Daily Archives: June 15, 2015

June 15, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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Jun. 15, 2015

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The U.S. Supreme Court refused to revive a North Carolina law that would have allowed abortions only after the doctor first showed the woman an ultrasound and described the fetus in detail.

Hillary Clinton sided with Democrats fighting President Barack Obama’s trade agenda as another vote on the deal may come as soon as Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

Factory production unexpectedly declined in May as the slump in energy output deepened. The 0.2 percent decrease at manufacturers followed a 0.1 percent increase in April.

No one knows for sure when the Fed will make its first rate hike in nearly a decade, but Bank of America says everyone is ignoring an interesting risk: that the Fed doesn’t hike and actually embarks on another round of QE.

Colt Defense LLC, the 179-year-old gun maker that supplies M4 carbines and M16 rifles for the U.S. and foreign militaries, filed for bankruptcy amid delayed government sales and declining demand. The West Hartford, Connecticut-based firearms maker listed assets of as much as $500 million and debt of as much as $500 million in a Chapter 11 filing late Sunday in bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware.

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The intense manhunt for two escaped murderers in far upstate New York has hit its 10th day as a woman charged with helping the killers flee from prison heads back to court.

Two teenagers were seriously injured in two separate shark attacks in the same North Carolina town on Sunday, terrifying beach goers and prompting one shocked witness to compare the scene to the movie “Jaws.”

Saudi Arabia on Monday beheaded a Syrian drug trafficker and a national convicted of murder, taking to 100 the number of executions in the kingdom this year.

A teenaged North Korean soldier walked across the world’s most heavily militarized border on Monday in a bid to defect to South Korea, South Korean Defense Ministry officials said.

Members of the family of a teenage British boy who reportedly killed himself in a suicide bombing in Iraq say they are devastated by his death.

Lions, tigers and even a hippopotamus escaped from a zoo in the Georgian capital Tbilisi Sunday, adding to chaos caused by severe flooding that killed at least 12 people, officials said.

Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. Now, the state’s highest court is considering whether workers’ off-duty use of medical marijuana is protected under state law.

Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the one-eyed Islamist reported to have been killed in a US airstrike in Libya Monday, was an Al-Qaeda veteran and the mastermind behind a devastating attack on an Algerian gas plant in 2013. Branded variously as “the Uncatchable”, “The One-Eyed” and “Mr Marlboro”, he had been condemned to death by Algeria twice and reported killed in Mali at least once before the US — which had placed a $5 million bounty on his head — targeted him in Monday’s strike.

The parents of Britain’s youngest suspected suicide bomber, described on Monday as a “typical teenager”, have accused Islamic State leaders of being “too cowardly to do their own dirty work”.

Of the 50 U.S. hospitals that mark up prices the most, 49 of them are part of for-profit hospital chains, according to the study’s authors, Ge Bai of Washington & Lee University and Gerard Anderson of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Using 2012 data provided by 4,483 hospitals to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Bai and Anderson found that those 50 had an average markup of 1,013 percent over what Medicare pays for the thousands of items on hospitals’ “chargemasters.”

Russia’s Central Bank cut its key interest to 11.5 percent as it tried to bolster an economy battered by Western sanctions and lower oil prices. The rate cut is the fourth this year after authorities hiked interest rates dramatically in December to 17 percent as the ruble nosedived.

Airbus and Boeing got their sales war off to a flying start at the world’s premier air show near Paris on Monday with nearly $20 billion in orders.

In a country with a record of hostility towards foreign capital, some local investors are breaking with tradition as they side with a U.S. hedge fund opposing an $8 billion merger seen vital to the transfer of leadership at South Korea’s top conglomerate.

To scientists’ relief and delight, the Philae spacecraft that landed on a comet last fall has woken up and communicated with Earth after seven long months of silence.

The torrential storms of last month essentially ended one of Texas’ worst-ever droughts, but much of the excess water has already flowed into the Gulf of Mexico or will evaporate by year’s end.

U.S. homebuilders’ are feeling more confident about sales prospects than they have been since last fall, while their outlook for sales over the next six months is at the highest level in 10 years.

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Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes, has left South Africa, pre-empting a court ruling over an international warrant for his arrest.

At least 23 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in suicide attacks in the Chadian capital N’Djamena, officials said.

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China now has the second-highest number of millionaires in the world, according to a new report. That puts it firmly in second place – right behind the U.S.

Anti-Jewish agitprop has been appearing with alarming frequency on the prestigious, taxpayer-funded campuses of the University of California (UC) system this academic year.

If parents want their children to be good readers, they should keep them away from public schools. The advice came during a recent “Eagle Forum Live” radio show with conservative legend Phyllis Schlafly.


Top News – 6/15/2015

Chemists are first to see elements transform at atomic scale
Chemists at Tufts University’s School of Arts and Sciences, collaborating with PerkinElmer and UCL (University College London), have witnessed atoms of one chemical element morph into another for the first time ever—a feat that produced an unexpected outcome that could lead to a new way to safely treat cancer with radiation.

South Korea MERS death toll rises to 16; Saudi Arabia reports 5 cases
Five new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome have been confirmed in South Korea and another person has died from the virus, the country’s Ministry of Health said Monday. That brings to 16 the number of deaths attributed to the virus, which is known as MERS.

US archbishop quits after archdiocese charged with cover-up
The embattled archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis and a deputy bishop resigned Monday after prosecutors there charged the archdiocese with having failed to protect children from unspeakable harm from a pedophile priest. The Vatican said Pope Francis accepted the resignations of Archbishop John Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Anthony Piche.

Europe tells Greeks to prepare for ‘state of emergency’ as talks collapse in acrimony
Eleventh hour bail-out talks last just 45 minutes as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is accused of “swindling the world” with his demands.

Billions of dollars of Gold discovered under Mount Eliat to be used to rebuild third Jewish Temple
When asked what these modern day Biblical explorers plan to do with their billions in gold, Rabbi Glick replied, “Ultimately, we expect to use the gold in the rebuilding of the Third Temple. Whether we use the gold itself for creating vessels and decoration or by selling the findings and using the money to buy the materials and manpower needed to rebuild the Temple, we look forward to that great day!”

Tropical Storm ‘Bill’ likely to form in Gulf by Tuesday
The Tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico is stationary and unchanged from last night, according to Gilbert. Winds topped 40 mph and the system was showing signs of broad circulation. It is still disorganized but expected to become a tropical storm and earn the name of Bill in the next 24 to 48 hours. All models show it moving to the Northwest and bringing heavy rain to southern and central Texas.

Spokane NAACP leader cancels meeting amid furor
The leader of the Spokane NAACP, Rachel Dolezal, canceled a chapter meeting Monday where she was expected to speak about the furor sparked over her racial identity. Her parents have said she has falsely portrayed herself as black for years.

Italy threatens EU: ‘Sort out migrant mess you caused or get hurt’
Rome has warned of retaliatory measures unless the EU changes its asylum policies to make them more in “solidarity” with Italy, which continues to struggle with an enormous inflow of mostly North African migrants. “If the European Council chooses solidarity, then good. If it doesn’t, we have a Plan B ready but that would be a wound inflicted on Europe,”

Sex, lies and debt potentially exposed by U.S. data hack
The disclosure last week that hackers had penetrated a database containing such intimate and possibly damaging facts about millions of government and private employees has shaken Washington. The hacking of the White House Office of Personnel Management (OPM) could provide a treasure trove for foreign spies.

Greece and creditors fail in ‘last attempt’ to reach deal
Talks on ending a deadlock between Greece and its international creditors broke up in failure on Sunday, with European leaders venting their frustration as Athens stumbled closer toward a debt default that threatens its future in the euro.

Russia warns it would react should U.S. station arms in Baltics, eastern Europe
A senior Russian Defense Ministry official warned on Monday that Moscow would boost its forces on its Western flank should the United States store heavy arms in the Baltic states and eastern Europe.

Netanyahu Compares UN and Nazi ‘Slander of Jews’
“The attacks on the Jews were always preceded by the slander of the Jews. What was done to the Jewish people then is being done to the Jewish state now,” he said, indicating the international boycott movement and UN reports and resolutions condemning Israel. “We won’t accommodate that.

AMAZING NEWS–COMET LANDER PHONES HOME
“The lander is ready for operations.” Last November, Philae bounced into shadows on the surface of comet 67P. Starved of solar power, it fell asleep. Now, with the comet approaching the sun, Philae has been able to wake up again.

Two aftershocks recorded in Nepal
A 4.2 magnitude tremor was recorded at 6 a.m. with epicentre at Nuwakot district. Another 4.1 magnitude tremor was recorded at 3 p.m. with epicentre at Dolakha district, according to National Seismological Centre.

ICE’s sex offender policies under scrutiny
…Until last month, the public sex offender registry said Hernandez Carrera…had been deported. …Instead…Hernandez…is in Florida, one of hundreds of immigrants convicted of sex crimes who…were released in the United States… They are convicted rapists, child molesters, and kidnappers…And once US Immigration and Customs Enforcement frees them, agency officials often lose track of the criminals…

GOP Leadership’s Latest Obamatrade Ploy Revealed: Small Business Tax Hike That Violates GOP’s Anti-Tax Pledge
Establishment Republicans desperately trying to secure the passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which would give President Obama fast-track authority to secure congressional approval of at least three secretive trade deals, are now willing to increase taxes on small businesses in a way that would violate a pledge almost every Republican Congressman has taken when elected into office.

Islamic State conflict: Syrian Kurds move on Tal Abyad
Kurdish fighters are reported to be moving in on the north-east Syrian town of Tal Abyad, which is held by Islamic State (IS) militants. Thousands of civilians have fled to a nearby border crossing with Turkey, and some have managed to cross to safety. The advance by the Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) has been supported by Syrian rebel groups and US-led coalition air strikes.

Vatican envoy faces child abuse trial
Vatican to put Jozef Wesolowski, ex-envoy to Dominican Republic, on trial on child sex abuse charges…

Hong Kong police arrest nine over ‘bomb-making plot’
Police in Hong Kong say they have arrested nine people on suspicion of conspiracy to manufacture explosives. The arrests come in the same week that lawmakers are due to vote on a controversial political reform plan. Police spokesman Ng Wai-hon did not make a direct connection between the arrests and the vote but said at least one of the suspects belonged to a “radical group”.

Colorado court to decide if employees can smoke pot off-duty
Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. Now, the state’s highest court is considering whether workers’ off-duty use of medical marijuana is protected under state law.

Prof. Alan Dershowitz on ‘Jerusalem Passport Law’ and BDS
VOI’s Mordechai Twersky, sitting in for Gil Hoffman, interviews Harvard University law professor Alan M. Dershowitz, who rips apart the US Supreme Court decision on passports issued in Jerusalem and the BDS movement.

Thousands of Syrians flee into Turkey amid intense fighting
Thousands of Syrians cut through a border fence and crossed over into Turkey on Sunday, fleeing intense fighting in northern Syria between Kurdish fighters and jihadis. The flow of refugees came as Syrian Kurdish fighters closed in on the outskirts of a strategic Islamic State-held town on the Turkish border, Kurdish officials and an activist group said, potentially cutting off a key supply line for the extremists’ nearby de facto capital.

U.S. plans to store heavy arms in Baltic, Eastern Europe – source
The United States plans to store heavy military equipment in the Baltics and Eastern European nations to reassure allies unnerved by Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and to deter further aggression, U.S. officials said.

Moldova’s pro-Russian parties set to top poll
Moldova’s pro-Russian parties were expected to defeat pro-EU rivals in yesterday’s local elections, which were dominated by political and financial scandals and rising tension with Moscow and separatists that it supports.

UK kin shocked to see teen in ISIS photo
The family of a British boy said they were “devastated and heartbroken” after ISIS apparently released a photo showing their 17-year-old relative smiling in front of an ISIS flag.

Flash floods kill at least 12 and set zoo animals free
Georgian police were last night searching the mud-clogged streets of the capital, Tbilisi, for animals that escaped from the city’s zoo during flash floods that killed at least 12 people and left more than 20 missing.

Nuclear weapons states upgrade warheads despite disarmament
Nuclear armed states continue to upgrade their stockpiles despite an international trend towards disarmament, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reported Monday.


Top Headlines – 6/15/2015

Congressmen call on Obama to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital after US court ruling

Foreign Ministry to UNHRC: Bring it on; but is Israel really ready?

Yesh Atid MK Jelin slams gov’t for ‘boycotting’ UNHRC Gaza probe

Netanyahu steps up attacks on UN Human Rights Council before it releases Gaza report

Israel defends Gaza conflict as ‘moral war’

‘We’ll expose the truth; Israel didn’t commit war crimes’

Israel’s Protective Edge report: 44% of Palestinian casualties were terrorists

‘Israel, Hamas both committed war crimes in Gaza conflict,’ Schabas says

Hamas calls Israeli report on Gaza conflict ‘worthless’

PA Campaign to Create New Facts on the Ground in Samaria

IDF disciplines soldiers seen beating Palestinian during violent disturbance

Israel accuses world powers of yielding to Iran for nuclear deal

PM says Iran deal gets worse day by day

‘If Iran deal is reached, Israel should multiply intelligence monitoring’

‘Iran spying on Israel, Saudi Arabia with major cyberattacks’

Concerns over Khamenei’s health may jeopardize nuke deal

Israel reportedly plans buffer zone in Syria to help Druze

Syrian Kurds battle Islamic State for town at Turkish border

Jewish-Arab Hadash Party: Israel in ‘blood covenant’ with ISIS and US to divide Syria

Dozens injured in bombs attacks on Syria’s Homs

Governor Chris Christie calls for new ‘coalition of the willing’ in Iraq

Family shocked to see British teen in ISIS photo

U.S. conducts ‘counterterrorism strike’ against al Qaeda-linked target in Libya

US says airstrike ‘likely’ killed Al Qaeda leader in Libya

Libyan Islamists claim to drive Islamic State from port stronghold

Eight civilians kidnapped in Tripoli, Libya

Iranian official to discuss Yemen at Islamic talks in Saudi Arabia

Saudi planes strike Yemen’s capital ahead of talks

UN chief appeals for halt to Yemen fighting for Ramadan

UN’s Ban calls for two-week ceasefire in Yemen talks

U.S. ambassador to U.N. visits Ukraine, slams Russian ‘aggression’

Hong Kong police arrest nine over ‘bomb-making plot’

Nuclear weapons states upgrade warheads despite disarmament

Computer in Merkel’s office hit by cyber attack: report

France says Italy must abide by EU immigration rules

Greece contagion sweeps euro zone bond markets, hits shares

Fears of Greek Default Rise as Weekend Talks on Debt Payment Break Down

Euro slips, mood darkens as Greece fails to reach deal

European Union Urged to Plan for Greek Default

Greece’s debt drama: the possible scenarios

Nepal reopens quake-hit heritage sites for tourists despite Unesco concerns

Mt Sinabung volcano eruption in Indonesia spews hot ash 2km into air gallery video

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Floods as war weapons

Apocalyptic scenes in Georgia as lions, bears, wolves and hippo escape from zoo during freak flood

Mexico Braces for Flooding Rain, Damaging Wind From Carlos

Possible Tropical Development in the Gulf of Mexico Poses Renewed Flood Threat For Texas, Louisiana, Ozarks

Israel Bringing Its Years Of Desalination Experience To California

Bird flu prompts first shipment of EU eggs to US in decades

Two Teens Mauled in Separate Shark Attacks at North Carolina Beach

MERS cases in South Korea rise to 150 with five more, one death

Colorado court to decide if employees can smoke pot off-duty

Suicides Could Surge If End-of-Life Option Passes in California

Supreme Court races the clock on gay marriage, Obamacare and more

Vatican envoy faces child abuse trial

How passing the plate becomes the ‘Sunday morning stickup’

You Do Not Need The Pope Because Jesus Christ Is The Cornerstone of The True Church!

Waking Reverie – The Essence of the Spirit of Elijah

Hidden in Plain Sight: The NAR Agenda of ‘The Response SC’

Quran Mobile rolling around Charlotte

ROC Church announces name change, new leadership ahead of founder’s sex assault trial

The First Christian Missionaries in Hawaii – 1820


The Briefing

1) Number of Americans in prison presents moral quandary of needing secure and humane systems

The Dannemora Dilemma, New York Times (Ross Douthat)

A Jailbreak Shows Prisons Are Only as Strong as the People Who Staff Them, TIME (David Von Drehle)

2) Concerns over religious liberty justified by gay activists’ transparency over end-goals

You Will Be Assimilated, Weekly Standard (Jonathan Last)

Thousands converge on Indianapolis for annual LGBT parade, Associated Press (Rick Callahan)

Indianapolis Rallies Around Its Gay Citizens After a Law Sets Off a Flood of Support, New York Times (Mitch Smith)

3) 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta reminder of the responsibility to maintain liberties

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Daily Digest

June 15, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“[O]ur commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand: neither seeking nor granting exclusive favors or preferences; consulting the natural course of things; diffusing and diversifying by gentle means the streams of commerce, but forcing nothing; establishing with powers so disposed; in order to give trade a stable course.” —George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

HUD’s ‘Housing Equality’ Thud

Barack Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is set to release a rule aimed at fostering “diversity” in wealthy neighborhoods around the country. “HUD is working with communities across the country to fulfill the promise of equal opportunity for all,” an agency spokeswoman said. “The proposed policy seeks to break down barriers to access to opportunity in communities supported by HUD funds.” This diversity scheme has shades of the last time Democrats attempted to reconfigure banking to favor unqualified people. Promoters of the policy are suggesting it’s fair because, if states and communities don’t want to abide by Obama’s decree, they can forgo the federal money they receive. That’s a fair argument only if the people in those states can also choose to forgo paying taxes to the federal government. Of course, most of Obama’s supporters pay no taxes. Political analyst Marc Thiessen said it best: “We as conservatives believe and diversifying communities too. The way you do that is through economic opportunity. It’s not by building more affordable housing in affluent communities, it’s by creating economic opportunities so that more Americans can afford housing in affluent communities. Right now the problem is that people at the bottom of the Obama economy can’t get ahead.” HUD’s rule is nothing more than an Obama charade to ramp up class warfare and appease constituents who are enslaved on poverty plantations — the direct result of generations of failed Democrat economic policies.

House Democrats Doom Obama’s Trade Deal

In a vote that served a smackdown on Obama’s trade deal with Pacific countries, House Democrats voted against a provision that was supposed to sweeten the legislation allowing Obama the authority to fast track the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Senate had sent two measures to the House: Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) was the legislation that gave the chief executive authority to negotiate this trade deal, and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), a Democrat priority, was legislation that — as the leftists viewed it — protected American workers (read: unions) when the economy experienced freer global trade. On Friday, the House overwhelmingly rejected TAA in a 302-126 vote and narrowly passed TPA 219-211. Both chambers need to agree on the legislation before it heads to Obama’s desk. So TPA will head back to the Senate where it may or may not pass; the bill’s on life support.

This comes as Obama lobbied hard for the measure to pass. He showed up at the congressional baseball game to personally lobby lawmakers. He even made his way to Capitol Hill to talk to Democrats — the first time in two years. It was personal, it was desperate and, ouch, Pelosi and Co. betrayed him. “Basically, the president tried to both guilt people and then impugned their integrity, and I don’t think it was a very effective tactic,” said Democrat Rep. Peter Defazio (D-OR). Both parties are split in Congress over the issue. But those who love Liberty should appreciate that we have more time to debate a trade deal.

China’s Theft of Federal Employee Data Demands a Response

Not only has China scraped up the data from all federal employees past and present, the Office of Personnel Management said it had “a high degree of confidence” that the country has every SF-86 form submitted by any American seeking a security clearance. Former general council to the NSA and former National Counterterrorism Center head Matthew Olsen said the data could be used many different ways by the oppressive Chinese regime, “whether it’s [to] blackmail, to recruit, [or] to punish individuals in China who are connected to people in the United States.” As it’s been said before, China has been creating a massive database on American citizens, and it has also hacked into the databases of health insurance companies in the past to gather data. Furthermore, anonymous sources are saying the data theft of federal employees didn’t just affect four million people. Instead, the breach could affect as many as 14 million Americans. In response to impeding U.S. intelligence efforts, cataloging Americans like merchandise and sitting poised to wreak further havoc on our country, let’s hope the U.S. is also matching China’s data collection efforts. In this game of espionage, let’s make it so China also cannot keep secrets. More…

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

June Deadline for ‘Islamic Bomb’

By Patriot Post Staff

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As yet another supposed “deadline” approaches for a final agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, the sheer determination of Barack Obama to get any deal he can before he leaves office — literally any deal — becomes more and more the driving force behind our negotiating position.

Having once said “We cannot allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon; it would be a game-changer in the region” and claiming “I will always keep the threat of military action on the table,” Obama is now willing to ignore Iranian nuclear violations, ignore Iran’s willful violation of UN Security Council resolutions, ignore Iran’s role in the Syrian war, ignore Iran’s continued arming and equipping of Hezbollah, ignore Iran’s defacto control of Iraq, ignore the mortal threat a nuclear Iran would pose to Israel, and ignore the history of the current Iranian regime, all in the hope of getting something on paper with which to declare his foreign policy legacy.

The most recent interim agreement openly ceded to Iran everything it needs to produce nuclear weapons if it will only refrain from open mischief for ten years. Ten years is a blink of an eye to a nation. Consider that just slightly more than ten years ago a previously little-known Illinois senator was delivering the keynote address at the Democrat National Convention in Boston, or that nearly 25 years have passed since the first Gulf War.

With a sense of its own history stretching back nearly 6,000 years, Iran understands how quickly ten years will pass, at which time it can begin industrial-scale enrichment without penalty. Ten years will also produce advances in Iran’s ballistic missile program, another subject once linked to the nuclear program but now tossed aside by the White House.

Why is Obama so determined to give this extraordinary gift to Iran? Because, as Reuel Marc Gerecht, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, points out in a scathing critique of the president’s misunderstanding of Iran, Obama is afraid that if the United States tries to hold a harder line the Iranians will simply walk away from the talks. And then the president will be faced with another red line he knows he cannot bring himself to enforce.

Obama’s irresolution has been the one common thread running through all of his administration’s dealings with Iran. Time and again, he has demonstrated lack of leadership and lack of resolve in the face of unpleasant facts. Having been elected president on a platform of platitudes, perhaps he really believes that wishing can make it so. But the entire body of human history demonstrates the opposite.

This lack of leadership and resolve has led key friends and allies around the world to re-assess their relationships with the United States. How can Saudi Arabia, or South Korea, or Estonia take seriously America’s pledge to defend them while Obama is giving away the farm to Iran? This lack of faith in American resolve has reportedly led to the virtually unthinkable happening: Israeli and Saudi officials recently acknowledged the two nations are consulting on how to deal with the rising threat of Iran without the U.S.

We remain guardedly optimistic that no final deal will be reached by June 30, which will at least prevent sanctions being lifted for another nine months or so. But as months of negotiation stretch into years, and as Iran inches ever closer to nuclear capability, the only thing that can possibly bring about an acceptable outcome to the nuclear issue is U.S. leadership and resolve — something sorely lacking in our current president and his team of fellow travelers.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Burt Prelutsky: “Because Obama is so adamant about having what only he regards as a major foreign policy achievement on his resume, he is leaving Israel and the Gulf nations to swing in the breeze while he offers Iran the entire Middle East in exchange for a signature on a nuclear deal. If he had a single ounce of red blood in his veins, Obama would have sent our military over there months ago to wipe out ISIS before they burned, beheaded or crucified any more people. Instead, Obama and his stooges defend his inaction by insisting that Americans are war-weary. I beg to differ. What we’re sick of is engaging in wars we have no desire to win unconditionally. If an American president ever pledged himself to wipe out those in the Middle East and North Africa who target Christians for extermination, who kidnap young girls and turn them into sex slaves and who exhort their pea-brained followers in the U.S. and Britain to execute soldiers, cops and civilians, I feel reasonably confident that his approval rate would hover well above 80%.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose.” —The Gipper

Non Compos Mentis: “It was very courageous and brave, if not crazy as well, to open fire on the [Dallas] police headquarters, and now you have this scene, this standoff.” —CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield, who later claimed she “misspoke”

Belly laugh of the week: “I’ve stood up to adversaries like Putin and reinforced allies like Israel.” —Hillary Clinton (“The problem with that first sentence is that it’s the opposite of being true: As secretary of state, Clinton stood up to Israel and reinforced Putin.” —The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack)

The BIG Lie, Part I: “No poll shows that voters don’t trust Hillary.” —Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook (A new CNN/ORC poll found that 57% say Clinton isn’t “honest and trustworthy.”)

The BIG Lie, Part II: “I don’t think there’s ever been anyone more consistent in their entire career [than Hillary].” —Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta

Village Idiots: “The Baltimore thing came on the heels of what happened in Ferguson and what happened in New York City and all these other places. … You can’t have a bunch of people walking around with guns. … You get enough people with weapons around and there will be unattended consequences. People make mistakes. People do wrong. Things happen. To hold a community together you got to have a high level of community trust.” —Bill Clinton

Late-night humor: “Hillary Clinton is apparently asking people to donate to her campaign, even if all they can afford is one dollar. Then Bill Clinton said, ‘Trust me, I will find a use for a giant stack of singles.'” —Conan O’Brien

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We Might As Well Face It – America Is Addicted To Debt

Debt Tree - Public DomainCorporations, individuals and the federal government continue to rack up debt at a rate that is far faster than the overall rate of economic growth.  We are literally drowning in red ink from sea to shining sea, and yet we just can’t help ourselves.  Consumer credit has doubled since the year 2000.  Student loan debt has doubled over the course of the past decade.  Business debt has doubled since 2006.  And of course the debt of the federal government has doubled since 2007.  Anyone that believes that this is “sustainable” in any way, shape or form is crazy.  We have accumulated the greatest mountain of debt that the world has ever seen, and yet despite all of the warnings we just continue to race forward into financial oblivion.  There is no possible way that this is going to end well. (Read More….)

 


Looking For Poverty Solutions That Actually Work

In the face of such dismal statistics, a group of economists and psychologists conducted worldwide experiments to help the poor save money and live better not through government entitlement programs or social services, but through interventions to help the poor achieve economic security themselves.

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You Will Be Assimilated

The Supreme Court thought it was settling the question of abortion in Roe. Instead, a political and cultural movement grew up around the pro-life cause, and over the course of 40 years, the argument over abortion has continued in the courts and legislatures and at the ballot box. Which is why the gay-marriage movement wants to make Obergefell less like Roe and more like Brown v. Board of Education. As Anderson explains, the movement intends to cast supporters of traditional marriage once and for all as bigots who won’t be allowed to make their case in the public square. They want to salt the earth post-Obergefell and make certain it’s impossible for any traditional marriage movement to flower.

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Report: UN Peacekeepers Pay Impoverished Local Women for Sex

In 2014, investigators interviewed 231 women in Haiti who said they’d had transactional sexual relationships with UN peacekeepers. “For rural women, hunger, lack of shelter, baby care items, medication, and household items were frequently cited as the ‘triggering need,’” the report said. Urban and suburban women received “church shoes,” cellphones, laptops, and perfume, as well as money.

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U.S. Remains On Perilous Shemitah Course

With the climax of the Shemitah year now just three months away on Sept. 13, America continues to saunter down the path of defiance to the will of God, say Christian leaders, inviting judgment on the land……….. Click here for full story


The Islamic State May Soon Be A Direct Threat To Israel

In only four months, the Islamic State (IS) has captured territory larger than the country of Britain, a march unprecedented in modern history, according to journalist and documentary filmmaker Itai Anghel……….. Click here for full story


Seven Trends To Watch In The Middle East

To say the Middle East is experiencing trying times would be an understatement. The region is experiencing unprecedented chaos and lacks political and economic direction. The assumption is that most of this will go on for years to come, and it will likely get worse before it gets better……… Click here for full story


Tony Campolo and David Neff: From Evangelical Left To Post Evangelical?

Neff’s and Campolo’s full embrace of same sex behavior indicates that theological and ethical orthodoxy may become increasingly difficult and rare for religionists on the political Left. As they quit the historic consensus on the Christian teaching now under most assault, they likely will be joined by a growing cadre of post-Evangelicals who prefer cultural accommodation to traditional Evangelical counter cultural witness……….. Click here for full story


After Gay Marriage, Is Polyamory (Group Marriage) Next?

Improbable? Preposterous? Alarmist? Perhaps. But by no means illogical. The success of the same-sex marriage campaign in Ireland has advocates elsewhere in a state of high excitement, predicting that the rest of the (Western) world must quickly fall into line and legalize this concept. What then?……. Click here for full story


First Transgendered, Now “Transabeled”

by Marsha West

In this disturbing story, the writer, Morgan Mayhew, points out that by using the logic of the transgender rights movement, people should be allowed to injure themselves and see themselves as disabled if they so choose — and they are doing that. What’s really at issue here is that it’s no longer deemed appropriate to […]

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Transgender “Female” MMA Fighter Brutally Injures Female Opponent

by Marsha West

Liberty News Now reports on what happens when men fight women. After the fight the injured female fighter, Tamikka Brents, commented:

“I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life.”

“I’ve fought a lot of women,” Brents stated. “And never felt the strength I felt in a fight as I did that night. I can’t answer whether it’s because [he] was born a man or not, because I’m not a doctor,” she stated. “I can only say, I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life, and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right.”

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NC Lawmakers Officially Override Governor’s Veto of Same-Sex ‘Wedding’ Judicial Opt-Out Bill

by Marsha West

According to Christian News Network:

Lawmakers in North Carolina have officially voted to override the governor’s veto of a bill that would allow some judges to opt out of participating in same-sex ceremonies.

As previously reported, S.B. 2 was introduced earlier this year by Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) to allow magistrates to recuse themselves from officiating over the services, as well as to permit register of deeds workers to opt out of issuing licenses due to religious objections. The bill comes with one condition: that the individual remove themselves from the marriage business altogether.

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ISIS Tweets Pam Geller’s Home Address – Tells Supporters to “Go Forth” and Kill Her

The personal address of an anti-Muslim activist was tweeted Friday from a Twitter account bearing the name of a man believed to be a British Islamic State jihadist kingpin. The tweet about Pamela Geller, who heads a group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative, came just hours after a third man connected to a plot to kill her and murder Boston police was arrested.

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The Power of Propaganda

One of those things is the diabolical worldviews taught to our children. It is one reason there is a shift in support for Israel, to the Palestinians. As I’ve written and said many times, to the eternal shame of evangelical leadership in America, none of them speak up about this. I am referring to denominational leaders, but it is also true that, for example, among what I call The Big Three — Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, and Andy Stanley — there is either indifference to Israel, or hostility (in the form of Willow Creek’s propagandist efforts to mainstream the Palestinian Narrative).

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My Fox News prophecy coming true

Joseph Farah revisits ominous prediction about downfall of media giant

It will take time, but the very elements that allowed Fox to rise to the position of cable news ratings king will be stripped from the programming. It won’t happen overnight. It will be a process that develops over the next two or three years.

It’s good news for the Muslim Brotherhood. It’s good news for “progressives” re-establishing a hammerlock of control over TV news. It’s bad news for dissent, debate and for fairness and balance in reporting.

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Exposing Obama Administration’s Abuse of Israel

Former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren is set to release a new memoir June 23: Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide. The book tells the story of Oren’s four years (2009-13) as Israel’s representative in Washington–and reveals just how hostile the Obama administration is towards Israel.

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Teacher says “We Shouldn’t Teach Shakespeare Because He’s White”

Posted: 15 Jun 2015 08:04 AM PDT

In a piece for the Washington Post, Dana Dusbiber, a white English teacher in Sacramento, says she’s done teaching Shakespeare because he’s white. Her argument: minority students deserve to learn from people of “diverse” cultural heritages, but white students need to be exposed to cultures other than their own. Though Shakespeare has long been considered to feature the English language in its highest expression and has been praised for his ability to address a remarkable range of human emotions that crosses cultural boundaries, Dusbiber argues that it’s time to move on: 

“I do not believe that a long-dead, British guy is the only writer who can teach my students about the human condition. […] I am sad that so many of my colleagues teach a canon that some white people decided upon so long ago and do it without question. […] What I worry about is that as long as we continue to cling to ONE (white) MAN’S view of life as he lived it so long ago, we (perhaps unwittingly) promote the notion that other cultural perspectives are less important.”  FULL REPORT

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China Paves Way to Global Dominance Resting on US Marshall Plan

Posted: 15 Jun 2015 07:58 AM PDT

While the US and Europe focus their efforts against the spread of Islamic State, China is skillfully mastering its way towards dominance in the global economy; the pattern is very similar to that of the Marshall Plan the US applied in Europe in the post-WWII years to counteract the Soviet influence, according to a French economist.

China is paving its way to dominance in the global economy very much based on the Marshall Plan the US used in Europe in the post-WWII years, French economist and lecturer in economics at the Pierre Mendes-France University in Grenoble Mylène Gaulard said in her interview with the Atlantico news website.
Gaulard explained that, similar to the US in Europe, China is now conquering foreign markets and gaining control over the developing countries of the South Asia. FULL REPORT

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EU Preparing for ‘State of Emergency’

Posted: 15 Jun 2015 07:52 AM PDT

BREAKING NEWS – Greece and its creditors stuck to their positions on Monday after the collapse of talks aimed at preventing a default and possible euro exit, while Germany’s EU commissioner said it was time to prepare for a “state of emergency”. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ignored pleas from European leaders to act fast. Instead he blamed creditors for the collapse of the cash-for-reform talks on Sunday, the biggest setback in long-running negotiations to secure more aid for Greece.

Germany and other major creditor countries demanded that the Athens government come to its senses and offer new proposals. “It won’t work that Greece sets the terms and says ‘everyone has to dance to our tune’. Greece needs to get back to reality,” Volker Kauder, parliamentary floor leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, told ARD television. The European Commission said it would only resume mediation efforts if Greece put forward new proposals, while the Greek government spokesman said Athens would stick to its rejection of wage and pension cuts and higher taxes on basic goods. FULL REPORT

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Alexis Tsipras Remains Eerily Detached As Greece Plummets Towards Financial Ruin

Posted: 15 Jun 2015 07:45 AM PDT

GERMANY’S EU COMMISSIONER SAID ON MONDAY IT WAS TIME TO PREPARE FOR A “STATE OF EMERGENCY” AFTER TALKS COLLAPSED AT THE WEEKEND TO RESCUE GREECE FROM DEFAULT AND EJECTION FROM THE EURO.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Alexis Tsipras, the man who met with Pope Francis to discuss dividing Israel for the Palestinians, is oddly calm as his country slides ever further down into financial ruin. When you lift the cover off his activities, he is deeply connected with George Soros and Vladimir Putin. This just gets weirder by the day, where will it all end?

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ignored a litany of pleas from European leaders to act fast and instead blamed creditors for the collapse in aid-for-austerity talks, the biggest setback yet in long-running talks to secure more aid for Greece. Athens now has just two weeks to find a way out of the impasse before it faces a 1.6 billion euro bill due to the International Monetary Fund, potentially leaving it out of cash, unable to borrow and cast out of the single currency. FULL REPORT

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Preacher Proclaims Bruce Jenner Cannot Be Saved By God!

Posted: 15 Jun 2015 07:39 AM PDT

IS BRUCE JENNER REALLY SO WICKED THAT EVEN JESUS CHRIST IS UNABLE TO SAVE HIM? THAT’S WHAT STEVEN ANDERSON PREACHES.

“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:4 

Hate-filled “pastor” Steven Anderson has a lot to say about Bruce Jenner’s transgendering into Caitlyn Jenner, none of it good and none of it in line with New Testament salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

He stood up in his pulpit and screamed “I hope Bruce Jenner dies and goes to Hell, I hope he dies today. I hate him…he is an evil, filthy animal…die, you freak!!!!” He went on to say that if “you want to pray for Bruce Jenner to be saved, you are not welcome in this church…get out of here!!!!”

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 

Now, ask yourself this. What is more wicked, Bruce Jenner, a lost man doing what lost people do – or – a supposed preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ saying that someone is “too wicked to be saved” and that if you want to pray for Jenner’s salvation then you should immediately leave his “church”. FULL REPORT 

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Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano unleashes new powerful burst

Posted: 15 Jun 2015 06:24 AM PDT

A volcano in western Indonesia unleashed a new powerful burst high into the sky on Saturday, sending hot ash far down the mountain’s slopes, an official said. Authorities have been closely monitoring 2,460-metre-high Mount Sinabung on Sumatra, one of Indonesia’s main islands, since June 2, when its status was raised to the highest alert level due to the growing size of its lava dome. Hot ash tumbled down the slopes of the mountain as far as three kilometers southeastward on Saturday, said Wendy Cahya, an official at the mountain’s monitoring post. No injuries were reported from the latest eruption, he said. Cahya said that as of Saturday evening, 11 avalanches of hot ash had been recorded, with volcanic ash released as high as two kilometers into the air.

Volcanologists have warned that smoldering rocks mixed with hot gases may tumble down from the mountain at any time. More than 2,700 people from villages within the danger zone of seven kilometers from the crater have been evacuated to temporary shelters. No casualties have been reported from this month’s eruptions. Mount Sinabung is among about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. FULL REPORT

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A Strange, Remarkable Earthquake Hit Wyoming

Posted: 15 Jun 2015 06:20 AM PDT

An earthquake struck Wyoming two years ago that made little sense, scientifically speaking — but experts seem closer to solving the mystery, the BBC reports. Called the Wind River Earthquake, it hit with 4.7 magnitude in an area that rarely sees such seismic power. Hardly surprising, since the Wind River area has little tectonic-plate movement that would normally trigger such an earthquake. But a new study in Earth and Planetary Science Letters says the quake may not have originated with tectonic plates grinding against each other at all. The Wind River Earthquake may have started deeper, in what the BBC calls “the Earth’s hotter and more viscous mantle.” Such a quake might be caused by crust falling into the mantle, which lies between the Earth’s higher crust and deeper core.

These deeper quakes remain “a highly controversial topic,” the scientists write, but this one “occurred well within the mantle, and likely over 20 km [12.4 miles] deeper than the base of the crust.” If true, the finding makes the Wind River Earthquake one of the three deepest ever recorded in the area. Still, some things don’t fit: While such deep quakes can occur in volcanic regions, when fluid or magma flows in the Earth’s mantle, they usually affect a smaller area; the Wind River quake ruptured nearly 11 million square feet, notes Geology in Motion. And Wind River is noticeably far from the nearest volcanic region. So what’s up? FULL REPORT

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The government is ramping up the effort to use tattoos to identify people

Posted: 15 Jun 2015 06:11 AM PDT

The government is ramping up its efforts to improve the technology it uses to identify people by their tattoos. Earlier this week the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), which is a part of the US Department of Commerce, hosted a challenge to explore how recognition technology could be used to identify people based on their tattoos. The event, which was the first of its kind, was called the Tattoo Recognition Technology — Challenge (Tatt-C) and was sponsored by the FBI’s Biometric Center for Excellence.

The participants, which included six groups from both academia and the commercial sector, were given a large data set and asked to create algorithms that scan the information and make identifying people easier based on their body art. Some of the tasks in the challenge included developing algorithms that can do things like identify an image that contains a tattoo, or matching an image of body art with an image of person who has the same tattoo. So why is the government trying to improve its tattoo-based recognition technology? Well, for starters its current process for using body art data is incredibly outdated, said Mai Ngan, a computer scientist for NIST who helped organise the event. FULL REPORT

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Russian jet flies close to Nato ships in the Baltic Sea in a show of military force

Posted: 15 Jun 2015 06:07 AM PDT

It has been reported that a Russian military aircraft flew within 150 metres of a group of Nato warships in the Baltic Sea last week. The British, French and German ships’ close call with the plane was reportedly caught on video, although the footage has not yet been released. Although no one was injured and no weapons were fired, representatives from Nato reportedly saw the incident as an attempt at intimidation, amidst growing tensions between Russia and the west, politically and militarily.

CNN quoted a US State Department official as saying: “We are not calling this safe and professional. We are calling it routine, but we are on the edge of being very uncomfortable.” This kind of low-level intimidation and show of military presence is not uncommon between Russian and Nato militaries. FULL REPORT

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Swarm of mayflies causes crashes, closure of Pennsylvania bridge

Posted: 14 Jun 2015 06:55 PM PDT

A surreal scene descended on Eastern Pennsylvania Saturday night — a swarm of mayflies caused multiple crashes and forced officials to shut down a bridge. A bridged section of Route 462 was closed after the swarm appeared around 10 p.m. local time Saturday. Officials said the flies swarmed around the lights of the bridge, died and fell to the ground. The layer of mayfly carcasses was about an inch thick on the road, officials said.

 “It was like a blizzard in June, but instead of snow, it was mayflies,” Wrightsville, Pa., Fire Chief Chad Livelsberger said. “It was very slick, almost like ice.” Authorities said three motorcycle crashes were reported amid the flurry of flies, and a vehicle flipped onto its side. No serious injuries were reported. “It was hard to stop,” Livelsberger said. “When you go to pull out, all your tires would do was spin.” Officials brought in a street sweeper and reopened the bridge around midnight. FULL REPORT

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Christian Headlines Daily – Monday, June 15, 2015

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Top Headlines

Most Expect Gay Marriage Will Sweep the US

Supreme Court’s Pending Same-Sex Ruling to Dominate Southern Baptist Meeting

8-Year-Old’s Letter to Jesus Busts Child Molester

Christian Pastors Vow Civil Disobedience if Supreme Court Allows Gay Marriage

Rick Santorum Says He Would Welcome Caitlyn Jenner’s Endorsement

Pope Francis to Open 30-Bed Homeless Shelter a Few Steps from Vatican Walls

Franklin Graham: Shariah Law Should be Banned in U.S.

Report: 18,000 Babies Die Each Year in U.S. from Late Term Abortions

Pakistan Orders Aid Group Save the Children Out of the Country

American Killed Fighting ISIS in Syria

Opinion

How Mike Huckabee Fails His Christian Duty

Gay Atheist Rebukes Church for Moral Slide

Americans Substitute Comedy for News

Can You Affirm LGBT People and Still be an Evangelical?

Are Christians Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage?


“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

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

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

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

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

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

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June 15, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Christian Blog/Article Collection

June 15 Quotes


The Profound Consequences of Same-Sex Marriage for Business and the Professions

The same people who first claimed only to only want tolerance of their behavior will allow no toleration for other views. Will a physician be forced to perform an artificial insemination for a lesbian couple? Will a lawyer be forced to take a case defending gay marriage? Lawyers are already losing their “traditional prerogative to exercise absolute discretion in the selection of clients….” Provisions designed to advance the homosexual agenda have been incorporated into many state legal ethics codes.

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Missionary Pioneer Elisabeth Elliot Passes Through Gates of Splendor

In one of the first issues of CT, Elliot wrote: “We have proved beyond any doubt that He means what He says—His grace is sufficient, nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. We pray that if any, anywhere, are fearing that the cost of discipleship is too great, that they may be given to glimpse that treasure in heaven promised to all who forsake.”

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Support for a Young Earth? Scientists Baffled by Preserved Dinosaur Blood Cells

by Marsha West

Christian News Network reports:

The discovery of well-preserved blood and proteins in a supposedly 75-million-year-old dinosaur fossil has stumped secular scientists and led one Christian apologist to herald the findings as evidence of a young Earth.

A team of scientists at the U.K.’s Imperial College London carefully examined eight Cretaceous dinosaur bones discovered in North America, scrutinizing the bones’ interiors with an electron microscope. The researchers were stunned when they discovered what appeared to be red blood cells in one of the specimens.

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Does U2’s Bono, a professing Christian, believe the Bible?

by Marsha West

Any [teaching] that is good is in the Word of God, and any that is not in the Word of God is not good. I am a Bible Christian and if an archangel with a wingspread as broad as a constellation shining like the sun were to come and offer me some new truth, I’d ask […]

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How pastors save their people (and yes, they really do save them).

by Denny Burk

“Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in them. For by doing this, you will save both yourself and the ones who hear you.” -1 Timothy 4:16

This verse has caused problems for many readers of scripture. It sounds a little unorthodox to hear Paul tell pastor Timothy that Timothy can “save” the people he preaches to. Indeed, some commentators have tried to avoid this difficulty by suggesting that the word translated “save” isn’t talking about eternal salvation. But I think that interpretation is incorrect. We have to work with what the text says, not with what we think it ought to say. Paul routinely uses this term to talk about eternal salvation (e.g., 1 Tim. 1:15; 2:4; 2 Tim. 1:9; 4:18; Titus 3:5), and there’s no reason to read it any differently here.

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Uniting Religions for Global Change?

Did you know that “Mother Earth” is just waiting for us to hear that we love her, and give her a prayer of gratitude? In fact, you might consider performing your own water ritual – privately of course – that will bring you closer to Mother Earth than ever before. Good grief, that sounds like […]

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Uniting Religions for World Change

There is a Christian interfaith movement that is gaining speed around the world. Among the rick star Evangelical organizations: The Tony Blair Foundation, Sojourners, Saddleback’s P.E.A.C.E. Plan, the National Association of Evangelicals, and the Luis Palau Evangelist Ministries. Our Stand Up For The Truth guest Carl Teichrib alerts us to the hand-holding going on in […]

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Don’t Return to the Vomit!

Biblical Counsel for God’s People
Geoffrey R. Kirkland
Christ Fellowship Bible Church

The Bible addresses real issues of life. One can confidently turn to the Word of God to find comfort in afflictions, guidance in uncertainties, strength in weakness, warnings against sin, and commands for Christians. The Scriptures speak of how the people of God must view sin. Sin is a terrible evil. It woos, it traps, it kisses, and then it kills. Sin whispers that its a friend till in the end it slaughters with a death-blow. But the Bible provides the truth that God’s people must heed to mortify sin and to guard from patterns of evil.

Like a dog that returns to its vomit, is a fool who repeats his folly.
— Proverbs 26:11

This essay will provide a few helpful thoughts concerning this verse & its application.

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Are You Too Focused on Other People’s Flaws?

I think pretty highly of myself. It’s amazing, from my lofty perspective, just how intelligent and witty and gracious I am, how enjoyable a person I am to be around. And holy. Of course God wants me in his kingdom – why wouldn’t he?

Arrogance has got to be one of my most disgusting qualities.

From thinking highly of myself, it’s only a short jump to thinking and speaking lowly of others. Of course I sin occasionally, but where do all these other people get off being so selfish and lazy and immature? What a drag. In case it isn’t clear, this thinking isn’t the helpful admonishment that guides someone to a more excellent way. It’s the scoffing, the gossip, the silent raised eyebrow that says, “Thank you, God, that I’m not like that sinner.” The comments that are barely up the path from slander and hatred.

I step into these thought and speech patterns far more than I’d care to admit or even notice, but God has recently pointed out to me that this behavior speaks volumes about the position of my own heart toward him. This pattern of sin reveals my disregard for his work and my insufficient understanding of the gospel.

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Transreality and Transanity

It appears that we are living in trans times where nothing is as it seems. All is in flux and reality is now whatever we want it to be. We now have transgendered and transraced and transabled and trans everything. It seems sanity has gone out the window, along with reality, and now we can become anything we desire.

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Ten problems with the “salt and light” excuse for feeding children to the State.

Here in 2015 America, there is little doubt that we are being blessed by God with a return by more and more of His people to the loving detail of His Word when it comes to the vital, culture-shaping subject of children’s education. Let’s not lose sight of this beautiful truth. Let’s celebrate it and thank God […]

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The Daily Discovery (June 15, 2015)

God doesn’t need an invitation – “There’s a peculiar thing I’ve noticed in some of the songs in popular Christian praise and/or worship music—typically the ones you hear at the beginning of the “set”1 intended to warm everybody up and get everyone excited. It’s this idea that we are somehow summoning God into our presence. Songs about inviting him into our midst, calling him down, telling him to show up in power, and show us his glory, and all this kind of stuff…”

A Call to Arms – The Arms of Christ – “The house built on the sand may oftentimes be built higher, have more fair parapets and battlements, windows and ornaments, than that which is built upon the rock; yet all gifts and privileges equal not one grace.”

Our Last Journey – “Here let me tell you that very much of the comfort with which we wrap ourselves up in days of health proves to be very sorry stuff when we come to die. While you are in good health and strength you often derive a measure of peace of mind from things which will not stand the fiery ordeal of an approaching eternity. Some of the best men that ever lived have found this out.”

Love and Law in Light of God’s Word – “What is a Christian? In light of some articles I have read in recent weeks, I thought it may be important to establish that, according to the authority of Christianity — the Bible.”

Noah’s ark – “I’m going to assess some objections to Noah’s ark…”


SERMON:

Tim Conway – Non-burdensome Christianity


VIDEOS:

Ray Comfort responds to atheist accusations.

An inconvenient truth for Mormons.


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

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The Stage is Being Set

Jan Markell and Eric Barger interview Amir Tsarfati the hour. Amir is an Israeli, a prophecy teacher, founder of “Behold Israel,” and one of our fall conference speakers. He states that the stage is being set as Biblical prophecy unfolds more each day. As an Israeli citizen, he is saddened that the church is silent on Israel, the “miracle of the 20th Century”, or caught up in Replacement Theology. The hosts and guest discuss many signs of the times. Learn what Amir feels may be one of the next major biblical fulfillments. Amir reminds us that prophecy is given to prepare us, not scare us. We use the mobile app found at http://www.oneplace.com.

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Widow’s Joy: He Didn’t Deny Christ When Beheaded

CBN News found a group of Egyptian Christians, however, who responded much differently. They are happy their family members stood firm in their faith.

Widow Mariam Farhat told us she, “was very proud” that her husband “stood firm in his faith and that he didn’t deny Jesus.”

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America’s Head Demon

So it is more likely for Satan to actually end up looking and sounding like a cross between Megan Kelly and Tom Cruise than a gross and evil-looking guy?

The point is that Satan is actually quite beautiful and wise…perfect!

“… ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “You had the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty'” (Ezekiel 28:12).

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Do You Believe in Extra-Biblical Revelation in Present Day? (Video)

Does God talk directly to people nowadays?


Why We Celebrate the Magna Carta

Eight hundred years ago, a document was signed that guaranteed the freedoms we still enjoy today. And I’ll tell you about the crucial role the Church played in its creation.
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Six Simple Things a First-time Church Guest Likes

I have written rather extensively on first-time church guests at this blog. Even more importantly, I have received hundreds of responses from church leaders, church members, and church guests about this issue. I took the opportunity to look specifically at the comments from first-time guests. After completing this exercise, I was surprised to find that the preferences of these guests can be categorized into six simple groups.

Keep in mind, you are hearing only from the self-identified first-time guests. Each category has one or more direct comments I received. Here are their six simple requests.

  1. Be genuinely friendly. “I can tell when someone has a genuine smile and a genuine concern for me.” “I don’t like the stand-and-greet time because it seems like many of the members are forced to be friendly.” “I love churches where people are smiling.”
  2. Don’t put me on the spot. “Don’t ask me to raise my hand.” “Don’t stand up and greet each other while I’m asked to sit down.” “Please don’t ask me to introduce myself before the entire church.”
  3. Provide clear directions. “Make certain your websites have the church address and the times of worship services on the home page.” “Have clear signage in the parking lot when I enter.“Please have clear signage once I enter the building.”
  4. Please be empathetic. “I am a single mom with four young children. Please understand it’s a struggle to get to church.” “I am an introvert who is scared to death when I visit a church. Please don’t invade my personal space too much.” “I can’t afford the clothes many people can. Please don’t look down on me.”
  5. Show joy in your lives. “I came to church expecting people to have obvious joy in their lives.” “Your ushers look like grumpy old men and women.” “There was something intangible about the third church I visited. I never went to another church after that.”
  6. “Don’t be rude.” “Don’t tell me I’m in your seat. If you do, I will be happy to get up and never return.” “Don’t make me walk over you to get to a seat.” “Why did they tell me I didn’t look like I belonged here?”

I wonder what it would be like if all of our first-time guests found our churches joyous, courteous, informative, and friendly. Think about how God might bless them and us. It’s really not that difficult. These first-time guests are only asking for basic courtesies and considerations.

I always look forward to your comments and interaction. Let me hear from you.

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Fatalism and the Sovereignty of God

So, why bother?

This is the attitude of those who look at life from a fatalistic vantage point. If everything is predetermined, then why put any effort? Why even bother?

“It teaches that what is to be will be. It does not matter what you do or say, it is going to happen. What is to be will be. Therefore it is utter folly to strive or make any effort. Fatalism teaches that you can do nothing about life, that there are powers and factors controlling you inexorably, and holding you in the grip of a rigid determinism.”

Martyn Lloyd-Jones(Studies in the Sermon on the Mount)

So, how should a Christian respond? If God is truly sovereign over everything, and thus will work all things according to the counsel of his will, should Christians even bother? More specifically, if God is sovereign in salvation, choosing whom to save, why bother evangelising? Even more so, if God is sovereign, why bother praying, since God is not a man that He should change His mind(Numbers 23:19)?

A Christian should respond the way the apostle Paul would respond. How would the apostle Paul respond concerning evangelism and the sovereignty of God?

Let’s say you were to sit down with the apostle Paul and ask him point blank if he believed in the sovereignty of God in salvation. Paul would answer with a loud “AMEN”.

“And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.

Romans 9:10-16(emphasis added)

Then your very next question would be to ask him if he believed in evangelism, the proclamation of the Evangel, the Good News, the Gospel, even though God had already elected those who would be saved. Paul again would answer in the affirmative.

“For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.”

Romans 9:3

In essence, Paul wished that he would be accursed, literally damned, for the salvation of his fellow Jews.

“Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.”

Romans 10:1

Can you hear the apostle Paul’s passion for the lost in that sentence?

Here in Romans 9:3 and Romans 10:1, Paul book-ends his theology of God’s sovereignty in salvation with his burden for the lost. And after explaining the doctrine of election in Chapter 9 of Romans, he goes on to explain how a person comes to saving faith in Chapter 10, namely through evangelism. God ordains the means as well as the end!

“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”

Romans 10:14-17

Now, as you continue your interview with the apostle Paul, you ask if he believes God’s choice of those who would be saved happens in eternity past. He would say of course.

” even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world…”

Ephesians 1:4(emphasis added)

Your follow up question would be if he believes it is necessary to pray concerning evangelism though God has chosen in eternity past. His answer.

“praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”

Ephesians 6:18-20

Fatalism? NO. The sovereignty of God? Most definitely. Evangelism? But of course, because only the Gospel is the power of God for salvation(Romans 1:16). The apostle Paul proclaimed the Gospel boldly with the assurance that all who were appointed to eternal life would believe.(Acts 13:48)

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“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

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

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

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

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June 15, 2015 Christian Persecution Update

As China Knocks Down Christian Crosses, the Faithful Restore Them

ICC Note: Courageous Christians in Zhejiang Province, China, are making bold moves in protest of a provincial government campaign which aims to remove the cross as a symbol of the Christian faith from the Chinese skyline.


Kenya Army Foils Mpeketoni Anniversary Al-Shabaab Terror Attack In Lamu Kenya, 11 Terrorists & 2 Soldiers Killed

ICC Note: Kenyan defense forces raided an al-Shabaab camp on Sunday, killing 11 Islamic terrorists and reportedly foiling assaults planned for the anniversary of the Mpeketoni attacks, which killed 60 people, including many Christians in June 2014.


Wanted Sudan Leader Bashir Flies out of South Africa

ICC Note: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has reportedly left South Africa against a High Court ruled that he remain in the country until his arrest application was completed.


Christianity Doomed in Iraq, Say Experts

ICC Note: The unfortunate but real message conveyed by experts on Iraq is that unless something drastic is done, Christianity has no future in the ancient homeland.


No Compensation for Christians in Wake of Violence in Egypt

ICC Note: Despite reconciliation sessions and promises of compensation, the Coptic families from Kafr Darwish village have yet to receive any material repayment. Some of the losses suffered by the Copts in the violence that erupted last month and forced the families to leave the village for a number of days include: 11 burned houses, a destroyed car and an uprooted field.


Rakhine, Monks and Buddhist Extremists March against Rohingya Muslims

ICC Note: This article describes the political background for the ongoing persecution of the Rohyinga religious/cultural minority in Myanmar. It also provides a glimpse of how radical Buddhist nationalists seek to intimidate the government into imposing discriminatory policies against all religious or cultural minorities, who are not viewed by the nationalists as ‘truly Burmese’.


Jihad on Churches

“Destroying churches is permissible — as long as the destruction does not bring harm to Muslims, such as false claims that Muslims are persecuting Christians….” — Dr.


Kenya: Shabaab Threatens to Attack Kenya During Ramadaan

ICC Note: Islamic terrorist group al-Shabaab has announced plans to attack Christians and other “non-believers” in Kenya at the start of Ramadan next week. A member of al-Shabaab has explicitly stated that the group’s intentions are to bring Jihad to the “non-believers” in Kenya.


Christians Suspect Islamic State Influencing Muslims in Palestinian Territories, Israel

ICC Note: With the rise of the Islamic State in the Middle East, Christians in Israel and Palestinian territories worry about radicalism. Anti-Christian hostility in the nation has always existed to some extent, but in recent months it has escalated to uncomfortable levels.


South Africa Court Bid to Arrest Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir

ICC Note: International pressure is mounting on South Africa to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity and genocide related to the war he waged on Darfur.

GTY Blog: Regeneration and Hypergrace

Code: B150615

 

by Jeremiah Johnson & Wayne de Villiers

Where does a believer’s obedience come from? How does he shed the grave clothes of his former life—old habits, the pull of persistent temptations, and corrupt patterns of thought and behavior—and live a righteous life in Christ?

Regeneration

As we’ve already seen, obedience doesn’t come naturally to us—we’re born into rebellion, and it’s only God’s intervening grace that redeems us for His glory and our eternal good. So our ability to obey is not something we bring to the table. It’s a work of God’s grace—an expression of the new nature He bestows on us in His transforming work of regeneration.

Scripture confirms as much:

Even when we were dead in our transgressions, [God] made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). . . . For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:5, 10)

In the Old Testament, when the Lord promised to restore Israel from their backsliding, He included this vivid depiction of His transforming work in believers’ lives.

And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them. Then they will be My people, and I shall be their God. (Ezekiel 11:19-20)

God’s regenerating work sets us free from the bondage of sin (Romans 6:6). In Ephesians, Paul emphasizes the comprehensive nature of our transformation, referring to two distinct identities—a dramatic before-and-after image of the regenerated soul:

[You were taught in Him to] lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. (Ephesians 4:22-24)

In redeeming us, the Lord doesn’t merely change our eternal destination. He bestows upon us an entirely new nature—fitting us for eternity and enabling us to grow in obedience and pursue Christlikeness in this life (Romans 8:29).

Grace That Is Greater Than All My Sin

With that in mind, consider this quote:

We are nothing but a league of the guilty. You see I wish I could say that I do everything for God’s glory. You know 1 Corinthians 10:31: “Whether you eat, drink, whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.” Who does that? For one second? . . . I wish I could say that I do everything for God’s glory. I can’t, neither can you. What I can say is that Jesus’s blood covers all of my efforts to glorify myself. That’s what I can say. I wish I could say that Jesus fully satisfies me. . . . I can’t, [n]either can you. What I can say is that Jesus fully satisfied God for me. That’s what I can say. That’s the gospel. I wish that I could say I let go of all I have for Jesus. . . . I can’t, [n]either can you. What I can say is that Jesus let go of all He had for me. [1] “Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World”, Liberate 2014

That’s Tullian Tchividjian, pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida, and a leading voice in the movement some refer to as Hypergrace. (The movement doesn’t claim an official designation—we’ll stick to Hypergrace for simplicity and accuracy’s sake.) Since 2012, his church has hosted an annual conference called “Liberate,” which has served as ground zero for Hypergrace theology. He spoke those words during his Liberate message in 2014, and they provide insight into a perspective that is quickly gaining ground within the Body of Christ. Instead of focusing on God’s transforming work, the emphasis rests on man’s sinfulness and the sufficiency of God’s grace to cover it.

Tchividjian spelled out his theological perspective not long ago as he explained his philosophy of ministry:

The pulpit is reserved for one specific thing week in and week out: to diagnose and deliver slaves, period. . . . Every sermon from every text should show you that you are worse than you think you are, and every sermon from every text should show you that God is greater than you could ever hope for or imagine. That you are a great sinner; He is a great Savior. [2] “Declare and Demonstrate, Part 1”, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, January 12, 2014

That emphasis on sinfulness shows up throughout Hypergrace teaching. Elyse Fitzpatrick, a popular author and speaker, gives this advice to parents in her book, Give Them Grace.

Consistent, transparent, and specific confession of sin will help children see how their parents struggle with sin in the same ways that they do. . . . Teaching [your son] that he and [your daughter] and Mom and Dad are all lost, all sick, all in need of salvation is so very crucial. [3] Elyse Fitzpatrick, Give Them Grace (Wheaton: Crossway, 2011) p. 71

Elsewhere she explains what that looks like in practice:

If we’re [dealing with] a child who doesn’t want to share, we can come to that child and instead of it being a “I’m good and you’re bad,” it is a “I’m just like you, I don’t want to share either”. . . . I can say to a child, “I’m a sinner just like you. There’s no difference between us, I’m just a bigger one, you’re little. . . . We’re both radically sinful, but we’re also radically loved. And honey if you will believe it, you will have the perfect record of Jesus Christ who always shared his toys.” [4] “Discussion with Elyse Fitzpatrick”, Desiring God, April 27, 2011

There is some truth in that. Both the child and the parent are sinners, and certainly the child might respond better to correction if the parents don’t sound self-righteous and holier-than-thou. Empathizing with your kids can help them understand the depth of their depravity, and their need for salvation.

But if you are a believer, you’re not the same as your unregenerate child—in fact, you’re radically different. And blurring that line can have dangerous eternal repercussions. Instead of teaching that the gospel offers forgiveness but leaves us hopelessly bound to sin, we want to emphasize its value and power through the testimony of our transformed lives. If anything, they need to see a stark and consistent difference between our lives and theirs.

What Transformation?

Sadly, that difference isn’t a key feature of Hypergrace theology. In fact, what they teach contradicts what Scripture says about our transformed nature. Here’s another quote from the 2014 Liberate conference. David Zahl was the speaker for this particular session, which Tchividjian later identified as his favorite from the conference.

Commenting on an article by Ted Haggard, Zahl said,

[Haggard saw] a link between [the suicides of pastors] and the widespread teaching . . . that life transformation took place at salvation, and the power to overcome was inherent in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. He does not see that teaching as simply off-base or unhelpful, but he sees it as deadly. Now don’t mistake me. I’m not saying that . . . the Holy Spirit doesn’t come in somebody’s life, that there isn’t the possibility for victory and change—but the guarantee, the edict, that you must be transformed, is actually not creating transformation. It’s fueling despair . . . and personalities splitting in believers who find themselves coping with problems that don’t vanish after their . . . public commitment of faith. . . . I’m not disputing the hope of transformation, I’m disputing the guarantee of transformation. [5] “All You Need is (One Way) Love”, Liberate 2014

Contrast those shocking and hopeless words with Paul’s words in Titus 2:11-12: “For the grace of God has appeared . . . instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age.”

Notice how the Hypergrace movement constantly stresses depravity and forgiveness, with little or no emphasis on the transforming power of God’s grace. They lose sight of God’s regenerating work in salvation. It paints the sinner into a helpless corner, and makes God’s grace a drop cloth.

That’s not a biblically accurate portrayal of the transformation the Lord has wrought in the lives of His people. Yes, we are dependent on His grace, but not as a daily excuse for our sinful shortcomings.

We need to understand God’s grace as Paul describes it in Colossians 1:13, “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.” In his commentary on that passage, John MacArthur says, “Believers do not need deliverance from the domain of sin and Satan; they need to act as those who have been delivered.” [6] John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Colossians & Philemon, (Chicago, Moody Press, 1992) p. 40


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Are Christians responsible for making plans and making good decisions?

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Here’s a wonderful post on decision making and the will of God posted on Neil’s blog. Neil links to another post where someone is trying to figure out what God wants him to do.

Excerpt:

Really short version: Aside from direct and clear personal revelation from God, you don’t have access to his sovereign will when making decisions.  Therefore you must look at other factors.  If it isn’t moral, don’t do it.  If it is moral but not wise, don’t do it.  If it is moral and wise, then use your personal preferences.

Using this model you can end up with a wise and biblical decision, but you have avoided the traps of the “God told me to ____” routine.  People who run around saying that God told them this and that convey a super-spirituality that can leave less mature believers wondering if they really have a relationship with God…

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Considering and Crying

Unfathomable Grace

Are you in trouble, distress, and affliction? Are you a bit scattered? Are you wandering back and forth? Are you hungering, thirsting, fainting, and longing? Do you find yourself in bondage and imprisoned? Are you surrounded by darkness as you walk through the shadow of death? Have you foolishly spurned the wisdom of God? Is it because of you own iniquities that you suffer? Or is it the sin of someone else who has caused your harm? Have you lost the enjoyment of life; is it a desert-like existence for you? Are the storms around you about to do you in? Friends, is your family falling away from God and apart from one another? Are you a needy one in great affliction?

What ought you to do?

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in…

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Prosperity Gospel Born in the USA

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My eyes were intently scanning, and perhaps my heart coveting, the piles of books at the Christian book fair in Kyiv, Ukraine. As I perused the merchandise, my eyes stopped, focused, and involuntarily rolled upward. There it was: Joel Osteen’s Your Best Life Now, translated into Russian, lying on the table in front of me. This was another reminder that although the modern prosperity gospel originated in the United States, its preachers have exported this deadly virus around the world to places such as Latin America, Africa, Asia, and even Eastern Europe.

This article will briefly trace the origins of the prosperity gospel and suggest some reasons as to why it has prospered in the United States.

Rooted in New Thought

The prosperity gospel is built on a quasi-Christian heresy, popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the United States, known as New Thought. This philosophy teaches…

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