate it up. His central thesis, “Good is the enemy of
 Great,” contends that leaders who become satisfied with a good organization will cease to press toward greatness. My thesis is a complete reversal of Collins’s. I say that Great is the enemy of Good in Christian leadership. The drive to be great is crowding out goodness and virtue as the central focus. Christian leadership has become too pragmatic, while faithfulness has taken a backseat. Pastors have morphed into CEOs, and the worth of the leader has become intrinsically tied to the size of their congregation.

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My 2 Cents: Feminism, Stereotypes, and Experiences

When we move past experience and stereotypes to biblical truth, we find that there are some things that are absolutes on which we should not budge. And there are other things that are matters of discernment and liberty. We should be kind but firm on the one, and gracious and flexible on the other.

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Discrimination against gay people in Indiana?

by Denny Burk

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I applaud Indiana Governor Mike Pence for taking a courageous stand in defense of our first freedom—religious liberty. Gov. Pence has been on the hot-seat ever since he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into Indiana law last week. Not only did he sign the bill into law, but he also had the moxie to go on national television to defend the law in the face of scurrilously unfair criticism (see video above).

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God The Savior Of All?

If God saves such a great number of people, such a great diversity of people, with such a great salvation – from sin, guilt, death, and hell – but they must put their faith in Christ to experience this, that will get us out of bed in the morning, that will fuel evangelistic passion, and that will make us willing to endure suffering and hardship for the sake of getting that message out.

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Children’s Ministry – A Litmus Test Of Biblical Faithfulness In The Church…

Is your Children’s Ministry predominantly teaching the kids about Christian principles and values? What kind of lessons are being taught? Is it mostly about being more kind, honest or obedient? Do they teach the full counsel of God? Are they telling kids about who God is? Is Christ and His grace at the center of the teaching? Do children have Bibles in their hands at church? Do they open those Bibles when they are in Sunday School?

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Does Christening and Confirmation Count?

baby being dabbedAs the pastor of a Baptist church I frequently encounter this recurring couplet of questions posed by prospective members:

“Since I was baptized as an infant, and then later (in my denomination’s confirmation ceremony) confirmed publically that I trust Jesus as my Lord and Savior, why do you believe I should be re-baptized? Is this re-baptism not a renouncing of my previous confirmation ceremony, which to me was a precious and public expression of my personal trust in Jesus?”

Here is the essence of a letter I recently wrote to answer the question. Let’s call the inquirer something that rhymes with dunking.

Dear Duncan,

Your questions are good and show a commendable desire to reconcile what you have been taught with what you are learning now. Here are four handrails for our thoughts to grip as we wade through the issue.

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Strengthen Your Assurance

“Salvation comes from the Lord.” Jonah 2:9 (NIV)

A lot of believers lack confidence in what the Lord Jesus Christ is doing in their lives, “If my salvation boils down to my decision to follow Jesus, how do I know that I can keep it up? The best I could do is to say ‘I’ll give it my best shot, and I hope I make it.'” Thank God the Bible doesn’t say, “Salvation comes from me.”

Salvation comes from the Lord! If God is saving me, I can have confidence in his ability to keep me. Augustus Toplady wrote this hymn in the 1700s, but it is still very relevant to us today:

The work which His goodness began,
The arm of His strength will complete;
His promise is ‘Yes’ and ‘Amen’
And never was forfeited yet.

Things future, nor things that are now,
Nor all things below or above,
Can make Him His purpose forgo,
Or sever my soul from His love.

My name from the palms of His hands
Eternity will not erase;
Impressed on His heart it remains
In marks of indelible grace.

Yes, I to the end shall endure
As sure as the earnest is given;
More happy, but not more secure,
the glorified spirits in heaven.

When you grasp more clearly that salvation comes from the Lord, then your confidence in the Lord, who died to save you and lives to keep you, will soar. And so will your assurance that he will never let you go.

Do you struggle with confidence in what the Lord is doing in your life?

That’s this week’s LifeKEY!

Colin S. Smith

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Nine Traits of Church Bullies

Church bullies are common in many churches. They wreak havoc and create dissension. They typically must have an “enemy” in the church, because they aren’t happy unless they are fighting a battle. They tend to maneuver to get an official leadership position in the church, such as chairman of the elders or deacons or treasurer. But they may have bully power without any official position.

Church bullies have always been around. But they seem to be doing their work more furiously today than in recent history. Perhaps this look at nine traits of church bullies can help us recognize them before they do too much damage.

  1. They do not recognize themselves as bullies. To the contrary, they see themselves as necessary heroes sent to save the church from her own self.
  2. They have personal and self-serving agendas. They have determined what “their” church should look like. Any person or ministry or program that is contrary to their perceived ideal church must be eliminated.
  3. They seek to form power alliances with weak members in the church. They will pester and convince groups, committees, and persons to be their allies in their cause. Weaker church staff members and church members will succumb to their forceful personalities.
  4. They tend to have intense and emotional personalities. These bullies use the intensity of their personalities to get their way.
  5. They are famous for saying “people are saying.” They love to gather tidbits of information and shape it to their own agendas. See my previous post on this one item.
  6. They find their greatest opportunities in low expectation churches. Many of the church members have an entitlement view of church membership. They seek to get their own needs and preferences fulfilled. They, therefore, won’t trouble themselves to confront and deal with church bullies. That leads to the next issue, which is a consequence of this point
  7. They are allowed to bully because church members will not stand up to them. I have spoken with pastors and church staff who have been attacked by church bullies. While the bully brings them great pain, they have even greater hurt because most of the church members stood silent and let it happen.
  8. They create chaos and wreak havoc. A church bully always has his next mission. While he or she may take a brief break from one bullying mission to the next, they are not content unless they are exerting the full force of their manipulative behavior.
  9. They often move to other churches after they have done their damage. Whether they are forced out or simply get bored, they will move to other churches with the same bullying mission. Some bullies have wreaked havoc in three or more churches.

Church bullying is epidemic in many of our congregations. They must be stopped. In my article on Wednesday, I deal with the topic of preventing church bullying. In the meantime, let me hear from you.

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Always Care, Never Kill

It starts under the pretense of alleviating suffering, but it ends up killing the most vulnerable among us. I’m talking about physician-assisted suicide.
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Thoughts on Note-Taking During Sermons

Jared Wilson:

I first began thinking about note-taking in relation to what preaching is when I heard Tim Keller, echoing Lloyd-Jones, say in a sermon, “I don’t mind if you take notes at the beginning of a message, but if you’re still taking notes at the end, I feel like I haven’t brought it home.” I thought to myself then, “Hmmm.” It resonated with me and how I both was experiencing the kind of preaching I found to exalt Christ and the kind of preaching I was trying to get better at.

How much business is your profanity costing you?

Michael Hyatt:

I’ve made huge gains in my personal and professional life from people who could make sailors blush. But here’s the thing: I don’t always feel comfortable directing my audience to do the same. It’s just not worth offending them.

That means great content providers are losing potential audience growth, and potential audiences are missing some great content. So is cussing really worth it?

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Take that, hipsters (or something).

If You Are Boycotting Indiana, Here’s Where Else You Need to Boycott

Enjoy some good old-fashioned common sense in this post. Sadly, most of the folks who need it won’t read it. Joe Carter also provides some insight into what Indiana’s RFRA actually means here, and Mollie Hemingway slams the botched and biased reporting on the act here.

The Spiritual Stages of a Believer’s Life

Nick Batzig:

1 John 2:12-14 gives us one of the most wonderful prose-like theological structures in Scripture. The Apostle, writing about the benefits that believers have in Christ casts it under the figure of little children, young men and fathers. His intention was to explain the benefits that believers have that come to us by means of the Scriptures. On the surface, it appears that John may simply have been seeking to address the children, young men and older men in the congregations to whom he is writing; but, a consideration of what he says, namely, that all the saving benefits belong to all believers who are united to Christ–leads to a very different conclusion.


This is What the Brave New World Looks Like

by Bill Muehlenberg

Imagine a world where children are treated as mere commodities and where those who seek to defend children are treated as villains and outcasts. And imagine those who seek to use children for their own selfish ends are treated as heroes and saints.

Imagine a dangerous and high-risk lifestyle which nearly everyone considered to be socially unacceptable until just recently now becoming the most celebrate, promoted, protected and privileged lifestyle in the West, with anyone daring to disagree with it treated as a criminal.

brave new worldImagine our elites and most of the mainstream media doing everything they can to promote this lifestyle, and doing everything they can to demonise, vilify and punish those brave voices who dare to stand against this downward trend to depravity and wickedness.

Imagine our sons going overseas to fight and die for freedom, only to find that today freedom is really only reserved for the militant lobby groups and their supporters, while actively taken away from those who refuse to go along with them.

Imagine censorship of anything which goes against the reigning political correctness. Imagine media outlets refusing to carry pro-children and pro-family advertisements. Imagine those concerned about the state of our society and the wellbeing of our children being viciously attacked and vilified for their efforts.

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The “Empire” Strikes Back

Is the “Persian Empire” getting bigger, or is that just your imagination? If you’ve been paying attention to the news headlines lately, you might have noticed that Iran is tightening its grip on Arab states, from Iraq to Lebanon, and Syria to Yemen, all ahead of a nuclear deal. Who is the man behind what […]

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It’s the justices, stupid

by Denny Burk

Rod Dreher might be accused of being a “Debbie Downer” for his dire predictions about religious liberty, but I think his analysis is spot-on. In an essay posted this morning, he argues that the take-away from the Indiana RFRA is not the law itself, but the media “freak out” that happened in response. It reveals just how deep our nation’s indifference is to religious liberty and just how willing some of our elites are to stamp it out. And it won’t stop with RFRA’s. He says that churches that support traditional marriage will soon face attacks on their tax-exempt status. If you think this isn’t coming, you aren’t paying attention.

You need to read Dreher’s entire piece, but here are the political implications he draws in the conclusion:

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The Abortion Spa: Rebranding Infanticide

by Denny Burk

What do abortionists do when they are losing the abortion argument? When their “blob of cells” trope has collapsed under the moral weight of ultrasound images? When everyone can now see that the humanity of the unborn is as plain as the nose on their face? What do they do? They double-down on deception.

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Equipping Eve: Christ-less Checklists and Holiness (Part 2)

In this episode, we continue our discussion from J.C. Ryle’s book, Holiness, on growing in grace. What are some of the marks of growing in grace, as revealed to us in Scripture? Most importantly, why do we strive for holiness? Click here to listen to the latest episode of Equipping Eve. Click here to listen to ‘Christ-less Checklists and Holiness (Part 1). Further Listening/Reading

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Revenge, Abandonment, Betrayal
By Jan Markell

Did you ever expect to see those three words linked to the U.S.-Israel relationship? Have we fallen down a hole and we now are in an “Alice-in-Wonderland” world? America embraces her enemies and lifts sanctions on Iran. She will likely place sanctions on Israel. It is an upside down world. Is the Mad Hatter in charge?

Things aren’t falling apart–they’re falling in place.

The entire world is in the process of abandoning Israel which the Bible foretells in Zechariah 12:3. It is ultimately fulfilled in the Tribulation but the process begins much sooner.

Here’s what some are saying.

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The Daily Discovery (March 30, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Never Sorry Enough – “I am not easily offended. People will sometimes apologize to me for something they have said or something they have done, concerned that I was offended at their behavior. But I rarely am. It usually doesn’t even occur to me to be offended. But then there is that one situation with that one friend.”

Culture War — Now More Than Ever – “In 1992, Pat Buchanan put the phrase “culture war” on the map with his speech at the 1992 Republican National Convention. Since that time, there’s been a lot of water under the bridge, but — we should be careful to note — it is all the same river.”

“My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?” – “It is noon, and Jesus has been on the cross for three pain-filled hours. Suddenly, darkness falls on Calvary and “over all the land” (v. 45). By a miraculous act of Almighty God, midday becomes midnight.  This supernatural darkness is a symbol of God’s judgment on sin. The physical darkness signals a deeper and more fearsome darkness.”

Discrimination against gay people in Indiana? – “Critics allege that this law allows citizens to “discriminate” against gay people. The accusation is completely misinformed, and the media have played a big part in the dissemination of ignorance about what this law actually does and doesn’t do. I won’t rehash the law here, but I will direct you to Joe Carter’s helpful explainer as well as that of John McCormack who puts the Indiana law side-by-side with the nearly identical federal law which was signed into law by Pres. Clinton in 1993.”

Contend Mondays: Our Heart Attitude and the Gospel – “Answers In Genesis posted some handy acronyms to help us remember the attitude of our heart while we share the gospel.  I’m not the best when it comes to remembering acronyms, especially when I create them like this…”


SERMON:

John MacArthur – What the Cross Means to God


VIDEOS:

Why Ray Comfort’s Bible is so Big

Challenge Response: You Can’t Trust the Christian Authors of the Gospels


“If you alter or obscure the Biblical portrait of God in order to attract converts, you don’t get converts to God, you get converts to an illusion. This is not evangelism but deception.” – John Piper

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The World’s Most Important Thinkers – Church & Culture Blog

The “intellectual” magazine Prospect has put forward its list of the world’s most important thinkers.

Comedian Russell Brand was voted fourth.

No, that was not a misprint.

Russell Brand.

Fourth most important thinker in.the.world.

Above Indian writer Arundhati Roy, German philosopher Jurgen Habermas and U.S. economist Paul Krugman.

The magazine described Brand as “the spiritual leader of Britain’s disaffected anti-capitalist youth,” adding, “Dismissed by his opponents as a clownish opportunist, he is nevertheless the most charismatic figure on Britain’s populist left.”

Number one on the list?

French economist Thomas Piketty.

Okay, at least that one I get.

But I will give the magazine credit for one thing: Never before has the “habits of the mind” mattered more. As Winston Churchill presciently stated in his address to Harvard University in 1943, “The empires of the future will be empires of the mind.” Oxford theologian Alister McGrath, reflecting on Churchill’s address, notes that Churchill’s point was that a great transition was taking place in Western culture with immense implications for all who live in it. The powers of the new world would not be nation-states, as with empires past, but ideologies. It would now be ideas, not nations, which would captivate and conquer in the future. The starting point for the conquest of the world would now be the human mind.

But will Christians ever be found on any list of important thinkers?

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GTY Blog: The Seven Last Sayings of Christ: A Petition to the Father

Matthew 27:45-46

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by John MacArthur

Famous last words can be tragic or inspiring. Not everyone has the opportunity to choose their last words carefully, but for those who see death coming, what message of wisdom, love, confession, or summation do they deliver with their final breaths?

In preparation for the celebrations of Christ death and resurrection later this week, we’ve been considering Christ’s last words from the cross. What did the Lord have to say to those gathered as He suffered the punishment of countless sins He hadn’t committed? As we’ve seen already, His words pointed forward to God’s redemptive purpose in His suffering, and illustrated His love and compassion.

Christ’s fourth saying from the cross is by far the richest with mystery and meaning. Matthew writes,

Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:45–46)

It might seem at first glance that Christ was merely reciting the words of Psalm 22:1 (“My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning?”). But given the fact that all of Psalm 22 is an extended prophecy about the crucifixion, it might be better to see the psalm as a prophetic anticipation of the cry of Jesus’ heart as He bore the sins of the world on the cross. It was no mere recitation.

Corrupting the Cross

Some commentators have gone to great lengths to explain why Jesus would utter such words. To them, it seems unthinkable that Jesus would actually feel abandoned on the cross—and even more unthinkable to surmise that God in any sense abandoned His beloved Son. And so they insist that Jesus was merely reciting Scripture, not expressing what He truly felt in His heart.

But that betrays a serious misunderstanding of what was taking place on the cross. As Christ hung there, He was bearing the sins of the world. He was dying as a substitute for others. To Him was imputed the guilt of their sins, and He was suffering the punishment for those sins on their behalf. And the very essence of that punishment was the outpouring of God’s wrath against sinners. In some mysterious way during those awful hours on the cross, the Father poured out the full measure of His wrath against sin, and the recipient of that wrath was God’s own beloved Son!

In this lies the true meaning of the cross. Those who try to explain the atoning work of Christ in any other terms inevitably end up nullifying the truth of Christ’s atonement altogether. Christ was not merely providing an example for us to follow. He was no mere martyr—a victim of the wickedness of the men who crucified Him. He wasn’t merely making a public display so that people would see the awfulness of sin. He wasn’t offering a ransom price to Satan—or any of the other various explanations religious liberals, cultists, and pseudo-Christian religionists have tried to suggest over the years.

Divine Substitution

Here’s what was happening on the cross: God was punishing His own Son as if He had committed every wicked deed done by every sinner who would ever believe. And He did it so that He could forgive and treat those redeemed ones as if they had lived Christ’s perfect life of righteousness.

Scripture teaches this explicitly: “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. . . . He had done no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth. But the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief . . . as a guilt offering. (Isaiah 53:4–5; 9-10)

“What the law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:3). “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’” (Galatians 3:13). “Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh” (1 Peter 3:18). “He Himself is the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 2:2).

Propitiation

That word propitiation speaks of an offering made to satisfy God. Christ’s death was a satisfaction rendered to God on behalf of those whom He redeemed. “The Lord was pleased to crush Him” (Isaiah 53:10, emphasis added). God the Father saw the travail of His Son’s soul, and He was satisfied (v. 11). Christ made propitiation by shedding His blood (Romans 3:25; Hebrews 2:17).

It was God’s own wrath against sin, God’s own righteousness, and God’s own sense of justice that Christ satisfied on the cross. The shedding of His blood was a sin offering rendered to God. His death was not merely a satisfaction of public justice, nor was it a ransom paid to Satan. Neither Satan nor anyone else had any right to claim a ransom from God for sinners. But when Christ ransomed the elect from sin (1 Timothy 2:6), the ransom price was paid to God. Christ died in our place and in our stead—and He received the very same outpouring of divine wrath in all its fury that we deserved for our sin. It was a punishment so severe that a mortal man could spend all eternity in the torments of hell, and still he would not have begun to exhaust the divine wrath that was heaped on Christ at the cross.

This was the true measure of Christ’s sufferings on the cross. The physical pains of crucifixion—dreadful as they were—were nothing compared to the wrath of the Father against Him. The anticipation of this was what had caused Him to sweat blood in the garden. This was why He had looked ahead to the cross with such horror. We cannot begin to fathom all that was involved in paying the price of our sin. It’s sufficient to understand that all our worst fears about the horrors of hell—and more—were realized by Him as He received the due penalty of others’ wrongdoing.

And in that awful, sacred hour, it was as if the Father abandoned Him. Though there was surely no interruption in the Father’s love for Him as a Son, God nonetheless turned away from Him and forsook Him as our Substitute.

The fact that Christ—suffering from exhaustion, blood loss, asphyxia, and all the physical anguish of the cross—nonetheless made this cry “with a loud voice” proves it was no mere recitation of a psalm. This was the outcry of His soul; it was the very thing the psalm foretold.

We should keep Christ’s suffering in mind, not just this week but always, and remember that He willingly endured the physical and spiritual horrors of the cross for the sake of our redemption. His immense sacrifice on our behalf is humbling.

(Adapted from The Murder of Jesus.)


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Officials of Britain, Russia, China, France, Germany, European Union, the United States and Iran wait for the start of a meeting on Iran's nuclear program at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland Monday, March 30, 2015. Negotiations are entering a critical phase with differences still remaining just two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool) Officials of Britain, Russia, China, France, Germany, European Union, the United States and Iran wait for the start of a meeting on Iran’s nuclear program at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland Monday, March 30, 2015. Negotiations are entering a critical phase with differences still remaining just two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

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