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June 12, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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Jun. 12, 2015

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President Obama is meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill in a final push to win votes for fast-track trade legislation, a key priority of his second term.

Rupert Murdoch is preparing to step down as chief executive officer of 21st Century Fox Inc. and hand the title to his son James, according to a person familiar with the matter, confirming a long-expected generational succession.

Unilever NV, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other large companies reliant on agriculture agreed to encourage farmers who supply them to cut carbon pollution, the White House said, as President Obama pushes forward on initiatives to try to stem climate change.

Yuan liberalization and the opening up of China’s capital account are likely to attract $400 billion of overseas funds to the nation’s stocks and bonds over the next five years, Morgan Stanley estimates.

As if fighting a year-long war against pro-Russian separatists wasn’t enough, Ukraine is also scrambling to shore up a banking system that’s bleeding assets amid a tumbling economy, wavering talks with creditors about overdue debt and skyrocketing inflation, which the central bank estimates will end this year at between 45 percent and 50 percent. A run of liquidations has shaken consumers’ confidence in the often mismanaged financial institutions they once trusted to protect their money. Since 2014, the central bank has declared a quarter of the former Soviet republic’s 180 domestic banks insolvent, liquidated 37 of them as of the end of May and earmarked $1.7 billion for bailouts this year alone.

Goldman Sachs, which called for reform of high-speed stock trading before Michael Lewis’s “Flash Boys” spurred an outcry last year, is diving back in.

The Zimbabwean dollar will be taken from circulation, formalizing a multi-currency system introduced in 2009 to help stem inflation and stabilize the economy. The central bank will offer $5 for every 175 quadrillion, or 175,000 trillion, Zimbabwean dollars.

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A landmark trade bill that tops President Obama’s second-term agenda faces a showdown vote in the House as Democrats mount a last-ditch effort to kill it.

A study of road rage conducted by GfK on behalf of Expedia revealed that left lane drivers who are driving below the speed limit are the third top reason to get other drivers’ blood boiling, right after texting while driving and tailgating.

Norwegian scientists have seen polar bears eating dolphins in the Arctic for the first time ever and blame global warming for the bears expanding their diet. Polar bears feed mainly on seals.

A large protest blocked downtown streets in Oakland last night, but police never showed up.

Three astronauts landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday, safely returning to Earth after their flight back home was delayed for a month by a Russian rocket failure.

Thousands of bare-chested muscular men, drag queens in heavy makeup and high heels, women in colorful balloon costumes and others partied at Tel Aviv’s annual gay pride parade on Friday, the largest event of its kind in the region.

A new regional fighting force against Boko Haram will be headed by a Nigerian commander, the five-nation coalition agreed on Thursday, after talks on military strategy against the militants.

It has a remote-controlled turret, it bristles with state-of-the-art defense systems and its computerized controls make driving it feel “like playing a video game.” Russia’s Armata tank, which its creator says can be turned into a fully robotic combat vehicle, is the crowning glory of a sweeping military modernization drive that is rumbling forward amid a perilous confrontation with the West over Ukraine.

In a small room close by the Sydney Opera House, 60 people representing a vast range of communities and industries are working feverishly to come up with ways to combat the Islamic State group’s online propaganda machine. The extremists’ ideology and use of social media has struck a chord with thousands of youngsters across the world, drawing them to fight in Iraq and Syria or show support from their home countries.

Engineers began flooding a newly enlarged section of the Panama Canal on Thursday as authorities prepare to test a series of new locks that will allow the waterway to accommodate much bigger ships, affecting trade around the world.

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Four tourists who posed naked on a mountain in Malaysia have been given jail terms and fined. The group was blamed for a magnitude 5.9 earthquake after stripping on Mount Kinabalu, which is considered sacred. They were jailed for three days, but their sentences were back-dated to reflect time already served.

The US spends more than $9m a day on the war against Islamic State, and has poured $2.7bn into the bombing campaign since the start.

Colombia’s Farc rebels have shot dead three police officers and cut off power to almost half a million people, the military has said.

Zimbabwe is phasing out its local currency, the central bank said, formalizing a multi-currency system introduced during hyper-inflation. Foreign currencies like the US dollar and South African rand have been used for most transactions since 2009.

Germany has dropped an investigation into alleged tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone by the US National Security Agency (NSA).

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“Based on the sketchy information OPM has provided, we believe that the Central Personnel Data File was the targeted database and that the hackers are now in possession of all personnel data for every federal employee, every federal retiree and up to one million former federal employees,” he wrote, Fox News reported.

Australian intelligence is reporting ISIS may have enough radioactive material to build its own “dirty” bomb, and the 40-nation bloc of NATO is expressing concern.


Top News – 6/12/2015

British lawmakers back EU referendum plans
Lawmakers on Tuesday backed Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan for a referendum on Britain’s EU membership, but a heated debate highlighted passions that could split his Conservative Party and re-open Scotland’s bid for independence.

Ukraine conflict could spark ‘all-out war’
Alexander Hug, deputy chief of the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said: “The Special Monitoring Mission [SMM] has seen a sharp increase in tension levels in the conflict since June 3. “We see no indication of adhesion to the first measure of the Feb. 15 Minsk Agreement, which calls for a ceasefire.”

5.3-Magnitude Earthquake rocks Nepal’s Sindhupalchowk
An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale hit Nepal on Thursday night, a media report said on Friday. The National Seismological Centre of Nepal said that the epicentre of Thursday’s quake was in Sindhupalchowk district, 65 km off Kathmandu, Xinhua news agency reported.

Asama volcano (Japan): alert level raised
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) raised the alert of the volcano from 1 to 2 (on a scale of 1-5), as the volcano has recently been showing growing signs of unrest – increased seismic activity and strongly elevated gas emissions.

Anti-Virus Maker Kaspersky Labs Attacked with with Duqu 2.0
Kaspersky says the virus was extremely difficult to detect, but they did manage to uncover it with some new testing software they’ve been working on. They added that all their customer data is safe. Kaspersky claims the hackers made a mistake, as now Kaspersky has the virus’s frameworks, which they described as being a generation ahead of anything they’ve ever seen.

Bond selloff a wild card that could delay Fed rate hike
The sharp bond market selloff is starting to pinch American consumers and companies, causing a mild economic tightening that, if sustained, could raise alarms at the Federal Reserve and even delay a plan to hike interest rates in coming months.

S. Korea announces 11th MERS death
South Korea saw its 11th death on Friday in the midst of the MERS epidemic gripping the country.

CHANCE OF STORMS
NOAA forecasters estimate a 55% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on Friday, June 12th, when a CME is expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field. The CME was hurled in our direction on June 9th by an eruption near sunspot AR2364.

DHS secretly videotaping citizens to ‘predict crime’
…On Tuesday, the DHS quietly released online a “privacy impact assessment” that provides the legal justification for an ongoing experiment it is calling “Data Collection for the Centralized Hostile Intent Project.” …The DHS is planning to collect video images at designated areas throughout the (T. F. Green Airport) airport, including at TSA security checkpoints, ticket counters, baggage claim and the airport entrance.

U.S., Russian aircraft came within 10 feet over Black Sea
A Russian fighter jet, flying at high speed, came within 10 feet of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Black Sea late last month, several U.S. officials told CNN Thursday. The Russian jet flew alongside the U.S. plane at the same altitude, broke off, and then shadowed the plane before leaving the area in the May 30 incident, the officials said.

Zimbabwe dollars phased out
Zimbabwe is phasing out its local currency, the central bank says, formalising a multi-currency system introduced during hyper-inflation. Foreign currencies like the US dollar and South African rand have been used for most transactions since 2009. Local dollars are not used except high-denomination notes sold as souvenirs.

Boko Haram crisis: Nigeria to lead regional force
Five African countries have agreed to set up a joint military force led by Nigeria to fight the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The leaders reached the deal at a summit hosted by Nigeria’s new president Muhammadu Buhari, who made tackling it a key campaign pledge. Most of the troops will be from Nigeria with Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin also contributing.

Gay Pride Parade to draw 180,000 to Tel Aviv
Around 180,000 people are expected to party in central Tel Aviv Friday for the annual Gay Pride Parade… The march will begin at noon after a party at Gan Meir on King George Street. It will then make its way down Bograshov Street to Ha-Yarkon Street, Frishman Street and then south on Herbert Samuel Boulevard along the seaside and ending at Charles Clore Park, where a party will be held until nightfall.

Putin, once critical of Stalin, now embraces Soviet dictator’s tactics
But Putin’s view of history appears to have undergone a startling transformation. Last month, the Russian leader praised the 1939 nonaggression accord with Hitler as a clever maneuver that forestalled war with Germany. Stalin’s 29-year reign, generally seen by Russians in recent years as a dark and bloody chapter in the nation’s history, has lately been applauded by Putin and his supporters as the foundation on which the great Soviet superpower was built.

Prime Minister of Australia: Tony Abbott denies Isis ‘death cult’ term promotes its propaganda
Tony Abbott has refused to change his language on Islamic State, which critics say promotes its propaganda, as he stepped up a national security campaign by visiting the site where terrorism suspect Numan Haider was shot dead. On the second day of the summit on countering violent extremism , the prime minister was asked about his language, given one of the participants had suggested use of the term “death cult” was promoting propaganda by Isis. Abbott said: “It is a death cult in the sense that the people who join it are in love with death.”

Pentagon again asks China to end island building, seeks more military contact
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter met a top Chinese general on Thursday and repeated a U.S. call for a halt to land reclamation in the South China Sea, while stressing that the Pentagon remained committed to expanding military contacts with China.

US spending on Islamic State fight totals $2.7bn
The US spends more than $9m (£5.7m) a day on the war against Islamic State, and has poured $2.7bn (£1.7bn) into the bombing campaign since the start. An international coalition has been conducting air strikes in Iraq and Syria since last August.

Islamic State says blows up two warplanes at Libya base
The militant group Islamic State’s Libya wing released a video on Thursday purportedly showing it blowing up two warplanes at an air base while its fighters paraded heavy weapons in a show of force.

Union:Hackers have personnel data on every US gov’t employee
Hackers stole personnel data and identity numbers for every federal employee, a government worker union said Thursday, saying that the cyber theft of U.S. employee information was more damaging than the Obama administration has acknowledged.

Greece gets wake-up call: coming week could seal its fate
International creditors sent Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras home from a summit Thursday with a clear message: swiftly tone down your demands in the bailout talks over the next week or face financial ruin.


Top Headlines – 6/12/2015

Did Netanyahu Order IDF to Strike Iran?

US seeks a compromise on ‘managed’ access to Iran’s military sites

World powers would accept Iran deal without answers on past arms activity

‘Reports Israel spied on Iran nuclear talks are baseless’

Netanyahu’s ‘Autumn Restart’ Plan

PA official: Netanyahu implements Nazi strategy to blame PA for stagnation in negotiations

Red Alert siren in Ashkelon after Gaza rocket falls short

Ashkelon official: Our bodies are already used to the sirens

Hamas threatens escalation if tit-for-tat airstrikes continue

Israel’s strategic position ‘enhanced by chaos of Arab neighbourhood’

Orange CEO to Netanyahu: We will not participate in boycott against Israel

Arab Boycott Head Gloats: Israeli Hysteria Proves BDS is Working

German mayor cancels NGO exhibit critical of Israeli army

Spain to grant citizenship to descendants of Jews it persecuted in 1492

Syrian army drives rebels from air base in south

Obama Looks at Adding Bases and Troops in Iraq, to Fight ISIS

US House rejects measure to force vote on ISIS fight

US spending on Islamic State fight totals $2.7bn

American teenager pleads guilty to helping Islamic State

Islamic State says blows up two warplanes at Libya base: video

ISIS Blows Up Gas Pipeline to Damascus

Facebook purges pages offering priceless ISIS plunder for sale

Six killed by Saudi air strikes in Sanaa against Houthis in Yemen

Boko Haram crisis: Nigeria to lead regional force

Gap widens between blacks, whites over view of US race relations

Obama to Regulate ‘Diversity’ in White Suburbs

Putin, once critical of Stalin, now embraces Soviet dictator’s tactics

U.S., Russian aircraft came within 10 feet over Black Sea

Pentagon again asks China to end island building, seeks more military contact

Bilderberg 2015: where criminals mingle with ministers

The Bilderberg conference: world government or mythical secret clique?

Bilderberg Group meets amid conspiracy theories, heavy security, news blackout

At the G7, we journalists were pampered – at Bilderberg we’re harassed by police

France demands “right to be forgotten” on Google

Court declines to suspend U.S. net neutrality rules

Union: Hackers have personnel data on every US gov’t employee

OPM Hack Far Deeper Than Publicly Acknowledged, Went Undetected For More Than A Year, Sources Say

White House launches frantic campaign to save trade deal

Rare Republican Alliance Set to Give Obama Fast-Track Trade Win

ObamaTrade Relaxes Visa Process for Pakistan

Greece gets wake-up call: coming week could seal its fate

Fearful ECB starts countdown on Greek funding lifeline

Greek shares stumble after IMF pulls out of bailout talks

Global markets drop as Greece negotiations stall

As currency dies, Zimbabweans will get $5 for 175 quadrillion local dollars

6.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Yigo Mayor’s Office, Guam

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ohonua, Tonga

Earthquake activity in Bardarbunga volcano

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Cyclone Ashobaa: Hail, thunderstorms in Oman; UAE warns of waterlogging in Kalba

Tropical Storm Carlos in Pacific expected to generate heavy rain, swells

Heavy Hailstorm Slams Madrid

Drought to Plague India Despite Onset of Monsoon Season

California water wasters beware: #DroughtShaming on the rise

Firefighters Battle High Winds to Contain Oregon Wildfire

El Nino: Ocean temperatures continue to rise in the tropical Pacific

UN Climate Talks Inch Forward, Putting Off Tough Decisions

Nations warn time running short to prepare Paris climate deal

Bird flu: Price increase hits egg stores as egg shortages set in

Korean MERS outbreak should be wake-up call for world: expert

Gay Pride Parade to draw 180,000 to Tel Aviv

North Carolina passes law letting officials opt out of performing same-sex marriages

Miley Cyrus Mocks Christians Who Believe in Old Testament ‘Fairy Tales’, Says Those Who Oppose Homosexuality ‘Shouldn’t Get to Make Laws’

Nearly 10,000 People Are About To Unite In Prayer For Nation In ‘Crisis’

Weeping Jeremiahs – This is God’s Purpose

TBN Too Cheap to Pay for Repairs in Building Dispute

Pennsylvania Teachers Get Tax-Paid Training in Bowing to Allah

Openly Gay Willow Creek Worship Leader to Speak at Matthew Vines Conference

Michigan will let faith-based adoption agencies refuse gay couples


June 11, 2015
NEWSMAX — The Fox Broadcasting Company will “spit in the face” of God-fearing conservatives if it airs its controversial new show “Lucifer,” in which the devil ditches Hell for Los Angeles and opens a nightclub, says Alan Keyes, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations…. (more)

June 11, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — Remember the wholesome programs “Touched by an Angel” and “Highway to Heaven?” How things have changed. Fox is preparing a new show simply called “Lucifer,” starring Satan as a good guy…. (more)

June 11, 2015
BREITBART — In a joint appearance on Sean Hannity’s radio show on Wednesday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) warned against the passage of the so-called Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) currently being considered by the Congress…. (more)


June 11, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — Practically any politician who proclaims a belief in even the most modest regulation of abortion is labeled as “anti-woman” and part of a so-called “war on women.” Ironically, that’s even the case when it comes to matters like parental consent laws, waiting periods, full-disclosure requirements about the risks, late-term abortions and restrictions on the use of the procedure for the purpose of sex selection of babies…. (more)


June 11, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — Has Ronald McDonald just signed his own death warrant? Just one day after WND broke the news that former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs – – who claimed to be the one who put President Barack Obama’s birth certificate online – – has been hired as McDonald’s top mouthpiece, the story unleashed a flood of more than 700 comments, mostly from Americans vowing to never eat at the restaurant chain again…. (more)

June 11, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s efforts to provide favors to major donors to her husband’s global charity or her own political career stretch back far earlier than her tenure as America’s top diplomat, dating to the time she served as a U.S. senator and had the power to earmark federal funds and influence legislation, records show…. (more)

June 11, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — The rash of tough pro-vaccine bills that infected state legislatures after the Disneyland measles outbreak has largely faded, and based on the uproar in California, it’s not hard to see why…. (more)

June 10, 2015
POLITICO — House leaders, confident but not yet certain they have the support to pass sweeping trade legislation, are aiming to bring the package to a floor vote by the end of this week – – even as they rush to resolve a last-minute hangup over how to pay for aid to displaced workers…. (more)


June 10, 2015
THE HILL — President Obama’s GOP salesmen are telling fellow House members that fast-track trade promotion authority (TPA) will “constrain the president” to do what Congress wants when he negotiates the Trans-Pacific Partnership…. (more)

June 10, 2015
NATIONAL JOURNAL — Before they were allies, they were campaign-trail foes. Yet, since taking the gavel of the influential Ways and Means Committee, Chairman Paul Ryan has emerged as President Obama’s most convincing messenger on Capitol Hill on behalf of a free-trade agreement that would be a big boost to the president’s legislative legacy…. (more)

June 10, 2015
WASHINGTON POST — The inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that he is investigating the leak of classified information from an undercover operation in which investigators were able to slip through airport security with weapons and phony bombs more than 95 percent of the time…. (more)


June 10, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Hundreds of Cuban criminals are released onto the streets of the U.S. every year because that nation won’t take them back – – even though the Obama administration is trying to broker a more open relationship with the communist island nation…. (more)


June 10, 2015
CHELSEA SCHILLING — At least 60 faculty and staff members at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, have signed a petition demanding that the Catholic college keep a mural of a cop killer and an FBI designated terrorist on a wall in the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center…. (more)

June 10, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — A married Army general on Tuesday introduced his spouse at a Pentagon event that featured lots of top brass, including Defense Secretary Ashton Carter as the keynote speaker…. (more)

June 10, 2015
THE BIG STORY — A woman who was injured in a February traffic collision is suing Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce. Jessica Steindorff filed the lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles, seeking unspecified damages. Her lawsuit uses both names for the 65-year-old Jenner, who publicly transitioned to Caitlyn after the crash…. (more)

June 10, 2015
NEWSMAX — Texas won reinstatement of strict abortion limitations that may close all but a handful of clinics in the second-largest U.S. state. A federal appeals court agreed Tuesday that the state’s interest in safeguarding patient safety outweighs the inconvenience to women who must travel long distances to gain access to the procedure…. (more)


June 10, 2015
JOE KOVACS — Robert Gibbs, the former U.S. press secretary who claimed to be the one who put President Barack Obama’s birth certificate online, has just been reborn as the top mouthpiece for McDonald’s…. (more)

June 10, 2015
THE GUARDIAN — As one summit closes, another opens. Thursday sees the start of the influential Bilderberg policy conference, which this year is being held in Austria, just 16 miles south of the G7 summit, and in a similarly inaccessible luxury alpine resort. The participant list for the conference has just been released by the organisation, and some big names leap off the page…. (more)


June 10, 2015
CHARLES HURT — Not since Clark Griswold took his family on a European vacation have we seen such goofy antics. Jeb Bush, in a desperate bid to be taken seriously, is cashing in his last name to buy himself a first-class tour of European capitals to hobnob with world leaders, statesmen and dignitaries…. (more)

June 10, 2015
MICHELLE MALKIN — It’s increasingly difficult to tell the difference between Teach for America – – whose leaders are at the forefront of inflammatory anti-police protests in Baltimore, Ferguson, and now McKinney, Texas – – and left-wing activist groups such as Organizing for Action (President Obama’s partisan community organizing army). Guess what, taxpayers? You’re paying for it!… (more)

June 9, 2015
RICHARD VIGUERIE — Two issues being hotly contested at the national level this year – – government collection of private records as debated through the Patriot Act sunset provision, and the definition of marriage before the Supreme Court – – distinguish conservatives from neocons and libertarians…. (more)

June 9, 2015
THE HILL — The Supreme Court should not have taken up the lawsuit challenging ObamaCare subsidies, President Obama said on Monday. “This should be an easy case, frankly it shouldn’t have even been taken up,” Obama said during a news conference at the Group of Seven (G-7) summit of leading industrial nations in Germany…. (more)


June 9, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — State Department officials edited out passages of a high-profile report in 2013 that could have embarrassed Hillary Clinton just days before she quit President Obama’s Cabinet. The officials, inside the Inspector General’s office, excised details of an cover-up of misconduct by Clinton’s security team…. (more)

June 9, 2015
PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY — Hillary Clinton has laid out her game plan for winning back the White House for herself and her husband next year. Let’s hope Republicans were paying attention. She apparently decided it won’t be enough to rely on the 66 million people who voted twice for Barack Obama, many of whom are disillusioned by the failure of “hope and change.”… (more)

June 8, 2015
Wrong to honor results of Irish ‘gay’ marriage vote
ALAN KEYES — “It’s dejà vu all over again.” In an article at LifesiteNews.com, I read that, in response to the referendum in Ireland favoring homosexual “marriages,” Walter Kasper, a German cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, said… (more)


Daily Digest

June 12, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“If individuals be not influenced by moral principles; it is in vain to look for public virtue; it is, therefore, the duty of legislators to enforce, both by precept and example, the utility, as well as the necessity of a strict adherence to the rules of distributive justice.” —James Madison, in response to Washington’s first Inaugural address, 1789

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

The Effect of China’s Hack Could Be Staggering

When the Office of Personnel Management announced that the data of four million past and present federal employees were taken by China, it could have been running damage control. The American Federation of Government Employees, the largest union for federal employees, accused OPM of being not forthright about the hack. The union believes China targeted the Central Personnel File and is now in possession of the information of every federal employee, including those who retired and left the government’s employ. But it could be much, much worse. An unnamed government official told ABC News China could have targeted the database that stored government employees’ SF-86 forms — the 127-page form public workers fill out when they apply for a security clearance. For a malicious government seeking to recruit spies, it’s the Holy Grail, as the form asks the applicant to list the applicant’s network — the people slept with, the foreign nationals in contact with, family members. We don’t yet know what information is in China’s hands. But one thing is clear: Big government stands directly opposed to privacy, and by extension, Liberty. This is why the big data that comes with ObamaCare is so insidious. When it comes to cybersecurity, Liberty is America’s greatest strength.

It’s Up to Congress to Keep the Internet Tax Free

The Internet Tax Freedom Act passed the House by voice vote this week, and now heads to the Senate. The best news is that it’s a permanent extension. In place since 1998, Harry Reid’s Senate only permitted a one-year extension last year because he wanted a hostage for other negotiations. But the law becomes increasingly important in the age of so-called net neutrality (which takes effect today), because it prevents taxation on Internet and email services in America’s 9,600 tax jurisdictions. House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte warned that the FCC’s decision to regulate the Internet like telecommunications “emboldens states to apply these telecom taxes to Internet access immediately, should ITFA lapse.” Goodlatte also laid bare the problem with Internet taxes, saying that granting states such powers would allow “lawmakers to dodge accountability for the burdens associated with their policy choices by shifting them onto non-residents who cannot hold them accountable at the ballot box.” Furthermore, he said, “[I]f Congress lets ‘economic presence’ rather than ‘physical presence’ become the standard, states will mostly exempt resident companies from tax obligations while imposing them on out-of-state companies.” In other words, taxation without representation. For those with any sense of American history, that phrase should ring loud and clear.

Lessons on Picking Your Identity

The City of Spokane is investigating a critical matter, and the outcome should be black and white. The president of the city’s NAACP chapter likely violated the city’s code of ethics because she’s actually white. Rachel Dolezal identifies as African-American and has even modified her appearance accordingly. She’s also claimed to be the victim of several “hate” crimes. But public records indicate she and both of her parents are white. The obvious comparison is Bruce Jenner, the former male Olympic decathlon champion who now says he’s a woman. Many leftists gladly accepted him as a her, even giving him awards for “courage.” But while Jenner is affirmed, Dolezal has committed an unforgivable sin by doing pretty much the same thing. Perhaps a less obvious comparison is the example of a prominent man who has a white mother and black father (who abandoned him early on), and yet who identifies solely by the race of his father — well, unless his Irish ancestry happens to be politically beneficial. Any guesses who that might be? Identity sure is an interesting thing with liberal social mores.

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

What Exactly Are We Trading in the TPA/TPP?

By Michael Swartz

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It’s a deal that’s been in the works since before Barack Obama took office, but as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade pact, is being hammered into shape, some members of Congress — especially Democrats — are reluctant to give Obama the same “fast-track” authority other presidents have had over the last few decades. Specifically, that would happen through the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), the full text of which is here. Some conservatives also have a problem with awarding any authority to this particular chief executive, given his track record of abusing his power on immigration and regulation.

There’s an argument to be had, however, from conservatives who remind us that free trade is the bailiwick of the Republican Party. George Will leads the charge:

“It is … unnecessary to defeat fast-track authority (thereby defeating freer trade) in order to restrain this rogue president. The 22nd Amendment guarantees his departure in 19 months. His lawlessness has prompted congressional resistance on multiplying fronts. The judiciary, too, has repeatedly rebuked him for illegal executive overreaches. So, it is neither necessary nor statesmanlike to injure the nation’s future in order to protest Obama’s past.”

There’s also the libertarian free-trade perspective of the Cato Institute:

“Historically, trade agreements have expanded Americans’ economic liberties, even though that outcome has never been the principal objective. It happens residually. Trade negotiators prioritize the export-oriented goals of their business interests and, in the process of reaching those objectives, make Americans more economically free.”

In both instances, we’re reminded that the process doesn’t end with congressional passage of the TPA, which, in short, grants Obama negotiating power and provides for Congress to then hold an up-or-down vote on whatever agreement Obama makes — without being able to amend it. While nothing is certain in Congress, the House is slated to vote on the TPA legislation today, following the Senate’s passage of the measure last month.

However, the “sausage-making,” as White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest termed it, has a number of other fillers that could be added to the mix. A previous version of the legislation cuts Medicare to pay for the Trade Adjustment Assistance that Democrats wanted in the bill. However, that particular cut was deleted in favor of measures intended to increase revenue through stricter enforcement of fraudulent claims and enhanced penalties against businesses failing to submit correct 1099 data. It’s also been speculated that the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank — a favorite target of conservatives — may be included with TPA legislation to draw a few additional Democrat votes.

Opponents also have some tricks up their sleeves. While the usual protectionist suspects of Big Labor (and some of the 2016 Democrat presidential hopefuls) continually grouse about being “isolated,” “marginalized,” and otherwise abandoned by their administration allies, immigration hawks are also crying foul about “secret immigration powers” they claim are in the TPP, based on leaked information from Wikileaks. This goes back to the lack of trust many have with this president, length of time left in office notwithstanding.

The obvious question, then, is whether the votes are there. Trade negotiators for the U.S. argue that the other TPP parties won’t put their final offers on the table until Obama is allowed to have TPA, but some conservatives worry about what dangers to our sovereignty lurk in the proposal, which hasn’t been made public except for those provisions that have leaked. While it’s not a complete secret, access to draft copies of the TPP is controlled by the same laws that were placed in effect for NAFTA in the 1990s. Obama must publish the deal 60 days before entering into it, and Congress has final approval.

Opponents are convinced that the TPA is the last best chance to kill the TPP, or at least push it off until the next (hopefully conservative) administration has a chance to negotiate a more favorable pact. But the TPA and the TPP are not the same thing, and support for the former doesn’t necessarily mean support for the latter.

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Mona Charen: “Republicans can deny that voter ID laws are about voter suppression till they bore everyone into a coma. It won’t have an impact. But that doesn’t mean they should surrender. What they should be concerned about is not any particular issue but rather their image as the party of haters. I would love to see all of the Republican candidates staging multiple events in places like Detroit, Baltimore and Cleveland. They should be asking what Hillary Clinton proposes to do about improving the climate for small business. They should demand to know what Democrats have done to improve the schools — or rather, draw attention to the fact that Democrats stand in the way of improving education for poor kids. They should demand accountability for the millions of taxpayer dollars intended for poor families that wind up in the pockets of the well-connected and the well-heeled, while praising the work of churches and other private groups. The shame of the cities belongs squarely in the Democrats’ laps. Even if it doesn’t yield a single new African American voter, it’s worth doing for two reasons: 1) because it will improve the image of the Republican Party, and 2) because it’s right.”

SHORT CUTS

Upright: “Your petulance is unbecoming, Mr. President, and your criticism of anyone who disagrees with you is downright unmanly. You come off like a spoiled child who has been denied his way. And while you blame your shortcomings on opposing political parties, you have had both houses of Congress and the White House in the first two years of your term. Plus an electoral mandate to do just about anything you wanted to, so the least you can do is cowboy up and take the blame for the messes you’ve made.” —Charlie Daniels

Dezinformatsia: “[I]n a country where the vast majority of police officers patrol with batons and pepper spray, the elite cadre of British cops who are entrusted with guns almost never use them. Police in Britain have fatally shot two people in the past three years. … [E]xperts say the way British bobbies are trained, commanded and vigorously scrutinized may offer U.S. police forces a useful blueprint for bringing down the rate of deadly violence and defusing some of the burning tension felt in cities from coast to coast.” —The Washington Post, simply hoping for disarmament

Demo-gogues: “Elections should be about choices, and my argument is you won’t have a choice if Secretary Clinton is the Democratic nominee because she’s so similar to the Republicans.” —Democrat presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee

Braying Jackass: “I’ve been joking with Lindsey [Graham] … [about] a rotating first lady. He’s a bro with no ho.” —Sen. Mark Kirk

Non Compos Mentis: “Has anybody proved that we did anything objectionable? No.” —Bill Clinton

Late-night humor: “Hillary Clinton joined Instagram … and somehow she’s already deleted thousands of photos.” —Seth Meyers

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The Briefing

1) Shared understanding of value of marriage does not equal shared understanding of marriage 

Marriage Today: Rich-Poor Gap, Later Vows, Gays Gain Access, Associated Press (David Crary)

Marriage Opportunity: The Moment for National Action, Institute for American Values (Marriage Opportunity Council)

Regan: Marriage is going out of style, and that could hurt, USA Today (Trish Regan)

2) Consequences of single-parent family inescapably apparent in children’s lives

The North-South Divide on Two-Parent Families, New York Times (David Leonhardt)

Red State Families: Better Than We Knew, Institute for Family Studies (W. Bradford Wilcox and Nicholas Zill)

3) Impact of modernized economies, societies on men economic and moral

The weaker sex, The Economist

4) Ten-year old bullying online reminder online and real-world behavior equally moral

Lord of the Screens, New York Times (Nick Bilton)

In other news…

Search for escaped killers focuses on wooded area near New York prison, Washington Post (J. Freedom du Lac and Sarah Larimer)

Ohio judge recommends police officers face charges in Tamir Rice case, Reuters (Kim Palmer)

What does Rupert Murdoch own? A little bit of everything, USA Today (Anita Balakrishnan)

Rupert Murdoch Positions Sons to Lead 21st Century Fox, Wall Street Journal (Keach Hagey)

Michigan governor signs bills allowing gay-couple adoption refusal, Reuters


7 Key Events That Are Going To Happen By The End Of September

7 SignIs something really big about to happen?  For months, people have been pointing to the second half of this year for various reasons.  For some, the major concern is Jade Helm and the unprecedented movement of military vehicles and equipment that we have been witnessing all over the nation.  For others, the upcoming fourth blood moon and the end of the Shemitah cycle are extremely significant events.  Yet others are most concerned about political developments in Washington D.C. and at the United Nations.  To me, it does seem rather remarkable that we are seeing such a confluence of economic, political and spiritual events coming together during the second half of 2015.  So is all of this leading up to something?  Is our world about to change in a fundamental way?  Only time will tell.  The following are 7 key events that are going to happen by the end of September… (Read More…)


‘You’re Fired – Now Train Your Much Cheaper Foreign Replacement’

Fired - Photo by XonecaIf you were laid off from your job, would you be willing to train your replacement if your company threatened to take away your severance pay if you didn’t do it?  And how would you feel if your replacement came from India, and the only reason your company was replacing you was because the foreign worker was a lot less expensive?  Sadly, this is happening all over America – especially in the information technology field.  Huge corporations such as Disney and Southern California Edison are coldly firing existing tech workers and filling those jobs with much cheaper foreign replacements.  They are doing this by blatantly abusing the H-1B temporary worker visa program.  Workers that had been doing a solid job for decades are being replaced without any hesitation just because it will save those firms a little bit of money.  There is very, very little loyalty left in corporate America today.  Even if you have poured your heart and your soul into your company for years, that ultimately means very little.  The moment that your usefulness is over, most firms will replace you in a heartbeat these days. (Read More….)


The university as incubator for left-fascists who live their life offended

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I use the term left-fascist to refer to the anti-speech, anti-intellectual, highly conformist cadre of politically correct brownshirts who populate many college campuses and are now infecting the workplace and society in general. It’s not a perfect term, but it is accurate.

I am sorry if I offend you. I was raised to be polite and respectful. I was also taught however not to suffer fools and the politically correct Utopian cultural Marxism cult is a cult of fools. For the most part the PC critique is nonsense. It’s bull. It’s an elaborate code of thought (and speech) which by its nature protects the dim and conformist while it rails against the independent thinker and innovator.

We need more independent thinkers and innovators. We have too many dim conformists already.

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After Tony Campolo’s Confusion, Expect Transgenders to Seek Full Acceptance in Churches

Having approved the lie of gender as divorced from biology, we can expect to see this pastoral family to further divorce themselves from orthodoxy by embracing the transgender agenda—denying the objective differentiation of male and female. This is an absolute departure from truth—both scientific and revelatory.

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Jeff Sessions Issues Final ‘Critical Alert’: Obamatrade Just Like Amnesty, Obamacare

It’s unclear what will happen when it does come up for a vote on Friday in the House, but one thing is absolutely certain: Pass or fail, Ryan’s credibility on the right is shot. What’s more, there’s likely to be a conservative grassroots rebellion against establishment Republicans in Washington that may dwarf the one Obamacare caused back in 2010.

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Who is the Bilderberg Group, Meeting This Week?

Are they pursuing global government?

Well, the truth is that the Bilderberg Group first met in 1954, and one of the key founders of the group was Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. Not only was he a founder, Prince Bernhard actually served as the organization’s chairman until 1976. So why is this important? Most people do not realize this, but Prince Bernhard actually belonged to the Nazi Party at one time.

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U.S. credit cards switch to chips

By autumn, millions of Americans will have made the switch from the old magnetic strip cards. That 50-year-old technology, replaced in most of world, lingers on the back of U.S. cards and is copied easily by thieves, leaving people vulnerable to fraud.

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Tel Aviv Shuts Down Entire City For Annual Gay Pride Parade In Israel

Tel Aviv expects some 180,000 people to march in Friday’s annual Gay Pride parade, the nation’s largest and oldest gay pride event.

“But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.” Genesis 13:13 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: In the Bible, God destroyed the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of their homosexual activity. Israel was regathered physically officially on May 14, 1948, but they have not yet had their spiritual restoration. This will come during what the Prophet Jeremiah calls the “time of Jacob’s trouble”. Jesus, in Matthew 24, calls this time the Great Tribulation. Pray for Israel and the Jewish people for the coming time of refinement in the fiery trial that the God of Abraham has prepared for them.

“Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:7 (KJV)

The parade, now in its 17th year, began at 11 a.m. local time as participants gathered at the city’s Meir Park. At noon, marchers are slated to begin walking down some of the city’s busiest thoroughfares, ending at Charles Clore Park on the Mediterranean beach. The event is scheduled to end at 4 p.m.

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The event has become one of Tel Aviv’s most popular annual festivals. Streets and stores have been decorated with rainbow flags for days. Thousands of Israelis flocked to the city center Friday to observe the parade, filling cafes and restaurants along the route to capacity.

“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” Matthew 24:21 (KJV)

The theme of this year’s parade is focused on transgender rights. Events like the parade are key to advancing recognition for the transgendered, Tel Aviv activist Elisha Alexander said earlier this week.

Major arteries in the coastal metropolis will be shut at intervals as the march passes through the city, including parts of Tschernichovsky Street, Bograshov, Hayarkon, Frishman, Marmorek, Arlozorov and the Herbert Samuel beachfront promenade.

This year’s celebration features Eurovision winner and LGBT rights representative Conchita Wurst. source


Miley Cyrus Slams Christians Who Believe In Old Testament ‘Fairy Tales’

Pop singer Miley Cyrus recently slammed Christian conservatives for believing in “fairy tales” like the story of Noah’s ark and argued that those who hold to a traditional definition of marriage should not be permitted to make laws within the United States.

In a recent interview with Paper magazine, Cyrus, who appears nude within the publication, refers to herself as the “least judgemental person ever.” However, the magazine notes that while she was raised in a Christian home and was baptized in a Southern Baptist church, the “Wrecking Ball” singer “maintains a particular contempt for fundamentalist lawmakers who rally against this sort of progressive, potentially life-saving changes for the LGBT community.” “Those people shouldn’t get to make our laws,” Cyrus said of Christians who hold to a traditional view of marriage.

 

The 22-year-old “Party in the USA” singer went on to slam Christians who believe Noah’s Ark was a real vessel: “That’s ******* insane,” she told the magazine. “We’ve outgrown that fairy tale, like we’ve outgrown ******* Santa and the tooth fairy.”   The former Disney Channel star also criticized her parent’s political views, calling them  “conservative-ass ********-*******.” Cyrus revealed that she views her gender identity as “fluid,” and told her mother that she was attracted to women when she was just 14 years old. source

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Is Sexual Purity Possible In A Hyper-Sexualized World?

This article is going to begin with a confession and end with a challenge.

“And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man.” 2 Samuel 12:7 (KJV)

There are areas in my Christian life where I do very well. Witnessing, sharing the gospel with the lost and prodigal both through this website and on the streets, fulfilling the Great Commission are all some of the gifts that the Lord has given me and I exercise them often. I love to tell people about Jesus. I am not a pastor, I have no church, am not part of the clergy. I am just a beggar telling other beggars where the Bread is.

But sadly, however, there are two areas in my life where I do not do well. Everyone has besetting sins, but they don’t usually like to talk about them. No one enjoys discussing their failures. But if anything I can share will help another brother or sister who is struggling, and God can get the glory from it, then good. And maybe it will help me too in the process.

 

My two main sin hotspots are sexual temptation and alcohol. I have done better with conquering alcohol than I have with resisting sexual temptation, but not by much. I will go for years at a time with never even one sip of alcohol, but invariably, a moment will arise even after years where I again find myself with a beer in my hand. Conviction sets in and the process of cleaning up starts again. Before I was saved I never had the desire to quit drinking, and since I have been saved it’s been a struggle. I may not get the permanent victory here in the life, but I know I will in the life to come in Heaven with the Lord. How I long for that Day!

Sexually, I have been a mess since I was about 10 years old. It was an important year for me for two reasons. Its the age where I was introduced to “girlie magazines”, pornography, and it’s also the age where I was sexually assaulted by my closet homosexual piano teacher. Even just typing to words still brings tears to my eyes even after all this time. How well I can still feel his hot breath on shoulder, and his peculiar “old man” smell as each week he would slide his hands down into my pants. Anymore than that is none of your business, but I think that’s enough to get the idea. After a few weeks of this, I told my mom I “just didn’t feel like taking piano lessons anymore”, and she mercifully allowed me to quit. But the scars remained, and do remain till this day. Some of the closest people to me in my life have not heard this about me until just now, and my prayer is that it will help just one other person to step out of the shadows, plead the Blood, and get clean.

As my life progressed, sexual impurity was a constant companion. The world sees nothing wrong with this type of behavior, and in fact, applauds it and rewards it. Kim Kardashian became a multimillionaire after releasing a video of her having sex. Fornication. Sex sells just about everything we look at in magazines, on television, in the movies, and at the ball game. It’s anywhere and everywhere.

I got saved in 1990, and for the first time in my life I experienced what true forgiveness was all about. And for the first time since high school, I became sober and stopped fornicating. But the hooks that were put in at such a young age would not be removed so easily, and the struggle began. It is a struggle that endures now 25 years after receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour. The Apostle Paul says this:

“For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” Romans 7:15,18 (KJV)

The Bible is well aware of our struggle against sin, and acknowledges that it is no easy battle. When a person gets saved, sometimes the Lord just removes a certain sin from our life like it was never there. And other times, He for whatever His reasons are, will allow us to struggle with something because He knows it’s for our good and for His glory. I will not pretend to know why God does a lot of the things He does, I just know He is always right, always fair, and always merciful to all those who call upon His Name.

Today in 2015, I have come face to face with the reality that I have failed when it comes to the biblical command of sexual purity. And it grieves me to the point where the Lord has laid upon my heart to write this article. I have fornicated when the Bible has told me not to. I have sent and received sexually impure text and picture messages when the Bible has told me not to, and you know what? I am sick and tired of not getting the victory promised me as a Blood-washed Christian. I refuse to live like this one day longer. Like Jacob, I am wrestling with the Lord and will not quit until He gives me the blessing I am asking Him for. The trash is going to the curb.

Now how about you? I said that this article would end with a challenge, and here it is. Over the past 6 years, so many Christians have written to me and shared their struggles with me. I have been given first-hand accounts of women who cheated on the their husbands, and husbands who strayed from their wives. I personally know women who have struggles with lesbian temptations and men who are desperately fighting a same-sex attraction because the Bible calls it sin. I know some bitter, hardened people who are being eaten alive by the sin of pride. Every single of them born again, saved Christians.

I think one reason why there is so much struggle and so little victory is because we surround ourselves with temptation. If I right now deleted every account profile of my Facebook friends of women who have “boob shots” and bikini pics, my friend count would drop about 10-15% immediately. I have about 5,000 friends, you do the math. Nearly every television show includes references and visualizations of fornication, and yet we watch them anyway. Turn on your favorite football game, and the barely-dressed cheerleaders are shown every couple of minutes over a three hour period. Our society is saturated with it.

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6 (KJV)

Society is never going to change, in fact, Bible prophecy says it will only get worse the closer we get to the Rapture. I believe that that Day is almost here, and I know I can do better as a Christian living pure for the Lord. God’s word promises me that I can. So today, I challenge you to join me in cleaning up the filth in our lives. Open up your phone, and delete everything that Jesus would not approve of. Go through your social media accounts and remove profiles that only serve to tempt and lead you astray. Some of the greatest boxing matches of all time were won by efforts in the 15th round when the fight was almost over. This is no different.

Has someone wronged you? The Bible says to forgive them. Do you know a fallen brother or sister? The Bible commands us to help them back up again. Paul says this about that very thing:

“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” Galatians 6:1 (KJV)

If we are honest, the command to restore a fallen brother or sister is equally as hard to do as living sexually pure and sober lives. One of our greatest weaknesses as Christians is that we stink at forgiving others. Are you living a completely victorious-over-sin life today? Great! Now go out and help someone who needs help lifting themselves out of the mud of sin. But if you are honest, there are things in your spiritual closet that need to be thrown out in the trash. I received emails just this week from some brothers and sisters in Christ who are struggling with sin, losing the battle and asked me for prayer. I did pray for them, and then went the extra mile. I decided to write about my struggles and my failures in the hopes that I will get the victory, and that others will too in their own lives.

I have recently been on my face before God, confessing my sins and asking for forgiveness for the thoughts that are in my head, and for some of the junk that comes out of my mouth. I am not a sexually pure person, not since the age of 10, but that’s going to change. I am counting on the same God that forgave King David to do the same for me, and to give me the same victory. And I just did something that I have never done before in my life. With tears in my eyes, I prayed and forgave my piano teacher, hoping that he was saved before he died. And hard as it was to do, really hard, I truly meant it. I don’t wish Hell on anyone, not even him. Forgiveness changes everything.

“They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” John 8:4,5,7 (KJV)

Who do you need to forgive today? I think that the worst, hardest-to-fight sin of them all is pride. Maybe that’s why the Lord lets us struggle, to learn how to be humble and to understand that we are no better than anyone else. Don’t hate a brother or sister who sins different than you. All sin is equal, it’s pride that tells you otherwise.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (KJV)

Maybe if we truly started doing what Jesus would do, the Church could be a spiritual powerhouse which, sadly, it is not. I think one reason is because of our lack of forgiveness of others. That festers like a cancer inside us, causing nothing but bitterness. Let the shed Blood of Jesus Christ wash it away from you today.

The war is real, the battle is hot and the time is short. To the fight!

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Mudslides kill 13 in Nepal – region also struck by a 5.3 magnitude quake

Posted: 12 Jun 2015 08:13 AM PDT

At least 13 people died and many more are missing after mudslides hit villages reeling from April’s earthquake, authorities said Thursday. A dozen landslides triggered by torrential rain have hit six villages in the Taplejung district in eastern Nepal, said Surendra Bhattarai, the assistant chief district officer. Nineteen people remain missing, he said. Dozens of families have been taken to safer areas as security forces and police search for survivors. The April earthquake killed thousands, and was Nepal’s worst natural disaster in more than eight decades. –CNN

Another quake: An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale hit Nepal on Thursday night, a media report said on Friday. The National Seismological Centre of Nepal said that the epicenter of Thursday’s quake was in Sindhupalchowk district, 65 km off Kathmandu, Xinhua news agency reported. The quake is considered an aftershock of the April 25 temblor that devastated Nepal and claimed over 8,500 lives. Sindhupalchowk was one of the worse-hit districts in the massive quake of April 25. According to officials, the people have been experiencing three to four mild tremors almost every day in Nepal since the devastating earthquake. EP

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Tornado capsized doomed Chinese cruise ship – which killed 434 peoplePosted: 12 Jun 2015 07:45 AM PDT

A tornado caused the Eastern Star cruise ship to capsize on the Yangtze River in China earlier this week, the China Meteorological Administration said Wednesday. The report emerged as Chinese authorities escalated efforts to recover more than 400 people believed to be trapped inside the overturned boat, deploying scores of additional divers Wednesday.

Meteorologists said the tornado was rated an EF-1 with wind speeds of 86-100 mph when it struck the vessel late Monday. It was about a half-mile wide and lasted for about 15 to 20 minutes in a part of China that commonly sees twisters. Only 14 of the 456 passengers and crew on board the ship have been found alive as of Wednesday morning. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said the bodies of 26 victims have been recovered. Many of the passengers were elderly tourists taking in the scenic vistas of the Yangtze on a cruise from Nanjing, in the east, to Chongqing, in the southwest. The disaster happened in the Hubei province county of Jianli, about halfway between the two cities. FULL REPORT

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Military Records and Veterans’ Data Stolen

Posted: 12 Jun 2015 07:37 AM PDT

A major union says the cyber theft of employee information is more damaging than it first appeared, asserting that hackers stole personnel data and Social Security numbers for 4 million current and former federal workers . The Obama administration had acknowledged that up to 4 million current and former employees whose information resides in the Office of Personnel Management server are affected by the December cyber breach, but it had been vague about exactly what was taken.

But J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said in a letter Thursday to OPM director Katherine Archuleta that based on incomplete information OPM provided to the union, “we believe that the Central Personnel Data File was the targeted database, and that the hackers are now in possession of all personnel data for every federal employee, every federal retiree, and up to 1 million former federal employees.” FULL REPORT

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‘It Is Absolutely Astounding How the Holy Spirit Is Working Around the World’Posted: 11 Jun 2015 11:08 AM PDT

Disgraced journalists who’ve fabricated, exaggerated and stolen content for publication while working in secular media aren’t alone in their disregard for truth-telling. Christian writers fall prey to the same temptations, according to a journalism professor at Grace College and Seminary, where students’ work is routinely checked with computer software that detects plagiarism.

Dr. Terry White, who teaches advanced news-writing at the Indiana-based Bible school, requires his students to pen stories about reporters—including Christians—who’ve fallen from grace inside newsrooms at the New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today. An author himself, White speaks to Christian writers telling them that, in an age of moral relativism and cultural decline, truth is still a godly virtue that flows from holding to a biblical world view. FULL REPORT

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Russia threatens ‘consequences’ if US deploys missiles in Europe

Posted: 11 Jun 2015 11:02 AM PDT

Russia on Thursday warned the United States of consequences if it moves to deploy land-based missiles in Europe in contravention of a key Cold-War era arms control treaty. “It is clear that such actions would mean complete destruction by the American side of the regime of the treaty with all its attendant consequences,” the Russian foreign ministry said, referring to the 1987 INF treaty on intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles.

“We urge the United States to ensure the full implementation of the INF, (and) not to threaten the feasibility of this document,” the ministry said in a statement. The two countries have accused each other of violating the treaty signed by US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. US defence officials said last week Washington is considering a range of moves to counter Russia’s alleged violation of the treaty, including bolstering missile defences or deploying land-based missiles in Europe. FULL REPORT

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Scientists just got the first close-up look at some perplexing white spots in space, and they’re more mystified than ever

Posted: 11 Jun 2015 10:56 AM PDT

Last March, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft made history when it became the first mission to ever orbit a dwarf planet. Before Dawn, the best images we had of the dwarf planet Ceres were taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in the early 2000s from a distance of 257 million miles away.

And about the only thing these fuzzy photos were good for was to spark one of the most outstanding questions in astronomy today: What is that bright, white dot?As Dawn approached Ceres earlier this year, it snapped pictures that slowly but surely resolved the white dot so scientists at least had some idea of its size. This photo was taken on January 25 when Dawn was 147,000 miles away: FULL REPORT

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This Coming Week Could Could Seal The Fate Of Greece

Posted: 11 Jun 2015 10:49 AM PDT

International creditors sent Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras home from a summit Thursday with a clear message: swiftly tone down your demands in the bailout talks over the next week or face financial ruin. The International Monetary Fund took the toughest stance, saying it was bringing its negotiators back to Washington as there had been no sign of compromise.

“There has been no progress in narrowing these differences,” IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said Thursday. “There are major differences between us in most key areas.” The creditors – the IMF and Greece’s fellow eurozone states – want the country to commit to new economic reforms before they pay out another 7.2 billion euros ($8.2 billion). Athens needs the money to repay debts worth 1.6 billion euros at the end of the month and later this summer. FULL REPORT

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‘Homeland Security’ Secretly Videotaping Citizens to ‘Predict Crime’Posted: 11 Jun 2015 10:40 AM PDT

Traveling through the T. F. Green Airport of Providence, Rhode Island? If so, the Department of Homeland Security may be collecting video of you as part of a project to sniff out behavioral indicators of “malicious intent.” In other words, the DHS wants to use video images of passengers to predict crimes. On Tuesday, the DHS quietly released online a “privacy impact assessment” that provides the legal justification for an ongoing experiment it is calling “Data Collection for the Centralized Hostile Intent Project.”

The 14-page document, reviewed in full by WND, reveals the DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate will conduct an exercise at the Providence airport at an undisclosed date. The DHS is planning to collect video images at designated areas throughout the airport, including at TSA security checkpoints, ticket counters, baggage claim and the airport entrance. No audio will be recorded at any time, states the document. FULL REPORT

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Christian Headlines Daily – Friday, June 12, 2015

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Top Headlines

American Killed Fighting ISIS in Syria

Christians Suspect Islamic State Influencing Muslims in Palestinian Territories, Israel

Saeed Abedini Beaten in Prison, Told the Only Way Out is to Deny Christ

Pope Francis Moves to Hold Bishops Accountable in Sex Abuse Crisis

Pentagon Embraces Homosexuality Allowing Gays to Serve Country in Open

Australian Couple Vows to Get a Divorce if Gay Marriage is Legalized

Baghdad: 70 Percent of Christian Homes Illegally Seized

Eritrea’s Gross Religious Freedom Violations Force Many to Flee, UN Report Says

100-Year-Old Woman Sews Over 1,000 Dresses for African Girls

Jep Robertson Reveals Past Sex Abuse

Opinion

Can You Affirm LGBT People and Still be an Evangelical?

Are Christians Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage?

Christianity Sees Explosive Growth in China

Church Discipline Gone Wrong: More Common than You Think

Which Way, Evangelicals? There is Nowhere to Hide on Gay Marriage


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June 12, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Christian Blog/Article Collection

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The Church is Called to Worship God, Not Change the World

I’m not saying that we don’t pray to this end and do what we can. What I’m saying is that this is not the purpose of the church. If God chooses to use us to change the culture, wonderful. But if not, then we must trust Him in His greater purposes. Men who preach that we are to change the culture put unrealistic expectations on the lives of the flock. We’re sheep, not Iron Man, called by God to follow Christ, not to change that which we have no power to change.

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A Day Late, A Dollar Short

The saddest part of Campolo’s change of mind, however, is that it will not be enough, as early responses from the gay community already indicate. Even a moment’s reflection on the Bruce Jenner affair or a casual conversation with a teenager would reveal to him that the gay issue is, as far as the secular world is considered, done and dusted. All Campolo has done as an evangelical is modify his sexual ethics to conform to the comfortable, safe, middle-class tastes of modern America. He will shock no-one but evangelicals—and, I might add, only evangelicals unfamiliar with his other work.

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The President Once More Declares Traditional Christians to Be Bigots and Enemies of the State

On and on the list goes, and it will only get worse because Supreme Court appointees (mostly of Obama and Clinton) will ensure that “gay marriage” becomes the law of the land, even though such action is clearly legislating from the bench without constitutional authority. Christians who previously cast their ballot for politicians who promoted the “LGBT” agenda are now causing us all to reap the political whirlwind. It is already late in the hour of protecting our rights as free citizens of this great republic. Act for our children’s sake while you still can.

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Gay Marriage Is Not About Gay Marriage

There’s hardly any group in the world that has the level of public acceptance, validation, approval, and empathy now enjoyed by homosexuals. They’ve certainly got far more recognition, protection, and promotion than evangelical Christians anywhere. So why can’t they leave such Christians alone? What more do they want or need?

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Not Your Average Paedobaptism

But if the new covenant sign of baptism represents only cleansing and conversion, one significant example throws a wrench into that idea: Jesus’s baptism (Matt. 3:13–17). Under a paedobaptist reading, Jesus gets baptized as one coming from the old covenant (Luke 2:21) into the new. He received baptism not because he needed to be cleansed, nor because he experienced “conversion,” but because as both covenantal cause and covenantal recipient, he ushered in a new covenant with a new covenant sign for both him and his people (Mark 10:39).

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The Duggars and the Evil Outside

The reason we shelter our kids shouldn’t simply be that there’s evil outside, but also that there’s evil inside. The line of good and evil runs through every human heart, as Solzhenitsyn once said. No one is immune to temptation. No child is a tabula rasa. We’re born in sin and, apart from the grace of Christ, we’ll die in sin. That’s why we need a Savior who rescues us, not a shelter that protects us.

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Understanding The Final Days

The Book of Revelation–The Revelation of Jesus Christ–is a crucial, yet confusing book. It is the unveiling of the events on the earth in the final years before the return of Jesus Christ–and a warning to Christians to stand firm in the face of persecution. The Book is the most difficult one to understand in […]

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Another Ordinary Pastor

Earlier this week, Tim Challies linked to this article. In the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, each year the synod reads aloud obituaries of pastors who died in the past year. It is a way of honouring God’s faithfulness to them and an encouragement to ministers who are still serving. This is one of them. Born […]

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Lines are drawn. Which side are you on?

It has been an interesting week to say the least. The co-founder of Red Letter Christians, Tony Campolo, has finally come out and publicly acknowledged what many of us suspected for a long time—his full time endorsement for LGBT inclusion and acceptance within Biblical Christianity. And a worship leader at Bill Hybels’ Willow Creek Church […]

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The Gospel is about Words

by Founders Ministries Blog

We cannot preach the gospel without words. We can demonstrate it, beautify it, give credibility to its power, and illustrate it through faithful, holy lives. And indeed, we must! But we cannot preach it, proclaim it, announce it, testify of it, or explain it without words.

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Developing Yourself in Bivocational Ministry

by Philip Nation

You need an intentional plan for personal leadership development and developing others as leaders. But to do so as a bivocational minister takes on a different track.

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You Can Almost Always Trace Legalism Back to This

by Stephen Altrogge

Because life is complicated, there are times when I want someone to spell things out for me. It makes it so much easier. But the problem with this approach is that it almost always creates legalism.

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10 Biblical Truths to Overcome Sinful Anger

by Association of Biblical Counselors

As God’s children, we can all make this journey of change together. Here are some things I have learned over the years in my fight against sinful anger. Understanding and applying these truths to your own life will help you overcome sinful anger and see sustained fruit.

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5 Ways to Deal with “Carnal Christians”

by Brian Croft

Pastors, how do we deal with this type of person in our churches? Those who profess Christ, but whose lives do not reflect it?

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Leftist Debate: Only One Voice Allowed

by Bill Muehlenberg

Whenever you hear lefties talk about the need for open and honest debate, you can usually count on them to mean that only their point of view should be heard. It is all one-way traffic with these folks: they want to fill the airwaves and monopolise the media, and ban any dissenting viewpoints.

That is the left’s definition of free debate. And it happens all the time. The left is not interested in what the other side says or believes. What it wants is complete domination of the public arena, where differing views are squashed and censored.

This tells us all we need to know about the paucity of their arguments and the shallowness of their positions. If they are not able to allow genuine free exchange of ideas, then you know their ideology is bankrupt. But that is always how they operate: stifle dissent and shout down opposing opinions.

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Michael Gungor’s “Liturgists” Group Charging 100 People $300 to Question Christian Beliefs

The role model in the Christian music scene who doesn’t believe that the book of Genesis is true, the guy who claims Jesus was not quite being honest with his disciples (or perhaps was mistaken) about the accounts of Noah, Jonah, the flood, Adam and Eve and other Scripture verses our Lord quoted, is among […]

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5 Most Abused Christian Terms

by Bill Muehlenberg

It is a general rule of life that the more important or valuable something is, the more chances are it will be abused and misused. The greater something is, the more it will be attacked and slandered and misrepresented. So we would expect that Christianity would receive such treatment on a regular basis – and it does.

The Christian faith is regularly abused and misused, as are key Christian terms and concepts. And sadly this is not just being done by non-Christians, but by believers as well. We have managed to mangle and manhandle basic Christian truth and doctrines time and time again.

So let me offer five key terms and words of the Christian faith which are being abused every day. Sure, there would be other such terms we could add to the list, but certainly these five would be leading contenders on any thinking Christian’s list.

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4 Key Points Christian Kids Need to Understand About Evolution

by Natasha Crain

The other day, I saw a post on Facebook from a mom who was concerned because her teenage daughter was turning away from God after learning about evolution. The mom was considering pulling her out of public school because she wasn’t sure what to do about it.

It breaks my heart when I see parents who feel unequipped to dialogue with their kids about evolution and age of the Earth issues. These questions are so crucial for parents to be able to discuss with their kids that I devoted 8 of the 40 questions in my book to explaining the scriptural and scientific considerations at stake.

Today I want to bring to light four key points I think Christian parents need to make sure their kids understand about evolution, but are often left unaddressed. This post could easily have been 101 things kids need to understand about evolution, but that would be another book! This is far from comprehensive, but I hope it will get the conversation going.

1. Evolution isn’t necessarily an anti-Christian concept.

A lot of Christian parents think of evolution as a dirty word. They immediately assume it’s the antithesis of Christianity and are quick to state their opposition to everything associated with it.

But the word evolution, in its most basic sense, simply means that a species has undergone genetic change over time (a species is a group of organisms capable of interbreeding—for example, humans are a species and dogs are a species). This basic concept of evolution isn’t controversial at all. Genetic change within species is a well-documented fact that scientists can observe within a human lifetime.

Christians of every viewpoint (young-Earth creationists, old-Earth creationists, and theistic evolutionists) all agree that evolution, in this sense, takes place (sometimes people refer to this as “microevolution”).

What is controversial is whether the same mechanism that drives change within a species is capable of changing one species into another (sometimes called “macroevolution”). Ultimately, evolutionists claim that all species on Earth today descend from a single species that lived 3.5 billion years ago. This is the claim most Christians object to.

When Christian parents negatively overreact to the mere idea of evolution, they can quickly lose credibility with their kids for not understanding and interacting with the issues more deeply. Our kids need us to understand what they are learning and how to process it scientifically and scripturally. If this is an area you don’t feel confident talking to your kids about, it’s important to get up to speed…

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4 Key Points Christian Kids Need to Understand About Evolution


Cold Case Christianity: Is the Bible Reliable? (Podcast)

In this blast from the past, J. Warner Wallace reviews the evidence and case for the reliability of the Bible without using the four point template he offers in Cold-Case Christianity. Are there any good reasons to believe the Bible has been transmitted to us accurately and contains a reliable record of the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus?

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Openly gay Willow Creek leader to speak at Matthew Vines’ conference

by Marsha West

Amy Spreeman, co-host of Stand Up For The Truth, reports:

Kicking off today in Atlanta is the Reformation Project conference designed to train and equip leaders to advocate for homosexual Christians. Among those leading: an openly gay worship leader from Willow Chicago, a satellite campus of the well-known Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., pastored by Bill Hybels.

The worship leader, Darren Calhoun, has issued a statement through Willow Creek:

I’m a follower of Jesus,” Calhoun wrote. “My church community is Willow Chicago, the downtown campus of Willow Creek Community Church. There, I’ve served as a volunteer for eight years in various parts of our arts ministries including leading worship. … I’m also gay. As a Christian, I’ve been on a long journey to reconcile the reality of my orientation with the various views that the church world has on the topic of people who are attracted to the same sex. … At Willow, I was able to begin a journey of celibacy and prayerfully discerning what that means for my life.

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5 Ways to Spot a Drama Queen

by Erin Davis | 6/11/15

Proverbs 26 dishes out some pretty serious advice about how to spot a drama queen. Check it out.

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Ever wonder why there are so many competing views about the timing of our Lord’s return? Well, I can tell you that in the end, there can be only one, because only one will actually play out. That said, there is a growing and persistent shift away from the Pre-Tribulation view of the Rapture, and that should be disturbing in and of itself.

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No Perfect Fathers (or Mothers)

My father was not a fan of Father’s Day.

He appreciated grateful children as much as any father does. However, he didn’t want our family to spend money on gifts he considered frivolous: ties he didn’t need, books he wouldn’t read, and doodads he couldn’t use


God Is Moving in China

Yesterday I told you about the growth of Christianity in the Muslim world. Today on BreakPoint: What God is doing in China.
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The Fascist Left and Same-Sex Marriage


Autogynephilia

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The Self-Defeating Logic of Transgenderism


Threshing the wheat

Christian Americans live in a threshing time. The Obama regime has created a legal and social climate in which nominal Christians feel it’s safe to express their true views. The current state of the culture wars is having a sorting action on the evangelical church (as well as the church of Rome).
i) On the one hand, you have “progressive Christians” like David Gushee and Tony Campolo who feel right at home in the new climate.
ii) On the other hand, you have professing Christians like Michael Bird, Andy Stanley, and Adrian Warnock who are morally and theologically confused.
Take Warnock. He seems to be a nice, sincere Christian. But he’s playing checkers in the Hunger Games. He has no inking of how campaigns against “homophobia” and “transphobia” are just a cover for a secular pogrom. “Gay wedding cakes” &c. are the iron fist in the velvet glove. Start out with some seemingly innocuous demand. But that’s not what it’s really about. It’s a prelude to repression.
That’s a different sorting effect than (i). Warnock is well-meaning, but he can’t rise to the challenge.
There are people who can function well within a moral structure which is imposed by a tradition that’s wiser than themselves. When, however, that structure is removed, and they must define the moral boundaries on their own, they are at a loss.
iii) Then you have many Americans of various ideological stripes who disagree with political correctness, but keep their mouths shut for fear of reprisal if they buck the system. Although that’s a win for the fascists, it’s like the waning days of communism, where very few people believed in the “revolution.” That accounted for the precipitous collapse of communism. There were so few true believers left, since it was based on intimidation rather than persuasion.
Political correctness has to be coercive because it’s so unnatural. So counterintuitive. Without coercion, the pendulum automatically swings back to its natural center of gravity. It takes constant vigilance, constant coercion, to enforce political correctness. For that’s not how even most unbelievers normal think and behave.
In that respect, political correctness is always at a disadvantage. Beleaguered Christians who feel that we are losing the culture wars need to keep that in mind.

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Albert Mohler on How to Survive a Moral Revolution

In the last few decades we have witnessed a massive moral shift in Western culture, not least in the realm of sexuality. How should we think about it? And how should we respond? To help, Albert Mohler talked with TGC’s Mark Mellinger.

Watch the full nine-minute video to hear Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, explain how in the span of a generation an entire moral understanding was reversed, what Christian faithfulness looks like in our day, and more.

Below you can read an abbreviated transcript with an outline of timestamps from their conversation.

Moral Revolution and the Need for a Christian Counter-Culture from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.


[0:17] How did in the span of a generation an entire moral understanding in North America become reversed? And how did this moral revolution happen so fast?

We’ve never experienced anything like this. . . . And the bottom line is that no part of the culture is going to be left untouched. . . . We haven’t had any moral revolution on this scale in human history.

The first Christian answer is secularization. . . . This could only have happened after modernity had so shifted the worldview of most of the people in what we might would call the industrialized world. . . . That’s made all these changes inevitable.

[2:03] Is sexual identity and gender freedom viewed as the trump card? Is this the highest moral good?

I would almost put it in the reverse: the one thing this culture you can’t do is limit sexual or limit gender expression or sexual expression. I don’t think most people would say, “That is the greatest good.” I think most people would not go so far as to say, “That’s the one thing I’d live and die for, but it’s the one thing you can’t regulate, it’s the one thing you can’t infringe upon.” That’s more or less in writing now.

[3:10] How does sexual expression relate to other topics not obviously related?

It’s because sexual expression and sexual intimacy is so central to human life eventually it will touch everything.

[4:54] What does faithful Christian witness look like in this rapidly changing culture?

The first thing we have to recognize is that Christ established a church. He didn’t establish Christianity; he established a church. And the church is by biblical definition the great counter-culture—it should always be the great counter-culture. And one of the things we’re looking back at is the fact that we were living in an artificial age, an age of nominal and cultural Christianity, an age when the culture at least thought it agreed with us, and needed us, and wanted us, and validated us. And we got pretty accustomed to that.

But the Christian church when it has been depicted in the New Testament and when we see it on its growing edge where it’s found in the world is not found where it’s in cultural comfort but in cultural discomfort. And the church has that great sign of contradiction. It’s going to be the great challenge for us: how to be a truly Christian counter-culture.

[6:01] Should Christians keep the pieces of the old moral understanding or fight for it in the realm of politics? Is this fruitful in our day in age?

Whether or not it’s fruitful, done in the right way, it’s faithful. If we really do love God and love neighbor then we hope for, pray for, and we must strive for a social order that will lead to human flourishing and to human happiness. We don’t believe that’s going to happen by joining in validating this revolution.

We also don’t operate on the false hope that somehow we’re just an election away from national revival or from somehow just one clincher argument from the culture agreeing with us. So it’s a long, persistent faithfulness. There are public policy issues that we’ve got to speak to and we need to speak to them; but we’ve got to speak to them without the triumphalism that has so often, frankly, marked Christians in the public square—and without the hurt feelings and the sense of cultural loss that builds a lot of resentment among Christians. We don’t have any right to be resentful. We weren’t promised the culture.

[7:31] What practical encouragement would you offer younger generations for the coming decades?

I think one word is obviously faithfulness is our goal. Faithfulness is our mandate. We’re not promised success. We’re not promised the culture. We’re instead called to faithfulness. And faithfulness produces opportunities that cultural comfort wouldn’t give us. Faithfulness in this context is going to provide opportunities.


“Gay Marriage: Evidence That the Nation Is in the Biblically Foretold Age of Apostasy” by Dr. James Taylor

A friend emailed me this link to a news article. She said it has been published on Yahoo but was taken down very quickly. It is hosted on CNS News (a conservative news site).


My Journey Out Of The Word Of Faith

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The audio from the program is now available here for listening and download.

Chris Arnzen writes:

June 4, 2015: TODAY’s GUEST on “IRON SHARPENS IRON” Radio, heard 4-5pmEDT at http://www.IronSharpensIronRadio.com, is PASTOR JOHN SAMSON of King’s Church in Peoria, AZ (see http://www.KingsChurchAZ.com & http://www.EffectualGrace.com) to discuss his JOURNEY OUT OF THE WORD OF FAITH MOVEMENT INTO REFORMED THEOLOGY. John was not only once a “Word of Faith” preacher but also a TALK HOST on the “Word of Faith” movement’s TV oasis, the Trinity Broadcasting Network, before realizing, abandoning & repenting of his heretical ways.

John has filled-in as guest host for Dr. James R. White of Alpha and Omega Ministries on a number of occasions on his “Dividing Line” broadcast, and is the author of “Twelve What Abouts: Answering Common Objections Concerning God’s Sovereignty in Election”.

Back in September 2014, I hosted Dr. James White’s “Dividing Line” Broadcast and discussed something of my journey out of the word of faith movement.


The Biggest Heresy of All Time (Are You Guilty of It?)

I’ve been called a heretic before. I imagine that most people who teach or write about Scripture and theology have been condemned as a heretic at least once or twice. ⇦ Tweet that!

People get condemned as a heretic for not believing in the Trinity, or that Jesus was God incarnate, or that the Bible is not inspired or inerrant.

Others get condemned as a heretic for questioning whether or not Genesis 1-2 teaches creationism, or whether there will be a future rapture of the church.

There are all sorts of ways of getting condemned as a heretic.

Burned at the StakeIn times past, believing some of these things could have gotten you burned at the stake.

Ironically, if one commits the greatest heresy of all time, nobody will even raise an eyebrow, point a finger, or call you to account. ⇦ Tweet that!

Nobody has ever been fired from their job, burned at the stake, or excommunicated from church for believing the greatest heresy ever.

And what is this great heresy that nobody cares about?

The greatest heresy of all time is the lack of love toward others. ⇦ Tweet that!

Why do I say this is the greatest heresy?

Because love is the only thing that matters in Bible knowledge and theology.

In fact, love is the litmus test for true biblical and theological knowledge.

If what you believe about God and the Bible does not lead you to love others more, then what you believe is not true. ⇦ Tweet that!

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Speaking the Truth in Love

In Ephesians 4:15, Paul writes about speaking the truth in love. I used to think that while one could speak the truth but not be loving, it was impossible to be loving without being truthful.

I no longer believe this.

I now believe that if one truly knows the truth, they will be loving. If there is no love, then there is no truth. ⇦ Tweet that!

If truth is truly true, it will also be loving. If truth is not loving, it is missing most of the truth that makes it true.

The Love Chapter

But beyond this, what Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13 is most instructive.

He says that if we have all knowledge – you know, if we can recite the Bible forward and backward, and can argue theology with the best theologians in the world, and can read Karl Barth, and can debate about infra- supra- and sub- lapsarianism, – but have not love, then we have nothing.

You see? Without love, there is no truth.

In this way, the lack of love is the worst heresy we can have.

A Lack of Love is the Greatest Heresy of All Time

no love the greatest heresyBut what makes the lack of love even more heretical, is that a lack of love often leads religious people to do horrendous and hurtful things “in the name of Jesus,” which makes these actions not just heretical, but satanic and evil.

If two people are performing the exact same hateful actions, but one is doing it “in the name of Jesus,” it is this one whose actions are more evil and satanic than the first.

If I hate a person because I’m mean, well, then that’s just mean. But if I hate a person because “Jesus told me to hate him,” this is not just mean, this is satanically mean.

This is why the lack of love – especially the lack of love from people who claim to follow Jesus – is the worst heresy in all of human history.

When we hate and hurt and kill “in Jesus name” – we are the greatest arch-heretics the world has ever seen. ⇦ Tweet that!

Which is worse: to teach others that Jesus was not God, or to burn such a person “in the name of Jesus” for not believing that Jesus is God?

While the first person might be wrong about the nature of Jesus, the second person is completely wrong about everything related to Jesus, for if they think that Jesus wants them to burn people who don’t understand Him, then they haven’t understood the first thing about Him, and should incinerate themselves first.

So Do You Love?

So stop asking if you know the truth. The real question is, “Do you love?”

Truth leads to love and love indicates truth. If you have love, then you know the truth.

And stop asking to see a church’s doctrinal statement or inquiring about whether or not an author, blogger, or teacher is “doctrinally sound.” The real question is this: “Are they loving?” If so, you can bet that they are living in truth as well.

So stop seeking the truth. Seek love instead, and you get truth thrown in. ⇦ Tweet that!

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Africa Infested by Health and Wealth Teaching

Editors’ note: This series examines the prosperity gospel every Thursday and Friday during the month of June. We explore the theology, sociology, and international influence of this popular but aberrant teaching. The Gospel Coalition International Outreach (IO) is partnering with African authors and publishers to create a resource that biblically examines the prosperity gospel and that will be distributed free across Africa and beyond. In Prosperity? Finding the True Gospel, African pastors Michael Otieno Maura, Ken Mbugua, and Conrad Mbewe are joined by John Piper and Wayne Grudem in pointing pastors and other Christians beyond the deceptions of prosperity theology to the true gospel of Jesus Christ. TGC-IO aims to raise $50,000 by July 1, at which time they will receive an all-or-nothing matching grant to complete the project. For more details or to give to this worthy project, see the relief project page.

Previously:


While the prosperity gospel traces its theological, philosophical, and sociological roots to the United States, its most prominent teachers (e.g., Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, and the aptly-named Creflo Dollar) have made it a leading American export across the globe. Today, health and wealth teaching is proliferating at an alarming rate in Latin America and in many countries across the African continent.

Jeff Atherstone has witnessed the spread of prosperity theology in Africa over the past decade. Atherstone serves as president of Africa Renewal University (ARU)   in Uganda. He’s served in that Sub-Saharan country as a missionary since 2006 and was among the founders of ARU. Before moving to Uganda, Atherstone served as a church planter on staff at Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, California.

TGC spoke with Atherstone about the challenges he faces in seeking to proclaim an orthodox gospel in a region overrun with false teaching.

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Check out

Blogs

The Puritan Hard Drive – A Review | Reformation21 Blog
If you buy it, does it stop tracking you all over the Internet?

R.C. and Vesta
Beautiful testimony to the beauty of Christian marriage.

Where Faith Goes to Die | Gentle Reformation
Seminary and Presbytery need not mean deadly and boring.

Sources for Caesar and Jesus Compared | The Gospel Coalition

Culture

Same-sex “Marriage” and the Persecution of Christians in Canada | Crisis Magazine
A Catholic website but its commentary on the situation in Canada is a foretaste of things to come in the USA.

Friendly Fire: When Christian General Prays, All Hell Breaks Loose | PJ Lifestyle

The striking thing about the Yes camp was its intolerance | Independent.ie
Another brave article from Brendan O’Neill.

Sen. Mike Lee: Conserving Religious Liberty For All
Speech delivered at the Kirby center.

Bob Costas Points Out ESPN’s Courage Award To Caitlyn Jenner Is Absurd
Remember, even Balaam’s donkey spoke the truth once.

Ten Lies of the Devil The World Believes About Bruce Jenner | R.C. Sproul Jr.
R.C. Jr. on a roll.

Al Mohler On How To Survive A Moral Revolution

Roma Downey just won’t go away; continues to insult Jesus and Christians everywhere with new TV program

Mystic-Catholic Roma Downey just won’t go away. Now that she has found a money making machine in all things pseudo-Christian, she is going for the gold.


The Daily Discovery (June 12, 2015)

The Stain of Sin – “In the apostle John’s account of the Lord miraculously raising Lazarus from the dead, there’s a short statement that never fails to make church kids smirk. Always with an eye for practicality and propriety, Lazarus’s sister Martha urgently warned Christ, “Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days” (John 11:39 KJV).”

Is Your Loved One in Hell? On Preaching One into Heaven – “One of our contributors had a very sad week. One to whom they had been sharing the Gospel for some time, sent this text message – and it was the last test message sent to him, before the individual committed suicide…”

Which Way, Evangelicals? There is Nowhere to Hide – “The very first issue of Christianity Today is dated October 15, 1956. In his first editorial, Carl F. H. Henry set his course for the magazine: “Those who direct the editorial policy of Christianity Today unreservedly accept the complete reliability and authority of the written Word of God. It is their conviction that the Scriptures teach the doctrine of plenary inspiration.”

Going Against God “Just for Fun” – “I wrote this piece a few years ago to bring to light the sad fact that more and more Christians were becoming involved in occult practices. Well, nothing has changed since I wrote this. In fact, Christianity is infected with the deadly occult virus, thanks largely to so-called Christian leaders, to include pastors, elders, and Bible teachers.”

Duty, honor, country and gay pride? Pentagon opens “Pride Month” – “Steam is coming out of my ears. For the first time in 20 years the U.S. Army brass says it will not provide an honor guard from nearby Fort Gordon for Abilene Baptist Church’s annual Independence Day celebration because of a 2011 regulation instituted by the Obama Administration.”


SERMON:

James White – Truth and Love Conference


VIDEOS:

The Modern Church Worships Secular Humanism

Are You Doing God’s Will or Your Own?


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

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Should I Declare Bankruptcy?

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Q.  I’d like your help regarding a decision to declare bankruptcy. I have about $10,000 in credit card, medical and misc bills. I am on social security disability and after paying bills I’m not left with much to live on.  Would it be sinful for me to go ahead with a bankruptcy to get out from under this mess I got myself into? I’ve asked the Lord’s forgiveness for the ways I’ve spent my money but I feel a little uneasy about it. I’d really like to be responsible and pay off my debt instead of taking the easy way out. But I know it would take a long time and I’m already very discouraged about it.

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Why Do They Have To Wait?

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Q.  I have often wondered about this: Believers who have died during the Church Age will be resurrected and receive new bodies (incorruptible and immortal) at the same time, as when we are raptured (1 Cor. 15:51-53). Why only then, for those believers, who are already in heaven?  I always believed that after we die, we are immediately with Christ in heaven.  To be in heaven, I presume we need to be perfect, without “spot or blemish” etc. In other words, with new perfect bodies. Why is it then, that those believers who died in Christ, before the rapture, only get their new incorruptible bodies, when we get ours, when raptured, meeting them with Christ in the air?

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Was He Resurrected Or Not?

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Q.  Re: Jerusalem Post article on the tomb of Jesus being discovered.  I take God at his word-all the time. The fulfillment of prophecy also bolsters my faith. Learning to respond to the Holy Spirit’s leading has also bolstered my faith. Because the enemy will try to attack the believer’s faith with this supposed discovery could you give us some of your thoughts on this to use when fellow believers struggle with doubt.

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GTY Blog: The Stain of Sin

Code: B150612

by Jeremiah Johnson

In the apostle John’s account of the Lord miraculously raising Lazarus from the dead, there’s a short statement that never fails to make church kids smirk. Always with an eye for practicality and propriety, Lazarus’s sister Martha urgently warned Christ, “Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days” (John 11:39 KJV).

As we’ve already seen in this series [link to part 4], Lazarus’s resurrection is a vivid depiction of God’s work of salvation in the believer’s life. And even in his revived state, Lazarus—still draped in his foul grave clothes—bears a distinct similarity to the believer’s new life in Christ. As John MacArthur explains,

The story of Lazarus offers a particularly graphic illustration of our predicament as believers. We have been raised to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4). We “joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man” (Romans 7:22). Yet we cannot do what we desire (Galatians 5:17). “The wishing is present in [us], but the doing of the good is not” (Romans 7:18). We are held prisoner by the remnants of the very fallenness from which we have been redeemed (Romans 7:22). It is as if we were still bound in our grave clothes. . . .

There is, however, an important difference between our situation and the raising of Lazarus. His mummy suit came off immediately. It was merely a linen shroud. Fortunately, the corruption of death—such as the awful stench Martha feared—did not follow Lazarus forth from the grave.

Our predicament, however, cannot be resolved so quickly. It is not just a linen shroud that fastens itself to us, but a full-fledged carcass—Paul calls it “the body of this death” (Romans 7:24). It is the fleshly sin-principle that casts its pall over our glorious new lives throughout our earthly pilgrimage. It befouls our spiritual atmosphere, surrounding us with the fetid stink of sin. It no longer can dominate us like a ruthless tyrant, but it will plague us with temptation, torment, and grief until we are finally glorified.[1]John MacArthur, The Vanishing Conscience (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1994), pp. 212-213.

Even though we’ve been transformed through Christ’s redeeming work, we still bear the stains of our sinful past. Last time we considered how the Lord, through the Holy Spirit’s work of sanctification, diminishes the effect and influence of our sinful past.

But not all professing believers willingly submit to the refining work of sanctification. In fact, many reject the predicament altogether, instead adopting a cavalier attitude toward their sin and eschewing any rebuke or condemnation for it.

In past generations, defending that position usually meant invoking the idea of “carnal” Christians. Based on a misunderstanding of Paul’s rebuke in 1 Corinthians 2 and 3, many Christians have been led to believe that there are two classes of Christians—carnal and spiritual. Spiritual Christians display the evidence of their status through their godliness—righteous living and mature faith. On the other hand, carnal Christians make professions of faith, but remained mired in the sin and corruption of the world.

Today a similar idea is rapidly growing in popularity. When it comes to dealing with lingering sin in a believer’s life, the trendy solution is not to preach repentance and discipline, but to focus exclusively on the grace of God. Rather than dealing biblically with their sin—“Hacking Agag to Pieces” [embed link]—they argue that salvation releases us from any expectation of obedience to God’s law, and that God’s grace dissolves guilt and defuses conviction of sin in the believer’s life. It’s not the guilt of our sin, they argue, but the striving for righteousness that leads so many believers to spiritual frustration and despair. In fact, they try to shame other believers out of their pursuit of holiness by mislabeling it as works righteousness, that is, works done to earn God’s favor.

In his book, The Vanishing Conscience, John MacArthur warns against twisting God’s grace into an excuse.

God’s grace does not mean holiness is optional. There have always been people who abuse God’s grace by assuming it grants leeway for sin. Paraphrasing that philosophy, Paul writes, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase?” (Romans 6:1). If grace abounds most where sin is worst (Romans 5:20‑21), then doesn’t our sin only magnify the grace of God? Should we continue in sin so that God’s grace can be magnified?

“May it never be!” Paul answers in a phrase so emphatic that the King James Version renders it “God forbid!” The notion that anyone would use such an argument to condone sin was clearly offensive to Paul. “How shall we who died to sin still live in it?” (Romans 6:3).[2] The Vanishing Conscience, p. 134.

Sadly, this corruption of God’s grace isn’t restricted to the fringes of the church. It’s coming from some of the most popular speakers and authors in the evangelical movement today. And it’s a threat to the spiritual growth and godliness of the countless men and women caught up in its deception.

Next time, we’ll take a closer look at how they’re twisting and distorting God’s Word, and the threat their teaching poses to their followers.


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Barna Update | Dropouts, the Churchless and Secularization

Barna’s Must-Reads on Religious Decline in America

The recent release from Pew on religious affiliation in the U.S. and the continuing rise of the “Nones” confirms the trends Barna Group has identified over the past decade. Based on data from more than one hundred thousand interviews, Barna has found that religious identity is only one aspect of faith’s changing landscape. More than 30 years of studying Christian belief and activity in America has revealed that diminished church attendance is one of the first indicators of a waning faith. In other words, people usually drop out of church before they drop out of Christianity.

Dropouts are the canary in the coalmine of declining religious identity. And, while church attendance has been steadily on the decline for decades, Millennials in particular are dropping out of church at an accelerated pace.

To understand these trends—increasing churchlessness across all age groups, growing secularization and young adults dropping out of church and faith—read the most-referenced articles on https://www.barna.org that explore our research on these topics.

Churchlessness & Secularization

2015 State of Atheism in America

10 Facts About America’s Churchless

5 Trends Among the Unchurched

How Post-Christian Is America?

Young Adult Dropouts

3 Spiritual Journeys of Millennials

5 Myths about Young Adult Church Dropouts

6 Reasons Young Christians Leave Church

5 Reasons Millennials Stay Connected to Church

The Leader We Need

Unfathomable Grace

When it comes to the President of the United States or any other elected civil servant, what sort of individual do we need?

In the church, when it is time to select elders and deacons, what sort of men ought we pursue?

As our children pursue leadership posts in their schools, how ought they to serve as presidents, vice presidents, treasurers, or chaplains?

Then, as men and women consider their God-given leadership roles in their families, what characteristics ought to be found?

An interesting directive is given from the Lord, through Moses, to the children of Israel, and it is found in Deuteronomy 17:

When you come to the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you possess it and dwell in it and then say, ‘I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me,’ you may indeed set a king over you whom the…

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Wayne Grudem explains what the Bible says about self-defense

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Reformed Baptist theologian Wayne Grudem speaks on the Bible and the right of self-defense.

About Wayne Grudem:

Grudem holds a BA from Harvard University, a Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. In 2001, Grudem became Research Professor of Bible and Theology at Phoenix Seminary. Prior to that, he had taught for 20 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he was chairman of the department of Biblical and Systematic Theology.

Grudem served on the committee overseeing the English Standard Version translation of the Bible, and in 1999 he was the president of the Evangelical Theological Society. He is a co-founder and past president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. He is the author of, among other books, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine, which advocates a Calvinistic soteriology, the verbal plenary inspiration and…

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Amen, amen I say to you, unless one is born again, he is not able to see the Kingdom of God

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

3 ἀπεκρίθη Ἰησοῦς καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω σοι, ἐὰν μή τις γεννηθῇ ἄνωθεν, οὐ δύναται ἰδεῖν τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ. (John 3:3 NA28)

3 Jesus answered and said to Him, “Amen, amen I say to you, unless one is born again, he is not able to see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

What causes corruption of the Gospel message? A careful study of John’s account of our Lord’s earthly ministry reveals what? John makes it clear that all through our Lord’s earthly ministry He  was in constant contention with the Jewish religious leaders. However, John also makes it clear that Jesus came to Israel to reveal the Father to them proving that He, the Son, was deity, to live a perfect, sinless life and then lay His life down voluntarily to purchase those who were chosen before the foundation…

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