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June 5, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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Jun. 5, 2015

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Hillary Clinton wants all Americans to be automatically registered to vote upon turning 18 unless they take active steps not to register, the Democratic presidential candidate says in speech in Houston.

The disclosure by U.S. officials that Chinese hackers stole records of as many as 4 million government workers is now being linked to the thefts of personal information from health-care companies.

The unemployment rate crept up to 5.5 percent as more people entered the labor force, while hourly earnings rose from a year ago by the most since August 2013.

Canada added six times as many jobs in May as economists predicted on gains in private-sector, manufacturing and health-care work.

As capital flees from Greece at a record pace, it’s worth remembering that the best minds have already jumped ship. Human capital flight is what economists call this migration of talent to greener pastures. Greece is hemorrhaging its creme de la creme.

U.S. banks are poised to score a victory in their fight to keep regulators from pinching the billions of dollars in fees they charge consumers who overdraw their accounts.

There’s a new whale in the corporate-bond market. Apple Inc., Oracle Corp. and the other tech giants hoarding half a trillion dollars in cash have joined the ranks of the biggest buyers of the debt, often snapping up as much as half of some bond issues.

Deutsche Bank AG is conducting an internal probe into possible money laundering by Russian clients that may involve about $6 billion of transactions over more than four years.

Treasury prices are falling enough to spook even market veteran Bill Gross. The turmoil has sent U.S. government securities maturing in 10 years and longer down 7.4 percent since the end of March, heading for the biggest quarterly loss since 2010. The decline is part of a global selloff, led by German bunds and fueled by what traders say is a lack of liquidity.

AP Top Stories

Apparently, looks can kill. In a very real story that we assure you did not originate from The Onion, a terrorist from ISIS recently took a selfie of himself and posted it online. Shortly thereafter, U.S. Intelligence, which heavily monitors social media accounts from ISIS members and supporters, managed to pinpoint an ISIS headquarters building in Syria by using the selfie photo as a reference point; about 22 hours later through that very building, three [Joint Direct Attack Munitions] take that entire building out.”

A Detroit mother accused of killing two of her children and storing their bodies in a freezer yelled during separate court outbursts Thursday that she killed them.

With record student loan debt and an entry into the workforce characterized by vast un- and under-employment courtesy of the Great Recession, millennials have less spending power than previous generations. As such, they tend to be frugal shoppers. But what retailers seem to be forgetting is that frugality isn’t just about the bottom line, it’s about maximizing total value.

A Staten Island plumber who won a $136 million Powerball jackpot said Thursday he wants to keep working – but also plans to “relax a little more.”

Flooding in Ghana’s capital swept stored fuel into a nearby fire, setting off a huge explosion at a gas station that killed 150 people and set alight neighboring buildings on June 3.

California, like many states, long required all water used in homes to be piped out with the sewage, fearing health risks if water recycling is done clumsily. Since 2010, however, the increasingly dry state has come around, and now even encourages the reuse of so-called gray water, which typically includes the gently-used runoff from bathroom sinks, showers, bathtubs and washing machines.

In Denganmal, a village in Maharashtra state, some men take a second or third wife just to make sure their households have enough drinking water. Becoming what are known as “water wives” allows the women, often widows or single mothers, to regain respect in conservative rural India by carrying water from the well quite some distance from the remote village.

When DNA evidence freed two brothers wrongfully imprisoned for an 11-year-old girl’s killing, each was given $45 by prison officials. Nine months later, pardons issued Thursday by North Carolina’s governor have cleared the way for Henry McCollum and Leon Brown to receive $750,000 each from the state for spending three decades in prison.

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Eight of the 10 men reportedly jailed for the attempted assassination of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai were acquitted, it has emerged.

A US government panel has urged regulators to approve a drug to treat low sexual desire in women, nicknamed the “female Viagra”.

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld the decision of a court in France to allow a paralyzed man to be taken off life support.

India’s food safety regulator said tests have found Nestle India’s Maggi instant noodle products are “unsafe and hazardous”.

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The Air Force has relaxed rules a bit for transgenders, putting out a new policy that makes it a bit more difficult to automatically discharge them for medical reasons.

He endured being called a girl, playing sports with waist-length hair and attracting disapproving looks from adults – all for a child in need he’s never met. Eight-year-old Christian McPhilamy grew out his blond hair for more than two years so he could donate it to kids who have lost their locks. The mission ended with success last week after an epic haircut.

More than 3,700 “Threat Level 1″ criminals, who Homeland Security deemed the top priority for deportation, were still released out into the community even as they waited for their immigration cases to be heard.


Amazon, Google race to get your DNA into the cloud
Amazon.com Inc is in a race against Google Inc to store data on human DNA, seeking both bragging rights in helping scientists make new medical discoveries and market share in a business that may be worth $1 billion a year by 2018. Academic institutions and healthcare companies are picking sides between their cloud computing offerings – Google Genomics or Amazon Web Services…

British tourists stranded on mountain in Borneo after serious earthquake
British tourists were among more than 130 climbers left stranded on a Borneo mountain after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Malaysia’s Mount Kinabalu on Friday Eleven climbers were injured on the popular peak after a series of rockfalls, a Malaysian official said.

Leaked TISA Documents Reveal Privacy Threat
Under the draft provisions of the latest trade deal to be leaked by Wikileaks, countries could be barred from trying to control where their citizens’ personal data is held or whether it’s accessible from outside the country. Wikileaks has released 17 documents relating to the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), currently under negotiation between the US, the European Union and 23 other nations.

Selfie With Parents’ Sex Toys? Alameda Teacher Accused Of Assigning Bizarre Extra Credit For Sophomores
Parents of students at Encinal High School in Alameda want a teacher fired after they say he sent them home with an extra credit assignment of finding sex toys and condoms in their parents’ private drawers, and taking a selfie with what they find. Mothers Kimberly Cobene and Evangeline Garcia heard about the sex toy selfie last month from a counselor at an afterschool program their sophomore daughters attend.

Hunting for Hackers, N.S.A. Secretly Expands Internet Spying at U.S. Border
Without public notice or debate, the Obama administration has expanded the National Security Agency‘s warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international Internet traffic to search for evidence of malicious computer hacking, according to classified N.S.A. documents. In mid-2012, Justice Department lawyers wrote two secret memos permitting the spy agency to begin hunting on Internet cables, without a warrant and on American soil…

Obama admits that climate change will be in Obamatrade
…Democratic senator Ron Wyden of Oregon ridiculed those who thought climate change regulation would be part of Obamatrade: …But in an interview on NPR’s Marketplace yesterday (June 3), President Obama said that enforcing climate change regulations will indeed be part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Obamatrade pact that he is currently negotiating with Malaysia and 10 other countries.

Right to die: Court backs France in Vincent Lambert case
The European Court of Human Rights has upheld the decision of a court in France to allow a paralysed man to be taken off life support. Vincent Lambert, 39, has been in a coma for seven years after a motorcycle accident left him tetraplegic. His family have been split over whether he should be kept alive.

Australia mass surveillance ‘among most aggressive’
Australia conducts one of the world’s most aggressive mass surveillance programmes, US journalist Glenn Greenwald has said. Mr Greenwald was one of the reporters who broke the 2013 story on internet surveillance by the UK and US. He told broadcaster ABC that Australia was “probably the country that has got away with things the most” following those revelations.

Millions of US government workers hit by data breach
Chinese hackers are suspected of carrying out a “massive breach” of the personal data of nearly four million US government workers, officials said. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) confirmed that both current and past employees had been affected. The breach could potentially affect every federal agency, officials said.

China forges ahead on expansion in face of U.S. posturing
The South China Sea, constantly simmering with various maritime boundary disputes, appears to be on the boil yet again. China is busy dredging up the seabed and spraying sand onto shoals and reefs in order to literally build islands – roughly 809 hectares over the past 18 months – in disputed waters that lie within its controversially expansive “nine-dashed line” claim. This enables it to place military installations and airstrips hundreds of kilometres from its southern shoreline, as well as lay claim to mineral riches.

Netanyahu slams ‘miserable’ Orange move to cut Israel ties
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday condemned the “miserable” decision of French telecoms giant Orange to withdraw its brand from Israel, urging Paris to distance itself from the company.

MARC FABER: ‘I feel like I’m on the Titanic’
Another Wall Street analyst is making comparisons to the Titanic. This time it’s editor and publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, Marc Faber. Faber warned that investors should stop bickering over which assets are the best, and start preparing their own escape plan. That is, if they don’t want the same fate as Jack Dawson.

Israelis and Saudis Reveal Secret Talks to Thwart Iran
Since the beginning of 2014, representatives from Israel and Saudi Arabia have had five secret meetings to discuss a common foe, Iran. On Thursday, the two countries came out of the closet by revealing this covert diplomacy at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.

Why Assad’s air force is now a force multiplier for ISIS
The Islamic State terror group is pushing toward Aleppo in Syria. And the jihadists are seemingly aided by air strikes from the regime of dictator Bashar Assad. This might seem counterintuitive since the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh) is a major threat to Assad’s regime.

NOAA Fiddles With Climate Data To Erase 15-Year Global Warming ‘Hiatus’…
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists have found a solution to the 15-year “pause” in global warming: They “adjusted” the hiatus in warming out of the temperature record.

After Ebola, world still unprepared for global pandemic: MSF
The global health system is unable to handle another mass epidemic like the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Médecins Sans Frontières said, urging wealthy nations to develop coordinated response plans and drugs to fight neglected diseases.


Headlines – 6/5/2015

IDF hints that Iranian nuclear threat may dim with deal

Israelis and Saudis Reveal Secret Talks to Thwart Iran

Poll: Most Saudis Believe Iran a Greater Threat than Israel

Declassified documents reveal Israel feared Egyptian attack on Dimona nuclear reactor

Islamic State supporters in Gaza threaten Israel with more rockets

After rockets, airstrikes, Hamas blasts Israel for defying truce

UN Chief Condemns Rocket Attacks On Israel From Gaza

Israel doubles water supplies to Gaza

Netanyahu slams ‘miserable’ Orange move to cut Israel ties

Gal-on says Netanyahu should stop settlement construction before demanding boycott removal

France: We are firmly opposed to any boycott of Israel

South Carolina becomes first US state to take action against anti-Israel boycotts

British MPs ask British Education Minister to condemn decision of Student Union to boycott Israel

Left-wing Israeli groups received $27M from Europe over 3 years

US-led air strike in north Iraq allegedly kills dozens, including civilians

Isil car bomb factory ‘destroyed by US-led air strike’

Obama to Meet With Iraqi Prime Minister to Discuss ISIS’ Advance

More than 3,000 cross to Turkey as Kurds battle Islamic State in Syria

Kurdish Peshmerga Say They Need Weapons After ISIS Seizes Iraqi Arsenal

ISIS shows off US gear seized from Iraqis in fighting near Fallujah

Selfie leads to air strike on ISIS base

Islamic State mounts suicide attacks around Syria’s Hasaka city

Christian Family Defending 2,700-Year-Old Tomb of Jewish Prophet as ISIS Army Advances on Nineveh

Why Assad’s air force is now a force multiplier for ISIS

Quietly, al-Qaeda offshoots expand in Yemen and Syria

Houthi official says group will attend UN-backed Geneva peace talks

Bomb blast near Nigerian market kills 31, official says

Afghan Taliban Say Informal Talks Took Place in Norway

Ukraine’s president warns army to be ready to repel ‘full scale’ Russian invasion

US might deploy missiles in Europe to counter Russia

G7 will discuss extending sanctions on Russia – EU official

U.S., India join forces to counter Beijing aggression in South China Sea

How China’s ‘Great Cannon’ works — and why we should be worried

US believes China behind cybersecurity breach affecting at least 4M federal employees

Chinese Embassy says accusations over US data breach ‘not responsible’

Hunting for Hackers, N.S.A. Secretly Expands Internet Spying at U.S. Border

3,700 illegal immigrant ‘Threat Level 1’ criminals released into U.S. by DHS

Cash-strapped Greece sees sixfold increase in migrants

Greek leader meets eurozone creditors – but as expected, no deal yet

US should delay rate hikes until next year, says IMF

Wall Street analyst MARC FABER: ‘I feel like I’m on the Titanic’

Magnitude-5.9 earthquake injures 11 climbers, strands 137 more on Malaysia mountain

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Chichi-shima, Japan

Report shows only six new houses built by Red Cross in Haiti since 2010 earthquake

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Undersea Volcano Erupts a Mile Below the Surface

Blanca expected to become the earliest Category 5 hurricane in the eastern Pacific

Several homes damaged by Colorado tornadoes

EPA declares no ‘widespread’ harm to drinking water from fracking, boosting industry

Drought, water shortages become top worry for Californians: poll

Drought-hit Indian village looks to ‘water wives’ to quench thirst

Climate change brings needed rain to Africa

Germany to push environmental agenda at G7 summit

Harvard, Syracuse Researchers Caught Lying to Boost Obama Climate Rules

NOAA Fiddles With Climate Data To Erase The 15-Year Global Warming ‘Hiatus’

Obama admits that climate change will be in Obamatrade

Two Members of Boehner’s Leadership Team Openly Refuse to Admit if They’ve Read Obamatrade

WikiLeaks releases documents related to controversial US trade pact

Leaked trade deal stops countries from saying where your data goes

As Supreme Court Obamacare case looms, Republicans split on response

After Ebola, world still unprepared for global pandemic: MSF

South Korea fighting MERS outbreak

Miriam alarmed over jump in HIV infections, seeks reforms

Ray Kurzweil: Humans will be hybrids by 2030

Planned Parenthood sues to block Arizona abortion law

UN sex abuse scandal: Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announces new inquiry

Caitlyn Jenner comes out, and social conservatives take an apocalyptic view

Tel Aviv invites Caitlyn Jenner as guest of honor for Pride Week

Women’s college to allow transgender women – but not transgender men

Colorado charter school asks for legal review of ban on gay student speech

Clinton Charity Took Millions from African Church that Called Gays ‘Devils’

Heavy Priest Rides ‘Possessed’ Man’s Back In Strange Exorcism

Spanish Incitement: Jewish Voodoo Dolls, ‘Kill All the Jews’

Special Report: Prayers inflame tensions over Jerusalem holy site

Body of Boston terror suspect Usaamah Rahim refused by cemetery: report


Daily Digest

June 5, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“[O]f all the views of this law none is more important, none more legitimate, than that of rendering the people the safe, as they are the ultimate, guardians of their own liberty. … History by apprising them of the past will enable them to judge of the future; it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views.” —Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 14, 1781

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

U.S. Economy Prepares for Leisurely Summer Months

It’s summer, and college students are putting down their laptops and picking up temporary jobs. And a few days ago, the Commerce Department revised their estimate for the nation’s GDP; from January to March, the nation’s GDP output shrank by 0.7%. These events mean the May jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is a mixed bag. The headlining numbers look good. In May, the U.S. added 280,000 jobs and the unemployment rate has stayed essentially unchanged since January at 5.5%. The U6 unemployment rate, which also measures the people struggling through long-term unemployment and people stuck in part-time jobs, held at 10.8%. Wages rose, however, as hourly earnings rose eight cents so the average American worker is earning $24.96 an hour. With the numbers comes the greater chance that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in September, reports CNBC. But much of the notable job gain comes just ahead of the summer months, a possible sign that Americans have more discretionary spending, notes Market Watch. Leisure and hospitality fields added 57,000 jobs last month, and another 29,000 jobs were added to the field of arts, entertainment and recreation. This raises questions about the kind of industry on which the nation is building the economy.

Most Americans Want Income Redistribution

A recent poll conducted by The New York Times and CBS News finds that not only are Americans concerned with inequality but they want the government to go after the rich and redistribute their wealth. Paul wants the government to rob Peter. “The poll found that a strong majority say that wealth should be more evenly divided and that it is a problem that should be addressed urgently,” the Times reports. “Nearly six in 10 Americans said government should do more to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor, but they split sharply along partisan lines. Only one-third of Republicans supported a more active government role, versus eight in 10 of Democrats.” The report goes on to say inequality of wealth may become a prominent issue in the larger 2016 election. It’s a convenient narrative for Obama. His redistributionist policies — from an ill-conceived and ill-targeted “stimulus” to ObamaCare — have clearly stalled the nation’s economic engine, but he and his acolytes can simply continue to tell the poor and middle class that the deck is stacked against them. The Leftmedia, of course, dutifully parrots this false narrative, and the means to create wealth continue to languish.

Protecting Nonprofits From SCOTUS Marriage Ruling

The Supreme Court is considering a case that would hand down the definition of marriage nationwide. As U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli told the court, the fact that some religious nonprofits will decide not to hire people due to their beliefs in same-sex marriage is “certainly going to be an issue.” In the possible fallout of the coming ruling, a Christian school could lose its nonprofit status if, say, it refused to hire an openly homosexual man. Rather than waiting for the Court’s decision, Sen. Mike Lee plans to introduce legislation that would protect religious nonprofits. “Discrimination by private parties against private parties — that’s one issue,” he said. “There is a different issue when the government is itself the discriminator. … That’s a problem and that’s what we’re trying to protect here.” The bill Lee would introduce is similar to the 2013 Marriage and Religious Freedom Act. While the courts have tended toward interpreting U.S. law broadly when it comes to religious liberty, the issue has become unnecessarily politicized in legislatures across the country. The First Amendment was drafted to ensure that diverse opinions were never driven from the public square. But that fundamental principle is at odds with the Left’s agenda. More…

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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

Inevitable Hillary Calls for Universal Vote

By Lewis Morris

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The media and the Democrat establishment have done a fine job trying to convince the American people that Hillary Clinton is going to be the next president of the United States. We only need to sit back and accept it like we would the next sunrise. But all isn’t well with the Clinton brand these days. In fact, the case could be made that her road to the White House is not nearly as foregone a conclusion as we’ve been told.

The lengthy list of Clinton scandals hasn’t seemed to stop the Hillary machine just yet, but the Clinton Foundation’s numerous sketchy dealings are beginning to take their toll.

The latest chapter in the Clinton Slush Fund’s ongoing improprieties includes FIFA, the world soccer body whose executives appear to have been engaging in corrupt acts for two decades. It now turns out that Qatar, the host country for the lucrative World Cup in 2022, was a regular donor to the Clinton Foundation and was a sponsor of the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting. By that point, there were widespread allegations that the country had bribed its way into hosting the 2022 tournament. There were also accusations that unsafe working conditions in the building of its soccer stadiums for the World Cup led to the deaths of numerous immigrant workers.

Donations to the Foundation from Qatar and FIFA had been ongoing since 2006 and continued through Hillary’s term as secretary of state. In public, Hillary was calling for a stronger stance against Middle Eastern regimes and Bill was decrying the abuse of migrant workers. In private, however, Qatar was donating between $1 million and $5 million to the Clintons.

Bill’s response to all this is to shrug and move on. He told attendees at a Foundation event in March, “My theory about all this is disclose everything and then let people make their judgments.”

Theory and practice are clearly two different things with the Clintons.

Take, for instance, Hillary’s stance against the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling. She claims to want open political discourse, but she is so staunchly opposed to open spending on political activity by corporations and independent groups that she vows to support only those Supreme Court nominees who are sworn to overturn Citizens United. In other words, a litmus test. And let’s not forget that the whole case was about a movie funded by political groups critical of Hillary. She’s all for free speech, so long as she approves of the speech.

Hillary’s assault on voter laws is also motivated by how it will benefit her campaign. She called Thursday for universal and automatic voter registration, a horrible idea to eliminate the most basic requirement of having to register to vote. It’s her plan to counter voter ID laws, which she complains are a nasty invention of Republicans who are “systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of American citizens from voting.”

Democrats have long attacked voter ID laws, which, of course, are really in place to prevent fraud. But seeing as how Democrats have a tougher time winning elections legitimately, these laws are an impediment to their grand plan. Her strategy includes identifying sympathetic judges and jurisdictions to hear cases against voter ID laws in hopes of at least suspending those laws for the 2016 presidential race.

Interestingly enough, a recent Rasmussen poll shows that 76% of Americans — and 58% of Democrats — support voter ID laws. The Leftmedia predictably labels voter ID laws racist, thereby perpetuating the BIG lie. Yet the Rasmussen report demonstrates that the American public isn’t exactly buying what they’re being sold on this one.

In fact, the American public may not be buying what they’re being sold about Hillary Clinton in general. A recent CNN poll shows that Hillary is in free fall in a number of demographic categories. Her general favorability rating is at 46% for, 50% against. Among men, she has 38% favorability, with 58% not liking her. She has a 54% favorability with women, but a 59% unfavorable opinion among whites. Young people ages 18-34 give her a 55% favorability rating, but they’re traditionally the least informed and least active voting bloc. She’s trending poorly among most other age groups, with older people liking her least. And she also loses points among people in income groups above $50,000.

Meanwhile, her tone-deaf campaign marches merrily along, trampling on a previously scheduled youth event and blood drive to make way for a campaign event at New York City’s Roosevelt Island.

While the 2016 Democrat nomination appears to be earmarked for Hillary, perhaps her inevitable presidency isn’t quite so inevitable. It’s comforting to see after all this time that larger swaths of the electorate are finally getting to know the real Hillary.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Jonah Goldberg: “[T]here’s something gloriously perverse in celebrating someone’s courage to boldly smash sexual categories and then, in the same breath, castigating them for reinforcing gender stereotypes. If men are to be free to become women, surely they get to decide what kind of women they want to be. The first word in Vanity Fair is, after all, ‘Vanity.’ The Sports Illustrated swimsuit models seem very happy to be paid lots of money to be objectified by the male gaze. Who am I to judge? … On most days of the week, liberals are fond of claiming that Republicans are ‘anti-science’ on everything from global warming to evolution. Well, last I checked, biology hadn’t been declared a branch of the humanities. Bruce Jenner was 65 years old when he decided to be a she, but that’s not why Caitlyn can’t have a baby. Figuratively speaking, removing the spigot won’t change the rest of the plumbing. That’s not patriarchal oppression talking. That’s science. And no matter how fluid gender may or may not be, the biological category of ‘female’ isn’t going away anytime soon.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “A man does what he must — in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers — and this is the basis of all human morality.” —John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Upright: “African-Americans have been loyal to the Democratic Party, but there is a group of African-Americans that feel like the Democratic Party has not been loyal to us. … We have a large, disproportionate number of people who are impoverished. We have a disproportionate number of people who are incarcerated, we have a disproportionate number of people who are unemployed, the educational system has totally failed, and all of this primarily has been under Democratic regimes in our neighborhoods. So, the question for me becomes, how can our neighborhoods be doing so awful and so bad when we’re so loyal to this party who is in power? It’s a matter of them taking complete advantage of our vote.” —Chicago pastor Corey Brooks

Village Idiots: “The recent publicity about mistreatment of black people in the judicial and police realm has been a reminder that the dreams of the civil rights movement have not been realized. Many Americans still have racist tendencies or feelings of superiority to people of color.” —Jimmy Carter

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The Central Banks Are Losing Control Of The Financial Markets

Dollars And Euros - Public DomainEvery great con game eventually comes to an end.  For years, global central banks have been manipulating the financial marketplace with their monetary voodoo.  Somehow, they have convinced investors around the world to invest tens of trillions of dollars into bonds that provide a return that is way under the real rate of inflation.  For quite a long time I have been insisting that this is highly irrational.  Why would any rational investor want to put money into investments that will make them poorer on a purchasing power basis in the long run?  And when any central bank initiates a policy of “quantitative easing”, any rational investor should immediately start demanding a higher rate of return on the bonds of that nation.  Creating money out of thin air and pumping into the financial system devalues all existing money and creates inflation.  Therefore, rational investors should respond by driving interest rates up.  Instead, central banks told everyone that interest rates would be forced down, and that is precisely what happened.  But now things have shifted.  Investors are starting to behave more rationally and the central banks are starting to lose control of the financial markets, and that is a very bad sign for the rest of 2015. (Read More….)


The Briefing

1) Accidental shipping of live anthrax by U.S. labs parable of living in fallen modern world

Up to 18 labs in U.S. got live anthrax shipments, USA Today (Alison Young and Nick Penzenstadler)

More Labs Received Live Anthrax, Pentagon Says, Wall Street Journal (Julian E. Barnes)

2) Democratic candidacy debates made more interesting  by entry of RI governor Lincoln Chafee

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to Run for President, Wall Street Journal (Nathan Koppel)

Lincoln Chafee Takes Winding Road Into Democratic Race, New York Times (Alan Rappeport)

3) Attempt to replace motherhood with institutional care a rebellion against creation order

Time to rethink our social construct of motherhood, The Boston Globe (Kathleen McCartney)

In other news…

 


June 4, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — As the next phase in the Kardashian campaign for big bucks from reality TV gets underway, with former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner declaring himself “Caitlyn,” the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) went into action. The gay lobby quickly issued an “Open Letter to Our Colleagues” on how to “accurately” cover “Caitlyn Jenner.”… (more)

June 4, 2015
STEVE DEACE — National Review was the prototype for conservative commentary when it was founded by the great William F. Buckley back in 1955, and 60 years later it has managed to stay near the top of an ever-expanding digital pack of bloggers and pundits…. (more)


June 4, 2015
BARBARA KRALIS, RA ANALYST — The prevalent “outing” of immoral world Catholic hierarchy at the highest levels is giving a poor example to families worldwide. People ask, “Who do we follow? Who do we trust anymore? How do we get through the day?”… (more)

June 4, 2015
TOM DEWEESE — The number of candidates for President seems to grow on a daily basis. Each new candidate attempts to convince us they are the new hope for a better tomorrow. Jobs. Inequality. And the ever popular – – “let’s be bipartisan so we can all move forward together!” These are the topics – – the safe topics – – they stick to. All designed to assure that they hit emotional buttons in each of us, yet don’t cause controversy…. (more)

June 3, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — Paul Kengor’s new book, Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage, provides a detailed explanation of why, according to a new Gallup poll, “Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and sex between an unmarried man and woman.” Gallup notes, “Moral acceptability of many of these issues is now at a record-high level.”… (more)


June 3, 2015
NEWSMAX — Congress must step up its oversight to ensure that Americans’ privacy is being protected in the face of intelligence agencies’ use of more sophisticated surveillance technology, former chief assistant U.S. attorney in New York Andrew McCarthy tells Newsmax TV…. (more)

June 3, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — The NSA’s phone-snooping program is on its last legs after senators voted Tuesday to approve the USA Freedom Act, banning bulk collection of Americans’ data two years after the practice was revealed to the public by Edward Snowden…. (more)

June 3, 2015
NEWSMAX — Republican presidential candidate and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is taking some of the responsibility off of hawkish Republicans for helping to create the Islamic State (ISIS), where he previously laid most of the blame…. (more)


June 3, 2015
NEWSMAX — The “silver lining” of revelations that the TSA failed to detect phony explosives and firearms more than 95 percent of the time during internal tests at some of the country’s busiest airports is that the results are “so shocking, it’s going to require immediate action,” according to Indiana Sen. Dan Coats, The Hill reports…. (more)


June 3, 2015
GARTH KANT — Reporters are reknowned for swapping war stories, but they came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to tell horror stories about trying to use Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, requests to get the truth from the federal government…. (more)


June 3, 2015
CHARLES HURT — Poor John Kerry. After losing the presidency to George W. Bush in 2004 amid the wildly unpopular war in Iraq, this was supposed to be his moment…. (more)


June 3, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — More than 100 people, including the Orlando leader of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, were arrested in a two-county Florida sex-sting operation, many of whom for allegedly trying to have sex with children…. (more)


June 3, 2015
CHELSEA SCHILLING — Two men affiliated with the New Black Panther Party – – one of whom identified himself as a “terrorist” to a confidential informer – – admitted Tuesday in federal court that they planned to blow up a police station and assassinate the St. Louis County prosecutor and Ferguson, Missouri, police chief…. (more)

June 3, 2015
NEWSMAX — One lawmaker said he was aware of allegations leveled at former House Speaker Dennis Hastert regarding sexual abuse of a minor but did not think there was enough to the “rumors” to do anything about them…. (more)

June 2, 2015
GARTH KANT — Real Clear Politics describes David Brooks as the “conservative New York Times opinion writer.” This is what Brooks said on Friday on “PBS NewsHour”: “President Obama has run an amazingly scandal-free administration, not only he, himself, but the people around him. He’s chosen people who have been pretty scandal-free.”… (more)

June 2, 2015
PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY — Ann Coulter lives up to her reputation of issuing warnings and political comment nobody else dares to say in her newest book, “Adios, America!” It’s aptly titled; she makes the case that it is goodbye to the America we know and love if we don’t stop diluting our population with people who don’t love America, don’t respect our Constitution and laws, don’t even speak our language and commit all sorts of unspeakable crimes…. (more)

June 2, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — Liberty Counsel Chairman Mathew Staver says marriage is the No. 1 domestic issue in the United States, and he will be looking to the Republican presidential field for an articulate champion of traditional marriage and American values…. (more)

June 2, 2015
WASHINGTON FREE BEACON — The Department of Justice is concentrating on “far-right” groups in a new study of social media usage aimed at combatting violent extremism. The Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded Michigan State University $585,719 for the study, which was praised by Eric Holder, the former attorney general, earlier this year…. (more)


June 2, 2015
NEWSMAX — America’s youth has been successfully brainwashed to support the left and elect liberals like President Barack Obama – – but Republicans are partially to blame for it happening, outspoken conservative pundit Michelle Malkin tells Newsmax TV…. (more)


June 2, 2015
EAG NEWS — Students and parents are rallying to the defense of a teacher who is accused of violating federal school snack rules. The Williamson PreK-8 teacher, who was not identified, would give her students “wrapped candy” as a reward for their hard work and good behavior…. (more)

June 2, 2015
GRAND VIEW OUTDOORS — World famous comedian and movie star Vince Vaughn came out with a double barrel defense of gun rights during a recent interview, calling for guns in schools and arguing the Second Amendment is intended to defend against “the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government.”… (more)


June 2, 2015
NEWSMAX — Americans Stand With Rand on wanting privacy from federal snooping – – and lawmakers and politicians who support the Patriot Act and its bulk collection of phone metadata are simply “out of step” with voters at home, according to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul…. (more)


June 2, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — It ought to be one of the key questions Americans ask themselves during the 2016 presidential election: “Do you like government secrecy?” It’s always a good question, but it will be an especially relevant one if Hillary Clinton is the Democratic Party’s nominee…. (more)


June 2, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — The acting chief of the Transportation Security Administration was ousted late Monday night after an embarrassing new report found that airport security officers badly failed a new test, missing almost every firearm and explosive investigators tried to sneak by them…. (more)

June 2, 2015
NEWSMAX — Robert F. Kennedy Jr. charges the Centers for Disease Control can’t be trusted to assure Americans that childhood vaccines are safe. And, he says, autism may be triggered by the preservative thimerosal, which contains mercury and is used in the serums…. (more)


Author(s): Janet Mefferd

http://janetmefferd.com I don’t know what you were doing last night, but I was yelling at my TV. I wasn’t literally yelling. But I was frustrated, and I did erupt in a few, rather loud “WHAT?!”s and a bonus round of several “You’ve GOT to be kidding me!”s. This is often what happens when I tune in to softball TV interviews, which is why I usually avoid them. And if ever I’ve seen a softball TV interview, it was last night’s sit-down between Fox News’ Megyn Kelly and the Duggar parents, Jim Bob and Michelle. It is not for nothing that there is a lot of controversy surrounding Josh Duggar’s…
 


Author(s): Jesse Johnson

 
Gnostics were a first-century cult that taught that matter didn’t matter. More precisely, they held that our physical bodies were vulgar and thus lacked value, while our inner spiritual state represented true reality. They taught that because Jesus was the perfect spiritual being, he wouldn’t have even had a physical body. If he would have walked on the beach, he wouldn’t have left foot-prints (which, if true, would radically change many Christian posters). I think this was meant as a LGBT-rights poster, but it it can also be read as an argument against the T part of that acronym.   Gnostics…
 


Trendies Ready for Ultimate Wearable: “Chip Implanted in Their Skin Used for Payments”

06-04-2015 • shtfplan.com

As SHTF has previously noted, the likelihood of a forced RFID implant under the guise of a martial law pandemic emergency might be a little too obvious, as far as future tyranny goes.

Before it comes to that, it seems plenty of people will be voluntarily subjecting themselves to cattle-like status, by jumping at the chance to ditch the inconvenience of a wallet and get a “smarter” payment system that can be embedded under their skin.

Via the Business Insider:

A mind-boggling 25% of Australians say they are at least “slightly interested” at the prospect of having a chip implanted in their skin that could be used for payments, new research has found.

The research by credit card company Visa and the University of Technology Sydney found Australians are open to the prospect of paying for items using wearable tech including smart watches, rings, glasses and even a connected car.

“New technology like tokenisation makes it possible to turn any device into a secure vehicle for commerce. We’re already seeing smartphone payments take off in Australia.


Humans Will Be Hybrids By 2030

by Marsha West

According to a CNN Money report humans are going to be artificially intelligent in the very near future. That’s the prediction of renowned inventor Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, Bible believing Christians should be deeply concerned when science tampers with God’s design in any way shape or form — especially the human brain! Can we […]

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Barack Obama: Born-Again Jew

He cares so much about Israel that he has to destroy it.

Not only was Obama the country’s first Jewish president, but he is also its first Israeli president. He can’t be anti-Israel, because he represents Jewish and Israeli values better than Netanyahu.

The correct Jewish term for Obama contending that he is more Jewish than the Jews is “Chutzpah”.

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Anti-Islam Activist Warns: They’re Coming for You

When it comes to Americans and radical Islamists, who is under attack?

According to American Freedom Defense Initiative’s Pamela Geller, Americans are being hunted.

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Jesus is Coming

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As in the Days of Noah

When the disciples asked Jesus to describe the signs of His coming and the end of the age, He pointed to many signs. But one of the most often overlooked is the idea that when He returns, the world will be “like it was in the days of Noah” (Matthew 24:37-41).

So what were those days like? And does life today look anything like it did in the days of Noah? If so, we have yet another reason to expect the soon return of Jesus.

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Justice Department Studying ‘Far-Right’ Social Media Use

“There is currently limited knowledge of the role of technology and computer mediated communications (CMCs), such as Facebook and Twitter, in the dissemination of messages that promote extremist agendas and radicalize individuals to violence,” according to the NIJ grant. “The proposed study will address this gap through a series of qualitative and quantitative analyses of posts from various forms of CMC used by members of both the far-right and Islamic extremist movements.”

The study draws more upon right-wing forums than upon the corners of the web inhabited by Islamist extremists.

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Markell: Obama’s legacy ‘driven by his delusion’

Markell: Obama paving way for the Antichrist  . . .

“He’s on strong footing with Cuba and with Iran and with ISIS and with some of the radicals around the world,” she clarifies. “I think his advisors need to apprise him of the world destruction which he has contributed to.

“Israel and some of the friendly Arab nations – such as Jordan, parts of Europe, parts of the world that are free – are absolutely terrified that the world’s superpower America has seemingly abandoned the free world only to befriend tyrants and dictators. And this seems to be driven by his delusion.”

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Bombshell As Air Force Openly Admits HAARP Successfully Controlled The Weather (VIDEO)

The U.S. Air Force has notified Congress that it intends to shut down HAARP, a controversial Alaska-based research facility that studies an energetic and active region of the upper atmosphere.

For many years, NTEB has brought you stories on the HAARP Project in Alaska, where extensive research was undertaken learning how to control the weather in order to use it as a weapon. Part of the this research includes the ever-present chemtrails you see nearly every day overhead in your cities and towns.

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While many have appreciated the high level of important information these stories provide, an equal number of people have commented or written in to call us “tinfoil hat” conspiracy theory nuts. Today, video has surfaced of Congressional hearings on HAARP where the they openly admit that they successfully used HAARP to inject energy and particles into the atmosphere (chemtrails), and then used that to control the weather patterns.

David Walker, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for science, technology and engineering, dropped a bombshell in answer to a question asked by Lisa Murkowski in relation to the dismantling of the $300 million High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program HAARP in Gakona this summer.

Walker said this is “not an area that we have any need for in the future” and it would not be a good use of Air Force research funds to keep HAARP going. “We’re moving on to other ways of managing the ionosphere, which the HAARP was really designed to do,” he said. “To inject energy into the ionosphere to be able to actually control it. But that work has been completed.source

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Boehner And Republicans On Verge Of Giving Obama Nearly Unlimited Powers With Obamatrade

Obamatrade bill being kept in secret in the basement of the U.S. Capitol and the press and the public are not allowed to read it.

In Germany, after Adolf Hitler was legally elected to power, he then was given absolute power as dictator with a law that was passed called the Enabling Act. The Enabling Act was a 1933 amendment to the Weimar Constitution that gave the German Cabinet – in effect, Chancellor Adolf Hitler – the power to enact laws without the involvement of the Reichstag. It passed in both the Reichstag and Reichsrat on 24 March 1933, and was signed by President Paul von Hindenburg later that day. The act stated that it was to last four years unless renewed by the Reichstag, which occurred twice. The Enabling Act gave Hitler plenary powers.

Today, Barack Obama stands on the very cusp of being handed unprecedented powers to negotiate with foreign countries and leaders without having to answer to the American people.

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Rosa Pavanelli, general secretary of the Public Services International union, said: “It is outrageous that our democratically elected governments will not tell us the laws they are making. What has our democracy come to when the community must rely on Wikileaks to find out what our governments are doing on our behalf”

Earlier this week, Rep. Ryan Zinke said that he would vote against giving President Obama fast track trade authority and questioned why Republicans who believe in a strong national defense would allow the president more authority to negotiate with foreign leaders in the wake of his negotiations with terrorist sponsored nations such as Cuba and Iran.

“I support a robust economy where agriculture and businesses are able to compete in a fair and open global market,” Zinke told Breitbart News. “However, we are talking about giving Barack Obama — a president who negotiates with rogue nations like Iran and Cuba — exorbitant authority to do what he thinks is best. Just look at the bad deal he’s crafting with Iran. At this time, I don’t have faith that President Obama will negotiate in the best interest of Montana or America.”

While speaking to Fox News host Martha MacCallum on Wednesday, Ryan asserted that “we don’t like the Iran deal that President Obama is doing.”

“Imagine if we had TPA for the Iran deal that he’s negotiating,” Ryan said. “If we had TPA for the Iran deal, we would know what’s in the deal, the country would see what’s in the deal, and Congress would have veto power over the deal before he even gets a deal. I wish we had TPA for this Iranian agreement because then we could stop this Iranian agreement. That’s why we’re doing TPA for these trade agreements.”

John Boehner heading up efforts to get Obamatrade bill pushed through quickly

Ryan responding to Zinke may be a sign he’s worried about the future of Obamatrade in Congress. The Senate passed TPA in late May, but despite Ryan’s public claims the House has the votes to pass it, leadership seems reticent to take the bill up on the floor, and more members keep coming out publicly against it.

This all comes as House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) is gearing up a push to drive Obamatrade through the House of Representatives.

“I don’t think we’re quite there yet,” Boehner told Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade on his radio program when asked if the votes were there yet to pass it.

“But over the next couple weeks, we hope to get this bill on the floor and get it passed. It’s an important priority for the country,” Boehner said.

A spokesperson for Boehner, Matt Wolking, has not immediately returned a request for comment to Breitbart News on whether the Speaker has actually visited the secret room to read the text of Obamatrade. source

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5 faith facts about Rick Perry: ‘God has put me in this place at this time to do his will’

(RNS) The former Texas governor attended Baptist and Methodist churches growing up but now goes to a nondenominational megachurch in Austin.


Greece appeals to Putin to save economy

Posted: 05 Jun 2015 06:53 AM PDT

Ratings agency Fitch has confirmed that Greece’s deferral of their payment to the IMF today does not count as a default. Greece’s ‘CCC’ sovereign rating was affirmed last month, which Fitch says “indicates that default on privately held bonds is a real possibility. “The risk that Greece misses its larger IMF payment at end-June cannot be discounted.” 

Fitch’s continued continued: “The Greek government has not accepted the proposals presented by the institutions (the European Commission, European Central Bank, and IMF) this week. If the two sides do agree a deal, it will meet political opposition from elements of Syriza most hostile to the institutions’ proposals for pensions and public sector wages.” FULL REPORT

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Air Force Relaxes Rules For TransgendersPosted: 05 Jun 2015 06:48 AM PDT

The Air Force has relaxed rules a bit for transgenders, putting out a new policy that makes it a bit more difficult to automatically discharge them for medical reasons.Troops who are diagnosed with gender dysphoria, or who self-identify as transgender, are usually given medical discharges at the unit command and physician levels. But the new rules will now mandate those decisions undergo Air Force headquarters’ review. And some are saying that extra layer of bureaucracy means the Air Force is slowly but surely moving closer toward allowing transgenders to openly serve in the branch.

“Though the Air Force policy regarding involuntary separation of gender dysphoric airmen has not changed, the elevation of decision authority to the director, Air Force Review Boards Agency, ensures the ability to consistently apply the existing policy,” said Daniel Sitterly, an Air Force personnel office spokesman, in a statement, USA Today reported. The action comes on the heels of Pentagon pressure to reform military transgender policies. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said a few weeks ago while addressing a question about transgender policy that job performance should be the key factor in determining the status of someone’s military career. FULL REPORT

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The Central Banks Are Losing Control Of The Financial MarketsPosted: 05 Jun 2015 06:43 AM PDT

Every great con game eventually comes to an end. For years, global central banks have been manipulating the financial marketplace with their monetary voodoo. Somehow, they have convinced investors around the world to invest tens of trillions of dollars into bonds that provide a return that is way under the real rate of inflation. For quite a long time I have been insisting that this is highly irrational. Why would any rational investor want to put money into investments that will make them poorer on a purchasing power basis in the long run? And when any central bank initiates a policy of “quantitative easing”, any rational investor should immediately start demanding a higher rate of return on the bonds of that nation.

Creating money out of thin air and pumping into the financial system devalues all existing money and creates inflation. Therefore, rational investors should respond by driving interest rates up. Instead, central banks told everyone that interest rates would be forced down, and that is precisely what happened. But now things have shifted. Investors are starting to behave more rationally and the central banks are starting to lose control of the financial markets, and that is a very bad sign for the rest of 2015. FULL REPORT

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More than 900 schools close to prevent spread of deadly MERS virusPosted: 05 Jun 2015 06:38 AM PDT

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, also known as ‘camel flu’, has so far claimed the lives of two people in South Korea and forced more than 1,300 into quarantine as a fresh outbreak continues to circulate in the Middle East – with travellers carrying it to other parts of the world. As a matter of drastic action, it was announced today by South Korea’s eduction ministry that more than 900 schools have been shut to help boost the desperate preventative measures put in place. 

The spread of the virus took the Asian country by surprise when the first case of the latest outbreak was reported on May 20. A 58-year-old woman was the first person to die from the infection after she tested positive for MERS on Monday.The second fatality was a 71-year-old man, who had been on respiratory support with a history of kidney ailments.Their deaths came as The Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed five new cases of the virus – bringing the total number of infected people to 35. FULL REPORT

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49 NATO vessels, 5,600 troops gear up for major US-led drills in Baltics

Posted: 05 Jun 2015 06:29 AM PDT

Around 50 vessels from 17 countries, involving overall 5,600 troops, will be taking part in US-led exercise BALTOPS in the Baltic Sea starting June 5. In 15 days, NATO allies will show their eagerness and ability to protect the region. Featuring anti-submarine warfare, air defense, interception of suspect vessels and amphibious landings, the annual BALTOPS will run through June 20.

This year’s excursive will see 49 ships, 61 aircraft, a submarine and an amphibious landing force of 700 troops participating. The total number of servicemen involved in BALTOPS or Baltic Operations will reach 5,600 people, NATO’s website said. NATO member states Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Turkey, UK and the US are sending their naval forces to take part in the drill. They’ll be joined by three NATO partners – Finland and Sweden, which both have access to the Baltic Sea, and also Georgia. FULL REPORT

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US might deploy missiles in Europe to counter

Posted: 05 Jun 2015 06:24 AM PDT

The Obama administration is weighing a range of aggressive responses to Russia’s alleged violation of a Cold War-era nuclear treaty, including deploying land-based missiles in Europe that could pre-emptively destroy the Russian weapons. This “counterforce” option is among possibilities the administration is considering as it reviews its entire policy toward Russia in light of Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine, its annexation of Crimea and other actions the U.S. deems confrontational in Europe and beyond.

The options go so far as one implied — but not stated explicitly — that would improve the ability of U.S. nuclear weapons to destroy military targets on Russian territory. It all has a certain Cold War ring, even if the White House ultimately decides to continue tolerating Russia’s alleged flight-testing of a ground-launched cruise missile with a range prohibited by the treaty. FULL REPORT

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Ukraine’s Poroshenko warns of ‘full-scale’ Russian invasionPosted: 05 Jun 2015 06:16 AM PDT

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday there were 9,000 Russian servicemen on Ukrainian territory and warned of the threat of a “full-scale invasion” by Russia along the whole joint border. He was speaking in parliament a day after Ukrainian forces fought their most serious battle for months with Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country, endangering an already shaky ceasefire.

“The military must be ready as much for a renewal of an offensive by the enemy in the Donbass as they are for a full-scale invasion along the whole length of the border with Russia. We must be truly ready for this,” he said. Poroshenko’s warning came as fresh clashes erupted near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Wednesday, reviving fears in Kiev that the separatists may be gearing up for a new push into government-controlled territory, four months after agreeing to a truce. FULL REPORT

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At least 4 million federal workers at risk after massive cybersecurity breach

Posted: 04 Jun 2015 06:43 PM PDT

Millions of fed workers’ information exposed in cyber breach The Office of Personnel Management was hit by a massive data breach that could have compromised the personal data of at least 4 million current and former federal employees, the Obama administration confirmed Thursday. The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. officials believe the hack originated in China, which would make the incident the second major breach from the Chinese in less than a year.

However, a Chinese Embassy spokesman in Washington told Reuters that “jumping to conclusions and making hypothetical accusation (sic) is not responsible, and counterproductive.” The OPM, which acts as the human resources department for the federal government and conducts more than 90 percent of federal background checks, said in a statement that it detected a “cyber-intrusion” into its systems in April.

The Department for Homeland Security concluded at the beginning of May that data at the Office of Personnel Management and the Interior Department had been compromised. FULL REPORT

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Scientists create first lab-grown limbPosted: 04 Jun 2015 11:20 AM PDT

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have taken the first step toward developing artificial, lab-grown limbs, building a rat forelimb with functioning vascular and muscular tissue. This experimental approach could be applied to the limbs of primates— creating replacement limbs suitable for transplantation, a challenge because of the composite nature of limbs.

“Limbs contain muscles, bone, cartilage, blood vessels, tendons, ligaments and nerves— each of which has to be rebuilt and requires a specific supporting structure called the matrix. We have shown that we can maintain the matrix of all of these tissues in their natural relationships to each other, that we can culture the entire construct over prolonged periods of time, and that we can repopulate the vascular system and musculature,” Dr. Harald Ott, of the MGH Department of Surgery and the Center for Regenerative Medicine, said in a news release Tuesday. FULL REPORT

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Obama Claims He is the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in the Oval OfficePosted: 04 Jun 2015 11:11 AM PDT

President Obama once confided to a top adviser that he believes he is “the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office.” In an interview by an Israeli TV station, former Obama adviser David Axelrod recalled the president venting in a moment of contemplation about criticisms that he doesn’t support Israel strongly enough, JPupdates.com reported.

“You know, I think I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office,” the president told Mr. Axelrod. “For people to say that I am anti-Israel, or, even worse, anti-Semitic, it hurts.” White House press secretary Josh Earnest endorsed the sentiment Tuesday, saying Mr. Obama gave a heartfelt speech at a Jewish synagogue in Washington last month that expressed “the kinds of common bonds and common values that are embodied in his administration that are [also] advocated by the Jewish community.”

“The president does feel that kind of kinship,” Mr. Earnest said. The TV report came out in advance of an exclusive interview that Mr. Obama conducted with Channel 2’s Ilana Dayan, which will be broadcast later Tuesday. FULL REPORT

 

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Christian Headlines Daily – Friday, June 5, 2015

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Top Headlines

Family Christian Stores CEO trusting in God as bankruptcy decision looms

Naghmeh Abedini: Saeed Refuses to Deny Christ

5 Things Christians Should Know about Lincoln Chafee’s Faith

Pastor Who Lost Both Children in Car Accident Forgives Driver at Fault

Militias Rout ISIS from Christian Area in Syria

Iran Sentences 18 Christians to Prison for Faith in Christianity Crackdown

Federal Judge Orders Expungement of Teen’s Record Who Evangelized in School

Most Americans Look so Kindly on Churches, They Might Even Go Sometime

Report: Nigerian Troops Responsible for 8,000 Civilian Deaths in Boko Haram Fight

The Duggars Break Silence on Sex Abuse Scandal

Opinion

Amazing Wedding Photo Goes Viral

Should Animals Have the Same Rights as Humans?

Why Aren’t Aliens Here?

Millennials Using Prescription Drugs to Give Them the Edge in Latest Workplace Trend

ISIS Rapidly Becoming Global Movement


“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

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Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!

30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.

New Believers Guide
The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.

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10 Steps to a Happy Marriage

One of my life verses is Job 5:7 “man is born unto trouble as the sparks fly upward”. A long marriage will endure the whole gamut of troubles including money, family conflicts, church problems, illness, death—you name it. Run to God and trust in His sovereignty over all of it.

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The Cost of Radical Generosity

The cost of all of that stuff is the cost of generosity. At least, it is for most of the people I know. Those donations to the church, those checks to the missionaries, those gifts to the ministries, those bills slipped discreetly to the person in need—tally them up and they could equal some extra vacations. Put them together and you could probably upgrade your kitchen this year instead of five years from now, or you could go up a model or two on the second vehicle. The Christians I know choose to downgrade their lifestyle in order to upgrade their giving.

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Changes at Metokos Ministries, Church Revitalization

Next week I will attend the PCA General Assembly. I will not be a delegate, but I will be an exhibitor for Metokos Ministries, a church revitalization ministry begun by my seminary classmate, Don Clements, over a decade ago. In that decade, he has served over 100 churches. Don has mentored me to become the Executive Director as he stays on board and works from his home in Virginia. I will be the one on the road working with churches, raising support and adding staff and regional directors. We plan to incorporate the ministry here in Georgia.

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Burned Out By Expectations & Finding Rest in Christ

I can’t. That’s the whole point of the Gospel! The harder I try to do what I need to do, the more my mind turns to a chaos and confusion of fear and distress and the more tempted I am to escape into passion and lust, into appetites for things that only harm me. Jesus did. Jesus is. That’s the whole point of the Gospel!

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The Doxological Nature of Calvinism

Of course, hymns may be written to parody Calvinistic doctrine, and on very rare occasions one hears songs that celebrate “free will.” But the great hymns of ages past, like their predecessors in Scripture, praise God for being God, for being sovereign, for being a saving and keeping God. To cast a critical glance sideways in the contemporary evangelical world, it is difficult to imagine what hymns of adoration and praise might be written by Open Theists (whose chief enemy appears to be Calvinism).

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Overture 1 to the General Assembly of the PCA

However, one problem remains: the commission that is given full power to render the final verdict would still not be under a final approval or disapproval by the presbytery. It is far more difficult to get a decision overturned by means of a complaint (when, by the time the complaint is heard, most of the presbyters are not really willing to deal with something that they feel is over and done with) than it is simply to overturn the commission’s verdict at the presbytery meeting without using the complaint.

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Freedom is … a Sexual Ponzi Scheme?

Would being “freed from monogamy” really make these people more free? Much more can be said on the nature of freedom, but this gives at least some sense of the complexity of the notion and how it has been naively trivialized by a world where sexualized personal pleasure is the solvent of all social bonds and the measure of all things.

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3 Reliable Ways to Overcome Sin

In the previous post, we saw Potiphar’s wife demonstrate that sin is often perception-driven and that unchecked sin produces boldness. Now we will let Joseph show us the proper response to sin and temptation.

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7 Tips for Creating Time to Think

by Philip Nation

When you are busy… and we’re all busy… we need principles we hold to in order to simply think, dream, and strategize. I recently shared seven ways that I am trying to implement more brain time into my life. Here they are…

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Can You Miss God’s Will for Your Life?

by Stephen Altrogge

The fear of missing God’s will is enough to paralyze any Christian. But here’s the question: can a Christian miss the will of God for their life? Could you somehow go your entire life being outside of God’s good plan for you? Yes… and no.

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3 Signs of Sexual Abuse in Marriage

by Association of Biblical Counselors

Sexual abuse in marriage is not something that is readily disclosed or discussed. It feels shameful to admit even to one’s self that your own husband treats you as if your sole purpose is to provide him your body whenever and however he wants sex.

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3 Ways to Prepare Your Teenager for Adulthood

by Brian Croft

Becoming a teenager can be a scary prospect (for both child and parent). So, how can we help with this transition?

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Defending the Biblical Account of Creation

The battle for the hearts and minds of our youth is being waged aggressively within the media and public education. One of the most sinister lies being told is that God did not create all things–rather that life is just a random act of a universe that magically came into existence on its own. Why […]

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“No, I Won’t Bless the Food.”

In my travels, at the start of a meal with Christian brothers and sisters, I’m often asked, “Will you bless the food?”

“No.”

My hosts sit there in stunned silence for a moment. Then, with everyone staring at me with awkward, “What do we do now?” looks, I’ll add, “But I’ll be happy to ask the Lord to bless the food.”

Maybe it reflects the limits of my own experience, but it’s been my observation that nowadays fewer followers of Jesus pause like this at the beginning of a meal to give thanks for what they are about to eat.

This seems to be true for individuals and for families, at home and in public.

Why the decline? As with all Christian practices and disciplines, unless each successive generation is taught the reason for something, it soon devolves into mere a routine, then an empty tradition, and then disuse.

Biblical origins of mealtime prayers

Have you ever been taught the biblical reasons for the Christian tradition of praying before a meal?

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5 Errors of the Prosperity Gospel

More than a century ago, speaking to the then-largest congregation in all Christendom, Charles Spurgeon said, “I believe that it is anti-Christian and unholy for any Christian to live with the object of accumulating wealth. You will say, ‘Are we not to strive all we can to get all the money we can?’ You may do so. I cannot doubt but what, in so doing, you may do service to the cause of God. But what I said was that to live with the object of accumulating wealth is anti-Christian.”

Over the years, however, the message being preached in some of the largest churches in the world has changed—indeed, a new gospel is being taught to many congregations today. This message has been ascribed many name, such as the “name it and claim it” gospel, the “blab it and grab it” gospel, the “health and wealth” gospel, the “prosperity gospel,” and “positive confession theology.”

No matter what name is used, the essence of this message is the same. Simply put, this “prosperity gospel” teaches that God wants believers to be physically healthy, materially wealthy, and personally happy. Listen to the words of Robert Tilton, one of its best-known spokesmen: “I believe that it is the will of God for all to prosper because I see it in the Word, not because it has worked mightily for someone else. I do not put my eyes on men, but on God who gives me the power to get wealth.” Teachers of the prosperity gospel encourage their followers to pray for and even demand material flourishing from God.

Five Theological Errors

Russell Woodbridge and I wrote a book titled Health, Wealth, and Happiness: Has the Prosperity Gospel Overshadowed the Gospel of Christ? (Kregel, 2010) to examine the claims of prosperity gospel advocates. While the book is too wide-ranging to summarize here, in this article I’d like to review five doctrines we cover in it—doctrines on which prosperity gospel advocates err. By discerning these errors regarding key doctrines, I hope you will plainly see the dangers of the prosperity gospel.

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Cindy Jacobs was first to “prophesy” C. Peter Wagner would be “Apostle”

by Marsha West

John Lanagan of My Word Like Fire continues to expose the false teaching of the NAR “apostles” and “prophets.” While still assessing the damage done through Empowered21’s Jerusalem gathering, where many were exposed to New Apostolic Reformation leaders and teachings, it seems appropriate to share these words from Cindy Jacobs about her own alleged prophetic gift, as […]

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Wife of Village Church child porn user speaks out about her abuse

Many questions are mushrooming up over why a megachurch would protect a confessed pedophile awhile disciplining the man’s his wife. The wife of a confessed child porn user working for Matt Chandler’s Village Church has responded to the way she has been treated by the church, You’ll recall last week, Matt Chandler, lead pastor of […]

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The Desperate Need to Proclaim Truth and Affirm the Biblical Worldview

by Bill Muehlenberg

All over much of the Western world the church of Jesus Christ is losing ground and failing to impact the surrounding culture. That in large measure is because we have failed to stand solidly for biblical truth, and we have failed to see all of life in terms of the biblical worldview.

Instead of proclaiming absolute truth, we have embraced the relativism, subjectivism and false ‘tolerance’ of the world. And instead of seeing everything through the lens of the biblical storyline, we have adopted so much of the world’s ideas, values and emphases.

Thus we see so many threats to faith and freedom, such as from the radical homosexual movement, the new atheists, political correctness, and the war against the family. Therefore the need of the hour is to proclaim biblical truth, and see the Lordship of Christ extended to every area of life, be it political, social, cultural or intellectual.

But in my current travels throughout North America, I am not seeing very much of that. Instead I am seeing one church after another selling out to the prevailing culture. I see many so-called Christians who seem far more comfortable in the surrounding culture than in Christians circles where biblical truth is proclaimed and lived.

I am coming across way too many folks who simply cannot or will not think biblically and Christianly. It is as if they have never renewed their minds as they are commanded to do (Romans 12:2) and therefore have never really been transformed.

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The church is now awakening to an exam for which it is not prepared

The pursuit of the knowledge of God is replaced in many with a pursuit of something that merely works. And by works, often what is pursued is a version of Christianity that brings forth the American dream rather than the Kingdom of God. This prosperity and selfish attitude has caused a slumber, a slumber in the proverbial classroom, and the church is now awakening to an exam for which it is not prepared…There was a time in American history where the pastor and the politician were on a level playing field. There was a time when clergy were thought to have answers. And it was not just because people didn’t know any better back then. It was because many men and women of faith were intellectuals. They knew their bible and their history. They could speak about theology and chemistry. Now many believers are ill equipped to speak about anything that does not have a mascot in a meaningful way. And in that regard, society should place us at the kids table. If we don’t have anything meaningful to say, we ought not say anything at all.

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Cold Case Christianity: How the Church Can Turn Teaching Into Training (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast #33)

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Podcast, J. Warner Wallace plays a video recorded at Green Bay Community Church in which he describes the difference between teaching and training. J. Warner provides a simple T.R.A.I.N. acronym to illustrate the nature of training using media to support each point. Here is part 1 of this week’s broadcast:

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Learning to Meditate at Tim Keller’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church

Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, has long been beloved by many evangelicals. Over the course of his ministry, he has somehow managed to deftly please both liberal and conservative Christians alike. He has been hailed as a leader among the Reformed movement. His books can be found on the tables of conferences everywhere.

And yet, over time, some have grown increasingly concerned about Keller. Of particular interest is Keller’s obvious affinity for the contemplative. Even a cursory glance at the website of Redeemer Presbyterian leads one to the conclusion that Keller encourages Christians to engage in contemplative prayer practices.

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The Future of Denominations – Rainer on Leadership #130

Podcast Episode #130

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There are a host of positive benefits to denominations. But their reputations can often be less than positive with those outside of the denomination. We often unfairly ascribe issues in local churches to a denomination as a whole as well as larger denominational issues to local churches within that denomination. So today on the podcast, we discuss the place denominations have in our church culture and their future.

  • Some denominations have negative doctrinal reputations. Others have negative personal reputations.
  • When it comes to denominations, the media often covers the nutty, the negative, and the naysayers.
  • Millennials are less denominationally tied than any other generation.
  • Many denominations see the redundancies and inefficiencies present in their structures and are changing.
  • Denominations anchor churches in a clear, common doctrinal position.

The eight reasons people are leaving denominational churches for non-denominational churches are:

  1. Denominational churches have a negative reputation. 
  2. Denominations are known more for what they are against than what they are for.
  3. There is too much infighting and politics in denominations.
  4. The denominational churches are too liberal. 
  5. There is a general waning of institutional loyalty in institutions such as denominations.
  6. Denominations have inefficient systems and organizations. They are too bureaucratic.
  7. Some of the respondents could see no perceived benefit to belonging to denominations.
  8. Denominations are not good stewards of their financial resources.

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Perseverance in Disguise

I still remember the way the chair squealed slightly as she twisted toward me. I remember the thinly veiled urgency in her voice as she looked at me with pleading eyes and asked me, “Where is he?”


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The Shorter Catechism asks: Are all transgressions of the law equally heinous? And answers: Some sins in themselves, and by reason of several aggravations, are more heinous in the sight of God than others.

The 24 Hour Shutdown Experiment
Why is a community of Seventh Day Adventists living 70 miles east of Los Angeles living up to 10 years longer than most Americans? Although some follow a special diet and they all try to exercise regularly, their longevity is being traced primarily to their honoring of the Sabbath as a day or rest and worship. BBC journalist, Peter Bowes, reports:

Many Adventists told me that shutting down from sundown on Friday, for 24 hours, was the highlight of their week. It is a time when they close their minds to work to focus instead on their friends and family. Scientists believe that this period of rest may play a role, alongside diet and exercise, in promoting a long life.

In this article, Bowes reports on the outcome of his own trial “Sabbath.” See also The Sabbath Manifesto for a list of 10 principles aimed at carving out a weekly day of rest.

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You Can’t Blame Anyone Else

Something worth pointing out and letting it sink in within the community of believers (and some application to those who do not believe). This has been on my mind quite a while, and it’s especially important for parents, children, families, etc.


Shepherds or shamers? The rise of church discipline in America (ANALYSIS)

(RNS) Church discipline practices raise biblical and legal implications. Are these church shepherds just doing their best to care for their flocks, or are they crossing a line by shaming and shunning their so-called sinners?


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The Evangelical Counter-Reformation

I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.  –Martin Luther

Christianity, salvaged by God after centuries of suppression by the hands of Rome, through the great men of the Protestant Reformation, has always been under attack by those who deny Christ. Those great men of faith have been persecuted, and even martyred countless times for defending what they so strongly believed in. In an extravagant display of hatred, John Wycliffe’s bones were dug up forty years after he died, and burned for translating the Bible into English and speaking out against the Papacy. Martin Luther, a monk who pinned the 95 Theses to a church door in Wittenberg, was excommunicated from the church. William Tyndale, who also famously translated Bibles into English though it were illegal, remained faithful until his strangling death, and body burned by the King of England. Thousands upon thousands of Protestants gave their lives during the Reformation era, and against all odds, through all of the persecution, and against the evils of the Roman Catholic Church, Christianity prevailed.

For several centuries, Biblical Christianity’s influenced grew enormously, while the influence of the Papacy dwindled. Though still a forceful presence throughout the world, Roman Catholicism stood in stark contrast to Protestantism, and the differences between them were clear. The reformation produced some of the greatest theologians and preachers of all time. John Calvin, best known for his theological works regarding the doctrines of grace, was very outspoken against the works-based doctrines of Rome. There was the Puritan, Thomas Watson and later there was Charles Spurgeon, and so on. There was no confusing Catholicism with Protestant Christianity–the doctrinal divide was clear.

But this time of biblical enlightenment didn’t come without it’s price. The Catholic Church launched a counter-reformation, in which Protestants were declared “anathema” for their beliefs. From the counter-reformation came the Council of Trent, in which many changes were implemented in the RC Church, and sprung many new religious orders, many who reported directly to the Pope. The most notorious, and well-misunderstood of these religious orders is the Jesuits. The Jesuits would silently infiltrate society, and even Protestant Churches, set with the ultimate task of bringing all Protestants back under the authority of the Papacy. For many centuries, this was a tough sell. With the iniquities of the Roman Catholic Church, the slaughter of innocent peoples, and the outrageous doctrinal claims made by the organization, there were too just too many faithful preachers preaching against Rome’s heresies–until recently.

Enter the modern Evangelical Church.

If you ask the average Evangelical church-goer today what the difference is between Protestantism and Catholicism, you’re likely to get a variety of answers. Some will tell you that Catholics believe in a works salvation, but many won’t really understand what that means. Others may tell you that Catholics worship Mary and Protestants don’t. But the overwhelming majority are likely to have no idea what the difference is, and this is rather disturbing. While many of these people will be able to articulate the Gospel, Catholicism is quickly becoming seen as “just another denomination,” with some strange twists. They are no longer being seen as the counterfeit Church, the ancient enemy of the Gospel that the reformers fought so hard and gave their lives to expose and separate from. The muddying of these waters is not unaccounted for, however, and it comes as no surprise, since today we have so many Evangelicals afraid to speak out against Rome, and fornicating with her in many ways.

Take heed that no man deceive you. … And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. …For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. – Matthew 24:4,11,24

As I wrote before, ecumenism is the new drug of choice in the Church today. It can be rolled up neatly, with a little Scripture twisted around it, and passed on to the next person to intoxicate themselves with. There are many change agents working against the Gospel in the Church. They creep in unawares–they’re very sly and deceitful with their tactics. One-hundred years ago, it would have been unthinkable to have a Protestant leader travel to the Vatican to work with the Church of Rome on cultural issues. Protestants knew that the Church of Rome was their enemy, and any of whom sought common ground with this apostate system would have been seen as a traitor. But through the endless efforts and sly disposition of these change agents, so many have changed their minds. People have been conditioned to believe that the Protestant Reformation was a mistake, and that joining hands with Rome is a great stride towards unification of the Church.

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Thoughts on the Dr. Drew Show, ESPN’s Shame, and Continuing with Anjem Choudary

Discussed my experience daring to commit heresy in the courtyard of the High Temple of Secularism (aka, on national media) by even mentioning the lordship of Jesus, briefly commented on the disgusting, reprehensible, immoral act of ESPN in giving Bruce Jenner an award for bravery and courage.


My Bible, My Cell Phone, and My New Conviction

My friend, Gayle Metcalf, shared the following image today on her Facebook page.

My friend, Pastor Geoff Kirkland, posted an article today titled Lessons for Young Men, which included a charge to greater commitment to the Word of God.

The above items have been used by the Lord today to bring much conviction to my heart and mind. Great conviction.

My cell phone is with me wherever I go. It is my primary source of communication with the world: phone calls, text messages, emails, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, news outlets, the Weather Channel, traffic alerts, law enforcement alerts, my calendar, and Bluetooth for my GoPro camera. The only game on my phone is Chess.

The apps that are least often used on my phone are my Bible apps. I prefer the printed page over the electronic page for most of my reading, especially my Bible reading.

I am in my Bible every day, more often than not for the edification and evangelization of others. In other words, most of my time spent in the Bible is spent in preparation for writing articles and pulpit sermons, or preparing for sermons I preach in the open-air.

An ongoing challenge in my 27 years of Christian living is staying consistent in my Bible reading, for the purpose of worship and devotion.

Reading Pastor Geoff’s article and seeing the image Gayle posted this morning hit me like a ton of bricks.

Making even a cursory, side-by-side comparison today of my daily time on my cell phone with my daily time in my Bible has been shocking to me. Shocking. Appalling. Stomach churning. Discouraging. Convicting. I spend much more time on my phone than I do in my Bible.

I do take a Bible with me most places, but not everywhere. On the other hand, I take my phone everywhere. To be without my phone is like being without my house and car keys; it is like being without my wallet or my driver’s license. But I can’t say I have the same sense of incompleteness, or the sense of not being fully dressed, if I walk out of the house without my Bible the way I do with the before-mentioned items.

What does that say about me? What does that say about my love for the Word of God?

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“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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Our Time is Short

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Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

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Secularism Hurts Humanity

Shadow To Light

As part of their culture war, Gnu atheists seek to convince the general public that religion is bad. Very bad. One of the weapons in their propaganda is to continually portray religion in a bad light. So anytime there is news of some religious people doing something bad or saying something bad, the Gnus like to showcase this. A steady diet of such cherry picking then becomes part of the propagandistic confirmation bias campaign. For example, this tactic is one of the major themes of Hemant Mehta’s blog (along with his “atheist as victim” stories”). Every month, the Gnu activist likes to post a video that compiles all the sensational news stories that put religion in a bad light. The videos are put together by one of his fans who runs a FB site called “Religion Hurts Humanity.”

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GTY Blog: The Totality of Depravity

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by Jeremiah Johnson

You’ve likely heard someone assert that, in spite of the wickedness we see on display in the world around us, people are basically good.

Politicians, psychologists, and, sadly, religious leaders have reinforced that notion, assuming that because we’re not all as bad as we could be, there must be some built-in element of goodness and self-control in every person. The notion serves as a reassuring blanket of humanism, covering all but the most violent, perverse outliers who don’t conform to accepted behavioral norms. In fact, the assumption of man’s inherent goodness helps distance polite society from those on the lunatic fringe, and makes the rest of us look better by comparison.

However, the truth, as we saw last time, is that we all inherit the same, in-born bent toward sin and corruption. But is there, as some teach, an untainted spark of the divine in each person, balancing out our sin nature and the effects of original sin?

Here’s how John MacArthur responded to the notion of innate human goodness:

False belief systems always seem to downplay human depravity. Some even deny it altogether, insisting that people are fundamentally good. This is a tendency of nearly all quasi-Christian heresies, humanistic philosophies, and secular worldviews. Apostles of those religions and philosophies seem to think describing human nature in upbeat and optimistic terms somehow makes their viewpoint nobler. That fact alone perfectly epitomizes the blind illogic that goes hand in hand with unbelief and false religion. After all, humanity’s moral dilemma should be patently obvious to anyone who seriously considers the problem of evil. As G.K. Chesterton famously remarked, original sin is the one point of Christian theology that easily can be proved empirically.

The fallenness of the human race is a profound, destructive, and universal predicament—inexplicable by any merely naturalistic rationale, but undeniably obvious. Wherever you find humanity, you see ample evidence that the entire race is held captive under sin’s corrupting influence.[1]Burk Parsons, ed., John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine and Doxology (Orlando: Reformation Trust, 2008), p. 129.

The sin nature born into us all is far more than an isolated stain. Scripture says unrepentant men and women are “dead in [their] trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). There is no pristine spark of the divine, no hidden chamber of unaffected goodness. As John explains, the destructive and dominating nature of man’s depravity is total.

Sin is a cruel tyrant. It is the most devastating and degenerating power ever to afflict the human race, such that the entire creation “groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now” (Romans 8:22). It corrupts the entire person—infecting the soul, polluting the mind, defiling the conscience, contaminating the affections, and poisoning the will. It is the life-destroying, soul-condemning cancer that festers and grows in every unredeemed human heart like an incurable gangrene.[2]John MacArthur, Slave (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2010), pp. 120-121.

You can see why the doctrine of total depravity doesn’t sit well with humanistic audiences. As a counterpoint, they’ll trot out various examples of benevolence and kindness. How could we deny man’s innate goodness in the face of charitable millionaires, self-sacrificing volunteers, and faithful recyclers?

But as John MacArthur explains, the term total depravity

does not mean that unbelieving sinners are always as bad as they could be (cf. Luke 6:33; Romans 2:14). It does not mean that the expression of sinful human nature is always lived out to the fullest. It does not mean that unbelievers are incapable of acts of kindness, benevolence, goodwill, or human altruism. It certainly does not mean that non‑Christians cannot appreciate goodness, beauty, honesty, decency, or excellence. It does mean that none of this has any merit with God. . . .

Total depravity means sinners have no ability to do spiritual good or work for their own salvation from sin. They are so completely disinclined to love righteousness, so thoroughly dead in sin, that they are not able to save themselves or even to fit themselves for God’s salvation. Unbelieving humanity has no capacity to desire, understand, believe, or apply spiritual truth: “A natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised” (1 Corinthians 2:14).[3] John MacArthur, The Vanishing Conscience, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1994), p. 88.

Unrepentant man is not waging an internal war between good and evil. He is utterly incapacitated by his innate sin nature. Even the good things he does are tainted by sinful motivations and self-interest. And nothing about him merits God’s favor, grace, or attention. He is totally depraved.

And in spite of our comprehensive corruption, the Lord has provided a way of salvation. How can those spiritually dead be saved? How does one go from a corrupt nature to a child of God? That’s what we’ll look at next time.


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Antinomianism, Christless Christianity, and Christian Authenticity

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

28 Καὶ νῦν, τεκνία, μένετε ἐν αὐτῷ, ἵνα ἐὰν φανερωθῇ σχῶμεν παρρησίαν καὶ μὴ αἰσχυνθῶμεν ἀπʼ αὐτοῦ ἐν τῇ παρουσίᾳ αὐτοῦ. 29 ἐὰν εἰδῆτε ὅτι δίκαιός ἐστιν, γινώσκετε ὅτι καὶ πᾶς ὁ ποιῶν τὴν δικαιοσύνην ἐξ αὐτοῦ γεγέννηται. (1 John 2:28-29 NA28)

28 And now little children, abide in him that when his is manifested we may have confidence and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 29 Since you know that he is righteous, you also know that everyone practicing righteousness has been born of him. (1 John 2:28-29 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

Antinomianism which is an attempt to claim to be Christian without Christ being Lord of a believer’s life along with Christless Christianity which is man-made religiosity in the form of Christianity, but totally denying the power of our Saviour and Lord because those within are neither rooted nor grounded in Christ…

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