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June 8, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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Jun. 8, 2015

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President Obama’s meeting Sunday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel is an opportunity for the pair to champion an issue dear to them both: climate change. The pair will talk upon Obama’s arrival at the site of the Group of Seven meeting in the Bavarian Alps, one of the last, best opportunities for the leaders from some of the world’s largest industrialized economies to shore up support for a global climate accord before the Paris climate conference in December.

Americans want the Supreme Court to leave Obamacare premium subsidies alone, even as they disapprove of the law generally, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll. Respondents said they oppose the law by a margin of 54 to 39 percent. But 55 percent said the justices should not block subsidies from Americans enrolled through the federal Affordable Care Act exchange, rather than a state exchange. Thirty-eight percent said they should.

Apple is assembling a high-speed network and upgrading how it builds data centers, a push to be more competitive with Amazon.com, Google and Microsoft in cloud services.

Verint Systems Inc., which makes software that sifts through communications such as text messages, phone calls and e-mail to help combat terrorism and crime, is touting its intelligence expertise to help companies defend themselves against hackers.

AP Top Stories

New Jersey State Police blocking gates outside of a major hip-hop concert at MetLife Stadium had bottles thrown at them by angry people in the crowd who were trying to get inside – some without tickets – and they later used tear gas to try to disperse them.

A Texas police officer who drew his gun on unarmed teenagers while responding to a disturbance at a pool and threw a bikini-clad teen girl to the ground has been placed on administrative leave.

China has told Israel it will not allow migrant builders to work on settlements in the occupied West Bank, a senior Israeli government official said.

The U.S. soldier who murdered 16 Afghan villagers in 2012 says he had lost compassion for Iraqis and Afghans over the course of his four combat deployments. “My mind was consumed by war,” Bales wrote late last year.”

It has become a recurrent moment in Hillary Clinton’s speeches as she campaigns for the presidency: softening her voice to a hush, she says she wants to end the “quiet epidemic” of Americans dying from overdoses of painkillers and other drugs. Often, she remarks how surprised she is to find herself discussing the problem, which is now among the leading causes of injury death in the United States.

Several hundred bikers protested Sunday outside a courthouse in Waco over the continued jailing of more than 100 bikers, friends and family members three weeks after a deadly shootout at a restaurant.

One of China’s top military officers left for an official visit to the United States amid tension between the two countries over the South China Sea and cybersecurity.

At least 49 civilians, including six children, were killed on Monday in Syrian government air strikes on a town in Idlib province in the country’s northwest, a monitoring group said.

South Korean authorities will track the cellphones of hundreds of people under quarantine to prevent the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and reported a fifth death in the outbreak, with the number of infections rising to 64.

Ukraine’s defence minister on Monday accused pro-Russian rebels backed up by Moscow’s forces of assembling a 40,000-strong army sufficient for a “mid-sized European state”.

A 15-year-old Michigan boy completed a three-day, 57-mile walk across the state, carrying his younger brother on his back, as part of a campaign to raise awareness for Cerebral Palsy.

Asia’s most visited cities such as Bangkok and Singapore are also the most vulnerable to declines in arrivals and any drop in tourism revenues because of their lack of diversification in visitors and growing dependence on Chinese tourists. Asia was home to 70 percent of the fastest-growing cities by visitor arrivals last year.

An American began a 6,000-mile (9,656-km) voyage on Sunday in Japan, attempting to become the third person and the first woman to cross the Pacific Ocean by herself in a rowboat.

Oil prices fell on news of a slide in China’s fuel imports and as markets digested OPEC’s decision to maintain its production target, which analysts said could prolong a supply glut for the rest of the year. China, the world’s biggest net oil importer, bought nearly a quarter less crude in May than it did in the previous month.

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Seventeen former and serving cabin crew are planning legal action against British airlines saying they have been poisoned by contaminated cabin air.

China has completed the DNA collection needed to identify the 432 bodies recovered so far from last week’s deadly Yangtze boat disaster.

Downing Street has denied that David Cameron has ordered his ministers to back him in the EU referendum or leave the government. The PM had told journalists everyone in government had “signed up” to his plans as set out in the Tory manifesto.

Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years of imprisonment on blogger Raif Badawi, despite a foreign outcry. Badawi was arrested in 2012 for “insulting Islam through electronic channels”.

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Not content to redefine consent to mean asking permission before every step of the sexual process, California is now on the path to teaching high school students the proper way to have sex – because human nature is now wrong. I have no doubt that California students will soon be taught how to have government-approved sex.

Under a new law in Scotland, parents will be reported to authorities for not giving a child enough “love, hope and spirituality,” according to a government health adviser who is helping craft rules for the law, which is scheduled to go into effect next year.


Top News 6/8/2015

Strong earthquake 6.2 mag, 64 km ENE of Mutsu, Japan
A earthquake magnitude 6.2 (mg/mb) has struck on Monday, 64 kilometers (40 miles) from Mutsu in Japan. The temblor was reported at 15:01:08 / 3:01 pm (local time epicenter) at a depth of 44.27 km (28 miles). Global time of event 08/06/15 / 2015-06-08 06:01:08 / June 8, 2015 @ 6:01 am UTC/GMT. A tsunami warning has not been issued, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Obama’s Plans for Illegals in Deep Freeze After Court Rulings
But while the government has halted its activities, community groups continue to mobilize to get ready for the programs, educating immigrants and training volunteers to help them apply for relief.

European Allies Fight Obama on Iran Nuke Deal
Obama participated in the final day of the Group of Seven summit under the strain of an intimidating list of global pressures and little signs of movement to address them among the world’s largest industrial democracies.

Plunged into uncertainty, Turkey could face early election
Turkey faced the prospect of weeks of political turmoil after the ruling AK Party lost its parliamentary majority in weekend polls, dealing a blow to President Tayyip Erdogan’s ambitions to acquire sweeping new powers.

Right rising? Pegida comes 4th in Dresden mayoral election with 9.6%
Supporters of the German right-wing movement PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident) hold up a poster showing German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a uniform with an Euro-logo-armband as they attend a PEGIDA rally on June 1, 2015 in Dresden, eastern Germany.

SOLAR WIND SPARKS AURORAS
A solar wind stream hit Earth’s magnetic field during the late hours of June 7th, sparking a brief but strong geomagnetic disturbance around the Arctic Circle. Northern Lights spilled across the Canadian border into several US states.

Netanyahu: Palestinians Setting a ‘Perfect Trap’ for Israel
Our goal is prosperity, peace and security,” he said. “That’s a difficult order in the Middle East which sees states collapsing before our eyes.” “Syria no longer exists; Iraq no longer exists; Libya no longer exists; Yemen no longer exists,” he continued. “And every one of those places that collapses sees the emergence of militant Islam….

Palestinian Authority Unveils TV ‘Fifth Column’ Weapon against Israel
The channel will air mainly cultural and social affairs programs designed to forge a connection between the descendants of the Arabs who stayed in Israel after it was established in 1948 and those who left or were expelled.

Israeli-Azeri Economic Partnership: Shifting Balance of Power Away From Iran, ISIS, and Al Qaida
“Trade between Israel and Azerbaijan now totals $4 billion annually, the highest figure for Israel’s business with any of the now-independent countries that were part of the former Soviet Union…” (Albawaba, 2012). Israel has no better ally than Azerbaijan in terms of economic and military capability in the region.

A Professor Speaks Out – How Coddled, Hyper Sensitive Undergrads are Ruining College Learning
Things have changed since I started teaching. The vibe is different. I wish there were a less blunt way to put this, but my students sometimes scare me — particularly the liberal ones. I once saw an adjunct not get his contract renewed after students complained that he exposed them to “offensive” texts written by Edward Said and Mark Twain. His response, that the texts were meant to be a little upsetting, only fueled the students’ ire and sealed his fate. That was enough to get me to comb through my syllabi and cut out anything I could see upsetting a coddled undergrad, texts ranging from Upton Sinclair to Maureen Tkacik — and I wasn’t the only one who made adjustments, either.

Saudi-led coalition strikes Yemen’s army headquarters in rebel-held capital, killing 22 people
Saudi-led airstrikes before dawn Sunday targeted the headquarters of Yemen’s armed forces in the rebel-held capital, killing at least 22 people, officials said. They said the dead were mostly soldiers and that the airstrikes damaged several nearby homes, shaking Sanaa. Residents said at least three airstrikes hit the headquarters, a short distance from the city’s centre.

Turkey ruling AKP loses majority in surprise result
Turkey’s governing AK party has lost its parliamentary majority for the first time in 13 years, near-complete election results show. The surprise outcome also sees the pro-Kurdish HDP crossing the 10% threshold, securing seats for the first time.

US-led raids hit IS battling rebels, Qaeda in Syria
US-led aircraft bombed Islamic State group fighters as they battled rival Syrian rebels, including Al-Qaeda loyalists, in a first such intervention, a monitoring group said on Sunday.

Israeli minister calls on world to recognise Golan annexation
A far-right Israeli minister on Sunday called for the international community to endorse his country’s 1981 annexation of Syria’s Golan Heights, where he called for increased Jewish settlement.

Greenspan: US ‘Way Underestimating’ the National Debt
Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, said a Social Security Trust Fund does not exist and that the U.S. is “way underestimating” the size of its national debt. “The notion that we have a trust fund is nonsense – that trust fund has no meaning whatsoever except for the fact as an all private fund to benefit programs, if it runs out of money, you can only pay out in cash flows that come in but the probability that will happen is not particularly high,” Greenspan recently told the Fiscal Summit held by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, PJ Media reported.


Top Headlines 6/8/2015

Head of IDF’s Southern Command: Hamas trying to prevent rocket fire

Netanyahu: World is silent in face of rocket attacks on Israel

White House backs Israel over air strike on Gaza

White House: Israel Has the Right to Defend Itself

Residents near Gaza border say they hear underground tunnel-digging

‘We will solve challenge of terror tunnels,’ senior IDF officer says

82% of Israelis see another round of fighting with Hamas in Gaza

Naftali Bennett: ‘World powers must recognize Israeli annexation of Golan Heights’

Palestinian PM, EU officials to visit West Bank village of Sussiya to protest demolition

Netanyahu: The Palestinians ran from talks with Barak, Sharon, Olmert and now me

Prosor: ‘Political terror’ being carried out against Israel

Kurds thwart Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s plans

Turkey ruling AKP loses majority in surprise result – a blow to Erdogan’s plans to boost his office’s powers

Lira Falls to Record Amid Stock Rout as AK Party Loses Majority

Peres: Erdogan wanted to turn Turkey into Iran, and there’s no room for another Iran

IAEA: Possible military past of Iran nuclear program can be clarified

Giuliani: You would have to be stupid not to be worried by a nuclear Iran

Jeers for Lew From Israel Backers as He Touts Iran Deal

Americans on Iran: Continue Present Negotiations But Okay for Israel to Bomb Facilities

Iranian Military Commander: Americans Only Understand the Language of Force

Netanyahu: It’s Not Too Late to Prevent a Bad Deal with Iran

Netanyahu: Iran, BDS emerging as threats to Israel on world stage

Orange chief plans Israel trip to address boycott row

U.S. Billionaire Political Rivals to Fight Israel Boycotts

Study: Israelis, Palestinians would gain billions from peace

American Muslims and Jews pray together to promote peace

In Gaza, nervous Hamas forces take on a new home-grown jihadi threat from IS loyalists

Israel’s Senior defense official: Deterrence working, but al-Qaida now on border

Islamic State threatens to seize Israel-Syria border

US-led raids hit IS battling rebels, Qaeda in Syria

Cameron: Britain to expand Iraq training mission to counter ISIS

ISIS Likely Has Ability to Make Chemical Weapons, Warns Australian Foreign Minister

Yemen: Military Headquarters Bombed

Yemen’s exiled president plays down coming peace talks

Hadi: UN Talks Not a Negotiation with Houthis

G7 continues with global security, Russia prominent in leaders’ minds

At G7 summit, Obama finds support, unity for trade deals, Russian sanctions

With eye on U.S. election, Republicans assail Russia’s Putin

Grim Reality: Czech TV Makes Game of Nazi Era

Vigilante battle kills 13 near Mexican beach resort

Obama administration stops work on immigrant program

Bikers’ continued jailing sparks Waco protest 3 weeks later

David Cameron says ministers must back any EU deal

Moody’s Says Early EU Vote May Be a Risk for U.K. Credit Rating

If You Think Greece’s Crisis Will End Soon, Think Again

Greenspan: US ‘Way Underestimating’ the National Debt

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Mutsu, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Carlsberg Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Chilecito, Argentina

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Malaysian official blames deadly earthquake on mountain climbers who posed naked

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 27,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

Sinabung Volcano erupts in Indonesia, forcing evacuations

Blanca to Inundate Baja California Sur Into Monday

Bizarre Clumps of Worms Form on Road After Texas Flooding

US water bandits tap into drought

S.Korean man with MERS virus sixth to die in outbreak

Sharia Law supporters in Britain say “women have no need for their genitalia… unless you are a whore”

Former Disney, SeaWorld workers among 22 busted in undercover child sex sting

Female clergy: God is ‘She’ & reference to God as a male is ‘idolatrous’

Court rules that film on Jesus tomb, marriage to Mary Magdalene was not a fraud

Pope Francis (Leader of Pagan RCC), Declares The Lord Will Vomit “Pagan Christians” From His Mouth!

Rick Warren’s Weight-Loss Plan Named Christian Book of the Year

Mike Oppenheimer – The Most Dangerous of all False Teachings – part 2 Shout at the Devil

Hillsong Drops Driscoll from Conference – Media responds

Persecution of religious minorities in Iran on the rise


Daily Digest

June 8, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“[T]he opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves, in their, own sphere of action, but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch.” —Thomas Jefferson, letter to Abigail Adams, 1804

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Obama’s Iraq Strategy: Leave It for the Next Prez

“If [the Iraqis] are not willing to fight for the security of their country, we cannot do that for them,” Barack Obama declared again, though he reiterated his commitment to helping train Iraqi troops over a “multi-year” period. According to State Department official and Islamic State expert Brett McGurk, “It’s a three-year campaign to degrade the organization.” And as National Journal puts it, “Three years marked from mid-2014, of course, falls after Jan. 20, 2017, the date Obama leaves office. Translation: The strategy is to avoid sending ground troops for the remainder of his term. So stop asking.” Indeed, Obama campaigned in 2008 on ending the Iraq war. In 2011, having rejected the Bush strategy of establishing a status of forces agreement (SOFA) to secure our hard-won gains in Iraq and the region, Obama declared, “Everything Americans have done in Iraq, all the fighting, all the dying, the bleeding, the building and the training and the partnering, all of it has led to this moment of success. … We’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq.” And a narcissist can’t admit he’s wrong. He’s going to stubbornly stand pat, keep declaring victory, and leave the Islamic State for the next commander in chief to clean up.

Indeed, his spokesman Josh Earnest explicitly said just that: “In 2017, there will be a new commander in chief and someone else who will have a responsibility to evaluate the situation on the ground and determine what steps are necessary to continue to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL. That’s something that we’ll leave to the next president.” But what will the next 18 months bring?

China Stole Data of Four Million

Now that the NSA is done scraping up the nation’s phone data, it should get on the task of protecting the U.S. from intrusions like the one that happened last December. U.S. investigators said that the personal data of four million current and former federal employees were stolen by hackers — most likely from China. While the Chinese Embassy in DC denied the allegation that the country was responsible for the intrusion, U.S. intelligence says the Chinese military is collecting a massive database on Americans, possibly as a way to find and recruit Americans as spies. “The breach is yet more evidence that Beijing sees the U.S. as an adversary and is unworried about any response aggression will elicit from the White House,” writes National Review’s Michael Auslin. “Whether it’s economic espionage, security challenges, or now hacking U.S. government websites, Beijing is testing, probing, and undermining America in any way that they can.” While the Obama administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal has some questions and drawbacks, a trade deal with the nations near China is a natural opportunity, a good first step, to diminish China’s influence in the Pacific. More…

EPA Contradicts Ecofascists on Fracking

For years, environmentalists have seen hydraulic fracturing — also known as fracking — as an insidious threat. Energy companies have used the technique to reach oil and gas deposits previously out of reach of traditional extraction methods. It’s a big reason why the nation has surged forward as one of the top oil producers in the world. After spending years studying fracking’s effect on drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency released a draft report concluding, “We did not find evidence that these mechanisms have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States. … The number of identified cases [where fracking led to contamination], however, was small compared to the number of hydraulically fractured wells.” This is a fire hose of water on the ecofascists’ heated rhetoric. Last year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, listening to the fear mongering of environmentalists, used an executive order to ban fracking in The Empire State. “EPA’s conclusion really is remarkable,” writes The Wall Street Journal. “The agency has yearned for an excuse to take over fracking regulation from the states, which do the job well. So if there was so much as a sliver of evidence that fracking was dangerous, the EPA would have found it.” More…

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A Tale of Two Crooks and the IRS

By Robin Smith

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With her roots in Roman mythology, Lady Justice represents morality and virtue through three symbols. First, she holds a set of scales in her left hand, to weigh evidence with reason and in light of the law. Second, she wields a double-edged sword in her right hand, representing the remedy impartially provided after the facts are laid bare before her. And third, she wears a blindfold, signifying that the law must be applied with objectivity and equality.

Yet too often politicians seek to lift this blindfold, wanting to redefine justice based on the year’s election cycle or to subvert it through delays, denials and tactics that advance their agenda.

Let’s examine two cases in which the Internal Revenue Service has been used as a tool for political revenge and harassment, and how they reflect an assault on justice that should offend all.

Consider the identical approaches of Richard Nixon and Barack Obama. One a Republican and the other a Democrat, both illustrate power’s ability to corrupt to the extreme, instituting a false democracy where disagreement and disloyalty are silenced by heavy-handed tactics.

Nixon’s legacy as the 37th president is often defined by his impeachment. Posterity’s view of Obama is still being penned, but both will be remembered for their unconstitutional misuse of government and for the tenured bureaucrats who willingly complied.

In the Articles of Impeachment adopted by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in 1974, most remember Article I, which declared Nixon “impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors” committed surrounding the break-in at the Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel on June 17, 1972.

The charges leveled by Congress state, “Subsequent thereto, Richard M. Nixon, using the powers of his high office, engaged personally and through his close subordinates and agents, in a course of conduct or plan designed to delay, impede, and obstruct the investigation of such illegal entry; to cover up, conceal and protect those responsible; and to conceal the existence and scope of other unlawful covert activities.”

The break-in and burglary were indeed illegal and brought disgrace to the office of the president. But the obstruction, delays and attempts to conceal the covert activities all demonstrated an egregiously deliberate abuse of the power afforded the president of the United States.

Yet those same Articles of Impeachment issue a second damning charge, accusing Nixon of “using the powers of the office of President of the United States … in violation of his constitutional oath.” Nixon “repeatedly engaged in conduct violating the constitutional rights of citizens, impairing the due and proper administration of justice and the conduct of lawful inquiries, or contravening the laws governing agencies of the executive branch and the purposed of these agencies.”

Specifically, Nixon, “acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavored to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service” information of citizens he had on his “enemies list” who he deemed politically dangerous to his ambitions.

Today’s ongoing IRS scandal involves conservative political groups whose applications for tax-exempt status were deliberately slowed. This similar flagrant abuse of authority commenced during Obama’s first term, helping him win a second, and it features the Nixonian ingredients of willing participants who delay, obstruct and lie to protect the crimes against innocent citizens.

Last week, Mary Howard, the head Freedom of Information Act officer at the IRS, testified to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that the agency set up a secret “special project team” comprised of “hundreds of attorneys,” including the IRS Chief Counsel (one of only two politically appointed positions at the IRS by the president himself). She said her “understanding was that it started soon after the request came from Congress and other investigators asking for documents around this whole issue,” which she surmised meant around spring 2013.

Not only were law-abiding citizens targeted by an agency of the U.S. government for their political and religious views, but Obama’s henchmen implemented a plan to cover up this activity and delay information from getting into the hands of investigators. Key to this malfeasance is IRS Chief Counsel William Wilkins — appointed by Obama — whose office has been directly connected in this harassment and abuse, which includes illegal requests and access to donor information.

Ironically, this unquestionable presidential corruption — the same as the misuse of power that ended in impeachment for Nixon — now leaves Republicans in fear of the political consequences for seeking justice. Democrats simply protect themselves through vindictive attacks and accusations of racism.

There was a day when the law was equally applied regardless of partisan stripe. And history has shown that both Republicans and Democrats can pursue justice for the honor and sake of our nation and Constitution. It’s only a matter of time before future generations declare Obama and his administration as lawless, dishonorable deceivers of the American public, corrupt for the sake of ambition and political power.

Justice may be blind, but she’s not stupid.

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Tony Perkins: “‘Gay Pride Month’ is just beginning — but we can’t say the same for the administration’s pandering. … [T]he Air Force is taking its radicalism to new heights — announcing that it was easing the discharge policy on transgenders in advance of the pride event [on] Tuesday. … Going where no branch has gone before, the Air Force will let high-ranking officials decide the fate of known transgenders in their ranks. … ‘There must be a commander determination that the condition interferes with duty requirements,’ the Air Force pointed out. In other words, branch leaders can opt to keep open transgenders in their units — despite the fact that it violates military policy and U.S. law. By putting the decision in commanders’ laps, the entire process becomes more politicized — where before, it was a simple medical determination. … [T]ransgenderism is at its root a serious mental disorder (one classified as such — not just by Johns Hopkins — but the military’s own Defense Department!). If these men and women are confused about their gender, what’s to keep them from being confused about their mission? With the world falling to pieces and the margin of error so slight, can we really afford these distractions? By letting people create their own realities, Washington is losing its grip on its own.”

SHORT CUTS

The Gipper: “Public servants say, always with the best of intentions, ‘What greater service we could render if only we had a little more money and a little more power.’ But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector.”

Blame game: “I’m tired of funerals of babies, while [the] NRA, manufacturers, and [gun stores], run to the bank making profits from death. … At the end of the day you can argue with us [and] you can call us names, but you got to deal with God. And the blood of our children is on your hands. And you will pay for the murder of our children.” —Chicago “Reverend” and Obama buddy Michael Pfleger, who did not blame gang culture or the ones actually pulling the trigger

Village Idiots: “[The EPA] will stick with the [oil] industry till all our water is contaminated, our air polluted and climate change has made our planet unlivable. … What the EPA presented to the public [about fracking being harmless for drinking water] was PR, not science and proof of the widespread, systemic contamination of our regulatory bodies by the oil and gas industry.” —documentarian Josh Fox, who thinks the EPA isn’t ecofascist enough

Braying Jackass: “We have a democracy problem in this country. We have declining voter turnout. Secretary Clinton put forward [the] notion [that] we need a national strategy to energize voting again, to get people involved. Obviously, to address the many efforts made by Republicans to repress voter involvement. … Let’s face it, a lot of the people in the political class have tried to discourage voter involvement and a lot of incumbents prefer a very small electorate.” —New York Mayor Bill de Blasio

Friendly fire: “I think [the reason Hillary Clinton] is running so aggressively on policy is because she can’t really run on character.” —The Atlantic’s Molly Ball

“A new poll shows that 53% of Democrats think illegal immigrants should be allowed to vote. I’m guessing the other 47% think it should be a requirement.” —Fred Thompson

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Why Is The Army Hiring People To Provide ‘Emergency Support To Disaster Stricken Areas Throughout The US’?

Natural Disaster - Public DomainDoes the Army expect that there will soon be “disaster stricken” areas all over the country?  As you will see in this article, a job advertisement has been posted on a federal website seeking workers that “will provide emergency support to disaster stricken areas throughout the US“. This was originally reported by Shepard Ambellas of Intellihub, but it is not receiving nearly as much attention as it perhaps should.  What parts of the nation does the U.S. Army believe will soon be “disaster stricken”?  By itself, this job ad wouldn’t be raising that many eyebrows, but when you combine this with the unusual number of “military training exercises” that are taking place all around the country and with the very strange movements of military equipment that have been reported recently, it gives the appearance that the U.S. military is feverishly making preparations for something big. (Read More…)


Doctors’ Criticism Of ObamaCare Silenced By ACA Bureaucrats

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It is a crying shame that this country started down the socialized medicine road under LBJ. The introduction of government into healthcare was probably one of the 5 worst decisions we have made policy-wise as a country. And now we’ve doubled down with the crony capitalist Obamacare.

Who would want to become a doctor these days? The pay has been good. But the debt on the way to that pay is significant for most. And there is the very real possibility that salaries and fees for doctors will be federally regulated – down – at some point anyway. Throw in acres of paperwork, kilometers of red tape, and all this while working for a massive government connected healthcare company which controls your paycheck?

It won’t take long for “the best and the brightest” to adjust their career preferences. It’s probably happening already.

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WVW-TV Presents: This program will bring hope & peace to those that have lost a child. What does the Bible say about the death of born and unborn babies and young children? What does God Himself say about small children that cannot discern right from wrong or good from evil or their left hand from their right hand? Why are babies and small children that are not at the age of accountability covered by a special kind of grace and what Scripture seems to indicate this truth? Understanding how God judges the unbeliever and for what He judges the unbeliever will help us understand why children…
 

 

LRC’s Top 10 Best-Read for May 2015

1. When the Power Elite Wage War on Americans
This is how it will go down, says Brandon Smith.
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2. Want To Carry Guns in Your Vehicle?
Here are some very creative ideas.
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3. Who Really Won World War II?
Eric Margolis has the un-PC answer.
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4. 10 Rules for Dealing With Cops
Steve Silverman on preparing yourself and others.
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5. The Saudi 9/11 Coverup
And the bribe-taking Hillary. Article by Roger Stone.
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6. 100 Emergency Items That Will Disappear First
Stock-up, says Tess Pennington.
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7. Why Are Conspiracy Theories Demonized?
To keep you ignorant of the real government.
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8. Does Putin Have Inside Info on 9/11?
That upsets the official tale. Article by Martin Armstrong.
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9. My Hate Mail Count Is Up Again
Still, here’s what to say to veterans, says Laurence M. Vance.
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10. The Real Reason Nixon Created the DEA
With a stroke of his evil pen. Article by David Hathaway.

 

What Sets the Gathered Church Apart From the World?

Posted: 08 Jun 2015 04:55 AM PDT

What makes the gathered church different? Unique? What are our distinctives? From the outside, many of our modern churches don’t look too different than the nightclub down the street. So, what sets us apart? It can’t be our musical quality. The world has plenty of that. It can’t be our production. The world has plenty of that. It can’t be how much fun we have. The world has more than enough of that. That’s not to say quality, production, and fun is wrong or unimportant. But it’s not enough to justify church.

If all we’re doing is entertaining people with amazing music, flashy production, and good times, we’re not fulfilling our mission as the church. That’s the hard truth. The argument has been made that the church should be the most creative place on the planet. On one hand, I agree with this. We as Christians should have a massive imagination because of the God we serve. He is beyond glorious. But at the same time it’s not enough. Is there a way to combine crazy creativity and yet still maintain who we are as the gathered church? It is an important question to answer. FULL REPORT

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Pope’s ‘feeling’ about short papacy fuels speculation

Posted: 08 Jun 2015 04:41 AM PDT

Are we witnessing the last pope before the reign of the Antichrist? Will there be another Pope before the coming of the Lord?  On several occasions, Pope Francis has indicated to reporters he has “a feeling” his papacy may be short, ending either with his death or by following in Pope Benedict’s rare footsteps with retirement. Last August, then 77 years old, he discussed the subject with reporters on a return flight to the Vatican from South Korea, as the Guardian of London reported.

“I see it as the generosity of the people of God,” he replied when asked to explain his global popularity. “I try to think of my sins, my mistakes and not to be proud. Because I know it will last only a short time. Two or three years, and then I’ll be off to the Father’s house.” In a March interview with the Mexican TV broadcaster Televisa he again said he thought his papacy would be short. “I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief – four or five years, even two or three,” he said. “Two have already passed. It’s a somewhat strange sensation. I feel the Lord has placed me here for a short time.” But he said he’s open to emulating Benedict, who in 2013 became the first head of the Roman Catholic Church in 600 years to resign. FULL REPORT

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Ada County Dog Tests Positive For Plague, Ground Squirrels Likely The CausePosted: 08 Jun 2015 04:32 AM PDT

A dog in Ada County has tested positive for plague. It’s the first case – human or canine – of the bacterial disease since officials reported an outbreak in ground squirrels south of Boise two weeks ago. Epidemiologist Sarah Correll is with the Central District Health Department. She says a preliminary test came back positive, which means the dog likely has the plague. Results from a second test will come back next week.

“The dog had been in the affected area, out near Pleasant Valley Road. It was roaming freely and did have contact with the ground squirrels,” says Correll. When the domesticated animal became ill and started running a high fever, its owner took it to a local veterinary clinic. They suspected plague and had the dog tested. The canine was put on antibiotics and is feeling better. Correll says now the concern has turned to people the dog came into contact with, so the owner and clinic workers are being evaluated for possible exposure to the disease. FULL REPORT

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ISIS considers transporting nuclear weapon to U.S. through NigeriaPosted: 08 Jun 2015 04:27 AM PDT

ISIS, the jihadist group in Syria, Iraq and Libya, has claimed it could purchase a nuclear device and transport same to the United States, through a network of countries including Nigeria, up to Mexico. In its latest propaganda magazine, Dabiq, published two weeks ago, the group said the plan is workable the same way banned drugs are transported through West Africa to Western countries, saying it could even be easier with the presence of Boko Haram, the Nigeria-based group that recently pledged allegiance to ISIS.

ISIS also described the Nigerian Army as “an exhausted and smashed national army that is now in a virtual state of collapse”. Currently, it said Boko Haram insurgents have taken control of much of Nigeria and their attacks are intensifying and pushing back the military. That claim contradicts recent successes recorded by the Nigerian military which has recovered several towns seized by the militant group in the last. FULL REPORT

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U.S. vulnerable to North Korean nuke attackPosted: 07 Jun 2015 08:07 PM PDT

The U.S. anti-missile nuclear defense system established to defend against a North Korean missile attack is plagued with technical flaws that make it inadequate, a new U.S. government report concludes. However, even if the technical problems were resolved, former Strategic Defense Initiative director Ambassador Henry Cooper warns in a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin that a North Korean satellite could come over the undefended South Pole and detonate a high-altitude nuclear weapon, causing an electromagnetic pulse event for which the U.S. is virtually defenseless.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office report said there are serious technical flaws in the anti-missile interceptors in the U.S. defense system, which focuses on an attack from the north, raising U.S. vulnerability to a North Korean nuclear attack. The report said that all 33 interceptors now deployed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and in Alaska have one or more of the technical defects. This includes some eight additional interceptors which are to be delivered later this year. “The fielded interceptors are susceptible to experiencing … failure modes,” which would result in “an interceptor fleet that may not work as intended,” the GAO report said. The flaws could disrupt sensitive on-board systems that steer the interceptors toward an enemy missile in space. FULL REPORT

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Did ISIS give a clue about Jade Helm 15?Posted: 07 Jun 2015 08:00 PM PDT

I’ve echoed in a recent column that I don’t think Jade Helm 15, the largest domestic military exercises involving every branch of service in seven states this summer, is a security risk to Texas. Even the Pentagon isn’t that stupid to mess with the Lone Star State. However, I have also said that I believe Jade Helm 15 is more than “just a training exercise,” and I think ISIS just gave us the clue. The exact words in my past column about Jade Helm 15 were: “I do believe, in addition to the largest domestic military training, it is also a display of power (near the southern border) intended for deterrence of enemies like ISIS and other terrorists, whom the FBI has already said have tentacles in all 50 states.”

And guess who just released its intent to smuggle nuclear weapons across the U.S.-Mexico border? You guessed it. Granted, ISIS is a band of liars following the father of lies, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a nugget of truth in its propaganda, especially when experts agree. ISIS even has a nuclear plan. The International Business Times reported: “The Islamic State group claims it could purchase a nuclear device from Pakistan and transport it to the United States through drug-smuggling channels. The group, also known as ISIS and ISIL, would transfer the nuclear weapon from Pakistan to Nigeria or Mexico, where it could be brought to South America and then up to the U.S., according to an op-ed allegedly written by kidnapped British photojournalist John Cantlie and published in Dabiq, the group’s propaganda magazine.” FULL REPORT

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Cash-Strapped Kansas Moves to Limit ATM Withdrawals for Residents on WelfarePosted: 07 Jun 2015 10:59 AM PDT

Kansas is in trouble. After slashing income taxes in 2012, the state faces a revenue gap of more than $400 million. Republican Governor Sam Brownback and state legislators are debating how to make up the shortfall. So far they’ve agreed on one way to control how state money is spent. Starting in July, people on the dole will be limited to a single ATM withdrawal of no more than $25 per day. The law also prohibits spending public-assistance cash at movie theaters, swimming pools, and video arcades. Nail salons and tattoo parlors are out, too.

“The primary focus is to get people back to work, because that’s where the real benefit is—getting people off public assistance and back into the marketplace with the dignity and far more income there than the pittance that government gives them,” Brownback said when he signed the Kansas bill into law in April.

Kansas is among several Republican-controlled states that have recently cut or limited public-assistance funds. In Arizona, which faces a $1 billion budget shortfall, lawmakers voted on May 18 to limit welfare to a year, the shortest window in the nation. On May 5, Missouri’s Republican legislature overrode Democratic Governor Jay Nixon’s veto to enact a bill that cut thousands of low-income families from aid rolls by reducing how long people can claim cash from five years to fewer than four. Michigan’s GOP-controlled legislature passed a bill on June 2 that strips cash assistance from families with chronically truant children. “During the recession there were lots of blue states, for fiscally driven reasons, that were cutting welfare,” says Liz Schott, a senior fellow at the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington think tank. “This year’s cuts feel more ideologically driven.” FULL REPORT

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Israeli premier criticizes world’s ‘silence’ on Gaza rocketsPosted: 07 Jun 2015 10:53 AM PDT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday criticized what he described as the world’s “silence” over recent rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, drawing a quick response from his country’s closest ally, the U.S. “It will be interesting to see if this silence continues when we use all our strength in exercising our right to defend ourselves,” Netanyahu said. “It should be clear: the hypocrisy that is sweeping the world will not chain our hands from defending the citizens of Israel.”

In Germany, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said U.S. officials had spent “a lot of time talking about this” during Israel’s recent war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. “This is not the first time that I’ve stood at a podium like this and strongly condemned rocket attacks by extremists in Gaza against innocent Israeli citizens,” Earnest said. “Clearly, the United States stands with the nation of Israel as they defend their nation and their people from these attacks.” Netanyahu’s comments come amid strained relations with U.S. President Barack Obama. FULL REPORT

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The Briefing

1) Transgender and feminism agendas collide over admission policies at women’s colleges

Barnard will admit transgender students. Now all ‘Seven Sisters’ colleges do., Washington Post (Susan Svrluga)

Barnard College, After Much Discussion, Decides to Accept Transgender Women, New York Times (Elizabeth Harris)

What Makes a Woman?, New York Times (Elinor Burkett)

2) Children’s books important tools in furthering transgender agenda

Transgender Children’s Books Fill a Void and Break a Taboo, New York Times (Alexandra Alter)

3) Gospel and prosperity theology incompatibilities evidenced in Creflo Dollar jet decision

Pastor Creflo Dollar might get his $65 million private jet after all, Washington Post (Abby Ohlheiser)

Statement From the Board of Directors, Creflo Dollar Ministries

In other news…


The Coming Financial Tsunami – What Will You Do If The ATM’s Run Out Of Money?

Our financial system could take a surprising and catastrophic twist that almost nobody imagines, let alone anticipates. What we use as money today is mostly credit. It exists as zeros and ones in electronic bank accounts. We never see it. Touch it. Feel it. Count it out. Or lose it behind seat cushions. What cash do you hoard when most transactions are done on credit? Do you hoard a line of credit? Do you put your credit card in your vault? …………. Click here for full story


White House to Order Faith-based Grant Recipients to Accept LGBT Applicants

by Marsha West

Center For Family & Human Rights reports:

A source within the federal government has informed the Friday Fax that the White House is quietly moving forward with a policy change that will require charitable humanitarian groups to accept LGBT applicants in order to qualify for government funding, even those religious groups that might have religious objections.

The policy change is linked to an executive order President Obama issued last July that prohibits federal contractors from discriminatory hiring practices based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Faith-based groups were already wrestling with that order.

Things are about to get exponentially worse for faith-based groups who perform humanitarian tasks and receive not contracts but financial grants for doing so.

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Gallup: Pro-lifers at lowest number since 2008

by Marsha West

According to Baptist Press:

Abortion pro-choicers significantly outnumber pro-lifers in the U.S. for the first time in seven years, according to the Gallup 2015 Values and Beliefs poll.

Half of Americans identified themselves as pro-choice in the poll that has since 2001 tracked Americans’ views on abortion. The last time pro-choicers accounted for such a large chunk of the populace was in 2008, when they also numbered 50 percent.

Of those polled, 44 percent identified themselves as pro-life, the same percentage found in 2008, Gallup reported.

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Why Is The EU Forcing European Nations To Adopt ‘Bail-In’ Legislation By The End Of The Summer?

When the next great financial crisis hits Europe, banks are not going to get “bailed out” this time. Instead, we are going to see “bail-ins”. So precisely what is a “bail-in”? Essentially, what happens is that wealth is transferred from the “stakeholders” in the bank to the bank itself in order to keep it solvent. That means that creditors and shareholders could potentially lose everything if a major bank in Europe fails. And if their “contributions” are not enough to save the bank, those holding private bank accounts will have to take “haircuts” just like we saw in Cyprus. In fact, the travesty that we witnessed in Cyprus is being used as a “template” for much of the new legislation that is being enacted all over Europe. The bottom line is that not a single bank account in the European Union will ever be truly safe again. …………. Click here for full story


A Massive, Silent Cultural Revolution Has Changed America

In the past decade or so, there’s been a silent revolution in American culture, one at least as profound as the ’60s upheavals. We’ve hardly taken notice of it, because it happened in people’s minds instead of in the streets, happened in ordinary people instead of in the elites and the punditocracy. Compared to just a few years ago, we have a completely different set of ideas about what constitutes acceptable behavior. ………… Click here for full story


Transhumanism And War

The search for performance optimization via human enhancement in the military is not new. Stimulant drugs have been used in the army for decades. Apart from the use of such enhancements in the military, we are increasingly witnessing the rise of technologies that can alter human biology irreversibly, especially by incorporating technology within the human body. Such technologies are radically different from previous eras as they are much more invasive and potentially irreversible, marking a new phase in the quest to create super soldiers. ……….. Click here for full story


The Slow Motion Fulfillment Of Isaiah 17 & The Destruction Of Damascus

In the past couple of years it has become even clearer that Isaiah’s prophecy of the destruction of Damascus will soon come to fulfillment, perhaps being part of the Psalm 83 scenario I’ve written about. If so, it would explain why Syria is not included among the coalition of Moslem nations who will gather against Israel in the Battle of Ezekiel 38. even though at least part of the attack on Israel will come through land currently occupied by Syria………… Click here for full story


Christian Headlines Daily – Monday, June 8, 2015

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Top Headlines

New York Times Forced to Correct Itself After It Misstates When Unborn Babies are Viable

Fighting Baltimore’s Violence Through Prayer

Bill Maher Slams Conservatives, GOP For Playing Persecuted Christian Card

Women of Faith™ Celebrates 20 Years as Nationwide Farewell Tour Visits 18 Cities in 2015

Duggars Open Up to Fox-TV’s Megyn Kelly on Family Sex Scandal

Billy Graham’s Grandson Says This About Sexual Abuse in the Church

Praying to Jesus in the House Opening Prayer

Hillsong church drops controversial US preacher Mark Driscoll from conferences

5 Things Christians Should Know about Rick Perry’s Faith

Single Mom Prays for Miracle to Afford New Car, Stranger Comes Forward to Pay in Full

Opinion

Why the Duggars serve as a warning against fundamentalist Christianity

Bruce Jenner: Christianity and Transgenderism Debate

Shepherds or Shamers? The Rise of Church Discipline in America

Plumber Almost Misses $136M Lottery Payday

Who Was Alopen and How Did He Change Christianity?


“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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Why We Should Have Learned Our Catechism…

Repentance is never a tool to get the victims of your heinous sins to quit calling you on it. It isn’t a tool to get out of earthly consequences. True repentance has only one object: to see the smiling face of our heavenly Father. Turn away from the rot and filth of every idol, and seek his face for we know that he is a God who abundantly pardons.

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How to Respond When a Ministry or Cause You Love is Involved in a Scandal

This post is addressing those who feel compelled to try to minimize the sins of their scandalized idols, to compare abusers to truly repentant biblical examples, to silence those of us who call for reform. This post is not intended to squelch those who are calling for reform.

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Faithfulness Versus Popularity

By contrast, the faithful minister is willing to boldly speak the whole truth, even when it is not popular to do so. The only way to see lives transformed from sensuality to salvation is to faithfully proclaim the message of the gospel. If those who wish to have their ears tickled are to be radically transformed, they must be confronted with the truth. To that end, the faithful expositor will not cease to preach the Word.

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Leaving Baptist in Your Church Name Won’t Scare People Away

It’s a tricky line to walk. Naming your denomination may come across as more “rigid” or “old-fashioned,” but leaving the name out can appear sneaky or unstable, according to a 2013 Grey Matter Research study. Either way, a church’s name isn’t going to drastically change the way the public perceives it, according to a new study from the Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

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So How Do I Really Know I’m a Christian?

They claim that looking at the heart, looking at our deeds, looking at a life of discipleship, looking at a basic faith commitment has no bearing on whether you know you’re a Christian. Even if these were absent there would be no grounds for questioning your position in Christ. Is this good biblical counsel and pastoral care? Is there anything a professing Christian can say or do or fail to manifest that would suggest a profession is false?

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Preachers Must Sweat Out the Text

Furthermore, the preacher is one who has worn out a path to the throne of grace petitioning for the hearts of his people to ‘get it’. The preacher is convinced of the urgency and power of the message; he really believes that what he is about to say is exactly what God wants these people to hear, therefore, it is the most important thing in the world for them to attend to at that very moment.

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“Sex Change” Surgery: What Bruce Jenner, Diane Sawyer, and You Should Know

Ihlenfeld worked with Benjamin for six years and administered sex hormones to 500 transsexuals. Ihlenfeld shocked Benjamin by publicly announcing that 80 percent of the people who want to change their gender shouldn’t do it. Ihlenfeld said: “There is too much unhappiness among people who have had the surgery…Too many end in suicide.” Ihlenfeld stopped administering hormones to patients experiencing gender dysphoria and switched specialties from endocrinology to psychiatry so he could offer such patients the kind of help he thought they really needed.

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Smartphones, Tablets, and Christian Parenting

Don’t get me wrong, I think the digital revolution is largely a good thing. I think children should be reared to see technology as a tool to be used for kingdom priorities. But there’s far too much at stake to turn a developing psyche loose, with no boundaries, with a technology that could psychically and spiritually cripple him or her (and a future family, too), for a lifetime and thereafter. Technology is good. Turning our children over to the cyber-wilderness is not.

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Baptizing Children – Church & Culture Blog

A Baptist church in Ohio set off a heated debate when it decided to baptize an infant. Most Baptists would maintain that only those able to make a mature confession of faith should enter the waters.

But hold on.

The Southern Baptist Convention – the nation’s largest Protestant denomination – routinely baptizes children age 5 and under. In fact, a task force report found that this was the only baptism demographic in the SBC showing growth. So while most Baptists don’t practice infant baptism, they seem fine with toddler baptism.

They shouldn’t.

This isn’t about those faith traditions that embrace paedobaptism. That’s another conversation. This is about those who do not. And for those who do not, there is no excuse for those embracing a theology of “Believer’s Baptism” to baptize those who are clearly too young to understand what they are doing, much less remember it.

So why are they?

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How Should the Church Talk About Same-Sex Attraction?

by Pastor J.D.

This is the first of a five-part blog series on same-sex attraction. Be sure to check back in tomorrow for part 2 (“Is same-sex attraction wrong? If so, why?”), on Wednesday for part 3 (“What do I do if I’m attracted to people of the same sex?”), on Thursday for part 4 (“How do I love my gay friend?”), and on Friday for part 5 (“Concluding Thoughts”).

I get asked about homosexuality a lot. And over the past few years, I have grown to see this issue not strictly as a theologian, but more like a friend, like a pastor.

I think, for instance, of Brennan, a young man in our church—and a close personal friend. He was very active in our leadership for many years, but he had a secret. He had a same-sex attraction that had led to several bouts with pornography and a string of hook-ups with guys he met in chat rooms. He has wrestled with this now for several years.

Recently, Brennan and I had a long conversation. “You know,” he said, “I understand that acting on this is wrong. I can’t read the Bible in a responsible way and not conclude that. But there’s no way I chose to be like this. It wasn’t like in seventh grade I suddenly decided this is how I want to be. I was never abused or anything. It just seems to be something that I’ve always had with me, even though in many ways I have it under control. I imagine that this is going to be a struggle for me, until the day that I die.”

I remain very close to Brennan. I love him. My kids love him. I’ve had to learn not merely to answer Brennan’s theological questions, but to feel his pain, to grapple with his questions from his point of view.

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Three Observations about Tony Campolo’s acceptance of committed gay relationships

by Denny Burk

Tony Campolo has released a statement today calling for “full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the Church.” Campolo has long been a stalwart of the theological left, so this announcement is no surprise. Still, it is significant as another prominent leader moves away from the faith once for all delivered to the saints. He is not the first to have done this, and he will not be the last. American Christianiaty will be in a period of winnowing for the foreseeable future, and there will be more to come.

A few observations about Campolo’s announcement:

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Are Christians Really the Arrogant Ones?

by Michael Kruger

When religious matters are debated in our culture–e.g., the existence of God, what God is like, morals and ethics–there is an implicit set of rules that everyone is obligated to follow. Number one on this list of unspoken rules it that you can never claim to know anything about God with any level of certainty.

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Wow, That Didn’t Take Long

The reason why Jesus compared the days of Noah to the last days is because Noah’s time was when the earth was filled with violence. Another thing the Lord pointed out that matches our day is the inability to know how much we are in danger of judgment. In Barack Obama’s America, there is only perpetual sunshine. Never mind the fact that the economy is crumbling and our foreign policy is a mess. Once Christians leave in the Rapture, the flood that comes to wash away today’s sinners will be a flood of fire.

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Prosperity Preacher Creflo Dollar to Get Coveted $70 Million Dollar Jet

Dollar, whose teachings state that God wants all Christians to be prosperous and that material wealth is a sign of God’s favor, will get the coveted jet after the board of directors for his nonprofit organization known as “World Changers Church International” approved the purchase.

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Unraveling: Distress with Perplexity of Nations

Jan Markell and Eric Barger first talk to Anne Graham Lotz about the unraveling and distress with perplexity among the nations as history winds down. Is God trying to get the world’s attention? Anne reminds us that God always warns before judgment. They also focus on the hope of Heaven in dark times. They discuss the wounding by God’s people of each other and how this can cause many to walk away from the Lord and the church. Then Jan Markell talks to filmmaker George Escobar who is producing a theater version of “Trapped in Hitler’s Hell.” Find that current documentary about Anita Dittman here. Find the book only here. We use the mobile app at http://www.oneplace.com.

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Isaiah 17, An Oracle Against Damascus

In the past couple of years it has become even clearer that Isaiah’s prophecy of the destruction of Damascus will soon come to fulfillment, perhaps being part of the Psalm 83 scenario I’ve written about. If so, it would explain why Syria is not included among the coalition of Moslem nations who will gather against Israel in the Battle of Ezekiel 38. even though at least part of the attack on Israel will come through land currently occupied by Syria (Ezek. 38:6). Let’s review what God had Isaiah say about this.

An Oracle Concerning Damascus:

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Every Test and Every Temptation

Life is full of difficult circumstances. Life inevitably involves circumstances that we would never have chosen on our own. Yet, the Bible assures, God does not work his grace in his people despite circumstances, but right through the middle of them.


Three Neglected Aspects of Bible Study

Do you struggle to read the Bible? Do you want to read the Bible more than you do? Do you often start a Bible reading plan, only to quit after a week?


Gay Marriage Is Not About Gay Marriage

Gay marriage is not primarily about gay marriage; it’s mainly about silencing gay consciences.

Given that so few homosexuals and lesbians actually marry when given legal opportunity, their vigorous and often vicious campaign for gay marriage has always puzzled me.


The Distance Between Head and Heart

Again and again I have been asked: How do I get my faith from my head to my heart? The great Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky may not answer in so many words, but his experience points us in the right direction.


ISIS Is A Preview Of The World During The Time Of The Great Tribulation (VIDEO)

We are looking through the glass of the window of prophecy and literally watching the forces of the Tribulation rising to life.

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” Revelation 20:4 (KJV)

We live in the most technologically-advanced civilization in world history. There is an app for everything, social media is how we connect, and computers and the human body are in the processing of merging. Because of these advances, many have said and are saying that Bible prophecy cannot be true because in the book of Revelation it shows a decidedly low-tech view of the world.

Armies riding on horseback, swords are the main weapons, and people being beheaded is how Revelation says it’s going to happen. That would be a giant leap backward, right? Maybe not. Perhaps we are already heading in that direction right now.

The rise of ISIS is not only a regional issue but it is a global issue fraught with spiritual and prophetical implications as well. Seemingly overnight, ISIS, a barbaric killing force of biblical proportions has been raised up and is terrorizing the Middle East with no foreseeable end in sight. Even months of United States led air strikes has done nothing to slow their ascent. But if you have ever read the Old Testament, then you know exactly who ISIS is and where they came from. The world is in a transition period right now., and God is raising up the forces of the end times.

Photos Of ISIS Executions Released: WARNING EXTREMELY GRAPHIC

At this very moment, we are in the closing hours of what the Bible calls the Age of Grace, otherwise known as the Church Age. This period of time will end in an event known as the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church. The Rapture is not the Second Coming, those two events are separated by the Great Tribulation which Jeremiah calls the “time of Jacob’s trouble”. But we are so close to that time that we are experiencing an overlap in dispensations. We are looking through the glass of the window of prophecy and literally watching the forces of the Tribulation rising to life.

I believe that ISIS will form the nucleus of the army of the Antichrist, and I also believe that there will be a merger between Islam and the Vatican. The Antichrist has a partner known as the False Prophet, a religious figure that creates the One World Religion and directs worship to the Antichrist. Pope Francis, for reasons stated here, is an excellent candidate for the role of the False Prophet.

So as you watch the videos of ISIS conducting their endless beheadings, crucifixions and amputations, go back and reread the book of Revelation. Then read the books of Joel and Jeremiah. You are watching prophecy from the pages of the King James Version 1611 Authorized Version Holy Bible being fulfilled in your sight and in your hearing. There is nothing left to be fulfilled for the Rapture of the Church to take place.

“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.” Revelation 4:1 (KJV)

Our days are the days of prophecy. The war is real, the battle is hot and the time is short. To the fight!

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Is Pride A Sin?

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Q. I have a question about pride. In our Bible study last night, someone said that he didn’t agree that pride is all that bad. His example was that he takes pride in his job, not so much in the job title, but that he takes pride in doing a good job at what he does.

Other members of the group brought up the issue of motives and that we do all for the glory and honor of God. And that sin is compared to leaven in the OT in that leaven puffs up and that is what pride does, it puffs us up.

My question is, are we straining at mere use of words, or should we take “pride” in making sure we do a good job, or is all pride (in whatever form) sin?

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Unequally Yoked

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Q. I am wondering about the unequally yoked issue. I don’t understand the principle of an unrighteous person being made righteous because they happen to be married to a believer when they themselves are not a believer.  Does the unrighteous one being made righteous mean that the believer may somehow “cover” their non believing spouse? What if there are children involved and what is the right thing according to God when the unbelieving spouse begins to teach their views against God to the children?

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Pregnant At The Rapture

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Q. I have a question that I am pretty sure is not covered in the Bible, but I was just curious about your thoughts on the matter.

I am six months pregnant. I was thinking about what would happen if I was taken in the Rapture today. Would I still be pregnant in Heaven? I believe that if I did give birth, it would not be painful at all. But if time does not exist in Heaven, then people could not age. So would my unborn child always be a child?

I know that Heaven is a concept my mind will never be able to grasp while on Earth, but these are things I think about.

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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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GTY Blog: Divine Intervention

Ephesians 2:1-10

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by Jeremiah Johnson

What is it that separates Christianity from every other religion? What sets the truth apart from all the lies?

While most religions differ greatly in the minutia, there is a consistent theme that runs through all of them: human achievement. Whether you’re a Catholic, Muslim, Mormon, or Hindu, there is a code of conduct that is tied to eternal life. Even in religions where salvation isn’t guaranteed, the only possible way to achieve it is through diligent effort.

The truth of Scripture stands in sharp contrast. As we’ve already discussed, our inherited sin nature has left us helplessly sinful and totally depraved. And while man-made religions deny our inherent wretchedness, the testimony of God’s Word is clear—man, left to himself, is utterly without hope.

In his book Slave, John MacArthur describes the spiritual futility of unredeemed man.

One of the dominant features of universal human fallenness is the sinner’s deception about his true condition. Motivated by pride, the depraved mind thinks itself much better than it really is. But God’s Word cuts through that deception like a sharp sword, diagnosing sinful men as incurably sick, rebellious by nature, and incapable of any spiritual good.

As slaves to sin, all unbelievers are hostile toward God and unable to please Him in any respect. Their total inability is underscored by the fact that they are not just bound to sin; they are also blinded by sin and dead in it. They are “darkened in their understanding” (Ephesians 4:18) and cannot comprehend spiritual truth because “the god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel or the glory of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Furthermore, unbelievers are “dead in [their] trespasses and sins” Ephesians 2:1), “dead in [their] transgressions” (Colossians 2:13), “dead even while [they live]” (1 Timothy 5:6). In the same way that a blind man cannot give himself sight or a dead man raise himself to life, so the sinner is totally unable to impart to himself either spiritual understanding or eternal life. Like Lazarus lying motionless in the tomb, the unredeemed soul remains lifeless until the voice of God commands it, “Come forth!”[1]John MacArthur, Slave (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2010), pp. 122-123.

The good news of the gospel is that we’re not left to rot and decay in the ruin of our sin. God, through the gracious sacrifice of His Son, intervenes on our behalf, rescuing and reviving us from our spiritual death. Ephesians 2:1-10 vividly depicts God’s intervention on our behalf:

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, [He] made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and [He] raised us up with Him, and [He] seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (emphasis added)

Whole sermons have been devoted to unpacking the rich spiritual truth bound up in the phrase “But God” (v. 4). On the truth of those two words hangs the eternity of every man and woman redeemed through the sacrifice of Christ. In spite of man’s unrepentant wickedness, God created a path to salvation and blessing.

And in God’s design, the means of salvation are not a credit to us. As John explains, our salvation is entirely a work of the Lord.

In salvation, the triune God sovereignly acts upon those whom He wills to rescue, imparting life to dead hearts and sight to darkened minds. Salvation, then, “does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy” (Romans 9:16). Just as we did not choose to be born in the physical sense, so we did not choose to be born from above (John 3:3-8). You and I believed the gospel, not because we were wiser or more righteous than anyone else but because God graciously intervened, opening our hearts to heed His Word and believe. There is no room for subtle pride on our part, only gratitude; God’s sole work in the redemption of sinners means that He received all of the praise.[2]Slave, pp. 123, 134.

In the gracious sacrifice of His Son, God looks down on a race of Lazaruses sprinting to hell, and not only bids us to “come forth,” but mercifully provides the means of our revival and redemption.


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Feelings, Doubt, Faith

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Introduction to Theology Books  Sometimes doubts arise in our Christian faith.  Some people struggle more, some people struggle less, but all Christians deal with doubt to some extent.  While I appreciate many aspects of Alister McGrath’s book on this topic, Doubting, I really liked the following words he wrote about faith and feelings:

[Some people] might suggest that we rely on our feelings and emotions.  If God isn’t felt as real, he isn’t real, they might suggest.  If we don’t experience him as present, he isn’t present.  But how unreliable our feelings can be here!  They are influenced by a huge variety of factors: our health, the weather, the state of our bank balance, our personal relationships, our work or career – just to name a few obvious ones!  God doesn’t cease to exist just because we’ve had a bad day at the office or had an argument with a friend.  Our…

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Satellite temperature measurements show no global warming for 19 years

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(Image source: Dr. Roy Spencer, University of Alabama – Huntsville)

The best measurements of the Earth’s temperature are the atmosphere measurements, not the surface measurements, because those are more easily tampered with.

Here’s The Daily Caller reporting on the NOAA’s latest effort to tamper with data that we’ve had for years, to make it prove global warming.

Excerpt:

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.

New climate data by NOAA scientists doubles the warming trend since the late 1990s by adjusting pre-hiatus temperatures downward and inflating temperatures in more recent years.

“Newly corrected and updated global surface temperature data from NOAA’s [National Centers for Environmental Information] do not support the notion of a global warming ‘hiatus,’” wrote NOAA scientists in their study presenting…

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The Blasphemy That Underlies the Word of Faith Teaching

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There is disturbing and blasphemous assumption underlying the Word of Faith heresy: that “we are little Gods.” If that doesn’t take your breath away, it ought to. Even as children of God saved by Jesus we are not, nor will we ever be Gods. There is absolutely no biblical support for such a claim.

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5 Errors of the Prosperity Gospel

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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,”…

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Dr. George Yancey: advice for responding to hostility from non-Christians

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This article contains an interview with Dr. George Yancey, who does research on bias against Christians. It appeared in the Christian Post.

Here’s the introduction to the interview:

What should Christians do about the hostile environment they increasingly face? In a Christian Post interview, professor George Yancey talks about his new book written for fellow Christians, Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias.

Christianophobia exists among a powerful elite subculture in the United States, University of North Texas sociologists Yancey and David Williamson wrote in So Many Christians, So Few Lions: Is There Christianophobia in the United States? While that book was written in an academic voice, in Hostile Environment, Yancey writes as a Christian speaking to fellow Christians, and offers some guidance on how Christians should respond to that anti-Christian hostility.

In an email interview with CP, Yancey said he appreciated the opportunity…

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Christ the wisdom and power of God vs gospel contextualization

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

18 Ὁ λόγος γὰρ ὁ τοῦ σταυροῦ τοῖς μὲν ἀπολλυμένοις μωρία ἐστίν, τοῖς δὲ σῳζομένοις ἡμῖν δύναμις θεοῦ ἐστιν. 19 γέγραπται γάρ·
ἀπολῶ τὴν σοφίαν τῶν σοφῶν
καὶ τὴν σύνεσιν τῶν συνετῶν ἀθετήσω. (1 Corinthians 1:18-19 NA28)

18 For the word of the cross to those perishing is senseless, but to us being saved, it is the power of God 19 for it has been written,
‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise ones
and the understanding of the intelligent I will set aside.’ (1 Corinthians 1:18-19 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

Look around at those man-focused, pragmatic, seeker-sensitive “churches” in our time. They may vary in many ways, but there is a commonality that marks them all as products of the spirit of Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22) rather than the spirit of Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13). That commonality is seen in the passage I placed at the…

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